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General Information 


Bonsai Society of the Carolinas provides monthly educational programs in Charlotte, NC to promote the interest in the ancient art of bonsai. Each program is designed around some general topic or area of interest.  Some programs given are strictly lectures, but most are hands-on workshops where the student is given some instructional information followed by the chance to practice what has been learned. The society hosts both local and nationally known bonsai artists, with at least one nationally recognized artist each year. Programs are provided for both the beginner and advanced bonsai student. There are fees for some programs. The public is always invited.  You do not have to be a member to attend our programs, but if you are seriously interested you will want to join us on our journey. Learning the art of bonsai begins with a few simple steps but can carry the student into a lifetime of enjoyment.  In Japan it is not uncommon to have the same bonsai in the family for many generations. Each year these trees take on new growth and new forms of pleasure.  



Meeting Dates / Times 


 Usually the Society holds its meetings on the second Saturday of each month. The meetings normally last 2-3 hours.  Some meetings are followed by workshops in which the participants can create their own bonsai.  Some events have registration costs.  Some workshops allow the participant to bring their own materials. Other workshops require purchase of materials supplied by the speaker.  Details of all programs are provided in the monthly e-mail newsletter and on this web site. To see the full Society Calendar, click here.




Meeting Locations - Visitors are welcome
We meet in two locations depending on the nature of the meeting -
The Bonsai Learning Center is located at 142 Hidden Harbor Rd, Mooresville, NC 28117

University of North Carolina at Charlotte at McMillan Greenhouse, 9090 Craver Rd, Charlotte, NC 28223

Directions to Greenhouse and Gardens Visitor Parking:

GPS & Online Mapping Users: Use "9090 Craver Rd." for GPS or other mapping applications to locate the greenhouse. Using our mailing address will take you to the main entrance of the campus, but not to the greenhouse, specifically.

What follows are what we consider the simplest directions for visitors unfamiliar with the campus or University area. (Scroll down past parking information for links to alternate directions & maps).

via I-85
: Off I-85, take exit 46 east, Mallard Creek Church Rd. (Off 85 South that's a left, off 85 North that's a right). At the third stoplight (about 1.5 mi) turn RIGHT on to Bonnie Cone/Mary Alexander Rd. You will enter campus, and at the four-way stop, continue straight. The next road to the RIGHT (only) is Michael Craver Rd. Turn right onto Craver & take a quick right into the parking area.

via I-485: Take exit 32 (Hwy. 29) off I-485. Head west on hwy. 29, Tryon St. (off I-485 North, that's a left, off I-485 South, its a right.) The next main intersection past 485 is at Mallard Creek Church Rd. Take a LEFT onto Mallard Creek Church Rd. At the next stoplight, turn RIGHT onto Bonnie Cone/Mary Alexander Rd. You will enter campus, and at the four-way stop, continue straight. The next road to the RIGHT (only) is Michael Craver Rd. Turn right onto Craver & take a quick right into the parking area.

Parking

Botanical Gardens Visitor parking is located across Craver Rd. from the greenhouse.

  • There are 6 parking spots in that lot identified (with signs) for "gardens, greenhouse, and parking services visitors".
  • You may park in one of those spaces, but you must obtain a temporary parking permit from the Parking Services Office (building adjacent to lot). You will be issued a 4-hr, hang-tag permit for your rear-view mirror.

These permits ARE required Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm. Permits are NOT required after 5 pm or on the weekend.

If the visitor spaces are full , you have a couple of other parking options, depending on when you are visiting. If you are visiting on a Saturday or Sunday, you may park in any parking space on campus that is not restricted by its own sign (like, ?reserved 24-hrs?, for instance). 
If you are visiting Monday through Friday, your additional parking options are metered spaces (there are a few down Craver Rd. on right), or the Visitor section of the East Parking Deck (adjacent to traffic circle, Cato Hall, and the edge of the Van Landingham Glen). For a campus map click here.

UNC Charlotte is located in northeast Charlotte (referred to as " the University area"). Campus can be reached by taking I-485, I-85, Hwy 29, or Hwy 49, depending on your location and familiarity with the area.

For directions to the MAIN CAMPUS entrance, see the UNC Charlotte website here.The Greenhouse & Gardens are on the east end of the campus, at the corner of Mary Alexander & Michael Craver Rd. If you come in the main entrance, look for signs directing you to the gardens and garden parking.Click here for a color campus map or on the directions link above for a Google Maps version.


To see the meeting notes for each month click here: Board Meeting Notes

By-Laws of the Bonsai Society of the Carolinas

 

Revised April 2003.

ARTICLE I - Name

The Society name is the Bonsai Society of the Carolinas, also referred to in these By-Laws as the BSC or the Society.

ARTICLE II - History and Purpose

The BSC was founded in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1964 and is an educational, nonprofit organization whose prime purposes are:

a. To advance education among its members and the public in the aesthetic, historical and horticultural aspects of the art of bonsai and bonsai related arts.

b. To provide various forums such as meetings, classes, exhibits and conventions whereby members may join in accomplishing the purposes stated herein.

c. To conduct its activities without pecuniary gain or profit to the BSC or to any of its members.

ARTICLE III - Principle Offices

The principle office for the transaction of administrative business for the BSC shall be located at the president’s address. The principle office for Society financial matters shall be located at the treasurer’s address.

ARTICLE IV - Income

The Society is founded upon non-stock, voluntary membership. General means of financing the BSC is by membership dues, donations, gifts, contributions and exhibition proceeds.

ARTICLE V - Membership

Section 1: All persons, regardless of age, sex, color, creed or national origin are eligible for membership in the BSC.

Section 2: There shall be no limit upon the number of members of the BSC.

Section 3: Membership shall be of the following forms:

a. Society Member - A Society Member shall be any person whose dues are paid through the current calendar year. This individual’s name shall be listed on the official membership register of the Society. He/she shall be entitled to full membership rights including one vote. The named member’s spouse and members of his/her immediate household shall also be considered Society members, but without voting rights.

b. Lifetime/Honorary Members - Such members shall include persons who are entitled to full benefits of Society membership for their lifetime without the payment of dues. These individuals are to be designated by the Executive Board.

ARTICLE VI - Elected Officials

Section 1: The elected officers of the BSC shall consist of a president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. These officers shall serve a term of two years, or until their successors are elected. All officers may be reelected to serve consecutive terms without restriction. In case of a vacancy in the presidency, the vice-president shall automatically succeed to the presidency. He/she shall then appoint a vice-president to serve for the duration of the unexpired term. All officers shall serve without compensation.

Section 2: The Executive Board shall consist of: a president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary and the two immediate past presidents as well as a maximum of four directors, which may be appointed at the discretion of the president and with approval by the Executive Board.

ARTICLE VII - Duties of Officers and Executive Board

Section 1: The president shall preside at all regular and special meetings of the BSC and the Executive Board. The president shall be the chief executive officer and shall conduct current business and have general supervision of the BSC, including expenditure of money, except as otherwise provided in these By-Laws. The president shall be empowered to fill all vacancies by appointment, unless otherwise herein specified.

Section 2: The vice-president shall assist the president in the functions of that office and shall preside at meetings in the absence of the president. The vice-president will perform his/her functions as prescribed by and under the direction of the president.

Section 3: The president shall notify the membership of regular and special meetings.

Section 4: The treasurer shall be responsible for the collection of all monies due the BSC, the payment of all bills and the maintenance of accurate financial records. The treasurer shall prepare an annual Society financial status report and shall submit said report to the membership at the January meeting. Copies of the current financial status report shall be available to dues paid members upon request. With the approval of the Executive Board, an assistant to the treasurer may be selected by the treasurer to assist in the performance of his/her duties, but shall not relieve the treasurer of the responsibility for the accuracy of the work thus delegated.

Section 5: Members of the Executive Board will be responsible for considering and voting upon all items of concern and business which may come before them. They shall advise and assist the president as required and shall from time to time, undertake special duties and responsibilities as the president shall direct.

 

ARTICLE VIII - Elections

Nominating Committee - The president shall appoint a Nominating Committee three months prior to any election. It shall be the responsibility of this Nominating Committee to prepare a slate of candidates for presentation at the general membership meeting in October. This slate must contain at least one candidate for each of the Society’s four elected offices.

Section 1: Additional nominations for office shall be accepted from the general membership at both the October and November meetings. A list of all candidates for office shall be published in the December newsletter.

Section 2: Elections of officers shall be held at the December meeting. If this is not possible, elections must be held as soon thereafter as possible and at a time and place determined appropriate by the Executive Board.

Section 3: Newly elected officers will assume their duties in January or in the month following the election.

ARTICLE IX - Meetings

Section 1: General Membership and Executive Board meetings shall be held at regular intervals throughout the year. (Monthly when possible.)

a. General Membership Meetings - The focus of all general membership meetings shall be centered on the education and enjoyment of the membership.

b. Executive Board Meetings - The general day to day governance and administration of Society business shall be vested with the Executive Board, with the objective of freeing the time allotted for general membership meetings for the education and enjoyment of the members. Any member of the Society shall have the right to attend Executive Board meetings and to address the Board. Dates of such meetings shall be published in the Society newsletter.

ARTICLE X - Dues and Funds

Section 1: Members shall pay dues at a rate to be determined by the Executive Board.

Section 2: In addition to membership dues, other funds will be derived from services performed or activities held by the BSC and from such gifts and legacies as may be received.

ARTICLE XI - Conventions

Conventions, exhibitions, shows, demonstrations and other Society activities which are presented for the education and enjoyment of the public shall be generally managed by the Executive Board through the president and any appropriate chairpersons appointed by the president.

ARTICLE XII - Contributions

On behalf of the membership of the BSC, the Executive Board may contribute monies to institutions at such times and in such amounts as they deem appropriate.

ARTICLE XIII - Fiscal Year

The Fiscal year of the BSC shall be the same as the calendar year.

ARTICLE XIV - Amendments

These By-Laws may be repealed or amended or new By-Laws may be adopted at any regular or special meetings of the membership, provided that the full text of such changes has be proposed in writing and copies sent to all members not less than sixty days (60) prior to such meetings. Passage of any amendment shall require a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the votes cast.

ARTICLE XV - Parliamentary Procedure

When not in conflict with the articles of these By-Laws, all questions of parliamentary procedure shall be determined in accordance with Roberts’s Rules of Order, newly revised edition.

 

Application for Membership

So.... Ya wanna join up?  Well just print out this page,fill out the blanks and send it along with a check  for your dues ($50) to the address listed below.  OR... you could just show up at the next club meeting and we will be happy to enroll you as a member at that time.  Either way,it will be great having you with us.  Welcome!
Application for Membership
(please print)

Name: __________________________________________________________________
Address: ________________________________________________________________
City: _______________________________ State: ___________ Zip Code: ___________
Evening Phone: ______________________ Day Phone: __________________________
E-mail Address:___________________________________________________________

Full Membership Cost:  ($50/yr)


Use the Buy Now button below or make checks payable to the Bonsai Society of the Carolinas and complete this form and return to: John Farrell, Treasurer, 18020 Lochcarrn Lane, Cornelius, NC 28013-5218   The society dues are based upon the calendar year - January to December and are payable each year in January.  With your dues payment, you will receive the society newsletter and be eligible to register for all bonsai workshops at the discounted member rate.  This savings alone will more than pay for your dues.  Join us today.


 

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