December 2003 Newsletter

Web Page Address:                            Issue: 12/03 December 2003

www.angelfire.com/ca2/diablobonsai

2550 Camino Tassajara

Danville, California 94526

(925) 736-7600

Sensei: Kunitoshi Akabane (925) 736-7600,

President: Jim Stalker,                                         Vice President: Nick Nickelson

Editor: Don Meeker,                                           Webmaster:

December meetings:

Tuesday, December 2, 7:30PM: Board of Directors Meeting, Tassajara Nursery, Danville

Monday - December 8 - Joint Class Meeting, 7:00 - 7:15PM Library Open, 7:15-7:30 Business Meeting. Presentation of nominations for the Board of Directors for 2004, acceptance of nominations from the membership and election of officers and other Board members.

7:30 Class Instruction by Sensei Akabane, Topic: Review of year's projects. 8:00-10:00PM - Workshop.

Refreshments: Steve Huskins and Jim Merrill.

From the President

A reminder that Club dues are due and owing for 2004. Dues are annually due by December 31st. $40.00 for one member and $60.00 for a couple.

The Club annually does field trips to several bonsai nurseries for members to acquire material to work on for the new year and as donation materials for future shows, and to get ideas for future development. A reminder one of the traditional expectations of all members is the donation of suitable bonsai material for the show. Intermediate members are expected to donate material of a five gallon or larger size and that has had basic training and development for at least one year. Basic class members are expected to donate two trees of a one gallon or larger size and that has had some basic training and development for at least one year. Except that new members will not have a full year to train their trees and whatever level of development they have been able to achieve is acceptable. It is often economical and prudent in thinking ahead to acquire some material for the next year or two. The two field trips and their accompanying potting sessions have been scheduled for January and February of 2004 and are listed in the "Diablo Bonsai Look Ahead Schedule" below.

Diablo Bonsai Look Ahead Schedule

Tuesday January 6 - Board Meeting, 7:30PM, Tassajara Nursery, Danville.

Monday January 12 - Basic Class Meeting. 7:00-7:30PM - Business Meeting. 8:00PM -Lecture - topic to be announced. Workshop.

Refreshments: Dimitri Koovshinoff and Jan Mahoney.

Monday January 19 - Intermediate Class Meeting. 7:00-7:30PM Business Meeting. 8:00PM Lecture topic to be announced. Workshop.

Refreshments: Byron Nobriga,

Saturday January 24 - First field trip to Sumigawa Nursery in Cotati. Meet at the Nursery at 10:00AM. Details will be available at the January Club meetings and in the January Newsletter.

Saturday January 31 - First potting session. Tassajara Nursery, Danville.

Saturday - February 14 - Second field trip to Lotus Nursery, North of Highway 50, Sierra Foothills. Meet at the Nursery about 10:30AM.

Saturday - February 21 - Second potting session. Tassajara Nursery, Danville.

Events Elsewhere

January 10th – 11th,Hayward. Bay Island Bonsai’s 5th anniversary show, “An Exhibit of Fine Bonsai” at Centennial Hall, 22292 Foothill Blvd., Hayward, CA. Hours are 10AM – 4PM both days. $3 admission. Free parking. Free gift for the first 50 attendees each day. Guided tours of the exhibit. Auction of quality bonsai on Saturday: preview at noon, auction at 1PM. For information call Boon at (510) 865-1008 or visit www.bonsaiboon.com