CAMELLIA KOI CLUB

Sacramento Valley Area, CA
Jerold Kyle
jeroldkyle@yahoo.com
http://www.camelliakoi.org
Meets: Last Sunday of month @ 1 pm

September
No Report

August
Jerry Kyle, of Camellia Koi Club, reports “A Taste of Excellence” is the name of the Camellia Koi Club Koi Show and will be held in Clarksburg, CA, at the historic Old Sugar Mill which is a well known wine tasting venue representing eleven or more exceptional wineries in the Clarksburg grape growing and wine producing area of the California Central Valley and only a short drive south of Sacramento.  On Labor Day weekend (Saturday Sept 2nd and Sunday Sept 3rd) the lovely grounds known for hosting fancy weddings, meetings, and parties will be house the CKC Koi Show and there will be no parking fee and no admittance fee to either the wine tasting buildings or to the park like setting under shade trees with the Koi Show.  The CKC is excited to get back to having a Koi Show and hopes to make this a regular community affair.  To enter a Koi, owners will only pay the $50 tank fee and there will be no additional individual Koi entrants fees.  “A Taste of Excellence” defines the quality of this inexpensive fun filled family affair.  CKC is inviting neighboring community clubs to join us.  Check out their website at http://www.camelliakoi.org.

July
No Report

June
No Report

May
Jerry Kyle, of Camellia Koi Club, reports the club invited the San Francisco Bay club to attend a joint meeting; the guest speaker was Iva Gaglione from Ultra Balance Koi Food. The host’s new pond was beautiful, the KHA Q &A was informative and the food was great. Check out their website at http://www.camelliakoi.org.

April
Jerry Kyle, of Camellia Koi Club, reports the club has invited their neighbor, San Francisco Bay Area Koi Club, to join them at this April’s meeting at President Sam’s home to see his rebuilt pond and hear guest speaker, Iva Gaglione, from Star Milling (Ultra Balance) speak on feeding koi.  As we are experiencing spring weather changes, the timing is perfect for all of us to be reminded of the pitfalls of not understanding all the potential challenges of feed-or-not-to-feed and what-or-how-much-to-feed.  Iva and Star Milling have supported many AKCA clubs going back in time when CKC and SFBAKC co-hosted a West Coast AKCA Seminar.  With more knowledge from more advanced research, Iva will teach us what is better than some of the things we did in the old days.  We learn and we change and our babies do better.  To further add to the enjoyment, the Club Koi Person of the Year will be chosen and presented with the CKC Perpetual Trophy which is passed from winner to new winner each year. Check out their website at http://www.camelliakoi.org.

March
Jerry Kyle, of Camellia Koi Club, reports The Camellia Koi Club previously reported 2017 is expected to be an exciting year.  A Wet Lab is planned for this month – March meeting – along with choosing our Koi Person of the Year.  With CKC having more KHA’s to share knowledge than most clubs all will have a great opportunity to learn.  Already a Pond Tour is planned for May 20-21 and a Koi Show will happen at the Old Sugar Mill on Sept 2-3.  At the April meeting we will see our new president’s new Koi Pond and have a special guest teach us about Koi food and best feeding methods.  Iva Gaglione from Star Milling is planning to talk about how Ultra Balance has improved choices and how we can take advantage in our ponds.  No wonder this club is growing and, yes, as previously reported, it is exciting.  Fun too.  Check out their website at http://www.camelliakoi.org.

February
No Report

January 2017
Jerry Kyle, of Camellia Koi Club, reports the Camellia Koi Club is off to another good year with an expanded membership and new BoD with plans for a 2017 Koi Show already in the making. The club elects 1/2 of its officers each year to two year terms to assure an overlap so the board has members with past experience. New President is Sam Niebank who was selected as Koi Person of The Year the last two years.  Chuck Cottam will complete the second year of his two year term as Vice Pres. Newly elected Audrey Sinor will begin her two year term as Secretary and Georgia Vonk will complete the second year of her term as Treasurer.  New Directors Rebecca Lippert and Trey Yellott will begin their two year terms and returning Directors John Gearson and Bob Haugland will complete their second year.  Immediate Past Pres Jean Jahr will automatically become a Board Director making a Board of 9 members who normally meet each month one hour before the monthly meeting which makes it convenient for all interested to attend.  2017 is expected to be an exciting year. Check out their website at http://www.camelliakoi.org.

December 2016
No Meeting

November 2016
No Report

October
No Meeting

September
No Report

August
No Report

July
Jerry Kyle, of Camellia Koi Club, reports as the CKC is again enjoying a growth spurt we are finding new members who want to learn. The July meeting will be at Chuck and Nita’s home where we will all discuss and learn about building a new pond. We share each other’s successes and mistakes over the years and it is an opportunity for the successful pond builders to share their knowledge. Many of us joined before we had a pond and have learned much over the years and it is an opportunity to pay back. With the addition of many members becoming Certified AKCA Koi Health Advisors there are many brains to pick and a great incentive to join the CKC to also learn and share. Check out their website at http://www.camelliakoi.org.

June
Jerry Kyle, of Camellia Koi Club, reports 3 club members will be heading to IA to attend the 2016 Wet Lab and hope to bring home some new information for club members. Check out their website at http://www.camelliakoi.org.

May
Jerry Kyle, of Camellia Koi Club, reports he and his wife Phyllis will be travelling all the way to the AKCA Wet Lab in Cedar Falls, IA in June. They hope to come home with some updated information to share with club members. Check out their website at http://www.camelliakoi.org.

April
Backyard Koi Show – Free Event!

April 22-23, 2016

The Camellia Koi Club will host a small Koi Show in April at the home of one of our Directors, Bob Haugland. The public is welcome to the open house on Saturday, April 23 from 10 AM to 3 PM. Admission is free. This event will showcase Koi collections of Camellia Koi Club members and their friends. Several Koi dealers will be represented. Bring your camera. Talk with expert pond and Koi keepers.

March
Jerry Kyle, of Camellia Koi Club, reports they are calling it a BACKYARD KOI SHOW. It has been a few years since CKC has had a Koi Show so, as a tool to teach the many new members what is involved, the club will have a limited Koi Show for members only and their guests in a member’s large back yard, April 23-24. New KHAs will apply their knowledge on water quality and gain experience as all members learn fine points on showing Koi. Knowledgeable judges use judging Koi as a teaching tool so spectators can learn what to look for in choosing and developing their own Koi. Winners for last years grow out contest will be chosen and Koi Person of The Year will Be awarded the perpetual annual trophy.. It will be an excellent hands-on learning experience for members as the club moves forward getting back to having shows. Three weeks earlier the CKC will have a club field trip to San Jose to the NorCal ZNA Show, April 2nd, and some members will be helping there as a good way to learn. Successful clubs help and support each other. Check out their website at http://www.camelliakoi.org.

February
Jerry Kyle, of Camellia Koi Club, reports the club is planning an April 23 -24, 2016 Club Members Koi Show as a club exercise and educational experience for members and guests. With the addition of several new members since our last show 3 years ago, many will learn about show water quality, koi show safety issues, what judges look for in our koi, and it will create a platform to see the results of the current year long club Koi Grow Out Contest. It will be at a member’s home and there will be no fees to join, participate, and learn. The club also plans a Club Members Outing to San Jose to experience the ZNA NorCal Show April 2nd as there is much to learn by doing and much by experiencing a show like seeing this San Jose, CA show. Check out their website at http://www.camelliakoi.org.

Don Chamberlain, of ZNA NorCal, reports work proceeds to prepare for our Koi Show, April 2 & 3. This year we have involved members from all of our nearby clubs to help with the event. These include the Camellia Koi Club (Sacramento area). Check their website at https://www.facebook.com/…/ZNANorCalKoiClub/114370775244634

 

January 2016
Jerry Kyle, of Camellia Koi Club, reports we will not have an open Koi Show in April.  April belongs to ZNA Nor-Cal.  We will have a limited club only show in a member’s backyard as a way to pull out, inventory, and access our equipment which has not been used in a few years.  With minimal tanks, we will use this as a way to show off our results of a year long club member grow out contest and teach newer members about show water quality issues and while having a training class of what judges look for.  No competition to ZNA Show.  As a matter of fact, the CKC will have a club field trip to the San Jose Show to gain knowledge and experience before  we plan our own Sept show for this or next year. Thought you might like to know what we are up to.  In the past we could not have had the success we had with our shows without the support of ZNA members and we have not forgotten. Check out their website at http://www.camelliakoi.org.

November
Jerry Kyle, of Camellia Koi Club, reports this is the last club report to AKCA for the year. This month will see a Spaghetti Cook Off Contest and Feed at the Kyle Pond (over 5000 gal) in Lodi. Then the club will move down one city block to the Flockhart pond (over 8000 gal) for a Dessert Meeting and elect new officers for 2016. Beautiful upscale size 7 and 8 prize winning koi and upscale food will be enjoyed along with a “Garage Sale” where members who have excess or underutilized equipment will make it available at garage sale prices to members who need it. This month again demonstrates what the CKC is all about. Meetings held at superb ponds, superb koi, superb food, superb members helping new members. We will also get an update on the Koi Show CKC will have next spring. Fairgrounds have already been rented. That will be in next report to AKCA but, first, we will have our annual December Christmas Dinner Meeting. Again, more new members joined us last month. Will see what happens this month. Good koi, good ponds, good food, good Koi Show, good people grow a club. Check out their website at http://www.camelliakoi.org.

October
Jerry Kyle, of Camellia Koi Club, reports membership continues to increase.  Month after month we see new faces at Camellia Koi Club Meetings.  Aug was the Annual Koi Auction for members and saw happy faces going home with beautiful new additions to their ponds.  Sam is becoming well known as a Koi Rescuer at a time when the CA drought is causing some to decide not to have fish ponds.  Sam is often not saving babies but large impressive koi many are willing to house.  With an Ice Cream Social in Aug and Taco Salad Bar in Sep, it may be the good food and social attributes that are the big draw.  Point is, CKC is well and growing in Northern California valleys and foothills.  Having 5 Certified AKCA Koi Health Advisors who are dedicated and help at no cost is also a plus. Check out their website at http://www.camelliakoi.org.

September
No Report

August
Jerry Kyle, of Camellia Koi Club, reports the club has scheduled their August meeting on the 30th at the home of Melody and Duane in Granite Bay. On tap will be an Ice Cream Social and the club’s koi auction; only club members may sell but anyone can buy. Check out their website at http://www.camelliakoi.org.

July
Jerry Kyle, of Camellia Koi Club, reports it is with great pride that the Camellia Koi Club reports it again hosted the AKCA Annual Business Meeting in June of this year. The AKCA – Koi Health Advisor Certification Program Annual Wet Lab is the final step in the KHA Certification Classes and was coupled with the annual meeting. CKC had 5 students officially presented with certification certificates and all were notified that another CKC student’s certificate is only one short test away. This will again make the CKC have the most Certified KHAs of any AKCA member club. In 2003 the CKC was number one with 8 KHA certified members and with the reinstallation of the KHA Program classes CKC will have 7 current KHAs and be number one again. Access to these active KHAs will be of great value to new koi keepers joining this growing club in the Sacramento Valley area. Check out their website at http://www.camelliakoi.org.

June
Jerry Kyle, of Camellia Koi Club, reports the club is ready to host the 2015 AKCA Business Meeting, Banquet and Wet Lab later this month. Check out their website at http://www.camelliakoi.org.

May
Jerry Kyle, of Camellia Koi Club, reports Pauline and her mother Lilly Sakai hosted the April meeting on short notice and members were treated to a tour of her pond’s filter system and botanical gardens. The May meeting will be held on the 31st at the home of Mike and Molly Tsuchida. Guest speaker will be Antony Quintero of Koi Enterprise, who will be bringing items to be awarded as prizes. The club will be hosting the AKCA Annual Meeting and KHA Wet Lab in Sacramento in June. Dr, Nick Saint-Erne, DMV, will be presenting the Koi Health Advisor Wet Lab which will be open to attendees to sit in and observe along with KHA Students. With news of the latest breakout of KHV it is timely that he has invited Dr. Aimee Reed DMV, PhD, CertAqV at Oregon State University to speak and help at the Wet Lab. Dr. Reed earned her third PhD working on KHV research that AKCA and its clubs have funded and research reports have been published. Dr, Reed will tell us in layman’s terms what has been learned and why the excitement of where it might lead. This is simply one more reason enthusiasm is building over this year’s meeting and Wet Lab. Check out their website at http://www.camelliakoi.org.

April
Jerold Kyle, of Camellia Koi Club, reports the club has chosen Sam Neibank as 2014 Club Koi Person of The Year. Sam is one of many who has stepped up and brought new energy in supporting and helping promote all we do. As committee chairperson of the upcoming Fall Koi Show he has a number of locations that the club is ready to choose from.   The CKC March meeting was held at a new dealer (Reed Rodriguez – Select Koi) location Elk Grove, CA, where members purchased two year old Tosai Koi for this year’s grow out contest. Stay tuned for the winner. Check out their website at http://www.camelliakoi.org

March
No Report

February
Jerold Kyle, of Camellia KC, said they are going to have a busy 2015 year with most meeting locations and speaker topics already chosen for the year. Gus C. won the Chile Cook-Off Contest at January meeting. February meet will see the start of a Koi Grow Out Contest lasting until September. June will see CKC hosting the Annual AKCA Business Meeting and KHA Wet Lab, and Sam N. was chosen to chair a fall koi show and is already busy looking for potential locations. With a growing active membership, great koi and koi ponds to visit, terrific food, and a number of members actively getting involved with the KHA program, this is already looking like an exciting year. Guests are always welcome at meetings and can find us at www.camelliakoi.org .

January 2015
No Report

November
Jerry Kyle, of Camellia Koi Club, reports as Host Club for the 2015 AKCA Annual Business Meeting and KHA Wet Lab, the CKC found in researching potential venues that the proposed date of the last weekend of June will also see Sacramento hosting the Annual Senior PGA US Open Golf Tournament. Our search revealed many venues not willing to compete for our business on a weekend they expect to be sold out at full prices. The AKCA Board officially voted this month to move the annual meeting date up one week which resulted in competitive bidding between quality hotels offering amenities such as easy freeway access, swimming pools, gyms, free parking, greatly reduced room rates, free breakfast, free airport shuttle service, easy access to historical areas, and more. The KHA Director has informed us interest is already growing and people are already signing up for classes with the expectation of a superior meeting program in 2015.

October
No Report

September
No Report

August
No Reports

July
The Camellia Koi Club, will host the 2015 Annual AKCA Business Dinner Meeting and the AKCA-KHA Wet Lab in Sacramento.

WINNER, WINNER – CHICKEN DINNER.  SACRAMENTO HERE WE COME!

June
Jerry Kyle, of the Camellia Koi Club, advised the CKC has unanimously voted to offer to host the 2015 Annual AKCA Business Dinner Meeting and the AKCA-KHA Wet Lab.  We have not seen a sanctioned KHA Wet Lab since the 2002 Lab in San Jose and with the Lab Class since being opened to all AKCA Club members to observe as well as KHA attending students the opportunity to host such an affair for the advantage of all our newer members is too much to pass up.  Please put us on the top of your list of active AKCA supportive clubs to consider.

May
Jerry Kyle, of Camellia Koi Club will have on its May Meeting Agenda the topic of offering to host the AKCA 2015 Business Meeting in the Sacramento Area of Northern California.  Since for the last 4 years the KHA Program has combined its Annual Wet Lab with the required annual meeting and opened the Lab to local interested club members, it is considered a great incentive to participate in the program.

April
Jerry Kyle, of Camellia Koi Club, reports this month’s meeting location will remind members what joining an AKCA Club is about.  In the beginning Gus and Leslie invited Jerry who was one of the club’s Certified KHAs to visit their pond.  After continued research by Gus aided by picking Jerry’s brain, joining the CKC, and visiting other member’s ponds to learn from example, Gus and Leslie have one of the most beautiful ponds there is.  Despite being held to just under 5000 gallons for zoning regulations they were not held back in artistic creativity.  The Japanese refer to koi as the “jewels of the garden.”  There are many beautiful “jewels” in many ponds but, when also combined with gardening skills to best display the jewels, the entire experience rises to a higher level. It is about the entire setting from being just off the living area to be seen from inside as well as out.  It is about the koi but, not just about the koi.  It is about the beauty and serenity our koi can bring us. It is about learning and sharing beauty.  It is why we have koi clubs.

March
Jerold Kyle,of Camellia KC, said that with a new Newsletter Editor, they are taking a look at what other AKCA clubs are doing.  Going to www.akca.org and clicking onto CLUBS will take one to AKCA affiliated Koi Clubs across the country.  Another simple click lets anyone learn what those clubs are doing.  It can be a learning experience and ideas from how best to present a newsletter to what clubs do for excitement abound as that is the intended purpose of the AKCA site.  Bob Haugland is the new CKC Club Koi Ahoy Editor and has already begun their transformation.  Everyone is invited to check in and watch them grow as they check in and see their own neighboring clubs progress.

February
Jerold Kyle,of Camellia KC, said their planning meeting determined that they will have a Public Pond Tour for the entire community instead of a private club member’s tour.  Date is Sept. 20th as their koi look their best that time of the year at summers end, yards still look good, and valley daytime heat is fading to spring-like temperatures.  With six ponds already being offered, they have a good start.  Plans are to make the tour more visitor friendly by not having long drive times between pond locations making for a more fun filled pond viewing day.  As more information develops, CKC will provide more detail.

January 2014
Jerry Kyle, of Camellia Koi Club, reports much happened in 2013. Mr. Water Quality, Jim Phillips, started the year teaching us about water quality.  Information was at geek level presented at a speak level we could understand for great pond keeper value.  As the year progressed Gary Chin wrote articles for us on Bog Gardens, Jerry Kyle did his Koi Health updates, and Anthony Quintero of Koi Enterprise talked to us pond-side about koi care which included everything we could think of to ask.  And, we sure did ask.  We saw ponds of John G. and Sam N for the first time and revisited ponds of long time members that many newcomers had not seen before.   Neil Cutsinger (from “Novartis Animal Health”) personally gave us the latest info on KHV vaccine, Penn Martin (from “Plan it Solar”) talked to us about making it solar, and Iva Gaglione (from “Ultra Balance Koi Food”) brought us up to date on the latest information on feeding our koi.  Adding to all that, our achievement of having an innovative Koi Show that does not use water filled koi tanks and the additional usual fun things like having our annual Koi Auction with an Ice Cream Social at the Carlson’s 10,500 gal pond located in an unbelievable Rose Garden gives everyone a good idea of what belonging to the CKC is all about.  Now it’s about 2014 and what new excitement we can think of.  To start, planning is already underway for a public Pond Tour to reach out to the community to show what we do.  The Jan meeting will see the first steps forward as a planning meeting for this year. Stay tuned as another great year unfolds.

November
Jerold Kyle, of Camellia KC, said life is good in the koi hobby.  Last month he reported that their club voted to have a public pond tour in 2014 to reach out to the community to show what they do.  At the meeting, Anthony Quintero, of Koi Enterprise, spoke on pond and koi health getting ready for winter.  This month Sue Golden, from Golden Pond, will talk on what plants are possible and how to have them with koi.  This month they also will elect half of their board officers to lead the way in 2014.  By having 2 year terms and only electing half of their officers each year, they insure a continuation of experience and knowledge at the helm.  They will do this at yet another new member’s pond and finalize plans for the annual Holiday Dinner in December where they will seat the new officers to be ready for the New Year.  Pond tour, presentations on pond and koi care, new member’s ponds to visit, and eating well helps explain why the club is energized and experiencing larger turnouts at meetings.  Visitors are always welcome to come see what they do.

October
Jerold Kyle, of Camellia KC, reports it’s official! Last month they voted to have a Pond Tour in 2014 that will be open to the public to invite people to see what they do and enjoy the beauty of their jewels of the garden. Anticipated date will be spring before the heat of summer. Past experience has shown that a public tour is an effective way to introduce people to who, what, and why they are and to display the social aspects of belonging. They will learn that joining has the advantages of belonging to a club with AKCA Certified Koi Health Advisors, an AKCA Certified Koi Judge, what nice discounts they get from supporting dealers, how diversified members are, and what good cooks they are to provide the kind or repast they enjoy at meetings. Belonging to CKC can be a joy!

September
Jerold Kyle, of Camellia KC, reported that Aug saw the CKC Annual Club Koi Auction where newer members and guests had the opportunity to bid on koi from older ponds where koi had grown too large and needed thinning. This always creates an opportunity for newer members to acquire larger koi at bargain prices. This year it was combined with an Ice Cream Social so once again the club ate well. Obviously being a CKC member is about friendship and having fun as much as learning about koi and good koi husbandry. This month members will see a new pond never before visited and as always visitors are invited to attend and see what the club does. Visiting a new pond is always an excitement. The program will concentrate on husbandry issues involving what they test the water for and the implications of various results. It goes without saying there will be snacks. This is what great clubs do!

August
Jerold Kyle, of Camellia KC, reported that August is special. This month they will visit a koi pond as big as a swimming pool located in a Rose Garden. This provides a great site for their Annual Koi Auction which allows members and their guests the privilege of getting nice koi at a reasonable price. Some CKC members have raised koi for years and as their koi have grown there is a need to reduce the load on the pond. Many do this for good koi husbandry reasons or to create space to get new koi for the enjoyment of watching them develop. The reject of an experienced koi keeper is often superior, especially in size, to what can be purchased on a budget by a beginner. Everyone gains. This is just another example of an advantage of joining a koi club. For members of the CKC, another advantage is that this will also be an ice cream social. Life is good in the CKC. More people should check it out.

July
Jerold Kyle, of Camellia KC, said that July is a great month for their members. Members and guests on July 20th can visit their nearest neighboring Koi club in the Santa Clara Valley. The Santa Clara Valley K&WGC Annual Pond Tour is worth the drive. This is an annual event that their club does well. The following weekend they will go to Jose & Janet’s pond for their own monthly meeting. Members will see what a do-it-yourselfer can accomplish with a little knowledge. A beautiful patio sitting area flanked on one side by a superb looking koi pond and the other side with an aviary makes this a location worth visiting over and over. New members are finding that belonging to the CKC is a wonderful learning experience and the club welcomes interested people to contact them for an invitation.
June

May
Jerold Kyle, of the Camellia KC, said they marked their calendars for Sunday, May 19, for their Young Koi Show. Size limited only up to 15 inches and only for CKC members. It is not surprising they have members joining. This is a wonderful opportunity for novices who are new to their hobby. Even last minute entry cost is only $15 and members can bring multiple koi for that simple entry fee. A one day show with koi displayed in clear bags instead of tanks is a new experience for most of them. Membership information at www.camelliakoi.org and show contact at info@koienterprise.com and johng1002@gmail.com. The closer they get the more they realize how much fun this hobby can be.

April
Jerold Kyle, of Camilla KC, reports they are sending in their official notice to AKCA that they have chosen Georgia Vonk as their newest Koi Person of the Year. Once in a while there is someone in a club that is so well thought of for all their unselfish work and support that the decision is unanimous. Georgia, who is a long time member and current Treasurer, is one of those rare choices.

March
Jerold Kyle, of Camellia KC, said that after a two year abstention from having an annual koi show, their club has decided to have a Young Koi Show in May. Instead of the usual set up of show tanks with all the work involved in set up and tear down, they will join a growing trend within their hobby. One day shows with entrants displayed in special bags displayed on blue tarps please many judges in that it allows koi from different ponds to be set side by side for close comparison with little danger of potential contamination. The bags are a special clear material that lets the koi show off well. A young koi show will hopefully encourage more newcomers in our hobby to become involved as they show their best choices of tosai.

February
Jerry Kyle, of Camellia KC, said they have new members, a new president, and new energy.  They have not had a koi show the last two years and are considering something new to them to get back to what they are all about.  The club is strongly considering a different idea from Anthony Quintero of Koi Enterprise.  Rather than the heavy work demands of all the tank requirements of a large koi show where the winners are the usual high end koi owners, a bag show limited to smaller sizes to encourage newer member beginners with newer, younger koi has raised interest.  Keeping sizes to under 6, 6 – 9, 9 – 12, 12 – 15 and 15 – 18 allows koi to be brought to the show, bagged in fresh water with oxygen, and placed on blue poly tarps.  Listening to Judges’ comments will be a great learning experience for beginners and a good refresher for older members.  They should have more information by next month.

January 2013
Jerry Kyle, of Camellia KC, said that with a new President, Secretary, and some new Directors stepping up to take the lead their club will once again focus its January meeting as a planning session for 2013 with great ideas on the table.  Koi Show, Pond Tour, guest speakers, Koi auction, Pot Luck, special presentations are all on the table as this promises to be another great year to get involved in the koi hobby in the Sacramento Valley Region of California.  What better place to hold this first of the year meeting than at Gus & Leslie’s pond which was featured last year as a centerfold in AKCA’s KOI USA Magazine.  Club information can be found at www.camelliakoi.org by anyone interested in learning more about what they do.

November
Jerold Kyle, of Camellia KC, said their club is growing.  Last month they had new families and visitors with a special interest in joining them come to their meetings and see some of their ponds.  The month before they also had new people join as the club visited another new pond that they had not seen before.  It just keeps repeating as this month they once again as a club will be visiting what to them is another new pond.  Only, this host has two large ponds and Champion Koi as well to show.  It sounds repetitious to keep saying “Life is good in the Camellia Koi Club.”  But, it is what it is and they continue to invite people to contact them, come to a meeting, and check them out.  It can be a fun, friendly, and potentially learning experience.

October
Jerold Kyle, of Camellia KC, said they do a number of things well.  They build nice ponds, raise nice koi, eat nice food and make nice friends along the way.  All this thanks to an energized membership.  This month’s meeting is at two ponds:  the Kyle’s and the Flockhart’s.  Starting at the Kyle’s with a Spaghetti Sauce Cook Off Feed.  Jerry built his pond himself by taking ideas from a variety of other members’ ponds and his koi have gotten bigger by taking ideas from a variety of other members’ ponds and his koi have gotten bigger since they were there last.  They will receive ballots and dice and all will move to the next block to see the Flockhart Pond to cast their ballots, crown the Cook Off Champion, and toss the dice to win a large bag of Winter Koi food.  They get two pounds for the price of one plus nice koi, nice food, nice prize for throwing the dice, nice time crowning the Champion, and they will nominate a president, secretary and two directors for 2013-2014.  Since they only replace half of their officers each year, the other officers still have a year left on their terms.  This insures them continuity and makes taking on any job easier.  Different but nice ponds with nice koi and another meeting worth attending.

September
Jerold Kyle, of Camellia KC, said they had their Annual Koi Auction and as usual some used the moment to reduce their pond load.  What is so nice is that it gives newer members just starting out an opportunity to get nice koi of size for a very reasonable cost.  Everyone gains something.  This month they are getting ready to meet at a new member’s home where they have never seen their pond before.  While not large, it proves that well thought out design concerns can create a wow factor in smaller ponds when carefully researched.  No wonder they got another couple of new members last month along with two returning past members showing up.  Their club always welcomes guests at meetings to check them out.

August
Jerry Kyle, of Camellia KC, said that July witnessed their annual potluck.  Anthony Quintero, of Koi Enterprise, invited Dr. Scott Webber, DVM, from the University of California, to talk of news of KHV.  His extremely interesting attention grabbing presentation showed there still is no cure for KHV but, there is now a vaccine administered in a bath so needles and injections are not needed.  They feel fortunate and pleased to have Dr. Webber and the UC Davis Vet Program available to support them.  Plans for August are to have their Annual Club Auction where newer members along with the rest of them are able to get some very nice koi at reasonable costs as other members reduce fish load in their pond to make way for the excitement of growing even better koi.  They make an “Annual” affair out of those activities they love most like “Potluck” and “Koi Auction” as well as other things they join this club for.

July
Jerry Kyle, of Camellia KC, said their June meeting had Sue, from On Golden Pond, to host and demonstrate how to make a floating garden that does not use dirt or rocks to mess up a pond.  Aerosol cans of foam created a floating platform to house water plants.  Koi keep the plants trimmed and roots nibbled off so they do not overtake the pond.  If necessary, removal was as simple as lifting lightweight floating unit out of water.  A koi pond can have plants without turning it into a water garden.  Their July meeting will be the club annual potluck and the Annual Koi Person of the Year Certificate from AKCA will be presented to Gus Cubillo.  A short talk and presentation on catching, bagging, and transporting koi is planned in order to get ready for their August annual club member koi auction.  Members are able to reduce pond load while helping other or newer members get some nicer and/or larger koi for their ponds.  Life is good in the Camellia Koi Club who always welcomes inquiries from prospective members wanting to learn more and experience more in the koi hobby.

June
Jerry Kyle, of Camellia Koi Club, reports last month the club enjoyed a Pond Tour / Progressive Dinner with each course of the dinner being served at different ponds. It was an opportunity to invite family and friends to show off what we do. Instead of a usual “Fund” Raiser this was billed as a “Fun” Raiser and as such was highly successful. We did so well we sent pictures to KoiUSA magazine to show what we do. June will see us at a garden Koi Pond with an expert showing us that there are beautiful plants that work well in Koi Ponds if you know what and how to do it. Some members are as much about the setting as about the Koi and we will all learn how to have more beauty than just the Koi. Coming up in July will be all about Koi as we will visit an upscale pond in an upscale community hosted by a Koi keeper who is totally focused on raising Champion Quality Koi. We will see that bloodlines do make a difference. Pond Tours, Garden Ponds that will support Koi, and trophy Koi are reasons our club is seeing new members join us. They represent more new ponds for us to visit. It’s nice.

May
Jerry Kyle, of Camellia KC, reports that in May they will be having a combined Pond Tour/Progressive dinner meeting on the 20th.  Each course will be served at a different pond setting.  This will not be a public event and no tickets will need to be purchased.  It will be for members and invited guests only and at private ponds.  It is not billed as a fundraiser but as a fun raiser.

April
Jerry Kyle, of Camellia KC, reports they will travel to the South San Francisco Bay Area this month to take a tour of major importers of Japanese Koi.  Plans are also being completed for a private members and quests Pond Tour and Progressive Dinner to be held in May.  With the future promising new ponds, annual pot luck, koi auction, spaghetti cook off challenge, koi health presentation, and holiday buffet, it is obvious the CKC is seeing nice ponds, nicer koi, and eating well.

March
No Report

February
Jerry Kyle, of Camellia KC, said they just had their first meeting of the year which is traditionally an organizational planning affair.  On the table for 2012 is a combination Progressive Dinner/Pond Tour for members and guests, a lab course to teach recognition of microscopic problems, a tour of koi import dealers, new ponds to see, club koi auction, visit to a koi artist studio, water garden nursery demonstration, and participating in an independent dealer’s Small Sized Koi Show to learn what to look for in Tosai.  Plans are to update and improve their website to be more users friendly and a go to place for others.  It is going to be another interesting year for CKC members!

January
No Report