Wednesday, July 26, 2017

August 2017 Newsletter

Note from the President-  Unforeseen family issues changed our July meeting plans.  Mark’s dad is doing much better now and plans to return to his apartment soon.   We will try to plan the clay pinch-pot project with the Hanners for a future date.
            I also want to thank Barb Hunter for offering to open her gardens on a last-minute basis for our July meeting.  Barb’s gardens are beautiful plantings with many unique sculptures.  Barb also offers many Hosta cultivars for sale as well as water plants, Koi, succulents, and several other selections.  If you didn’t take time to look at the plants Barb was selling or you saw something you wanted but didn’t buy it at the meeting, just give Barb a call and make an appointment to go for a visit.  In addition, I want to thank all the members that donated items for the door prize drawing and raffle drawings.  These donations are enjoyed by the winners and are a great way for our members to enjoy the benefits of EMHS. 

                The Hosta world mourns the passing of one of our members, Jan Everson.  Jan's experience with hostas runs deep, as she has developed a nice shade garden at their home in Troy, has toured many gardens on national and state hosta society tours and shared these tours with us in prior years, and has served in many different roles in the Metro Detroit Hosta Society, the Michigan Hosta Society, and the Great Lakes Hosta Society.   Most recently, Jan served as editor of the MHS newsletter, producing an award-winning print and online publication.  Jan was the speaker for our February meeting this year presenting “The Blooming Mojave Desert”.   Please keep Jan’s husband Bob and her sister Sarah in your thoughts as they go through this difficult time. 

            Our August meeting will be at John and Annette Gavit’s in Saginaw.  If you have never been to John and Annette’s you are in for a treat of something different.  The front yard is a collection of well grown Hosta and companion plants and the back yard has the most unique pathways you will ever see. 

            Please remember to bring your own chair and bug spray to the summer meetings.   Also remember to bring your favorite dish to pass for the potluck. 

            I look forward to seeing you at John and Annette’s in Saginaw on August 10th!

Glen Pace
EMHS President

Next Meeting- August 10th, 2017 at the Gavits, 1551 Coolidge, Saginaw, MI 48638.  Ph 989-793-1339   If you get lost on the way you can call for help. 

Directions- From Lapeer, take I-69 West to I-75 North.   Drive North on I-75 to I-675 North (exit 150).  Drive 2.75 miles to Exit 3, M-58/Davenport toward Michigan Ave.   Continue West on    M-58/Davenport 3.1 miles to Coolidge Ave.  Turn Left (South)and drive 0.4 miles to house on right. 

           Or from the Mayfield Twp. Hall in Lapeer- Drive 25 miles North to M-46 Turn Left (West) and drive 25 miles to I-75 North.  Drive North 0.5 mile to I-675 North (Exit 150).  Drive 2.75 miles to Exit 3, M-58/Davenport toward Michigan Ave.   Continue West on M-58 /Davenport 3.1 miles to Coolidge Ave.  Turn Left (South)and drive 0.4 miles to house on right.

This meeting is another one of our summer garden tour meetings.   Please remember to bring your own chair, bug spray, your favorite dish to pass for the potluck, and plan to have a great time.
The time schedule for the evening is;
1700-   Networking
  Business Meeting
1915-   View Gardens

Review the July 13th, 2017 Meeting Minutes on the blog.  We will vote to accept the minutes at the August 10th, 2017 meeting.

Club Plants- The last of the 2017 EMHS Plant Sale- these plants will be offered as a “Silent Auction” at the August 10th meeting.   Be sure to bring extra money for this Silent Auction.   The Fund Raising Committee wants to finish this year’s Plant Sale so they can close the books on this fund raiser. 

2017  EMHS Calendar of Events    
Meeting Dates- Places- Speakers/topic      
Sept 14 – Melva Bonds in Bridgeport- Plant Exchange
Oct 12- Mayfield Twp. Hall, ?_________________
Nov 09- Annual Board Meeting, Whitey’s in Davison
Dec 14- Christmas Party, Mayfield Twp. Hall

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.  

Club Members selling Hosta or Related Products-
Please call or email to set an appointment before visiting
Brown, Deb- Aeroponic Tower Garden. 505-379-9100,
Daniels, Marlene- Bottle wind chimes. 810-664-8317,
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,

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 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

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

Saginaw Valley Hosta Society, Dues $20 per year per household, Make check payable to SVHS and mail to: Gordon Burnside, 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

July 13, 2017 Meeting Minutes

The Meeting – was held at Barb Hunters home.

Networking – 5:00PM Gardens open, sign in, networking

Refreshments – 6:00PM the meeting was called to order by President Glen Pace, Glen thanked Barb for opening her home and gardens on such short notice, visitors were introduced and a wonderful potluck was enjoyed by all.

Approval of Minutes – there were no changes to the minutes from the June 2017 meeting.  Motion to accept the minutes was made by Paulette Johnson and seconded by Steve Balabon.  The membership voted to accept the June 2017 meeting minutes.

Treasurer’s Report – no treasurer report was given, we will get two next month and vote accordingly.

Calendar Of Events – Glen went over the calendar, our next meeting will be at the home of the Gavit’s in Saginaw.  September’s meeting is the plant exchange at it will be held at the home of Melva Bond.  As of this time we do not have anything scheduled for our October meeting.  If anyone has any ideas please see Glen.  November is the annual board meeting and if anyone would like to attend they are most certainly welcome.  December ends our year with our annual Christmas party.

Break – 7:20PM the membership took a quick break.

Raffle – Thank you to Glen Pace, Gene Arms, Pat Salk and Bill Kapustka, Mick & Cathy Hodgson, Linda Ballard, Joy Boots, Deb Brown, Ethan Griffith, and Darlene Nadane for donating items for our raffle and door prizes.

Mick and Cathy Hodgson’s 50th - the EMHS Members are invited to join Mick and Cathy to celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary on August 12th from 2PM -4PM at the Lapeer County Sportsman’s Club 1213 N. Lake George Rd. Attica, MI 48412.  In lieu of a gift, please consider donating to Lapeer County Sportsman’s Club Camp Wilderness Fund for Children. 

Next meeting – Our next meeting will be held at the home of Annette and John Gavit in Saginaw.

Adjourned – A motion was made by Bruce Pollard to adjourn the meeting.  Meeting was adjourned at 7:42PM

Respectfully Submitted
Marlene Daniels