IBBA Rocks!

Much of the valuable work of the IBBA goes on quietly in the background. Just occasionally, however, it is nice to be able to blow our own trumpet. Has the IBBA brought good fortune to you or to someone you know? Please let us know and we will publish it here!

IBBA Convention 2003:

Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2003
From: Julie Goodin
Subject: Conference kudos

I just wanted to take the time to say a great big Texas THANK YOU to all of you who were so generous in sharing with us newbies all your knowledge. I found my time at the conference to be most beneficial and extremely helpful. I daresay that I have never met a more welcoming group. Thank you.

Julie Goodin
Austin, TX

Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2003
From: Nancy Errickson
Subject: More Convention Kudos

I too had a wonderful time at the Convention!! Thank you all for your help and information!!

I learned so much and thought it was so great that I could ask anyone any question and they were sooo helpful!!! That was so nice of all of you to help us new ones as we get started!!!

The auction was hilarious and the Festival was sooo fun!!!

Thank you all again and I can't wait until the next one!!!!

Nancy Errickson

To: IBBA Mailing List
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2003
From: Nancy Hobart
Subject: Some People!!!!!!


I had a last minute funeral (lady had bought from me before)..devastated that had not the stock.

In the wink of an eye I had offers of help from 5 5 5 5 Yeah 5 IBBAers to get the butterflys to them etc.

Just makes my eyes run...some people!!!!

Also a thanks to the smart people who are listening to my computer woes...if th virus is trojan and went in befor Zone alarm, what?


To: IBBA Mailing List
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2003

Subject: Welcome New Member!

You are now part of the best group in the world,
Knowledge and success starts here.

Kind Regards
Anne Collins
Butterfly Releases Pty Ltd

Date: Wed, 7 May 2003
From: The Breens
Subject: Off topic - Group Value


I am not the outspoken one of the family here (you probably know whom I'm talking about!), but I know how valuable this group has been to my husband and I. I read most of the emails coming through and they are so incredible. In recent days Mercedes' questions have been everything on the tip of my tongue, ours also being a first year enterprise. The responses, for these questions and past ones, have been so informative. I am amazed at the willingness of the experienced "elders" to share information, the generosity of spirit in this newsgroup, and the friendship that seems to arise with others we've never seen, as well as the integrity to establish an organization (IBBA) that upholds high standards of butterfly farming. Though I may not write into the mailing list, I speak to my customers proudly of our affiliation with the IBBA.

I wish to express my deepest respect and gratitude to the founding members of this organization, for your vision, hope and desire to share your gifts and talents and call together like minded people. I appreciate all the others who have become a part of it since then. You have created a magnificent association of value and principle for butterfly breeding, with a wealth and breadth of backround, be it raising the butterflies, photographing them, innovative new inventions such as the miraculous Jacob's artificial diet (a blessing for us northerners), not to mention the expansive business outlet for all this. Each member offers so very much, and I truly treasure the education that flows through my email (not to mention the comic relief...!).

When we embarked on this trade last fall, it was a dream. Richard's passion (well, one of them, anyway) is insects, butterflies being a part of that. It has truly been a challenge, but the support from IBBA members has absolutely balanced the difficulties and stresses that come with a new experience. You have all been a blessing to us.

I received this message this morning. It immediately made me think of each and every one who has written in this list, which prompted this far-longer-than-expected letter. It speaks about friends. It describes perfectly how you all appear to me.

Many, many thanks,
Jean Breen
Ascending Spirit Creations

"Mother Teresa once wrote that loneliness is the most terrible poverty. Friendship, then, must be the most prized of riches. Friends root for each other; they cheer for each other and cry for each other. For our friends no favor is too much of an imposition, no question too trivial to ponder. Genuine friendship is uplifting, a source of joy in good times, and source of strength in challenging ones."
Mary Manin Morrissey

Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2003
From: Shelly Currin
Subject: Great group

Hi All IBBA members,

This is one of those kind of silly, "gee, you guys are great" messages. I've only been a member of this group for a short time but I just wanted to say that it is one of the best groups I've ever joined! My sister and I just started our business this year. She has some experience raising butterflies, and lots of farming experience, and I have some experience on the business side, so we decided to combine our talents and make a go of it.

I soon figured out how much work it is to start your own business! This group, with all its humor, resources, willingness to share experiences, and just general support of each other, has been a huge help. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to join, and I hope, after we get a bit of experience under our belt, to be able to help others as you guys have been helping us. Especially in the trying times that we're in right now around the world, it's very refreshing to be part of a group where everyone is interested and supportive of everyone else's success. This really is a great group of people!

Hats off to ya,
Shelly Currin / Miracles of Nature / www.helpfulbugs.com

Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2003
From: Yvette RuDenski
Subject: Re: Great group

I'm with Shelly! This is a great group of people. I look forward to reading what everyone is up to... planting and caring.... Awesome. I am also new at this, and I love them butterflies. I look forward to getting experience under my belt. All of you are quite inspiring!


The Butterfly Lady
Yvette RuDenski

To: IBBA Mailing List
From: Cindy Vandiver
Subject: Re: New on the IBBA web site

I should have replied earlier. I love the new photos and video clips. The brochures and care instructions have been a tremendous help. Thanks to everyone that contributes to this association. I use the information all the time.

Thanks everyone,
The Lucky Butterfly Ranch

----- Original Message -----

To: IBBA Mailing List
From: Paul Chesterfield
Subject: New on the IBBA web site

There are now a number of items, from video clips and photos to brochures and other documents, that are available for members to download. Most links are on the Members Download Links page in the Members Section. There has been little feedback from members about this, and we would be interested to know if you have found these items useful.

To: IBBA Mailing List
Date: March 19 2003

From: John Fazzini

Subject: Welcome!

Hi Lee,

You are in for a fun time. We at El Bosque Nuevo are only in our second year of membership and I am still finding out what many of the members offer in the way of services and products. However, I have made some really great friends through this association. Everyone that I have become acquainted with will go out of their way to help you. If I have any regrets at all about the IBBA, it would have to be my own initial reluctance to really try to get to know as many members as possible. Jump in with both feet! You will enjoy this association.

Best regards,
John Fazzini
El Bosque Nuevo

Two messages posted to welcome new members:

Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2003
From: Amy Atwood
Subject: Re: Welcome....and Thanks

Nice to meet you Letitia!

You came to the right place! The IBBA has really helped me tremendously, and as a 'newbie' to butterfly breeding (starting my second year) I can't imagine having come even this far without the support and networking here. Sounds like you are a VERY busy girl!

Good luck with all your endevours, and hope to meet you at the next convention!

Amy Atwood
Avalon Acres Butterfly Farm
Durham, NH

PS my ultimate dream is to have a butterfly farm which people can come to tour also. People just LOVE butterflies! :)

Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2003
From: "The Breens"
Subject: Re: Welcome new member

Welcome Yvette and Letitia! I'm a member less than a year, so I know I have a lot to learn from this great group of people. You can count on support for all your questions and needs on a case by case basis.

Richard Breen

Date: Tue, 25 Feb 2003 16:20:38 EST
From: Edith Smith
Subject: Re: Painted Lady Larvae

Thanks for the info! I'm using stock from two suppliers to start my PLs.

You'll see many questions from me, I'm sure! I sure get my moneys worth out of my dues for that alone.

Edith Smith

Date: Tue, 25 Feb 2003 07:35:09 -0500
From: Mona Miller
Subject: Re: Website security

There's more to the IBBA than the mentor pages.

- There's a group of people who work as a team.
- There are discounts on products and services.
- There is information galore on the list server (just ask a questions and you'll get several answers).

- There's much more....

Mona Miller
Herndon, VA

Date: Fri, 07 Feb 2003 18:47:57 -0500
From: Tiffany Neal
Subject: RE: New on the IBBA web site

I am new to the IBBA; thus new to this mailing list; and new to this amazingly energetic atmosphere. I have been reviewing IBBA mail for one week and have been truly "WOWed" by each of the persons that have posted.

Reading Terry Terbush's post compelled me to express that I am enamored by all who have contributed within the last week.

I am so very excited about joining the IBBA!!!


-----Original Message-----

Date: Fri, 7 Feb 2003 16:18:40 -0500
From: Terry Terbush
Subject: Re: New on the IBBA web site

We all have Linda Rogers and Paul Chesterfield to thank for this.

Linda has been on a 'roll' lately and I personally am so indebted to her for all the work she does. She is a powerhouse; we are so very lucky to have her--with her unlimited source of energy and passion. Thank you Linda!


------ Original Message -----

Date: Fri, 7 Feb 2003 20:52:03 -0000
From: Paul Chesterfield
Subject: New on the IBBA web site

New today on the IBBA web site, http://www.butterflybreeders.org.

A list of IBBA Tasks & Teams (Political Action Committee and others) has been added to the Political Activities & Articles Archive section.

A new brochure - the IBBA Media & Political Brochure - can now be downloaded from the Member Download Links page in the Members Section. Two additional brochures will be made available when ready.

Paul Chesterfield (UK)

Date: Tue, 16 Jul 2002 10:54:09 -0700 (PDT)
From: Karen Huff
Subject: IBBA rocks!

Hi Everybody,

I joined IBBA a week ago and just got a call this morning from a local client with an urgent need for butterflies that got our name and location off the IBBA list.

Thank you!
Karen Huff
Butterfly Magic

Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2002 20:03:41 -0600
From: Carol J McPheron
Subject: Re: Planting our seeds

Hi Elise,

Thanks for the heads up. I have seen the peat pellet trays you're speaking of and was considering giving them a try. I'm sure glad I decided to ask my new IBBA friends for advice. A lot of pitfalls can be avoided by using the knowledge of the members of IBBA. I wouldn't even attempt to start this business if I hadn't found this group to be so kind, thoughful, and helpful. I thank you all for your help and hope to meet you at next years Conference. Can't swing it financially this year.

Celestial Skies Butterflies of Arizona

International Butterfly Breeders Association, Inc.

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