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award has different requirements and no two awards are
alike.  There are good reasons for how this came about, but
by Barbara Watts, AHS Director for Region 14
I didn't think there were good reasons to let it continue.  It
In 1979 AHS Region 14 established an award which was
is intimidating to the Garden Judges, who should be
to be given  for the best entry of slides in a sequence of
focused on garden performance rather than worrying about
events that gives information relating to daylilies.  The
minutia.  And it is confusing to the hybridizers when they
sequence could be as  few as two slides and a maximum of
make their nominations.  So the AHS Awards & Honors
twenty slides.  All slides must be in focus and be of 35 mm
Committee, including Don Jerabek from Region 2, came
format.  Original slides are preferred, but good copies will
up with suggestions to simplify the awards, which were
be accepted.   The award is administered by the AHS Slide
reviewed and approved by the AHS Board of Directors this and Video Librarian.  The rules are outlined in the Judging
past fall.  Here are the changes:
Daylilies Handbook (Chapter A2 3).  The award for the
1 The Don C. Stevens Award for outstanding eyed or
Slide Sequence, a silver tray, was to be furnished by
banded daylilies can now be won by the same hybrid 
Region 14.  Very few members of Region 14 are aware
izer in consecutive years.  This was the only award that
that  the silver tray has been donated on behalf of Region
had this type of restriction.  We want to recognize the
14 by Sarah Sikes.  This award has not been awarded every
best cultivars and shouldn't care who created it.
year; only when there has been a deserving entry.  Sarah
2 The Eugene S. Foster Award for outstanding late 
has not counted, but numerous silver trays have been
blooming cultivars and the Don C. Stevens Award were
purchased and engraved for this purpose.
tabulated differently from all other awards.  It required
Sarah Sikes, for those who do not know, lives in Luverne,
that the winner must be one of the top 3 selections in at
Alabama.  She has served as Region 14 RVP, is the owner
least half of the regions.  Rarely, if ever, has this
of Windmill Gardens and has been a major hybridizer for
affected the selection of a winner, and it creates addi 
years.  She was the recipient of the AHS Region 14
tional work for the tabulator.  We have eliminated this
Service Award in 1977.  She received the Stout Silver
requirement from these two awards.
Medal (the Society's highest cultivar award) for NEAL
3 Four of the nine specialty awards required a nominee to
BERREY in 1995, the Lenington All American Award
have previously won an 
Honorable Mention
.  The other
(for a cultivar that performs outstandingly in most parts of
five specialty awards required a nominee to have been
the country) for DESIGNER JEANS in 1995, the Helen
registered at least five years.  One can make a good
Field Fischer Medal (as recognition of distinguished and
argument for either requirement, but not for different
meritorious service rendered the Society by a member) in
requirements for different awards.  Since the specialty
1986, and the Bertrand Farr Medal (for outstanding results
awards are intended to recognize niche categories of
in the field of hybridizing) in 1996.
special interest, we decided to keep their requirements
separate from the main award pyramid, which includes
Sarah now suffers from a form of incurable anemia which
the Honorable Mention.  Now all nine specialty awards
depletes her energy and limits her activities.  She no longer
require registration at least 5 years prior to balloting.
feels like making trips to shop for silver trays as she once
This affects the Donn Fischer, Annie T. Giles, Ida
did.  At the Fall 2002 AHS Region 14 Meeting in Merid 
Munson, and L. Ernest Plouf awards.
ian, the assembly voted to assume the responsibility for the
I trust you will find that this simplifies the garden judging
Slide Sequence Award.  It was decided that the award
process.  The changes are basically just housekeeping,
would be changed to a pewter bowl (which would not
nothing earth shaking.  The real challenge comes in the
require as much maintenance) and that the name of the
future when the Awards & Honors Committee proposes
award would be changed to the 
Sarah Sikes Slide Sequence
some new specialty awards!  Stay tuned.  
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The members of AHS Region 14 would like to express
their appreciation to Sarah Sikes for her dedication and
From AHS E mail Robin Harold Ramsey in Jonesboro, AR,
service to Region 14 and say  Thank you  for providing
Region 13   Zone 7:
the silver tray for this award through the years.  
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You are a hemeroholic if.....
You let your beds encroach into your neighbors lawn and
This article was reprinted from  the AHS Region 14 THE DIXIE
you judge your friends by the number of daylilies they grow.
DAYLILY, Winter 2002, page 35, with permission from Barbara
Watts of Hattiesburg, MS.
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