Brief History of Region 18




 Region 18 AIS has had a total of 27 Regional Vice Presidents since 1947.  Following is a complete listing of Region 18 RVPs and the city or town they called home.


1947                 Agnes Whiting    Mapleton, IA

1948-1950        Carl Schirmer    St. Joseph, MO

1950-1952        Wellington F. Scott, Jr.    Ferguson, MO

1952                 Ray Rickman    Joplin, MO

1953-1955        P. M. Peterson    Kansas City, MO

1956-1958        Ada Buxton    Webster Groves, MO   

1959-1961        Dr. Hugo Wall    Wichita, KS

1962-1964        C. Robert Minnick    Kansas City, MO

1965-1967        Allen Harper    Kansas City, MO

1968-1970        Russell Morgan    Parsons, KS

1971-1973        J. Donald Puett    Baxter Springs, KS

1974-1976        Grace Newman    Ironton, MO

1977-1979        James Rasmussen    Wichita, KS

1980-1982        O. David Niswonger    Cape Girardeau, MO

1983-1985        Keith Fillmore    Garden City, KS

1986-1988        Elvan (Al) Roderick    Desloge, MO

1989-1991        Leda Christlieb    Severy, KS

1991                 Forrest Townsend *(acting RVP)  Independence, MO   

1992-1994        W. Riley Probst    Kirkwood, MO

1995-1997        Mike Hargrove    Wichita, KS

1998-2000        Jim Morris         Ballwin, MO

2001-2003        Ray Keisling      Liberty, MO

2004-2006        Rita Gormley     Cedar Hill, MO

2007-2008        Carolyn Ash      Lenexa, KS

2009-2012        Judy Eckhoff     Haven, KS

2013                 Ginni Hill          Wentzville, MO

2013-2015        Debbie Hughes    Wellsville, KS

2015-                Ben Hoyt    Saint Joseph, MO




Four of the Region 18 RVPs have gone on to become President of AIS: Dr. Hugo Wall (72-74), James Rasmussen (87-89),

Dave Niswonger (96-99), and Jim Morris (2014- 2016)


Region 18 Member Judy Keisling has also served as President of AIS (2010-2013)


Of the past RVPs Rasmussen, Niswonger, Roderick, Probst, Hargrove, Morris, Ash, Eckhoff, Hill and Hughes are still living. 




The first Region 18 Bulletin (Vol. 1, #1, July, 1959) started the present Bulletin format. 

Following is a list of Region 18 Bulletin Editors:


1959             Rev. David Kinish

1960             Mrs. Bert Brickell

1961-69        George Warner

1970-71        Leda Christlieb

1972-76        Mrs. C. L. Fondoble

1976-79        Diana M. Moreau

1979-81        Annabel Pollack

1982-83        Jim Morris

1984-88        Forrest Townsend 

1988-90        Clancy Walz

1991             Forrest Townsend

1991-93        Betty M. Marty

1993             Ken Elgart   

1994-98        Nancy Barnum

1998-2001    Barbara P. Lawton

2001-2016    Judy Keisling

2017-            Debbie Hughes




Two of the Region 18 Editors have gone on to become President of AIS: Judy Keisling (2010-2012) and Jim Morris (2013-2015)


Reprinted with permission of Region 18 Missouri Membership Chairperson

 

Programs

Nicky Mealey

327 W 3rd

Cherryvale, KS 67335

Ph. 620-336-2606

mealeynicky@yahoo.com


Public Relations

All Members

 

Youth

Jean Morris

682 Huntley Heights Dr.

Ballwin, MO 63021-5878

PH. 636-256-3927

morrisje1@aol.com


Web Design

Jim Murrain

8871 NW Brostrom Rd

Kansas City, MO 64152-2711

Ph. 816-746-1949

KansasCityIris@gmail.com

The American Iris Society formed region 18 in 1947. Prior to that time, Kansas and Missouri were joined with Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska as members of AIS Region 9.

In 1946, the AIS Board took action to form a new region, effective January 1, 1947, consisting of Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska to be known as Region 18. Illinois remained alone as Region 9.

Then in November 1949, the AIS Board established another new region, Region 21, effective January 1, 1950, comprised of Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Since that time, Region 18 has been comprised of only Kansas and Missouri.

Text Courtesy of Rita Gormley. 

Iris Show in Kansas City

Region 18 Vice President

Beverly Hoyt

1416 N 16th St.

Saint Joseph, MO 64505

Ph. 816-233-5821

bhoyt@stjoelive.com


Assistant RVP

Laurie Winzer

3718 SW 100th St.

Augusta, KS 67010

Ph. 316-775-1480

jwinzer@exede.net

Secretary

Catherine Barba-Abay

3829 N Cranberry St

Wichita, KS 67226

Ph. 316-650-4498

catbarba@aol.com


Treasurer

Judy Keisling

12119 County Road A

Liberty, MO 64068

Ph. 816-792-1848

keisling@swbell.net

Past R.V.P.

Debbie Hughes

3395 Utah Rd.

Wellsville, KS 66092-8836

Ph. 785-883-4737

dhughes936@gmail.com

OFFICERS 2017


Board Members At-Large

Term Expiring 2019

Gloria Longan

52269 Hwy. N

Centertown, MO 65023

Ph. 573-584-3641

glongan@fidnet.com

Term Expiring 2017

Mitch Jameson

1511 Boyd St.

St. Joseph, MO 64505

Ph. 816-676-0957

mitch51@stjoelive.com

Term Expiring 2018

Sherryl Fitzpatrick

2869 N Tee Time Ct.

Wichita, KS 67205

Ph. 816-676-0957

sfitzpat3@att.net


Committee Chairs

Convention Liaison

James Morris

682 Huntley Heights Dr.

Ballwin, MO 63021-5878

Ph. 636-256-3927

morrisje1@aol.com


Editor, Region 18 Bulletin

Debbie Hughes

3395 Utah Rd.

Wellsville, KS 66092-8836

Ph. 785-883-4737

dhughes936@gmail.com 


Finance, Audit & Budget

Judy Keisling

12119 County Road A

Liberty, MO 64068

Ph. 816-792-1848

keisling@swbell.net

Fund Raising

Len Suchy

2760 N. Tyler Rd.

Wichita, KS 67205-8712

Ph. 316-305-9524

len2760@juno.com


Judges Training

Eric Tankesley-Clarke

31642 Mockingbird Rd.

California, MO 65018

Ph. 573-796-3829

region18jt@gmail.com


Librarian

Len Suchy

2760 N. Tyler Rd.

Wichita, KS 67205-8712

Ph. 316-305-9524

len2760@juno.com


Membership

Laurie Winzer

3718 SW 100th St.

Augusta, KS 67010

Ph. 316-775-1480

jwinzer@exede.net

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