Overview of CVIDS' 2020 by President Nancy Rash:
It was an unusual year for CVIDS members. The January 2020 meeting was
cancelled due to snow and ice. The February meeting had great attendance
with double the programs. We were serious about the planning details
of the Region One Summer Meeting. Then, COVID restrictions meant we canceled
the March and April meetings and the May plant sale open to the public.
Determined to hold our annual club daylily plant distribution the committee
brainstormed options to still select plants and created a relay system to
create drop off and pick up points for the club plants. Social
distancing with masks did create some welcomed contact with fellow members.
We sure hope to hold the postponed plant auction in the spring of 2021.
The next decision was to hold or cancel the 2020 Region One Summer Meeting
planned for July 10-12, 2020. Members were asked for input and after much
deliberation, it was decided that the best decision was to cancel the
summer meeting. It was extremely disappointing after the planning and
anticipation of hosting our daylily friends in Region One. Thank
you to all Region One members supporting our decision to cancel 20/20 A
Perfect Daylily Vision. Our planned Open Garden hosts for the Region
One Meeting still held Open Gardens in July plus other members were added to
the list. With several weekend dates, members were able to travel to
see many beautiful gardens.
CVIDS has long held in August a second plant sale open to the public, a club
meeting and club daylily plant return and auction and silent auction of iris
plants (we are the Cedar Valley Iris and Daylily Society), all in the same
long day. Members supported the decision to cancel the day’s events.
Another disappointment but the iris committee put together an email silent
auction with delivery so the iris could be planted before fall.
But before the silent auction was held, we experienced the derecho in
Iowa with Cedar Rapids being the hardest hit area in Iowa. Many
members throughout eastern Iowa and over the state line into Illinois
suffered damage with extensive losses. Trees and limbs down, a car and
truck hit by a tree and extensive home damage was reported. The loss
of tree canopy will change the amount of sun and shade now provided in some
gardens. One member related how her hybridizing tags blew away! Lots
of unknown x unknown seedlings!
I was hoping that by October we could hold the annual hybridizer
roundup. It was decided not to meet in person and the hybridizers were
able to share photos via our CVIDS website. We recognize club members
that are eager to show the seedlings from their hybridizing program.
The Cedar Valley Iris Daylily Society was organized in 1990 and we
have 8 of the original charter members. 2020 was our 30th anniversary.
We were busy with the Region One Meeting planning and the opportunity to
celebrate our 30th anniversary had not been planned. The virus and the
derecho both postponed or eliminated the chance for a celebration.
Our annual and final celebration of the club year has been the Fall
CVIDS Banquet and Photo Contest. A speaker and plant auction is the
highlight. The decision was made to not hold our final event and meeting of
the year. It was another disappointment but CVIDS members are tough
and will be eagerly waiting new opportunities in 2021 for the Cedar Valley
Iris and Daylily Society.
Message from Jonathan (12/31/2020): The Daylily World Loses Another Star
It is with
great sadness that I must share with you that Robert "Bob" Faulkner
(Natural Selection Daylilies, Dayton, OH) passed away on December 26
after a month-long battle against COVID-19. He was 74. His obituary can
be accessed here.
Known internationally as a daylily hybridizer, he belonged to the
Shirley Farmer Club and the Region Two American Daylily Society. His
hybridizing program led to scores of beautiful daylily hybrids, 87 of
which are listed on the ADS
Database. To view the fruits of his labors, take a moment to visit
Anyone who has met Bob will agree with me that he easily made friends
with everyone he met. I still remember Bob's genial disposition and
eagerness to share his expertise with others, when he came to CVIDS in
November 2014 as our guest speaker. He will be greatly missed.
Happy 50th Anniversary to Keith and Sally!
Sally and Keith
Riewerts will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on
December 26, 2020. It is a milestone anniversary in an unforgettable
Message from Nancy (12/21/2020):
Hello CVIDS members, it will soon be Christmas and I want to
share with you a story about Christmas stockings created by Sherry Moffit
for her family. We have talented CVIDS members and it is fun to share
what is happening with our membership. I am the Washington County
(volunteer) Hawk-Eye Editor for Our Iowa Magazine and even though I’m
looking for Washington County stories, Sherry’s story was perfect to submit
to Our Iowa. I loved seeing the stockings in person (last January,
Pre-COVID-19). I hope you enjoy reading the story. The magazine has
in the past also published photos taken by Sherry.
Last summer my dad told me again how much he wanted to have the
story of his high school coach submitted to Our Iowa Magazine. When
Lyle and I were up to see him in June, he told us the story (again) and I
wrote it up as he told the story to us and submitted to Our Iowa Magazine
with his name on the story (Joe Rash). We were so grateful to have the story published in
the December 2020/January 2021 issue as Dad is now in a care center in
hospice care. (Last story on the page)
I tell you this because with lots of time indoors ahead of us, you
too can be thinking of ways to share stories and photos that are meaningful
to you. If you do not receive Our Iowa Magazine, borrow a copy from
your library to read. They are always looking for photos and your
daylily gardens offer many photo opportunities. Take a look at past
photos and be planning photos you can take come summer of 2021. These
are great activities that can be done while practicing social distancing.
The website and magazine have your instructions for submitting to Our Iowa
The Fall 2020 Daylily Pioneer has been sent via email to ADS
Members. Jonathan Poulton has posted the Daylily Pioneer to the Region
One website. Do take time to read about other clubs in Region One and
to see what CVIDS accomplished in 2020.
CVIDS dues are due and are $10 per
person for a one-year membership. Please send your check to:
Shelly Lett, 1673 Garfield Avenue, West Branch, IA 52358
Our CVIDS Board Members met on December 18, 2020 via
Zoom and are looking forward to exploring new avenues for members to
contribute to the club.
Minutes are attached. We are also hoping Zoom can be a method we
can use to engage our membership until we can meet again in person. We
would like to know how many members would participate.
are three questions for you to answer and reply to me. Put your
name behind the response that fits you. This will help me
tally the answers:
1) I have used Zoom and would participate in a Zoom program
2) I have not used Zoom but am willing to learn so I can
participate in CVIDS using Zoom.
3) I do not want to participate in a Zoom Program.
Happy Holidays! Happy New Year! Nancy Rash, CVIDS President
Virtual Hybridizers Roundup:
We have three hybridizers who have collected some great photos of their
promising plants. Heather Harroun, the Pappenhouses and the Riewerts.
Please see the Hybridizers Page for their
updats and some great memories of other great and beautiful plants.
Special thanks to Heather for collating and sending along!
ADS Cultivar Awards Announcement:
On October 24th, the American Daylily Society announced the 2020 Cultivar
Awards. They are to be posted on the ADS website but they
are not there yet. Here is a link to the YouTube Presentation (There is an actual YouTube channel for the Society!) Take a look after you view the
The mother of Ginger Pruess, Esther Diehl, passed away on September 10,
2020, at Cedar Manor in Tipton, Iowa. Please keep Ginger and her family in
Robert Little of West Liberty, passed away on
September 12. 2020. Bob and wife Marilyn and daughter Gretchen were all
Charter members of CVIDS. Please keep Marilyn and Gretchen in your thoughts.
The mother of Sherry Moffit, Doris Lockridge, passed away on
September 14, 2020. Please keep members Sherry & Lynn Moffit and family in
your thoughts. Thank you for remembering our members at this time of loss.
2020 Betty Miller Photo Contest (9/6/20):
Our annual Betty Miller Photo Contest was started in 2006 in honor of 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.
Photograph Contest: Entries to be received by
This year's categories are:
(1) ”Red” daylily category, in honor of
(3) Large flowers
Unusual forms and spiders
(7) Landscapes (photo must
include daylilies or irises)
(8) Hybridizers’ 2020 seedlings
Novelties (e.g. garden sculptures, birdhouses, animals, etc., but the photo
must include daylilies or irises)
(10) Gerald's Ruffles, added in 2019 in
honor of Gerald Hobbs
Rules are as follows. Submit entries to Mary Jo
Duffy at 2630 Newport Road NE, Iowa City, IA 52240. No additional fancy
modifications (e.g. framing or computer filters/colorization) may be made to
the photo, but cropping and centering are allowed. Size to be submitted is a
printed 4”x6” photo. Names of photographer, flower and category must be on
the back. There is a maximum of 2 entries per category per person.
Message from Nancy (6/16/20):
Hello to CVIDS Members. I am enjoying
the beautiful weather and hope all is well with you and your gardens. I received a message from Val Hoefer, Region
1 American Daylily Society President, and need to let you know of an open
opportunity. The Region 1 Editor for the Daylily Pioneer has resigned
and a new editor is needed. It is a paid position with $750 paid for
producing the spring issue of the Daylily Pioneer and $750 for producing the
fall issue of the Daylily Pioneer. The fall issue is digital and the
spring issue has been printed. Kathy Lamb was using Constant Contac
for the distribution. She will help with the transition when a new
editor is found. If any CVIDS member is interested, please contact Val
email@example.com. Val would be the best person to ask about
details if you are interested in the position or if you want to learn more
about the opportunity to be involved in the Daylily Pioneer. You can
view the Spring 2020 issue of the Daylily Pioneer at:
CVIDS members shared their gardens last year
with several weekends of Open Gardens. Heather Harroun is already
planning an Open Garden for Saturday July 4th 9am-2pm, Sunday July 5th
noon-4pm and again Saturday July 11th 9am-2pm and Sunday July 12th noon-4pm. Visitors are asked to observe social distancing, but masks are not
required as you will be outside. If anyone wants to come outside those times
please text Heather at 563-554-0028. Thank you Heather for sharing your
We plan to send out a July newsletter and
will put your Open Garden dates and times in the newsletter if you want to
invite CVIDS members. I have been watching my daylilies and new scapes
are appearing every day. This would be an opportunity to showcase your
garden and see CVIDS members. Be sure to include any social distancing
information and if you want folks to wear masks. Each person has their own
comfort level now with COVID-19 and we want to be safe and practical. I
will need your address and directions if navigation/GPS systems will not get
us to your garden. If you can provide me with your Open Garden information
by June 24th we can get the word out to the CVIDS membership in a
timely manner. We will provide a complete list of the open gardens so you
can plan to see as many as possible. Members that live near each other
may want to coordinate dates and times.
Take care and enjoy the sunshine. Nancy Rash, CVIDS President
Message from Nancy (5/31/20)
Dear CVIDS Members. It is a beautiful day and I hope you are outside
enjoying the perfect temperature and the colorful flowers. I am
emailing and mailing the newsletter this month.
Lyle included lots of photos this month and we want to say again how much we
enjoyed seeing members when we participated in the CVIDS Club Plant
Distribution. Thank you to everyone that is working on CVIDS
“Business” even though we are unable to meet. Members have posted some
very nice photos on face book too. Thank you for sharing. Nancy Rash, CVIDS Club President
Message from Nancy (5/19/20):
Dear CVIDS Members, our 2020 Club Plant Distribution was completed
with some new features this year. Many thanks to Barb and Bob
Papenhausen and the crew that helped sort and label and plant the extra club
plants and then deliver and distribute. Here’s the address to see details
about the eligibility, etc. to acquire a CVIDS club plant:
CVIDS Handbook. Enjoy your 2020 Club Plant and note your
responsibilities for keeping the plant and returning in two years.
Sam McCord has let me know that his wife Mary is now in hospice care. Sam
has provided care for Mary at home and now after a stay at St Luke’s
Hospital, she is at the “Views of Marion”, a care center. Mary’s address is
Views of Marion, 720 Oakbrook Dr., Marion, IA 52302. Notes and emails
would be appreciated. This is very hard for Sam so keep both Sam and
Mary in your thoughts. Sam can be reached at: Sam McCord, 3425
Sycamore Court NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402.
I am looking forward to our next CVIDS “event”. Enjoy the summer and stay
safe. Nancy Rash, CVIDS President
Plant Distribution and Key Dates:
Please read the
May Newsletter. It has
many updates and the procedure for this year's club plant distribution
process. It will be low contact (no getting together), Barb will call
members for their selection on Friday May 15th and on Saturday May 16th
plants will be available at "nearby" member's home or delivered in other
areas. Review the 2020 Club
Plant Pictures and use the
2020 Plant List to rank your wish list.
As you may already
know the National Meeting has been cancelled.
CVIDS is being asked to
host the 2023 Region One Meeting. More to come!
Regional Meeting - What's next (4/7/2020):
Dear CVIDS Members, the American Daylily Society Region One Meeting
for 2020 is officially cancelled and Val Hoefer, Region One President, and
her leadership team are charged with the future Region One Summer Meeting
schedule. Keith Riewerts, 2020 Chair, has been asked if CVIDS would
like to host in 2022 or 2024.
We are asking the members of
the Cedar Valley Iris and Daylily Society if you are willing to participate
and plan again for a Region One Summer Meeting? Your comments,
feed-back and “Vote” is needed for us to make a commitment for a future
year. We hope that a pandemic of the proportion of the coronavirus
will never occur again.
The Central Iowa Daylily Society will host
the Region One Summer Meeting in 2021. No contracts are in place for the
year 2022 so that is an option for CVIDS to host. We could wait and
the next year open for us to host is 2024. Which year
do you think we should host?
Here are some items to
1) Some daylily clubs are thinking about a different format or
location because of concerns about hosting as they have in the past.
Do we need to look at other options?
2) Are you willing to make a commitment
to be on a committee?
3) Were you planning to attend the Region One Meeting
in July 2020?
4) Are you willing to be on a garden tour?
is being sent to all members and to make it possible and manageable to
evaluate the comments from members, we are asking that responses are to
Nancy Rash, CVIDS President and Keith Riewerts, 2020 Chair. Please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com when
you respond to this email. Our membership total was 104 on April 1 and
we are expecting to hear from each of you. It will take a team effort to
plan to host again.
We would like to respond to the Region
One leadership team within a week. We would greatly appreciate a
response by April 13 if possible. This message will be posted on face book
but please do email your response to Nancy and Keith.
has been extremely disappointing to cancel in 2020, but we are optimistic you
will want to host a Region One Meeting in the future.
CVIDS President Nancy Rash
Keith Riewerts, 2020 Region One Summer
Dear CVIDS Members,
this is a very uncertain time
for many but Val Hoefer, President, Region One of the American Daylily
Society sent optimistic news today. The 74th Annual ADS
National Convention at Savannah, Georgia is still on the calendar. The
Conference Hotel is making it possible to “wait and see” and keep the
conference on the schedule without any penalties for cancelling.
While the hotel rooms can be cancelled anytime up to
24 hours before arrival, hang on to your rooms! You may not be able to
rebook at the discounted rate, if you cancel right now. There is now
flexibility to put off the final decision for six to seven weeks. The
intention is to host the convention unless the government shuts it down.
What a positive outlook and we all hope the convention can go as planned.
Lyle and I have reservations and have been looking forward to our 2nd National Convention. Let’s all hope for containment of the COVID-19
virus. Washington County now has reported a first case. My Dad will
be 95 on April 5th and we had to cancel his birthday celebration.
It is disappointing but we all want to follow the guidelines to keep all
persons safe and in good health. Nancy
Rash, CVIDS President
Information from Joy Adams:
James Adams Jr. age 81, died Saturday, March 14, 2020 at the Monticello
Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following an extended illness. Jim donated
his body to University of Iowa Department of Anatomy for research. Funeral services are currently planned for 11:00 Saturday, June 20, 2020 at
the Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello, where friends may call after 9:30.
(Please check the website; Goettschonline.com for any changes in date and
time.) Memorials may be made to the Iowa National Heritage Foundation at https://www.inhf.org/
the Michael J. Fox Foundation at https://www.michaeljfox.org/donate.
He is survived by his wife, Joy, 2 nieces Kathy (Pat Devaney) Adams, Marcia
(Tony) Kraus, and 2 nephews, Mike (Lisa) Adams, Scott (Jennie) Adams and
many great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and
his brother Dick.
James Charles Adams Jr. was born October 2, 1938 at the John McDonald
Hospital, Monticello, Iowa. He was the son of James and Kathryn Pillard,
Adams. Jim graduated from the Monticello Community Schools in 1956. He went
on to serve in the United States Army. Jim married Joy Ann Miller on August
7, 1978 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello. Jim started his working career as a teenager working for the Scotch Grove
Nursery. When he was a junior in high school he convinced his parents to let
him start a nursery on their acreage on the north edge of Monticello. Jim
also started a construction business as a young man, and built over 200
homes in the Monticello area. He continued to operate the nursery until the
mid-1980’s as well.
Jim loved nature and the earth. In 1962 he purchased 22
acres in Richland Township that was going to be developed and turned it into
his homestead and nature preserve. In his contracting days he helped develop
the Jacobs Park area. He was instrumental in the design of Riverside Gardens
and the nature trail. He and Joy hosted many garden walks and were
co-founders of the Cedar Valley Iris and Day Lilly Society, and the Dubuque
Regional Hosta Society.
I hope everyone is doing well in this very weird and
time. As we practice social distancing and hoard our TP there are a
few more things happening in the club. As you already know our March
meeting was cancelled in order to protect our membership and follow the CDC
recommendations. I have recieved the 2020
Lily Powerpoint from Barb via Keith also the
PDF format). We have
some really nice plants for the
membership who get to select a plant and for the free-for-all afterwards
as we bid on the leftovers.
On a more somber note, Joy Adam's husband Jim passed away. He donated
his body to the University of Iowa Deeded Body Program. A memorial is
in limbo at this time with the restrictions for gatherings. Please keep Joy
in your thoughts during this difficult time.
Leap Day Catastrophe!
Hello, this is Mary Jo at the
helm. Unfortunately, the transition has hit a snag for this WebMaster.
The entire site needs to be migrated to my account. This is not a
small task. So, I am going to be doing it bit by bit. The number
of files and the size is VERY LARGE, even the guy at GoDaddy was impressed
(or flabbergasted). I am going to start with the more recent files and
start going back. On a less dire note you should be seeing the
email with the newsletter coming soon. Please note the following:
CVIDS will meet at 11 AM for Region One Planning on March 14. Committees
can use the time to meet and make decisions for the July Region One meeting.
Keith Riewerts has asked that members “be able to tell what they plan to
donate to the silent auction. It might be garden art or a favorite garden
tool or a trip to Hawaii or even money to be used to purchase something
Much Going On at Our February 8th CVIDS Meeting!
Our first club meeting of the year took place on February 8th at the Johnson County Extension Office (3109 Old Highway 218 S, Iowa City). This
was an important meeting to attend as we needed members to volunteer to work on our club activities. Sign-up sheets were available,
thank you to all who signed up.
Keith Riewerts, Chair for our 2020 Region One Meeting, went through the volunteer opportunities where we
will use our talents to put on a great performance for “20/20 A Perfect Daylily Vision”.
Keith provided an overview presentation of what needs to happen for implementing the 2020 Region One Summer Meeting. It is
still acceptable to contact Keith and tell him where you would like to volunteer.
Conference registration forms were available, please fill out and bring next
month, to commit to attending July 10-12, 2020. We hope CVIDS members show their support now by registering early for the Region One meeting. More information is available at: http://www.ahsregion1.org/
At noon, we had our delicious potluck meal and social time with friends we have
not seen since the November Fall Banquet. “A Tale of Two Countries” by Jonathan and Susie Poulton was
presented to the group. Jonathan and Susie traveled to England and Germany, and we are happy they will share photos and stories of their trip. And to get us thinking about daylilies, Jackie Westhoff presented “Continuous Bloom vs Re-blooming Daylilies". The CVIDS business meeting followed these programs.
Leopold Landscape Alliance March Conference:
CVIDS member Deb Bentley and her husband Brian have attended meetings by the Leopold Landscape Alliance and thought that other members of our club might be interested in attending this year's meeting at the Southeast Community College in West Burlington, IA, on March 21st at 9 AM - 4 PM. Titled "Leopold and Habitat Restoration for Future Generations", this one-day conference will focus on why children will always need wild lands. Come join the conversation with speakers from across the country! There will also be a Friday evening reception at the Starker-Leopold House. Registration information is coming soon.
How About Setting Aside Your Snow Shovels for a Moment and Think "Sunshine, Warmth, Friends and Daylilies"!
Yes, it's high time to think about registering for the AHS/ADS Region One Summer Meeting that will take place in Cedar Rapids, IA, on July 10-12th. Keith Riewerts and his great team have been working hard behind the scenes to bring about "20/20 A Perfect Daylily Vision". Don't miss out on the fun! Click here to access the meeting schedule and registration form. Also, if you are not already volunteering to help run the event but would like to do so, please contact Keith (RKRKRKR@netins.net; (563)-285-8941).
WINTER GARDEN FAIR - February 15th, 2020:
CVIDS will be having a booth at this year's Winter Garden Fair run by Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Linn County Master Gardeners. Dave Kramer will be leading our team. Please note that this event has a new location this year. It is the Kirkwood Community College Linn County Regional Center: 1770 Boyson Road, Hiawatha, IA 52233. It is easy to find being just off an I-380 exit.
Ring in the New Year with CVIDS January 2020 Newsletter!
Nancy and Lyle have been hard at work again! Please click here to access the January 2020 Newsletter. Thank you, Editors! One of the key components of the Newsletter is our Bad Weather Policy, which is repeated here: We always worry about traveling in bad weather. No meeting is worth attending if your safety is at risk. Sometimes a storm is localized, in which case the meeting may be held by those who can attend. However, if a major storm is forecast, one big enough that nearby events are canceling in advance, you should consider our meeting canceled. If this happens, the Board will make every effort to notify members via e-mail, our website, and Facebook. If in doubt, don’t set out before checking these sources of information. For those not connected to the internet, a club officer will telephone with relevant information. We plan to post on the website a cancellation notice by 8 AM the day of the meeting. We thank Mary Jo Duffy and Susie Poulton for being part of this team that makes the notification.
2020 Club Plant Qualifiers:
Thank you to Joyce Parsons for compiling this year's list. Please remember that you need to have your 2020 dues paid by April 1st to claim your plant!
Membership List Update:
The CVIDS membership list has been updated as of December 31st, 2019. If you have any questions or concerns about your membership status, please contact Susie Poulton (firstname.lastname@example.org).