James Ennenga, Long-Time Region 21 Irisarian, Passes Away

James Ennenga, a  hydbridizer who was active in Region 21 before retiring to Knoxville, TN, died August 2, 2013 at the age of 90. He had been RVP for Region 21 as well as a member of the Greater Omaha Iris Society.  His registrations at the Iris Encyclopedia included Border Bearded, Standard Dwarf Bearded, Tall Bearded, Siberian, and Species Iris.

An obituary can be found here.  Our condolences to his family.

Update September 7, 2013:  The latest Greater Omaha Iris Society newsletter  has a remembrance of him which includes more of his iris activities.  It is on page 2 of  the 2013 33 Number 6 newsletter.

George Sutton, Well-Known Iris Hybridizer, Passes Away

George Sutton, the founder of Sutton’s Iris Gardens and a prolific hybridizer, died May 29, 2013 at the age of 80.  He registered hundreds of irises including some from most of the iris classes.  Two of his Arilbred irises won the William Mohr Medal, ‘Ulalena’ in 2010, and ‘Shabaza’ in 2008.  He and his late wife Margaret were instrumental in creating the Porterville Iris Festival.

Obituaries can be found here and here.  Our condolences to his family.

Mary Ferguson Birthday Celebration – June 8, 2013

Purple Ruffled IrisMary Ferguson is celebrating her 80th birthday.  Her daughter Barb sent a invitation to all of the iris friends that she would love to have them attend.

Saturday June 8, 2013
1 to 4 pm

Norfolk Senior Center 307 West Prospect Avenue, Norfolk, NE

Please RSVP to Barb Glaser at (540-230-5816) or by email to glaser13@msn.com

Bring your warm remembrances and good wishes, but no gifts, please.

(My suggestion, if you have any fond memories you might put them in writing so they can be included in a scrapbook.)

Thank you to Carolyn Lingenfelter for the notice and suggestion.  You can see the Norfolk Daily News announcement on their website.

Meet the Neighbors – Region 9 Judges Training

Sari's DanceFor those of you in the Eastern part of Region 21, Region 9 (Illinois) has scheduled their Spring Membership Meeting for Saturday April 6, 2013.  Our own Kelly Norris is presenting “Borderline Crazy”- Sorting Our Intermediate and Border Bearded Irises.  See the complete schedule at the Region 9 website for this meeting in Rochester, Illinois.