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AIS 2015 Convention (updated February 12, 2015)
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Welcome
AIS 2015 Convention: Portland, Oregon | May 18-23, 2015

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For your convenience and easy reference, some important planning and reference information on the AIS 2015 Convention is organized and provided below:
Convention Hotel Information
Conventions Registration/Forms
Convention Schedule of Events
Geek Dinner
Convention Site Weather

If you wish you may visit the organizers website:  
Follow this link:  The Greater Portland Iris Society AIS 2015 Convention website
(please note that this link is to an external website, it is provided by the 2015 convention organizers)

The Greater Portland Iris Society, host for the 2015 American Iris Society Convention, invites all iris friends to Portland, Oregon for Iris In Wonderland. The 2015 AIS Convention will take place from May 18 to May 23, 2015. Five of the six host gardens on the three day tour are well known commercial gardens.

Immediately following the national convention is the Siberian/Species 2015 convention, Another Day in the Garden. This will take place May 24 and May 25, 2015.

Besides the over 4200 bearded and beardless official guest irises, visitors will find the local hybridizers efforts of the past and new and exciting things of the future.

2015 Convention Chairperson
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2015 Conventions Chair:
2015 AIS Convention "IRIS IN WONDERLAND"
2015 Siberian/Species Convention "ANOTHER DAY IN THE GARDEN"

John Ludi, PO Box 956, Sandy OR 97055
ph. 503-668-9230 | fax 503-826-8808
e-mail: kludi@juno.com

Convention Hotel Information
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2015 Convention Hotel: The convention hotel is the Red Lion On The River, Jantzen Beach, Portland Oregon. This is the same hotel we used for the Reigning Iris 2006 National Convention.

February 2015 hotel update:
THE CONVENTION BLOCK OF ROOMS AT THE RED LION ON THE RIVER IS “SOLD OUT”.
ALTERNATE HOTEL – OXFORD SUITES PORTLAND – JANTZEN BEACH

(see further below for alternate hotel information)

Red Lion Hotel on the River:
909 N Hayden Island Drive, Portland, Oregon 97217
ph. 503-283-4466
fax 503-283-4743
Room Rates
Standard (Parking Lot Side)
$97.00 single/double occupancy; $107.00 triple; $117.00 quadruple
River View
$107.00 single/double occupancy; $117.00 triple; $127.00 quadruple
Reservations
Cutoff date for making room reservations for the special rate is April 27, 2015. Room rates are good 3 days prior and 3 days after the convention dates based on the availability of rooms.
Hotel Direct: 1-503-283-4466 and ask to make a reservation. Be sure to mention "Greater Portland Iris Society".
Toll Free: 1-800-733-5466. Reservations are for Red Lion On The River - Jantzen Beach, Portland, Oregon. Be sure to mention "Greater Portland Iris Society".
For on-line registration please follow this link: Red Lion Hotel on the River on-line registration
Fill in the blanks and send.
Transportation
Free courtesy shuttle from/to Portland International Airport (PDX). Distance 10 miles.
General Directions: Interstate 5 north, exit 308 (Hayden Island).
RV Park
Jantzen Beach RV Park - 1/2 mile west of hotel.
1503 N Hayden Island Drive
Portland, Oregon 97217
ph. 1-800-443-7248
www.jantzenbeachrv.com

Please note that hotel accommodations are not included in the registration fee.

February 2015 hotel update:
THE CONVENTION BLOCK OF ROOMS AT THE RED LION ON THE RIVER IS “SOLD OUT”.
ALTERNATE HOTEL – OXFORD SUITES PORTLAND – JANTZEN BEACH

HOTEL INFORMATION
OXFORD SUITES PORTLAND – JANTZEN BEACH

12226 N Jantzen Drive
Portland, Oregon 97217
Phone (local): 503-286-3030
Phone (toll free) 1-800-548-7848
Oxford Suites is located approximately 1 ½ blocks from the Red Lion On The River.
ROOM RATES
Studio King Suite: $109.00 single/double occupancy
Executive King Suite: $119.00 single/double occupancy
Studio Double Queen Suite: $129.00 single/double occupancy
A $12.00 additional person charge applies per person per night. Room rates do not include guest room tax.
Cutoff date for making room reservations for the special rate is April 18, 2015. Room rates are good 3 days prior and 3 days after convention dates based on the availability of rooms.
RESERVATIONS
Hotel Direct: 1-503-283-3030 / Toll Free: 1-800-548-7848 and ask to make a reservation.
Be sure to mention: ”Greater Portland Iris Society.”
On Line: www.oxfordsuitesportland.com Promo code: PDXIRIS. Fill in the blanks and go.
TRANSPORTATION
Free complimentary shuttle from/to Portland International Airport (PDX), MAX Light Rail and Portland Expo Center. General directions: Interstate 5 North, exit 308 (Hayden Island).

 Conventions Registration/Forms
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2015 Conventions Registrar:
2015 AIS Convention "IRIS IN WONDERLAND"
2015 Siberian/Species Convention "ANOTHER DAY IN THE GARDEN"

Judy Nunn, 4728 Jade St NE, Salem OR, 97305-3138
ph/fax 503-390-3816
e-mail: nunnjk@gmail.com

2015 AIS CONVENTION "IRIS IN WONDERLAND"
Dates: May 18-23, 2015.
Location: Portland, Oregon
Full registration includes:
Bus transportation to 6 gardens.
Over 4200 official guest irises.
Lunch on garden tours.
Dinner - Welcome Banquet and Awards Banquet.
Convention bag and book.
Register by March 21, 2015, for discounted full registration rate of $269.00 for Adults and $140.00 for Youth
From March 21, 2015, through April 18, 2015, full registration rate is $319.00 for Adults and $190.00 for Youth
After April 18, 2015, full registration is $369.00 for Adults and $240.00 for Youth.
Download the REGISTRATION FORM: AIS 2015 Convention Registration Form

2015 SIBERIAN/SPECIES CONVENTION "ANOTHER DAY IN THE GARDEN"
Dates: May 24/25, 2015
Location: Portland, Oregon
Full Registration Includes:
Bus transportation to 5 gardens
Lunch on garden tours
Banquet dinner
Register by March 21, 2015, for discounted full registration rate of $135.00 for Adults and Youth
From March 21, 2015, through April 18, 2015, full registration rate is $180.00 for Adults and Youth
After April 18, 2015, full registration is $230.00 for Adults and Youth.
Download the REGISTRATION FORM: 2015 Siberian/Species Convention Registration Form

REGISTER EARLY!
Please note that Registration Fee does not include hotel accommodations.

Convention Schedule of Events
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AIS 2015 Convention Schedule - the convention timetable will be available and posted by the event organizers on their website.
Follow this link:  The Greater Portland Iris Society AIS 2015 Convention website
(please note that this link is to an external website, it is provided by the 2015 convention organizers)

Geek Dinner and Auction
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The Geek Dinner for 2015! 16th ANNUAL GEEK DINNER

What a great way to have dinner for anyone! Have you heard how much fun the Geek Dinner is? Eat with geeks and non-geeks that have learned what a fun time everyone has. You don't have to be a computer person to attend ...just join a bunch of great iris folks for dinner. First, dinner and good conversation among iris friends and then, door prizes and an auction for more entertainment.

After having spent your day getting off the tour bus ...rushing around the garden trying not to miss anything ...then 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."

First there is meeting with all your friends and making new ones. If you happen to be a subscriber to one of the iris lists or electronic robins, you can meet other members and put faces to all those funny email names. Of course there is a great meal.

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 the digital projector for slide shows and online AIS Bulletin archives. Oh and of course some great doorprizes.

Now is the time to make plans for the, 16th annual Geek Dinner being held during the AIS 2015 Convention. Meet new friends and catch up with old ones.

The tables always fill up fast and unfortunately pre-registration is necessary. PLEASE RSVP with your check to Joanne Prass-Jones as soon as possible.

COST: $36.00 (not included in convention registration fee)
DATE: Friday, May 22
TIME: 5:30pm - 8:00pm
LOCATION: Salon 1
MENU:
Hayden Island House Salad (Mixed Greens, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Cauliflower, Sunflower Seeds), Creamy Peppercorn Dressing, Artisan Breads and Butter, Freshly Brewed Coffee and Iced Tea

Parmesan, Herb Crusted Breast of Chicken, Lemon Caper Cream Sauce
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Seasonal Fresh Vegetables

New York Style Cheesecake with Oregon Marionberry Sauce

To ensure your place you must RSVP to Joanne Prass-Jones and send her your check
Email: joanne@usjoneses.com
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: jijones@usjoneses.com as soon as possible so we can prepare the auction.

Convention Site Weather
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Weather is always an important consideration for any event.

As a guide, the local existing weather conditions and a detailed weather forecast for the following few days are provided by following this link:
The Weather Network:
Portland Oregon

 

 

   
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