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December 2001 Newsletter

  Web Page Address:                       Issue 12/01 December 2001

2550 Camino Tassajara

Danville, California 94526

(925) 736-7600

Sensei: Kunitoshi Akabane (925) 736-7600

President: Bob Evans (925) 820-0268

Editor: Daryl Bunch (925) 830-8790

December Meetings:

All meetings held at Heather Farms Garden Center, 1540 March Banks Dr., Walnut Creek. 7:00 10:00 PM

December 3rd  -  Joint Basic/Intermediate Class  Meeting (7:00 pm to 7:30 pm) - Business meeting and library openElection of officers for 2002;  (7:30 pm to 8:00 pm); Class instruction topic: Discussion on for Winterizing and Trimming by Sensei Akabane; & Review of this year's projects; (8:00 pm to 10:00 pm) - Workshop.  Every member should bring a project tree they worked on this past year for K to see and make suggestions.

         Refreshments: Bill Magee, Jack Mashi, Alan Jones, Michael and Linda Fazzio

             December 4th  -  Board of Directors Meeting at 7:30 pm at the CalFed Bank on Crow Canyon Road in San Ramon.

                       Note:   The plant sale, hospitality and greeting committee chairpersons and co-chairpersons should plan to            attend so we can review their portion of the show.

Notes:     - (1) If you are listed to bring refreshments and cannot attend, please call Bob Evans at (925)-820-0268.

      -  (2) Don't forget to bring a piece of plastic to cover your table during the workshop.  After the workshop, clean-up around your table and help put away the tables and chairs. (two rows of tables and chairs at the south end of the room.)

      -  (3) Wear your name tags to class every month to make it easier for everyone to meet each other.  If you need a name tag, call Bob Evans (925)-820-0268 to order one.  The cost is $2.00.  

Club News

Please welcome the following new member:  George Baloyra of Lafayette.

We are sad to announce that a former past member of the club, Ethel Kaider passed away on November 21 after a long illness.  Ethel started doing bonsai in the late 1940's and was very devoted to the art.  When Ethel's health no longer permitted her to care for her trees, she made them available to the Diablo Bonsai Club members to purchase.  Those of us who knew Ethel have lost a good friend in bonsai.

Another Orientation Class will be held at the joint meeting on December 3.  If anyone knows someone who may be interested in joining the club, please invite them to come to the meeting..

The annual dues for the year 2002 are now payable.  Please bring your dues to the December meeting or mail a check to Barbara Richards using the form at the end of this newsletter. The dues are $40 for single members and $65 for couples.  Please try to get your dues paid as early as possible so a new club roster can be finalized and given out to the membership.

Our thanks again to Norm Wanek for organizing the work party to prune the Bonsai Garden at Heather Farms Garden Center on Saturday November 25.  Our thanks also go to Scott Couture, Dimitri Koovshinoff, Don Meeker and Bob Evans who joined Norm on the work party.

Norm got away from the dinner party on November 3, before we could thank him for his donations to the plant sale and the special raffle at the October show.  Norm's generosity was an important contribution to the club's financial success.

The Diablo Bonsai Club schedule of activities will be finalized at the December board meeting and will be sent to the members with the January newsletter.

Events Elsewhere

Golden State Bonsai Collection at Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue, Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA.

Garden House Hours

Wed, Thurs, Fri 11:00AM 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 at (510)-763-8409.

                January 12 & 13 Bay Island Bonsai 3rd Annual Show, "An Exhibit of Fine Bonsai" at Centennial Hall, 22292 Foothill Blvd, Hayward.  Hours are 10am to 4pm both days.  Admission $3, Free parking.  Guided tours of the exhibit. 

 Auction of quality bonsai on Saturday, preview at noon, Auction at 1pm.

               January 19 & 20  -  Bay Area Bonsai Associates 21st Annual Bonsai Show at Lakeside Park Garden Center (Lake Merritt), 666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland.  Hours are Saturday 6pm to 9pm and Sunday 11am o 4 pm.  Demonstration on Saturday by Tatemori Gondo and on Sunday by a person to be announced.

               February  24  -  GSBF Collection North Mammoth Bazaar XI at Lakeside Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave. Oakland.  Hours 10am to 5pm.

Diablo Bonsai Look Ahead Schedule

            January 7  - Basic Class (topic - 'Essence' How to approach the art of bonsai, moyogi (informal upright style)

                Refreshments:  Dimitri Koovshinoff, Nick Koovshinoff   

            January 8  -  Board Meeting (subject to confirmation)

            January 14  -  Intermediate Class Topic - Review of Basic Styles, Workshop

                Refreshments Don Meeker

            January 19  -  Field Trip to Bonsai Nurseries

            January 21  -  Potluck Dinner Party

            January 26  - First Potting Session


Annual Dues

January 2002 is the start of the new year and Diablo Bonsai Club dues need to be paid again.  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 a club meeting in December or January.


Please remember that payment must be made by January 31, 2002, as we do not want the process to drag out as it has typically in the past.


Diablo Bonsai Club

2002 Dues Payment Coupon - Return before January 31, 2002


Circle One Single - $40.00 Couple - $ $65.00

Name _____________________________________


City _______________ State _____ Zip _________

Phone No. _________________________________

email Address ______________________________

Occupation ________________________________

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