Here is the
newsletter for September. The weather has been about as close to normal
for Missoula as it’s ever been in the last few years. A few hot days
here and there, but overall it’s been a great summer. Fall is falling
quickly and soon it will be time to get ready for winter again. I’m
ready, how about you?
Missoula Iris Society
DATE & TIME:
SEPTEMBER 6th, 6:30 pm.
dinner begins at 6:30 pm.
Home of Arnie and
Teri Kirschenheiter, 1960 Mullan Trail, 2.4 miles west on Mullan Road,
from Reserve. First right turn past the store. Call 549-3080 for
Members of the iris society were saddened to learn of the passing of
Gary Clark's mother in July. Marlene Johnson of Corvallis passed away
on July 9, 2008, just three days short of her 74th birthday. She had
been ill for some time with cancer. Marlene was a Montana native, she
was born on July 12, 1934 in Stevensville. She was the oldest of four
children; her mother Helen Jenkins is still active today at 92 years of
In addition to her mother, Marlene is survived by her husband Myron and
three children, Carol, Gary and Randy, five grandchildren and three
Many of us knew Marlene from the Farmer Market; she grew beautiful
varieties of flowers in her Corvallis garden and she and Gary sold them
at the market. Marlene's work and business career included ownership
and management of restaurants in Darby, Corvallis, Hamilton and
to start thinking about getting volunteers for the auditing committee.
We need 3 volunteers to be ready to audit the books at the end of the
year. Call President Cindy Davis at 728-7109.
How about some new volunteers to run for office in 2009?? Let’s see if
we can get some fresh, new and handsome volunteers who want to lead our
club to new heights. Think about it.
We also need to start getting ready for the new year Mall shows and
start to plan a schedule. We should also be holding a Median show next
year as well. Needs to be discussed at the next meeting.
Add them to your membership list. If you don't have a membership list,
call Carol at 251-5833 or e mail at
email@example.com, and we'll get you a current membership list.
Marie Hoyer, 6246 Red Hill Rd, Lewistown, MT 59457-Ph 538-9281. e mail
Earl & Brenda Steward, 7065 Savannna Lane, Lolo, MT 59847. Ph #273-2896
RHIZOME SALE REPORT: from sale chairperson Carol Addeo:
Another year of a lot of work by a lot of members, but we got the job
accomplished with no major problems. I guess by now, we kinda know how
to do this. The sale was a big success, judging from the number of very
good quality rhizomes to sell and from the gross revenue, so far a
whopping $4619.10!! Subtract the seed money of $240.00 and the total
income was $4,379.10! Nice job, all of you involved.
A total of 1,700 rhizomes were donated by members. These included 113
varieties of TB's, 31 Dykes, 16 SA's, 11 varieties of IB's, 6 varieties
of BB's, 5 MTB's, and 13 varieties of SDB's. We also had 23 varieties
of Siberian Iris donated, many of them came from our Fort Gardens.
A big thank you to everyone who helped with our sale, especially those
who helped a lot during the sale preparation. On the Sunday before the
sale, we had about a dozen helpers for digging, cleaning and trimming
and another dozen helpers showed up on Monday at our yard to help with
name tags. Thanks to Alverta, who spent many hours helping and was the
guru of solutions for every problem. Thanks to Honk for hauling stuff
over. Thanks to Bob for delivering and returning the tables. Thanks to
Swede for the use of his pickup truck.
Thanks to Jean who showed up every day during sorting to help where she
could. Thanks to Claudia, her sister Brenda and Cindy who worked for
several hours one evening after they worked a full day at their regular
jobs. Thanks to Eloie for digging and donating so many fine rhizomes to
the sale, then spending several hours helping with the sorting. Thanks
to Gary, Ron and Donna, Ed and Anita who helped, too. Thanks to Pete
for doing the signs. And thanks to Billie, Zona and Swede, who spent so
many hours digging, cleaning and preparing the Siberian iris from the
Fort. Thanks to Arnie, Teri, Gene, Lynette, Ernie, Kalli , and all the
others who helped at the sale. Ron Dunn was even able to make an
appearance at the sale and help our customers. Nice to see him up and
GARDEN MARKER TAGS - Metal plant markers are available for your
gardens. The cost is 10 for $4.00 or 100 for $35. If you need some
plant markers, contact Carol or Pete Addeo at 251-5833.
IRIS LISTS: Alverta Symes would probably appreciate your lists
including all new varieties you acquired for your garden. This is for
our sale cards. It helps to know ahead of time which new varieties may
show up at our sales, so that cards with pictures can be prepared ahead
PRESIDENTIAL RHIZOME PARTY: We had a good turn out, about 25
members, to the party on Sunday, August 17th in the back yard of
Addeo's. Mid America Gardens provided a very generous amount of
rhizomes, not only for the Presidential Rhizomes but plenty to give for
special awards and to auction a good deal of them, too. Presidential
rhizomes were given out to the monthly winners, plus special awards were
given to members who consistently volunteer, help, and take charge of
projects during the year. They were:
Billie Gray, for working and supervising the Fort Gardens and for
being Tour Chairman this year.
Swede Gustafson, for work he does on the Fort Gardens and for shed
building, not to mention about 16 years of being our former treasurer.
Alayne Hilditch, who provided signs for the tour at her own expense,
plus had her yard on tour, plus served on the tour committee.
Pete Addeo, who took charge of the shed building project and he and
Swede have been single handedly building it for the past several months.
Carol Addeo, who voluntarily coordinates the meeting locations and
newsletter, who chaired the rhizome sale this year, volunteered on the
tour committee, and for seven years of being our former secretary.
Jean Macaraeg, who is always willing to come to help whenever called
and who came to help several days in a row during the pre-sales days.
Zona Lindemann, who has mowed the lawns at the Fort Gardens for
several years, and consistently helps Billie with the garden chores.
Honk Meyer, who has hauled and stored our "shed stuff" for several
years, and has been known to donate a full day of weeding at the
Scotty Burns-Drake, who is always willing to help where ever needed,
especially during the show.
Leona Wyckoff, who took over the show co-chair duties at the last
minute and stayed as long as necessary to complete all the paperwork.
Thanks to you all.
Several new variety rhizomes went to our Fort Gardens, but there were
many more left to be auctioned off to members. We aren't sure, but
we think the award for spending the most money on iris and tags went to
Arnie and Keri Kirschenheiter. Good for you! Our club is a good cause.
Birthday!!....Let's Give 'Em a Cheer!!!
Happy day to Eloie
Jeter, September 15th; and Roger Muir, September 17th. Have a happy
Shed Progress from Pete:
It’s been a long hard grind for both Swede and myself in getting the
shed finished. Swede has been doing much of the work by himself as I
have been unable to get away from the store during the week. The roof is
finally done, thanks to Swede, the outside is now ready for the siding
to be applied and I am working on building the shelves inside and the
door for the front of the shed. We still have a lot to do. We need to
get this job done before the winter season.
We need a location for the November meeting. Call Carol if you can
donate your home for that meeting on Saturday, November 1.
The October meeting will be held at the home of Leona Wyckoff.
We need to be ready
for our Christmas Party as well. We will be needing a volunteer home for
the party. This can be discussed at the next meeting.
from Pete Addeo:
The numbers are for
the months of July and August 2008
Club Savings Account CD
Balance August 9, 2007
Interest Earned 2008
Balance – August 9, 2008
Interest Earned 2008
Balance August 31, 2008
June 30 Balance
July 30, 2008 – Rhizome Sale
August 19, 2008
Expenses Paid – July, 2008
Star Rental – Scaffold Rental
Starter Cash Funds – Iris Sale
Betty Ann Gustafson – Chix & Pizza Sale Party
Pizza Hut – Sale Party
Star Rental – Scaffold Rental
WalMart – Shed Supplies
Bob Symes – Iris Sale Supplies
Peter Addeo – Pre-Iris Sale Snacks & Food
Cindy Davis – Ribbons – Iris Show
Mid-America Gardens – Pres. Rhizomes
Expenses Paid – August, 2008
Star Rental – Iris Sale Table Rental
Mutual Materials – Siberian Bed renovation
Star Rentals – Scaffold Rental
Missoulian – Rhizome Sale Advertising
Joe Pye Weed’s Garden – New Siberian Rhizomes
Domino’s Pizza – Presidential Party
Rosauer’s Market – Presidential Party
Balance – August 31, 2008
The meeting was called
to order by President Cindy Davis. It was moved by Ed Verplancke and
seconded by Honk Meyer that the minutes be approved as published in the
Falls and Standards. The motion passed.
The treasurer’s report
was given by Pete Addeo. $1072.00 has been spent of the $1900.00
allotted for the gardens. After all the bills were paid and the seed
money returned, the rhizome sale was $49.00 over budget. $757.00 of the
$857.00 shed budget has been spent. Pete says that he still has to buy
nails and with a couple of outstanding bills yet to pay the shed budget
will run over a little bit. The show budget was $400.00. We came in
under budget. It appears that the Society has spent about $275.00 for
the show. Sunshine has spent $29.00 to date. The Tour had $400.00
allotted and spent approximately $260.00. Our sale brought in $4619.00
plus $92.50 from the Farmers’ Market. The grand total, therefore, is
$4711.50. This was the best sale in seven years.
Thanks to all those who
took part in the iris auction.
Fort Garden: The
Siberian bed is done and ready to plant. The only things needing to be
finished are the paths and the back wall. Billie will be working at the
gardens on September 7th so anyone who wants to join her is
welcome. There will be a scheduled work party near the end of
Shed: The shed is
two-thirds finished. Plans are in the works to finish it on September 7th.
There is still some sheeting to be applied and help would be appreciated
in cleaning up the construction debris.
total size of the shed is 12’ x 32’. Our half is 12’ x 16’. The
scaffolding rental was $146.00 per week.
Audit Committee: Honk
Meyer, Bob Symes, Alverta Symes.
No one volunteered. It was suggested that Elinor Utech might serve.
She will be contacted.
There was some
discussion about changing the terms of the officers. The by-laws will
be checked to see how this can be done legally.
Web Site: Pete Addeo,
our able web master has requested material for the web site. The site
needs to have some additions from time to time. Everyone needs to get
their thinking caps on and find a fact or two or joke or something to
add to our web page.
Important Dates for
Show: Mid-May; possibly May 23.
Card Meeting: Alverta
Symes says the date and time will be announced. Volunteers to date:
Teri Kirschenheiter and Lynette Kirschenheiter.
Board meeting for
budget planning: Sunday, October 19 at 2:00 p.m. Location: Addeo
The next MIS meeting is
October 4, 2008, at Leona Wyckoff’s on Gooden Lane.
rhizome was won by Anita Cervenak.
Bob Symes moved the
meeting be adjourned. Ed Verplancke seconded the motion. The meeting