Spuria Iris Society
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On May 18, 1952
the AIS Board of Directors established the Eric Nies Award for Spuria Irises.
During that same month, on May 27, 1952 the Society for Spuria Iris organized
as a subsection of the American Iris Society holding its first meeting at the home of Mrs John E. Green, Jr. in Houston Texas.
In the April 1952 Bulletin there appeared a Memoriam for Eric E. Nies
In the July 1952 Bulletin there was an announcement "Trial of Iris Spuria and Its Hybrids
In the April 1953 Bulletin the "Ladder of Success
" for Spuria Iris was forcast.
From the Minutes
of the the 14-15 November 1959 Board of Directors' Meeting in New Orleans, LA it was voted that any Special Interest Iris Society may become a SECTION of the AIS and that any Iris Society may become an AFFILIATE of the AIS.
In the April 1960 Bulletin there was an article which speaks of the Spuria Iris Society as a Section
of the AIS.
In the July 1960 Bulletin
appeared the first listing of the Spuria Iris Society as an AIS Section along with the Median Iris Society and The Society for Siberian Irises.
From the BOD meetings November 1-3, 1991 minute
s, "All of the existing AM-equivalent awards shall be elevated to metal status".
The BOD initiated eligibility for the Nies Medal during the 30 October - 1 November, 1992 Board of Directors Meeting
In 1993 the first Eric Nies Medal was awarded. Previously the Eric Nies Award was equivalent to an Award of Merit. Note that most classifications within the AIS Awards System began with Award of Merit (AM) equivalent Awards, later elevated to Medal status. At this transition, previous Award winners from a specified period of time re-competed for the higher Medal honors. 'Cinnamon Stick
', 'Son Of Sun
', and 'Betty Cooper
' all won both the Eric Nies Award and subsequently the Eric Nies Medal.
The Niswonger Trophy
was created at the 2017 LA convention and is awarded only at Spuria Conventions by the Spuria Iris Society. The trophy was named in honor of Dave Niswonger from a list of several hybridizers who made significant contributions to the spuria culture and society. The trophy goes to the most voted on spuria seen at any of the convention gardens that has been introduced within the 10 previous years. The intent is to honor and encourage hybridizers to continue their support of the spuria culture.
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