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AIS Conventions: Calendar/Information
Geek Dinner Information
AIS Fall Board Meetings

AIS Electronic 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 wondeful view such as this! Lots and lots of irises!

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AIS 2019 Convention Information

The 2019 Convention Committee has set up a website for the 2019 American Iris Society convention.

2019 American Iris Convention Website

The 2019 AIS convention will be held April 23 - 27, 2019 in San Ramon, California. Our convention will feature hundreds of bearded iris as well as beardless iris. For those of you who are hungry to see bearded iris after two years of no bearded iris at the AIS convention, our convention will satisfy those hunger pangs!

Registration is now open! Please see our registration page for more information.


While at the 2019 Convention, join iris friends new and old at the 20th ANNUAL GEEK DINNER and AUCTION  April 26, 2019

Can you believe it has been 20 years since the first Geek Dinner? What a great tradition and a great way to have dinner for anyone! Have you heard how much fun the Geek Dinner and Auction are? It isn’t about Geeks anymore, just friendly irisarians. Eat with geeks and non-geeks that have learned what a fun time everyone has. Just join a bunch of great iris folks for a buffet dinner and good conversation among iris friends and then door prizes and an auction for great entertainment. 
After having spent your day getting off the tour bus ...rushing around the garden trying not to miss anything ... then getting back on the bus to the next garden to repeat the same thing again ... there is no better way to wind down your day than a relaxed evening with friends at the Geek Dinner reviewing all those iris that are now on your "wish list." 

Then the real fun for the night… the Geek Dinner Auction where you get to bid on new iris introductions, gift certificates from commercial iris growers, and iris themed items. The proceeds from the auction go directly into the American Iris Society Electronics Services fund that sponsors such things as online AIS Bulletin archives, and other electronic services. Oh and of course some great doorprizes.  

Now is the time to make plans for the, 20th annual Geek Dinner being held during the AIS 2019 Spring Convention. Meet new friends and catch up with old ones. 


Reservations always fill up fast and unfortunately pre-registration is necessary. PLEASE RSVP with your check and email address to Joanne Prass-Jones as soon as possible (address below). 
COST: $39.00 per person (not included in convention registration fee)

DATE: FRIDAY, April 26
TIME: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
LOCATION: TBD (check the schedule of events on arrival at the Convention)

We realize that a buffet dinner consisting of just salad and baked potato (menu below) is not a usual dinner. This hotel is so expensive and unwilling to work with us that a conventional dinner would have cost $48.00 or more, In order to keep the dinner cost lower, we chose this alternative. It is not the best, but it will be filling and certainly give everyone something to talk about at dinner... LOL 😱

In addition to the items below we hope to be able to provide sunflower seeds and bacon bits on the tables,

Mixed greens salad with your choice of:

  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Shredded carrots
  • Croutons
  • Selection of dressings

Baked Potatoes with choices of:

  • Sour Cream
  • Butter
  • Grated cheese
  • Chives

Brownies or cookies for desert
Coffee and Ice tea

To ensure your place you must RSVP to Joanne Prass-Jones and send her your check
Email: Phone: (510) 795-9723 
Make check payable to: Joanne Prass-Jones
Mailing address: 35572 Linda Dr, Fremont, CA 94536
(Please include your email address on your check so that Joanne can acknowledge your reservation)  
Also, if you have items to donate to the auction, please let John Jones know at: as soon as possible so we can prepare the auction.


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

AIS 2019 Convention April 23-27, 2019 San Ramon, CA
San Ramon Mariott Hotel
2600 Bishop Drive, San Ramon, CA 94583
Hotel room reservations are separate from convention registration! Contact the San Ramon Mariott (925) 867-9200 – ask for the American Iris Society – Apr2019 room rate.
Register here.
2019 Convention Chair: Shirley Trio-Probst
2701 Fine Road, Modesto, CA  95355
phone: (209) 551-6323 | e-mail:

AIS 2020 Convention  May 17 — 24, 2020, Newark, NJ
2020 Convention Chair: TBD
2020 Convention Regisrar: TBD

Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott
Newark Liberty International Airport, 1 Hotel Road, 
Newark, NJ 07114
Phone: (973) 623-0006

Standard Room Rates are $139 per night.
Discounted Self-Parking @ $15 per night (usually $30).
FREE High-speed Internet available in guest rooms.

Phone Reservations
Marriott Reservations in the US and Canada: 1-888-236-2427
The Ritz-Carlton, US and Canada: 800-542-8680


2021 Convention April 12-17 Las Cruces, NM
2021 Convention Co-Chair: Howie Dash
1534 Arco De Goya, Las Cruces, NM 88007
phone:(575)541-4438 |

2021 Convention Co-Chair: Scarlett Ayres
phone: H: 575-382-9613 C: 575-621-0717 e-mail:

AIS Fall Board Meetings

2019 November 1-2 Tulsa, Oklahoma
Meeting Chair: Paul W. Gossett, 3854 South Cincinnati Avenue Tulsa, OK 74105
phone:(918) 853-6204
Meeting Headquarters: TBA

AIS Electronic Board Meetings
The AIS Board is holding monthly Board meetings using an electronic conferencing program named Zoom.
The meetings are open to anyone. Participants may join the meeting using a web browser or simply calling into a phone conference number. The meetings can be attended using mobile devices as well. For information on using the Zoom software please go to:
The Zoom Help Center

The meetings are scheduled on the fourth Wednesday of the selected months and start at 5:00 PM Pacific Time

Electronic meetings are held in the following months:
November (Every third year the AIS Fall Board meeting will be held face-to-face at a location selected by the Board.)

The next electronic AIS Board meeting is:

AIS Feb Board Meeting
Time: Feb 27, 2019 5:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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If you need additional information please contact John Jones via email

AIS Section Conventions Listing
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

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

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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