CAPITAL AREA KOI & WATER GARDENING CLUB

Lansing, Michigan
Susan M. Topping
ToppingSM@aol.com
http://capitalareakoiclub.org
Meets: 3rd Sunday @ 5:30 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
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November 2016
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October
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September
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August
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July
Susan Topping, of Capital Area Koi & Water Garden Club, reports membership is down. The first meeting of the year was in May and ponds are doing well in the rebuild mode. Check their website out at http://capitalareakoiclub.org/.

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 2016
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November
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October
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September
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August
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July
Susan Topping, of Capital Area K&WGC, reports the club will meet at Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids on Sunday, July 19, and the club will pay for admittance! A great time should be had by all. Check out the club’s web site at http://capitalareakoiclub.org.

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 2015
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November
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October
Susan Topping, of Capital Area K&WGC, reports last month’s meeting was on Sep 21 at the home of Frank and Felicia Rodriguez in Lansing.   As was mentioned at the Aug meeting, the club will have a photo contest at the Nov holiday party. Winners will be selected by your vote, and each vote will cost a quarter. Proceeds will go to charity. For more details, check with Simone Ranes (the club’s vice president and Marketing Director). Check out the club’s web site at http://capitalareakoiclub.org.

 

September
Susan Topping, of Capital Area K&WGC, reports thirty-four people turned out for the Aug meeting at Beth and Paul Barker’s Wiliamston home. They have wonderful fish and a unique pond, all in a private rural setting. Several people stopped at Miller’s Plaza in Williamston on their way home. What an interesting garden and pond! Many of us who have lived in this area for many years were unaware it even existed. This month’s meeting will be on Sep 21 at the home of Frank and Felicia Rodriguez in Lansing. As was mentioned at the Aug meeting, the club will have a photo contest at the Nov holiday party. Winners will be selected by your vote, and each vote will cost a quarter. Proceeds will go to charity. For more details, check with Simone Ranes the club’s Vice President and Marketing Director. Check out the club’s web site at http://capitalareakoiclub.org .

August
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July
Susan Topping, of Capital Area K&WGC, reports the club met on Sunday June 22, 2014 (the fourth Sunday of the month), at the home of Jim and Tesa Baker, 14361 Oakes Rd., Perry MI. The Club provided food while members brought lawn chairs and their own drinks. The Bakers have a beautiful water feature set in a private country setting. They were planning to have a fish auction – a great way to add to your koi collection. Tentatively they were also hoping to have a speaker from the Lansing Bonsai Club. Bonsai, of course, shares a Japanese heritage with koi keeping.  Check out the club’s web site at http://capitalareakoiclub.org.

June
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May
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April
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March
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February
Vi Conn, of the Capital Area K&WGC, reports that the clubs annual holiday party and gift exchange was held in November at the home of Bev and Denny Moore.  The club is currently on winter hiatus and will resume meeting in March.

January 2014
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November
Vi Conn, of the Capital Area K&WGC, WGS, reports that the October meeting was held at the DeWitt Community Center.  After the pot luck meal, a discussion was held about the vacant Executive Board positions.  Following that discussion, Ron Schoen, club Treasurer, led a discussion about generating additional revenue for the club and reducing expenses.  Afterwards, Wayne Pope was the guest speaker.  Wayne is a natural wildlife photographer and gave a great presentation on fish and plant photography.  In particular, Wayne discussed the necessary camera equipment and techniques for underwater photography, and he also displayed an array of equipment for members to inspect.  The November meeting will be held at the home of Bev and Denny Moore.  It will be the Annual Holiday Paty and White Elephant gift exchange.

October
Vi Conn, of the Capital Area K&WGC, WGS, reports that the September meeting was held at the home of Ron & Jeannie Schoen. Although it was cool and rainy, the meeting was well attended. Club members were treated to a salmon dinner with all of the fixings along with several dessert choices. After dinner Ron gave a presentation on his pond. Following Ron’s presentation, Dr. Brian Roth gave a presentation on native and invasive species in the Great Lakes and inland lakes within Michigan. He also discussed the food chain within the Great Lakes and inland lakes and how it is impacted by environmental factors and invasive species. Dr. Roth earned his Ph.D. in Limnology (the study of inland lakes) and Marine Science from the University of Wisconsin. He specializes in the aquatic food web ecology, specifically tropic interactions between native and invasive species. The October meeting will be held at the DeWitt Community center. The guest speaker will be Wayne Pope, who is a wildlife photographer and will be speaking on underwater and wildlife photography.

September
Vi Conn, of the Capital Area K&WGC, WGS, reports that the club had a perfect day for the Aug meeting at the home of Joan Kapp. After a BBQ meal, Mike Tiano, the owner of Allendale Aquatic Nursery, spoke on aquatic plants. Mike was a wealth of information and talked about growing, splitting and winterizing aquatic plants. Mike also demonstrated his unique “floating pot method” for growing water lilies and other aquatic plants. The Sep meeting will be held at the home of Ron & Jeanine Schoen. Brian Roth, from Michigan State University, will speak on fish health.

August
Vi Conn, of the Capital Area K&WGC, reports that club members enjoyed the mini pond tour. The attendees visited the ponds of Sue Topping, where a meeting was held and a meal served. Afterwards the tour visited the MSU Radiology Building pond and gardens. It is a walk through garden and is maintained by the MSU horticulture students. The August meeting will be held at the home of Joan Kapp. The guest speaker will be from Allendale Aquatic Nursery and will speak on aquatic plants and fish health. In addition to the guest speaker, the club will hold another fish auction.

July
Vi Conn, of the Capital Area K&WGC, WGS, reports that the June meeting was held at the home of Mike & Beth Lienhart. Mike and Beth did a great job discussing the years of “sweat and tears” that they have put into their landscaping and raising very large koi. The stone retaining wall and pathways were extremely impressive. Following Mike and Beth’s discussion, the club held its annual fish auction. The fish auction was a great success thanks to Chuck Furgason, the club’s resident auctioneer. The July meeting will be a mini pond tour. The tour will feature the home of Sue Topping, the MSU Radiology Building pond and gardens, and the home of Bev and Denny Morse.

June
Vi Conn, of the Capital Area K&WGC, reports that the May meeting was held at the DeWitt Charter Township Community Center. Bob Callard, of the Looking Glass Nursery, was the guest speaker. Bob’s presentation consisted of a discussion on shade and ornamental trees and flowering shrubs and flowers. Bob provided excellent information as to the placement, care, and benefits of numerous shade and ornamental trees, shrubs, grasses, and flowers. It was an excellent discussion with members asking many questions relating to their particular issues and interests. The June meeting will be held at the home of Mike & Beth Lienhart. The meeting will be the annual fish sale.

May
Vi Conn, of the Capital Area K&WGC, reports that the April meeting was a big success. Rosemary Risdale, outgoing VP presented a technical proposal to redesign the club’s website. Rosemary led the discussion about the format, content and details of the new website. Club members overwhelmingly agreed to the new design and were asked to contribute “content” ideas for the new site. After Rosemary’s presentation, Chad Dilts demonstrated his unique homemade pond vacuum. Chad constructed his vacuum out of PVC piping and a pool skimmer leaf basket. The vacuum is attached to an ordinary garden hose which creates the necessary vacuum to power the device. The May meeting will be held at the DeWitt Charter Township Community Center. Guest speaker, Bob Callard, from Looking Glass Nursery, will be speaking on bog and perennial plants.

April
Vi Conn, of the Capital Area K&WGC, reports that the clubs’ booth at the annual Michigan State University Home & Garden Show was a great success, with 64 people expressing interest in joining the club. Preuss Pets provided a beautiful aquarium stocked with koi and goldfish, which was a great draw for the booth. The club will follow up with those individuals and invite them to the April meeting. The April meeting will be held indoors at the DeWitt Charter Community Center. The topic of the meeting will be the need to fill open officer positions, the clubs redesigned web page and future meeting locations and topics.

March
Vi Conn, of the Capital Area K&WGC, reports that the club will have a booth in Mar at the Home and Garden Show held at the Michigan State University Pavilion. The booth will be staffed for the four days the show runs.

February
Vi Conn, of the Capital Area K&WGC, reports that the club is still on winter hiatus until Mar.

January 2013
Vi Conn, of the Capital Area K&WGC, reports that the club is on hiatus until March.

November
Vi Conn, of Capital Area K&WGC, reports that the October meeting was held at the DeWitt Township Community Center.  Guest speaker Mike Harris, of Mid-Michigan Ponds, gave an informative presentation on pond aeration, construction and management.  He was extremely helpful in giving members with earth ponds sound advice in maintaining the proper aeration and beneficial microbes in their ponds.  The November meeting will be the Holiday party at the home of Bev and Denny Morse.

October
Vi Conn, of the Capital Area K&WGC, reports that the September meeting was held at the home of Denny and Beverly Morse.  After dinner Denny and Beverly discussed how they converted their once much wooded back yard into their gorgeous pond and stone patio landscape.  Denny explained that a severe wind storm came through a few years ago and destroyed their back yard.  Following the storm, Denny and Beverly had a pond contractor design and install their 2500 gallon pond with a 10 foot high and 35 foot long waterfall.  In addition to the pond, they also installed a beautiful stone patio with built in grill and gas fire pit.  After the discussion, the clubs guest speaker was Dave Richter, from Hammond Farms.  He vega a presentation on water filtration, garden and pond lighting, and bog water filtration.  The presentation was followed by a Q & A session.  The October meeting will be held at the DeWitt Township Community Center.  The guest speaker will be Mike Harris from Mid Michigan Ponds and he will discuss microbes and aeration as well as pond design and construction.

September
Vi Conn, of the Capital Area K&WGC, reports the August meeting was held at the home of Mike Masternak.  The setting was beautiful, the weather was gorgeous and everyone had a great time.  After the dinner, Mike gave a “show and tell” regarding the history, trials and tribulations of the 35 years he has spent landscaping and beautifying his property.  The main pond was dug 15 years ago and a smaller koi pond was added later.  Mike also answered questions about his many trees and flowers, as well as the ponds.  The September meeting will be at the home of Bev and Denny Morse.  Dave Richter, from Hammond Farms, will give a presentation on aerators, filtration and lighting.

August
Vi Conn, of the Capital Area K&WGC, reports that the members had a wonderful time at the July meeting which was a mini pond tour and progressive dinner.  The first stop was at the home of John and Connie Bartkowiak where appetizers were served.  While members ate, John discussed his use of potassium permanganate on a regular basis to combat parasites and algae.  The second stop was the home of Jeff Venn and Mike Wendorf, where members enjoyed the main course of the meal.  Their pond contains a 4 foot deep bog which is used as part of the filter system.  Jeff explained that he uses no chemicals in the pond other than salt to maintain water clarity.  The final stop was at the pond of Al & Vi Conn where dessert was served.  After dessert, Al & Vi discussed how they converted their 16 x 32’ swimming pool into a pond.  Members noticed an alligator hovering in the pond.  Al explained that it was effective in keeping the blue herons away.  The August meeting will be at the home of Mike Masternak.  The guest speaker will be Bruce from Bruce’s Pond Shop.  In addition, there will be discussion about filling three open positions on the board; Vice president, marketing director and membership secretary.

July
Vi Conn, of the Capital Area K&WGC, reports that the June meeting was held at the pond of Jim & Tess Baker.  The meeting featured the annual fish auction and plant exchange.  The club members had many enjoyable sightings of fish, plants, birds and even other members.  The Koi Person of the Year Award was presented to Donna & Carl Lawson.  The July meeting will be a mini pond tour and moving dinner at the ponds of three different club members.  Appetizers will be at the pond of John & Connie Barthwiak, the main course will be at the pond of Jeff Venn & Mike Wendorf and finally, dessert will be at the pond of Al & Vi Conn.

June
Vi Conn, of the Capital Area K&WGC, reports that the May meeting was held at the DeWitt Community Center.  Jason Erickson, from Pond Builders, was the guest speaker.  He answered many questions asked by the membership.  The June meeting will be held pond side at the home of Jim & Tess Baker.  In July, the club will have a mini pond tour which will visit three ponds featuring a moving dinner.  The first pond will have appetizers; the second, sub sandwiches, and the third, dessert.

May
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April
Vi Conn, of the Capital Area K&WGC, reports that the club had a booth at the Home & Garden Show at the MSU Pavilion in March.  The April meeting will be held at the Dewitt Community Center.  The club will be reactivating it’s website with Lind Fergason as web master.  The club will no longer publish a paper newsletter.

March
No Report

February
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January
Beth Barker, of the Capital Area K&WGC, reports that Rosemary Risdale is the new club VP and AKCA Rep.  The club is currently on winter hiatus.