May 2015

MEETING TIME: Saturday, May 2, 6:60 pm for potluck dinner,

MEETING PLACE: Home of Gary Clark and Steve Hesla, 2275 Sunlite Lane

PROGRAM: None planned.


Please note that two dates have been changed from the ones originally announced:

The Iris Show will be on Saturday, June 6, at Southgate Mall.

The Ice Cream Social will be on Wednesday, June 10, at 5 pm.

It was agreed that with all this going on, there was no need to have a regular monthly meeting in June.



Increased by $0.68 in interest during the month so the present

balance as of April 25, 2015 is $13,859.29.


March 31, 2015, reported Balance $590.66

                    Expenses Paid 427.78

April 25, 2015           Balance $172.88

Expenses paid were to: Elizabeth Gustafson - $26.88 for miscellaneous purchases during
March and April - Sunshine flowers for Donna Dowell, book of stamps to mail membership
lists to members, and printing of the same membership lists; Rocky Top Gardens - $150.90
for the purchase of iris rhizomes for the Fort Iris Garden; Mid-America Gardens – $250.00

for purchase of rhizomes for the Fort Iris Garden.


Missoula Iris Society meeting was held at Gustafsons’. There were 10 people present.
Minutes of the previous meeting and the treasurer's report were accepted as printed in the newsletter.


Show Report
: The date of the annual iris show has been changed to June 6. With the rate of growth due to weather conditions it was felt that June 20 would be too late to hold the iris show. A head judge needs to be appointed. Ed Verplancke volunteered to print the show schedules, Fred Frey will check on printing posters, Gary Clark will contact Paradise Falls for a banquet, Donna Dowell will make up the blue and red award ribbons, and Anita Cervenak will iron the table cloths.

Garden Judging Class:
Jim Sadler will be contacted about a date for a garden judging class.

:Ed Verplancke has looked through the society's picture albums for a picture of Alverta Symes to send with an article for the Iris Bulletin. It looks like Alverta was very good at avoiding pictures because we cannot find a good picture. Donna Dowell is going to go through her pictures from when she maintained the albums and see if she might have one.

Fort Gardens:
Ed Verplancke reported we have lost 47 varieties of iris including 6 Dykes winners at the fort. We have lost Silverado and Sky Watch again. It was decided to put a picture in the Kiosk of those Dykes Medal winners who will not survive at the Fort rather than replace them. Ed will order replacement iris for some of the losses from the Mid-America Garden and the Rocky Top Garden Iris Catalogs. The members present approved this decision.
April 19 at 10:00 AM, May 17 at 10:00 AM, and June 14 at 10:00 AM. No work party on June 17. We will ask the young man whom we have hired to help us weed, to be there for the April 19 work party. We will get to meet him and discuss weeding duties.

BIBLER GARDEN TOUR (Kalispell): May 7
Sponsored by the 5 Valleys Dahlia and Glad Society. Cost is $10.00. We will carpool. Please call Gary Clark, 728-7633, for details and to reserve your spot. The gardens are only open for private tours. We will see many beautiful spring flowers.

, Fort Missoula Iris Garden at 5:00 PM. Home made ice cream by Judy Blunt. Yum!

NEWSLETTER: June issue will come out by May 15. Please get information in early.

Roger Muir: April rhizome winner.

Minutes submitted by Betty Ann Gustafson

Carol Addeo has reserved the meetings at Building T-1 next to Heritage Hall at Fort Missoula with Matt Lautzenheiser, Director of the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula. One date November 7, 2015 was not available so we need a host home for that date. Meeting locations and dates are as follows:

Meeting locations 2015:

Saturday, May 2, 6:30 Home of Gary Clark & Steve Hesla-Pot luck
Sunday May 17, 10 am Work Party at Fort Gardens (tentative date)
Monday May 18-Sunday May 24 – AIS Convention
Saturday, CANCELLED - May 30 –8 am – 2 pm MIS median show at Fort Missoula Bldg T-1
Saturday June 6th – Iris show at Southgate Mall (firm date)
Sunday June 7 – 10:00 am Work Party at fort gardens (tentative date)
Wednesday, June 10 – 5:00 pm – Ice Cream Social at Fort Missoula (new firm date)
Saturday, July 11 –6:30 Meeting at Fort Missoula Bldg T-1-Pot luck, host needed
Sunday July 19 – 8 am Work Party at Fort Missoula digging, trimming
Monday July 20 – Work Party labeling iris at home of Carol Addeo
Thursday July 23 – Work Party sorting iris at Carol Addeo’s
Friday, July 24 – Work Party sorting, loading iris, then supper at 5:00 pm at home of Carol Addeo
Saturday July 25 – 8 am – 1:00 pm – Iris Rhizome Sale at Fort Missoula
Saturday July 25 – 1:00 pm. – After sale party at home of Billy Gray
August No Meeting
Sunday August 2 – Work party at Fort Missoula to replant rhizomes or
Sunday, August 9 – (tentative dates)
Saturday September 12 – 6:30 meeting at Fort Missoula Bldg T-1, host needed
Saturday October 3 – 6:30 Meeting at Fort Missoula Bldg T-1, host needed
Sunday October 4 – 10 am Work Party at fort gardens “putting the beds to bed”
Saturday November 7, 4:30 pm –Location needed for board meeting, regular meeting & potluck supper
Saturday or Sunday, December 5 or 6 4:30 pm for Christmas party and turkey dinner and potluck at home of Billie Gray (tentative date)

Presidential Rhizomes:

Betty Ann Gustafson, September

Ed Verplancke – October

Gary Clark - November

Swede Gustafson - December

Donna Dowell – January Carolyn Addeo

Linda Sadler - February

Judy Blunt – March

Roger Muir - April

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