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Missoula Iris Society Newsletter - November 2006

Here is the "new" renamed newsletter.  The newsletter page is redone and we are now official. Thanks to Fred for the wonderful list of names and ideas to choose from. You all have chosen this name and we all owe a round of applause to both Fred and ourselves.

It's getting close to the end of the year and there will be some nice changes coming. Our annual Christmas party is near at hand and we hope that all of you can attend as we have sooooo much fun and sooo much food to enjoy.

Pete Addeo,
Webmaster & President
Missoula Iris Society
DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 4, 2006 at 6:30pm with potluck dinner
PLACE:  Home of Gary Clark.  Call 728-7633  for directions. 
PROGRAM: No word on a program at this time.
Nominating  Committee:  Nominations for officers are as follows:

   President - Elinor Utech
   Vice President - Fred Frey
   Secretary - Zona Lindemann
   Treasurer - Pete Addeo

Elections will take place at the next meeting.  You must be present to vote.  Additional nominations are welcome.
MIS Board Meeting - The 2007 budget meeting of MIS will be held on Sunday, November 5, 2006 at the home of Swede and Betty Ann Gustafson beginning at 2:00 p.m.  All members are welcome to attend; attendance by the officers is mandatory.
ATTENTION NEW MEMBERS:  We have a nice informational packet to give you which includes a membership list, a discount coupon from Marchies Nursery and lots of great growing tips on iris, plus all the important events of our society.  Come to the meeting to receive your packet, but if you can't come, call or e mail Carol Addeo and we'll mail it to you.  Her e mail is carolyn@montana.com or call 251-5833.
Sale Card File Work Party - Card file get together on Nov. 11 at Cleo Swanson's at 1 pm.   Please come and help get card file in shape.

December Christmas Party - The Christmas Party this year will be held at the home of Billie Gray on Sunday,  December 3 beginning at 4:00 p.m.   Everyone be hunting for that special garden related gift valued at up to $12.00 for the fun gift exchange and annual gift steal, trade and hide.
Rose Mary Baier - Everyone say a prayer for a quick recovery  for Rose Mary.  She and Ken returned from   Seattle and now Rose Mary is undergoing chemotherapy. 

Sympathy Note:  Lynn Weger's mother, Hertha O. Weger, passed away suddenly but peacefully  on Sunday, October 22, at Community Hospital.  She was here visiting Lynn from her home in Seven Hills, Ohio. Herta Weger, 86,  was born and raised in Ohio. She is survived by her daughter Lynn and son and daughter-in-law, Robert M. and Darlene G.

It's Their Birthday!!....Let's Give 'Em a Cheer!!!
Happy day to Donna Dowell - November 3rd; Steve Hesla - November 6th; Pat Ryan - November 14th; Mary Ellen Davis - November 1st; Kalli Rose Wurth - November 10th; Elinor Utech - November 21st.  Have a happy birthday and all the good wishes and cheers that go along.
Meeting Locations and Activities for the rest of  2006:
      November 4th - Meeting at Gary Clark's
      Sunday December 3 - Christmas party and gift exchange. Home of Billie Gray.
Treasurer's Report from Swede Gustafson:
Club Operations Account  Balance September 30          $2615.78                                                        October deposits                                                                          9.00
                                                        Total                                 2624.78      
October expenses                                                                    600.00
                October 31 Balance                                            $2024.78

Expenses:   Transfer to checking -                                       $300.00
                     Transfer to Building Fund -                               $300.00                                       
                     (to pay off the loan in 2005 for the sprinkler system upgrade)

                 Account Summary:
                        Club Operations                 $2024.78
                        Judges Fund                           375.43
                        Memorial Fund                       301.92
                        Building Fund                          865.47
                        2006 Rhizome Sale             3001.00
                        2006 Interest Income               11.70
                                 Total balance            $6580.30

                      September 30 Balance       $ 471.05
                       October deposits                   715.00
                                    Total                         1186.05
                       October expenses                 499.44
                       October 31 Balance          $  686.61

                       Deposits - Transfer from Savings Account - $300.00,  Rhizome Sale - $5.00,  
                       Missoula County Refund check  for the Club's history book  printing fees - $410.00
                       Expenses- Billie Gray - Fort Garden iris purchase from Suttons Iris Garden - $229.20,
                       Carol Addeo - Gravel cost to lay bedding for the block walls - $15.00, for purchase 
                       of landscaping blocks around the siberian bed,  Marchies Nursery - for
                       purchase of lawn edging materials - $83.84.
Minutes of the Missoula Iris Society Meeting, Saturday, October 7, 2006

The meeting was called to order by  President Pete Addeo at 7:35  p.m. at the home of Alayne Hilditch.

Minutes - The minutes of the September 16, 2006 meeting were approved as they appeared in the October newsletter.

Treasurers Report  was read by President Pete in the absence of the treasurer:
   Savings Account as of August 31                       $6,867.55      
   Checking Account Balance as of August 31        $613.86
       Check to Swede Gustafson                                $142.80
               Total                                                              $471.05

Check paid was to pay for new concrete landscaping blocks along the north face of the area where the benches are placed.  The existing blocks were moved over to the edging around the Siberian bed.


Historical Grant Received - Carol reported that the grant from the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula has been received in the amount of $410.00.  These funds will reimburse MIS for the cost of publishing the historical booklet, "Fifty years of iris growing, 25 years of iris showing".

Officer nominations for 2007 - The nominating committee announced the following nominations:
   President:    Eleanor Utech
   Vice President:    Fred Frey
   Secretary:    Zona Lindemann
   Treasurer:    Pete Addeo

The vote will take place at the November meeting. 
Fort Gardens Report - Billie Gray reports that the Fort Gardens are at rest.  No hard frost yet, but annuals will be removed after the hard frost.  The Spuria bed is done.  Plants at the base of the arbor are planted.  Thank you to everyone who helped.  There is some soil left in a pile across the road under the tree; it is free to pick up, but do not plant iris in it.  Pete also thanked the 11 or 12 members who helped at the September work party.  It was a good turnout and a lot was accomplished. 

Sale card file:  Alverta only has two lists of members iris.  She needs lists of iris from everyone.

NEW MEMBERS ATTENDED: Welcome back to Pat Redler, who re-joined after a long absence.


AIS Library - Alverta reminded us that AIS has a library and they want copies of our newsletters.  Information is in the October AIS Bulletin.  Carol will mail a copy of our historical booklet to the library.

Web Site - Pete announced that there is now a section on our web site for an introduction to prospective new members.  Some members did not receive the e mailed newsletter.  Pete will check on that.

RVP - Ann Violette's term as the Regional Vice President for Region 11 is about to expire.  She sent an e mail requesting that we support Jayme Adams of Idaho as the next RVP.  A motion was presented by Zona Lindemann, seconded by Linda Sadler and passed that we support Jayme Adams as the next Region 11 Vice President.  Carol will sent a notice of support to Ann Violette by e mail.

Card File Research - Alverta mentioned that Lauri Swanson has offered to go online in search of iris pictures/photographs for our card file.  Alverta requested we purchase the color ink cartridge and a ream of paper for her.  Pete offered to get the cartridge at a wholesale price if someone will tell him the printer name and number.  A motion was made by Ron Dunn, seconded by Linda Sadler and passed to approve this purchase.

Christmas Party - The annual Christmas party. gift exchange (and gift steal) will be held at Billie Gray's home on Sunday afternoon, December 3, 2006 beginning at 4:00 p.m.  Billie will provide the turkey, Symes will be back-up on the turkey if needed, everyone should do the usual potluck thing, and bring your own bottle (BYOB) if you want a toddy.  The gift purchase is to be garden related and one gift per person at a maximum price of $12.00.  The traditional pick and take gift game was explained to the new members.

Budget Board Meeting - The budget for 2007 will be proposed at a board meeting on Sunday, November 5, 2006 at the home of Swede and Betty Ann Gustafson a 2:00 p.m.  All members who are interested are invited to attend.

Auditing Committee - The audit committee was set as Bob Symes, Alverta Symes, and Zona Lindemann; the audit is to take place in December prior to the January meeting.

Falls and Standards - We had a lot of fun with the newsletter naming contest.  Fred Frey came prepared with a board and a lot of suggestions.  Some great names were suggested, including Rhizome Rose, Rhizonian, The Iris News, From the Eye of the Iris.  The final choice by a process of voting elimination was Falls and Standards.

Mentor a new member - A discussion on the absence of many new members.  Anyone who encouraged someone to join should contact them and invite  them to attend the meetings.  Mentor them and let them know what fun they are missing.

Card File Work Party - A work party will be held in November.  Alverta will put the date and location  in the next newsletter.

Presidential Rhizome  Steve Hesla won the Presidential Rhizome  for October.

The meeting adjourned at 8:24 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Carolyn Addeo