CANADA KOI CLUB OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

Teresa Zagar
akca_rep@ckcbc.org
http://www.canadakoiclub.ca
Meets 3rd Sunday @ 1 pm

 

September
No Report

August
Teresa Zagar, of Canada KC of British Columbia, said four members attended the annual PNKCA convention in Mt. Vernon, Washington on Aug. 4-6. It was very well organized and the PNKCA arranged for a number of guest speakers that proved to be educational as well as enjoyable. Kudos to the PNKCA! They have their annual summer BBQ Aug. 20th which is always well attended. Their member vendors always provide them with koi to auction, which is a great way for them to raise some money for the club. They also have the usual silent auctions through donations from club members. They are trying to organize a trip to the coastal interior of BC to visit a pond vendor and builder. Unfortunately, the region has been inundated with forest fires that are not yet controlled. At this point, they are not sure that it will be a safe drive so they may have to cancel and try again next year.

July
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June
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May
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April
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March
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February
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January 2017
Teresa Zagar, of Canada KC of British Columbia, said their club is holding their annual dinner on January 21st. They do this instead of their usual monthly meeting and as an opportunity to catch-up on what happened over the Christmas holidays. This has been an unusual year of heavy snowfall on the west coast of British Columbia. It’s been colder for longer periods of time as well. She is sure there will be a great deal of discussion on the various precautions that club members have taken in order to protect their ponds and their koi.

December 2016
No Meeting

November 2016
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October
No Meeting

September
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August
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July
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June
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May
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April
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March
Teresa Zagar, of Canada Koi Club of British Columbia, says unfortunately there isn’t much happening.  Nothing to report except the changes to our executive officers: President: Marc Tilkin; Vice President: Geoff Webb; Secretary: Dee Johnson; Treasurer: Lynn Campbell.

February
No Report

January 2016
Teresa Zagar, of Canada KC of British Columbia, said they will be holding their annual dinner and social gala on Jan. 16th (in lieu of Christmas). Since the month of December is so busy, they have their big celebration in January every year. They always have a gift exchange later in the evening and they’ll have their usual 50/50 ticket draw to raise a little exstra money. She believes there will be discussions about their club nominations for the executive positions and if all goes well, they might be casting their votes too. The west coast temperate weather has been relatively mild so far this winter, but they’ve had a couple of light dustings of snow across the Lower Mainland. Her pond is currently holding at 8 degrees C (approx.. 45 degrees F), so their fish are pretty quiet. There are one or two club members who keep their ponds slightly warmer and continue to feed their fish a small amount through the winter months, but most of them let their fish snooze through the cold season. Consequently, there’s not too much going on right now.

November
No Report

October
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September
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August
Teresa Zager, of Canada KC of British Columbia, said that two weeks ago the club members were invited to attend a community activity in a city called New Westminster. There is a section of the city that faces the Fraser River and has been repurposed over the years so that now there is a beautiful collection of condos and services along the quay. Within this waterfront community, there are about 6-7 koi ponds that are maintained by volunteers that live within the complex. The event was to welcome all people in the area to attend a “talk about.” The volunteers invited them to see their ponds and Neil Boxrud, their President, gave two lectures on koi. Many residents know nothing about koi so his talk included many koi basics and Neil answered a lot of questions from the audience members. It was very well attended by the public and there were about 15-16 club members present as well. They day was warm and perfect and the scenery and backdrop of the river made for a perfect setting. This weekend is their annual club BBQ which is one of their big events each year. Aside from mingling and spending time with friends, they always have activities like a silent auction, a 50-50 draw, and a koi auction. Some of the merchant members generously provide koi that they auction at the BBQ as a means to raise money for the club. This summer has been unusually hot and they now have strict water restrictions in place. It’s been challenging for all of them to maintain their ponds as a consequence. They have been contacted because of concern for the low water levels in the community koi pond. She’s not sure how things will turn out because the city has refused to add water.   Club members are going to try contacting other agencies (like the SPCA) in the hope that an exception can be made for the community pond. They have also contacted the local newspapers and news agencies in the hope of creating public support.

July
No Report

June
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May
Clark Shea, of Canada KC of British Columbia, said the club is doing fine.

April
No Report

March
Teresa Zagar, of Canada KC of British Columbia, said their had their monthly koi club meeting. Clarke Shea (their current secretary) has offered to mail the completed AKCA ballot back to us. As far as plans for their club are concerned, there’s nothing exciting on the calendar at the moment. Their winter, although mild this year, has made them (and their koi) rather slugglish. Many of their members have been feeding their koi for the last 3-4 weeks in small amounts, but the cool water temperature has kept their energy requirements low.

February
No Report

January 2015
Clark Shea, of Canada KC of British Columbia, said they have a new AKCA Rep: Teresa Zagar. On Nov. 9th, the club held its final meeting of the year. The official windup occurs in early January every year when they have their “Christmas Dinner.” Always a big event the timing is much more convenient for club members and as well banquet space is much easier to deal with. Along with the usual friendly chatter about fish and ponds, they discussed the volunteers who will be caring for the fish pond at the new Ronald McDonald House, a facility providing care and accommodation for the families of sick children in the Province. The election of officers was held and the old slate is back in. One change is that the President and Vice President will share the duties of running the monthly meetings.

November
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October
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September
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August
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July
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June
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May
Clark Shea, of Canada KC of British Columbia, said the club is doing fine.

April
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March
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February
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January 2014
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October
Clark Shea, of Canada KC of British Columbia, said that at the Executive Meeting, held on Sept. 8th, a financial statement prepared by their Treasurer, Lynn Campbell, showed that the final figures are in from the club BBQ held on Aug. 11th and it was a financial as well as a social success. Over 50 people were in attendance and the club raised over $1800.00. The Exec. Meeting also raised the questions of the upcoming club elections in November and the planning for the Christmas dinner which is actually a kick off dinner for the New Year and it is held in January. Looking back over the summer of 2013, it was a very good club year.

September
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August
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July
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June
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May
Clark Shea, of Canada KC of British Columbia, said they have ended a successful 2012 with their annual Christmas dinner. This year, as in the past few years, they held the event in January. The meal at this time has proven to be very acceptable to the members since it avoids the normal Christmas Season rush and the hotels are much more approachable. A good turnout (around 50) were treated to a great meal but the highlight of the evening, just prior to the gift exchange, was the contest surrounding one of the door prizes. Everyone present had to guess what a device was that was passed around the room. It was plastic, about 3” high, a little under 4” in diameter and the “stem” part was about 3” long and had an inside thread. The cap had small holes around its edge about ½” apart. No one guessed what it was although they all could see that it would fit on a garden hose. It turned out that it was a gizmo invented by one of their members to clean out 4” piping that runs from your pond to your vortex. He couldn’t find one on the market so he made this on a 3D scanner. They were floored! When asked about it, Randy Dahlgren said he and his dad made a series of drawings, put them in the special printer he bought and after hundreds of passes the object emerged. A fascinating part of a great evening!
April
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March
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February
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January 2013
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November
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October
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September
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August
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July
Clark Shea, of Canada KC of British Columbia, reported that since April and the beginning of the “koi season” around the Vancouver BC area, they have been quite active.  Besides their monthly meetings, they have had an informal gathering at the home of one of their dealer members who had new fish from Japan come out of quarantine in late April.  They are also planning a wet lab for June 24th; to date 15 club members have signed up for this event.  A surprising number of club members have microscopes which they will bring.  Other events to add to their summer enjoyment are the club BBQ on Aug. 19th and the pond tour with their friends in the Washington K&WGS.  They are hosting this event on July 21st.

June
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May
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April
Clark Shea, of Canada KC of British Columbia, said that at the March 11th meeting, it was decided that their BBQ this year will be held on Aug. 19th.  It was also suggested that we hold a wet lab and in this regard Ricky Leung said that he had a microscope that he would donate to the club.  The question of pond tours this summer came up and it turns out that we have two and possibly four options open to them.  It looks like another busy year on the koi scene.

March
Clark Shea, said there is nothing new since their last meeting. They will meet again on March 11th.

February
Clark Shea, of the Canada KC, reports they held their first meeting of the year on Sunday, Feb. 12th.  21 members were in attendance.  The new President, Neal Boxrud outlined his vision for the year and led the group in a wide ranging discussion on the steps he would like to see taken to ensure a good year.  There was much attention paid to the fact that the mild winter we have experienced may lead to problems because of the current temperatures.  Aeromonas loves to pay them a visit when their fish, in their weakened condition, spend time in ponds that stay around 50 degrees.  Aeromonas and gill disease were discussed at length.  Following the meeting the new Executive met and discussed a variety of items including the Club newsletter, the Club awards and the activities for the upcoming summer.  The day ended with the Club members and Executive in a good frame of mind and eager to start another wonderful koi season.

January
Clark Shea, of Canada KC of British Columbia, sent Mike Frady his report.