NEC ABS Newsletter November 2015

Northeast Chapter, ABS September 2015

(sent via Campaign Monitor to NEC members, with pics too)

The ABS Annual Meeting in Xalapa was fantastic!

Thanks to everyone who made the magical meeting possible, especially to our hosts Eduardo Ruiz-Sanchez, executive director of BOTA, and Dr. Rogelio Macías. ABS members came from all over the Western Hemisphere. We began the visit with a dreamy tour of Rogelio’s bamboo plantation high in the cloud forest above Xalapa and Coatepec. We saw presentations from a dozen fascinating speakers, on topics as diverse as construction, DNA identification, furniture and craft production, even bamboo beer brewing. The finale of the trip was a rainy but unforgettable evening in Naolinco for the famous Día de Muertos celebration. The colorful decorations were as overwhelming as the hospitality shown by our hosts and by all the residents of Xalapa, Coatepec and Naolinco. A special highlight of the meeting was seeing three recently discovered species named after three very special people: Ned Jaquith, Gib Cooper and Ximena Londoño. Congrats to all three for their incredible honors!

The ABS Board held its 2015 meeting.

Minutes will be published in the next issue of the ABS Bamboo Magazine. BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: The Northeast Chapter will host the 2016 ABS Annual Meeting in Washington DC in September!! Organizing a great conference will require a lot of hard work and I know that the NEC is up to the challenge! Look for upcoming opportunities to help organize the conference, or reach out now and let me know you’re interested. We hope you’ll spend next World Bamboo Day in DC with us! Please contact me at if you’d like to be involved in the organization of the conference.

Let’s start building the next generation of the ABS!

I’m excited to take on the editing responsibilities for the newsletter and I’m extra-excited to help organize the Annual ABS Meeting next year. At the annual meeting next September, expect more of the same great info-sharing as past annual meetings, with an emphasis this year on attracting new young members. If you’re looking for a meaningful gift to give this holiday season, consider bringing new members into our community with gift memberships, the perfect way to spark the interest of youngsters. And please remember to renew your memberships and pay your dues!

Andrew Linn

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