News - Announcements (updated December 27, 2016)
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2017 Convention: (December 2016)
Everyone is now looking forward
to the next AIS Convention which will take place in the Des Moines, Iowa area in 2017. The
convention will take place May 23-27, 2017 with
visits to official iris tour gardens in the surrounding area. If you wish you may visit the organizers website: AIS 2017 Convention organization website
(please note that this link is to an external website, it is provided by the 2017 convention organizers)
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. Information includes:
Convention Hotel Information/
Convention Schedule of Events/
Convention Site Weather
Please follow this link to the information on the AIS 2017 Convention: AIS 2017 Convention information
2017 Proposed AIS Awards Ballot (December 2016)
The 2017 version is now posted and available for your review.
The purpose of posting the proposed AIS Awards Ballot online now is to give people (AIS judges and hybridizers) the chance to review the listing and provide input before the official AIS Awards Ballot is finalized and sent out for voting.
Please follow this link on the AIS website to the information: AIS Awards
Fall 2016 AIS Bulletin: (November 2016)
The Fall 2016 issue of the AIS Bulletin is now available for online viewing within the Emembers section of the AIS website. Previous AIS Bulletin issues are also available for viewing in this area.
Note: to access this area you must have a current AIS Emembership. AIS Emembership is separate from the normal AIS membership. Please see the Electronic Membership Information area of the website for more details.
2016 Photo Contest Winners
The 2016 Photo Contest Winners slide show has been added to the AIS website. Enjoy!
To view this and a number of previous years contest winners please go to: Photos and Puzzles
2016 AIS Awards announced!: (August 2016)
The 2016 American Iris Society annual awards have been announced... and we have all the details available here for you. The full AIS awards listing maybe found at the AIS Awards area of the AIS website.
The top AIS award, the 2016 Dykes Medal, has been won by the Siberian iris Swans in Flight (Hollingworth 2006). Follow the link to see a nice photo and read an amazing story regarding this iris. Congratulations to all the award winners and to all those
hybridizers involved in producing awesome new iris varieties each year. To see the details on all the AIS awards please go to:
About Irises>Awards & Surveys >AIS Awards
2015 Registrations and Introductions Booklet (May 2016)
This item is
now available at the AIS Storefront.
Please place your order through the AIS Storefront.
Follow this link to see the full details and to see the ordering information:
2016 AIS Judges Listing (April 2016)
The 2016 list of AIS Judges is now available on the AIS website. It is provided as a PDF file that can be downloaded/viewed or printed for your reference. For this item please go to: Member Services>Society Information>AIS Documents using the website navigation menu on the left or via this direct link: AIS Documents
Additionally the AIS Exhibition Committee contact information plus previous AIS Exhibition Reports are available for reference on the AIS website. For these items please go to: Member Services >Exhibition Reports using the website navigation menu on the left or via this direct link: Exhibitions Reports
2018 AIS Calendar Orders: (March 2017)
There is presently an opportunity to order your AIS 2018 Calendar in advance.
Early orders for these calendars will end May 1, 2017. Calendars will be shipped when available. Please place your order through the AIS Storefront.
Standard Price: USA individual copy $8.00, Packet of 10 $50.00; Canada individual copy $10.00, Packet of 10 $55.00; International individual copy $14.00, Packet of 10 $65.00. Prices include S&H.
Early Order Special (cutoff date May 1, 2017): USA individual copy $7.00, Packet of 10 $40.00; Canada individual copy $9.00, Packet of 10 $50.00; International individual copy $12.00, Packet of 10 $60.00. Prices include S&H.
To download the early order form for the calendars with all the details please follow this link: AIS 2018 Calendar Early Order Form (PDF file)
AIS Membership Rates: (October 2015)
Please be advised that the AIS Membership rates have increased as of October 1, 2015.
The complete new rate structure is available to view on the AIS website>>AIS Membership These are the rates that are in effect for any memberships
received from October 1, 2015 onwards.
2015 AIS Photo Contest: (July 2015)
The 2015 Photo Contest has now concluded. Good luck to all the entrants, please watch for the announcement of the winners.
The AIS invites you to participate in our annual Photo Contest. Submissions for the 2015 AIS Photo Contest will be received from April 1, 2015 until midnight June 30, 2015. This contest is free and open to everyone, with the exception of contest judges and the contest chairperson who are not eligible to enter or win. The full entry information + entry form for the 2015 AIS Photo Contest is available now on the AIS website. For further information on this item please go to: Photos and Puzzles> Enter Photo Contest
2015 Tall Bearded Iris Symposium
ballot available for voting: (June 2015)
The ballot for the 2015 seventy-fifth Official Tall Bearded Iris Symposium of the American
Iris Society is now available on the AIS website. Vote! For this item and further information please go to: About Irises>Awards & Surveys > Tall
Bearded Iris Symposium
UPDATE AIS Library of Historic Iris Catalogs: (January 2015)
A second set of catalogs from the 1930's has now been added to the library.
A new AIS emembers service now available. The AIS has created a library of electronic copies of historic iris catalogs. This will be an ongoing project with new material that will be added to this resource from time to time.
Please see the Electronic Membership information area of the AIS website for more details.
Advertise in the AIS Bulletin: (December 2014)
Perhaps you have a business that could benefit from advertising in the AIS Bulletin. The AIS Bulletin reaches all members of the AIS who very likely would have a direct interest in your iris related product offerings. Target your audience directly and effectively with an AIS Bulletin advertisement. The rates for advertising are quite reasonable, the benefits are considerable.
Find out how to do this, for information please go to: About AIS>About the AIS Bulletin
Notice to hybridizers and iris registrants: (December 2014)
The seasonal, two-fee registration structure enacted at the Spring 2014 Board of Directors meeting has been rescinded.
For additional information please go to: About Irises> Iris Registrations
Notice to Hybridizers and Registrants: (July 2014)
At the Spring 2014 Board of Directors the AIS Board of Directors set a two-tier structure for registration/reserve fees. For additional information please go to the iris Registrations information page.
AIS Affiliates: (March 2014) AIS Affiliates renew their affiliation with the AIS on an annual basis through their AIS RVP. If your organization requires the AIS 2014 affiliation application form it is now available on the AIS website.
This completed form is then submitted to the corresponding area AIS RVP for for approval.
For this item please go to: About AIS>AIS Regions and Affiliated Societies
2013 Tall Bearded Iris Symposium
Ballot results: (February 2014)
The results of the seventy-third Official Tall Bearded Iris Symposium of the American
Iris Society are now available on the AIS website. For this item and further information please go to: About Irises>Awards & Surveys > Tall
Bearded Iris Symposium
News & Notes Newsletter: (July 2013)
On July 2, AIS launched its new electronic newsletter, News & Notes. Every AIS member who has shared their current e-mail address should have received the newsletter in their mailbox. This monthly publication will provide updates on what is happening in AIS and the Iris world in between Bulletin issues and alert our e-members when the Bulletin is available online. The scope is larger than what is practical for the Bulletin. We invite our members to report happenings of interest, photo essays, and announcements of significant events. In the future we will be able to survey our readers on various iris topics.
We expect News & Notes to get better and more interesting as it develops. Because you can see its content quickly in the “in This Issue” block, you can easily go to those links that interest you most. Topics that were limited for space in the Bulletin can be expanded via News & Notes. We are eager for you to be an iris reporter and tell us on the PR-committee (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org) about the things you would like included. If you did not receive your first issue, check with the membership secretary email@example.com to see we have your current e-mail on file. If you decide you do not want this publication you can click on unsubscribe at any time. We hope this will become an interactive communication link with the members of our society.
Check your AIS membership status: Need to know your membership expiration date? Need to lookup the
expiration date for club members or your Region's members for
AIS Affiliation? Easy and quick.
Please go to: www.aislookup.org
AIS Bulletin Index: (December 2012) The AIS Bulletin Index has been recently updated to include up to AIS Bulletin issue 366 inclusive. To get a copy of this handy reference item please go to the following webpage: About the AIS Bulletin or use the sidebar navigation at any time.
AIS Donations: (December 2012) If you are thinking of making a donation to the AIS please visit the AIS Donations webpage for an easy explanation on how to proceed. Donations to AIS are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law as the AIS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Contributions to the AIS are made through the AIS Foundation and can be designated to a specific AIS fund of your choice. For full information please go to the following webpage: AIS Donations/The AIS Foundation or use the sidebar navigation at any time.
AIS Non-discrimination Policy: (December 2012) The AIS Non-discrimination Policy is now posted on the AIS website. To view this please go to: AIS Documents area
Iris Registration Form to submit a photo of a registered iris: A form to accompany the submission of a digital photo of a registered iris is now available for download from the Iris Registrations section of the AIS website. The form may be filled out electronically, saved, and emailed along with a digital photo.
AIS Bulletin Archive. All the AIS Bulletins from the first one issued in 1920 thru 2009 have been scanned and converted to PDFs (Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format) and placed in an on line library that is now accessible to AIS Emembers through the Emembers page on the AIS website. If you are an Emember, click here to access this new service. If you would like to become and Emember, click here.
AIS Image Coordinator: (June 2012) AIS President Judy Keisling has appointed Janet Smith as the AIS Image Coordinator. The Image Coordinator has the responsibility of creating a reference library of registered irises. Registrants are requested (but not required) to submit images after a registration has been completed and they have received the Registration Certificate for the iris. Instructions and a new "fillable" form are available on the AIS website with guidelines on the type of photograph and the desired quality for the image. Send the photos or any questions you may have to the Image Coordinator, Janet Smith at: firstname.lastname@example.org
AIS Electronic Membership: (January 2012) The AIS announces a new membership service - electronic membership. Emembership is separate from the normal AIS membership. Emembers do not receive printed copies of the AIS Bulletins. Instead, they have access to online AIS Bulletins using an easy to use viewer. Emembers also have access to online viewing of The Basic Iris Culture booklet and access to irisregister.com, the online database of iris registrations and introductions. Additional services may be made available in the future. Please see the Electronic Membership information area of the website for more details.
New AIS Registrar announcement: (August 2011)
John Jones has been appointed AIS Registrar and as of July 2011 has taken over the responsibilities. Please send all registrations and correspondence to the new Registrar-Recorder John I. Jones. See the Iris Registrations section of the AIS website.
AIS RVP Handbook: (March 2011)
The newly revised AIS RVP Handbook is now available. This is an Adobe PDF file that can be downloaded/viewed/printed.
For this item please go to: Member Services>Society Information>AIS Documents
Bloomin' Bucks 2011 fundraising program: (January 2011)
The AIS is a registered non-profit organization with the Bloomin'
Bucks 2011 fundraising program by Brent and Becky's Bulbs!
This is how it works: It's simple...supporters of the registered
organization, the (AIS) American Iris Society, can go to www.bloominbucks.com and from a pull down menu of all of the
organizations registered, select
to support the AIS! One click takes you into the Brent and
Becky's Bulbs website where you can order whatever you want, in
whatever quantity you want...books, bulbs, tools, supplements, gift
certificates... anything...and a percentage of each order goes to
your organization! Every little bit helps and it all adds up to support
Please note: This is the only way to earn credit; go to the www.bloominbucks.com website,
then selecting to support your organization and
placing an on-line order ...so no phone orders, faxed orders, etc..
Iris Encyclopedia: (August 2010)
An exciting new American Iris Society(AIS) initiative is the Iris Encyclopedia which
is now available at the the following web location: Iris Encyclopedia
For more information on this very interesting and useful venture please go to this
special area of the
AIS website: What is the Iris Encyclopedia?
The answers to many questions on iris and
the American Iris Society (AIS) are found within the AIS website. Please direct any iris questions you
may have to your local area AIS RVP or a local iris club. These people
will be pleased to help you. A full listing of these contacts for your
area is provided under the AIS Regions listing page on this website ...or follow the link in the sidebar.
Please send all information for website
John I. Jones, AIS Electronic Services and Website
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