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Re: GSBN:Summer Plastering & ISBBC

My suggestion about the bus tours was related not only to visiting strawbale
buildings but also to reducing use of gas and costs as well. If donations
are forthcoming for a travel fund for the next ISBBC, I can easily set up a
fund account under the Green Prairie Foundation (publisher of TLS) and
contributions could be tax deductible. Just let me know. If anyone wants to
get the ball rolling, the contact information for GPFS is listed below.

Joyce Coppinger
GPFS/TLS, PO Box 22706, Lincoln NE 68542-2706 USA
402.483.5135, fax 402.483.5161

on 10.15.2006 8:24 PM, Catherine Wanek at cat@...:

> At 01:11 AM 10/14/2006,  Martin Hammer wrote:
>> The photograph of Athena's sister's sculpture in front of the adobe
>> tower made an appearance in Catherine Wanek's "Worldwide Strawbale
>> Tour" at the ISBBC (if my memory serves correctly).  But more than a
>> photo, we would all love to see the two of you at a future ISBBC if
>> you're able.  In the meantime, simply, thanks....
> Hi Bill and Athena  --  to set the record straight, Bruce King gets
> the credit for showing your aforementioned photo in his truly
> touching presentation at the ISBBC.  It was indeed a cool photo, and
> I echo Martin's sentiments -- we wished you were there.  It would be
> great to have you and Athena as presenters at a future ISBBC.
> This may be one of the better reasons to have the next ISBBC in
> Colorado -- the fact that it's not too terribly far from Canelo, Arizona.
> While I totally agree with Andre de Bouter, and I would happily
> travel far to the next ISBBC, there are two key reasons to accept
> COSBA and CASBA's offers to host with appreciation.
> First, its a lot of hard work to coordinate and requires
> infrastructure to stage successfully.  With it's last two annual
> spring conferences COSBA has shown that it has the dedicated members
> to pull off this kind of event for the maximum effect.  There are
> many high-quality strawbale homes around Colorado -- so it would be
> possible arrange optional inspirational home tours before and
> after.  In fact -- like Joyce Coppinger suggested -- an additional
> tour might be set up, for instance, from San Francisco to Colorado
> before the conference, and from Colorado to New Mexico to Arizona
> after the Conference.
> As an enthusiastic participant of the pre-ISBBC 2004 tours, it's hard
> to express how memorable they were.  It was just fantastic to have
> someone else do the driving, take you right to the hot spots, make
> sure you are fed and have a pillow under your head, and translate or
> interpret the many new and interesting things you are
> seeing.  (Thanks again to Barbara Jones and Bee Rowan for organizing
> the England, Wales, Ireland leg of the tour, and Rene Dalmeijer for
> putting together the trip through Belgium, Germany and Denmark.  )
> Second, since I know how much I enjoy experiencing another culture,
> I've also observed how much people from other countries enjoy
> visiting the USA.  The Colorado Rocky Mountains are world famous, and
> to hold the conference there would be a beautiful bonus for our
> colleagues from other countries.  Especially if this trip might be
> combined with a bus tour, or a car caravan across CA and/or the Southwest.
> Also, as Kelly Lerner pointed out, jet travel is CO2 intensive, so
> perhaps the fewer Americans flying the better.  I also agree with the
> idea of US participants paying more, to help offset travel costs for
> others from faraway continents.  Perhaps the GSBN could start
> collecting donations for such a travel fund.  (Or we at BWB could
> start this travel fund.)
> I'm also willing to help organize a pre or post conference car
> caravan through New Mexico and Arizona, with stops in Crestone, Taos,
> Santa Fe, & Kingston, NM and Tucson & Canelo, AZ, with maybe even a
> visit to the Grand Canyon squeezed in.  Perhaps CASBA could
> coordinate a similar trip in California.....?
> By 2010 maybe France or New Zealand (two places I'd love to go) will
> have the critical mass to host the next ISBBC.  For 2008 I vote for Colorado.
> Cheers (as they say in Ontario)
> Catherine
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