Hello and welcome to the Wirral Bonsai Society Blog -
an ongoing diary & newsletter highlighting the adventures of the society & its members
Society Diary-We meet at 8pm every 2nd Wednesday of the month at the RAFA club in Oxton (CH43 1UU).
9th January- AGM
13th February-Swindon Show prep
24th Feb -Gordale Workshop
3rd March -Gordale Workshop -Steve Tolley
13th March - Members Tree Critique Club show prep
10th April- Tony Tickle/Terry Foster -Fine wiring and ramification
28th April -Gordale Workshop
9th May-Peter Warren Subject TBC
26th May Gordale Workshop
12th June-John Moffat-Great trees of the Wirral
30th June -Gordale Workshop
10th July- Simon Jones-Subject TBC
28th July -Gordale Workshop
14th August- Club Show Tree selection
25th August -Gordale Workshop
21st-22nd September -Club show -Gordale
11th September-Post show talk- New Member Introduction
29th September-Gordale Workshop
9th October- TBC
27th October -Gordale Workshop
14th November- John Armitage- Japanese Exploits
24th November -Gordale Workshop
11th December- Club Party
New members are always welcome, just come along to one of our monthly meetings at the RAFA club. You can even 'try us out' for a few months before you decide on joining as an official member. The meetings are informal (there's a bar!) and the club members are (mostly) friendly, approachable and happy to pass on guidance and information to anybody interested in bonsai- whatever your level of experience.
By way of an addendum to the AGM notes, Im sure every member of WBS would join in with a big hearty thank you to our departing (literally) chairman Les for all the hard work he has put in during the previous year.
Despite the adverse weather conditions 13 members made it to the AGM. Apologies were received from a number of members who were either working or victims of the ice and snow. Andy, Ian Q, Stan, Dave M and the B family, were unable to attend because of ill health, our best wishes go to them and their families. Chairman’s report The chairman reported that the club had had another successful year with members exhibiting at Willowbog, Best of British and ABBA. The 2009 club show was extremely successful and a number of bonsai enthusiasts and experts from other clubs attended, Steve Tolley did a pre-selection of trees for consideration for Best of British 2011. The past chairman confirmed that he was standing down from office due to family commitments. Treasurer’s and Secretary’s report As the Secretary and Treasurer were unable to attend the chair gave a brief summary of the current financial position of the Society, we have approximately £260 additional funds since this time last year. Over £900 was spent on new show staging, material and transport costs, these have been recouped from membership fees, attendance monies and monthly raffles and the raffle at the Club Show. We wish to thank the B family for all their hard work in providing the monthly raffle over the last few years. Membership fees It was agreed to maintain fees and subscriptions at the current levels, £10 per member and £2 for each meeting attended. Membership figures have increased slightly and we had 35 members in 2009. Election of Officers .The following were elected for the coming year • Chairman-Ian W • Vice chairman-Dave Y • Treasurer -Geoff D • Gen Secretary -Mary D • Membership Secretary -Dena H • Webmaster-Iain Q • Official photographer- Jim 'the Lad' • Librarian –to be identified • Raffle Organisers -Mr & Mrs D The position of Librarian has become vacant, thanks for all your hard work Stan. Unfortunately there was no-one in attendance who was able to take on the role therefore it was agreed to discuss the position at the next meeting. Club Show Following yet another very successful show in 2009 it was suggested that the establishment of a sub committee to review the management and organisation of the 2010 show. Dave Y had prepared a briefing paper which was circulated for consideration. Dave Y, Doug M, Tony F and Bill G agreed to join the Show Committee Japan Day Following our contribution to Japan Day in Liverpool in 2008 the Japan Society have invited the club to provide a bonsai display at Japan Day 2010 on October 17th at the Midland Hotel in Manchester. It was agreed that the Club should participate and the funding for transport of equipment and materials to Manchester be provided. Club trailer The club have considered making a trailer for transporting materials, however the time to make this and cost etc for this is not viable as it would only be used rarely. The positive arrangement that we have with Gordale enables us to use their transport at minimal cost to the club. New Members It was suggested that we provide more support when we recruit new members at the Club Show, a number of options were put forward. It is proposed that the meeting immediately following the show be focussed on new members, this year we have John Armitage as guest speaker, possibly we could ask him to concentrate on the basics of bonsai and we could ask new member to bring their trees along for him to critique/provide advice. Mentorship and support were also suggested. Auction/sale tables A request to reintroduce a bonsai auction and sale tables was made. Any member trading at the club is asked to pay a percentage of income to the club. Green Dragon Bonsai In his absence thanks were given to Mark for the service (and income) that he has provided to the club over the last year. Club Calendar It was suggested that the club design and sell a calendar which includes photos of members trees. Jim, Bill, Brian and Ian Q were charged with costing this out and looking into the feasibility of preparing a calendar ready for sale at the club show and to members. It was suggested that winners of awards from 2009 show and members trees shown at Best of British be included. Club Rules and Constitution It was noted that the current Constitution and Rules of the Club require review and possible revision, the new Chair and Vice Chair are charged with undertaking this activity. Included in this review would be the need, or otherwise of the role of Club President. Starting Time A number of members commented on the tardiness of meetings starting, it is suggested that the meeting commences promptly at 8pm in order to allow speakers to have sufficient time to do justice to their presentation. Therefore members need to be in place, subs paid, raffle tickets bought drinks ready for an 8pm start. This will allow everyone to get the most from the evening.
Please note that this months AGM meeting has been called off due to the bad weather. I will let you know as soon as I have any additional info on any rearrangement.
Unfortunatly the above illustrates my current position following a dissagreement with an icy road. On the plus side maybe this overcomes my issue of finding time (4-6 weeks!!??) to improve my wiring skills.