Newsletter for the Missoula Iris Society
the December newsletter. The year is gone. What happened? I
don't know but the years get shorter and shorter. It's time for
our annual Christmas Party again and the wonderful holiday
spirit that keeps us all together. The Christmas Party will be
at the home of Billie Gray. Don't forget to bring your gift. The
gift exchange is sooo much fun.
Missoula Iris Society
Potluck & Turkey dinner begins at 4 pm.,
Home of Billie Gray, 1558 S 6th West...call
543-3480 for directions
Party and gift exchange.
The Christmas party
menu will include turkey prepared by Billie, mashed potatoes and
gravy prepared by Betty Ann and dressing prepared by Carol.
Members may bring any side dishes or desserts they would like.
annual membership dues should be paid now for the 2013 year.
Please pay your dues to Treasurer Swede Gustafson before the end
of the month.
CHRISTMAS PARTY GIFT EXCHANGE:
brings a gift (up to $12.00 value) and we put all the gifts in
the center of the room and then pick numbers to see who goes
first. The #1 person gets to pick any gift from the pile. The
gift is opened for all to see. Then the #2 person in line can
pick the gift that #1 picked or pick from the stack and the same
goes for each one thereafter. If you pick one of the opened
gifts, then that person now can pick someone else's gift or from
the stack. The limit is 3 times for any one gift to own. There
is a lot of heavy duty trading between everyone and the laughs
just keep coming. It is a great end to a wonderful year with our
friends and members.
Their Birthday!!....Let's Give 'Em a Cheer!!!
to Ron Dowell, December 11th; Nancy Ryan, December 19th;
and Swede Gustafson, December 26th . Have a happy birthday all!
TREASURER'S REPORT: as of November 29, 2012;-
There was no activity for the Savings Account so the
balance remains at $11,837.52
October 24, 2012 reported
Deposits to the Account
Expenses paid from the
November 29, 2012
reported in October, 2 checks in the amount of $100 each had
been written to the Friends of the Historical Museum at Fort
Missoula ( Friends of HMFM) in July following the annual rhizome
sale. One was for Missoula Iris Society's annual membership to
the HMFM and the second was for use of the grounds during our
annual sale. Both of the checks had not cleared the bank when I
received the November bank statements. I met with the museum
office on November 2 and they had no record of receiving or
depositing these checks. Therefore all parties agreed these
checks should be voided which I did on November 8. I then
wrote new checks on November 9 in the same amounts and mailed
them to the HMFM. I have received verification from HMFM via a
letter on November 13. Membership with HMFM allows our society
members to attend functions within the museum at no cost. With
the second $100 check the HMFM has applied the funds to
restoration of the ACM Library Rail Car which is near the
locomotive to the south of the museum. The deposits above
include the $200 void checks as income for November. I received
9 memberships at the November 2012 meeting - $90.00 . Total
Expenses Paid: In
addition to the 2 HMFM checks above I have paid Paul Ronaldo
Sprinklers $60.00 to winterize the garden sprinkler system;
paid Ron Dowell $300.00 for mowing the garden lawn during the
summer of 2012; and paid the American Iris Society $25.00 for
our annual affiliation fee. Total expenses $585.00
Memberships for 2013 are now due
MINUTES OF THE NOVEMBER 3rd MEETING:
The meeting was called to order at 7:20 p.m. By President Ed
Verplancke at the home of Judy Blunt. Sixteen members were in
October minutes approved as it appeared in the newsletter. The
treasurer Swede Gustafson made one change to his treasurer's
report...the addition of a bill from Ron Dowell of $300 for lawn
mowing at Fort Missoula gardens all summer. Treasurer's report
approved as amended.
Reminder...a board meeting will be held at 1:00 on Sunday
November 4th at the home of Swede and Betty Ann
Gustafson. Purpose is to plan the budget for 2013.
Clark announced that Donna Dowell has accepted the nomination
for Vice President next year on the condition that Betty Ann
Gustafson, Alverta Symes and Gary Clark help her with the annual
shows. The president nomination is Ed Verplancke, Secretary
Carol Addeo and Treasurer Swede Gustafson.
Nominations were left open and called for three times; there
were no additional nominations. A motion was made by Judy
Blunt, seconded by Alverta Symes to accept the nominations as
presented. The motion passed.
Business: A brief
report by Carol Addeo on the last garden work party held in
October; four people showed up to weed and trim.
reported on the vole problem at the garden. His neighbor Cary
Forsman of the Forestry Department at U of M set 12 traps for
the voles, three weeks ago. The traps were either stolen or
tripped. New traps will be set; it is not safe to bait. Voles
have been eating daylilies and in some cases have eaten the
roots off the Siberian iris, as well, mostly in the south
beds. Voles run in cycles and this has been a particularly bad
reported that the apple tree next to the Siberian bed has been
sawed down, which now allows more light for the beds. If anyone
wants the apple wood, help yourself. It's free.
Discussion of dates for shows in 2013. The median show will be
in early May, the big show will be June 8, 2013, the second
Saturday in June. Betty Ann reported that the mall may be
charging up to $200 for mall space in the future. It has been
free in the past, so this amount should be placed into next
locations were discussed. Carol reported she would reserve the
Eagles Lodge for the January meeting. Cost is $50.
will be at Gary Clark's home.
be at Judy Blunt's home
will be at Alverta and Bob Symes home.
Swede is accepting dues anytime. . $10 per person for the year.
A MIS Board meeting is scheduled for November 4th.
on Ernie Lucero that he is feeling better and was traveling to
Denver for a Naval reunion. Gary delivered to Ernie a bouquet
of home grown flowers from his garden.
Presidential Rhizome winner for November was Alverta Symes.
adjourned at 7:50 p.m. By a motion made by Bob Symes, seconded
by Gary Clark. Passed.
Addeo, acting secretary for Cindy Davis
Addendum to the minutes: January meeting will be held at the
home of Jim and Linda Sadler.
winners so far: Carol Barbian, August, Roger Muir, September,
Ed Verplanke, October, Alverta Symes, November.
BOARD MEETING: Sunday
November 4, 2012
Review of proposed 2013 budget
present: Ed Verplancke, Betty Ann Gustafson, Alverta Symes,
called to order by President Ed at 1:15 pm
reviewed the values as reported in November Newsletter regarding
the actual expenses paid in 2012 to date an the amount of
balance remaining the each of the expense categories.
2012 Total Budget
followed regarding proposed expenditures in 2013 as listed on
FORT GARDEN: A large expenditure for 2013
will be the renovation of the Big Bed which includes building of
concrete garden walls on three sides of the garden. These walls
will be similar to the outside wall of the Siberian bed. This
renovation will remove the flow of gravel spilling onto the lawn
plus level out the garden which should allow for more plants
within this garden. This work will take place either very early
in the spring or soon after the blooms season. This wall is a
one time expense. The members present decided to reduce the
expenditures allowed in each of the Fort Garden categories to
assist in covering the cost for these proposed walls and other
renovations The Treasurer will make the necessary reductions
once the cost for the walls is determined in2013.
The Lawn Care Expense was budgeted at $200 but the
actual cost was $300 so $100 added to the Fort Garden
Expenditure. Fort Garden Budget was increased by the $100 for
2013 to a total of $2250.
IRIS SHOWS: Two iris shows are proposed for
2013 - A Median show in May and the annual General Show in
June. Southgate Mall will be instituting a fee for the use of
their facilities in 2013 of $200 per event. This fee will cover
costs of setting up, cleaning up, advertising, and other
miscellaneous expenses incurred by the Mall during an event.
Therefore, our show budgets will need to reflect this added
cost. Therefore, the Median Show budget will increase from $200
to $400. The General show will increase from $800 to
MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES: The members present
proposed increasing the budget to $300 fro $200 for ordering of
the PRESIDENTIAL RHIZOMES for 2013 in hopes of getting more free
rhizomes from hybridizers. This will then allow some rhizomes to
be auctioned at the after rhizomes sale party. The Society met
at the Eagle's Lodge three times in 2012 at a cost of $50.00 per
meeting. To cover the cost of three meetings in 2013 there will
be new expenditure of rental fees set at $150.
will be purchasing two banners for $150.00 which were not
purchased in 2012. The Sunshine Expenses were down in 2012 so
the 2013 expenditure was lowered to $250.
The 2012 budgeted value was $5,625. Our 2012
expenses totaled $3,663 leaving a balance of $1,962. With the
proposed changes listed above our proposed budget is $6,125.
Presently, we have nearly $11,000 available for our use in
The meeting was adjourned at 3:00 pm
Swede Gustafson, Treasurer