AIS Board of Directors Award

The AIS Board of Directors Award is an award given to an iris that has had an extraordinary influence on iris breeding but never received the highest AIS award, the Dykes Medal. The award was established in 1972, discontinued in 2008, and reinstated at the July 24, 2019 Board teleconference.

Winners of the AIS Board of Directors Award
Year Iris Type Hybridizer
2021 'Chubby Cheeks' SDB Paul Black
1987 'White Swirl' SIB Fred Cassebeer
1975 'Tobacco Road' TB Rudolph Kleinsorge
1973 'Snow Flurry' TB Clara Rees
       
'Chubby Cheeks' was awarded the Board of Directors Award in 2021. The Nomination Report by Gary White, Honorary Awards Chair, lays out its qualifications.

'White Swirl' received an Honorable Mention award in 1957. In 1961 Ben Hager wrote “This one (White Swirl) is such an advance that it doesn’t look like a Siberian Iris …. almost …. The Morgan Award should be revived for this one alone if necessary”, and in 1962 'White Swirl' did in fact receive this award (then the equivalent of an Award of Merit) which had not been given since 1954. Even more impressive, in 1987, 12 years after Mr. Cassebeer’s death, it received the AIS Board of Directors Award given to an iris that has had an extraordinary influence on iris breeding but never received the highest AIS award, the Dykes Medal.

From the World of Irises posting "Siberian Irises: The Greatest of Them All – White Swirl", Bob Hollingworth, February 25, 2019. Retrieved January 27, 2020.

'Tobacco Road' received the award in 1975. Its merits were described in an article in the Bulletin April 1976, pages 20-22.

For the other winners see Honorary Awards of The American Iris Society by Claire Barr and Dr. Harold Stahly, Bulletin of The American Iris Society, July 1998, p55ff.

 


-- WayneMesser - 27 Jan 2020
Topic attachments
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BOD Award_Chubby Cheeks.pdfpdf BOD Award_Chubby Cheeks.pdf manage 82 K 26 Nov 2021 - 13:22 WayneMesser 'Chubby Cheeks' Nomination Report
BODAwardEstablished-1973JanuaryBulletin.pdfpdf BODAwardEstablished-1973JanuaryBulletin.pdf manage 1 MB 26 Nov 2021 - 12:46 WayneMesser From the Fall 1972 AIS Board Meeting minutes. Published AIS Bulletin January 1973.
BODTobaccoRoad-1976AprilBulletin.pdfpdf BODTobaccoRoad-1976AprilBulletin.pdf manage 1 MB 26 Nov 2021 - 12:53 WayneMesser Board of Directors Award to Tobacco Road, AIS Bulletin April 1976, pp 20-22.
HonoraryAwards-1998JulyBulletin.pdfpdf HonoraryAwards-1998JulyBulletin.pdf manage 1 MB 24 Nov 2021 - 01:01 WayneMesser Honorary Awards of The American Iris Society by Claire Barr and Dr. Harold Stahly, Bulletin of The American Iris Society, July 1998, 50, 55-56.
Topic revision: r13 - 25 Feb 2022, EdenSprings
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