MBS Newsletter

November & December 2021

UPCOMING EVENTS

November
November 2 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – General Meeting *
November 20 – Saturday 10-1pm – Bonsai Basics Class* 
November 23 – Board Meeting  (Zoom Meeting)

December
December 7 – Tuesday, 7:00 PM – General Meeting  (Potluck and Prizes!)
December 28 – Board Meeting  (Zoom Meeting)

Full 2021 calendar is available below, but dates and locations subject to change. Please check for changes prior to event.
You can also get live updates on our events page on Facebook >>

View full calendar here >>


FEATURED ARTICLES

President’s Column October 2021 (Click to View)
Nursery Tour with Lionel Flood (Click to View)
Missed a General Meeting?  (Click to view past programs)
Most Recent Board Minutes (Click to View >>)
Visit with Suthin – Garden Tour (Click to View >>)
Getting ready for winter (Click for winter articles >>)

 


ANNOUNCEMENTS

GENERAL MEETING  

The club meets (virtually or in person) on the first Tuesday of each month for a presentation. November and December 2021 meetings will be held at the church.

November meeting Topic:
November general meeting will be an introduction of the slate of board candidates for 2022 and presentation from Cheryl Sykora.
Read more >>

December Meeting: Annual Potluck, please bring an item to share. There will also be great bonsai prizes to win! Read More >>

Time: 7-9 PM
Location: Gloria Dei, Fellowship Hall Room 
700 Snelling Avenue South
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55116   Click for Map >> 
– Gloria Dei church is recommending that everyone wear masks whether vaccinated or unvaccinated.- 

Everyone is invited every month to bring a developed, show-ready tree to display, preferably on a stand. Or trees you have questions about or need advice on.  Also bonsai material and bonsai-related items to sell or give away.  There is a raffle to win bonsai prizes and snacks. You receive a free raffle ticket if you bring a tree to the meeting.

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BONSAI BASICS & CONCEPTS

For the final Bonsai Basics class of the year, we will be looking at tools. We will talk about different quality levels of tools along with the use and maintenance of them. We will also work on wiring principles and practice using aluminum wire.

Join us on Saturday, November 20 at the Washington County Fairgrounds from 10-1. Bring a couple of tools to clean up and or sharpen as well.

Please note: If you were at a previous wiring class and have one of our wiring practice branches we sent home with you, please return it to the class or let me know so I can get it back.

See you on the 20th!

Cost: Free for members! No signup required.
Instructors: Dale & Sue Krueger (dale.n.krueger@comcast.net)
Skill Level: Beginner, All Levels
When: Classes are being moved to Saturdays for 2021.

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WEBSITE UPDATES – MEMBERSHIP & PAYMENT OPTIONS

On Wednesday, August 18th, the website was down for some maintenance and updates were made to membership that should make it easier for members to renew and pay online. We will no longer be using Paypal but you can use credit card and Google Pay. If you get a notification that your membership is expired or the expiry date is incorrect please contact me and we will get it fixed.

There will also be a new option to auto-renew every year. If you have any issues with your membership or payments, please contact Celina using the link below.

CONTACT >>


VOLUNTEERING / PROGRAMS CHAIR NEEDED 

As an alternative to a program’s chair who shoulders all the responsibility of developing programs, MBS is seeking committee members to work together to create programs appropriate for all levels of bonsai experience from green entry level to advanced participants with show quality trees. The committee will most likely meet via zoom so participation is not limited to the twin city geographical area. People new to bonsai are welcome for their perspectives on what would help them advance their skill base. If you wish to volunteer for this in 2022, email cherylsykora@aol.com. It will be a good way for the participants to get to know more professionals and have a say in program content.


MINNESOTA BONSAI SOCIETY FACEBOOK GROUP

For those of you who are on Facebook*, we have started a new group in order to share ideas, pictures and ask and answer questions. Just click this link Minnesota Bonsai Society Community Group and hit the “Join” button. As this group is just for MBS members, you will be asked if you are a member and will then be approved within a day.

*If you are not on Facebook for concerns about privacy, you have the option to create a new email address just for this purpose, and then make a profile using a nickname. Your profile picture can be a tree, your dog, or whatever you choose. You will be required to give them your birthdate which you have in common with millions of people, but you may block all information about yourself.

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MARK YOUNGDALE SCHOLARSHIP

The Minnesota Bonsai Society is excited to offer the 2021 Mark Youngdale Educational Scholarship. On Saturday, August 22, 2020, MBS hosted a benefit for former MBS member Mark Youngsdale. MBS members donated money for bonsai items that were donated by Mark’s widow, Linda Youngsdale, and former MBS member Jeff Aldridge. In return for this gracious donation, Linda wanted proceeds to benefit the continuing education mission of MBS.
Scholarships created from these funds will be open to MBS active members who seek to increase their bonsai craft by attending an MBS workshop(s), training provided by MBS, or a convention elsewhere.

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CONVENTIONS&EXHIBITS

Update on MABA being held in Milwaukee, it will be held  June 22-26, 2022 

View most recent PDF https://minnesotabonsaisociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/MABAMilwaukee22_NewDatesMoreWorkshops.pdf

Interested in other events and exhibits around the country?

Please see the link below.

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BECOME A MEMBER

JOIN THE MINNESOTA BONSAI SOCIETY!
Memberships includes access to the MBS library, free bonsai basics and concepts classes, and meetings. Plus discounts to attend member only workshops and events. A one year membership for up to 2 members of a household is just $40.00. Join here >>

GIFT CERTIFICATES

WORKSHOP OR MEMBERSHIP GIFT CARDS
MBS offers two gift card options – a $75 workshop gift card that includes a 1 year free membership or a $40 Membership gift card.
Purchase one here >>

MBS LIBRARY

THE SOCIETY HAS AN EXTENSIVE LIBARY OF BOOKS, DVDS AND MAGAZINES. Materials are available to check-out during the monthly general meetings. Be sure to check them out and take advantage of this membership benefit.
View Online Library Here >>

RESOURCES

Looking for pots? Wire-cutters? Finding supplies in a store can be a challenge in Minnesota. Some supplies can be purchased at the auctions, general meetings and bonsai basics. MBS also does bulk orders of akadama, pumice and lava every couple of years. Watch the newsletter for updates. We have also compiled a list of online vendors you can purchase from. View List >>