MAY 2009



Meeting: Wednesday, 27 May at 7:30 pm in the Rotunda Room at the
Veterans Memorial Hall.

Speaker: Allison Mia Starcher, illustrator and author of "Good Bugs
for Your Garden", will talk about Bugs (good and bad) in the Garden.

Raffle: Don Misumi

Drinks:  Katsu Nakagawa and Willie Tarver

Food:  Janet Brown, Philip Fetchko, and Jean Yoshii


From Don Misumi:

                            Show Report

What a GREAT show!!!!  It was fantastic the way our members all
pitched in to make this Show a success.  Whether you clerked, worked
on set up or clean up or at the greetings tables, or provided goodies
to eat... it made a difference.

We had 227 show entries by 20 members... what a great response!!!
Steve Ball won Best of Show with his Hechtia, Don Misumi won
Sweepstakes, and Sheilla Perez won Best Artistic... Congratulations!!

Here are the members that made our Show made our Show such a success:
George Allaria, Jean Allaria, Steve Ball, Bryan Chan, Larry Ebner,
Mohammed El-Tawansy, Phil Fetchko, Barrie Fisher, Yvette Fisher,
Richard Flegg, Janet Gove, Michael Gove, Gloria Grover, Tibor
Halmagyi, Alan Levy, Don Misumi, Greg Nuno, Al Palacio, Sheilla Perez,
Denise Pidd, Tom Rozelle, Karyl Sisson, Lloyd Smith (John Cox), Julia
Sumpton, Eva Szalontai, Willie Tarver, Ray Van Veen, Gary Wagnild,
Doug Woodfill, Emmit Willis, Vincent Wong, and Jean Yoshii.  I hope
this is a complete list... I hate to do this because I always miss
someone, but I needed to recognize you.  Please let me know if you
contributed but were not listed here... I apologize for that.


From Gloria Grover, Membership Maven:

                          Membership News

As you all know, it takes a lot of people to put on the annual
show. On behalf of the La Ballona Bromeliad Society I would like to
extend a very BIG THANK YOU to all of you who helped out. If I
neglected to name someone please let me know.  Sheilla, Barbara W.,
and Jean Y. for clerking; Tibor, Julia, Gary, Rita, Karyl, Larry,
Sheilla, Eva, and Gloria for greeting; Denise, Alan, Jean A. and
Gloria for providing lunch and refreshments; Jean A. Don, George,
Emmit, and Tom for helping at the Sales Table;  Don for doing the
bromeliad presentation; Alan, Tom, Al, Emmit,  Larry, Ray, Jean,
Julio, Yvette, and Barrie for helping with bromeliad questions, set-up
and registration.  I would also like to thank everyone who helped with
the physical labor of taking everything down.

Also, throughout the year, several members assist with putting on our
monthly meetings.  Jim J. for arranging our speakers; Don for making
sure that our bills get paid, Emmit for providing the door prizes,
Jean Y. for writing and sending out the newsletter and Denise P. for
making sure that we have refreshments and arranging field trips and
garden hops; and Jim J. and Yvette for identifying and presenting
the Show and Tell table.


Please extend a warm welcome our new members who signed-up at the
show: Barbara Bain, Steve Ball, Mary Carroll, Maggie Fesus, Guillermo
Gomez, David Gordon, Gavin Perdue, and Peggy Tyrrell.

Don't forget -- new members who signed up at the Show and attend the
May meeting will receive a free bromeliad at the meeting!

2009-2010 Membership rosters will be emailed and mailed soon.

(Editor's note: Gloria is too modest to do so herself, so I will take
this opportunity to thank her for taking care of everything related to
membership.  If you do not receive a roster, please verify your
membership status with Gloria.)


From Don Misumi:

                            Pots Order

Last chance to order pots at wholesale prices!  Talk to Don at the May
meeting or call him at (XXX)XXX-XXXX before May 31.


From Denise Pidd:

                              Bus Trip

A bus trip is planned for Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009.

We will be going to Bird Rock Tropicals, the home of Dan Kinard, the
home of Bob Kofstein, Plant Depot, and the Tree of Life Nursery.

We will discuss the price of the trip at the May meeting and details
will follow in the June newsletter.



The La Ballona Valley Bromeliad Society meets the fourth Wednesday of
each month, January through October, in the Rotunda Room at Veterans
Memorial Hall, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City.

Emmit Willis, President
Jim Jaeger, Vice-President
Don Misumi, Treasurer
Gloria Grover, Membership
Jean Yoshii, Newsletter (Have an item for the newsletter?  Please
  email it to (email address redacted) or mail it through the post.)