PIEDMONT KOI & WATER GARDEN SOCIETY

Charlotte, North Carolina
Mary Ann Penix
wovenne@aol.com
http://www.charlottekoiclub.com/
Meets: 2nd Saturday @ 5:30 pm

September
No Report

August
August meeting will be held at Mary’s home. They have a guest speaker scheduled for the meeting.

July
Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said that they held their annual pond tour June 3rd. The tour was successful and the club actually made alittle money. They also acquired some new members as a result of the tour. Their July meeting was held at a members home the club had not visited before. Their pond was lovely as well as their yard. Their August meeting will be held at Mary’s home. They have a guest speaker scheduled for that meeting. Their weather has been hot and humid but everyone’s koi are OK.

June
Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said they held their annual pond tour June 3rd. They had a good turnout and the weather was perfect. There were eight ponds on the tour. Their next meeting is June 10th. They had some folks interested in joining their club that attended the pond tour, hopefully their membership will increase as a result of the tour.

May
Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said their last meeting was held at the home of their president, Myles Weiner. The weather was warm, good food and a good number of people attended. They had a plant swap; lilies, lotus tubers, lizard tails, and some pollen producing plants. They had a guest speaker, Jeffrey Reiter, who discussed pond parasites and treatment.

April
Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said Jeff Reiter was their guest speaker at their April meeting. He discussed some fish diseases and treatment. They met at the home of their president, Myles Weiner. They also had a plant swap. There were lotus, water lilies, umbrella palm and lizard tail to choose from. They had a wonderful covered dish dinner and great weather for their meeting. They are planning a pond tour for June.

March
Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said their club has begun meeting at members’ homes. It has turned much colder here and snow is predicted for Sunday. Their cookout at their March meeting may have to move indoors. Their April meeting will have a plant swap after members clean out their plants and ponds.

Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said their club had its March meeting today. They voted to send a contribution for the KHV research. (To check on the site, go to AKCA and the KHV research) Oregon State University accomplished a lot with the grants we have given them.

February
Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said they have their venues set for 2017. Beginning this month, the club will meet at members’ houses to enjoy their ponds. They have a guest to speak at the January meeting.

January 2017
Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said they held their elections in December. Myles Weiner is their new President, Mary Ellen McClain is Vice President, Zubia Mendhi is Secretary, and Cecelia Smith is Treasurer. Their January meeting will be held at a local restaurant. They will resume their meetings at members’ ponds in February; a speaker is also planned.

December 2016
No Meeting

November 2016
Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said they had their annual business meeting recently. They willmeet in November to select their slate of officers for the coming year. Everyone is getting ready to net their ponds and prepare for winter.
October
No Meeting

September
Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said that last month they had a speaker at their monthly meeting. Mike Brawley discussed bonsai and their care. It was very informative. Their September meeting will be held next week and they will have their annual business meeting. A committee will be appointed to present a slate of officers for their new year.

August
Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said their next meeting will be Saturday, Aug. 11th. They will have a guest speaker, Mike Brawley. Mike is a bonsai specialist. They are all looking forward to this meeting.

July
Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said they continue to meet monthly at member’s ponds. Their next meeting is July 9th. They are planning to have a speaker in the near future regarding bonsai. It has been really hot there in N.C. these past few months. Many members are having trouble with string algae.

June
No Report

May
No Report

April
Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, reports we continue to meet at member’s ponds and share a covered dish meal. Our membership is growing. Have a great month!

March
Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said they are excited for spring to arrive. Their club begins meeting at members ponds this month. It’s nice to see new ponds and revisit old ones. Their club has added a few new members. They have no planned events as of now.

February
Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said they will hold their Feb. meeting at a new restaurant. Beginning in March, they will begin meeting at members ponds and enjoying their covered dish suppers. They have a speaker planned for that meeting. He will discuss what qualities to look for when buying koi. Everyone is looking forward to spring! Their weather has been so unpredictable, 70’s one week and below freezing the next. Several members have experienced trouble with rising ammonia levels in their ponds. Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

 

January 2016
Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said they elected new officers in November. They had their annual Christmas party in December and a good time was enjoyed by all. Good friends and good food and koi talk; what more could you ask for? Their weather has been crazy. It has been in the 70’s and they even broke a few records in late December. She has tulips and clematis in full bloom and their koi are swimming around like it’s spring. Their club has decided not to have a pond tour this year. They voted to have one every other year. Happy New Year to you! Their club will meet at restaurants in January and February and will resume meeting at members ponds in March. She can’t wait for Spring!

October
No Report

September
No Report

August
Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said they had their annual pond tour in July. Although they didn’t have as many visitors as last year, they did increase their membership which was a good thing. Their club is planning a field trip in October. They are going to attend a koi show either in Atlanta or Greenville, S.C.

July
No Report

June
Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said their club’s pond tour is June 21st. They have 9 ponds on tour and have obtained 10 sponsors. They are hoping for a big crowd this year. They helped a former member with a mud pond pull last Saturday. They brought many fish back to Charlotte and had a fish sale Saturday. She bought a beautiful Showa for her pond. They continue to meet at different members houses for their monthly meetings. Some new members have been hosting so they had new ponds to oooh and ahh over.

May
No Report

 

April
Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said she doesn’t have much news this time from PKWS. Their pond tour is on track for June. They are helping a member install a new liner in his pond the last of April. Their rescue team has four or five rescues scheduled in the next month. Everyone has been busy cleaning their ponds and repotting water plants.

March
Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said they did receive the AKCA ballot. Pond tour plans continue. Their monthly meeting is this Saturday at a new members house. They are all excited about the warm weather returning. They have had 70-80 degree weather since Monday! They have a plant swap in April at a members house; she is unable to get in her pond for any maintenance so the club members meet at her house and help her out with her pond. She is an excellent cook and always prepares a feast for them. Any member can bring plants to divide and share. It is a fun day!

February
Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont Koi & WGS, states there isn’t much happening in our club at present. We will resume our monthly meetings at member’s homes starting in March. Our pond tour plans are progressing nicely. The tour is planned for June 21. I am sending you a picture of our pond with all the ice. This is the first time in 12 years the waterfall has frozen. It was 8 degrees here this morning. Our babies are huddled silently at the bottom. I cannot wait for spring and believe the babies will be happy too! Have a wonderful week-end.

January 2015
No Report

November
Mary Ann Pennix, of Piedmont K&WGS, reports their club will have their Annual Christmas party at the home of one of our members Dec 20. We will elect our officers for 2015 at this meeting. Plans are in the works for another pond tour next year and committees have already been formed. Stay warm!

October
Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said there’s not much news from their club. They have had several koi rescues which several from the club has participated in.

September
Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said they continue having their monthly meetings at member’s ponds through December. Nothing much to add.

August
Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said there was nothing to report.  They continue to meet at member’s ponds for the rest of the year.

July
Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said they had a great 4th of July.  They had their annual pond tour and it was a great success.  They acquired some new members in their club as a result of the tour.  They are already planning one for 2015.

June
Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said their club’s pond tour is June 21st.  They have 9 ponds on tour and have obtained 10 sponsors.  They are hoping for a big crowd this year.  They helped a former member with a mud pond pull last Saturday.  They brought many fish back to Charlotte and had a fish sale Saturday.  She bought a beautiful Showa for her pond.  They continue to meet at different members houses for their monthly meetings.  Some new members have been hosting so they had new ponds to oooh and ahh over.

 

May
No Reports

April
No Report

March
Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said there is nothing much to report.  Pond tour plans are still in progress.  They will have a plant swap at their April meeting.  She stated that she’s enjoying this beautiful weather.

February
No Report

January 2014
Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmond K&WGS, said they had a great holiday season.  They spent Christmas in Florida in 87 degree weather!  PKWS has its venues set for their meetings in 2014.  They will meet at area restaurants in Jan and Feb then begin their monthly meetings at members houses so they can showcase their pond. They had a great Christmas social with lots of good food and good fellowship.  Their 2014 pond tour is already being planned and they have several sponsors already in place.  They will showcase 8-10 ponds.  She will get some pictures of their club reading KOI USA magazine and send them to Carole.

November
Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said they elected 2014 officers at their November meeting.  They also decided on venues for their 2014 meetings.  Their annual Christmas party will be held December 7th.  They are planning a 2014 pond tour since their last one was such a success.  Everyone raved about their article in KOI USA.  The pictures were great!  Happy Thanksgiving to you too!  Have a blessed week.

October
No Report

September
Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said there is nothing much to report. They will continue their monthly meetings at member’s ponds through the end of the year. They are already talking about a pond tour for 2014 since this year’s tour was such a success. They gained some new members as a result of the tour and that was one of their objectives.

August
No Report

July
Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said there is nothing new with their club to date. Their pond tour was a tremendous success. Brannon Raines, president, is working on the article for KOI USA.

June
Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said they have monthly meetings at members ponds, with good food and fellowship. Their pond tour is June 22nd.

May
No Report

April
No Report

March
Mary Ann Pemix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said they are having their pond tour Jun 22 with a rain date of Jun 29th. Their monthly meetings starting this month will be held at different member’s ponds. They are all looking forward to spring.

February
Mary Ann Pemix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said there is no real news except for their planned pond tour in June.

January 2013
Mary Ann Pemix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said that their club is planning a pond tour this summer.  A committee has been formed and a date set, June 22, 2013.  They are also working on increasing their club membership.

November
No Report

October
No Report

September
Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, reports that their club continues to meet monthly at different members houses.  They planned their meeting’s agendas at their Sept. meeting for 2013.  They discussed a pond tour for 2013, but no definite plans.  They will not have a show this year.

August
No Report

July
No Report

June
We held our monthly meeting for May at the home of Don and Mary Ann Phenix. Don has done a lot of work keeping his ponds in good order and his fish healthy. There were 2 new fish that were purchased from Lisa Warren at her recent pond pull that Don and Mary Ann participated in earlier in May. A nice 2 step Kohaku and a very pretty Gin Rin Ochiba. Several of the attending members purchased fish during this pond pull. I was not able to attend. I have been having problems with my pond and have lost about half a dozen fish in the past month and a half. Checking the water parameters found nothing amiss.  Did not do any scrapings at this time but did find one eight inch fish with half of his gill plate eaten away treated this fish. Gave it shots of Baytril and Amacican this fish is doing just fine and the plate has healed. The six fish that died had no outward signs, no sores nothing.  I did a 5 day PP treatment as a preventive measure this must have helped since I have lost no more fish. Did a scraping of six different fish three days after the last PP treatment didn’t find anything on any of them.  There was some discussion about a phone call I received about a new breakthrough drug for the prevention of KHV from what I understood this is a submersion drug that all fish in your ponds has to be submitted to. One of our KHAs Jeff Ritter said he would check on this and report at the next meeting. This would be great if it is true. I still think the best prevention is to buy from dealers that have been certified KHV free and only these dealers. Even then you should quarantine every fish before it goes in your pond. I recommend at least 60 days and take scrapings at least twice before placing it in your pond. 

May
Piedmont K&WGSSeveral members of the club went to Efland N.C. to help a member with a pond pull a good time was had by all there were some nice fish pulled from her pond our rescue group Koinetters .com is planning on having a sale to help her sell some of the fish.  Visit the club website at www.Charlottekoiclub.com for more activities and information.

April
We held our March meeting at the home of Elenor Urby in Gastonia N.C. We had a plant swap and a pond cleaning.  Elenor’s pond plants were a little out of control to say the least.  Brandon brought his chest waders and went into the pond to pull the plants out which was no easy task since the pond is lined with rocks and most of the plants had attached to the rocks along with increasing in size 10 fold since being placed in the pond. In the water the plants were fairly light but trying to raise them out was another matter. Brandon only had to change shirts once, seems he forgot how high his waders came, when he bent over to pick up a tub of plants he filled his waders with water that was still a little chilly here in March. It didn’t take long to learn that lesson. Brandon called last week and told me he thought all of the remaining tanks have been sold. Elenor put on a feast for the members: 2 different flavors of pork, several different vegetables, several different cakes and several different pies all of which were homemade The key lime pie was delicious, for those that didn’t get any “TOUGH” you’ll just have to move faster next time.

March
The Piedmont KC held its monthly meeting this afternoon Sat. March.

February
We held our January meeting at the Captains Galley Seafood Restaurant in Matthews, there were around 20 members present. There were several topics discussed.

Among these were the sale of our tanks we extended the deadline for member purchase until the February meeting I am not sure how many have been sold so far. If you want one bring cash or check to the meeting the tanks that are left will go on the internet to be sold after the meeting I do not think they will last long after that. Our Feb. meeting is scheduled for Saturday February 11th at Kabota’s Japanese restaurant I made a reservation for 20 at 5:30 I look forward to seeing everyone there, directions are elsewhere in this newsletter. We had some excitement in our neighbor last week one of our neighbors dogs was attacked and killed by a coyote it happened about 5 houses away the neighbor turned his 2 dogs out around 6:00 am as he does every morning and went in to get ready for work he said he heard a noise like dogs fighting he ran out of the back door just in time to see the coyote jumping a 4 foot fence with his Jack Russell Terrier in his mouth He went back in the house to get a flashlight and he and his neighbor started looking for them they found the dog dead on the trail of a creek about 4 houses away he was mauled up and his back was broken. Watch out for your pets at all times.

January
Well another year is behind us, I wouldn’t say it has been a good one but things are turning around for our club. We held our December meeting at the home of Tracy and Tonya McCorkle which by the way has been dubbed McCorkleville I can’t imagine why unless it is because of the Thousands of lights in the yards and Christmas decorations throughout the house. Everything was ABSOLUTELY beautiful. The first order of business was the sale of some of our equipment, we have decided to sell our show tanks to the members that want them on a first come basis, we also decided to extend the member options until our Feb. meeting after this time they will be offered over the internet on one of the web sites not sure which one I will leave this to our web master. We are downsizing in anticipation of purchasing hard sided tanks in the future. The reason for this is the hard sided tanks are easier to clean and to maintain making it easier to set up and tear down when we decide to put on another show. There is less chance of holes since we are dragging them on concrete most of the time. It is also safer since there is less of a chance of people falling in while leaning on them. The Christmas party was great fun we decide to do a secret Santa gift exchange, everyone brought gifts and we drew numbers to decide who would choose their gift first, after the first person chose the next person could either steal their gift or chose one from under the tree then if they decided to steal the one whose gilt was stolen could either steel it back or chose one from under the tree we decided that after a gift was stolen twice it was safe and that person got to keep that gift, there were some great gifts so you can imagine that some were stolen to the max. We decided to hold our Jan. meeting at the Captains Galley Seafood Restaurant on Highway 74 in Matthews N.C. time date and directions are elsewhere in this newsletter.