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Missoula Iris Society Newsletter - July 2008
Here is the newsletter for July.  The weather has been very cooperative except for the few HOT weekends. Summer is definitely here and the hot weather is starting again. Keep telling myself that it’s not that bad, but each year the weather disagrees with my logic and wins out every time. Keep cool and see ya all at the next meeting.
Pete Addeo, Webmaster
Missoula Iris Society
DATE & TIME: SATURDAY, JULY 12th, 6:30 pm.  Meeting and Potluck dinner begins at 6:30 pm.
PLACE:   Home of Jim and Linda Sadler, 1220 Clements Rd. on rear patio. Call 728-4743 for directions. Bring a lawn chair if you can..
PROGRAM:  Demonstration on preparing iris for the sale.  Meeting will discuss the upcoming sale..
Gene and Lynette Kirschenheiter, 352  S. Easy St, Missoula, MT 59802, phone 240-0199,
email montgrzfan@msn.com
Arnie & Teri Kirschenheiter, 1960 Mullan Trail, Missoula, MT 59808, Ph 549-3080,
email for Teri:  k1@bresnan.net
Scott Burns Drake, 937 Cooley St, Missoula, MT 59802.  email monanaduckgirl@netzero.com
Patricia Redler, 2408 S 4th St W, Missoula,MT 59801, ph# 549-2864, email predler@hotmail.com
We heard rumors that Ron was feeling well enough to get out and about again.  He was seen at the Farmers Market.
Swede and Pete have been handling the eventual completion of the storage shed. The shed is all buttoned up and we finished the roof this last weekend. Still have the skin to put on and finish the roof with the venting. We will hopefully be finished with the project by the time of the sale.
MARKER TAGS - Tags to mark your iris for the sale will be available at our meeting, or contact Carol at 251-5833.:

Lots of things going on in July, as this is our last important event of the summer.  Schedule as follows:

ANNUAL RHIZOME SALE is to be held Saturday, July 26th  from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Fort Missoula. Sorting and drop off location is Addeo's back yard in Linda Vista.  Address is 5805 Helena Dr. Call 251-5833 for directions.  Drop off your cleaned and labeled rhizomes  to their garage between Tuesday July 22nd thru Wednesday at 9:00 p.m.prior to the sale.

Sale Committee - Sale Chairpersons are Pete and Carol Addeo.  Anyone wanting to be part of the sale planning committee please contact Carol Addeo. So far we have Alverta and Billie signed up.  We'll just have one meeting, to be sure we've thought of everything.  Tentative date for that meeting is Wednesday, July 9th at 2 p.m. on the Addeo back deck. Anyone wanting to participate or learn more about the sale procedures is welcome to join. Call Carol at 251-5833 to confirm.  Please donate your paper grocery bags to the sale.  You can bring them to our meeting or to Addeo's yard. Also be thinking about what you can dig for the sale.

FORT GARDENS WORK PARTY  - Sunday, July 20 - 1:00 p.m. until ???   This is always a fun work party, watching  Pete soak himself as he cleans the iris, so join in the fun. We will be digging, cleaning, dividing, and labeling. Unfinished work carried to Addeo's to be finished on Mon and Tues, if needed. Bring scissors, clippers, garden marker pens, paper grocery bags and bug spray. We'll bring cold drinking water.

HELP NEEDED:  Some people have tons of iris to divide and dig, and may need help digging or cleaning.  Volunteer your services where needed.  Calls may be put out for help if needed on Monday and Tuesday before the sale.  Of course,  help is needed Thursday and Friday with sorting, organizing, etc. and help is needed on Saturday with the sale.

SORTING WORK PARTIES - Thursday and Friday, July 24th & 25th.  9:00 a.m. to Noon, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Addeo's back yard. PLEASE TRY TO COME AND HELP SORT, IF ONLY FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS 

STONE SOUP PARTY - Friday, July 25th 6:30 p.m. at Addeo's. Bring a soup ingredient, we'll supply the meat stock. Or  bring a dessert or bread.

Saturday, July 26th - 7:30 a.m.  Set up for the sale

Saturday - 1:00 p.m. - PARTY TIME!  After-sale party after the sale is closed and clean up is completed.  We meet in the back patio of Billie Gray's home at 1558 S.6th St West.  Pizza, chicken, soft drinks and beer provided. This is usually where we all receive the Presidential Rhizomes we won during the year.  We also have a fun auction on any extras we receive.

Please read the Pre-Sale guidelines & Clarifications carefully. These guidelines were put together to avoid confusion during the sale preparations on Thursday and Friday.


1.  Iris rhizomes shall be grown by MIS members only.
2.  ALL RHIZOMES are to be WASHED, TRIMMED & 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. MDB'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.
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 price.
5.  All rhizomes are to be delivered to the designated collection site by 9pm WEDNESDAY preceding the sale.
6.  Sorting, etc. will be done on THURSDAY and competed on FRIDAY. Chairperson to select committee of MIS members to assist in this process.
7.  There are to be NO PRE-SALE orders.

1.  There is to be 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, 6pm - 9pm and Friday, 9am - 12pm.
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 rhizomes in the box.
4.  Members NOT donating rhizomes may purchase rhizomes (with the above restrictions)
5.  Varieties 5 YEARS and NEWER from date of introduction will be so marked & priced accordingly. Fort Display Garden Chairperson has first choice of any varieties.
6.  GRAB BAGS of iris rhizomes may be made up of unnamed or overstocked varieties at discretion of the chairperson by Friday.

Missoula Iris Show Report for June 14, 2008.
We had 17 entries as follows:
1.  Alverta Symes
2.   Ron Dowell
3.   Donna Dowell
4.   Gary Clark
5.   Ed Verplancke
6.   Anita Cervenak
7.   Scott Drake
8.   Elizabeth Friesz
9.   Cindy Davis
10.  Tom Thompson
11.  Fred Frey
12.  Roger Muir
13.  Swede Gustafson
14.  Lynn Weger
15.  Tim Hawe
16.  Leona Wyckoff
17.  Jeanette Graham

We had 169 Blooms
Gary Clark won the Silver medal with 10 Blues and Elizabeth Friesz won the Bronze with 9 Blues.

Best Design                  Donna Dowell
Best of Show                Swede Gustafson - Secret Admirer
Best Purple                        "         "              "          "
Best TB                            "         "              "          "
  1st Runner Up             Roger Muir  - Bach Tocatta
Best MTB                          "      "         "        "
  2nd Runner Up            Alverta Symes - ZZ Zanzibar
Best Species                     "         "         "     "
  3rd Runner Up             Swede Gustafsom - Sugi Uri
Best Lavendar                   "         "              "     "
Best Siberian                    "         "              "     "
Best Youth                    Kallie Wurth - Best Bet
Best Aril                        Fred Frey - Suspect
Best Bi-Color                 Donna Dowell - Brazilian Holiday
Best Neglecta                Ron Dowell - World Premier
Best Blend                    Swede Gustafson - Chinook Winds
Best Amoena                Gary Clark - Stairway to Heaven
Best Banded                 Cindy Davis - Rodeo Star
Best Variegata               Swede Gustafson - Prague
Best Blue                      Elizabeth Friesz - Silverado
Best BB                        Gary Clark - Crows Feet
Best SDB                      Cindy Davis - Pokemon
Best White                    Gary Clark - Fleece as White
Best Plicata                   Tim Hawe - Freedom Song
Best Novice                         "      "            "         "
Hybridizer's Award          Elizabeth Friesz
Best English Box           Jeanette Graham
People's Choice             Tim Hawe

I'd like to give Special Thanks to Scotty Drake, for all his help prior to the show, for putting together ribbons, polishing silver along with show set-up and always coming to help when asked.  Also a Special Thank You to Leona Wyckoff for helping with the Paper work during and after the show.  Also Thanks to everyone who helped in any and always from set up to tear down of the show.

Cindy Davis
Show Chair Person

It's Their Birthday!!....Let's Give 'Em a Cheer!!!
Happy day to Cindy Davis, July 5th; Billie Gray, July 12th; and Fred Frey – July 20th.  Have a happy birthday all
Treasurer's Report from Pete Addeo:
The numbers are for the month of June 2008,
        Club Savings Account CD                         
Balance April 30                  
        Club Savings Account                             
Balance April 30                       
         May 31 Balance 
         Deposits -  
             June 11 – Tour Income      
             June 30                      
         Expenses Paid – June 2008
             Denny’s Copy Shop – Tour Tickets
             Alayne Hilditch – Balloons for Tour
             Show Judges & runners from Club
             Jeannette Graham – Visiting Show Judge
             Cindy Davis – Show ribbons & awards
         Balance – May 31, 2008 
Total income from the Tour was $595.50. Expenses for the Tour was $28.38. Budget was $400.00. Grand total net profit from the MIS Iris Tour came out to be $566.62.
Minutes:  June 7, 2008
The meeting was called to order by President Cindy Davis.  A motion was made by Linda Saddler and seconded by Ed Verplancke that the secretary’s report be approved as published in the Falls and Standards.  A like motion to accept the treasurer’s report as printed was made by Ed Verplancke and seconded by Ron Dowell.
Old Business
Tour:  The tour was deemed a success especially since the weather more closely resembled a mid-winter artic front than a spring day in June.  The highest number of people to show up in any one yard was 53.  Ticket sales brought in over $500.00.  The exact amount is still to be determined because all the bills had not been turned in.  The expenses were not expected to be too much because some members donated some of the materials.  Alayne Hilditch donated the signs and balloons that marked the tour garden locations.  Pete Addeo donated all the printed materials.
Caras Nursery sold 11 tickets.  Billie Gray sold 8 tickets at Farmers’ Market.
It was brought to the Society’s attention that one of the tour participants had suggested that the tickets of those who went to all the gardens should be entered into a raffle.  The completed tickets could be turned in at the last garden visited.  This was thought to have some merit.  A discussion followed ending with a consensus that it would be better and easier to have coupons at each garden to give to those who had gone to all the gardens.  These coupons would be for free iris to be selected at the rhizome sale.  It was felt that the logistics of handing out coupons would be simpler than those of a raffle and would have the added benefit of luring more people to the sale.
Shed:  The skin is all on.  Now help is needed to do the roof.  Work is still scheduled for each Saturday beginning at 10:00 a.m.  Work is also being done on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. on.  At least two people are needed at these work sessions; more would be better!
Fort Garden:  There is lots of bloom.  Members should look at the garden this week because it is peak bloom.  Elizabeth Friesz reported that mulching with pine needles really helps the wimpy iris and those that are prone to rot.
Show:  The show is ready to go.  Help is needed Friday night to set up tables.  Table cloths and runners will need to be placed on the tables. There are only 22 tables this year   so it may be necessary to stage the iris back to back.  The name tags are done and ready to go; the ribbons almost ready.  Iris tags can be picked up at the end of the meeting or contact Cindy.  She has more.
Judges for the show are:  Alverta Symes (head judge), Gary Clark, Cindy Davis,  Jeannette Graham, Swede Gustafson, Roger Muir, Ann Violette, and Lynn Weger.  Carol Neil and Gary Clark will judge the flower arrangements.  Clerks assisting the judges are:  Donna Dowell, Scott Drake, Betty Ann Gustafson, Alayne Hilditch, Jean Macaraeg, and Tommy Thompson.  Elinor Utech will cover the registration table. Show take-down will follow the banquet.
Banquet:  The after-show banquet will begin about 5:30 p.m. at Applebee’s.
Presidential Rhizome:  Alverta Symes and Fred Frey.  Due to a snafu in the drawing process and in an attempt to be fair, two rhizomes were awarded this month.
Next Meeting:  Jim and Linda Sadler, 1220 Clements Road.  728-4743 if you need directions.  Jim says to bring your own lawn chair (BYOC) as they have some chairs but not enough for everyone.
The “August” meeting is traditionally held at Billie Gray’s house immediately after the Iris Sale, Saturday, July 26th.  Please note that there is no meeting held in August.  The September meeting will be at Leona Wyckoff’s place on Gooden Lane.  Host homes are needed for the October and November meetings.
Ed Verplancke moved the meeting be adjourned; seconded by Gary Clark.  The meeting was adjourned.
Respectfully submitted,
Zona Lindemann, Secretary
Before-meeting program:  Roaming around Elizabeth’s iris beds oohing and aahing over her iris and iris seedlings.  (And watching the humming birds!)
After-meeting program:  Elizabeth introduced us to iris hybridizing. This was a hands-on program.  Each person had an iris to pollinate.  We were shown where to place the pollen so pollination would occur.  More than a few of us found we were all thumbs!    For those who couldn’t make the meeting, you missed a good experience and a lot of fun.  Perhaps we can persuade Elizabeth to repeat this program again sometime in the future.
Thank you, Elizabeth, for a fun and informative program and for allowing us to browse through your gardens.