the spring of 1986, the Kirkpatrick Center offered a showing of bonsai trees
by Oklahoma's bonsai artist Mike Raska. It was then that hobbyist Charlie
Elmore, Sandy Hernandez and Keith Warren met for the first time and Mr. Hernandez
suggested forming an official bonsai club. The idea lay dormant until
the following spring when TLC Nursery offered a bonsai workshop. The
public response was overwhelming as enthusiastic hobbyists gathered to learn
more about the art of these fascinating dwarf trees. It was obvious
by then that the time was right to form a club.
Soon there after,
a handful of people met informally in order to plan the strategy for the formation
of the club. Fliers were made and distributed among area nurseries to
invite membership. TLC Nursery graciously offered a conference room
in which to meet and on Thursday, April 16, 1987 the first state registered
public bonsai club in Oklahoma was born and officially named the Central
Oklahoma Bonsai Society (COBS).
organization affiliated with other clubs in the nation through Bonsai Clubs
International and registered officially with Oklahoma's Secretary of State
as a non-profit organization. Meanwhile, the constitutional committee,
directed by Frank Baird, began the task of construction of the constitution,
which is modeled from other clubs in the nation.
By the fall
of 1987, the Central Oklahoma Bonsai Society joined membership with the Oklahoma
City Garden Council and found its permanent home in which to meet, at Will
Rogers Garden Exhibition building.
purpose of forming an official club was to advance the education of the membership
in the aesthetic features of the art form and to promote the knowledge, interest,
appreciation and enjoyment of bonsai through monthly meetings. An annual
showing of the finest of our trees is a focal point of our members to share
the beauty of bonsai with the general public.
Warren, Club Historian