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Proposed 2015 AIS Awards Ballot: (January 2014)
The proposed 2015 AIS Awards Ballot is now available. The purpose of posting the proposed AIS Awards Ballot online 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. For this item and further information please go to:
About Irises>Awards & Surveys >AIS Awards

Fall 2014 AIS Bulletin: (Oct 2014) The Fall 2014 issue of the AIS Bulletin is now available for online viewing within the Emembers section of the AIS website. 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.

2014 AIS Photo Contest Results Posted: (Oct 2014)
The 2014 AIS Photo Contest awardee photos have been posted in a slide show available from the Photos and Puzzles section of the AIS website. To see this item and other slide shows, please use the sidebar navigation or follow this link: Photos and Puzzles

2014 AIS Awards announced: (August 2014)
The 2014 American Iris Society annual awards have now been announced. The full AIS awards listing maybe found at the AIS Awards area of the AIS website. The top AIS award, the Dykes Medal has been won by the MTB iris DIVIDING LINE (Charles Bunnell). Congratulations to all the award winners and to all those hybridizers involved in producing awesome new iris varieties each year. For more please go to: About Irises>Awards & Surveys >AIS Awards

 

 

Summer 2014 AIS Bulletin: (July 2014) The Summer 2014 issue of the AIS Bulletin is now available for online viewing within the Emembers section of the AIS website. 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.

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 2015 Convention: (July 2014) Everyone is now looking forward to the next AIS Convention which returns to Portland, Oregon in 2015. The convention will take place May 18-23, 2015 with visits to official iris tour gardens in the surrounding area. It will be followed by the Siberian/Species Convention on May 24-25, 2015.

As usual we have all the convention details conveniently 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 2015 Convention and also the 2015 Siberian/Species Convention: 2015 Conventions information

2014 Tall Bearded Iris Symposium ballot available for voting: (June 2014)
The ballot for the 2014 seventy-fourth Official Tall Bearded Iris Symposium of the American Iris Society is now available on the AIS website. For this item and further information please go to: About Irises>Awards & Surveys > Tall Bearded Iris Symposium

AIS 2015 Calendars now available to order: (April 2014) The 2015 calendars are now available to order through the AIS Storefront section of the website. These are a great item for gifts! The 2014 calendars are also now availabel at a reduced price. For information on either please go to: Member Services>AIS Storefront

Spring 2014 AIS Bulletin: (May 2014) The Spring 2014 issue of the AIS Bulletin is now available for online viewing within the Emembers section of the AIS website. 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.

2014 AIS Photo Contest: (April 2014)
The 2014 Photo Contest has now commenced. 
The AIS invites you to participate in our annual Photo Contest. Submissions for the 2014 AIS Photo Contest will be received from April 1, 2014 until midnight June 30, 2014. 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 2014 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

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

The AIS Voucher Program: (February 2014/revised April 2014)
A $25.00 VOUCHER MAY BE YOURS!

The AIS Voucher Program continues in 2014; now available for any new member of AIS, any new E-Member, or for any current member who upgrades membership; that is, upgrades from a single membership to a triennial or to a dual, or an E-Member who upgrades to multiple years of E-Membership.
Please follow this link to read the full program details: AIS Voucher Program
For the listing of participating nurseries follow this link: AIS Voucher Program Nurseries List

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

2014 AIS Judges Listing/Exhibition Reports (February 2014/revised March 2014)
The 2014 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 all of the AIS Exhibition Reports from 2009 to 2013 inclusive are now 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

January/February 2014 AIS Bulletin: (January 2014) The January/February 2014 issue of the AIS Bulletin is now available for online viewing within the Emembers section of the AIS website. 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.

Proposed 2014 AIS Awards Ballot: (January 2014)
The proposed 2014 AIS Awards Ballot is now available. The purpose of posting the proposed AIS Awards Ballot online 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. For this item and further information please go to:
About Irises>Awards & Surveys >AIS Awards

2013 AIS Photo Contest Results Posted: (December 2013)
The 2013 AIS Photo Contest awardee photos have been posted in a slide show available from the Photos and Puzzles section of the AIS website. To see this item and other slide shows, please use the sidebar navigation or follow this link: Photos and Puzzles

2013 AIS Awards announced: (August 2013)
The 2013 American Iris Society annual awards have now been announced. The full AIS awards listing maybe found at the AIS Awards area of the AIS website. The top AIS award, the Dykes Medal has been won by the TB iris THAT'S ALL FOLKS (William Maryott by Joseph Ghio). Congratulations to all the award winners and to all those hybridizers involved in producing awesome new iris varieties each year. For more please go to: About Irises>Awards & Surveys >AIS Awards

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 (robertpries@embarqmail.com, irismom@nc.rr.com, or wrmesser@gmail.com) about the things you would like included. If you did not receive your first issue, check with the membership secretary aismemsec@earthlink.net 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.

2013 AIS Judges List: (March 2013)
The 2013 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.

AIS Storefront On-Line ordering: (March 2013)
The AIS storefront now has on-line ordering as an option.
The AIS Storefront Shopping Cart is now on line and operational.
To access this, please go to: www.aisstorefront.selfsites.com
All items are listed by product type, then by shipping destination; United States (US), Canada (Canada) and Overseas (Overseas). All prices/payments are in $US and include shipping and handling. By using the AIS Storefront Shopping Cart, customers can pay by check, money order, credit card (VISA or Mastercard only) or through PayPal. Customers will receive email confirmation of all orders.

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

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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: aisimages@irises.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 the AIS!
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?

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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.

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