November Board Meeting

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November Board Meeting

Postby Mechlers2 » Sun Nov 25, 2012 12:59 pm

The Greater New Orleans Bonsai Society

The general membership meeting was held at Marine Corps League Hall in Kenner on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. Bill Butler gave a Bonsai Basics presentation on “Winterizing”. The program was critiquing member trees done by Kirk Vaughn and Randy Bennett. This meeting had approximately 27 members attending.


Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, November 19, 2012


Attending: Rick Hamilton, Treasurer and Past President
Cheryl Mechler, Recording Secretary
Peggy Howard, Recording Secretary (2013)
Tony Baudier, Vice President
Gerald Nolan, Exhibit Director



The following was discussed:

Rick Hamilton gave the Treasurer’s report.



Meeting, December 11, 2012

Christmas Party – The club will provide baked ham, drinks, ice, paper products, cups and napkins. Gerald Nolan has the sign-up sheet for dishes which will be provided by members. Bill Butler will obtain the ham.

There will be a sign-up sheet for the workshop in January.


Meeting, January 25, 2013 Workshop January 26, 2013

No Bonsai Basics

Arthur Joura, Curator of the N. Carolina Arboretum will give a PowerPoint presentation. This will be followed by a workshop on January 26, 2013 which is a “bring your own tree” workshop. Mr. Joura will help members with styling. The club will provide wire.

Members may attend as “Silent Observers”.

Snacks – Jim Osborne




Meeting, February 22, 2013 Workshop February 23, 2013

No Bonsai Basics

Joe Day will give a lecture on Trident maples.

Workshop is an advanced, all day workshop on Trident maples. Cost of the workshop is $260.00. The workshop is currently full.

Members can attend as “Silent Observers”.

Snacks – Jim Osborne


Business/Events

Club aprons – The board picked tan as a color and Tony Baudier will get information on the cost to have aprons done. He estimated a cost of under $10.00.


Board Officers for 2013 are as follows:

Jim Osborne, President
Vice President, Tony Baudier
Rick Hamilton, Treasurer
Kathy Barbazon, Newsletter Editor
Peggy Howard, Recording Secretary
Gerald Nolan, Exhibit Director
Jim Osborne, Master’s Program Director
Bill Butler, Forum and Website Administrator


Dues – Dues will stay at the current level through the end of February. Dues will go up as of March 1, 2013 to $35.00 for family and $30.00 for individual memberships.

Video Library conversion from VHS tapes to CD/DVD was discussed. Rick Hamilton and Tony Baudier will get together and research after the 1st of the year how much this will cost. It was suggested that once this is done, CD’s could then be duplicated and used as raffle/auction items.

Rick Hamilton will get together with other board members after the 1st of the year to take care of banking and see about getting a debit card for the club.

The suggestion box form and having the “suggestion box” topic on the Forums will be discussed at a later board meeting.

Gerald Nolan presented the date of August 17, 2013 for the club Auction. All board members present approved the date.

Ideas/suggestions for 2013 meetings were as follows:

Another club dinner – It was suggested that we have sign-up sheets for set up and
clean up prior to having a dinner.

Program on Tools

Having a “Swap Meeting”
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