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Missoula Iris Society Newsletter - April 2008



Here is the newsletter for April.  As I said last month,  I can feel spring in the air (sometimes) and I am very, very ready for some sunshine and warmth. It’s been way too long of a winter, but let’s all think spring and blue skies and warmth. Even this month’s meeting place at Gary’s is conducive to spring. (Sunlite Lane).


Pete Addeo, Webmaster
Missoula Iris Society


DATE & TIME: Saturday, April 5th, 6:30 pm.  Potluck dinner begins at 6:30 pm.

PLACE:   Home of Gary Clark,  2275 Sunlite Lane; call 728-7633 for directions

PROGRAM:  No mention of any program at this time.





The $9.00 annual membership dues are finished for the 2008 year.  For those who paid, this newsletter is your notification. Some of you did not pay this year, and will not be receiving any further notifications.

It's Their Birthday!!....Let's Give 'Em a Cheer!!!

Happy day to Alverta Symes,  April 3rd;  Jim Sadler, April 2nd: Carol Barbian, April 28th: Ron Dunn, April 23rd: and Kris Ritchart, April 11th.  Have a happy birthday all!



We are still asking for volunteers to sit at a garden sites from 10am – 4pm, Saturday June 7.  We will need 2 people at each garden site to help with the fees and checking in for the public. We have 8 sites planned for the tour, so we will  need at least 18 volunteers to help for our tour. Please think about this and let Billie Gray know ASAP. It’s only for a few hours and it will help us out to make a great tour.  Thanks.


Treasurer's Report from Pete Addeo:

The numbers are for the month of March 2008,


        Club Savings Account CD                         
                Balance March 31                   

        Club Savings Account                             
                Balance March 31                       

         February 29 Balance                                         
             March 08 Deposits                      

         Expenses Paid – March 2008


         Balance – March 31, 2008 















Minutes:  March 1, 2008
The meeting was called to order by President Cindy Davis.  It was move by Fred Frey and seconded by Ed Verplancke that the minutes be accepted as printed in the Falls and Standards.  The motion carried.  Honk Meyer moved and Billie Gray seconded the motion that the treasurer’s report be accepted as presented.
It was announced that Jeanette Graham would be presenting a class in garden judging after the Iris Show.
Old Business
Shed:  Pete Addeo applied to the county for the permits needed to begin building the shed.  The county said these permits had to be issued by the city and MIS cannot directly apply for these permits.  Pete has made arrangements for a licensed contractor to obtain the permits.
It has been arranged for some of Carson Vehr’s cement people to prepare the slab for the pouring of the concrete.  JTL is donating the cement.  Another volunteer cement worker will do the cement work. It is projected to have the slab poured and finished by the end of March.
Tour:  The Tour is June 7, 2008.  It is self-guided.  The gardens may be visited in any order between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  There will be the Fort and seven other gardens on the tour.  Volunteers are needed to host the various gardens and to punch tickets.  Some people from the Garden Club have offered to help with this. Cindy Davis volunteered. 
A brochure will be made up that will have a description of the gardens, a map to the gardens and a ticket to punch (or mark off) for each garden.  The tickets can be picked up at any of the participating gardens and\or the fort.  Tickets can be purchased in advance of the tour.  Those purchased at the gardens will be a dollar more.
Signs need to be made that will direct people to the various gardens.  These will be set out the day of the tour.  Cash boxes are needed for each garden.
Sale:  Pete and Carol Addeo have again offered the use of their yard for the pre-sale organizing.
By-Laws:  The By-Laws are not currently on the website.  Alverta Symes has the By-   Laws on a disc and will get them to Pete Addeo so they can be added to the website.
MIS News
Ken and Rosie Baier are dropping their membership.  Both are dealing with serious health problems.
Wayne and Hazel Richlie have also dropped their membership.  They, too, have serious health problems.  Wayne has gotten very frail and is on a feeding tube.
Ann Violette is much better.
Sonia Dellapiazza’s husband is ill so she will be dropping her membership for the time being.
Faye Pedersen is dropping her membership because of family obligations.
Cleo Swanson has moved into Hunter’s Glen.  She has sold her house.  Her phone number is the same and calls would be welcome.
New Business
Judges’ Training:  A judges’ training, “Red-Necked Gardening,” will be held June 15, 2008 at Gary Clark’s.  It is open to all.  Because of the previous plans of Jeanette Graham, the session will begin at 9:00 a.m.
AIS has put out a new judges’ handbook.  There have been some changes.  Roger Muir has tentatively offered to do a two hour class on those changes.  It was noted that it is full of errors.
The new book without a cover can be purchased for $12.00; with the cover, it is $15.00.
MIS has the following judges:
          Emeritus:  Billie Gray
          Master: Alverta Symes
          Garden: Cindy Davis, Gary Clark, Swede Gustafson, Roger Muir, Ann Violette, Lynn Weger, and Jim Sadler
The Presidential Rhizome went to Dorothy Alcarez.
Pete Addeo moved the meeting be adjourned; Ed Verplancke seconded the motion.  The meeting was adjourned.
Respectfully submitted,
Zona Lindemann, Secretary