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Re: REF: Symposium Ballot

From: Dennis Kramb <dkramb@badbear.com>

Thank you for eloquently proving my point.

Aside from the Symposium Ballot, you bring up another interesting point...
the lack of articles & photos on non-TB irises.  I am incapable of writing
an article on Spurias, Louisianas, Japanese, Siberians, Arils, PCNs, etc.
because I don't have any experience growing them yet.  But I still want to
read about them...and to see lots of pretty pictures of them in the AIS

But then if I can't send in photos of Spurias, Japanese, Siberians, PCNs,
and all the other things I don't/can't grow, then I should quit
complaining.  Right?

>From: "John Bruce" <jbruce@infinet.com>
>Just about every section conducts a popularity poll for their
>particular brand of iris. Until just recently, there was no "section"
>for TB irises. Thus it makes sense that the AIS  represented the
>tall beardeds. Once all the political machinations are completed,
>perhaps the TBIS will  conduct the symposium.  I find the number of
>symposium ballots recieved vs. the number sent to be interesting.
>Only 20% of the ballots were returned for the 1998 symposium. If this
>was the response for the "favorite" flower, I cringe to think of the returns
>from the general membership for the other types.
>I do agree that it  would be nice if all the symposiums were printed
>in the Bulletin.
>I can not recall the last Bulletin that was entirely focused on TBs.
>The Bulletin, which is the "voice" of the AIS, nicely covers all topics
>and all sections of irises. Is it skewed in favor of Talls? Maybe it
>is, but then so is the iris world. The average iris fanatic still favors
>talls-they are overall the easiest to grow over the broadest geographical
>area. Talls will grow where siberians, dwarfs, JI, arils and spurias
>do not fare well.  Like most things in the world, the AIS has to play to
>the broadest audience in order to attract and retain members. And for
>those who feel that  they need a sharper focus on their particular type
>of iris, sections were created.  Also, the editors of the Bulletin can
>only print what is submitted. I think the editor might welcome articles on
>all the under-represented irises......now  only if those interested in
>them would
>submit a few.
>>From: Dennis Kramb <dkramb@badbear.com>
>>><< Have any plans progressed to include irises other than TBs? >>
>>>The Symposium used to contain other than TBs, but was changed a few
>>>years ago
>>>because it was felt most of the other types had their own symposium ballots.
>>>Unfortunately, you have to belong to all the other sections to get these.
>>I think that's completely absurd logic on the part of AIS.  We're supposed
>>to be promoting all irises, not just TBs.  Obviously other irises just
>>aren't as important.

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