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From: Dana Brown <ddbro@llano.net>

I took the liberty of forwarding some of the news and questions about
the TBIS to a friend of mine, Ramona Howard, who is on the Board of the
TBIS.  She sent this back to me and asked if I would post it back to

> What many persons who were not at the board meeting in Denver do
> not know and evidently the AIS board doesn't want them to know is that > we made every effort to have a meeting with the AIS board and they 
> wouldn't EVEN discuss meeting with the board members of TBIS and 
> officers in Denver.  Instead, they chose to have a secret meeting most 
> of the night and come up with all those items that they wanted TBIS to 
> agree to before they would even consider whether they would accept
> TBIS as a cooperating society or Section of AIS.  The way it was
> proposed was that even if TBIS agreed to all those stipulations, which
> meant changing our by-laws, among other items, they still might not 
> agree to accept us as any part of AIS.  We could have done everything 
> they asked for and that still didn't guarantee our being accepted in 
> any capacity.  AIS officers and board members assumed many things and 
> ran scared before they knew any of the objectives of TBIS.  It has not 
> been nor will not be in the future the objective of TBIS to interfere 
> in any of the workings of AIS, nor did we say that we would EVER have 
> a convention at the same time as AIS.  This was an assumption that 
> someone had and had no basis in fact.  The fact that many persons 
> wanted to have a society that promoted Tall Bearded irises was the
> only reason the society was ever formed.  We had every intention of 
> working with AIS and encouraging our members to join and be a part of 
> AIS.  It is the same as any section or cooperating society of AIS.  
> Nothing more or less.
> There seems to be some sort of paranoia about the organization(TBIS)
> which comes from some members of AIS on the board and some of its 
> officers without really knowing anything about it.  They are going on 
> inuendo and misinformation and spreading it around like wildfire.  Ron 
> Mullin stated that the reason TBIS applied to AIS to be a cooperating 
> society is because the sections are SUPPOSED to require that their 
> members be AIS members before they become members of that certain 
> section of AIS, however it is common knowledge that many of the 
> members of those sections are in fact NOT members of AIS and AIS has 
> no way to police their membership.  TBIS, not wanting to be in the
> same position of really not abiding by AIS rules, decided it would be
> better to be a cooperating society in order to get persons to belong 
> to the Tall bearded society and then encourage them to become members 
> of AIS.  He also stated that in the ENGLISH language the word 
> "cooperating" actually means working together and that was exactly 
> what we had in mind for TBIS and AIS.
> It was the AIS board and officers that seemed to read other intentions 
> into our starting the TBIS.  No where in our by-laws did we state that 
> we would EVER hold a convention in conflict with AIS and it is not our 
> desire to do so. The only thing that was in the by-laws that the AIS 
> board misconstrued was the statement that in the event at some later 
> date many years from now, IF AIS should NOT HOLD an AIS convention, 
> for whatever reason, the TBIS could still meet.  We don't know what 
> may happen in the future anymore than the AIS board does, so that was 
> just a way out in that situation should it ever occur. We have no 
> intention of having a separate convention and trying to draw persons
> away from our annual AIS convention.  TBIS was begun by persons who 
> love tall bearded irises and want to enjoy growing them and sharing 
> that with others who may have the same interest.  There was already a 
> society or section for every other type of iris, why not have one 
> specifically for the TB's.  This society was not begun maliciously or 
> for any other reason.  We want to have fun in the organization and not 
> be bogged down in the politics of it.  This organization is not about 
> the board or the officers, but for the members.  We want to have
> something to give our members and one of the great things that has 
> come out of it has been our excellent TALL TALK newsletter, which 
> offers such good information.  Some of the AIS board members were 
> saying that if persons were asked to be members of TBIS then they 
> wouldn't want to pay to be a member of AIS.  That doesn't seem to stop 
> them from being members of AIS when they belong to the other sections 
> and societies.  If anything, it causes them to be more aware of the 
> national organization.  It has not been the TBIS that was unwilling to 
> work together to be a part of AIS, it has been the other way around.  > They are paranoid that IF there is a TBIS we will destroy AIS.
> They believe that the two organizations cannot work together because 
> most of the members of AIS are only interested in tall bearded irises 
> anyway and there is no need for the Tall bearded society.  Nothing 
> could be further from the truth.  There has been nothing offered 
> through AIS for those persons in a very long time.  AIS has become 
> bogged down with personalities, wanting to be on the board, wanting 
> their friends on the board,  seeing that the same people hold the same 
> offices for as long as possible, instead of being concerned about what 
> they are giving their members.  The members are no longer important
> to them and most of the AIS members don't really care about the 
> politics and all the fussing and fighting and back biting that goes 
> on.  They belong to the organization because they love the iris flower 
> and enjoy growing it and seeing it bloom.  AIS needs to get back to 
> the basics and remember why the organization was started in the first 
> place, then they wouldn't feel so threatened by an organization that 
> only wants to promote irises and help people know about them, how to 
> grow them and enjoy them.  
> This comes from Ramona Howard who is a board member of TBIS and
> knows about the motives and intentions of the organization.  Other 
> persons answering questions about TBIS with answers that are 
> diametrically opposed to TBIS and have no idea what the organization
> is all about has no right to present their slanted view points as 
> having any basis in fact.

Dana Brown, Lubbock, Texas  Zone 7 Usda, Zone 10 Sunset
Average:   rainfall of 17.76", wind speed of 12.5 mph, 164 days
of clear weather, 96 of which dip below freezing.

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