FYI NEW INFORMATION:
INTRODUCING OUR OWN REGION 11 VICE-PRESIDENT!
From the AIS Bulletin: Hi, my name is
Angelique, but most people call me Ann. Be it roses,
gladiolas, violets, dahlias, or our beloved Iris, I have always
loved flowers and plants. Being raised in Texas and California
with a few years in New York, Connecticut and Utah, I was lucky to
grow up enjoying the best climates for flowers.
Married in upstate New
York, Don and I made our home in the 60's on Long Island. Weekends
we visited the local gardens, stores, Westbury Gardens and local
botanical gardens. We moved to Salt Lake City, where I began to
show, train and breed Collies, Cockers and Maltese, and grow
irises. In '72 we moved to Montana; I began to work as a
substitute teacher and also worked part-time at the local nursery
and greenhouse; before long I was gardening. All too soon both
children became adults and left the nest. I began the process of
training to be a judge just to see what judges were looking for in
a flower. I planned to breed iris if I learned what it was that
the judges wanted or what they were looking for or liked best.
Then I would know what to keep or throw out of the iris patch. In
the early 90's the Missoula Iris Club became the place for me to
start judge's training. Many active and talented people have been
so wonderful in teaching me and sharing their knowledge.
Over the last 10 years,
I have held many different jobs and offices. Assisting both of the
last two Region 11 RVP's, I met many wonderful active members of
our region. I have also attended many conventions and meeting in
other regions. Thank you all. It will be a pleasure to be able to
give back a little that you so generously shared, and to serve
Region 11. Don a I are retired now, and we are enjoying watching
our four grandsons grow. One grandson likes flowers and has a
small iris garden and belongs to the local iris club. To all who
have offered advice and helped and shared their knowledge with me,
thank you all, for the love or iris.
OBITUARY: ROBERT WAYNE 'BOB' GRAY
From the Missoulian, February 21, 2004: On
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004, Robert Wayne "Bob" Gray died
at his home in Missoula after a courageous struggle against
Bob was born to John L.
and Ruth Harriet (Tronnes) Gray in 1929. He was raised in Glendive
and graduated from Dawson County High School in 1947. He entered
the U.S. Air Force in 1950 and served six years active duty, part
of them in Korea as a radar technician. He also spent six years in
He married the love of
his life, Willene "Billie" Kobelt in 1959 in Missoula
and is survived by her at the family home. He also left a large
and loving family of five children, six grandchildren; a great
grandson, and a great grand-daughter expected in May. Bob had been
the secretary and manager of the Loyal Order of Moose No. 556 for
25 years, holding the Degree of Pilgrim. He was a custodian in the
Missoula County Elementary School District for several years
before his retirement on August 31, 1995.
He also was a member of
the American Legion Post 27, VFW Post No. 209 and the Fraternal
Order of Eagles Aerie No. 32 and was a Mason in Ionic Lodge No.
38. Bob was a member of the Missoula Iris Society for many years.
He was one of the original developers of the Fort Missoula Iris
As he requested, Bob
will be cremated. A memorial celebration of his life will be held
in the spring. Donations may be made to the Missoula County Cancer
Society, the Missoula Iris Society or to a favorite charity.
JUDGES - From the January 2004 AIS Bulletin, we have 11
members that are approved as judges for 2004:
Ken Baier, Rose
Mary Baier, Donna Bowers, Jerry Bowers, Claudia Brown, Cindy
Davis, Billie Gray, Swede Gustafson, Roger Muir, Alverta Symes and
Ann Violette. Great Showing for our group!
MEETING LOCATIONS FOR 2004
Carol Addeo is organizing the meeting locations for the new year.
Meeting locations are still needed for May 1st and June 5th. Anyone wishing to host a meeting at their home should call her at 251-5833. Please leave a message if she's not available.
Any information for the February newsletter should be e-mailed or mailed to Pete Addeo by
the 3rd week of the month. It can also be faxed to (406) 251-4683.
Thanks to those of you who have renewed their MIS dues. Remember, dues are now $7.00 per person per year. Checks should be made payable to MIS, and sent or given to Treasurer Swede Gustafson, 3128 Eldora Lane, Missoula, MT 59803.