CENTRAL CALIFORNIA KOI SOCIETY

Fresno, CA
Rosimeri Tran
www.cencalkoi.com
cencalkoi@gmail.com
Meets: 2nd Tues @ 7 pm

September
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports their 39th Annual Koi Show is coming up on Friday Sep 22nd through Sun September 24th. T shirts are available and sponsors are needed for the numerous trophies we’ll be awarding. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

August
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports The August 12th meeting was held at the home of Jim Sherrick, who just recently had a custom built pond built which was also most recently featured in the Master Gardener’s tour.  His pond consists of an island as well as rock formation around it, giving it a feeling of Yosemite.  Rosimeri discussed the upcoming September koi show and encouraged members to sign up for volunteer hours, banquet and exhibiting koi.  Richele discussed the sponsorship opportunities which is new this year and encouraged members to help spread the word and get sign ups to help bring in dollars to help pay for show expenses and future club expenses. Rosimeri thanked Richele for organizing the sponsorship levels which as of today has brought in $2,400.00 and we are hoping for more funds to come in before show time.  She also thanked Lisa Lamoure for doing the footwork, who already has received 2 checks one from Modelo for $1,500.00 for banquet sponsor, and $300.00 for Showa sponsor from Whitie’s Pet store.  The club will also be receiving a check for $600.00 from Ultra Balance koi food.  It takes money to put on a koi show, and every bit of extra income helps make the show better every year. Rosimeri passed around signup sheets for the koi show volunteer, banquet and also this year we will have a club koi show t-shirt printed up and available for pre-order for $20.00, members also signed up for those as well. Rosimeri discussed the benefits of club members preparing a “koi medicine chest” to have the necessary supplies on hand in case of a 911 with their koi.  The handout she provided listed various items members should have on hand from q-tips, clove oil, Prazi, spare air pumps to just name a few.  Members discussed different ways to handle a power outage which included having either a battery operated air pump or gasoline powered generator on hand. A raffle was held and members enjoyed refreshments provided by Jim Sherrick. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

July
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports due to unforeseen circumstances, the Argo’s have had to cancel hosting the July meeting, so we will not be having a meeting in July but will meet again on August 12th at the home of Jim Sherrick and Bill Tweton. Only a few months away from the club’s 39th annual koi show at Fig Garden Village in September, the board is busy with preparations and at the next club meeting will be reaching out to the club for help with volunteering and the show committee. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

 

June
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the June meeting was held at the home of Paulette Melkonian, members enjoyed viewing Paulette’s 13,000 gallon pond with bridge and flowing stream and admiring her beautiful koi.  The club greeted and welcomed new members Richard and Georgette Gross, and Lynn Rayner.  Rosimeri began the meeting with koi health discussion on how warm water temperatures can be devastating to our koi.  She also talked about the benefits of adding salt to your koi pond and the do’s and don’ts of salt application. Richele Kleiser, our show chair, discussed her Sponsorship package to be included in our vendor package.  She discussed show koi t-shirts, as well as the raffle prize packages, for our upcoming koi show on September 23rd-24th at Fig Garden Village. There was a round table discussion on koi losing color and if there was any option in preventing it.  Later there was a raffle and members enjoyed some refreshments. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

May
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports on April 22nd, CCKS members Seng and Rosimeri, and the Kleisers and Garrisons made a trip down to Barstow Koi Farm. In May they welcomed Russell Peters of PS Koi as their guest speaker at their joint meeting with their sister club, The Bakersfield Koi and Water Garden Society at the home of Ryan and Richele Kleiser. Our club provided a tri-tip BBQ with club members providing additional pot luck items. There was a table raffle and a koi auction as well. Planning continues for the September Koi Show at Fig Gardens. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

April
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the April 11th general meeting was held at the home of Tom & Elaine Callahan.  We started the meeting off with a koi judging exercise with 4 Gin Rin Showa’s that Rosimeri and Seng recently purchased at Champion Koi.  Members were to put these koi in order of best Gin Rin and then best skin quality.  Later once the answers were revealed, Seng went into a more in depth discussion as to why these were better choices.   Rosimeri discussed the upcoming April 22nd Barstow Koi field trip as well as the May 20th joint meeting with Bakersfield Koi Club.  Seng discussed interest in the upcoming CCKS member grow out contest and had a few members sign up.  There was a round table discussion on why and how to quarantine new fish, as well as which food to be feeding the koi during the spring time.  To stay up to date with CCKS events, check us out on the web at cencalkoi.com.

March
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports we welcomed new members in attendance: Dawn Everhart, Ross Dawson, Elsa Killion and Paulette Melkonian.  Reminded members dues have increased to $40.00 and should be paid by March 31st.  Introduced incoming Officers to new members.  Club purchased 13 hard show tanks from Poly Tanks and plan to purchase remaining 5 by end of this year.  Koi show dates have been confirmed with Fig Garden management for set up on Friday, September 22nd and show dates Saturday, September 23rd and Sunday, September 24th.  Hotel has been reserved at San Joaquin Hotel and the banquet will be at The Elbow Room.  Rosimeri encouraged members to show koi and help up with set up.  We discussed a road trip to Barstow Koi Farm and members signed up to attend trip with a date set for April 22nd. Seng showed a video of how he cleans his Japanese mat filter with a garden hose, members asked questions.  Seng discussed how he upgraded his filtration system. Club discussion between members: Importance of aerating water during pond repairs/maintenance; Cold weather is best time to do repairs due to fish not eating and water temps are low; Stop feeding during the time you do repairs; Seng talked about dragon fly larvae that breed inside his Japanese mat filters. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

February
No Report

January 2017
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the December 10th Holiday Party was held at the home of Dale & Sandy Winn in Clovis. I would like to welcome and introduce our new Officers incoming for 2017-2019: President Rosimeri Tran; Vice President Richele Kleiser; Secretary Lisa Lamoure; Treasurer Seng Tran. The February 11th meeting @ 2:00 p.m.will be held at the home of Seng & Rosimeri Tran in Fresno. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

December 2016
No Meeting

November 2016
No Report

October
No Meeting

September
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the September 13th club meeting was held at the home of Seng & Rosimeri Tran; members enjoyed viewing their main pond and side pond with the various selections of koi that they have acquired over the years. Seng & Rosimeri discussed how they came into the hobby back in 2008 and their first pond build was in 2008 and recently remodeled in 2014 due to a tree root problem that was clogging their bottom drain. Rosimeri went over the final details of the upcoming September 24th-25th koi show, discussing Friday morning set up on September 23rd at 7 a.m. banquet details as well as the koi auction happening on Saturday and Sunday. In following up with his article in the September CCKS newsletter, Seng did a demonstration and explanation as to the benefits of adding a pH pill to the pond, so after the meeting members went outside and watched Seng combine the plaster of Paris with water and measured them into cups and he had some already made and showed them how to remove the pH pills from the cups and where to add them in the pond, great hands on demonstration. During the meeting we had a round table discussion on various items such as koi food size, and which one is better for when you have different sized koi in the pond. There was a discussion on why to test the pond water, even if you have well water vs. city water. We discussed the different ways to deal with algae blooms in the pond. Also members discussed the constant problem they have with fish spawning frequently in their ponds and were given advice on how to deal with it. Great information shared by our veteran members to the new members who recently joined, and at this meeting we welcomed Jim Sherrick, our newest club member, who is in the process of finishing up his pond build and we look forward to the completion of his project. Follow us on Facebook and check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

August
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the August 12th club meeting was held at the home of JR and Melissa Romagnoli and was well attended by current club members and some new faces as well that I have not yet met. This was my first meeting since finishing up my chemo treatment and it felt good to be back in the saddle and discussing club topics. Our biggest discussion was our upcoming September 24-25 koi show which also will be well attended by visiting clubs as well as vendors. We are currently sold out of vendor space and should have quite a selection of koi to pick from since our wet booth vendors are Yume Koi, PS Koi, RNR Koi, Lucky Koi and our dry booth vendors are Sumner Avenue Water Gardens, Ultra Balance koi food, Hikari koi food, AKCA Bookstore and K.O.I. education group. I discussed how all the major awards have been sponsored so we shall begin the trophy selection soon as Richele gets a quote from her source. The show banquet will be at the University Square Hotel which is a new venue for us and it will be a buffet and from the reviews I heard the food was delicious. Our raffle tickets were printed and members took some to sell as part of our club fundraiser, we are giving a gift to the member who sells the most tickets. Prizes for the raffle at the show will be 1st prize IPAD Air, 2nd prize 32” TV and 3rd $100.00 Visa gift card. We encourage all members to show koi and also to volunteer at the show to help things go smoothly. JR discussed how he got into the koi hobby and discussed the different types of filtration he has tried. There was discussion on bead filters and their efficiencies and pros and cons. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

July
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports she’s completed her treatments and is now cancer free. Congrats to Rosimeri on her strong family, hard work and great attitude that’s gotten her to this point! July meeting was at Dale and Sandy Winn’s home in Clovis and the Aug meeting is TBD. Their 38th Annual Koi Show will be held Sep 24 – 25 at Fig Garden Village and entrance packets are available on their site. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

June
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the May 14th meeting was held at the home of Ryan and Richele Kleiser, it was well attended with new members joining, Al Fries, James Meyst, and Louie & Lisa Lamoure.  Seng discussed the upcoming September koi show update as well as performing a water quality test on Ryan’s pond and discussing the results and treatment options available.  There were some questions regarding pond and water quality discussed among the members.  Afterwards a raffle was held and members enjoyed refreshments.  Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

May
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports our koi show plans are booming right now with the help of our new show chair, Richele Kleiser; she has created a magnificent show flyer, which I have circulated on Facebook. Our head judge this year will be returning AKCA/ZNA Judge Larry Gill and we are awaiting a candidate judge to assist him. Our banquet facility will be held at the University Square Hotel, Ambassador Room (Shaw/Cedar); they will have a buffet dinner for us and it will be a great social time for all to attend; the banquet will cost $40.00 each and more final details will be given as it arises. Already I am being contacted by outside vendors and exhibitors and since this will be our 38th Annual Show, it will be a big one. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

April
Rosimeri   n Tuesday, April 12th at 7 p.m. and I hope you will be able to attend. Our koi show is booked for the weekend of September 24th to September 25th with setup happening on Friday, September 23rd in the morning, please consider volunteering; we need all hands on deck as well as showing off your koi. Richele is our show chair and will be coordinating the events and tasks at hand. The show runs smoothly each year, let’s make this the best one yet, 38th annual, wow 38 years that is quite impressive, let’s keep the reputation of the club up and put on the best show yet! Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

March
No Report

February
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports she was diagnosed with Non Hodgkin’s lymphoma and will be undergoing chemo. She’s had to step down as President and Show Chair but will continue to do the newsletter. Our thoughts and prayers are with Rosimeri and her family. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

January 2016
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports 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.cencalkoi.com.

November
No Report

October
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports that thanks to everyone we had a fabulous koi show, of course none of which would have happened without the support of our club members who put in numerous hours in volunteering for setting up the show site and providing support throughout the koi show. Also thanks to our vendors for taking time out to come spend their weekend at our show. Of course thank you to all our local club member exhibitors. Plus those that traveled to Fresno to show their koi and support our club we greatly appreciate you too; some traveled more than 8 hours to come here with their koi, quite an accomplishment in support of this show, I truly appreciate your taking time from your busy schedule to come here. We had 22 tanks with a fish count of 115. Plus there were nine tanks of koi being sold by Barstow Koi, Eastern Koi, Koi Select and RNR Koi, lots of selections to choose from. On Sunday we held a koi auction with some donated koi from those very same vendors. So as we put our 2015 koi show behind us, we shall start planning for 2016, I know it will be another fabulous one! Our next club meeting is scheduled for Sat, Nov 14th at 2:00 p.m. at the home of Ryan and Richele Kleiser, located in Clovis; please make an effort to attend as this will be our last official meeting of the year. In Dec we will have our Holiday gathering at the Winn’s home. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

September
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the date for their 37th annual CCKS Koi Show is rapidly approaching and preparations are under way. The board still needs people to sign up for various duties before, during, and after the show, so please contact Rosimeri to sign up for a job. The board encourages all members who show fish to help with the set up and tear down. All help is greatly appreciated. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

August
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the July meeting was held at the beautiful home of Tom & Elaine Callahan; members enjoyed viewing Tom’s downsized koi pond. We welcomed back Mary Helen and her sister Jessie, as well as Dr. Gilbert Moran and son Ryan. Much to our surprise Greg and Gloria Mariano popped in to surprise the member; this was the best part of the meeting! Discussed were some topics covered at the Sacramento AKCA Wet Lab, such as using a salt meter, along with points that Steve Walker from Sacramento Koi discussed regarding how to handle the drought and water changes in the koi pond. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

July
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports she and her daughter attended the AKCA Wet Lab in Sacramento in June then returned to gear up preparations for the club’s 37th Annual Koi Show which be held Sep 26 & 27 at Fig Village Shopping Center in Fresno. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

June
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports I hope everyone will be able to join us at the June 6th joint meeting with our sister club, The Bakersfield Koi and Water-garden Society which starts at 11:00 a.m. at J.R.’s house. The club is providing tri-tip and beverages and as always we ask members to bring a potluck side dish, which if you could give me a call and give me a head count and what you will bring that would be great. There will also be a raffle table which the club is purchasing items for, and if you would like to contribute to also, please feel free to bring a raffle item, the club and myself would be greatly appreciated. Our speaker will be Dr. Jesse Sanders from Aquatic Vet of Northern California; Dr. Sanders will do a presentation on identifying koi disease. Our 2015 koi show is only 4 months away and will be here soon so the board is busy planning out all the details, our honorable judges will be Head Judge, Larry Gill from the ZNA Norcal club and Dr. Alan Stein of the ZNA So Cal in Los An-geles area. Vendor packets have gone out and so far Sumner Avenue Watergar-dens and Star Milling – Ultra Balance has confirmed attendance. The show infor-mation is up on our website at cencalkoi.com and show packets will be mailed soon. On June 20th I will be traveling to Sacramento to attend the AKCA banquet and KHA wet lab, there is still time to sign up to go if you are interested. The wet lab runs from Saturday June 20th from 8am to 4pm and ends on Sunday, June 21st from 8am – 1pm. You do not need be a KHA to attend; the cost for attendance is $35.00 for AKCA club members. It is a great way to learn about koi health and ways to prepare you for any problems that may arise. Being that I am a Certified KHA I will be attendance assisting the KHA Director, Julie Miller with the new KHA students. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com

May
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the Apr koi club meeting was held at Bob and Nina Garrisons home and they discussed their club’s show, which will be held in Sep. Their show pin is being designed by Norman Call and should be delivered in a few weeks. They discussed feeding changes during weather changes; now is the time when they should be fed more. Oct, Nov and Dec meeting hosts are still needed. May 17th is the next general meeting and will be held at Tony and Nancy Palazzo’s home. June 14 at 10:00 a.m. will be the joint club meeting with Bakersfield and they will have a sign up list at the May meeting. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

April
No Report

March
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports March is here and hopefully warm spring weather will be soon upon us. Our February meeting was fun; not a big crowd but we discussed the upcoming year’s events and passed out meeting host signup sheets along with volunteer list for our info booth at the Fresno Home Show. We will be traveling on Saturday, February 28th to the ZNA NorCal Koi Show in San Jose to go check out their show, which is one of the biggest, and visit with some of the vendors and koi stores in the area. Membership dues are rolling in and we appreciate those that are paying on time; so if you have not paid yet, please mail your check or bring it to our next club meeting on March 10th at 7:00 p.m. at Tony and Nancy Palazzo’s home. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com

February
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the February 10th club meeting was held at the home of Seng & Rosimeri Tran.  Rosimeri reviewed the upcoming koi shows and suggested road trips to go visit other club’s koi shows would be a great way to learn how other clubs put on a show and we could meet other hobbyists too.  The Fresno Home & Garden show has donated us a booth and we will have an information booth there with literature and membership forms for our club; there was a signup sheet for volunteers.  There was discussion on our September Koi Show along with our joint meeting this year in Fresno with our sister club the Bakersfield Koi and Watergarden Society.  We discussed spring pond care and koi care and Rosimeri shared her story on how she saved one of her Showa that jumped out of the pond and was found not moving.  Members were encouraged to sign up to host a club meeting. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

January 2015
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports their annual Holiday Party was held on Dec 13th at the home of Dale & Sandy Winn in Clovis. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

November
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the general club meeting was held Oct 11, 2014 at Bob and Nina Garrison’s home. Koi show was a success. Judges were impressed with the fish, set up and location. 14 tanks and 91 koi showed. Bakersfield Koi show will be Oct 25 and 26 at Kern County fairgrounds. November 22 Rosimeri will have a booth at Chen Zen Garden from 10 – 4 in Woodward Park.   Next year once a fish is won at auction it will be bagged and the buyers name written on it to eliminate confusion. Suggestions wanted to make Koi Show better from each koi club family and submit to Rosimeri. Election for new board members will be at Nov general meeting at John and Sue Kendall’s home. Nov 1 at 2 p.m. Discussed buying new poly tanks. Would be a lot easier for Koi Show. New Tanks would be $450.00 each. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

October
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the show is over and what a fabulous show it was, thanks to the help of all the club member volunteers, the vendors, and the exhibitors, without whom none of this would have happened. There were 14 tanks with 91 koi, and with 3 judges it went quite smoothly. Grand Champion was awarded to Gordon Chibana for his size 5 Goshiki; Reserve Grand Champion went to Chien Lee for his size 6 Sanke; Reserve Grand Champion B went to Chien Lee for his size 5 Goshiki. We had vendor booth space sold out, and even had a member only wet booth area to accommodate all the sellers. A koi show is quite an undertaking, a lot of work setting up, running the show and tearing it down, but with all the club members pitching in we got it done and after 36 years I would hope this continued support and volunteerism continues in the years forward so many generations can continue to see what a koi is and how great the hobby has become. I hope you were able to come out to Fig Garden to enjoy the koi show and if not the Bakersfield koi show is coming up on October 25th-26th, Seng and I will be there with our koi and hope that you will make an effort to come drive down and check out how our sister club puts on a koi show. Our Oct meeting will be held on Sat, Oct11th at 2 p.m. at the home of Bob and Nina Garrison. This is an election year for Officers; at present Dale and Sandy have decided not to run for a second term but Seng and I are willing to run for a second term. I will be needing nominations for the Vice President and Secretary positions and if possible a board member, too; we can’t run this club without your help, so we are asking for you to step up to the plate and help us out so this club can continue to thrive as it has done in the last 36 years. I know I can count on your help and thank you for all that you do, so please consider one of these positions and I hope to see you on October 11th at the Garrison’s. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com .

 

September
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the Aug General Meeting was held at Dale and Sandy Winn’s home Aug 9. We were lucky enough to have a great guest speaker: Dr. Jessie Sanders from Santa Cruz. Spoke about koi health and showed us how she performs surgery and treats fish. Very good information. Great turn out. Good to see some new members and guests.   There were quite a few raffle items and new members had most of the winning tickets. It was great! Sep meeting will be at Rosimeri and Seng Tran’s house on the 9th at 7:00. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

August
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports we would like to invite everyone to attend our August 9th meeting at Dale and Sandy Winn’s home, as we will have a guest speaker there: Dr. Jesse Sanders from Aquatic Veterinary Services from Santa Cruz, CA. She will be discussing koi health and will be doing a presentation and have handouts along with answering any koi health questions. She is taking time out of her busy schedule to talk to us and I hope you can come visit our meeting and talk and listen to her speech. Everyone is welcomed to attend including outside club members from other clubs and anyone interested in joining our club. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com/ .

July
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the July 9th club meeting was held at the home of Mary Helen DelaTorre and was well attended.  New members Ryan and Richele are planning to build a13,000 gallon koi pond and had many questions that were answered by the experienced club members.  Rosimeri discussed the upcoming September koi show; we are getting more vendors signing up and there will be new exhibitors coming as far away as Redding, California.  There was discussion on bio-security measures and setting up a QT tank prior to introducing any new koi into the pond.  Seng discussed the importance of cleaning the bio media inside the pressurized bead filter.  Our next club meeting will be on August 9th at Dale and Sandy Winn’s; our guest speaker will be Dr. Jessie Saunders of Aquatic Veterinary Services.  Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

June
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the board of directors meeting was held at Sang and Rosimeri Tran’s home on May 27.  Treasurer’s reports states club has $5,438.88 in the bank account. June joint meeting will be in Bakersfield June14, 2014.. So far there will be about 8 members going.  The 2014 koi show pins came in. Very nice new design by Norman Call. Board discussed awards and trophies for koi show which will be similar to last year. Raffle items will be 1st prize flat screen TV; 2nd prize $200.00 VISA gift card; 3rd prize $100.00 gift card. Koi show dinner will be at Marie Callender’s on Shaw the same as the past few years.  Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

May
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the Apr koi club meeting was held at Bob and Nina Garrisons home and they discussed their club’s show, which will be held in Sep. Their show pin is being designed by Norman Call and should be delivered in a few weeks. They discussed feeding changes during weather changes; now is the time when they should be fed more. Oct, Nov and Dec meeting hosts are still needed. May 17th is the next general meeting and will be held at Tony and Nancy Palazzo’s home.  June 14 at 10:00 a.m. will be the joint club meeting with Bakersfield and they will have a sign up list at the May meeting.  Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

April
The Central California Koi Society held their April 12th meeting at the home of Bob & Nina Garrison.  Thanks to all the volunteers who came out to help and volunteer at our booth at the March home and garden show.  We discussed the upcoming koi show in September, Judges have been selected, one from AKCA and one from Shinkokai organization.  Our koi pin is being designed by Norman Call and is in production.  Vendors are signing up and all is progressing on schedule.  Rosimeri was voted as AKCA Koi Person of the Year.   There was a discussion on koi nutrition that Rosimeri handed out a printout with some handy tips on how, when and what to feed the koi.  After the meeting everyone went down to Bob’s tanks to see the koi he had for sale.  Our next meeting will be held on May 17th at 2pm at the home of Nancy and Tony Palazzo and our guest speaker will be Dr. Jessie Sanders of the Aquatic Vet Services of Northern California.

March
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the Feb general meeting was held at Rosimeri and Seng Tran’s home. Discussed upcoming home show; a good opportunity to try to gain more members and the booth is free. Volunteers will have a free pass to the home show and we need volunteers to work at the booth. The show is March 7-9. Volunteers will hand out flyers and membership forms and answer questions during two hour shifts. We have two koi show field trips planned: Mar 15 -16 to Gardena NA SoCal then Apr 12 -13 to San Jose for ZNA NorCal. If enough people sign up to go we can rent a van. Our joint meeting with the Bakersfield club will be Jun 14 in Bakersfield.  Our 36th annual CCKS koi show will be in Fig Garden Village Sep 26 set up and show Sep 27-28. Will need volunteers to help set up and take down. Plus we need members to host meetings. If you can host a meeting contact Rosimeri. Membership dues of $35 are due Mar 1.  Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

 

February
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports with the New Year come new adventures and experiences. Some of the ideas they’re discussing at our upcoming Feb meeting will be to attend upcoming koi shows; there is the ZNA SoCal show in March 15-16th along with the ZNA NorCal show in San Jose on April 12-13th. Visiting other koi shows is a great way to meet other koi kichi and see how other clubs put on their koi show and of course view the beautiful koi on display. Another is attending the Fresno Home & Garden Show at the Fresno Fairgrounds on March 7th – 9th; we have been offered a free booth and it is great opportunity to showcase our koi club to other prospective members. This year we will be attending the joint meeting with our sister club, The Bakersfield Koi and Watergarden Society sometime in May.  Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

January 2014
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports their Holiday Party was held in Dec at the home of Dale and Sandy Winn in Fresno.  A Potluck theme and gift exchange provided a fun social event for all.  Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

November
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the Oct  general meeting was held at Fam and Robert Rangel’s home. Good to see new members (the Rangels and James and Carol from Visalia). Profit from the Koi Show was $204. Koi pins are still available for the years 1997-2013.  Contact Rosimeri if interested in pins. Boards of Directors’ positions are available if interested. Nov general meeting will be at Joyce and Ed Kroeker’s home at 527 W. Browning at 7:00 pm. Watch your pond water temperature and avoid feeding fish when water is 50 degrees or less. Also discussed was the idea of purchasing hard shell tanks for their 2014 koi show. Lots of raffle prizes were given away.  Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

October
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the 35th annual CCKS Koi show was a success, thanks in part to all of the club and non-club members who volunteered; also to board members and officers who worked together to put on one of the best koi shows this club has seen. We sold out vendor space and added two new vendors this year: Seaside Aquatics from Los Angeles and Joe Guraro of Redwood Garden Bridges. Our returning vendors were AKCA/KOI USA, PS Koi, Barstow Koi, Sumner Avenue Watergardens and our own Bob Garrison. We expanded our shade cover for the tanks and all the tanks were inside (not out in the sun) which helped keep the water cool and the water quality in check. Tomigai donated show banners, which Seng put together using some PVC frames as splash guards. There were 70 koi entered: 32 took First Place, 19 took Second Place, and 5 took Third Place. The Grand Champion, Size 7 Kohaku, owned by Alvin Au; Reserve Grand Champion, Size 7 Kohaku, owned by Roger & Ginger Spradlin; and Reserve Grand Champion B, Size 7 Kawarimono, owned by Roger & Ginger Spradlin. I am already planning the 2014 show, my brain never stops. At our October 8th general meeting at the home of Robert & Fam Rangel we will be accepting nominations for the 2014-2016 Board of Directors positions. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

September
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the Sep 10th general meeting was held at the home of Rosimeri and Seng Tran; there was an impressive turnout & members enjoyed touring the main pond where the Trans have a varied collection of koi. Then there are the baby koi on the side of the house which members enjoyed viewing as well. Seng gave everyone a tour and explained his filtration system and pond set up. We had a guest, Steve Moua, who is new to the hobby and who is looking for information on how to start up a pond, and members were very welcoming and helpful with information for Steve to use for his future set up. There was a signup sheet for volunteer for the koi show passed around along with a signup sheet for the koi show banquet; members were encouraged to come to the show site on Friday, Sep 27th at 7a.m. to help get the show site set up. Rosimeri discussed the final preparation for the koi show and everyone was very excited to hear that the club has acquired many donations of koi food, pond and koi care items that will be raffled off on both Sat, Sep 28th and Sun, Sep 29th, thanks in part to Mike Przewoznik of Sumner Avenue Water gardens, who was able to get some of the donations for our club. Seng discussed the effects low pH has had in the water quality levels of his pond, and how he has begun utilizing baking soda to raise the pH along with making pH pills made of Plaster of Paris. Rosimeri announced that she and Seng will be traveling in Oct 18-20th to our sister club, the Bakersfield Koi &Water garden Society’s, koi show at the Kern County Fair to show koi and to present a Friendship Award. Members were encouraged to come cheer them on along with explore another club’s koi show set up. The monthly raffle was held, and then members enjoyed refreshments and spent time socializing and catching up. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

August
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the design for the new koi pin for the show in Sep will be the Sanke. Raffle prizes for the show will be first prize IPAD2, 2nd place TV, 3rd place Kindle Fire. Mike P from Sumner Avenue Water Gardens will sponsor the Grand Champion. We will be having the koi show dinner at Marie Callendar’s. Choice of country fried steak, roast turkey or pot roast. Seng Tran will do water quality checks in tanks during koi show; please advise people not to overload tanks. The club is planning to enlarge shade cover over all tanks so they are in the shade all the time, which will cost the club about $400.00. We will really need people to help set the tanks and covers on Friday morning then take them down Sunday afternoon. Vendors at the show will be Sumner Avenue Watergardens, Barstow Koi and Robert Ghormoz. Next general meeting will be Aug 14, 2013 at Mary Helen’s at 7:00 pm.; her address is 6345 N. Marty. Next board meeting will be at Rosimeri and Seng Tran’s on Aug 20, 2013 at 6:30p.m. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

July
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the June joint meeting with our sister club the Bakersfield Koi and Watergarden Society was a success with over a dozen Bakersfielders making the trek up north to Fresno. The weather was not too bad and we all enjoyed socializing and the raffle was a great success; everyone walked away a winner. The July 9th meeting was a bit low volume but seeing the temps hit 106 not a surprise. We had a small crowd but yet we still were able to help our newest members, the Rangel’s with their koi, move from Visalia to Fresno. The koi will be in a temporary environment until Robert and Fam plan out their future pond; they walked away with a lot of information to take into consideration before building a pond. Rosimeri brought us up to date on the September koi show and announced that she has taken over the newsletter, and she said she has gotten rave reviews and hopes to introduce articles from the AKCA and KOI USA in the newsletter. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

June
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports it’s nearly that time again; the Joint Meeting with our sister club, Bakersfield Koi and Water garden Society. This year the meeting will be held on Saturday, June 15th at 11:00 a.m. at Tony and Nancy Palazzo’s home located at 41071 Adobe Way, Madera. The club will be providing tri-tip and beverages and we ask the members attending bring a side dish of their choice: i.e. Salad, Rolls, Desert, Pasta, Veggie Tray or whatever you can provide. There will be a raffle for different koi/pond items and if you are interested in donating anything towards the raffle please contact Rosimeri at 559-970-8508 or email at cencalkoi@gmail.com. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

May
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports that instead of a club meeting in Apr, a number of members met in San Jose for the ZNA koi show. The Joint Meeting with our sister club, Bakersfield Koi and Water Garden Society, will be held on Sat, Jun 15th at 11:00 a.m. at Tony and Nancy Palazzo’s home located at 41071 Adobe Way, in Madera. The club will be providing tri-tip and beverages and we ask the members attending to bring a side dish of their choice: i.e., Salad, Rolls, Desert, Pasta, Veggie Tray or whatever you can provide. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

April
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the Mar meeting was held at the home of Dale and Sandy Winn and was well attended. Rosimeri discussed upcoming events that members would be interested in attending such as the ZNA So Cal Koi Show in Gardena the weekend of March 16-17. Also our club was invited to participate in the Shinzen Gardens Spring Blossom Festival. 12 members will be traveling together on a road trip to the ZNA NorCal Koi Show on Sat Apr 27th. Rosimeri made a presentation on Barley Bales, as we received a donation in October from Sumner Avenue Water Gardens, and many members were not aware of the use of Barley to ward off algae. Later on after the raffle, many members walked away with a bale or two and some knowledge on their usage. Our VP, Lou Weaver, did a presentation on spring pond care, discussing the importance of cleaning the pond, filters and observing the koi for any sores. There was discussion on spring feeding. There will be no Apr meeting as we will be heading to San Jose for the ZNA NorCal show. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

March
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the Feb general meeting was held at Rosimeri and Seng Tran’s home and 14 people attended the 1st meeting of 2013. We discussed our need of one more board member. Is anyone interested? Club dues are due and could be paid to Seng or paid at the meeting. The joint meeting with the Bakersfield Koi Club will be held in Fresno this year. A Field Trip to San Jose will be held on Apr 27 or 28th. Our koi show has been confirmed with Fig Garden Village for Sep 27th – Sep 29th. Lou Weaver gave a presentation on what to look for when buying quality fish. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

February
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the Feb meeting was held at the home of new President Rosimeri Tran; a small crowd showed up and we kept it informal. Rosimeri introduced the new Officers and reviewed upcoming events for the year, such as our koi show date and location have been reserved at Fig Garden Village for Sep 27-29, 2013. Our club will be taking a field trip in Apr to the ZNA NorCal koi show along with visiting the koi dealers in the San Jose area. We will be incorporating more koi health education into the meetings and this year we will be having a speaker at one of our meetings, possibly at the Bakersfield Joint Meeting in Jun.  Lou Weaver, our Vice President, gave a presentation on selecting koi and defining the differences between Showa and Sanke; afterwards we had a live presentation of koi by Lou, where he showed us what to look for in picking out tosai. Our next meeting will be on Mar 12th at 7 p.m. at the home of Dale and Sandy Winn.  Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com

January 2013
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the club is considering options for their recently awarded Speakers Grant from the AKCA.  New President Rosimeri Tran has replaced outgoing President Greg Mariano and is looking for fresh ideas to reinvigorate club meetings.  Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

November
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the November meeting was held at the home of Marjorie and Harry Imfeld.  Members enjoyed viewing the Imfeld’s pond and since it was a beautiful day we enjoyed having the meeting outside for some fresh air.  Dale took the reins in Greg’s absence, and began with the Officers elections.  The following are incoming 2013-2015 Officers:  President – Rosimeri Tran; Vice President-Lou Weaver; Treasurer-Seng Tran; Secretary-Sandy Winn.  All will be installed at the December meeting and will begin their term at the February 2013 meeting.  The Kohaku grow out awards were presented – Marjorie Imfeld won Largest Growth award as her koi grew the largest (ending at 15.5”).  Three members tied for Greatest Growth (9.5”): Marjorie Imfeld, John Kendall and Tony Palazzo.  We welcomed new members Allen and Kelly Shirley from Tulare who joined our club and are very enthusiastic in learning all they can about koi and their pond environment.  Our next meeting will be on December 8th for our annual holiday party at Dale and Sandy Winn’s home.  Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

October
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the Oct meeting was held at the lovely home of Liz and John Shields, who have a wonderful pond surrounded by rock boulders and large trees, which reminded her of Yosemite.  Dale discussed last Sep’s 34th Annual Koi Show, which was a big success.  We had 16 show tanks with over 116 koi exhibited.  There were exhibitors from Temecula, Bakersfield Koi Club, Nishiki Koi Club and So Cal Koi Club.  Two of our club members won major awards: Cuyler Legler took Reserve Grand Champion and Rosimeri and Seng Tran won Reserve Grand Champion B.  Nominations were submitted for the upcoming Nov officer elections as presented by nominating committee chair, Lou Weaver:  President – Rosimeri Tran; Vice President – Lou Weaver; Secretary – Sandy Winn; Treasurer – TBD.  Elections will take place on Nov 3rd and all new officers will be installed at the Dec meeting.  Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

September
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the Aug meeting was held at the home of Mary Helen DeLaTorre while the Sep meeting was held at Seng and Rosimeri Tran’s.  The hot topic continued to be the upcoming club show later this month (which will again be held at Fig Gardens), with final details still being nailed down.  The club invites everyone to come and visit.  They’re expecting a great turnout and the raffle prizes include an I Pad, a 32” LCD TV and a Kindle Fire, so don’t miss out on this fun event.  Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

August
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the July meeting was held on Jul 17 at the home of Dale and Sandy Winn; the meeting was very well attended.  Members enjoyed viewing both ponds the Winn’s have: A mini pond in the front along with a bigger pond in their backyard.  Greg discussed the success of the KHA wet lab and AKCA banquet; he also presented the AKCA Koi Person of the year award to Rosimeri Tran.  Dale discussed the pond history and his koi.  Rosimeri and Seng discussed their KHA calls for July and Seng presented the new tank covers that he designed for our koi show tanks with the help of Mrs. Vo.  Rosimeri brought us up to date on koi show information.  Everything is falling into place and we expect a sellout of show tanks this year. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

July
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the June general meeting was held at the lovely home of John and Sue Kendall and members enjoyed touring around their beautifully landscaped backyard; Sue is a master gardener and has a beautifully landscaped property. Laverne Wright discussed how previously she had a koi diagnosed with dropsy, which is also called pinecone disease; generally it is a fatal prognosis but she was fortunate enough that her koi recovered and is now doing well. Dale also mentioned his step son was having problems with the koi. Greg discussed koi show expenses, such as the club purchased two show tanks along with netting material which Seng has volunteered to make the net covers for. There was discussion of the pond tour, it wasn’t quite as busy as previous years but we have gained one new family to add to our club. KOI USA is looking for writers. We have begun the preparations for our 2012 koi show at Fig Garden village; it will be held the last weekend in September and set up will be on Friday September 28th; the koi judging will be on Saturday September 29th and it ends on Sunday September 30th. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

June
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports members had a joint meeting with our sister club, The Bakersfield Koi & Watergarden Society, which replaced our regular general meeting.   CCKS members mingled with the Bakersfield club along with other members from the High Desert club.  There was an abundant array of food along with the raffle items which many CCKS members took home.  The board is steadily working on finalizing plans for the September koi show and have secured the date and location along with the judges.  Members are eagerly awaiting the June KHA Wet lab and our next meeting will be held on June 16th at the home of master gardener Sue Kendall.    To keep up to date on upcoming events please check our website at http://www.cencalkoi.com.

May
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California KS, reports during the Apr general meeting, held at Bob and Nina Garrison’s koi ranch, members enjoyed touring Bob’s koi set up, viewing the beautiful koi he has raised and listening to Bob discuss the history of his pond and the many stages it has gone through.  Greg discussed our upcoming Pond Tour on May 19th along with our joint meeting with our sister club (the Bakersfield Koi & Water Garden Society) on May 12th.  There was an announcement that Rosimeri will now be on the KOI USA proof reading team; members were excited to hear that.  Members voted for the club’s AKCA Koi Person of the Year and after the ballots were collected and counted by the board it was official: Rosimeri Tran was selected as our 2012 Koi Person of the Year!  There was discussion on the upcoming KHA Wet Lab and AKCA Banquet; members were encouraged to attend the Wet Lab and Banquet.  To keep up to date on upcoming events please check our website.

April
Rosimari Tran, reports the Mar meeting was held at the home of Tony and Nancy Palazzo and was well attended. Members enjoyed viewing their pond along with listening to Tony discuss his concrete filtration system. Dale took over the reins of the meeting while Greg was away, discussing the upcoming Pond Tour in May along with the KHA Wet Lab in June. The Pond Tour flyers were passed out and we encouraged members to pass them out to family and friends. Tony gave us a history of the design of his pond and the changes that he made to improve the filtration system. Our next meeting will be on April 14th at the home of Bob and Nina Garrison.

March
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports their first meeting of the year was held in Feb at the home of club President, Greg Mariano; it was well attended and they covered upcoming events for 2012 such as the Pond Tour which is set for Sat, May 19th. They so far have 6 member ponds set up for the tour but more may be added in the upcoming weeks. Members are excited about the upcoming AKCA Business Meeting/Banquet and KHA Wet Lab being held in Fresno on Jun 30/Jul 1st and all are looking forward to learning more about koi

health. In Apr the board will set the date for their upcoming koi show which will be held sometime in Sep; they had a great turnout last year from visiting members from throughout North, South and Central California and they look forward to even more success this year. There will be elections in Nov for officers.

February
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California KS, reports the 2012 AKCA Business Meeting, Banquet & KHA Wet Lab will be held in Fresno June 30th thru July 1st at the Ramada University with room rates at $78 + tax.  The Saturday night banquet is $30 and the Saturday lunch is $17.50.  The registration form has been completed as well as the color full page ad for KOI USA magazine.  There will be a 50/50 raffle to help raise money for the AKCA as well as their (host) club.  Dues are due Feb. 1 but one can pay at the Feb. meeting.

January
Rosimeri Tran, of Central California KS, reports the club held their Holiday Party & potluck dinner last Dec. at Dale & Sandy Winn’s home.  They did not meet in Jan. but will be meeting in Feb.  Seng & Rosimeri Tran entered the ZNA NorCal show and won the President’s Award with their shiro utsuri!  The club will be hosting the AKCA’s Annual Business meeting, Banquet and KHA Wet Lab this June 30 & Jul 1.