KOI CLUB OF SAN DIEGO

San Diego, CA
John Svelan, President
president@koicsd.org
koiclubofsandiego.org
Meets: 2nd Sunday @ 1 pm

September
Scotty Yee, of Koi Club of San Diego, reports on Sunday Sep 10th the club will meet at the home of Augusto & Colleen Angelucci in La Jolla. The Koi Auction will be held on Sep 30th in Escondido; contact Tamsie Pierce for details. Their new website is up and running, so check it out at https://www.koiclubofsandiego.org.

August
No Report

July
Scotty Yee, of Koi Club of San Diego, reports the Sunday July 9th Pot Luck meeting will be held at the home of Shirley & Carl Elswick in San Diego. Galen Hansen will be the Guest Speaker; Topic will be indentifying koi health issues by behavior observation. The August 13th meeting will be at the home of Show Chair Dr. Bob Adler in Bonita. Check out their website at https://www.koiclubofsandiego.org.

June
Scotty Yee, of Koi Club of San Diego, reports the Sunday June 11th Pot Luck meeting will be at the home of Judie and Jeff Lincer in La Mesa. Shawn McHenry will be the Guest Speaker: Topic will be the Grow Out Contest. The Koi Auction was cancelled due to lack of sufficient volunteers. The first Show planning meeting will be on the 21st. Check out their website at https://www.koiclubofsandiego.org.

May
Scotty Yee, of Koi Club of San Diego, reports that unfortunately The Friends of Koi Auction had to be cancelled due to a lack of sufficient volunteers; instead a meeting was held at the home of Scotty and Erica Yee in Bonita. Pot Luck at noon; meeting at 12:30. The June meeting will be at the home of Judie and Jeff Lincer in La Mesa. Shawn McHenry will be the guest speaker. Check out their website at https://www.koiclubofsandiego.org.

April
Scotty Yee, of Koi Club of San Diego, reports the Apr 9th meeting will be at the Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park. The speaker will be Sara Shah on the History of the Japanese Friendship Garden. Set up at 11 a.m.; lunch at 12 noon; and meeting starts at 12:30. Pot Luck. Check out their website at https://www.koiclubofsandiego.org.

March
No Report

February
No Report

January 2017
Scotty Yee, of Koi Club of San Diego, reports the Dec 11th Pot Luck and Christmas Gift Exchange was held at the home of Bonnie McIlvaine in Vista. The Jan 8th meeting was at the home of Frank and Nancy Cannizzaro in San Diego. The Feb 12th meeting will be held at the home of Lenore Wade in El Cajon. The 30th Annual KCSD Koi Show will be held Mar 3-5 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Activity Center. Check out their website at https://www.koiclubofsandiego.org

December 2016
No Meeting

November 2016
No Report

October
No Meeting

September
Scotty Yee, of Koi Club of San Diego, reports the Sep 11th Pot Luck meeting will be at the home of Charlie and Jennifer Hein in La Jolla. Social Hour at 12:30; Meeting starts at 1:30. Guest speaker will be Eric Triplett, AKA “The Pond Digger.” The Oct 9th Pot Luck meeting will be at the home of Susi Woods in San Diego. Featured will be an Oase Living Water Pondo Vac demonstration. Winner of the 30th Annual Koi Show Pin Contest was Jamie Kanes. Nice work, Jamie! Check out their website at https://www.koiclubofsandiego.org

August
Scotty Yee, of Koi Club of San Diego, reports the Aug meeting will be held on the 14th at San Diego Pond and Garden in Poway. Owner Steve McIntosh will be the guest speaker. Pot luck is the order of the day. The Sep 11th meeting will be at Charlie Hein in La Jolla. The speaker will be Eric “The Pond Digger” Triplett. This meeting will also be a Pot Luck, so bring a dish and your chair. Check out their website at https://www.koiclubofsandiego.org.

July
Scotty Yee, of Koi Club of San Diego, reports the Pot Luck July 10th meeting was held at the home of Augusto & Coleen Angelucci on Whale Watch Way in La Jolla. Guest speaker was Shawn McHenry of Mystic Koi. The Aug 14th Pot Luck meeting will be held at San Diego Pond & Garden in Poway. The pin contest for the upcoming 30th Annual Koi Show is now underway. Check out their website at https://www.koiclubofsandiego.org.

June
Scotty Yee, of Koi Club of San Diego, reports the monthly General Meeting was scheduled to be held June 12th at Underwater Environments in Encino. Hosts Scott “Mojo” Mojonierre and Melinda Tidball are anxious to show off their new location and Mojo will be the guest speaker. The June meeting will be held at the home of Augusto & Colleen Angelluci in La Jolla. Speaker will be Shawn McHenry of Mystic Koi and elections will be held. Check out their website at https://www.koiclubofsandiego.org

May
Scotty Yee, of Koi Club of San Diego, reports the May monthly meeting was at Bonnie McIlvaine’s home in Vista on May 15th. Speaker was Judy MacKenzie, Master Gardener, who designed Bonnie’s extensive gardens. The Friends of Koi Auction on May 21st featured great koi at great prices and some gently used but fully operational pond equipment. The June 12th meeting will be at Underwater Environment’s new location in Encinitas; social hour at 12:30 and meeting at 1:30. Check out their website at https://www.koiclubofsandiego.org.

April
Scotty Yee, of Koi Club of San Diego, reports the Apr 10th meeting will be at the home of Dr. Robert Adler and Janice List in Bonita. The catered meeting will begin at 12:30. The May 15th meeting will be at the home of Bonnie McIlvaine in Vista. Check out their website at https://www.koiclubofsandiego.org.

March
No Report

February
Scotty Yee, of Koi Club of San Diego, reports the club’s 29th Annual Koi Show will be held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds March 5th & 6Th. The Awards Banquet will be held in the Activity Center featuring Brazilian Steakhouse. Mmmm! Check out their website at https://www.koiclubofsandiego.org.

January 2016
Scotty Yee, of Koi Club of San Diego, reports the Jan 10th meeting was held following a Pot Luck dinner at the home of Lenore Wade in El Cajon. Preparations and arrangements for the upcoming 29th Annual Koi Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds dominated discussion, along with ongoing Koi Rescue efforts. Check out their website at https://www.koiclubofsandiego.org.

 

November
Scotty Yee, of Koi Club of San Diego, reports the November meeting was held on the 8th at the home of Vito and Nathalee Adragna in Lakeside. Speaker was Dr. Galen Hansen who spoke on Judging Koi and which ones to take to the show. The meeting was a Pot Luck and the host provided refreshments. The Dec 13th meeting will be at the home of Bonnie McIlvaine in Vista with a Potluck luncheon and a Christmas Gift Exchange. Check out their website at https://www.koiclubofsandiego.org.

October
Scotty Yee, of Koi Club of San Diego, reports the Oct meeting was at the home of Mickey & Sherry Goldman in Carlsbad. Guest speaker was Ben Plonski from Laguna Koi Ponds, whose topic was “Buying Koi in Japan.” The Nov meeting will be at the home of Vito and Nathalee Adragna in Lakeside; guest speaker will be Dr. Galen Hansen on Judging Koi. Check out their website at https://www.koiclubofsandiego.org.

September
Scotty Yee, of Koi Club of San Diego, reports the Sep 13th meeting will be held at the home of Carol Costarakis and Rolf Haas in San Diego. Guest speaker will be Spike Cover. Check out their website at https://www.koiclubofsandiego.org.

August
Scotty Yee, of Koi Club of San Diego, reports the Aug general meeting will be a Pot Luck at the Japanese Friendship Gardens in Balboa Park. This will be a Joint Meeting with the Inland Koi Society and the SoCal Water Garden Society. Speaker will be Mike Kawamura, VP of the Japanese Friendship Garden, on their history followed by a tour. Check out their website at https://www.koiclubofsandiego.org.

July
Mike Poynor, of Koi Club of San Diego, reports the July 12th meeting was held at the home of Nurullah and Azra Ansari in Mira Mesa. His state-of-the-art filtration system features a Norm Walsh Bridgeway Koi Profi Drum mechanical filter with Pro-drum connect control, 3 Pentair 3hp programmable pumps, a Zapp Pure 100 watt UV sterilizer, a multi-cyclone particle filter, a giant Aqua UV Bubble Bead, and an 80 liter Hakko air pump that services a 130 cubic feet bio-ball chamber. He has also created a hand crafted automatic feeder that allows the fish to feed themselves by bumping their noses on a trigger. All waste water is sent to their garden where they grow all sorts of exotic fruits and vegetables. His isolation/quarantine tank also provides a source for his hydroponic garden. Check out their website at https://www.koiclubofsandiego.org.

June
Mike Poynor, of Koi Club of San Diego, reports: April, 2015-The Steering Committee had its regular meeting and among other business, reviewed the details and financial outcomes of the “28th Annual Koi Show and Water Garden Expo” held last month at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on March 7-8, 2015.  Members agreed this was one of the most successful Koi Shows, ever, and they gave the credit to Jack Chapman (“Koi Jack”) as the Chair of the event who organized and motivated so many members in making the Show a big success. On April 12, Mavis Porter hosted our potluck lunch meeting at her sprawling home in Solana Beach.  Her living room is one of the few homes where you can look out the big windows to the west and see the Pacific Ocean, then turning your head you can look out the windows to the east and see the distant mountains.  Jack Chapman (“Koi Jack”) used his Koi medical skills to present a program entitled “Spring Time/Aeromonas Alley and Koi Health” and talked about Koi and filter conditions and precautions to take with rising water temperatures. MAY, 2015- The Steering Committee had its regular meeting and among other business reviewed the new and colorful KCSD membership form developed by John Svelan, Paul Atkiss, and Jerry Myers, heard a report from Nominating Committee Chair, Tom Shay, concerning candidates for the upcoming June election, and discussed plans and details for the upcoming “Friends of Koi Auction.” On May 16 the Club held its annual “Friends of Koi Auction” at the California Koi Farm in Fallbrook, hosted by the owner, Takemi Adachi.  This was the last Club event at this location because Takemi has sold the Koi Farm property and will be moving to Japan to rejoin his father’s Koi breeding businesses.  Club Treasurer, Paul Atkiss, planned, organized, and chaired this event which was a big success in auctioning more than 100 beautiful Koi along with used pond equipment, and netting the Club over $3,000.00 in revenue. On a breezy Sunday, May 17, the Club’s monthly meeting was a joint meeting between the Koi Club of San Diego and the Water Garden Society at the Chula Vista home of long time members, Al and Tamsie Pierce. President Tamsie and Al treated the Clubs to a  delicious luncheon (not a potluck) of lasagna and salad, and deserts which featured a birthday cake to celebrate the birthdays of Jack Chapman (2015 Koi Show Chair) and long time member and Past President/Show Chair Bill Thompson. Long time member and one of the Club’s early founders, the unforgettable Norm Meck, was honored for his lifetime of distinguished dedication to Koi and the Club.  Steve Buckles received his trophy for “Koi Person Of The Year 2015″ for his exceptional service to the Club during the year and for orchestrating the many tasks needed to produce the Club’s 2015 Annual Koi Show.  Tamsie presented the program and spoke on how to care for and cultivate water lilies, including special protective techniques if Koi swim in your water garden. JUNE, 2015- The Steering Committee of the Koi Club of San Diego (KCSD) had its regular meeting Wednesday, June 3, and among other business, congratulated Treasurer Paul Atkiss for his outstanding work as Chair of the Club’s Annual “Friends of Koi Auction” held on May 16, 2015 where more than 100 prized Koi along with pond equipment were sold to the highest bidders, which raised more than $3,000.00 for the Club. Member Bill Newell (a retired professional photographer and Koi lover) and John Svelan (Membership Chair and past KCSD President) have teamed up to do a monthly “member’s pond” article in the monthly Newsletter, featuring photos and backgrounds on a different member’s pond each month.   The Club’s monthly newsletter featured a memorial picture of the late Tom Ayers, Chair of the AKCA Judging Program, in honor of his lifetime Koi keeping contributions and many visits to our Club’s Annual Koi Shows. The Club’s monthly potluck luncheon meeting was hosted on a sunny afternoon on Sunday, June 14 by member Barbara Jenkins-Lee (founder/owner of Rancho De Mar Travel) and her little white dog, Snoodles, at her beautiful Solana Beach home on one acre of landscaped grounds featuring her Koi ponds, bridges, numerous patios, bonsai, and Buddha statues (one nearly six feet tall).  Barbara’s twenty Koi were all obtained from member Jerry Myers’ “Vagabond Koi” Program which rescues and re-homes Koi.  Barbara’s travel agent career has taken her to many Asian destinations, and her travel souvenirs are everywhere, indoors and outdoors.  By membership vote, the current officers were re-elected for another term: President, Tamsie Pierce; VP-Program, Scotty Yee; VP-Venue, Susi Woods; Secretary, Phyllis Spoor; and Treasurer, Paul Atkiss. Check out their website at https://www.koiclubofsandiego.org.

May
The Koi Club of San Diego met at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park on April 13th. Ben Plonski, from Laguna Koi Ponds, was the speaker who did a fabulous PowerPoint presentation about buying koi in Japan. It was also the club’s 30th Anniversary, so of course their President, John Svelan, brought a super cake with the Club’s logo. Check their website for pictures of their Founder, Dr. Galen Hansen and newest member, Pete Miles, cutting the cake (koiclubofsandiego.org). Jack Chapman was appointed Show Chairman for their 2015 Koi Show at their April 16th Steering Committee meeting. They are starting to organize now because Jack has many changes that he wants to incorporate such as extra awards, new sizes, using Shinkokai judges to honor the many years of support they have given them as vendors, new computer program, having the awards banquet with their fish rather than off site and many more changes.   May 3rd found their club members at Cuyamaca College in El Cajon for their Spring Garden Festival. Many people came to their booth to look at the koi that Jack brought as a conversation starter. They handed out show brochures to the interested public which has complete koi, pond and website information. On May 10th the Friends of Koi Auction will take place at California Koi Farm in Fallbrook. This is the time to thin out their ponds and to pick up koi deals and gently used pond equipment. On May 18th, their General Meeting will be a joint meeting with the Water Garden Society at Kay and Clark Corbin’s in Ramona. Besides the potluck and speaker, they look forward to viewing Kay’s many ponds and a new hot house. Tamsie Pierce will be the main speaker who will discuss pond plants and fish. The election slate will be presented at this meeting. So far, they have Tamsie Pierce and Jerry Myers running for President, Scotty Yee for Vice President of Program, Susi Woods for Vice President of Venue, Phyllis Spoor for Secretary and Paul Atkiss for Treasurer. It should be an interesting election at their June meeting. June 8th their General Meeting will be at Marde and Lillian Smith’s home which is the home of this year’s Grand Champion from the Koi Club of San Diego. They are hoping to use their grant money that they won from AKCA at this meeting and, as fate would have it, also hoping that Russell Peters will be able to be their speaker since Peters and Sons Koi and Pond is where the Grand Champion came from.

April
No Report

March
Lew Hileman, of Koi Club of San Diego, reports it held its 28th Annual Koi Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Activity Center on Mar 7th & 8th. Show Chair was Jack Chapman and Vendor Coordinator was Linda Pluth. There were 49 tanks and almost 250 koi. Chien Lee took home both the GC and the RGC trophies. Congrats Chien! The delicious dinner, prepared by Brazilian Steakhouse, was served in the Activity Center and a gracious plenty of awards provided something for almost everyone! Check out their website at https://www.koiclubofsandiego.org.

February
No Report

January 2015
No Report

November
No Report

April
No Report

October
Linda Pluth, of KC of San Diego, said their guest speaker for their September meeting was Justin Beaver from Beaver Creek Aquatics, a vendor at their Annual Koi Show, who spoke on Winterizing in San Diego. The Oct. 12th meeting will be at James & Kelly Van Jen’s place in Vista, also known as Koiland. Besides being able to enjoy all of James’ beautiful koi he will speak on “How to Enjoy Your Koi” and there will be a Q & A on koi and ponds. The Nov. 9th meeting will be at Tom & Lynne Fuller’s in Lakeside and their guest speaker will be Iva Gaglione of Ultra Balance discussing koi nutrition. Bonnie McIlvaine is once again generously hosting their Christmas Party with none other than Koi Jack as Santa Claus on Dec. 14th. The meeting is a festive potluck with a lively gift exchange. Linda is reminding everyone to enter the photo contest. Go to their website (www.koiclubofsandiego.org) to check out the requirements and digitally submit your entries. You can check out the photo entries submitted so far and add yours to the mix. Anything koi, pond or Water Garden related is eligible. Last year the winning photo became the cover of their Show program. Jerry’s (Jerry Myers) Vagabond Koi Rehoming/Rescue Program continues to stay extremely busy. He will have the very first edition of Latamer P. Koi Vagabond T-shirts at the Oct. meeting. Jerry organized a joint koi rehoming event with the Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista & Vagabond Koi on Sept. 6th that successfully rehomed 77 koi. Jerry Myers, Paul Atkiss and John Svelan were the hands-on koi wranglers, and some happy koi club members were able to adopt some beautiful koi and went home happy. Photos, taken by Phyllis Spoor, are on their website. Linda, their JFG Liaison, reported that the Japanese Friendship Garden’s Annual Filter Stomp cleaning has been scheduled for Saturday, September 20th at 8:30 alm. It should only take a couple of hours and guaranteed to be lots of fun! Someone from the Garden will be videotaping the bio-filter cleaning process to be used in future documentaries and education sessions. Jack Chapman is their 2015 Show Chairman who added a Long Fin B trophy. They now have 20 trophy classes. The Catamaran Hotel is sponsoring a trophy in appreciation of Jerry’s Vagabond Koi. Scotty Yee has posted the show poster on 3 other koi related websites. The entrant and vendor packages are already on their website. Judges are all set; planning for the March 7-8th, 2015 Show.

September
No Report

August
Linda Pluth, of Koi Club of San Diego, reports Saturday, September 20th at 8:30 am KCSD will be taking apart and cleaning the bio-filter at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park.  Our Club maintains the filter system and our KHA, Jack Chapman, oversees the pond’s water quality and koi health.  Once a year we clean one side of the two chamber bio-filter and replace UV lights.  Anyone can come and participate or just watch the rest of us get gooshy dirty as we stomp out the gunk in the open cell foam.  This is a good time to see the Norm Meck filter system up close and personal!  Jack Chapman, our 2015 Show Chairman, is forging ahead with show plans for our 28th Annual Show that will be held March 7th and 8th 2015.  The banquet will be at the show site with our koi and will include filet mignon, shrimp, vegetables and sausage on skewers.  We have confirmation from our six judges: Kate McGill, Head Judge, Andy Moo, Ben Plonski, Ken Liu and Shawn McHenry.  Our sixth judge is none other than our own Dr. Galen Hansen.  This will be his last show as a judge so how fitting is it that he will be judging the San Diego Show. He is one of the persons responsible for the AKCA Judges Certification program in the United States.  He has never been a judge at our show before since he was always entering koi and was responsible for coordinating the judges for each of our shows.  What a great way to retire!  He is excited about it and we are excited to share this experience with him.  We will recognize Galen at the banquet along with another retiring member, Norm Meck, who always handled water quality at our shows (and other shows around the country) as well as the computer program and overhead results display.  The banquet sounds like a great opportunity to say goodbye to these two giants of the koi world.  We are thinking about creating the show T-shirts and pin earlier than usual so we can advertise the show earlier.  The By-laws review committee will be meeting within a month to review the By-laws for any changes or additions as the Club evolves.

July
Linda Pluth, of the KC of San Diego, said their club was well represented at the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on June 20th at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park.  Once a year the Garden recognizes its many volunteers with a dinner, entertainment, games and awards.  Their club had 7 members, three of whom received special awards:  Jack Chapman (for 184 volunteer hours), Shirley Elswick (for best costume) and Linda Pluth (for being reliable).  Their new President, Tamsie Pierce, presided at her first steering committee meeting on July 3rd at the Studio Diner.  This may be their new steering committee home since the Diner never closes so their meetings can go on as long as they want!  Plus the food (and the hot fudge sundaes) are excellent!  They welcomed the new Vice President of Program, Scotty Yee, who presented his program selections through November.  They also had returning elected officers Susi Woods, VP of Venue, Phyllis Spoor, Secretary, and Paul Atkiss, Treasurer, in attendance.  The club’s Vagabond Koi rescue, led by their Webmaster, Newsletter Editor and Koi Whisperer, Jerry Myers, has rescued over 400 koi during 2014, some of which have found a new home at the Catamaran Hotel and Stone Brewery.  The rescue mission is ongoing and needs donations to help pay for food, electricity, water, etc. while at Jerry’s Vagabond Koi Sanctuary (his home).  Donations can be facilitated through their website at koiclubofsandiego.org.  Their KHA Rep and 2015 Show Chairman, Jack Chapman, reported no sick fish calls since the water temperature is now in the 70s.  As Show Chair, he has completed the selection of awards with Shirley Elswick, Awards Chairman.  Photos and sponsorship amounts will be posted on their website shortly.  The Vendor and Entrant Kits are being drafted and will also be available on their website as well as being sent out via email.  They continue to research developing the computer program that runs the koi entry/judging and posts results at the show.  They agreed that the bylaws need to be reviewed once a year and updated, if necessary.  Linda Pluth is heading that committee with John Svelan, Paul Atkiss and Jack Chapman to assist.  Their next General Meeting will be held at the home of Phil and Marcia Halpern on July 13th.

June
The Koi Club of San Diego had their Steering Committee meeting at Boll Weevil again (awesome burghers) with John Svelan, Linda Pluth, Paul Atkiss, Matt Rhodes, Jerry Myers, Jack Chapman,  Mike Polynor, Shirley Elswick, Bill Thompson, Tamsie Pierce, Phyllis Spoor, John Spoor, Susi Woods, Lew Hileman and Scotty Yee.  Their Editor in Chief, Jerry Meyers, explained the progress on Vagabond Koi and the 2015 Koi Show technologies that are being revamped for this and other shows.  The section of pictures of members’ ponds should just reflect current members and all members are encouraged to submit a profile to their new VP of Program, Scott Yee for publication.  The Vagabond Koi Rescue has rescued over 45 koi from the Harmony Grove Spiritual Retreat.  42 of them are happily swimming in their temporary water home at the Koi Whisperer’s Lakeside Koi Sanctuary.  The Sanctuary now holds almost200 koi and they need donations for the Sanctuary to keep this wonderful new addition to their club going strong.  Great new T-shirts are available through info@koicsd.org.  Due to the efforts of Mike Polynor five of the six local TV stations showed up at their Harmony Fire Koi Rescue.  Many of the local fire fighters were extremely helpful in helping them with the effort.  KHA club member and Project KHV at AKCA Koi Jack Chapman is assisting a club member with several sick fish in his pond.  The koi the member got from their koi auction are doing well.  The original fish that the member had before the auction are sick and continue to be nurtured by Jack.  The 2015 Koi Show and Water Garden Expo with Chairman Jack Chapman who explained their early progress on the 2025 Koi Show and Water Garden Expo and gave them a heads up on everything “show.”  The General meeting at Marty and Lillian Smith’s in El Cajon gave them a second look at this years’ Grand Champion Kohaku.  Thanks in part to the AKCA grant they were able to secure Russell Peters who spoke on koi quality and how to buy the right baby for a possible grow out champion.  New club officers and appointments were voted and named with Tamsie Pierce installed as new President, Scottie Yee installed as new VP of Programs and Lew Hileman appointed as AKCA Representative.  Susie Woods, Phyllis Spoor, and Paul Atkiss retained their respective positions as VP of Venue, Secretary and Treasurer.  Special Guest Louis Hernandez, from the AKCA, was there as well to meet the new AKCA rep.  They had a vote on the Joint Bakersfield Koi and Water Garden Society meeting on Saturday, September 13, 2014 and at least 10 members who were present decided to attend.  There was also some discussion on water tubs for photographs of the koi being benched at the show.  They had some discussion of doing the modification themselves rather than purchasing them. Jerry Kyle, of the Camellia Koi Club, advised the CKC has unanimously voted to offer to host the 2015 Annual AKCA Business Dinner Meeting and the AKCA-KHA Wet Lab.  We have not seen a sanctioned KHA Wet Lab since the 2002 Lab in San Jose and with the Lab Class since being opened to all AKCA Club members to observe as well as KHA attending students the opportunity to host such an affair for the advantage of all our newer members is too much to pass up.  Please put us on the top of your list of active AKCA supportive clubs to consider.

May
The Koi Club of San Diego met at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park on April 13th.  Ben Plonski, from Laguna Koi Ponds, was the speaker who did a fabulous PowerPoint presentation about buying koi in Japan.  It was also the club’s 30th Anniversary, so of course their President, John Svelan, brought a super cake with the Club’s logo.  Check their website for pictures of their Founder, Dr. Galen Hansen and newest member, Pete Miles, cutting the cake (koiclubofsandiego.org).  Jack Chapman was appointed Show Chairman for their 2015 Koi Show at their April 16th Steering Committee meeting.  They are starting to organize now because Jack has many changes that he wants to incorporate such as extra awards, new sizes, using Shinkokai judges to honor the many years of support they have given them as vendors, new computer program, having the awards banquet with their fish rather than off site and many more changes.   May 3rd found their club members at Cuyamaca College in El Cajon for their Spring Garden Festival.  Many people came to their booth to look at the koi that Jack brought as a conversation starter.  They handed out show brochures to the interested public which has complete koi, pond and website information.  On May 10th the Friends of Koi Auction will take place at California Koi Farm in Fallbrook.  This is the time to thin out their ponds and to pick up koi deals and gently used pond equipment.  On May 18th, their General Meeting will be a joint meeting with the Water Garden Society at Kay and Clark Corbin’s in Ramona.  Besides the potluck and speaker, they look forward to viewing Kay’s many ponds and a new hot house.  Tamsie Pierce will be the main speaker who will discuss pond plants and fish.  The election slate will be presented at this meeting.  So far, they have Tamsie Pierce and Jerry Myers running for President, Scotty Yee for Vice President of Program, Susi Woods for Vice President of Venue, Phyllis Spoor for Secretary and Paul Atkiss for Treasurer.  It should be an interesting election at their June meeting.  June 8th their General Meeting will be at Marde and Lillian Smith’s home which is the home of this year’s Grand Champion from the Koi Club of San Diego.  They are hoping to use their grant money that they won from AKCA at this meeting and, as fate would have it, also hoping that Russell Peters will be able to be their speaker since Peters and Sons Koi and Pond is where the Grand Champion came from.

April
Linda Pluth, of Koi Club of San Diego, reports on March 1st and 2nd KCSD held its 27th Annual Koi Show which was a huge success thanks to Show Chair Matt Rhoades and our wonderful club members that worked so hard.   The show was well attended by both entrants and vendors alike.   Marde Smith took top honors with his  Kohaku Grand Champion and Hikari Muji Non-Gosanke Champ (both size 7).  The awards banquet was held at Tony Jackal’s in Solana Beach. The next meeting will be on April 13th at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park, which will be a full-on potluck. Our guest speaker will be Ben Plonski of Laguna Koi Ponds talking about purchasing Fish from Japan.  Ben is a dynamic speaker, a knowledgeable professional and a good friend of the Club who has been in the business over 20 years.  The next date will be the Spring Festival on May 3rd from 9am to 4pm, at Cuyamaca College in the El Cajon/Spring Valley area.  We will be manning a booth as part of our community outreach program, dispensing information on koi and pond keeping.   Our Friends of Koi Auction will take place on Saturday, May 10th, at California Koi Farm in Fallbrook.  Sunday, May 18th, will be the regular meeting delayed a week so we can all celebrate with our mothers.  The May meeting will be at the home of Kay and Clark Corbin and held jointly with the Water Garden Society.  Another potluck amid the blooming landscaping of the Corbins’ home and a chance to see their new front pond and Kay’s hot house (created by Clark) where she had tropical water lilies blooming all winter.  Our own Tamsie Pierce will be our guest speaker who will discuss Pond Plants and Fish.  Candidates for the June election will be announced.  June 8th we will meet at the home of Marde and Lillian Smith in El Cajon.  June is the month for elections.  Linda Pluth is the chair of the Nomination Committee so please contact Linda if you are interested in becoming more involved with the Club.

March
No Report

February
During the January general meeting of the Koi Club of San Diego, John Svelan presented an informative discussion for the koi classification session on the lineage and attributes of Showa with illustrations.  This, along with Koi Jack’s background of the lineage of koi, made for an enjoyable afternoon at the beautiful home of Alan & Lesley Collins.  Alan and Lesley have been members for many years and it is always a delight to have a meeting at their home.  February 15th will be a joint potluck with Inland Koi Society at the Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside.  Following that meeting, the countdown begins for the 27th Annual KCSD Koi Show held at the Del Mar Fairground Activities Center.  Set up and check in will begin on Friday, February 28th and the official judging time to begin on Saturday, 10 a.m.  If you haven’t already registered for the show or banquet, don’t miss out!  All the detail, including easy registration, are located on the KC San Diego website at http://www.koiclubofsandiego.org/.  If you have not yet visited the beautiful setting of the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park, then mark your calendar for April 13th and join them for a potluck with guest speaker, Ben Plonski, of Laguna Koi Farms.

January 2014
The Koi Club of San Diego enjoyed a beautiful sunny afternoon at the home of Bonnie McIlvaine, in Vista, for the annual holiday potluck and gift exchange.  Bonnie has an outstanding collection of large koi which were all photographed prior to the meeting for a judging contest.  The 8×10 photos were arranged next to the pond for all to test their skills.  Among the guests sharing in the program were Russell Peters of Peters & Son’s Koi, Roland of Toyoma Koi and James Van Jen of Koi Land.  It is always a delight to have koi professionals attending a meeting and sharing their knowledge and experiences with them.  The Jan 12th general meeting will be hosted by Alan & Lesley Collins at their lovely home in La Mesa with their resident KHA, Jack Chapman providing the program.  With the 2014 KCSD Annual Koi Show moving to the first weekend in Mar, a Feb general meeting and potluck with Inland Koi Society will be held at the Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside.  This meeting will change from the usual 2nd Sunday of the month to the 3rd Saturday.  Meeting locations along with the vendor and show registration packets are available on the club website at www.koiclubofsandiego.org .

November
No Report

October
Kristine Peterson, of Koi Club of San Diego, reports the Nov 10th meeting will be held at the California Koi Farm in Fallbrook. Speaker will be Takemi Adachi on purchasing koi in Japan. The meeting will also include the photo voting contest. This will be a joint pot luck with our friends from the SoCal and Inland Koi clubs. The annual Christmas Dinner is scheduled for Dec. 15th.

September
Norm and Susanna Meck hosted the Aug general meeting for the Koi Club of San Diego at their lovely home in San Diego. With members and guests enjoying the serenity of beautiful koi gliding gracefully in the Meck’s large koi pond and a delightful lunch (carnitas and other home cooked yummies), Norm gave an informative presentation “Fun with PVC.” Norm is quite the chef; not only with the carnitas they had for lunch but he shared pre-heating oven instructions for bending PVC. The Sep general meeting was hosted at Augusto Angelucci’s home in La Jolla with a Question & Answer forum. Susie Woods will host the Oct general meeting at her home in San Diego and the Nov general meeting will be at Takemi’s California Koi Farms in Fallbrook. The Nov meeting will be a joint potluck with other local clubs from SoCal Koi Club and the Riverside club. For more information on the KCSD meetings and events, visit the club’s new website at: www.koiclubofsandiego.org. Koi clubs are welcome to share their newsletters with KCSD by sending to info@koiclubofsandiego.org. Matt Rhoades is once again working diligently on preparing for the club’s 27th Annual Koi Show scheduled for the weeked of Mar 1st, 2014 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Registration and forms will soon be available on the club website for exhibitors and vendors.

August
Kristine Peterson, of the KC of San Diego, reports that Shirley Elswick’s pin design entry received the most votes and will be the official 2014 Koi Club of San Diego Koi Show Pin. John Svelan is working on an order for club jackets with the KCSD logo from the company that did the club monogram windbreakers for members several years ago. The August general meeting will be hosted at the lovely home of Norm & Suzanna Meck where Norm will give a presentation on Fun & Games with PVC. Norm will share how to modify PVC using heat to create a bend in the pipe where the standard fittings don’t give the desired degree of direction change along with other handy options for use. The Sept. meeting will be a Q&A Panel by a few experienced members and the Oct. meeting will be a presentation on koi disease by Dr. Galen Hansen. The November 10th meeting will be a potluck at California Koi Farms in Fallbrook with a presentation by Takemi Adachi on Buying Koi in Japan. For more info on these and other club events visit the club website at http://www.koiclubofsandiego.org/ and mark your calendar to join them for the potluck at Takemi’s in Novembers. Members of KCSD have played an important roll in the maintenance, design and care of the koi at Balboa Park’s Japanese Friendship Garden and since the Grand Opening (some 13-14 years ago) the JFG will celebrate the opening of the Canyon Expansion and launching new technology for enhanced visitor learning on August 16th. For more info on the Expansion Opening visit the JFG website at http://www.niwa.org/.

July
Kristine Peterson, of the KC of San Diego, reports that club member Jerry Meyers is rebuilding the KCSD website. The site will have a new look with additional sections for members and non-members. The 2014 club koi show is in the works and designs are already being submitted by members for the show pin. Judging will be done by all members attending the November 2013 general meeting with the winner to be announced at the December 2013 Christmas Party. Judging should be based on content, artistic and technical merit. The winner will receive bragging rights, an enlarged and mounted photo on canvas of the winning picture and a $25 gift card. Frank & Susan Oddo will host the July general meeting at their lovely home in Escondido. Their home sets on over an acre with walk paths through the gardens leading to the 10,000 gallon pond. Guest speaker will be Takemi Adachi, of California Koi Farm, speaking on the art of culling taught to him by his father.

June
No Report

May
Kristine Peterson, of Koi Club of San Diego, held the annual Friends of Koi Auction on Saturday May 4th at California Koi Farms with many high quality and pond koi going to new homes. The annual auction is a fundraiser event for our annual koi show and we’d like to thank all those who supported our event as a buyer, seller or volunteer. The Jun general meeting will be on the 6th with the election of club officers and a presentation by Lew Hileman on Rain Harvesting. Due to the club’s webmaster needing time off due to medical reasons, the website may not be current with upcoming events. Please contact John Svelan if you need information on an upcoming event or would like to attend a meeting.

April
The Koi Club of San Diego is preparing for the annual Friends of Koi Auction on Saturday May 4th at California Koi Farm 3360 Gird Road in Fallbrook. A Google map to the event is available on the AKCA calendar of events (www.akca.org). Viewing of auction koi will begin at 9:00 with the auction to start at 10:00. A bidding card is required of all buyers to ensure that buyers are aware of the conditions of the auction. The bidding ticket includes lunch provided by the club during the 30 minute lunch break. Auctioned koi will be available to the buyer after final payment at the conclusion of the auction. Auction Chairman, Paul Atkiss can be reached at 858-442-5824 to answer any questions. The club honored Vice President-Venue, Bob Welsh (who will be moving) for all his years of service to the club. Bob was one of the original club members when the club was formed. Susi Wooks will take over the duties as the VP-Venue until elections. The next few general meetings will include programs by Jack Chapman on Spring Cleaning; Iva Gaglione of Ultra Balance on nutrition; Lew Hileman on Rain Harvesting. Due to the club’s webmaster needing time off due to medical reasons, the website may not be current with upcoming events. Please contact John Svelan if you need help and can’t find it on the website. Tamsie Pierce will once again coordinate the booth at the Cuyamaca College Spring Garden Show on April 27th. The booth will promote the club to those interested in koi and water gardens. Linda Pluth reported on the successful event held at the Japanese Friendship Garden; the 8th Annual cherry Blossom Festival. The event featured cultural performances, authentic Japanese food and fun activities all in the setting of over 150 cherry trees and the beautiful gardens featuring the 10,000 gallon koi pond.

March
Koi Club of San Diego held the club’s 26th Annual Koi Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Feb with 362 koi judged on Sat. Three teams of ZNA & AKCA judges began judging shortly after 10AM and finished near 6PM. The judging was headed by Jim Riley, assisted by Dick Thomas, Tom Ayers and Norman Call, with Jason Guevara and Duc Nguyen candidates. Vendor booths sell out each year and the isle ways were packed with attendees all weekend. The club replaced 25 of the 6’ show tanks with sponsored hard tanks proudly displaying the sponsor’s name on each tank. The hard tanks are easier to set up and disinfect following the show and we don’t have to deal with the leaks from the soft tanks. The awards banquet was once again held at the Carl Straus Brewery where the judges discussed their selections and presented the winning awards. Several friendships awards were presented thanks to the many clubs represented at the event. The club’s Koi Person of the Year was announced at the banquet honoring all that Paul Atkiss has done for the club. The Mar general meeting was held at the home of Matt & Jayma Rhoades with a presentation by Matt, Bob Welsh and Steve Buckles on their mud pond seining experiences. At the Apr meeting Jack Chapman will speak on spring cleaning in El Cajon. May 4th will be the annual Friends of Koi Auction held at California Koi Farms in Fallbrook. For information on the auction and other upcoming events, visits the club’s website at www.koiclubsandiego.org

February
Koi Club of San Diego is in the final planning stages for their 26th Annual Koi Show Feb 23 & 24th at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Data for pre-registered exhibitors will be entered into the computer program Feb 16th which will reduce time at the show, so now is the time to take advantage of the pre-registration discount. The registration and vendor kits are on the website at www.koiclubsandiego.org. In Mar club members will arrange to be at Barstow Koi Farm to watch and assist with the seining of the mud pond. Jack Chapman will be the Apr speaker making a presentation on Spring Cleaning and the May guest speaker is Connie Freihoff from Ultra Balance koi foods.

January 2013
Koi Club of San Diego is looking forward to the 26th Koi Show Feb 23-24 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Exhibitor registration and attendee information is on the website at http://www.koiclubsandiego.org/. A weekend parking pass can be purchased entering the fairgrounds at the Solana Gate, located on the south side of Via de la Valle. We look forward to seeing you there!

November
The Koi Club of San Diego held the Nov general meeting at the lovely home of Scott and Lisa Brusseau in Encinitas. Scott’s father shuttled nearly all 50 guests to and from a nearby parking area. Their home is on at least a half-acre, fully landscaped hillside with a 10,000 gallon koi pond on the north side of the home and a rock lined stream on the south side. Those who ventured to the top of the hill either by the footpath, or the easier route of the stairway, experienced the peaceful view of the Encinitas valley from the Japanese designed tea house. Scott and Lisa told about the construction of the ponds and how construction cranes carefully set each rock in place building the 10’ waterfall. Kristine Peterson presented a program on the benefits of a second pond and discussed being prepared for isolation of new koi or isolation for a sick or injured koi. Matt Rhodes gave a very informative Koi Classification lecture on Shiro Utsuri and Jack Chapman fielded questions during our Q & A session. The Dec meeting will be a potluck and gift exchange at the home of Bonnie McIlvaine in Vista.

October
No Report

September
Kristine Peterson, of Koi Club of San Diego, reports plans are well under way for the February 2013 26th AKCA sanctioned Annual Koi Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The club is considering purchasing hard tanks to replace several of the older soft tanks. Some of the benefits with the hard tanks would be the ease in setting up and not having the issues with leaks. Storage arrangements need to be considered, stocking levels calculated and nets to cover the tanks at night will need some modifications. The Holiday Inn Express koi show rate will be $79 per night including breakfast, parking and WiFi (group code will be in the registration packet or on the club website at http://www.koiclubsandiego.org/ )  Galen Hansen is in charge of the judging arrangements for the club shows and will announce his choice of the judging team to the steering committee soon. For more show updates visit the club website.

August
The August general meeting of the Koi Club of San Diegowas held in the beautiful garden of Carl & Shirley Elswick. Orville Hanson, a Riverside resident and member of the Inland Koi Society presented Part II of a lecture series on filtration and provided several tested methods providing efficient and practical forms of filtration to fit our needs. Timing could not be better on this lecture series, our systems are in full swing and discussion on problem solving gave many ideas on improvements for next year. For more information on Orville’s presentation please visit our website at http://www.koiclubsandiego.org/ Thank you Orville! The September general meeting will be at Dean Strasser’s home in Lakeside. Tom Holder of Koi Care Kennel, Inc will be the guest speaker and will provide us with a program on koi health and how to provide the best care for our koi. Our general meetings are an excellent source for learning and sharing our interests of koi and pond care, to join us please visit http://www.koiclubsandiego.com/.

July
Koi Club of San Diego congratulates Lew Hileman, winner of the 2013 Show Pin Design Contest selected at the July meeting. Lew will receive a $25 certificate to use at any of the vendor booths at the 26th Annual KCSD Koi Show. The next general meeting will be in Point Loma on August 12th. For more information on attending the club meetings visit us at www.koiclubsandiego.org

June
Koi Club of San Diego is already planning their 26th Annual Koi Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds February 23-24 2013. This will be the same weekend as the Silver Bay Kennel Club Dog Show which provided extra foot traffic for the vendors and promoting the hobby of koi and pond care. Matt Rhoades has once again volunteered to chair the show with John Svelan coordinating the vendor registration. The 2012 show sold out with the highest number of koi entered in over a decade, 352 koi entered and a vendor sell-out. Mark your calendar and stay tuned to the club’s website for more information. http://www.koiclubsandiego.org/.

May
The KC of San Diego is planning their annual koi auction at California Koi Farms in Fallbrook on Saturday May 12th. The May general meeting will be held at the home of Clark and Kay Corbin in Ramona. The date was changed to the 3rd Sunday to move off Mother’s Day. The Corbin’s joined the KCSD and the Water Garden Society in 1990 and their lovely garden displays an 8,000 gallon koi pond, a 3,000 gallon isolation pond and a 2,000 gallon lily pond. This will be a joint meeting with the Southern California Water Garden Society with Kay Corbin presenting the discussion on water gardening following a potluck. The June meeting will be the first of a two part series by Orville Hanson of the Inland Koi Society on the comparison of filters. For more information on attending a meeting or joining the club, visit www.koiclubsandiego.org

April
No Report

March
Koi Club of San Diego would like to thank all for joining the club in celebration of their 25th Annual Koi Show held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Please visit the club website for a full list of vendors, sponsors and award winners. Changing the show date from the Presidents Day weekend to the last weekend in February had some disadvantages. Various jobs including the tank disinfection and cleaning and returning supplies to storage was easier to arrange with Monday being a holiday. The club’s decision to move the date to coincide with the Silver Bay Kennel Club dog show gave more visibility to the hobby and the vendors. For more information on the show and other events of KCSD, visit www.koiclubsandiego.org. The March general meeting and pot luck will be held at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. The presentation will be by the garden’s head gardener and will include a slide presentation of the history of Japanese garden design. The garden is currently expanding into the adjacent canyon with a beautiful rock water design. Featured in the design will be a new rare Black Pine grown by seed from Japan since the 1950’s and appraised at over $20,000. The garden designer and head gardener went to school in Japan and worked there for 3 years as a design consultant. We are looking forward to the completion of the expansion and the garden is truly a must see. The filtration of the koi pond of the JFG was designed by Norm Meck and the pond maintenance is coordinated by Linda Pluth. The collection of koi in the garden’s pond is considered to be the best in any public garden. Jack Chapman takes care in overseeing the health of the koi and water conditions. Club President, Matt Rhoades, had the honor of choosing the club’s Koi Person of the Year. Matt Reported – “Though there are many deserving individuals that support the club and promote this wonderful hobby; I believe this individual is most worthy. He seems to be always there at the set-up/ operation/ closing of most, if not all, KCSD events. He is a go-to guy if a task is to done or a pond needs attention (OK- rebuilding – He always seems to be up to his elbows in pond debris/plumbing). This individual is a knowledge base at the show for questions like: “Where can I find this?” and “How do we fix this?” He has put in many hours of effort even before the club’s annual koi show has opened; lining up vendors, mailing out packets, arranging shirts for the show. I could go on for a while naming all the good this person does for our club; but I think I’ll name him. The 2012

Koi Person of the Year for the Koi Club of San Diego is John Svelan.” Congratulations and THANK YOU! John.

February
KC of San Diego is counting down the days to their 25th Anniversary Koi Show.  Booths are sold out and tanks are expected to also sell out with only a few tanks remaining.  The show will be held the last weekend at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and admission is free.  The Fairground charges a parking fee per day or ask for the availability of a weekend pass.  The Silver Bay Kennel Club Dog Show will be in the neighboring building and also has free admission.  Due to the koi show, no monthly meeting was scheduled for February and the next monthly meeting will take place the 2nd  weekend of March.  For more information on the show and other events of KCSD, visit www.koiclubsandiego.org.

January
KC of San Diego is looking forward to celebrating their 25th Annual Koi Show which will be held Feb. 24-26th at the Del Mar Fairground.  The club usually schedules their show during President’s weekend but decided to move the show out one week.  This will allow the koi show to run the same weekend as the Silver Bay AKC Dog Show also at the fairgrounds.  Show information and registration forms are posted on the club’s website at www.koiclubsandiego.org along with the vendor and registration forms.  The December Christmas party was held at Free Flight in Del Mar.  Attendees enjoyed the beauty of the exotic birds followed by a potluck and a gift exchange.