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Missoula Iris Society Newsletter - June 2013
Here is the newsletter for June. Last month I spoke too soon when I commented that winter had bitten the dust. Looks like we still have a few more weeks of cold weather and possibility of snow is some areas. Well, we are in Montana and that's just the way it works.

Pete Addeo,
Missoula Iris Society
June Meeting:
DATE & TIME: Saturday, June 1st.  Potluck supper begins at 6:30 pm.
PLACE:   home of Fred Frey, 1760 Frey Lane.  Take Frey Lane off Mullen, then left on driveway marked with a mailbox with koi and water lilies (between two houses) or call 529-0530 for directions.
PROGRAM:  No Program discussed.

Billie Gray requests that anyone who has a few minutes to spare, go over and weed  at Fort Iris Gardens.. A comment from May 2006, "the Fort Gardens are in beautiful shape.  Only one small bed remains to be weeded, and that will magically be taken care of before the June 17th events.  It will magically happen when little MIS elves, who are so dedicated to these gardens that they put their own gardens on the back burner in favor of making sure her majesty the Iris Gardens at Fort Missoula shows her best face."  Quoted from our history booklet "Fifty years of iris growing, 25 years of iris showing". by Carolyn Addeo and Pete Addeo.


Median show report:  The Missoula Iris Society held their 6th Median Iris Show, 'The Sweet Fragrances of Spring', May 18, at the Southgate Mall. There were 11 Exhibitors, 67 Entries, and 62 Varieties/Cultivars. Award winners are:

Best Specimen of Show:  Variety:  Cache of Gold, Type: SDB, Exhibited by: Roger Muir

Section Winners: Section:  SDB, Variety:  Cache of Gold,  Exhibited by:  Roger Muir
                               Section:  IB, Variety: Star Woman, Exhibited by: M. Elizabeth Friesz
                               Section:  BB, Variety:  Batik, Exhibited by: Cindy Davis
                               Section:  MDB, Variety:  Fussion Chips, Exhibited by:  Fred Frye
                               Section:  TB, Variety:  May Deput, Exhibited by:  Scott Drake

Most Blue Ribbons: M. Elizabeth Friesz .  2nd Most Blue Ribbons:  Roger Muir
Best Design of Show, Artistic Division:   Exhibitor:  Donna Dowell
Number of Designs:  6 Designs and 2 Exhibitors.
Most Blue ribbons: Tie between Donna Dowell and Jim Sadler

A big thanks to all the exhibitors and all who helped with the show.

Betty Ann Gustafson, Show Chair

Main Iris Show:  Show to be held June 8 in Penney's Court from 10 am to 8 pm.    Schedules are available from Betty Ann Gustafson.


Iris Sale:  Saturday, July 27.


Ice Cream Social:  To be announced


Meeting announcement:  No meeting in July or August


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

Happy birthday to Betty Ann Gustafson, June 21st and Linda Sadler, June 22nd. Have a happy birthday all.


TREASURER'S REPORT  As of May 22, 2013

                SAVINGS ACCOUNT: There was no activity to report for May
                                                        Balance is $10,038.68

                CHECKING ACCOUNT:
                                Balance reported April 24               $ 575.43
                                Expenses                                              100.00
                                Balance                                              $ 475.00

 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.

        Respectfully submitted,
        Swede Gustafson, Treasurer



The meeting was called to order by President Ed Verplancke at the home of Swede and Betty Ann Gustafson  at 7:35 p.m.




Minutes correction:  The minutes of the April 2013 meeting as printed in the newsletter Falls and Standards were corrected as follows:  Median Show:    Set up and prepping two tables should have read 10 tables .    Another correction regarding the main iris show:  Skirting would be nice for the  tables (10 tables deleted).  The minutes of April 2013 were approved as amended.


Treasurers report explanation:  The treasurer's report from the newsletter were reviewed by Swede with comments that Pete Addeo was paid for toner cartridges in the amount of $256 because he prints all the posters for shows as well as the newsletter's each month. 


Southgate Mall rate:  And effective immediately, the mall will now charge MIS $250 for each event held at the Mall.  Stipulations include that we have insurance coverage for each event and any cancellations must be done thirty days prior to the event.


Benefits to MIS include some advertising at the Mall and on FaceBook.  The MIS logo would not work on the advertising around the mall so a Siberian type flower was used on the signs around the mall.  Some discussion on changing that logo.  New requirements also include that set up must be within the Penney's Court, not in the hall because there are businesses nearby and table skirting will not be provided.


Median Show:  The median show theme is The Sweet Fragrances of Spring, to be held May 18, 2013 from 10 am to 6:30 p.m.  The show schedule was passed out at the meeting. 


Showing iris:  Betty Ann Gustafson passed out an article on showing irises; it is also reprinted on the website www.missoulairis.com.


June Iris Show:  Betty Ann passed out the show schedule for Saturday June 8, 2013 10 - 8 pm   Theme is Perfume Delights.  Design categories are all perfumes.  Alverta Symes is head judge.  Posters were also passed out to members who will post them.




Judges training:  Roger Muir announced a judges training workshop on Miniature Talls (MTB) on Saturday June 8 after the lunch break in the mall meeting room.  All judges and judges trainees are welcome.


Mailing Instructions:  Newsletter mailing instructions have been revised by the post office;Steve Hesla met with the postal people and explained the changes.  Basically it's a one fold, no staples plan using tape to hold the open end so machines do not catch the staples.


Judges Trainee Donna Dowell - has been allowed to keep her accrued  hours of training but must complete six hours of training by June 30th.  The notice to AIS must be post marked by that date. She will receive training from Ann Violette on awards and ballots, Roger on MTB's and Swede will train her on TB's.


Ice Cream Social:  Judy Blunt will check her schedule and set a date for the ice cream social at the June meeting.  No meeting in July. 


Margaret Sutton:  Swede commented on the passing of Margaret Sutton, who visited here a few years ago with her husband. Margaret passed away during the period the family were moving to Star, Idaho. The club will mail a card to the son.


Fort Gardens - Billie Gray commented that not many people were able to show for the work parties, however they seem to be working on their own as they have time.  Because there are so many weddings held there in the summer, we should try to keep the beds looking nice.  Sundays make a better time to work, as there are not many weddings held on Sunday.  Sprinklers come on between 4-5 am.  Carol Addeo reported that she worked Saturday and Sunday mornings and most beds look in good shape, there are only three more beds that need attention.  However, it is an ongoing need to maintain.


Museum:  Swede reminded everyone that the exhibits at the museum are free to MIS members.  In a recent museum newsletter MIS was praised by Executive Director Bob Brown.  Quote:  "The intrepid gardeners of the MIS make our west lawn a prime location for weddings every weekend of the summer". 


Rhizome Winner for May:  Gary Clarke


Meeting adjourned at 8:25 by a motion from Cindy Davis, seconded by Billie Gray.


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