Like many, I joined all the organizations / subscribed to all the magazines, etc to feed my new found love of bonsai. That was over 25 years ago. Later on I was enticed by then ABS president and friend, Marty Klein, to join the board as the recording secretary. This was followed by a term on the board, managing the ABS Bookstore for a few years, etc.
ABS intrigued me (and still does) as it is focused on our unique cultural participation in this art. I do see that we should include a more fully American flavor, including Canada, South and Central America. There could be some recruitment on this front (and maybe a Spanish translation? or section?)
With the transformation of technology, this forum is a much needed and great addition. It was preceded by the Yahoo group that Andy Walsh initiated (kudos to Andy for a great job!). The transition to this new (better) forum was not smooth, however, and we lost a few participants along the way. We need to get more participation from our members. Maybe sending an email to every member, an insert in the magazine, letter to first time members, etc? that invites them to a fuller participation on the forum. Just a thought. Also, columns in the written magazine highlighting forum topics might be useful. I also notice that some websites utilize FaceBook to highlight articles, pictures from their website - this could also be done.
I think that magazine has actually gotten better - I enjoy and learn from the regional care columns and Bjorn's apprenticeship in Japan thoughts and lessons. Shows a great range.
My focus has developed in the direction of teaching and writing along with my bonsai creations. ABS is a great tool for bonsai education in American culture - let's utilize it to the fullest!