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December 1999 Newsletter

Web Page Address Issue:                                  99/12 ¨ December 1999

2550 Camino Tassajara

Danville, California 94526

(925) 736-7600

Sensei: Kunitoshi Akabane (925) 736-7600

President: Bob Evans (925)-280-0268

Editor: Daryl Bunch (925)-830-8790 email - bunchs or

December Meetings:

Heather Farms Garden Center,

1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek, CA

All meetings are 7:30pm – 9:30pm


December 6 - Joint Meeting – Election of Offices for next year.

Intermediate Members should bring their 1999 unusual or special projects.

Basic Members should bring some of their 1999 projects for K to see.

Refreshments: James Merrill, Bernie and Mineko Montoya


Note: If you are listed to bring refreshments and cannot attend the meeting, please call Bob Evans at (925) 820-0268.

Tuesday December 7 – Board Meeting at CalFed Bank on Crow Canyon Road, San Ramon at 7:30pm.

Club News

The club dinner party celebrating the October Show on November 6th was very well attended and our thanks again to Tom Fong for organizing the event and taking care of the details.

We had two orientation meetings on November 8th and November 15th for those who had expressed interest in learning more about Diablo Bonsai Club. Twenty three people attended the meetings and to date five have joined the club.

Please welcome the following new members:

Don Clark of Concord

John Rabinowitz of Benicia

Linda Soliven of Walnut Creek

Mark Souza of Clayton

James Tarantino of Concord

Events Elsewhere

January 22nd & 23rd, 2000 - Bay Island Bonsai’s first show, "an Exhibit if Fine Bonsai", Centennial Hall 22292 Foothill Blvd, Hayward, CA Show hours - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM both days. Admission $3.00,

free parking. Free gift to the first 50 attendees each day. Benefit Drawing.


Golden State Bonsai Collection - North Lakeside Park Garden Center

666 Bellevue Avenue (Lake Merritt)

Oakland, CA.

Garden House Hours

Wed, Thurs, Fri - 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Sat. - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Sun. - 12 Noon to 4:00 PM

Call ahead to be sure they are open. (520)-763-8409


An Item of general interest is that President Clinton was presented a 250 year old Yezo Spruce and a Trident Maple during his November 1998 visit to Japan by Prime Minister Obuchi. During the Prime Minister’s visit to the United States May 2nd & 3rd 1999, President Clinton gave him a 300 year old California Juniper donated by Ernie Kuo of Buena Park, California and an Eel River viewing stone donated by James Hayes of Broomall, Pennsylvania.


Diablo Bonsai Look Ahead to 2000

January 3

Basic Class

7:00 PM to 7:30 PM – Lecture

7:30 PM to 8:00 PM start Basic Workshop

Intermediate Class

8:00 PM to 8:30 PM - Lecture


Both Classes - Continue Basic Workshop and Intermediate Workshop.


January 10 - Installation of Officers and Potluck

Dinner - 7:30 to 9:30 PM

January 17 - Open Workshop for all members plus K will answer any questions members may have.

In the future please call Tom Fong at (925) 825-9737 if you change your address, e-mail or telephone number so that the club roster can be kept up to date.

Members desiring to use the web page for their monthly newsletter instead of having it mailed to their house should contact Daryl Bunch either by phone or email locations shown above.


Annual Dues

January 2000 is the start of the new year and Diablo Bonsai Club dues need to be paid again. Please Fill in the following form and a check made out to: Diablo Bonsai Club and mail it to: Tom Fong, 126 St. Joan Lane, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523, or bring it to the club meeting in either December or January.

Please remember that payment must be made by January 31, 2000, as we do not want the process to drag out as it typically has in the past.


Diablo Bonsai Club

2000 Dues Payment Coupon - Return before January 31, 2000

Circle One Single - $40.00 Couple - $ $65.00

Name _____________________________________


City _______________ State _____ Zip _________

Phone No. _________________________________

eMail Address ______________________________

Occupation ________________________________

Please Return to Tom Fong, 126 St. Joan Lane, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523