The Region 21 website has several pages to help you find further information about Region 21 and its members. Currently these pages are:
- Judges Corner – Judges training, judges, and potential judges information
- Minutes – Just added!
- Newsletters – Club newsletters and the Region 21 Bulletin. Do you have other newsletters we should add?
- Resources – Officers and other Region 21 resources including official documents, Library holdings, links
- Upcoming Events – Both Region 21 events and AIS events
- Who We Are – Region 21 and its parts
Minutes is the newest page and is just getting started. It has the Fall 2015 minutes for your reading pleasure:) Can you help us fill in the blank spots? We would appreciate earlier minutes, especially 2010 through early 2015, and later minutes. Thank you for your help!
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.
Thanks to Mike Becker, Siouxland Iris Society President, they now have a website. You can see it at http://topdog51031.wix.com/siouxland-iris We also have linked to it on our Who we are page. Great job Mike!
In addition to their website, the Greater Omaha Iris Society can also be found on Facebook. Another opportunity to learn what is happening and see great iris pictures! Anyone can see it and Facebook members can add their comments.
One way irisarians in Region 21 can communicate with each other is the region21-iris discussion group at Yahoo! This has been bringing iris lovers together since 2001!
From their description:
“Region21-iris is a discussion group for those growing iris in AIS Region 21 (North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa). We will share information on all aspects of iris culture, as well as news and events about local iris societies in the region. Both experts and novices are encouraged to participate in our friendly conversation.”
To read the messages and contribute your own, you need to join the group. Just click on the Join This Group! button and follow the instructions. I believe this means creating a free Yahoo! account if you do not have one.
This is the not limited to members of the American Iris Society. If you are not a member of AIS or Region 21, you are still very welcome to join in the conversation. Of course, we welcome you to join AIS and, if you live in N. Dakota, S. Dakota, Nebraska or Iowa, and now NWT, Nunavut, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, automatically become a member of AIS Region 21.
Hope to hear from you at region21-iris!
The American Iris Society has several types of websites with great information on irises! I’m aware of four that you should check.
- The main website for learning about The American Iris Society has the Society information and links to the other parts. Whether you are a new iris lover, a potential member, a new member, or a long-time member, this can direct you to helpful information.
- The Iris Encyclopedia is a work in progress that you can help with! The largest portion will have all the irises registered by AIS. Right now it has 75% entered, the majority with one or more photos. Other topics include iris people, iris shows, awards, and cultivation. It is a wiki that you can edit (think Wikipedia) and add your observations to.
- The World of Iris is a blog covering iris topics. Several authors cover iris news and people, both recent and historic, with lots of great pictures.
- There is also a Facebook page for The American Iris Society. It has pointers to some of the items on the other sites as well as iris pictures to enjoy. Facebook members can also add their comments.
This time of year, when, at least in Region 21, we are unable to garden, is a great time to check these out.
The American Iris Society is divided into 24 Regions. Region 21 includes Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, NWT, Nunavut, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. These are the nine Region 21 Affiliate Clubs listed on the AIS website (which also includes other contact information for these affiliates) and links to their websites where I could find them.
If anyone knows of websites for the others, please let us know so we can update this list.