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The Origins 

The San Antonio Bonsai Society organizational meeting took place on Aug 31, 1973 with seven prospective members in attendance. The meeting was highlighted by the election of the Society’s first officers: Charles Knoll-President, Edith Sorge-Vice President/Program Chair, Carol Lee Klose-Secretary/Treasure, and Jackie Springer-Constitution and By-Laws Chairman.

 

Jackie and Bob Springer hosted the first formal meeting in their home on Oct 11, 1973. The San Antonio Garden Center was selected as the initial meeting place.

 

The San Antonio Bonsai Society’s first opportunity to present its talent came during the San Antonio Garden Center’s Spring Flower Show.  The Bonsai members’ efforts were greatly rewarded. Participant members were awarded several blue ribbons and the Society won the Sweepstakes Award in Horticulture.

 

By the end of year one (Aug 73 - Jun 74), the Society’s success was reflected in a membership of 41 motivated bonsaists.  The Society continues to enjoy steady growth each year.

 

In 1988, the San Antonio Bonsai Society, Inc. (SABS) hosted the Bonsai Club International 24th Annual International Bonsai Congress. The society hosted the Lone Star Bonsai Federation (LSBF) Annual Convention in 1996 and co-hosted the LSBF State Convention in 2002. Our society co-hosting the 2008 American Bonsai Society Seminar with LBSF and co-hosted the LSBF's 31st Annual Convention with the Austin Bonsai Society. SABS and LSBF are co-hosting the 2020 Texas Bonsai Convention.

 

The Society sponsors numerous events throughout the year, including bonsai shows, sales, workshops, field trips, and lecture/ demonstrations.

Our Logo

The informal upright style (Moyogi) is considered the most popular shape in all bonsai, especially suited to our native Texas juniper.  The slightly curved trunk is curved enough to be interesting but not overdone.

 

Our logo, represented by this informal style stands for the informal nature of the San Antonio Bonsai Society, Inc. This popular, interesting style depicts the objectives of the Society - promoting participation and the enjoyment of bonsai.  This emblem was adopted as the official San Antonio Bonsai Society logo in Sep, 1977.

 

The San Antonio Bonsai Society, Inc. is a member of the American Bonsai Society, Bonsai Clubs International, and the Lone Star Bonsai Federation.

2019 Board Members

President...................................................................................................................................... Klaus C.

Vice President/Program Director.......................................................................................... Nick B.

Secretary..................................................................................................................................... Bryan B.

Treasurer/Membership............................................................................................... Leydana R-M.

Publicity........................................................................................................................................ Ryan O.

Board Members at Large....................... Larry A., Carol B., Tammy B-R., Diane C., & Jay N.

Website Editor............................................................................................................................ Ryan O.

Newsletter Editor...................................................................................................................... Ryan O.

Past Presidents

San Antonio Bonsai Society

Charles K.                             1973-1975                Carol Lee K.                           1975-1976

Louis C.                                 1976-1977                Leonard S.                             1977-1978

Alice R.                                  1978-1979                Robert T.                               1979-1980

Benjamin H.                         1980-1981                Edith S.                                 1981-1982

Martha K.                             1982-1983                 Jack Y.                                   1983-1986

Paul T.                                   1986-1988                Martha K.                             1988-1989

 

San Antonio Bonsai Society, Inc.

Martha K.                               1989                       Larry A.                                 1990-1991

Paul T.                                    1992                        Richard H.                            1993

Helen B.                                 1994                        Gary M.                                 1995-1996

Larry F.                                  1997-1998               Sam G.                                   1999

Libby H.                                 2000                       Tom F.                                   2001

Donna D.                               2002                        Martha K.                             2003

Carl D.                                   2004                        Jay N.                                    2005

Behr A.                                  2006                        Martha K.                             2007-2008

Oscar G.                                2009                        Donna D.                              2010

Kevin P.                                 2011-2013                Ryan O.                                 2014-2017

Klaus C.                                 2018-present

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