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About Us

The Chino Bonsai Club believes in creating community through the art of Bonsai. Our monthly meetings consist of gathering to share ideas and enjoy activities based on our common interests. Our meetings focus on the fundamentals and hands on learning to perfect your craft. There is always something to be learned for members of all levels.  Through the Chino Bonsai Club you will gain a solid understanding of bonsai fundamentals, so you can design a tree to it's fullest value.

Bring your tree to the next monthly meeting and get personalized recommendations from Sensei David Nguy!

Meet Our Board of Directors:

Chino Bonsai Club Sensei:  David Nguy

Chino Bonsai Club President:  Louis Carmona

Chino Bonsai Club 1st Vice President:  Dr. Dan

Chino Bonsai Club 2nd Vice President: Eric Johnson 

Chino Bonsai Club Treasurer: Kris Kumiadi

Chino Bonsai Club Treasurer: Liz Lyu

Secretary: Ryan Pitts

Media: Ryan Okita

 

Member Spotlight

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David Nguy

Sensei

David is well known for his work with California Junipers and Black Pines. His experience includes studying under Harry Hirao, Ben Oki, Ernie Kuo, as well as Masahiko Kimura in Japan. David is well known for his skills and advanced techniques found in his signature trees and has been referred to by the GSBF, Golden State Bonsai Federation, as "Mr California Juniper II".  He travels all over the world conducting demonstrations at various clubs, judges international bonsai exhibitions, and has been featured year after year as a headliner for many bonsai conventions.

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June Nguy

Member

June Nguy is the heart of the Chino Bonsai Club. She is heavily involved in the bonsai community and can be found at nearly every event. During bonsai meetings, workshops, and classes she ensures that everyone is welcome and always takes care of everybody. She is extremely knowledgeable about every bonsai technique. Every visit to Shisei-En begins with June.

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Louis Camerota

President

Lou Camerota a.k.a. Saski Lou, is one of the leading artists on Satsuki Azaleas in Southern California. As an apprentice at Bonsai Jidai, he shares his knowledge of Satsuki Azaleas to new students.  He continues to hone his styling and design skills through David's direction and contributes to the garden collection's regular maintenance.

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Ron Reekers

Member

Ron Reekers came to Sensei David with an intermediate knowledge of Bonsai. As an apprentice under Sensei David, he is able to further develop his skill and knowledge of the Art. Ron is also a fine artist producing etchings of bonsai trees (http://www.reekersart.com) and teaching the fine art of drawing bonsai trees at the nursery.

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Hong Pham

Member

As an apprentice to David Nguy, Hong works closely with David in all the inner workings of Bonsai Jidai. He is versed in multiple techniques, especially carving, and continues to further his study with David through the school as a resident artist. Hong also performs demonstrations and workshops for local bonsai clubs.