EASTERN IOWA POND SOCIETY Inc.

EASTERN IOWA POND SOCIETY Inc.
Jackie Allsup
cedarserviceja@aol.com
http://www.eips.org
Meets: 2nd Thursday @ 7 pm and 4th Saturday @ 4 pm

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 2017
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December 2016
No Meeting

November 2016
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October
No Meeting

September
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said their last meeting was at Kloubec Koi Farm. They are undergoing a huge remodel which was great to look at. Looking forward to getting back there soon when all the tanks are full. Eric Twigg was a special guest speaker. Various topics were discussed. It was a beautiful morning visit and they thanked the Kloubec’s for their hospitality.

August
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said their last meeting was a pot luck at the Bueter home. They discussed the outcome of the pond tour and agreed to make a $1,000 donation to their chosen charity of Deafinity Dogs. The tour went really well even though it rained most of the day.

July
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they recently held their June meeting at the Junger’s home. They live in Northern Iowa and also run a small exotic animal farm. In the midst of an occasional peacock screech, they listened to guest speaker, Jim Schwarz, talk about hosta. A yummy pot luck was enjoyed by all. The main topic of discussion is the pond tour coming up on July 10th. Everyone is busy making their yards all pretty.

June
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they held their last meeting at Bickal Koi Farm. The pond tour was the major topic of discussion. Their tour will be held on July 10th so they are busy planning. www.EIPS.com.

May
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they met at the home of Stephanie and Bob Geer. The club’s July pond tour was discussed. They are sending out feelers again in hopes that they can find enough volunteers to be able to host a tour. The city arborist spoke to the group about the Emerald Ash borer and the city tree management program. It was a very informative talk that everyone enjoyed. A nice pot luck was enjoyed by everyone.

April
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they finally reunited after a winter break. They basically planned out the year and who was going to hold meetings where. They also talked about a pond tour July 9th and 10th. A great pot luck was enjoyed by all.

March
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they will be getting together at the end of March.

February
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they are having the last meeting of the year until March.

January 2016
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they are having the last meeting of the year until March.

November
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they are having the last meeting of the year until February.

October
: Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they met at the home of Larry & Erma Thompson. They have a very nice pond in a 3 seasons room. Larry talked about some of the disadvantages of an inside pond. If you can believe there are any! A pot luck was enjoyed by everyone.

September
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they haven’t had a meeting since the last August report. They will meet again on the 26th of Sept.

August
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they recently finished a successful pond tour. Their July meeting was held at the home of new member, Dave Keller. There was no speaker scheduled, which gave them a chance to talk about their own ponds and what is going on with each of them. A potluck was enjoyed by everyone.

July
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they recently met at the home of Linda and Tim Nolan. Their guest speaker was the nationally known Gary Whittenbaugh. He is an expert on conifers; dwarf and large. He gave them all kinds of great plants for around the pond and in rock gardens. He even planted up a pot of dwarf plants to present to their hostess. The pot luck was enjoyed by all and they actually had a break from the every other day rain they’ve been having.

June
Jackie Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they held their meeting at the home of its president, Dave Keller. They had one of their favorite speakers, Jamie Beyer, talk to the club about Bogs and the plants within. A pot luck was enjoyed by everyone. This meeting was also their annual plant and fish swap. What can be better than a meeting with one of the best speakers, good food, and free plants or fish to take home?

May
The Eastern Iowa PS last meeting was held at the Kloubec Koi Farm. Ellen and Myron showed their group around their facility and explained their huge filtration system to members. The weather is still too cold there, so they were unable to show them any spawned babies. The club is presently planning for a membership reunion meeting in June and of course they’re putting together their pond tour. Things are starting to get busy. The group went to Amana for dinner after the meeting, which is always a fun thing to do after a meeting.

April
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they had a great presentation from Patty Ankrum and Andria Cossolotto, who just returned from Mexico. Patty is co-founder of the group, Monarchs in Eastern Iowa. Together, they played a role in the rearing of hundreds of Monarchs. Lots of pond discussion and entertainment.

March
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they held their first 2015 meeting of the year. Not to be outdone by the NIPKC chili cook off, they had one of their own. Lots of great Chili to sample. Their meeting was at the home of Larry and Erma Thompson. They have a beautiful inside koi pond, so it was a great place to have an early February meeting. Ellen & Myron Kloubec surprised them by showing up at the meeting. It is always great to visit with them. Discussions with them are endlessly interesting. They held officer elections and talked about their ice covered ponds. What a great way to begin the new year!

February
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said that they are on winter vacation; do not meet in Dec. or January. They will be getting together in February.

January 2015
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said that they are on Winter vacation; do not meet in Dec. or January. They will be getting together in February. Right now their weather is 6 below with wind chills temps at 26 below zero and 5 inches of fresh snow on the ground. Got to love Iowa winters!!

November
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said their last meeting was at the home of Pat & Wayne Bueter. They were blessed with a beautifully warm October day. The type of Fall day that they all love around there. With not a lot of club business to discuss, they spent the meeting just visiting and talked about closing their ponds for the winter. They have one more meeting yet this year before they all hibernate for the Winter months.

October
Jackie Allsup, of the Eastern Iowa PS and the Northern Iowa P&KC said they held a meet and greet with each other. They held a combined meeting at the home of Erme and Larry Thompson. The Thompsons have a great 3 season room with a koi pond inside. The EIPS members provided the appetizers while the NIPKC brought wine to share. Larry gave an informative presentation on Koi nutrition. It was great to mingle and talk to other pond enthusiasts.

September
Jackie Allsup, of the Eastern Iowa PS, said their last meeting was at the home of Linda and Tim Nolan. It featured guest speaker, Jamie Beyer. Jamie talked to the group about other fish for the ponds besides koi. A potluck was enjoyed by everyone. Lots of fun conversations and questions followed.

August
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they recently finished a successful pond tour.  Their July meeting was held at the home of new member, Dave Keller.  There was no speaker scheduled, which gave them a chance to talk about their own ponds and what is going on with each of them.  A potluck was enjoyed by everyone.

July
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said it rained again and so they didn’t get much fishing and camping done.  It has been raining cats & dogs there about every three days; Mosquitos are loving it though.  They recently held their annual Reunion Picnic in the park.  The potluck is open to past members, friends, and family.  It poured rain, but the event was still, well attended.  Richard Heimberger was kind enough to come all the way from the Chicago area to be their guest speaker.  They are all getting ready for their 2014 pond tour.  They have 8 ponds on this year’s tour to be held on July 13th.

June
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they recently held their May meeting at the home of Rose & Jim Milden.  The Mildens have a Railroad pond, which is always fun to go see.  Guest speaker was Master Gardener, Deb Walser, who showed them lots of pictures of new flowers for their landscapes.  The bright and beautiful pictures are always a lot of inspiration to their members.  The club is planning a membership reunion for the month of June which includes a picnic in the park.  Invitations went out to old and new members alike.  The July 13th Pond Tour is also in its planning stages.

May
The Eastern Iowa PS last meeting was held at the Kloubec Koi Farm.  Ellen and Myron showed their group around their facility and explained their huge filtration system to members.  The weather is still too cold there, so they were unable to show them any spawned babies.  The club is presently planning for a membership reunion meeting in June and of course they’re putting together their pond tour.  Things are starting to get busy.  The group went to Amana for dinner after the meeting, which is always a fun thing to do after a meeting.

January 2014
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS and Northern Iowa P&KC said they are both on winter vacation and will have no meetings until February or March.  It was 21 below zero there with minus 45 degree wind chill.  Very cold indeed!  There’s a foot of snow on the ground and ponds are suffering.  Fish are under the ice and everyone that doesn’t have covers has no way of seeing or knowing how their fish are doing.  It’s an anxious time of the year for fish owners.  They still have 2 months to go!  They’re praying for that extended “January thaw” but it doesn’t sound like its coming anytime soon.

March
Jackie reported that Eastern Iowa PS began their 2014 year with a Chili Competition.  Several members brought in their favorite recipes for members to judge.  Everyone really enjoyed all the different types and styles.  After dinner, they settled down to have their first meeting.  They voted on officers, decided to lower their membership fees, and changed their meetings from twice a month to once a month.  It was great talking with everyone again and they look forward to a busy and fun year.

February
Jackie Allsup, of both the Eastern Iowa PS and Northern Iowa K&PC, have been on Winter break.  Both clubs will get together in February to begin their new years.  They look forward to seeing each other again and everyone is looking forward to spring coming soon.

November
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they recently enjoyed a pot luck at the home of Erma and Larry Thompson.  Larry has been working on building an all new koi pond inside a new 3 seasons room.  The first of its kind within their club.  Everyone was eager to listen as Larry talked about its construction and introducing his koi to their new home.  The remainder of the not so lucky members are preparing their ponds for winter.  Leaf nets are all out still and those of them that greenhouse their ponds for winter have done so, already.

October
The Eastern Iowa PS, which holds 2 meetings a month, held their first meeting at the home of Steve & Marlene Bartlett. Steve gave us a very interesting talk about dwarf conifers. He has them surrounding his pond and they clearly demonstrate how they would be beautiful during the winter months when everything else is brown and down. Their Saturday meeting was the ever popular Progressive Dinner night. Members met at one home for appetizers then traveled to subsequent homes for the entrée and desserts. Great food was enjoyed by everyone. The temperatures and a nagging drizzle made it hard to sit outside by the ponds and fire pits, but the good company made up for the difference.

September
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they recently enjoyed an ice cream social at the home of Gary & Jo Hunerdosse. Their guest speaker talked to the club about “Plants of the Bible.” They also had a round robin discussion at their last meeting regarding the club and what direction members would like to see it go. They are planning a progressive diner party for the month of Sep. It’s been unusually hot there for Iowa in Sep. The trees and crops are beginning to change already, which indicates Fall is in the air. Time to get out those leaf nets, already!!

August
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they hold two meetings a month. In the month of July, they toured an area winery and enjoyed a great pizza dinner afterwards. Their Saturday meeting was at the home of Jeff Garner and Kerry Shaner. Guest Speaker, Jamie Beyer, came to talk to the group about Predators Around the Pond. Jamie presents a great lecture about everything from snakes to muskrats and mink. A potluck was enjoyed by members.

July
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they recently met at the home of David & Joyce Thompson. Being new members, they were eager to share their ponds. Club member Carol Sindelar gave a wonderful presentation on “Other Fish for our Ponds.” The club went on a tour of Kloubec Koi Farms. The Kloubec’s are always very welcoming host for their club. Their facilities are always very interesting for all. Everyone had a chance to “oogle” over the gorgeous koi they raise. Afterwards, members all enjoyed lunch at the Amana Colonies, a tourist stop for travelers going through the area.

June
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they have been enjoying several great speakers lately. Glen Schwarz gave a great talk on Mushroom Hunting and this month they will host Carol Sindelar, who will talk to them about “Other Fish for Our Ponds.” Meetings are well attended and although the weather remains cool and rainy everyone is enjoying their ponds and fish.

May
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they hold 2 meetings a month and have been busy getting their ponds finally cleaned and prepping for Spring. They recently hosted guest speaker, Kevin Bailey, with Prairie Creek Landscaping. He talked to the club about “Opening our Ponds for Spring.” They also hosted a potluck for Indiana K&WGC that was visiting their area. Bickal Koi Farm provided all the meat. It was great to meet other koi enthusiast. Jackie gave a power point on Fish Health and demonstrated how to put fish to sleep. A great meal was enjoyed by all. You can find EIPS at www.EIPS.org.

April
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they are just beginning to start their ponding season. The Iowa temps have finally reached the 50’s, so many members are finding themselves outside cleaning and opening ponds. Their last meeting was mainly a planning meeting and discussion on upcoming 2013 events. In April, they move to 2 meetings a month, which means spring is finally here.

March
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they held their first meeting of the year at the Lighthouse Supper Club. Several new members came to visit and the meeting was well attended. The speaker committee will meet this week to schedule and decide speakers. Again, they are expecting an additional 8 inches of snow, so it will still be awhile before their ponds are up and running.

February
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they will hold their first meeting for the year Feb 23rd.  They have been patiently waiting for their ponds to thaw and Spring to get here.  It’s still only 20 degrees and there is 6 inches of snow on the ground.  They’ll be meeting soon to plan out their year’s agenda and look forward to another great year shared with member friends.

January 2013
Eastern Iowa PS will not be holding meetings in February and March.

November
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa Pond Society, said they will be holding their final meeting for the year.  It is always celebrated by going out to eat.  This year’s meeting will also feature the donation of their club’s pond tour proceeds to a group called “Building a Dream in the Country.”  They will also be electing new officers, so this will be a very important meeting as well as entertaining.  They will not hold meetings again until either Feb. or March.  They would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone Happy Holidays and A Great and Happy New Year!

October
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they are getting ready for Winter’s chill.  Tropical plants are being tucked safely inside their homes and the hardies have already experienced a hard freeze to take them out.  Ponds and gardens are beginning to look very different from their lush Summer season.  The last meeting they held a round robin discussion on what they each do for Winter prep.  A potluck dinner was enjoyed by all.

September
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said their Thursday meeting will be a wine tasting and benefit for an area young girl with cancer.  There are already signs of Fall there in the Heartland.  Leaves and crops are beginning to change.  Pond plants are beginning to fade.  She’s certain that the new meetings will revolve around talk about closing your ponds.  (Look for an article written by Jackie in the upcoming KOI USA magazine).

August
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they they, along with members from the Northern Iowa P&KC, just returned from an absolutely wonderful pond tour in St. Louis.  The St. Louis WGS was kind enough to host their visit.  They shared their ponds and some great food with them.  Which, just goes to show you, that the “ponding” community is so friendly and willing to share ideas and conversation.  What a great time they all had.  July was their 16th annual pond tour, which turned out to be a great success, too!  In August they’ll return to their normal meetings and thus begin talking about fall and winter pond care.

July
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they have been really busy as of late.  They just finished their 16th Annual Pond Tour, where they had 22 ponds on display.  This year all their proceeds will be donated to an area family for a new wheel chair accessable home.  With that event out of the way, they are now looking forward to a planned field trip to visit the St. Louis Water Garden Club at the end of July.  They will be touring several of their ponds and would like to thank them all ahead of time for allowing them to visit.  It’s been extremely hot and dry there and many ponds have been suffering.  They are all praying for rain and cooling temps.

June
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they recently held meetings at the Bickal Koi Farm, where owner Greg Bickal gave a great talk on Koi Spawning and fry care.  And, also, a meeting at The Country Gardens & Gifts, where Josh Spece gave a talk on succulents.  The club is currently planning their annual Pond Tour to be held on July 8th this year.  They are looking at as many as 16 ponds in 2 regions of their membership.  Earlier, the club voted to give all proceeds to Building a Dream in the Country.  They are a local group trying to raise money to build a home for the Spece family, as all 3 of the siblings there have a form of muscular dystrophy.  Since Josh has always been their club’s webmaster, they have decided to pay a forward to their great cause.

May
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they recently had an area Master Gardener give them a talk on all the new plants for 2012.  They also did a hands on project where they all built Kinetic yard art projects.  They are busy planning their field trip to visit St. Louis to do a pond tour in their area.  They will also soon begin to plan their own annual pond tour.  They’re busy and everyone has their ponds up and running by now.

April
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they have been busy planning both their field trip to St. Louis and their annual pond tour.  Their next meeting will feature an area Master Gardener, who will show them all the new plants coming out in 2012.  The following meeting they will be doing a hands on project of constructing a piece of Kinetic yard art.  Their ponds are all up and running and everyone is feeding again.  The toads and frogs are moving in to do their Spring rituals as everyone welcomes the warmer weather.

March
Eastern Iowa Pond Society finally resumed 2012 meetings after being on winter vacation. A potluck meeting in the home of President, Jeff Garner, and Kerry Shaner was well attended. Sign up sheets for hosting meetings and helping with club committees was passed around. We talked about future meetings and our plans for a July road trip to visit ponds in the St. Louis area. Our warmer weather has us all catching Spring fever. Everyone’s ponds seemed to have Wintered over pretty well, so we are gearing up to provide members with a fun filled and informative “ponding” year.

February
Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they are still on winter hold.  Their first 2012 meeting won’t be until Feb. 25th.  Their Winter has been so mild there that everyone is shaking their heads in disbelief.  Usually many of the fish go under the ice, not to be seen for at least 3 months, while this year many of the ponds have stayed open or only frozen over briefly.  They’re excited to get together for their first meeting and hopeful that Spring is just around the corner.

January
Eastern Iowa Pond Society does not hold meetings During the months of Dec and Jan.; however committees have been meeting and the club is beginning to put together our 2012 schedule. Normally Iowa and our ponds are under 3 foot of snow this time of the year, but so far with no snow at all, the ponds have even yet to freeze. It has been a very strange winter to say the least. We are all looking forward to Spring and our first meeting.