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From: AIS Policy Chairman <mlowe@worldiris.com>

An individual joining AIS is assigned to an AIS Region by means of the
address furnished to the AIS Membership Secretary. This address does not
have to correspond to the individual's address of residence. If a member
residing in a given Region has strong ties to another Region and desires to
participate in the activities of that Region, MEMBERSHIP CAN BE ESTABLISHED
IN THE DESIRED REGION by means of maintenance of an official 'AIS address'
in the Region of choice.
All AIS correspondence will be directed to the address furnished to the AIS
Membership Secretary. If said member is an AIS Accredited Judge he or she
will be carried on the Judges' Roster of the address-selected Region.

Any member of The American Iris Society who resides within the geographic
boundaries of a region is automatically a member of that region. Only the
members of The American Iris Society may be members of any particular
region. From the members of a region, one person is selected each three
years to serve as the Regional Vice President. This person is the executive
officer of the region and is the main link between the members of the
region and the AIS Board of Directors.

Further (and out of context [pertains to 'in region' selection] but germane...)
Sometimes geographic restrictions are placed on the selection of an RVP.
Some regions require that the office of RVP be rotated among the states in
the region. Members should be careful not to make these restrictions so
rigid that a less qualified RVP might be chosen just because no truly
qualified candidate is available in a designated locale. Often a very
active area will have many qualified candidates. It is not advocated that
members from one area be chosen only because of their intense interest.
However, restrictions should be made carefully when making a state or area
a criteria in the selection of an RVP. The qualifications of the candidate
are more important than his or her address.

Region 5 has, at an open Regional meeting, duly nominated and elected an
RVP. Said RVP was presented to the AIS Board of Directors by Region 5, AIS
and approved by the AIS Board of Directors in Nov. 1998.

Mike Lowe
AIS Policy Chairman

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