Honorable Mention Award
Chain of Awards = High Commendation
-->Honorable Mention-->Award of Merit
"An officially registered and introduced iris in the classification of TB, BB, IB, SDB, MDB, MTB, Aril, Arilbred, and bearded SPEC and SPEC-X becomes eligible for the Honorable Mention (HM) Award the second year after its year of introduction to commerce. All other classes, as registered by the introducer, become eligible for the HM Award the third year following introduction.
(An introduction is an offering for sale to the public by printed document such as a catalog or printed list, or by advertisement in the AIS Bulletin. However, to be eligible for the AIS awards above the level of High Commendation Award, the iris introduction must be recorded with the AIS Registrar.)
Irises of each classification remain on the ballot for a period of three years. Although eligible iris varieties are listed on the ballot for only three years, a variety remains eligible until such time as it might receive the HM Award. An iris variety may win the HM Award only once.
Any Iris that has been properly registered and introduced, regardless of classification or age, that has not won an HM may be placed on the HM Award ballot for an additional period of three years. Eligibility is subject to certification by the AIS Registrar. A combined total of ten accredited judges from at least two regions of the AIS that are eligible to vote the Official Ballot must request in writing to the AIS Awards Chair that a variety be placed back on the HM ballot. The requests must all be recieved within the same calender year to be considered valid. The iris will then be placed on the following year's ballot and remain eligible for a period of three years. An iris may be placed on the HM ballot no more than once by this method.
The maximum number of varieties for which the accredited judge may cast a vote is ten percent (10%) of the irises eligible to be voted in each classification rounded to the next highest number
The HM shall be awarded to the top ten percent (10%) of the irises in each classification rounded to the next highest number.
The FRED AND BARBARA WALTHER CUP
is awarded annually by the American Iris Society to the originator of the iris variety that receives the greatest number of votes in the HM Award balloting, regardless of classification. All classifications of irises are eligible."
--Handbok for Judges and Show Officials, 2007 AIS
-- Main.RPries - 2012-07-11