MICHIGAN KOI & POND CLUBS-SOUTHEAST CHAPTER

Ray Alexander
bearraya@aol.com
http://www.mkpc-se.com
Meets: 3rd Saturday @ 3 pm

September
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August
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July
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June
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May
John Rae, of Michigan Koi & Pond Club SE, reports he’ll be stepping down as their club’s AKCA Director/Rep. Teri Alexander will be filling in. The club’s Pond Tour will be featured in the upcoming issue of KOI USA. Check out their website at http://www.mkpc-se.com/.

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
John Rae, of Michigan Koi & Pond Club SE, reports the 2016 Pond Tour was a success with over 450 guests touring the 10 ponds. There was something for everyone: little ponds, larger ponds, natural ponds, and two ponds that used water from the home sump pump to create a flow-through system where no filtration was needed. Then there were beautiful perennial gardens for those that had sun as well as a pond. The hydrangeas were in full bloom as well as clematis, monarda, lilies, begonias, and petunias. Some ponds featured shade gardens with hostas, ferns, coleus, and caladium. But what most came to see, since it was a koi pond tour, were the koi. Kohaku, Sanke, Showa, Matsuba, Yamabuki Ogon, Kujaku, Ochiba and Chagoi were some of the varieties featured. Many of the guests were interested in the design of the ponds and the filtering system since they either had a pond or were considering building one. The most important volunteers to thank are the 10 homeowners who graciously opened up their yards for touring. Then there were the club members, led by Bruce Modetz, who served as tour guides or affectionately called Koi Cops. The Village Workshop in Northville was an excellent venue as home base and we thank them. Some have asked what do we do with the profit made from the Pond Tour. The money is spent on educational events when the Michigan Koi and Pond Club brings in guest speakers. In addition, the money helps fund the August event: the 2016 Koi Show. Check out their website at http://www.mkpc-se.com/.

August
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July
John Rae, of Michigan Koi & Pond Club SE, reports their 5th Annual Koi Show will be held Aug 26 – 28 at The Pond Place of Michigan in Milford. Show Chairs are John Rae & Mike Conrad. Check out their website at http://www.mkpc-se.com/.

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
John Rae, of Michigan Koi & Pond Club SE, reports The November MKPC event was the Planning Meeting for 2016 club events. The Koi Show will be held the week-end of August 26, the week before Labor Day. Ervin Daniels was appointed Vice-President in place of retiring John Rae. Check out their website at http://www.mkpc-se.com/.

November
John Rae, of Michigan Koi & Pond Club SE, reports the October MKPC event took place at an Italian restaurant and members wore autumn or koi colors and brought along a “White Fish” (White Elephant) gift. We had a fun time. Check out their website at http://www.mkpc-se.com.

October
John Rae, of Michigan Koi & Pond Club SE, reports members need to be prepared for a fun time with raffles, auctions, and camaraderie at the 2015 MKPC Social & Election! The 2015 Social will be held Oct 24, 2015 @ 6:00 p.m. The event will be hosted at Papa Vino’s Italian Kitchen, located at 1317 Coolridge Road – Troy, MI. The cost is $25.00 per person which includes an appetizer, salad, bread, soup, pasta, 2 entrees, a dessert of your choice, 1 glass of wine, with tax and gratuity. There will be a cash bar available as well. Check out their website at http://www.mkpc-se.com .

September
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August
John Rae, of Michigan Koi & Pond Club SE, reports the club held their Annual Pond Tour on July 18th starting at the Pleasant Ridge Community Center. In August the club will hold their 4th Annual Koi Show at The Pond Place of Michigan in Milford. Check out their website at http://www.mkpc-se.com/.

July
John Rae, of Michigan Koi & Pond Club SE; no report.

June
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May
John Rae, of Michigan Koi & Pond Club SE, reports f you missed the class, you missed a treat. I think the Sand and Gravel Filter class was great. There were six new filters made by Bruce Modetz, Mary Schraffenberger, Ray Alexander, Ervin Daniels, Antonette Daniels and Paul Baresi. The best part about the class was that Rick Venable, Mike Conrad, Pat Daly and William Patterson pitched in where help was needed. Mike Paddy helped by holding and passing out tools and materials. Vicky Kulis and her son Rick , along with Sylvia Paddy and Teri Alexander, prepared the food. Carolyn Patterson and Bill and Jean Johnson were also there for support. Paul Baresi, did another great job taking pictures while I put together his filter as the demo. The May 17th meeting will feature a presentation on Quality Koi Farm. Check out their website at www.mkpc-se.com/.

April
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March
John Rae, of Michigan Koi & Pond Club SE, reports the 16th Annual Michigan Koi and Pond Club Pond Tour will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2014 from10:00 am to 5:00 p.m. The tour is sponsored by The MKPC and The Pond Place of Michigan and will be located at various homes in the Livonia area. Visit elegant ponds and water gardens on this self guided tour which will feature 8-10 homes with distinctive backyard settings, all with pond and water features varying from 1,000 to 12,000 gallons, which provide the home owners with their very own paradise.    Ponds include a wide array of Koi.  The home owners as well as a member of the Michigan Koi and Pond Club will be available at each home to answer any questions. Check out their website at http://www.mkpc-se.com/

February
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January 2015
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November
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October
John Rae, of Michigan Koi & Pond Club SE, reports the club will hold its Planning Meeting for Year 2015 on Nov 8th, at 1 p.m.; location TBD. Check out their website at http://www.mkpc-se.com/.

September
John Rae, of Michigan Koi & Pond Club SE, reports in Sep the club met at the home of Ray & Teri Alexander in Livonia for a workshop on How to Build Rocks/Boulders. Check out their website at http://www.mkpc-se.com/.

 

August
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July
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June
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May
John Rae, of Michigan Koi & Pond Club SE, reports f you missed the class, you missed a treat. I think the Sand and Gravel Filter class was great. There were six new filters made by Bruce Modetz, Mary Schraffenberger, Ray Alexander, Ervin Daniels, Antonette Daniels and Paul Baresi. The best part about the class was that Rick Venable, Mike Conrad, Pat Daly and William Patterson pitched in where help was needed. Mike Paddy helped by holding and passing out tools and materials. Vicky Kulis and her son Rick , along with Sylvia Paddy and Teri Alexander, prepared the food. Carolyn Patterson and Bill and Jean Johnson were also there for support. Paul Baresi, did another great job taking pictures while I put together his filter as the demo. The May 17th meeting will feature a presentation on Quality Koi Farm.  Check out their website at www.mkpc-se.com/.

April
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March
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February
John Rae, of Michigan Koi & Pond Club SE, reports at the Jan meeting, the MKPC Board decided to purchase five more eight foot show tanks in preparation for the club’s third koi show to be held Aug 1-3. The first club event of the year will be held in Mar and entitled “The Quality of Your Pond Water: Algae, Bacteria, and Parasites.”  Check out their website at http://www.mkpc-se.com.

January 2014
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November
John Rae, of Michigan Koi & Pond Club SE, reports on Oct 19th the club held its Planning Day at East Side Mario’s.  In Nov they had their Annual Meeting and Year End Social at Papa Vino’s in Troy, MI.   Check out their website at http://www.mkpc-se.com/.

October
John Rae, of Michigan Koi & Pond Club SE, reports at the September meeting, the Michigan Koi and Pond Club visited Aqua Growers, an aquaponic facility that raises tilapia and uses the unfiltered pond water to grow vegetables. Members were enthused about using the aquaponic system while raising koi. The October meeting will be the planning meeting for 2014 events. Check out their website at http://www.mkpc-se.com/.

September
John Rae, of Michigan Koi & Pond Club SE, reports the club renewed its membership as a proud member of the AKCA. Check out their website at http://www.mkpc-se.com/.

August
John Rae, of Michigan Koi & Pond Club SE, reports the club held their Mini Pond Tour on Aug 10th; photos of the tour are available on the club’s website. Check out their website at http://www.mkpc-se.com/.

July
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June
John Rae, of Michigan Koi & Pond Club SE, reports in May they had a Breeder’s Koi Presentation by Masaru Saito of Shintaro Koi Farm. Because of a last minute death in the family, Mr. Saito flew back to Japan and Philip Gray did a presentation regarding the Shintaro koi available in the tanks. The June event was the annual MKPC Koi Auction with koi from Japan and from Kloubec Koi Farm. A late lunch was served and over 40 members attended. The club is working on a July Pond Tour and an August Koi Show. Check out their website at http://www.mkpc-se.com/ .
May
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April
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March
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February
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January 2013
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November
The Michigan Koi & Pond Club held their yearend social and annual meeting at Picano’s Restaurant and Lounge on November 3rd. For information on joining or attending the club events please visit http://www.mkpc-se.com/calendar.html

October
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September
John Rae, of the Michigan Koi & Pond Club, reports in Jul the club held its annual Pond Tour, and over 400 people toured 10 ponds. Kudos to Ron Kardynski for his organizational skills.  August was spent preparing for MKPC’s first Koi Show held with help from IKONA. Labor Day week-end 15 tanks and 74 koi were on display. Senior Judge Charles Phelps and Candidate Judge Bart Atkinson made the important decisions and then held a Sunday morning educational tank side talk. Steve Childers’ Sanke won the Grand Champion award and many club members relished their first experience in showing. As show chair, MKPC’s president, Ray Alexander did an outstanding job of organizing the event. Over 35 volunteers helped set up on Thursday and returned on Sunday for the tear down. MKPC gives special thanks to its sister club The Metro Detroit Pond and Koi Club for its supply of many volunteers.  In September, we will have a Pond closing Seminar and in October the annual 2013 Planning Meeting will be held.

August
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July
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June
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May
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April
John Rae, of Michigan K&PC-Southeast Chapter, reports the March 17th club seminar on Pond Opening and Fish Protection attracted 30 club members and 22 customers of Barson’s Greenhouse where the seminar was held.  On Saturday, April 21, the club will fly guest speaker AKCA Certified Judge Ray Jordan, from San Antonio, TX, to speak on Koi Identification.  Club members are making plans for the Annual Pond Tour July 21 and a joint Koi Show with the IKONA club in August.  Ron Kardynski is Chair of the Pond Tour and Ray Alexander is the club Koi Show Chair.

March
John Rae, reports Saturday, March 17 marks the first club event and Joe Barson of Barson’s Greenhouse will host and present the topic of Spring Pond Opening and Pond Protection. On Saturday, April 21, the club will fly guest speaker Ray Jordan from San Antonio, TX to speak on Koi Identification. Numerous club members plan to attend the Central Florida Koi Show in March.

February
John Rae, of Michigan K&PC-Southeast Chapter, reports the first event of the year, March 17th, is titled “Spring Pond Opening and Pond Protection.”  Joe Barson of Barson’s Greenhouses will be the featured speaker.  The dos and don’ts of pond opening will be covered as well as how to start the season with a healthy pond environment.  The club’s AKCA Dir/Rep and President have prepared a recommendation to change the AKCA Speakers Grant program which will be presented to the AKCA Board at the February Board meeting.  The basic parts of the program are:  clubs must fill out an online application and submit it to AKCA Speakers Grant program by Sept. 1 to be considered for the drawing; 4 Speakers Grants for a maximum reimbursement of 1 room night and travel expense receipts up to $250 total will be drawn so the annual Program total cannot exceed $1000.  Clubs applying, but not winning a Speakers Grant this year will be given preference after applying again for the next year’s grant; all AKCA clubs may submit an application each year.

January
John Rae, of Michigan K&PC-Southeast Chapter, reports their club is disappointed the AKCA Board did not ask for club feedback before suspending the Speakers Grant program for this year.  The club feels education is a primary focus of AKCA and the Speakers Grants to clubs helps fulfill that responsibility.  The club recommends the AKCA Board revisit the Speakers Grant program and modify the program to only include clubs who want and need the grant in the lottery even if the amount is only $50.  Actually have a club application process explaining what the grant is for to be reviewed and approved by the AKCA Board.  John also suggests an article on the club event be promised for the Speakers Grant approval.  John also requests the AKCA Risk Manager to pursue the AKCA Premium Insurance for the next fiscal year so the club Pond Tour in July will be covered and the club’s 1st Koi Show to be held Labor Day weekend with the help of the IKONA Koi Club.