JUNE 2015

MEETING TIME: There will be no formal meeting in June due to the many other activities:

- 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 at the Fort Garden.

And don’t forget – work party at the iris garden on Sunday, May 17, 10.00 am.

(Yes, May – the newsletter is going out really early this month due to vacation time.)


A correction to the address list – Joyce spells her last name with an e in it – Zamelis.


The SAVINGS ACCOUNT decreased for this month as I transferred $1,000 to the checking account in order to pay expenses for the upcoming show and the purchase of rhizomes for the Fort Garden and the monthly Prezidentials drawings at the meetings. Thus the new balance for May is $12,859.29


Note: I made a mathematical error on the April Statement regarding the reported balance which should have read $162.88. Please accept my apology.

April 25, 2015

Balance as corrected: $   162.88

Transferred In funds     1000.00

Expenses Paid             145.98

May 11, 2015

Balance               $  1016.90

Expenses paid since April 25: Carol Addeo – $ 23.99 - for plants to place in the Fort Garden beds; Blue J Iris Gardens - $67.00 – for iris rhizomes for the Fort Gardens; Betty Ann Gustafson - $14.99 – for a Sunshine floral gift to Dorthy Alcaraz; and to Fred Frey - $40.00 for printing of posters to advertise the show and rhizome sale. Total expenses $145.98

Respectfully Submited,
Swede Gustafson, Treasurer


Missoula Iris Society meeting was called to order by President Donna Dowell at 7:10 p.m. at the home of Gary Clark.  There were 10 members 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 is June 6.

Gary Clark reported that there is a good supply of ribbons and white tags in our storage shed so we don’t need to make more.  The tablecloths have been ironed by Anita Cervenak and are back in the storage shed.  The head judge is Cindy Davis; clerks are needed.

The schedule will be mailed to judges and participants by Jim Sadler.  Design category cards need to be typed; Jim will do it.  Swede will haul containers from the shed; cold water will be needed.

Set up will be Friday June 5 at 7 p.m. in Penney’s Court. Show flower preparation will begin Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m.  Judging begins at 10:00 a.m.  Take-down will be at 8:00 p.m.  A brief reminder of liability; all spills should be promptly wiped up.

Publicity Report: Publicity Chair Fred Frey passed out posters for the show and for the rhizome sale on July 25.  He had 50 posters printed at Mike’s Print Shop (formerly Denny’s).  Posters will be put out two weeks before each event.  Carol will place two at the kiosk at Ft Missoula.

Garden Judging Class:  Jim Sadler will lead a garden judging class for MIS judges on Monday May 11 at 5:00 p.m. at Fort Missoula gardens.  Jim will contact Lynn Weger by e mail.

Bibler Garden Tour (Kalispell):  May 7 sponsored by the 5 Valleys Dahlia and Glad Society. Cost is $10.00. For carpooling, meet at Target parking lot on No. Reserve at 10:00 a.m.  Tour begins at 1 p.m. Gary Clark is the coordinator.


Fort Garden Work Parties: Next work party at Ft Missoula garden is Sunday May 17 at 10:00 AM, another June 14 at 10:00 AM.

Sunshine Report:  Carol thanked the society and Betty Ann Gustafson on behalf of her mother Dorothy Alcaraz for the potted azalea plant.  Dorothy has been ill for several weeks, but now seems to be recovering. 

Deer Out:  Carol reported that Deer Out spray does work to deter deer damage; even tulips have survived to bloom.  Deer Out can be purchased at the Ace Garden Center and holds up well even after rain fall.  Some members suggested a concoction of oil, cloves and Tabasco.

Fort Gardens:  Swede reported that while he was working in the gardens cleaning the Siberian beds, many people passed through and praised the MIS members for keeping our gardens going at Ft Missoula.  The volunteer signup sheets are now available, with a few minor changes.

Presidential Rhizome winnerMay winner is Fred Frey

The meeting was adjourned at 7:55 p.m.

 Respectfully submitted,

 Carol Addeo, Secretary

Meeting locations 2015:

Sunday May 17, 10 am Work Party at Fort Gardens (tentative date)
Monday May 18-Sunday May 24 – AIS Convention
Saturday June 6th-No Meeting due to show
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

Fred Frey - May

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