Awards

Region 22 takes great pleasure in presenting awards to our members who have made significant contributions to the iris world. Three different awards are presented at the Saturday night banquet at our annual regional meeting. They are:

Betty Emmons Memorial Service Award

This is our region's most prestigious award. Established in 1982, it is given in the form of a specially designed medal to publicly recognize and honor a Region 22 member who has made significant outstanding contrubitions to the region and to the AIS. Past recipients are:

1983Ron Mullin, Pawnee, OK
1984Dorothy Howard, Tulsa, OK
1985 NO AWARD
1986 Perry Parrish, Oklahoma City, OK
1987 NO AWARD
1988Burdella Rhodes, Osage, OK
1989 Jeane Stayer, Tulsa, OK
1990NO AWARD
1991 Richard Butler, Little Rock, AR
1992Hooker Nichols, Woodward, OK
1993 Susie Smith, Hot Springs, AR
1994NO AWARD
1995 C.J. and Kitty Lack, Tulsa, OK
1996 Rachel Drumm, Stillwater, OK
1997 Marthella Shoemake, Nicoma Park, OK
1998 Paul W. Gossett, Tulsa, OK
1999Ruth Simmons, Walters, OK
2000NO AWARD
2001 MaryAnn Holman, Walters, OK
2002 Mona French, Oklahoma City, OK
2003Rilla Hickerson, Tulsa, OK
2004 Larry D. Stayer, Tulsa, OK
2005 NO AWARD
2006 Louise Carson, Oklahoma City, OK
2007 NO AWARD
2008 M.D. Faith, Searcy, AR
2009 NO AWARD
2010 Bill McVickers, Kingfisher, OK
2011 LaVera Johnson, Searcy, AR
2012 NO AWARD
2013 NO AWARD
2014 Helen Jones, Clinton, OK



M. D. Faith Youth Achievement Award

This award was established in 2001. It is a framed certificate and a small cash award to publicly recognize and encourage a youth member of the region for outstanding achievements in the cultivation of irises and their participation in local, regional and national iris organizations. Recipients for this award are the region's nominee for the AIS Clarke Cosgrove Youth Award.

Past recipients are:

2001 Monica Combrick, Glencoe, OK
2002 Charity Thompson, Walters, OK
2003NO AWARD
2004 NO AWARD
2005 Joshua Winzer, Mounds, OK
2006 NO AWARD
2007 NO AWARD
2008 NO AWARD
2009 NO AWARD
2010 NO AWARD
2011 NO AWARD
2012 NO AWARD
2013 NO AWARD
2014 NO AWARD



Region 22 Hybridizer's Award

This award was established in 1990. It is presented to the Region 22 hybridizer of the iris cultivar hybridized in the region that received the most Award of Merit votes on the AIS Official Ballot in a given year. The award is a traveling trophy engraved with the name of the iris cultivar and the hybridizer's name.

Past recipients are:

1990 LATIN HIDEAWAY (TB), by Hooker Nichols, Woodward, OK
1991 NO AWARD
1992GLITZ 'N GLITTER (TB), by Paul Black, Oklahoma City, OK
1993 FROSTED VELVET (MTB), by Ken Fisher, Bella Vista, AR
1994PUMPIN IRON (SDB), by Paul Black, Oklahoma City, OK
1995SIGNS AND WHISPERS (TB), by Paul Black, Oklahoma City, OK
1996 TWEETY BIRD (SDB), by Paul Black, Oklahoma City, OK
1997RHONDA FLEMING (TB), by Ron Mullin, Pawnee, OK
1998 PARDNER (MTB), by Ken Fisher, Bella Vista, AR
1999 STEFFIE (MTB), by Ken Fisher, Bella Vista, AR
2000NO AWARD
2001 MERIT (MTB) by Ken Fisher, Bella Vista, AR
2002RICH JEWEL (LA) by Richard Morgan, Greenbrier, AR
2003 NO AWARD
2004 YELLOW FLIRT (MTB) by Ken Fisher, Bella Vista, AR
2005 STAR OF AFRICA (SDB) by Perry Dyer, Blanchard, OK
2006 THAT'S RED (MTB) by Ken Fisher, Bella Vista, AR
2007 NO AWARD
2008 NO AWARD
2009 BARBARA JEAN (TB) Ron Mullin, Pawnee, OK
2010 LADY LAREE (TB) by Ann Barrows, Glencoe, OK
2011 PRINCE OF EGYPT (AB) by Perry Dyer, Blanchard, OK
2012 NO AWARD
2013 NO AWARD
2014 BACKDRAFT (TB) by Hugh Stout, Oklahoma City, OK