POSITION TITLE: Immediate Past President Honorary Awards Chairman received 11-5-2015

BASIC FUNCTION:
  • To coordinate all aspects of the honorary awards program of The American Iris Society. REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS:
  • He/she is appointed by the AIS President and responsible to the Board of Directors.
    N.B. The Chair of the Honorary Awards Committee is by precedent, the Immediate Past-President of The American Iris Society. The current Bylaws of The American Iris Society are silent on this issue.
  • The Honorary Awards Committee consists of all past presidents of The American Iris Society and three additional members who are appointed by the President and who have been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. MAJOR FUNCTIONS:
  • To coordinate the nominations process for Honorary Awards of The American Iris Society.
  • To present recommendations to the AIS Board of Directors for consideration of recipients for Honorary Awards. SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITY AND AUTHORITY:
  • To solicit recommendations from members of the Honorary Awards Committee for awarding the five (5) AIS honorary awards: Hybridizer's Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Gold Medal, Warburton Medal and Board of Director's Award.
  • To receive letters of recommendation (if any) from AIS members.
  • To compile all recommendations received and send to all members of the Honorary Awards Committee for their consideration and vote.
  • To present the report/nominations of the Honorary Awards Committee to the AIS Board of Directors in executive session at its regular fall meeting.
  • To remind the AIS President to notify all honorary award recipients immediately.
  • To maintain and store a sufficient inventory of Honorary Awards Medals, presentation boxes, reports, etc. TIMETABLE FOR ACCOMPLISHING SPECIFIC TASKS: Mid-July - Mid-August
  • Solicit recommendations from members of the Honorary Awards Committee. Mid-September - Mid-October
  • Compile recommendations and supporting information and distribute to members of the Honorary Awards Committee for their consideration and timely vote. November, 1st weekend
  • Attend the fall meeting of the AIS Board of Directors and present the report/nominations of the Honorary Awards Committee for consideration in executive session. January - March
  • Have the medals engraved appropriately with name and year. The year refers to the year in which the AIS Board of Directors voted to give the award, not the year of the Awards Banquet when the award is presented. April- May
  • Coordinate with the AIS Awards Chairman as to who will present and who will be present to receive the designated Honorary Awards. PROCESS of NOMINATION To nominate a candidate for any of the AIS Honorary Awards, a letter or letters (emails accepted) of recommendation should be sent to the Honorary Awards Committee c/o Imm. Past President, Chairman. Such letters should be in the hands of the committee before September 30 in order to allow the committee deliberation time before presenting their selections to the AIS National Fall Meeting. PERCENTAGE TO APPROVE The percentage of the AIS Board members present and voting for the awarding of the Hybridizer's Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Warburton Medal, and the Gold Medal shall be set at 75%. (Motion #41 - F'06 BOD Mtg.)
    *HONORARY AWARDS:*

Descriptions
THE HYBRIDIZER'S MEDAL is awarded to iris breeders of outstanding achievement. This achievement may be based on the number of a hybridizer's originations that have won the Award of Merit and equivalent or higher honors. The ratio of high award winners to total introductions might also be considered. In addition the Hybridizer's Medal could go to someone working in an area where high-award-winning introductions would not be frequently attainable. For example: Some persons have done significant work in breeding species irises but have been voted few or no awards by AIS judges. Generally speaking, then, if persons have by any criterion done outstanding work in iris breeding, they should be considered for this medal. (1)

THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDALis awarded in recognition of outstanding service to The American Iris Society at the national level. Service is judged on the basis of amount and quality of work done in such capacities as Board members, national officer, judges' training activity that is national in scope, writing for the national publication and other less tangible but vital acts of national service. (1)

THE WARBURTON MEDALis awarded to international irisarians who have made outstanding contributions to the world iris community. THE GOLD MEDAL is presented to those who have provided highly distinctive service over a long period of time. It honors those persons whose contributions have been truly exceptional in the fullest sense of the term. (1)

THE BOARD OF DIRECTOR'S AWARDis made to an iris cultivar. It is given only to irises which did not win the Dykes Medal but which have, through the quality of their descendants, shown themselves to be markedly exceptional parents - true landmarks in breeding. (1) (1) Honorary Awards of The American Iris Society by Claire Barr and Dr. Harold Stahly, Bulletin of The American Iris Society, July 1998, p55ff.

POSITION TITLE: Immediate Past President Honorary Awards Chairman

BASIC FUNCTION:
  • To coordinate all aspects of the honorary awards program of The American Iris Society.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS:
  1. He/she is appointed by the AIS President and responsible to the Board of Directors.
    N.B. The Chair of the Honorary Awards Committee is by precedent, the Immediate Past-President of The American Iris Society. The current Bylaws of The American Iris Society are silent on this issue.
  2. The Honorary Awards Committee consists of all past presidents of The American Iris Society and three additional members who are appointed by the President and who have been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.

MAJOR FUNCTIONS:
  1. To coordinate the nominations process for Honorary Awards of The American Iris Society.
  2. To present recommendations to the AIS Board of Directors for consideration of recipients for Honorary Awards.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITY AND AUTHORITY:
  1. To solicit recommendations from members of the Honorary Awards Committee for awarding the five (5) AIS honorary awards: Hybridizer's Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Gold Medal, Warburton Medal and Board of Director's Award.
  2. To receive letters of recommendation (if any) from AIS members.
  3. To compile all recommendations received and send to all members of the Honorary Awards Committee for their consideration and vote.
  4. To present the report/nominations of the Honorary Awards Committee to the AIS Board of Directors in executive session at its regular fall meeting.
  5. To remind the AIS President to notify all honorary award recipients immediately.
  6. To maintain and store a sufficient inventory of Honorary Awards Medals, presentation boxes, reports, etc.

(1) Honorary Awards of The American Iris Society by Claire Barr and Dr. Harold Stahly, Bulletin of The American Iris Society, July 1998, p55ff.

TIMETABLE FOR ACCOMPLISHING SPECIFIC TASKS:

Mid-July - Mid-August
  • Solicit recommendations from members of the Honorary Awards Committee.

Mid-September - Mid-October
  • Compile recommendations and supporting information and distribute to members of the Honorary Awards Committee for their consideration and timely vote.

November, 1st weekend
  • Attend the fall meeting of the AIS Board of Directors and present the report/nominations of the Honorary Awards Committee for consideration in executive session.

January - March
  • Have the medals engraved appropriately with name and year. The year refers to the year in which the AIS Board of Directors voted to give the award, not the year of the Awards Banquet when the award is presented.

April- May
  • Coordinate with the AIS Awards Chairman as to who will present and who will be present to receive the designated Honorarv Awards.

PROCESS of NOMINATION

To nominate a candidate for any of the AIS Honorary Awards, a letter or letters (emails accepted) of recommendation should be sent to the Honorary Awards Committee c/o Imm. Past President, Chairman. Such letters should be in the hands of the committee before September 30 in order to allow the committee deliberation time before presenting their selections to the AIS National Fall Meeting.

PERCENTAGE TO APPROVE

The percentage of the AIS Board members present and voting for the awarding of the Hybridizer's Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Warburton Medal, and the Gold Medal shall be set at 75%. (Motion #41 - F'06 BOD Mtg.))
HONORARY AWARDS:

Descriptions

THE HYBRIDIZER'S MEDAL: is awarded to iris breeders of outstanding achievement. This achievement may be based on the number of a hybridizer's originations that have won the Award of Merit and equivalent or higher honors. The ratio of high award winners to total introductions might also be considered. In addition the Hybridizer's Medal could go to someone working in an area where high-award-winning introductions would not be frequently attainable. For example: Some persons have done significant work in breeding species irises but have been voted few or no awards by AIS judges. Generally speaking, then, if persons have by any criterion done outstanding work in iris breeding, they should be considered for this medal. (1)

THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL: is awarded in recognition of outstanding service to The American Iris Society at the national level. Service is judged on the basis of amount and quality of work done in s such capacities as Board members, national officer, judges' training activity that is national in scope, writing for the national publication and other less tangible but vital acts of national service. (1)

THE WARBURTON MEDAL:: is awarded to international irisarians who have made outstanding contributions to the world iris community.

THE GOLD MEDAL: is presented to those who have provided highly distinctive service over a long period of time. It honors those persons whose contributions have been truly exceptional in the fullest sense of the term. (1)

THE BOARD OF DIRECTOR'S AWARD: is made to an iris cultivar. It is given only to irises which did not win the Dykes Medal but which have, through the quality of their descendants, shown themselves to be markedly exceptional parents - true landmarks in breeding. (1)

(1) Honorary Awards of The American Iris Society by Claire Barr and Dr. Harold Stahly, Bulletin of The American Iris Society, July 1998, p55ff.
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