Here is the April
newsletter. This is a favorite time of year. Nature is renewing, growing
and nurturing all living things. The weather is starting to cooperate a
little and it sure feels good to get outside and breathe some fresh air
and feel the warmth of Old Sol. Happy Spring to all and see ya at the
Missoula Iris Society
DATE & TIME:
Sat, April 14th, at
6:30 p.m. Potluck
Home of Honk Meyer. Call 251-5800 for directions.
Spuria slide show
from the Spuria Iris Society presented by Fred Frey.
Events from the Missoula County Extension Office Ė Fred has gotten a
flyer from the Extension Office and there some tours scheduled this
summer that could be of interest to our members:
2:30pm - Blueberry Garden Tour:
Joyce Kuykendall shows off her commercial blueberry production methods
June 23rd 2:30pm - Strawberry Variety Trial: Tour
Biodesign Farmís vegetable production fields, small fruit plantings, and
orchard designed to minimize tillage, conserve water, and create habitat
for wildlife. We will evaluate the strawberry variety trial planted in
Saturday August 11th
2:30pm - Lavender Farm Tour:
Master gardener Lori
Parr-Campbell shows off her fragrant business
Master Gardener Course:
The 14 week course
starts Ė call for details.
26th 1 Ė 3 pm Conservation Farming Research Results:
Soil and weed
management studies and soil amendments for transplanted trees
For Tour directions
and to be notified by email before each event and future events you can
email the Extension Office at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call the plant clinic at
Birthday!!....Let's Give 'Em a Cheer!!!
Happy day to Alverta
Symes, April 3rd, Jim Sadler, April 2nd, Sherry
Toft, April 17th, Janette Turbak, April 18th,
Carol Barbian, April 28th, Ron Dunn, April 23rd,
and Kris Ritchart, April 11th. Have a happy birthday all! .
You can pick-up at the April meeting for $6.00 from Pete Addeo. We only
have a few calendars left.
The following meeting locations are scheduled. We need some volunteers
to host a meeting For October and November as well as our Christmas
Party. Call Carol Addeo at 251-5833 if you would like to host a meeting
at your home or be a host for a meeting at another memberís home: Anyone
who wants to host a meeting at someone elseís house can do so by
chipping in for drinks, etc or doing set up or cleanup for the host.
Itís that simple. Letís get some volunteers for hosting! Itís painless!!
Meeting and pot luck dinner at home of Honk Meyer, 6:30pm
May 5 -
Meeting and pot luck dinner with PLANT EXCHANGE at home of Pete & Carol
June 2 -
Meeting and pot luck dinner at home of Bob & Alverta Symes in Bonner,
Meeting and pot luck dinner at home of Alayne Hildritch in Grant Creek,
September 8 -
Meeting and pot luck dinner at home of Gary Clark in Target Range,
Need meeting location
Need meeting location
(Sunday) Annual Christmas Party. Location needed.
TOURING & VISITING
YARDS MEETING PROGRAMS:
Would you be willing
to share your garden with other MIS members? Generally speaking, many
of us only see the yards and gardens of members who are able to host one
of the monthly meetings or a club activity. Not all of us are able to
open our homes to such activities, yet certainly could share our efforts
with others in the organization and build connections between the
members. Fred Frey would like to schedule such opportunities in at
least the months of May, June, and July on the same day of our monthly
meeting. The chosen host garden might be on the same side of town or
not far out of the way of the meeting site and open from 4pm or 5pm
until 6pm. Those interested in attending could make one trip to see
your garden and then continue on to the meeting. Locations further out
of town could be scheduled earlier in the day. There would be no
expectation for any type of refreshments or entertainment, but to simply
be available to show other members around, share ideas, and answer
questions. Please call Fred Frey at 549-0530 after 6:30 pm weekdays if
you would be willing to open your garden to members and their guests.
According to the meeting schedule, May is in the Miller Creek area, June
is east of Bonner, and July in Grant Creek.
Fred Frey, VP and
from Pete Addeo:
transpired since last meeting and no monies have changed hands. Balances
are the same as last month.
Club Savings Account CD
Balance February 28 $3253.45
Balance February 28 $6584.40
Club Operations $2024.78
Judges Fund 375.43
Memorial Fund 301.92
Building Fund 865.47
2006 Rhizome Sale 3001.00
2006 Interest Income 15.80
Total balance $6584.40
February 28 Balance $ 869.43
February 2007 deposits
Total Deposits 0.00
Paid Ė February
Balance - February $869.43
MINUTES Ė FEBRUARY
Minutes of the Missoula Iris Society Meeting, Saturday, March 3, 2007
The meeting was called to order by Vice President Fred Frey at 7:20 p.m.
at the home of Gary Clark. President Elinor Utech was ill.
Minutes - The minutes of the February meeting appeared in the
newsletter and were approved as they appeared by a motion of Cindy
Davis, seconded by Ron Dunn.
Treasurers Report which appeared in the March newsletter was approved as
Median Show - Gary Clark, chairperson, passed out the programs
for the 2007 Median Show to be held at Southgate Mall by the clock on
Saturday May 19, 2007 - 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The program was prepared
with the help of Alverta Symes. The theme is "A Symphony of Color".
Iris Show - Jim Sadler, chairperson for the iris show in
June, says we have received AIS approval for our show.
Fort Garden - No report. Ron Dunn commented that Carson Vehrs,
who has helped with volunteer work for our garden, was very impressed
with our accomplishments in the garden last summer.
Rhizome Sale - Ron Dowell, chairperson for the sale, reported
that the Addeo's have volunteered their yard for the sorting, however
they will be out of town part of that week.
Sunshine Report - Betty Ann Gustafson, Sunshine chairperson,
was absent, but provided a report which was read by Carol Addeo :
Bob Symes is recovering from February heart surgery. We took a
bouquet of flowers and a card to him after surgery.
Elinor Utech was in the hospital over a weekend due to a reaction
to a medication. We sent her a card when we heard the news.
Ann Violette was also in the hospital over a weekend this week;
we took her some potted primroses. We are unsure of her condition but
they are checking her heart condition. According to other members, it
may have been a reaction to antibiotics.
Wayne and Hazel Richlie are pretty much homebound. We took them
some potted primroses. Their son and grandaughter both live next door
so they watch out for them.
Rosemary Baier is doing well and has discontinued chemotherapy
because the cancer is in remission. She is happy and even working at
Caras Nursery transplanting plants a few days a week.
Ken Baier is still somewhat weak after a bout with pneumonia
after Christmas. He's doing better and resuming his activities.
Donna Bowers is receiving chemotherapy. She is still very weak
but encouraged. Members may give her a call.
Not in the report: Cleo Swanson is doing better but still cannot
Betty Ann Gustafson was also in the hospital for a short time.
No other details available.
If you know of anyone who needs cheering up in some way, please
contact Betty Ann Gustafson or Elinor Utech.
Programs - Fred Frey is working on slide shows for future
meetings. He reported that Gordon Skaggs might come to a meeting to do
a presentation on water gardens. During his travels in Oregon Fred
stopped by Mid America gardens. He also obtained some VCR tapes on
building water gardens from Blue Iris Water Gardens in Spokane.
Historical Book - Carol Addeo reported that two orders for our
historical book "Fifty years of iris growing, 25 years of iris showing"
had been received from AIS members as a result of the article she
placed in the AIS bulletin.
Presidential Rhizome - Won by Cleo Swanson
The meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m. and was followed by an interesting
program and film on water features and ponds presented by Fred Frey.
Acting Secretary in the absence of