Here is the
newsletter for March. I can feel spring in the air (sometimes) and I am
very, very ready for some sunshine and warmth. It’s been a looong
winter, started early, but hope it’s getting ready to spring upon us
Pete Addeo, Webmaster
Missoula Iris Society
DATE & TIME:
March 1st, 6:30 pm.
dinner begins at 6:30 pm.
Home of Honk
Meyer, 2532 Highwood Drive; call 251-5800 for directions
mention of any program at this time.
The $9.00 annual
membership dues are now past due for the 2008 year. We need to
get everyone to please pay their dues as it is important for our
affiliation fees for AIS. There are still lots of you who haven’t paid
yet for one reason or another. Please pay your dues before the end of
the month or at the next meeting to keep us up to date and to keep
receiving this newsletter.
Birthday!!....Let's Give 'Em a Cheer!!!
Happy day to Bob
Brown, March 4th. Have a happy birthday!
A Note from Fred
Frey: 2008 MIS IRIS TOUR
Just a note from
Fred asking for volunteers to sit at a garden site from 10am – 4pm,
Saturday June 7. We will be needing 2 people at each garden site to
help with the fees and checking in for the public. We have 8 sites
planned for the tour, so we will be needing at least 18 volunteers to
help at each site and at the Fort Gardens as well. Please think about
this and let Billie Gray know ASAP. It’s only for a few hours and it
will help us out to make a great tour. Thanks from Fred.
from Pete Addeo:
The numbers are for
the month of February 2008,
Club Savings Account CD
Balance February 29
Balance February 29
January 1 Balance
February 08 Deposits
Expenses Paid – February 2008
Secretary of State – Filing fees
American Iris Society – Annual Fees
Balance – February 29, 2008
Minutes of the
Missoula Iris Society Meeting, Saturday, February 2, 2008
The meeting was called to order by President Cindy Davis. Alverta Symes
moved that the treasurer’s report be accepted as printed in the Falls
and Standards. Billie Gray seconded the motion. The motion
passed. Fred Frey moved that the secretary’s report be accepted with
the following corrections: Fred Frey did not volunteer to arrange for
programs for the coming year (the position remains open), and it was
suggested that Ronn Dunn and Gary Clark present a program on the MIS
By-Laws. Ed Verplancke seconded the motion as revised. The motion to
accept the January, 2008, minutes as amended passed.
Billie Gray picked up the completed plans from the architect. Pete
Addeo now has the plans. He has taken the plans to the city engineer
only to find out they had to be approved by the county building
department. Building permits still need to be obtained. The current
plan is to pour the cement slab in March. Pete has found out who Carson
Vehrs’ concrete people are. He will be contacting them to help us do
This committee needs a chair person.
Sites: Hosts and sites are needed for September, November, and
Responsibilities are to assemble new member packets, distribute packets
to new members and to keep a current membership list. Packet
information can be found on the website for those who are interested,
members and non-members. The website address is
www.missoulairis.com. Anita and Ed Verplancke and Carol Addeo
agreed to be the committee members.
Betty Ann Gustafson agreed to be the chair person.
The most recent revision was done in 2002. It was suggested that they
be brought up to date with our current practices. It was pointed out
that the Guidelines are just that – guide lines, written to help the
various committees and chair persons fulfill their responsibilities.
The committee is currently obtaining gardens for the tour. The plans
are to have at least six gardens on the tour in addition to the Fort
Gardens. Some of the gardens will be from outside MIS. The
organization no longer has enough gardens to keep the tour totally
within the society. The tour will be self-guided, tickets to be
obtained at any garden, with the tour running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The main focus of work this year centers on the Siberian Bed. A
list of the plants in the Siberian bed needs to be made which includes
location within the bed, awards won, color, and hybridizer. The east
side of the bed has lots of unknowns that need to be removed. Decisions
need to be made about which named varieties to keep and which to put in
the sale. New replacements will need to be bought putting emphasis on
obtaining varieties that have won the Wood Award. Those going into the
sale will be dug in April and potted up. What information to put on the
labels must be decided: for example, should the registration date be on
the label or the year the variety was first sold?
2008 is the year the
Siberian bed is to be renovated. Rather than do a total redo as has
been done with the other beds, new soil only will be put into the
planting holes. The path around the upper bed needs to be completed
around the south end. Some of the steps must be redone. Ideally, this
renovation work should be done prior to the tour.
Training: There is a training session February 23, in Boise,
Idaho. Carol Coleman will do a class in garden judging in Missoula the
Sunday following our June Iris Show.
A motion to adjourn
was made by Bob Symes and seconded by Ed Verplancke. The meeting was
was won by Ernie Lucero.