Next Club Event:
July Workshop & Club Meeting
Date: 7/22
2017 News Letter: 

It's a new year for the Atlanta Bonsai Society.  It's your club and it needs your assistance.  We need your help to spread interest in our hobby.

We are doing some new things this year.  The bonsai -on-the-go program will spread our club meetings around the Atlanta area.  The club spring show will still be at the Atlanta botanical garden.  Our April club events will be at the monastery in Conyers.  We will also have events at Plant City in Clermont this summer.  This will give people a chance to buy that missing pot or tree while socializing with other club members.  

We are also teaming with the Atlanta Koi Club for some Octber events.  This is a great cross-over with another Jaapanese based hobby.

Full details for our events are in the event calendar on the Home page. 

We are promoting the mentor program.  Please consider working with those new to the art.  The mentor chairman will connect mentors and mentees by geographic location, and/or bonsai interest.  Contact Kirk Hines, Mike Tsurutis, or Dan Naas to volunteer as a mentor or if you would like to work with a mentor.

Small groups are another great way to enjoy and spread  our hobby.  I encourage you to find a friend or two and work together to learn more about bonsai even if it's just talking about it over bar-b-que.  (It works for me)  


March, 1997 Page 7 
 
CONSTITUTION & BY-LAWS 
OF THE  
ATLANTA BONSAI SOCIETY, INCORPORATED 
 
ARTICLE I 
NAME AND PREAMBLE 
 
Section 1. The Atlanta Bonsai Society, Incorporated (sometimes referred to as the “society”,) was incorporated in DeKalb County under the laws of the Sated of Georgia on July 16, 1973, as a non-profit organization and will not operate in any manner which would result in financial gain or profit to any member. 
 
Section 2. The Atlanta Bonsai Society shall maintain a Post Office box as the official address of the Society. All written communications to the Society shall be directed to this address. The Post Office Box shall only be changed upon approval by the Executive Board. The Post Office Box shall be maintained by the Treasurer. 
 
Section 3. Elected officers of the Society and the Executive Board shall serve from January 1 of each calendar year through December 31 of the same calendar year. (This period is sometimes referred to as the “club year”.) 
 
Section 4. The annual meeting of the Society shall be the regular scheduled meeting during the month of November. 
 
Section 5. The President of the Society is responsible for the timely filing of all corporate reports during the club year as required by the laws of the State of Georgia. 
 
Section 6. The Atlanta Bonsai Society, Inc. logo may not be used in any manner, which would result in financial gain or profit to any member, in whole or part. 
 
 
ARTICLE II 
PURPOSE 
 
Section 1. The purpose of this Society is to provide education for the development, design, cultivation, and maintenance of bonsai. 
 
ARTICLE III 
MEMBERSHIP 
 
Section 1. Any person interested in bonsai shall be eligible to apply for membership in the Society. Application by prospective members will be submitted to the Treasurer along with the first year’s payment of dues. 
 
Section 2. Membership in the Society shall be on a calendar year basis and annual membership dues shall be presented by the Executive Board each year. Annual membership dues for active members are due each January 1 of a calendar year and any members whose dues are not paid by April 1 of said calendar year shall be dropped from the membership roll. Members so dropped may be reinstated during the same calendar year. Dues are not refundable on resignation, nor-prorated. 
 
Section 3. Members who join the Society or renew membership will pay annual membership dues, which shall be established on an annual basis by the Executive Board for the calendar year in which they join or renew. 
 
Section 4. New members will be furnished a membership card upon joining, together with current copy of the Constitution and By-laws, newsletter subscription and Directory of Members. 
 
Section 5. The Corresponding Secretary will maintain the membership list of the Society. The membership list will not be distributed to any organization or any non-member individual. Any Society member who desires that his or her name not be published in the club membership list should notify the Society Corresponding Secretary. 
 
Section 6. Members in good standing shall be entitled to one vote per membership on all matters brought before the Society. 
 
 
ARTICLE IV March 1997 page 8  
OFFICERS 
 
Section 1. The Executive Officers of the Society shall consist of: President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer, and six (6) Directors. 
 
Section 2. The Executive Board shall consist of all Elective Officers and the President of the preceding club year. If the President resigns, the Vice-President shall become the President. In the event any other officer or director resigns or is unable to fulfill their term of office, the Board shall appoint a member of the Society to fulfill said term. 
 
Section 3. All business of the Society will be conducted by the Executive Board at a scheduled meeting of said Board. The Executive Board shall meet at least once during a calendar Quarter. The president will schedule the meeting, and the Corresponding Secretary will notify each member of the Board as to the time and place for each meeting at least five (5) days before the date of the meeting.  
 
Section 4. Term of Office 
 
(A) The President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary and Treasurer: a one (1) club year term – no more than two consecutive club year terms in the same office. 
 
(B) Directors: shall be elected for a term of three (3) club year terms. In the first year of the adoption one-third of the Directors shall be elected for a term of one (1) year, one-third of the Directors shall be elected for a term of two (2) years, and on-third of the Directors shall be elected for a term of three (3) years. 
 
 
ARTICLE V 
DUTIES OF OFFICERS 
 
Section 1. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Society and the Executive Board. The President shall coordinate with the officers and Board members all activities of the Society. 
 
Section 2. The Vice-President shall assist the President in the operation of the Society and shall preside at all meetings in the absence of the President. 
 
Section 3. The Recording Secretary shall record all minutes of the Society meetings and Executive Board meetings. The Corresponding Secretary shall attend to all communications and notify the membership of all Society meetings and exhibitions. The Corresponding Secretary will notify members of the Executive Board of the meeting of said Board. 
 
Section 4. The Treasurer shall collect all monies and pay all bills and maintain a detailed record of the sources and disbursements of said funds. The source of any income of the Society and the disbursement of funds will only be made upon approval of the Executive Board. 
 
 
ARTICLE VI 
COMMITTEES 
 
Section 1. Committees shall be appointed by the President as necessary, and committees whose functions extend beyond a club year, shall be reappointed by the current President, if he so elects. The President shall be an ex-officio member of all committees.  
 
Section 2. At the Executive Board meeting held during the first quarter of each calendar year, the Treasurer will present a detailed Treasurer’s Report to the Board. The Treasurer will present the Society financial books to the Board for examination. 
 
Section 3. The Corporation shall maintain the following permanent standing Committees, each composed of at least three (3) members: 
Program Committee 
Membership Development Committee 
Publication Committee 
and may include: 
Conference Committee 
Annual Show Committee/ Exhibition Committee 
March, 1997 page 9 
 
Section 4. The Committees shall serve under the direction of the Board and shall communicate all business and recommendations to the Board for action or approval except the Nominating Committee. 
 
Section 5.  
 
(A) The Nominating Committee shall consist of five (5) members, two (2) of which will be appointed by the Executive Board at the scheduled July meeting prior to the Society July meeting, one (1) of those appointed by the Board will be designated Chairperson, three (3) members of the Nominating Committee will be elected by the membership at the regular July meeting of the Society. 
 
(B) The Chairperson of the Nominating Committee must agree to the nominations before being presented to the general membership. 
 
(C) Nominees by the Nominating Committee must agree to their nomination before being presented to the general membership. 
 
(D) As the final order of business at the annual Society meeting in November, the slate of Nominees by the Nominating Committee, shall be presented to the membership by the Chairperson of the Nominating Committee. 
 
(E) Further nominations will be accepted from the floor at the November meeting with the Nominee’s approval before being voted on by the membership in the selection of Nominees. 
 
(F) The President shall conduct the election. If there are no nominations from the floor, the slate by the Nominating Committee shall be accepted. If there is more than one Nominee for the same office, the candidates with largest number of votes cast for said office shall be elected. 
 
(G) Members of the Executive Board shall not attempt to influence the Nominating Committee. 
 
ARTICLE VII 
MEETINGS 
 
Section 1. If shall be the policy of the Society to conduct regular membership meetings once a month, except during the month of December. Notice of each monthly meeting will be mailed to members of the Society at least ten (10) days before the meeting.  
 
Section 2. The Annual meeting will be in November and will include on the agenda those items contained in Article VI. Section 4(D)-(F). 
 
Section 3. Regular Executive Board meetings will be held at least Quarterly at a time and place selected by the President and approved by the Board. 
 
Section 4. A quorum of the Executive Board consisting of at least three (3) officers (which may include the immediate past President) and three (3) Directors, must be present before a Board meeting can be called to order. 
 
ARTICLE VIII 
VOTING 
 
Section 1. Election of Officers as Provided in Article VI shall be by standing vote. The President will require that only members vote and will certify the results of the election. In the event of more than one nomination for a position, it will be necessary for the Recording Secretary to verify that only members vote and the Recording Secretary will certify the results of the election. 
 
 
Section 2. Voting on amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws shall require a majority of two-thirds (2/3) of the votes cast for adoption. Amendments must be presented at one monthly Society meeting and voted on at the next monthly Society meeting. An announcement will be made in the regularly published Society newsletter specifying the meeting date on which amendments are to be voted upon. Such announcements shall include either the texts of any proposed amendment or a written description of the substance of the proposed amendments. 
 
 
March, 1997 Page 10 
 
ARTICLE IX 
FUNDS 
 
Section 1. The funds of the Society shall be expended only by order of the Executive Board. No member or group of members may incur any indebtedness in the name of the Society without the approval of a majority of the members of the Executive Board. 
 
 
ARTICLE X 
EXHIBITIONS 
 
Section 1. The Society may conduct exhibitions during the club year at a time and place designated by the Executive Board. Such exhibits may be both competitive and non-competitive. 
 
Section 2.  
 
(A) All exhibitions by the Atlanta Bonsai Society, Inc. will be held in accordance with the rules adopted by the Executive Board.  
 
(B) The Chairperson of the exhibition will call a meeting of the volunteer committee members to plan and organize such club exhibition. 
 
Section 3. Any exhibition of bonsai or any other activity in the name of the Society must have the approval of the Executive Board. 
 
 
ARTICLE XI 
 
All meetings, exhibitions and field trips are attended by members at their sole election and the Society assume no responsibility for personal injury, loss or damage to any property of plant material. 
 
 
ARTICLE XII 
 
Upon dissolution of the Corporation, the Executive Committee shall, after paying all liabilities of the Corporation, dispose of the assets to a non-profit organization selected by the Executive Committee as it sees fit. 
 
 
ARTICLE XIII 
 
The business of the Society shall be governed by Robert’s Rules of Order, unless specified by Amendment to these By-Laws. 
  
 
 
 
 

BASIC WORKSHOP INFO 
 
Members should contact me for all workshop reservations, potential private or group private lessons, and questions regarding any ABS event as soon as possible, as they tend to fill quickly. Workshop reservations should be made by email to james_h_burke@yahoo.com or on signup sheet at ABS meetings. If that is not possible, or there are questions, please contact me at 678-442-7731. Leave a message if there is no answer. 
 
Depending on artist demand, we may have more than one workshop session per weekend, so check the events page for times as the monthly meeting approaches. Please remain flexible with whether you can take morning or afternoon workshop. The cost of each workshop session is currently $60 for at least 3 hours, unless we are including tree or other materials, which may be extra. The club will provide wire to use at workshops and meetings; everything else you may need should be brought by workshop participant, including tree and tools. 
 
The club is counting on your reservations at workshops to offset the cost of the artist and we hold the workshop spots to no more than 8 per 3 hr session. We usually have a waiting list, so the club requires at least 48 hours cancellation notice. If a member does not provide 48 hour notice and we cannot fill your spot, you will be responsible for the workshop cost. 
 
Please feel free to contact me or any other board member for questions about the club, or bonsai in general, and we will do our best to respond as quickly as possible.  
 
-James
Working Critique Format: We ask for tree owners to donate $10 for just a critique and $20 for critique plus work. Members bringing trees should bring cash or check for prompt payment, to make it easier for the treasurer. Tree owner or teacher or both, will have the right to "call time" on any given tree, with a maximum 1 hr per tree, to save time for others. 
 
Consignment on Bonsai related items or trees: The Board members want to remind you that the club offers consignment for the sale of bonsai related items or trees at the monthly meeting. The club is happy to announce that we will no longer charge a fee for consignment at the meetings but donations are always accepted and helpful. All we ask is that you are considerate about the volume of your conversations so that all the other members can hear the artist during the workshop and meeting. 
 
Volunteers needed for workshops: The ABS would like experienced club members to assist in workshops and help manage the time as our visiting bonsai artists work with workshop participants. Please call 770-855-6380 or email crh@bellsouth.net to volunteer! 
 
Members signing up for private sessions with our visiting bonsai artists are expected to assist the club with the expenses of bringing the artist to Atlanta. Members who book a private session will be responsible for a percentage of the air fare expense. Fees should be paid to the club Treasurer. 
 
BYOT: Note to all Members: Please bring trees and or suiseki (view stones) to the Sunday meeting for the Exhibit Table to share with other club members and more especially for new members and visitors to see. This is also a good opportunity to show off your "Workshop Tree" that you did last month or last year. Remember: Bring your own tree BYOT. 
 
Do you have something that you would like to donate to the club to be given away FREE at any of our meetings? We usually have members that provide small items for a drawing at the meetings but it would be appreciated if any of our other members would like to bring something for the drawing. Remember someone's trash could be another's treasure, especially where bonsai-related items are concerned; however, the item does not have to be bonsai-related. 
 
Re: Workshop reservations... Please remember when you reserve a workshop that you are responsible for letting Dennis know if you are unable to make it. If you are not able to cancel a full 72 hours before the workshop, you will be expected to pay for the spot. Letting Dennis know ahead of time will allow him to fill the spot with someone else. Many times there is a waiting list.