AIS: The Sections
In a message dated 1/28/05 11:06:06 AM Eastern Standard Time,
<< The iris world seems to be sectionalized unlike the daylily and hosta
societies. For irises there are "co-operating societies" such as the
Reblooming Iris Society, the Society For Japanese Irises, the Siberian Iris
Society, etc, which seem to fall under the AIS umbrella.
Bobby, here again I am obliged to comment that this is not accurate.
AIS contains SECTIONS which are special interest groups which are part of
AIS. These arose so that persons in AIS especially interested in Medians or
Siberians or Dwarfs or whatever could work together to have more dialog and whatnot
on that particular group of Irises and publish a journal devoted to their
Section membership is something extra that folks can opt for. Sections arose
out of enthusiasm, with members getting together to meet their own needs. AIS
recognizes the Sections, and considers them part of the organization. Although
administratively they are largely independent, they are subsumed into the
organization, and they support it. At one time AIS membership was required to be
a member of a Section but that is no longer the case.
There are also two COOPERATING SOCIETIES associated with AIS. These deal
with Arils and Arilbreds, and Louisiana Irises, types which grow best in areas
where other Irises typically grow poorly, and typically may not grow where the
more usual kinds of irises thrive. So these organizations and their activities
have to be oriented differently both chronologically and geographically, from
the groups which deal with the rest of the Genus, which includes AIS.
Accordingly their association with AIS is and has always been defined in a slightly
Many things become less mysterious if one simply consults the appropriate
sources of information. I encourage anyone interested in discussing AIS to read
First, and most important, the Bylaws of the American Iris Society, which if
they are not posted on the AIS page should be, but which are available upon
request from the AIS Secretary, whose mailing address is on the webpage.
Second, The Golden Anniversary Edition of the Bulletin of the American Iris
Society, from January 1970, dealing with the history of the organization from
the beginning, which is available for purchase at modest cost from the Historic
Iris Preservation Society, that AIS Section which is concerned with
preservation not only of historic Irises but also historic documents. See the webpage
at <www.worldiris.com.> or speak to Dorothy at Irisacher@aol.com. This is
really good reading, critical reading, and I think giving it some attention will
clear up a whole lot of misconceptions.
Then there is the 75th Anniversary Bulletin from 1995, a less distinguished
volume than the aforementioned, but still interesting, especially as it
includes conbtributions from each of the Sections about their founding. Check with
the AIS Storefront for availability. That address should also be on the AIS
Richmond, VA USA
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