May 2013 Newsletter

Upcoming BSK Activities

Wed. May 15: MonthlyMeeting 7:00-9:00 PM

Sacramento Buddhist Church

Refreshment providers: A-M

Correction to previous post: there will be no Sat.  Workshop in May due to Satsuki Show in Sacramento that weekend

Wed. June. 5: Executive Committee 7:00-9:00

Giovanni’s Pizzeria, 5924 South Land Park Drive, Sacramento

Elections will be held at June 19th meeting

Elections for the 7/13-6/15 terms of office will be held at the June meeting.  We will vote for President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.  Timm Johnson does not plan to run for a second term as President, nor does and Chris Pfeifle plan to be a candidate for a second term as Vice President.  Yuzo Maruyama was nominated at the April meeting for President and he has accepted the nomination.  Steven Fat and Mark Edelstein will run for second terms as Treasurer and Secretary, respectively.  We need a member to run for Vice President.  The principal task of that post is to schedule presentations and demonstrations from September to June.  Please let an officer know if you are interested.

May 15th Meeting

Timm will do a presentation on satsuki azaleas.  Please bring your satsukis to work on, as well as any tree you’d like to share for “Show and Tell.” The featured raffle prize will be a Golden Atlas Cedar.

 

Upcoming Bonsai Events

May 18 & 19 in Santa Barbara: California
Bonsai Club of Santa Barbara Annual Bonsai Exhibition. Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon Road. Saturday 11 AM – 4 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM. Demonstrations at 1 PM on both days. Plant sales.  For more information, contact Ann Erb 805-929-4972, email annerb@charter.net or visit http://www.santabarbarbonsai.org.

May 18 & 19 in Sacramento:
 Satsuki Aikokai Association of Sacramento: Annual Show at Shepard Garden Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd. Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM and Sunday, 10 AM – 4 PM with demonstrations at 2 PM daily. Workshops, vendors, satsuki information booth, and raffles daily. For more information contact Ronn Pigram at (916) 428-8505 or email: satsukiaikokaisac@sbcglobal.net.

June 1-2 in San Mateo: Sei Boku Bonsai Kai’s 30th Annual Show.  San Mateo Garden Center, 605 Parkside Way, next to Bedford Park.  Sat. and Sun. 10AM-4PM both days.  Demos 1-3 both days.  Door prizes and vendors. “Dr. Bonsai” available to answer questions on bonsai care.  Marsha Mekisich at eclectic.garder@yahoo.com

June 8-9 in Oakland: California Suiseki Society’s 18th Annual Show.  Lakeside Garden Center, Lake Merritt, 666 Bellevue Ave.  10AM-4PM both days.  Stone sale.  Bob Carlson lbobcarlson@gmail.com.

June 9 in Monterey:  Monterey Bonsai club’s 50th Annual Exhibition.  Monterey Buddhist Temple, 1150 Noche Buena St., Seaside.  11 AM to 4 PM with demo at 1:30 by Katsumi Kinoshita.  Sales.  Dianne Woods vinca27@comcast.net.

June 15-16 in Livermore:  Valley Bonsai society’s 5th Annual Show.  Alden Lane Nursery, 981 Alden Lane.  10AM-4PM both days.  Demos at 1PM both days.  Charles Harder bonsainut@comcast.net.

July 10 in Oakland: East Bay Bonsai Society’s 2013 Auction.  Lakeside Garden Center, Lake Merritt, 666 Bellevue Ave.  Preview at 7PM, auction starts at 7:30 PM.  Trees, pots and other bonsai items.  www.eastbaybonsai.org

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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.

 

OFFICERS

Timm Johnson, President:

Chris Pfeifle, Vice President:

Mark Edelstein, Secretary & Newsletter Editor:

Steven Fat, Treasurer:

George Sakurai, Past President

Jim Fujii, President Emeritus

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March 2013 Newsletter

Upcoming BSK Activities

Wed. March 20: MonthlyMeeting 7:00-9:00 PM

Sacramento Buddhist Church.  Refreshment providers: A-M

Sat. March 23: Workshop 9:00 to Noon

Maruyama Bonsai Nursery

Wed. April. 3: Executive Committee 7:00-9:00

Giovanni’s Pizzeria, 5924 South Land Park Drive, Sacramento

Sat. April 6 and Sun. April 7: ANNUAL SHOW

Sacramento Buddhist Church

March 20th Meeting

This is our final meeting before the show and the March 20th topic is both timely and fun: Lucy Sakaishi-Judd will be doing a demo on companion plants (aka “accent plants”).  Bring your own 1 or 2 pots. Plants and potting material will be available.   No small pots available?  No problem: at least one member will have some available for a nominal fee. 

For “Show and Tell,” bring flowering plans and of course any trees you plan to put in the show that you’d like some advice on or that you need a stand for.  The featured raffle prize will be a Golden Atlas Cedar.

2013 Dues: Carrot and Stick

If you haven’t done it yet, pay those 2013 dues so you can rest easy, remain on the club roster and receive your ID badge.  That’s the carrot, now here’s the stick: if Steven Fat has not received your dues by April 1, your membership will be suspended until dues are received.  Yikes!

March 23rd Workshop

Big workshop at Maruyama’s Nursery this Saturday: last chance to work together on trees for the show!!

36th ANNUAL SPRING SHOW

The big news of course is our upcoming show: Saturday 4/6 Noon – 5 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM.  Johnny Uchida will do demonstrations both days at 2 PM.

The show is our annual opportunity to show the community what we do so passionately.  Please plan to pitch in with monitoring trees, selling raffle tickets, helping in the kitchen, getting it all set up on Sat. morning and/or breaking it all down on Sun. afternoon.  If at all possible, please be at the church at 8 AM on Sat. If you are willing to help move equipment from George’s home to the church at 7:30 AM, please contact Chris Pfeifle.

We count on everyone bringing food so we can have lunch ourselves as well as offer lunch to members’ guests.  Historically, entrees have tended to be in short supply.  Whatever you choose to contribute, bring enough for several people, not only on Saturday but also on Sunday.

Please consider bringing trees or other bonsai items for the club to raffle off.   If you have items to sell or items for the silent auction (20% of sales go to the club – or more if you choose), contact Lucy Sakaishi-Judd for a seller’s number and please be prepared to help out by working at the sales table and/or monitoring the silent auction table.  Items for the silent auction must require a minimum bid of at least $50.  A form for sellers to print and complete is being emailed to all members.

Bylaws

In March, the membership approved changes to the Bylaws, which are now pretty short and sweet.  After these are put into PDF format they will be posted at our blog site.

Upcoming Bonsai Events

March 20-24 in San Mateo: 
Bonsai Society of San Francisco Annual Bonsai Exhibit at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show, San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive. Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 10 AM – 7 PM, Sunday 10 AM – 6 PM. There will be demonstrations and trees for sale. General admission to the Flower and Garden Show is $20.00. For general information about Flower and Garden show visit: ww.sfgardenshow.com. For more information about club visit our website: www.bssf.org

March 23-24 in Santa Cruz: California
Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai 25th Annual Show at the Museum of Art and History, 705 Front Street. Hours: Saturday & Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM. Featured demo Saturday, 2 – 4 PM, Ryan Neil. Featured demo Sunday, 2 – 4 PM, Sensei Katsumi Kinoshita. Contact Ron Anderson, 877-610-9038. For more details about club visit our website. http://www.gsbf-bonsai.org/santacruzbonsaikai/.

March 30 : American Bonsai Association’s Bus Trip from Sacramento.  See http://www.abasbonsai.org/pdf/bus_trip_2013.pdf for details.

April 6-7 in Sacramento: 
Bonsai Sekiyu Kai 36th Annual Bonsai Show at the Sacramento Betsuin Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd. Hours are: Saturday Noon – 5 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM. Demonstration 2 PM both days by Bonsai Master Johnny Uchida. Amenities include refreshments, light snacks, door prizes, raffles, and a Silent Auction. Member and vendor sales of plants and bonsai-related items will also be available. For more information contact Chris Pfeifle at mesoey@aol.com.

April 13-14 in Sacramento: 
American Bonsai Association 54th Anniversary Show will include demonstrations by Japanese trained bonsai artist, author, and Artisans Cup co-chair, Michael Hagedorn. Show hours are Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM with demonstration at 1:30 PM both days. Location: Shepard Garden and Art Center (in McKinley Park), 3330 McKinley Blvd. Free admission. Member and vendor sales area and benefit drawing. To learn more or to sign up for a beginner’s workshop visit: www.abasbonsai.org.

April 13-14 in San Jose:
San Jose Betsuin Bonsai Club 43rd Annual Bonsai Exhibition and Demonstration at the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin 640 North Fifth Street. Times: Noon – 5 PM Saturday and 11 AM – 4 PM Sunday. Demonstrations on both days by Harry Hirao, Mr. California Juniper, at 1 PM. Plant and vendor sales on both days. For more information visit our website at www.gsbf-bonsai.org/sjbonsai/ or contact Ken Azuma at kennethazuma@sbcglobal.net

April 20-21 in Palo Alto: 
Kusamura Bonsai Club: 53rd Annual Show at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road. Admission is free. Show hours are Saturday Noon – 5 PM, and Sunday: 11 AM – 5 PM. Guest demonstrator Kathy Shaner Saturday at 1:30 PM, and club members Sunday at 1:30 PM. Club member tree sales and benefit drawings both days. For more information contact Mark O’Brien at 650-327-0450 or mobrientrees@hotmail.com.

April 20 in Napa:
 Napa Valley Bonsai Club: Annual Show, Napa Senior Center, 1500 Jefferson St. Hours: 11 AM to 4 PM. Demonstration at 1:30 PM. Silent Auction, Member Sales, Vendor Sales, and Raffle Drawing. Free admission and parking. For more information call 707-255-8822 or jdkahn@sbcglobal.net or visit our website.

April 27 & 28 in Modesto: Modesto Bonsai Club 32nd Annual Spring Show, Marriott Courtside Hotel, 1720 Sisk Rd., Modesto CA.  Exhibits, sales, raffles and auctions.  Demonstrations by Sam Adina.  More info at Modestobonsai.com.

May 4 & 5 in Sacramento: 
Sacramento Bonsai Club: 67th Annual Show at the Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd. S how hours are Saturday 12 – 5 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM. Demonstration both days at 2 PM by Boon Manakitivipart. Refreshments, benefit drawings, plant & tree sales. Free Admission. For more information, please contact Gary Judd at 916-622-8048 or visit sacramentobonsaiclub.com.

May 5 in Watsonville:
Watsonville Bonsai Club: 40th annual Bonsai Show. 10 AM to 4 PM at Watsonville Buddhist Temple, 423 Bridge St.  Demo by Katsumi Kinoshita at 1:30 PM. Raffle. Plant sales. For more information contact: Don White @ (831) 724-9283 or whiteslib@aol.com; or Dave Dierking (831) 338-2771 or dcdierking@yahoo.com.

May in Modesto: Modesto Bonsai Club Annual Show (at press time, details were unavailable):

May 18 & 19 in Santa Barbara: California
Bonsai Club of Santa Barbara Annual Bonsai Exhibition. Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon Road. Saturday 11 AM – 4 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM. Demonstrations at 1 PM on both days. Plant sales.  For more information, contact Ann Erb 805-929-4972, email annerb@charter.net or visit http://www.santabarbarbonsai.org.

May 18 & 19 in Sacramento:
Satsuki Aikokai Association of Sacramento: Annual Show at Shepard Garden Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd. Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM and Sunday, 10 AM – 4 PM with demonstrations at 2 PM daily. Workshops, vendors, satsuki information booth, and raffles daily. For more information contact Ronn Pigram at (916) 428-8505 or email: satsukiaikokaisac@sbcglobal.net.

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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.

OFFICERS

Timm Johnson, President:

Chris Pfeifle, Vice President:

Mark Edelstein, Secretary & Newsletter Editor:

Steven Fat, Treasurer:

George Sakurai, Past President

Jim Fujii, President Emeritus

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February 2013 Newsletter

Upcoming BSK Activities

Wed. Feb. 20: MonthlyMeeting 7:00-9:00 PM

Sacramento Buddhist Church

Refreshment providers: N-Z

Sat. Feb. 23: Workshop 9:00 to Noon

Maruyama Bonsai Nursery

Wed. March 6: Executive Committee 7:00-9:00

Giovanni’s Pizzeria, 5924 South Land Park Drive, Sacramento

February 20th Meeting

Unfortunately, our originally scheduled demo by Yuzo Maruyama has been cancelled.  So BRING TREES to work on – including trees you want to prepare for the annual April show – as well as trees for “Show and Tell.”  Since we did not vote on the Bylaws revisions in January, we’ll do so at the February meeting.  You may review the proposed revisions in the November newsletter.

2013 Dues

Please pay your 2013 dues to Steven Fat at the monthly meeting or workshop.  Once you pay, you will receive one of the new club badges!

Feb 15th Annual Dinner

BSK held its annual New Year’s dinner at Aviators at Executive Airport.  Very nice!!!!!  Thank you to Chris and Alvin for making the arrangements and to all members who contributed raffle prizes.  Congratulations to Jennifer Adams who won the grand prize, a satsuki.

BSK Spring Show: Sat. April 6th and Sun. April 7th  

Remember, our show is coming up in just .  In preparation, you can go ahead and transplant trees into new pots for the show – just protect them from excessive cold while they settle into their new homes.

Upcoming Bonsai Shows: Feb., March and April

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 bonsailakemerritt@gmail.com.

March 20-24 in San Mateo: 
Bonsai Society of San Francisco Annual Bonsai Exhibit at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show, San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive. Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 10 AM – 7 PM, Sunday 10 AM – 6 PM. There will be demonstrations and trees for sale. General admission to the Flower and Garden Show is $20.00. For general information about Flower and Garden show visit: ww.sfgardenshow.com. For more information about club visit our website: www.bssf.org

March 23-24 in Santa Cruz: California
Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai 25th Annual Show at the Museum of Art and History, 705 Front Street. Hours: Saturday & Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM. Featured demo Saturday,  2 – 4 PM, Ryan Neil. Featured demo Sunday, 2 – 4 PM, Sensei Katsumi Kinoshita. Contact Ron Anderson, 877-610-9038. For more details about club visit our website. http://www.gsbf-bonsai.org/santacruzbonsaikai/.

April 6-7 in Sacramento: 
Bonsai Sekiyu Kai 36th Annual Bonsai Show at the Sacramento Betsuin Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd. Hours are: Saturday Noon – 5 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM. Demonstration 2 PM both days by Bonsai Master Johnny Uchida. Amenities include refreshments, light snacks, door prizes, raffles, and a Silent Auction. Member and vendor sales of plants and bonsai-related items will also be available. For more information contact Chris Pfeifle at mesoey@aol.com.

April 13-14 in Sacramento: 
American Bonsai Association 54th Anniversary Show will include demonstrations by Japanese trained bonsai artist, author, and Artisans Cup co-chair, Michael Hagedorn. Show hours are Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM and Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM with demonstration at 1:30 PM both days. Location: Shepard Garden and Art Center (in McKinley Park), 3330 McKinley Blvd. Free admission. Member and vendor sales area and benefit drawing. To learn more or to sign up for a beginner’s workshop visit: www.abasbonsai.org.

April 13-14 in San Jose:
San Jose Betsuin Bonsai Club 43rd Annual Bonsai Exhibition and Demonstration at the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin 640 North Fifth Street. Times: Noon – 5 PM Saturday and 11 AM – 4 PM Sunday. Demonstrations on both days by Harry Hirao, Mr. California Juniper, at 1 PM. Plant and vendor sales on both days. For more information visit our website at www.gsbf-bonsai.org/sjbonsai/ or contact Ken Azuma at kennethazuma@sbcglobal.net

April 20-21 in Palo Alto: 
Kusamura Bonsai Club: 53rd Annual Show at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road. Admission is free. Show hours are Saturday Noon – 5 PM, and Sunday: 11 AM – 5 PM. Guest demonstrator Kathy Shaner Saturday at 1:30 PM, and club members Sunday at 1:30 PM. Club member tree sales and benefit drawings both days. For more information contact Mark O’Brien at 650-327-0450 or mobrientrees@hotmail.com.

April 20 in Napa:
 Napa Valley Bonsai Club: Annual Show, Napa Senior Center, 1500 Jefferson St. Hours: 11 AM to 4 PM. Demonstration at 1:30 PM. Silent Auction, Member Sales, Vendor Sales, and Raffle Drawing. Free admission and parking. For more information call 707-255-8822 or jdkahn@sbcglobal.net or visit our website.

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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.

 

OFFICERS

Timm Johnson, President:

Chris Pfeifle, Vice President:

Mark Edelstein, Secretary & Newsletter Editor:

Steven Fat, Treasurer:

George Sakurai, Past President

Jim Fujii, President Emeritus

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January 2013 Newsletter

Upcoming BSK Activities

Wed. January 16: MonthlyMeeting 7:00-9:00 PM

Sacramento Buddhist Church (Refreshment providers: A-Z)

Sat. January 19: Workshop 9:00 to Noon

Maruyama Bonsai Nursery

Wed. Feb. 6: Executive Committee Meeting 7:00-9:00

Giovanni’s Pizzeria, 5924 South Land Park Drive, Sacramento

January 19th Meeting

Bring trees to work on and for “Show and Tell,” especially deciduous trees for wiring and refinement of ramification.  Also conifers and suiseki. The featured raffle prize: a crabapple tree.  We will  also finally vote on the proposed Bylaws revisions: a two-thirds vote of those present will be required for passage.  You may review the proposed revisions in the November newsletter.

2013 Dues

2013 dues are due.  Please pay Steven Fat when you come to the monthly meeting or workshop.  Once you pay your dues, you will receive one of our new badges!

It’s Cold: Protect your tropical species!

In nature, a tree’s roots are protected underground.  The roots of bonsai trees are more susceptible to freezing temperatures.  As a rule, bonsai species can tolerate temperatures down to 15 degrees Fahrenheit, so Sacramento’s recent nighttime lows in the high 20s should not be a problem, but tropical and subtropical species must be sheltered.

Save the Date for Annual Dinner: Feb. 15th

BSK’s annual New Year’s Dinner will be on Friday, Feb. 15th.   The location will be announced soon.  Save the date!

Spring Show: April 6th and 7th

Isn’t it a little early to be thinking about BSK’s spring show?  I don’t THINK so!   Between football playoffs, consider which specimens are candidates for the show and what pots they might need – either pots you have on hand and just require a clean-up, or pots to put on your to-buy list.

Upcoming Bonsai Shows

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 treekutter@hotmail.com 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: http://www.bayislandbonsai.com.

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 bonsailakemerritt@gmail.com.

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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.

 

OFFICERS

Timm Johnson, President:

Chris Pfeifle, Vice President:

Mark Edelstein, Secretary & Newsletter Editor:

Steven Fat, Treasurer:

George Sakurai, Past President

Jim Fujii, President Emeritus

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December 2012 Bonsai Sekiyu Kai Newsletter

UPCOMING BSK ACTIVITIES

Wed. December 19: MonthlyMeeting 7:00-9:00 PM

  • Sacramento Buddhist Church
  • Refreshment providers: N-Z

Sat. December 22: Workshop 9:00 to Noon

  • Maruyama Bonsai Nursery

Wed. Jan. 9th: Executive Committee 7:00-9:00

  • Giovanni’s Pizzeria, 5924 South Land Park Drive, Sacramento
  • (Giovanni’s is one of two pizza restaurants in the shopping center at South Land Park Drive and 35th Ave.)

December 19th Meeting

For “Show and Tell” please bring trees with fall color, berries or fruit; confers; and suiseki.  The featured raffle prize will be a pomegranate tree.

Logo & Badges

Thanks again to everyone who submitted designs for our new logo, and congratulations to Beth Miller, whose logo received by far the most votes at November’s meeting.  The Executive Committee is ordering badges with the winning logo, which will also be used for letterhead, business cards and newsletter.

Bylaws: Vote will be in January

We will vote on the proposed Bylaws revisions at the January meeting.  A two-thirds vote of those present will be required for passage.  You may review the proposed revisions in the November newsletter.

Regional Bonsai Shows

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 treekutter@hotmail.com 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: http://www.bayislandbonsai.com

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 bonsailakemerritt@gmail.com.

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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.

OFFICERS

Timm Johnson, President:

Chris Pfeifle, Vice President:

Mark Edelstein, Secretary & Newsletter Editor:

Steven Fat, Treasurer:

George Sakurai, Past President

Jim Fujii, President Emeritus

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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.

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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 ralsch@sbcglobal.net.  More info at www.fresnobonsai.com 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 treekutter@hotmail.com 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: http://www.bayislandbonsai.com

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 bonsailakemerritt@gmail.com.

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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.

 

OFFICERS

Timm Johnson, President:

Chris Pfeifle, Vice President:

Mark Edelstein, Secretary & Newsletter Editor:

Steven Fat, Treasurer:

George Sakurai, Past President

Jim Fujii, President Emeritus

 

 

 

 

BONSAI SEKIYU KAI

Founded 1976

BYLAWS

Revised and ratified 1999 and 2012

                                                                                                                                      

ARTICLE I:

 NAME

 

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

ARTICLE II:

 OBJECTIVES

 

  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.

ARTICLE III:

 MEMBERSHIP

 

  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.

 

ARTICLE IV:

  EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND DUTIES OF OFFICERS

 

  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.

 

 

ARTICLE V:

NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS

  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.

ARTICLE VI:

 FINANCES

  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.

 

 

ARTICLE VII:

MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  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.

 

ARTICLE VIII:

COMMITTEES

  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.

ARTICLE IX:

REVISIONS TO BYLAWS

  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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October 2112 Bonsai Sekiyu Kai Newsletter

BSK Meetings & Field Trips

Wed. October 17: MonthlyMeeting 7:00-9:00 PM

Sacramento Buddhist Church

Refreshment providers: N-Z

Sat. October 20: Workshop  9:00 to Noon

Maruyama Bonsai Nursery

October Meeting & Workshop

The focus of our October meeting (Wed. 10/17) and Saturday workshop (10/20) will be further work on the club’s large boxwoods.  For “Show and Tell” on the 17th, please bring trees that reflect the season: autumn color, flowers and fruit.  Or, as always, any tree you’d like to share or get consultation on.

From the President

The Club is in good financial health and kudos to our members for getting more involved in Club activities. On the down side, one of our most active members, Vice-President, Dareld Binns, recently resigned due to family matters. We wish him and his family all the best.  Fortunately, we had another highly active member, Chris Pfeifle, step up and I have appointed him Vice-President.  In his new role, Chris is formulating an activities calendar and is seeking suggestions from all members of possible activities/programs. Please present him with any ideas you might have.

As we all know, the Golden State Bonsai Federation (GSBF) Convention will be October 24-28, here in Sacramento at the Red Lion Inn, across from Arden Mall.  Our Sacramento bonsai community is host, and to insure that we put on a quality event, we need lots of help from of all four Sacramento clubs and members. That means voluntary help in performing the various tasks at the Convention and donations to the raffle. On the day you plan to volunteer just visit the Registration Desk for a task assignment.  A One-Day pass, which will allow you access most Convention areas will be issued for each day you volunteer.

The BSK Executive Committee has approved a club donation of $100 to the GSBF show’s Benefit Raffle.  As Chairman of the Benefit Drawing Committee, I also encourage each of you to individually make a donation of bonsai or garden related items, wine, cash, gift certificates, etc. I will bring Donation Forms to our next meeting and will gladly accept your donations at that time. If you are planning to attend the Convention, please bring your donation with you to the Benefit Drawing area. If you can make it to neither the meeting nor the Convention and want to donate, call me (Timm) at (916) 362-8147 after October 17th and I will make arrangements to pickup your donation.

A favorable number of raffle donations, and the sale of raffle tickets are the primary source of revenue at the Convention, and the raffle’s success is critical to the financial health of the GSBF. So please make every effort to support the raffle.

Bylaws Revision

Our club was founded in 1974.  In 1999 the Bylaws were revised and a Constitution was created.  In 2011, the Executive Committee saw a need for the Bylaws and Constitution to be improved and integrated into a single document (Bylaws).   Earlier this month, the E.C. completed its work and, as per current Bylaws, is taking the following steps toward a vote by the membership on the revisions:

  1. The proposed revisions will be published in the newsletter in October and November.
  2. At the October and November meetings, members will have opportunities to discuss the changes.
  3. A vote will be taken at the November meeting.  The current Bylaws and Constitution disagree on how many people must be present and whether a majority or 2/3 vote is required for approval, so we will have to use our judgment.

At the very end of this newsletter, you will find the proposed Bylaws.  Most changes were made to simplify and clarify.  (The editor will bring hard copies of the current Bylaws and Constitution to the October and November meetings for anyone who wishes to make direct comparisons.)  There are a few changes of substance, as follows:

1. Integration of Bylaws and Constitution into one document

As a 501(c)(3) organization, we need Bylaws or a Constitution.  There is no need for both.  Our current

documents overlap and do not always disagree.

2. Members

We will continue the membership categories of regular, honorary, and minor members, but we would eliminate the “family members” category.  The only difference between family and regular members is a discount on dues for the former, but since the Executive Committee is already charged with setting the dues structure, so the extra membership category is unnecessary.

3. Officers will take office in July instead of January

Terms of office for President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Immediate Past President will still be for 2 years, and elections will still be in odd years.  However, elections will be held in spring instead of fall and those elected will take office in July instead of January.  This simply fits better with the bonsai calendar and our calendar of meetings: the new officers have the summer, for instance, to get organized and plan club programs.  The timing of the Audit Committee’s report is also changed to accommodate the calendar of club meetings.

4. No consecutive terms

The current Constitution says, “An officer may not succeed himself except as authorized by a vote of the membership,” which, if you think about it, is meaningless.  We propose that no one may have consecutive terms in the same office.  Keep in mind that this would still allow the Vice-President, say, to run for President, or, for that matter, to be Vice-President again a couple of years later.   Nevertheless, in the E.C. there has been some discussion about whether it would be better to allow 2 consecutive terms in the same office.  Club members may want to discuss at the October meeting.

5. Disbandment

Should the club disband, assets would go to the Capital City Bonsai Association (in Sacramento), not Bonsai Collection North (in Oakland). The E.C. thinks assets should stay local.

6. Elimination of quorum requirement at regular meetings

The most recently ratified Constitution (1999) requires a quorum of 2/3 of the members to be present for a vote.  In fact, the presence of this many members is rare. As a practical matter, the E.C. proposes to eliminate the quorum requirement for any votes taken at a regularly scheduled (monthly) meeting.

7. Committees

Aside from the Executive Committee, the current Bylaws require nine specific committees to be appointed annually. The revised Bylaws require only the Show and Auditing Committees (the only ones that actually exist), allowing the President to create others as needed.

Regional Bonsai Shows

Oct. 20-21 in Union City: Yamato Bonsai Kai 41st Annual Bonsai Exhibition and Demonstration.  Southern Alameda county Buddhist Church, 32975 Alvarado-Niles Rd.  $5 admission.  Sat. 1 PM – 9 PM with demo at 6:30 PM.  Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM with demo at 1 PM. www.yamatobonsaikai.org

Oct. 25-28 in Sacramento: GSBF 2012 Convention XXXV “California Dreaming.” Doubletree Hotel, 2001 Point West Way. www.gsbfconvention.org

Nov. 9-10 in Marin: Marin Bonsai Club’s Fall Show.  Marin Art and Barden Center, Livermore Pavilion 30 Sir Francis Drake Blve.  Friday 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM, Sat. 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  More info at www.marinbonsai.org.

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 ralsch@sbcglobal.net.  More info at www.fresnobonsai.com or Fresno Bonsai Society on Facebook.

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BONSAI SEKIYU KAI (meaning plant & stone lovers club) is a non-profit 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.

OFFICERS

Timm Johnson, President:

Dareld Binns, Vice President:

Mark Edelstein, Secretary & Newsletter Editor:

Steven Fat, Treasurer:

Chris Pfeifle, Show Chair:

George Sakurai, Past President

Jim Fujii, President Emeritus

 


 

BONSAI SEKIYU KAI

Founded 1976

BYLAWS

Revised 2012 to supplant 1999 Bylaws and Constitution

 

 ARTICLE I:

 NAME

 

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

ARTICLE II:

 OBJECTIVES

 

  1. As a social and educational 501(c)(3) 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.

ARTICLE III:

 MEMBERSHIP

 

  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.
            4. 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.

  

ARTICLE IV:

  OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

 

  1. Association Officers will be President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Immediate Past President.
  2. Terms of office will be two years beginning on July 1 of odd-numbered years.
  3. Members may not serve consecutive terms in the same office unless the first term was for less than two years.
  4. The President will
    1. Oversee the operations of the Association.
    2. Conduct meetings.
    3. Represent the Association in external matters.
    4. Appoint members to committees and other posts, except for the Show Committee, which the Show Chair will create.
    5. 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 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:
            1. Take office for two years immediately after serving as President.
            2. Serve as an advisor to the Executive Committee to provide continuity to the Association.
            3. Nominations and Elections
              1. Any member in good standing will be eligible for nomination as an officer.
              2. In April of odd-numbered years, the Executive Committee will solicit nominations from the membership for President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Immediate Past President will create a slate of nominees.
              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 review the slate, solicit other nominations, and conduct the election of all officers, to be determined by a majority vote of the members present.
              5. Newly elected officers will take office on July 1 of odd-numbered years.
              6. Vacancies
                1. In the event of a vacancy in the office of President, the Vice President will become President for the remainder of the term.
                2. In the case of vacancies of offices other than President, the President will appoint a member to fill the position until the next election.
                3. Executive Committee
                  1. The Executive Committee will consist of the four elected officers and the 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 chair Executive Committee meetings.
                  4. The President will call Executive meetings as necessary but at least three times annually.
                  5. Any member may attend Executive Committee meetings.
                  6. The Secretary will keep minutes of Executive Committee meetings.

ARTICLE V:

 FINANCES

  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. 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.

 

ARTICLE VI:

MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  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 Vice 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.

 

ARTICLE VII:

COMMITTEES

  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.

ARTICLE VIII:

REVISIONS TO BYLAWS

  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.
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