Austin Bonsai Society

September 2001

President's Message

Candy Hansen

We are having our annual club auction, so bring your donations. Anything bonsai related is welcomed: bonsai pots, books, and of course trees. But, then again, baked goods (although not bonsai related) are always a good item! The annual auction is a great fund raiser for the club so donate all that stuff that you're not sure what to do with! There are tags at the back of the newsletter to put on each item. We will have "auction cards" for each and every one of you so don't forget to bring a check book or a fat wallet so you can bid high and bid often!

The Hal Mahoney workshop is limited to only 8 people so be sure you are one of them. This is a very talented man who can TEACH; so take advantage of this opportunity and send your check NOW to Pat Ware, our treasurer, so that you don't miss out. Also, you have an chance to be "up close and personal" with this man at dinner at 5:00 PM at the Texas Land & Cattle Restaurant (directions in the newsletter) on Wednesday, Sept. 26 before his demonstration. Everyone pays for their own meal; but let me know if you plan to attend, so that we have a big enough table for everyone to be together.

Remember to sign up for the Mahoney and Klajnowski workshops.

Calendar of Events

Sep 12 Monthly Meeting
7:30 PM
Zilker Garden Center
Refreshments by:
Dolores Megna
David Gordon

Sep 19 Board Meeting
7:00 PM
Zilker Garden Center

Sep 25 HAL MAHONEY workshop
7:00 PM
Zilker Garden Center

Sep 26 HAL MAHONEY Lecture/Demo
NO members workshop
7:30 PM
Zilker Garden Center
Refreshments by:
Charlotte Cranberg
Connie King

Oct. 13-14 Houston Bon. Soc. Ann'l Show

Oct.15-19 Bonsai on Board: BCI 2001
Majesty of the Seas

Oct 20-21 Bonsai Soc. of Gr. Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Oh.

Oct 26-28 Int'l Scholarly Symposium on
Bonsai & Viewing Stones
U. S. National Arboretum
Washington, D.C.

Nov. 23-26 6th Asia Pacific Bonsai &
Suiseki Convention
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

July General Meeting Minutes

by David Gordon

The July 2001 Monthly Meeting of the Austin Bonsai Society was called to order by President Candy Hansen on July 11, 2001, at 7:30 P.M.

The minutes from the June 2001 meeting were approved by members present as written in the newsletter. The Treasurer's report was given by Pat Ware.

New member Greg Monroe and guest Mark Sharp were introduced.

Chuck Ware discussed the Hal Mahoney workshop which will be September 25 and 26, 2001. The Demonstration will be on September 25 and the workshop on September 26. Chuck encouraged members to find or prepare trees now for the workshop.

The joint meeting between the Austin and San Antonio clubs was discussed. The meeting will start at 3:30 with three members from the Austin club doing demonstrations. Artists presenting will be Elaine White, Terry Ward and Greg Setter.

The presentation for the evening was by Terry Ward titled "Shohin-What its all about." The formal bonsai display was presented by Charlotte Cranberg, Terry and Sheila Ward.

The meeting adjourned at 9:00 P.M.

August General Meeting Minutes

David Gordon

The August 2001 Monthly Meeting of the Austin Bonsai Society was called to order on Saturday, August 4, 2001, by President Candy Hansen at 5:00 P.M.

The regular business meeting was postponed until our next meeting since this meeting is our annual combined meeting with the San Antonio Bonsai Club.

An announcement was made by Chuck Ware that the registration form for the 2002 LSBF State Convention is ready. He encouraged members to look over the registration. Registration for the convention is scheduled to be mailed out January 2002.

The President of the San Antonio Club, Tom Finlay, presented Elaine White a check for $1000. from the San Antonio Club for the permanent bonsai collection.

Three members from the Austin club presented a demonstration at the meeting. The artists presenting were Elaine White, Terry Ward and Greg Setter. A dinner followed the presentation by the artists.

The formal bonsai display, a tokanoma, was presented by Mike, Candy and Laurie Hansen.

The meeting adjourned at 6:00 P.M.

Board Meeting Minutes

David Gordon

The August 2001 regular board meeting of the Austin Bonsai Society was called to order by President Candy Hansen at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, August 22, 2001. Members in attendance were Candy Hansen, Gloria Norberg, Els Ulug, Pat Ware, David Gordon, Chuck Ware and past president Alisan Clark.

The minutes from the previous board meeting were approved as written in the newsletter. The treasurer's report was given by Pat Ware.

A request for a demonstration at the Texas Home and Garden Show in September was discussed. It was decided not to participate because, in the past, there have been just few spectators.

The Asian Cultural Center will be having a one year birthday celebration on September 15, 2001. We will have a table at the event with a Bonsai display and have information available about the club and about the Texas Permanent Bonsai Collection.

Old Business:

Nick Lenz will be here on February 6, 2002, for a lecture and demonstration. The event will be held at Candy and Mike's studio. The title of his lecture will be "Planning for the Future."

The September meeting of the Austin Bonsai Society will be our annual auction. Chuck Ware, Greg Setter and Don Rehberg have agreed to be the auctioneers.

The Christmas Dinner meeting was discussed. Since this is the 30th anniversary of the club, we will invite former members and guests. Alisan Clark and Sandra Vitone were appointed as party coordinators. Money was approved, up to $6.00 per membership, for party favors.

New Business:

A nominating committee for board positions for the coming year has been formed. The committee will be headed by Sheila Ward. Chuck Ware and Del De Los Santos will be serve on the committee.

The upcoming Hal Mahoney lecture/demo on September 26 was discussed. There will be a dinner at 5:00 PM for all members interested at the Texas Land and Cattle Restaurant prior to the demo.

Gloria Norberg asked for members to come up with suggestions for the study group for next year.

Treasurer Pat Ware gave everyone a copy of last year's budget to review before the next meeting so suggestions for this year's budget could be made.

Meeting was adjourned by President Candy Hansen at 8:11 PM.



Our October meeting will be on Saturday, October 13 because of commitments of the Garden Center. We have TWO guest speakers that day. We will have a bring your own tree workshop in the afternoon with Marty Klajnowski and then a saikei lecture/demo with Yvonne Padilla. More will be in the next newsletter - but start planning for it! A covered dish dinner will be in between the two. More fun for all!!!

Annual Auction!!!!

This is our ONLY money maker for the year so bring your items to our September meeting and be prepared to support the club. You WILL have a lot of fun in the process.

Tags are on the last page of the newsletter for your use.

Hal Mahoney will be our guest artist in September brought in by the Lone Star Bonsai Federation. We will "have a bring your own tree" workshop on September 25, 2001, at a cost of $35.00 and limited to 8 people. Be sure to sign up and learn from this experienced teacher. Send check to our treasurer, or sign up at the September meeting. You will be glad you did! Non-members may observe for a $5. donation.

Come & Have Dinner with Hal Mahoney!
Texas Land & Cattle

September 26, 2001

5:00 PM

The restaurant is located on the northbound access read next to Mopac. Get off at the Rollingwood, Zilker Park, exit and go north a few hundred feet. It is on the right hand side. Everyone pays for their own meal. They have a large menu, besides steaks.

Texas Bonsai Exhibit

A fabulous check was received by Elaine White, chairperson of TBE, from the San Antonio Bonsai Society's President Tom Finlay at the joint meeting.

The Texas State Bonsai Exhibit has a logo!
Congratulations go to Sheila Setter, winner of our logo design contest. Her beautiful tree has been chosen as the official logo.

We thank those who entered the competition for their hours of time and thought.


Hal Mahoney

Hal has over 30 years of bonsai experience. He began teaching bonsai in 1976 when he introduced bonsai as a credit earning course into the Science Curriculum of a local public high school. He is a past president of the Bonsai Society of Greater New York and of the Long Island Bonsai Society. He is also a founder of the Eastern Suffolk Bonsai Society and of the regional Mid-Atlantic Bonsai Societies. Hal served as a vice president of Bonsai Clubs International and served for several years on the Editorial Board of Bonsai Magazine. Hal has published many articles on bonsai.

Hal's innovative techniques in bonsai are renowned. In addition to classical bonsai, his major areas of interest include Chines Rock Penjing, Saikei, and Water and Land Penjing. One of his Chinese Rock Penjing is featured in the book, Outstanding American Bonsai and an Hinoki cypress that he designed is now residing in the Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection. He is currently involved in developing techniques for CLAFT style forest planting and saikei.

Hal has been a demonstrator at many major conventions across the United States, including our own LSBF Convention that was held in Corpus Christi.


There will be a new wrinkle to our meetings.

Please bring a tree that you may have a question on and would like someone to give you an answer between 7:00 and 7:30 PM. Whether you want help with a styling problem or an insect problem - whatever you want help with!


to Dylan Vitone
and his new bride,
who were wed
on August 4, 2001.

The Austin Bonsai Society wishes them the best for their future happiness.

Even among insects, in this world,
Some are good at singing,
some bad.

Hey, Bonsai Lover!

Every year Bonsai Clubs International (BCI) holds a convention/symposium where bonsai lovers from around the world gather to learn more about this ancient art. The 2001 convention, however, will be the first ever "floating" bonsai convention since it will take place on board a beautiful Royal Caribbean cruise ship, the Majesty of the Seas. The five day, four night cruise - with stops in Nassau, Coco Cay and Key West - departs from Miami this coming October 15.

This will be a truly international bonsai convention with a headliner from Taiwan, one from Colombia, two from Italy, three from the US and one from Switzerland. Along with the SIX free bonsai demonstrations, there will be seven workshops and six free classes including Beginning Bonsai for newcomers and family members. There is also a pre-cruise garden/nursery tour with a different post-cruise garden tour available. All demos, classes and workshops are scheduled for the afternoons leaving the mornings and evenings open for as much fun and sand as you desire. What makes this year's BCI convention such a great family vacation bargain is that cabins range from only $309 to $504 dollars per person for the entire cruise, a price that includes all meals, lodging, and entertainment. The reasonable convention registration fee is in addition to the cruise fee.

Whether you enjoy sand between your toes and tanning or bonsai shears and copper wire, this convention may be just the vacation you (and your non-bonsai family) have been looking for.

I can't wait! Hope to see you there!
Alan Walker
BCI Executive Director and BCI 2001 Co-chair

Convention registration information can be found in: BCI's Bonsai Magazine at the BCI website: or by contacting the Registration Chair, Linda Brant, at
FAX: 504-835-2298
P.O. Box 8445, Metairie, LA, USA, 70011-8445.

November 15, 16, 17, 2002

Put this date on your calendar and circle it!

Plan your vacation at that time!

Austin and San Antonio are combining with LSBF to have the State Convention at that time. It will be held at the Civic Center in New Braunfels. All members in BOTH clubs will be working with each other to make this a success. Everyone is excited about this new concept initiated at this Convention.