Lincoln Iris Society Iris Sale and Auction – July 30 2016

The Lincoln Iris Society has its annual Iris Sale and Auction this Saturday, July 30, 2016.  Bearded irises and other perennials including daylilies will be available.  The sale is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 1015 Lancaster Lane (4 blocks east of 70th & Vine, left onto East Avon, church is on the left).  An auction of the new varieties begins at 11 a.m.  There will be iris growing information as well.   For more information contact Gary White at (402) 613-1159.

Learn more about iris growing and the sale in this article in the Lincoln Journal Star.

 

Region 21 Fall Meeting August 12-13

AIS Region 21 Fall Meeting ———- August 12 & 13, 2016

Hosted by Siouxland Iris Society, Sioux City, IA

Note: In case you did not receive the information below in the mail, here is a printable PDF – AIS Region 21 Fall Meeting 2016 you may use for your registration.

 

Holiday Inn Map for Regional

Hotel Information: Lodging and all meetings will be at the Holiday Inn at 701 Gordon Drive Sioux City, IA 51101. (712-277-9400 ) For those coming in on I-29 take the Wesley way exit and turn north towards the Hard Rock Casino which is located on 3rd Street. Take a right on 3rd Street and proceed towards Pierce street. Turn right on Pierce and then turn left on to Gordon Drive. Watch as the Holiday inn will be on your right. For those that may come in on Highway 20 from the east proceed straight as this will turn into Gordon Drive. Proceed towards downtown and you will see it on your right. We have blocked off 20 rooms at the rate of 89.95 with a hot Breakfast included with your room. They will have either a King executive or Queen executive room for this rate. They all will include a refrigerator and microwave. They are newly remodeled as well.

Convention: Register Friday evening from 6:30 till 8:00 PM. Light snacks and drink will be provided during this time. You will get a registration packet also at this time.

Food: Friday evening meal on your own. Breakfast will be provided with your room reservation. Saturday noon lunch will be a soup & salad buffet. Evening meal will be a choice of Country Fried Steak, Roast Round of Beef of Ham. Please indicate which choice you would like for the evening meal on your form. All meals will be provided by the hotel. The cost will be $40.00 per person, ( checks payable to Siouxland Iris Society ).

Saturday schedule: ( Specific times will be announced ) Board meeting soon after breakfast. There will be judges training sessions in both the morning & afternoon with the annual business meeting following the afternoon training. Then the dinner in the evening followed by the rhizome auction. Also bring some of your own rhizomes or club rhizomes for table sales for a bargain table.

Pre-registration for the Convention: Please print your information on the form at the bottom of the page with your check made out to the Convention registrar: James Bailey 421 Forest View Sioux City, IA 51103 . His phone number is 281-300-1940. Your form should be received by August 5 so we can finalize the meals. Any late forms will cost extra.

Name(S)__________________________________________________

Address___________________________________________________

Phone # ___________________________________________________

E-Mail_____________________________________________________

Evening Meal Choice ( ) Country Fried Steak

( ) Roast Round of Beef

( ) Ham

Have You Registered for the Spring 2016 Whirlwind Tour?

Just a quick reminder, the Region 21 Spring 2016 Meeting is a Whirlwind Garden Tour of the host gardens for the 2017 AIS Convention.  This is an opportunity to see all 5 host gardens in one day, May 21st!  Indications are there will be lots of blooms.  Details can be found in this PDF brochure and registration form.  Let us know you will be attending.

Region 21 2016 Spring Meeting

The Region 21 Spring Meeting this year is the Whirlwind Garden Tour which is a one day dress rehearsal for the AIS 2017 National Convention. Details have been mailed to Region 21 members.  In case you did not receive it or would like more copies, 2016 AIS REGION 21 Brochure is the PDF of the brochure.

Hope to see you here May 21st and next year to enjoy the irises and all the great irisarians!

Newark Convention – Events Update

The AIS 2016 Convention Going East in 2016 has a number of speakers and events.  The Convention website has the schedule, currently labeled tentative, here (found under the Convention selection), which does not yet list speakers and topics.  Now many of the speakers and topics with dates and times are available in this 2016 AIS Convention Programs (PDF).  It looks like a great lineup.

You can still register for the Convention.  Information is available on the Registration page which links to the form you will need.  Paul Gossett, the Convention Co-Chair has an Invitation to 2016 AIS Convention (PDF).

Gary White Elected AIS President

Passing-the-GavelCoronationRegion 21’s own Gary White was elected AIS president at the Board of Directors meeting in Omaha.  A number of Lincoln Iris Society and Region members were there to help celebrate his election and installation.  Congratulations to Gary and thank you for your service.

Some photos from the festivities.  Jim Morris and Gary.  Gary and Linda Wilkie.  Gary and Ron Crampton who made the centerpiece shown in the last photo.  It was made from irises reblooming at the time.

Thank you to the Greater Omaha Iris Society and Linda Wilkie for organizing and hosting this outstanding meeting.

King-GaryReblooming Centerpiece

AIS Board of Directors Fall Meeting and Registration

The Greater Omaha Iris Society is hosting the 2015 American Iris Society Board of Directors Fall Meeting November 6th and 7th.  The registration form is here: 2015 Fall AIS Board Meeting as a Word (docx) file.

If you need a PDF instead, use this link.  Hope to see many of you there!

2015 November 6 – 7 Omaha, Nebraska
Meeting Chair: Linda Wilkie, 15115 Grant Circle, Omaha, NE 68116
phone: (402)493-3808
e-mail: lrwilkie@gmail.com

Your registration fee includes Friday evening hospitality (light hors d’oeuvres), Saturday luncheon and Saturday evening Banquet.  (Friday evening dinner is on your own.)  The hotel provides free shuttle service from the airport and registrants will receive complimentary parking in the adjoining hotel garage.  Registration does not include your hotel accommodations (see details below for hotel information)

Meeting Fee:  $65.00 (banquet only fee $35.00)

Checks should be made payable to Greater Omaha Iris Society and mailed to:

Phyllis Randall
22871 Kane Avenue
Glenwood, IA  51534

Credit Card payment can be accepted.  Contact the Registrar, Phyllis Randall for instructions.

(phone:  712-520-7754 or email: pkrandall22871@gmail.com)

Questions may be directed to:

Linda Wilkie, 402-559-7649 (day time) 402-493-3808 (evenings)  lrwilkie@gmail.com

Meeting Headquarters: Hyatt Place Omaha Downtown Old Market
540 S. 12th Street
Omaha, NE 68102
phone: (402) 513-5500
website: Hyatt Place Omaha Downtown Old Market

The hotel is located in the popular entertainment district of the Old Market in Omaha, the area has many restaurants, art galleries and upscale shopping. The area retains its brick paved streets from the turn of the century, horse-drawn carriages, and covered sidewalks in some areas. It is not uncommon to see a variety of street performers, artists, and other vendors.

Attractions available in Omaha and within the 5 mile limit for the hotel’s complimentary shuttle include:

·         The Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo

·         Lauritzen Gardens and the Dougherty Conservatory

·         Joselyn Art Museum

·         Midtown Crossings Shopping and Dining

Within walking distance of the hotel are over 40 dining venues and numerous art galleries and shops.  November 6th is “First Friday” in the Old Market and most galleries are open into the evening hours for these open events.

 Check:  http://oldmarket.com/ to plan any activities for yourself or your travelling companion.

Region 21 Fall Meeting – August 7-8, 2015

The Sioux Empire Iris Society is hosting this year’s Region 21 Fall Meeting in Sioux Falls, SD.   Join us for Judges Training in the morning and afternoon, the business meeting, the evening banquet and an iris auction.  Also, please bring rhizomes from your own gardens or club sales for a bargain table.

In case you did not receive the notice and registration form, here is the Region 21 Fall 2015 notice as a PDF for you.  So send your registration soon and make your room reservations.

Hope to see you there.

AIS 2017 Organizational Meeting – June 6, 2015

Region 21 is hosting the 2017 AIS Convention in Des Moines, Iowa May 23-27, 2017.  Our next planning meeting for this is Saturday, June 6th.  It will be a  Region 21 business review and AIS 2017 Convention Organizational Meeting which is open to all interested AIS members.

Details:  Saturday, June 6

Lunch at 1:00 p.m. in Trellis, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden (group seating, pay your own).  Menu (changes monthly):  http://www.dmbotanicalgarden.com/visit-us/dine/

Meeting at 2:00 p.m. in the Walsh Room, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Hope to see you there.