Official Newsletter of the Missoula Iris Society

January 2018

NEXT MEETING: Saturday, January 6 – Meeting 6:30 p.m. at Fort Missoula, Building T-1.
Pot luck supper. Election of officers (see slate of nominated officers below.) Program to be “Growing water lilies without a pond” presented by Gary Clark, about 20 minutes long.

TREASURER'S REPORT as of November 22, 2017

Savings Balance at present is -           $16,384.56

Checking Account Activities:

October newsletter reported balance         $ 695.08
2018 memberships received                     130.00
Transfer from Savings                         500.00
 Sub Balance                                $1225.08

November Newsletter Reported Expenses          60.00
Purchase of 2018 AIS Calenders                 50.00
October bill paid to Fred Frey - sale posters  43.50
November bills paid per list below            785.00
 Expenses Total                              $938.50

November 22, 2017 balance                    $386.58

Expenses Listing : Carol Addeo - Miscellaneous Rhizome Sale expense $14.18: Ron Dowell for Lawn Mowing at Fort garden in 2017 - $325.00; Elizabeth Gustafson – for purchase of 6 each 6ft vinyl folding tables at Costco - $239.94; Historical Museum at Fort Missoula – annual Patron level membership for 2018 - $100.00; Historical Museum at Fort Missoula – special gift for use of water and grounds for the garden - $100.00; Carol Addeo – postage for mailing membership requests to members who are infrequent attendees at MIS meetings and functions - $5.88. Total $785.00

2018 MIS memberships will be received at the December Christmas party or can be mailed to me at 3128 Eldora Lane, Missoula, MT 59803. Please let me know of any changes in your information status so I can make these changes prior to printing of the 2018 membership listing.

ADDENDUM: As of December 23, 2017 to the above Values for the Checking Account:

5 Memberships received to date in December 2017 - $55.00

Expenses paid :

To Anita Cervenak: - for publishing the Falls and Standards Newsletter - $100.00

To Billie Gray: - for 2 turkeys she cooked for the Christmas Party - $34.92

Total expenses paid $ 132.92

Thus the revised balance for this account is as follows: $386.58 + 55 = 441.58 less 132.92 = $306.66

Trust every member had a joyous holiday season.

Swede Gustafson, Treasurer


LINE ITEM                  2017 ACTUAL            2018 VALUE
MEDIAN SHOW                       0                  300
MALL SHOW                       613                  700
RHIZOME SALE                    371                  600
FORT GARDEN                     222                  500
FORT WEEDER                     821                 1500
RHIZOME PURCHASES               194                  200
GENERAL EXPENSES                270                  500
NEWSLETTER & PRINTING             0                  300
CONTRIBUTIONS                   200                  200
REGION 11 RVP                   100                  100
WEB SITE                        145                  200
SPECIAL EVENTS                  240                  300
 TOTALS                        3176                 5400

Budget does not include the renovations planned for the garden in 2018 which were discussed during the November 5, 2017, general meeting. The renovations are proposed to begin following the bloom season and begin with building walls around three Dykes beds and adding new soils to these beds. The block work is planned to be completed without too much disturbance to the rhizomes until time to add the new soils. There will be some minor renovations to the big bed by removing the center entry at the south side of the bed to allow a larger plat in this area. Also there will be an outlined area made at the top of the bed using two layers of block about the space. This space will be designated for the newer irises we purchase each season. If there is time during the summer the median garden will be renovated also by removal of the shrubs on the museum side of the garden along with moving the rock wall. An additional walkway is planned within this garden for ease of care and viewing of the median irises. Estimated cost for materials to complete these proposed modifications $5000.00.


Meeting called to order by Betty Ann Gustafson at 7:00 at the home of Judy Blunt. Present at the meeting were Cindy Davis, Swede and Betty Ann Gustafson, Billie Gray, Linda and Jim Sadler, Judy Blunt, Morris and Marie Nyquist, Fred Frey and Carol Addeo.
Swede Gustafson gave the Treasurers Report. $16,884.00 in savings and $538.40 in checking. The treasurers report was accepted pending review.
Swede reported that patron membership is still needed to be paid in the amount of $200.00 to the Fort.
The fort garden water was turned off last week.
Minutes were approved as published.
The Christmas party was announced to be at Billie Gray’s on Sunday, the 3rd of December at 4:30. Turkey dinner pot luck with gift exchange of 12 plus.
Carol Addeo discussed the skipping of January and February meeting. She made a motion to have the meetings be reinstated. Motion passed. She will do the planning for the programs.
May 27 is tentatively set as the date for a garden tour.
May 19th is a tentative date for a median show.
June 2 show at the Mall.
June 6th is the ice cream social.
Billie Gray moved to donate Dolack donated cards and 50.00 to Region 11 basket sent to show chair. Motion passed.

Old business:

Judy Blunt gave a report on Monte Dolack’s cards and the bench.

Carol Addeo moved that the society purchase 6 tables from Costco. Motion passed.
Swede Gustafson presented the budget for 2018.
Cindy Davis moved to accept the budget as presented. Motion passed.
Fort Garden renovation report was given by Swede Gustafson.
It was moved that the two year plan would be accepted as presented by him. Motion passed.
Carol Addeo won the drawing. Meeting was adjourned at 8:35.

Respectfully submitted.
Jim Sadler

Nominated slate of officers:

President: Betty Ann Gustafson
Vice President: Donna Dowell
Secretary: Jim Sadler
Treasurer: Swede Gustafson 
Nominations will be taken from the floor.
Officers will be elected at the January meeting.

RHIZOME WINNERS: Presidential Rhizome winners: Ron Dowell, September; Betty Ann Gustafson, October; and Carol Addeo, November


Saturday, January 6 – Meeting 6:30 p.m. at Fort Missoula, Building T-1. Pot luck supper. Program to be “Growing water lilies without a pond” presented by Gary Clark, about 20 minutes long.
Saturday, February 3 – Meeting 6:30 p.m. at home of Cindy Davis, 929 Cooley St. Call 406-545-8745 for directions. Pot luck supper. Program will be an iris program by Jim Sadler, about 30 minutes long.
Saturday, March 3 – Meeting 6:30 p.m. at Fort Missoula, Building T-1. Pot luck supper. Program will be an iris program, about 30 minutes long.
Saturday, April 7 – Meeting 6:30 p.m. at Fort Missoula, Building T-1. Pot luck supper. Program will be “Floral Arrangements for Home or Show” by Donna Dowell.
Saturday, May 5 – Meeting 6:30 p.m. At Fort Missoula, Building T-1. Pot luck supper. Program will be very informative on June Iris Show, display of iris, tips for arrangements, what judges look for and award structure.
Saturday, May 19 – Date tentative – Median Show
Sunday, May 27 – Date tentative – Tour of Member Gardens – car pooling
Friday, June 1 – Set up for show at Southgate Mall, Penney's Court, 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 2 – Iris Show at Southgate Mall – Staging 6:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Judging begins at 10:00 a.m. Awards dinner at 6:00 p.m. - location to be announced. Take down at 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 6 – Date tentative – 5 p.m. Ice Cream Social and short meeting at Fort Missoula Iris Garden. Bring your lawn chairs.
Saturday, July 7 – Meeting 6:30 p.m. at Fort Missoula Building T-1. Pot luck supper, program to be “Digging and preparation of iris for the sale” by Carol Addeo.
Sunday July 22 – Fort Missoula Iris Garden. Work party digging and cleaning iris for the sale. Time from approximately 7:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monday, July 23 and Tuesday July 24 – Work party at home of Carol Addeo & Al Ledford, 5805 Helena Dr, in Linda Vista, to trim and label iris. Call 406-251-5833 for directions.
Wednesday, July 25 – Work party at Fort Missoula Iris Garden – to be announced
Thursday, July 26 & Friday July 27 – Sort iris on tables and final preparation for sale at home of Carol Addeo & Al Ledford.
Friday, July 27 – 6:00 p.m. - Potluck supper at home of Carol Addeo and Al Ledford including pulled pork sandwiches and potluck goodies.
Saturday, July 28 – Iris Rhizome Sale at Fort Missoula Iris Garden from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs.
Saturday, July 28 – 1:00 p.m. After-sale patio party at home of Billie Gray. Chicken, pizza and drinks provided by the society.
August and September – No meetings
Saturday, October 6 – Meeting at 6:30 p.m. at home of Swede and Betty Ann Gustafson, 3128 Eldora Lane in Linda Vista area. Call 406-251-3526 for directions. Pot luck supper. Program on iris culture and hybridizing.
Saturday, November 3 – Meeting at home of Judy Blunt, 1901 1/2 S. 4th St. W. Call 406-728-0741 for directions. Board meeting & next year planning starts at 5:00 p.m.; all members are welcome. Pot luck supper at 6:30 p.m. followed by the regular membership meeting.
Sunday, December 2 – 4:30 p.m. (Date tentative) Christmas turkey dinner and potluck goodies, followed by gift exchange at the home of Billie Gray, 1558 S. 6th St West. Call 406-543-3480 for directions.

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