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AIS 2017 Convention (updated December 27, 2016)
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AIS 2017 Convention: Des Moines, Iowa | May 23-27, 2017

For your convenience and easy reference, some important planning and reference information on the AIS 2017 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:  AIS 2017 Convention organization website
(please note that this link is to an external website, it is provided by the 2017 convention organizers)

The AIS Region 21 group, host for the 2017 American Iris Society Convention, invites all iris friends to Des Moines, Iowa. The 2017 AIS Convention will take place from May 23 to May 27, 2017.

The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is one of the host gardens and the site of the Wednesday evening Welcome Reception for the AIS 2017 Convention. Here you will see iris displays as well as visit official guest irises. Convention attendees will tour at six Des Moines area gardens, including two public gardens and see a further compliment of official guest irises. Visitors to the convention will observe hybridizers efforts of the past and new and exciting irises of the future.

2017 Convention Chairperson

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:

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

Convention Hotel Information

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

Follow this link below to book accommodation at the special AIS 2017 convention group rate: Des Moines Marriott group rate for American Iris Society National Convention

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

One of the tallest buildings in downtown Des Moines, the 33 storey Des Moines Marriott Hotel is easy to spot.

 Conventions Registration/Forms

2015 Conventions Registrar:
Kristin Jurik, 5658 195th Street, Ames, IA 50010;

The Registration Form contains the full details of costs, dates and any options.
Download the REGISTRATION FORM: AIS 2017 Convention Registration Form

Please note that Registration Fee does not include hotel accommodations or the Geek Dinner

Convention Schedule of Events
AIS 2017 Convention Schedule:
Download the AIS 2017 Convention timetable.
Please follow this link:  The Des Moines AIS 2017 Convention Schedule

Note: This may change slightly and the most current schedule is posted by the event organizers on their website.

Geek Dinner and Auction
The Geek Dinner for 2017! 18th 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 18th annual Geek Dinner being held during the AIS 2017 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: $35.00 (not included in convention registration fee)
DATE: Friday, May 26, 2017
TIME: 5:30pm - 8:00pm
LOCATION: Des Moines Marriott Hotel
Garden Salad with choice of 2 dressings, Rolls and Butter,
Citrus Tarragon Chicken with Apple Cranberry Chutney
Roasted Red Skin Potatoes, Chef’s Choice of Vegetable, Chef’s Choice of Dessert
Coffee, Iced Tea and Water

To ensure your place you must RSVP to Joanne Prass-Jones and send her your check
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.

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

As a guide, the local existing weather conditions and a detailed weather forecast for the AIS Convention location are provided by following this link:
The Weather Network:
Des Moines, Iowa



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