RBS June 2016 Newsletter

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June 2016 Newsletter

Richmond Bonsai Society 2014 – 2016 Officers
President: Ron Edwards  Vice President: Jon Warkentin Treasurer: Jack Frye  Secretary: Thomas Sones
Board Members At Large: Betty Lou Lagis Librarian:

Regular Meetings, unless otherwise noted, are held the 4th Monday of every month at 7 pm in the Community Room at St. Mary’s Woods, 1257 Marywood Ln., Richmond VA, 23229.

Contact us at info@richmondbonsaisociety.org  or visit us at www.richmondbonsaisociety.org or on Facebook.

Bonsai information, common questions and answers, monthly growing advice, and bonsai links can be found here.

In this issue…

Election Results

Richmond Bonsai Society welcomes its 2016-2018 Officers and Board of Directors:

President Ron Edwards
Vice-President John Warkenton
Treasurer Jack Frye
Secretary Thomas Sones
Past-President Randi Heise
Board Member at Large Betty Lou Lages

We hope that all members will support them as they lead our organization though the next two years.

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President’s Message by Ron Edwards

I began studying bonsai in Richmond where I learned the basics under my mentor Mr. Dan Kalman. During March 2008, I became a member of RBS.

On May 22, 2016, I accepted the nomination of club president. I’ve served as club librarian, secretary, and on occasion acting treasurer. Although a lover of tropical bonsai, my collection includes trees of all sizes and styles. As the saying goes “you have to kill a few trees to learn bonsai.”

Our club will continue providing more work/study groups, quality speakers, and opportunities to grow members’ knowledge and love of the art.

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Calendar of Bonsai Events:
Richmond Bonsai Society Events
June 24    Azalea Workshop with Joe Gutierrez
July 9        Member Workday/Study Groups
July           TBA  Small Group Slab workshops
August 6   Member Workday/Study Group
Aug 22      Regular Meeting (TBD)
*Other Organizations
July 2        PBA Workshop with Owen Reich
July 9        Charlottesville Bonsai Society Meeting
July 12      Peninsual Bonsai Society trip to Roanoak (Julian Adams) contact: peninsulabonsaisociety@gmail.com
July 19       NVBS Meeting
August 13  NVBS Meeting
*Check with individual clubs for details and visitor policy.
Save the Date:
Oct. 8-11 PBA’s Fall into Bonsai. Workshops, demo’s, and other events
Dec. 2-3 Kannapolis (NC) Winter Bonsai Silhouette Exhibition
April 2017 RBS trip to World Bonsai Convention in Omiya, Japan
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Recent Activity Reports

Annual Picnic and Auction
We had a great time together at the event and even saw some new faces.

June Member Study Group/Workday
Our largest group yet of RBS members gathered and worked on trees. It’s good to bring hard materials to these activities to allow for help and discussion of your trees with other members. We wired and pruned a variety of trees and worked on a new piece from nursery stock. Working together is always fun and informative.

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Upcoming Event Details

Azalea Workshop with Joe Gutierrez –June 25, 10 am -4 pm. This event is FREE to all RBS members and friends from other clubs. Joe Gutierrez from the Northern Virginia Bonsai Society, who is well known for his work with azaleas, will come and work with us on azaleas all day. Please bring you own azaleas, tools, and other materials as needed. We will have a relaxed workday and probably order out for lunch. This event will take place at our normal meeting place, the Community Room at St. Mary’s Woods.

June Meting Monday, June 27, 7-9 pm. This will be a Bring Your Own Tree Workshop. Spring growth has slowed so it’s a good time for wiring. Also, since the weather has warmed up, it’s also a good time to start working on tropical trees. Please bring you own trees, tools, and other materials as needed. This event will take place at our normal meeting place, the Community Room at St. Mary’s Woods.

July Member Study Group/Workday Saturday, July 9, from 10 am to 4 pm (pushed back a week because of the Independence Day Weekend).
RBS members are invited to bring their own trees to work on together in our normal location at St. Mary’s Woods. The point of a study group is that you can solicit advice and guidance from other members, or just come watch and learn. The long day gives you plenty of time to start and complete projects. Members should bring tools, drop cloths, refuse containers, and cleaning supplies as needed for themselves.

July Meetings/ Slab Workshops We decided last year that we wanted to make individual concrete slabs to be used in a slab planting later this year. This comes with a number of challenges to our normal meeting style because of space, materials, mess, and time needed. So what we settled on was a series of small group workshops in Thomas’ back yard the last 2 weeks of July an first 2 weeks of August.  Thomas will send out a few messages and invite members in small groups to make slabs in his back yard. His schedule is wide open and amenable to just about any day or time. Slabs can stay there and cure for a few days (covered) without being moved. So watch for further notices. Also, there will be a materials cost for this, but under $20 (TBD). Members are encouraged to study up on the slab making process and also to start preparing materials to put on their slab later this fall.

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Web Page Development: As you know, we recently revamped our web page. We are looking to increase our content. If you have thoughts or ideas, links, or other content that you think would be good to add, please share this with Thomas.

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This month, I have left this space empty because I would like to encourage (beg, plead) all readers to please consider submitting original articles, stories, experiences, and photos for our monthly newsletters. Often, if there is not a new article, we republish something from the past, but we need new content. We want to hear about your bonsai experiences. If you need help with editing, that is not a problem. Contact Thomas for more information.

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Other Announcements and information

Donate a Book or Magazine: RBS maintains a lending library available to members. The lending selection includes many magazines, books, and some videos. If you have books or magazines that you no longer enjoy, please donate them to the club. See Jonas at our next meeting.

PBA mailing list – PBA is compiling an email list to make communications more streamlined. Sign up here.

For sale:

Mixed Bonsai Soil -regular and shohin soil (fine) 5 gal bags. Call Lee (320-1257) to place a special order.

Pumice (as a planting medium). Randi has pumice in two sizes, 3/8 and 5/16. Both sizes are priced the same, a 79 pound bag is $93 otherwise the pumice is sold at $1.25 per pound. Contact her for orders. randiheise@yahoo.com

Notice: RBS mails printed newsletters upon request. We encourage members to update their member records and switch to electronic versions of the newsletter when possible. If you receive a printed version, but would prefer electronic, please inform the club secretary or reply to this mailing.

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