Reminder – This year’s Region 21 Fall Meeting is virtual! Please join us Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Central Time (9:00 a.m. Mountain Time) on Zoom for Judges Training by Bonnie Nichols on Novelty Irises. Bonnie is the AIS Judges Chair as well as president of the Novelty Iris Society. Note: This is a new Judges Training available for credit even if you have already participated in the JT Bonnie presented as two AIS Webinars last year.
Registration (free!) is required. Please send your name and email to Wayne Messer email@example.com so we can get a count and send you the details for attending.
There will also be a Region 21 Board meeting at 9:00 a.m. Central Time (8:00 a.m. Mountain Time) and a Region 21 Business meeting following Bonnie’s presentation. Everyone is invited to attend and participate in both meetings. This year the business meeting includes the election of a first-year director. Please consider volunteering for this position.
This year’s iris sale by the Monument Valley Iris Society will again be outdoors at the University of Nebraska Research and Extension Center. On June 5th and 6th they will have a “showing” and the sale at its garden area. Complete details can be found here.
This year’s Monument Valley Iris Society sale will be different. There will not be an iris show as part of it. And it will be held outdoors to allow proper social distancing. You can read all about it, along with a video, here and more here.
The pandemic has caused many cancellations and changes in Region 21 and the American Iris Society:
The Region 21 Fall Meeting has been cancelled. Thank you to everyone in the Sioux Empire Iris Society who has been working to prepare for this meeting.
Region 21 Fall Board Meeting – Plans are being made to meet via video conferencing this fall.
The Region 21 newsletter has been temporarily suspended. Updates for Region 21 will be posted to the Region 21 website.
All Region 21 clubs have cancelled their iris shows. Anyone wishing to can send pictures of their garden for inclusion in a Region 21 virtual garden tour to be posted on our website.
Because judges training opportunities are extremely limited, judges needing hours in 2020 have had their eligibility extended for one year. Those that have satisfied requirements will be advanced. Judges will receive credit for any judges training already completed.
Kelly Norris has stepped down as Region 21 Judges Training Chair. Until a new chair is named, all records and questions should be sent to me.
The AIS 2020 Convention, three mini-conventions, and all Regional Spring Meetings have been cancelled.
The Garden Awards voting for 2020 has also been cancelled due to limited opportunities to view the eligible irises in gardens.
UPDATE -In an abundance of caution and at the advice of our public health officials we will be cancelling the March meeting scheduled for tomorrow March 14th due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We will post updates to other scheduled activities on our website and Facebook pages as information becomes available. You may reach out to an officer by phone or email if you have questions or concerns.
Time is fast approaching for the Region 21 Fall meeting. The Fall meeting, educational sessions, keynote speaker, and auction will be held in Omaha and all events will take place August 16th – 17th at the conference hotel, the Hampton Inn, Omaha AkSarBen Area.
The featured keynote speaker for this year’s event will be renowned hybridizer Paul Black. Educational sessions will be eligible for three hours of judges training c.e. credit for those in need of additional credit hours. Additionally the Regional Rhizome auction will be held on Saturday, August 17th.
A block of rooms has been reserved for attendees at the conference hotel for $114/night. This block of rooms will be held until August 1st after which room pricing will revert to the prevailing rate. Details and a registration form can be found here.
Questions may be addressed to meeting coordinators Linda Wilkie (402-493-3808 or firstname.lastname@example.org) and Gary White (402-890-3689 or email@example.com).
Update 8/12/19: The final schedule is available here.
Other Regions of The American Iris Society also have fall meetings that members of Region 21 can attend. This is another way to learn more about irises, obtain more judges training, and meet other irisarians. Region 18 (Kansas and Missouri) is particularly convenient for many members of Region 21 to visit.
This year the Region 18 Fall Meeting is in St. Joseph, Missouri at the Remington Nature Center on October 5th and 6th. Bonnie Nichols, president of the Novelty Iris Society, is the speaker. She is also presenting 2 hours of judges training on Novelty Iris. More details on the schedule are here and the registration form (PDF) is available.
Another great chance to see old friends and meet new ones. This year we are meeting in Ames, Iowa Friday evening and Saturday, August 10-11. Mike Lockatell is our featured speaker and judges training presenter with Cool Season Reblooming Irises. The registration form (PDF) has the details.