Celebrate '98 and more

Rob Davidson

Message 8097 · 28 Jun 1997 13:25:21 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Quoting some snippets from Coletta Busse:

>IMHO the Society would be shooting itself in the foot if it stopped
>publishing books. The books and the bulliton are the most significant
>influence they have over the international SCD community. Economics is a
>formidable force, but if the RSCDS is to survive as the global entitiy it
>has become, it must maintain it's voice to the hinterlands.

As an ordinary member, and dancer, about as far 'hinter' as possible I
couldn't agree more.

Distribution of the books, as well as the contact adresses in the Bulletin,
is something which is useful across the membership spectrum. Any decision
to scale this down begs the question "How does the RSCDS intend to define
its goals with reference to its constitution and how does it intend to
fulfil those goals, given its worldwide membership?"

>Am I not understanding something here? Or is it correct that the
>Society is refusing submissions and then claims it has nothing to publish?

Would the Society not still be fulfilling its role by providing a
distribution network for already published dances? To think of skipping a
year or two... three... four while citing an absence of quality work is to
deny the wealth of popular dances being devised around the globe. There
must be a way of improving the process of "acceptance" for a Society
publication even if quantity is reduced to recognise quality.

> BTW, Anselm, have kind thought to your group's secretary. My
>husband is our group's secretary and I recieved my Bullitin from my San
>Fancisco Branch Secretary before he, as the secretary of an Affliate
>group, recieved theirs. (We're talking months, not a matter of a few days,
>and mine had gone from the UK to USA to DE!)

As a member of Sydney Branch I find that the Strathspey subscribers are far
more informative and up to date than the Society sanctioned channel.

> I hope the PTB (powers that be) in the Society remember that the
>pen is mighter than the sword. They have vast resources throughout the
>world, if only Headquarters could organize itself to be able to utilize
>it. Because the bottom line is; publish or die.

Perhaps the next logo entries could be requested from the Branches, instead
of an Edinburgh art school?

Robert Davidson
Adelaide, Australia

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