Monday, March 26, 2018

April 2018 Newsletter

Note from the President-  Michigan spring is coming,……..sometime.   The older I get the harder it is to deal with Michigan’s winters and it seems that the winters get longer although that perception is only my dislike of the cold and snow.   The Cyclamen coum, Helleborus thibetanus, Eranthis, and Galanthus blooms do give promise that spring is somewhere in the near future.
The Great Lakes Regional Hosta Society has just finished celebrating Hosta College’s 25th Anniversary.   This year around 300 attendees enjoyed an offering of 80 classes to choose from for 5 hours of classes, a lunch was provided, then a banquet ended out the evening.   The parties at the Hotels after the days events at the Upper Valley Career Center in Piqua are some of the most fun you could ever have with friends that you only get to see once a year.   It is the place that you get to actually talk, share a year’s experiences, and catch up on what has gone on with your friends over the past year.    Plan to attend next year’s Hosta College on March 15th & 16th, 2019. 

Our next meeting will feature Aaron Strouse presenting “The Waterfalls of Michigan”.   Aaron gave a fantastic presentation on “Michigan’s Native Orchids” to EMHS last year and the group decided to invite Aaron back for another one of his wonderful presentations.   This is a presentation you will not want to miss! 

The May meeting will be the “EMHS Members Only” clay project at the Hanner’s Pottery Studio in Otisville.   You must be a member in good standing with your dues paid to date.   Mark and Becky will have a sign-up sheet at the April meeting so the current paid members can choose the date and time they want to go play in clay.   The dates for the project will be on May 10th and May 12th.   Mark will discuss the event at the April meeting. 

We are still in need of summer meeting places.   If you are willing to open your garden and host a meeting I would greatly appreciate you letting me know at your earliest convenience.  Cathy Clark has tentatively offered to open her gardens for the June meeting and Dyane Moore is hosting the July meeting.   We still need somebody to host the August meeting and the September Plant Exchange meeting.
See you at the April 12th meeting,
Glen Pace
EMHS President

Next Meeting- on April 12, 2018 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). 

Aaron Strouse will present “The Waterfalls of Michigan”.  Aaron is a photographer from our great state of Michigan.  Aaron was our speaker last May when he presented “The Native Orchids of Michigan”.   The Orchid program was fascinating and I am sure we can expect the same of this program.  We all know of Tahquamenon Falls and now we get to learn of more of Michigan’s Waterfalls and her beauty.   

The time schedule for the evening is;
1700-   Doors open/ Networking
2015-   Business meeting

EMHS Annual Plant Sale- The plants ordered from the 2018 Plant Sale will be delivered at the April 12th meeting.  After the delivery of plants at the April 12th meeting, all extra plants will be up for sale.  This year all plants will again be $10.00 each.    I will attach the 2018 Plant Sale flyers to your April Newsletter email in case you have yet to place your order with the Plant Sale Committee.   If you need additional information you can call Cathy Hodgson, her contact information is on the flyer. 

Review the February 8th, 2018 Meeting Minutes on the blog.  We will vote to accept the minutes at the April 12th, 2018 meeting.

2018 EMHS Calendar of Events    “?” denotes need for topic, speaker, and/or place
Meeting Dates- Places- Speakers/topic      
April 12- Mayfield Twp. Hall- Aaron Strouse
                   "The Waterfalls of Michigan"
May 10- Pottery Project @ The Hanners
June 14- Member Garden Tour @? Cathy Clark’s ?
July 12- Member Garden Tour @ Dyane Moore’s
Aug 09- Member Garden Tour, ?____
Sept 13- Plant Exchange, ?_________
Oct 11- Mayfield Twp. Hall, ?______
Nov 08- Annual Board Meeting, Whitey’s 
               in Davison
Dec 13- 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. 

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- 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 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

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-                           Mick and                  
Raising                        Cathy Hodgson             810-664-8985

Meeting Minutes February 8, 2018

The Meeting – was held at Mayfield Twp. Hall

Networking – 5:00 pm doors open, set up refreshments, and sign in, pay dues

Refreshments – The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm by President Glen Pace, everyone enjoyed a wonderful potluck.

Presentation – Glen Pace introduced Melvyn Corner. He gave a wonderful presentation on Shrub Propagation.

Break – 7:55 pm

Business Meeting – the meeting was called back to order by Glen Pace at 8:07 pm. Welcome new member Sandy Vukonich.

Treasurer’s Report – Since we had a guest speaker no treasurer report was given. If anyone is interested they can see Barb Hunter, treasurer to see the report.

2017 IRS filing – Was completed on 1/18/2018 and accepted by the IRS.

Hosta College – will be March 16 and 17 this year. The winners of the registration fee giveaway are; Robin Bratton, Deb Brown, Cathy Clark, Marlene Daniels, Barb Hunter, Paulette Johnson. Congratulations to all the of the ladies. There will be no March meeting because of Hosta College

Election of Officers – President and Treasurer are up this year.  Glen Pace and Barb Hunter have offered to stay on in their current positions if there are no volunteers to take either position.

EMHS 2018 Calendar of Events – April 12, Mayfield Twp Hall, Speaker Aaron Strouse on Michigan Waterfalls. May 10 and 11 will be clay projects at Mark and Becky Hanners, more info to follow. Still need hosts for the June 14 meeting, August 09, September 13 meetings.  If interested please contact a board member.

Plant Sale – Cathy Hodgson said that the pre-sales are looking promising.

Next meeting – Will be April 12, 2018, at Mayfield Twp. Hall with guest speaker Aaron Strouse on Michigan Waterfalls.

Meeting adjourned - Bruce Pollard made a motion to be adjourned at  8:22 pm
Respectfully Submitted
Marlene Daniels