- Here is the July Newsletter.
This is a very important newsletter as it contains a lot of
info that each of you needs to know about the upcoming events.
- Vice-President Jim Sadler will
lead the meeting as Pete and Carol Addeo are off for an RV
driving tour through Canada and Alaska; salmon fishing and
halibut fishing, here we come!
A secretary is needed for the July minutes; any volunteers?
The agenda for the meeting will no doubt be on plans for the
rhizome sale on July 29, 2006. Any questions should be directed
to Ron Dowell, Sale Chair or Alverta Symes, Co-chair.
- Webmaster & President
Missoula Iris Society
- DATE & TIME:
Saturday, July 8, 2006 at 6:30pm with potluck dinner
Home of Jim & Linda Sadler in the Target Range
area. Call 728-4743 for directions.
The program will be a demonstration on digging,
trimming, cleaning and marking rhizomes for the sale. How
timely! Great information for new members.
- "FYI" NEWS:
- No August meeting.
Welcome to new members: Lois Asch, 19855 Molly Lane, Florence,
MT 59833 - Phone 273-3376 and Ben F. and Elaine Ayers of 393
Charlos Loop, Hamilton, MT 59840. Phone 363-5202. Add their
names to your membership list. Happy Birthday to new member
Lois Asch, who turned 76 on June 29th.
The tour was a great success for our first time "charge tour".
Thinking is we will do the tour every other year, so as not to
conflict with the Caras Nursery tour. We had about 84 paid
attendees. And we had about 19 members who volunteered their
time to help host the gardens or sell tickets. A big
appreciation to you all.
Our 50th anniversary and 25th garden anniversary banquet was
well attended and a lot of fun. The caterers served dinner to
39 people and the food was great. Thanks to Jim Sadler for
helping to organize and for leading the festivities; others who
helped organize included Billie Gray, Pete Addeo, Carol Addeo,
and Swede and Betty Ann Gustafson. Thanks to Ken and Rose Mary
Baier for use of their china dinner settings and silverware.
- The four arbors were up and
looking proud, thanks to Swede Gustafson. The initial work
party was Swede, Pete Addeo and Ron Dowell; when they got rained
out, they adjourned to Swede's garage to put them together.
Then, Swede spent the equivalent of a full week's work, plus
overtime, to get the holes dug and the reinforcement just
right. Nice to be retired, huh Swede?
SALE July 29th - 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. After Sale Party at
Billie Gray's home
This is our most important fund raising event of the year, so
everyone chip in and help if you can. Dig, dig, dig as we only
have a limited amount of rhizomes to dig at the Fort Gardens
MARKER TAGS - Will be available at the meeting from Ron
RHIZOME SALE GUIDELINES: The collection location will
be at Gary Clark's yard. Rhizomes can be delivered to his
garage beginning Tuesday of that week but no later than
Wednesday by 9 p.m. Please read the Pre-Sale guidelines
carefully. These guidelines were put together to avoid
confusion during the sale preparation on Thursday and Friday.
1. Iris rhizomes shall be grown by MIS members only.
2. All rhizomes are to be washed, trimmed and labeled as to
variety and type prior to delivery to the collection site.
Trim fans to about 4 inches - 6 inches depending on type and
roots to about 4 inches. MIS will provide labels. These labels
should be stapled to the leaves (or tied securely). MD's and
SDB's should be in bundles of three rhizomes. IB's and MTB's
should be in bundles of two rhizomes. Beardless iris are to be
in clumps. Siberian iris are to be in buckets of water or kept
moist in plastic bags.
3. Iris varieties introduced 30 years or more before the year
of the sale are to be labeled with year of introduction and
separated from newer varieties.
4. Pricing of rhizomes is at the discretion of the sale
committee. Age is considered but not color for setting the
5. All rhizomes are to be delivered to the designated
collection site by 9 p.m. Wednesday preceding the sale.
6. Sorting, etc. will be done on Thursday and completed on
Friday. Chairperson to select committee of MIS members to
assist in this process.
7. There are no pre-sale orders.
TENTATIVE PRE-SALE SCHEDULE:
Saturday, July 8th - Meeting at 6:30. Get your
rhizome tags there and learn how to dig and prepare for the
Sunday, July 23 - Digging rhizomes at the Fort
Gardens. Everyone welcome. Bring your drinks and snacks.
Tuesday, July 25th - July 26th - Bring your cleaned
and marked rhizomes to Gary's house; place in garage.
Thursday, July 27th thru July 28th - Help to sort,
clean, mark. Bring your own drinks and snacks.
Friday evening - July 28th - Bring an ingredient for
the stone soup to Gary's house about 5:00 p.m. Help to load.
Saturday, July 29th - Help at the sale.7:30 a.m. to
1:00 p.m. Bring your pitchfork for the barrier.
Saturday, July 29th - 1:20 p.m. - After
sale picnic party at Billie Gray's. Bring your bucks for the
rhizome auction of newer varieties. Presidential rhizomes will
be given out to this years winners.
1. There is no trading of rhizomes among members at the
collection site. Members are encouraged to share or trade
before bringing rhizomes to the collection site.
2. The sale chairperson shall determine which varieties may be
traded/purchased by the MIS members. The trading/sale hours are
Thursday, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
3. Members donating rhizomes may:
A. Take one rhizome for each variety donated (no matter how
many of any one variety are donated)
B. Take like variety donated (SDB for SDB, TB for TB, etc.
C. Take no more than one (1) rhizome of any one variety.
D. May not choose from a variety that has fewer than six (6)
rhizomes in the box.
4. Member not donating rhizomes may purchase rhizomes (with the
5. Varieties 5 years and newer from date of introduction will
be so marked and priced accordingly. Fort Display Garden
Chairperson has first choice of any varieties.
6. Grab Bags of iris rhizomes may be made up of unamed or
overstocked varieties at discretion of the chairperson by
HOPE TO SEE
EVERYONE AT THE SALE AND DON'T FORGET TO COME HELP SORT ON
THURSDAY & FRIDAY BEFORE THE SALE AT GARY'S YARD!
- It's Their
Birthday!!....Let's Give 'Em a Cheer!!!
- Happy day to Kris Crawford
July 8th, Betty Fred Frey July 20th, Bev Gutman July 3rd,
Billie Gray July 12th, and Cindy Davis July 5th.
Have a happy birthday and all the good wishes and cheers that
Meeting Locations and Activities for the rest of 2006:
July 8 - Meeting at Jim
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
October 7 - Hostess is Zona Lindemann. Location to
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
- ANNUAL IRIS SHOW REPORT
There were 54 entries in the show; the theme was "Glory in the
Garden". Congratulations to all the winners of our Annual Iris
Show. It seems that Gary has taken much of the show again this
year. That's three years in a row! Congrats, Gary. Here is a
listing of the iris show winners and their entries:
Best of Show - Lullaby of Spring - Gary Clark
1st Runner Up and best lavender - Mary Francis - Gary Clark
2nd Runner Up and best Space Age - Thorn Bird - M. Elizabeth
3rd Runner Up and best white - Lonesome Stranger - M. Elizabeth
Best Banded - Welch's Reward - Alverta Symes
Best Blend - Burnt Toffee - M. Elizabeth Friesz
Best Purple - Swingtown - Gary Clark
Best Orange - Magical Kingdom - Gary Clark
Best Pink - Bermuda Beach - Gary Clark
Best Species - Iris Setosa - Gary Clark
Best Bi Color, Best tall bearded, Best of Show - Lullaby of
Spring - Gary Clark
Best of Show - Twice In a Season - by Ron Dowell
Overall blue ribbon winners:
Gary Clark - 10 blue
M. Elizabeth Friesz - 6 blue
A special thanks to the 12 supporting businesses who donated
great gift certificates to the winners: Marchie's Nursery,
Cottage Garden Greenhouse in Stevensville, Wigens Nursery at
Rosauers, Delaney's Nursery in Polson, Pink Grizzly in Missoula,
South Shore Greenhouse in Polson, Bitterroot Nursery in
Hamilton, Flower Haus in Lolo and Western Title and Escrow.
- Minutes of the
Missoula Iris Society Meeting, Saturday, June 3, 2006
The meeting was called to order by President Pete Addeo at his
home at 8:02 p.m.
Minutes - The minutes of the May, 2006 meeting were approved as
presented in the June MIS newsletter.
- April 30th reported balance
Expenditures (2 checks) 49.98
May 31 Balance $751.06
Savings account - No activity
Balance as reported April 30, 2006
Show: Alverta Symes called for clerk volunteers. Entry
clerks will be Betty Ann Gustafson and Cindy Davis. Two to
three runners are also needed. Set-up will be Friday evening at
8:00 p.m. Discussion of cleaning the silver; Gary Clark was
volunteered since he was absent. Two young guys are needed to
help Honk load the pick up on Friday evening; well, we don't
have any young guys, so how about two strong guys? Entry tags
will be available on Friday evening.
Judges Training: Paul Black will be holding accredited
judges' training Sunday, June 18 from 10:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
The session will be held at First American Title, 1006 W. Sussex
- Tour: The Tour Gardens
have been set. The following members volunteered to host the
gardens on Saturday, June 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
1. Iris Gardens at Fort Missoula - Ernie Lucero and Cindi
2. Fred Frey off Mullen Road - Ron and Donna Dowell
3. Jim Sadler in Target Range - Jim and Linda Sadler
4. Billie Gray in Central Missoula - Ronn Dunn, Zona
Lindemann, Elinor Utech
5. Chris Rock on Spurgeon Road - Swede and Betty Ann
Gustafson; relieved by Billie Gray
6. Alayne Hildritch up Grant Creek - Pete and Carol Addeo
7. Bertie Pearson in Southwest Missoula - Sonia Dellapiazza
and Lynn Weger
Friday night everyone working on tour should meet at Fort
Gardens at 6:00 p.m. for a pre-tour of the gardens.
Publicity: Posters were delivered to 35 or more
locations by Lynn Weger. Billie Gray delivered posters to
25th Celebration: The tents, tables, chairs are reserved
for rental. Jim Sadler reported a Sweet Pea would be rented,
too. Swede and Betty Ann will host the social hour at 5:00
p.m. Help will be needed for table set up and with clean up.
Dirty dishes and silverware will be taken to Addeo's home for
Fort Gardens: A work party is called for tomorrow, Sunday
June 4th to begin installation of the arbors. Bring shovels and
post hole diggers.
Sale Work Party: Alverta has called for a card file work
party at her home tomorrow, Sunday June 4 at 1:00 p.m. Those
who cannot work at the Fort Gardens can chip in with help on the
cards. Alverta took 52 pictures at the iris gardens.
Presidential Rhizome - Fred Frey won the Presidential Rhizome.
The meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.
ADDENDUM TO THE BYLAWS ADOPTED OCTOBER 5, 2002;
(Members should place this addendum in their bylaws booklet)
Missoula Iris Society Board of Director's Meeting
The Board of Director's of the Missoula Iris Society met on
Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at the home of Addeo's. In attendance was
President Pete Addeo, Vice President Jim Sadler, Secretary Carol
Addeo and member Elinor Utech.
Memorials - Discussion of a previous memorial policy set by the
Board of Directors at a May 11, 2000 meeting when it was
decided to not allow the Display Iris Gardens at Fort Missoula
become a memorial park.
The exact wording of the motion which was voted on and passed
was, "It is the board's wish that the Display Iris Gardens at
Fort Missoula not become a memorial park. We propose to make it
our policy that future memoriam monies received in honor of
someone should be incorporated into the Missoula Iris Society
general funds to be used where necessary at the discretion of
the group. A thank you note will be sent to the donor with a
notation that MIS is non profit and the donation is tax
deductible. MIS will determine the best use of the funds as
The membership agreed with the board at the June 3, 2000 meeting
and Elinor Utech added the following motion: "If we receive any
honorarium monies, we acknowledge the money with a thank you
note. Monies are to be placed in the general fund for the
benefit of and at the discretion of the club." The secretary
will write the thank you notes. The motion was seconded by
Alverta Symes and passed.
Today on June 6, 2006 at this meeting, the Board of Director's
reaffirmed the May 2000 and June 2000 motions and voted to make
this original motion an addendum to the ByLaws. The secretary
will create the addendum and place it in the ByLaws.
The Board of Director meeting adjourned at 1:20 p.m.
Peter S. Addeo,