TUCSON BONSAI SOCIETY
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS:
President: Mitch Masilun
Vice Pres: Cynthia Martin
Secretary: Carianne Funicelli
Treasurer: Barbara Waughtel
GENERAL BOARD MEMBERS:
Gabe Reed, Sr.
Gabe is our newest mentor but has had vast experience since he started the hobby at age 15. He was entirely self-taught until he discovered our society at a Foothills Mall show a few years ago. David immediately recruited him as an intern and assistant, and he studied for two years to become certified by GSBF. He has performed a number of demonstrations before groups and classes and is eager to share his love of this fascinating art form. Gabe has been very much involved with our “safaris” to locate and dig old trees in the Santa Rita mountains.
Goals and Objectives of the Society
The Society was formally organized in May of 1972 by David and Judy Meyer, following the first bonsai exhibition ever held in Tucson. The Society is a contributor and sponsor of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum in Washington, D.C. We hosted the national convention of the American Bonsai Society here in Tucson in 1999. We have applied for federal tax-exempt status under IRC Code 501(C)(3).
We seek to encourage and foster the study of the art, appreciation, collection, and exhibition of bonsai as adapted to the horticultural growing conditions of the Sonoran Desert and Southern Arizona. Our educational purposes include such fundraising activities as may be deemed appropriate for the operation of the Society, and to sponsor programs, seminars, workshops, and annual exhibitions for the benefit of its members and the community.