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Greetings BCSB Members,

Every August, BCSB takes a break from monthly meetings and workshops and instead we party!! Albeit in a nice refined bonsai fashion…..

All currently active members (as in you paid for a full year or 2nd half of the year membership for 2023 (included in your Beginner Workshop fee))  are invited to attend the Summer Annual BCSB Potluck + Raffle + Auction this Saturday (12 August 2023) from 11:30am to 2:00pm.  We are very fortunate to have one of our new members, Ben Trosky, and his wife Cheryl host the event at their home. Details are in the email sent to all club members.

PLEASE CARPOOL WITH FELLOW MEMBERS IF POSSIBLE. PARKING IS LIMITED AND THERE IS NO STREET PARKING ON MOUNTAIN DRIVE (and police will ticket vehicles).

We are looking forward to meeting everyone!

In addition to your favorite potluck dish, bring extra/inexpensive trees, pots and other bonsai-related items to donate to the raffle.

Also, bring any larger trees, pots, etc. that are too valuable to donate and that you would prefer to sell in our non-silent auction. For the auction, you will set your minimum acceptable price (i.e. a reasonable price you would set for a bonsai friend) and then let the bidders have at it. 10% of each sale will benefit the club so you will pocket 90% of the sale price. There are lots of unfinished projects in your collection. Free up some bench space and focus your time and energy on your best trees by making those unfinished project trees (and pots, etc.) available to some of our newer members to build their collections.

Don’t forget to bring cash for the raffle and auction. Cheques are acceptable for buying raffle tickets ($1 each) from the club, but cash is strongly preferred for the auction (i.e. it will be up to the seller to decide if they will accept a check, Zelle or Venmo).

Please RSVP to Carol Hicks with your plans to attend (and how many of your family members will join you). Note: Well-behaved kids are welcome and really seem to get a kick out of the raffle part of the event, plus they eat all the cookies so the adults don’t have to….

We hope to see you this Saturday!

Jeff Sczechowski
President and Grand Poobah, Bonsai Club of Santa Barbara