Jim Pelling is in the hospital

I apologize for the late notification.  We just learned that our newsletter editor is back in the hospital and we wish him a speedy recovery.

Jim and Judy Pelling

I also want to thank Cesareo Perez, our Vice President, for stepping in and creating this month’s issue at the last moment.  He did a great job.

Ceasreo Perez

Join us for the last meeting of the year, featuring Lindsay Shiba as our featured demonstrator and please vote in our officers for 2017.

Your lame duck President thanks you.

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Jim Pelling Injured

Our newsletter editor, Jim Pelling, fell off of his bike recently fracturing his hip, which put him into rehab, so our newsletter did get out in a timely manner.  We hope that Jim will rest and recover quickly and that you will bear with us during this difficult time.

On a pleasant note, our annual potluck/auction will still be held tomorrow, Tuesday, September 19th.  Everyone is welcome to come and join us at Descanso Gardens beginning at 6:30 for wine and appetizers.  Dinner at 7:00 followed by the auction at 8:00.

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Don Graff Remembered By Elizabeth Likes

There are a lot of our members who did not know Don Graff, but if you did, you may remember that he used to live at Descanso Gardens in that lovely house on the hill with that very wonderful yard, with his wife and family for many years, while raising his children.  They lived on the upper floor and I am not sure how many years, but it has only been maybe 10 to 15 years since they were asked to retire.

Don was the caretaker and when Descanso Bonsai Society would meet, beginning in the 1970’s in the Carriage house down by the meadow, he would come down and make sure everything was set up for our meetings.  He continued to do the same after Van de Kamp hall was completed and we moved our meetings to the new hall.  When he wasn’t working taking take care of the meetings that we and others clubs were holding, he served as the ticket taker at the Descanso Gardens front entrance.

He also drove the tram and gave an great talk about Descanso Gardens and its creator, Elias Manchester Boddy, for us visitors.  We were very fortunate because he would drive the tram and take us through the gardens in the evening before our August potluck dinner each year.  He was informative and it always made for a fun evening.

Don and his wife, Maggie, had been coming to the January dinner every year, but missed last year.  Don had taken up oil painting and was doing quite well.  I always received a Christmas card from them and I will miss that.  I knew that Maggie had had a problem but I didn’t know how ill Don was.

The following is Maggie’s address if you wish to contact the family.

Maggie Graf
40701 Rancho Vista, #31
Palmdale, CA 93551

Elisabeth Likes

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It’s Showtime

This weekend, June 11th and 12th, we will be having our annual show at Descanso Gardens in LaCanada/Flintridge and everybody is invited to join us there.  There will be bonsai demonstrations each day at 11:00 and 1:00 that are free to the public and there is our Saturday Night reception which features food, drink, an auction and a great raffle.  What more do you need for an excellent evening of bonsai enjoyment?

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New Editor Assumes Position

Please join me in welcoming Jim Pelling to the position of DBS Newsletter Editor.  We wish him good luck and acknowledge him for taking on this important position on behalf of our club.  We look forward to seeing great things from Jim.

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Happy New Year

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ellen Keneshea for her nine years of service to the club as newsletter editor and especially for her patience with me in producing my President’s Message in a timely manner.  During the time that Ellen was editor, Golden State Bonsai Federation (GSBF) recognized the excellence of the newsletter by awarding her first place in their annual competition.  She has created an attractive newsletter that has been the main communication tool for the club with our members and the bonsai community.

We are now looking for a new newsletter editor to fill her soon to be vacant position.  Ellen says that it’s great fun and you get to know lots of people.  The next issue will be her last, so please volunteer!

Having been a newsletter editor in the past, I heartily agree and found that as a new member, who knew almost no one at the club, becoming the newsletter editor allowed me to gradually get to know and to be on a first name basis with almost everyone.

You may let any board member know that you’re interested.  Our contact info is on the last page of the newsletter and also on this website at http://descanso-bonsai.com/club-officers/.

Once again, thank you Ellen for a wonderful job as editor and for your patience with me.

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Membership Chair year end change

Our 2nd Vice President/Membership Chair, Fred Seeley, has stepped down from his position on the board and I want to thank him for his service to the club since February 2013.  He has been of great support and I hope that he remains active in the day to day running of the club.

Kathy - Fred - Ellen

Replacing Fred, beginning today, I am appointing Keith Martin as Membership Chair, who has been has been a member of the current board serving in the position of club Secretary.

Keith’s contact information is:

Keith Martin
2491 Purdue Ave. #213
Los Angeles, CA  90064

Email Keith

Please contact Keith for any questions concerning new membership or renewals.

Happy Holidays.

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DBS Potluck/Auction for 2015

On September 15, 2015 DBS held its annual potluck and auction at Descanso Gardens and here are some pictures of that event that were taken by Ryan Wells.

First let’s eat.

Time to eat

Time to eat 2

And now let’s see what’s up for auction.

Nathan and James view auction items

Nathan Simmons and James

Nathan - Nelson - Roman viewing auction items

Nathan, Nelson Sanabria and Roman Marrin

Jeanne Hyrick - Peju - Eric Rogger

Dr. Jeanne Heyerick and husband Eric Rogger flanking Peju Olusanya, Kathy Benson

Get your bidding cards.

Sign up for bidding cards

Kathy, Fred, Michael Jonas, Javier Vallin. Al Rivera, James, Jim


Michael and Cesareo explain the auction process

President Michael explains how its going to work, while Vice President/Auctioneer Cesareo Perez prepares to take over.

Auctioning a tree 2

As Cesareo works the crowd, Kathy and Ellen Keneshea compile a list of the bidder’s winnings.

Auctioning a tree 3

Auctioning a tree

Cesareo auctions wine

Yes, we are auctioning wine tonight.

Sara Gyer and her friend

Our oldest member, at 100 years young, Sara Gyer, donated a most of her collection to the club for this auction.  Thank you Sara.  She was accompanied by one of her friends, a person new to bonsai, who came to bid on her trees.

Auctioning a tree 4

SOLD!  The final item was a large old European olive that was hotly sought after and finally was won by a happy Jim Pelling.

Thank you one and all for the delicious food, wonderful donated items and the enthusiastic bidding.  Thanks for all of the people who worked behind the scene to make sure everything was there and in place in order for us all to have a fun night.

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Show Setup for our Annual Show is Tomorrow

I want to invite everyone to come to Descanso Gardens at 10:00 a.m. and help us to set up the room for the show.  What that entails is placing tables, stands and backdrops on to the floor so that they can hold our cargo of trees, stands and accent plants during the weekend. We appreciate that your time is precious to you and know that there are always many other things that need getting taken care of and so we greatly value your efforts in support of the club.  You make this club what it is and that is one of the best bonsai clubs in Southern California.

It is always a pleasure to be at the club with so many dedicated enthusiasts and self-effacing volunteers.  You all make me proud to serve as you President.

Thank you.

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DBS Annual Bonsai Show, Reception, Auction and Sale for June 13-14, 2015

It’s just two weeks until DBS holds it’s 46th Annual Show at Descanso Gardens in LaCanada/Flintridge, CA on June 13-14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  Demos are at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily.  The exhibition is open to the public after entrance into the Gardens.  I hope that everyone has a chance to attend the show and the Saturday night reception beginning at 6 p.m. featuring a grand raffle and exciting auction.  You may bring in your sales items anytime during the weekend beginning on Friday.

Show flyer 2015

Show rules and tree entry forms are available by clicking the following link.  Remember that we must receive your entry form by Thursday June 11th and that show setup is the following day on Friday June 12th between 11 a.m and 7 p.m. beginning with the physical setup of the tables and backdrops.  We will need as much help as possible for the setup so please make time in your schedule to assist us with the setup and take down on Sunday.

This year Father’s Day is on June 21 so it will not interfere with our show.

Show entry form 2015

I’m looking forward to a great weekend and to seeing everyone attend.


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