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Missoula Iris Society Newsletter - September 2005
                           SEPTEMBER 2005

Hi, Gang! Here is the September Newsletter.  We will be starting to prepare for our big 25th anniversary celebration to be held next summer. We need to get started now as we want this to be a well planned bash. Thanks.
We skipped our August meeting due to the sale and it seems like forever now since I’ve done one of these newsletters. I hope I can remember the layout and how to do it again. Whew!

Pete Addeo,
Webmaster & President
Missoula Iris Society
DATE & TIME: Saturday, September 10, 2005 at 6:30pm with potluck dinner
PLACE: Home of Gary Clark. Hosted by Ronn Dunn. Call 728-7633 for directions. 
AGENDA:  Preparation for the Club’s 25th Anniversary Bash, rhizome sale reports.
Board Meeting: There will be a board meeting on Tuesday, September 13th at 7:00 pm at the home of Pete & Carol Addeo. We will be discussing the sprinkler expenditures at the Fort Gardens and upcoming plans for our 25th Anniversary bash. All MIS Members are also welcome to attend the meetings if you are interested.
     Meeting Locations/Activities for 2005 -  Here's the list for the rest of the year's club activities:
     September 10th - Meeting at Gary Clark's, potluck, hosted by Ronn Dunn
     October 1st - Meeting at Honk Meyer's
     November 5th - Meeting at Billie Gray's
     December 4th - Sunday - Annual Christmas Party hosted by Ken & Rose Mary Baier
It's Their Birthday!!....Let's Give 'Em a Cheer!!!
Happy day to Roger Muir – September 17th,  Hazel Richlie, September 30th, Eloie Jeter, September 15th, Sonia Dellapiazza, September 20th, and Wayne Richlie, September 17th.   Have a happy birthday and all the good wishes and cheers that go along with it.
New Members: We have a wonderful list of lots of new members. This is a great kudos to all our members who are responsible for our membership drive. Here they are:
From Billie Gray: Carol Barbian, 777-3542,  Arnie & Terri Kirchenheiter, 549-3080, Charles Hilgel
From the Iris Sale: Rod & Jean Schull, 273-2248, Leona Wykoff (back again), Margie Goodburn
From Gary Clark: John & Judy Hoar, 251-3515
From Anne Violette: Charles & Margy Watkins, 273-0092, Jack & Ellen Schubarth, 467-2910
Great job guys, and a very special “Welcome” to all the new members!! We hope you will enjoy our meetings and our events throughout the year. We hope that you will all become active in our efforts and events as well.
Special Thanks and ATTA-BOYS -
Mid-America Gardens – provided over $1,100 worth of rhizomes for our public gardens and the Presidential Rhizomes as well. Out extras were auctioned off at the after-sale party at Billie Gray’s.
A Special Atta-Boy for all those who helped dig at the Fort Gardens on Sunday, July 23rd. We all managed to dig, trim and clean all day and took them all over to Gary’s by that evening. That’s a record for some fast work!! Workers included Billie Gray, Claudia Brown, Honk Meyer, Bob Symes, Pete & Carol Addeo and new members, Arnie & Terri Kirchenheiter.
Another Atta-Boy for those who came on Monday, July 24th to Gary’s home to help label and tag. They were Bob and Alverta Symes, Honk Meyer, Gary Clark, Elinor Utech, guest Dorothy Alcaraz, Pete & Carol Addeo, Fred Frey and new members Arnie & Terri Kirchenheiter. After all the work, we all enjoyed pizza, salad and Gary’s special brownies that took forever to finally be ready to gobble up!!
A VERY SPECIAL THANKS to Billie Gray, Alverya Symes and Gary Clark who worked long, long hours every single day.
Others who also helped were Claudia Brown, Carol Addeo, Sonia Delapiazza, Zona Lindemann, Faye Pederson, Tom Thompson and Lynn Weger. It was a great turnout for our dinner get-together Friday evening. In fact, the entire volunteer crew was so wonderful, we finished the chore in record time and were completely done and loaded in time for the soup and salad dinner! Now that’s some great work, guys and all of you are just the greatest!!!  Thanks as well to Ronn Dunn for preparation of the stone soup on Friday evening and to Gary for the salad.
Montana’s Largest Iris Gardens – We missed giving you this notice as it was given to us after the newsletter was printed in July. M. Elizabeth Friesz of Alberton was offering open house viewing on weekends until the end of June. She has over 500 iris and claims to have “Montana’s Largest Iris Gardens”, has developed many of her own, and the colors and varieties are endless. For an appointment to view her gardens, call 722-4918.
Treasurers Report – Here are amended treasurer’s reports for June & the August treasurer’s report from Swede.
   June 30 Closing Balance                 $  247.25
   July / August Deposits                      2914.50
         Total                                          3161.75
   July/August Expenses                       1942.67
   August 31 Closing Balance              $1219.08            
   Expense Listing
       Newsletter                                   $ 100.00
       Plant Markers                                 265.15
       Sunshine                                         35.00
       Rhizome Sale                                 683.71
       Fort Garden                                    598.89
       Iris Show                                        259.92
           Total                                       $1242.67
   Total Sales as of August 31             $ 4024.00
   Cash box Set up Funds                       360.00
   Net Sales as of August 31              $ 3664.00     
      Checking  Account
      May 31 Closing Balance                   $  585.29
      June Deposits                                     745.50
          Total                                            1330.79                       
     June Expenses                                  1083.54
     June 30 Closing Balance                $     247.25

     Expense Listing
          Sunshine                                    $   80.00
          Show Judge                                   500.00
          Show Expenses                               89.52
          Fort Garden                                   259.98
          Registration Books                         154.00
     Total                                               $1083.54

     Saving Account
     May 31 Closing Balance                   $6519.03
     June Deposits                                     102.69
          Total                                            6621.72
     June Withdrawals                                800.00
          Total                                          $5821.72
      2nd Quarter Interest                               3.18
      June 30 Closing Balance                 $5824.90
Minutes of the Missoula Iris Society Meeting, Saturday, July 9, 2005:
The meeting was called to order by President Pete Addeo at 7:50 p.m. at the home of Bob & Alverta Symes.

Minutes - The minutes from the June meeting were approved as they appeared in the July newsletter.

Treasurers Report - The June treasurer's report was read by Secretary Carol Addeo in the absence of the treasurer.

   Checking Account Balance (May):          $585.29
   June deposits:                                            745.50
       Sub-total:                                             1330.79
   Expenses paid in June:                              -838.70
       June 30 balance:                                  $492.09
       Transfer from savings                            $715.00
       Plant marker sales                                   30.50
       Total                                                   $745.50
       Flower Haus (2)                                      $80.00
       Alverta Symes (2)                                      8.76
       John Ludi                                               500.00
       AIS Storefront                                        154.00
       Cracker Barrel                                         80.00          
       Gary Clark                                                5.96
       Claudia Brown                                           9.98                  
   Total expenses                                       $838.70   
   Savings balance:                         
   Beginning Balance (May)                     $6519.03
   Deposits                                                    102.69
       Sub-total                                            $6621.72
   Transfer to checking                                   650.00
   Cash draw for meals at show                      150.00
   Interest income                                             3.18
       Balance                                           $5824.90


Fort Gardens - Billie Gray called for a work party for July 24th in preparation for the sale.  Digging begins 10 a.m. Sunday and will continue Monday and Tuesday if necessary.  Bring rubber bands, scissors, clippers, grocery sacks and flat boxes.  Hoses and nozzle will be provided. Honk will bring the sorting trays to the Fort on Sunday. Bob will bring the washing screen to the Fort. Pete will order marking tags.   Zona cautioned us to pull the tags tight so they do not fall off.
Rhizome Sale/Preparation - Alverta will bring card files to Gary's.  Pete will bring a large tent to Gary's for shade; Ken &  Cleo will bring another shade tent. Volunteers are needed Thursday and Friday to help sort.  Bring paper bags. Stone soup will be prepared by Ron Dunn for Friday night at Gary's.  Everyone should bring contributions to the soup.  Pete designed and printed 30 or more color posters; Lynn Weger distributed 26 of them.  Lynn arranged to get our message on the Fair Reader Board Sign and Fred Frey will get our message in the news media.  Thanks Fred, Lynn and Pete.

Bob reported that he will deliver  30 tables by 8:00 a.m.on Saturday.  Cashiers will be Cindi, Deena, Sonia and Claudia. Swede will order the metal stakes for sale.   The after sale party will be held at Billie Gray's as usual.   Carol will order the food and beverages.  Pete will make large signs

National Award Certificates - Ann passed out national award certificates to Wayne Ritchlie for two of his seedlings R-1 and R-3 because they were both recommended by all judges at the June 11th show.  The award for the Silver Certificate went to Gary Clark for the most blues (10) and 9 reds; the award for the Bronze Medal and certificate went to Roger Muir, who tied for most blues (10) and 3 reds.  An award went to Jim Sadler, an Oscar and Artistic Sweepstakes certificate.  The award for Best Design of Show went to Donna Dowell for "African Queen", Oscar was awarded at show.  An Oscar went to Ron Dowell for Beginner design for "Silent Screen Sirens" and an Oscar for Ann Violette Beginner design for "Diamonds are a girls...."

New Members:  New members Jack and Ellen Schubarth from Vaughn were introduced by Ann Violette.

Card File Work Party - A work party will be held Thursday, July 21 at Cleo's house from 1:00 p.m. and a second session beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Bring picture catalogs. 

AIS News - Ann reports the AIS minutes will now be on the internet.  Club affiliation dates have been changed to November, instead of January, so  AIS membership lists need to be registered in November.

Activity Reports - Judge activity reports needed to be in to Ann by June 30th.  Please send them by e mail.

2006 AIS Calendars - Elinor was absent and she usually orders the calendars.  A count was taken and 19 calendars were requested.

Sympathy - A remembrance will be sent to Ernie Lucera on the passing of his wife Bobbi.  A thank you card was read from Linda and Jim Sadler.

Birthday Bash - Billie Gray's 70th birthday bash will be Friday, July 15th at her home.

Senior Citizens - Ron Dunn reported that the seniors would like a class on arrangements, or even a show.

Presidential Rhizome - The July winner is Ann Violette.

Meetings - No August meeting.  September meeting will be at Gary Clark's home, hosted by Ron Dunn.

The meeting adjourned at 8:45  p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Carolyn Addeo