What Happened in Eldridge Doesn't Just Have to Stay in Eldridge.........Here's What Really Happened!
Our February CVIDS Meeting took place at the Scott County Library in Eldridge on the 9th! The weather was good for traveling, most of the roads likewise, and 51 souls made it safely to the library. It was wonderful to see everyone and catch up with their news. A special delight was to see Myrna Hass after her several months of sickness.

From 11:15 AM until noon, Keith Riewerts brought volunteers up to speed on what all is involved in organizing the 2020 Region One Summer Meeting. Minutes from this meeting and from the business meeting later in the day can be read here. The next organizational meeting will take place at 11 AM on March 9th.

The lunchtime spread was delicious! Thanks to all who contributed to a super meal.

After lunch, our new club president Nancy Rash invited Jonathan Poulton to deliver a Powerpoint presentation that hopefully encouraged members to register for the 2019 Region One Summer Meeting in Omaha and/or the AHS National Convention in Madison. He has adapted this presentation allowing you to access it here. If you have any questions, please contact him.

The next presentation of the afternoon came from Barb Papenhausen who gave us an Powerpoint overview of the 2019 club plants that she has ordered for us. Just beautiful! She has gone to great lengths to order double fans only and Polar Vortex-proof cultivars! Thank you, Barb! Her Powerpoint presentation is available here. This presentation will be updated as Barb hears back from the last hybridizers.

The final presentation came from Lyle Moen. It featured absolutely stunning photography of Nancy and Lyle's 51-day trip across Canada. Thank you for sharing with us. The afternoon concluded with a short business meeting (for minutes, click here). The afternoon was a fabulous start to our club's 2019 activities, and it was great to see old friends! Hope to see you at our March 9th meeting.

Photos courtesy of Lyle Moen

Have you Read the February Newsletter Yet?
The February Newsletter was sent to you last week by email and US mail and has been posted here too. Thank you, Nancy and Lyle, for all your work!

2019 Dues are Due!
If you haven't paid your CVIDS 2019 membership dues yet, they are due at the amazing cost of $10 per person. Please send them to Susie Poulton (Membership Committee) or pay her at the January, February, or March meetings. Dues must be paid by April 1st to be eligible for a club plant next year.

Longtime CVIDS Member Passes Away
On January 16th, Jonathan received word from Lisa Kramer, the daughter of longtime CVIDS member Don Erling, that Don passed away on October 23rd, 2018, at age 85 and was laid to rest on October 27th in Clinton, IA. Don belonged to CVIDS since 2007 and was also a Master Gardener. His obituary can be accessed at Pape Funeral & Cremation Services, Clinton.

Testing our Bad Weather Policy
When our club's bad weather policy was reviewed in the January 2019 Newsletter, little did we think that it would be tested within a matter of a few days! In the days heading up to our January 12th meeting, at which members were looking forward to meeting each other, exchange New Year's greetings, and listen to Nancy and Lyle's presentation about their trip across Canada, weather forecasters were describing dismal and then dangerous driving conditions for that day. After President Nancy and Jonathan had discussed the developing situation, Jonathan sent out a "heads-up" announcement to the membership on Friday evening via e-mail, this website, and our Facebook page. By 7 AM Saturday morning, Iowa City had received about 1-2 inches snow, and there was a winter weather advisory for Johnson County until 9 PM that night with more snow and freezing rain expected. Slippery conditions for driving had been reported, and the warning had been issued that "one shouldn't drive unless one has to". Nancy and Jonathan decided to cancel the meeting. This decision was relayed to the membership by 8 AM via the three mechanisms listed above. In addition, within a short period of time, those members that don't have internet access had been alerted by telephone. Our thanks go to those "internet buddies" who relayed the cancelation news by phone. To our knowledge, everyone who had intended to attend the Iowa City meeting were alerted in good time. Indeed, Jonathan received thanks from one member because the alert reached her before she put her casserole in the oven!

First 2019 Edition of CVIDS Newsletter
A big Thank You goes to our new club president Nancy Rash and co-editor Lyle Moen for penning the January 2019 edition of our CVIDS Newsletter. Here you will find the latest information about our next meetings as well as personal intorductions to two of our newest members.

Clay Dawson Passes Away
It is with great sadness that I must inform you that Clay Dawson passed away on December 20th at the age of 84. Clay and his wife Kathleen were CVIDS members from 2002 until 2016, and Clay served as club president during 2008-2009. For many years, Clay and Kathleen's beautiful garden was one of AHS' National Display Gardens. We shall miss him tremendously. A musical celebration of his life will be held next summer. His obituary may be accessed here. If you would like to express your condolences to Kathleen and her family, please send cards to their home address in Long Grove. If you don't have their address, please contact Nancy Rash.

Minutes of December 2nd CVIDS Board Meeting
The CVIDS Board held a meeting in Iowa City on December 2nd. Here are the minutes from that meeting.

News from Region One
As 2018 comes to a close, here are some news from Region One. It was exciting to learn that 'Entwined in the Vine', created by Karol Emmerich (Springwood Gardens, MN), was awarded the 2018 Stout Silver Medal, the highest honor a cultivar can receive. At the Region One Summer Regional Meeting in Bismarck in July, Keith Riewerts became our Region's Science Liaison (2019-2020), while Jackie Westhoff and Jonathan Poulton extended their terms (2019-2020) as Auditor and webmaster (www.AHSregion1.org), respectively. Jonathan received the 2018 Regional Service Award for his work at the club, regional and national levels. Here is a list of Service Award winners since 1980.

'Entwined in the Vine' (Emmerich, 2007) (photo courtesy of AHS)
Jonathan receives Service Award from Region One Director Kris Henning
in July 2018

Looking Forward to "Fireworks in the Garden" in 2019
Members of the Nebraska Daylily Society (NDS) invite you to join them on Friday, July 5th through Sunday, July 7th, in Omaha, Nebraska, for the 2019 AHS Region One Meeting. Guest speakers are hybridizers Charles and Heidi Douglas of Browns Ferry Gardens of Georgetown, SC. Browns Ferry Gardens was a 2018 AHS National Convention tour garden. Charles and Heidi will present their programs on Saturday evening following the banquet.

The host hotel is the Marriott Hotel, 10220 Regency Circle, Omaha, NE 68114-3706, (402-399-9000). Mention “Nebraska Daylily Society” to get the reservation group rate of $106 per night. Your registration includes the bus tour and four meals: Friday banquet, Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch at Keast Daylily Gardens, and Saturday banquet. Guest meals for Friday banquet and/or Saturday banquet and/or Saturday breakfast are also available. Please see the registration form for details and fees. For your convenience, this form has fillable fields, so that you can use your computer keyboard to type in your information - no handwriting is necessary!

Four large tour gardens and five lovely open gardens await you. Three tour gardens and all of the open gardens belong to hybridizers, so in addition to seeing the latest and greatest well-known daylilies, you will meet several “new to you” daylily introductions and seedlings from our very own metro-area hybridizers. To supplement all the beautiful daylilies in the four tour gardens, NDS gave each tour garden funds to purchase a collection of daylily club plants from the hybridizer of their choice (to be auctioned off during a future NDS meeting).

• Keast Daylily Gardens (Oakland, Iowa) Tom & Mary Keast—Jamie Gossard club plant collection
• McIntosh Daylily Place (Omaha) Phyllis McIntosh—Charles & Heidi Douglas club plant collection
• Daylilies on the Fritz (Cedar Creek, Nebraska) Lyle & Rita Kahnk—Paul Owen club plant collection
• Farmony Gardens (Omaha) Nancy Lee Anderson—Richard Norris club plant collection

• Mary Baker’s Garden (Omaha) Mary & Rich Baker
• Hansen’s Daylily Haven (Papillion, Nebraska) Dave & Val Jean Hansen
• Ferguson Fantasy Flowers (Omaha) Scott & Linda Ferguson
• Doug Bremers’ Garden (Omaha) Doug Bremers
• Bob & Joanne Langabee’s Garden (Bellevue, Nebraska) Bob & Joanne Langabee

The Region One Daylily Auction begins on Friday evening at 7:00 pm and credit cards will be accepted. Shop our Bargain Table for outstanding daylily buys on Friday and Saturday (see the registration form for bargain table hours). Region One garden owners, please donate daylilies for the auction and bargain table! Auction Plant Chair is Mark Langemeier (mbacr5@hotmail.com) and Bargain Table Chair is Susanne Milbourn (srmilbourn@hotmail.com).

Nan Ripley will chair and instruct Garden Judges Workshop 1 on Friday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the hotel. Nan Ripley will also chair and instruct Garden Judges Workshop 2 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am on Sunday at McIntosh Daylily Place (outdoor restroom facilities will be available). But wait—there’s more! On Friday from 4:00 pm until 5:00 pm, Doug Bremers will host the Region One Hybridizers Slide Presentations. See the latest, greatest daylily creations from our very own hybridizers!

Questions? Contact our 2019 AHS Region One Meeting Chair, RP Val Hoefer (hoefrv@gmail.com) or Registrar Leslie Rule (Leslie1967.2003@gmail.com).

Celebrate daylilies with NDS in Omaha on July 5th-7th. Visit with friends and meet new ones while we all enjoy beautiful daylily "Fireworks in the Gardens"—don’t let the only thing missing be you!

Club Plant Evaluation Data Now Available
Thanks to our Club Plant program, eligible members are offered the opportunity to select a daylily cultivar and grow it in their gardens for two years before returning the initial number of fans to be sold in the Fall Silent and Live Auctions. Any increase in the number of fans can be kept by the member. A key part of our Club Plants program, however, is cultivar evaluation. On returning the club plant, members are asked to complete an evaluation form concerning their cultivar's hardiness, scape/branching, flowers, and overall distinction. Such data are made available here to other members, allowing them to make more informed choices when purchasing new lilies for their gardens. Many thanks to Diane Derganz for compiling these data.

Region One's Blog Provides Updated Info about the 2019 Summer Regional at Omaha
To read more about the 2019 AHS Region One Meeting, check out and follow the Region One Blog at http://region1daylily.blogspot.com/. It is searchable and full of information. Beginning in January, watch for Region One Blog posts about each tour and open garden.

A Late-November Update Regarding Tim Volquardsen and Myrna Hass
I am sorry to inform you that Timothy Volquardsen of Miles, IA, died on Wednesday, November 21st, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, at the age of 60. Tim was a CVIDS member for many years. His funeral service was held on December 1st at Law Jones Funeral Home in Preston, IA, followed by burial in Myles City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Tim’s memory. His obituary can be accessed here. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tim’s wife Valerie and the entire Volquardsen Family.

Fall Banquet Concludes This Year's Events
Our 2018 CVIDS Fall Banquet was held on November 10th, 2018, at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Coralville. Banquet Chairpersons Nancy Rash, Lyle Moen, and Sherry & Lynn Moffit had an informative and fun day planned for us. It began at 11 AM with the Social Hour, voting on the Betty Miller Photo Contest entries, signing up for door prizes, and purchasing raffle tickets. Then at noon attendees enjoyed a delicious lunch culminating in chocolate mousse. Lunch was followed by a splendid presentation by Bob Selman (Blue Ridge Mountain Daylilies, Alexander, NC), who emphasized among other things the central role played by dormant daylilies in his hybridization program.

At 2 PM, Keith called the Business Meeting to order. Meeting minutes can be accessed here. Nancy Rash was elected as President (two-year term) and Shelly Lett as Treasurer (two-year term). Keith called for a vote of thanks for outgoing Treasurer Sue Kramer. Jonathan Poulton received a round of applause for serving as club webmaster since 2008.

Changing of the Guard! Outgoing President Keith Riewerts hands over the "gavel" to incoming President Nancy Rash
Guest speaker Bob Selman

The afternoon concluded with a plant auction, plant raffle, a presentation of a Thank You gift to Keith for his excellent tenure as club president, and the announcement of winners of the Betty Miller Photo Contest winners and door prizes. What a great event! At the risk of omitting somebody, I'd like on behalf of all banquet attendees to thank those who contributed time and effort to make this year's banquet such a memorable success: Nancy Rash, Lyle Moen, Sherry & Lynn Moffit, Sally & Keith Riewerts, Sylvia Bauguess (please note name change!), Joyce Parsons, Karmin Mullins, Kathy Ockenfels, Jill Gardner, Sue & Dave Kramer, Susie Poulton, Barbara McCreight, Ginger Preuss, Heather Harroun, Luella & Jo Lynn Johnson, and Gary Oster.

2018 Betty Miller Photo Contest
Our annual Betty Miller Photo Contest was started in 2006 in honor of CVIDS Past President and hybridizer Betty Miller. She had a passion for photographing daylilies and mentored several CVIDS members on how to take good photos. Her photos were featured in “Eureka” and daylily catalogs from 2001-2004. Thank you, Suzanne Moffit, for the exquisite photos shown below. For additional images taken by Betty, please click here.

Betty (left) as a young girl
Photo taken by Betty of her granddaughter Samantha assessing the fragrancy of 'Giggling Glory' (Joiner, 1988)

This year, contest organizer Mary Jo Duffy called for entries to the following categories and was rewarded with packets of photos from over a dozen club members. Many thanks go to those who participated in the contest.

(1) "Red” daylily, in honor of Verne Moore
(2) Iris category
(3) Large flowers
(4) Doubles
(5) Unusual forms and spiders
(6) Clumps
(7) Landscapes (photo must include daylilies or irises)
(8) Hybridizers’ 2017 seedlings
(9) Novelties (e.g. garden sculptures, birdhouses, animals, etc., but the photo must include daylilies or irises).

During the social hour before lunch, it was pretty much shoulder to shoulder as banquet attendees crowded around the photo tables to cast their votes.

Not long after Bob Selman had finished his presentation, Mary Jo and her team had already counted the votes, and the winners were announced in each category. It was Jackie Westhoff who, with a big smile on her face, set off home with the silver trophy. Her photo of 'Born To Run' was the Grand Prize winner. Thank you, Mary Jo, for organizing this year's contest.

Looking for a New CVIDS Webmaster
- A Note from Jonathan
Ten years ago, my son Christopher helped me set up this website. Since then, I've spent countless hours working with patient contributors to provide up-to-date information about our club's activities. I'm not entirely sure what the next few years will bring but do feel that it is time for someone else to take over as webmaster. I intend to resign at year's end, thereby giving my replacement adequate time to take over the reins. I'd be very happy to work with that person during the next few months. Thank you for allowing me to serve as your webmaster. It's been a lot of fun! I've enjoyed serving you and have learned much about website design. Please contact Keith or me if you'd be interested to take over the website. Thank you!

8th Annual Hybridizers' Roundup - October 6th

Our 8th Annual Hybridizers' Roundup took place on October 6th at the Coralville Public Library with presentations from Barb Papenhausen, Jackie Westhoff, Dave Kramer (standing in for Sue who was sick), Larry Rettig, and Jonathan Poulton. Twenty-nine members were in attendance. Many thanks go to the speakers who shared their daylily creations with us. To access their presentations, please click on the names below. The business meeting minutes can be accessed here.

A Few Photos Taken by Lyle Moen at our 2018 Public Fall Sale & Auctions - August 25th

CVIDS Charter Members Donna Helgens, Mary Moore, Joy Adams, Barry Stoll & Gerald Hobbs

To access an overview of club events during the first seven months of 2018, click here.