January 2016 Newsletter

Happy New Year to everyone and best wishes for a successful bonsai year in 2016.

Looking back, 2015 was a busy year for us. Just to recap:

  • We had two club exhibitions
  • We had three field trips to local nurseries
  • We had four demonstrations
  • We had our annual summer swap meet
  • We enjoyed our holiday potluck and the opportunity to get gather on a social basis and to listen to Guy Ervin’s seasonal music

What do we have in store for the club for 2016? First off, we have a new logo. Many thanks to Ann Lofquist who provided both the bonsai tree graphic and invaluable advice on all the designs. Andrew Peebles designed the logo. And David Whiteside implemented the new logo in this issue of the newsletter. Thanks also to all the members who provided input throughout the process.

Again, there will be a mixture of workshops, demonstrations, field trips, and opportunities to socialize. Program Chair Al Espinoza is hard at work lining up demonstrators for the year and there will be announcements soon—watch the newsletter’s calendar of CVBS Programs on page 2 for the latest information. Our January meeting is a workshop, so please bring your trees.

I would like the evening to also be a planning meeting. Please come with your ideas. Give some thought to what you would like to see in club activities: field trips; mentoring program; demonstrators; library; exhibitions; education programs; or other suggestions.

Membership dues for 2016 don’t forget that they are now due. Please bring your check to our next meeting or send it to Membership Chair Larry Kimmelman (see the Membership item on page 3 for his address). Remember that you must be current on your dues to continue receiving our newsletter, so renew now so you won’t miss a single issue. Don’t forget the Bonsai-A-Thon coming up February 27 – 28 at the Huntington Gardens in San Marino. It is a today event so hopefully you can make it. There are two days of demonstrations; our own Ken Fuentes will be doing one. There will be the exhibition and a large vendor section, so it’s a great opportunity to acquire new trees, tools, or supplies. The Bonsai-A-Thon is a fundraising event that supports the Golden State Bonsai Federation’s collection at the Huntington, so please come out and support this world-class collection. See me if you would like to volunteer to help.

I would like to thank our committees for all their help throughout last year, as we could not function without their work. See you Thursday, January 21st.

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