In a message dated 8/31/2005 7:25:37 PM Central Daylight Time,
Maybe this is a politically incorrect statement, but why can't we write any
in? Seems like I remember that capability some time ago. I have gobs of
irises that are not top 100, some of which you mention, that I would love
to vote for, as they are pretty AND perform. How does a relatively new
iris, one which indeed does seem to walk on water, make the voting
list? There are obviously new varieties on the 100 list every year. Maybe
I shouldn't ask, but who gets them on the ballot to be voted upon?
George and anyone who may be interested, these are the qualifications/rules
included on the Symposium ballot as printed and included with the July 2005
Sixty-sixth Official Tall Bearded Iris Symposium of the American Iris Society
This is your ballot to help determine the One Hundred Favorite Tall
Bearded Irises for 2006. The list of candidates was completed by
combin­ing the following lists of outstanding varieties:
The 100 top varieties in last year's Symposium
The tall bearded irises eligible for 2005 Dykes Medal
The tall bearded irises eligible for 2005 Wister Medal
The tall bearded irises eligible for 2005 Awards of Merit
The tall bearded irises that won 2004 Awards of Merit
The tall bearded irises that won 2004 Honorable Mentions
Every member of The American Iris Society may participate in this balloting
of the irises listed on the following pages. Each member is allowed
twenty-five votes. Please follow the instructions below.
1. Vote only for an iris that you have seen blooming in a garden.
2. Clearly place an "X" in front of each of your twenty-five favorites. The
sec­ond member of a family membership should use an "0" symbol to
desig­nate votes. Additional family or youth members should use a number (1,
2,3, etc.) in front of each vote to identify it. Each member is entitled to a
maximum of twenty-five votes. Since the ballot is designed for easy
tabu­lation by the Regional Vice Presidents, please follow directions carefully.
3. No member may vote for more than twenty-five varieties. You may vote for
fewer than twenty-five if you wish. Write-in votes are no longer allowed and
will not be tabulated.
4. Your ballot must be mailed to and received by your Regional Vice
President by September 1, 2005 in order to be counted. The name of your RVP is listed
inside each AIS Bulletin. Sign your ballot and mail it first class. Each RVP
now has the option of accepting ballots by email (by number or by name).
5. Overseas Members may vote by mailing their ballot to the Symposium
Committee Chairman whose name, email, and address appear inside each AIS Bulletin.
It is advisable to send by Air Mail to assure receipt of your Ballot by the
deadline of September 15, 2005. Email is an accept­able alternative
(either numbers-only, or numbers and names), and a rep­resentative in each
foreign country can tally that country's votes and send the totals and voters
to the Symposium Chair by email or mail.
Cedar Hill, MO
AIS Region 18, Zone 5
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