About the Idaho Gourd Society

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:


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.

Vice President

Corlis Kent



Alan Sweeney


Board of Directors

Barb Gamel

Lorrie Ferris

Carolyn Spaltro

2012 Officers and Directors

Alan Sweeney - President

Corlis Kent - Vice President

Sue Kostka - Secretary

Karen Ryker - Treasurer/Membership

Carolyn Spalto - Director

Barb Gamel - Director

Lorrie Ferris - Director

Carla Arnold - Newsletter Editor

Marlies Schmitt - Webmaster

For information on how to join the Idaho Gourd Society call President Alan Sweeney or attend a Woodcraft Patch Meeting. See calendar for dates and times of meetings.