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In This Issue: July 2008

Sunday, July 13th
Pond & Garden Tour
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Saturday, July 26th
5:30 pm
Robert & Roberta Ward
3313 Waveland Dr NW
Cedar Rapids, IA


Bring your favorite dish to share.

Bring your photos
Great prizes...

Be a part of the 2008 Photo Contest

Winter Scene, Pets & Ponds, Best Waterfalls, and Pond Nature Includes, flowers, frogs and fish

One picture per category, per member from your home or a members’ home. Label the back of your photo with your name and the category

From I-380, Cedar Rapids, take Blairs Ferry, Collins Rd, 42nd Street or 32nd Streets to Edgewood Rd. Left onto Edgewood Road. Cross the river and you will find Waveland Drive on the left between O avenue and F Avenue.

June 12 Meeting Canceled due to weather.

June 28 –Pre Pond Tour

Monica Morley, President, opened the meeting by introducing Jeff Garner & Kerry Shaner, our hosts and also thanked them for providing a wonderful supper. Kerry said the pond was already at the house when they moved in. They added plants, rearranged stones and Kerry redid the waterfall. The pond contains 1,600 gallons.

In the Treasurer’s absence, Jackie Allsup, Monica gave the treasurer’s report. As of June 24, 2008 there is $4,495.92 in the treasury.

Monica then talked about the devastation in Cedar Rapids & the surrounding areas from flooding. She felt the pond tour provided a vehicle for the club to give back to the community. After contacting by e-mail the pond owners on the tour, the officers of the club, and the Community Service Committee, she received the majority support for the idea of donating the proceeds of the pond tour to the flood relief. The following will be used in the flyers and Gazette/Penny Saver ads: “Proceeds going to the community to help in the recovery of the 2008 flood”. Monica stressed that the disbursement of proceeds needs to be voted on by the membership. Projects to be voted on and will include flood relief and any other projects suggested by club members.

Monica was approached by the editor of “City Revealed” for an article about the pond tour. This magazine is free and available at Hy Vee and other locations around town. The article gave a history about the club, included pictures of members’ ponds and examined the hobby of water features. This was very good PR for the pond tour.

Monica thanked Bob and Cecilia Bisenius for their work on the preparation of the driving instructions and maps for the pond tour. This is the most difficult and the most important piece of putting the tour together.

Flyers were passed out for the plant sale. Plants can be dropped off at 925 Westwood Dr NE - Sat, 7/12 between 10 am - noon or Sunday, 7/13 at 10 am.

Meeting was adjourned. We headed out to see the parade of ponds.

Minutes submitted by Maria Hamilton.

If you did not pickup the pond tour flyers and would like to post a few, please contact: Jim Milden, Publicity, @ 364-4668

Sunday July 20, 2008, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

$5.00 per adult under 12 years free. Tickets available at pond locations

Call 319-984-5867 for more information.

6511 Waverly Rd Cedar Falls/ 6314 Osage Rd Waterloo/ 939 Reed St Waterloo/ UNI Biology Dept. Cedar Falls/ Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

Partial list given at time of print.

By Josh Spece

Hosta ‘Fire Island’

The color red is a highly coveted color in hostas. The most common location for red is in the leaf stems (petioles), but hybridizers are working hard to bring more red into the leaves – with some success. Hostas of all colors have been developed with red petioles, but perhaps the most striking combination is yellow leaves held on red stems.

One of the first yellow hostas to be hybridized to feature red stems was Hosta ‘Fire Island’. This small to medium sized hosta emerges brilliant yellow in the spring. The petioles and flower stems are fiery red and the red extends up into the base of the leaves. The bright yellow leaves turn chartreuse fairly quickly, but the red persists all summer.

Shade gardens are famous for their calm, serene atmosphere, but Hosta ‘Fire Island’ will bring a little splash of color to your shady garden.

Josh Spece is a long time member of EIPS.

941 Westwood Dr NW, Cedar Rapids—Cory & Laura Popelka

10:00 am—1:00 Roberta & Robert Ward
1:00 pm—4:pm

925 Westwood Dr NW, Cedar Rapids-Tom & Toni Hauer

10:00 am—1:00 Bob & Stephanie Geers
1:00 pm—4:pm Gil Morley, Hugh Albrecht

Plant Sale: Kathi Albrecht, Monica Morley, Elena Murillo, Maria Hamilton

1323 34th St SE, Cedar Rapids-Jeff Garner & Kerry Shaner

10:00 am—1:00 Jim & Rose Milden
1:00 pm—4:pm Becki Lynch - Robert Hollenbeck

1807 10th St, Marion-Sylvia & Jim Blood

10:00 am—4:00 Dave & Janice Bell

1840 Geode St, Marion-Dave & Wendy Kunkle

10:00 am—4:00 Harry & Jackie Allsup

202 Revere Ct NE, Cedar Rapids-Kirk & Wendy Davis

10:00 am - 4:00 pm Joe Olsen & LouAnn & Larry Jayne

2818 Southland St SW, Cedar Rapids-Dick & Lavonne Isard

10:00 am—4:00 Wayne & Pat Beuter

Vendors: Erma Thompson, member - Embroidered purses & tote bags
Deb Kontz, member -Hand painted eggs
Iowa Gourd Society
Larry Tharp -fertilizer packets

Here’s an example of a style of purse with one of the many designs and colors Erma will have available. This is the one I chose for myself.


Since Thurs, Sept 11, meeting is TBD it will be moved to Saturday, Sept 13. Watch the newsletter for details.

The club is looking for projects to donate the pond tour proceeds. The ideas will be presented and voted on at the Sept 13 meeting.

Donations must be to non-profit organizations. If you have a project you would like to be considered., you will need to present the following to the club members:

Project description
Contact person
Dollar amount needed
Tax Exempt Number of the organization

If you are unable to attend and present your idea, please give the info to a member of the Community Service Committee: Jackie Allsup, Deb & Bob Kontz, or Rose & Jim Milden and they will present it to the club.


from Doctors Foster and Smith

Before installing your pond, consider access to electrical supply, water sources, and drainage. Easy access to utilities also simplify pond care. Also, installing a bottom drain is a key timesaver. A bottom drain is the fastest and most effective way to remove organic waste materials from the bottom of your pond or to remove water for a partial water change. Once your pond is installed, retrofitting a bottom drain can be a time-consuming project.

July Birthdays

Deb Gaddis - 7th
Dave Bell - 8th
Harry Allsup - 9th
Bob Geers - 9th
Robert Ward - 17th
Stephanie Geers - 19th
Hugh Albrecht - 22nd
Joe Hall - 23rd
Tom Hamilton - 29th

If you would like your birthday printed in the newsletter, email us at mespringcove@aol.com or sign in with the Hospitality Committee: Elena Murillo or Gil Morley.

from Doctors Foster & Smith

• Trade or give to another pond owner or water gardener.

• Donate to local pond society, elementary school. or biology department.

• Proper disposal of unwanted plants includes drying, burning, composting or sealing in plastic bag for disposal.

In the Country Garden & Gifts

Iowa City Landscaping & Garden Center

Earl May, NE side only

Home & Garden Metal Art by A.J.

See Commercial Supporters for details.

Details for the 2008 Pond Tour have been posted HERE!

Mark Your Calendar for Saturday, August 30, 2008

Social Picnic (potluck) at Noelridge Park Lagoon Pavilion
5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Guest Speaker: Jamie Beyer

This is a social event without a meeting.

Click here to see pictures from the Pre Pond Tour on June 28, 2008.

Eastern Iowa Pond Society Membership Application

All locations and topics are subject to change. Read your monthly newsletter for details and updates.

Times determined by the Host/Hostess

Programs will be updated as available along with the times of the meetings.

July 13th - Pond Tour

July 26th - Roberta & Robert Ward
Photo Contest

August 14th - Jo & Gary Hunerdosse 7:00pm

August 23rd - Hugh & Kathi Albrecht 7:00pm

August 30th - Social Picnic Event/Noelridge Park Pavillion
Jamie Beyer 5:00 pm

September 13th - TBD

September 27th - Bob & Deb Kontz
Jamie Beyer

October 25th - Herman & Rosie Michel
Jim Durbin/ Bird Feeding

TBD Recognition Night

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