- Here is the June Newsletter. Thanks
to Jim and Zona for handling everything in our absence. How about if
the two of you take care of the next 5 meetings too??? Pleeeeze!!
- Just a quick acknowledgement and
“thank you” to my wife, Carol, who has feverishly been working on
our club’s 25th Anniversary booklet. This project was not
even planned and she has been putting off everything else for the
last 2-3 weeks and working on reading every newsletter for the last
25 years and getting fabulous historical information about the club
and its origins. She went back 50 years into our club’s history.
This will be a showpiece booklet with over 75 pages of wonderful
information and will be something to cherish and keep forever.
- Let’s all get together for our
wonderful club’s Anniversary month and help out wherever we can. Any
bit of help will be appreciated as we have a full ticket in June as
you can see. We especially need help in getting our gardens at the
fort in shape for the tour and the celebration. The Mayor will be
there and a lot of press. These gardens are our club’s legacy and we
need to all chip in just a little to keep them looking their best.
- Webmaster & President
Missoula Iris Society
DATE & TIME: Saturday, June 3, 2006
at 6:30pm with potluck dinner
Home of Pete & Carol Addeo. Call 251-5833 for directions.
PROGRAM: Perhaps there will be a
report on the Portland AIS Convention which many of our members were
lucky enough to attend. The rest of us had to stay home and work.
- "FYI" NEWS:
FIFTY YEARS OF GROWING, 25 YEARS OF SHOWING...MIS is 50 years
old this summer, the Iris Garden at Fort Missoula is 25 years old
- We hope everyone can chip in and
help. June is our club’s big month, especially this year. We want it
to be our Showcase month for celebration. If you cannot attend the
work party times listed, please feel free to wander out to the Fort
Gardens and do whatever needs doing. Sign up with your name and
time to get credit for the volunteer hours.
Tuesday, May 30
25th Anniversary committee meeting, 4:00pm at Billie
- Friday June 2 - 3:00 p.m.
Short work party at Fort Gardens to unload pea gravel from pickup.
JTL is donating a pick up truck full and Carol Addeo will be
picking it up about then. Help is needed to unload it onto a tarp.
- Saturday, June 3 - 6:30 p.m.
Potluck supper at Pete & Carol’s house, then a meeting to plan all
the stuff and set up help committees.
- Sunday, June 4 - Work party
at Fort Gardens at 1:00 p.m. We could use some help spreading the
donated pea gravel, so bring your wheel barrows and shovels. We
will have arbors to set up and install, too.
- Sunday, June 4 – Card work
party at Alverta Symes home
- Tuesday June 6th - Noon -
Luncheon MIS Board Meeting at the home of Pete and Carol
Addeo to discuss memorial policy and price for historical books
- Friday, June 9 - Setup for
the show 8:00 - 9:00 Southgate Mall
- Saturday, June 10- Iris Show
at Southgate Mall - Theme is "Glory in the Garden". Show starts
at 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Gary Clark is show chairman. Alverta
Symes is the head judge.
No word on where the awards dinner
is that evening, which usually starts at 6:00 p.m. so that
info should be available at the June 3 meeting. Remember, the
National Federation of Garden Clubs will also be in convention in
Missoula that weekend so we want to make them welcome when they
attend our show. Jim Sadler is host to that group.
Sunday June 11th - 1:00 p.m. Fort Gardens work party. Last
chance for clean-up. Installation of arbors if not already finished.
Friday June 16th - 6:45 p.m. at the Fort Gardens. Private
preview tour of all gardens for all volunteers working the tour or
working the celebration dinner. We'll carpool from the Fort
Saturday, June 17th
- Tour of 7 gardens. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Self guided tour.
Tour is $5.00 unless you are working at one of the gardens.
Volunteers are needed to host at least 4-5 of the 7 gardens and
collect money. Volunteers needed to deliver water jugs, cups and
tables to each site. .
- Saturday, June 17 -
Celebration banquet. 50 Years of MIS, 25 Years of Iris Gardens at
Ft Missoula Social hour at 5:00 p.m. Dinner seating at 6:30 p.m.
Mayor John Engen will be there to open our celebration and offer
congratulations. Volunteers needed to host social hour, provide
punch, serving, etc. Volunteers needed to help set tables, prepare
for dinner, and decorate the tables. We need help preparing the
This will be a catered dinner served buffet style by Golden
Corral. Cost is $25 per person. We promise it will be nice, with a
tent canopy, round dining tables with white tablecloths. A bonus to
all who come to our dinner will be a 65 plus page historical booklet
taking the club and the gardens from 1956...the beginning to today,
2006. Long time members will really enjoy walking down memory lane.
We hope everyone will enjoy it. Those not attending the dinner may
purchase a booklet for a nominal fee.
We have 36 reservations so far. Saturday, June 3 is the date to
pay for your dinner if you have not done so. Or send your
reservation money to MIS, c/o Carol Addeo, 5805 Helena Dr, Missoula,
MT 59803. Very important that we have paid, confirmed reservations
because MIS will have to pay the restaurant for all meals ordered
but not consumed. Only 5 have been paid for so far.
We hope everyone can chip in and help. If you cannot attend
the work party times listed, please feel free to wander out
to the Fort Gardens and do whatever needs doing. Be sure and sign
up your name and time so we get credit for the volunteer hours.
POSTERS NEED DISTRIBUTION
Pete has printed posters for our upcoming events and they are ready
for distribution. Billie has already taken some to the nurseries.
Fred Frey is working on our publicity, but we could use help in
distributing more of the posters. Pick them up from Pete or Carol
or call 251-5833.
GRANT APPROVED FOR ARBORS
The great news is that the MIS had been approved for a grant of
$2,596 from the Neighborhood Project Fund Grant sponsored by the
City of Missoula. The funds are to be used to purchase four arbors,
climbing plants and the cement to stabilize them. The arbors have
been ordered and should arrive by May 31, 2006.
Please take note of the MIS Board of Director's meeting to be held
on Tuesday, June 6th at Noon at the home of Pete and Carol Addeo.
Discussion of Memorials and price to put on the historical booklet.
Thanks Zona for covering for the Secretary at the last Meeting
- It's Their
Birthday!!....Let's Give 'Em a Cheer!!!
- Happy day to Faye Pedersen – June
22nd, Betty Ann Gustafson – June 21st, and Linda Sadler – June 22nd.
Have a happy birthday and all the good wishes and cheers that go
Locations and Activities for the rest of 2006:
June 3 - Meeting at Pete and Carol Addeo - Outdoor
garden and champagne party. Main course is roast turkey prepared by
hostess. Program on preparation for show, designing
June 10th - Southgate Mall - Iris Show
June 17 - Fort Gardens - Tour 10:00 - 4:00 25th
celebration dinner - $25 per person Reservations required
July 8 - Meeting at Jim Sadler's - Program on companion
planting with iris in the garden
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.
Outdoor party with grilled hamburgers.
October 7 - Hostess is Zona Lindemann. Location to be
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
of the Missoula Iris Society Meeting, Saturday, May 6, 2006
The meeting was called to order by Vice President Jim Sadler
serving in the absence of President Pete Addeo at the home of
Charles Hiigel and Jeff White, Victor, Montana.
Minutes - The minutes of the April, 2006 meeting were approved as
presented in the April MIS newsletter.
Treasurers Report was approved as presented in the April MIS
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 gardens
are included but not necessarily in the order of the tour.
1. Fort Gardens 2. Fred Frey 3. Jim Sadler 4. Billie Gray
5. Chris Rock 6. Alayne Hildritch 7. Bertie Pearson
Fort Gardens: The beds are in pretty good shape. Thistles
are taking over some beds and portions of the lawn, but Billie will
be spraying these. The dandelions are outrageous, but they, too,
will meet their doom. A work party is set for Sunday, May 14, 2006,
beginning at 1:00 p.m. Members will be removing old leaves from the
iris in the big bed and edging those beds where the lawn has overrun
the edging. Work parties were also set up for the following
Sunday's beginning at 1:00 p.m.: May 21, May 28, June 4, and June
11 (if the garden is still not ready for the tour). Members unable
to attend Sunday sessions are encouraged to work at other times as
their schedules allow.
Show: Show programs were handed out. Setup for the show is
Friday, June 9 at the Mall, 8 p.m. Lots of hands are needed so
everyone was encouraged to set aside an hour or so on this evening.
Publicity is still needed for the show. Green runners and plastic
skirting will be used on the tables. It was suggested that skirting
not be used, but it was pointed out that skirting was required
by The Mall regulations. All MIS exhibitors are encouraged to bring
an iris for the Peoples Choice Award. The group was reminded that
spectators no longer vote on any iris entered into the show for
People's Choice but vote only on those iris entered into the
category 'People's Choice'.
Sale: The tables have been reserved. Alverta said she would
be scheduling a "card" work party. There are lots of cards to be
made before the sale!
Alverta moved to adjourn the meeting.
Zona Lindemann, very temporary recording secretary
NOTES FROM OUTSIDE THE 'FORMAL' MEETING
A teaching, median iris show was conducted. Instruction on how to
properly enter an iris was given to those who had not shown iris
before. Different groups of judges judged the iris describing as
they went along why they rated the flowers as they had.
Charles' pizzas were totally beyond description. Several people
were overheard to say that they usually can only eat a couple of
pieces but "fessed up to having SIX pieces" baked in the wood-fired
oven and made from Charles' special crusts and toppings. And then
there was the browsing through Jeff and Charles' magnificent
gardens. There was SO much to see. It's an indescribable setting.
Thank you, Charles and Jeff for sharing with us.
Ann Violette won the Presidential Rhizome. She assigned the rhizome
to Charles Hiigel.
- CAROL’S CORNER by
Well, this is it. A couple of years of planning and we still feel
as though we've been taken by surprise that June 2006 is here
already and we need to have all our ducks in a row. Please come to
the June 3 meeting to help where you can.
Our show is June 10th, our tour is June 17th and our Big
Celebration banquet is the evening of June 17th, beginning at 5:00
p.m. at the Fort Gardens. If you have not paid for your banquet
dinner yet, please get your check for $25.00 per person to me by
June 5, 2006. We need to reserve the numbers of diners for the
By the way, get out to the Fort Gardens this week if you can.
If you don't, you'll miss the bloom. We should call this year the
year of the "Early Iris Bloom". Who every heard of our bloom being
over by the end of May, but this record heat in May has really made
the iris happy...the Fort Gardens is a sight right now! And the
gardens are looking wonderful...the absolute best I have ever seen
them, thanks mostly to Billie Gray and Zona Lindemann, who were the
only ones to show up for the May 7th work party.
In doing research for a historical booklet, I discovered that
not only is our Iris Display Garden at Fort Missoula celebrating 25
years of showing iris, but our Missoula Iris Society is about to
celebrate 50 years of growing iris. The Society was created in
1956, according to written documentation I could verify.
I like to call it: "50 years of growing, 25 years of showing"
Everyone who attends our celebration banquet will receive a
copy of the historical booklet. I hope you enjoy it, because it was
a joy for me to research and write. It will take us from the
origination of the Society back in 1956 when the "ladies" of
Missoula met at each other's homes, about 10 of them, and enjoyed
spicy desserts like rum cake to today's celebrations. It will have
tidbits of information on all the members in the past 50 years,
their contributions, officers who have served over and over again,
humorous excerpts from our newsletters, a listing of all the show
themes for the past many years and lots of other interesting stuff.
Long time members who were there at the beginning of the
gardens should really enjoy the walk down memory lane. I sure
enjoyed learning so much about how the traditions started years ago
and the importance of their contribution to the life of the Missoula