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Officers & Board of Directors

Organizational Structure

American Bonsai Society's, organizational structure consists of a board of directors, president, officers, executive secretary and journal editor. We do not have headquarters or an office. The Board of Directors (up to 25 in number) oversees the strategic direction and goals for the organization. The President is responsible for implementing the board's directions as well as overseeing the operations of officers and the executive secretary.

Click here to view the ABS By-laws.

Our Officers are responsible for keeping the organization moving forward. Their duties include developing educational programs, guiding the efforts of the annual symposium coordinator, recruiting members, recording the organization's business meetings, tracking and finding finances.

The Executive Secretary is responsible for the day to day tasks needed to keep the organization operating smoothly. This includes central registration processing and maintaining the list of members, responding to business inquiries, etc..

The ABS Journal Editor is responsible for layout, content, and timely publishing of the Bonsai: Journal of the American Bonsai Society, which is the most visible part of the ABS organization.



ABS Officers and Board of Directors


President George Buehler Prospect, KY Email
Vice-President Karen Harkaway Moorestown, NJ Email
Secretary Katherine "Cat" Nelson South Bend, IN Email
Treasurer TBD   Email
Past President Pauline Muth West Charlton, NY Email



Board of Directors


David Bogan Lynnville, IN Email 2014
George Buehler Prospect, KY Email 2013
Enrique Castano Yucatan, Mexico Email 2015
Randy Davis Boaz, KY Email 2016
Karen Harkaway Moorestown, NJ Email 2016
Darlene Kittle Huntertown, IN Email 2015
    Email 2016
Katherine "Cat" Nelson South Bend, IN Email 2017
    Email 2016
John Ruth Westminster, MD Email 2015
Stephen Krall Suffolk, VA Email 2015
    Email 2015
John Wiessinger Ithaca, NY Email 2014
Gary Wharton Kennewick, WA Email 2014
Helene Magruder Indianola, IA Email 2016
John Cotoggio College Point, NY Email 2016
Brussel Martin Callierville, TN Email 2016
Cheryl Sykora Hudson, WI Email 2016
Todd Schlafer Denver, CO Email 2016  


Journal Editor - Robert King
ABS Website - Stephen Krall
ABS Advertising- Dave Bogan
Newsletter Editor- Dave Bogan


ABS Executive Secretary

Barbara Bogan
ABS Executive Secretary
PO Box 6
Lynnville, IN 47619, U.S.A
Telephone: (812) 922-5451

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