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Missoula Iris Society Newsletter - July 2013
Here is the newsletter for July. Hope everyone is getting ready for our big annual event, the Iris Sale. We need all the help we can get, both digging and labeling iris and sorting them at Carol Addeo's on the Thursday and Friday before the Sale.

Pete Addeo,
Missoula Iris Society
July Meeting:

MEETING & WORK PARTY DATE & TIME:  SUNDAY July 21, 2013, 10:00-10:30 a.m. or as soon as you can at Fort Missoula Gardens


AGENDA:  Brief meeting to plan sale events, work party to include trimming, digging, cleaning.  Bring clippers, scissors, gloves and chair.    


Our annual rhizome sale will take place on Saturday, July 27.  Be sure and read the schedule of events in this newsletter for that week so you don't miss any of the fun events.


The ice cream social on June 26, 2013 was a big success even though it tried to rain on us.  The gazebo at the Fort Gardens provided a great shelter from the unpredictable weather.   About 19 members enjoyed homemade ice cream and a variety of toppings.  Thank you Judy Blunt for again providing us a great variety of desserts.  


Billie Gray requests that anyone who has a few minutes to spare, go over and weed at Fort Iris Gardens.


Meeting announcements:  No pot luck meeting in July or August 2013.


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

Happy Birthday cheers go out to Cindy Davis, July 5th; Billie Gray, July 12th and to Fred Frey, July 20th. Happy Birthday all.





                        Previous Balance                                                   $10,038.68

                        Deposit from Judges Training Class                    +       30.00

                        Transfer to Checking                                              -   1,100.00

                        Cash for Show Workers Lunches                          -      100.00

                        Balance as of June 24, 2013                                 $  8,868.68



                        Previous Balance                                                     $     475.00

                        Deposit -   Two memberships                                  +      20.00

                        Deposit - excess show workers lunch funds           +      60.00

                        Deposit - transfer from savings                               + 1.100.00

                        Expenses paid in the month of June                        -  1,365.89

                        Balance as of  June 24, 2013                                 $      290.54

Expenses Paid in June

                        Ed Verplancke          - for the purchase of Garden Wall blocks

                                                      to renovate the Big Iris Bed                                   $   577.90

                        Carolyn Addeo -  purchase of annuals for the Gardens                           38.73

                        Carolyn Addeo -  newsletter expenses - July through Dec 2013         150.00

                        Swede Gustafson - purchase of lawn edging for the Siberian Bed       24.00

                        Rocky Top Gardens - purchase of rhizomes for the Society                286.60

                        Cheryl Carroll - Design Judge gratuity for the June 8 show                    25.00

                        Paul Ronaldo Sprinklers - garden watering system repairs                 208.75

                        Elizabeth Gustafson - June 8 show expenses and postage to

                                                      mail post cards for the ice cream social                      53.91    

                                                                        Total of Expenses                                $ 1,364.89


Beverly Gutman from Marchie's Nursery has generously donated to the Missoula Iris Society 46 garden wall blocks and 27 wall cap blocks for use on the renovations to the north end of the Siberian bed where the Main Iris Society Garden sign is located.  I picked up all these blocks on Wednesday June 12.  Since these blocks had been used prior to Marchie's receiving them, I  brought them home and washed them on June 13 and later that day Ed and I put them in the storage shed at Fort Missoula. Please give Marchie's a big thank you for this gift when you see them.         

     Respectfully submitted,
        Swede Gustafson,



The meeting was called to order by President Ed Verplancke at 8:15 p.m. at the home of Fred Frey, following a program on staging iris.


The minutes of the May meeting were approved as they appeared in the newsletter. A brief treasurer's report was given by Swede Gustafson.


TREASURER'S REPORT  As of May 22, 2013

                SAVINGS ACCOUNT: There was no activity to report for May
                                Balance is $10,038.

CD SAVINGS:  A three year CD of $3,700 matures August 2014

                CHECKING ACCOUNT:
                                Balance reported April 24               $ 575.43
                                Expenses                                              100.00
                                Balance                                              $ 475.43                           
                    The expense was for the Median Show Judges, clerks, and workers lunch money on May 18.  $70 was dispenses to these persons. The remainder will be carried over to the June 8 show for the same purposes.



Fort Gardens:  Ed reported that he purchased 280 blocks for the big bed from Lowes.  They cost $1.47 per block, for a total purchase of $577.97 and will be delivered next week.


Ice Cream Social:  Judy reported the ice cream social is planned for Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at the Fort Gardens at 5:00 p.m.  Bring chairs.


Show Set up:  The show set up will be Friday June 7, 2013 at 8:00 at Penney's court.


Rhizome Sale:  Carol announced that the rhizome sale will be held Saturday, July 27, 2013; she requested everyone order paper shopping bags for our sale.  Posters are available for those who can place them on their favorite bulletin boards.  Fred Frey has agreed to be publicity chair again.  Digging, trimming and cleaning will be Sunday, July 21 at the Fort Gardens.  Pete will be out of town that week but will return on Sunday and will try to help with the cleaning.  Sorting will begin Thursday, July 25 at the home of Carol Addeo and should be completed by Friday afternoon.  The stone soup supper will be held at the Addeo home on Friday evening.


George Sutton:  It was noted that George Sutton, former owner of Sutton's Iris Gardens, passed away May 29, 2013.  He was the hybridizer from Porterville, California and came to Missoula one year to judge our show and present judging classes. 


Honk Meyer iris:  It was announced that Honk is moving to Billings and some unnamed iris are available for digging.


Fort garden sprinklers:  Swede announced that Paul Renaldo, the sprinkler guy, made repairs on the system such as broken heads, two hours.


Rhizome Winner for June:  Bob Symes


Meeting adjourned at 8:40.

Respectfully submitted,


Carolyn Addeo



Rhizome winners to date:  Carol Barbian, Roger Muir, Ed Verplancke, Alverta Symes, Anita

Cervenak, Betty Ann Gustafson, Judy Blunt, Pete Addeo and Swede Gustafson, Gary Clark and Bob Symes.



Elinor Louise (Nordeen) Utech, 92, of Missoula, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2013 at Riverside Health Care Center.  She was born Nov. 21, 1920 in Hines, Minn. to Carl G. and Marguerite E. Nordeen.  As a young girl, she grew up on the family farm in Hines.  She later attended Michigan State College and completed her education degree at Bemidji State College.  She married Jesse Brue Utech in 1947 and they moved to Missoula in 1965.  She taught school in Missoula and retired from teaching after a career of 37 years.


Elinor and Jesse were members of the Missoula Iris Society.  She actively participated in the annual iris shows and completed training to be a show judge.  Jesse preceded her in death.  She is survived by her children and grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Her memorial service was held Saturday, July 6, 2013. 



The Missoula Iris Society received a check of $20 from Helen M. Menter with the following written note:  Please find check for remembering Elinor Utech.  She was a dear neighbor who first moved next to us in 1965.  She and Jesse were the best neighbors and friends for so many years.  Watching their girls grow up and married and having little ones....what joy and so many happy memories and Jess "the iris king" he was so happy with his iris. Keep those iris growing and blooming.   Sincerely, Helen M. Menter.  A thank you card was mailed to Ms. Menter by the secretary.


Schedule for July - Help needed for all events

ANNUAL RHIZOME SALE is to be held Saturday, July 27th from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Fort Missoula. Sorting and drop off location is Carol Addeo's back yard in Linda Vista. Address is 5805 Helena Dr. Call 251-5833 for directions. Sale Chairpersons is Carol. Please donate your paper grocery bags to the sale

Drop off your cleaned and labeled rhizomes to her garage between Tuesday, July 23 thru Wednesday, July 24 at 9:00 p.m. prior to the sale. PLEASE TRY TO COME AND HELP SORT ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY!!

Sunday, July 21 - Digging rhizomes and cleaning, trimming at Fort Missoula gardens. Bring chair, scissors, hats, etc.
Thurs, July 25 & Fri, July 26, 2012- Sorting at the Addeo back yard all day.  Lunch at Paradise Falls on Thursday.
Fri, July 26 - Stone soup & potluck supper- 6 p.m. at Addeo's. Bring a soup ingredient, or dessert, bread or salad. The soup stock will be poultry.
Saturday, July 27 Annual Rhizome Sale at Fort Missoula, 9am - 1pm. Set up begins at 7:30 a.m. Bring pitchforks and chairs.
Saturday - 1:15 p.m. - PARTY TIME! After-sale party after 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.
The rhizome labels will be available at the meeting Sunday July 21 or call Carol at 251-5833 to pick some up.

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 and 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.