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Oct 21, 2015 5:20 AM CST
Name: Michele
Hello everyone;

Just to add a few more rocks to the growing pile, once upon a time I, too was a member of the Société Française des Iris et Plantes Bulbeuses. I stepped in and saved the competition that they are so proud of now, Franciris, the 2005 edition, when the person who was supposed to be the competition secretary dropped everything and moved away from the Parisian region with no warning. It was the first SUCCESSFUL edition of this competition and I never received any credit for the work I did to save it. The president of the SFIB at that time (Anne-Marie Chesnais) then arranged things so that I wouldn't able to identify the eventual competition winners by changing the garden numbering system and not informing me of these changes, with the connivance of other members of the board. I was finally able to obtain the new numbering system the day of the final judgement from the person taking care of the garden at the school hosting the competition and thus saved from total humiliation, but when I tried to convince the membership of the SFIB, they all sided with the president and the rest of the board of directors and my only open course of action was to opt out of the SFIB. I had hoped that things would change for the better when the current president, Roland Dejoux, took over after forcing Anne-Marie Chesnais to give up the presidency after the dismal failure of the Francis 2011 and the cancellation of the 2013 edition, but they have not. Anyone in the French iris world who refuses to be a member of the SFIB in France is denigrated and ignored. Also, the SFIB has now created a monopoly on any irises shipped into France from abroad, whether from Australia, the United States or Russia, inciting growers in these countries to send their plants by grouped SFIB orders which then go through the Netherlands to enter Europe. Of course, if you're not an SFIB member, you cannot participate in such grouped orders. . . ! Now I hear about how the AIS convention attendees applauded the presence of Roland Dejoux this year as if he were some kind of hero, when people on the SFIB board do things like sell irises on their commercial websites under names registered to other irises which creates all kinds of confusion and another member of the SFIB sells an incorrect under a registered name---but also claims that it is the creation of Richard Cayeux. It seems to me that they could sweep in front of their own doorway once in a while!

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