ANNUAL MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT
The 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Bamboo Society will take place in the island Commonwealth of Puerto Rico! We are working with the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez (http://www.uprm.edu/) and CoHemis – The Center for Hemispherical Cooperation in Research and Education in Engineering and Applied Science (http://cohemis.uprm.edu/). We are extremely fortunate to discover this partnership, and look forward to bringing an excellent program and opportunity to Puerto Rico. Some of you may remember when there was an active Chapter of the ABS on the island of PR, and we hope that this annual meeting will ignite new energy into this region. Thank you to Jo Scheer of Tropical Treehouse, Mariano Robledo Diaz, and Pablo Acevedo for their local help with making this happen.
Please mark your calendars and plan to join us in Puerto Rico, November 1-5, 2017. Registration will begin July 1st – via our website, www.bamboo.org
The conference dates have been decided due to the rainy season. We felt it better to wait for what is normally drier weather, as we will have the opportunity to walk among the tropical bamboos of the USDA Tropical Agriculture Research Station (https://www.ars.usda.gov/southeast-area/mayaguez-pr/tropical-crops-and-germplasm-research/docs/main/), as well as visit bamboo plantations and gardens.
World Bamboo Pioneer Floyd McClure brought many of his tropical collections to TARS. From 1944-1954, McClure served as “Field Service Consultant on Bamboo” with the Office of Foreign Agricultural Service of the USDA, which took him again to six countries in Central and South America, as well as India, East Pakistan (Bangladesh), and the islands of Java and Luzon. Ultimately he was able to establish living collections of what he considered “elite” economic species in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Peru. At the same time, he directed propagation studies at the Federal Experiment Station in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico (now known as TARS, Tropical Agricultural Research Station). Also of historical note, the ABS hosted an international meeting at TARS in 1984, which later became known as the 1st World Bamboo Congress.
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE [EXPECT CHANGES]
Wednesday, November 1, 2017:
9am – 5pm ABS Board of Directors meeting (site to be determined)
5pm – Meet and Greet. Welcome to Puerto Rico!
Thursday, November 2, 2017: Presentations on campus
8am – 9am Registration, Coffee, Conversation
9am – 10am Welcome Address, Susanne Lucas, President ABS and Dr. Ricardo Goenaga, Executive Director, TARS, Bamboo in Puerto Rico.
10am – 11am Christopher Papadopoulis, Building Materials Research Updates
11am – 11:15am Coffee Break
11:15am – 11:45am Director Dr. Fernando Gilbes Santaella, CoHemis and Bamboo
11:45am – 12:45pm Pablo Acevedo, Engineer,
“An Alternative for Sustainability in Puerto Rico”
12:45 – 1:45 pm Lunch
1:45pm – 2:45pm Jo Scheer, Artist, Builder, Grower, Gardener
“Embracing the bamboo lifestyle- mistakes I’ve made”
2:45pm – 3:45pm Mariano Robledo Diaz, Builder, Grower
Bamboo Housing Projects
3:45pm – 4pm Coffee Break
4pm – 5pm Zach Gould, Architect Student
“The Grass House: Building w/ Bamboo in Washington D.C.”
5pm – 6pm Panel Discussion / Wrap up of Today’s Presentations
Friday, November 3, 2017
Presentations on campus
8am – 9am Registration, Coffee, Conversation
9am Welcome and Updates
9:15am – 10:15am Lynn Clark, Taxonomist, Bamboos of the Caribbean
10:15am – 10:30am Coffee Break
10:30am – 11:30am Robert Saporito, Nursery Owner,
“Beautiful Tropical Bamboos for Ornamental Landscapes”
11:30am – 12:30pm ABS Annual Business Meeting
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 2pm Panel Discussion / Wrap up of Presentations
2pm – 5pm Annual Fundraiser Auction
Saturday NOV 4/Sunday NOV 5: Field trips/workshops in Area Oeste
Stay tuned for full schedule and description.
The American Bamboo Society is dependent on generous donations to fund special projects and award grant recipients, as all dues income goes to administration of the organization. Our Annual Meeting Auction is always great fun, and a great way to support ABS through your donations and your bidding! This year, we are lucky to have long-time ABS member Jo Scheer agree to receive any donations you wish to send! If you have plants or other objects of bamboo (books, musical instruments, sculptures, etc) YOU WISH TO SHIP (rather than hand-carry) please get in touch with Jo.
Ship to Address:
HC-03 Box 6780
Rincon, PR 00677
Email : email@example.com
We are also very lucky to have willing volunteers to help us organize the donations to this annual fundraiser and help see the actual auction flow and raise money!
Hunter Vickers of Florida, and Landy Banks of California, will lead the team on the ground in Puerto Rico. If you have plants you wish to donate for the “live” auction, please contact Hunter.
Hunter Vickers : firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have non-plant items you wish to donate for the “silent auction”, please contact Landy.
Landy Banks : email@example.com
Please stay tuned to the ABS website and to the American Bamboo Society Facebook page for updates and more information. The September magazine will have updates and all the info you need to know. Register early and save money!
If you have any questions, please direct them to ABS President, Susanne Lucas, firstname.lastname@example.org
See you in Puerto Rico! Hasta pronto!