Friday, November 11, 2016

December 2016 Newsletter

Note from the President- The September 8th Annual Plant Exchange was unbelievable with hundreds of plants donated for the event.  Thank you all for sharing!

EMHS is closing the 2016 year with the Annual Holiday Festivities and Gift Exchange on December 8th, 2016 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.

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.   At every meeting, we ask if there is any other topics of discussion, this is your chance to share your ideas or you can tell any Board Member so your thoughts can be shared. 

In this newsletter, you will find a proposed change to the EMHS by-laws.   Please read this proposed change as we will announce it at the December 8th meeting and vote on the proposal at the February 9th, 2017 meeting. 

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 8th meeting,
Glen Pace
EMHS President

Next Meeting- The Annual Holiday Festivities on December 08, 2016 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 time schedule for the evening is;
1700-   Open doors to Hall for Decorating
Networking, set-up refreshments, Sign-in
   Welcome and Introduce Visitors Dinner Served
  Business Meeting
1945    Gift Exchange

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 September 8th, 2016 Meeting Minutes on the blog.  We will vote to accept the minutes at the December 8, 2016 meeting.

2017  EMHS Calendar of Events     ?denotes need for topic, speaker, and/or place
Meeting Dates- Places- Speakers/topic      
Jan – no meeting
Feb 9- Mayfield Twp. Hall, ?_____________
Mar – Hosta College – no meeting
April 13- Mayfield Twp. Hall- ?________________
May 11- Mayfield Twp. Hall, ?_________________
June 08- ?______________________, ?_________________
July 13- ?______________________, ?_________________
Aug 10- ?______________________, ?_________________
Sept 14 – ?______________________, Plant Exchange
Oct 12- Mayfield Twp. Hall, ?_________________
Nov 09- Annual Board Meeting, Whitey’s in Davison
Dec 14- Christmas Party, Mayfield Twp. Hall

Hosting a Summer Meeting- We need volunteers to host our summer meetings.  I will have a sign-up sheet at the next meeting if you are willing to open your gardens to our group and host one of the summer member garden meetings. 

Proposed By-Law Change- At the November 10, 2016 Board Meeting it was decide that there needed to be a change to the by-laws under Article IV- Officers:  Add- *Election of Officers- The election of President and Treasurer shall be on even years.  The election of Vice-President and Secretary shall be on odd years. *  This proposal is to alleviate problems with Officer transition if multiple officers changed in any one year.     

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.  The only three left are XXL.        Contact Glen at

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  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.
Hanner, Mark/Becky- Pottery.
Hunter, Barb- Hosta, Daylilies, Pond supplies.
Lisik, Phil/Ginger-Hosta, Daylilies, other plants.
Pickard, Carolyn- Daylilies, Hosta.
     989-871-2873, robfamily5

Websites of Interest:
American Hosta Society-
American Hosta Society Convention-  
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: Gordon BurnsideSVHS Treasurer, 11640 W Freeland Rd. Freeland, MI 48623

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

Meeting Minutes September 08, 2016

The Meeting – was held at the home of Ken & Marlene Daniels and it was our annual Plant Exchange.

Networking – 5:00 PM, setup refreshments, sign in and stroll through Ken & Marlene’s gardens.

Potluck – the meeting was called to order by President Glen Pace at 6:00 PM, everyone enjoyed a wonderful potluck dinner.

Business Meeting – we had a quick business meeting before the plant exchange. Glen Pace thanked Ken & Marlene for opening their home and gardens for the meeting.

Approval of Minutes – (August 11, 2016) – there were no corrections to the minutes from the August meeting.  Motion to accept the minutes was made by Cathy Hodgson, and seconded by Becky Hanner.  Membership voted to accept the August meeting minutes.

Treasurer’s report – Barb Hunter was not available, but had left the report with Glen Pace, He reported we had a beginning balance of $XXX.XX a total income of $XXX.XX and total expenditures of $XXX.XX leaving us with an ending balance of $XXX.XX for August 2016.  Steve Balabon made a motion to accept August’s treasurer report; it was seconded by Mick Hodgson.  Membership voted to accept August treasurer report.

Plant Exchange – This had to be our biggest plant exchange ever, in the amount of plants that were brought in... Everyone enjoyed the plant exchange and went home with some wonderful new plants & and a few other goodies.

Calendar of Events – There will be no October meeting.  Glen Pace will be speaking at the Michigan Garden Club if anyone would like to attend.  There is no meeting in November but the board will be meeting November 10, 2016 for the annual Board Meeting.  December 8 will be our Christmas Party held at Mayfield Twp. Hall.  Decorating will begin at 5:00 PM

T-Shirts – EMHS/Hosta Addiction t-shirts are still available (XXL only).  See Glen to purchase.

Name Badges – If you need a name badge please sign the available sheet.  First one free and replacements are $2.00 each.  Please save the magnet from the back of a ruined badge to save cost.

Other Announcements – Mark Hanner was recognized at the Michigan Hosta Society for his contributions to the many Hosta Societies in which he has held office with multiple Societies at one time.  Congratulations Mark!

Adjourned   The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 PM
Respectfully submitted
Marlene Daniels