- 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.
- Webmaster & President
Missoula Iris Society
- DATE & TIME:
Saturday, April 1, 2006 at 6:30pm with potluck dinner
Home of Billie Gray. Call 543-3480 for directions.
Elinor Utech on the Iris Sale card files
- "FYI" NEWS:
- 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
- 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
TREASURER'S REPORT - MARCH 2006
February 28 reported balance
Deposits - calendar sales
Expenses - Postage to return slides
Balance $ 5,218.80
Deposits - memberships
- Tour celebration dinner payments
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
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
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
Presidential Rhizome - Bob Symes won the March Presidential
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.