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  3. The AIS 2019 Fall Bulletin “Irises” is now available in the eMembers section. Click on
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  4. Convention Cancelled and March 24, 2020 Follow-up
  5. The next Board Teleconference is August 26th, 2020
  6. Convention Cancelled and March 24, 2020 Follow-up
  7. 2019 Iris Medal Winners
  8. AIS Website Update – July 29
  9. Regional Fall Meetings
  10. Symposium Voting Deadline
  11. Iris Register Update
  12. Summer 2019 Irises Bulletin Available to Emembers
  13. Judges Award Voting Deadline
  14. 2019 Photo Contest Deadline
  15. 2020 AIS Calendar Available
  16. Spring 2019 AIS Bulletin
  17. AIS 2020 Convention Information
  18. AIS Board Conference Calls
  19. Future Schedules (for Board teleconf)
  20. 2018 Tall Bearded Symposium
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    3. AIS Non-discrimination Policy
    4. Iris Registration Form to Submit a Photo
    5. AIS Bulletin Archive
    6. AIS Image Coordinator – Janet Smith
    7. AIS Electronic Membership – 2012
    8. New AIS Registrar – 2011
    9. AIS RVP Handbook
    10. Iris Encyclopedia – 2011
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AIS 2020 Summer Webinar Series

As you probably know, in 2020 we are celebrating our Centennial Anniversary! As part of the celebration we are happy to announce our first ever webinar summer series.


● July 8th: Gary White on “Irises and AIS – The Early Years”
● July 15th: Gary White on “Irises and AIS – The Middle Years”
● August 5th: Bonnie Nichols on “Novelty Irises: Broken Color and Flatties”
(including Judges Training)
● August 12th: Bonnie Nichols on “Novelty Irises: Space Agers” (including Judges
● September 2nd: Jody Nolin on “Species Irises” (including Judges Training)

Start time: 5:30 p.m Pacific

All events will be conducted via Zoom Webinars: An email invitation to register online will be sent to all AIS members a week before each event. Once you register you will be sent the webinar’s link.

All webinars will be FREE of charge to all members of AIS, AIS sections, and local iris clubs.

Not an AIS member but want to attend? Email us at: .

Zoom info.:

Thank you to all our presenters! If you would like to be a future webinar presenter, please let us know.

Like a PDF with this information?  Here it is.

AIS 2020 Webinar Summer Series Continues

Register for the July 15th Webinar

The American Iris Society invites you to a Zoom Webinar:

The 2020 Webinar Summer Series, presented by The American Iris Society. 
When: Jul 15, 2020 05:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Gary White on “Irises and AIS – The Middle Years” 
“In this webinar we will consider irises and people who were most influential several years after the formation of The American Iris Society. We will pick up the story from the end of the first webinar, the middle of the 20th Century, to near the end of the century; and we will focus on irises that you may have grown and people you may recognize.

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link for the webinar.


Questions? You may email them to:

Convention Cancellation Notice and March 24, 2020 Follow-up

Convention Cancellation Follow-up

Thank you to the 229 people who registered for the AIS 2020 Convention. It would have been a Grand event. However, the coronavirus had other plans for us this year.

If you paid your registration by check, there is a refund check in the mail to you now. Let me know at if you don’t receive it by March 31, 2020.

If you paid your registration by credit card, you should have received an email that your card has been credited with the amount originally charged with a note that “Convention cancelled”.

If you paid by PayPal, a refund has been sent to your PayPal account with a note that the AIS 2020 Convention cancelled.

If you sent a wire to the AIS bank for your registration, I will going to the bank by Friday of this week to process a return wire.

I have received an email from Tristen, the event coordinator at the Marriott Newark Hotel. All hotel rooms that were included in our clock at the $139 per night room rate have been cancelled by Marriott.

The only thing you need to do is to cancel your plane reservations if you were flying to the Convention.

Stay well. Let me know if you have any questions about the convention at

Jill Bonino
March 24, 2020

The AIS has formally canceled the 2020 Convention. There is a new ban on meetings in New York and New Jersey that covers our meeting dates.
All registration money will be refunded.
Registrants should contact their hotel and travel providers to cancel their reservations.
A delayed Centennial celebration will be planned.
Please all stay safe during this crisis. We need you all!

Jody Nolin
AIS President
March 16, 2020

Below is the earlier notice of March 12, 2020

We are all deeply concerned with the rise in cases of the Coronavirus.  The majority of our membership fall into the high risk category. Many Regional and Sectional events have already been canceled.

Although the 2020 Convention is still two months away, the Convention Committee and AIS executive committee have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely.  Our first priority is the health and well-being of all attendees. While no one can predict the future spread of the disease, we do want to be ready to respond to whatever does happen.  It may slow or stop with the warming of spring weather. It may not.

For now, the convention will still be held.  We will be monitoring the CDC and government guidelines and re-evaluating the situation as it unfolds.  We expect to have a final decision by the end of March.

If we do have to cancel the convention, we will post it on AISTalk, News and Notes, and  all attendees will be contacted. Contingency plans are being made should this happen. 

It would be a shame to miss our Centennial celebration, but it would be far worse to miss any one of you.

Jody Nolin
AIS President

Next Board Teleconference August 26, 2020 - Everyone Invited

The next AIS Electronic Board meeting is August 26, 2020. 

All meetings start at 5:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Reports for this meeting and minutes for the previous meetings can be found here:

To join an AIS Zoom Meeting go to:

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AIS Announces the 2019 Iris Medal Winners!

Each year the American Iris Society judges vote for the top irises in each of the classes based on the irises performance in gardens.  The 2019 winners have just been announced! Beginning with the Dykes Medal Winner‘Bottle Rocket’ by Michael Sutton all the votes can be seen in this printable awards list (PDF) .   There also is a photo gallery of the winners and runner-ups under construction on the Iris Encyclopedia.

In addition to the Iris Medal Winners for all 15 classes, the list also has the Walther Cup (all classes eligible) and has the Honorable Mention and Award of Merit irises in each class.

Congratulations to all the winners! 

Did you know that the AIS website has the yearly lists of winners, including number of votes,  for 1999 to the present in PDF format on this page?

And the Iris Encyclopedia has pages devoted to each of the awards with pictures of winners.  Start here for a list of the awards.   For example, this is the Dykes Medal page.

AIS Website Update - July 29, 2019

We have installed a new website for AIS. (The one you are now looking at.) is the proper address.

However, we seem to be having some intermittent problems and we are working to resolve them.

If you have a bookmark to any of the sub-pages on the old website, they will no longer work. Please navigate to the new website and establish new bookmarks for the places you like. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Also, please note that for eMembers many of the most recent AIS bulletins are available for reading online in a new format that does not require Adobe Flash. To login as an eMember on the new site just click on the LOG IN button in the upper right corner of the home page.

Thank you.

Regional Fall Meetings Begin in August

Next month marks the start of Fall Regional Meetings season.  To get you ready, here is information about many of them.  Please let us know of any others (
In August there are 4 region events you can attend:
  • August 9-10 Region 9 Springfield, Illinois. Trainer Chuck Bunnell
  • August 9-10 Region 17 Weatherford, Texas. Guest speaker/trainer Kevin Vaughn
  •  August 16-17 Region 21 Omaha, Nebraska. Guest speaker Paul Black
  • August 17-18 Region 23 Las Cruces,New Mexico. Guest speaker Hugh Stout

Note:  Since this was posted July 29th in News & Notes, we have learned of 2 more and added them to the list.  One of those added was the August Region 23 meeting.

2019 Deadlines - For Reference

August 1st is when your votes in the TB Symposium should reach your RVP.

The American Iris Society Judges ballot needs to be postmarked by August 1, 2019 if being mailed.  Or you can vote online, again by August 1, 2019.

The 2019 AIS Photo Contest deadline was August 1st.

Irisregister Update has been updated with the 2018 Registrations and Introductions and the names currently entered in the 2019 database as Registered or Reserved.
Irisregister is available to AIS eMembers.
Also please note that The AIS has activated its new website, and that for eMembers the  most current AIS bulletin and the 6 most recent AIS bulletins are available for reading online in a new format that does not require Adobe Flash.
The above note in AIS Talk came from:
John and Joanne Jones
Registrar-Recorders, American Iris Society


Please spread the word.

The 2020 AIS Calendar is now available.


You can order your AIS 2020 Iris Calendar at an Early Order Special Discount. The Early Order Special Discount will end May 1, 2019. Calendars are now available. Please place your order through the AIS Storefront. For more information Click here

Fall 2019 AIS Bulletin

The Fall 2019 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.

AIS 2020 Convention Information

The 2020 Convention Committee has set up a website for the 2020 National Convention.

2020 American Iris Convention Website

The 2020 AIS convention will be held  May 19 – 23, 2020. The Centennial Convention will be based at the Newark, NJ Marriott Hotel and will feature distinctive gardens in the city, such as the New York Botanical Garden where the AIS was founded; the Presby Memorial Iris Garden in Montclair, NJ; and Wave Hill Gardens in New York.

[Update] Both Convention registration and hotel registrations are now open! Details can be found on the website.

AIS Board Conference Calls

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 June Board Meeting
Time: Jun 26, 2019 5:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Future Schedules:


  • June 26
  • July 24
  • Aug 28
  • Sept 25
  • Oct 23
  • Dec 4 (moved from day before Thanksgiving)


  • Jan 22
  • Feb 26
  • Mar 25
  • Apr 22
  • June 24
  • July 22
  • Aug 26
  • Sept 23
  • Oct 28
  • Nov 25 (day before Thanksgiving)


  • Jan 27
  • Feb 24
  • Mar 24
  • May 26
  • June 23
  • July 28
  • Aug 25
  • Sept 22
  • Oct 28


  • Jan 26
  • Feb 23
  • Mar 23
  • May 25
  • June 22
  • July 27
  • Aug 24
  • Sept 28
  • Oct 26
  • Nov 23 (day before Thanksgiving)


  • Jan 25
  • Feb 22
  • Mar 22
  • April 26
  • June 28
  • July 26
  • Aug 23
  • Sept 27
  • Oct 25
  • Nov 22 (day before Thanksgiving)

News Archive

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 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 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, 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.

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: Resources > Archive – AIS Documents

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.

Please send all information for website updates to:
Bryce Williamson, AIS Electronic Services and Website