The Louisiana Bonsai Society held its Spring Bonsai Show April 20-21 at the Baton Rouge Garden Center. Howard Merrill was show chairman. Joe Day, a bonsai expert from Mobile, Ala., advised members on techniques to improve their bonsai.
Merrill showed how to start a bonsai using a juniper that can be bought at a nursery. He showed how to style it by trimming and wiring the branches into position, how to trim the roots, create bonsai soil, and secure it in a bonsai pot.
Zach Smith, owner of Bonsai South, used a water elm tree to show how to create a bonsai from a tree collected from the forest. Using collected material takes longer and requires more skill to create a bonsai, but it will show the appearance of age sooner than nursery stock. Smith also showed how to use collected material at the LBS monthly meeting on April 16.
For information about the society, call Lowell Tilley, (225) 272-6744, or email Ltilley@cox.net .
Marty Holmes, vice president of the Texas A&M Association of Former Students, spoke to the Baton Rouge A&M Club Muster on April 21 at the Baton Rouge Country Club. Texas Aggies gather each year on that date to honor Aggies who passed on during the preceding year.
Guests included Smiley Anders, Advocate columnist, and Paul Arrigo, president and CEO of Visit Baton Rouge. A candlelight memorial service honored recently deceased Aggie colleagues and friends of local club members.
President Roland Dommert presented Holmes a check for $1,215 toward a new Muster Memorial to be built on the Philippine island of Corregidor, where an Aggie Muster was conducted in 1942. The donation was to honor Dr. Julian B. Honeycutt Jr., who served as club treasurer for many years until his death last year and who attended an Aggie Muster held on the island of the Luzon in 1945.
Officers elected for the coming year are Dommert, president; Kasey Henry, president-elect; and Vice Presidents William Watson, membership; Missy Singleton, programs; James Henry, communications; and Brice Mohondro, high school relations.
Peggy Aime, a retired Ascension Parish educator, received the 2013 Louisiana Retired Teachers Association Foundation Leadership Award at the LRTA Spring Meeting on April 24 in Alexandria.
Each year one Louisiana retired educator receives this award. Aime has been active in local, district and state retired teacher activities since retiring from the Ascension Parish school system in 1996. She has served as unit president, district president and on many state level committees. She was chair of LRTA’s Disaster Assistance Committee, which distributed $100,000 to hurricane-affected retired teachers in Louisiana after hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
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