The Club met for its Annual General Meeting on 7 January chaired by Club Leader Mike Konig. In summary of his annual report for 2019, Mike said “He was pleased in the development of its membership, the regular table displays at meetings, exhibiting at shows and the recent Club raffle which was now self-funding its prizes. We have come a long way since earlier days. Personally, he was also glad that despite health setbacks, he had been able to attend most meetings.”
It was with great sadness we learned that following our AGM, Mike Konig unexpectedly passed away that evening at home. Although he had been fighting lung cancer, his sudden death was a shock to all. He was feeling better than before Christmas after medication had been adjusted and his mood was quite upbeat. He was pleased with the meeting and was looking forward to forthcoming events. He was passionate about bonsai and Leicestershire Bonsai Club. He will be greatly missed for his knowledge, humanity, generosity and the effort he put in to make the Club a success by current and past members, and within the UK bonsai fraternity where he was widely known.
Our heartfelt condolences go to his wife Stella, and their family. RIP Mike.
The Club programme for 2020 had been agreed, but in view of Mike’s death, changes may now be made before it can be published. Next Club meeting is 4 February and will be a Members Open Discussion on taking the Club forward. Trees brought to the display table will be a reminder of Mike.