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Re:AIS membership trends etc.

    Doroth Willot wrote: "The reason for limitations was not to keep AIS
members in the dark, but to prevent the invasion of
members' privacy by having the membership list sold to advertisers and various
commercial enterprises.  In the past the AIS did publish a printed membership
list that could be purchased by members.  I have several of these old lists
which I sometimes refer to for hybridizers addresses.  The problem I have with
not having access to a membership list is in voting HC
awards for seedling where the judge is required to give the hybridizer's
region number.  How can you do that if you don't know where the hybridizer

    I have the 1989 and 1991 lists lying in front of me right now. I believe
the 1991 list was the last published I also agree with Kitty Loberg who wrote:
" I can see why some wouldn't want their name/addr published, but there is a
simple way to handle this.   When paying dues, there could be a check box
which said "__ I do not want my name/addr published to other members."
orsomething like that.   It would be like having an unlisted phone number in
the phone book."

    I am a member of the AIS and most of the sections. I do not belong to the
Society For Pacific Coast Native Irises because I have never been able to grow
one long enough to bring it into bloom. I also am a member of the Tall Bearded
Iris Society and have all copies of Tall Talk from issue one. Robert Pries was
correct when he stated that the hierarchy of the TBIS is anti AIS. I attended
one of their national conventions and was amazed at the animosity to the AIS
displayed by some of them. I'm sure they will not become an AIS section while
these people are in power. This will not be the first time this has happened.
If my memory serves me correctly, the Dwarf Iris Society did not become a
section until after the death of Walter Welch because of his opposition.

    I think I started all of this discussion when I asked who in the group
belonged to the AIS or received their start in iris through the AIS. I asked
the queston because of a very caustic remark concerning the AIS by one of the
group. Members of a group should be able to discuss their differences without
animosity or vituperative remarks. Unfortunately, there are some members of
this group who think otherwise.  There have been some very fine discussions,
and I have saved most of the e-mails on improving the local society. However,
I do not have the time to waste reading some of the vituperative articles, so
I'll sign off the list.
James L. Ennenga
Ennenga's Iris Garden
6913 Chartwell Road
Knoxville, TN 37931-2542
(865) 938-6337

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