NORTH EAST IOWA KOI ASSOCIATION Inc.

Claude C. Head
cch@cfu.net
www.neikakoiassoc.com
Meets: 2nd Thursday @ 7 pm

September
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports they’re looking forward to next month’s trip to Koi Acres in MN since they have several koi to be harvested from the mud. Oh, the excitement! Otherwise, everything is buttoned up for the winter. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.

August
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports their family attended the Upper Midwest show and had a wonderful time. That closed out the koi season and members will be getting ready now for winter. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.

July
No Report

June
No Report

May
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports Iowa is experiencing those April showers in May!  As the year passes on please keep in mind your donations to the AKCA Project KHV will be coming to an end.  Ensure that your club will have the possibility of winning the Grand Prize of $500.00 thru the Fast Start Initiative.  As always, all donations regardless of size are appreciated. Thanks for your interest in this most worthy cause. Happy Ponding this summer. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.

April
No Report

March
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports we are coming out of hibernation this week.  Our first meeting of 2017 will be Thursday evening.  Our club is very excited about our first pond tour, consequently most of the content of our meeting will be centered around plans for each member to contribute their thoughts. Exciting time of the year for pond owners in Iowa. Just like ‘old home week’ seeing all of our koi friends again at the meeting and also all of our ‘real koi wet pets’ enjoying the open waters without ice overhead. Think Summer! Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.

February
No Report

January 2017
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports the weather has slowed our club meetings down to a halt. We are currently on break until March 2017.  Our ponds are iced over and we are expecting seven inches of snow tonight and tomorrow.  It is Winter in Iowa, Christmas is near and the New Year will be here before you know it.  Our club is excited about planning our first Pond Tour next summer, so conversation will resume in March.  Until then, we wish all clubs a great start to the New Year and keep the AKCA KHV Fund Raiser in your 2017 planning. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.

December 2016
No Meeting

November 2016
No Report

October
No Meeting

September
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports we are reflecting on 2016 as our year draws to a close. Our club certainly has enjoyed one of our most productive years. We formed NEIKA with ‘education’ being the first and foremost objective. Hosting the Wet Lab in June was so rewarding. It exposed Iowa and all attendees to a portion of koi knowledge that we could never experience if it weren’t for Dr. Nick St. Erne and AKCA. On the local side, last month our meeting was at the home of Ron and Julie Miller(KHA director). Our small club is very fortunate to have two KHA’s and to top that, they are both planning trips to Japan this year: Julie in September and Brendan in October. This certainly gives us high hopes on enjoying some great programs and pictures in 2017. Once again Happy Fall Y’all as we close our outdoor ponds and prepare for cold days here in the Heartland! Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.

August
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports our July meeting was a fish fry potluck at the Stuber’s. We had the opportunity as a club to share our memories of the Wet Lab last month. As a result of the round table discussion, and due to the fact that we realized a profit of $1,602.50, we voted to contribute a $1,000.00 donation to project KHV. All in all, hosting the Wet Lab/Banquet was very rewarding and now we have the desire to assist in research so important to our KOI WORLD. The deadly disease KHV reaches far past the problem of water quality, good food, our KHA’s and all the special care we provide. As we understand it, KHV is nearly 100% fatal. Fish can die within 24-48 hours after exposure. Research continues at Oregon State University as they learn more about this deadly disease. Just the fact that we all face the effects of KHV and how it becomes such a threat to our hobby, we challenge all active koi clubs to join us in support by volunteering and/or donating. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.

July
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports the AKCA Wet Lab/Banquet was well attended and a total success.  All involved walked away with great memories, koi knowledge, new friends, good food, Iowa hospitality, an IOWA NEIKA inspired cookbook, fantastic raffle/auction items and in the personal case of Claude – the Peter Enfield Plaque was a 2 year effort to finally claim, but definitely worth the wait. We challenge all active koi clubs to consider hosting a Wet Lab/Banquet, attend a koi show or pond tour and lastly continue your subscription to KOI USA and read it cover to cover.  You never know what you might learn and your koi will love you for it. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.

June
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports the club is well prepared for the 2016 AKCA Business Meeting, Banquet and Wet Lab which they will soon be hosting. They hope to see you there! Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html

May
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports final arrangements are being made to host the 2016 AKCA Wet Lab in June. 50+ reservations have already been made for the Saturday night Banquet and Auction donations are starting to arrive in the mail. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.

April
Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports 74 days until the Wet Lab/Banquet in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  Hope you have June 18th and 19th circled on your calendar, however most of all, hope you have your registration form sent to Brenda Chandler.  We invite you to experience ‘Iowa Heartland Hospitality’.  As a sidebar, we have our Iowa club logo pin and Wet/Lab pin pictured on the Home page of our website (www.neikakoiassoc.com) We are currently interested collecting pins from various clubs. Please pass this on to your members.  If anyone has a club pin to trade, we would gladly send you our North East Iowa Koi Association pin in exchange.  Better yet, why don’t you bring them with you to the Wet/Lab? Hope to see you in Iowa! Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.

March
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports preparations continue for hosting this June’s AKCA Wet Lab in Cedar Falls, IA. Hope to see you all there. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.

February
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports February is just about a memory, now on to March and final plans for the 2016 AKCA Wet Lab & Banquet.  This month we finalized our logo pin for NEIKA and also the Wet Lab pin. These will be available in June at the Wet Lab or if you won’t be attending, you can contact me for a sneak peak.  We will ship to you.  Planning this event has been so enjoyable and amazing.  Regardless of how much you think you know about the koi hobby, each day is a learning experience.  For instance, we had no idea badge (or pin) collecting was so popular.  Now on to collecting pins from each memorable koi event. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.

January 2016
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports our club is on winter break while our koi are napping.  In March when we resume, we will be discussing the final three months before the AKCA Banquet/Wet Lab comes to Cedar Falls, Iowa.  In case you missed Houston two years ago and Sacramento last year, you have the opportunity to attend and learn so much about the koi hobby.  We have attempted to notify all the Midwest clubs, so please pass this info onto your club members. Details for June 18th and 19th are available on our website (www.neikakoiassoc.com) and also the registration form to attend is posted on the AKCA.org website.  We hope you take advantage of this great program coming to the Heartland.  We do extend this invitation to all clubs and would be fun to see who travels the farthest! As you will discover when you visit the website, we have an exciting agenda planned.  Check it out!  Hope to see you in June. Happy New Year to all. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.

 

November
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports our October trip to Koi Acres was once again a great experience. What could be better than a beautiful sunny day in Minnesota? Add to that, greeting familiar faces from Koi Shows over the summer, purchasing some Japanese Koi, or even becoming once more acquainted with the Koi you bid farewell to last year and then witness it being pulled from the mud pond this year? Check out the pictures posted on our website. You will hopefully enjoy a recap of our most memorable annual trip. Thanks to the Swanson family for their great hospitality! Happy Thanksgiving to all. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.

October
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports Fall reflections of crisp apples, pumpkin pie and cool overnights mean it is Harvest Time. A road trip to Koi Acres in Scandia, Minnesota will be on our club GPS this week-end. Always a good time and much cooler this time versus UMKC Koi show last August. Happy Fall Y’All. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.

September
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports things are humming with the warm weather but fall (then winter) will be here soon, so getting ready is of great importance in the Heartland.   Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.

August
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports August found eight of our club members attending the UMKC Koi Show in Minneapolis. Hot time in the old town tonight, but so much fun. Once again our Showa placed Best in Variety and we also received the Friendship Award from the Greater Louisville Koi Club for our Doitsu Sanke. It’s really becoming more than just about the koi, it’s also the people you meet and the friendships you develop. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.

July
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports the club continues to plan for the Wet Lab in June 2016. Congrats to all graduates of 2015 class in Sacramento. Our meeting tonight will be a cookout at Gary and Sandys’ party building. Also, a video of the MPKS KOI SHOW last weekend. Need a refreshing break? Attend a koi show this summer. We returned home with three first place ribbons and one Best in Class Plaque for Showa. Memories are made of this! Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.

June
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports planning continues for hosting the 2016 AKCA Business Meeting, Banquet and Wet Lab. Claude and family attended the MPKC show and came home with several awards. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.

May
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports they travelled north to Koi Acres for their spring event. They met lots of old friends and met some new ones – some were people and some were koi. LOL. Planning continues for the club hosting the 2016 AKCA Business Meeting, Banquet and Wet Lab in Cedar Falls, IA. Get ready for the Heartland ‘cause they’re getting ready for you! Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.

April
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports our second meeting of the year will consist of a review on the busy upcoming year. Our Club Cookbook is nearing completion and ready for press. All the koi shows for the Midwest are listed on our website calendar and all members will be encouraged to attend at least one. Our program will be a presentation from Nualgi, a San Diego based company who offers a micronutrient supplement that restores missing nutrients, controls odor and helps fight algae to promote a healthier ecosystem. Sounds like Spring in the Heartland! Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html

March
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports our first meeting of 2015 will feature a Garage Party at the Head residence. (Thank goodness our garage is heated as it’s still cold in Iowa). Popcorn and a Night at the Movies will be the agenda. ‘Tank Viewing’ for first fifteen minutes will prove our koi did actually survive the Iowa winter and are growing. The Night at the Movies will consist of a big screen rolling out our new and improved website. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html

February
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports it is January in Iowa. Minus temps, wind, and blizzards seem to be our way of life for a few months. Our decision to winter a few koi in our garage and spoil them seems to be working very good. We now have ‘Snowfish’!!  We hosted our Christmas Party last month with a Sake toast to 2015. So we’ll take this opportunity to say Happy New Year to all. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html .

January 2015
No Report

November
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports life in the pond has slowed down in Iowa. We experienced our first snow of the year – 3 inches – too early! Our koi have become very slow and we have, too. Meetings have been discontinued for 2014 and we are preparing for our annual Christmas Dinner Party/Gift Exchange hosted by the Heads’ in appreciation for the wonderful year we have etched in our memory. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.

October
Dianne Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports the Dallas Koi Kichi Koi and Goldfish Show was a true tribute to Texan

Hospitality. NEIKA members carried away fond memories–did I mention fish and ribbons?? They do it up big. Don’t mess with Texas. Now we
turn our thoughts to the harvest at Koi Acres in Minnesota this weekend. Bound to be a huge weather change, but always enjoyable rain
or shine ( please no snow!) Not to worry, always warm hospitality up North, too. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.htmll.

September
Dianne Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports cooler weather is moving into Iowa and soon we will need to prepare for the first frost!  Let’s keep in mind that water quality issue as we prepare to send our wet pets into the winter season. Next week our overnight lows are dipping into the 40’s. It has been a short summer but a busy one. The 2014 Wet Lab in Houston was a memorable highlight. This September will find six Iowans traveling to the Dallas Koi Show. A ‘first’ show for all of us should provide fond Fall memories. Speaking of Fall and turning your thoughts (and taste buds) to apple picking, pumpkin pie, spaghetti squash and apple cider, our club is rekindling a project we kicked off last year— A NEIKA CLUB COOKBOOK. Our reasoning was as follows. Each month we meet  and discuss our koi and their favorite foods etc. What about the memories over the past four years of the delicious food that has been served compliments of our members during the social part of our meeting. Consequently, during the year we provided our ‘recipe chair lady Laura’ with a few of these culinary treats. We really have great cooks in our club—men as well as women. Best of all, we are in no hurry. We will progress right into the holiday season when all of us dig out those traditional family recipes to share. Actually though, we have decided on the publication date being early 2016. June 2016 would really be a perfect date to debut our cookbook. Then the Wet Lab banquet attendees could be sent home with a very ‘personal’ gift of Love from the Heartland and our NEIKA members. Happy Fall Y’All. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.htmll.

August
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports summer has ended. Back to school in Iowa. However, now we turn to our next season and preparing for Fall. All that said, since our trip to Houston for the Wet Lab,  we all need to keep in  mind the importance of water quality. Water testing with pond strips isn’t always very accurate, however better than nothing. Of course, water tube testing kits are good, but is there any other test more accurate or convenient? In that search, Claude and Dianne Head made the decision to personally purchase the ECO CHECK EXACT SYSTEM from ITS. This one piece tester measures total alkalinity, phosphate, nitrate, nitrite, chloride/salt, copper, water hardiness, ammonia and chlorine. If a pond member has a recognized problem, they can utilize this with our two KHAs. Brendan continues to learn, work with and support Julie in their effort to assist members if they so desire. Water quality is so important to Brendan, so he is making a graph chart under his ‘KOI 101’ program. At our next meeting each member will receive a copy of this chart. They can date and record their own pond readings on pH, Salt, Ammonia, Temperature, Alkalinity, Nitrate, Nitrrite, Chlorine and Hardness. Then they can   make comparisons daily, weekly or monthly. Of course, there is no obligation. The decision to use this spread sheet is up to each individual member. Brendan and Julie are always available to assist if needed. Technology has entered our NEIKA World. Story to be continued….. Our program at the Frost residence next week will be our Scientific/KHA, Julie Miller, explaining how she plans to roll out the new improved KHA program.  Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html/ .

July
Claude and Dianne Head of North East Iowa Koi Association report we are so happy we followed the ‘come on down advice’ to Houston for

the 2014 WET LAB. Actually, NEIKA enjoyed good representation. Iowa had a full table the night of the banquet/raffle. To be truthful,we
were ‘busting our buttons proud’ for two reasons. First, our own North East Iowa KOI Association KHA member Julie Miller will be assuming the
chair position of the Scientific Committee, replacing Jerry Kyle. Julie is a retired school teacher and very comfortable with her new position. Secondly, (we have no buttons left) we are so proud of our
grandson Brendan, who studied the KHA materials and passed all tests and attended the WET LAB to become the youngest KHA Advisor.Brendan wants to become a Veterinarian, so he was very comfortable with the study modules. What a wonderful exposure to
something he desires to pursue in college.
Our advise to all KOI owners out there would be to never miss the opportunity to attend a WET LAB taught by Dr. Nick Erne. The
information is so hands on and well worth the time spent to promote good KOI health.So anxious to share all with our NEIKA club members
next week. The meeting is at the home of the Stubers. The program is about the history of our club-just 4 years old. Sandy is fixing a meal
and then we will enjoy a cake/ice cream CONGRATS party for Brendan and Julie as a thanks for all they do to help us with good KOI husbandry.

June
Claude Head, of the North East Iowa Koi Association, Inc., reports five club members will be attending the Annual AKCA Business Meeting, Banquet and Wet Lab in Houston, TX, later this month.  They hope to come home will lots of new friends – as well as loads of helpful information re: Koi Health to share with club members who weren’t lucky enough to be able to attend.

 

May
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports May finds us working on interior decorating in our ponds; however, the still barren pond looks much better now than snow and ice did. At our first meeting of the year, we enjoyed having Molly (from Earl May Nursery) display her pond plant selection on the big screen – visuals always helps us figure out what our KOI can’t live without and what our selections should look like in a month or two! Our next annual meeting will be in the country on location at K and K Nursery with shopping and a Pizza Party — a three year tradition for NEIKA. Our members always enjoy this event.  That’s all — see ya’ll.  Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.

April
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports some of their members are looking forward to attending the AKCA KHA Wet Lab in Houston this coming June.  Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.

March
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports our Mar kick-off meeting (which was supposed to be a grill-out at the Heads) is being cancelled because of our continuing cold winter weather.  Snow, ice, rain — winter 2013-2014 has just worn out its welcome.  This week we actually viewed our KOI and the result was not good – we lost our Asagi, our Sanke and our Showa (all about 3 years old and well established in our pond).  We are planning our Apr meeting, however, and we will get our year started late. That meeting will consist of handing out our info packets for the year – calendar, membership cards, news articles to add to our KOI 101 folders and a program on ordering our pond plants for spring!  Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.

February
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports they’re still under the ice and their first meeting is still months away.  Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.

January 2014
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports they are trying to survive the Iowa winter, however the -40 degree wind chills last week presented a problem to all. Today they are experiencing the Alberta Clipper with winds predicated to reach 40 miles an hour! It’s a good thing NEIKA members are on vacation. Our club will resume meetings in the Feb/Mar timeframe depending on the weather.  We do hope to see our scaled friends soon.  Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.

 

November
No Report

October
No Report

September
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports our Aug meeting found us at the home of members who totally reconstructed their pond last summer. It was so great to experience how koi have brought this sense of satisfaction on a ‘job well done’. Her comment was ‘I finally have a pond like everyone else’s.’ Clear water, big healthy fish, plants thriving–you get the picture. She was so discouraged for a couple of years and we were afraid she would take a step backwards on the learning curve and end up with goldfish again and no koi. Our whole club is so very happy for them and it makes it all worthwhile. No pain, no gain. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.

August
Our August meeting found us at the home of members who totally reconstructed their pond last summer. It was so great to experience how Koi have brought this sense of satisfaction on a ‘job well done’. Her comment was ‘I finally have a pond like everyone else’s.’
Clear water, big healthy fish, plants thriving–you get the picture. She was so discouraged for a couple of years and we were afraid she would take a step backwards on the learning curve and end up with goldfish again and no koi. Our whole club is so very happy for them and it makes it all worthwhile. No pain, no gain.

July
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, Inc., reports their last meeting found us pondering how a motivational speaker would fit into our Wonderful World of Koi. After our host and hostess served a delicious campfire meal and we had a demo of the oxygen meter, the speaker was actually motivated by our enthusiasm with the koi hobby. His very interesting speech centered around what the world needs now is more of what we are accomplishing with our meetings. Conversation, sharing, communication, dreaming and planning(perhaps for a pond tour!) are often lost in this busy world. Being a past teacher and coach, he was very impressed with the fact that we are involving the young generation–they are the future. Also, the discipline to set aside one night a month to travel and enjoy each others friendship, was second only to our high attendance per meeting. The feeling of being motivated was felt by all. This is a great family hobby and he really felt we are doing the right thing. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.

June
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports on “What do people do if they don’t have a pond to open in the Spring ? ” We have all been busy with algae, mink attacks, green water, too much rain, flooding , up and down temps, storms, black water, pump problems, too many loud toads, osprey or hawks to name a few! However, we are all committed and our love for KOI will prevail! Each month as we gather for meetings, we share our stories about our scaled friends. Our club consists of a great group of people who really want to enhance the lifestyle of our backyard friends. All of us are talking halfway intelligently about what type of koi we own or have just purchased thanks to our youngest member, Brendan. He schools us and tests us in’ Koi 101′ each month. Also, a huge thanks is due to our KHA, Julie Miller. After the barbecue at her home last month, she shared the salt/salinity meter results on her pond. At her suggestion, our club purchased an oxygen sensor for use within our members’ ponds. During the July meeting, she will demonstrate how to use this latest purchase. All us have expanded our ponds so now we are focusing on KOI health, as a number of us have purchased beautiful fish from Kloubec’s and Koi Acres. Our group goal now is to learn and grow these koi to become the King and or Queens of our ponds. There is no better way to close the generation gap between families than sharing pond experiences. For those of us with grandchildren, we are creating a priceless opportunity for memories and bonding in this hectic world through the simple love of KOI. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.

May
No Report

April
No Report

March
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports club members have Spring Fever, however we still have snow on the ground. Never the less, we are going forward – our first meeting of 2013 will be Thursday evening. We’ll kick off the year and it will be a great Old Home night. To be continued … Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.

February
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports the club is hibernating for the Winter.  Koi 101 author Brendan Moody was a big hit reading his KOI USA article to his classmates.  Photos to follow!  Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.

January 2013
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports they won’t meet again until March since they’re all hibernating with their fish.  Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.

November
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports the club was anxiously awaiting the Koi Harvest at Koi Acres.  Stay tuned for results.  Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.

October
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports our club report is brief: We are leading to Koi Acres for their annual Fall Harvest at 4 a.m. tomorrow (Oct 13). Should be a great trip and we hope we can keep the rain away. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html

September
Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports that as our year draws to a close we look back on the dry summer, a few storms packing winds strong enough to send trees through decks and blow out car windows of one member on the way to a NEIKA meeting.  Add to that the discovery of a mink attack in another member’s pond and 2012 was a ‘learning’ year-we all depend upon each other. Four members actually completed a ‘redo’ of their current ponds and we all enjoy our meetings seeing their accomplishments. Our October meeting finds our club anxiously awaiting the KOI HARVEST at KOI ACRES. Then our club will enjoy the Christmas Party and finally—three months of planning for 2013, in the KOI Fields of Iowa. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.

August
No Report

July
No Report

June
Donovan Burke, of Northern Iowa P&KC, said the club has a pond tour in July

May
No Report

April
No Report

March
No Report

February
No Report

January
No Report