IDAHO WATER GARDEN & KOI SOCIETY Inc.

Rebecca Hoen
pansybunny@aol.com
http://www.iwgks.org
Meets: 3rd Sunday @ 3 pm

September
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August
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July
Katy Shanafelt, of Idaho Koi & WGS, reports the club held many events in June. Members offered selections for the Koi of the Year at past president Sue Boydstun’s home. Many lilies were potted for the Boise Train Depot’s Platt Gardens and either delivered back to the depot or sold to members and vendors. The club turned out to help Sue catch and catalog her entire pond of 30 plus fish for documentation and health purposes. Many were transferred to quarantine tanks and some were offered for sale or donation. The Idaho-Oregon Buddhist temple held an Obon festival where IWGKS represented with a display that grabbed attention and promoted the club and the upcoming pond tour on July 16th. Radio time was given to the club by KBRX Radio Boise, and club secretary, Cortney Nielsen, promoted the club and the upcoming pond tour with professionalism and enthusiasm. The club is ramping up for the koi show in August and looks forward to attending the PNKCA convention in that month as well.

June
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May
Katy Shanafelt, of Idaho Koi & WGS, reports the club spent a sunny Sunday performing a valuable community service by cleaning and repotting the lilies at the Old Boise Train Depot. The Platt Gardens was full of members in waders and others up to their elbows in mud as dozens of huge lilies, reeds, rushes and grasses were repotted by the club.  The membership is growing due to monthly club meetings and classes through community education. Check out their website at http://www.iwgks.org.

April
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March
Katy Shanafelt, of Idaho Koi & WGS, reports the season got off to a great start with the Idaho Water Garden and Koi Society’s Kick-off Banquet at Louie’s Meridian. With 35 people in attendance, the evening was a great mixture of socializing with old friends and making new ones. Guest speaker, Jim Kitchens from Mamason Koi, informed the audience about bringing ponds out of a record winter into a successful and healthy spring. A large number of raffle and silent auction items were donated as well as koi from two vendors. The club continues to grow and welcome new members. The next monthly board meeting will take place March 6 at Idaho Pizza Company-Glenwood and State at 6 p.m. Check out their website at http://www.iwgks.org.

February
Katy Shanafelt, of Idaho Koi & WGS, reports the club is ramping up for the 2017 season! The kick-off banquet is being, held February 25th at Louie’s pizza in Meridian, ID with guest speaker; Jim Kitchen who is speaking on the care of ponds coming out of such a severe winter. Idaho has had record snows and this topic will be timely and relative to all with ponds and fish. Dinner and a Raffle featuring koi themed art that member, Sue Boydstun, brought back from her trip to China will be featured.  The club’s March meeting will take place at NEON on the 26th. We will focus on koi nutrition and have information on proper identification of koi varieties. Check out their website at http://www.iwgks.org.

January 2017
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December 2016
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November 2016
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October
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September
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August
Katy Shanafelt, of Idaho Koi & WGS, reports the club has had a busy month; recovering from hosting the PNKCA convention and overseeing the construction and stocking of the Idaho Botanical Garden’s new koi pond. The 12,000 gallon pond was designed by Sot Chimonas and is a show pond for some spectacular koi that were donated to the garden by a local family. A team of over 15 people worked to move the 16 jumbo koi fish from their old home to the new pond. The club is running maintenance on the pond and hope to have it all finished by the end of the month. The 23rd Annual Koi Show will be held on August 27th at the Idaho Botanical Gardens. 25 tanks will be set up and filled with competitive koi from all over the Northwest region. Check out their website at http://www.iwgks.org.

July
Katy Shanafelt, of Idaho Koi & WGS, reports our August board meeting on the 1st is coming up.  All members are welcome to attend.  We will meet at the Idaho Pizza at Glenwood and State in Garden City, next to D & B. Our Annual Koi & Goldfish Show will be held on Aug 27th at the Idaho Botanical Gardens in Boise. Contact Sot Chimonas 208-286-0288 sotchimonas@msn.com for details. Check out their website at http://www.iwgks.org.

June
Katy Shanafelt, of Idaho Koi & WGS, reports the Idaho Water Garden and Koi Society has been busily preparing for the upcoming Pacific Northwest Koi Association convention slated for June 24-26. The convention will be held at the Red Lion Downtowner in Boise, Idaho and will be centered around the theme ‘The Art of Koi’. The convention will not only cover koi as a decorative inspiration, but will address the art of raising and caring for koi by some of the nation’s foremost experts in the field. Hundreds of lilies will be available at the convention as will a new shipment of quality fish from several wet vendors. A pond tour will culminate with the unveiling of the new dedicated koi pond at the Idaho Botanical Gardens. Please register now as hotels are filling up with a national soccer tournament and space will be scarce. Boise is rated as the number 6 city in the nation, (http://realestate.usnews.com/places/rankings-best-places-to-live) come see why this June! Along with preparations for this momentous event, the club has been working on yearly reparations to the Platt gardens; located at the historic Boise Train Depot. These gardens house the city’s collection of koi and is regularly maintained by the club. Hundreds of lilies will be available at the convention as will a new shipment of quality fish from several wet vendors. Check out their website at http://www.iwgks.org.

May
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April
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March
Katie Shanafelt, of Idaho Koi & WGS, reports the club held its kick-off banquet on February 20th. The event was a success with eight new members joining and the renewal of our ZNA club membership quota met. The club has been extra busy all year round though, preparing for the PNKCA convention June 24-26, 2016. Chairperson, Kim Peterson, has been working tirelessly to ensure this will be a spectacular and memorable event. The theme this year is The Art of Koi. Graphic designer Susie Dethman has created a beautiful show poster and striking pin for this event. The convention will include an art show with student and local professional artists, an art class where participants can enamel their own koi pin, a bonsai exhibit/class where students can leave with their own bonsai, pond tour showcasing the new Idaho Botanical Gardens pond, banquet dinner from the four star hotel menu, and classes from some of the best koi-keepers in the Northwest, including a report from the OSU lab on the progress of research on KHV. Register soon if you are planning on attending as there is a huge athletic tournament in Boise this summer and all rooms in town will be booked soon. The March club meeting will take place at North End Organic Nursery (NEON) 3/20/16 at 3pm. We will discuss spring pond health issues. Check out their website at http://www.iwgks.org

February
Sue Boydstun, of Idaho Koi & WGS, reports she’s been selected to head up the PNKCA convention which will be held in ID this year so she will be VERY BUSY and will be stepping down as her club’s AKCA rep. Congrats Sue! Her replacement will have large shoes to fill. Check out their website at http://www.iwgks.org.

January 2016
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November
Sue Boydstun, of Idaho Koi & WGS, reports we have committed to hosting the 2016 PNKCA in Boise. We have our convention committee established; we have a site/hotel booked; and we are scrambling to line up seminar speakers for the program.  Our theme is “The Art of Koi”. We have our elections in November.  Usually we go dormant until February, but this year we are trying a Holiday Gathering in December. Check out their website at http://www.iwgks.org.

October
Sue Boydstun, of Idaho Koi & WGS, reports the club will be holding a board meeting on Nov 2 @ 6 p.m. at Idaho Pizza on Glenwood in Garden City, ID. Check out their website at http://www.iwgks.org.

September
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August
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July
Sue Boydstun, of Idaho Koi & WGS, reports their Annual Koi and Goldfish Show will be held August 29 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check out their website at http://www.iwgks.org.  

June
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May
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April
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March
Sue Boydstun, of Idaho Koi & WGS, reports the club had its kickoff banquet at the end of February.  There were 24 members in attendance. We jumped into the computer age by having a Skype presentation from Anil at Nualgi and Bob from Cal Koi for our program.  It took a bit of tinkering to get things working efficiently, but we got it working.  This will give the club a significant opportunity to bring in speakers from out of the area via a computer connection. We have some concerns for fish health coming out of spring.  We were hit hard with snow and freezing temperature pre-Thanksgiving.  Then we had a thaw and warming.  The snow disappeared and temperatures jumped above normal during December and January.  The last week night temperatures were back into the 20’s.  Next week we are supposed to get to the mid 60’s.  Fish are going to be majorly stressed by the temperature swings. Check out their website at http://www.iwgks.org

February
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January 2015
The Idaho WG&KS goes dormant along with their koi for November, December, and January. Things begin to stir sometime the later part of February with our kick off banquet.

November
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October
Sue Boydstun, of IWGKS, said they had their 21st annual Koi Show at the Idaho Botanical Gardens, Sept. 12-14th. Their judges were Pat Christiansen and Richard Thomas. They had 124 koi entered by 19 different individuals. There were 16 goldfish entered in the goldfish show. The banquet managed to coincide with the Light UP Boise Balloon festival. Their October meeting is set to be a review of how to prepare your koi and pond for the upcoming winter.

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
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February
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January 2014
Sue Boydstun, of the Idaho WG&KS, said they don’t start up until Feb with their kick off banquet.  They still have ice on their ponds!

November
The Idaho Water Garden and Koi Society had its last meeting of 2013 and the following slate of officers was elected: President: Sot Chimonas; Vice President: Nancy Anthony; Secretary: Molly Blankenship; Treasurer: Paul Jackson; Director at Large: Sue Boydstun and Tom Barnes; Newsletter Editor: Kim Peterson.

October
Sot Chimonas, of Idaho Water Garden & Koi Society, reports “What a Show! What a crowd! What an event! Hope you did not miss it. Our 20th Anniversary Koi & Goldfish Show was nothing short of spectacular!” Over 927 visitors, not counting Show workers and early goers, visited the Show for the day on Saturday and enjoyed the 115 Koi and 16 goldfish that entered the competition for trophies, certificates, recognition and plain-ole fun! We had visitors and show entrants from the Seattle area, Phoenix, Portland area, Vancouver, WA and who knows from where else. Great thanks to all the members that participated and helped with the Show as well as our gracious donating sponsors and vendors and certainly the Idaho Botanical Garden for hosting us! Our October Meeting is on Pond Winterization and every other subject our members would like to discuss. Lastly, our November Business Meeting will close out the year and conduct our Annual Elections for Board Officers. These are President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and two Directors-at-Large. In addition, we are seeking a Newsletter Editor to relieve our current one that has been graciously filling that job for several years. If publishing and newsletters are your passion, please let us know! Please think about leveraging your experience and knowledge and participate on your Club’s Board.

September
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August
Paul Moss, of the Idaho WG&KC, said that in July they had their pond tour. Due to extreme heat (100+) participation was less than hoped for, but those who attended enjoyed it. They signed up three new club members during the tour. They are attempting to host a grow out contest; he says attempting because they received some stressed out fish that developed bacterial infections almost immediately. However, the dealer was extremely helpful and replaced all of the fish lost. He did not need to do this. It was going above and beyond. It goes to show how they have great people in this hobby. Their August meeting will include presentations on aquatic plants and on reading labels on fish food. September brings the 20th annual Koi Show.

July
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June
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May
Sue Boydstun, of Idaho WG&KS, Inc., reports in April we had a meeting with14 members present. I gave a presentation on basic koi health, how to “herd” a koi into a bowl as opposed to chasing it with a net, testing water parameters, how to dress a wound, provided some handouts and gave a list of websites. We were hoping for a wet lab, but were unable to find a presenter available for that weekend. For our May meeting we will be doing our annual clean up at the Boise Depot ponds from 1pm to 5 pm. This includes going into the ponds and separating out plants. Excess plant starts including named lilies are then offered to club member at reduced prices — bare root lilies, pickerel rush, other bog type plants @ $3. Any large plants available are individually priced.

April
The Idaho WGKS sponsored a free seminar at a local commercial member’s place of business in March. The seminar covered: Pond basics – what you need to know; pond design, i.e. for plants, for fish, a koi pond only, and retrofitting ponds; aquatic plants; koi in the pond from pond fish to grand champion. We had a free hourly raffle (1 ticket per person and had to be present to win) and a super raffle ($1.00 per ticket for a PondMaster pump and bio filter). We had 24 people attend.

March
Sue Boydstun, of the Idaho Water Garden and Koi Club, reports they held their annual kickoff banquet on Feb 23 and had 49 in attendance with 22 2013 family memberships paid for that night. Wes Parker from Children of the Sun Koi was our speaker and gave an excellent presentation on acquiring Japanese koi (accompanied by pictures of this year’s buying trip to Japan). He was also gracious enough to donate two koi to the club to raffle off. We had an issue arise in that we out grew our venue. We are looking forward to a busy year with a public seminar in Mar, a wet lab in Apr, ongoing maintenance of the Boise Depot ponds, our pond tour, plant sale, and in Sep our 20th Annual Koi Show.

February
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January 2013
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November
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October
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September
Sue Boydstun, of Idaho WG&KS, said they held their pond tour at the end of July; had 88 tickets sold (1 ticket per household/car, so probably more actually attended).  Their VC is member of the National Guard and got called up to serve, i.e., they are short one officer.  Their koi show had to be rescheduled due to conflicting dates with the venue and with the Washington Show.  Their show will be held Sept. 22nd at the Idaho Botanical Garden.  She’ll send a JPEG of the poster.

August
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July
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June
Sue Boydstun, of Idaho WG&KS, said that on Friday, May 18th they had a display at the Boise Japan Day Festival.  Their koi show has been scheduled for Sept. 11nd.  Due to scheduling conflicts it has been moved from the Boise Depot to the Idaho Botanical Gardens.  They are looking forward to forging a new partnership with the IBT.  Their plans include the Bonsai Bonsai Club, the Kawa Taiko, and the Idaho Japanese Association.

May
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April
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March
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February
Sot Chimonas, of Idaho WG&KS, said they have a brand new slate of officers for 2012!  On the helm is an avid koi enthusiast, Jon White with Keith Schuttler as his VP.  The Treasury was taken up by the dynamic duo of Fred and Susan Elsey and the Secretary is Delanie White with a couple of the old cronies serving on this year’s Board of Directors-at-Large:  Sue Boydstun and Sot.  Still to recruit is their Commercial member Director-at-Large.  Looking forward to a great year with their usual Kick-off Banquet, Pond Tour, 19th Koi Show in Sept. this year rather than August and a few new events that are in the planning stages.

January
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