MOUNTAIN VIEW KOI CLUB

L. E. (Verne) Gilkes
vgilkes@bell.net
http://www.mountainviewkoiclub.com
Meets: 3rd Sunday @ 2 pm, March to November

September
No Report

August
Elaine Barton, of Mountain View Koi Club, of Vankleek Hill, Ontario (Canada) has reported on the meetings held at the koi ponds of Karin and Lee Mode, Elaine and Sam Yampolsky, and Rosalind and Andre Charest. The club also held a pond tour on July 8th and a Koi Show and Competition at the Montreal Botanical Gardens on July 22nd. The Spring meetings covered the problems of animal predation and serious koi losses due to flukes. Members discussed the use of roof heating cables and other winterizing methods to moderate the effects of prolonged sub-zero temperatures. There were numerous discussions on the upcoming tour of five ponds. The sixth pond was destroyed by Spring flooding but the owner had time to move his koi to another location. Volunteers came forward and a post-tour dinner was planned for the pond owners and helpers. The pond tour was a great success, the weather was unbeatable and $1,300 was raised for a local palliative care centre. Dinner and drinks at Mon Village Restaurant closed the day off perfectly. The next meeting focused mainly on the upcoming show and competition at the Montreal Botanical Gardens which is rated at #7 of the 10 best botanical gardens in the world. Professional Koi Judge, Michael Frady, drove in from West Virginia to judge the event which was co-sponsored by the Mountain View Koi Club and the Botanical Gardens. On the afternoon and evening of July 21st, the nine show tanks were set up near the Japanese Pavilion and the koi arrived the next morning. The show had been advertised on the botanical gardens’ web site and visitors started arriving almost as soon as the gardens opened to the public. Mr. Frady was excellent and the crowds followed him from tank to tank to hear the history, descriptions and interesting facts of koi fish and koi keeping. Following the show, all participants enjoyed a buffet dinner, dessert and beverages followed by the awards ceremony for the 18 category winners. There were many prizes donated by different club associates and all winners of the various Koi categories were able to collect a prize. Tokens of appreciation for their efforts were given to Judge Mike Frady and Sonia Dandaneau, the club’s liaison at the botanical gardens. Most of the koi owners had only had a few hours sleep so the evening came to a close around 10 pm. Due to the amount of time and effort involved with this event, there was no monthly meeting in July. The next meeting was held on August 13th at the koi pond and home of Nicole and Jean-Marc Menard. Check their website at http://www.mountainviewkoiclub.com.

July
No Report

June
No Report

May
Elaine Barton, of Mountain View Koi Club, has reported news from their first meeting of 2017 held at the Knox Presbyterian Church in Vankleek Hill, Ontario.  Members were introduced to new member, Charles Stackhouse who has a Japanese garden, and a Koi pond now covered with a metal grill to prevent further predation from a suspected Egret.  Congratulations were extended to Daniel Shelton, Leigh Mode and Verne Gilkes for their ‘winning’ Koi chosen at our year-end meeting/dinner, and to Elaine Barton and Sam Yampolsky for being voted Koi Person (s) of the Year.  Next were lengthy discussions on all aspects of the upcoming Koi competition scheduled for July 22nd with possible rain date on July 23rd at the Montreal Botanical Gardens.  Also discussed at length was the July 8th Koi Pond Tour of six ponds in the Hudson, St. Lazare area.  The Club has been collecting money through monthly raffles and it was decided to send this contribution to AKCA’s KHV fund right away. Two microscopes were brought in to give members an idea as to how to examine fish for parasites.  The raffle was held, nibbles and refreshments were served and the meeting was adjourned to April 23rd at the koi pond of Leigh and Karin Mode in Vankleek Hill.  Check out their website at http://www.mountainviewkoiclub.com.

April
No Report

March
No Report

February
No Report

January 2017
No Report

December 2016
No Meeting

November 2016
No Report

October
No Meeting

September
Elaine Barton, of Mountain View Koi Club, reports news from their meeting on August 14th held at the home, koi pond and Bonsai garden of Daniel and Rina of Hudson. The “practice run” pond tour for members only was set for September 10th, rain or shine. Everyone was brought up to date on our club’s exhibition at the Montreal Botanical Gardens on July 23rd. This event proved very successful with over 1,000 people passing by our show tanks and 400 votes cast for favorite koi. Verne’s platinum Ogon won ‘best koi’ by club members, and Daniel’s Doitsu Kujaku was voted best koi by the public. The AKCA is fundraising for research on KHV virus and our club will be donating raffle proceeds, and Lucie and Jean-Paul will donate all money received through the sale of their water lilies at the MVKC September meeting at their home. Daniel Shelton gave a short presentation on Bonsai using examples from his own collection. The raffle was held, food and refreshments were served and the meeting was adjourned to September 10th. Check their website at http://www.mountainviewkoiclub.com.

August
No Report

July
Elaine Barton, of Mountain View Koi Club, reports their July 17th meeting was held at the Koi pond of Jean-Marc and Nicole Menard of Chaline Valley, Quebec. After a lively discussion, the decision was made to postpone our pond tour to mid-September. MVKC monogrammed shirts were given out and members were asked to indicate whether or not they could attend the Montreal Botanical Gardens “Koi Day” and which members would act as support to the exhibiting members. Prizes were decided upon for Best Koi as decided by the public, and by participating Koi clubs’ members. Voting ballots and Award certificates had already been prepared by Daniel Shelton. Jonathon Pinning, who set up our Facebook page, also volunteered to manage the page for the time being. He also gave all of us an alert as three of his nicest Koi were stolen from his netted pond. For several reasons, he felt it was an outright theft and not predation. The raffle was held for three amazing prizes. Once again, scrumptious nibbles and desserts were served and the meeting was adjourned to August 21st at the home and Koi pond of Bonzai specialist, Daniel Shelton, in Hudson, Quebec. During this meeting, Daniel will discuss the art of growing and caring for Bonzai trees. Check their website at http://www.mountainviewkoiclub.com.

June
Elaine Barton, from Mountain View Koi Club of Vankleek Hill, Ontario (Canada) has reported news from their meeting on June 12th held at the home of Verne and Paula Gilkes in Vankleek Hill, Quebec. Attendees were introduced to new members from the Greater Ottawa Water Garden Society, Art Miskew, Jeannie Currie, Nadine Lethbridge and Lyn Parsons and they each gave a brief description of their ponds and Koi. The topic of flukes was brought up as the Curries have lost several Koi to this parasite.

We all participated in Leigh Mode’s Kohaku interesting and informative quiz, rating the appearance of five Kohaku. The club will supply MVKC monogrammed shirts to all members wishing one, primarily to be worn at the Montreal Botanical Gardens exhibit. The club’s three show tanks were assigned to those members wishing to participate or attend the exhibit.  The club now has a Facebook page thanks to member, Jonathon Pinning, and we are looking for a volunteer member to monitor the site. Brief discussions took place on Koi losing or changing their colours as they age, the importance of good water quality, and Prazipond Plus for the treatment of parasites, worms, liver flukes, etc. Also discussed was the problem of hydrogen sulfide and its danger to Koi.  The raffle was held, delicious desserts and refreshments were served and the meeting was adjourned till July 17th at the koi pond of Nicole and Jean-Marc Menard in Saint-Lazare, Quebec

May
Elaine Barton, of Mountain View Koi Club, reports May 15th meeting from their second meeting of 2016 held at the Pepiniere Cite des Jeunes in St. Lazare, Quebec. Our members were introduced to new member, Vince Sabbagh, who told us briefly about his koi keeping experience, which now includes a small koi breeding/selling business (together with another member, Jonathan Pinning). Daniel Shelton gave a short update on our club’s upcoming show at the Montreal Botanical Gardens on July 23rd. Several members expressed an interest to show their special Koi that day and participate in our contest for “Best Koi” as voted by club members, and show participants. Further discussed was our club’s desire to expand membership through various media outlets. Also reviewed was our very first pond tour coming up this August with the proceeds of ticket sales going to the Hudson Palliative Care Unit. Participating pond owners were asked to submit a brief description of their ponds which our club President, Verne, will present to the Hudson Garden Club President and membership. A short discussion on future topics/guest speakers was brought up. Jonathan and Vince offered to speak about breeding and possibly a series on diseases and treatments. The raffle was held, refreshments were served and the meeting was adjourned till June 12th at the koi pond of Verne and Paula Gilkes in Vankleek Hill. Check their website at http://www.mountainviewkoiclub.com.

April
No Report

March
No Report

February
Verne Gilkes, of Mountain View Koi Club, reports the club of Vankleek Hill, Ontario, Canada, serving Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec, held its 10th Anniversary at the Toad Mountain Park (Home to Verne and Paula Gilkes’ koi) on September 1st, 2015. The weather was reminiscent of the first day the club was established. Several founding members were in attendance. The Club reviewed some of their accomplishments over the past 10 years: Designed and had our own Club Pin made. We conducted Two Pond Tours. Hosted the Greater Ottawa Water Garden Society on a pond tour, wrote the Club’s Constitution in 2013, Koi Competition Using Photographs, interviewed on CBC Radio Canada by a daughter of one of our members. Summer of 2015 the Club took its Koi on Tour to the Japanese Garden at the Montreal Botanical Gardens. They were well received by many American Visitors. Two of our members went to Vancouver, Canada to the AKCA seminar; these accomplishments are to only name a few. It has been a very progressive ten years in the life of our Koi Club. On October18th 2015 The Mountain View Koi Club conducted its Semiannual elections, Verne Gilkes was re-elected as Chairperson for another two year term, Daniel Shelton was also elected as Secretary, Sam Yampolsky was elected as Vice Chairperson and Paula Gilkes was re-elected as the Club Treasurer. Judy Henderson after many great years as our Club AKCA Representative retired from her position which she held from the outset of the club joining the AKCA. Through many health issues Judy kept the AKCA well informed of our club’s activities and for this we thank her very much. Elaine Barton has now stepped forward to represent our Club with the AKCA. November 25, 2016 The Mountain View Koi Club held its Year End Party at the Vieu Chateau Restaurant in Hawkesbury, Ontario. Here the club conducted its Koi Person of the Year awards by nominations leading up to the party and then a vote off of the top three Nominees. Daniel Shelton was voted as our Koi Person of the Year. Our Koi of the Year is decided by the judging (voting) of four classes of koi and from those four classes we vote on the Koi of The Year Award; this year the Koi of the Year was Leigh Mode’s Doitsu Sanke. Perpetual Plaques were presented to each of the deserving recipients. Gifts were randomly drawn and a gift subscription to Koi USA was won by Andre Charest; a beautiful Hand Quilted Koi Wall hanger by Paula Gilkes was won by Janet Lalonde who sustained a vicious attack on her pond liner by a muskrat causing the pond to be shut down and the dispersal of all her koi in the spring of 2016. We now look forward to the Spring of 2016 when the ice eventually leaves our ponds. Check their website at http://www.mountainviewkoiclub.com.

 

January 2016
No Report

November
No Report

October
Judith Henderson, of Mountain View Koi Club, reports the Oct meeting will be on the 18th at the home of Jean and Nicole Leger in Ontario at 2 p.m. It has been two years since our Constitution was signed on September 22, 2013 so that means it is election Time. All Positions Are Now Vacant:   President: Verne Gilkes: Expired   Vice President : (1) Jean Paul Lupien: Expired   Vice President: (2) Pat Hardisty : Expired   Treasurer: Paula Gilkes: Expired   Secretary: Christine Morris: Resigned and position is now vacant. Daniel Shelton has been our interim secretary for this summer`s term. Check their website at http://www.mountainviewkoiclub.com.

September
No Report

August
Judith Henderson, of Mountain View Koi Club, reports we held our first meeting of the season June 14th at the home of Leigh and Karin who have a beautiful indoor koi pond. A quiz sheet was handed out to each member to see if they could identify a number of the koi species in the pond. Results were a bit disappointing so we used the KOI USA poster to help us identify many of the fish. Discussions on the past winter on how most of our member’s fish survived. We were surprised with the harsh winter that we had how many fish were not lost. A lot of our members bring their koi inside which helps. Subject of salt in the pond was brought up and what was the best way to apply and how much. Two of our members are taking an online course from AKCA to become Koi Health Advisors. We had a small Koi Auction and then a raffle took place with the prizes being shubunkins. Snacks then followed with a social get together. We went outside our comfort zone and took some koi to Montreal for a Koi Educational Seminar exposition. It was organized at the Japanese Gardens at the Great Montreal Botanical Gardens.  The pavilion sat on a hill overlooking the Koi Pond where there used to be many koi, however over the years they have died off to only a few now remaining. We had set up Koi posters decorating the pavilion.  It was a busy day with visitors from everywhere. Many wanna be koi owners as well as Koi owners.  It was interesting to hear everyone’s stories. We held our July meeting under the canopy of the pines until we were chased inside by a massive thunder bubble. We discussed how to go about selecting Koi for Show or for pond and how they are judged.  The discussion was from an article published by Senior AKCA Koi judge Dr. Art Lemke. Koi are selected on Conformation, Color, Pattern, Quality and an imposing appearance. Having a grand champion koi somewhere around eight or nine years old starts out with a lot of guess work, hope and a prayer. Light refreshments were served after the meeting.  Our next meeting will be in August. Check their website at http://www.mountainviewkoiclub.com

July
Judith Henderson, of Mountain View Koi Club; no report.

June
No Report

May
Vern Gilkes, of Mountain View Koi Club, reports their Apr meeting was held at the new home of Leigh and Karin Mode. The highlight of the meeting was their new indoor koi pond in its own room surround by lots of windows. No need to transfer fish any more with the changing seasons. A discussion followed with the problems of our long cold winter and the effect on the koi’s immune system. A few koi have been lost and a solution was discussed. Our club activity consisted of testing the water in the new pond. A raffle was held for a beautiful hand painted koi platter that was purchased at the Orlando, FL show. A social time followed with some small snacks and another look at the beautiful indoor pond.   Our next meeting will be held at Garden Center. Check their website at http://www.mountainviewkoiclub.com/.

April
No Report

March
Judith Henderson, of Mountain View Koi Club, reports Club President Verne Gilkes has signed up for the AKCA KHA course and so has First Vic Jean Paul Lupien. Check their website at http://www.mountainviewkoiclub.com

February
No Report

January 2015
No Report

November
Judith Henderson, of Mountain View Koi Club, reports their meeting was held at the Pepiniere Cite des Jeunes in Vaudreuil. Everyone was welcomed and a booklet was handed out to our new members re: AKCA Guide to Koi Nutrition 11. We have ordered our new Koi Posters but have not received them yet. Discussions were held re: the Koi Show that we had done in Sep but was not considered a meeting. Comments were that we needed more training, guidelines for judges and a benching committee is needed in preparation for these small shows. The show was a learning exercise as it was our first. Verne Gilkes talked about his visit to the Koi Farm remarking that they weighed more than last year’s harvest and looked healthier and deeper in colour – the clay ponds attributed to this.  One of our members and his son also visited the Koi Farm and helped in the harvest. We had a presentation on the Yamabuki Ogon and a handout was given to everyone. Our next meeting will be our Xmas Dinner where we will be voting for Koi Person of the Year and also Koi of the Year will be judged. A KOI USA membership was raffled off and a gift basket from the owner of the Pepiniere, plus some pond water test strips were given out. Refreshments were served. Check their website at http://www.mountainviewkoiclub.com/.

October
No Report

September
Judith Henderson, of Mountain View Koi Club, reports their Aug meeting was held at the beautiful Rock and Water Gardens of Any Shrerer. The meeting was held outdoors at picnic tables on the grounds. Discussions included fall pond preparation and some members are scaling down their pond and have some koi for sale. Members were quite enthusiastic about the new and improved posters from AKCA. We have a few members who will be ordering some and we will have one for our club that will be laminated. Our monthly presentation included a talk on the Tancho Koi and handouts were available. Our Oct meeting will be about Shushui. Our next meeting will be our upcoming Koi Photo show. Raffle prizes of lovely handmade stone Inukshiks were presented from the Sherer’s Rock and Water Garden. Refreshments were served. Check their website at http://www.mountainviewkoiclub.com/.

August
Judith Henderson, of Mountain View Koi Club, reports their meeting was held July 6th under the canopy of giant pine trees.  Koi Person of the Year Certificate (which happened to be a couple) was awarded and photos were taken.  Constructive pond water testing was done not to find fault with the pool that was tested but to familiarize everyone about the importance of knowing the conditions of our own ponds and what to do to rectify the problems. We had a discussion on the Hariwake koi. A very common koi but very confusing.  We welcomed another new member to our group. Refreshments were served and our next meeting will take place at a gardening centre which specializes in rock gardens and unusual water fountain displays.  Check their website at http://www.mountainviewkoiclub.com / .

July
Judith Henderson, of Mountain View Koi Club, reports the meeting on July 6th was held under the canopy of giant pine trees.  Our Koi Person of the Year Certificate, which happened to be a couple, was awarded and photos were taken.  Constructive pond water testing was done not to find fault with the pool that was tested but to familiarize everyone about the importance of knowing the conditions of our own ponds and what to do to rectify the problems.  We had a discussion on the Hariwake Koi documented presentation; very common koi but very confusing.  We welcomed another new member to our group. Refreshments were served and our next meeting will take place at a gardening centre which specializes in rock gardens and unusual water fountain displays.  Check their website at http://www.mountainviewkoiclub.com/.

June
No Reports

May
Vern Gilkes, of Mountain View Koi Club, reports their Apr meeting was held at the new home of Leigh and Karin Mode. The highlight of the meeting was their new indoor koi pond in its own room surround by lots of windows.  No need to transfer fish any more with the changing seasons.  A discussion followed with the problems of our long cold winter and the effect on the koi’s immune system. A few koi have been lost and a solution was discussed.  Our club activity consisted of testing the water in the new pond.  A raffle was held for a beautiful hand painted koi platter that was purchased at the Orlando, FL show. A social time followed with some small snacks and another look at the beautiful indoor pond.   Our next meeting will be held at Garden Center.  Check their website at http://www.mountainviewkoiclub.com/.

April
Vern Gilkes, of Mountain View Koi Club, reports the newly elected club officers for 2014-2016: Club President Verne Gilkes; Club Secretary Christine Morris; Club Treasurer Paula Gilkes; Club First Vice Jean Paul Lupien; Club Second Vice Pat Hardisty; Club Librarian Karin Mode; Club Photographer and Graphics Person Paula Gilkes; Photo Coordinator Verne Gilkes; Club Web Person Ben Martin Honorary Member.  Congrats!  Check their website at http://www.mountainviewkoiclub.com/.

March
No Report

February
No Report

January 2014
Vern Gilkes, of Mountain View Koi Club, reports their yearend Christmas Supper was hosted at the Granary Bezile restaurant. Every one arrived around 5:00 p.m. and turned in their koi photographs to Leigh, the chairperson for the Koi of the Year Awards. This year we had three categories to show our koi in: Class “A” koi under 15 inches, Class “B” koi under 20 inches and Class “C” koi over 20 inches.  Participation was very good for the first year of the new format. In Class A there were 10 koi photographs and in Class B we had 8 koi vying for the award. In the jumbo Class of 20 inches and over, we had 9 beauties going after the coveted award of Koi of the Year.  The Koi of the Year Award was given to Karin for her colorful Kujaku; congratulations Karin!  The Certificate for Koi Couple of the Year was presented to Lucie as Jean Paul was not able to make it to the supper. It will be re-presented to them both at a later date. Check their website at http://www.mountainviewkoiclub.com/.

November
No Report

October
No Report

September
Vern Gilkes, of Mountain View Koi Club, reports the club renewed its membership as a proud member of the AKCA. Check their website at http://www.mountainviewkoiclub.com/.

August
Vern Gilkes, of Mountain View Koi Club, reports they hosted a Pond Tour for The Greater Ottawa Water Garden Society on Aug 3rd. Check their website at http://www.mountainviewkoiclub.com/.

July
Judith Henderson, of the Mountain View KC, said their July 7th meeting was held at Toad Mountain Park, home to Verne and Paula Gilkes and their beautiful koi pond. Members arrived early and were able to watch the Vankleek Hill Horse and Buggy parade which is held once a year in this small town. Everyone was welcomed including their new members and guests. It was voted on that one of their prizes in this month’s raffle be a subscription to the Mid Atlantic Koi Club as part of the clubs mandate that they are a koi teach and learning club. Several members went to the Greater Ottawa Water Garden Society tour and enjoyed the outing and came back with several ideas. On August 3rd, they will be hosting a small pond tour for the GOWGS members. Verne did a presentation about the Kujaku koi; descriptions and pictures were handed out. Vern and Paula have two examples in their pond. Summer pond maintenance was brought up and discussed. Their next meeting will be held at the end of August. A strawberry social followed the meeting. Check their website at http://www.mountainviewkoiclub.com/.

June
Vern Gilkes, of Mountain View Koi Club, reports their 2nd meeting of the year was held at the Pepiniere Cite d3es Jeunes Inc. (gardening centre). It was a great spot for our meeting with the beautiful flowers and even some koi on display. We had eleven guests who participated in the agenda and we now have 4 new members as a result. Vern Gilkes, our President, welcomed everyone and gave a good description of a Koi Club and its mandate of education in everything KOI and how members work to help each other. The guests talked about their problems that they were experiencing and answered the questions as best as he could. Some of the problems were cleaning filters, changing water, mink and other predators, nets for herons, etc. Treasurer’s report was read and upcoming events were discussed. Had a demonstration on checking the parameters of your pond by testing for nitrites and also the pH as to how important it is to test your pond. Had a talk on Hikarimono (ogon) one color metallic koi and had comprehensive handouts for everyone. Meeting was adjourned and had our social which included a nice snack donated by various members. Check out their website at http://www.mountainviewkoiclub.com/.

May
Judith Henderson, of Mountain View KC, reports our first meeting of the year was held Apr 14th. All members were welcomed and a discussion on how all their ponds came thru the winter. Apparently it was a bad winter for some as several members lost fish. During the winter one of our members’ fish (a 22 inch Asagi) developed a large tumor on the side. One of our members who is a Vet agreed to remove the tumor. While the operation was going on it was filmed with an explanation as to what was being done. The surgery took 27 minutes and all went well. After not eating for 3 weeks the Asagi is doing well now and seems to be on the road to recovery. It was a great success for our two members and a very interesting film to watch.
Spring pond maintenance was discussed and an information sheet was handed to all our members on how to prepare and refresh your ponds after the winter. Our next meeting will take place in June and we’re hoping to have it at a garden center as a way of letting more people know about our club and all about koi.

April
Verne Gilkes of the Mountain View Koi Club reported that the heavy snow this past winter was good for their area in order to recover from the severe drought last summer. In February Verne and Paula’s yard was buried in roughly 4-5 feet of snow. Verne is working on an article for an upcoming issue of Koi USA on the reconstruction of their dream pond which was completed over a year ago. Verne also submitted a photo for the section “Who’s Reading KoiUSA” of his wife Paula and friends Leigh and Karin Mode which will be printed in an upcoming issue.

March
No Report

February
No Report

January 2013
No Report

November
Judith Henderson, of Mountain View Koi Club, reports we held our election meeting on Oct 21, 2012 and watched a video on a trip to Quality Koi in New Jersey that 3 of our members attended. The 3 members participated and witnessed the 2012 Koi Harvest. It was our President’s birthday while he was there and he was presented with a beautiful decorated cake with a life size Koi on top. One of our members became a member of the Mid Atlantic Koi Club while they were there as they had a rep at Quality Koi as well. It was voted to pay for the Friendship Trophy that was presented for the winning Shiro Utsuri. This is a tradition that goes on at the Koi shows that the various clubs take part in. Our elections saw our present President re elected and now have a vice president and 2nd vice president. We have a new secretary and the treasurer remained the same. A reminder was made to keep updating our web site with pictures and any info that is relevant to the site. A great lunch was served and our raffle item “murder mystery party game” was given out. Our next meeting will be our Christmas get together on Nov 23rd and to bring along our best koi picture for our annual contest.

October
No Report

September
Judith Henderson, of the Mountain View Koi Club, reports the club met on August 26th and did a “show + tell” on Showa variety using six examples followed by a judging exercise on understanding of Showa hi and sumi.  We drafted up a Koi Owners First Aid Kit to show the necessity, use and where to buy each item. Some items would not be applicable to some Koi owners (ie. Drugs) since they would be inclined to call a friend help line. A new committee will be formed to update Club Format guidelines so new executives will know what they are working with. Had our usual raffle to raise funds for our club and a delicious assortment of food and drinks followed the adjournment of the meeting. Next meeting will be held in September.

August
No Report

July
Mountain View KC located in Ontario Canada will hold the next general meeting at the home of Lucie and Jean Paul’s home. For more information on attending or joining their club, visit their website at www.mountainviewkoiclub.com

June
The Mountain View Koi Club, established in September of 2005 is located in Vankleek Hill, Ontario, Canada, near the Province of Quebec. Every founding member of the club could see a mountain from where they live, thus the club name. The club by virtue of its location enjoys membership from both Provinces. With dedication and pride on keeping the best pond conditions possible and the primary interest is the betterment of koi which is achieved by increasing a collective knowledge about koi through breeding, exhibiting, sharing information and practices pertaining to the health of the koi. For meeting information and events, visit the Mountain View KC website at www.mountainviewkoiclub.com.

May
The Mountain View KC held their first meeting of the season on April 22nd. The meeting began with discussions on how the koi and ponds survived the winter. Vern Gilkes prepared a slide presentation of the Orlando Koi Show and a visit to Blackwater Creek Koi Farm. A nomination committee was formed for the upcoming September elections. The dangers of Hydrogen Sulfide was discussed and how to handle situations when present.

April
No Report

March
Mountain View Koi Club reports that their first meeting for 2012 will be April depending on the weather but currently the ponds are still frozen over. The club is please to report that the membership has grown to over 24 members between Ontario and Quebec. Now that AKCA can provide GL insurance and the option for special event insurance the club is looking forward to expanding their events and promoting the hobby of koi and pond care.

February
Mountain View KC reports that their first meeting for 2012 will be planned for March or April depending on the weather.  The club is pleased to report that the membership has grown to over 24 members between Ontario and Quebec.  Club members were very motivated with the pond design and display at the International Plowing Match and plans to submit a write-up for KOI USA.

January
Mountain View KC, located in Canada, is a group of enthusiastic pond and koi owners who strive to educate and assist future hobbyists in maintaining a proper environment for their koi.  Monthly meetings are hosted at members homes for pondside koi topics.  Ponds are closed down for the winter as well as the club activities.  The AKCA insurance that was extended to the Canadian koi clubs will help in expanding more events for next year.  For more information on joining their club visit them at www.mountainviewkoiclub.com.