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Missoula Iris Society Newsletter - May 2012



Here is the newsletter for May. I sure looked like spring was ready to arrive, but then more cold days and lots of rain came instead.  We did have some time to be able to get out and get something done in the yard.  Ol’ Man Winter, please go away. The tulips and crocus are blooming and will bring us wonderful colors for SPRING.


Pete Addeo,  Webmaster
Missoula Iris Society




DATE & TIME: SATURDAY, May 5, 2012 AT 6:30 P.M. Usual potluck supper followed by meeting.
Home of Swede and Betty Ann Gustafson, 3128 Eldora Lane in Linda Vista are. Call 251-3526 for directions.
Discussion of June iris show and demonstration on staging iris for the show and perhaps a report on the trip to meet the Great Falls garden clubs.



SHOW SCHEDULE: Show schedule booklets will be passed out at the May meeting or contact Betty Ann for a copy.

MEMBERSHIP LIST: Copies of the MIS Membership List for 2012 were passed out to everyone in attendance at the April meeting. The rest were mailed.

GARDEN CHAT ARTICLES: Reminder to Jim Sadler that he is signed up to do the garden article next month (June) for the newsletter. Please get it to the editors by May 20.

FACEBOOK: Missoula Iris Society now has a very nice Facebook page. Drop in to Facebook and add your comments and friend the Society.

GARDEN WORK PARTY: Thanks to those who turned out on Saturday April 21, to help clean the Fort Missoula iris beds. We didn't totally finish that day, but 13 members worked until their backs couldn't work anymore. Thanks to all who helped. Billie was going out to work again the following Wednesday afternoon.

It's Their Birthday!!....Let's Give 'Em a Cheer!!!

Happy birthday to Pete Addeo – May 9th; Loreen Nordstrom – May 13th; Tom Robinson - May 15th; Melodee Burreson  – May 17th, and Honk Meyer - May 24th. Have a happy birthday all.


Message from the President

I am going to try and get a message written each month for the rest of this year for the newsletter. Now if I can just find the time and get busy and do it.
With all this wet and cold spring weather I am wondering how the iris are doing. I seem not to have lost many to the last winter and have not really found any rot yet.
I am hoping that I can promote some more interest in the Fort Iris Garden as I feel that most of the members have just left it up to Billie. I know that she does not have enough time to do it all by herself so I am hoping to find a way to get the rest of the club members to participate and make the garden all that it can be. I know that I only have so much time myself and since I am getting older I am feeling the aches and pains too. I do feel that if we all try a bit harder we can make the garden the best that it can be.
We need more members and I feel that the garden can attract them if we use it for that purpose. If we have some demonstrations in the garden on raising iris I feel we can find more people who are truly interested in iris to join the club. I hope that by doing this I am not stepping on any member’s toes and I am open to all and any suggestions and help.

Your President
Ed Verplancke

TREASURERS REPORT as of April 25, 2012
March 27 reported balance-$11,250.67 First quarter 2012 interest income- $0.78 New Balance- $11,251.45

March 27 reported balance - $543.74 April Income - $15.00 April Expenses - $261.51 New Balance- $297.23
Income consisted of 1 membership for $10.00 and sale of 25 marker tags $5.00
Expenses consisted of $ 37.97 to Ed Verplancke for ink cartridges for printing iris pictures for the card file
$ 28.00 to American Iris Society for iris show items
$12.99 to Elizabeth Gustafson for Sunshine flowers to Alverta Symes
$ 5.55 to Elizabeth Gustafson for miscellaneous show postage expenses
$177.00 to American Iris Society - Storefront for Iris checklists, Iris registrations and introduction booklets, Iris growing booklets, and iris show seals.
Respectfully Submitted,
Swede Gustafson, Treasurer



SATURDAY, April 7, 2012 Meeting called to order at 7:18 P.M. by Ed Verplancke at Eagles Lodge host Cindy Davis. Ed asked if the minutes were read, Carol added an update about the Community Room at the Eagles, use of the room is now $50.00 weather a member or not. Minutes approved as updated

Treasurer Report: Swede, there are no changes in the numbers as shown in the March minutes

New Business: A host home is needed for the June 2nd meeting, Elizabeth is ill and cannot host the meeting as usual. New member Tom Robinson came to his first meeting and brought a friend Billie Izzard, he offered to host the June meeting at the Milltown Garden Patch information about the garden can be found at www.milltowngardenpatch.org it is noted there is some great information on there site about the garden. There are picnic tables and bench that can be used. It was agreed that we would have a picnic there. To get there take Milltown Exit, to Hwy 200, Turn right at Harold’s club go about 1/4 mile to Columbia Street.

Betty Ann discussed show it is scheduled for Saturday, June 9, 2012, they have the insurance that was need for the show and use of the Community Room. Pete has the show schedule ready to print but is waiting to see if we will have a visiting judge. Donna Dowell and Betty Ann will be having a meeting with the mall about the space we need for set up as a new business is located along the place we have used in the pass, so we need to find out where and how much space we can use. Everyone will need to clean up the personal items after set up. It was suggested that since the pet shop is closing that maybe ask if we can use that space for set up. Anita has agreed to iron the table clothes. I’ve done that job, it is not an easy task. Thanks Anita. Also Betty Ann will need to get seals for the ribbons we use. Also after the show that evening before take down there will be Cake and Ice Cream and an awards program in the Community Room at the Mall. Also the May meeting will contain a program on staging your iris for the show.

Interesting note: Steve was in Germany, where he found out they Grind Rhizome’s up to make perfume.

Message from Billie Gray a work party is schedule for April 21, from about 10 am to 1 pm, or when you can come and work.

Carol has agreed to be the Sale Chairman again this year. Thanks

Old Business: Carol Mecham (not sure of spelling) from Great Falls, wants to know how many are coming to their meeting, all there garden clubs will be present at the April 25, 2012 to talk about the AIS, judging, etc. This would be a day trip, a small group will be car-pooling up, Gary suggested getting together before going up to talk about what they will be presenting and what and who will be talking about what, the meeting will start at about 12:30.

New membership lists are done, and Carol passed them out.

Pete talked about the new Face Book Page that has been started for our Missoula Iris Society.

Ed as agreed to add a Presidential message to the Page.

Donna Dowell won the April Presidential Rhizome.

Meeting adjourned. Submitted by Cindy Davis, Secretary

Winners of Presidential Rhizomes: August: Laurie Kammerer September: Jim Sadler October: Gary Clark November: Elizabeth Houston December: Honk January: Carol Barbina February: Judy Blundt March: Linda Sadler