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President's Message

by Adam Lavigne

September 18th
Meeting 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Welcome, everyone, to the CFBC's New Year! We have so many exciting programs and events coming up this year, I can hardly wait. 
Before I get into that though, I would like to thank last years board, especially Sandy and Paul and the convention team (you da' man, Rick!) for ensuring our fiscal solvency for the next few years. Your hard work not only brought much needed funds into the coffers (without which we can't bring interesting programs to the membership) but the friendships and relationships it built has made us a stronger club. And that's a hard thing to do in todays world of social media, anonymous internet interactions and stagnating in-person contact.Thank you all! I'm not sure I can live up to your examples.
Here's a sneak peak for the upcoming year: for the September Kick Off meeting, we will be having Argentinian superstar Sergio Luciani in for a demonstration. The meeting is at a special day and time (Sunday, September 18th, 1pm) so make note. The October meeting will have a visit from Juan Andrade, November will be a soil PowerPoint and hands on soil class, December will be a more dynamic Holiday Party with a styling contest and other activities.
The New Year will feature the return of Rick Jeffrey his popular hands on cypress forest workshop, a possible woodworking workshop from Sean Smith (if we can latch onto the tour), a special program by D&L Nursery's own David Cutchin, our involvement with the Epcot Flower and Garden show and then the combined BSF/ABS convention in May. We have an opportunity with this years convention to earn more money than last year, if I'm reading the numbers correctly.
Sounds exciting, doesn't it? But we can't do it alone. If you scroll down to the list of officers, you will notice that there are only three names where there should be five. If you think you can fulfill some of the duties of any of the officer slots, drop us a line. If you'd like to be on a committee or just help out behind the scenes (drinks or snacks at the meetings even) drop us a line. I am making it a point to answer any and all inquiries as soon as I get them, either by phone call, text message, email, or Facebook message.
Now, who's ready for the Kick Off?  

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

Adam Lavigne

Vice President:
Paul Pikel

Recording Secretary:
 Adam Lavigne

Corresponding Secretary:
Paul Pikel

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.


Annual Kick Off Extravaganza featuring Sergio Luciani
Program:  Demonstration
Make note, the date and time are special
Sunday, September 18th, 1pm at the Orange County Extension Office

The National bonsai Exhibition Sept 10th-11th 
Rochester NY

For more information see


Workshop September 23rd
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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



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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