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Katya Kotskaya

How to join The Geraniaceae Group and Forum

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The aims of The Geraniaceae Group are to promote knowledge of the Geraniaceae family, to unite people who are interested in these plants all over the world, to encourage interest in growing the plants and the exchange of information.


  


Members of the Group have access to a range of facilities and you should visit our Group Website to get more information on them:


 


The Specialist Booklist 


Geraniaceae Photo Gallery 


Meeting and Events 


Links to related societies and websites 


The annual Seed Exchange 


International Cultivar Registrar for Geranium and Erodium 


 


The Group Newsletter is one of the main means by which members exchange and receive information. All members are encouraged to participate with articles, photos, or just short notes either to the Group Newsletter or to the Website. Photos are preferred for the News but generally cannot be returned; slides can be returned if not for donation to the Slide Library. Observations on cultivation, propagation, notes on habitats, climate, soils, pests, reports of meetings, conventions, and research relating to the Geraniaceae that would be of interest to the members, all are very much wanted for the News. We very much rely on the members to keep the newsletter full and interesting!


Please take a look at the content of our previous Newsletters.


 


You may apply for membership and send your payment according the following terms


 


Subscription rates for 2013  


UK £ 10.00


EUROPE £ 12.00 (or Euro 20.00, cash */ETP), including Air mail Postage


OTHER OVERSEAS £ 15.00 (or US $ 25.00, cash /ETP), including Air mail Postage


 


Membership runs for 12 months and benefits include the following:


·       Four printed newsletters each year


·       Participation in this online forum and access to the Group website


·       Access to the annual seed exchange


·       Opportunities to buy specialist Books


·       Use of the Slide Library


 


You can share your experience and photos about growing species plants or hybridizing and your travels to natural habitat, nurseries, botanical gardens through The Forum of the Geraniaceae Group. You can also create your own topics about your Geraniaceae collection.


 


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Hello, 


 


Am wondering if it would be possible to arrange payment using PayPal, I realise it is probably too late for this year but for next?


It would certainly make paying the subscription much easier for everyone.

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Dear maggiepie, 


 


We have discussed possibility to pay by PayPal with David Victor. And David has discussed it with colleagues in the UK approximately a half year ago. I hope that David will add information to my post.


As I remember the question was in additional percentage that PayPal takes during the payment. And it was necessary to raise the cost of annual subscription. For some members of the Group it can be not so important, but for some this can be an issue... That's why this question is still under discussion.


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Hello Katya,


 


Thank you for your prompt reply.


I for one would be happy to pay the extra that the club would lose from the paypal fee.


Maybe it would be possible to add the surcharge to the membership sub for people who would like to use the service?

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I agree that we can use probably different kinds of payment including those with additional percentage. Some members are still paying in cash, others use bank transfer (by the way, when I use this kind of payment, my bank takes some percentage for money transfer to abroad). I also would like to use PayPal system and I am ready to pay additional percentage, because it is very simple and fast. 

In any case we will wait for solution from the Group Board. Probably the question can be not only in percentage.  

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Dear Maggie,


 


I strongly sympathise with your wish to be able to use PayPal and have tried, in vain, to get it accepted as I realise just how much easier it would make it to be a Member.  So far, my efforts have been in vain.  However, I will have another go.  In the end, the forces of reaction must yield!


 


best regards,


 


David


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Very best of luck, David.


If it happens I think it would be very likely that the club would get more overseas members.


A few clicks and it is done rather than hiking to the bank or post office for bank cheque or money order or foreign currency and then off to the post office to send it and then worrying for weeks if it will get lost in the mail.


 


Thanks for the attempt win or lose.


 


Helen


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The Alpine Society, Hardy Plant Society and the Hardy Geranium Group are east to pay with credit card. The Geraniaceae, I found easy with US cash which is always easy to come by. Our post office no longer does money orders in pounds. I wish other G Group items could also be purchased with US cash. Trying to figure out additional postal charges and arranging payment has stopped me from ordering some things.


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As it is now, the Geraniaceae loose members, and less people are buying books and booklets from the group becouse it is so much hassle transferring money to the group as it is now for people that live outside the UK. The cost of transferring money for us, exceeds the cost for the actual item that we pay for.


 


it's absurd to have to pay so much money every time I need to transfer money for membership or books to the group, not to mention the time it takes just to find a place that still deals with cash for small consumers, I refrain myself from ordering books from the group now because it's too much hassle to do it.


 


I truely  believe that we can increase the number of members in the group, and we can sell a lot more books if we can introduce paypal as a payment option. I think all the hassle we have to go through to just to make this little transaction make a larger obstacle than the facts that we have to pay twice as much each time or more.


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Dear all,


 


I'm still working on it!  I have promised to put together a detailed proposal in the near future, which I hope will succeed.  So, keep those fingers crossed!


 


Thanks for your support.


 


best regards,


 


David


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I recently joined,and paid by bank transfer. Needed a 50 km round trip to the bank, and it cost me 50 euros in all to pay twelve pounds to the group. As general rule I pay all purchases by paypal, so I only have to worry about one security risk and I can pay in any currency. It is quasi instant. Incidentaly, your membership fee seems low, I for one would pay a little more for the service.


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I'm sorry to say that I have given up trying to persuade the Secretary and Treasurer to accept some form of payment scheme that eases the problems of overseas members.  I have raised the issue with them time and again, both verbally and in writing without any reasonable response.  I have now given up as there has been no movement whatsoever.  I can only apologise for not being successful.


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