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Conventions and Activities (updated October 10, 2016)
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AIS Conventions: Calendar/Information
AIS Fall Board Meetings
AIS Section Conventions Listings

  

Photo: If you attend an AIS Convention, during one of the scheduled convention garden tour visits you may be rewarded with a view such as this! Lots and lots of irises!

AIS Conventions: Calendar/Information
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AIS 2017 Convention: Everyone is now looking forward to the next AIS Convention which will take place in the Des Moines, Iowa area. The convention will take place May 23-27, 2017 with visits to official iris tour gardens in the surrounding area. AIS Region 21 will host the AIS Convention. Convention attendees will tour at six Des Moines area gardens, including two public gardens.

As usual, we will compile the information and have all the convention details conveniently summarized and provided here in a special area of the AIS website to assist you in your plans to attend.
Please follow this link to the information on the AIS 2017 Convention: AIS 2017 Convention information (this link will be available in the near future)

AIS Fall Board Meeting - Each year, the AIS also has a Fall Meeting. AIS business is conducted at these meetings, and there are no garden tours. Most participants are AIS Board members, RVPs, and other office holders. All interested AIS members, however, are welcome and encouraged to go. AIS Board meetings are open to all AIS members.

Other Activities - Many AIS Sections, AIS Regions and local clubs also have garden tours, activities and meetings that you can participate in. For further information and details please contact your local AIS RVP or a local club leader (see Local Iris Societies). These people will be pleased to help you with your iris interest and to connect you with a local iris group.

Interested in hosting an AIS Convention? The AIS has prepared a handbook to be used as a reference guide when considering, planning and producing an AIS Convention. An outline on the hosting of an AIS Fall Board Meeting is also included. Please follow this link to the AIS Documents page to download the AIS Convention Handbook

AIS Conventions: Calendar/Information
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AIS 2017 Convention May 23-27 Des Moines, Iowa
2017 Convention Chair: Kelly Norris
1101 25th St. Apt. 9, Des Moines, IA 50311
phone: (515) 777-2356 | e-mail: kellydn@frontiernet.net

2017 Convention Co-Chair: Gary White
701 Old Cheney Road, Lincoln, NE 68512
phone: (402) 421-6394 | e-mail: in2iris@yahoo.com

2017 Convention Headquarters:
Des Moines Marriott Hotel
700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309
phone: (515) 245-5500
website: Des Moines Marriott Hotel

AIS/SLI 2018 Convention April 9-14 New Orleans, LA
2018 AIS Convention Chair: Paul W. Gossett
1847 East 16th Place, Tulsa, OK  74104
phone: (918) 853-6204 | e-mail: pwgossett1@yahoo.com

SLI 2018 Convention Co-Chair: Joe Musacchia
509 Linda Ann Avenue, Gray, LA 70359
phone: (985) 209-2917 | e-mail: 1cajunjoe@att.net

2018 Convention Headquarters:
Hilton New Orleans Airport Hotel
901 Airline Drive, Kenner, LA  70062
phone: (504) 469-5000
website: www.neworleansairport.hilton.com

AIS 2019 Convention April 23-27  Northern California
2019 Convention Chair: Shirley Trio-Probst
2701 Fine Road, Modesto, CA  95355
phone: (209) 551-6323 | e-mail: shirleyjtrio@gmail

AIS 2020 Convention  Dates to be announced, Newark, NJ
2020 Convention Chair: Robert Pries  
107 Brothers Drive, Roxboro, NC  27574
phone: (336) 597-8805 | e-mail:  robertpries@embarqmail.com

AIS Fall Board Meetings
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2016 November 4 - 5 Sedona, Arizona
Meeting Chair: Michelle Snyder, 225 Sky Line Drive, Sedona, AZ 86336
phone: (928) 282-5867
e-mail: aissecretary@irises.org
Meeting Headquarters: Hampton Inn Sedona Hotel
1800 W SR Hwy 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336
(928) 282-4700
website: Hampton Inn Sedona Hotel

2017 November 3-4  Dallas, Texas
Meeting Chair: Bonnie Nichols, 3365 Northaven Road,
Dallas, TX  75229
Phone:(214) 352-2191
e-mail: bjnhtn@aol.com
Meeting Headquarters: Crowne Plaza Dallas Galleria Hotel
14315 Midway Road, Addison, TX  75001
(972) 980-8877
website: www.cpgalleria-nr.crowneplaza.com


AIS Section Conventions Listing
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Each year there are a number of mini-conventions held by the various sectional organizations that are affiliated with the AIS. This is a reference listing of those events that has been compiled for your convenience. 

Attention convention organizers: Publicize your event. Please contact us with the information to have your AIS sectional convention listed here. contact via e-mail:aiswebsite2012@gmail.com

2017 MEDIAN IRIS MINI-CONVENTION - MEDIAN IRIS REIGN SUPREME IN 2017
May 18-20, 2017 | LAFAYETTE, INDIANA

May 18-20, 2017, the Iris Growers of Eastern Indiana, Indiana Daylily and Iris Society, AIS Region 6 and the Median Iris Society will host a Median Iris Mini-Convention. Over three days, we will visit six gardens. The lovely Avon Gardens, which is a commercial garden, will be the lunch stop on one of the days. This garden covers over five acres of beautiful, mature display gardens, which are manicured and maintained to host special events, like weddings. The six iris gardens are all very conveniently located. The longest travel time is approximately one hour. The master planting is at Chuck and Barbara Bunnell's garden. Garden Judges' training will be held in the Bunnell garden. This mini-convention will be anything but mini!

More than 46 hybridizers have sent more than 278 varieties. Workers have planted over 800 rhizomes in the six gardens, four of which are in the Lafayette area. There may be the best collection of MTBs ever...54 cultivars from 21 hybridizers!

If you would like to be a part of this amazing MIS Mini-Convention, please contact Region 6 RVP Barb Bunnell at store130@aol.com

Mark your calendars and come see the Medians before the 2017 AIS Convention. It is May 18-20 in Lafayette, Indiana, right before the National AIS Convention in Des Moines, Iowa on May 23-27. It is about a 6-hour drive between the two cities, and with three days between them, there is just enough time to do a little sightseeing between the two events.

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