SANTA CLARA VALLEY KOI & WATER GARDEN CLUB

San Jose, CA
Don Chamberlain
scvkwg@gmail.com

http://www.sckoi.com

Meets 3rd Tuesday @ 7:30 pm, Except July when we meet 3rd Thursday

September
Eve Bretzke, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports we had our regular meeting August 15th. We had one of our members, Mark Stallcop, give a presentation on Faux Rock and how to build them. The presentation was very informative and covered a lot of good information about building a pond using faux rock instead of real rock. We also discussed our club’s time capsule from 25 years ago that was recently opened at a ceremony held at Hakone Gardens in Saratoga, CA, a local authentic Japanese Garden which is open to the public. Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com.

 

August
Eve Bretzke, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports we had our regular meeting July 14th which was focused on preparations for our 26th annual pond tour that took place the following day, Saturday, July 15th. Pond owners, volunteers, and others were in attendance. There were no other items on the agenda for the July general meeting. Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com.

 

July
Eve Bretzke, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports we had our regular meeting June 20th. This meeting featured a round table discussion on “Pond Critter Deterrents” led by Cece Stearns. We had our usual reports and membership updates. Another item of interest is that our club president Maus Stearns attended a Time Capsule event at Hakone Gardens, a local authentic Japanese garden built in the early 1900’s in Saratoga, California. Hakone had a time capsule prepared in 1992 with lots of local groups putting contents into the time capsule. This event opened up the time capsule and marks the 100th year of the gardens. An upgrade is planned for this local gem and our club hopes to be as supportive as we can. We are busy planning and working on our annual pond tour to be held July 15, 2017.

 

June
No Report

May
Eve Bretzke, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports the next General Meeting will be on May 16, 2017, 7:30 p.m, at the Willow Glen Library in San Jose. Our speaker will be Cal Hansen, past President and Koi Expert. He will be speaking on Aquaponics. Members volunteered at the 2017 Cherry Blossom Festival and were congratulated by the festival’s director on a job well done. The club’s Pond Tour will be on Sat July 15th and they’re looking for additional volunteers. Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com.

April
Eve Bretzke, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports we had our regular meeting March 21st; our president Maus Stearns lead the very well attended meeting that featured Mel Bretzke of Advanced Landscape Systems and Vice President of our club. He spoke on pond construction concepts, design and building along with a Q&A session on all things related to pond building and maintenance. We will be having a booth at the Annual Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival April 29 -30, 2017 and are working on other club events for 2017 including our annual pond tour to be held July 15, 2017. The club is assisting with the AKCA KHV Fundraising Drive. We encourage our membership to support this initiative by the AKCA. Our April meeting is scheduled to highlight Lisa Harvey of Tokaido Gallery to speak on “Japanese Antiques and Culture”. April is also the kick off month for the club’s annual Koi of the Year and our Koi Person of the Year nominations. Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com.

March
No Report

February
No Report

January 2017
Eve Bretzke, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports their Holiday Dinner Social was held on Saturday, December 10th at the home of Maus and Cece Stearns in San Jose. We were excited to install our new officers for 2017 and wrap up the Koi season in style. There was no general meeting in Dec. January’s general meeting will be Tuesday, the 17th at 7:30 PM.  We are at our alternate meeting place – the Vineland Branch Library, 14530 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose, CA 95118.  We will have our regular meeting, review our programming and events for 2017, Q & A, and social time. Hope to see you at a club event soon. There will be no general meeting in Feb. Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com.

December 2016
No Meeting

November 2016
No Report

October
No Meeting

September
Eve Bretzke, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports the club hosted its 25th Annual Pond Tour on Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m showcasing six beautiful ponds in the Santa Clara Valley. We had a great event with over 200 attendees. Thank you to everyone for their support of this annual event. Our club announced our Koi Person(s) of the Year, Mel and Eve Bretzke, in appreciation for all their work this past year including serving as the Pond Tour Chairman and Pond Tour Coordinator. Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com.

August
Eve Bretzke, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports the club hosted its 25th Annual Pond Tour on Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. showcasing six beautiful ponds in the Santa Clara Valley. We had a great event with over 200 attendees. Thank you to everyone for their support of this annual event. Our club announced our Koi Person(s) of the Year, Mel and Eve Bretzke in appreciation for all their work this past year including serving as the Pond Tour Chairman and Pond Tour Coordinator. This month’s general meeting will be Tuesday, August 16th at 7:30 p.m. We return to our regular meeting place at the Willow Glen Branch Library, 1157 Minnesota Ave, San Jose, CA 95125. We will have our regular Q & A, social, and speaker. Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com.

July
Eve Bretzke, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports the club is hosting its 25th Annual Pond Tour on Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 9 AM to 4 PM showcasing six beautiful ponds in the Santa Clara Valley. We are looking forward to a great event. The club plans to host a booth at the upcoming Santa Clara County Fair July 30-Aug1, 2016.. Our club voted on our Koi of the Year for the AKCA Contest and nominated our Koi Person of the Year. Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com.

June
Bretzke, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports the club will have its regular board meeting, Tuesday, June 7th at Frank Mullany’s home at 5705 Begonia Drive, San Jose. The meeting starts at 7:30 PM.  All members are encouraged to attend. This month we are actively preparing for our 25th Annual Pond Tour taking place July 16th, 2016.  We have finalized the six pond locations and its going to be a really nice tour this year.  The ponds are conveniently located and easy to access.  Event
posters and promotional materials are available now to help promote our event. Share with your family, friends, and neighbors.  We are looking for volunteers to help the day of the event and still have advertising space available in our pond tour booklet.  If you can help the day of the event or would like to place an ad in our pond tour booklet please let us know.   We are anticipating 300-400 attendees.  Email scvkwg@sckoi.com. And, last but not least, club members are encouraged to send in a photo of their most beautiful Koi to be entered in the club’s AKCA Koi contest.  Entries due June 10th.  Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com.

May
Eve Bretzke, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports the club’s pond tour is scheduled for July 16th, 2016 from 9 AM to 4 PM.  We are in need of volunteers to help with our biggest event of the year.  Save the date and plan on helping out. All volunteers get complementary admission for the tour and are invited to a special BBQ event hosted by the club.  Also, we are still accepting nominations for pond tour ponds for another week or so.  If you have a pond you think would be good for the tour please let our Pond Tour chairman know or send an email to scvkwg@sckoi.com.  Our next general meeting will be May 17th at 7:30 PM at the Willow Glen Public Library, 1157 Minnesota Ave, San Jose, CA 95125.  Our topic will be “Koi Breeding 101 – What Every Pond Keeper Should Know”.  We plan to have a video and a discussion on this topic. Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com.

April
No Report

March
No Report

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

January 2016
No Report

November
No Report

October
Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports their next General Meeting will be on Tues Oct 20th at 7:30 p.m. at the Willow Glen Library. Speaker will be a representative for API – one of the major manufacturers fo water testing and treatment supplies. Have pond or koi issues, questions or comments? Come on down. Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com.

September
No Report

August
Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports their Jul Pond Tour was cancelled. If they get some rain, they’ll hold one next year. Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com.

July
Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports that unfortunately their 24th Annual Pond Tour, scheduled for Saturday, July 18th, has been cancelled. If we get some rain later this year, they hope to hold a Tour in 2016. Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com.

June
No Report

May
Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports the April Steering Committee meeting was held at Frank Mullaney’s house. The Koi Person of the Year was named. Discussion then turned to the Pond Tour with 8 candidates to consider. After reviewing the candidates, six ponds were selected. All of the candidates will be informed of our selections by the time you read this. Now our attention turns to promotion of the event. We have determined we’ll produce 250 booklets this year and hopefully we won’t wind up with a box left over.We need 8 people for each pond. The Cherry Blossom Festival is just around the corner and we still need volunteers. The festival people and all of the visitors really love our booth. You’ll love meeting and talking with everyone too unless you’re a hermit. If you can help, please give Diane or Paul a call or drop them an email. We’ve decided to keep the meetings at Frank’s house for now and the next meeting is scheduled for May 5 at 7:30. Hope you can make it. Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com/.

April
No Report

March
No Report

February
No Report

January 2015
No Report

November
Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports no meeting scheduled for Dec 2014. Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com/.

October
Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports this month’s speaker was Peter Shaw, Chairman of the Horticulture Program at Cabrillo College. Peter spoke on “Koi and Aquaponics”. As most of you are probably aware, aquaponics has become a “Big Thing” recently. As an example “Fancy Koi”, now Dream-Pond, has evolved into a store that is now about 90% aquaponics. Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com /.

September
No Report

August
Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports at the July meeting with all of the activity I missed a count, but we had good attendance from most of the volunteers and pond owners.  Our Event Coordinators, Diane Stelma and Paul Townsley, explained the Box setup and volunteer duties. All of the questions were quickly answered and volunteers were assigned to take their boxes to the pond.  With the critical items out of the way, we adjourned and left to get some rest before the big event.  This was second year when a lot attention was paid to confine the tour to a fairly small area. We found this was greatly appreciated by our guests.  We had more than 250 guests turn out for the tour. And once again we were blessed with a gorgeous NorCal day with temperatures in the 80s. The perfect day for visiting six very different and interesting ponds.  Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com/ .

July
Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports at the July meeting a reasonable crowd of 19 turned out to hear Larry Gil discuss Selection of Potential Koi. Best of all we had three new faces attending. Two of them, Li Li and Frederick Reskowski became new members. They came seeking answers to the koi problems they’ve been having. They seem to be very enthusiastic and we are very glad to welcome them into our club. After greeting the new members and discussing their problems we moved on to discussing the upcoming pond tour. Paul and Diane gave us status on the volunteers. The effort is going well, but we still have a few positions open. With business out of the way Cal introduced our speaker, Larry Gil. Larry has been involved with koi since the early 70s. He has traveled to Japan many times and was recently qualified as a Certified Assistant Judge He started the discussion by recounting a little of his history. He stressed that filtration was most important. Like many of us he’s gone through three ponds before he got one he considers acceptable. His current pond is 10,000 gals with 16 koi, many over 30”. Bear in mind that there is no sure thing and guarantees. There is also a lot to learn. Do not buy koi for the sake of buying, buy for yourself.  Larry’s presentation was very interesting for the group and led to many questions.  Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com/.

June
Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports don’t forget the June meeting is coming up Tuesday, 6/17 at 7:30 in the Willow Glen Library, 1157 Minnesota Av, San Jose, CA. This month we’ll be graced with a talk from Larry Gill on judging koi.  Larry is a long time enthusiast. In February he qualified as an Assistant Certified Judge by the ZNA at their international meeting in Tokyo.  It should be a very interesting talk. I hope all of you can make it.  Also, don’t forget the Pond Social for members only at Fred and Sharon Andres, 15255 Peach Hill Rd, Saratoga. The party starts at 1 PM Saturday, 6/21 and will go till 4 PM. Should be a great time and it looks like the weather will be great.  Also, dues are due. Still only $30 and covers the entire household. Our year ends at the end of June. Don’t forget your checkbook and Eve will get you signed up for another exciting year!  There are only a couple of spots still open to help out with the pond tour. Diane and Paul will be there to get you signed up for those.  Just more fun than you can shake a stick at this month.

May
Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports the April Steering Committee meeting was held at Frank Mullaney’s house. The Koi Person of the Year was named. Discussion then turned to the Pond Tour with 8 candidates to consider.  After reviewing the candidates, six ponds were selected. All of the candidates will be informed of our selections by the time you read this.  Now our attention turns to promotion of the event. We have determined we’ll produce 250 booklets this year and hopefully we won’t wind up with a box left over.We need 8 people for each pond. The Cherry Blossom Festival is just around the corner and we still need volunteers. The festival people and all of the visitors really love our booth. You’ll love meeting and talking with everyone too unless you’re a hermit.  If you can help, please give Diane or Paul a call or drop them an email. We’ve decided to keep the meetings at Frank’s house for now and the next meeting is scheduled for May 5 at 7:30. Hope you can make it.  Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com/.

April
They held their Mar meeting on a lovely late winter’s evening and 19 hardy koi enthusiasts made it out for another exciting meeting.  We had five guests and I believe we got two new members. We certainly offered a warm welcome to them.  The pond tour is starting to shape up. Frank put together 5,000 business card sized ads for the tour and these were distributed to club members to hand out over the next couple of months.  We now have nine candidates for the tour. We’ll be contacting each of them in the coming weeks to get photos, pond details and a final commitment, but it looks like we should be able to get six ponds out of this group.  We hope to finalize selection at the next Steering Committee meeting which will be on April 7 at 7:30 at Frank’s house, 5705 Begonia Dr, San Jose, 95124.  Everyone is encouraged to attend to help us over the hump with planning and implementation of the tour.  The 2013 Pond Tour is featured in the March/April edition of Koi USA. Be sure to check that out.  Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com/.

March
Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC,  reports the Feb meeting had fairly good attendance with 19 members present, including one guest who signed up as a member. As Sanjiv has resigned as a Director, we needed someone to fill that slot. Dr. Jessie Sanders was nominated and elected. Congratulations to Dr. Sanders who has been remarkably active in club affairs, not only in our club, but also with the ZNA and Monterey Bay clubs. With our business out of the way, Chris Clever, took the floor to tell us a bit about Hikari fish food and answer the numerous questions our members had submitted about food and feeding. Chris has been involved with the aquatic industry since 1976. In 1978 he became a Hikari distributor and joined the company in 1997. He is currently the President of the US Division.  Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com/.

 

February
Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports at their Feb meeting in the Willow Glen Public Library, San Jose, CA, Chris Clevers, the President of Hikari USA, spoke on koi food and feeding.  Some time ago several of our members prepared a number of questions on these topics for Chris to mull over and it was very interesting to get his perspective.  Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com/.

January 2014
Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC,  reports their Jan meeting is Tuesday 1/21 at 7:30 in the Willow Glen Public Library in San Jose, CA. They’ll be talking about the activities they hope to hold in 2014.  Of course, the big one is their pond tour.  Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com/.

November
Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports the Oct meeting had 15 members and no guests.  Our President, Frank Mullaney, has reversed his earlier decision and has decided he will remain as President.  This is a big deal, since we have no other candidates for this critical position.  Thanks Frank, it’s great to see you back!  The Holiday Dinner is scheduled for Dec 1 at David’s Restaurant in Santa Clara. Everyone working eight hours or more at club events this year is entitled to a free dinner.  The cost for other members and more details will be forthcoming as soon as available. Be sure to put this on your calendar. It’s always a fun event and a chance to close out the year with your koi friends.  A mystery speaker was announced for the November meeting. Frank wouldn’t give us any clues, but assured everyone the speaker would be great and worth our while.  Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com/.

October
Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports their next meeting is Tuesday, 10/15 at the Willow Glen Library, 1157 Minnesota Av, San Jose, CA. If you’re not familiar with that location there is a map on the Calendar at our website. This month, by popular demand, we’ll complete the tour of Niigata koi breeders presented by Peter Waddington. We saw the first part of this tour in May. The video lasts about 45 minutes. Hope you can make it. Enjoy the lovely fall weather, and… http://www.sckoi.com/. Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com/.

September
Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports Terry Deneven is our Koi Person of the Year: Terry has been a member for 13 years. For the 3 years prior to and with his friend and mine, Larry Templeton, taking care of the backend & most everything else. When I met with Terry recently he said, “So happy that Frank, Cal, Don, Rita and the rest of the board kept the club going. It’s in good hands.” He continued, “..it warmed his heart to receive this award from his peers.” Terry finally stepped back a bit this year and we missed his smiling face and pithy wit at most of our meetings, but when disaster nearly struck this July just before our annual Pond Tour, he stepped up again and bailed us out by volunteering his pond for the tour at the very last moment. It worked out well for everyone. Terry said about the latest tour, “The people that attended were delightful. Nothing but good things to say. It was the highlight of my time in the club. Nice people, saying nice things.” So congratulations to Terry for an award well deserved for all of your years of service and fellowship. Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com/.

August
Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports they had a good turnout for this special Pond Tour preparation meeting, with 37 members and pond owners in attendance. Cal announced that this would be the last year that Rita would be handling Event Coordination, which typically includes finding volunteers for the Cherry Blossom Festival, the Pond Tour, arranging the Christmas Party and any other events the club may engage in. They certainly hope that someone will step forward to fill this critical role as it will be nearly impossible for the club to do anything worthwhile without this position filled. Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com/.

July
Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports they had another good turn out at our meeting Tuesday, 6/18. We wound up with 21 in attendance. There were two guests this time, Melinda Pickens and David Park. Frank announced the Koi Persons of the Month for May and June. For May it is John Hughes, recognized for his long and consistent service to the club and for June it is Nick Holquin. Nick has recently joined the club, but has attended several Directors meetings and was very helpful finding ponds for the upcoming tour. Nick’s pond will also be on the tour and should be a treat as he has a large number of very large, high quality koi. This month’s presentation was given by another new member of the SCVKWG family, Dr. Jessie Sanders. Dr. Jessie gave an excellent introduction to koi anatomy and health care, answering many questions and initiating some thoughtful discussion along the way. It was clear the audience was very engaged in the discussion. She now has a regular radio program. Her show is on KSCO 1080 in Santa Cruz from 1pm-2pm on Sundays. You can also listen at http://ksco.com. It is a call-in radio show so you can get all of your fish health questions answered. Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com/.

June
Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports they had a better than average turn out at our meeting Tuesday, 5/21. There were 25 in attendance. We had several guests including Mike Robinson and Jack and Linda Christiansen. Also visiting was Dr. Jessie Sanders, who signed up for a membership. Dr. Sanders is a veterinarian that has recently moved to the area, specializing in fish care. We are extremely glad to welcome her as a new member. As usual we opened with our guests introducing themselves and raising any pond issues they might be experiencing. One of the attendees has a small leak and was wondering what the best way to locate it was. With our business out of the way we immediately started the presentation. This month we watched a video tour of several the small hamlets outside of Nagaoka, Niigata, where most of the famous Japanese breeders are located. We watched with lots of Oh’s and Aw’s as enormous and beautiful nishikigoi were displayed and lovely scenery passed by. Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com/.

May
Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports the Apr meeting was well attended with 20 members showing up for an interesting presentation of undersea life and photography. We opened the meeting with a discussion of pond problems: A member with a 10,000 gal pond containing 17 koi had suddenly encountered an algae problem that had him stumped when his pond suddenly turned cloudy. Discussion and offers of assistance. We voted on the SCVKWG Koi of the Year and the winner was a 21″ Ochiba Shigure named “Hirohito” owned by Don Chamberlain. Again this year, SCVKWG hosted a koi display at the Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival. The Festival was held Saturday and Sunday, 4/27-28. The weather was gorgeous and there was a large turnout. Our display is part of Japanese cultural displays including bonsai, ikebana, wood-block printing, origami and musical and dance performances. We had nine koi on display, tosai to sansai, representing kohaku, sanke, shusui and gin matsuba varieties. Large crowds surrounded the 6′ diameter pond most of both days. Our information table provided information about our upcoming pond tour on July 20th, the AKCA Banquet/KHA Seminar, the ZNA NorCal Show going on the same weekend and KOI USA. Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com/.

April
Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports their Mar meeting was held at the Willow Glen Public Library with a good turnout of 21 attendees. Our President, Frank Mullaney, sprang a surprise and introduced the Koi Person of the Month Award retroactively back to Oct 2012. Our speaker was Jack Christiansen, who has been deeply involved with bonsai for five years and is currently the Vice President of the Midori Bonsai Club in San Jose. During that time he has transformed his back yard into an oriental paradise with more than 50 bonsai, 25 tons of stone, a koi pond and stream forming a lovely, compact Japanese style garden. After the presentation we asked for volunteers for the final Cherry Blossom position we needed to fill & Dave Shelley volunteered. The ZNA NorCal Koi Show is that same weekend and we offered to assist them with any equipment we have available; also we will run an Ad for the show in our Apr newsletter. The Fresno club is planning to visit the Koi Show and dealers in the area. We’re trying to arrange a brief meeting to get better acquainted and see if there are any ways we can cooperate. Dave reported that he now has 4 or 5 more ponds to consider for the Annual Pond Tour so we are hopeful to have selection complete by next month. Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com/.

March
Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports there was no report from us in Sep, but that month we got together with some members from our Santa Cruz affiliate (just realized that it doesn’t look like anyone has mentioned that to you either). Anyway, for several years now they’ve held a mini pond tour and BBQ open to the members of our club. The turnout was amazing with lots of people I’ve never seen at the meetings. We visited about a half dozen ponds with some amazing views and then everyone went back to the host’s house for BBQ and conversation. This just makes me think that something different can get people’s attention. Our speaker last month works in a Japanese garden in a city park and she invited our club to visit the garden and koi pond during cherry blossom time. I’m hoping I can set that up. It will be interesting to see how many people are interested. Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com/.

February

Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC,  reports he’s the club’s new AKCA Dir/Rep and things got a little dicey at the end of last year. It seemed like there was a real question of whether the club could continue, but fortunately some new folks stepped forward so now we’ve pretty much got a new slate of officers led by our new President, Frank Mullaney. With the passing of the Old Guard we must tip our hats to the guys and gals that held down the fort for so long.  We’ve redone our website and are making an effort to generate more member involvement via email and Facebook.  In the past month our membership has rescued three fish from some unfortunates that had gotten in over their heads. Planning for our 22nd Annual Pond Tour is in full swing, so hopefully SCVKWG will be around for a lot longer.  Last month, we had a great talk by Pam Helmke, San Jose Park Ranger, of the Japanese Friendship Garden located in Kelley Park. The garden includes a large koi pond. Unfortunately, they were decimated by KHV awhile back. She described restoration of the koi and the pond.  Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com/.

January 2013
No Report

November
No Report

October
No Report

September
No Report

August
Sanjiv Kapoor, of the Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, said they had their pond tour and it only had half the attendance from last year, which was down from that prior year.  They attribute this to the ongoing economic downturn as they have a very good marketing strategy with help from many of the local newspapers featuring the event.  One positive from the tour was there were a large number of questions about building a pond by the attendees.

July
Sanjiv Kapoor, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, said they are busy putting the finishing touches to their annual pond tour.  They have almost filled the 50 volunteer slots thanks to some club members doing double duty.  There are six ponds on the 2012 pond tour.

June
Sanjiv Kapoor, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, said their May meeting was well attended and the topic involved indigenous plants.  They are seeing new faces at the club meetings.  The club is working feverishly to put together finishing touches on their annual pond tour.  They have selected six ponds and their recruiting the 50+ volunteers needed to execute the event.  Pond tour will be on July 21st covering ponds in the Bay area (up to Woodside, CA on the north end and San Jose, CA at the south end).

May

Sanjiv Kapoor, of Santa Clara Valley KC, said they don’t meet in April.  He gave a well received talk at the Monterey Bay Koi Club.  Audience participation was very invigorating for him.  He made a bunch of new friends.

April

Sanjiv Kapoor, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, said they are lining up volunteers for holding an information booth at the annual Japanese Cherry Blossom festival.  A show tank with a few koi in it is also planned to help educate the public.  Dr. James Hooper, of Mendocino Coast K&WGS, said there hasn’t been a meeting yet due to bad weather so all is quiet.  They will start meetings as soon as the weather improves.

March

Sanjiv Kapor, said they had a great board meeting last night. Some highlights….1) Board got a volunteer for the program director position to recruit speakers for their meetings; (2) Board decided to issue an emeritus member plaque to Barbara & Ken Snarr (they’ve moved away from the area); (3) Board reviewed the 6 ponds they have so far for their summer pond tour; (4) Board reached consensus on how to vote on the ballot he has received from AKCA; and (5) Board agreed to have a club presence at the upcoming Cherry Blossom Festival in Cupertino, CA.

February

Sanjiv Kapoor, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, said the annual holiday banquet was at Mariani’s Restaurant in Santa Clara and held on Dec. 4th.  As always, this was a terrific party and this year they had 44 attendees.  Club volunteers get a free dinner at this event.  Their next club meeting is March 10th.

January

Larry Templeton, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, said they had a great Xmas party and dinner and special award for Ken & Barbara Snarr, otherwise all is quiet.  The club has only 5 meetings a year; next meeting is in March.