Here is the
newsletter for March. The time is passing fast and it’s time to start
thinking about gardening again?? Maybe??? Let’s all hope so and “Think
Spring!”. Maybe if we all sent a combined thought, Old Man Winter will
get the point and just go away.
Missoula Iris Society
DATE & TIME:
MARCH 7TH, 6:30 pm.
Montana Club on
North Reserve, dinner at 6:30pm. Call Ron Dowell, 542-1945 for further
Gardening tips by Karen Brakefield beginning at 7:30pm
2009 MEMBERSHIP DUES: The year has started and it’s time to start
collecting for the new year memberships. Dues are $9.00/person. Those
who have not paid by March 31will not be receiving an updated membership
list or newsletter. Please see Swede at the meeting to pay your dues.
Birthday!!....Let's Give 'Em a Cheer!!!
Happy day to Bob
Brown, March 4th and Teri
March 21st. Have a happy birthday all!
Following about six weeks of trying to become the legal signee for the
society, I finally became your treasurer on February 17th an paid the
bills listed below. . The Montana Corporation Annual Report -2009 has
been mailed in on February 18th. The payment to Donna Dowell was for the
beautiful pictorial book of iris activities for 2008. Great job Donna.
Swede Gustafson, Treasurer
Club Savings Account CD
Balance February, 2009
Balance February, 2009
January 31, 2009 Balance
Expenses Paid –
Secretary of State
– February , 2008
The meeting was
called to order by President Ron Dowell. It was noted that the full
slate of newly elected officers was not included in the January
minutes. The January minutes were approved with the following amendment
made by Jim Sadler and seconded by Alverta Symes. The slate of
officers, President Ron Dowell, Vice President Gary Clark, Treasurer
Swede Gustafson, and Secretary Zona Lindemann, was approved as a whole,
and the gavel was passed to Ron Dowell, our new president.
The financial report
was given by Swede Gustafson and approved by the attending membership.
questions were raised.
Frey asked if the $650.00 assigned to Fort Gardens Maintenance and
Repairs was enough to cover the cost of a new lawn mower if a new mower
was required. It was determined that there was enough money in the
total Fort Gardens budget to make such a purchase if necessary.
Meyer wanted to know why the society needed $700.00 in Fort Gardens
Renovations. The Fort Gardens Chair, Billie Gray, explained that the
soil needed to be replaced where iris are dug out before any iris are
planted back. Also, the total renovation of the Siberian bed was not
completed last year. Money will be needed to finish that work. Swede
Gustafson added that these line item figures are estimates of what will
be needed. If the entire sum is not used, the money assigned to
renovations would be rolled over into the following year’s budget or
would be available for some other part of the Fort Gardens budget that
might run over its allotment.
$50.00 line item for Programs was questioned. It was explained that
some of the slides we had obtained from AIS in the past at no cost now
had a nominal rental fee, and there was always postage and handling to
asked if $200.00 to finish the shed was enough. Pete Addeo, who is in
charge of work on the shed, said he felt it was enough. The only work
left is to make a door, install the soffits, and to paint.
moved by Jim Sadler and seconded that the budget be accepted as
presented. See attached budget. The motion passed.
Donna Dowell is our historian. She has put together a book of
photographs of Iris Society events for the year 2008. The book was
passed around and won acclaim from everyone. Thank you, Donna, for a job
been decided that in each future year we would continue to produce a
“published” photographic record of our activities. Donna will continue
during this. The cost of this first book was approximately $200.00, most
of which was donated by the Dowells. The cost to the society was
$67.00. $100.00 has been allotted for 2009.
Gary Clark asked who was assigned keys to the shed. It was determined
that seven (7) keys were needed. Currently there are only six keys.
Each officer is to have a key, the Fort Garden Chair, the Median Show
Chair, and the Show Chair. Pete Addeo has the Vice President’s key
because he is still working on the shed. Donna Dowell has the
Secretary’s key. Donna is moving the iris things that she has had
stored at her place to the shed. These keys are to be returned to the
persons from whom they were borrowed when each of the projects is
Gustafson informed us that Missoula Iris Society must provide the State
of Montana with the names of the members of our Board of Directors and
of our Registered Agent. Billie Gray, Alverta Symes, and Bob Symes have
agreed to again serve as our Board of Directors. Swede Gustafson will
act as our Registered Agent.
The next meeting is March 7, 2009, at the Montana Club on North Reserve
with dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting/program beginning at
Bob Symes moved the
meeting be adjourned. Ron Dowell seconded the motion. The meeting was
Announcement: Steve Hesla has a piano recital in the Music Recital Hall
at the University, Tuesday, March 10th at 7:30 p.m.