Thursday, January 17, 2013

February 2013 Newsletter

Note from the President- Another year has passed and now we must look forward.  EMHS has another year of programs and events already planned or in the planning stages.  Another bus trip to find more plants for your gardens, new speakers, new program topics, and new members gardens to see are just some of the things to look forward to this year. 
As always we will begin the year with Jan Everson’s presentation of last year’s AHS Convention and Garden Tour.  Jan’s program is always a great way to start the new season of Hosta growing by giving ideas of what you can look for to add to your own garden, ideas of what you can change to enhance your own gardens, or maybe persuading somebody to attend the current year’s convention by showing all the fun a convention can be.
 Mick and Cathy Hodgson have already unveiled the 2013 EMHS Hosta Stone at last year’s Christmas Party.  If you haven’t already ordered your stone featuring "Indiana Bob" Balitewicz’s H. Krugerrand, you should contact the Hodgson’s.  The public unveiling of this year’s stone will be at Hosta College on March 15th and 16th.  As always we need members to volunteer to help transport the stones to Piqua, OH.  If you are able to help with this project, please contact Mick and Cathy at 810-664-8985.
I spoke with Attorney Jim Meyer this morning.  Jim has all of the paperwork he needs to complete the application process for the 501c3 status we are seeking for EMHS.  Jim stated he would update me as to the status of the process in a week. 
Review the attachments about the Nematode Project, we will vote on this at the Feb meeting.

Next Meeting- Our next meeting will be on February 14th at 6:00 PM at the Mayfield Twp. Hall, 1900 N. Saginaw, Lapeer, MI 48446.  This is our regular meeting place located just south of the point of M-24 and N. Saginaw, (the driveway just north of the Cemetery).
Our speaker for this meeting will be Jan Everson who will present her annual program on the AHS Convention and Garden Tour.  Jan makes this program every year after attending the AHS Convention so that those not able to attend the Convention and Garden Tour can still enjoy a mini tour of the events.  Be sure to bring a notepad as you will see pictures of plants that you want to find for your own garden. 

Seeking Nominations for Officer Position- Carolyn Pickard has decided to not seek re-election as Vice President for the 2013-2015 term.  Due to this we are seeking nominations for a new Vice-President.  Nominations will be accepted at the February meeting.  The duties of the position are;
Vice President- Assumes the duties of President when the President is absent.  Co-signatory on EMHS checking account, helps set-up hall for meetings, sends thank you notes to speakers or hosts for current meeting. 
If you are interested in helping our club in this capacity please talk with Glen, Mark, Marlene, or Barb. 

Hosta College- This is Hosta College’s 20th Anniversary. 
Registration for Hosta College 2013 will start at:
6:00 a.m. on February 2, 2013 for Teachers and Board Members
6:00 a.m. on February 9, 2013 for GLRHS Members
6:00 a.m. on February 16, 2013 for Non-Members
Registration will close at Midnight on February 28, 2013
The 2013 Hosta College Gift Plant is: H. Linda Blue
If you are a member of MHS you can register as a member of GLRHS.  To become an MHS Member;
Dues are $15 per household for up to two people, good for 2 years. Make checks payable to: The Michigan Hosta Society and send to; Michigan Hosta Society, 2509 Wembly Lane, Troy, MI 48084-1280
For more info about Hosta College, visit  .

Hosta Stones- The hybridizer for 2013 is "Indiana Bob" Balitewicz and the Hosta is Krugerrand.  H. Krugerrand is a large, upright mound, thick bright gold foliage, large leaf 14 X 10 inches up to 171/2 X 131/2 inches, 17 vein pairs, ovate shape, moderately wavy. slightly corrugated, with pale lavender flowers.  The official unveiling of the 2013 Hosta Stone will be at Hosta College in Piqua, OH on March 15th, 2013.
There are nine 2012 Hosta Stones featuring Ron Livingston’s H. “Alakazaam” left this year.  On hand are; 2 Brown, 2 Brn/Blk/Cream, 1 Moss, and 4 Iron.  The price is $35.00 for each stone.  We also have two 2011 Stones featuring Van Wade’s H. “American Halo”.  These stones are in natural color and are $30.00 each.  If interested in purchasing any of these stones please call Cathy Hodgson at 810-664-8985.

Review the last meeting minutes on the blog.  We will vote to accept the minutes as written at the next meeting.    

2013 Calendar of Events:
Feb 14th EMH Meeting, Mayfield Twp. Hall, Jan Everson speaker,
            Nominations of Officers
March- no meeting,
March 15-16th- Hosta College in Piqua, OH
April 11th- EMHS Meeting Mayfield Twp. Hall,
May 9th- EMHS Meeting, Mayfield Twp. Hall, Glen Pace speaker,
            Voting of Officers
May ?- MHS Workday at Hidden Lake Gardens
June 2nd- Hosta Hybridizers Group, Ann Arbor
            Matthieu Botanical Gardens
June 13th- EMHS Meeting, Phil/Ginger Lisik in Hemlock, MI
June 13-15thAHS Nat’l Meeting, Milwaukee, WI
June 22nd- MHS Garden Walk
June 27th- EMHS Bus Trip, Interlochen
June 28-29th- Great Lakes Regional Tailgate, IN
July 11th- EMHS Meeting, Helen Wischmeyer in Vassar
July 13th- MHS Leaf Show/Plant Sale, Lansing, MI
July 28th- Hosta Hybridizers Group, Ann Arbor
            Matthieu Botanical Gardens
August 8th- EMHS Meeting, Rhonda Laur in Otter Lake, MI
August 25th- MHS Annual Meeting/Workday,
            Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, MI
Sept. 12th- EMHS Plant Exchange
October 10th- EMHS Meeting, Mayfield Twp. Hall
Nov 3rd- Hosta Hybridizers Group, Ann Arbor
            Matthieu Botanical Gardens
Nov- no EMHS meeting
December 12th- EMHS Christmas Party, Mayfield Twp. Hall

Need a Host- We need a member to host the September meeting.  Please let Glen know if you are willing to host this meeting.  This is our annual plant exchange meeting so the gardens will have to have a large open area to seat all the members as well as have room for all the donated plants for the exchange. 

2013 Interlochen Bus Trip- June 27th, 2013
If you are planning to go on this bus tour please contact Carolyn at 989-871-2873 so she has an accurate accounting of those who will be prepaying the deposit.
Bus will leave Meijer parking lot in Birch Run at 8:00 AM (loading begins at 0730)
Stop at McDonald’s in Clare for bathroom break at 9:30 AM
Arrive in Interlochen at 11:30
Stop for lunch in Interlochen
Arrive at Interlochen Perennial Farm at 1:30 PM, tour, shop and reload bus to leave by 3:30 PM
Arrive at Cedar Hedge Gardens, tour, shop, reload bus in 1.5-2 hours.
Arrive back in Clio or Birch Run around 8:00 PM
The EMHS Board by majority vote has authorized the trip to be subsidized by the club so that each member attending will pay only $25.00 (non-refundable deposit) for the trip as long as at least 30 people reserve a spot on the bus by paying the deposit in advance.  Anybody that is not an EMHS Member can go on the bus trip by paying an additional $5.00 ($30.00 non-refundable deposit).
Any immediate questions can be directed to Carolyn Pickard at 989-871-2873. 

Club Members selling Hosta or related products;
Please call or email to set an appointment before visiting
Hanner, Mark/Becky- Pottery.  810-631-4292,
Hunter, Barb- Hosta, Daylilies, Pond supplies. 810-664-7531,
Lisik, Phil/Ginger-Hosta, Daylilies, other plants.  989-642-5772,
Pickard, Carolyn- Daylilies, Hosta.   989-871-2873,
Salk, Pat/Bill Kapustka, Daylilies.  810-678-3519,
Smith, Stan/Mary Lou, Concrete leaves, toad houses.  989-845-3455

Websites of Interest:
American Hosta Society-
American Hosta Society Convention Website-
AHS Hosta Library Website-
Michigan Hosta Society Website-
Eastern Michigan Hosta Society blog-
Hosta College Website-

Hosta Society Membership info-
American Hosta Society
,  $30 individual, $57/2 years, $34 family, $62/2 years
Send dues to: Sandie Markland, AHS Membership Secretary, Post Office Box 7539, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Michigan Hosta Society,
Dues are $15 per household for up to two people, good for 2 years. Make checks payable to: The Michigan Hosta Society and send to; Michigan Hosta Society, 2509 Wembly Lane, Troy, MI 48084-1280

Eastern Michigan Hosta Society, Dues $5 per year per household, Make check payable to EMHS and mail to: Barb Hunter, EMHS Treasurer, 316 Davis Lake Rd. Lapeer, MI 48746

EMHS Board of Officers:
President                     Glen Pace                989-244-4029
Vice-President            Carolyn Pickard          989-871-2873
Treasurer                    Barb Hunter                      810-664-7531
Secretary                    Marlene Daniels          810-664-8317
Past President             Mark Hanner                      810-631-4292
Fund-                          Mick and                    
Raising                        Cathy Hodgson           810-664-8985

December 6, 2012 Meeting Minutes

The Meeting was held at the Mayfield Twp. Hall on December 6th, 2012.

The doors opened at 5:00 PM to decorate the hall for our Christmas Party and to receive guests.

Networking began at 6:00 PM.

Dinner started at 6:30 PM.

The Meeting was called to order at 7:15 PM by President Glen Pace. Being this was our Christmas Party, we started the meeting by exchanging gifts for those that wished to participate.

The Business Meeting was called to order at 7:55 PM.

Plant Exchange Voting- We passed out ballots to vote on the future rules of our plant exchange.  Results of voting were; 11 votes to have $5.00 table and drawing according to meetings attended, 8 votes to have no changes, 7 votes to have $5.00 table, and 5 votes to have drawing according to meetings attended.  Eric Hahn and Becky Hanner counted votes and the new rules for plant exchange are as follows: There will be a $5.00 table and the members that had attended all 8-9 previous meetings would be the first to be drawn at the plant exchange. Those members that had attended 6-7 meetings would be drawn in the second round. The third round of drawing would consist of those that attended 4-5 meetings. Fourth round would be those that attended 2-3 meetings and those that were attending their first meeting would be drawn last. 

Board Member Voting- For our by-laws we needed to clarify the Board positions.  Results unanimous with 31 votes to be as have been practiced; President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Past President, and Fund Raising.

Welcomed and thanked Barb Hunter for being our new treasurer.  Mary Smith was thanked for her excellent job as EMHS Treasurer since 2009.

EMHS Bank Account- our bank account was changed from PNC to Security Credit Union, discussion was heard as to why this took place.

Officer’s Position opens in May by VP Carolyn Pickard stepping down. Carolyn was thanked for her years of service to EMHS.  Nominations will be accepted beginning at the February meeting and voting will take place in May.

Host for September meeting is still being sought.

Trip to Interlochen details were discussed, last date for EMHS to cancel with Blue Lake Charter is June 12, 2013. Parking will be at the Meijer in Birch Run. Any questions please contact Carolyn Pickard.  Last date for attendee to cancel with EMHS is May 2nd, 2013. 

Gift of $50.00 was given to Betty White from Mayfield Twp. Hall as a thank you.

Next Meeting is February 14th at 6:00 PM at the Mayfield Twp. Hall. Jan Everson will be our speaker.

Adjournment at 8:25 PM

Respectfully submitted,
Marlene Daniels
EMHS Secretary