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Missoula Iris Society Newsletter - April 2006

Here is the April Newsletter.  We are striving to make all the meetings as interesting as possible for everyone and be fun and informative as well. Each month we will have a different program that will discuss items of interest to all of us. If you would like to volunteer your expertise in something that you know about, please contact Jim Sadler and we will arrange for you to host one of the meetings for your presentation.
Pete Addeo,
Webmaster & President
Missoula Iris Society
DATE & TIME: Saturday, April 1, 2006 at 6:30pm with potluck dinner
PLACE: Home of Billie Gray. Call 543-3480 for directions. 
PROGRAM:  Elinor Utech on the Iris Sale card files
New member packets are now available for everyone who joined last year. Newer members please come to the next meeting so you can pick the packet up. The packet will include great tips on growing iris, information on club activities, a membership list and guess what!  A 20% coupon on a purchase at Marchie's Nursery.  Membership lists are being mailed with this newsletter.  We have 64 paid members for 2006.
Calendars – The 2006 Iris calendars are almost gone and for sale at $6.00 each. Makes wonderful gifts and you should call Elinor Utech at 549-1054 to order one or you can get them at the meeting.
Important Information from Swede & Betty Ann about using mulch: 
"Anyone using mulch around your house should be very careful in purchasing wood mulch this year. During the hurricanes in New Orleans many trees were blown over or severely damaged.  These trees are being turned into mulch and the state of Louisiana is trying to get rid of tons and tons of this mulch to any state or company who will accept  the mulch and haul it away.  Much of it will be showing up in home centers and garden places at dirt cheap prices but will contain one huge problem. New Orleans is one of the few areas where the Formosan termite has gained a foothold.  Many of the trees in the area have already been infected with the termite. Now we may have the worst case of transporting a problem to all parts of the country that we have ever had.  These termites can eat a house in no time at all and there is no known good control against the termite. Therefore, please alert your friends and neighbors to avoid this product."

Home Depot and Lowe's were mentioned as two stores who were mentioned in the article.  Other places that deal nationwide are possible sources for the product.  Do not let sales personnel buffalo you by saying these have been disinfected or heat treated as these methods will not kill the larvae of the termite.

If someone has already purchased this mulch, have the product removed and destroyed immediately before the spring and summer warming arrives.
Alverta needs lists of your new irises.  If you would like her to come and make one from your garden, she told me she can do it.  Also, if you have magazines that we could cut up for pictures, please let Alverta know.
Change in meeting locations:  June 3rd meeting will be held at the Addeo's...an outdoor champagne garden party.   Roast turkey will be the main course. September 9th meeting - at Alverta and Bob Symes, probably their usual outdoor party featuring grilled hamburgers.
5th Anniversary Buffet Supper Saturday, June 17, 2006 at 4:30 p at the Fort Gardens...  Catered summer, show awards, history presentation.  Benefit donation:  $25 per person for MIS members and their guests.  Get your reservations to secretary Carol Addeo
Portland AIS Convention -   AIS convention coming May 22-27 in Portland, Oregon.  We encourage members to go to the convention, since it is so close.  The garden tours will take place on Thursday thru Saturday.  A siberian tour will be Sunday May 29th.  Additional sightseeing tours including Mt. St. Helens are available on Monday thru Wednesday, May 22-24th.  Classes are available at the convention and you meet a lot of great people.  About 1,000 people attend.    It's a lot of fun.  Happy hours are happy.  The first reservations deadline is March 1, 2006.  For additional information go to www.ais2006.com or check your most recent AIS Bulletin.
It's Their Birthday!!....Let's Give 'Em a Cheer!!!
Happy day to Jim Sadler – April 2nd, Alverta Symes – April 3rd, Kris Ritchart – April 11th, Sherry Toft – April 17th, Ron Dunn – April 23rd, and Carol Barbian – April 28th.  Have a happy birthday and all the good wishes and cheers that go along.
Welcome New Members: Kris and Rod Crawford, and welcome back to Faye Pedersen who has re-joined.
               TREASURER'S REPORT -  MARCH 2006

           February 28 reported balance                                              $ 548.24
           Deposits - calendar sales                                                        24.00
                                                              Total                                 572.24
           Expenses - Postage to return slides                                          9.60
                                                          March 31 Balance                  562.64

          February reported Balance                                                $ 5,218.80
          Deposits -  memberships                                                         46.00
                          -  Tour celebration dinner payments                         100.00
                                                          March 31 Balance            $ 5,364.80
Meeting Locations and Activities for the rest of  2006:
       April 1 - Meeting at Billie Gray 's- Program on card file by Elinor Utech
       May 6 - Meeting and median show at Charles Hiigel/Jeff White in Victor - Pizza, salad, dessert pot luck - followed by      Median Show.  Program will show us how to stage and groom iris for the show.
      June 3 - Meeting at Pete and Carol Addeo - Outdoor garden and champagne party.  Main course is roast turkey prepared by hostess.  Program on preparation for show, designing
      June 10th - Southgate Mall - Iris Show
      June 17 - Fort Gardens - Tour 10:00 - 4:00 25th celebration dinner - $25 per person Reservations required
      July 8 - Meeting at Jim Sadler's - Program on companion planting with iris in the garden
      July 29th - Iris sale 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., then after sale pizza and chicken party at Billie Gray's
      August - No meeting
      September  9th - Meeting at Bob and Alverta Symes.  Outdoor party with grilled hamburgers.
      October 7 - Hostess is Zona Lindemann.  Location to be announced.
      November 4th - Meeting at Billie Gray's
      Sunday December 3 or Sat Dec 2- - Christmas party and gift exchange at Ken and Rose Mary Baier's
Minutes of the Missoula Iris Society Meeting, Saturday, March 4, 2006

The meeting was called to order by President Pete Addeo at  7:30 p.m. at the home of  Gary Clark and Steve Hesla.

New member Kris Crawford was introduced.  Welcome!


Minutes - The minutes from the February meeting were approved as they appeared in the March newsletter .

Treasurers Report was accepted as presented in the March newsletter

2006 AIS Convention - Discussion of the May AIS convention in Portland, Oregon. Members who indicated they will be attending include Fred Frey, Alverta and Bob Symes, Gary Clark, Ann Violette, Pete and Carol Addeo. Applications are available in the AIS bulletin or on the AIS website.

Rhizome Sale Chairperson - Ron Dowell has volunteered to be the sale chairperson in July.  Alverta will assist him.  Tables for the sale have been reserved by Bob Symes.

25th Celebration - Ron Dowell reported in the absence of  Jim Sadler that the following equipment has been reserved for our 25th anniversary celebration of the Fort Gardens: a 20 x 40 tent,  60 chairs and 6 - 60" round tables, 2 garbage cans and tablecloths for a total cost of $673.60 plus a damage waiver of $45.86.  Total due to Party Time is $719.46.

Reservations for the catered dinner on June 17th were read by the secretary.  More members verbally signed up to attend so the total reservations so far are 30 attendees.

Median Show in May - Theme of the median show on May 6th is Ice Cream Flavors.

June Show - Theme of the iris show on June 10th at Southgate Mall is “Glory in the Garden”.


Membership Lists - Completed membership lists were passed out the people to the people in attendance.  We have 60 paid members for 2006.

Presidential Rhizome - Bob Symes won the March Presidential Rhizome drawing.

Primrose Drawings - A special bonus drawing provided by host Gary Clark were the primiroses decorating our tables.  Winners were Alverta Symes, Roger Muir and Hazel Richlie.  Thanks Gary.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m., a record breaking 20 minute meeting.  Following the meeting we enjoyed a slide show on Siberian Iris, narrated by Swede Gustafson.

Respectfully submitted,

Carolyn Addeo