Newsletter....August 2017
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Annual Picnic and Auction

It's that time of the year!! Time for the annual PBS picnic and auction. Hopefully, no cancellation due to excessive heat this year!
This is a great opportunity to relax and chat about bonsai, have some great food, and participate in a spirited auction in a beautiful setting.

Traditionally, Summer auctions have been conducted on a purely donation basis. While we still strongly encourage donations, for the past few years, members have the option of receiving their share of a 20 -80 split - 20% to the seller, 80% to PBS (our Fall auction utilizes a 80-20 split -80% to the seller).

PBS will provide burgers & dogs along with soft drinks and water for the picnic*****. Members are requested to bring an appetizer or dessert to share.

Once everyone has eaten their fill, our annual auction will be held. Items will be sold to the highest bidder at no reserve. Finished bonsai, prebonsai, nursery stock, pots, tools, books, magazines, or any other bonsai related items are requested from members to help make our 2017-18 programs a success. Bidders are needed, too, so bring your checkbook or cash. The rule of the day is to take home more than you brought!!

Please join us and share a great day. We're at a new location for our picnic & auction this year. We'll be hosted by Mark and Jeanne Maher.

Be sure to bring a lawn chair along with your items for the auction!!

Annual Picnic and Auction
Date: Sunday, August 20 (rain or shine)
Location: The Home of Mark & Jeanne Maher
1573 Highland Ave.. Langhorne, PA (directions on last page)
12:00 - 1:00 -Arrival, check in auction items, social time
Picnic - 1:00
Auction - 2:00

*****Please contact Mike Wigginton if you plan to attend, so we have an accurate head count for picnic supplies.

June Meeting

Our June meeting was presented by President Mike Wigginton, who gave us a very comprehensive program focusing on Japanese Black Pines. Mike presented a point by point guide for growing and maintaining these trees, which are considered by many, the apex of bonsai culture. Timing is everything, as Mike pointed out, when dealing with the tree's annual growth. Dealing with the candles (new growth on the pine) requires a good handle on the characteristics of the black pine.
Quite a few members brought in their pines, so we had good hands on examples of black pines in various stages of growth and development.
Overall, an excellent and informative program! Many thanks Mike, for your efforts!

Future Meetings

September 18 (MONDAY)- Francois Jeker - lecture/Demo
October 20 - Member's Flower Show Preview and Bonsai Show & Tell
November 17 - Fall Auction
December 15 - Holiday Socieal & Raffle

1st National Shohin Exhibit

A number of us were able to attend the First National Shohin Exhibit, in Kannapolis, North Carolina. It was a long drive, but the exhibit made the trip worthwhile. Each exhibit was absolutely outstanding, with shohin trees to die for!

Dues Reminder

Our membership year ended with the last day of May. If your address label has an 16/17 on it, please send your dues check to our treasurer, David Spirt, as soon as possible, or rejoin at the auction & picnic. Labels displaying an 17/18 indicate dues are paid for the 2017-18 year. If you receive your newsletter via email, a reminder notice will be sent.
Our meeting site is ideal for most members, but we are charged a substantial fee for each meeting, which is causing a drain on our checking account. Income from raffles, silent auction, and live auctions is helpful, but do not make up for rental expense as well as speaker and materials costs. As a result, the Board has reluctantly decided to increase dues. Dues are now at $40. Please clip the attached form, fill out, and return. The mailing address is:

The Pennsylvania Bonsai Society
Box 801
Spring House, PA 19477

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