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THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE MISSOULA IRIS SOCIETY

June 2017

IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP:

The IRIS SHOW will be on Saturday, June 3, at Southgate Mall. The theme is “Postcards from Montana”. Call Judy Blunt for more information: 406-728-0741.

And don’t miss the ICE CREAM SOCIAL at the Fort garden on Wednesday, June 7, at 5 p.m.

The next regular meeting will be July 8.


TREASURER'S REPORT: as of May 25, 2017


SAVINGS ACCOUNT:

January 1, 2017 Balance $ 14637.93

Interest income to date       0.96

Transfer to checking       1000.00

Current Balance         $ 13638.89


CHECKING ACCOUNT:

April 27, 2017 Balance    $ 464.09

Deposits                   1020.00

Expenses Paid               336.46

Current Balance            1147.63


Deposits were: Transfer from the Savings Account to pay for upcoming expenses $1000.00; Membership dues paid from the Nyquists who joined at the May meeting $20.00.

Expenses paid were: To Judy Blunt - $114.46 for printing of show brochures, etc for the upcoming shows; to Ronda Leno $222.00 for the weeding of the Ft. Garden.

Ronda is catching up on the garden weeding as the rain and cold weather have delayed getting out in the gardens. Additionally, the Nyquists have graciously worked in the gardens also. I started the watering system on May 23 and noted the system is working fine except for one spray head which will need some attention. The flowers in the Median bed are attracting a lot of visitors, the daffodils in the big bed were outstanding this Spring, and the taller irises are beginning to show their displays. Take a few moments from your busy day and visit the garden and even pull a weed or three or more.

Respectfully submitted.

Swede Gustafson, Treasurer


MINUTES OF THE MISSOULA IRIS SOCIETY OF APRIL 1, 2017


Meeting called to order by President, Donna Dowell.

MINUTES of the last meeting approved as written.

TREASURER'S REPORT: $464.09 balance in the checking account as printed in the May newsletter. Treasurer's report was approved.

OLD BUSINESS: Discussion regarding the renovation of the Fort Iris Garden planned for this summer. Swede presented an updated version, however, the new design is still in the planning stages.

Discussion on only keeping the 10 recent years of Dykes winners in the various beds. The Dykes bed would go away.

Swede checked on the price of blocks at both Lowe's and Mutual Materials. Preliminary cost estimated to be around $2500.00 for enough blocks to form the new design of the beds.

Billie Gray offered to help with the planning stages.

Discussion held about finding someone to do the labor for the new design of the garden.

Swede asked if anyone could help him with the overall project. Please let him know.

Swede will contact the Fort Director, Matt, and let him know what we are planning. Any changes will have to be approved by the Fort.

JANUARY AND FEBRUARY MEETINGS: Meetings will not be held during these months next year per vote at the meeting. The weather is challenging and there is not much business at this time.

MEDIAN SHOW: May 20 at Judy Blunt's home.

SOUTHGATE MALL SHOW: June 3 at JC Penny Court, Southgate Mall.

NEW BUSINESS: Prairie Sisters held their Vintage Market today. Swede spoke to Carolyn, Fort Museum event planner, to make sure they did not put their tents right up against the garden. No damage this year.

JUDGES: Review your hours and complete your symposium ballots while the iris are blooming. Roger Muir is the judges chairman. Contact Roger if you have questions.

SYMPOSIUM BALLOTS: AIS members also need to complete their ballots as iris bloom.

NEW MEMBERS: Morris and Marie Nyquist. We welcome them to our society.

RIZOME WINNER: Ronda Leno

Meeting adjourned.

Minutes submitted by Betty Ann Gustafson, acting secretary.


Presidential Rhizome winners: September Donna Dowell, October Swede Gustafson, November Fred Frey, December Anita Cervenak, January Betty Ann Gustafson, February Ron Dowell, March Cindy Davis, April Gary Clark, May Ronda Leno.

Check out our websites: 
http://www.missoulairis.com  and www.sites.google.com/site/irismissoula.