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Re: Calender

CEMahan@aol.com wrote:
> Hi, Phyllis,
> You will, I think, be happy to know that the previous policy of AIS, whereby
> cultivars still competing for awards, were not pictured or if pictured not
> identified in AIS material, has now been changed.  Like you, I disagreed with
> this policy.  Whereas the motive for the policy, not to show favoritism to
> specific iris breeders, was noble, my view was that the Society exists for
> the membership, and the general membership wants to see newer, named irises.
>  The Bulletin is already reflecting the new policy.  Interestingly, when the
> final vote to change the policy was taken, I think every Board member
> supported the change.  
> So you see, positive changes do happen.  (If there is a tendency to any
> favoritism, I believe it will be self-correcting.  The membership is not shy
> in raising issues, and iris breeders are notoriously not shy.)  :) Clarence
> Mahan in VA


> Of course, I am listening, friend Ellen.  I hope no judges are swayed by
> pictures, and if it sometimes happens that a few poor judges do get
> influenced by pictures, well there are a couple of "bad apples" in every
> barrel. But I strongly argued that policy should not be determined on the
> bases of the wrong behavior of a handful of bad performers, and so did most
> of the members of the AIS Board...and the policy is now changed, and pictures
> of newer irises,properly identified,will be appearing in AIS publications
> more and more.  Cheers, Clarence Mahan in VA


For this and the many other things you add a sound mind and realistic
attitude to, thank you.

John                     | "There be dragons here"
                         |  Annotation used by ancient cartographers
                         |  to indicate the edge of the known world.

John Jones, jijones@ix.netcom.com
Fremont CA, USDA zone 8/9 (coastal, bay) 
Max high 95F/35C, Min Low 28F/-2C average 10 days each
Heavy clay base for my raised beds.

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