Spring 2019 Newsletter
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Spring 2019 Newsletter

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Upcoming Events!

  • Sunday, March 3rd - BACPS Spring Meeting: Pitcher Plant Trade & Division Workshop and Elections

BACPS Spring Meeting

Date:  Sunday, March 3rd
Time: 2:00 - 4:30 pm
Location: UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley in the Conference Center next to the Tropical House
Program: Pitcher Plant Trade & Division workshop and Elections

Join us for our spring meeting at the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens! We will be holding general elections at the meeting. If you are interested in running for a position, you must submit a brief candidacy statement by February 17th. Below are descriptions of the officer duties. Members must be in good standing in order to run for office. Please submit your candidacy statements through the contact form on our website located here:

In addition to the officer election, we will be having a plant division workshop. Join us and bring your extra Sarracenia divisions and Nepenthes cuttings to trade! Not sure what to do? Learn at our workshop how to properly divide Sarracenia and take Nepenthes cuttings and root them. Bring any plants that need to be divided, and consider sharing or trading some divisions with others!

Go to the BACPS Facebook Group Page to tell people what you wish for and have to trade! Selling is OK too but we encourage the more fun of trading! Here is the link to the BACPS Facebook page:

BACPS members will not have to pay entrance fee for the botanical gardens. Let the kiosk staff know that you are here for the BACPS meeting. Limited parking is available in the parking lot adjacent to the Botanical Garden ($1 per hour). Carpooling or alternate transportation is encouraged.

Section 1. - President
The President shall be the Chief Executive Officer of this Society, shall preside at all meetings of the Society and of the Board of Directors, shall appoint and be an ex-Officio member of all Committees, shall approve all bills before payment, shall exercise general supervision over the affairs and activities of the Society, and shall perform other duties as may be requested by the Board of Directors.
Section 2. - Vice President
The Vice President shall assume the duties of the President during the absence of that Officer, provide support to the President, Chairs the Show and Sale Committee, coordinates regular membership meetings and programs, certifies the results of the election of Directors and Officers, and shall perform other duties as may be requested by the Board of Directors.
Section 3. - Secretary
The Secretary shall attend to the following:
a)     Provides advance notice of board meetings and regular meetings to directors and members, respectively, via electronic mail, newsletter, or other means as may be prescribed by the Board. Notice of meetings shall indicate how to access the meeting agenda or as described in Section 4 of Article VI.
b)     Book of minutes. The Secretary shall keep or cause to be kept, at the principal executive office or such other place as the Board of Directors may designate, a book of minutes of all business meetings and actions of than BACPS and its Board of Directors.
c)     Notices and other duties. The Secretary shall give, or cause to be given notice of all meetings of the members of the Board of Directors required by the bylaws to be given.
d)     The Secretary shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Director or the Bylaws.
Section 4. - Treasurer
The Treasurer shall attend to the following:
a)     Books of account. The Treasurer shall keep and maintain, or cause to be kept and maintained, adequate and correct books and records of accounts of the properties and business transactions of the corporation, including monthly accounts of its assets, liabilities, receipts, disbursements, gains, losses, capital, fund balances, and other matters customarily included in financial statements. The books of account shall be open to inspection by any member upon reasonable notice.
b)     Deposit and disbursement of money and valuables. The Treasurer shall deposit all money and other valuables in the name and to the credit of the corporation with such depositories as may be designated by the Board; shall disburse the funds of the corporation as may be ordered by the Board; shall render to the President and Directors, at each Board meeting, an account of all transactions as Treasurer.
c)     Bond. If required by the Board, the Treasurer shall give the corporation a bond in the amount and with the surety or sureties specified by the Board for faithful performance of the duties of the Treasurer and for restoration to the corporation of all its books, papers, vouchers, money, and other property of every kind in the Treasurer’s possession or under the Treasurer’s control on his or her death, resignation, or removal from office. Should such bond be required, the corporation shall bear the cost of obtaining such bond from a bonding agency.
d)     Budget. The Treasurer shall submit to the Board for its approval a proposed budget for the coming fiscal year not later than the June Board meeting.
e)     Develop reports as to the financial condition of the Society, and distribute such reports to the Board of Directors and other parties as required by law (California Corporation 8 Code 6321).
f)      The Treasurer shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board or the Bylaws.


Minutes from the Winter 2019 meeting

Recorded by Rebecca Robinson
At the BACPS Winter meeting we had a panel discussion on the history of the BACPS. The panel was made up of some of the founding members of the BACPS including Joe Mazrimas, Larry Logoteta, Peter D’Amato, Chuck Powell, and Carl Wong.

The BACPS started as a group with yearly meetings at various people’s houses in 1987. Later, in 1991, the group shifted to quarterly meetings that were held at a schoolroom in Alameda. 

The initial positions of the BACPS were:
                President: Carl Wong
                Vice President: Chuck Powell
                Secretary: Larry Logoteta
                Treasurer: Joe Mazrimas
                Newsletters: Geoff Wong
                Auctioneer: Peter D’Amato

Initially the focus of the BACPS meetings was selling plants (many plants were not available then) and meeting with people of similar interests. For the first four years, the group was called the Northern California Carnivorous Plant Society. The name was later changed to the BACPS when the group switched to quarterly meetings. The BACPS Darlingtonia logo was designed by Alan Lee which were put on t-shirts and sold at the meetings.

After the panel discussion, Pablo said Thank You to the panel for their input and for the big impact they have had on the carnivorous plant hobby. Pablo then, on the behalf of the BACPS, awarded Joe Mazrimas with a Lifetime Achievement award for his huge contribution to the carnivorous plant hobby. Joe wrote early ICPS newsletters and did a lot of work in learning the conditions to best grow a wide variety of CP’s.
Thank you for the donations to the raffle! Our raffle included 3 signed watercolors, 7 Pinguicula, 1 Utricularia and 1 Drosera.

Thanks all for sharing!

-Rebecca Robinson, BACPS Secretary

Librarian's Corner

Hello everyone,

The Library graciously received a donation of the New Nepenthes Vol. 1 from Tina Graham and The Savage Garden (2nd edition) from Peter D'Amato.

The current BACPS library catalog consists of the following:
  • The Savage Garden Peter D'Amato 1998
  • Carnivorous Plants by Adrian Slack
  • Carnivorous Plants of the United States and Canada (1st edition) by Donald Schnell
  • Growing Carnivorous Plants Barry A. Rice 2006
  • Plant Life on Gunung Kinabalu P. F. Cockburn and Yap Pak Hau 1977
  • Report on the Status of Gulf Coast Carnivorous Plant Populations James M. Miller
  • Bulletin of the Australian Carnivorus Plant Society, Inc. journals (March 1995 to December 1999)
  • Many back issues of the Carnivorous Plant Newsletter starting in 1972

The BACPS library is looking for more books! If you are looking to free up some shelf space why not share your gently used books with your fellow club members.

If you would like to borrow any of these books or if you are looking for a specific volume of the CPN send your requests to BACPS Librarian.

Happy reading!
BACPS Librarian

Membership Dues

According to the bylaws the dues are $12 per calendar year, prorated at $1 per month. The next opportunity for becoming a member in good standing will be at the March meeting, at which time the dues will be $9. As a reminder only members in good standing have the ability to vote, access to the library, or access to the club sales table or discounted hobby grower tables at the Show and Sale. If you have questions about your membership dues, please see our BACPS Treasurer at the next meeting.

Call for Submissions to the ICPS Newsletter!


The ICPS is seeking submissions to the Carnivorous Plant Newsletter. If you're interested in sharing pieces of writing, images or artwork, contact Bob Ziemer. Also make sure to read the following submission guidelines on the ICPS website. This is a great opportunity to have your favorite carnivorous plant work globally published!


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