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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:31 am 
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The conference was planned for Puerto Rico but the hurricanes put a stop to that.
Here is the new announcement.

San Francisco, here we come!
Where: SF County Garden Room at Golden Gate Park
When:
Wed, Nov 1: ABS Board meeting, 9-5 with lunch break (across the street most likely - good Asian Fusion place).

Thu, Nov 2: Presentations, then ABS Membership annual meeting, then lunch (there are many options), then more presentations. Opportunity to see the bamboos at the SF Botanical Garden (admission fee). Stay tuned -- most speakers are the same as we arranged for Puerto Rico.

Fri, Nov 3: Travel to Sonoma County, visit West County Oasis Bamboo Nursery (Jesus Mora) near Santa Rosa, lunch nearby, then visit Bamboo Sourcery (Jennifer York) in Sebastopol where a live auction of rare bamboos will be held.

Saturday and Sunday are wide open -- nothing planned but plenty of options.

MORE DETAILS TO COME

I will try to keep this updated as things are changing fast.


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Update:
ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN BAMBOO SOCIETY
1-4 November 2017

San Francisco, California

Hi Friends and Members of the ABS,

As you probably know, the ABS Annual Meeting/Conference has been moved from the unfortunately devastated island of Puerto Rico to San Francisco.

I would like to urge as many bamboo people as I can to attend. The ABS Board has been scrambling to set things up. Arranging an ABS conference in 1 month is no easy task (we usually have 1 - 2 years), but I believe a great meeting is taking shape. Several of the speakers scheduled for PR will be here, including one who was to be one of the hosts in Mayaguez. He will be giving his original talk on bamboos in PR, but also describing the devastation and the effect on local bamboo groves.

Because of the change of venue and fewer bells and whistles, the registration cost for the SF meeting will be much less than any recent conference, yet the personal contacts and opportunity for interaction with experts and learning will be no less.

The schedule includes the annual ABS Board meeting on Nov 1st, and the presentations and the General Membership Meeting on Nov 2nd; both days' events are in the Garden Club Room at the SF County Fair Building (at the SF Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park). Friday Nov 3rd will be spent in Sonoma County at West County Oasis Bamboo Nursery and Bamboo Sourcery, with an auction of rare bamboos in the afternoon at Sourcery.

The ABS website, bamboo.org, is being updated frequently with schedules, programs, and registration information, as is the Facebook page for ABS.

Here is a quick summary of the meeting's itinerary:

Wednesday, November 1 Location: Garden Club Room, San Francisco County Fair Building* 9am – 5pm: Meeting of the ABS Board of Directors and Officers ABS Members are welcome to attend and observe

Thursday, November 2 Location: Garden Club Room, San Francisco County Fair Building*

9:00-9:15: Welcome address - President Susanne Lucas

9:15-10:00: Presentation – Chris Papadopoulos Topic: Building Materials Research; Hurricane Maria and PR Bamboos

10:00-10:45: Presentation – Lynn Clark Topic: The genus Chusquea

10:45-11:00: Break

11:00–12:00: ABS General Membership Meeting

12:00-1:30: LUNCH on your own, many possibilities nearby

1:30-2:30: Presentation - Zach Gould Topic: The Grass House: Building in Washington, DC

2:30-3:30: Presentation – Robert Saporito Topic: Tropical Bamboos for Ornamental Landscapes

3:30-3:45: Break

3:45-4:30: Presentation – Martin Mortera Topic: Emergency Housing in Mexico

4:30-4:45: World Bamboo Congress Announcement – Susanne Lucas

4:45-5:00: ABS Board meets to elect officers for 2017-2018.

5:00 on: Dinner on your own [vs ABS dinner if organized]

Friday, November 3

9:00: Meet outside County Fair Building

9:15: Travel by Carpool or Van to Sonoma County (Santa Rosa)

10:15-10:30: Arrive at West County Oasis Bamboo Nursery (Jesus Mora)

10:30-12:00: Tour this amazing collection of bamboos

12:00-1:00: LUNCH nearby

1:00: Travel by Carpool or Van to Sebastopol

1:45: Arrive at Bamboo Sourcery (Jennifer York)

1:45-3:15: Tour yet another amazing collection of bamboos

3:30-5:00: AUCTION of rare bamboos

5:00 (approx.): Travel by Carpool or Van back to SF County Fair Building; Dinner on your own [vs ABS dinner if organized]

Saturday, November 4 FREE DAY to visit other nurseries in the Bay Area, see the sights in San Francisco, get together with others to talk bamboo, and get the auction plants you won yesterday ready to take home!

5:00: Dinner on your own [vs ABS dinner if organized]

REGISTRATION DETAILS ARE BEING FINALIZED – AVAILABLE SOON

* SF County Fair Bldg, 9th Ave & Lincoln Way, San Francisco (south edge of Golden Gate Park)

Please let me know if you have any questions. Hope to see many of you soon!

Susanne Lucas, President, ABS


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