SANTA CLARITA KOI & WATER GARDEN CLUB

Santa Clarita, CA
Doug Sudbury
d.sudbury@att.net
www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com
Meets: 4th Sunday @ 4 pm

September
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports the meeting was held at the home of a member who has been researching various options for construction of a pond in his backyard. The pond capacity will be between 6,000-7,000 gallons. Fish will be acquired next spring. A new batch of club T shirts has been purchased and can be purchased by the members. The club field trip to Mystic Koi and Van Ness Water Gardens in Upland was finalized for Saturday, September 16. This excursion will take the place of the September meeting. Nominations for president and secretary for 2018/19 are being solicited for the election at the October meeting. The officers have selected a club member to serve as a non-voting member of the Board. Planning for the 11th Annual Christmas Dinner is underway. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.

August
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports the meeting was held at the home of a member that has enlarged and improved his 1,000 gallon koi pond. The cement pond is deeper, a deterrent to predators, newly landscaped and contains water lilies. New Club tee shirts with the original design will be ordered. Members signed up for the September 16 excursion to Mystic Koi and Van Ness Water Gardens in Upland. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.

July
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports the combined meeting and Koi Growth Contest was held at the home of Jim and Jean Thirkettle, owners of the Ketl Koi Farm in Fillmore. The September 23, club field trip to Mystic Koi and Van Ness Water Gardens in Upland was reviewed. The club will fund van(s) and lunch. A sign-up sheet will be available at the July meeting and deposits will be accepted. Sign-ups will be finalized at the August meeting. Jim Thirkettle discussed the growth and color variations following one year of growth from the 2016 Koi Growth Contest. The award for most growth was given to a member with the smallest pond in the club. The award for best show koi was also presented. This contest gives the members an opportunity to learn about koi color development, koi food and feeding methods. The koi lottery for the 2017 Koi Growth Contest will begin at the end of the meeting. One year old Showa Koi will be the contest koi. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.

June
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports the May meeting was held at the home of a member that has renovated his existing pond by deepening it and removing the rocky bottom and sides for better predator control and to reduce some maintenance. The membership approved amendments to the Bylaws updating the Officers of the Club and Election of the Officers sections. Following the resignation of the President in March, the Vice President assumed the role of Acting President for 2017. The Board called for and approved a member to serve as Vice President for the balance of 2017. The club sponsored filed trip in September will include visiting Mystic Koi and Van Ness Water Gardens in Upland. A search is on for the best source to replenish the club tee shirts. The June 25 meeting will include issuing awards for the 2016 Koi Growth Contest and launching the 2017 Koi Growth Contest at the Ketl Koi Farm in Fillmore. Member Mike Przewoznik is looking into the possibility of coordinating another koi auction/event in 2018. A guest speaker from Nijikawa Koi Food made a presentation to the club about the advantages of their koi growth food. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.

May
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports the club president resigned from the club effective at the March 26, 2017 meeting. Last year he was elected as President for 2017/2018. The current Vice President will serve as Acting President for the remainder of this year. The Officers have reviewed the Bylaws and are proposing two additions to the Bylaws that will be voted on by the membership at the next meeting. A club sponsored field trip is planned for September and several sites were suggested and will be voted on at the next meeting. A motion was approved for a $300 donation to the AKCA KHV Project. The club T-shirt supply has been depleted and the search is on for the original artwork and a supplier. The next meeting is on May 21, 2017. Check out their website at: http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.

April
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports the March 26, 2017 meeting was held at the home of a member who maintains a large koi pond in the Santa Clarita Valley area that was threatened by the recent Sand Fire. He discussed the measures necessary to remove the large amount of ash that covered the exterior of his residence. The club’s calendar is full and includes a field trip in September. Various koi-related sites are being considered including arboretums and garden sites. The club president and a founding member of this club announced his retirement from the Club following many years of service as an officer. The vice president has assumed the role of acting president. Members were advised that discount cards are available for club members at a local nursery. The next meeting will be April 23, 2017. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.

March
No Report

February
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports our club did not meet in January, due to lack of a meeting host and little pond action.  Our first meeting is February 26, 2017.  Happy New Year. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.

January 2017
No Report

December 2016
No Meeting

November 2016
No Report

October
No Meeting

September
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports the meeting was held at the home of a member who is in the planning stages of the construction of his pond. The site has been chosen and there was an extensive discussion of possible types of pond plumbing, electrical connections and filtration. A sign-up sheet for 2017 club meeting hosts was circulated. Nominations for club treasurer for 2017 and 2018 were solicited. There were no nominations from the floor. The current treasurer graciously agreed to serve for the next term. The Club annual Christmas dinner on December 4 was discussed and those present approved of returning to the Olive Terrace Bistro. This is the last meeting for Co-President Doug Sudbury and Co-Secretary Mary Lou Sudbury. They are relocating and will no longer attend meetings. Members wished them well. Co-President Al Nicholson and Co-Secretary Judy Nicholson will serve out the remaining term through November 2017. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html

August
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports the July meeting was held at the Ketl Koi Farm in Fillmore of member Jim Thirkettle. The kick off of the Club’s 11th Annual Koi Growth Contest was the main focus of the meeting. This contest features one year old Long Fin Kujaku koi ranging in size from 6-9 inches. Following a lottery for the koi the owners raise the koi for a year. Before and after photos are taken and reviewed after a year for growth and best color and pattern. Awards are given for each category. The before and after photos of the previous contest koi are posted for review and awards given for both categories. The Club field trip to Andrew’s Koi in Anaheim and touring the Japanese Garden at Long Beach State was enjoyed by those attending. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.

July
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports on Sunday July 17th, 2016 the club had their 9th Annual Growth contest at Ketl Koi Farm. Each member purchased a koi and will grow it out. On June 26th, 2016 the club went on a field trip to Andrews Koi Int. Andy Moo gave a great talk at their meeting. After the meeting the club members all went to Cal State Long Beach for a guided tour of their koi ponds. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html

June
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports the May meeting was held at the home of a local club member. The member described the construction and the various systems he uses for pond maintenance. A field trip has been scheduled for June 26 to visit Andrew’s Koi International in Anaheim and Long Beach State University for a tour of the Japanese Koi and Water Gardens. Reservations are now being accepted. A member’s recent failed attempt to raise crayfish was reviewed with some humorous commentary. The June 26 field trip will replace the regular June meeting. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.

May
No Report

April
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports the meeting was held at the home of a local club member. The club annual dues are due in the first quarter of 2016. Co-President Doug Sudbury and Mary Lou Sudbury announced that they will be moving out of the area within the next three months. The remaining Co-President and Co-Secretary will continue the duties for the remainder of this year. One member’s garden and pond will be a featured in a local Garden Tour on May 1. Jim Thirkettle of Ketl Koi Farms in Fillmore announced his annual Koi Auction on April 23. One to three year old koi 5 – 19 inches long will be featured. Details are available at ketlkoifarm.com. Member’s Forum included discussion of constructing a ramp pump to move water from a one water source to another area of a yard. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.

March
No Report

February
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports our club elections were held in October and there are no changes from prior years.  The results are:  Co-Presidents Doug Sudbury and Al Nicholson, Co-Secretaries Mary Lou Sudbury and Judy Nicholson.  Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.

January 2016
No Report

November
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports the 6:00 p.m. evening meeting was called to order at the home of a member showcasing the pond lighting. The member discussed the changes he has made to his pond watering system to comply with the current water conservation restrictions in the Santa Clarita Valley. A meeting host sign-up sheet was circulated for 2016. The Club’s annual Christmas Dinner at a local restaurant is scheduled for Sunday, December 6, and sign-ups and deposits are being accepted. An auction of donated pond equipment in good working condition was held with proceeds going to the club. The Member Forum included discussion of what to do during a local power shutdown that continues for several hours. The pros and cons of feeding koi during cold weather were reviewed including a discussion of wheat-based koi food that some recommend for feeding during the cold season. Member Mike Przewoznik reported on the Bakersfield Koi and Water Garden Club’s October koi show and auction. The show is held in conjunction with the local Home and Garden Show with varied vendor booths and products. He suggested that this might be a potential club field trip for 2016. Nominations were solicited for President and Secretary for 2016 and 2017. There were no nominations from the floor. The incumbents are willing to serve for the two-year term. It was moved, seconded and carried that Doug Sudbury and Al Nicholson will serve as Co-Presidents and Mary Lou Sudbury and Judy Nicholson will serve as Co-Secretaries. This was the last meeting of 2015. The next regular meeting will be on January 24, 2016. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.

October
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports the meeting was held at the home of Club President Doug Sudbury. Reservations and deposits are being accepted for the Club’s 9th Annual Christmas dinner to be held at a local restaurant. An optional gift exchange and/or swapping often proves to the highlight of the evening. An auction of donated surplus pond items will be held at the Oct 24th meeting. Nominations were opened for the election of a president and secretary for 2016 and 2017. There were no new nominations from the floor. The current incumbents are willing to serve for another term. Due to the low meeting attendance, a club email notice on the election will be sent advising that nominations are open and will be voted on at the October meeting. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.

September
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports the meeting was held at the home of a Club member who built his pond years ago and now has a couple smaller ponds, quarantine tank and other garden features. He led a group discussion on maintaining and regularly checking pond pumps to prevent a sudden breakdown that could lead to the loss of fish. Member Mike Przewoznik advised members of two koi shows/auctions in September. He will request approval from the Club Board to sponsor a “Friendship Award” at an upcoming AKCA event. The Club has received a donation of used and surplus pond filters and pumps from a local resident that has removed her pond. An itemized list of the items and their condition will be sent to the members and a Club auction/raffle will be held at the October 24 meeting. Planning is under way for the Christmas dinner to be held at a local restaurant. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html

August
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports the Aug meeting’s venue has been changed to the 23rd at the home of Todd & Barbara Boswell. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.

July
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports their meeting was held at the home of a member Jim Thirkettle of Ketl Koi Farm in Piru. The Club’s annual Koi Growth Contest for 2015 will begin after this meeting. The before and after photos of the 2014 Koi Growth Contest koi were displayed the winners for Best of Show and Most Growth were announced. The koi that won the most growth grew 8 ¼ inches, a significant increase. The young koi for the 2015 growth contest are Gin Rin Kohaku and Sanke koi. The meeting adjourned for the lottery selection of the koi for the growth contest. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.

June
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports the meeting was held at the home of a member. The owner described his endeavors to rid the area of a great blue heron that had discovered his pond. In addition to covering the pond with netting he is planning to run monofilament fishing line from his patio roof to the fence. Member Jim Thirkettle of Ketl Koi Farm in Fillmore announced that his website (ketlkoifarm.com) is now up and running. Photos of the young koi that will be part of the Club’s annual Koi Growth Contest are also on this site. The next meeting on June 28 will include announcing the winners of the 2014 Koi Growth Contest and beginning the 2015 Koi Growth Contest. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.

May
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports the Apr meeting was held at the home of Doug and Mary Lou Sudbury.  The club’s special event, a Koi Ponderosa, to be held at the koi farm of a member, will be on May 3rd.  Ticket sales exceeded our goal of 100 tickets and currently stand at 124.  A few more tickets may be sold prior to the event.  Forty-five club members had purchased tickets.  It was noted that the club treasury is in the black for the first time in several years.  Raffle sales of pond and non-pond related items will be profit for the club. Many Club member volunteers have signed up to assist with the event on Friday and Saturday.  This was a rather short meeting since everyone was gearing up for our Koi Ponderosa.  Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.

April
No Report

March
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports the meeting was held at the home of Fred and Sara Seeley. The 2015 club dues are due in the first quarter of the year.   The club calendar was reviewed. Meeting hosts were finalized for balance of this year. Discussion of the proposed koi enthusiast day later this year was limited due to low attendance. Members discussed the pros and cons of feeding koi during the sporadic unseasonal warm weather.   Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html

February
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports the meeting was held at the home of Dale and Marsha McLean. The Club Annual Christmas Dinner on December 7 went well and was enjoyed by the 19 people attending. Photos are available on our website. The 2015 Club dues are due during the first quarter of this year. The 2015 meeting and event calendar was review and meeting hosts are needed for a couple of meetings. Mike Przewoznik, coordinator of the 2014 Koi Ponderosa, has suggested the possibility of hosting a similar event this October. He suggested holding the proposed Koi-A-Go-Go that month. Discussion followed on the possibility of staging this event. A Club raffle was held following the meeting. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com.

January 2015
No Report

November
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports the evening meeting was held at the home of members Ken and Patti Rifkind. Their pond and landscape lighting was discussed by the owners. The date of the Club’s Koi-A-Go-Go koi enthusiast day is Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the Ketl Koi Farm in Piru. The 8th Annual Christmas Dinner on Dec 7 will be held at the Olive Terrace Café in Santa Clarita. Approximately 22 reservations have been received to date. Nader Beidokhti, founder of Toba Fountains, setup a fountain in the hosts’ pond and demonstrated his tranquility fountain that can be programmed to display varying spray cycles and lighting colors. This club does not meet in Nov or Dec. The first regular meeting in 2015 will be on January 25. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.

October
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports Co-President Doug Sudbury called the meeting to order at the home of members Jack and Doreen Levenberg. Members that attended the Bakersfield Koi and Water Garden Society sponsored Pond-a-monium at the Barstow Koi Farm recounted how much they enjoyed the event on Sep 13. The club Christmas dinner will be held on Dec 7 at the Olive Terrace restaurant. A light-hearted gift exchange will be part of the annual festivities. Club members voted on the name of our 2015 koi enthusiast day to be held at Ketl Koi Farm. Voting on approximately 20 suggestions yielded the event name of Koi-A-Go-Go for the 1960’s themed event. Members were advised of the Bakersfield Harvest Home and Garden Show on Oct 24-26. The Bakersfield Koi and Water Garden Club will be hosting a koi show at the event. The club 2015 calendar is fairly well booked with the exception of two regular meeting dates available for hosting in 2015. The last regular club meeting in 2014 will be a cocktail hour evening meeting on Sat, Oct 25th. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html

 

September
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports at the Aug meeting, Co-President Doug Sudbury called the meeting to order at the home of members Fred & Sara Seeley.   The Club will rent a large van for members to travel to the Bakersfield Koi & Water Garden Society’s Pond-a-monium at the Barstow Koi Farm in Newberry Springs on September 13. Members were advised about the new AKCA Koi ID posters available to clubs for $5.95/each. A supply was available at this meeting and more will be ordered, if needed. A few local restaurants were discussed as sites for the Eighth Annual Christmas dinner on December 7, 2014. Additional research will be conducted and the decision will be announced via email and at the next meeting. Hosting another koi enthusiast day event is being considered by the Club and member Mike Przewoznik will coordinate the event. The proposed theme is the 1960’s. He has found a 1960’s band that would be a good fit for the theme. Members are to bring suggestions for the event name to the September meeting and those present will vote on the name. Members complimented Mike Przewoznik on the KOI USA article about our Koi Ponderosa that appeared in the last issue. A few meeting hosts are needed to fill out the club’s 2015 calendar. First time meeting hosts were encouraged as it is always interesting to view the type and location of pond of other pond owners. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.

August
Renee Ottsman, of Shasta K&WGC, reports she will stand in for our club’s AKCA Dir/Rep (since Gary Desmond recently died suddenly) until the board meets again.  Not sure when that will be, since our President Armando has temporarily turned over his responsibilities to our club secretary, Tammy Cole.  I’ll send you our newsletters and you can use them for the “club reports” as required.  Our next club meeting is on August 16th at 10:00 a.m. at Terry & Lori Stewart’s home in Redding and we’ll be discussing lots of topics concerning the continued running of the club.  The minutes of this newsletter will reveal all.  Check out their website at http://www.shastakoiclub.com/ .

July
No Reports

June
No Reports

August
.  Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports Co-President Doug Sudbury hosted the Jul meeting at his home. The remaining events on the Club calendar were reviewed.  Mike Przewoznik advised the club that the Barstow Koi Farm will be the site of a day event on Saturday, September 13.  Local clubs are invited to come on out and check out the facility.  The Bakersfield Koi Club plans to attend and perhaps a few other clubs.  He noted that this is the closest one can get to a traditional Japanese koi breeder in our area.  Members agreed to make this a field trip for the club.  If there are enough going a van may be rented by the club.  The club bank account as of the end of July is at an all-time high following the Club’s Koi Ponderosa.  The 8th Annual Christmas Gathering is scheduled as a dinner event on Sunday, December 7.  Volunteers were requested to search for a restaurant.  Al Nicholson volunteered to look into this and report back.  Nominations were opened for the position of Treasurer for 2015 & 2016 and incumbent Treasurer Pat Baptist was elected.   Members were polled on any interest in hosting a Ponderosa-type event in the future.  Those present were pleased with the success and enjoyment of the Koi Ponderosa this year and were willing to support such an event next year.  Although Ponderosa coordinator Mike Przewoznik was considering retiring from such an endeavor, he agreed to assist the club with the next event.  The next meeting will be on August 24, 2014.  Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html/  .

July
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports the June 22, 2014 meeting was combined with our annual Koi Growth Contest.  The general meeting was held at Jim Thirkettle’s Ketl Koi Farm.  Jim discussed the status of the first stage of culling fry from the first spawn of the Japanese koi he purchased on his trip to Japan last year.  It is too early to tell what the results will be as the culling and nurturing continues.  He reviewed his method of spawning with the members.  The May 3, 2014 Koi Ponderosa was a success for the Club and enjoyed by the members.  The Club account was in the black at the June 19 final accounting.  The sale of 852 tickets for the raffle/Ponderosa resulted in a good profit for the club.  Gifts of appreciation were given to members Jim Thirkettle of Ketl Koi Farm, Todd Boswell, Auctioneer, and Mike Przewoznik, Coordinator.  Members felt that the coordination of the event was excellent.  Our club members were well represented at the event and there was something to interest everyone.   The presence and support of AKCA and KOI USA representatives was gratifying.  It was enjoyable to meet koi enthusiasts from other koi clubs.  There was a positive response to possibly hosting such an event in the future.  Before and after photos of the 2013 Koi Growth Contest Beni Kikokuryu koi were posted.  Members familiar with breeding remarked on the difference in color development after a year’s growth.  A couple koi were difficult to match with their before photo from the prior year.  Awards were given for the Best of Show and Most Growth.  Following the meeting adjournment the lottery selection began for the 2014 Koi Growth Contest.  The contest koi were mainly 4 – 6 inch Beni Kumonryu (red, white and black scaleless fish) with a few Kumonryu (black and white scaleless fish).  The members take their contest koi home to their pond to nurture and observe color development during the year.  This contest has proven to be a good learning tool for our club koi enthusiasts.  The next meeting will be on July 27 at the home of a member in Santa Clarita.  Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.

June
No Reports

May
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports the Apr meeting was held at the home of Doug and Mary Lou Sudbury.  The club’s special event, a Koi Ponderosa, to be held at the koi farm of a member, will be on May 3rd.  Ticket sales exceeded our goal of 100 tickets and currently stand at 124.  A few more tickets may be sold prior to the event.  Forty-five club members had purchased tickets.  It was noted that the club treasury is in the black for the first time in several years.  Raffle sales of pond and non-pond related items will be profit for the club. Many Club member volunteers have signed up to assist with the event on Friday and Saturday.  This was a rather short meeting since everyone was gearing up for our Koi Ponderosa.  Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.

April
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports their March 23 meeting was held at the home of a member that has removed his old pond and his construction of the new pond has reached the stage of positioning the pond liner.  His presentation included charts comparing the old and new ponds.  He discussed the new construction, filtration system and other aspects of completing the pond.  This was a lively presentation with member interest and feedback.  A call was made for some members to pay their 2014 dues.  Annual dues are due by the end of first quarter.  The club is considering a future field trip to the Shambala Reserve in our area.  This is based on a KOI USA feature article on the animal rescue reserve. To date, 120 tickets have been purchased for the Koi Ponderosa.  Coordination of local advertising was reviewed.  It was announced that our member who is the owner of Ketl Koi Farm, the site for our Koi Ponderosa on May 3, will have back surgery in the next few weeks.  Other Club members will be able to help him get ready for the event.  Sign-up sheets passed around for additional volunteers.  Sumner Avenue Water Gardens, a sponsor of this event, will pay for the band fee as a gift to the club.  Greatly appreciated by the club.  The club annual Koi Growth Contest has been scheduled for July 27.  This is hosted also hosted by Jim Thirkettle of the Ketl Koi Farm in Piru.  Club members will assist him in photographing the contest koi in their ponds for the final photos to complete the “before and after photos” for koi the growth contest.  Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.

March
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports the main focus is on planning for our Koi Ponderosa on May 3, 2014.  A koi judge will bring tanks with sample koi and give a presentation on picking out a koi with the best potential.  There will be a raffle of pond related items, catered food, and country western music.  An ad has been placed in the current Koi USA magazine.  Local koi clubs will be invited.  In Jun the annual Koi Growth Contest will be held at the Ketl Koi Farm in Fillmore.  RSVP/ticket sales will end on April 1 and no walk-ins will be allowed.  Members volunteered for the various event tasks.  Members discussed their ideas on when to begin feeding their koi during this early spring weather.  This led to a discussion on the pros and cons of using a UV filter.  Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.

 

February
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, invites everyone to join them at their May 3rd KOI PONDEROSA for an exciting fun filled day of auctions, drawings, lectures, food and dancing to a live Country Western Band.  YEE HAA!  Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.

January 2014
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports they’re looking forward to their Koi Ponderosa hosted by Sumner Avenue Water Gardens and Ketl Koi on May 3rd at Jim Thirkettles’ Koi Farm in Fillmore, CA.  Join them in a fun filled (cowboy themed) day of learning, catered food (ribs/chicken BBQ), live entertainment (Hollywood Hillbillies country band), live koi auction and a huge raffle of pond related products and local products.  Absolutely no walk-ins – you must RSVP to attend.  RSVP no later than Apr 1, 2014.  Call: 661-297-0563 for details and RSVP or E-Mail Mike Przewoznik: przewoznik@ca.rr.com.  Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.

November
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports the Oct meeting was the last regular meeting of our club for 2013.  This meeting was held at 6:00 pm to allow the hosts, Ken & Patti Rifkind, to showcase their pond lighting as well as their pond.  The meeting was well attended and was informally called the “cocktail hour” meeting.  The club’s 7th annual Christmas gathering is a dinner and gift exchange at a local restaurant.  Our Santa Clarita Valley Koi Ponderosa event will be held on May 3, 2014 at Jim Thirkettles’ Koi Farm in Fillmore.  Advertising includes an ad in Koi USA magazine, local publications and other koi clubs will be invited.  The theme is western complete with a hillbilly band, chuck wagon style food, plus a koi auction and possibly other attractions.  The club board will meet on the event’s details, as needed, when the club is dark.  A few members reported very favorably on the recent Bakersfield koi show held in conjunction with a home and garden show.  Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.

October
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports at their September 22 meeting the plans for the club’s annual holiday dinner on December 7 were finalized. It will be held at a local restaurant and will include the traditional gift exchange that generally leads to a lot of gift “swiping”. May 3, 2014 is the date of our SCV (Santa Clarita Valley) Koi Ponderosa at the Thirkettle Koi Farm in Fillmore. The event will include a koi auction, musical entertainment, food and a raffle. The main purpose of the event is to give our club more exposure in this area. Club 2014 meeting hosts are being sought and signups are going well. The positions of President and Secretary for 2014 & 2015 are up for election this year. No nominations were received and the current officers were willing to serve again. A motion to nominate the current officers was made from the floor and the motion was carried. Doug Sudbury and Al Nicholson will serve as Co-Presidents and Mary Lou Sudbury and Judy Nicholson as Co-Secretaries. The last regular meeting of our club this year is on October 25 and will be held in the early evening to appreciate the pond and landscape lighting of one of our members. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.

September
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports one of our more experienced koi keeping members with a large pond and large koi that hosted this meeting stated that three of his koi developed different types of illness/problems that he was unable to treat successfully. He contacted a koi vet located in Temecula who came out to Santa Clarita to treat his koi. He discussed the types of treatment recommend by the koi vet and all of the koi have survived. His water quality was part of the problem and tested too low for available oxygen. He has been able to increase the aeration in his large, deep pond to improve the water quality without any major renovation. Club plans are moving along for a koi appreciation day event open to the public in the Spring of 2014. The name of the event will be Koi Ponderosa. A member demonstrated a method of treating pond fish with potassium permanganate for parasitic ulcers such as “hole in the side.” Nominations are open for the election of President and Secretary for 2014 & 2015 to be elected by Oct 2013. Plans for the club holiday dinner on Dec 1, 2013 are under discussion. Oct is the last regular meeting of 2013. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.

August
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports the August club meeting will be held on Sunday August 25th at 4:00 pm at Fred & Sara’s home. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.

July
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports their June meeting was on Saturday, June 22. This 2,500 gallon pond is an excellent example of a water garden with koi. The filtration system and identification of the plants/landscaping was reviewed by the pond owners and led to a spirited discussion on coping with raccoons. A club member gave a presentation on mechanical filtration including a review of types of filters. He stressed the need for a filter system not just a filter for a pond. He noted that a well designed mechanical filter will also help the biological filter of the system. A few members expressed an interest in a Club pond tour and referenced the pond tour template in the current Koi USA magazine. The suggestion of a pond tour will be presented to the Club Board. A member that utilizes salt in her pond has been unable to find a salt level test kit to regularly monitor the salt level in her pond. A member familiar with pond keeping products will look into this for her. Ron and Darlene Kewish attended the meeting and joined the Club. The next meeting will be on July 28. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.

June
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports their May 19 meeting was held at the koi farm of one of our members. The main event of this meeting was awards for the 2012 Koi Growth Contest, Best of Show and Most Growth. I imagine that most serious koi hobbyists are aware of the fact that the most growth or best color development does not necessarily come from the largest or deepest ponds. The before and after photos of the contest also give our members a better idea of which colors tend to fade with growth in some breeds, etc. The 2013 Contest features a breed that can vary in color patterns and the results could be a good learning tool when buying other fish. We have firmed up meeting hosts for the rest of the year. The majority of our members have paid their dues and our treasury is back up ($988). We do our best to have more raffles and auctions. A few of our members have brought in surplus pond keeping equipment that has been auctioned off. Our next meeting will be held on a Saturday, June 22, at 10 a.m. at the home of one of the few current members that has a koi pond and a water garden. This pond faces west and will be cooler and shaded during the morning hours. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.

May
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita K&WGC, reports their Apr meeting was held at the home of a new member who built the pond herself, including digging the hole. Our attendance was good and three guests also attended. Member Jim Thirkettle, who is also a koi breeder, previewed the type of young koi that will be raffled off to members for the koi growth contest beginning at the May 19 meeting. This is definitely our most popular club meeting. Our Co-President challenged our members to take a look at the AKCA Koi ID poster showing the various types of koi to see if they could identify their koi. The descriptions used by koi judges and breeders can be confusing. We auctioned off two more very colorful koi tiles/plaques.

April
The Santa Clarita Koi Club’s March 24 meeting was held at the home of the Co-President. We hoped to be able to tour the koi pond and garden area at Long Beach State in April. Unfortunately, they offer no weekend tours during this time of year as they are heavily booked for weddings, etc. So our April meeting will be held at the home of a new member. We are collecting our $20 per household 2013 dues which is a boost to the treasury. Our club has not held raffles in the recent years due mainly to a lack of “samples” from koi and pond supply dealers. One of our new members is a dealer of such goods and brings a few items for a raffle. Proceeds are donated to the club treasury. This has helped to increase interest in our meetings. Our next meeting is April 28.

March
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita K&WGC, reported that the year has started off rather slow for the club. The January 27 meeting was sparsely attended and the weather was very cold. As usual we are searching for new ideas for a club field trip. Our webmaster is working through adding our club information on the City of Santa Clarita website. This is a website that new residents and tourists can access for community information. Our annual dues of $20 per family are due this quarter. The Board is suggesting a $2 fee for those members that wish to continue to receive meeting reminder postcards in addition to the club member email notices and/or checking the club website for details. So far, some of the members would like to receive both but others are fine with email, etc. We are also attempting to find volunteer hosts for the meetings. An average number of members attended the February 24 meeting and one new member was added. Dues payments, less the postcard $2 fee, are being paid at the meetings. The postcard fee will probably continue to be discussed through the March meeting until a decision is made by the Board. The three meeting host vacancies were filled by members at this meeting and our calendar is basically set with the exception of some sort of field trip in April. The highlight of this year so far is that the pond one club member, who is quite knowledgeable about koi keeping and pond construction, was featured in the latest Koi USA magazine. Once again, the 2013 calendar includes the Koi Growth Contest, an event that draws the most members and gives a chance to collect dues from those that do not regularly attend our meetings.

February

Judy and Al Nicholson hosted the Jan general meeting for the Santa Clarita Koi & Watergarden Club. The May meeting and annual growth contest will be hosted by the Thirkettle’s. Jim Thirkettle was the grand prize winner of the growth contest sponsored by Mystic Koi, winning a trip to Japan! For information on joining or attending the club, visit the website at www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com.

January 2013
After a two month holiday break, Santa Clarita Koi & WG will have the first meeting of 2013 will be on January 27. At the 10/28 meeting nominations were open for Treasurer and V.P. for 2013 & 2014. Current treasurer, Pat Baptist, agreed to remain treasurer and there were no other nominations for that position. The club has not had a V.P. for almost two years. We do have co-president, and in the absence of any nominations for a V.P., members voted not to attempt to fill this position. Current officers are: Co-Presidents Doug Sudbury and Al Nicholson; Co-Secretaries Mary Lou Sudbury and Judy Nicholson; Web Master, Dave Lyerla. The club has named Dave Lyerla, the new web master, as Club Person of the Year for volunteering and going above and beyond to the call revitalize our web site. He received a $100 gift card at our holiday dinner on December 2. Club member Jim Thirkettle (a koi breeder and host of the annual koi growth contest) won first prize in a koi growth contest hosted by Mystic Koi in Upland. The prize was a trip to Japan to visit koi breeders. He went in October and shared his experiences with the members. He bought 7 koi to serve as breeders. He explained why his reasons for choosing koi with certain colors and characteristics. Always a good lesson for our members. New member Mike Przewoznik brought some koi food and products to be auctioned off with the proceeds going to our club. The auction was held after the meeting adjournment. The club 2013 meeting and event schedule will be reviewed more thoroughly beginning with the January meeting.

November
Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reported that the general meeting held on Sep 22nd was an informative club view of a combination koi pond and water garden. Following the meeting, the calendar for 2013 was discussed. We are running out of ideas for field trips that involve a koi pond and koi shows and auctions are usually way out of our area. One of our members that has a koi farm in Piru won 1st prize at a koi growth contest sponsored by Mystic Koi in Upland. The prize is a trip to Japan. He is there now and will be a featured speaker at one of our 2013 meeting. Plans are under way for our holiday club dinner on Dec 2.  Oct 28th will be the last meeting for this year. The first meeting for 2013 will be the fourth Sunday in Jan.

October
Meeting will be held at Doug & Mary Lou’s home on October 28th 4:00 p.m.

September
Judy Nicholson, ofSanta Clarita Koi Club, reports their August 26 meeting was at the home of a member Fred Seeley who is well into the hobby of koi keeping. The main item on the agenda was that the AKCA has contacted our club to select a member’s pond for a feature article in KOI USA. Fred Seeley was very willing to prepare a write-up and send photos of his pond to the magazine. He has a very deep pond that is basically predator proof. He has some of the largest koi in our club. Our club has not held raffles at a meeting in several years primarily because many pond product dealers are not very willing to send samples of their products. At this meeting we had a guest who had recently been president of the High Desert Koi Club. He brought some koi food for a brief auction for our members. The club will acquire a raffle permit this month in case we decide hold a few raffles. The annual holiday dinner was discussed and will be held at the same restaurant on December 2nd. Two regular meetings remain this year in September and October. The first meeting of 2013 will be held in January.

August
Santa Clarita Koi & WG:The July 21st meeting was held at the home of our AKCA Koi Health Advisor Todd Boswell. He began by asking how many members owned and regularly used water quality testing kits on their pond system. He displayed charts showing the chemical cycles that can occur in ponds and other factors that can affect water quality. About a month ago, he noticed a problem in his main pond and decided that he probably had a koi with a parasite or disease. Instead of first checking his water quality, something that he had recently failed to do, he began looking for a sick koi. This included netting koi and scraping scales and using chemical pond treatments. In the end, he found no parasite or disease and ended up with a pond of very stressed fish. A quick check of his pond water indicated very unbalanced water that required immediate remedies. His pond is now balanced and the koi survived. A Club-only mini-pond tour in September had no volunteers and there will be a regular meeting instead. The Club Board has expanded to include a member who has taken over our website. The website is definitely improving and for more information on the club please visit scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com .

July
Santa Clarita K&WG reported that the June 24 meeting was cancelled. The next meeting is July 21 at the home and pond of the club’s Koi Health Advisor who has an example(s) of koi health problems. For more information on attending, or joining the Santa Clarita Koi Club please visit their website www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com

June
Judy Nicholson reports that due to the Memorial Day holiday the club met on May 20 at the home and Koi Farm of our member Jim Thirkettle in Piru. As noted before this is the most popular meeting of the year and a couple members appear only at this meeting, pay their dues and join in the koi growth contest. Once again, the winners of the Best Show Koi were the father and son team that attend our growth contest growth meetings only, pay their dues and join the contest. Their koi was also a runner up in the Most Growth award that went to one of our newer members. This year Yamabuki Ogon were offered at the koi growth lottery. Two Club private Mini-Tours have been scheduled for July 21 and September 22 and a call for volunteers has gone out. We also hold a brief regular meeting at one of the homes. Our Club website (scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com) is being enhanced with more photos and information and is a work-in process by one of our members. We also have a Club Facebook page.

May
Santa Clarita K&WGC reports their April 21st meeting was a special tour of the Huntington Library Gardens newly renovated 100 year old koi pond in the Japanese Garden. The hour and a half tour took place one hour prior the general opening of the Huntington Library. The May general meeting will be held at Jim Thirkettle’s home on the 21st. The focus of this meeting will be the Growth Contest. The club’s purpose is to provide education in pond keeping, to promote water gardening and the appreciation of koi and goldfish in an outdoor pond setting. For more information or to join the club, visit www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com.

April
No Report

March
Held their Feb meeting at the home of Ken and Patti Rifkind. Co-President Doug Sudbury thanked Ken and Patti for hosting this meeting at their home and pond. Ken Rifkind discussed the pond and lighting. Member Fred Seeley gave a presentation on “Springtime in the Koi Keeping World”. Fred spoke about the two main issues for koi during the spring, bacteria, parasites and water quality. He reviewed treatments for both issues and the importance of keeping filters clean. Doug gave an update on a field trip and has been in contact with the Huntington Library and Gardens. Doug advised that they have offered the club a special tour showcasing the renovation of their koi pond that was recently completed. They will assign two docents to the tour that will take place prior to the opening of the Huntington Library grounds. This will be the club’s Saturday, April 21 field trip that will begin at 9:00 a.m. There will be a $10 per person charge for the tour plus the regular admission fee. The feasibility of holding a public pond tour this spring was reviewed. Several members noted that this is a big task in this amount of time and an active committee would be essential. Those present agreed to table a public pond tour until 2013 and to begin planning for the tour during this year. The date of the March meeting was changed due to the Co-Presidents and the Co-Secretaries unavailable to attend the meeting at the home and pond of Bruce and Michelle Clark. The Board recommended changing the meeting to March 18 at the Clark’s home. Those present agreed to the date change. The Koi Growth Contest on May 27 at Jim Thirkettle’s koi farm falls during Memorial Day weekend. Those present agreed to schedule this meeting to the prior Sunday, May 20. Co-President Al Nicholson advised that the local Memorial Garden Tour benefiting families that have lost loved ones in the recent wars will be held on May 6. The organizer, Christi Larson, would be happy to include gardens with a pond/water feature in tour. The details will be shared with the members. It was noted that this would be a good opportunity for members to show their pond on a public tour this spring. Member Ken Rifkind has established a Facebook page for the Club. Anyone interested in their club could access this page if they are members of Facebook. Rifkind offered to send Facebook members an invitation to join and to help any club member sign up and join Facebook. The Board has arranged for member Dave Lyerla to access the club webpage and update with current information. The website address is www.santaclaritakoiclub.com. Discussion followed on what to include in the website and how much personal contact information to show for club meetings/events. The Board will meet to further discuss the privacy concerns of some of the members.

February
Doug Sudbury, of Santa Clarita K&WGC, said they welcomed 17 members to the Oct. meeting at Keti Koi Farms at the home of Jim Thirkettle.  Jim discussed his fall sale of some baby koi from his current breeding project that should duplicate certain color patterns that he would like to achieve.  Koi were available for sale to the members andviewed after the meeting.  The club will have the annual Koi Growth Contest during the May meeting.  The Christmas dinner was held at George’s Bistro in Santa Clarita where they also had an optional gift exchange of items valued between $20-25.  For the 2012 calendar, Doug announced that meeting hosts are needed and a sign up sheet was circulated. One member had suggested holding one meeting during the summer in the cooler early evening hours when his pond and garden lighting can be enjoyed.  The members were in favor of this idea.  Another general meeting involving discussion and viewing of three ponds will be included in the 2012 meeting calendar.  Options under consideration are returning to the Huntington Library and Gardens or Descanso Gardens.  Members discussed other possibilities including visiting the Gardens of the World near Calabasas.  One member discussed a small portable underwater filter system used by another member noting that it could be useful for his type of pond.

January
Santa Clarita K&WGC members enjoyed the holidays.