Wednesday, January 11, 2017

February 2017 Newsletter

Note from the President-  It is time to think about our spring gardens; the clean-up, what to buy new as accents in the garden, and what changes we want to make in the garden.  A great place to get ideas for what can be purchased, done to change the garden, get some education, and have a great time with people who have common interests is at Hosta College in Piqua, OH on March 17th and 18th.   Hosta College is: educational, interactive, lots of fun, a great place to find what’s new for your garden, a place to buy Hosta, Companion Plants, Hosta Stones, Books, Garden Tools, Unique Art, Clothing, and where you see friends you only get to see once per year at Hosta College in Piqua, OH.   The registration fee is $42 if you are a member of Michigan Hosta Society and this entitles you to the Vendor area, book/tool sales area, the plant auction on Friday evening, and 6 classes that you choose from a class schedule posted on the Hosta College website.  One of the most fun things is going to the after-hours gatherings at each of the Hotels that people stay at.   This year the Comfort Inn in Piqua has been blocked for attendees as well as some rooms at the Piqua La Quinta.   There are also nice hotels in Troy just a few miles south of Piqua which have been very accommodating of the gatherings, letting us use their conference rooms until the wee hours of the morning. 

More information about Hosta College can be found by going to

Our February meeting is going to be something totally different for us.  Jan Everson will present “The Blooming Mohave Desert”.   This presentation was created by Jan after her and husband Bob visited the Mohave on two different occasions while it was in bloom.  The pictures in Jan’s presentation are sure to be spectacular! 

Please read the section in this newsletter “Proposed By-Law Change”.  We will be voting at the February 9th meeting about this proposed change.  This topic was discussed at the December 2016 meeting.   If anybody has questions regarding the proposal, please talk with any board member or you can ask at the February meeting as a discussion before the vote on the subject. 

Please go to the EMHS blog at and read December Meeting Minutes.  These Minutes are published for the membership to review as an accurate record of our meetings.  We can all make mistakes and this is your opportunity to correct any mistakes we have made. 

If any member has ideas of what topics they would like to have as a meeting presentation, please let me know.   I try to schedule presentations that will interest a variety of people, but any suggestions are welcome. 

See you at the February 9th meeting,
Glen Pace
EMHS President

Next Meeting- February 9th, 2017 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-   Networking
2000-   Business Meeting

The Program for the evening will be "The Blooming Mohave Desert" presented by Jan Everson.   This presentation was compiled after Jan and Bob Everson visited the Mohave Desert while in its blooming period.  The desert has breath-taking bloom displays after receiving perfect rain periods.  This presentation will show what Mother Nature can do to a dry parched landscape. 

Review the December 8th, 2016 Meeting Minutes on the blog.  We will vote to accept the minutes at the February 9th, 2017 meeting.

2017  EMHS Calendar of Events     ?denotes need for topic, speaker, and/or place
Meeting Dates- Places- Speakers/topic      
Feb 11- Mayfield Twp. Hall, The Blooming Desert
Mar – Hosta College – no meeting
April 13- Mayfield Twp. Hall- ?________________
May 11- Mayfield Twp. Hall, ?_________________
June 08- Pace Gardens in Clio, Garden Tour
July 13- the Hanner’s in Otisville,  Clay Hosta Project
Aug 10- the Gavit’s in Saginaw, Garden Tour
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 June and September 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 these garden meetings. 

Proposed By-Law Change- At the November 10, 2016 Board Meeting it was decided 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.    

MHS Gift Memberships- Michigan Hosta Society donated four gift memberships to EMHS to be used as door prizes for EMHS members that were not MHS members.  The winners were Marlene Daniels, The Trotts’, Melva Bond who gave the gift to Robin Bratton, and we cannot remember the fourth person, sorry!  When we find out at this meeting who won the door prize, we will publish the name of the new MHS Member.

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

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

December 8, 2016 Meeting Minutes

The Meeting – was held at the Mayfield Twp. Hall

Networking – 5:00 PM, setup refreshments, decorate for Christmas party.

Refreshments – the meeting was called to order at 6:00 PM by President Glen Pace.  Everyone enjoyed the lovely Christmas potluck and ham dinner.

Business Meeting – the meeting was called back to order at 7:05 PM by President Glen Pace he gave thanks to the board members, Jan and Ken Zawisa, and the membership for all the hard work that goes into making our club a success. Mark Hanner wanted to also thank Glen Pace, Marlene Daniels, and Barb Hunter for all they do for the club.

Approval of Minutes – there were no corrections to the minutes from the September 8, 2016 minutes.  Motion to accept the minutes was made by Teresa Dillon, and seconded by Pam Malow-Isham.  The membership voted to accept the September minutes.

Treasurer’s Report – Barb Hunter, treasurer, November 2016 beginning balance was $XXX.xx, total income of $5.00 and no expenditures leaving the club with an ending balance of $XXX.xx.  Paulette Johnson made a motion to accept the November 2016 treasurer report and Mark Hanner seconded it.  The membership voted to accept the November 2016 treasurer report.

Upcoming dates for 2017 meetings-Glen Pace went over the dates for 2017 meetings, also the club needs members to volunteer their gardens for summer meetings.  Glen asked the membership to please let the board know if there were any topics they would like the club to have in upcoming meetings at the hall.

Board Meeting-the board met on November 10, 2016 for the annual board meeting.  It was decided that there needed to be some election changes.  Glen Pace made the proposal that the President and treasurer will be elected on even years, and the Vice President and secretary will be elected on odd years.  This will be voted on by the membership at the February 2017 meeting.

T-Shirts-the membership has 2 XL t-shirts left, which we will donate to Hosta College if no one buys them by March 2017.

Plant Exchange-The board voted that Cathy Hodgson will now be in charge of the $5.00 table.

Announcements-Michigan Hosta society gave 4 paid memberships as door prizes. Members were asked to sign up and numbers were drawn for the winners. Bruce Pollard gave an update on Hosta Hillside and explained what Michigan Hosta Society’s involvement is at Hosta Hillside. Rob Trott asked if the membership would join him in singing happy birthday to Mick Hodgson which the membership all did happily. There were no other announcements.

Break-the club took a break at 7:30 and resumed at 7:40.

Gift Exchange-Participation was for those that brought a gift to exchange.

Next Meeting-February 9, 2017 will be our next meeting at the Mayfield Twp. Hall.


Respectfully submitted

Marlene Daniels