Newsletters · January 2016

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Roots, Shoots & Tips


WELCOME NEW MEMBERS – Mathew VanDeusen from Rome and Kristen Kratzert from Jamesville. Both had been in contact with us and were encouraged to visit and share during the holiday lunch/auction. We welcome Matt and Kris.

NEWS OF MEMBERS – Longtime member Bill Jones has been in Saratoga Hospital recuperating from complications of diabetes. We wish Bill a speedy recovery. A card was sent by the club but if anyone wants to correspond personally you can request Bill’s address and we will pass it along.



Our next meeting will be Saturday, January 9, 1 p.m. at the church. We have no special program. Instead we want to devote some time to developing plans for the new year. Our holiday lunch/auction ran a little long and we did not get much chance to conduct our usual planning session. We do know that we will be working on Carl’s suggestions for a ‘group participation’ shohin program and another on air layering. Other ideas will be further discussed and our calendar will be penciled-in. One might potentially involve a visit to a friend of Kris Kratzert who is in an assisted-living facility in Clinton and is very much a bonsai guy.

Cathy Brown, our events chair, will be touring bonsai gardens in Osaka, Kyoto and Saitama, Japan with Bjorn Bjorholm, but will be in touch with us ‘electronically’ when schedules allow! Poor Cathy – misses out on all the fun!!! We totally wish her a wonderful trip and again request a follow-up report and lots of nice pictures!

Speaking of pictures, Cathy has posted lots of new ones from the club holiday lunch on our site. Please take the time to view them all.



Our 10th annual holiday event was very well attended and one to remember. While we kept it simple (no restaurant gathering this time) it certainly was great fun. A Japanese theme was initiated by a trio of kimono clad beauties. Cathy, Yasuko and her daughter, Deborah, treated us to their traditional dress and Deborah provided enchanting Japanese music as well. Yasuko even brought her specialty ‘Japanese pizza.’

We must give thanks to all who brought wonderful food offerings as well as the donations of auction items. This year, in addition to the silent auction table, we tried something new with a separate table for wrapped ‘mystery’ gifts and Doug provided his live auction talents. It was lively and fun. We intend to keep this new tradition and do it again. Plenty of nice items went for bargain prices and we all took home new treasures. Someone even found the perfect cascade pot for a newly acquired pyracantha, and no one outbid me!!! Again – Thanks Doug.

 We truly appreciate and thank all who contributed, those who bought items, and the worker bees that assisted with everything from the set-up to the clean-up.

Most members renewed for 2016 dues. Others can do so at the January meeting – or mail checks (made to Mohawk Valley Bonsai Club) to the club treasurer – Tom Martin, 1047 Wall Street, Ilion, NY 13357. $25 for individuals, $35 for family.




 Income: from auctions $279, dues collected $295

 Expenditures: church rent through June $100, club renewals for memberships in American Bonsai Society (ABS) $45, Bonsai Clubs International (BCI) $45. International Bonsai Magazine – not yet billed.

 Our current bank account balance is $1205.19







Bonsai Club of Central New York (Syracuse)

January 13 – Open workshop especially for new bonsai owners. Iris Cohen 315/461-9226

Mohawk-Hudson Bonsai Society (Capital district)

January 31 – Larch wiring workshop. Pauline Muth 518/882-1039