Charles "Chuck" Walkowiak, a former member of the SLI board, died in mid-March. He lived in Lawtell, La. He was 64 years of age. Chuck attended the convention in Dallas in 2004, and his friendly but quiet personality was enjoyed by all those in attendance. He was also a member of the American Iris Society, the Acadiana Iris Society, and the Arbor Day Foundation.

The Society for Louisiana Irises extends its sympathies to the family of Charles Walkowiak. His presence at SLI conventions will be sorely missed but his impact on SLI will be felt for years to come.

(Editor's Note:  This notice first appeared in the Fleur de Lis, the quarterly publication of SLI, in the Spring 2006 issue.)