August 2018 Newsletter

The year is quickly passing us by. We had a busy first half, and I would like to preview upcoming activities for the balance of the year:

August Swap Meet
Have a look through your collection of bonsai trees, pots, tools, accessories, etc. and see what you would like to part with. In past years, there have been some very good bargains available, so come prepared to trade or barter.

September Peer Critiques
We will have our second peer critique session of the year at our September meeting. The club’s annual exhibi-tion is fast approaching (see below), so the idea is for members to bring in trees they are planning to show to get help with any fine tuning that may be needed.

CVBS Annual Exhibition
Our 15th Annual Exhibition at the Gardens of the World in Thousand Oaks is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 6 and 7. Setup will be on Friday after-noon, the 5th of October. Hours of the exhibition will be 9 AM to 4 PM each day with a demonstration in the bandstand at 1 PM both days.

We are starting to plan the exhibition and would appreciate your help. We need all our members to contribute trees for the show and to volunteer to help with the exhibition and demonstration each day.

Election of Officers
Each fall, Conejo Valley Bonsai Society members elect new officers, who serve for the following 12 months. The process begins at our October meeting, when the president appoints a Nominating Committee. This committee presents a slate of nominees at our November meeting. If you are interested in serving on this ad hoc committee, please let me know.

The election is for the Executive Committee, which consists of the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The new officers will be elected during the business section of our November meeting. The newly elected officers automatically become the new executive committee at the end of the business meeting. The new president appoints committee chairs in consultation with the executive committee.

GSBF Convention
CVBS is a member of the Golden State Bonsai Federation, a statewide organization of bonsai clubs. Each fall, GSBF holds a five-day extravaganza of classes, exhibitions, workshops, raffles, auctions, banquets, and a big vendors’ area where bonsai enthusiast can find just about anything they need.

This year the convention is October 24 – 28 in Sacramento, California. Go to the GSBF website ( for the schedule of activities and application form. Choice classes and workshops fill up early, so don’t delay.

And a whole lot more!

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