Newsletters · January 2019

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Roots, Shoots & Tips


Our monthly meeting will be Saturday, January 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Utica, 10 Higby Road


January 12 Program: Winter Silhouette Display – Members are encouraged to bring trees for inspiration and discussion. We will give suggestions on tree planning with possible options and ideas. Where should you go from here?


We’ve been very busy planning a great year to come!

We are happy to announce this year’s “Tree of the Year” is the Cedar! Throughout the year we will focus on all aspects of this beautiful species.


Don't forget to check out our schedule for 2019 >>


Update to Our Club Mission Statement

Providing opportunities to have fun while developing skills, the Mohawk Valley Bonsai Club is a forum for learning, inspiring, building knowledge, and connecting with the greater bonsai community.


Member News

Welcome to Trudy Garvey. Trudy has been sitting in on a few meetings, but officially joined during our holiday party. Her wonderful holiday songs on the church piano, along with the gentle fall of the snowflakes outside provided the perfect ambience for our celebration! If you haven't yet checked out the photos,  take a look >>



You don’t need to wait till the next meeting for more help with you trees. We have great resources at your fingertips. Please explore the LINKS section of our website and our Facebook page for all your bonsai needs.

The club library books and magazines are also available at each meeting to sign out and enjoy!

Also, check out this featured link for a great read on the History of Bonsai >>


In December, MVBC held our traditional election of officers and committee assignments. They are as follows:

President – Doug Whitfield

Co-Vice Presidents – Alyson Jones & Nancy Knapp

Secretary – Deverie Hunt

Treasurer – Wendy Short

Librarian – Nancy Knapp

Additionally: Ron Murowski and Cathy Brown will continue as administrators of our club site; Deverie Hunt is newsletter editor and will assist Tom Martin and Rick Short with our Facebook page; and last — but definitely not least —Diane Stebbins remains as the club liaison with our host church. Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteer staff! We really do appreciate all the time, effort, and commitment that go into running this group.


Thank you for all of the donations for our holiday refreshments and auction! 

Treasurer's Report

Income Total: $635 (Auction $258, Donations $47 & Membership Dues $330)

Expenses Total: $325.17

(Club Domain Fee for 1 year $15.17, Church Rent for 6 months $120, Church Donation $100, American Bonsai Society 1 year membership $45, BCI 1 year membership $45)

End of year club balance: $1,762.36


Membership Dues

Dues for 2019 may be paid at the January 12 meeting if you did not pay in December. Or, you can send your payment to Wendy Short, 4 Chateau Drive, Whitesboro, NY 13492. Please make checks payable to Mohawk Valley Bonsai Club. Dues remain at $25 for an individual or $35 for a family.