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Missoula Iris Society Newsletter - May 2006

Here is the May 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.
Pete Addeo,
Webmaster & President
Missoula Iris Society
DATE & TIME: Saturday, May 6, 2006 at 6:30pm with potluck dinner
PLACE: Home of Charles Hiigel & Jeff White. Directions to their home is shown below.  Anyone wanting to carpool should call Billie Gray, 543-3480 to confirm.  Since it is a full hour drive to their home in Victor, carpool people should meet at K-Mart parking lot at 5:00 p.m. The potluck supper will include homemade pizza baked in their special pizza oven. Yummmm.  Everone should bring dishes of salads, appetizers or desserts to accompany the pizza dinner.  Dinner begins about 6:30 p.m.
PROGRAM:  The program will be the second annual median show which will be used as practice and training to show members how to enter, stage and present, their exhibits.   Entries for the show will be accepted beginning at at 6:00 p.m. The show will conclude at 9:00 p.m.  The theme is "You scream, we all scream, for ice cream".  For information regarding the show call either Gary Clark 728-7633 or James Sadler, 728-4743.
 Directions to DreamCatcher, home of Jeff White & Charles Hiigel, 745 Blueberry Hill Rd, Victor, Mt 59875.

From Missoula:
*Victor is approx. 33 miles south of Missoula
*Take Highway 93 South
*When entering Victor, look for the tall EXXON sign on the right of the highway, this is 5th Avenue
*Follow 5th until it dead-ends into Pleasant View Drive
*Turn right:  Pleasant View Drive
*Turn left:  Sweathouse Creek Road (just before the big hill)
*Follow Sweathouse Creek Road, curving through countryside
*Turn left:  Red Crow Road (just past the red barn on the left)
*Turn right:  Wild Rose Lane
*Turn left:  Blueberry Hill Road
*Follow Blueberry Hill Road all the way to the top of the hill
*DreamCatcher is the last house on Blueberry Hill Road (the road actually dead-ends at the house).
*Gate will be open
Fort Gardens Work Party:  We hope everyone can chip in and help.  Billie Gray has called for the following work parties:  Sunday May 7, Sunday June 4 and Sunday June 11th beginning at 1:00 p.m.  If you cannot attend those times, please feel free to wander out to the Fort Gardens and do whatever needs doing.

There are not too many weeds at this point, but some clipping and edging work is need.  Weeds will be popping up every day, as we all know.

June Iris Show:  Alverta Symes will be head judge for the June 10th show at Southgate Mall

Pest Alert Hot Line:  Billie Gray announced a Pest Alert phone line of 258-3820 provided by the Extension Service.   Information is available on which pests are currently being seen in the Missoula valley and which outbreaks are expected.
New Member packets:  New member packets are now available for everyone who joined last year.   Members who joined in 2005 please come to the next meeting so you can pick the packet up.   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.

Membership lists  were mailed with the last newsletter.  If anyone did not receive a membership list, please call Carol Addeo at 251-5833.

Garden Presentation:  Ron Dunn announced everyone is welcome to attend a general garden presentation at the Missoula Senior Citizen Center on Friday, May 12 at 1:00 p.m.  The presentation is by Billie Gray and Beverly Gutman of Marchie's Nursery.  Come for lunch at noon beforehand.
It's Their Birthday!!....Let's Give 'Em a Cheer!!!
Happy day to Honk Meyer May 24th,  Cleo Swanson May 26th, and Pete Addeo May 9th.  Have a happy birthday and all the good wishes and cheers that go along.
                           CHECKING ACCOUNT:
                 March 31 reported balance                                           $ 562.64
                 Deposits - transfer from Savings                                      700.00
                                                  Total                                          1262.64
                 Expenditures                                                                 461.60
                                                  April 30 Balance                        $  801.04

                 SAVINGS ACCOUNT:
                 March 31 reported balance                                          $5364.80
                 Deposits -  celebration dinner deposits                              75.00
                                                  Total                                          5439.80
                 Transfer to checking account                                          700.00
                                               April 30  Balance                          $4739.80

                    Friends of the Historical Museum at Ft Missoula - membership                                  $ 100.00
                    Montana Party Time   - 25th Celebration dinner equipment rental deposit                       115.00
                    Carol Addeo - 3 months Newsletter advance and postage                                               84.25
                    Jim Sadler - Printing of brochures for shows and 25th celebration                                  101.50
                    Swede Gustafson - Fort garden Sprinkler control installation material                              60.85
                                                                                                    Total                                      $461.60
Respectfully submitted,
Swede Gustafson, Treasurer
Meeting Locations and Activities for the rest of  2006:
      May 6 - Meeting and median show at Charles Hiigel/Jeff White in Victor - Pizza, salad, dessert pot luck - followed by Median Show.  Program will show us how to stage and groom iris for the show.
      June 3 - Meeting at Pete and Carol Addeo - Outdoor garden and champagne party.  Main course is roast turkey prepared by hostess.  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 at Bob and Alverta Symes.  Outdoor party with grilled hamburgers.
      October 7 - Hostess is Zona Lindemann.  Location to be announced.
      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
Minutes of the Missoula Iris Society Meeting, Saturday, April 1, 2006

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 March meeting were approved as they appeared in the April  newsletter .

Treasurers Report  was accepted as presented in the April  newsletter which is hereby printed as part of the official Minutes.

Treasurer's Report for March 2006

Checking account balance as of 2/28/06           $548.24
Deposits - Calendar sales                                   24.00
       Total                                                       $572.24

Expenses - Postage to return slides                      9.60
Checking account balance as of 3/31/06           $562.64

Savings account balance in February             $5,218.80
Deposits - memberships                                     46.00
Tour - celebration dinner payments                     100.00
Savings account balance as of 3/31/06           $5,364.80

May 6th meeting - Because the May meeting is being held in Victor at the home of Charles Hiigel and Jeff White, a map or directions should be placed in the newsletter.

Median Show in May - Theme of the median show on May 6th is "You scream, we all scream, for Ice Cream".  Jim Sadler passed out printed entry information.  One correction is on item 4 under General Show Rules, all entries will be received beginning at 6:00 p.m. on May 6th at the home of Hiigel and White.  This will be a non-competitive training show on how to groom and how to enter iris.  Jim will write a brief article for the newsletter on the basics.    Jim also suggested we carpool, perhaps meeting at K-Mart of Walmart parking lots at 5:00 p.m.  It takes nearly one hour to drive to their home in Victor.

June Show - Theme of the show on June 10th at Southgate Mall is  Glory in the Garden.  Alverta Symes will be head judge for that show

25th Anniversary Celebration of Fort Gardens -  Ann reported that Paul Black and Tom Johnson will both be coming for our weekend celebration on June 17, 2006.

Judges Training - A judges training session will be held on Sunday June 18th with Paul Black.  Ann will set up the time and location.

25th Dinner - Billie reported on a bid by the Golden Corral to cater our dinner at the Fort Gardens.  The dinner will include two meat entrees, potatoes, two vegetables, two salads, drinks and dessert.  They will set up the food buffet style, which can include turkey, ham, roast beef, chicken or prime rib.  The plates and silverware will be borrowed from RoseMary Baier. Tables, chairs, tent and podium are being rented.  Dinner cost is $25 per person.


Senior Citizen Garden Presentation -   Ron Dunn announced that everyone was welcome to come to  the Senior Citizen Center for lunch on Friday, May 12th and for a. general gardening presentation by Billie Gray and Bev Gutman of Marchies which begins at 1:00 p.m.

President's Absence - Carol Addeo announced that Pete and Carol will be out of town for the May meeting.  Zona offered to take the minutes for that meeting.  Vice President Jim Sadler will lead the brief meeting.

Presidential Rhizome -  Won by Faye Pedersen.

The meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m. and was followed by a short  program.  Elinor Utech talked about the sale cards and their importance to the annual rhizome sale.

Respectfully submitted,
Carolyn Addeo