Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December 2015 Newsletter

Note from the President-   EMHS is closing the 2015 year with the annual Christmas Party on December 10th, 2015 at the Mayfield Township Hall in Lapeer, MI 48446.  This is our biggest potluck of the year so please bring your favorite dish to pass and plan on having a lot of Holiday fun.  The details of the event are covered later in this newsletter.

I want to thank all of the people who donated plants, crafts, and other items to the raffle and door prize drawings.  The monthly raffle drawings are one of the biggest fund raisers for EMHS and the door prize drawings are an added bonus for members and visitors attending the meetings.
Next, I want to thank all of the people that brought food for the potlucks throughout the year.  One of the things EMHS is known for is the fantastic potlucks at the monthly meetings and this year was no exception.

A special thank you goes out to all of those that helped with the Michigan Hosta Tour hosted by EMHS.  The tour was a wonderful success and a lot of people were involved in the planning of the tour, prepping the gardens for viewing, and providing baked goods for the visitors as well as doing demonstrations for the visitors and working the day of the tour insured that the 2015 tour would be one to be enjoyed by all that attended.  The persons involved are to be applauded for all of their hard work!

Another thank you goes out to the EMHS Board.  This dedicated group of members continues to direct the entire group in an onward and upward fashion.  At our annual Board Meeting we discuss the plans for the next year which takes a number of hours, but ask you, our members to share your thoughts and ideas of what you would like to see planned for future meetings of EMHS. 

Lastly, I want to thank you, our members, for being the kind, helpful, sharing people you are toward each other and especially to our visitors.  Because of this, our club continues to grow and with that growth comes the ability to contract more well-known speakers which in turn assists us in our “Purpose” which is, to promote the interest of hostas and shade gardening; to extend horticultural education and activities to its members and the community.

See you at the December 10th meeting,
Glen Pace
EMHS President

Next Meeting- THE EMHS 2015 Christmas Party will be held on December 10th, 2015 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).  

The doors will open at 5:00 PM for decorating, Networking at 6:00 PM, Dinner at 6:30 PM, Business Meeting at 7:30 PM, and Gift Exchange at 7:45 PM. 

For those wishing to help decorate you can arrive as early as 5:00PM.  This annual event is always a lot of fun and a great way to end the year for the club.  The Club will provide the meat (ham) and table set-ups.  We do ask that everybody bring a dish to pass as this is our biggest potluck of the year.  

We will be doing the gift exchange as we have done in the past.  If you are interested in exchanging gifts, all you have to do is bring a wrapped non-gender-specific gift with a value of $10.  All the gifts will be laid at the front of the room and during the party we will call names from the sign-up sheet of the people who brought gifts.  When your name is called you go pick out a gift.  Nobody is required to bring a gift for the exchange, but if you do not bring one please understand that you will not be able to place your name on the list to pick one out.  This is the only way to assure that all people who bring a gift will receive one.

Review the October 08, 2015 Meeting Minutes on the blog.  We will vote to accept the minutes at the December 10th meeting.

2016  Calendar of Events     ?denotes need for topic, speaker, or place
Jan – no meeting
Feb 11- Mayfield Twp. Hall-  Don LaFond
Mar – Hosta College – no meeting
April 14- Mayfield Twp. Hall-  Julia Hoffley
May 12- ?_____________________, ?_________________
June 9- ?______________________, ?_________________
July 14- Garden Tour at the Arms Garden
Aug 11- Garden Tour at the Balabon Garden
Sept 8 – Annual Plant Exchange,   ?_________________
Oct 13- ?_____________________, ?__________________
Nov 10- Annual Board Meeting,    ?__________________
Dec 8- Christmas Party, Mayfield Twp. Hall

Consider Hosting an EMHS Meeting- above you see the EMHS 2016 calendar of events with a number of openings for meeting places.  We ask that you consider hosting a summer garden meeting at your garden.  There will be a sign-up sheet at the December 10th meeting.  Sharing our gardens is a way for all of us to learn; we get ideas for new plantings, insect control, garden art, and learn how other gardeners express themselves through their gardens.  We all have something to share, please share your knowledge with the rest of us.

Name Badges- If you need one of the new EMHS name badges, please put your printed name on the sign-up sheet at any meeting or you can email Glen with your request.  Glen will try to have your name badge at the next meeting. 

The EMHS T-shirts featuring Joseph Tychonievich's Hosta Addiction self-test are $18.00 each.  Sizes available are XXL and XXXL.  Contact Glen- PaceGardens@charter.net

The proceeds from the sale of this shirt go to promote our “Purpose” which is, to promote the interest of hostas and shade gardening; to extend horticultural education and activities to its members and the community.

Comments to the EMHS blog:  I am mentioning blog posting to let you know that your comments to the blog can be published too.  All you have to do is go to the EMHS blog at http://easternmichiganhostasociety.blogspot.com  and comment to a blog posting which will alert me that you have made a comment.  Once I deem the comment valid for publishing I will okay and it will automatically be posted.  Please note that I cannot edit or spell check your comments, all I can do is to publish, ignore, or delete your comments.  All comments will be screened by me to deter any vulgarity or inappropriate comments being published to the EMHS blog.    Glen

Club Members selling Hosta or related products;
Please call or email to set an appointment before visiting
Daniels, Marlene- Bottle wind chimes.
     810-664-8317, gardenfairy50@aol.com
Hanner, Mark/Becky- Pottery.
     810-631-4292, mhanner@aol.com
Hunter, Barb- Hosta, Daylilies, Pond supplies.
     810-664-7531, baha@chartermi.net
Lisik, Phil/Ginger-Hosta, Daylilies, other plants.
     989-642-5772, lisik46@yahoo.com
Pickard, Carolyn- Daylilies, Hosta.
     989-871-2873, robfamily5 @yahoo.com
Smith, Stan/Mary Lou- Concrete leaves.
      989-845-3455 smlsmith@chartermi.net

Websites of Interest:
American Hosta Society-
American Hosta Society Convention-       http://www.americanhostasociety.org/Activities/Conventions.htm  
AHS Hosta Library Website-
Michigan Hosta Society Website-
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

Saginaw Valley Hosta Society, Dues $20 per year per household, Make check payable to SVHS and mail to: Marge Greskowiak, SVHS Treasurer, 10025 Lakewood Dr., Saginaw, MI 48609

EMHS Board of Officers:
President                     Glen Pace
     PaceGardens@charter.net      989-244-4029
Vice-President             Becky Hanner
     BGHanner@aol.com             810-631-4292
Treasurer                     Barb Hunter
     baha@chartermi.net               810-664-7531
Secretary                     Marlene Daniels
     gardenfairy50@aol.com         810-664-8317
Past President             Mark Hanner
     mhanner@aol.com                  810-631-4292
Fund-Raising              Mick & Cathy Hodgson     
     cehodgso@hotmail.com         810-664-8985