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President's Message

by Paul Pikel

September 11th
Meeting 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Hello everyone, Let me introduce myself to those of you that don’t know me. My name is Paul Pikel  and I have been a member of the Central Florida Bonsai Club since 1998. This year it is my great honor to be the club president for the 2015-2016 year. I have wanted to get more involved for quite some time but my work schedule wouldn’t allow it. However now I am ready to give all I can to help improve the knowledge and skills of the Central Florida club.

For several years the club has worked very hard and continues to grow quality bonsai and put on very informative programs. Sandy, Adam, Mark, Stephen and Dave have done a wonderful job. I want to continue to build upon those lessons and skills to meet the goals and needs of each individual member. Earlier this year I had asked for current members to fill out a questionnaire so that the CFBC could zone in on what is most important to each of you. I will admit the results surprised me and really helped myself and the board establish an appropriate direction for our monthly programs. In short, prepare to get your hands dirty.

Overwhelmingly our club enjoys viewing bonsai, interacting with other members and working on our private collections. Some are happy with their current skills and others want to take it to the top. Most are somewhere in between. Most importantly everyone has a place and purpose with our club and we want to help each of you achieve what you want in bonsai.

We are going to start the year off with a powerpoint presentation based upon the Florida State Convention trees that were displayed in the exhibit. During which, basic questions and concepts regarding styling, techniques, and over all artistry of the trees will be discussed. Since most members enjoy viewing bonsai, it is important that we help you understand exactly what you are looking at and help you notice methods to help you with your collections.

In addition, we ask that members bring a dessert to share for the September meeting so that we can all enjoy some nice low calorie snacks as we spend an evening enjoying bonsai. If you are new to bonsai, this year is geared towards you. However if you have been in bonsai for years, don’t worry we have plans for you as well. I for one am very excited about this new bonsai agenda and know you will be too!  Hope to see you there!

Since it is the first meeting of the year, annual Dues are Due. Please See our Treasurer Dave to be sure you stay in good standings with the club. Guests are welcome with no obligation to join. Hope to see you there!!
Membership Dues
Individual, $30;
Family, $45;
Student, $15

Membership entitles you to the Bonsai Societies of Florida magazine, Florida Bonsai, published four times a year, as well as our monthly club newsletter, CFBC Clippings, 2 meeting a month and more. 
September Bonsai Care

Tropicals: Continue to feed your tropical trees since the roots need to remain active through the fall and winter months.  Avoid major pruning since the the days are getting shorter and the tree will need time to recover.

Deciduous:  You can start to lay off the fertilizing of these trees since they are going to be slowing down in the next few months prior to going dormant.  The cooler evenings should give the trees one more push of growth.

Evergreens:  No more feeding as the second set of candles are opening and filling the tree in.  Over the winter the old needles will need to be plucked to open up the light to the lower and interior branches
For the latest updates and club information please visit

Paul Pikel

Vice President:
Sandy Racinski

Recording Secretary:
 Stephen Cournoyer

Corresponding Secretary:
 Mark Ceskavich

David Dean



Snacks and Drinks for September

This month all members are asked to bring a dessert or beverage to share. Coffee will be provided by CFBC.


September Events

Workshop September 25th
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Open workshop for all to attend.  Bring a tree to work on with experienced bonsai artists


The Artisans Cup September 25 - 28 
Portland OR

For more information see


Noname' Study Group 
Sept. 27th 
Visiting Artis:  Jason Osbourne 
Beginners and Wiring Class
Contact Adam for details

CFBC Purpose:  To study the horticultural development of trees and shrubs as related to oriental bonsai, their origin and their place in our world, and to share ideas, thoughts and knowledge with those interested in learning the art of bonsai, to the mutual benefit of all.

About CFBC: The Central Florida Bonsai Club (CFBC) was founded in July of 1969 and is a member of the Bonsai Societies of Florida (BSF) and Bonsai Clubs International (BCI). Meetings are on the second and fourth Fridays of each month at 7:30 PM at the Orange County Cooperative Extension, 6021 S. Conway Rd., Orlando. Doors open at 7:00 pm for setup, display, social time and Bonsai discussion. 
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