MIDWEST POND & KOI SOCIETY

Bryan Bateman
bryzkoi@aol.com
http://www.mpks.org
Meets: 3rd Friday @ 7 pm., January – October

May
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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
Bryan Bateman, of Midwest P&KS, said their 20th Annual Koi show was a success.  They invited Toen Feyen, from Holland, to be their special guest judge.  He was assisted by Steve Childers and Jason Guevara.  They had a record 174 koi entered in their show this year.  Immediately following their show, they had their pond tour – over 60 member ponds on display over a two weekend period.  In spite of record heat and drought in the Chicago-land area, the turnout for this event was impressive.  Next up is their Fall Koi Auction.  This event provides an opportunity for members to thin their ponds prior to the winter season, and also provides a little revenue for their club from the proceeds.  After that, they move on to their Appreciation dinner in October, and that’s about it for another MPKS season.

July
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June
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May
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April
Bryan Bateman, of Midwest P&KS, said the Kodama Koi Academy class is (“was” by the time this is published) almost full.  They have 26 students registered.  This is the first time their club has sponsored an event of this nature, so they are excited about it.  Next up is their bus trip to Koi Acres the weekend of May 12/13.  Mike and Devin Swanson have planned a weekend of koi education, hands-on activities, and friendship amongst fellow hobbyists.  They are also looking forward to a presentation by Gary Charneia at their May dinner meeting on the “Zen of Bonsai.”  It looks to be another exciting year for MPKS.

 March
Bryan Bateman, said that at their Feb. 26 board meeting they briefly reviewed upcoming club events as described last month. The remainder of the meeting was spent discussing current issues revolving around the AKCA Ballot.

February
Bryan Bateman, of Midwest P&KS, said they are already planning for a special 20th Anniversary Koi Show this year.  They are honored that Toen Feyen, a ZNA Judge from Holland, who is also organizing a new judging program in Holland and has been Chairman of the prestigious Holland Koi Show for many years, will be their guest judge.  Their other judge will be Steve Childers, and one Candidate Judge to be determined.  They are looking  forward to their Kodama Koi Academy weekend, which is scheduled for the weekend of April 14th.  They are also planning to charter a bus for club members to travel to Koi Acres’ big Spring event, in Minnesota, over the weekend of May 12- and 13th.

January
Bryan Bateman, of Midwest P&KS, said they are in their “off” season right now so there isn’t a lot of activity in their club.  They are, however, finalizing plans for a “full immersion” weekend with Taro and Mamoro Kodama, who will be coming to Chicago in May to present their “Kodama Koi Academy” to their club.  They are very excited about this opportunity to learn from Mr. Kodama.  He will also be bringing some excellent koi, to use in his demonstrations and talks and to offer for sale to their members at the conclusion of the class.  Other than that, their 2012 calendar is complete, and they are looking forward to an exciting, educational, and fulfilling year for MPKS!