- Here is the March Newsletter. We
are striving to make all the meetings as interesting as possible for
everyone and be fun and informative as well. Each month we will have
a different program that will discuss
items of interest to all of us. If you would
like to volunteer your expertise in something that you know about,
please contact Jim Sadler and we will arrange for you to host one of the
meetings for your presentation.
- Webmaster & President
Missoula Iris Society
- DATE & TIME: Saturday,
2006 at 6:30pm with potluck dinner
Home of Gary Clark. Call 728-7633 for directions.
- AGENDA: A
Siberian slide show will be presented by Swede Gustafson after the
From the President & Newsletter Editor
Please send me your birth date (year
not necessary) by email or call me at 251-5833. We would like to
keep our newsletter and membership lists updated each month. Please
help keep us informed of any changes of your email address as well so we can send
you important messages as they are needed.
- New member packets
are now available for everyone who joined last year. The packet will
include great tips on growing iris, information on club activities,
a membership list and guess what! A 20% coupon on a purchase at
Marchie's Nursery. New membership lists are ready. We have 63 paid
members for 2006. The packets and the membership lists will be given
out at the next meeting. The rest will be mailed to those who are
not at the meeting. Help is needed getting the new members packets
to those who do not attend.
- Card File workshop will be at
Gary Clarks at 1:00 pm on Saturday, March 11th.
Calendars The 2006 Iris
calendars are almost gone and for sale at $6.00 each. Makes wonderful
gifts and you should call Elinor Utech at 549-1054 to order
one or you can get them at the meeting.
- 25th Anniversary Buffet Supper
- Saturday, June 17, 2006 at 4:30 pm at Fort Gardens...Catered. Show
awards, history presentation. Benefit donation: $25 per person for
MIS members and their guests. Get your reservations to secretary
- Committee Chairperson needed for
annual Iris Sale in July. If you would like to volunteer, please
call Pete Addeo.
Alverta talked about the
AIS convention coming May 22-27 in Portland, Oregon.
The Convention Headquarters is the Red Lion Hotel on the river, 909 N.
Hayden Island Drive, Portland, OR 97217. Phone: (503) 283-4466. We
encourage members to go to the convention, since it is so close. The
garden tours will take place on Thursday thru Saturday. A siberian tour
will be Sunday May 29th. Additional sightseeing tours including Mt. St.
Helens are available on Monday thru Wednesday, May 22-24th. Classes are
available at the convention and you meet a lot of great people. About
1,000 people attend. It's a lot of fun. Happy hours are happy. The first
reservations deadline is March 1, 2006. For additional information go
www.ais2006.com or check your most recent AIS Bulletin
- What is
the purpose of the convention?
- a) Enables hybridizers to send
their newer irises to be seen by iris enthusiasts and AIS judges
- b) Enables the convention
attendees and/or AIS judges to see many newer varieties of
irises that he/she may not have seen
or be growing, or have the space to grow.
- c) Provides informative and
interesting Section meetings and opportunity for Judges Training
- d) Make new iris friends, renew
- Meals at
- Included in your full registration is the
Welcome Banquet Wednesday evening, the Awards Banquet Saturday
evening and lunches for the three days of garden tours
Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Other dinners are on your own. There
is an optional Geek Dinner Friday evening for $28.00. Breakfasts
are on your own. The café may be open early for a full
breakfast. There will also be a breakfast buffet, probably like
a continental breakfast coffee, juice, possibly yogurt, fruit,
bread or muffin, at your expense, but quicker than full
breakfast. There will be food and beverages at all of the
gardens. If you sign up for any of the Optional tours Monday and
Tuesday, lunch will be included in the tour price. The hotel has
a full restaurant and café area; also room service. A list of
restaurants close to the hotel will be included in your
time. Since the garden tours
start early Thursday morning (7:00 am), you are encouraged to
arrive in time for the Welcome Banquet Wednesday evening. Often
last minute changes, instructions for loading the buses for the
garden tours, etc. are given at the Welcome Banquet. If
necessary, come in a day earlier (Tuesday) and attend some of
the informational Section meetings. If arriving by air, there is
a free shuttle to the hotel which runs every half hour from 5:30
a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Pickup is just outside the baggage claim
Meetings are open to anyone
attending the convention. They provide information and often a
slide program on specific kinds of irises Japanese, Siberians,
Medians, etc. Judges'
Training Programs are also open to anyone attending
the convention. They are informative, and teach how to evaluate
different kinds of irises, usually in the garden, or they teach
about the awards and balloting system for AIS. Those in the AIS
Judges' training program must sign up on the sign up sheets
available. Those Judges also must take the test provided and
turn it in at the end of the session. Others can take the test
'for fun', but need not turn it in.
in the Portland area in late May could be cool to very pleasant
sunny, but rain would not be unusual. Key is to layer.
T-shirts, sweatshirt, light jacket, rain jacket. Hat for sun
and/or rain. Sunscreen. Comfortable walking shoes for the garden
tours. Ground can be uneven, and muddy if rain occurs.
attire From jackets and ties
for the men and long dresses for the women, to more casual
'resort wear' dress or pant suit for women, open collars,
chinos, sweaters/blazers for men.
Tours, Optional Tours how do they differ?
- With full registration you sign up for three
days of garden tours
by bus. Eight gardens are on the tour. Each has from 450-650
'guest' irises, in addition to the host garden's own iris
plantings. These guest plantings include irises of recent iris
introductions, or seedlings, sent by many different hybridizers
for the enjoyment/evaluation of the convention attendees. The
tours are planned for peak tall bearded bloom, but will include
any other kinds of irises in bloom at the same time late
medians, Siberians; perhaps early Louisianas, etc. You will tour
2-4 different gardens each of the three days, spending 1-2 hours
in a garden, with a break for lunch. Departure from the hotel
will be about 7:30 a.m., with return about 5:00 p.m. (Buses will
load at 7:00 a.m.)
Tours are available Monday and Tuesday, on the days
when the Board of Directors meeting and Section Board meetings
occur. They are optional, and an additional charge for which you
can sign up, or not, as you wish. These are bus tours of local
'areas of interest', and lunch is included in the tour price.
- Better explanation of 2006 budget
Accounts $2,900 which includes:
Tour and celebration $1,200
Special Guest 800
Fort Garden $1,900**
(Includes renovations, new plantings, at chairperson's
discretion....See note below)
Newsletter & Programs
Training 00* (See note
Expenses will be paid from Judges Training Special Fund above
will be transferred to the building fund to repay the loan
- It's Their
Birthday!!....Let's Give 'Em a Cheer!!!
- Happy day to Beth Wright March 1st
and Bob Brown - March 4th. Have a happy birthday and
all the good wishes and cheers that go along with it.
- TREASURER'S REPORT -
January 31, 2006 Balance
transfer from savings
R.M. Hollingworth - Siberian slides rental
Flower Haus - 2 floral gifts
Carolyn Addeo - New Member packets
Carolyn Addeo - Jan-Feb-March Newsletter
Total Expenses Paid
- Regular Club Account Only
January 31, 2006 Balance reported
Correction - Feb 2006 meeting
Deposits - Memberships
Transfer to Checking
LOCATIONS FOR 2006:
March 4 - Meeting at Gary Clark's - Program on Siberian
Iris by Swede Gustafson
- March 11 -
workshop will be at Gary Clarks at 1:00 pm on Sat. March 11th
April 1 - Meeting at Billie Gray 's- Program on card file
by Elinor Utech
May 6 - Meeting and small show at Charles Hiigel/Jeff
White in Victor - Pizza, salad, dessert pot luck- followed by
- Median Show
June 3 - Meeting at Alverta & Bob Symes - 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 Gary Clarks (hosts Ron Dunn and
October 7 Need a volunteer for this meeting
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, February 4, 2006
- The meeting was called to order by President
Pete Addeo at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Honk Meyer.
Minutes - The minutes from the January meeting were approved as
they appeared in the February newsletter .
Treasurers Report as presented in the February newsletter
2006 Budget -The budget of $5,972 which appeared in the January
newsletter was read to the members:
Checking balance as of 12/31/05 $166.69
Deposit - calendar sales
Expense - MT Corporation Fee 15.00
Checking Balance as of 1/31/06 $253.69
Savings account balances as of 12/31/05 $1,257.56
Additions: Double entry error
2005 Rhizome Sale Income
Deposit 2005 interest
Deposit of membership dues paid
Balance as of 1/31/06
Special Savings Account Balances
- Judges Discretioary Fund
Special Savings Balance: $1,348.79
- Calendar Sales - Elinor still has nine
2006 AIS calendars for sale at $6.00 each
Rhizome Sale Chairperson - A chairperson for the rhizome sale
in July is needed
25th Celebration - Carol reported that the dinner celebration
in the evening of June 17th will have to be held under the trees
where the rhizome sale is always held, because wedding set ups will
be taking place in the vicinity of the gazebo that evening.
Median Show - Jim Sadler reported a median show is planned
for the May meeting, a kind of "practice show", including a program
on how to stage and groom your show iris. We can get AIS credit for
the show if we have a minimum of 7 exhibitors.
Dues Due - Final call for dues for 2006. Those not paid will
be dropped from the newsletter mailing list.
Budget Items - Honk requested clarification on what the
budget items include. The budget items will be shown in the next
newsletter lined up for better clarification. The budget for the
Fort Gardens is to be used for any renovations needs, maintenance or
new plantings at the discretion of the chairperson of the Fort
Gardens. Future budgets for the Fort Gardens will probably be less
now that we have finished a three year renovation.
New Members - Carol reported that we had nearly 20 new
members join last year. "Where are they?", was the questions
asked. Anyone having any ideas on how to get the new members to
attend meeting and join the fun should contact Carol, who is the
membership chairperson. New member packets are now ready to give to
all new members. Help is needed getting the packets out to the new
members who do not attend meeting.
2005 Audit - The audit of the MIS books was completed by a
committe of Honk Meyer, Alverta and Bob Symes. The books are in
fine shape, according to the committee. Swede has been the
treasurer for the past 12 years. Thanks Swede.
Storage items - Honk announced that he will be taking some
trips this summer and may not be available for the show and sale.
Members who needs MIS stuff from the little blue house in his back
yard are welcome to retrieve them while he is gone. We asked if we
could go with him on the trips, but he just laughed.
Portland AIS Convention - Alverta talked about the AIS
convention coming May 22-27 in Portland, Oregon. We encourage
members to go to the convention, since it is so close. The garden
tours will take place on Thursday thru Saturday. A siberian tour
will be Sunday May 29th. Additional sightseeing tours including Mt.
St. Helens are available on Monday thru Wednesday, May 22-24th.
Classes are available at the convention and you meet a lot of great
people. About 1,000 people attend. It's a lot of fun. Happy
hours are happy. The first reservations deadline is March 1, 2006.
For additional information go to
www.ais2006.com or check your most recent AIS Bulletin.
MIS T Shirts - Anyone interested in ordering a T Shirt with
MIS logo on it contact Mary Ellen Davis or Ann Violette.
Dog days at Fort Gardens - Mary Ellen suggested signs be
placed around the gardens to discourage loose dogs to prevent
broken stems and unwelcome dog stuff.
Presidential Rhizomes - Elinor Utech won the Presidential
Meeting locations - Meeting locations are all assigned
except for October. Zona Lindemann volunteered to host the October
7th meeting at a location yet to be announced. Some discussion of
the home meeting vs a public building. Some members feel we have
outgrown the home meetings, others feel the home meetings are much
more warm and sociable than the conference room type location.
One suggestion is that people who are unable to have a meeting at
their home should offer to host a meeting at someone's home.
Helping with preparation and clean up afterwards was also discussed.
The March 4th meeting will be held at Gary Clark's home.
The meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m. followed by a program
presentation by Jim Cook of Able Tree Service. Jim is a certified
arborist with degrees in Forestry and spoke on tree trimming.