Exciting news: formation of a new club in Central Iowa is getting closer! Thanks to Sue Witt, there will be an organizational meeting September 8th as shown in her notice below. Thank you Sue! Looking forward to the meeting.
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‘Miss Region Twenty-One’
This is a SDB by Allan Ensminger , of Region 21, that I recently noticed in the Iris Encyclopedia. This is the information about ‘Miss Region Twenty-One’. Unfortunately, there is no photo available for this iris. Does anyone have a photo we can add? Also, any other information, such as how the name was chosen, would be useful. Does anyone have this iris in their garden?
Region 21 Grower in the News
An article about Mark and Jenny Cich’s iris garden recently appeared in The Ashland Gazette. This has been a great year to view, and order, irises in their garden. You can see the article here. Learn more about their gardens, Hello Gorgeous Gardens, on its Facebook page.
They were also one of the six tour gardens in the 2014 Spring Region 21 Tour that the Lincoln Iris Society hosted. The above photo is from that tour. That was another good year for seeing their garden.
Regions 21 Affiliates
Region 21 has 6 Clubs located in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Manitoba. You can find your closest Club on this map. Or see these in a live Google Map at BatchGeo.
- A = CAN-WEST IRIS SOCIETY
- B = GREATER OMAHA IRIS SOCIETY
- C = LINCOLN IRIS SOCIETY
- D = MONUMENT VALLEY IRIS SOCIETY
- E = SIOUX EMPIRE IRIS SOCIETY
- F = SIOUXLAND IRIS SOCIETY
See the Who We Are page for links for some of these and the AIS Region 21 Affiliates page for contact information.
Happy 65th to Region 21
This is Region 21’s 65th year; so before it’s over a quick look back. Region 21 was formed with Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota on January 1st, 1950. Iowa and Nebraska had been part of Region 18 which had been formed from Region 9 in 1947. Region 9 had been Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. When Region 18 was formed, only Illinois remained as Region 9. Then in 2010, Region 21 was expanded to include the provinces of NWT, Nunavut, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
The first Regional Vice-President was Mrs. Ralph E. Ricker, 1516 Ross St., Sioux City, Iowa, according to the list of RVPs in the Bulletin of the American Iris Society, January, 1950. 1950 was also the year the AIS Spring Convention was held in Sioux City, Iowa and the year that Agnes Whiting of Mapleton, Iowa won the Dykes Medal with ‘Blue Rhythm’.
Thank you to everyone who has made Region 21 great over the years and to all of you who are helping to continue the tradition.
‘Peach Royale’ by Meininger Featured in World Of Irises
The AIS World of Irises blog has an entry by Renee Fraser Personal Favorites: Tall Bearded Iris ‘Peach Royale’. ‘Peach Royale’ is a TB by Region 21’s LeRoy Meininger registered in 1999. Renee has a number of photos showing it by itself and in her garden. You can also learn more about it and see additional photos in the Iris Encyclopedia here. Congratulations to LeRoy!
Novelty Iris Society Becomes AIS Section
The Novelty Iris Society officially became a Section of the American Iris Society at the 2015 National Convention in Portland. You can learn more about its formation and how to join in this NIS announcement June 2015 (PDF).
Update Your Bookmarks
You probably do not need this; because you are already here. However, it’s something to share with your friends: The Region 21 website has a new address. It is now aisregion21.org (with or without a www prefix). The AIS list of Regional Websites has been updated; but, there may be other sources still having the old address (which was dot com rather than dot org). You can help us by letting us know where they are or updating them yourselves.
Thank you for encouraging everyone to get the new address.
Youth Ackerman Essay Reminder – Deadline March 31st
Region 21 Members in the AIS Photo Contest
Two of our Region’s members received Honorable Mentions for their AIS 2014 Photo Contest entries. These were Eunice Cernohlavek from the Lincoln Iris Society for “Loreley” in the Landscape Division and Stan Sass from the Greater Omaha Iris Society for “Silk Run in Duo” in the Close-Up Division.
Congratulations to both of them!
And thank you to Linda Wilkie for including this in the GOIS newsletter (34 Number 6) where I learned about it. You can see the newsletter on our Newsletter page.