With the end of the year rapidly approaching, BSV Members gathered for their final Monday meeting of the year to participate in the Annual General Meeting of the Society, view the Three Point Displays in a modern context and to finish off the evening with a great supper including sausage rolls to die for!
Reports to the meeting highlighted the extensive program of demonstrations, workshops and other events during the year, a successful visit by Japanese Bonsai Master Taiga Urushibata, a very successful Annual Bonsai Exhibition with new table cloths and backing, stable membership numbers and development of a new web site that has just been launched. See earlier post to this site for details. Finances remain sound with further investments in member benefits and a small surplus recorded for the year. Membership fees will remain unchanged for 2017.
The Society was saddened by the passing during the year of several long standing members of the Society who had made significant contributions to society activities.
The Frank Hocking Award for 2016 was awarded to Noel G. for his many valuable and ongoing contributions to the Society.
Following a recommendation from the Committee, the meeting agreed to award Life Membership to Victor B. in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the Society over many years.
Many thanks were extended to the Committee and members for their hard work during the year to create opportunities for members to develop and extend their bonsai art capabilities.
Following the annual reports, elections for next years office bearers were conducted. The Society welcomes new Committee members Victor B. as President and Lyn B. as Secretary with Chris S. moving to the Treasurer role.
Special thanks were extended to the retiring Committee members Gerard, Marcela, Quentin, Steve, Kerry and Howard for their many contributions over several years.
The Committee looks forward to your continuing involvement in the Society during 2017.
Members gathered on a much warmer evening to work on their trees and seek advice from other members. Below are photos of two trees showing the outcomes of that work.
On the 8 and 9 October, the Bonsai Society of Victoria welcomed the public and bonsai enthusiasts to the Box Hill Town Hall to view an excellent range of bonsai grown and styled by its members. Trees, pots and other bonsai accessories were also on sale.
Many thanks to all the members and service providers for their assistance in setting up, running and dismantling the Exhibition and to all the visitors for their interest and support.
Best Tree in the Show was judged to be tree number 72. A Mirror Bush displayed by Quentin. The tree was collected as a stump in 1991 and has been in training and refinement since then. This tree is also commonly referred to as a Yamadori in Japan which is a term used to refer to trees collected in the mountains or more likely to be in the wild in Australia. Congratulations to Quentin for an excellent example of bonsai art. See the photo below.