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Missoula Iris Society Newsletter - September 2011


Here is the newsletter for September. We are pretty much done for the year at this point except for the gardens and cleanup. I wish the hot, hot weather would just go away and let us pray now for Fall to appear gracefully as it should. We surely do not want another repeat of last years winter fiasco.


Pete Addeo,  Webmaster
Missoula Iris Society



DATE & TIME: September 10, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. Usual potluck supper followed by the meeting.
PLACE: Home of Bob and Alverta Symes in Bonner at 3029 River Bend Dr. Call 258-6649 for directions. Bob and Alverta will prepare their usual delicious Bob Burgers, so our potluck contributions should include side dishes and condiments for the burgers. Anyone planning to bring the sliced tomatoes, lettuce, pickles and stuff for burgers should let Alverta know.
PROGRAM: No information on a planned program, but the meeting may include discussion of upcoming 2011 elections of club officers and choosing an audit committee. 




The second annual Great Ice Cream Social was held at the Fort Gardens on Wednesday, June 29th at 6 p.m. and was another great success. Thanks to Judy Blunt for making the ice cream and the toppings.

Welcome to the following new members. Add them to your printed membership list. We hope to meet them at the next meeting.

Melodee Burreson 540 Ford St, 59801 721-1609

Misty Pepperock 5323 Fiddler Ct, Florence, 59833 273-0942

Thomas Robinson 1319 Sherwood St, 59802 549-3226

Jon Salmonson 1919 S 8th St W, 59801 543-3409

John Schroeder 300 Brooks, 59801 519-6064

Christine Gresham 1733 S 5th St W, 59801 327-7915

Charles Hiigel Victor, MT, 59875 396-0141

Laurie Kammerer 4010 Wakantanka Way, Stevi, 59870 544-5117

Barbara Lee 2415 Woodland Ave, 59802 721-1353

Heidi & Betty Martin 8980 Sharptail Dr, 59808 549-4167

Lorene Nordstrum Bonner, MT 244-3616

Rhizome Sale Report from sale chairperson Carol Addeo. Another year of a lot of work by a lot of members. Thank you everyone! We got the job accomplished again this year with no major problems. Thanks to Charles Hiigel and Jeff White for donation of all the rhizomes.

I guess by now we know how to do this. The sale was a big success. In fact we grossed the second highest amount in our sale history. The quality of the rhizomes was very good, the work load was much more manageable, and we had fewer rhizomes left over for grab bags. What we did have left over was sold at the Farmers Market the following three weekends.

A big thank you to everyone who helped with our sale, especially those many members who showed up the Monday before the sale to clean, trim and label at the display gardens. Thanks to Alverta, who spent many hours answering questions and solving problems during the sale preparation Friday.  What was especially nice is we were able to accomplish the sale organizing on Thursday and Friday in two half day sessions. Thanks to Bob for delivering and returning the tables on Saturday morning. Thanks to Pete and Swede for the use of their vehicles to haul the rhizomes and supplies.

The stone soup supper on Friday evening was a great success and the after sale party at Billie's patio was also really nice. Thanks Betty Ann for bringing the food.


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

No birthdays to report for August. Happy birthday to Heidi Martin, September 11th; and Roger Muir, September 17th. Have a happy birthday all.



The October meeting will be held at the home of Swede and Betty Ann Gustafson.

November meeting: We need a host/hostess for November 1 meeting either at their home or we have reserved the Eagles Lodge for that meeting. This is a good chance for someone who does not have enough room in their home for the group to host a meeting.


M. I. S. Minutes
Minutes of the Missoula Iris Society held July 9, 2011

Meeting was called to order by Ed Verplanke at the Meyer residence, 16 People were present. Minutes were approved as published. The Treasurers report was approved as published

Show Report
It was decided after much discussion that table cloths were at the option of the show chair. The general comment concerning the show was that it was well run and set up was excellent. It was a very good show.

Sale Report: The donated iris will be delivered to the Fort on Monday the 25th of July. The Society will clean, cut and label the iris starting at l0:00 AM.. on the 25th.

A card party will be held at Gary Clarks home at 1:00 on the 22nd of July. Fred Frey has purchased some classified adds to publicize the sale.

The price of the rhizomes will be 3 and 4 dollars for 5 years and newer. It was discussed that grab bags will be sold for $5.00 for15 iris.

Six cashiers will be needed. The cashiers will need to bring their own chairs.
All iris need to be delivered to the Addeos on Wednesday evening by 9:00 PM on the 27th of July.
Linda Sadler thanked the society for the flowers.
The Presidential rhizome was won by Ron Dowell.
Bob Symes moved the meeting to be adjourned. The meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted, Jim Sadler Secretary


This has been a busy month for the financial activity for the Missoula Iris Society because of the iris rhizome sale.  Lots of income and expenses have occurred since I last reported the financial figures in the July newsletter. The sale was an excellent one thanks to the large amount of rhizomes garnered from the gardens in Victor, MT and from members from Missoula.  Thanks to all who contributed to and assisted with the sale.

So here are the figures for the past two months of activity.

The reported June 21, 2011 balance was $7,444.52.  Total of deposits to the account through August 27, 2011 = $4,719.38.  Withdrawn on July 29, 2011 was $600 in cash to set up the rhizome sale cash boxes.  The August 28, 2011 balance is $11,533.90.
        Deposits: - $30.00 for Judges Training receipts
        $3,977 in receipts from the rhizome sale day;  $645 in receipts from grab bag sales; $45.00 in sales of Siberian iris from Swede's yard; and $2.38 from 2nd quarter interest income.

The June 21, 2011 reported balance was $478.62.  Total of deposits made to the account through August 27, 2011 = $1,042.75.  Expenses paid since June 21 total $801.45.  The August 28, 2011 balance is
        Deposits - $130.00 in new memberships; $149.85 from PawPas plant marker sales at the rhizome sale; $105.00 from MIS Display Garden Siberian iris sales; $542.15 from rhizome sale cash receipts to pay sale expenses; $120.50 from the rhizome auction After Sale party; $100.00 refund to the account for grab bag sales cash box set up funds.  Total deposits = $1,042.75
        Expenses:  $25.15 to Alverta Symes reimbursement for meals for visiting judge Jeanette Graham; $100.00 as annual membership to the Friends of the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula; $60.00 to Judy Blunt for expenses incurred for the June Ice Cream Social at Fort Missoula Display Gardens; $41.94 to Elizabeth Gustafson for Sunshine flowers to Donna Dowell following surgery; $24.75 to Papa Johns Pizza for dinner during the rhizome preparation work party at Fort Missoula; $160.00 to Star Rental for 20 tables rental fee during the rhizome sale; $17.22 to Alverta Symes for card file expenses; $31.30 to Carolyn Addeo for sale preparation food and drinks; $89.70 to Elizabeth Gustafson for food expenses incurred for the after sale celebration party;  $40.00 to Swede Gustafson for additional 5 tables rental fee during the rhizome sale paid by cash; $100 for Farmers Market cash box set up funds; $97.40 to the Missoulian for the rhizome sale advertisements; $8.99 to Elizabeth Gustafson for Sunshine expenses following Alverta Symes surgery; and $5.00 for table rental space at the Farmers Market.  Total Expenses paid = $801.45.

The Certificate of Deposit came due on August 9, 2011 and was automatically rolled over for another year.  The current balance is $3,671.54 and the interest percentage rate is 0.75%.  The next maturity date will be August 9, 2012.

Respectfully submitted,
Swede Gustafson, Treasurer