Here is the newsletter for September. Feels like fall is here, but then Mother Nature
brings back the hot weather again. On and off. Nice summer storms coming
thru again like the old days cooling everything off. Won't be long
and the growing season will be gone again. The vegetables don't know
whether to end or keep growing.
Pete Addeo, Webmaster
Missoula Iris Society
DATE & TIME: SATURDAY,
SEPTEMBER 12TH, 6:30 pm.
Home of Bob and
Alverta Symes. at 3029 River Bend Dr,
Bonner. Call 258-6649 for directions. As usual, grilled "Bob Burgers"
will be on the menu, so potluck items should be complimentary to the
aren't sure, but usually the September meeting includes selecting a
nominating committee for 2010 officers, reports on the rhizome sale
from the sale chairman, including final sale proceeds and member
participation in the preparation and sale and perhaps a report on the
status of the Fort Garden.
CARD WORK PARTY:
Alverta Symes has called for a card work party on Thursday, September
10th at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Ed and Anita Verplancke. Their address
is 517 Phillips; call 728-9376 for directions.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS: Cleo Swanson is still living at Hunter's Glen
but her room number has changed to 148.
FUTURE MEETINGS: October 3 meeting is hosted by Swede and Betty
Ann Gustafson, November 7th is hosted by Leona Wyckof and the December
6th Christmas party will be hosted by Billie Gray.
2ND MEETING IN JULY:
The club called to order a special meeting on July 25th at Billie Gray's
home after the sale. The meeting notes are below after the regular
It's Their Birthday!!....Let's Give 'Em a Cheer!!!
Happy day to Eloie Jeter - Sept
15th and Roger Muir - Sept 17th. Happy Birthday to all.
Members of the iris society were saddened to learn of the passing of
Wayne Richlie, a long time member of the society and hybridizer of
Richlie Blessed. Following is the obituary from The Missoulian:
Lewis 'Wayne' Richlie
MISSOULA - Lewis 'Wayne' Richlie, 88, died Saturday Aug. 1, 2009 at St
Patrick Hospital of natural causes. He was born in 1920 in Missoula to
Ada and Raymond Richlie, the third of four children. Family
circumstances changed the course of his young life and he was
subsequently raised by loving family members, including great uncle
Arnold Zaugg. He was drafted into the Army in 1942 to fight in World
War II. He worked with code breaking and intelligence and earned a
Purple Heart and a letter of commendation. In April 1951 he married
Hazel June Stickney. They were lifelong companions, with three children
born to them. Wayne worked at the Anaconda Co. and later Champion
International in Bonner, retiring in 1984. He and Hazel had numerous
hobbies. They were longtime members of Immanuel Lutheran Church and he
sang in the choir for many years. Wayne loved music and had a beautiful
singing voice. He also was an avid gardener and a farmer at heart who
could grow everything. In his retirement years he enjoyed selling some
of this produce at the farmers market. He was a member of the Missoula
Iris Society and hybridized a beautiful flower that he named "Richlie
Blessed." He also won numerous first place and grand prize awards at
the Western Montana Fair for his flowers and produce. Wayne was
preceded in death by his parents, Ada and Raymond and stepmother Alta.
His brother Conrad and sisters Cecelia and Marian also predeceased him.
He is surived by his wife Hazel and his three children, Jack (Anna),
Marlene (Dave) and Gary (Sabrina), and his grandchildren Jack, Katie,
Stephanie, Taryn, Shanelle, and Eric, and great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place. The memorial service will be at 11 a.m.
Thursday, Aug. 6 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 830 South Ave. W.,
Missoula, with a reception to follow there. Memorial contributions may
be made to Immanual Lutheran Church, St. Patrick Hospital or a charity
of the donor's choice.
Minutes: July 11,
The meeting was called
to order by President Ron Dowell. A call was made to accept the May
minutes as printed in the latest Falls and Standards. Gary Clark
raised a question about the meaning of the first of two amendments made
to the May, 2009 minutes. The original May wording said, “Billie also
noted that the society would need a sign for the new versicolor iris
that will be going into the Siberian bed.” The amendment in the June,
2009 minutes was made to drop the word new from that sentence
because there have been some versicolor iris in the Siberian bed for
several years. The sentence as amended at the June meeting now reads,
“Billie also noted that the society would need a sign for the versicolor
iris that will be going into the Siberian bed.” The discussion ended
with the conclusion that the confusion was caused by the construction of
the sentence and not by any error in the minutes. Pete Addeo moved that
the minutes be approved; Alverta Symes seconded the motion. The motion
The reading of the
treasurer’s report was moved to later in the meeting.
work on the shed is almost done. There is a little white trim to
finish. That will be completed when the mosquito hordes subside!
thank yous were extended to Donna Dowell for all the work she did as
show chair. Everyone felt that this had been an exceptional show.
digging at the fort for the iris sale will begin at 7 a.m. Sunday, July
19. Extra people will be needed early to help the diggers get the flats
properly labeled. Billie Gray, the Fort Garden chair, will have the
clumps to be dug marked before the digging begins. Washing, trimming,
and labeling will begin as the iris are being dug. A plea was made for
everyone who is able to come and help even if it is just for an
hour. The washing-trimming-labeling process will go on all day. At the
end of the day the iris will be moved to Pete and Carol Addeo’s yard.
Sale week activities
are as follows:
Sun. July 19: Dig iris at the fort gardens,
wash and trim them, and transport them to Addeo’s
July 20 – 21:
Finish trimming and labeling fort iris
July 22 – 23:
Members drop off the iris they are putting in the sale (The
iris must be sale ready.)
July 24: Iris
organized, bagged, and loaded for transport to the fort. STONE SOUP!
July 25: Iris
Rules and guidelines
concerning the sale and the exchange of iris before the sale are posted
on the web site. Everyone was encouraged to look at them.
New Digging Procedure: After the clumps are dug, place the iris in
the provided flats. Secure the iris within the flats using the flagging
that was around the clump. Write the name of the iris on the flagging.
If the entire clump was dug, put the wire label in the flat. If only
part of the clump was dug, leave the wire label with the undug portion
of the clump. Carry the flat to the washing area. Take only one
variety at a time to the washing area.
Soup: All members are encouraged to come enjoy the soup Friday
evening even if they are not able to help with the organizing. The soup
will have a chicken base. Those who will be present for the soup are
asked to bring some food item ready to add to the soup.
The cost to rent tables for the sale is $6.00 per table. MIS usually
rents 30 tables for a total of $180.00. It was proposed that the
society should perhaps buy tables and store them in the shed. It was
quickly determined that the shed is not big enough to store that many
tables and still be able to get in and out of the shed to get to the
other items stored there. Also, it was noted that our budget could
cover the cost of annual table rentals. The consensus, therefore, was
to continue renting. No formal vote was taken.
Tables and canopies are set up early and the sale area cordoned off with
caution tape. Members are to bring chairs. Cindy Davis, Donna Dowell,
Alayne Hilditch, and Ernie Lucero volunteered to be cashiers. Alverta
Symes said she would see that there was coffee for the workers. Carol
Addeo said she still had bottled water left over from past events that
she would bring to the sale. After the sale MIS members will meet at
the home of Billie Gray for chicken and pizza lunch, for the counting of
the proceeds from the sale, and for handing out the presidential
rhizomes. The extra rhizomes will be auctioned off.
Rhizomes - Ron Dowell said the presidential rhizomes would
arrive by July 20th.
Card Party -
Alverta Symes announced a card party or two would be held in August
and/or September to update the card file following the sale. Ed
Verplancke has down-loaded about 400 pictures of iris for the file.
These also need to be processed and filed for future sale use.
- Roger Muir reported that Eloie Jeter paints iris on cards and
sells them at some of the stores in the area. He suggested that it
might be possible for us to sell these cards as a fund raiser. The
cards wholesale for $2.75 each and retail at $5.50. The Southgate Mall
provides space and advertising for organizations to do fund raising at
the Mall during April. The idea was tabled for consideration at a
Roger Muir extended many thanks those who judged at the Iris Show for a
job well done. He expressed a deep appreciation to the judges for
getting their reports in on time.
- Swede Gustafson reported that Bob Brown had the Museum’s carpenter
make the back door for the shed. MIS, therefore, was asked to pay for
the paint for the shed. Alverta Symes moved that MIS pay for the
paint. The motion was seconded by Ed Verplancke.
Report: July 11, 2009
31, 2009 $5,434.83
Judges Training 20.00
June 30, 2009 $5,454.83
31, 2009 $3,304.83
Excess Funds 30.00
June 30, 2009 $2,077.23
Solution Restorations, LLC to spray weeds -$
Dowell – printing of June Iris show schedules
money for show workers lunch @ $5 each
Garden – PREZ rhizome order -
Numbers” – spray painting of fort shed
funds from show workers lunch money $ 30.00
Rhizome: This month’s rhizome was won by Betty Ann Gustafson.
Meeting is at Bob and Alverta Symes. If they cannot hold the
meeting, the meeting will be either at Alayne Hilditch‘s home or at
Tommy Thompson’s place.
Alayne Hilditch moved
the meeting be adjourned. Honk Meyer seconded the motion and the
meeting was adjourned.
Minutes: July 25,
2009 (Special Meeting at Billie Gray's)
The special meeting
held at the home of Billie Gray following the iris sale was called to
order by President Ron Dowell. Donna Dowell moved that MIS purchase two
(2) new canopies using the money raised from the iris auction to pay for
them. The motion was seconded by Ed Verplancke. The motion carried.
Bob Symes moved the
meeting be adjourned. Billie Gray seconded the motion, and the meeting
Ed Verplancke bought
the old canopies for $5.00 each.