BAKERSFIELD KOI & WATERGARDEN SOCIETY

Bakersfield, CA
Ron Unruh
Secretary@bkwgs.com
http://bakersfieldkoiclub.com
Meets: 2nd Saturday @ 10 am

September
Mike Przewoznik, of Bakersfield Koi & WGS, reports the club had their September meeting at the Remax in Bakersfield.   Thank you as always Glenn Potter for hosting.  The club showed a great video from Dr. Jesse Sanders on preparing your pond for spring.  We are looking forward to having her at our Koi Show.  The club also discussed the upcoming show which is only 41 days away.  Anyone wanting to exhibit at our show we please ask to get your tanks reserved and the hotel reserved ASAP.  It is very important to get your hotel room booked as the car show is in town the same weekend and ALL hotels in the area get booked. We are looking forward to having a great show and hope you can attend as an exhibitor/vendor or just come out and support.  If you have any questions please contact Ron Unruh regarding the show.  The meeting ended with a raffle. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.bkwgs.com/.

August
No Report

July
No Report

June
No Report

May
Mike Przewoznik, of Bakersfield Koi & WGS, reports the last meeting was a joint meeting with the Koi Club of San Diego at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park in San Diego.  5 members from the club attended and we arrived at 9:30 and began exploring the gardens.  The Botanical Building was especially nice.  The meeting started at 11:30 and there was a huge pot luck lunch.  A plaque was given to BKWGS for attending and support on the interactions with the club. A tour of the gardens followed.  The club also participated in Garden Fest in Bakersfield at the Bakersfield College.  We did not have many koi for sale but had lots of goldfish that made the event worthwhile along with speaking to many people who have or want to build ponds.  A few members also attended the grow out contest at Andrews Koi which is always a fun event to attend. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.bkwgs.com/.

April
No Report

March
Mike Przewoznik, of Bakersfield Koi & WGS, reports the club met at the home of Doctor Scott Davis.  He explained a pool man helped him build his pond and his equipment is from Sacramento Koi.  The pond is 7-8′ deep with bead filters and a UV light.   He started with goldfish and moved to Koi and now has approx. 21 Koi.   The club discussed the happenings at the San Diego Koi Show and that moved into discussion on our Koi Show in October. Malise gave a great presentation on using test kits and also a discussion on preparing your pond for Spring.  The club will not have an April meeting and will be joining the San Diego Koi Club in their joint meeting in April.   The club will have their joint meeting with their sister club, CCKS in Fresno on May 20th. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.bkwgs.com/.

February
Mike Przewoznik, of Bakersfield Koi & WGS, reports the club met at Remax and again we thank Glen Porter for allowing us to have our meeting at his location when needed.  Discussed upcoming events- Bakersfield Spring Home and Garden Show Feb 17,18 and 19 and Gardenfest on April 22nd.  The club does not have any rescue fish at this time and members can bring fish that they want to sell on consignment at the upcoming events.  Club has many events already planned for spring including a trip to Descanso Gardens with lunch provided by Sumner Avenue Water Gardens in July.  Malise did a slide presentation on koi scales which was very informative.  Next meeting is at the home of Scott Davis and for fun, everyone is asked to wear as much koi related attire as possible for a chance to win a prize. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.bkwgs.com/.

January 2017
No Report

December 2016
No Meeting

November 2016
No Report

October
No Meeting

September
Mike Przewoznik, of Bakersfield Koi & WGS, reports the club held their meeting at Remax again. Malise announced that the club has plenty of Koi rescue fish for the upcoming show. There was much discussion on the show which is right around the corner. Ron announced there are 3 corporate sponsors for the show this year. The club watched 3 videos on Koi determination and after the video the club discussed having more discussion on determining the various Koi varieties. The club also made a recommendation for members to drive up for the day to the CCKS Koi show in Fresno in a few weeks. Ron/Malise will be showing Koi and Sumner Avenue Water Gardens will have a booth there. There was also an open discussion on a member that lost almost all of their Koi due to a new water hose being used to refill the pond after cleaning. The club ended with a raffle of Koi related products. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.bkwgs.com/.

August
Mike Przewoznik, of Bakersfield Koi & WGS, reports the club went on a field trip to Van Ness Water Gardens and also to Mystic Koi in July. Sumner Avenue Water Gardens treated the club to lunch at China Gate Restaurant in Upland. The day started at 8 a.m. from Bakersfield and 16 of the club members arrived via van to Van Ness Water Gardens around 11 a.m. Wesley Gonzalez was our host at Van Ness and gave a great tour of the facility. He answered many questions that all of us had and we ended with purchasing many plants. From there we went to China Gate for lunch and had a superb lunch. It was tough moving on to Mystic Koi after a huge meal. Shawn McHenry was on site at Mystic and he was gracious to spend time with us and answer questions. It was a great trip. The August meeting was held at REMAX and again we thank Glen Potter for allowing us to use his facility in the heat of the summer. Was a nice cool conference room! Approximately 15 members were on hand and the club discussed the CCKS and BKWGS shows coming up soon. Discussions were made on water filling the pond and disasters of leaving the water running. A demonstration was given by Sumner Avenue Water Gardens on how to potassium permanganate swab fish with ulcers and sores. Treasurer’s report was given and the club had a raffle. Next month’s meeting is at our treasurers home, Tod Weringer. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.bkwgs.com/.

July
Mike Przewoznik, of Bakersfield Koi & WGS, reports their 17th Annual Koi Show will be held Oct 21 – 23 at the Kern County Fairgrounds, so you only have 90 days left to send in your registration packet. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.bkwgs.com/.

June
Mike Przewoznik, of Bakersfield Koi & WGS, reports the club met on Saturday June 11th at the home of Walter McKinney.  He gave a lecture on how he got started by having too many fish in too small of a pond and then redid his pond 2 more times to the beauty it is today.  Now his pond is 12,000 gallons.  The club had a discussion on filtration: the different types of filters, foods: what to feed and when, plants: types of plants good for the pond and parasites: what to look for and how to treat.   The club also discussed the trip made to Barstow Koi where Ken had a great lunch for us and talked about his Koi farm.  The meeting ended in a raffle of pond related items. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.bkwgs.com/.

May
No Report

April
No Report

March
No Report

February
Mike Przewoznik, of Bakersfield Koi & WGS, reports the Feb meeting was held at the Remax office and we thank Glen again for allowing us to have our meetings at his location.  The club discussed the home and garden show that they will be present at to sell rescue fish the weekend of Feb 20th at the Kern County Fairgrounds.  The club also discussed the field trip to Van Ness Water Gardens and Mystic Koi in July along with other upcoming events.  Discussions were held regarding our joint club meeting with our sister Fresno club.  Other local clubs were invited to attend as well. Elections were held prior to this meeting and at this meeting the reinstatement of Ron Unruh-Secretary, Eric Lempinen-Vice President and Mike Przewoznik-AKCA Rep were made. Mike Przewoznik gave a presentation regarding warming weather and what to do and look for in your pond.  Malise did a scraping of a koi and the club viewed under a microscope.  Ron and Malise Unruh were awarded Koi of the Year for one of their prize fish.  The meeting was adjourned after a raffle. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.bkwgs.com/.

January 2016
William Williams, of Bakersfield Koi & WGS, reports preparations continue for the club booth at the Kern County Fairground’s Spring Home and Garden Show on Feb 19-21. The joint meeting of the Bakersfield and Fresno sister clubs will be on Sat Mar 12 at the home of Dr. Scott Davis in Bakersfield. There will be a delicious deep-pit BBQ lunch and the guest speaker, Andy Moo, will discuss how to choose healthy and beautiful koi. There will also be a fun raffle and a rousing auction. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.bkwgs.com/.

 

November
William Williams, of Bakersfield Koi & WGS, reports the club had its annual Koi Show and as set up began we wondered if we were going to have a Koi Show. Heavy rain created huge mudslides that closed all the major routes from Southern California to Bakersfield. With that being said we had our judges and exhibitors coming from the south and were wondering if they would pursue and make it to the show. With all these road diversions, everyone made it to the show.  To add to matters our show chairman broke his foot during setup but he prevailed.  “For the love of Koi!”  Bakersfield hospitality provided survival bags to exhibitors and judges that had items to snack on and occupy them during their stay.  Our guests and attendees were also treated to the now world famous “Dancing Koi” during the show Saturday which consisted of 4 Koi costumed kids dancing around the fairgrounds.  Feel free to check out our facebook page to see them.  We also had a koi grow out “buy in” on Saturday afternoon.  Many Kohaku’s were available for sale from Roger Spradlin’s young fish.  Darlene and Richard Woloweic did a beautiful job on setting up the banquet room for our show banquet that included Eric Jr. Lempinen playing the piano. One table at the banquet lit up the night by catching their raffle tickets on fire! At the banquet the winning exhibitors were excited over the awards painted by Lydia Liu and also awards donated by Ultra Balance.  Ultra Balance and Sumner Avenue Water Gardens were our major sponsors this year and the show was a true success. What is in store for next year … Plan on being there and joining us for some great Bakersfield hospitality! Check out the club’s web site at http://www.bkwgs.com/.

October
William Williams, of Bakersfield Koi & WGS, reports the club met at the home of Walter & Barbara McKinney.  They have redone their pond from a liner pond to a concrete pond.  They did a great job and he discussed all the upgrades done.  Weather was warm but we had a productive meeting discussing the upcoming “Golden Empire Koi Show.” A discussion on bacterial blooms was discussed and they also discussed Ron & Malise’s (along with Mike Przewoznik’s) trek to the Rocky Mountain Koi Show in Denver. The next meeting is at the home of Rowell Abella.  This is a pond not seen by the club before. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.bkwgs.com/.

September
William Williams, of Bakersfield Koi & WGS, reports the club’s 16th Annual Koi Show is fast approaching and will be held Oct 16-18 at the Kern Co. Fairgrounds in conjunction with the Home Show. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.bkwgs.com/

August
William Williams, of Bakersfield Koi & WGS, reports the club is busy getting ready for their 16th Annual Golden Empire Koi Show, which will be held Oct 16-18 at the Kern County Fairgrounds. Show Chair is Ron Unruh. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.bkwgs.com/.

July
William Williams, of Bakersfield Koi & WGS, reports their 16th Annual Golden Empire Koi Show will be held Oct 16-18 at the Kern County Fairgrounds. Contact Ron Unruh, Show Chairman, at secretary@bkwgs.com for details. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.bkwgs.com/.

June
No Report

May
The Bakersfield KC had a busy month. Their April meeting was at the home of Mike and Randi Przewoznik where the club had a short meeting and then proceeded to Grand Panda Restaurant for lunch courtesy of Sumner Avenue Water Gardens. From there, the club went to McDonalds Aquatic Nursery in Reseda where the group was split in two to view the many plants available for their ponds and give orders for purchase. Afterwards, if that wasn’t enough, the club stopped at Kimura Bonsai Nursery to view many plants. The club also participated in Garden Fest at the Bakersfield College. It was a chilly, rainy day but the club persevered in selling rescue koi. The club thanks all the members who came out to support and help out! On May 3rd, 12 members of the club made their way down to Piru to participate in KOI PONDEROSA, an event held by the Santa Clarita Koi Club and hosted by Sumner Avenue Water Gardens and Ketl Koi. It was country themed and the club enjoyed the koi judging contest, music, BBQ lunch, koi auction and a huge raffle. And, who could forget “Dog the Bounty Hunter Impersonater, K-NINE.” The club had some great photo shoots of him arresting their members and just taking a picture. Many members brought home a bounty of prizes. Their next meeting is at the home of Brenda Woods. The club is having its joint club meeting at the home of Judy Domingos in June.

April
No Report

March
William Williams, of Bakersfield Koi & WGS, reports the club met at the Remax once again. We thank Glen Porter for the many times he has offered his office for our meetings.  We had a discussion on the upcoming shows.  Ron and Malise will be showing in San Diego and Mike Przewoznik and Eric/Stephanie Leempinen will be making the journey down on Saturday to show support for the BKWGS and  the San Diego Show.  All will be attending the banquet.  The club is excited about winning the speaker grant and is going to put that money to good use !!  A discussion was given about proper Koi food storage followed by viewing a video by Dr Eric Johnson on Koi keepers’ mistakes.  A discussion was followed along with a raffle. The club was represented at the February Home and Garden Show in Bakersfield.  The club sold 135 Koi and gold fish which was a great fundraiser for the club.  William Williams donated a gorgeous bonsai for raffle that added to the fundraiser. The club will also hold a Koi auction where members will be able to auction fish that they want to sell on Saturday, April 25th at 10 am at the beautiful O-See-Em-Bloom Nursery in Bakersfield. Next meeting is at the home of Tod Werringer. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.bkwgs.com

February
Williams, of Bakersfield Koi & WGS, reports the January meeting was at the Remax center.  Malise Unruh was sworn in as President and William Williams was sworn in as AKCA rep.  The club is having a booth at the Kern County Fair Grounds on February 20-22.  Koi rescue fish will be sold along with soliciting for new members.   Garden Fest is at the Bakersfield College on April 15th and the club will also have koi rescue fish for sale as well.  Ron and Malise will be showing fish at the San Diego Koi Show in March.  The club has trips planned and was just awarded a Speaker Grant from the AKCA. Looking forward to having a guest speaker at one of our meetings.  ONLY 245 DAYS UNTIL THE BAKERSFIELD KOI SHOW! Check out their website at http://www.bkwgs.com/.

January 2015
The Bakersfield K&WGS had their meeting indoors at Remax.  Thanks again Glen Porter for allowing us to have the meeting at his facility.  The club had elections for President and Treasurer and Malise Unruh and Tod Weringer agreed to continue their positions on the board since no nominations were given to cause a vote.  Donnie Hansen stepped down as AKCA rep and William Williams agreed to take that position. Malise and Ron updated the club on the show results and the club was very pleased with the results. Everyone that helped with the event was thanked and the club is looking forward to an even bigger show for next year. The annual Holiday Party will be at the home of Eric and Christi Lafortune.  They have a beautiful home and it is a perfect place for this event with lots of space for everyone to mingle and be comfortable. The next meeting will be indoors again at the Remax where the club will discuss the events for 2015 and discuss the show for next year.

November
The Bakersfield Koi & WGS Oct meeting was held at Remax in Bakersfield.  Thanks to Glenn Porter for allowing us to gather at his office and also see his beautiful pond.  The club discussed the Koi Show that has since ended. Whew!   What a show it was with an increase of 40% from last year. The entire koi area was completely full along with more vendors than the club has ever seen at the show. In addition, a luncheon was provided to the exhibitors, with the entertainment of the Los Angeles Taiko Drummers during the show and a piano concert by Eric Lempinen during dinner at the evening show banquet. A live koi auction was held on Sun and a thank you to those that donated fish for the auction. A raffle of a go-pro was also auctioned off as the main raffle item. Of course there were many raffle items available at the evening banquet. More details to follow on the show at a later time. The Nov meeting will be at the Remax office and again thanks to Glen Porter.  There will be an election for activities director along with elections for President and Treasurer.  An overview of the Koi Show will be discussed along with thoughts on what to do for 2015.  The club board members would like to thank all of the people that made an effort to help with the show and it could not have been done without all the support of those who volunteered. A big welcome to the  new members that joined the club at the show !!!!

October
The club hosted a joint meeting at Barstow Koi with members from the Santa Clarita, Fresno and of course Bakersfield club attending.  It was a warm day and it started with Ken telling us how he got started in the Koi hobby. From there Ken showed us his breeder fish and also the mud ponds where he grows his fish. After that it was lunch time.  Members where ask to bring a side dish and the BKWGS club provided the main course and drinks. A feast it was !  After lunch, Kens daughter Lydia had drawn 3 outstanding water color pictures that went up for auction to help her with her college fund. This 13 year old girl has such a talent for art. After the auction members selected some beautiful Koi for purchase. From there everyone made the long trek home.

The October meeting will be at the Remax in Bakersfield where final preparations will be made for the 15th Annual Golden Empire Show. So far the show is proving to be another outstanding show for the club.
Anyone interested in showing fish at the show needs to act fast in getting their entry in as hotel and tank space is getting limited.
We hope to see you there !!!

September
No Report

August
Bakersfield K&WGS said the July meeting was at the home of Eric and Christy Lafortune in Keene.  Their home is in the beautiful Tehachapi Mountains.  They have 2 ponds, a 500 and 1,000 gallon pond.  The two ponds are connected by a waterfall.  The club discussed more on the upcoming show in October.  The club had a discussion on water temperature taken from an article she found.  After that a great demonstration and discussion was performed on how to catch, measure and transport koi.  The club is hoping everyone took notes so they would be more apt to showing at their koi show.  Ron and Malise have been partaking in a couple of large koi rescues with the help of a few members.  It appears that the club will have some nice koi (large and small) for the show to sell.  The club is planning a trip to Barstow Koi in September with invites from some other clubs.  The next meeting will be at the home of Walter McKinney in Bakersfield.  He added some new filtration which the club has not seen.

July
Donnie Hansen, of Bakersfield K&WGS, said their club held their joint club meeting with sister club, Central California KS (Fresno) at the home of Judy Domingos.  This is a special treat as her property is listed as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.  With a large koi pond with a dock, a bird aviary and lush landscape this backyard fits the requirements (food, water, cover and places to raise young) necessary to have this title.  The turnout was good and the club provided a pit BBQ w/sides and desserts.  Randy, from McDonalds Aquatic Nursery was a guest speaker and talked about aquatic plants and how to keep them healthy.  A raffle was also held where many walked away with great items.  Also, at the joint meeting a quick general meeting.  The Koi Person of the Year certificate was given to Eric and Stephanie Lempinen as their winner of this award.  Malise and Ron Unruh, with the help of William Williams, have been busy doing koi rescues and did a giant 28 Koi rescue with a total of over 600 inches of Koi collected.   Malise and William had to go Koi bathing in order to retrieve them.  Afterwards, Malise photographed the koi and distributed to the club members for first choice in purchasing.  The club is appreciative of all the hard work that Malise and Ron put into the club.!!!  The next meeting will be at the home of Chris and Eric LaFortunbe in Keene. They will see a pond that the club has never seen before.

June
The Bakersfield KC May meeting was at the home of Brenda Woods.  It was a pleasure seeing a pond that the club has not seen.  Brenda had a small pond when she moved in and expanded it to 2,500 gallons.  Bucks Landscape did a wonderful job in creating her natural pond and waterfall.  Brenda also has a wonderful talent decorating and did a beautiful job in making her backyard very inviting.  They enjoyed her hospitality as well.  Several items were discussed about the busy month prior (McDonalds Nursery, Koi Ponderosa and Garden Fest).  Further discussions were made about the upcoming show.  Malise did a discussion on water quality and testing.  This created a host of questions and discussions.  The June meeting will be the annual joint meeting with their sister club from Fresno.  It will be at the home of Judy Domingos who also has a beautiful pond and backyard.  Randy McDonald, from McDonalds Nursery, will be a guest speaker and a raffle and lunch will be provided.  They hope to have a great turnout.  Ron & Malise, along with William Williams, made the trek to Mystic Koi’s grow out contest.  They enjoyed their day looking at all the koi and the fish that were being judged from last year.  They spent time promoting their Golden Empire Koi Show being held in October while they were there.  The club is looking forward to seeing many return faces and hopefully a lot of new faces at the show which is looking to be bigger and even better than last year.

May
The Bakersfield KC had a busy month.  Their April meeting was at the home of Mike and Randi Przewoznik where the club had a short meeting and then proceeded to Grand Panda Restaurant for lunch courtesy of Sumner Avenue Water Gardens.  From there, the club went to McDonalds Aquatic Nursery in Reseda where the group was split in two to view the many plants available for their ponds and give orders for purchase.  Afterwards, if that wasn’t enough, the club stopped at Kimura Bonsai Nursery to view many plants.  The club also participated in Garden Fest at the Bakersfield College.  It was a chilly, rainy day but the club persevered in selling rescue koi.  The club thanks all the members who came out to support and help out!  On May 3rd, 12 members of the club made their way down to Piru to participate in KOI PONDEROSA, an event held by the Santa Clarita Koi Club and hosted by Sumner Avenue Water Gardens and Ketl Koi.  It was country themed and the club enjoyed the koi judging contest, music, BBQ lunch, koi auction and a huge raffle.  And, who could forget “Dog the Bounty Hunter Impersonater, K-NINE.”  The club had some great photo shoots of him arresting their members and just taking a picture.  Many members brought home a bounty of prizes.  Their next meeting is at the home of Brenda Woods.  The club is having its joint club meeting at the home of Judy Domingos in June.

 

April
Donnie Hansen, of the Bakersfield K&WGS, said they met at his home.  The club discussed upcoming events and held a raffle.  Next meeting is a trip to Santa Clarita for a lunch at Grand Panda and a trip to McDonalds Aquatic Nursery.  Upcoming events include Garden Fest at the college and Koi Ponderosa in Fillmore.

March
No Report

February
No Report

January 2014
The Bakersfield K&WGS reports they had their annual Christmas Party; thanks to Olga for allowing them to use her facility after hours.  It was a beautiful set up in the middle of her gift shop within her nursery grounds.  They had a fun group of members attend and their dinner included ham, potatoes, green beans, rolls, salads and some awesome desserts.  No one went away hungry!  They had their usual gift exchange and everyone seemed pleased with their final gift.  Sumner Avenue Water Gardens and Andrews Koi offered gift certificates and Malise was winner of the memory game.  Randi won the raffle for a prize and Ron won the third raffle drawing.  Their Jan meeting will be held at the Remax Golden Empire Realty office.  At this meeting the club will discuss possible field trips, places to visit and with the Bakersfield “Golden Empire Koi Show” being the fourth largest AKCA Koi show for 2013, they will be looking at ways to improve and grow even more!  They will also be discussing their clubs’ representation at other koi organization activities and events.  Other discussions will be supporting koi dealerships and pond businesses as the economy continues to place stress on small businesses.

November
Ron Unruh, of Bakersfield K&WGS, said they had their October meeting at the home of Richard and Darlene Wolowiec.  What a beautiful home with a well crafted, creative pond.  Their home, pond and backyard overlook Lake Isabella.  The club finalized some last minute touches to the Golden Empire Koi Show that was fast approaching.  With the great support of the club members the 14th Annual Golden Empire Koi Show was held October 18-20th and it was the best show ever created by the club.  It was flawless.  So many thanks to so many members.  The show boasted a 50% increase in koi being shown over last year.  181 in total.  They had fish from San Diego, Temecula, to San Jose, Fresno and Hayward.  Michael Hernandez donated the splash guards that made the show look first class.  Sumner Avenue Water Gardens donated the raffle TV, amongst other things including a gift bag to every exhibitor of show fish.  Again the show was flawless with all the preparation from Malise Unruh, the club President and Ron Unruh, the show chairman.  John & Barb Flowers, from Denver, who are always happy to attend and handle the benching and computer entries, made the judging run smooth.  Lunch was provided on Saturday to all show workers and all exhibitors.  Jim Vido donated the main dish and members brought a side dish.  Donnie Hansen, Stephanie Lempinen, Brenda Woods and Jim Vito handled all the cooking and serving.  O-See-Em-Bloom workers helped tear down the show with other members.  Don’t miss the upcoming article regarding the show and they hope next year is bigger and better.

October
The Bakersfield K&WGS met in September at the home of Eric & Stephanie Lempinen. It was a warm day but the club had a good turnout. Eric showed them their beautiful pond that proved to be a great example of how water gardening and koi keeping can prevail in harmony. The pond also proved to have a perfect balance of water plants, koi and filtration to keep their water clear. Stephanie kept everyone happy with the cinnamon rolls that she baked. To date, 30 tanks are reserved for the show along with wet booth and dry booth vendors. The club is also having a large raffle of koi related products along with a 39” HD/LC TV. The club had pre-printed raffle tickets made so at the next meeting the club hopes to pre-sell raffle tickets before the show starts on Friday, October 18th. There are some other special events going on including Taiko drummers and seminars to name a few. Something new this year will be a koi auction on Sunday of spectacular fish donated by Barstow Koi and Mystic Koi. The club will also have their usual koi rescue fish for sale as well. There will be numerous awards for this year’s entries of koi including a memorial award for BKWGS members that have passed. Their next meeting will be at the Wolowic’s home in Wofford Heights.

September
The Bakersfield K& WGS reports they met at the Remax Realty office for the Aug meeting. Glen Porter was gracious enough to offer his conference room for their meeting which gave them a cool meeting place. The club discussed more about the upcoming show in Oct. Raffle items are coming in for the big raffle fundraiser. The club is planning on holding a koi auction at the show as well. After the meeting everyone moved outside to see the large pond in the courtyard at Remax. Their next meeting will be at the home of Eric and Stephanie Lempinen, where the club will have a plant exchange. Anyone who brings plants, rootings, or cuttings can trade for other members bringing the same.

August
Ron Unruh, of Bakersfield K&WGS, said their July meeting was at the home of Marilou and Dan Slayton’s home. Dan being an artist and Marilou having the skills of gardening, they both created a beautiful English style garden. The club had a great turnout and the progress of the koi show and newsletter were discussed. The club had a field trip to Lotusland in the Santa Barbara area and the weather was perfect. 11 members from the club made the trek and afterwards lunch was at Woody’s BBQ. From there the club went to the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate where there were massive amount of plants. After that the club stopped at the Loose Caboose along Hwy 126 where there are antiques, plants, vegetables and of course koi for sale. Final stop was the Honey Farm, also along Hwy 126, where the club sampled several types of honey. Whew, what a day! The next meeting will be a regular meeting at the Remax in Bakersfield.

July
Ron Unruh, of the Bakersfield K&WGS, said their June meeting was a joint club meeting with their sister club, the Central California Koi Society. It was at the home of Tony & Nancy Palazzo. The weather was on their side that day and it was not too hot. The day was spent mingling with the club members and enjoying a wonderful lunch and raffle. The July meeting will be at the home of Marylou Slayton and the club will be going to Lotus Land on July 20th which is located in the Santa Barbara area.

June
The Bakersfield K&WGS had members attend a field trip in May; all had a great time. The club met at Grand Panda Restaurant in Saugus and was treated to a wonderful lunch at the expense of Sumner Avenue Water Gardens. From there they drove over to McDonalds Nursery in Reseda where they were greeted by Randy McDonald and he gave a lecture on various plants and projects they were working on in Southern California. Francisco, who manages the nursery, then took over and gave the club a tour of the grounds and helped members pick out plants for purchase. After about 3 hours at McDonalds, all the plants purchased were loaded up and the club headed home. Approximately 18 members attended this function. The club is looking forward to the joint meeting with their sister club, the Central California KS in June. The club is renting a van to get everyone there and they plan on having a great time. Their regular meeting is being replaced by the joint club meeting.

May
Ron Unruh, of Bakersfield K&WGS, said their April meeting had a great turnout. The club added a new member. Tod Weringer ran the meeting discussing ALL of the activities that are planned and went over each one and asked members to sign up for activities they would like to attend. Tod turned over the meeting to Mike Przewoznik of Sumner Avenue Water Gardens who spoke about pond building, the advantages of both liner and concrete ponds. He also gave a few tips/secrets he uses when building ponds. Next months meeting is a trip to McDonalds Nursery in Reseda and a lunch at Grand Panda restaurant.

April
Ron Unruh, of Bakersfield K&WGS, said their March club meeting was held at the home of Ken & Tamera Down’s with guest speaker Neal Cutsinger from Novartis Aqua, makers of the Cavoy KHV vaccine for koi. The April meeting will be at Walter McKinney’s home and the topic will be pond construction with guest speakers Mike Przewoznik from Sumner Ave. Water Gardens and Michal Prestridge from Buck’s Landscape Materials and Pond Shop. The Bakersfield College Garden Fest is April 20th, each year their club sets up a booth for the sale of rescued koi and distribute club information. The koi rescue team of William Williams and Ron & Malise Unruh were very busy with 6 koi rescues collecting over 80 koi for the garden fest sale. The club plans on making a day trip to the Nor Cal Koi Show April 27th and visiting Champion Koi afterwards.

March
Ron Unruh, of Bakersfield K&WGS, said they held their Feb meeting at the home of Roger and Ginger Spradlin. The club had a great turnout. There was discussion regarding the Koi Show in looking for more sponsors. The club is also looking for a judge for the show. Ron mentioned that the website has been updated. Roland, from Toyoma Koi, was a guest speaker and gave a discussion on his filter media and shower filter. The club also had a booth at the Bakersfield Home & Garden Show and had a very successful weekend with koi sales and new membership. The club is planning to participate at Garden Fest in Bakersfield next month.

February
Elections took place and Donnie Hansen replaced William Williams as Activity Director.

Bart Thompson stepped down as AKCA Rep and the club is working on filling that position.
All other positions remained the same.

In preparation for the Koi Show, to make it bigger and better it was decided to have people be in charge of certain functions:
Ron Unruh will be show chairman
Tod Weringer will be the co-show chairman
Donnie Hansen is in charge of the banquet
Malise Unruh is in charge of vendors showing at the show
Mike Przewoznik is in charge of entertainment and raffle

The club has filled up most of meeting locations for 2013 and will now be focusing on activities.
The February meeting will be at the home of Roger and Ginger Spradlin. We are waiting for confirmation from Roland, Toyoma Koi to be a guest speaker.

Koi Person of the Year nominations have been made and the final voting will be at the February meeting.

The club will be participating in the Home and Garden Show in February.

January 2013
Malise Unruh, of Bakersfield K&WGS, said they are preparing for another successful year.  On Saturday the 12th, they will hold their annual business meeting at their local ReMax office.  They will be laying out the roadmap for the coming year and setting up committees and assignments.  They will also officially install the officers of the board for the upcoming terms.  Since their successful koi show in October, they have held regular meeting and got together for their annual Christmas dinner and party at the home of club member Tamara Downs.  Goals for this year will be to hold monthly meetings at club members’ homes, attend koi shows and other AKCA club events, and increase the success of their annual koi show to be held Oct. 18-20, 2013.

November
Our last month’s meeting was held at the home of Alvin and Gina McClellan the main topics were board elections and 13th annual Golden Empire Koi Show. Board members and terms are President Malise Unruh 2 year term, Vice-President Michael Prestridge 1 year term, Treasurer Tod Weringer 2 year term, Secretary Ron Unruh 1 year term, AKCA Rep Mike Przewoznik 2 year term, Activities Director Donnie Hansen 1 year term. Our 13th annual Golden Empire Koi Show was a great success we had 125 koi entered from 19 exhibitors and 28 tanks up from last year’s 76 koi 14 exhibitors and 18 show tanks now that’s a growing show. Major award winners are Grand Champion Kohaku size 7 Roger and Ginger Spradlin, Reserve Grand Champion A Showa size 6 Roger and Ginger Spradlin, Reserve Grand Champion B Kawarigoi size 7 Roger and Ginger Spradlin, Grand Champion Long Fin size 5 Matt Rhodes, Reserve Champion Long Fin size 1 Bob Welch, Baby Champion Showa size 2 Alvin Au, Young Champion Gin Rin A size 3 Don and Brenda Chandler, Adult Champion Showa size 4 Ron and Malise Unruh, Mature Champion Showa size 5 Alvin Au, Jumbo Champion Kohaku size 6 Alvin Au, Super Jumbo Champion Kawarigoi Size 7 Roger and Ginger Spradlin. Our November meeting will be at Oh-See-Um-Bloom Nursery on November 10th at 10AM.

October
Ron Unruh, of Bakersfield K&WGS, said last month’s regular meeting was held at the home to Tod and Marilyn Weringer’s with a guest speaker on succulents.  They had a great turnout.  Their 13th annual Golden Empire Koi Show is Oct 19-21 at the Kern County Fairgrounds.  They are expecting a big turnout with 22 tanks confirmed; Judges are Grant Fujita and Michael Hernandez.  Their Oct regular meeting will cover the show and elections of board members.

September
Bart Thompson, of Bakersfield KC, said the August meeting was held at club members Mike & Randi Przewoznik’s and McDonald’s nursery are growers of all kinds of aquatic plants.  Their club also took a visit to Grant Fujita’s home in Hayward, Ca. to hear a Seminar by Grant about keeping and showing koi.  The Sep meeting will be held at members Todd & Marilynn Weringer on Sept. 8th.


August
Malise Unruh, of the Bakersfield K&WGC said what a great month of August their club had! The month started with a koi rescue with several of our club members helping out. We will find good homes for these koi. Our regular August meeting was held at the home of Mike and Randi Przewoznik in Santa Clarita. After a short meeting we headed to Grand Panda restaurant for lunch hosted by Sumner Ave Water Gardens. After having more food than we needed we headed to San Fernando Valley to McDonald’s Aquatic Nursery . McDonald’s supplies aquatic plants to many retailers in California. McDonald’s has every variety of water plant known to grown in California. and several types came home with club members. The next weekend was a field trip to Hayward, Ca. to visit Grant Fujita at his home. Grant welcomed our club with open arms with a tour of his pond and filtration systems! We spent the next hour or so in Grant’ home discussing all things related to koi and filtration. We next visited the home of Emilo Bautista just a short drive from Grant’s home. Emilo gave a tour of his pond and filtration system answering numerous questions along the way. After having lunch provided by Emilo we headed back to drop off Grant at his home and proceeded to Champion Koi. It was a long day trip for us over 10 hours of driving but well worth it.

We are preparing for our 13th annual Golden Empire Koi Show this October 19-21 here in Bakersfield Ca. If you interest please contact Ron Unruh Show Chair at secretary@bkwgs.com

July
Bart Thompson, of the Bakersfield K&WGS, said their June meeting was held at the home of Roger & Ginger Spradlin.  They witnessed Roger and his son Andrew cull about 100 kohaku out of thousands that were too small to cull.  They had a good turnout, discussed upcoming events including the annual AKCA business banquet, KHA Seminar, and their club’s koi show in October.  The next meeting will be held at Glen Porter’s Remax Office where he has a beautiful courtyard pond in the shade.

June
Bart Thompson, of the Bakersfield KC, said that last month they had their annual joint club meeting at the home of club members Jim & Barbara Froehlich.  The club members were from the Central Cal Koi Society and High Desert Koi Fanciers.  Their next meeting will be held at the home of Roger and Ginger Spradlin where they plan to cull kohaku fry if they are old enough from the last cull.  In two weeks they are supporting a pond fest at Bucks Landscaping where they have lots of fun talking about koi and ponds to the people who are there.  There will be a pond constructed, seminar, BBQ, and Bonsai demonstration.