|THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE MISSOULA IRIS SOCIETY
TIME: Saturday May 3,
2014 at 6:30 p.m. for potluck supper. Host is Fred
Meeting location at
1760 Frey Lane. Call 406-529-6683 or 549-0530 for directions.
Jim Sadler will give a demonstration on the elements of floral
arrangements. Plans for the iris show at the mall will be
LOCATIONS: Judy Blunt hosts the May 31st meeting.
No meeting in June. Bob and Alverta Symes host the July 12th
meeting. A host is still needed for the November 1 meeting at
Show will be Saturday, June 7th at Southgate Mall in
Penny’s Court. Show chair persons are Cindy Davis 544-8745 and
Gary Clark 728-7633.
Rhizome Sale will be Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Ft Missoula Iris
Gardens. Chairperson is Carol Addeo, 251-5833.
VIOLETTE IS HOME!
Ann is in good spirits and very happy to be
home. There are many adjustments and new challenges for her. It
will all take time, but she is facing every new challenge well.
She gives her best to all of us as
we do her.
REPORT FOR APRIL 2014
are as of April 24, 2014
was no activity in the account during the month so the values
remain the same as reported in the April Newsletter.
Ending Balance $9,771.19
deposit was a membership for Scott Burns-Drake for 2014.
Rocky Top Gardens - Presidential Rhizomes - $198.6
Judy Blunt - PREEN weed chemical - 22.95
IRIS SOCIETY MINUTES
Missoula Iris Society meeting of April 5, 2014 was called to
order at 7:20 p.m. by President Ed at the home of Betty Ann and
Swede Gustafson. The minutes and the treasurer’s report which
appeared in the March newsletter were approved as printed.
Show Report: Cindy Davis reported that our iris show for
June 7, 2014 with the theme European Experiences has been
approved by the American Iris Society. The historic iris are now
dated prior to 1985.
show banquet will be held at Paradise Falls just after 5:30 p.m.
on June 7th. Meals can be ordered from the regular
menu with many good choices under $10. The guest judge Brad
Kasperek from Zebra Gardens in Elwood, Utah raises a lot of
spurias and broken colors.
Affiliation: Swede reported that our affiliation fee cost
$25 this year, an extra $10. This now allows us to have an
Report: Ann Violette is recovering and undergoing physical
therapy and will continue as the Regional Vice President.
Museum at Fort Missoula: Bob Brown announced his retirement
as of Saturday, April 12 and thanked everyone for 23 years of
cooperation. He commented that the iris gardens at Fort Missoula
is a gem to the grounds and has provided a lot of wedding income
over the years. He invited everyone to a reception on his final
day on the job at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula on
Saturday April 12 in conjunction with the exhibit opening of
“Growing the Garden City, Missoula’s First 50 years”. The
reception is set for 1 to 4 p.m. Everyone is also invited to a
formal going away party which will be held on Tuesday May 13,
2014 in the trolley barn from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.
successor, Matt Lautzenheiser from Dayton, Ohio, will arrive on
July 1, 2013. In the meantime Carolyn Thompson, Assistant
Director, will become acting director in the interim. The new
position will be re-defined with emphasis on fund raising.
Carolyn Thompson will include management of the grounds and the
wedding reservations in her duties.
Book: Donna Dowell reported that she has been working on a
historical book for the year, but Memory Makers, the publisher of
the previous books, has gone out of business. Keeping a physical
scrapbook was discussed vs more modern electronic methods such as
our website or FaceBook accounts. Comments included “scrapbook
is only seen by one person”… “people nowadays go to the
internet for information on a group” and “we need to learn
the modern methods and get our heads out of the sand”... “an
effort should be made to get pictures on our website or our
FaceBook page”…and suggestion of using a power point
presentation…and suggestion that “whoever handles website
should also do the info and pictures on the website.” Pete
Addeo had started a FaceBook account for MIS but passwords are
unknown to access the FaceBook account. Carol offered to try to
find the password. Donna requested information on Pete Addeo for
her history files.
Name: Swede mentioned that the domain name missoulairis.com
for our website will expire in October and a $12 fee will be due.
He has the phone number for the contact company. Discussion
followed of who owns the domain name.
Cream Social: Judy Blunt mentioned that we need to set a
date for the ice cream social. She was told to just set an
evening date convenient for her and let us know at the next
meeting. She will be out of town June 18, 2014.
Garden Spring Work Report: Judy has been working many hours
and hauled 22 bags of garbage, leaves, and grass. She said grass
is easy to pull but beds are now in fairly good condition. Any
remaining weeds are pretty visible for anyone who can donate a
little pulling labor at the garden.
kiosk plexi glass needs to be replaced as it has hard water
deposits on it. Bob Symes will replace plexi glass.
Richlie funeral: Betty Ann reported that our society spent
$55 toward a memorial donation for Hazel Richlie, a former
long-time member. The society provided fruit for the reception.
meeting will be at home of Fred Frey. Jim Sadler will do a 15
minute arrangement presentation.
meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
Tribute to Bob Brown
sincere thanks the Missoula Iris Society extends our sincere
gratitude to Dr. Bob Brown for all the assistance, guidance, and
courtesies extended to our Society during his 23 years of tenure
Fort Missoula Historical Museum Director. He certainly
made the Museum and the surrounding grounds a wonderful venue to
visit and our Gardens a place of beauty. We want to wish him all
the best upon his retirement and also to his wife Claudia as they
prepare for a new chapter in their lives.
Rhizome Winner Tally: August Betty Ann Gustafson, September Bob
Symes, October Ed Verplancke, November Donna Dowell, December
Carol Barbian, January Cindy Davis, February Jim Sadler, March
Linda Sadler, April Roger Muir
11 Carol Addeo,
1 Eagles Lodge, Donna and Ron Dowell
8 Gary Clark, Steve Hesla (Meeting skipped due to bad weather)
5 Swede and Betty Ann Gustafson
3 Fred Frey
31 (June) Judy Blunt
12 - Bob and Alverta Symes
at Eagles Lodge, hosts Ed and Anita (reserved)
4 – Gary Clark & Steve Hesla
1 – Eagles Lodge – host needed (reserved)