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re: Decadence and the AIS awards system
  • Subject: re: Decadence and the AIS awards system
  • From: Michèle BERSILLON <auxiris5@orange.fr>
  • Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2012 09:47:56 +0100

Hello Dave; Hope your shoes are clean!  This information that you give is
somewhat outdated, as
the paragraph concerning the "American" Dykes medal in the Judge's Handbook
has been changed
since then.  Here is a direct quote from the Fall Board Meeting of the AIS in
2009 concerning The
Dykes Medal awarded in America:

Motion 4: "That the eligibility of irises for the American Dykes Medal be
reaffirmed as: The American Dykes Medal is awarded annually by the British
Society through The American Iris Society and is restricted to irises first
and introduced in the United States or Canada. Irises originated elsewhere,
not eligible for the American Dykes Medal, are eligible for other AIS awards
that the iris was first introduced in the United States or Canada.

As the motion is "reaffirmed", this would indicate(and I have it on good
authority that this is true) that
foreign originated irises have in fact never been eligible for the American
Dykes medal. It may be a
clearer illustration of the application of this rule if I cite the recent
exclusion of Slovak Prince,
the wonderful Anton Mego cultivar which recently won a Wister medal---which
normally would
have made it eligible to compete for the Dykes.  Another older case is the
iris Pinnacle.  The
Dykes medal remains a British Iris Society award and it is this association
which decides what
irises in which part of the world are eligible or not.

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