The Idaho Gourd Society was organized in 1998 and celebrates its fourteen anniversary
in 2012. The membership roll today includes many of its charter members and there
are currently more than 100 members.
The purpose of the Idaho Gourd Society shall be to band together those persons who
are interested in the culture, uses, history and/or crafting of gourds, and to provide
instruction and education to accomplish these interests.
Membership shall be open to all persons who are willing to support the activities
of the Idaho Gourd Society and pay an annual membership fee.
The objectives of the Idaho Gourd Society are to:
Promote the culture and crafting of gourds;
Provide informational and educational service to its members; and
Provide an annual show for the promotion of gourds and gourd art.
In the beginning....
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.