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Soap Box

     The Francis Scott Key society had their sale last saturday. While 
     there I purchased an iris call BABY BLESSED.  The person who labeled 
     it said it was SDB but looking through a catalog it was listed as IB.  
     Which one is right?
     Also, Tom was right about the AIS.  As a new member I've found the AIS 
     lacking in guidance.  I've been to a couple shows and meetings 
     (luncheons).  Every speaker has been a hybridizer.  That's fine if I 
     knew what they were talking about.  I couldn't tell you the difference 
     between I. virginica and a tet(?).  I almost regret taking a 3 year 
     membership.  The lack of meetings is also a problem.  We have four 
     luncheons a year which are suppose to pass as meetings.  They tell you 
     the normal group business and everyone eats.  I know people are 
     lacking in time but I would prefer a meeting at someone's yard to 
     discuss irises instead of a hotel. Oh, and I have tried volunteering 
     to help at shows and sales but I guess noone needs help.  It's always 
     the same people running the show.  If it wasn't for this list I 
     wouldn't know what to do.  Thanks to the internet I've been able to 
     gleen information from different sources.
     Sorry for the soap box.  I have made these suggestions to other people 
     in the society but noone seems to want to bother with it.  
     BTW, Ellen, I didn't know that the Wister medal was for only TBs 
     either and I'm sure a lot of people on the list are the same way.  Not 
     all of us are experienced iris growers.
     Stepping off the podium!
     Suzette Guay
     Baltimore MD
     Francis Scott Key Society

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