> 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.
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