INLAND KOI SOCIETY

Enoch “Mac” McClain
jmksmcclain@gmail.com
www.inlandkoisociety.org
Meets: 4th Sunday @ 2:00 pm, Jan-Nov

September
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports their Sunday Sep 24th meeting will be their annual field trip; this time to Barstow Koi Farm in Newberry Springs with host Ken Liu. Pot Luck meeting, so meet in Riverside at 5:30 a.m. and return about 4:30 p.m. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org.

August
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports our June 25, meeting was held at the home of Alex and Angela Franco.  The home has three flowing streams, around 800 gallons, that flowed under a wooden bridge to the front door.  The meeting was called together by Vice President Rob Fales.  We had a number of visitors who attended.  Angela, grilled burgers and hot dogs for all of our members and guests. Alex, was tasked with explaining all the features and filters that are too numerous to mention here. Although, probably because of the heat, and distance only about 40 people showed up.  That said, those who couldn’t attend missed out on a wonderful setting, and meeting.  Those who did attend had a great time with, a Hawaii like atmosphere. Our July 23, meeting was held at the home of long time members Nick and Peggy Milfeld.  They have lived in the home, on a half an acre for 30 years.  The pond is 30’x15′ built of rebar and gunite, with the depth going from 2′ to 4′, with an island in the middle.  IKS member Bob Walters, built the two pre-filters, fed by bottom drains, and skimmer.  Tony Simental, built a three chamber rock and gravel filter.  The entire location is absolutely beautiful, 72 trees planted, with outstanding koi.  Jeff Fleischer of ZNA SoCal was the scheduled speaker.  The upcoming meeting on August 27 will at the home of Mike Corsar.  The September 24 meeting will be a field trip to Barstow Koi.  The November meeting will be the holiday meeting at the Malls.  We are still looking for hosts for the October meeting. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org.

July
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports the June Pot Luck meeting will be held on Sunday the 23rd at the home of Nick and Peggy Milfeld in Riverside. The August 27th meeting will be at Mark Corser’s in Corona. Catered BBQ and a giant new pond to check out. In Sep the club will take a field trip to Barstow Koi Farm. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org.

June
No Report

May
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports they held a combined Board /Auction meeting May 17 at the Kushners. After a filling taco salad dinner, we discussed the April meeting, Summer meeting plans, and the May 3 Auction. On April 23rd they had a turnout of 49 at the Hunters and enjoyed this grand home and a PowerPoint presentation on the building of their magnificent pond (under the house). The Koi Auction and Used Equipment Sale will be held on Sat June 3 at Milfield’s Nursery in Riverside. $5 Bid Paddle includes lunch. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org.

April
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports our monthly meeting was held at the beautiful home of Rob and Renee Johnson. The Johnson’s have a 17,000 gallon pond with one of the largest cascading waterfalls I have ever seen.  Renee designed the pond, and Rob, who is a general contractor, built the pond himself, with the help of a consultant he hired.  The huge array of koi is beautiful, and they have a lot of water to swim in.  Rob gave a talk on the building of the pond and all the problems he had during the construction process.  Due to not having a guest speaker, Rob told of his current pond problems, and asked our membership to give him advice on how to correct them.  There were probably times that Rob wished he had not agreed to go alone with the process, in that some of our members were very candid in their suggestions.  Rob took everything in good spirit, as it was meant to be, and overall was very receptive to the advice he received.  Nick Milfeld talked about the IKS Koi auction and used equipment sale coming up on Saturday, June 3, 2017.  The co-chairs are Nick Milfield and Larry Leverett, if anyone has any questions.  As usual, the meeting was graciously officiated by Vice President Rob Fales.  The always great raffle was conducted by Rob, Deanna, and Eric Fales. AKCA Rep. Mac McClain read off the latest AKCA minutes, and took questions.  The April meeting will be hosted by Phil and Rachel Hunter on April 23.  The voting of Koi and Koi person of the year will be held at the April meeting. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org.

March
No Report

February
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports our January meeting was held at the lovely home of long time members Larry & Debby Leverett.  As always the Leveretts are very gracious and hospitable hosts.  As usual it rained at our January meeting, and as usual the Leveretts were able to accommodate everyone in their garage.  The Leveretts have a beautiful backyard, pond, and koi.  I’m sure everyone enjoyed the beautiful and serene landscape. Although probably due to the rain, only 33 people attended.  That said, the potluck food, including hot chocolate, beef stew, lasagna, and spaghetti and meat balls.  This was grand comfort food that made up for the rain and cold weather.  Spike Cover, the President of Koi Organization International (KOI), brought on one of their speakers Ken Austin, to give a talk on “Koi Behavior”.  Mr. Austin gave a very informative speech and power point presentations on the ten behaviors you should look for to ascertain if your koi are having problems.  He also emphasized that you really have to know your fish in order to critique if your fish has a problem or not.  It is advised that everyone have a microscope to check their koi with.  The Inland Koi Society (IKS) will hold a koi auction on Saturday June 3rd, at Milfeld Nursery, in Riverside, Ca.  Our next general meeting will be held at Inland Koi in Fountain Valley, Ca. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org.

January 2017
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports the December 7 meeting was held at the Kushners’ home and Linda served dinner. We discussed: A turnout of 55 on Nov. 20 at the Malls in Temecula on a beautiful day. As usual, it was festively decorated with great foods on the buffet. Fun games & prizes from the Fales. Members and guests loved exploring the pond and rest of the property. The Malls have offered to host again in 2017, if no one else wants November. Elections: Openings remain for President and Secretary; gained Theo Zoetemelk and Linda Kushner as directors. Randy McGarvey has completed his term and stepped down. Koi Auction June 3, 2017: Nick & Larry co-chairs. Theo is holding 70 koi for Auction, plus 120-125 at Ed’s, many quite small from the Blue Cut Fire rescue. Meetings will be at Nick’s, 7 pm: 2/8, 3/15, 4/12 and 5/24. Volunteer sign-ups will be held in January. Norma will handle the reprint of one of her shirt designs. The Jan 22nd meeting will be held at the home of Larry & Debbie Leverett in Riverside. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org.

December 2016
No Meeting

November 2016
No Report

October
No Meeting

September
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports the Sun Sep 25th meeting will be held at Steve and Laura Nyirady’s home in Yucaipa, with Eric Triplett introducing the Helix pond skimmer. George & Juli Ramirez of Claremont will host October 23, and Spike Cover will be asked to address winterizing the pond. Will be checking to see if the Malls in Temecula will host Thanksgiving again on November 20. We will be dark in December. On August 21, Kushners and Fales even carried their own water to Jungle Exotics in Devore to empty a 100,000-gallon reservoir pond of about 200 koi. Air tankers had used all but the last 15″ of water to fight the wildfires. Mostly small, but a second tank will definitely be needed in anticipation of a Koi Auction in June. Ed will bring small koi for the Raffle table in future months. Both Ultra Balance and Nijikawa USA are supplying food for the rescue efforts. And KOI USA will do a feature article on the rescue. Job Well Done! Ed Kushner and Tom Wright served as the Scholarship Committee this year and were pleased to report that they had selected Carrie Fales to receive the 2016 scholarship. The $500 award will help with the cost of textbooks as she continues her third year of studies in Animal Science at UC Davis. Keep up the good work! Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org.

August
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports due to a situation out of our control, there will not be a general meeting in the month of August. Our next meeting will be in September, and we look forward to seeing all of you. If you have any questions, please contact me at 909-225-2346. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org.

July
Mac McClain reporting from sunny Ca. Our June meeting was held at the home of new Inland Koi Society members Ed and Louise Broomfield..  The Broomfields have a concrete pond measuring 15’x7’x 5 ‘deep raised above the ground, with a waterfall.  The front and back yards are very nicely landscaped with a very relaxing setting.  The guest speakers were Dain and Chin of “Nijikawa USA”, who are reps. from a Canadian koi food maker that supplies breeders from all over the world. They spoke on the nutritional needs of koi.  One of our members Orville Hanson noted that our sound system was non working and that we needed a new one.  A motion was made to replaced the speaker, it was the seconded and approval was voted to purchased a new sound equipment. our next months general meeting will be held at the home of Nick and Peggy Milfeld .

June
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports the Jun meeting was held at the home of long time members Ed and Linda Kushner.  The meeting was opened by Inland Koi Society Vice President Rob Fales.  There was a great deal of anticipation in seeing the Kushner’s pond, due to the fact that it was recently, completely remodeled.  The anticipation was worth the wait.  The pond was beautiful.  Ed said since the remodeling he has less maintenance care on the pond.  The pond was enlarged from 5,000 gallons to 14,000 gallons.  Also in line for congratulations were youth members of our club, Erica Henry and Eric and Carrie Fales, who all graduated from college this year.  The guest speaker was Ed Brown of “ponderiffie”    His company specializes in landscape design and construction.  He also helped Ed and Linda with their remodeling.  Jack Marrin was the auctioneer for our koi auction and as usual did a great job.  A great time was had by all, and as usual the food from the pot luck was outstanding. The Sun Jul 24th Pot Luck meeting will be held at the home of Nick and Peggy Milfield in Riverside. Flowers were sent to past President Dennis Lynaugh’s Memorial on Jul 14th. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org

May
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports they had a wonderful turnout on April 24 at Francine’s with 46 attendees, and a wonderful yard to explore. Speaker Iva Gaglione, national manager for aquatic foods from Ultra Balance/Star Milling, “did it the way it should be done. A nice technical report.” She gave the club four boxes of bagged koi foods to be used in our raffles for the next few months.   They confirmed meeting plans for most of the rest of the year: May 22 at the Kushners; June at Broomfields; July at Milfelds; August at the Nyiradys. Considering bus trip to Barstow Koi in October. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org.

April
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports at the March 30 meeting we discussed: We had a wonderful turnout on March 20. The Leveretts went to the ZNA SoCal Gardena Show, as did several others. About 22 went to Burt Ballou’s home and although Mark Whelan could never be reached and was at the Gardena Show, too, Gloria Ballou contacted him and gave us entry to the Whalen’s pond through a shared back gate. Joe & Peter Cao at Inland Koi were wonderful hosts to 42 of us and made lots of sales that afternoon. They were less shy this time and talked quite a bit. We confirmed meeting plans for April 24 at Francine Hoffman’s, May 22 at the Kushners. Considering bus trip to Barstow Koi in October. Iva Gaglione of Ultra Balance will speak on Koi Nutrition at the April meeting. More hosts are needed for the rest of the year; to invite the club to your home and choose your month, please call the Fales.  Riverside Flower Show: We’ll set up a display pond in the lobby at the Elks Club on Friday, April 15, at 4pm; tear down will be Sunday at 4pm. We need a new promotional flyer for the club to put by the display. The Leveretts will be part of the garden tour. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org.

March
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports our February meeting was hosted by Armand and Eve Blais.  They have been members of the Inland Koi Society for two years and have constantly been very supportive of our club.  Armand stated to me that he “would host the meeting every month, if they would let me”.  Now that is dedication.  The Blais’ initial pond came with the house when they purchased it.  They have since built a new pond with the assistance of our former newsletter editor, Pete Miles, and a filter expert extraordinaire, Bob Walters.  The pond is 4 feet deep, has 5500 to 6000 gallons of water, and has beautiful and large koi.  Our guest speaker was Jack Chapman who gave a great and very informative presentation on spring into summer transitions for your pond. As usual the pot luck food was outstanding, and the Blais were great hosts.  Rob and Deanna Fales conducted our raffle, with Jack Marrin doing an excellent job in auctioning off some of our recovered koi.  Finally, my lovely wife Jill and I were honored to receive the 2015 Koi person of the Year award. Our March 20th membership meeting was held at Inland Koi, located in Fountain Valley, CA.  The meeting was held a week earlier this month due to Easter this year being on our regular meeting day.  The owners of Inland Koi, Joe and Peter Cao, were very gracious hosts as always.  They both talked about their move to their new location in Fountain Valley.  The new location is much larger, and has a beautiful setting.  The brothers take turns going to Japan 2 to 3 times a year to purchase their koi.  The koi they have are exquisite, and a number of our members purchased some of them.  Due to the brothers discussing the history of their business, and taking a number of good questions from our membership, we did not have a regular guest speaker.  The pot luck food was outstanding and enjoyed by everyone.  Although our Vice President Rob Fales would have to leave right after we ate, he and his wife Deanna purchased and delivered gifts for our raffle.  Rob, upon leaving, turned the running of the program and raffle over to myself.   As the AKCA Rep, I informed the membership that the Koi person of the Year and the Koi of the Year winners would have to be voted on and turned over to the AKCA by May 1st.  I also went over the minutes from the last AKCA board meetings.  I would like to thank Erica Henry for assisting me with the raffle.  The entire meeting went very well, and our next meeting will be hosted in Riverside by one of our dedicated members, Francine Hoffman. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org

February
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports in Jan the club held a Potluck Meeting at the home and pond of Larry and Debby Leverett in Riverside. Speaker Burt Ballou presented a myriad of technical and practical information related to pond construction. The Feb Potluck meeting will be held at the home of Armand and Eve Blais in Menifee on the 28th. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org.

January 2016
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports at the December 2 meeting we discussed: Great turnout of 68 at the Mall’s. Day was comfortably warm and crystal clear! A bountiful feast, as usual! Confirmed meeting plans for Jan. 24 meeting at the Leveretts in Riverside, 2-5PM. Open seating in the garage for a presentation from Burt Ballou. February 28 meeting is tentatively set; to invite the club to your home and choose your month, please call the Fales. Elections Results: We remained without a President, Secretary or Newsletter Editor, but Larry Leverett and Tom Ross have returned as Directors. Norma offered to take on Secretary; was approved by the Board. Francine Hoffman volunteered to supply sodas for meetings; she is enjoying writing to members. Edward-Dean Museum: A team of eight (Nyirady, Fales, Marrin, Leverett) did a pond clean-out on a cold, wet and miserable day in November. The Nyiradys maintain the pond there, and muck it out once a year. Water was murky, full of leaves and the trees are still shedding, but the koi looked good. Facility needs to participate. Member Renewal: Lots of forms were returned at the meeting; more coming in the mail. 2016 Pond Tour: So far six members have offered to show their ponds this year, but they are located from Claremont to Yucaipa! A decision must be made in January whether or not to have the tour, but we need more ponds in closer proximity. The tour does not invade your home, just the yard; please consider volunteering to show off your pond this year! AKCA: 2016 Seminar will be in Cedar Falls, Iowa; Sunday tour will be to Kloubec Koi Farm. Next Board meeting will be Wed., Jan. 27 ~ back at Jack’s! Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org/.

November
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports he’ll once again be serving as the club’s AKCA Dir/Rep. Our October meeting was held on the farm of Inland Koi Society Board of Director Randy McGarvey and his lovely wife, Pauline.  The McGarveys have a lovely rustic type yard with a number of animals, including goats, chickens, pheasants, and koi.  They have a nice koi pond with colorful koi, including two beautiful blue koi.  Wesley Gonzalez from Van Ness Water Gardens was supposed to be our guest speaker, but couldn’t attend to unforeseen circumstances.  But no problem, one of our most knowledgeable members Spike Cover, stepped up and gave an outstanding presentation on pond care. I started a new procedure that will have me going over the AKCA minutes with the entire club, at our monthly meetings, as opposed to just the Board of Directors, at the board meetings. Our November meeting will be our Thanksgiving feast at the home of Jerry and Pat Mall. The monthly meeting is set for this Sunday, November 22 at the Mall’s home.  The newsletter had the wrong date but the location is accurate. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org.

October
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports the Oct 25th Potluck Meeting will be held Sun from 2 – 5 p.m. at the home of Randy & Pauline McGarvey in Yucaipa; speaker will be from Van Ness Watergardens. The Nov meeting will be held on the 22nd at the Malls in Temecula. Edward-Dean Museum has asked for help with a pond clean-out in November. Steve & Laura Nyirady have been maintaining the pond there, and if this is scheduled it will be a team effort. Any interested in helping should check with them or Rob. Two Director and two Officer seats are vacant, and several appointive/volunteer jobs are available. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org.

September
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports the club’s Sep 27the Potluck meeting on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. will be held at the amazing home of Jack and Norma Marrin in Redlands. Come tour the gardens and enjoy the hospitality. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org.

August
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports the club traveled to the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park, San Diego, for a joint meeting with the Koi Club of San Diego. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org.

July
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports the club’s net proceeds from the auction were $4,626.92. They had an excellent turnout for the meeting at the Hunters despite the distance and the heat; 58 mastered the mountain, including some special visitors. Amazing landscape changes and filtration changes! Mark Krakower made this his last meeting, as he and Fran planned to leave Wednesday, July 8, for a new home in Florida. Also received & accepted the resignation from the Board of Dennis Lynaugh due to health issues. Mark and Dennis are both Past Presidents; each served many years on the Board and chaired a Pond Tour – Mark in 2008 and Dennis in 2010. Both will be missed. Elections are coming again in November; nominating committee will begin searching for candidates in September. Who is willing to jump in and get their feet wet? The July meeting has been cancelled and the Aug meeting will be held at the Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park, San Diego. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org.

June
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports “Come Celebrate the Fourth” with Phil & Rachel Hunter in Temecula on Sunday, June 28 from 2:00 ~ 5:00 PM . Phil will be grilling hotdogs while Rachel serves sodas, iced tea and lemonade. We’re asked to bring all the sides to share for a Fabulous Fourth. Speaker: Norm Walsh of Bridge Way Koi. Topic: New Ways of Filtration. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org.

May
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports their Apr meeting was held at the beautiful home of Francine Hoffman.  Francine’s yard is like being in a beautiful park decorated with great lawn art and antique decorations.  She has two ponds; one has eleven koi and a number of gold fish.  The second pond has gold fish only.  Approximately 65 people attended the meeting, and a great time was had by all.  Our news editor Pete Miles won the Koi Person of the Year Award, and our treasurer, Sandy Hanson’s koi won the Koi of the Year.  Jack Chapman was our guest speaker and gave a very good talk on the koi health emergency care kit. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org/.

October
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports we had the privilege of having our Sep meeting at the beautiful home of Richard and Dee Dee Henry. In addition to their beautiful home, the Henrys have a lovely tropical inspired backyard, with the back drop of a koi pond, swimming pool, spa, basketball court, and a separate building that is a bathroom complete with a shower.  The pond is filled with very vibrant colorful koi that accent the entire back yard.  Not only were the Henrys gracious enough to allow us into their home, but they also provided delicious BBQ, cooked by Richard’s brother, who is a caterer.  As you can imagine, everything was splendid. I had the honor of presenting a plaque to Sandy and Orville Hanson for the 2014 Koi of the Year.  I welcomed the new members and guests that attended the meeting.  We did not have a guest speaker this month and chose to go with the always popular “expert panel” to take questions from the audience.  I would like to thank the panel members Spike Cover, Ed Kushner, Larry Leverett, Mark Krakower, and Theo Zoetemelk, for sharing their knowledge and to our members and guests for their great questions. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org/.

 

September
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports their Aug meeting was held at the home of Miguel, Kelly and Ricky Sierra.  Unfortunately, I was unable to attend, but was told that everything well. This was due to the hospitality of the Sierra family and the running of the meeting by our very able bodied Vice President, Rob Fales.  In Sep, our meeting will be held at the home of Richard and Dee Dee Henry.  This will be the first time the Henrys have hosted a meeting, and we really appreciate them for undertaking this endeavor.  The topic of discussion, by our speaker, will be on the best time to buy koi and how to pick them. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org

August
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports our July meeting was held at the home of new members, Armand and Eve Blais.  The Blais family lives off of a golf green and have a liner koi pond that was there when they purchased the home.  Newsletter Editor Pete Miles gave an excellent presentation on tips to help your koi survive the summer.  A representative of Toba Fountains gave a presentation and demonstration on their pond and pool fountains.  The fountain has about four water heads, timer, and lights that can be controlled by a remote control.  Although, it was hot, a good time was had by all.  Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org .

July
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports the June meeting was held at Mystic Koi & Water Gardens in Upland, California.  The owners, Bill and Sandy DeBrosky and Shawn McHenry, as usual, were great hosts.  Mystic Koi has been around since 1996 and has koi with prices that will fit every pocket book.  In addition to the beautiful variety of koi, Mystic Koi also has an excellent selection of equipment and koi food.  Bill gave an excellent talk on his koi and the history of Mystic Koi.  I was honored to present two $500.00 scholarships to two of our student members, Erika Henry and Carrie Fales.  As a member of the board that selects the scholarship recipients, it was hard to choose just one of these remarkable young ladies.  Consequently, as opposed to what we do normally, and choose one person, we decided to choose two this year.  I would also like to take this time to thank the San Diego Koi Club for their donation of $250.00 toward our scholarship fund.  Thanks to their generous donation, it made giving out two scholarships a little more palatable.  Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org/.

June
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports in May, we did not have our monthly membership meeting, but we did have our 2014 Koi Pond and Garden tour.  The pond tour went very well with around 240 people attending.  As a result of the tour we potentially have some new members.   I would like to personally thank Larry Leverett for coordinating the tour and for all the home owners who allowed us to place their homes on the pond tour.  I would also like to thank all the volunteers who, without their help, the pond tour could not have taken place.  At the June meeting we will be announcing the names of the student who received the Annual Inland Koi Society Scholarship award. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org/.

 

May
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports their Apr meeting was held at the beautiful home of Francine Hoffman.  Francine’s yard is like being in a beautiful park decorated with great lawn art and antique decorations.  She has two ponds; one has eleven koi and a number of gold fish.  The second pond has gold fish only.  Approximately 65 people attended the meeting, and a great time was had by all.  Our news editor Pete Miles won the Koi Person of the Year Award, and our treasurer, Sandy Hanson’s koi won the Koi of the Year.  Jack Chapman was our guest speaker and gave a very good talk on the koi health emergency care kit. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org/.

April
Our March meeting was held at this writer’s home.  The weather was great, and 65 people attended the meeting.  We got potentially three families as new members of our club.  Our pond is a 4000 gallon rubber liner pond with 30 koi and one turtle.  We discussed our upcoming pond tour on June 1, in Riverside, California.  We also will be taking applications for the Inland Koi Society annual $500.00 scholarship for children of IKS members attending college.  In addition, the IKS awarded the friendship award to Jack “Koi Jack” Chapman for one of his fish that was entered in the San Diego Koi Club Show.

March
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports our Mar meeting was held at this writer’s home.  The weather was great and 65 people attended the meeting.  We got potentially three families as new members of our club.  Our pond is a 4000 gallon rubber liner pond with 30 koi and one turtle.  We discussed our upcoming pond tour on Jun 1, in Riverside, California.  We also will be taking applications for the Inland Koi Society’s Annual $500.00 Scholarship for children of IKS members attending college.  In addition, the IKS awarded their friendship award to Jack “Koi Jack” Chapman for one of his fish that was entered in the San Diego Koi Club Show.  Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org/

 

February
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports their Jan meeting was held at the Edward Dean Museum in Cherry Valley, CA, which began as private collections of two art directors, J. Edward Eberle and Dean W. Stout.  The museum is now the property of Riverside County.  Our speaker was club member Orville Hanson, who gave an outstanding presentation on UV lights and how to choose the right one.  IKS Vice-President Rey Quirong resigned his post due to personal reasons.  The 2014 IKS officers and directors were introduced and installed by Nick Milfeld.  Our Feb meeting was a joint meeting between us and the San Diego Koi Club.  We had about 70 members combined from both clubs that attended at the Historic Mission San Luis Rey, in Oceanside, CA.  Matt Rhoades gave a great talk on the Gin Rin Koi, and Pete Miles and Frank Painter gave an outstanding presentation on “The Factor of 4 in Planning and Building a Pond.”  Finally, I’m happy to say that the San Diego Koi club donated $250.00 to our scholarship program for member’s kids that are going to school, and involved in the health and well being of koi and animals.  Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org/.

January 2014
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports their Nov Thanksgiving meeting was held at the absolutely beautiful home of members, Jerry and Pat Mall.  Set on a large acreage, their pond has some of the largest and most beautiful koi that you will ever see.  We all dined on turkey thanks to the Malls, with all the Thanksgiving trimmings.  Our annual election was held, with Ed Kushner (Director), Rey Quirong (Vice-President) and myself (President), being reelected.  Although we had our board meeting on Dec 7th, we did not have a club meeting in Dec.  We will be having our Jan meeting at the Edward Dean Museum.  Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org/.

November
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports for the month of Oct the Inland Koi Society membership went on a field trip to the Barstow Koi Farm in Newberry, California.  After being provided a continental breakfast by the club, our members loaded a tour bus to begin our adventure.  Upon arriving at the farm, one of the owners, Ken Liu, gave us an outstanding tour of the farm.  We then were able to purchase some nice koi, followed by a tasty Subway lunch provided by the club; and finally, we departed for home.  Overall a grand day was had by everyone.  Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org/.

October
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports their September meeting was held at the beautiful home of members Cathy and Mariano Palpallatoc. Mariano and Cathy’s Kohaku won the IKS Koi of the year contest and went on to take third place in the AKCA Koi of the year contest. The theme of the meeting was Hawaiian, and all the Hawaiian style food was provided by the Palpallatocs, who own a Hawaiian BBQ restaurant. The food was outstanding. I gave a koi breed of the month talk on Asagi. Our guest speaker was Shawn McHenry, who gave an outstanding talk on koi food and nutrition. I reminded everyone of our upcoming field trip to Barstow Koi in October; our November meeting and our Thanksgiving dinner will be at the home of our members, the Mall Family. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org/.

September
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports their Aug meeting was held at the home of Steve and Laura Nyirady. The Nyiradys have a beautiful home, back yard, three ponds, waterfalls and fantastic koi. Although it was very hot and muggy, the Nyirady’s shady back yard, and the cool breeze, made the meeting place a nice setting. Spike Cover gave a great talk on our koi breed of the month, the Shiro Utsuri, which was well received by everyone. Our guest speaker was Dr. Galen Hansen who gave a very informative and comprehensive presentation on koi health. Dr Hansen is a pioneer in koi health and because of pioneers like him, we now have numerous resources on koi diseases and how to control them. Overall, everyone had great food and a great time. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org/.

August
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports their July meeting was held on July 28, at the home of IKS member Audrey Rowland. To beat the heat, we started an hour later at 3:00 p.m. One of our members’ (Mariano and Cathy Palpallatoc) Kohaku won 3rd place in the AKCA Nationwide Koi of the Year competition. I had the honor of presenting the trophy to him! Another member, Karen Willson, gave a talk on the history of the Kohaku and Jack Chapman gave a talk on Koi 101. Both speakers gave great presentations. The Aug. 25th 3 – 6 p.m. meeting will be at the home of Steve and Laura Nyirady in Yucaipa. Proposed Program Speaker is Dr. Galen Hansen on Koi Disease and Treatment. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org/.

July
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports their June meeting was held at the beautiful home of members Phil and Rachael Hunter. The Hunter’s beautiful pond was actually built before the house was built. The house was then built around the pond. Part of the pond is actually inside of the house. Their koi are all high quality and a beauty to behold. Our guest speaker was Burt Ballou, who spoke on filters, both bio and pre. We also gave a $500.00 Scholarship Award to Erika Henry for her support of the IKS functions and animal programs. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org/.

June
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports although they did not have a May General meeting, on Saturday June 1, the Inland Koi Society had our Koi and equipment auction. A number of members and guests attended the event which was very successful. Members and guests were not only able to purchase Koi and equipment for a great price, but were also treated to a nice lunch, as part of your entry fee. The weather held up for the most part, and we only had problems with a few of the Koi, due to the heat. I personally purchased four Koi and they look splendid in my koi pond, and were welcomed with open fins by my koi pond residents. Anyone who has ever coordinated putting on any type of event, know the work and stress that goes into making it work. Our volunteers worked tirelessly throughout the day, and again thanks to all. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org/ .

May
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports the April meeting held at Ed and Linda Kushner’s in Corona. No meeting was scheduled for May. The Auction will be held Jun 1; see website for details. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org.

April
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports their Mar meeting was held at the home of Nick and Peggy Milfeld. The back yard is like a touch of the Northwest, with giant trees, beautiful plants and a gorgeous pond. Our guest speaker was Mark Whalen who gave an outstanding presentation on how to photograph koi fish. This was right in line with our Apr meeting where we will be asking our members to bring photos of their best fish for entry into our Koi of the Year contest. Larry Leverett gave an informative talk on the Kujaku koi. Nick Milfeld spoke on both the construction of his pond and our upcoming koi and equipment auction in Jun. All and all, a great time was had by everyone. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org/.

March
Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports their Feb meeting was held at the beautiful home of Deanna and Rob Fales, who have an outstanding back yard and pond. Their waterfall is mesmerizing. Rather than the normal guest speaker, we had a panel of our members as experts to answer questions from our members. This format was well received by the membership. Nick Milfeld spoke on our upcoming koi auction. In addition, we had board of director Pete Miles talk on the Ogon breed of koi. This is keeping with our new procedure of discussing each breed of koi at our monthly meetings so as to familiarize our members with the history of each koi breed and how to ID them. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org/.

February
Mac McClain, of Inland Koi Society, reporting from sunny California. Our monthly meeting was held on Jan 27, at the home of IKS members Larry and Debby Leverett. We had over 40 members attend. The Leveretts have a 4000 gallon pond with four waterfalls, and it contains 25 koi. It’s a concrete pond with a water proofer added to the concrete. Our board of directors decided to help familiarize our members with different breeds of koi, by having someone at each meeting give a presentation on a different breed. Our first attempt at this endeavor was made by myself. I chose my favorite koi which is the showa. I gave a 15 minute presentation that appeared to be well received by the members. We also installed our new board members with myself as president, Rey Quirong as Vice President, Pete Miles as Newsletter editor, Randy McGarvey, and Tom Wright as Directors.

January 2013
Mac McClain, of Inland Koi Society, reports first of all, I would like to thank everyone who voted in our Nov election. As a result of the voting, Rey Quirong was elected as vice president and I was elected as your new president.  Welcome to our new board members, Tom Wright and Randy McGarvey, and Pete Miles who has volunteered to become our new newsletter editor. I am looking forward to working with the board to continue our goal of making our club the best koi club in the AKCA.  In addition, I would like to thank our former president, Dennis Lynaugh, for all of his hard work and dedication. And a big thanks to Debby Leverett, who is stepping down as our newsletter editor. I think we will all agree that under the direction of Debby our newsletter is second to none.  Hope everyone had a great holiday season. As you know, we had our holiday meeting at Pat and Jerry Mall’s residence. The Malls, as usual, were the most gracious hosts you could ask for. Their home is absolutely beautiful, and their koi are a wonder to behold. The Malls have opened their home up for our holiday meetings a number of times, and we really appreciate it.  Our Jan meeting will be held at the home of Larry and Debby Leverett. As I mentioned at our Nov meeting, we are starting a program in which a specific breed of koi will be chosen to be discussed at every meeting. It is our hope that by doing this all of our members will become familiar with each type of koi and how to identify them by name. At our Jan meeting I will be discussing the Showa koi.  In closing, I would like to thank all of you for your participation in making this an outstanding organization.

November
Mac McClain, of Inland Koi Society, reports they had their annual club field trip on Saturday October 27. Over 40 members participated in the three fold trip. It began with a bus trip to Mission San Luis Rey Mission, located in Oceanside, California. We were warmly well received by our member and mission director, Karen Willson. Karen gave a very comprehensive but short tour, due to time constraints. Her tour made you want to come back for more. The mission has been there since the 1700s. In 1953, the Sisters of precious Blood created a koi pond next to the chapel. The pond has two “old timer” Koi in the pond. One is 45 years old and one is 55 years old. Under the leadership of one of our members, Pete Miles, the pond recently had a complete makeover. The club was treated to a video of the reconstruction narrated by Pete. Thanks to Karen for her outstanding hospitality.  Next we went to the Oceanside pier, for a great lunch at Ruby’s Diner. We then proceeded to Meadowbrook Village a Christian retirement and assisted living facility in the city of Escondido, California. The facility has a full scale traditional Dutch windmill. The windmill was actually built in Holland and transferred to Escondido. The other highlight of the visit to Meadowbrook is a 150,000 gallon koi pond that is absolutely beautiful. The facility is owned by a Dutch friend of one our members, Theo Zoetermelk, who is also a Dutch American. A big thanks to Theo for coordinating the trip to the facility.  All and all it was a long day, but was enjoyed by all in attendance.

October
Mac McClain, of Inland Koi Society, reports their meeting was held Sunday, Sep 23, at the home of Board Director Rey Quirong and his lovely wife, Joy. At Rey’s request, the theme of the meeting was Hawaiian, with most people in Hawaiian attire and tropical food for the potluck. The weather was good and was helped by the fact that Rey opened his pool to anyone wanting to partake. Pete Miles and Kazuko made up a special batch of their delicious tropical tea. Our guest speaker was CKK Spike Cover. Spike, as would be expected, gave an outstanding lecture of the importance of quarantining your fish, no matter where you get them from. Our next meeting, on Oct 27, will consist of a bus trip to San Luis Rey Mission in Oceanside, CA and the Meadowbrook Village Windmill in Escondido, CA.

September
Enoch “Mac” McClain, of Inland Koi Society, reports our meeting in the month of August was hosted by Koi Judge Pam Spindola. Pam was certified by the Associated Koi Club of America in 2004, and equaled the highest test score ever achieved for certification. Pam is not only a judge but is a former editor in chief of KOI USA Magazine. We were extremely pleased when Pam agreed to host our meeting. We had 56 members and guests that attended our meeting, including koi health expert Jack Chapman, from the San Diego club, who donated a koi for our raffle.  Pam’s beautiful home has a yard that places you in a lavish tropical setting that is both peaceful and radiant. She has two ponds. The one in the front is called the Varsity pond, which is a concrete pond with a 5000 gallon capacity. The second pond in the back is the JV pond which is a liner pond, with a 2500 gallon capacity. As would be expected, both ponds contain absolutely beautiful koi that reflect the skillful eye of an elite koi judge.  Pam started out by giving us a brief history of how the koi hobby came to be. She then proceeded to delight us all with her slide presentation of her trip to Japan visiting koi farms. Upon introduction to Pam, she struck me as being very shy and reserved. All of that shyness went out the window when she began to narrate the slide show. Her narration of her trip had a “down home folksy” eloquence that was well received by our members and guests. Her enthusiastic talk was reflective of a person who loves the koi hobby and has made it a big part of her life.  Although some of our attendees were able to view the slide show from inside of Pam’s home, the majority of our members watched the slide show outside on laptop computers. This by no means was a perfect science, but thanks to our “tech expert” Orville Hanson, we were able to get through it. Pam was an excellent hostess and speaker, and made all of us feel like family.  We had the honor of presenting the AKCA award for Inland Koi Society’s 2011 Koi Person of the Year to board member Bob Henry. We also acknowledged the 2012 Inland Koi Society persons of the year, Sandy and Orville Hanson.

August
Mac McClain, Inland Koi Society, reported meeting in the month of August was hosted by Koi judge Pam Spindola. Pam was certified by the Associated Koi Club of America, in 2004, and equaled the highest test score ever achieved for certification. Pam is not only a judge but is a former editor in chief of KOI USA Magazine. We were extremely pleased when Pam agreed to host our meeting. We had 56 members and guests that attended our meeting, including Koi expert Jack Chapman, from the San Diego club, who donated a koi for our raffle.  Pam’s beautiful home has a yard that places you in a lavish tropical setting that is both peaceful and radiant. She has two ponds. The one in the front is called the Varsity pond, which is a concrete pond with a 5000 gallon capacity. The second pond in the back is the JV pond which is a liner pond, with a 2500 gallon capacity. As would be expected, both ponds contain absolutely beautiful Koi, that reflect the skillful eye of an elite Koi judge.  Pam started out by giving us a brief history of how the Koi hobby came to be. She then proceeded to delight us all with her slide presentation, of her trip to Japan, visiting Koi farms. At my first introduction to Pam, she struck me as being a very shy and reserved. All of that shyness went out the window when she began to narrate the slide show. Her narration of her trip was of a “down home folksy” eloquence, that was well received by our members and guests. Her enthusiastic talk was reflective of a person who loves the Koi hobby and has made it a big part of her life.   Although some of our attendees were able to view the slide show from inside of Pam’s home, the majority of our members watched the slide show outside on laptop computers. This by no means was a perfect science, but thanks to our “tech expert” Orville Hanson, we were able to get through it. Pam was an excellent hostess and speaker, and made all of us feel like family.  We had the honor of presenting the AKCA award for Inland Koi Society’s 2011 Koi Person of the Year to board member Bob Henry. We also acknowledged the 2012 Inland Koi Society persons of the year, Sandy and Orville Hanson.  Thought of the Month: “I can accept failure but I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan.

July
No Report

June
Mac McClain reporting from sunny California. Due to our pond tour on June 3, 2012, the Inland Koi Society did not have a meeting in May. The pond tour was held in the city of Redlands, California. We had a total of eight ponds on the tour, and it was well received by the nearly 300 people who visited the ponds. After the tour, all the members who participated in the tour were treated to a great rib eye dinner. A big thanks go out to everyone who were involved in the tour, and for Jack & Norma Marrin for the use of their beautiful home, and yard for the dinner.  Finally, I would like to offer a huge thanks to Nick Milfeld for coordinating the entire tour. Nick took a very difficult task and made it look easy. Thought of the month: ‘It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities” – J.K. Rowlings

May
Inland KSMac McClain reporting from sunny California. The March meeting of the Inland Koi Society was held at the home of former AKCA President Larry Leverett and his lovely wife Debby, who is our newsletter editor. I must say under the leadership of Debby, our newsletter is second to none. The weather as usual was beautiful, and we had 66 members who attended. The Leveretts have a beautiful home and a great pond. The pond was started a couple of years ago, while Debby was out of town. I guess Larry just couldn’t wait for the final approval. The pond is 4000 gallons, has four waterfalls, and 25 beautiful fish. It was breathtaking just watching them swim around in such a serene setting. In addition to the pond, they recently put in a 400 gallon quarantine tank.  Our guest speaker was Doctor Galen Hansen, who is not only a retired OBGYN, but a certified Koi judge who has been in the Koi hobby since 1981. Galen has entered his Koi in 88 Koi shows and won over 1300 prizes. It is no wonder why he is such a renowned Koi judge, and has judged Koi in both Japan and Australia.  His presentation of a slide show from his trips in Japan, both for personal and for judging, was outstanding. His simple eloquence and use of the slides kept everyone’s attention. It was obvious from his delivery, that he was not only very knowledgeable about Koi, but truly and sincerely loves the Koi hobby. I think I can speak for the entire club, when I say it was truly an honor to have Galen and lovely wife Maureen as our guests.  Congratulation to our new Koi persons of the year, Sandy and Orville Hansen. For all of their hard work, they are truly deserving of this award.  Finally, Nick Milfeld briefed everyone on the upcoming Inland Koi Society Pond Tour, in Redlands, CA on Sunday, June 3, 2012.  Thought of the Month: “There’s more than one way to look at a problem, and they may all be right” – Norman Schwarzkopf.

April
Mac McClain reporting from sunny California: The Inland Koi Society’s March Meeting was held at Inland Koi located in Riverside, Ca. The rain really poured down, and although we had the meeting outside, this did not dissuade the enthusiasm displayed by our membership and guests.

Thanks to the hard work of some of our Board members and staff, 4 pop up tents, sufficed to keep most of the rain off of us.

Our hosts, Joe (owner of Inland Koi) and his brother Peter Cao, were great hosts and extremely accommodating to everyone.. Inland koi is located in a 2,500 sq. ft. building. The building contains a number of tanks including two new 3,400 gallon tanks and a number of 400 gallon show tanks. These tanks all run 24/7 with Sequence and Wave pumps. The owners recently returned from Japan where they got 3,000 beautiful new Koi.

Our Guest speaker was Jack Chapman who gave an outstanding talk on filters and how to use the size of your Koi, and the food you feed them, in a formula (seemed similar to the formula of relativity), to try to avoid overloading your filter. Jack, a 41 year Veteran of the United States Navy

gave a talk that was not only informative but very funny. His sense of delivery kept everyone’s attention. Even the distraction from the pouring rain, took a back seat to Jack’s presentation. After Jack’s talk I told everyone his lecture was like listening to Rodney Dangerfield and Albert Einstein all combined.

Our pond tour coordinator, Nick Milfield reminded all of our members and guests of the upcoming pond tour to be held in Redlands Ca, on June 3, 2012. Overall, it was a great day with good food, and camaraderie.

Thought of the month: -Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please- Mark Twain

Enoch “Mac” McClain, AKCA Rep/ Vice President

Inland Koi Society

March
Greetings from Sunny California, My wife Jill, and two daughters Kelly and Sabrina, had the honor of hosting the February Meeting of the Inland Koi Society. The weather was almost perfect and a typical California winter day. Our librarian and board member, Rey Quirong gave a book report on the external and internal anatomy of a Koi. Rey’s book report was not only educational but humorous. All of the people in attendance.

February
Mac McCain, of Inland KS, reports that their New Year started off on a high note.  Their meeting was held at the Edward-Dean Museum & Gardens in Cherry Valley, Ca. on January 22nd. The Museum contains decorative art from the 16th through the 19th century and has a beautiful koi pond.  In 1964 the museum was given to the county.  They were welcomed by one of their staff, RaLana, who was a great hostess.  They provided a light meal for their members that were really appreciated.  They also installed new officers and board members.  This included Mike being installed as the new Vice President, and Patricia Hurley and Ed Kushner as directors.  Their guest speaker was one of their members Orville Hanson, who gave a very comprehensive and informative talk on the different type of pond filters, and the pros and cons of each one.  One of their directors, Rey Quirong, gave an outstanding book report on the Manual of Koi Health.  Another one of their directors, Bob Henry, gave a talk on the importance of donating blood.  Yet another director, Nick Milfeld, spoke on their 2012 pond tour.  They had over 50 people in attendance.  During the meeting, they discussed the need for volunteers to assist with different tasks that were coming up, including their pond tour to be held on June 3rd.  Over all the meeting went extremely well.  “Thought of the Month:  To be a champ you have to believe in yourself when nobody else will.” – Sugar Ray Robinson

January
No Report