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Missoula Iris Society Newsletter - March 2005


Hi, Gang! Here is the March Newsletter.
It's getting on in a new year and we would like to get our membership to grow with some new blood infusions. We need to get our "Tell a Friend" new membership campaign up and going with everyone's help - let's all see about inviting a friend to a meeting. There will be prizes awarded for the member that invites the most friends to our meetings during the year. They don't have to become members to qualify. We will be striving to make our meetings more fun and interesting for everyone. So let's all get into a group spirit and invite some one you know to our meetings. Thanks.

Pete Addeo,
Webmaster & President
Missoula Iris Society

DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 5, 2005 at 6:30pm
PLACE: Home of Ken & Cleo Swanson. Call 549-3045 for directions. 
PROGRAM: A FUN MEETING THIS MONTH! Instead of our usual Potluck, we will have a MYSTERY DINNER! This should be a very entertaining meeting as no one will know what they are ordering for dinner. You will order off a funny menu and you will not know what you ordered until it is served....I hope everyone can come to this one! If you haven't reserved your spot for the dinner call Cleo right away and reserve your seat!
BUSINESS: Collection of remaining dues from the old die-hards that haven't paid yet!

Annual Dues - Dues for 2005 are now due at the  new rate of $8.00 per person  We need all members to please pay their dues this month as the new membership list will be printed at the end of March. Please pay your dues this month  to Zona Lindemann, Membership Chairman or Swede Gustafson, Treasurer. All you die-hards that have not paid up your dues, well, this will be the last newsletter you will get and you will be dropped from the membership list as well.
Presidential Rhizome Drawing - 2 Drawings Again?? We will need to draw 2 names again at this next meeting for the Presidential Rhizome as Pete Addeo has stated that he has also already won in September and also in February and he was not eligible to win for 2 months. We will re-draw for February at the March meeting. If Carol and Pete can stop winning, maybe some other members will be able to win a rhizome too!
Annual Iris Show - Our annual Iris Show is nearing. It will be held on June 11, 2005 at the Southgate Mall in front of JC Penny's. Jim Sadler and Ann Violette are the co-chairs. The theme this year is "The Silver Screen"
Median Show - The show is scheduled for Sunday, May 22, 2005 at "The Clock" at the Southgate Mall. Gary Clark will chair and will be doing a small show with about 4 tables. A nice show to try and attend.
Judges Training - Alverta Symes will be having a judges training meeting on March 13, 2005 at her home. The class will be on "Ethics." It will be an interesting session and all members are invited as well as the students, judges and apprentices who are in training. These meetings are very informative and our members should plan on attending a few of these for the general knowledge and expertise that is being offered by our Masters.

Meeting Locations/Activities for 2005 -  Here's the list for the rest of the year's club activities & meetings:
April Meeting - We're looking forward to our April meeting and program. We are please to let you know that Billie Gray will do a program on Iris Care (Horticulture), including planting, treating diseases, winterizing care and fertilizers. This will be a great meeting to invite a friend as a guest. The meeting will be at Gary Clark's home in Target Range.
     May 7th - Meeting at Pete & Carol Addeo's, pot luck. Hosted by Ann Violette & Elinor Utech.
     May 22nd - Median Show at Southgate Mall chaired by Gary Clark.
     June 4th - Meeting at Ken & Rose Mary Baier's, pot luck
     June 11th - Annual Iris Show
     June 18th - Annual Iris Tour - After hours champagne party at the Addeo's
     July 9th - Meeting at Bob & Alverta Symes', potluck, hosts to provide the best grilled hamburgers
     July 30th - Annual Iris Sale, after sale party at Billie Gray's
     August - No Meeting
     September 10th - Meeting at Gary Clark's, potluck, hosted by Ronn Dunn
     October 1st - Meeting at Honk Meyer's
     November 5th - Meeting at Billie Gray's
     December 4th - Sunday - Annual Christmas Party hosted by Ken & Rose Mary Baier
Iris Sale Chair -  Looks like we still are in dire need for a chairperson for our biggest event of the year! There must be someone out there that would be willing to chair the Annual Iris Sale for our group!! Where are You?? Maybe if we could get someone to chair the event, we could also get enough VOLUNTEERS to help with the event as well. This has always been the biggest problem for the Sale Chair. Getting Volunteers to help! Alverta is helping with the card file and Gary has volunteered his yard for the sorting location. This is our most important event for our club and we are looking for someone that can take control and we will all help in getting volunteers to help with the work. C'mon guys, let's get in there and get our hands dirty!
Iris Sale Card Party - Alverta Symes will also be having a card party at her home on March 19th from 11am to 3pm. We need everyone to bring any photos you have of iris and any catalogs and magazines you have as well. She needs help with working on the cards and sorting the photos for our annual sale. This will be a brown bag lunch and Alverta will supply the drinks for those attending. 
Calendar Orders - Has anyone ordered a calendar and not received it?? Here's a new twist. Swede has more money on account for calendars than how many calendars we had to sell! Contact Swede right away if you're missing a calendar that you paid for and never received.
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.

Minutes of the Missoula Iris Society Meeting, Saturday, February 5, 2005:

The meeting was called to order by  President Pete Addeo at 7:35  p.m. at the home of  Billie Gray.

Minutes - The minutes from the January  meeting were approved as printed in the newsletter by a motion of Cleo Swanson, seconded by Alverta Symes.

Treasurers Report  - The treasurer's report which appeared in the February newsletter was approved by a motion of Cindy Davis, seconded by Gary Clark.


Fort Garden -  Claudia Brown will co-chair with Billie Gray.

Rhizome Sale - No chairperson volunteered; Alverta will help with the card file.

Publicity - Ann Violette is the chair; Fred Frey offered to co-chair the publicity.

Mystery Dinner - The mystery dinner at next meeting is hosted by Cleo Swanson and Alverta.  Sign up sheets were passed around for anyone who has not reserved their seat.  Menu to include Fried chicken, vegetable, dinner rolls, cakes (9 x 13 layer) salads, crackers and cheese, mints, napkins.  Cleo asked that anyone not yet signed up should call her or Alverta to sign up.

Meeting locations - Carol Addeo said all meeting locations for the year are covered.

Calendars - Elinor reported all calendars are sold.


Guest - Ann Violette introduced her friend Grace Baker of Ronan and Carol Addeo introduced her granddaughter Kalli Rose Wurth.

Judges Training - The Judges Training class has been scheduled for Sunday, February 20th at 2 p.m. at the home of Billie Gray.  The subject will be iris parts, etc.  Cost is $3.00 for non-judge, $5.00 for judges.  The money goes to bring guest judges here.  Two judge classes will be held in March.

Judge promotions - Alverta has been promoted from Open Judge to  Active Master, Roger Muir, Cindy Davis, Gary Clark  and Swede Gustafson  have been promoted from apprentice to student judges.

Presidential Rhizomes - Honk Meyer won for January, Pete Addeo won for February.

The meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Carol Addeo

Addendum to the minutes: 
The judges training class was changed from February 20th to February 27th.

The Presidential Rhizome for February needs to be re-drawn because Pete Addeo already won in Sept 2004.

Following the meeting, we had a really fun slide show program, led by President Pete Addeo.  It included a charades-type guessing game on names of iris and we had a lot of laughs.  A good way to spend a Saturday evening.

The Secretary