Here is the
newsletter for October. Montana is known for it's blue skies and billowy
clouds, but it has not been keeping up to our standards this year at
all. The skies are orange-grey and the clouds are invisible to the naked
eye. We might be getting a break for next week, but don't take it for
granted. Our Montana weathermen can only predict about 12 hours in
Missoula Iris Society
DATE & TIME:
SATURDAY, October 6, 2012 AT 6:30 P.M.
Usual potluck supper followed by meeting.
PLACE: Home of Gary Clark and Steve Hesla at 2275 Sunlite Lane,
Missoula. Call 728-7633 for directions.
No information on a planned program, but the meeting may include
discussion of upcoming 2013 elections of club officers and choosing an
Dues for 2013 can
be paid anytime to MIS c/o Treasurer Swede Gustafson in the amount of
$10 per person for the year. Any new member who joined MIS in July or
later is fully paid for the year 2013 as well.
Ann Violette has received the nomination for Regional Vice President of
Region 11. Her appointment will be finalized at the next AIS board
meeting in November and she will assume duties January 1, 2013.
Region 13 is having a get-together in Spokane on Saturday, October 6
with judges training. Contact Ann Violette for additional information.
November 3 meeting will be at the home of Judy Blunt, 1901 1/2 S 4th St
Birthday!!....Let's Give 'Em a Cheer!!!
Happy birthday to Jon Salmonson, October 8th; Judy Blunt, October 10th;
Gary Clark, October 14th; Ernie Lucero, October 25th and Bob Symes,
October 31st. Have a happy birthday all.
ARTICLES: Be sure to read
the fun article by member Anita Cervenak at the end of this newsletter
and on our website. This is the last of our series of articles written
by members and posted in the newsletter and on our website. Following is
the list of the volunteers who wrote articles for the newsletter. We do
need volunteers to write articles for November and December. Any
April: Carol Barbian
June: Jim Sadler
October: Anita Cervenak
SATURDAY, September 8, 2012 Meeting called to order at 7:48 P.M.
by Ed Verplancke at the home of Bob and Alverta Symes. Ed asked if the
minutes were read, the July Minutes and Treasurer's Report were printed
in the new letter. Ed approved the July Minutes as printed in the news
Report: Was printed in the
News - Swede reported $3,200.00 as profit from the sale, however then at
the bank he noted a piece of paper with check amounts of $914.00 so the
amount went to up then the teller counting came up with an additional
$20.00 as there was 2 twenty dollar bills stuck together. So the Total
deposited was $4,150.00. $600.00 was seed money and $75.00 was markers,
plus there were 2 memberships. Treasurer's report was approved as
Carol Barbian took Lori the Presidential rhizome she won and toured her
garden, she recommends that if anyone is up in here area to stop and
Pete and Carol
deserve a thank you for running the sale and donating the use of their
yard. There were 11 grab bags left after the sale all of which were
sold without having to take them to the market.
There were 39 new
irises added to the iris bed. Ed has maps of the finger beds and what
is planted in each bed. He also took pictures of the gardens when they
were in bloom and the pictures are posted on the web site, so if you
have not visited the website recently you need to.
Swede and Judy
moved some of the Siberians in the bed. They have put all the
Morgan-Wood winners together. They are all in the south bed, they still
have 2 more to find and add. Also, there is a lot of new iris in the
baby bed. We are the only iris garden the USA with almost a complete
Siberian and Dykes winner's bed. We still need a Brides Halo, so if you
know who might have one let Swede know.
Need a committee to find new
officers. Gary Clark was elected by default, Bob Symes has agreed to
work with him. Congrats Gary.
Betty Ann will
send cards to new members and members who don't attend the meetings
inviting them to come and join in . Discussion followed about doing
more programs. Suggestions were the quiz programs and slide shows from
the AIS. It was also suggested to put the meetings on the Missoula
meeting will be at Gary Clarks on October 6th. November
meeting is at Judy's.
Also, it is noted
that Ernie just had surgery, and flowers were taken to him from Gary's
Garden. Thanks Gary.
Carol Barbian won
the August Presidential rhizome and Ed won the September presidential
rhizome. Meeting adjourned by Bob and Swede seconded it.. Submitted by
Cindy Davis, Secretary
TREASURER'S REPORT- as of September 25, 2012
No debits and no credits to the accounts since last month report
September 24, 2012 balance is $11,836.98
September 24, 2012 balance is 615.92
The Certificate of Deposit matured on August 9, 2012 with a value of
$3699.11. I sold this CD and replaced it with a 2yr (24 Month) CD which
will mature on August 9, 2014. I did this to get a better interest rate
Swede Gustafson, Treasurer
Garden Chat by Anita Cervenak
When I was little my mother and her friend used to walk around each
others' yards, oh-ing and ah-ing and discussing how to fertilize the
roses and what kind of bushes to plant along the back fence. Sometimes
they walked to the nearby nursery to pick out new plants and the nice
nursery-man took time to find just the right thing and tell them how to
care for it. I liked to look at the flowers and smell the rich damp
earth. Otherwise I thought the whole subject was boooooring. Now I
listen to myself and our friends walking around each other's yards and
admiring the flowers and discussing how to deal with bindweed and
campanula and I think, How fascinating! Times change.
There were iris in our yard when I was growing up - purple ones in a
semi-circle behind the clothesline. Once in a while my mother did
mysterious things with them, digging them out and putting them back in.
It seemed like a lot of wasted effort. I preferred the brilliant azaleas
and hibiscus and the fragrant honeysuckle that hung from the fence. One
summer I took care of the roses, located right behind the iris, for a
Camp Fire Honor. I religiously weeded, watered, fertilized and sprayed
them for aphids and mildew, and the roses were splendid that summer. (I
shudder to think about all that poison now, but it did keep off the
aphids and mildew.) The iris didn't seem to mind one way or another.
We joined the Iris Society because - well, I don't really know. It
seemed like fun. Little did we know how addicting these flowers could
become. At first it was confusing - all these SDBs and MTBs and BBs,
whatever that meant. Were the groups of three supposed to face toward
each other or away from each other? What did it matter what year they
So now we listen to ourselves walking around among the iris, talking
more or less knowledgeably about what kinds they are and how they behave
and when they bloom, and it's not boring at all.