Here is the February 2008 newsletter. The new year is upon us and our
club activities will be starting again. Most committees chairs have been
assigned and will be listed in the newsletter.
Missoula Iris Society
DATE & TIME: Saturday,
February 2nd, 6:30 pm.
dinner begins at 6:30 pm.
Home of Billie
Gray, 1558 S 6th St West; call 543-3480 for directions
of any program at this time.
The $9.00 annual membership dues are due now for the 2008 year. Please
pay your dues before the end of the month to keep us up to date and to
keep receiving this newsletter.
It's Their Birthday!!....Let's Give 'Em a Cheer!!!
Happy day to Alayne Hilditch, February 27th and Lynn Weger,
February 24th. Have a happy birthday!
A Note from Ann
Violette: JUDGES TRAINING
Just a note to let you know that I'm forwarding a bit of news on the
judging update training in Idaho in case any of our judges need to know.
I am feeling better and stronger as time goes by but not ready for
crowds as I have little resistance to germs so I'm home 99 percent of
Judging Session in
Idaho from Ann Violette:
Date: February 23rd
Place: 2606 S. Pond Boise, Id
Time: 1 PM to 4 PM
Trainer: Carol Coleman RSVP
3 hour training on the changes in the AIS Judges Handbook with test.
Please bring your new book and Hi_Liter
$5.00 fee for Judges
43.00 Fee to Audit as required by AIS Region 11 By-Laws
Treasurer's Report from
The numbers are for the month of January 2008,
Club Savings Account CD
Balance January 31
Club Savings Account
Balance January 31
December 31 Balance
January 08 Deposits
Expenses Paid – January 2008
Balance – January 31, 2008
have about 4 or 5 AIS Calendars left. Price is $6.00 each. Need to get
them sold, come & get ‘em!!!
Minutes of the Missoula
Iris Society Meeting, Saturday, January 5, 2008
The meeting was called to order by President Elinor Utech at 7:33 p.m.
at the home of Pete and Carol Addeo. First item of business was the 2008
officers. The roster of officers for 2008 was voted on and passed by a
motion from Billie Gray, seconded by Claudia Brown. With a grateful
thank you to Eleanor Utech for serving as president in 2007, the
presidential position was assumed by Cindy Davis. Other officers for
2008 are Ron Dowell, Vice President, Zona Lindemann, Secretary and Pete
The treasurer’s report was approved as it appeared in the January
The minutes for the November 2007 meeting were not available due to the
absence of the secretary.
Storage Shed - Pete reported that the architect had still not
given him the blueprints. He mentioned that our current budget for the
shed...$3,000 donation from Friends of the Fort and $800 savings in the
MIS account will not be enough funds to build the shed. He mentioned
the possibility of asking "Friends" for more money. The shed will be 12
x 32, split in half and shared with the museum. However, after
discussion, it was agreed that the costs need to be assimilated first.
It is hoped that the construction can be completed before the June 2008
show. Billie will contact the architect Steve Adler to see the status
of the design. He has been promised a membership in the Missoula Iris
Society and some free iris as compensation.
By Laws - Billie Gray suggested that the By Laws be read at the
meeting. A program on the By Laws will be composed by Gary Clark and
Committee Assignments -
Median Show - No show this year
June Iris Show - Cindy Davis, Lynn Weger
Tour - Billie Gray, Carol Addeo, Fred Frey and Alayne Hilditch
Photographer/Historian/Scrapbook - Donna Dowell. Donna
mentioned wanting to purchase a software program entitled "Creative
Memories" which would allow her to put our photos each year in booklet
form to save our history. The program costs $49.95. It was agreed that
she could use part of her $100 budget for this program.
Display Garden at Fort Missoula - Not mentioned in the
Programs - Discussion of what a good job Fred Frey did last
year. We think he volunteered to do it again. Sometimes it's not clear
whether they volunteered or got railroaded into it.
Publicity - Fred Frey
Rhizome Iris Sale - Pete and Carol Addeo volunteered to chair
and provide the yard sorting in July.
Sunshine - No mention
Newsletter - Pete and Carol Addeo
Membership - No mention
ByLaws Committee - Swede Gustafson, Pete Addeo and Alverta
Meeting Locations - Carol Addeo
Tour Discussion - Some discussion about the need to line up
host gardens for next years tour. It was believed that the Bylaws
for Missoula Iris Society requires the tour gardens have a minimum of
iris planted. Therefore, the bylaws may need to be re-written. A
bylaws committee was formed to research this matter.
Rhizome Sale - Some discussion by last years Rhizome Sale Chair
Ron Dowell that a handful of people did 90% of the work and that
training was needed for a new chairman. Swede volunteered to do a
program on preparing iris for the sale at the May meeting. He also
reminded everyone to get their list of iris to Alverta Symes. President
Cindy urged everyone to give thought to the sale this year and help as
much as possible.
Meeting Locations and Schedule of Events- Gary Clark suggested we
plan at least one meeting during the year at a local restaurant banquet
room. Some discussion of the cost involved. No decision was made. We
also mentioned some meetings could be held at the Fort Gardens as a work
Carol Addeo asked for volunteers to host upcoming meetings. Following
is a schedule of upcoming meetings and events:
February 2 - Meeting and potluck at Billie Gray's
March 1 - Meeting and potluck at Honk Meyer's
April 5 - Meeting and potluck at Gary Clark's
May 3 - Meeting and potluck at Pete and Carol Addeo's
Program: Preparing iris for the sale by Swede Gustafson
Saturday, June 7 - MIS Tour
Sunday, June 8 - Meeting and potluck at Elizabeth Friesz in
Saturday, June 14 - Iris Show at Southgate Mall, banquet
dinner to be announced.
Saturday, July 12 - Meeting and potluck at Jim and Linda
Sunday July 19 - Fort Gardens digging, trimming and cleaning
for the sale
Tuesday, July 22 -July 23- Drop off rhizomes for sale at Addeo
Wednesday July 23 -Friday July 25 - Work party at Addeo home for
Friday evening, July 25 - After sorting potluck party at Addeo's
Saturday, July 26 - Rhizome Sale at the Fort Gardens 9 a.m. to
After Sale party at Billie Gray's home at 1:15 p.m.
August - No meeting
September 6 - Meeting and potluck to be announced
October 4 - Meeting and potluck to be announced
November 1 - Meeting and potluck to be announced
Sunday, December 7 - Christmas Party to be announced
Presidential Rhizome - The January rhizome was won by Tom
The meeting was adjourned at 8:20
Acting Secretary in the absence of Zona Lindemann
A FEW GARDENING TIPS TO
HELP FOR THE NEW YEAR:
The tomatoes in a woman's garden wouldn't ripen. So she goes to her
neighbor and says, ``What can I do about it?'' Her neighbor replies,
``Well, it may sound absurd but here's what to do. Tonight there's no
moon. After dark go out into your garden and take all your clothes off.
Tomatoes can see in the dark and they'll be embarrassed and blush. In
the morning they'll all be red, you'll see.'' Well, what the heck? She
does it. Next day her neighbor asks how it worked. ``So-so,'' she
answers. ``The tomatoes are still green but the cucumbers are all four
A weed is
a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how
to grow in rows.
husbands like lawn mowers?
They are difficult to get started, emit foul smells and don't work half
y’all at the meeting.