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Missoula Iris Society Newsletter - November 2007



Here is the November newsletter. Ol’ man winter is gaining ground on us and he’s bringing the cold with him. The trees are going to sleep, the gardens are bare and I only have 4,544,333,274 leaves to pick up. God, I love this time of year.

Pete Addeo,

Missoula Iris Society



DATE & TIME: Sat, November 3rd, Potluck supper begins at 6:30 pm.  Meeting begins around 8:00 pm
PLACE:   Home of Honk Meyer 2532 Highwood Dr in South Hills.  Call 251-5800 for directions.

PROGRAM:  The topic for the November meeting program is centered on using raised beds.  Our speaker, Allen Hay, a local high school teacher, presents a Spring class at the Emily Dickinson Adult Education Center on growing vegetables in raised beds.  Expect a 30 minute workshop on constructing raised beds and the advantages of using them in your garden. 




MEMBERSHIP DUES: Membership dues time again. Please pay your dues before the end of the year. It makes everything soooo much easier on the bookkeeping. See Pete at the meeting or just mail your dues to him. It really is quite simple. Thanks.


Condolences go out to Leona Wyckoff.  Her mother, Florence Aagathe Ellingson Brevik, 86,  passed away  on October 17, 2007 at The Springs.


The annual MIS Christmas Party will be held at Billie Gray's home on Sunday December 2 beginning at 1:00 p.m.  We will eat at 2:00 p.m., which is earlier than in the past, so that members can enjoy the gift exchange and not be kept out too late.  Start searching for your $10 gift for the exchange if you haven't already.


It's Their Birthday!!....Let's Give 'Em a Cheer!!!

Happy day and lots of hugs & kisses to Donna Dowell, November 3rd; Steve Hesla, November 6th; Pat Ryan, November 14th: Eleanor Utech, November 21st; Doris Willis, November 9th; and Kalli Rose Wurth, November 10th.


Treasurer's Report from Pete Addeo: Month of October 2007


        Club Savings Account CD                         
                Balance October 30                    


       Club Savings Account                             
                Balance September 30                       

                         Interest Earned thru 10/30             

                Balance October 30                         


         September Balance                                    
          October Deposits              

                          Total Deposits                  


          Expenses Paid – October 2007

                 Paw Paw Label Co.

                 Billie Gray

                          Balance – October 30  






















Minutes of the Missoula Iris Society Meeting:  October 6, 2007


The meeting was called to order by President Elinor Utech.  The minutes were accepted as read.  The treasurer’s report was accepted as printed in the Falls and Standards.


A nominating committee consisting of Ronn Dunn, Fred Frey, and Alverta Symes was appointed.  They are to present a slate of candidates at the November meeting.  Candidates from the floor can be added at that time.  Election of officers will take place at the January, 2008 meeting.


An audit committee was formed.  The members are Bob and Alverta Symes and Honk Meyer.  The audit is to be completed by December 31, 2007.



   Fort:  It was noted that the deer have been helping to put the gardens to bed.  They have pruned the roses.

            A work party to put the gardens to bed for the winter has been set up for Sunday, October 14, 2007, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

            The Society’s appreciation was extended to Honk Meyer for his 22 hours of work in the gardens during August. Thanks were also extended to Ed and Anita Verplancke for all the hours they also have put in.

            Billie Gray reported that the pavers planned for under the benches run from $3.65 to $3.95 per square foot.  She did not have a price for the engraving that would be done on some of the pavers.  She will have the engraving cost for the November meeting.  Because of the estimated cost to cover the area under the benches, it will be necessary to do the installation in stages.


   Shed:  Pete Addeo reported that the architect is almost finished with the blueprints.  We are not allowed to begin erecting the shed until the blueprint has been turned in to the county and permits obtained.  Also because the building will be part of a historical site, the shed must match the style of the existing historical fire station next to it.

            The original plan was to begin to begin construction this fall by pouring the foundation slab.  Carson Vehrs was going to put us in touch with concrete installers, but he died recently.  Pete is now looking for someone with concrete experience to ramrod this portion of the construction.


             The Presidential Rhizome was won by Ron Dowell.


             Program:  The program was a slide show about arils and arilbreds.


             Cindy Davis moved the meeting be adjourned; Billie Gray seconded the motion.  The meeting was adjourned.


Respectfully Submitted,

Zona Lindemann, Secretary


Board Meeting Minutes:  October 7, 2007


The meeting dates for the year 2008 were set.  They are as follows:

                                    January 5                      July 12

                                    February 2                     August – no meeting

                                    March 1                        September 6

                                    April 5                           October 4

                                    May 3                           November 1

                                    June 8 – afternoon          December 7 – Christmas Party

The 2007 Christmas party, Sunday, December 2 will begin at 1:00 p.m.  Dinner will begin at 2:00 p.m. with the gift exchange to start about 2:45 p.m.  Location:  Home of Billie Gray.  Billie will provide a turkey.


The 2008 show schedule is as follows:

                                    Median Show                 May 17

                                    Iris Show                       June 14


The Iris Show date needs to be verified with Southgate Mall.  If June 14 is not the date scheduled, the tour date will have to be changed to accommodate the June Show.


2008 is MIS’ turn to conduct an Iris Garden Tour.  The tour has been scheduled for Saturday, June 7.  A tour committee comprised of Carol Addeo, Fred Frey, Billie Gray, and Alayne Hilditch was formed.  The committee will elect its own Chair.  They are to arrange for the gardens on the tour and to organize the logistics including obtaining hosts/hostesses for each garden, tickets, advertising, etc.


The Iris Sale is scheduled for Saturday, July 26, 2008.


The 2008 budget was developed.  It follows below.


Card File Maintenance

Friends of Fort

RVP Assistance


Fort Gardens

   Contract Labor

   Maintenance & Repairs

   New Iris


        Total Fort Gardens

Historian & Photography Expense

Licenses and Filing Fees

Membership Information

Newsletter Expenses

Postage and Delivery

Presidential Rhizomes Expense

Program Expense

Rhizome Sale Expenses

Shed Building Fund

Show Expenses - Median

Show Expenses - MIS

Sunshine Expenses

Tour Expenses- 2008


Total Budget




























Respectfully submitted,

Zona Lindemann, Secretary