November 2012 Bonsai Sekiyu Kai Newsletter

Upcoming BSK Activities

Wed. November 21: MonthlyMeeting 7:00-9:00 PM

Sacramento Buddhist Church

Refreshment providers: A-M

No Saturday workshop this month due to Thanksgiving

November 21st Meeting: Junipers & New Logo

The third Wednesday of November this year is the night before Thanksgiving but we WILL be meeting.  Sam Adina will demonstrate juniper styling.  We will then break up into groups to work on a few junipers, which will be placed in the raffle. Please bring junipers (or any other tree) for Show and Tell.

On the 21st we will also select a club logo.  From about a dozen entries, the Executive Committee has selected three to present to the members for a vote.  It will be kind of nice to have a logo for flyers, the newsletter, badges, tattoos, whatever.

No workshop this month

We will have no workshop this month because it falls on Thanksgiving weekend.  The Maruyama Nursery will be open that Saturday for those of you looking for an activity other than eating and football.

Scenes from our October meeting

BSK has been working on and off on some large boxwoods.  Our last styling session took place at our October meeting.  Photos below are by Ed Adams: Jennifer, President Timm, Mark, Alvin & Beth.




Bylaws Update

The October newsletter included Bylaws revisions being recommended by the Executive Committee. Following discussion the October club meeting and some thoughtful consultation by member Beth Miller and her husband John, the Executive Committee has approved a few additional clarifying changes in the Bylaws wording and organization. The one change of substance is what we discussed at the October meeting: officers would be allowed two consecutive terms.  The new version is included at the end of this newsletter, will also be in the December newsletter, and will be voted on at the December meeting.

Regional Bonsai Shows

Dec. 1 in Fresno:  Fresno Bonsai society’s 4th Annual Bonsai Yard Sale.  736 West Browning Ave.  Starts at 9:00 AM.  If you would like to sell bonsai-related items, notify Ralph Schroeder at  More info at or Fresno Bonsai Society on Facebook.

Jan. 14-17 in Fresno: “Bonsai in Winter Silhouette Displayed with Contemporary Art.” 13 displays by the Fresno City College Art Department and the Fresno Bonsai Society.  At the Art Space Gallery on the Fresno City College Campus, 1101 East University Drive. Mon. & Tues. 10:00-4:00, Wed. & Thurs.10:00-7:00.  Reception 5 – 8 PM on Thursday.  Admission free. Contact Steve DaSilva at for details.

January 19-20 in Oakland: California
Bay Island Bonsai Annual Bonsai Exhibit. Oakland Lakeside Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave, at Lake Merritt in Oakland.  10:00-4:00 both days.  Auction on Saturday at 1:00, with preview starting at noon. Demo by Boon on Sunday at 1:00.  Guided tours. Vendor and club sales.  Entry free, donations accepted. More info:

February 23-24 in Oakland: Annual California
Mammoth Fundraiser for the GSBF Collection at Lake Merritt. Lakeside Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave, at Lake Merritt in Oakland.  Auction on Sat. at 1:00 PM, with preview at noon.  Scheduled Sunday events: Vendor sales 9 AM – 4 PM. Bonsai and Pre-bonsai sales 10 AM – 4 PM. Demonstrations by Kathy Shaner and team 11:30 AM – 3 PM. Raffle drawings at 1 PM, 2 PM and 3 PM. Café open both days. Info at


BONSAI SEKIYU KAI (meaning plant & stone lovers club) is a non-profit educational and social organization devoted to assisting members in developing and improving skills fundamental to the art of bonsai (miniature trees) and suiseki (viewing stones).  The club was formed in June 1976 with its first show in 1977.  As a member of the Golden State Bonsai Federation and part of the Capitol City Bonsai Association, we support Bonsai Collection North in Oakland.  Dues are $__ per year.  We meet at 7:00 PM on the 3rd Wed. of the month (except July & August) at the Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, CA.  For more information, see the contact information in this newsletter.



Timm Johnson, President:

Chris Pfeifle, Vice President:

Mark Edelstein, Secretary & Newsletter Editor:

Steven Fat, Treasurer:

George Sakurai, Past President

Jim Fujii, President Emeritus






Founded 1976


Revised and ratified 1999 and 2012





A.The name of the organization will be Bonsai Sekiyu Kai, hereafter termed the Association.




  1. As a social and educational non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation, preservation and perpetuation of the arts of bonsai and suiseki the Association will:
    1. Hold educational meetings, workshops and other events to advance members’ knowledge and skills in the arts of bonsai and suiseki.
    2. Distribute a monthly newsletter to inform members of meetings and events.
    3. Conduct at least one bonsai/suiseki show annually to present the arts of bonsai and suiseki to the community.




  1. Any adult may become a member by paying annual dues.  Privileges of membership include:
    1. Attendance and participation in activities of the Association, including meetings, field trips and shows.
    2. Voting privileges.
    3. Eligibility to run for office.
    4. Receipt of monthly newsletter.
    5. Minor members
      1. Membership for individuals under 18 years of age will require approval of the Executive Committee.
      2. When attending Association activities, minor members must either be accompanied by a parent/guardian or must provide written consent from a parent or guardian to participate.
      3. Honorary Members
        1. The Executive Committee may nominate an individual to become an honorary member based on significant service to the Association and/or outstanding contributions to the arts of bonsai or suiseki.
        2. Nominees will be granted honorary membership based on majority vote of the membership present at a regularly scheduled business meeting.
        3. Honorary Members will pay no dues.
        4. Honorary Members are entitled to all privileges of all other members.
        5. Dues
          1. Dues structure
            1. The Executive Committee will determine dues.
            2. The Executive Committee may create different dues categories (e.g., rates for minors and for families).
            3. The Executive Committee will notify the members of any changes in dues.
  2. Payment of dues
    1. Annual dues will be due by February 1 of each year
    2. Any member who has not paid dues by February 1 will be notified by the Treasurer that payment is overdue.  Such notification will be made by the end of February.
    3. Any member who has not paid dues by April 1 will be considered to have forfeited his/her membership until he/she pays dues.
    4. Dues will be pro-rated for any individual who was not a member the previous year and who joins as a new member on or after April 1.
    5. Termination of membership
      1. An individual’s membership may be terminated by unanimous vote of the Executive Committee or by majority vote of the membership present at a regularly scheduled business meeting.
      2. Reasons for termination include but are not limited to:
        1. Willful disregard for the well being of other members;
        2. Discriminatory behavior toward other club members; or
        3. Behavior that harms the image of the Association or the traditions of bonsai or suiseki.





  1. Executive Committee
    1. The Executive Committee will consist of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Immediate Past President.
    2. The Executive Committee will oversee and plan Association business, address relevant issues, conduct emergency business and oversee finances, including reviewing the annual report of the Audit Committee.
    3. The President will call Executive meetings as necessary but at least three times annually.
    4. Any member may attend Executive Committee meetings.
    5. The President will
      1. Oversee the operations of the Association.
      2. Conduct business meetings.
      3. Chair Executive Committee meetings.
      4. Represent the Association in external matters.
      5. Appoint members to committees and other posts, except for the Show Committee, to which members are appointed by the Show Chair.
      6. The Vice President will
        1. Serve as Program Chair, arranging regular and special learning and social activities such as educational programs at business meetings, workshops and field trips.
        2. Conduct business meetings and chair Executive Committee meetings when the President is unavailable.
        3. The Secretary will
          1. Record and maintain minutes of Executive Committee and business meetings.
          2. Maintain Association records (Historian).
          3. Regularly distribute a newsletter including announcements of meetings and                                         events.
          4. Prepare correspondence.
          5. Renew Golden State Bonsai Federation (GSBF) membership and insurance payments annually.
          6. Maintain the Membership Roster.
          7. The Treasurer will
            1. Maintain one or more bank accounts for Association funds.
            2. Collect and record all dues and other monies due the Association.
            3. Manage Association funds and maintain financial records.
            4. Disburse payments as authorized by the Executive Committee.
            5. Report monthly on finances to the Executive Committee and membership.
            6. Submit a written report each June to the Executive Committee on the previous year’s revenues and expenditures, and make a verbal report of the same at the June business meeting.
            7. Make financial records available annually to the Auditing Committee for review.
            8. The Immediate Past President will serve as advisor to the Executive Committee.





  1. Nominations
    1. In April of odd-numbered years, the Executive Committee will solicit nominations from among the membership for President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer and will create a slate of nominees.
    2. Any member in good standing will be eligible for nomination as an officer.
    3. The slate will be published in the newsletter in May of odd-numbered years.
    4. At the June business meeting in odd-numbered years, the President will present the slate, solicit other nominations, and conduct the election of all officers, to be determined by a majority vote of the members present.
    5. Terms of office will be two years beginning on July 1 of odd-numbered years.
    6. Officers may serve no more than two consecutive terms in the same office unless the first term was for less than two years.
    7. Immediate Past President
      1. The position of Immediate Past President is held by the previous President.
      2. The Immediate Past President remains in office until a new President is elected, at which time the Immediate Past President steps down and is replaced by the previous President.
      3. Vacancies
        1. In the event of resignation or other cause of vacancy in the office of President, the Vice President will become President for the remainder of the term.
        2. In the case of a vacancy in the office of Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer, the President will appoint a member to fill the position until the next election.
        3. In the case of vacancy in the office of Immediate Past President, the President will appoint a member who has previously held the office of President.  If none is available, the position will remain unfilled until the current President leaves office and becomes Immediate Past President.



  1. The treasurer will collect, record, disburse, and manage all monies due the Association as per Article 4, Section G.
  2. Officers may maintain petty cash as authorized by the Executive Committee.
  3. Receipts of all expenditures must be submitted to the Treasurer.
  4. The President and the Treasurer will be recorded on the Association bank account documents as authorized to sign Association checks with either signature sufficient to validate the check.
  5. Auditing Committee
    1. In April the President will appoint a member to be Auditing Committee Chair for one year.
    2. In June, the Treasurer will make all financial records available to the Auditing Committee Chair, who will audit them and report the findings to the Executive Committee.
    3. F.    In the event of disbandment of the Association, any residual assets of the Association will be distributed to Capital City Bonsai Association and will not in any way accrue to any officer or member.





  1. Business Meetings
    1. The President will schedule at least six business meetings per year.
    2. The Vice President will serve as Program Chair for education programs and events (see Article VI).
    3. The Secretary will publish the time, date and location of the Association meetings and other events in the newsletter.
    4. The Secretary will keep minutes of the business meetings and educational presentations.
    5. Shows
      1. At least one annual bonsai/suiseki show will be held each year.
      2. The President will appoint a Show Chair who will create a Show Committee to arrange and operate the show.
      3. The Show Chair will provide an estimated budget to the Executive Committee for approval.




  1. Executive Committee: See Article IV.
  2. Auditing Committee: See Article V.
  3. Show Committee: See Article VI.
  4. The President may create ad hoc or standing committees as deemed necessary.
  5. The Executive Committee must approve all committee expenditures.



  1. The Executive Committee will propose revisions to the Bylaws as necessary.
  2. Proposed revisions will be published in the newsletter prior to the business meeting where the membership will vote on the revision.
  3. Adoption of proposed revisions will require a two-thirds vote of the members in attendance at a regularly scheduled business meeting.
  4. This version of the Bylaws, ratified in December 2012, replaces all previous versions of both the Bylaws and Constitution.
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