Tuesday, August 22, 2017

September 2017 Newsletter

Note from the President- There is only a few weeks before our annual plant exchange which is on September 14th.  If you have not already potted the plants you are planning to bring to the exchange I suggest you do it as soon as possible to give the plant some time to adjust to a pot.  As always, we ask you to not bring invasive plants to the exchange/meeting as they will not be permitted into the exchange.  

This meeting is always a blast and everybody leaves with new plants (sometimes many plants) to use in their own yard.  There are a couple of things to remember about the Plant Exchange meeting; bring something to exchange, each membership (single, couple, or family) gets only one name in the drawing canister, look things over as the drawing is being held as we have to go fast to get finished before dark.  The exchange is not limited to plants.  *Please put a name label in each plant you bring to the exchange (It is nice know what a plant is when you plant it in your garden).  Also, please do not bring any invasive species such as Lily of the Valley, Houttuynia (Chameleon plant), Ostrich Ferns, Bishops Weed, etc.  Suggestions of plants to bring are Hosta, companion plants, ornamental trees/shrubs, or garden related items such as bird houses, garden ornaments, watering wands, ornamental pots, etc.

The Plant Exchange drawing is decided by the number of meetings each membership has attended in the past year, starting with the Sept 8th 2016 meeting and ending with the August 10, 2017 meeting.  The first set of names will be those that have attended all eight meetings.  Next will be those members that attended seven of eight meetings, and so on.  When your name is called you can choose a plant from the main group or you can choose a plant from the $5.00 table, give Cathy your name so she can keep track of your total, then pay Cathy at the end of the Exchange. 

One change to the Annual Plant Exchange that was decided at the Annual Board Meeting on November 10, 2016 is that the donor is the one to decide if their donation is to be placed on the $5.00 table or if it is to be placed in the main exchange. 

The September Meeting/Annual Plant Exchange will be held at the home of Melva Bond in Bridgeport, MI.  Don’t forget to bring your favorite dish to pass for the potluck, a chair to sit in, and at least one thing for the Plant Exchange as well as money if you plan to use the $5.00 table as part of your Plant Exchange experience.

For the September meeting I will start the business portion of the meeting while the potluck is underway to try and keep us from running the exchange after twilight.   Once we start the Exchange the name drawing will go quickly so please take a look at the plants in the exchange before your name is called. 

See you at the September 14th, 2017 Annual Plant Exchange/meeting,
Glen Pace
EMHS President

Next Meeting- Annual Plant Exchange on September 14th at Melva Bond’s gardens, 3122 Ramond, Saginaw, MI 48601.  Phone- 517-304-0847.   Melva lives in Bridgeport just off Dixie Hwy.
Directions from Lapeer;
Take I-69 West to I-75 North. 
Take I-75 North  27.7 miles to Exit 144B (Bridgeport/Dixie Hwy)
Turn right on to Dixie Hwy. and drive 1.8 miles to Gretchen St.
Turn left onto Gretchen and drive 0.1 miles to Egan St.
Turn right onto Egan St. and follow around the curve to the left (turns into Ramond)
Destination will be on the left
Parking will be across the street on the right in the open field.

The time schedule for the evening is;
1700-   Networking/Viewing Gardens
  Business Meeting
1845-   Plant Exchange

Review the August 10th, 2017 Meeting Minutes on the blog.  We will vote to accept the August 10th Minutes at the Sept 14th meeting. 

2017  EMHS Calendar of Events    
Meeting Dates- Places- Speakers/topic      
Oct 12-?_________________
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, www.debbrown.towergarden.com
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,
Lisik, Phil/Ginger-Hosta, Daylilies, other plants.  989-642-5772,
Pickard, Carolyn- Daylilies, Hosta.   989-871-2873,
robfamily5 @yahoo.com

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 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

Websites of Interest:
American Hosta Society- http://www.americanhostasociety.org/
American Hosta Society Convention Website- http://www.americanhostasociety.org/Activities/Conventions.htm
AHS Hosta Library Website-
Michigan Hosta Society Website-
Eastern Michigan Hosta Society blog-
Hosta College Website- http://ihostohio.com/portal/glhc/

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
     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 

August 10, 2017 Meeting Minutes

The Meeting – was held at the home of Annette and John Gavit.

Networking – 5:00 pm Gardens open, sign in, networking.

Refreshments – 6:00pm the meeting was called to order by President Glen Pace.  Glen thanked the Gavits for opening their home and gardens for the club and a wonderful potluck was enjoyed by all.

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

Treasurer’s Report – Barb Hunter was absent, secretary Marlene Daniels gave the June 2017 treasurer’s report with a starting balance of $XXX.xx, a total income for the month was $XX.xx, no expenditures, leaving the club with an ending balance of $XXX.xx. A motion to accept the report was made by Steve Balabon and Mark Hanner seconded it.  The membership voted to accept the June 2017 treasurer’s report.  Marlene also gave the July 2017 treasurer’s report with a starting balance of $XXX.xx, a total income for the month was $XX.xx, and there were no expenditures for the month, leaving the club with an ending balance of $XXX.xx.  Motion to accept the treasurer’s report was made by Dyane Moore, and Betty Valentine seconded it.  The membership voted to accept the July 2017 treasurer’s report. 

Calendar of Events – Our next meeting is the plant exchange and the meeting will be held at Melva Bond’s home.  There will be no October meeting, and November’s meeting will be the annual board meeting held at Whitey’s in Davison on November 9, 2017, anyone wanting to attend is more than welcome.  Our last meeting of the year will be our annual Christmas Party, December 14 held at the Mayfield Twp. Hall.

Reminders – If you need a new name tag please sign the signup sheet. Remember replacements are $2.00 each.  Please try to save the magnet from the back of a ruined badge.

Raffle – Thank you to the Gavits, Paul Laidler, Glen Pace and Gene Arms for their donations for the raffle and door prizes.  The club also held a silent auction for the remainder of the club plants, they included a seedling, Hosta Afterglow, and Hosta Beyond Glory.  The club made $XX.xx in the silent auction and $XX.xx on the raffle. 

Other announcements – Mick and Kathy Hodgson’s 50th Wedding anniversary open house will be on Saturday the 12th of August from 2 – 4 pm. 

Next meeting – Our next meeting will be held at the home of Melva Bond and it is our annual plant exchange.

Adjourned – A motion was made by Becky Hanner to adjourn the meeting.  The meeting was adjourned at 7:17pm

Respectfully submitted
Marlene Daniels