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January 2018 Newsletter

Hi All
Hoping everyone had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Celebration! Looking forward to seeing you Thursday January 11th, 2018 and in the New Year!

Our next meeting is Thursday the 11th of January @ Seattle Police Athletic Association small classroom to the north of the big hall @ 7 PM. See our website http://ecamumclub.org under “about” for a map & updated directions. Turn left at the end of the driveway fences. Classroom is on the right just north of the house.

SUPPLIES: (see notes in minutes) and please call Ronnie Elliot by Monday, January 8th to order M&R mix for both January and February meetings. We will have plant tags and twistems at the meeting.

Dues: Please pay your dues for 2018 at the January Meeting

NEW EVENT: Cutting College & Social
Jan 21st, 2018 12-2pm at Volunteer Park Conservatory Greenhouse.
Stool prep, cutting, and planting of #1’s and #2’s. Bring your stools and some food to share. More details to follow at the meeting.

2018 Project Bloom Suggestion:
Connie Mayhew

2017 NCS National Show in Portland:
Special Kudos to ECA Members Ron Elliot for 4 class wins and Tamara Bliley for 1 class win.
Link to Details

Two Million Hits to the ECA Website!!! We will be trying to link to our Facebook page and add more photos to this site in the next few months.

DRAFT MINUTES from ECA Meeting December 13, 2017.

ECA Meeting Minutes
Attendees: Kris Stephens, Ron Elliott, Richard Thompson, David Rynes, Erika Harris, Alva and Dennis Nishimura, Steve and Sue Joyner

Meeting was brought to order at 7:05 pm

Cultural Presentation – Ron Elliott
Care of your stools throughout the winter and growing new shoots for cuttings
Success for the coming year begins with the care of our stock so as to produce quality cuttings. It’s important that you identify your best plants from each variety and try to get your cuttings from those plants. Weak or diseased plants should be destroyed.
Cut back your plants to a 4 inch stem.
Remove all old leaves and new leaves on new appearing shoots.
Clean up your pots and set them outside and sheltered from wind, rain and slugs.
It is important for the stool to remain relatively cool during this short dormant period. This chilling will help produce much stronger cuttings for next year’s growing cycle.

Protect your plants from hard freezing (Lower than 28 deg.) Mums are hardy and most plants can stand a night or more of freezing temperatures, but 3 consecutive nights of hard freezing will probably kill all but the hardiest mums. During severe cold snaps a garage, shed, greenhouse, cold frame, or a tarp can be used temporarily to protect the plants till the cold subsides

Three to four weeks before the desired cutting times bring the stools into a heated area (60 deg. For example), water them and fertilize with a high Nitrogen fertilizer such as Miracle Grow (24-8-16) to stimulate new growth.

In general cutting will be taken from Jan. 15th and on.

Business Meeting:
October 12, 2017 meeting minutes were read by Sue Joyner. Motion to accept by Kris Stephens and 2nd by Steve Joyner. Approved by all in attendance

Agenda:
1. 2018 slate of officers was presented

President: Kris Stephens

Vice President: Steve Joyner

Secretary: Sue Joyner

Treasurer: Sydney Ogilive

3 year trustee: Chris Brookes

3 year Trustee: David Rynes

2 year trustee: Jill Aldrich

2 year trustee: Mas Tamekuni

1 year trustee: Ann Schriebe

1 year trustee: Mark Ross

Cultural: Mark Ross and Steve Joyner

A motion to accept the 2018 slate of officers was made by Richard Thompson and 2nd-ed by Dave Rynes. Approved by all in attendance.

2. Decision was made to order 50 planting trays. Sue Joyner to make a Steubers run to purchase 3 boxes white tags, 2 boxes, yellow tags and 1 box purple tags; 3 bottles of root tone and 1 bag of high nitrogen fertilizer. Also to pick up a box of pencils.

3. Trustee’s annual meeting
Kris Stephens will coordinate the trustee meeting for a January to February time frame. Kris wil contact Bob Ewing to secure a meeting location at Wesley Gardens.

4. Cutting and planning social/potluck
Proposed January 20th and February 24th for cutting and planting social/potluck. Proposed location is the Volunteer park conservatory. Kris to coordinate dates and location with VPC David Helgeson.

5. Proposed meeting dates
Jan 20th cutting/planting event will be in lieu of the January 13th meeting.Ed NOTE: False – still holding regular meeting January 11th)
February 8th regular Thursday evening meeting
February 24th second cutting/planting event.

6. Other proposed dates:
March 8th – first ECA member plant sale
April 12th – second ECA member plant sale.
April 14th – Public plant sale at VPC

7. Social Media Addition – add membership application

8. January and February discussion topic – strategies for deciding what plants to grow for the show. Challenges and vases containing multiple blooms display better at the show and would allow for more blooms in our limited display space

9. Vases – need larger vases for multiple bloom entries (5-6 inches across the top)
Erika Harris to contact a local wholesale florist for pricing/quantity discounts. We would prefer similar larger vases for display in the show.

10. Trophies – what are the various trophies? Should we retire and replace some of the well-loved (and used) trophies? It was suggested that Larry Mayer would be a great resource providing background information on past award/trophy purchases.

Meeting adjourned at 8:50 pm
Sue Joyner, Secretary

December 2017 Newsletter

Greetings All

I hope everyone had mums at their Thanksgiving table!

Our December meeting is Thursday the 14th @ Seattle Police Athletic Association NORTH CLASSROOM @ 7 PM. See our website http://ecamumclub.org under about for a map & directions.

This is an important meeting as we determine officers for the coming year. Nominations are encouraged from the floor at the December meeting for all open officer and trustee positions. It is up to all of us to rotate as officers periodically to provide the club fresh ideas and new perspectives.Please plan to be there to discuss leadership opportunities for next season. There will be openings for Yearbook Publisher, at the minimum. We are an all volunteer organization – please step up if you are able.

Our Banquet was held again at Angelo’s in Burien November 15th..

2018 Club Dues
Members are encouraged to pay dues for 2018. Annual dues are $15/member or $20/couple. Checks made out to the ECA or cash should be given to Sydney Ogilvie, current ECA Treasurer.
If you wish to continue receiving the Newsletters and “To Do” Lists, you are encouraged to pay your dues for 2018 by January, so you are not dropped from our Database. The ECA By-Laws, Article 1, states that fees are due no later than the March meeting for members who have paid dues in 2017.

Draft Minutes from October Meeting by Sue Joyner:

October 12, 2017 meeting called to order 7:25 pm.
11 members present, Steve Backstrom, Jill and Rich Aldrich, Ron Elliott, June Kubo, Masako Kubo, Erika Harris, Richard Thompson, Bob Ewing, Mark Ross, Kris Stephens

(The meeting was delayed because the door to our room was locked upon our arrival.)

Ron’s cultural presentation focus:
Demonstrated how to use the green shingle stick to stabilize the bloom
Initial cut of the bloom stem is to be longer than the final length of stem for placement in the vase. Often you make your first stem cut 20 inches in length.
Always make 2nd cut of the stem under water before putting stem in vase.
If you mistakenly cut the stem too short, use a 2nd green shingle stick to act as a fake stem for length, or wad a bit of newspaper into vase to give stem more ballast.
Use of B-9. This is a personal decision, if you think the distance between the bloom and the first set of leaves is too great today (10/12/17), Paint the distance at full strength along the neck. This will retard the neck from growing even longer.
Discussed tools and techniques to primp individual blooms for the show.
-Primping refers to grooming the petals to lay ‘just right or as best they can’ , shaking the bloom upside down a few times to let it fluff, (add your thots here Sue/Steve ). Paintbrushes, Q-tips, narrow picks, (….Sue/Steve please add yours and Don’s tool recommendations to the list, thx Kris)
Water your plants sparingly. Flagged leaves are a good indicator for light watering.
Practiced filling out the actual Show tags.

Sept minutes read by S Backstrom Motion to accept by MRoss, 2nd by R Thompson. All agreed.
September Treasurer report read by S Ogilvie. Motion to accept J Kubo, 2nd R Elliott. All agreed.

New Business
Banquet date officially changed to occur Wednesday Nov 15, 2017.
6pm no host bar, 7 pm dinner. Steve Backstrom circulated the sign up sheet for dinner choices, Beef, Chicken or Vegan. If a member has a special request do contact Steve. He is the liaison between Angelo’s and our club. And Angelo’s is very accommodating to our requests so don’t hesitate to make your request.
Discussion ensued whether club would subsidize the banquets $25 per plate charge. Motioned by KStephens and 2nd J Kubo to keep price. $25 with no subsidy. All agreed.

Bob Ewing and Ron Elliott circulated a duties sign up sheet for the Fall Show:

Sheet #1: Hosting in two hour segments between Show hours of 10am-4pm sat/sun
and Friday after judging 12-4pm.

Saturday Nov 4 Hosting
8-10am Erika Harris ( hmm Show is not open then)
10am-12 pm not filled
12-2pm Ron Elliott
2-4pm. Ron Elliott

Sunday Nov 5 Hosting
8-10am Erika Harris- tentative (again Show is not open)
10am-12pm not filled
12pm-2pm Sydney Oglivie, Richard Thompson
2pm-4pm Mark Ross, Richard Thompson

Please notice that Friday was not included as a day for Hosting.

Sheet #2: Setting up on Thursday Nov 2. 10-4pm
Yes:
Bob Ewing and Roger 1pm
Kris Stephens 11am
Erika Harris
Jill Aldrich
Mark Ross 11 am
Richard Aldrich-maybe
(with their approx arrival times noted)
Jobs noted : fill water vases, arrange apply tablecloths, place watering cans, place classification cards on tables, etc.

Ron shared his visit as Speaker to a club in Tacoma called ‘ the Learners Club. He presented our growing technique and culture. Several of that club are visiting Rons home this wknd to see his Chrysanthemums in person. ECA flyers for our Show will be given to them.

ECA 2017 Show announcement flyers and postcards were brought in by Bob Ewing and the Aldrich’s. Several members took copies to post, and. to distribute to local gardening outlets. Contacts for public announcements are on que by the Aldrich’s.

Several questions came about while the sign up sheets were circulating. It seemed to us all that David Helgeson wud have the answers. To minimize confusion, and follow D Helgeson request for streamlined communication, all felt Steve Joyner contact David at the earliest convenience. Those questions were;

Wud VPC forklift bring the vases/tablecloths-basically the pallets holding our ECA show supplies up to the lower GH area in time for Thursday set up?
Can we set up any of the tables and vases prior to Thursday: specifically, as one example: cud June and her mom come to the lower GH to cut and tag their flowers into vases on either the M,T or Wed?, hence cud other members come to do same within VPC hours on the M,T, Wed?
At what time of day will the tables in seasonal display house be available to put vases on top of? {( Note: the original question was :when can the tables be moved into the seasonal display house – there was difficulty in reminding members that the tables are provided by VPC, ECA tables no longer exist exception is the winners/head table riser(s).}

4.Steve, please email DHelgesons replies to Steve Backstrom, he will cc all ECA members.

Ron advised each member choose and tag their blooms prior to transporting them to Volunteer Pk.

June Kubo has the list for the Banquet meal request. She will bring it to the Show to circulate. Also members may email Steve Backstrom directly with their meal request, and RSVP. Payment for your meal may be done at the banquet! Sydney will be present. $25.00 per person payable to our club.

Meeting adjourned at 9:10

2018 slate of officers:

President: Kris Stephens

Vice President: Steve Joyner

Secretary: Sue Joyner

Treasurer: Sydney Ogilive

3 year trustee: Chris Brookes

3 year Trustee: David Rynes

2 year trustee: Jill Aldrich

2 year trustee: Mas Tamekuni

1 year trustee: Ann Schriebe

1 year trustee: Mark Ross

Cultural: Mark Ross and Steve Joyner

December 2017 meeting agenda

Attendees will vote on nominated Officers to serve in 2018

Cultural discussion surrounding stool preparation for taking cuttings

Take your orders and payment for planting trays and it’s paraphernalia.

Discuss members’ preference for 2 “stool cutting & planting Social Potluck” dates and location.
Locations that are available to us are our SPAA room, or a Volunteer Park greenhouse.
(Because #1’s and #2’s like to be started in Dec/Jan and because #3’s, #4’s and so on are generally started in Feb, having 2 stool cutting and planting Social potlucks allows more members the possibility of participating in one or both.)
Regarding Volunteer Park, Kris is inquiring for greenhouse availability & the time of day or evening for Jan and Feb.

Set a Trustees meeting date for Jan/Feb or March to set/amend/update the 2018 calendar

ECA Banquet November 15, 2017 – Last Call!

Hi all

If you would like to come to the banquet Wednesday night at Angelo’s in Burien and have not signed up yet, please let me know at this e-mail address or by phone at 206-972-6109.

Angelo’s is at 601 – SW 153rd, Burien WA 98166.

No host bar at 6 pm with dinner served around 6:45-7 PM. Salad, entree choices of Steak, Chcken Parmigiana, Vegan Lasagna or Gluten Free. Coffee, tea and Spinoni for desert all for $25 per person. If you have not already paid Sydney Ogilvie, please try to pay by check or bring exact change.

Please bring any of your mums that look better, now 🙂

October 2017 Newsletter

EVERGREEN CHRYSANTHEMUM ASSOCIATION
Seattle, Washington

Evergreen Chrysanthemum Association

SHOWTIME!

MEETING OF THE ECA – is scheduled for THURSDAY OCTOBER 12, 2017 at
7:00 PM at the Seattle Police Athletic Association Office (SPAA) site at 11030 East Marginal Way South, Tukwila. We are meeting in the portable next to the big hall. This is an important meeting as we develop plans for our annual mum show and confirm plans for our award banquet.

ANNUAL FLOWER SHOW The E.C.A. annual flower show will be held Friday November 3rd, from Noon – 4 PM and Saturday November 4th 10 AM – 4 PM & Sunday, November 5th from 10 AM- 4 PM at the Volunteer Park Conservatory, 1400 East Galer Street in Seattle. Set-up is from 9 AM – 5 PM, Thursday November for entries & bloom prep from 9 AM – 5 PM. Tear down is Sunday from 4 PM – 6 PM. We must be out of the Conservatory by 3:30 PM Monday November 6th.

At our October meeting we will discuss details for setting up our show, entering blooms/plants and handling the mechanics of judging and staffing our event. We need all members to attend and volunteer to help with the Show even if you don’t have any flowers to enter. In addition to show set up on Wednesday, we need Judge’s Helpers on Friday and Hosting on Saturday, and Sunday. The Show provides a great way to get to know Club members and learn more about Chrysanthemums. Sign up sheets for this work will be at the meeting.

If you have any questions about the show, please contact Ron Elliott our Show Steward. We’ll have copies of the show rules, entry form and name tags for the show at VPC (and hopefully at our October meeting.)

Another note from Ron Elliot:
Does any one need the green cedar stakes to hold the mums up I could make some? I need to buy cedar shakes Gary and I could cut them. I will try to check on stain at homedepot. Please let Ronnie know ASAP if you are interested.

Draft Minutes from September Meeting
Minutes, ECA Meeting, Sept 14, 2017

The chrysanthemum club meeting brought to order at 7:05 PM. It was held in the portable next to the Hall.. Present were Mark Ross, Bob Ewing, Richard Thompson, Sydney Ogilvie, Heidi Garman, Erica Harris, Kris Stephens, Steve Joyner, Susan Joyner, Rich Aldrich and Jill Aldrich.

Cultural Presentation:
Bloom Stage:
When plants have bud showing color
– Move plant away from sun into green house. Additionally if we start to get heavy dew you should also bring plants inside to protect the bloom

– Back off on water. Water about half as much as you do when plants are in the garden. Over watering will rot the bloom.

– Keep side dressing with your potting medium. Keep roots covered.

– Transition from mid-season to late season fertilizer (4-18-38). Too much fertilizer may cause the bud to pop

– Support the bud using a shingle with a tapered end. The larger end should be placed under the bud. Shingle should be 12 to 18 inches long.

Pest Control – shouldn’t be an issue this year due to the dry weather. If you have bug issues use Marathon.
Fungus control – use Actinovate, Serenade or Forge SP. David Helgeson has found Strike to be very effective
Business meeting:
Previous meeting minutes were approved by Bon Ewing and seconded by Kris Stephens
Treasurer’s report: Sydney Ogilvie reported a balance of $7215.24 in all ECA accounts – approved
She is preparing our annual report notice to be filed with the State of Washington to provide confirmation of our non-profit status
2018 slate of officers: The nominating committee is working on a slate of officers.
2017 Show and banquet dates and locations: Show dates – Nov 2nd – 5th at volunteer park conservatory. Banquet to be held on Nov 16th at Angelo’s in Burien
Volunteer Park report – On Aug 28th several ECA members attended a meeting with David Helgeson at Volunteer park conservatory.
Bob Ewing reported
– Plants can be brought to the staging house as early as Monday
– No charge to public
– Wine and Cheese Friday night meet and greet. Steve Joyner to present slide show.
– See David Helgeson email at end of minutes for specific show details
Show preparation:
– Bob Ewing to locate handbill and update for conservatory location
– 1000 handbills will be available for distribution at next meeting
– Distribute to horticultural societies, garden centers, newspapers, pea patches (Jill and Rich Aldrich have a distribution list)
– Show tags and entry pads were ordered and brought to the meeting. Kris Stephens has them.
– John Harden to order ribbons
– Sue Joyner presented a hand out to be distributed at the volunteer park reception. Need to contact Dave Helgeson to determine the number of participants for copy count.
– Steve Joyner presented a first draft of the slide show to be presented at the volunteer park reception.
– Meeting adjourned at 9 pm
8/29/17 Email correspondence from David Helgeson:
Hi Steve, the following is a re-cap of our meeting on Monday.

1.
Plants and materials for the show can be dropped off into the back greenhouse beginning Monday October 30th between 8am and 3:30pm. And can continue up until 12pm Thursday November 2nd.

2.
Set up for the show will begin Thursday November 2nd from 10am until 4pm the east wing (seasonal house) will be closed to the general public that day for set up.
3.
Judging will commence Friday morning November 3rd from 8am until 12pm when the show will open to the public. The conservatory will close at 4pm to the general public and the FOC will set up for an open house from 5pm to 8pm. Including ECA presentation.
4.
Show open to the general public Saturday November 4th and Sunday the 5th from 10am to 4pm 5. Take down begins Sunday afternoon November 5th from 4pm until 6pm (our goal will be to remove everything from the main building that evening and consolidate the remainder in the back greenhouse for completion the morning of
Monday the 6th)
6.
Final wrap up Monday November 6th
all members plants and show materials need to be cleaned up by 3:30 pm that afternoon as David will have a very tight schedule that week setting up for the Holiday Display!

I think that covers the
general flow of things. Let me know if I’ve forgotten anything. I assume that you will assign volunteers to help with the various aspects of set up. I intend to make myself available to help were needed throughout but may need to attend to my Conservatory duties as needed too. There is plenty of free parking in the park for members helping with the show. Please ask members not to park or block the service road behind the Conservatory, Thanks.
Please feel free to contact
me with any questions, thoughts or ideas between now and then. It would be helpful for me if one or two main folks could be designated for communication purposes to keep confusion to a minimum.

I really am looking
forward to hosting the ECA for this year’s first ever fall chrysanthemum show at the Conservatory!

See you all soon!

TROPHIES
Last year’s Trophy winners please bring your clean trophies and give them to Ron Elliot who will prepare them for this year’s Awards Banquet. If you have not given him your trophy yet, please contact Ron to make arrangements.

ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET: NOTE: We may change the Banquet Date to Wednesday as the only ROOM Available on Thursday would be very tight for 30 people.

Our Annual Banquet is at Angelo’s in Burien, Thursday November 16, 601 SW 153rd, Burien, WA. Come at 6:00 PM for the Social Hour, Dinner at 7:00 PM. Everyone is welcome to enjoy an evening with good friends, good conversation and an excellent dinner.
Put it on your calendar – THURSDAY NOVEMBER 16 th 6-9 PM. Dinner choices this year are beef, Chicken Parmigiana, or a Vegetarian Lasagna. Dinner this year will cost $25.00/person and includes salad, bread, coffee or tea and dessert. A sign-up sheet where you list your meal preference will be available at the October meeting as well as at Furney’s Nursery during the Flower Show. Please pay the $25.00/person dinner cost to Sydney Ogilvie at the October meeting (checks made out to ECA). Please sign up by the end of the show (November 5th). If you have any questions regarding the Banquet, contact Steve. Also: BRING your late maturing blooms for display at the ECA awards dinner.

Plant culture The October meeting will be devoted to the care and how to prepare your mums for the show. Cultural recommendations are attached. With possible rain or showers, consider your sheltering options for your plants.

December Meeting – ELECTIONS OF NEXT YEAR’S CLUB OFFICERS:

We’re rapidly approaching the time once again to volunteer & vote for the 2017 ECA Board of Directors/Officers. Recent members are encouraged to fill positions and get involved; seasoned club members will provide assistance. Members will vote on new Officers during our Dec. 8th meeting.

October ECA Newsletter Inputs, To-Dos and others

Supplies:
We will have available the usual assortments of ties, 4’ 6” and 16” ties, LATE Fertilizer, and some soils for the all important top dressing.
You’ll need to continue supplementing you feed with sulphate of Potash.. It’s available in many garden stores in 1-2 lb bags so you can obtain the potash that way.

Show Materials:

Show materials will be available at the October meeting and at the show site. You will need: -Entry forms where you list all the entries you make at the show, -Bloom tags, and a -Show Rules book which guides you as to how and where you can enter your blooms. You might want to start with appendix 2 of the show rules as it is an overview of where you may enter your various blooms. i.e. It starts With Large Exhibitions (Class#1) and shows the various places you can enter #1 blooms. Then it shows the same for #2s, #3s etc. After you understand all the places available for entering your blooms, then you return to the show Catalogue page 7 and start filling out your entry forms and tags.
We will have several copies of the show rules book at the meeting. You should have received a copy of the show rule in the past couple of years, but in case you have misplaced it we will have replacements available.
Show vases are provided at the show site, but you must provide your own waterborne carrier system to get the blooms to the show.
An updated copy of “Chrysanthemum Judging For the ECA Show-2013” has been posted on the web site. You should study this to understand what the judges are looking for when they judge the blooms: hence for instance, if you have petal rot on a petal or two you should remove those petals.
Reclassification of varieties for 2012-2013 per the Ncs:

-Mt. Shasta has been Reclassified from section 1 to section 2–show this year as section 2.
-Keith Luxford has been reclassified from section 2 to section 1–Show this year as a section 1.
-All Fairweathers have been reclassified as section 5. –Show this year as a section 5. However per
published NCS rules, some #5s can be shown as #3S, but will be judged on the standards for #3s
-Connie Mayhew has been reclassified from a #5 to a #2. Since our ECA list of exceptions allows showing
Connies as #2s or #5s nothing changes.
-Lilly Gallon has been reclassified from #5 to #2.—Show this year as either a #5 or a #2.

September 2017 Newsletter

EVERGREEN CHRYSANTHEMUM ASSOCIATION
Seattle, Washington
ECAMumClub.org

Email us at: steve at ecamumclub dot org

MEETING OF THE ECA – THURSDAY September 14, 2017 at 7 PM at the Seattle Police Athletic Association Office (SPAA) site at 11030 East Marginal Way South, Tukwila.

SEPTEMBER MEETING – This is a very important meeting as we begin to prepare for our annual show at Volunteer Park Conservatory which will take place on November 3, 4, & 5, More details at the meeting. This will be our first show at VPC.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Mark your calendars for the following events:
National Chrysanthemum Society Show in Portland, OR October 26-29
For more details, see: http://www.mums.org/2017-national-convention-and-show/
Awards Banquet at Angelo’s in Burien November 16th, 2017.

PLANT CULTURE and SUPPLIES: – The September meeting will devote time to the care and feeding of the blooms as they develop. Place supply orders for specific items with Ronnie or John Harden by Monday September 11th. With possible rain or showers consider your sheltering options for September as we move to the latter part of the growing season.

Draft Minutes from August 10th ECA Meeting:
ECA August 2017 meeting minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:05 pm by Steve Joyner, Vice president

Attending: Ronnie Elliot, Mark Ross, Bob Ewing, Kris Stephens, June Kubo, Erika Harris, Anne Schreibe, Richard Thompson, Steve Joyner, Susan Joyner

Cultural presentation

Ron Elliot presented information on lateral control, disbudding and general plant care

Removing laterals – Chrysanthemums inherently want to be a bush. To prevent the bush effect and make the final bloom(s) stronger laterals must be removed. Laterals grow above the leaf nodes and must be snapped off to the side.
Taking the bud – A bud will form on the growing tip of the main stock of the plant. As soon as the bud is the size of a pea
Refer to the June and July cultural notes for more details

Business meeting:

July meeting minutes: read and approved

Treasurers report: Sydney Ogylvie was unable to attend this meeting
Last month she reported a balance of $7095.94 in all ECA accounts – approved

Nominating Committee update: Continues to work on filling the 2018 slate of officers

Volunteer park Conservatory update:
Aug 28th meeting scheduled at 10 am with David Helgeson to further discuss the details of show staging and set up. Those planning to attend the meeting Steve Joyner, Bob Ewing, David Rynes and Rich and Jill Aldrich.

Show preparation:
Sue Joyner has updated the ECA name tags and will have them ready for the show

Sue Joyner volunteered to order white and green show entry tags and pads of show entry forms

Steve Joyner volunteered to create and present a power point presentation for the Friday evening volunteer park conservatory “meet and greet”

Bob Ewing volunteered to chair the membership committee and take on the responsibility for getting the membership application cards updated for the show

At the September meeting we will be reviewing the process for entering flowers in to the show. Please bring a list of what you are growing. There will be show entry tags, entry forms and cultivar identification packets for use at the meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 9 pm

Respectfully submitted by Susan Joyner, ECA secretary

An “ECA Show Prep” meeting was held with David Helgeson at Volunteer Park Conservatory on Monday August 28th. ECA attendees were John Harden, Steve Joyner, Bill Fitzgerald(aka Car Pool Dummy), David Rynes, Jill & Richard Aldrich, Bob Ewing and a friend of Bob’s. Helgeson’s notes are below:
>> 1.
>> Plants and materials for the show can be
>> dropped off into the back greenhouse beginning Monday
>> October 30th between 8am and 3:30pm. And can
>> continue up until 12pm Thursday November
>> 2nd.
>>
>> 2.
>> Set up for the show will begin Thursday
>> November 2nd from 10am until 4pm the east wing
>> (seasonal house) will be closed to the general public that
>> day for set up.
>> 3.
>> Judging will commence Friday morning November
>> 3rd from 8am until 12pm when the show will open
>> to the public. The conservatory will close at 4pm to
>> the general public and the FOC will set up for an open house
>> from 5pm to 8pm.
>> presentation by ECA.
>> 4.
>> Show open to the general public Saturday
>> November 4th and Sunday the 5th from
>> 10am to 4pm
>> 5.
>> Take down begins Sunday afternoon November
>> 5th from 4pm until 6pm (our goal will be to
>> remove everything from the main building that evening and
>> consolidate the remainder in the back greenhouse for
>> completion the morning of
>> Monday the 6th)
>> 6.
>> Final wrap up Monday November 6th
>> all members plants and show materials need to be cleaned up
>> by 3:30 pm that afternoon as David will have a very tight
>> schedule that week setting up for the Holiday Display!
>>
>>
>> I think that covers the
>> general flow of things. Let me know if I’ve forgotten
>> anything. I assume that you will assign volunteers to help
>> with the various aspects of set up. I intend to make myself
>> available to help were needed throughout
>> but may need to attend to my Conservatory duties as needed
>> too. There is plenty of free parking in the park for members
>> helping with the show. Please ask members not to park or
>> block the service road behind the Conservatory, Thanks.
>> Please feel free to contact
>> me with any questions, thoughts or ideas between now and
>> then. It would be helpful for me if one or two main folks
>> could be designated for communication purposes to keep
>> confusion to a minimum.

August 2017 Meeting Notice & Newsletter

At the Board Meeting July 8th it was decided there would be no Garden Tour and Picnic this year as last years was poorly attended AND more importantly we have many details to resolve with our 2017 SHOW Location changing from Furney’s to Volunteer Park Conservatory. In Lieu of the picnic there WILL be an August meeting on Thursday August 10th in the small classroom at the Seattle Police Athletic Association Office (SPAA) site at 11030 East Marginal Way South, Tukwila.

Here are the DRAFT minutes from the July meeting of the ECA by Sue Joyner:

Minutes, ECA Meeting, July 13, 2017

The chrysanthemum club meeting brought to order at 7:05 PM. It was held in the portable next to the Hall.. Present were Mark Ross, Madeline West from Kitsap Club, Bob Ewing, Richard Thompson, Ronnie Elliot, John Harden, June Kubo, Steve Backstrom, Sydney Ogilvie, Mas Tamekuni, Heidi Garman, Erica Harris, Kris Stephens, Steve Joyner, Susan Joyner, Rich Aldrich and Jill Aldrich.
Cultural presentation:
Removing laterals – Chrysanthemums inherently want to be a bush. To prevent the bush effect and make the final bloom(s) stronger laterals must be removed. Laterals grow above the leaf nodes and must be snapped off to the side.
Taking the bud – A bud will form on the growing tip of the main stock of the plant. As soon as the bud is the size of a pea
Refer to the June and July cultural notes for more details
CAREFULLY remove all laterals around the base of the bud.
Business meeting:
Previous meeting minutes were approved
Board of director meeting minutes were read and approved
Treasurer’s report: Sydney Ogylvie reported a balance of $7095.94 in all ECA accounts – approved
Committee sign up: Committee sign-up sheets with committee descriptons were passed around the room for volunteer sign up
Meeting location: Erika Harris reported that she had attended the SPAA board meeting and secured a meeting location for ECA for free for perpetuity. We will continue to meet in the SPAA class room space the second Thurs night of the month.
Yearbook: Mark Ross to have a rough draft of the year book completed within the next few days
2018 slate of officers: A nomination committee was formed consisting of Kris Stephens, Sue Joyner, Ron Elliot and Mark Ross. The nominating committee will have a slate of officers for the 2018 year.
2017 Show and banquet dates and locations: Show dates – Nov 2nd – 5th at volunteer park conservatory. Banquet to be held on Nov 16th at Angelo’s in Burien
Other calendar dates: The annual tour has been cancelled for this summer. We will have a regular meeting in August. Club plant sale dates are March 8th and April 9th at our regular meeting time. Public plant sale dates are to be determined based upon conservatory availability
Volunteer park liason – Kris Stephens, Erika Harris, Bob Ewing to meet with Dave Helgeson, Volunteer park to discuss show set up. What do other shows look like? What kind of presentations? What does their set up look like?
Show needs:
• Box of Name tags
• Tags
• Cross reference sheets
• Show Publication changes – membership forms, show program, advertising, plant sale notices
• Tie wraps
• ECA presentation
Meeting was adjourned about 9:10pm.

Please refer to July & August (combined) cultural notes for the August to do list.

July 2017 Newsletter

EVERGREEN CHRYSANTHEMUM ASSOCIATION
Seattle, Washington
ECAMumClub.org

Email us at: steve at ecamumclub dot org

HAPPY SUMMER GROWING SEASON!

The ECA website received the following note from Connie (Mayhew) Kropp:
Hi I’m the person that the chrysanthemum was named after. I was 2 at the time when I was taken to the royal Easter show, my nan showed me a picture that was in the magazine she had but it got lost after her death I never thought I’d get to see it so if you could tell me where I may find this flower I’d be chuffed, the picture was in black and white often wondered if it was yellow thanks you made my day Sincerely Connie Mayhew Kropp.

I gather by her E-Mail address that she is in Australia. More on this story as it becomes known.

MEETING OF THE ECA – THURSDAY JULY 13, 2017 at 7 PM at the Seattle Police Athletic Association Office (SPAA) site at 11030 East Marginal Way South, Tukwila.

Furney’s has closed and our show material and supplies were picked up and moved by two work parties with some members present for one or both consisted of Richard Thompson, Steve Backstrom, Bob Ewing & son-in-law, Ronnie Elliot, Kris Stephens, Erika Harris, Mark Ross, David Rynes, Alva and Dennis Nishimura. David Helgeson directed storage at the Conservatory in Seattle’s Volunteer Park.

There was a Board Meeting Saturday July 8th at Wesley Gardens, Details to follow at meeting Thursday

2017 CLUB PICNIC/GARDEN TOUR – Summer Picnic & Garden Tour – Detailed info and a potluck sign up sheet will be available at the July meeting.

Please note OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
Garden Tour/Potluck – TBD
Puyallup Fair – September 1-24
Click here for more info: Puyallup Fair Floral It looks like 3 classes – 1749, 50 & 51 for mums on page 9.
74th Annual National Convention and Show
Saturday, October 28, 2017 (1 pm – 6 pm) and Sunday, October 29 (10 am – 4 pm)
at the Monarch Hotel and Conference Center, 12566 SE 93rd Ave, Clackamas, OR

ECA Fall Show at Volunteer Park Conservatory – November 4th & 5th (with set up on Nov 1,
Bloom Prep. Nov 2 & Judging Friday November 3.
Awards Banquet at Angelos– November 16

SUPPLIES
-We will be making our last run for M&R soilless mix this month. Our next delivery will probably be in Jan. 2018, so be sure to order what you will need to carry you through this year. (You’ll need some for top dressing).

The following supplies will be available at the July meeting to support your final potting on.
Pre-Orders from Speciality Soils
– M&R Mix $6.25 per 1 cu ft. bag -Call Ronnie or John by Tues, July 11th with your order.
– Pumice (coarse) $4.00 per 1 cu ft. -Call Ronnie or John by Tues with your order
– Farmyard Manure $ 2.25 per 1 cu ft. -Call Ronnie or John by Tues with your order

Other Club supplies available
– Mid Season Fertilizer, 20-9-20+ Use this two weeks after final potting to 9″ or 8″.
– Early Season fertilizer, 12-45-10
Marathon 1% Systemic Insecticide (For control of black aphids)
-Twistems of various lengths
-Name tags-

June 2017 Newsletter and Meeting Notice

MEETING OF THE ECA – THURSDAY June 8th, 2017 at 7 PM at the Seattle Police Athletic Association Office (SPAA) site; 11030 East Marginal Way South, Tukwila. June is a particularly busy month in growing mums so hope you can attend the meeting and bring your questions!

Please be prepared to discuss our annual picnic and garden tour which was very poorly attended last year.

The following supplies will be available at the July meeting to support your final potting on. Call Ronnie right away if you need soils
Pre-Orders from Speciality Soils
– M&R Mix 1 cu ft. bag
– Pumice (coarse) 1 cu ft.
– Farmyard Manure 1 cu ft.

Other Club supplies available
– Mid Season Fertilizer, 20-9-20+ You’ll need this once you have potted on to the final pot-9″ or 8″
– Early Season fertilizer, 12-45-10
– Marathon 1% Systemic Insecticide (For control of black aphids)
-Twistems of various lengths
-Plant tags

DRAFT Minutes from May 11th Meeting
Attendees – Ron, Richard, Toshi, Bob, June, Kris, Heidi, Steve, Dave, Mark, Rich and Jill A, Sue, Erika, Alva and Dennis N

Cultural –
Fertilizer recommendations:
While in 6” pots use 15-45-10 to produce roots
After potting up to the large pots use 16-16-16 all-purpose fertilizer

Potting recommendations:
#3 in 8”pots
Connie Mayhews in 10” pots
Everything else in 9” pots

Leave room for top dressing

Supplies:
Marathon and B9 available next meeting –Sue to ask Jane Stark where Don purchased Marathon

Business Meeting:
Treasurer’s report
Total Savings and checking – did not receive

Plant Sale report:
Didn’t seem as well attended as in previous years
Missing signage
Mark predicted 50% of normal
Sydney reported $1473 in profits

Meeting location Update:
Sue Contacted SPAA on May 9th to ensure that the building would be unlocked for the May 9th meeting. SPAA John Wallys response – ECA is not on their calendar and no one knows about our meeting dates and times. We were able to meet in May. John plans to talk to the SPAA board about our meeting time and place. John was given Erika Harris’s name as both an ECA member and an SPAA member. John will get back to Sue re further use of SPAA as a meeting location

ECA 2017 Show location:
With Furney’s closure a show location search committee was formed at the April meeting. The committee brought several recommendations, after much discussion June Kubo made a motion to hold the 2017 show at the Volunteer Park Conservatory. Bob Ewing seconded the motion. The motion was approved by those in attendance. Show dates are Nov 3rd-5th with setup on Nov 1st and 2nd.
Kris Stephens volunteered to write a thank you note to Furney’s.

Supply storage:
With the Furney’s closure we need to locate a new storage location for the show supplies. The Volunteer Park Conservatory offered to provide storage for our supplies. A decision was made to reduce our storage footprint by getting rid of 12 wooden tables and possibly the yards burlap used to cover tables.

Rich, Mark, Ron, Bob, Richard, Steve, Alva and Dennis volunteered to meet at Furney’s on Sat May 13th at 11 am to move ECA show supplies – 2 pallets.

Supplies:
Marathon – Sue to find out where Don Stark purchased Marathon and the pill bottles.

Board meeting and Member directory
Mark Ross reported that we needed to have a board meeting to set a calendar and get the member directory and show book moving forward.

Meeting adjourned 8:50 pm
Respectfully submitted by Susan Joyner,ECA secretary

President John Harden has requested a volunteer to help with the supplies ordering.

Ronnie, Richard, Steve, Kris and Dennis & Alva Nishimura all showed up Saturday May 13th at Furneys to load our show supplies up. Then on Thursday May 18th, Richard, Bob Ewing and his son in law, Kris and Steve met David Helgeson at Volunteer Park to store our show supplies.

Friends of the Conservatory, a support organization, are quite eager to have the ECA do their show and plant sale at the Conservatory. We will not have as much room as we did at Furney’s but the traffic generated may help us increase our membership.

May 2017 NEWSLETTER

EVERGREEN CHRYSANTHEMUM ASSOCIATION
Seattle, Washington
ECAMumClub.org
Email us at: steve at ecamumclub dot org

HAPPY SPRING !

MEETING OF THE ECA – THURSDAY MAY 11th, 2017 at 7 PM at the Seattle Police Athletic Association Office (SPAA) site; 11030 East Marginal Way South, Tukwila.

Dues for 2017
Please pay up, if this has not been done yet, or you cannot enter your blooms in our show in November.

PLANT CULTURE and SUPPLIES

Ronnie Elliot & John Harden are handling the club supply orders. Please contact them NOW for soilless and supply needs at the May meeting.

Please bring any left over plants to the May Meeting as some members may still want some cultivars.

Furney’s is closing and is having a big sale. This is a big deal for our club as they have been very supportive. If you have any suggestions for a NEW Show and or Plant Sale Venue, please contact on of the committee members noted in the minutes below.

DRAFT Minutes from April 20th Meeting & Member Plant Sale:
Draft April 2017 ECA meeting minutes
Attendees – Ron E, Mas T, Richard T, Satoshi, June K, Masako K, Michael K,Carol W , John H, Kris S, Anne S, Sydney O, Steve B, Dave R, Mark R, Rich and Jill A, Sue J, Erika H, Alva and Dennis N
Cultural –
Connie Mayhew club 2017 specimen plant
Don’t forget to pay attention to your stop dates. ECA mum stop dates on website under cultivars
Use early fertilizer now – I Tsp / gal of water
B9 available next meeting

Over 65 flats of mum starts available
A large part of the meeting was devoted to member plant sale

New members:
Alva and Dennis Nishinura – Ron Elliott is coach
Heidi Garman – Anacortes – Steve Joyner is Coach

Business Meeting:
Treasurer’s report
Total Savings and checking – $5860.55
Cash – $204.72
Furney’s Nurseys is possibly closing in June
Erika, Michael, Kris, Sue committee to look for show venue
Criteria:
Consider equipment Storage – 4 shrink wrapped flats
Approx. 3000 square feet
Parking
Indoors
Eletricity
Greater Puget Sound region

Meeting adjourned 8:50 pm
Respectfully submitted by Susan Joyner, ECA secretary

April 2017 Newsletter, Meeting Notice and Plant Sale Announcement

EVERGREEN CHRYSANTHEMUM ASSOCIATION
Seattle, Washington
ECAMumClub.org

Evergreen Chrysanthemum Association

Furney’s Nursery >>——-> Partners with ECA in Chrysanthemum in Propagation and Exhibition

DUES
If you have NOT paid your dues, please do!! Our Treasurer is Sydney Ogilve – please contact her if you cannot make the meeting on 4-20-2017.

Our NEXT MEETING OF THE ECA IS OUR MEMBER PLANT SALE!!! IMPORTANT!!!!
Please note that our April Meeting is One Week later than usual on Thursday, April
20th at Seattle Police Athletic Association. For directions, please click on the ABOUT ECA tab above. This meeting is important as we prepare final details for our Annual Plant sale on Saturday, April 22nd. Please bring plants to the April 20th meeting for sale to members. Please note that NOVICES have first preference for plants – Novices please have your coaches help you select plants. Members are reminded to bring in their extra plants for our member plant sale and the public sale. Only healthy looking plants are accepted for the “Sales Events”. For those bringing in plants, please also bring in newspaper or a cloth to cover the table if your plants are in an open bottom carrier. This will help the clean up crew when tidying at the end of the meeting.

A huge THANK YOU to our tireless & more prolific growers who have been providing so many plants for so many years to benefit our club. This is how we fund our activites.

ANNUAL PLANT SALE – APRIL 22nd

(At Furney’s Nursery in Des Moines – 21215 Pacific Hwy South).

Remember to bring your plants in to Furney’s and help with set up on Friday, April 21st starting at 1 P.M. The Saturday, April 22nd public plant sale will be held from 9 A.M. to-1 P.M.

Club Library/Publications Notices Notes

Mark Ross is now our Club Librarian. We have a limited collection of excellent reference books and the goal is for Members to take books out for one month only. Thereby we can give as many growers as possible a chance to read and learn from the experiences and knowledge of other growers.

CONTACT FOR SUPPLIES

Please contact Gary Ronnie Elliot by Tuesday April 18th for club supply orders including soilless for delivery at the April meeting.

CORRECTION:
Bud Cloven, an early ECA member is ALIVE. He had been wintering in Arizona and summering in Leavenworth, WA with his wife Carol. I apologize for the previous incorrect statement.

Draft March Meeting Minutes by Sue Joyner:
ECA March Draft Meeting minutes 3/9/17
Attendees: Erika, Mas, Bob E, Ron E, Mark, Jill, Rich, Anne, Satsoshi, June, Sydney, Richard and Yvonne Thompson, Steve and Sue
Meeting brought to order at 7:00 pm by VP Steve Joyner. February 2017 meeting minutes were read by Susan Joyner
Bob E moved to accept the February meeting minutes. The motion was seconded by Mas and approved by those present

Treasurer’s report – $6094.98 in total (checking, savings, cash)
1) Our SPAA contact, Buzzy Katzer is retiring the end of March.
Steve McNew will be replacing him and Duane Hendrix will be moving to the house on the property. Duane will be the person who will unlock the building after March 31, 2017
Prior to the March ECCA meeting Steve and Sue had a brief conversation with Buzzy regarding the change of guard. Buzzy reported that the SPA board of directors was contemplating charging the ECA a fee for using the building. He also mentioned that historically the ECA had held weeding work parties to clean up the grounds around the SPAA building we meet in. Buzzy’s recommendation to the board was that they do not charge us to meet in the building. He also suggested to Steve and Sue that it might be appropriate for ECA to have a conversation with the Duane about weeding or grounds clean up in return for the use of the building for meeting space. This conversation brought up the question of who sponsored us here at the start. Bob Ewing reported that it was Curt Jacobson that landed this meeting location for the ECA. We also learned that if we need SPAA sponsorship Erika Harris is a member of SPAA.
2) Email Steve Joyner at bnsteve1216@yahoo.com with list of varietals that you are growing. The club needs to know what varietals we have and we also need to send this list to the national Chrysanthemum society to facilitate the process of entering any of our varietals in their fall show – Oct 27 – 29, 2017
3) Reminder – our fall show dates have changed to accommodate the national show dates – 2017 ECA fall show dates are Nov 2 – 6, 2017
4) ECA Meeting date change: The April ECA meeting will be held at SPAA (where we usually meet) on Thursday April 20th at 7:00 pm
5) Furney’s nursery public plant sale – Saturday April 22, 2017 – EARTH DAY!
a) Thursday evening, April 20th after ECA meeting – load up plant sale cuttings
b) Friday afternoon, April 21st, 1 pm set up for plant sale at Furney’s nursery
c) Rich and Jill will bring easels, signs and sand. Ron will bring the plants
d) Public plant sale starts Saturday at 9 am
Plant starts are $3.00 for public; $2.00 members
e) Rich and Jill will bring the laminated ECA fall show date sign and postcards with fall show dates
New Business:
1) Steve Backstrom was contacted by Heidi Garman from Anacortes about joining the mum club. Sue and Steve Joyner have been in contact with her. She plans to attend the April meeting and join the club. She was excited to learn that there were other growers “up north”.
2) Bob Ewing has lost Merlino wants to know if anyone has this varietal
3) David Helgerson at Volunteer Park would appreciate any mum donations
Bob will bring a flat for us to fill at next meeting.
He will check with Dave to find out what kind of flowers he is interested in
4) Contact Mark Ross for earth pots
5) Contact Ron Elliot for soil needs, fertilizer, starting pots and tags
6) Ron Elliot brought up discussion regarding reimbursement for growing starts –
Group feeling was that this is a hobby
7) Jane Stark has 60 – 6” pots 10 – 8” 40 -9” pots she would like to donate to club members
8) Reminder – Purple tags are used for #1’s from England
9) Question about general liability insurance came up. ECA members wanted to know if this bill had been paid? Mark Ross reported that he thought Sydney had taken care of this.
10) Welcome new member: Richard Thompson (Yvonne)
14247 143rd Ave SE Renton 98059
(425) 277-7788 or cell (425) 761-1474
Plant Sale:
The meeting was recessed while we conducted the member’s only plant sale.
Five members brought plants and we had about 10 flats to choose from. Essentially all the plants were healthy and growing strong. There was a good selection of varieties. There will be another opportunity to purchase cuttings at the April ECA meeting on April 20th.
Cultural discussion:
Ron asked the group who is taking cuttings this year – Mas, Bob, Steve, Mark, Ron, June, Erika, Sydney
Be sure to closely follow the recommended pinch dates in our club literature.
Ron stated that he pinches his Connie’s two weeks ahead of time
Mark provided an explanation about cutting dates and how these are estimates

Meeting adjourned at 8:56 pm
Respectfully submitted, Susan Stark Joyner, Secretary