I hope you will enjoy reading this bumper issue, containing fully 160
pages in colour, all dedicated to our beloved succulents.
Why a double issue? That’s easy: during the National Meeting in
Catania, after listening to the tale of our budgetary woes (not a pretty
story due to the continual loss of members) you, our members, asked
us to keep up the volume and high quality of our publications, rather
looking at all other ways of saving money and of balancing our budget
as soon as possible.
So that is what we have done!
This year’s first issue had 100 pages, numbers 2 and 3 have been
combined into a single booklet with 160 pages, bringing the total
to 260 pages, which was the standard for our four issues of previous
years. We have also left our small printers for a very large firm, which
has meant a considerable saving on printing and packaging costs.
This bumper issue has also somewhat reduced postal expenses.
It goes without saying that putting in place a revolution of this sort
has taken time and meant a lot of extra work, and I am sorry that
you are receiving this issue rather late.
It gives me great satisfaction to tell you that this journal of
ours is considered one of the best, perhaps even the very best
internationally. So I hope you will all continue to support it, and
renew your membership for 2014. And why not, maybe you could
also promote it among cactus-loving friends?
I take this opportunity to express my succulent good wishes for
the coming year.
With friendly greetings,