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Re: REF: Symposium Ballot

From: Gerry Snyder <gcsnyd@loop.com>

Donald Eaves wrote:
> From: "Donald Eaves" <donald@eastland.net>
> Hello Folks,
> Received the AIS Bulletin today.  Tucked in the envelope is the
> 2000 Symposium ballot.  No place for write-ins either.  Are they
> allowed?

No. The AIS board had voted some time ago to do away with write-ins,
since none had ever made it into the top 100. When Farron Campbell took
over, he went by the Judges Handbook, which had not been updated, and
included write-ins. The latest ballot follows the current/proper rules.

>  I'm naturally suspicious of this sort of thing so someone
> needs to remind me of the merit/purpose of compiling the list.

Just a popularity contest.

> Have any plans progressed to include irises other than TBs?

Several of the AIS sections have their own symposia. This one will stay
> As I recall, there were some good arguments put on this list for
> completing and mailing the ballot and when I get more time I plan
> to search in the archives and try to locate them.  In the meantime,
> I'd be interested in the pros and cons.  One pro is the sheer fun of
> reading the results and recognizing cultivars growing.

Works for me.

>  But it also
> makes me feel that my cultivation methods must fall very short
> sometimes when a very poor grower in my yard consistently makes
> the list.

Those things could just need different climate to be great.

BTW, I intend to submit an article to the Bulletin on variations from
region to region in the voting, in the next issue after the total

Gerry Snyder, AIS Symposium Chair
Region 15 Ass't RVP, JT Chair
Member San Fernando Valley, Southern California Iris Societies
in warm, winterless Los Angeles

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