Society for Louisiana Irises Honorary Awards

The Society for Louisiana Irises has established a series of awards to honor individuals for services to the Society. The following identifies those awards and the criteria for each.

Service Award: This is an award presented to an individual who has given unselfishly of time, service and support of the Society over and above the duties of an office held or committee duties performed. An individual or group who has been a member of the Society for the past five years shall be eligible. Recipients of this award are no longer eligible for this same award.

Distinguished Merit Award: This award is made to a living individual, group or   organization that has promoted Louisiana irises in some outstanding manner, such as service, promotion, writing, presenting programs, teaching of judging schools, hybridizing, growing and other valuable contributions. Society membership is not required. Recipients of this award are no longer eligible for this same award.

Past Recipients of the Service Award

1947 – W. B. MacMillan

1948 – Caroline Dormon

1949 – Ira S. Nelson

1950 – Marie Caillet

1951 – Claude W. Davis

1952 – Lillian Hall Trichell

1953 – Mr. and Mrs. Ray Cornay

1954 – R. S. Abbott

1955 – Joel L. Fletcher Sr.

1956 – Charles W. Arny Jr.

1957 – Joe G. Richard

1958 – Aline Arceneaux

1959 – Tressie Cook

1960 – G. W. Holleyman

1961 – Frank F. Chowning

1962 – Ila Nunn

1963 – Sidney Conger

1964 – Jules Patin

1965 – John Cockerham

1966 – Barbara Nelson

1967 – Joseph K. Mertzweiller

1968 – Faenelia Hicks

1969 – Havely Guillory

1970 – James Foret

1971 – Bud McSparrin

1972 – Mrs. E. P. Arceneaux

1973 – Thomas J. Arceneaux

1974 – W. Ellis Fletcher

1975 – Russella Gaidry (Ostheimer)

1976 – Joyce Arny

1977 – Richard A. Goula

1978 – The Lafayette Garden Club

1979 – Kenneth Durio Family

1980 – Eliene Rockwell

1981 – Helen Chieri

1982 – Robert Andres

1983 – Charles Fritchie

1984 – Ed Ostheimer

1985 – Robert Bledsoe

1986 – W. Dean Lee

1987 – No recipient

1988 – No recipient

1989 – No recipient

1990 – Dorman Hayman

1991 – Russell and Elaine Bourque

1992 – Jerry and Melody Wilhoit

1993 – Marvin Granger

1994 – Farron Campbell

1995 – Dennis Vercher

1996 – Perry Deyer

1997 – No recipient

1998 – Tom Dillard and Albert (Bobo) Faggard

1999 – No recipient

2000 – No recipient

2001 – Kevin Vaughn

2002 – Harry Wolford

2003 – Darlene Cook

2004 – Edna Claunch and Tim Nutt

2005 – Earline Sudduth

2006 – No recipient

2007 – Lou Goudeaux

2008 – Rebecca Wong

2009 – Richard Sloan

2010 – Ron Betzer

2011 – Wendell Hall and John Helmkauf

2012 – No recipient

2013 – No recipient

2014 – No recipient

2015 – Rebecca Wong

Past Recipients of the Distinguished Mert Award

1988 – Award established by the SLI board

1989 – Marie Caillet

1990 – Charles W. Arny

1991 – Aline Marie Arceneaux

1992 – Joseph K. Mertzweiller

1993 – Dean Lee and Laurel Bridgman

1994 – Barbara Nelson

1995 – Garden Club of Houston and Josephine Shanks

1996 – Caroline Dorman Nature Preserve

1997 – Rainbow Ridge Nursery

1998 – No recipient

1999 – No recipient

2000 – No recipient

2001 – No recipient

2002 – Heather Pryor

2003 – Patrick O’Connor

2004 – Kevin Vaughn

2005 – Edna Claunch

2006 – No recipient

2007 – No recipient

2008 – Harry Wolford

2009 – No recipient

2010 – No recipient

2011 – No recipient

2012 – No recipient

2013 – Tom Dillard

2014 – No recipient

2015 - No recipient

2016 - Benny Trahan