Re: American Iris Society
On Thu, 21 Nov 1996 LMann76543@aol.com wrote:
> Sadly, I tend to regard discussions about AIS as off the topic of iris.
> (AIS board of directors?) is unresponsive, unwilling to take risks, inbred,
> with no mechanism for democratic change; AIS is very cliqueish (sp?) (which
> is true for a lot of societies, but it doesn't help keep membership or
> promote change).
I have been a member of AIS for a short time - four years - and I
have found the opposite to be true in my dealings with the hierarchy.
On the contrary, with all my ignorance re growing irises, I have
had nothing but good results and lots of time and guidance have
been given to me.
Maybe I expected less than others and am grateful for any advice
people give me...I can use it.
> Are the patterns of loss of vision, money, and memberships a sociological one
> - present in other societies?
Every one I belong to....I must say I think the AIS is *not* in dire
financial straits (I read the minutes of the board meetings, don't
What vision are we speaking about? To promote the growing of flowers
that belong to the genus Iris?
Do we give people what they want? They want the TBs and that is
what the AIS focus is on....not my preference but that is reality
in North America where most of the members live.
I am an optimist by nature and happy if I get up in the morning
and am still alive and walking around but a Pollyanna or a light-
weight I am not. (says she, smugly :-)) but not glibly...
Lancaster, New Hampshire, USA
USDA Zone 3a