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Happy New Year!! Hope you and your trees are doing well. Our first activity of the year will be a teaching demonstration by Bonsai Master Pauline Muth of West Charlton NY. She will share her 45+ years of experience in bonsai with us on Monday March 25 from 6 till 9. The next evening we will have the opportunity to attend a workshop on shohin size Itogawa Junipers More information on both of these programs will be posted here soon. Pauline is a current member of the American Bonsai Society Board of Directors where she served a president for 6 years on the board and past president of Mid-Atlantic Bonsai Society, and positions with Bonsai Ch\lubs International and the Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society. More to details soon. (Source Facebook)

Holiday Party/ desert-appetizer swap/membership renewal/food pantry support/Scots Pine raffle/pinch pot pick up/numerous giveaways/FUN Meijer Gardens Tuesday Dec 18 7:00 till? BE THERE!! (Source Facebook)

Only a few days till our Christmas party/desert-appetizer exchange!! Tuesday December 18, 7:00 at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. This is a members only party (but you can join on the spot and maybe even win a prize). Here is what we will do. First of all bring a desert or appetizer to share. WMBC will provide the plates, plastic utensils, napkins, and water. There will be various prizes (bonsai tools, Japanese Bonsai Calendars, and more) that take a ticket to win How do you get tickets you say? Every member gets 5 tickets for attending If you bring 5 items to support our Food drive you get 5 tickets**(See below)** If you renew your membership for 2019 you get 5 tickets If you want to purchase extra tickets they are 6 for $5.00 and 15 for $10. There may be a couple of surprises you will need to attend to discover In addition we will draw a winner for the Scots Pine bonsai styled by bill Cadmun at our August meeting. We also will hand out the finished pinch pots you styled at our September meeting (Thanks again Chris Trabka) **Once again we will support the Food Pantry at East Congregational Church. We are asking you to bring 5 items from out list below Chicken soup Spaghettios with meat Mini Ravioli small or medium cans of chicken meat name brand cereals (Fruit Loops, Apple Jacks, Frosted Flakes). Come enjoy the evening (Source Facebook)

December, Holidays, Friends Bonsai Party. We meet December 18 at Meijer Gardens for our Holiday Gathering/ Desert or Appetizer Exchange/Food Drive/Party. WHEW that was a mouthful! There will be various prizes (nice ones too) silent auctions, Raffle Drawing for our super Scots Pine (still time to buy a $10 ticket to win a $250+ tree). Here are how things work: When you walk in the door you will get 10 tickets for you to decide where to put tickets to try and win one of the giveaways. Bring 5 food items from our list to support our food drive and receive 10 more tickets Renew your club membership and receive 10 tickets Buy tickets (6 tickets for $5.00 15 tickets for $10.00) We are again this year supporting the East Congregational Church Food Bank They are putting a list together of the items they need and I will post it here soon. This event is open only to currently paid members of the club If not you can join on the spot. (and get an extra 10 prize tickets!) Remember we are asking each member to bring something to share-either a desert or an appetizer. Last years event featured some good food lots of prizes and a couple of nice silent auctions and great fellowship. This year should feature more of the same. Hope to see you there. December 18, 2018 Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park 7:00 pm in the new Covenant Learning Center. (Source Facebook)

Saturday, THIS SATURDAY, November 17, 9:00 am. Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. West Michigan Bonsai will meet for an Exposed Root Sirissa workshop. There are 4 spaces left in the workshop You still have time. email me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloakc7346180026f8bd5768ae8507dcf092e').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addyc7346180026f8bd5768ae8507dcf092e = 'timcox102' + '@'; addyc7346180026f8bd5768ae8507dcf092e = addyc7346180026f8bd5768ae8507dcf092e + 'hotmail' + '.' + 'com'; var addy_textc7346180026f8bd5768ae8507dcf092e = 'timcox102' + '@' + 'hotmail' + '.' + 'com';document.getElementById('cloakc7346180026f8bd5768ae8507dcf092e').innerHTML += ''+addy_textc7346180026f8bd5768ae8507dcf092e+''; ) or take a chance and show up. Cost is $40 and includes everything you will need to bring one of these pretty little trees home with you. We will also talk briefly about our Holiday Party (Tuesday evening Dec 18 at 7:00) and desert share. We will also once again conduct a food drive to benefit the food pantry at East Congregational Church. Lots of fun and surprises. We will also sell raffle tickets on our Scots Pine bonsai that was styled by Bill Cadmun during our September Meeting. Tickets are $10 and the drawing will be held during our December meeting/Party. This can be a great tree and is a fundraiser for our club so we can do more activities and programs in 2019. Speaking of 2019 it is time to renew your memberships. $25 is a very reasonable amount to participate and it is important to the success of our club. Lots more to talk about so come to the meeting! See you there!! (Source Facebook)

Saturday November 17 (in 10 days and counting) WMBC will have a brief meeting and then an exposed root serissa (tropical tree) workshop. We have added some spots and have three spots left. The fee is $40 which includes tree, pot, soil, and wire. If you are interested in participating please call or email me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak52904134fbdf9969647ad4975ac663ef').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy52904134fbdf9969647ad4975ac663ef = 'timcox102' + '@'; addy52904134fbdf9969647ad4975ac663ef = addy52904134fbdf9969647ad4975ac663ef + 'hotmail' + '.' + 'com'; var addy_text52904134fbdf9969647ad4975ac663ef = 'timcox102' + '@' + 'hotmail' + '.' + 'com';document.getElementById('cloak52904134fbdf9969647ad4975ac663ef').innerHTML += ''+addy_text52904134fbdf9969647ad4975ac663ef+''; 616-240-4440) (Source Facebook)

In little more than three weeks our November club meeting/workshop will be held at Meijer Gardens, Saturday, November 17 at 9:00 am in the new Covenant Learning center. We will have a brief meeting and and then a tropical workshop The workshop will be styling an exposed root sirissa. The workshop fee is $40 and will include the tree, the pot, soil, and wire plus guidance in styling. Bring your own tools if you have them We have a very limited number of spots left so if you wish to participate, you must call or email me and I will tell you where to send your payment. Scott Zomerlei from Growco will lead the workshop. We will also discuss the December desert swap and year end/Christmas celebration. Any questions please call or email me. (Source Facebook)

The Scots Pine raffle will still be available till our December meeting. Raffle ticket sales have been slow so we will postpone the drawing till our Christmas Meeting on Tuesday December 18. We will have the tree and tickets available at both the November and December meetings. (Source Facebook)

The next meeting of the West Michigan Bonsai Club will be held Saturday Nov 17 at Frederik Meijer Botanic Garden and Sculpture Park in the new Covenant Learning Center.. This will be our annual Tropicals Workshop with Scott Zomerlei from Growco. This will be a special workshop as we are featuing exposed root Serissas. These are delightful trees with small white flowers. This workshop is $40 which includes the tree, a ceramic pot, wire and soil. The class is limited to 14 people so reserve your space now. The class starts at 9 am . To reserve your spot please email me at timcox102@hotmail. I'll send you information about where to send payment (Source Facebook)

Wow What a show we had. The new Covenant Learning Center at Frederik Meijer Botanic Garden and Sculpture Park is a wonderful place to have our show (and meetings as well). Congratulations to Tina Chirco and Brian McNulty who were 1st and 2nd in the Peoples Choice Balloting Lots of very nice trees (40 entries), lots of visitors (close to 1,300 for the weekend), and brisk vendor sales. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped us during the weekend. This was truly a team effort. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!! (Source Facebook)