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January 2004 Newsletter

Web Page Address:                            Issue: 01/04 January 2004

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:

January meetings:

Tuesday, January 6, 7:30PM: Board of Directors Meeting, Tassajara Nursery, Danville

Monday - January 12 - Basic Class Meeting, 7:00 - 7:15PM Library Open, 7:15-7:30 Business Meeting.

7:30 Class Instruction by Sensei Akabane, Topic: Essence - How to appreciate the art of Bonsai. Moyogi Informal upright style. 8:00-10:00PM - Workshop.

Refreshments: Jan Mahoney and Billie Morenz.

Intermediate Class - Note change of meeting date- school is closed Monday the 19th.

Monday - January 26 - Intermediate Class Meeting 7:00 - 7:15PM Library open, 7:15-7:30PM Business Meeting.

7:30PM Class Instruction. Topic: Review. 8:00 - 10:00PM 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.

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

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.

There is still a need for a Basic Class Representative. The duties include setting up the room, basically making hot water for coffee and getting out the refreshment supplies from the cabinet and opening the Library. Then putting away and and locking up the club supplies and Library. Also conducting the Business Meeting and reporting to the board ideas and concerns of the Basic Class Members.

Diablo Bonsai Look Ahead Schedule

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

Monday February 9 - Basic Class Meeting. 7:00-7:30PM - Business Meeting. 7:30PM -Lecture - Topic: Chokkan; Formal upright. 8;00 - 10:00PM Workshop.

Refreshments: Lois Naye Nick Nickleson.

Monday February 16 - Intermediate Class Meeting. 7:00-7:30PM Business Meeting. 7:30PM Lecture - topic: Arrangement of roots. 8:00PM Workshop.

Refreshments: James Stalker

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

Diablo Bonsai Club Annual Dues 2004

January is the start of a new year and Diablo Bonsai Club annual dues are now owing. If you have not already paid, please fill out the following form and a check made out to: Diablo Bonsai Club and mail it to: Barbara Richards, 172 Western Hills Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523, or bring it to the December meeting.

Please remember that payment is now past due or, if not paid at the January 2004 meetings you will be dropped from the Club Roster. The Treasurer and others who process the payments and club records are volunteers, they need and deserve your cooperation.

Any who do not pay dues before or at the January Meetings (Jan 12 & 19, 2004) will not be eligible to participate in Club activities after that meeting. If it is necessary to pay at a later date please contact the Club President Jim Stalker or the Club Treasurer Barbara Richards and make arrangements.


Diablo Bonsai Club, 2004 Dues Payment Coupon

Circle One Single - $40.00 Couple - $60.00

Name _____________________________________


City _______________ State _____ Zip _________ Phone No. _________________________________

email Address ______________________________

Please Return to Barbara Richards, 172 Western Hills Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523