PRAIRIELAND KOI & POND SOCIETY

Todd Bong
turtle49@comcast.net
www.pkps1.com
http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com
Meets: 2nd Saturday, 9 am

September
No Report

August
Vincent Smith, of Prairieland K&PS, said this is the first month this year that they have had any real news other than the usual month to month meetings. They’ve helped the local junior college horticulture lab clean out and redo their pond. They’ve also donated several bags of strapping tape for their bio-falls filter. They just recently purchased and installed a new 1/2 hp. pump along with a new backflow valve. Later this month, they’re going to donate and install a netting system to keep the fall leaves out of the pond. Also, several club members have donated fish to the pond and they’re very excited to have babies swimming all around the pond.

July
Vincent Smith, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the July 8th meeting will be at Hornbaker’s in Princeton, IL. Meeting will be at 10 a.m. The August 12th meeting will be at the Sauer’s residence in Bartonville. Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.

June
No Report

May
Vincent Smith, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports their next meeting will be on June 10th at the home of Steve and Lisa Carter in E. Peoria. Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.

April
Vincent Smith, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the April 8 meeting will be held at the home of Greg and Letriana Cantrell in Peoria. Reminder: Club dues are due in April. Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.

March
No Report

February
No Report

January 2017
No Report

December 2016
No Meeting

November 2016
No Report

October
No Meeting

September
Vincent Smith, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the next meeting will be held September 10, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at Illinois Central College in East Peoria, IL by their pond. Their 7th Annual Luau at the home of Loren and Margaret Swanson was a huge success. It’s that time of year again. At our September meeting we will take nominations for any of the elected positions of our club. At the October meeting we will have the election of officers. So if you want to run or know of someone who wants to run for a position, let me know. I must announce that Allen Kruger has resigned as Vice President. He will continue as our Web Master. Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.

August
Vincent Smith, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the Aug meeting will be held on Aug 13th at 9 a.m. Terry and Deb Hess in Hanna City, IL will host the meeting. Our Pond Tour 2016 is now in the history books, and it was a good turnout. We had an attendance figure of 100 people visiting our 13 different ponds in the tri-county area. We donated 20% of our ticket sales to a couple of food pantries and were able to add to our treasury so next spring we’ll be able to comfortably purchase all the needed product for next year. Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.

Vincent Smith, of Prairieland K&PS, said they just finished up with their pond tour which was a great success and they donated 20% of their ticket sales to local food banks. They’re now getting ready for their 7th annual Luau later this month.

July
Vincent Smith, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports they had their 2016 Pond Tour in the Tri County Area (around Peoria), IL, with 13 ponds and 100 people on the weekend of July 9th & 10th. Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.

June
Vincent Smith, of Prairieland K&PS, said they’ve been very busy getting ready for their pond tour coming up in July on the 9th and 10th. The tour includes 13 ponds of all different sizes and shapes. Hopefully the tour will spark building of new ponds and members.

May
Vincent Smith, of Prairieland K&PS, said they will start forwarding their newsletter each month.

April
Vincent Smith, of Prairieland K&PS, said they are planning a Pond Tour for July 9-10th. Last month, Vince announced 2015 Koi of the Year photo winners. Stacy Schadewaldt won in the professional category and Patty Davis won for the general category. He also announced that Rick & Lisa Moreland were the 2015 PKPS members of the year. Allen Kruger gave a useful presentation on some new filter media that the club has for sale for $20 per 1,000 ft. It is a pallet strapping material that is embossed so that beneficial bacteria have lots of crevices in which to thrive.

March
Vincent Smith, of Prairieland K&PS, said they are planning for a Pond Tour. On Feb. 13th their buest speaker was Genny Gibbs who did a presentation on “Chasing the Elusive Plant World of China: where she participated in an exchange program with sister college in Xiamin. Their April meeting will be held at the home of Mary Hoehne’s where pond repair of a leaking bulkhead will be addressed.

February
Vincent Smith, of Prairieland K&PS, said their first meeting of the year is Feb. 13th. They are planning their pond tour. They will have a Board meeting at the Smith residence on Feb. 27th.

Vincent Smith, of Prairieland K&PS, said that things are pretty slow in Illinois in January. Once the temperature drops below 50 degrees and we stop feeding their fish. The club is planning a pond tour for July. It’s snowing now but it’s only a couple of inches; will be checking his de-icer tubs that are on the pond to make sure they are still working.

January 2016
Vincent Smith, of Prairieland K&PS, said that things are pretty slow there (in Illinois) in January. Once the temperature drops below 50 degrees and they stop feeding their koi. The club is planning a pond tour for July. And that’s all the news he has right now. It’s snowing now but it’s only a couple of inches. They will be checking his deicer tubs that’s on the pond to make sure they are still working.

 

November
Vincent Smith, of Prairieland K&PS, said that he will be sending their newsletter to me in the future.

October
No Report

September
Vincent Smith, of Prairieland K&PS, said their club continues to provide support and information for their club members for the working systems of their ponds and fish. They also make available all the needed products for upkeep of ponds and food for their fish at bulk rate prices. They have a meeting coming up in October on the 0th. Its location will be listed on their web site. In November, they will be having their annual banquet.

August
Vince Smith, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the Aug meeting was scheduled for the Kruger’s residence in Lincoln. Speaker will be Mike White from White Water Filters. The Kruger’s pond is a new construction this year; Lori and Allen have out done themselves on their new pond and you don’t want to miss it. Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com.

July
Vincent Smith, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports their July meeting is scheduled for the 11th at the Routely’s residence in Peoria. Willie Hofstetter will be discussing aquatic plants. Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com.

June
No Report

May
Vincent Smith, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports their next meeting will be on June 13th at 9 a.m. at the Sauer’s on Airport Rd in Bartonville. Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com.

April
Vincent Smith, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports their next meeting will be May 9th at 11 a.m. at the Malta’s in Spring Valley.   Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com

March
Vincent Smith, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the club’s next meeting will be held on April 11, @ 9:00 a.m. @ Kullscape’s  in  E. Peoria. Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com

February
Vince Smith, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports Todd Bong has stepped down as President. Vincent Smith will be sending a new Club Info form with all the new officer and contact data. Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com.

January 2015
No Report

November
Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the club’s next meeting will be on Feb 15, 2015. Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.

October
Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports their next meeting will be Oct. 11th, @ The Simmons in Peoria Heights. Meeting will start promptly @ 9:00 a.m. The public is invited. Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com

September
Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports their next meeting will be @ the ICC campus, by the pond on Sep 6th instead of the 13th. The meeting will start promptly @ 9:00 a.m. and the public is invited. Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.

August
Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports he will be stepping down as President and AKCA Dir/Rep.  Elections are to be held in the near future.  Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/ .

July
Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the 4th of July has come and gone so it must mean that the year is half over.  The cool weather that we have had for the last several days has been a welcomed relief; I know Cheryl and I have been able to complete several of our big projects that would have taken longer if the weather had stayed hot and humid.  As you know this month’s meeting will be held at Outback Water Gardens; Jeanne, Shawn and David Owen will discuss their business and I understand they will be providing a 10% discount for items purchased by club members on Saturday.  As you know I discussed the officer elections in last month’s letter and if you remember at that time I hadn’t decide if I would seek re-election; so I have made the decision not to run again.  While I really enjoy the meetings and helping make sure that the necessary work gets done, I find that between work, my requirements/duties with the village and family I have just run out of time to get everything done that I want to do.  Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.

 

June
Karen Hofstetter, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports Club President, Todd Bong, called the June 14, 2014, meeting to order at 10:00 am at the home of Don and Marianne Brubaker. About 35 members were present.  Speakers Larry Zehr, club member and fish expert, reminded members that they probably lost fish this past winter because we failed to get out on the ice and shovel off the snow! Snow blocks the light from entering your pond, therefore no algae is allowed to survive. Without the algae, the fish can be starved. For show-and-tell, Larry showed us one of the Japanese trap door snails he purchased to eat his string algae. Sad to say, but these snails are no longer available to Illinois residents for purchase as they are a non-native species. Show-and-tell continued with pictures of several varieties of koi. Particularly desirable are those koi with large metallic, but fewer scales than the more common varieties. Larry recommends moving to a separate pond any fish eggs your fish may have laid. You may wish to treat the eggs with a broad spectrum disinfectant to treat and prevent fungus and various other diseases. He shared that his yard is home to a number of Eastern green tree frogs. They are blotchy gray like the bark of oak trees where they live. The orange on them is visible only when the frog stretches out. Thanks, Larry, for sharing your knowledge and love of fish. The duo of Vince Smith and Allen Kruger shared the work they have done on preparing a Trouble Shooting Section 4 addition to the PKPS Membership Handbook. But first, Vince gave us the “commercial” for the kneeling pad he relies on when working in his yard. It is actually sold as a hunter’s seat pad for $6 at Menards. He also demonstrated the use of the rolling seat he also found to save from overtaxing his back while doing many projects in and around his home. He noted, “These have nothing to do with Section 4, but I thought they were pretty cool and thought some other club members might like them as well.” In Section 4, readers will learn how to determine the volume of their ponds as well as the size pump their pond needs. This section also helps one determine how to locate leaks in a pond. Vince gave the warning, “If you put up a fence to keep your dog from falling through the ice in the winter, don’t stick rebar through the pond liner.  This is only asking for trouble.” (He learned this one too late!) Thank you Vince and Allen for the time and effort you put into preparing the new addition to our membership guide and for sharing it at the meeting. Don and Marianne are longtime members of PKPS.At one time their backyard was home to a lovely fish pond. As they are currently doing more traveling, they preferred to convert their pond into a pondless system.  Don discussed the process of converting their pond into a pondless system. They have a waterfall and a fountain where the pond once was. This still affords them the relaxing waterfall sounds and welcomes the birds to their yard without the maintenance of a fish pond. Thanks, Don and Marianne, for hosting the meeting. Club Business Lori Kruger reminded everyone the deadline for signing up for the August 2nd bus trip to Missouri Botanical Gardens was June 14. Only enough to fill half the bus had signed up. She has decided to open up the trip to the public or to rent 15-passenger vans to make the trip. Reminder: This year, on August 23, the LUAU will be hosted by the Swansons.  Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.

 

May
Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports their May meeting was held at Luthy Botanical Garden next to the Zoo in Peoria, IL.  The upcoming Bus Trip to the St. Louis Botanical Gardens is Aug 2ndGet your RSVPs in today!!!  Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.

April
Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports their last meeting was on April 12th at Kullscape in Peoria.  After the meeting they went to the Peoria Zoo to clean their pond.  Their bus trip on Ag 2nd will be to the St. Louis Botanical Gardens.  Get your RSVPs in today!  Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.

March
Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the Mar meeting was held at Luthy Botanical Gardens adjacent to the north end of the Peoria Zoo.  Bob Striematter was the guest speaker.  Jeannie Clarke led a discussion on pond opening this month; please feel free to either provide us with a subject for discussion or better yet volunteer to  lead a discussion.  Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.

February
Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the club held their first meeting of the year on Feb at the ICC Horticulture Building.  Mike White was again the featured speaker.  Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.

January 2014
Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports it’s time for our first meeting of the year on Feb 8th at 9:00 a.m. sharp!  We are lucky enough to get Mike White to speak at our meeting again; this will be a question and answer session, so bring all your questions.  Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.

November
Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the year has come and gone again, and we had another great year at the PKPS club, with all the great speakers and all of our great members. The banquet is right around the corner on November 9th, 2013, at the Knights of Columbus in Pekin from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Hope to see you all there!  Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.

October
Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the Oct board meeting is scheduled for the Bong home and the Nov 9th Banquet is scheduled for the Knights of Columbus Hall in Pekin. Make your reservations now! Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.

September
Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports Aug is about done and we are moving into the last few weeks of summer so it is time to start thinking about Fall pond preparation and what needs to be done. I know and if you can believe the Farmer’s Almanac, Winter won’t be too far down the road. Since the pond tour, ten new members have signed upwith the society, again a hearty welcome to them and I look forward to meeting all of you and hearing about your ponds; remember that we are all here to help so please ask your questions and don’t forget to read your member’s guide. The Luau was a great success, I think we had about 45 people that attended and lots of good food; again many thanks to Ron and Patty Kramer for hosting the event and to Rick Moreland for help at the grill. Speaking of parties, the annual banquet is just around the corner. Don’t forget that during the Oct meeting we will nominate and elect Society Officers for next year. Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.

August
Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports it is hard to believe that we are into Aug already, the summer is going by very quickly . The Pond Tour was a great success, I would like to thank all of the members that displayed their ponds; it is apparent that they put a lot of work into getting ready for the tour; also a big thanks to the pond sitters and to the board members who pulled all the little details together to make it all work. The next few weeks are going to be busy and the Luau is on the 24th. Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.

July
Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports their Pond Tour is scheduled for July 13-14 (see their website for details). Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.

June
Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports you can check out their website for the upcoming Pond Tour, which is scheduled for July 13th & 14th. Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.

May
Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the meeting on Apr 13 was held at Kullscape. It is hard to believe that that we are into April already. I know that most of you have your ponds up and running; we are planning to drain and clean/refill our pond next weekend. Don’t forget that we are scheduled to clean the zoo pond following the meeting on the 13th; of course the weather will help decide if we will be able to get it done as scheduled. We also have a few of the rescued koi still available; if you are in need of some fish give me a call as I would like to empty the 100 gallon tank in my basement. Jeannie once again provided an article for this month’s newsletter; the subject is the use of cold water bacteria and as always it is an interesting piece. Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.

April
Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports they chose Vince and Brenda Smith as their club’s Koi Persons of the Year for 2013. Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.

March
Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the Mar meeting was at Luthy Botanical Garden, located adjacent to the north end of Glen Oak Park, on Prospect Ave., Peoria. We have a busy schedule for the club this year; Zoo pond cleaning on 13 Apr, Hornbaker’s in June, Pond Tour in Jul and of course ICC day in Sep followed shortly thereafter by the banquet in Nov. It is time to start thinking about opening your pond; I know that we are planning to rework our streambed and waterfalls before it gets too warm along with more landscaping in both the pond area and the yard. Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.

February
Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the Feb meeting was on Night Gardening and the Speaker was Ginny Gibbs. Also, it’s time to start thinking if you want to be on the 2013 PKPS Pond Tour to be held on Jul 13-14. Please contact any board member if you would like to be on the tour. Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.

January 2013
Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the end of the year banquet was held in November at the Knights of Columbus in Pekin. The election of officers for the 2013 season was announced: Todd Bong will remain President, Vince Smith will take over as Vice President, Karen Hoffstetter will continue as Treasurer and Letriana Cantrell will be Secretary.  October was our last club meeting of the year; dates and locations for 2013 will be posted later.  Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/index.html.

November
Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the Oct meeting was held at Loren Swanson’s in East Peoria.  They demonstrated using a Pond Vac and the Guest Speaker was Greg Cantrell.  Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.

October
Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the Oct meeting will be at the home of Loren Swanson, 9 Knollcrest Court, East Peoria. Greg will be demonstrating the use and care of the club owned pond vac at the meeting; I believe this is a great asset for the members to use.  Don’t forget that we will be electing officers at this meeting and we are also looking for ponds for next year’s pond tour.  Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/

September
Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the Aug11th meeting was held at Allen and Lori Kruger’s home and President Todd Bong called the meeting to order with 26 members in attendance.  Our guest speaker, Mike White from White Water Filters, gave a very informative discussion on filtration systems and ultraviolet lights. The three major filters he talked about were: Mechanical, Chemical and Biological filters. According to Mike, there is no one filter that is considered the best. It all depends on how it is used, and if it is not designed properly, it will be ineffective.  The next meeting will be held at ICC on September 8, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. by the pond. Also, it is ICC days and the club will have a booth like the ones’ in the past.  Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.

August
Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the Jul meeting was held at Greg & Letriana Cantrell’s home. President Todd Bong called the meeting to order and there were 46 members in attendance.  Vice President, Larry Zehr, gave a presentation on Koi fish and the wide array of colors to choose from.  The next meeting will be Sept. 8th at ICC in East Peoria. Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.

July
Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the club’s meeting will be held on Saturday 14 July 9:00 a.m. at the home of Greg & Letriana Cantrell, 311 Arnold Rd. East Peoria, IL.  Well I think summer has finally got here; as I write this the temp is still above 100F and it is after 7p.m.  Hopefully the weatherman is right and the temperature will drop back to mid-eighties in the next couple of days. We also hope that everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July.  Thanks to the Carter’s for hosting the June meeting and a big thanks to Mike White for his discussion on pumps; Mike will be back to talk about bio-filters at the August meeting.  The board has decided to have the pond tour on 22/23 June 2013, so start making your plans to show off your pond or help as a guide since we will be looking for 8-12 ponds to showcase. The board has also decided to purchase several items that can be used by members; we will purchase a 3000 gal per hour pump that can be loaned to a club member in the event they suffer a pump failure; we will also purchase a pond-vac that can be rented by members, along with a couple of 100 gallon tanks that will be available if you are cleaning your pond.  Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/

June
Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the May meeting was at Hornbaker’s and a Mini Pond Tour was organized by Terry and Carol Maltas.  The June meeting was to be held at Sephen and Lisa Carter’s home in Peoria.  Topic: Pumps, plumbing, flow rates, etc.  Speaker: Mike White from White Water Filters.  Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.

May
No Report

April
Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the Apr meeting will take place at Kull Scape in East Peoria.  Please remember parking for the meeting will be at the First Church of the Nazarene. It’s about four or five houses west of Kull Scape; also don’t forget your chairs as we plan to meet outside. Ray Kull will be the guest speaker.  I would like to take a moment to thank Karen Dickerson for the time she devoted to the Secretary’s position, Karen recently resigned her position for personnel reasons; she will be missed. At the same time I would like welcome Letriana Cantrell to the Secretary’s position, I know that she will continue to provide the club the valuable service that we all have grown accustom to.  Don’t forget to send your pond information to Brenda Smith since we will be showcasing ponds in the newsletter.  This is a great opportunity to show off all of your hard work. The board has discussed this year’s participation in the HOI Fair and we plan on downsizing the display from previous years; we plan once again to participate in the ICC days that take place in late summer.

March
Todd Bong, reports he has recently taken over as President, Newsletter Editor and AKCA Dir/Rep. The VP is Larry Zehr, the Secretary is Karen Dickerson and the Treasurer is Karen Hofstetter. Brenda Smith will be sending out a questionnaire to collect information on member’s ponds and the experiences they had building them.

February
Todd Bong, of Prairieland K&PS, the club’s new President & AKCA Dir/Rep, reports their first meeting of the year was scheduled for Sat, Feb. 11.  Stay tuned for details!

January
Ron Kramer, of Prairieland K&PS, reports their first meeting of the year will be on Feb. 11th at 9 am at Luthy Botanical Gardens in Peoria.  For all of you that know him, Ron Kramer has recently stepped down as President and Newsletter Editor.  Many thanks for all you’ve done, Ron!