Official Newsletter of the Missoula Iris Society
NEXT MEETING: Saturday, July 8, 6:30 – Meeting at Fort Missoula Bldg T-1 – Pot luck supper. No host so please bring your own beverage.
Iris marker labels will be available at the meeting for those digging for the sale.
Agenda: Discussion and plans for upcoming sale, pricing of rhizomes, cashier volunteers needed..
Program after meeting: Carol Addeo will present a demonstration for new members on how to dig, clean, trim and label iris for the sale. Guidelines for marking different varieties, bundling, packaging, etc. Good time for new members to ask questions.
Next event: Our annual IRIS SALE at the Fort Garden on Saturday, July 29, 2017
Our annual ICE CREAM SOCIAL (the best-attended event of the year) was held at the Fort Gardens on June 7. As usual, Judy’s excellent home-made ice cream was much appreciated. Thank you, Judy!
Since there was no formal meeting this month, Carol Addeo gave a short overview of the procedure for the sale. See below for the details.
TREASURER'S REPORT: as of June 19, 2017
May 25, 2017 Balance $ 1147.63
Deposits Made 123.00
Expenses Paid 690.20
Current Balance $ 580.43
Made: - Remainder of cash withdrawn for show workers’ lunch money -
received from 1 renewal and 4 new members - $50.00; Receipts from
the sale of Delane Langton supplied rhizomes sold at the show -
$6.00. Total of 123.00.
Expenses Paid: - Cash withdrawn from bank to pay $7.00 to each member who worked to set up, judge the irises; or take down the show, (11 people participated for $77.00); Paid Ronda Leno for weeding at the Fort Missoula Iris Garden - $114.00; Paid Judy Blunt $250.00 for the J C Penny Court space for the Iris Show and $82.20 expenses for the ice cream social items on June 7 = $332.20; and Elizabeth Gustafson for reimbursement to pay Wendy Christman for also weeding at the Fort Missoula Garden. Total Expenses = 690.20.
Erling Gustafson, Treasurer
The Missoula Iris Society received membership dues paid during the show from:
JOYCE ZAMELIS renewal from June 2017 thru May 2018 and a new membership from: Charlotte Bowen 530-351-1331 email@example.com
Three (3) new memberships have been received via mail since the show via the placement of forms on the show tables. These new members are:
HEIDI FANSLOW 529 Evan Kelly Road Missoula, MT 59802 406-360-6124 firstname.lastname@example.org
MICHAEL YOUNG 529 Evan Kelly Road Missoula, MT 59802 406-370-1734 email@example.com
Monte Dolack, Betty Ann and I [Swede Gustafson] met at the Fort Garden this morning, June 19, to discuss the placement of the bench he will be giving to the Iris Society Gardens in memory of Mary Beth Percival as per the messages which went out to the membership last week. The bench gift was approved by the Board of Directors as Mary Beth’s memorial service will be on July 29 and he wished to have the bench made and in place by this date. Thus the meeting today at 11:30 am.
The gift will be a 4 foot harp bench which does not have a back ( much like a piano bench), thus persons can sit on the bench and view the gardens from either direction. Monte mentioned that following the memorial service patrons attending may be coming to the garden to view the bench and visit the garden. Betty Ann and I were pleased with the choice and look forward to its placement. We will have to do some cleaning of the patio surrounding the shade tree where the bench will be placed as there are weeds and tree debris about the patio. I did mention to Monte we were planning on enlarging the patio and renovating the gardens to which he was agreeable. We will have to ensure the bench is anchored to the patio so it does not get wheels and be moved to other areas of the Fort Museum Grounds or to some other location outside the Fort.
The Missoula Iris Society’s 2017 show was held on June 3, in the J.C. Penney Court at the Southgate Mall, with 94 horticultural entries, 10 designs and 8 irises on the people’s choice table. Thank you to judges Lynn Weger, Gary Clark, Donna Dowell, Cindy Davis and James Sadler, who stepped in to judge the design category. Swede Gustafson and Ron Dowell spearheaded the set up/take down chores, rallying everyone to great effort and good cheer. Betty Ann Gustafson provided moral support, timely advice and about half the work for the Show Chair, Judy Blunt. It was a high volume day at the Mall, with a lot of visitors and we received many great comments and inquiries. Here’s the results:
The People’s Choice cup collected 68 votes, and that award went to Swede Gustafson’s “Calgary” with 22 votes.
Best of Show: Gary Clark “Concertina” [also Best Median, Best IB, Best Other than TB]
First Runner-up: Swede Gustafson “Pleasures of May” [also Best Siberian]
Best Novice Exhibit: Carol Addeo [I didn’t get the name of this one]
Best Design: Judy Blunt “On Heavens Peak”
Best Tall Bearded: Swede Gustafson “Artist’s Palette”
Best MTB: Lynn Weger “Enriched”
Best Arilbred: Fred Frey “Bagdad’s Folly”
Best Space Age: Judy Blunt “Hook”
Best Varigata: Fred Frey “Big Hat No Cows”
Best Plicata: Judy Blunt “Class Ring” [also Best Red]
Best Historic: Gary Clark “Stepping Out”
Best Species: Gary Clark’s I. Sanguina “Kamayama” [also Best Purple]
Best Border Bearded: Judy Blunt “Blackbeard” [also Best Blue]
Best Neglecta: Gary Clark “Proud Tradition”
Best Amoena: Gary Clark “Ride the Wind
Best Bi-tone: Judy Blunt “Table for Two”
Best Rimmed or Banded: Gary Clark “I’ve got Rhythm”
Best Blend: Gary Clark “Competitive Edge”
Best Bi-Color: Gary Clark “Stepping Out”
Best Black: Judy Blunt “Black Suited”
Best Yellow: Fred Frey “Sunshine Lady”
Best Lavender: Gary Clark “Classy Chassey”
Best Orange: Judy Blunt “Octoberfest”
Best Pink: Donna Dowell “Pink Poodle”
Best Brown Tone: Gary Clark “Torero”
Best White: Dave Duinford “Cup Race”
Silver to Judy Blunt, with 20 blues and 4 reds
Bronze to Swede Gustafson, with 14 blues and 3 reds
Design Sweepstakes: Judy Blunt
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.
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