Here is the newsletter for June. Winter, winter, go away!! Mother Nature
is really trying to give us a semblance of some nice weather, but old
man winter is being ornery about leaving. The outlook is getting better
and everything is getting green, green, green very quickly. Flowers in
bloom and good to be out in the yard again.
Pete Addeo, Webmaster
Missoula Iris Society
DATE & TIME: SATURDAY,
JUNE 6TH, (ONE HOUR EARLY) 5:30 pm.
Elizabeth Friesz in Alberton. SEE BELOW FOR DIRECTIONS & CARPOOL INFO
5:30pm - MEETING AT PARKING LOT ON NORTH RESERVE NEAR THE SIGN FOR GRANT
CREEK SHOPPING CENTER WHERE GRANNY’S BUFFET USED TO BE ACROSS FROM
LOWE’S AND COSTCO.
Driving directions: Take
Highway 90 West to Fish Creek exit (38 miles) Exit #66. Exit to the
right & go to the right around the stop sign. Curve down toward the
Clark Fork River, crossing the railroad tracks & coming to a T in the
road. Turn left at the T. Cross the River bridge. You will drop off the
oiled surface after crossing the bridge & there are a couple of very
tall pine trees on your left as you drop off the oiled surface. Turn
left here, making a right turn on the dirt road. Follow the dirt road
past the first house on your left until you get to the end of the road.
Her house is a large Ivory colored sided house at the end of the road.
THERE ARE LOTS OF IRIS IN SIGHT AROUND THE HOUSE. PLENTY OF PARKING.
It's Their Birthday!!....Let's Give 'Em a Cheer!!!
Happy day to Betty Ann Gustafson - June 21st, and Linda
Sadler - June 22nd. Happy Birthday to all.
Thanks Billie Gray for the interesting and fun slide show after our May
meeting at Gary Clark's home. Her slide show "Putting a smile in the
garden" was refreshing.
It was nice to see Cleo Swanson again. We have missed her. And Elizabeth
Friesz is still recovering from hip surgery, but she managed to come to
our May meeting anyway. Welcome back, both of you. Now we need to get
Ann Violette back.
Membership lists are available from Carol Addeo if anyone has not
received one. Add the following names to your membership list of those
members who paid later or were inadvertently left off the list:
Cleo Swanson, Phone 549-3045
Leona Wyckoff, Phone 721-3426
Jean Macaraeg, 543-0758
Pat & Nancy Ryan, 307-754-0114
Zona Lindemann, Phone 728-1204
Tom Thompson, 542-8374
Ann Violette, 883-5535
Treasurer’s Report from
Balance April 30, 2009 $ 5402.83
Judges Training Income 30.00
Balance May 31, 2009 $ 5434.83
Balance March 30, 2009 $ 3416.66
Deposits of memberships 63.00
Expenses Paid 174.83
Balance May 31, 2009 $
Membership paid since March report: Tom Tompson, Ann Violet, Jean
Macaraeg, Leona Wyckoff, Nancy and Pat Ryan, Cleo Swanson
Expenses Paid since March Report
Betty Ann Gustafson $ 20.99
for Sunshine business
57.11 for Median Show expenses
Paul Ronaldo Sprinklers 70.00
for sprinker system repairs at the Fort Display Garden
Swede Gustafson 26.73
for garden wall reconstruction on siberian bed
Total expenses $174.83
Minutes: May 2,
The meeting was called
to order by Vice Chair, Gary Clark. It was moved by Carol Addeo and
seconded by Alverta Symes that the April minutes be corrected to read
that the balance in the checking account as of March 31, 2009, was
$3416.66. The motion carried. Carol Addeo noted that the April minutes
stated that the Friends of the Fort would buy the paint for the shed
when in fact Bob Brown said he would see if they would buy the paint for
the shed. Carol moved that the minutes be corrected to read “Bob Brown
would see if the Friends of the Fort would buy the paint for the shed.”
Billie Gray seconded the motion; the motion passed. Ed Verplancke moved
and Jean Macaraeg seconded the motion that the April minutes be accepted
as amended. The motion passed.
The treasurer’s report
was given as follows:
of April 30, 2009
March 31 balance
Expenses paid to Betty Ann Gustafson for Sunshine gifts and cards.
It was moved by Fred
Frey and seconded by Ed Verplancke that the treasurer’s report be
accepted. The motion passed.
Zona Lindemann asked if
Pete Addeo had checked up on other ways we might invest our money to get
a better return than we were currently getting with our CD and checking
and savings accounts. This had not been done yet so Swede Gustafson was
asked to look into it.
Median Show - Gary Clark, Chair: The show is scheduled for
Saturday, May 23, 2009, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Iris may be
entered between 7:00 a.m.and 9:45 a.m. Judging will begin at 10:00 a.m.
The theme for the show is “Colors in Nature.” Fred Frey and Honk Meyer
said they would serve as clerks. Alverta Symes will be the
head judge. Others judging will be Roger Muir, Cindy Davis, Ann
Violette, Swede Gustafson, and Lynn Weger. Joanne Gibbons will judge
the designs. Show schedules were handed out to those who wanted them.
asked if he could enter his designs on the Friday night before the
show. He will be out of town on Saturday. Gary Clark, Show Chair, said
that he could do that.
advertising the show were handed out. The discussion that followed the
handing out of the posters brought out that many of the stores take the
posters down after a week. As a result, the information on the posters
about later MIS events do not get advertised. It was strongly suggested
that those who put up posters should check back weekly to see that the
posters are still up.
Iris Show - Linda Sadler acting in Chair Donna Dowell’s
behalf: Linda Sadler reported that the show schedule has been approved
by AIS. The banquet will be held at the Montana Club on North Reserve
Gardens - Billie Gray, Chair: There was a good turnout for the
last scheduled work party and lots of work got done. Billie extended a
huge thank you to all who participated. Another work session will be
set up after the reconstruction on the Siberian bed is finished. The
Siberian iris held over the winter will be planted back at that time.
Zona Lindemann asked if it was possible to correct the misspelling on
the “Species” sign. Billie also noted that the society would need a
sign for the new versicolor iris that will be going into the Siberian
File - Alverta Symes, Chair: Alverta reported that there was a
good turnout for the last card file party. Six people showed up. The
next meeting will be Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at Gary Clark’s home, 2275
- Chair open: Gary Clark, who was presiding over the meeting,
made a plea for someone to step forward and chair the Sale Committee.
Alverta Symes said she would help anyone who stepped into the
position. There were no volunteers.
chair is in charge of setting up the digging of the iris at the fort
gardens, transporting them to Addeo’s back yard and back again the
morning of the sale, organizing the sale site, obtaining change for the
cash boxes, lining up members to work the sale, and taking things down
after the sale. Alverta told us that the tables for the sale have
already been reserved. They will need to be picked up the morning of the
activities are as follows:
Sun. July 19: Dig iris at the fort gardens, wash and trim them, and
transport them to Addeo’s
July 20 – 22: Members drop off their sale iris at Addeo’s
July 23 – 24: Label the iris and organize for the sale
July 25: Iris Sale
noted that in the past we have mislabeled iris during the digging
process and that was costing us both money and good will. She suggested
that to correct this problem we should label each clump before digging
it. Zona Lindemann also noted that a lot of named iris become
“unknowns” because the labels are not put on tight enough and fall
off. Pete Addeo suggested that on those iris that are either too small
to tighten down on significantly or too large to even reach the first
notch of the label should have the labels stapled to a good fan.
Finally, someone asked that the blank labels be brought to the June
meeting for members use in advance of the sale.
– Pete Addeo, Chair: The back door and the soffits still need to be
finished. Then the painting can be done. A date needs to be set to hang
the back door and finish the soffits. This needs to be done as soon as
possible. Swede Gustafson said he and Ron could get the painting done as
soon as the shed is finished. Zona Lindemann said she would check with
Bob Brown about whether paint or stain was to be used and who was to pay
for the paint/stain. She was also to find out if the shed was to match
the trolley building.
Roger Muir announced
that the RVP term was about over, and we should consider having the new
RVP come from Montana. After much persuasion Alverta agreed to stand
for the RVP position. The AIS members present were asked to sign a paper
recommending that Alverta Symes be considered for the position of RVP
from our region. The signed recommendation was needed in order to get
Alverta approved as RVP by AIS.
The Spokane Iris
Society is holding a garden tour on Saturday, June 6, 2009. The cost is
$45.00. Judges’ Training will be offered.
If anyone needs more
posters to place around town, contact Carol Addeo.
Carol Addeo has updated
the kiosk at the fort gardens. New pictures have been posted along with
information about our Missoula Iris Society and about iris culture. The
show schedule has also been put up.
suggested that we do a member profile in the newsletter. The profiles
could be turned in to Carol Addeo, and she would see that they went into
The membership list has
been updated again. The need to keep updating the list has come about
because dues weren’t paid on time. Unpaid memberships were dropped from
the membership list after the deadline. A membership is
$9.00. Currently we have 45 members. Carol Addeo said she would send a
membership list and a newsletter, if it is wanted, to any member with
paid up dues or who has in any way actively participated in society
rhizome was won by Gary Clark.
Ed Verplancke moved the
meeting be adjourned. Roger Muir seconded the motion, and the meeting