On November 7, 1998, the very first meeting to establish gourd interest was initiated by Heather Mingus and Barbara Merrill and held in Heather’s barn in Eagle, Idaho with 30 people attending.
Meeting places, dues, newsletters, shows and officers were discussed. It was cold, blustery, and crowded, but there was a lot of gourd glow! Five people volunteered to get together for a Committee meeting at Barbara Merrill’s gourd studio on December 12, 1998, to develop a basic plan for the Idaho Gourd Society and bring it to a general membership meeting. The next meeting was held at the Boise Samaritan Village on February 13, 1999, where Bylaws were presented, dues were collected, and officers elected. The very first president was Heather Mingus. Other presidents elected after Heather were Medora Neale, Lyndell Kline, Veletta Murphey, and Caryn Nicolosi.
The membership roll today includes many of it’s charter members. Currently we have over 100 members and we welcome new members all year long.
For information on how to join the Idaho Gourd Society call President Ron Swank or attend a Woodcraft Patch Meeting. See calendar for dates and times of meetings. See Class Information for detailed class information.
We are involved in our communities (Boise, Nampa, Caldwell, Eagle, Meridian, Middleton) through library displays, Community Education classes, local fairs, Art in the Park, charitable events, and fundraiser's.