by Paul Pikel
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!