Here is the December Newsletter. There is no official meeting this
month, but instead we have our annual Christmas Party on December 5th.
This is a fun event and you should all plan to attend. We have lots of
food and fun and the gift exchange program which will make the night
worthwhile. It is a very fun event and we hope you will all try to make
it. Don't forget your gift for the exchange. We have put a cost of
$12.00 or less for the gift.
It has come to our attention that next year, 2005, is not really our 25th
anniversary year for the club. It seems that Elinor has done some
checking and we broke ground at the fort in 1981 and started planting in
1982. So if you do the math, that would make our 25th anniversary year
2006. So we have really gotten a big head start on all the planning and
setup for the event. We will now have plenty of time to really plan for
the big event and get everything in order well in advance.
Pete Addeo, Webmaster
December Xmas Party - Sunday,
December 5, 2004 at
Home of Ken and Rose Mary Baier. Call 542-2503 for directions. BYOB for
the happy hours beginning at
4:00 pm. This is the
usual pot luck, with a special treat of a turkey provided by Carol Addeo,
mashed potatoes provided by Betty Ann Gustafson and clean up coordinated
by Elinor Utech. The idea is to have a great party without imposing on
our host and hostess too much. Don't forget to bring your $12.00 garden
gift for the fun gift exchange.
- Dues for 2005 will be due soon at the new rate of $8.00 per person
- Anyone who wants a beautiful iris calendar for 2005 should contact
Elnor Utech right away. You may call her at 549-1054. They sell for
$4.00 each and they are really beautiful and useful.
- Swede has some big plant markers for sale at half price to get them
out of his garage. They are the 2" x 4" markers like the ones used at
the Fort Gardens. He has over 360 markers available for 30 cents each
or 10 for $2.75. What a bargain.
2005 BUDGET UPDATE
The treasurer reported on November 24, 2004 that he has done some final
calculations for the actual finances available for the coming year and
Yahoo! there is more money available to spend. So he has slightly
altered the figures from the ones voted on at the November meeting. The
following figures do include projected income from dues, allow addition
money for a visiting judge and the present ending balances for the
checking and savings account.
Proposed Budget for 2005:
Show Judge $500.00
General Club Operation
TOTAL PROPOSED BUDGET
- It's Their Birthday!!....Let's Give 'Em a Cheer!!!
Happy day to Nancy Ryan - December 19th, Swede Gustafson - December
26th, and Ron Dowell - December 11th. Have a happy birthday and all
the good wishes and cheers that go along with it
Minutes of the
Iris Society Meeting,
Saturday, November 6, 2004
The meeting was called to order by President Jim Sadler at 7:30 p.m.
at the home of Bob and Alverta Symes.
Minutes - The minutes from the October meeting were approved as
printed in the newsletter. The Board Meeting minutes of October 20,
2004 minutes were approved with one correction: On page 3 of the
minutes, the budget amount for the Iris Show should have shown $400, not
Treasurers Report for October:
Checking Account ending balance on 9/30/04: $170.51
Income: Transfer from
sales $ 12.25
Return of sprinkler
supplies $ 15.03
Expenses paid from checking account were:
Zona Lindemann, Fort maintenance,22.5 hrs $151.30
Scott Owen Sprinklers - winterizing
Zona Lindemann- sprinkler repairs
Big Sky Publications, newsletters 3 mos $
Big Sky Publications - address stamp $
Checking Balance ending October 31, 2004: $402.24
- All expense reimbursement requests must be in the treasurer's hand by
November 25, 2004 so the accounting books can be closed in time for the
auditors, otherwise you will not be reimbursed until the budget for 2005
is approved. This is an extension of 10 days from past years cutoff
25th Anniversary Committee - Jim reported that a brainstorm
meeting was held at the home of Carol Addeo. Those ideas appeared in
the November 2004 newsletter which can be viewed on the website.
Carol Addeo will submit an article to the AIS Bulletin by the deadline
before Thanksgiving. Additional ideas discussed at the current meeting
include a rededication after the tour or sponsorships of businesses,
such as title companies. Discussion of three events throughout the
season, perhaps the third would be a celebration after the renovation is
completed in September.
The tour will be a fundraising for the Fort Garden. Tickets will be
sold with perhaps a fundraising dinner as well. Another meeting of the
25th Anniversery Committee is set for Thurs, November 11 at the Addeo
home at 3:30.
Iris Show - Show date is scheduled for second Saturday in June,
June 11, 2005.
Tour Date - The tour date is reserved at the fort garden for
Saturday, June 18, 2005. The event would be a self-driving tour and
would be a fee charged tour instead of free as in the past. The idea is
to earn money to support the Fort Gardens, instead of spending it.
Christmas Party - Elinor reported that Rose Mary and Ken Baier
would welcome us to their home for the annual Christmas party, planned
for the first Sunday in December, December 5th. A Christmas Party
Committee of Elinor Utech, Betty Ann Gustafson and Carol Addeo will be
in charge of providing turkey, set up and clean up for the party.
Members should bring their own bottles for the happy hours starting at
4:00 p.m. The gift exchange ($12.00 or less) was explained to new
- The nominations for 2005 officers include President, Pete Addeo, Vice
President Jim Sadler, Secretary Carol Addeo, Treasurer Swede Gustafson,
with Zona Lindemann as Treasurer in Training. A motion was made by
Billie Gray to elect these officers for 2005; the motion was seconded by
Cindy Davis and passed. No one was opposed.
2005 Budget - Swede explained that the 2005 budget of $5,331 is
based on balance in checking account at year end, general savings
balance and rhizome sale deposits. The show budget should be $400, not
the $200 reported in the newsletter. The show cost needs to include
additional money for an out of state judge to come here. Right now the
judges fund is only at $300; Swede estimates we will need $700 if the
judge comes from out of state, because we cover their travel expenses
and meal expenses. Ann is working on getting a judge for next year.
Swede commented "if we are having a visiting judge, we need more money
in the show budget."
Show budget now will cover ribbons, posters. judge tags. $4.00 for
judges lunch; he noted that a $75 check written last summer to a
visiting judge was never cashed.
A motion was made by Sonia Dellapiazza, seconded by Cindy Davis to
accept the budget of approximately $5,331, based on the end of year
balances. No additional money was allocated for a visiting judge at
Yaquina Blue Missing - Gary said that Yaquina Blue, a 2001 Dykes
winner, is missing from the Dykes bed. If anyone has this iris variety,
please share a rhizome to replace the missing one.
2005 Calendars - AIS calendar orders are being coordinated by
Elinor Utech. A sign-up sheet for calendars was passed around. The
club buys them for $3.00 and sells them for $4.00 to members.
Mystery Dinner - Discussion of a fun mystery dinner next year.
Cleo Swanson offered to host a mystery dinner for the March meeting, the
first Saturday in March. Alverta will help her. More about this
special event later.
2005 Dues Increase
- The Board of Directors have voted to increase the annual dues to $8.00
per person per year. No membership vote is needed.
Auditing Committee - The Auditing Committee is Zona Lindemann,
Alverta Symes and Bob Symes
Presidential Rhizome -Carol Addeo won the rhizome drawing for
The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
Carol Addeo, Secretary
ADDENDUM TO THE MINUTES:
Missoula Iris Society
Committee Meeting - Thursday, November 11, 2004 at 3:40 pm.
A brief meeting was held Thursday, November 11, 2004 at 3:40 p.m. at
the home of Carol Addeo. Present were President Jim Sadler, Secretary
Carol Addeo and member Elinor Utech.
Subject was the budget funding for an out of state visiting judge. Per
Treasurer Swede Gustafson, additional funds of $500.00 need to be
allocated to the show budget to cover costs in the event an out of state
judge accepts our invitation. This additional funding would cover
travel, lodging and meal expenses. Ann Violette is working on getting a
visiting judge for the 2005 show and for a judges training session.
The committee suggested we transfer $500 from the Fort Gardens budget
to the Show Budget in the event the funds are needed for the visiting
judge. If the funds are not needed for the visiting judge, they will be
returned to the Fort Gardens budget.
Carol Addeo, Secretary