SOUTH CAROLINA KOI & WATER GARDEN SOCIETY

Mel Barutha
melbar203@aol.com
www.sckwgs.com
Meets: 3rd Saturday @ 5 pm

September
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said they are having a board meeting next week and will bring up hosting the Wet Lab for 2019. They are preparing for the wrath of IRMA to hit them early next week. They are not sure what that all means but they know they will at least get a lot of rain. He hopes that when everyone reads this that they will be in the all clear and say that they had a near miss but he doesn’t think so. Late last month a number of their club members helped to clean up an elderly lady member’s pond and surrounding area around the pond. They found the leak that she was concerned about. They continue to get everything ready for their upcoming koi show of Oct. 6-8th.

August
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said that since their pond tour in June, other than their monthly meetings, all their focus is now on the upcoming 10th Anniversary of their Regional South Carolina Koi & Goldfish Show on October 6,7, and 8. Once that is over, we’ll all take a collective deep breath accompanied by a sigh of relief, take a few months to reflect and gear up, then start planning next year’s event.

July
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said their club has just regrouped from their 19th Annual Pond Tour. Everyone had a lot of fun. They gained a few new members. Sold 225 tickets so they feel they had a successful tour. As they take a week or two break, they are gearing up for their 10th Anniversary Koi & Goldfish Show set for October 6, 7, 8 2017. Getting their vendors all lined up. They always have some of great valued vendors every year but always look forward to 1 or 2 new ones. The 15th of July will be their next meeting and they have their local koi dealer, Happy Koi of Greenville, presenting a talk on “How to Evaluate Koi.” There will also be a chance to pick the best koi out of a selection of koi for an actual live exercise. It should be fun.

June
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said they have sent in their AKCA annual dues.   They are having a pond tour with 11 ponds; it’s really hot there. He said there’s a good mix of ponds with small to large ones. One of their members is a pond builder who has a beautiful pond.

May
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said their next meeting is May 20th and will feature a plant swap and question and answer period. Of course, there will be plenty of good food prepared by the ladies of the club. They are gearing up for their pond tour on June 10th. The folks showing their 12 different ponds will need to be ready the weekend before so that they can have a pre pond tour for the people that will be busy hosting at their home all day Saturday, the 10th. All the info about the ponds and the descriptions are on their website www.sckwgs.com.

April
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said their club presented a slide show Koi & Water Gardening to a second garden club in the Greenville area at the end of March. This should help them with getting people interested in attending their Pond Tour in June. They have 12 ponds on tour for the one day tour of June 10th. Their April meeting was just completed on April 15th. The presentation to the club members was about raising shrimp for human consumption in a large indoor facility in the Greenville area by the name of Urban Seas Aquaculture. The owner provided slides and answered many questions. They were all eager to find out when the shrimp will be available. The owner’s target is for many of the awesome restaurants in the downtown Greenville area first before opening and/or contracting with one of the local fresh fish markets. It was much different than many of their past presentations but was well received. Now the challenge is for the 12 pond owners to prep for the June pond tour. They will be posting all the info on their website.

March
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said their club was one of ten nonprofit organizations that was chosen this year to participate in the Home & Garden Show March 3-5th at no cost to them for the booth space. They only had to pay a minimal fee for electric and any other miscellaneous costs that they incurred. What a great opportunity for them. It was a Friday through Sunday show and some of their members manned the booth to give out info about their club, talked about their upcoming pond tour in June and their big event, the 10th Anniversary Koi Show, October 6-8th. They then had an opportunity to present to the Greater Greenville Master Gardeners club on the evening of March 6th about Water Features in the yard. The 30-50 minute presentation turned into a little over an hour with the interest and questions by their members. They may have another opportunity to present into about their club to another garden club late March. They have about 8 of their members heading to the Central Florida Koi Show the weekend of March 10th-12th. It has been a busy beginning to a new koi year for them.

February
No Report

January 2017
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said he hopes that their club’s contribution to support the work being done at Oregon University for KHV is just a start that other clubs will follow in 2017. The new board will meet this month to update and adjust their 2017 budget. They will start work on their June pond tour and their October koi show which will be their 10th Anniversary Koi Show. Their program chair has lined up some presenters for their next few months of meetings. Their after Christmas party is set for January 21st and will as usual be fun with a great meal and then a Christmas gift exchange. One only hopes that you can hang onto your gift through the various rounds of gift choosing. Their first official general meeting for 2017 will be in February. He’s sure there will be much discussion on how everyone’s pond faired through a very cold week (for their location) the weekend of Jan. 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th. Their official low one night during this time was 10 degrees. This was after a snowfall of up to 6 inches in some areas of their location.
December 2016
No Meeting

November 2016
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said the only event (other than regular monthly meetings) they have coming up is their holiday party, which is being held in January as they did last year and which worked out very well. However, his wife is in the process of writing an article for KOI USA on their koi show, which she should have done in the next day or so (it was received).

October
No Meeting

September
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said Ralph Smith, of Southwest K&PA, thanked Kevin and Sandra Piper for hosting their last meeting, their guest speakers were Cindy Crews, Mosquito ecology from UTEP and Minerva Cutter, Epidemiology from the City of El Paso, both experts on the Zika virus. They were very fortunate to have them join them. SKAPA’s next meeting will be at the home of Larry & Jeanette Lockard.

August
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said they are moving forward towards their koi show. Now is the time when they check with all those vendors that have committed and are looking for the last one to fill in the gap. Tanks are being reserved and they are looking forward to new entrants. They also are having a break in the weather where they are now seeing mid to high 80’s instead of the mid to high 90’s. The rains have come back to replenish some of the moisture that they have missed. The next month will be hectic getting all the T’s crossed and the I’s dotted but that’s what makes it exciting. They have many vendors placing ads in newspaper ads again to make sure they get plenty of people visiting their vendors at their venue. Their annual pin for their show has been designed and will be here shortly. This year they are trying something different. They are showcasing five colorful fish on their pin.

July
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said their pond tour was held on June 11th with 13 ponds available for viewing. It was another successful tour. The following weekend was an open house for Happy Koi of Greenville. All were welcome and some great buys on grow out fish were available. Mel felt like he was a kid in a candy store. The grow out fish will be judged at their upcoming koi show and they are looking forward to see what fish wins the honor as the best fish in this year’s grow out. There were many fish available at various sizes in all types of price ranges. From now until September 30th the koi show committee will be working towards the one goal they all strive for, a successful koi show. Last year’s one in a thousand year rain storm put a damper on the show but didn’t dampen their spirits. They are hoping to be able to get more out-of-state koi entries this year. The show dates are Sept. 30, Oct. 1 & 2. It will be here before they know it.

June
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said that not much has happened since last month. They are days away from their annual pond tour. The temps are climbing into the 90’s with this Saturday for the pond tour forecasted to be 95 and high humidity. However, the Koi Show committee is working to get all the t’s crossed and the I’s dotted for their Koi Show Sept. 30th to Oct. 2nd. There is a lot of advertising prep, inviting of exhibitors and vendors. All is moving forward smartly.

May
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said that six of their members attended the 2nd annual ZNA Carolina Seminar hosted by East Coast Koi near Raleigh, NC on April 30th and May 1st. There were approximately 35 attendees from various areas of the Southeastern part of the US. It was two days packed full of learning to identify and judge the best in Kohaku, Sanke and Showa. There was great comradery throughout the weekend with the gaining of many new friends. They are moving forward with their pond tour and have enlisted 13 ponds for the tour. Advertising is set for 2 different papers, a live TV spot, and many posters throughout the greater Greenville, SC area. They are set for June 11th. Another outing is set for those interested to Mr. Maple. They are growers of all types of trees but specialize in Japanese maples. The trip is set for May 30th.

April
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said that at their March meeting, Kevin Colopy, of Happy Koi of Greenville, gave a talk on Bekko. It was a great follow up to KOI USA article and was well received by the members in attendance. Members are traveling to Plant City Bonsai in Clermont, GA on the 9th of April for a day trip. They have a number of members that enjoy the bonsai in their yards. They will have an update on the trip at their April 16th meeting. Their speaker for the April meeting will give a talk on power outage problems and a solution to prevent. That should be of interest to many of their members. Their annual pond tour is set for June 11th, rain or shine. They are anticipating 12 ponds on tour this year. A lot of work needs to be done before then to maximize the number of visitors including newspaper articles, ticket and pamphlet printing, and posters to put up at numerous businesses. This will be their 18th tour.

March
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said he has nothing new to report.

February
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said he did have his pond covered last month. They have continued having a lot of rain throughout January and at their house 5.25 inches of snow on Jan. 22nd followed by a cold snap. Some folks just south of them in their area just had a trace of snow. This month they will have their meeting on Sunday, Feb. 21st due to the primary elections in South Carolina on Saturday. The discussion for their meeting will be about care of Lotus Plants. The board will present their budget for 2016 for approval of the general membership. They are all hoping that the groundhog will be correct and spring will be coming soon.

January 2016
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said that since December has been a busy month with various Christmas parties their club is having its 2nd Annual After Christmas Party January 16th. They will again do the crazy Christmas gift exchange (you may only own your surprise gift for a short while before someone steals it). It seems to start the year off right. December was also a very wet month for their area. He recorded 9.3 inches of rain in his gage from December 15th to the 31st. He monitored his Ph and it stayed around 7.5 during that time. He doesn’t have his pond covered to keep his water temperature warmer and this helped in keeping a lot of the water out of the pond. They will have their first official general meeting in February with a new board. They are looking forward to the pond tour in June and their Koi Show in October.

Tennessee

February

No Report

November
No Report

October
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said they just finished up their South Carolina Regional Koi & Goldfish Show. Their entire show was challenged by Mother Nature and they will call it a draw. The upstate of South Carolina where they live and the show was held was battered but not beaten. They had heavy advertising to draw more visitors in with two TV station appearances; heavy ads on two radio stations and numerous newspapers throughout the state. After Joaquin storm showed up, they had two cancellations. Their banquet was fun with many surprising winners. They changed up this year to have Botan, Sakura, and Tsubaki awards giving people who do not have top Gosanke to present other great koi to win an award. Please keep many people in their state in your prayers as the rivers are slow in receding and some lower county areas are receiving another 3 to 5 inches of rain.

September
No Report

August
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said they had an active month in July and August. Their club had a joint field trip to the Koi Store in Watkinsville, GA with the Low Country Koi Club July 11th. It was extremely hot but it did not deaden their spirits. There were many beautiful fish to see and much discussion about filtration. Some nice fish went home with folks. Their regular meeting on July 18th was at the home of the Bradshaws who live atop Paris Mountain in Greenville. It is always a pleasure to visit their home. Their latest addition is a Japanese garden to their beautiful surroundings. They had a presentation by Dr. Alan Fudge, DVM on fish health. A number of their members attended the 3rd Annual Low Country Koi Club forum on August 8th. It was a surprisingly low humidity day for Charleston, SC. There were three speakers talking about pond building, filtration, medications, and plants. They had a low country boil for their lunch. Their regular meeting will be on August 18th with a discussion on UV lights for the pond. They are also working on their upcoming Koi Show Oct. 2-4th. They are working hard to get out plenty of advertising to inform folks from a large surrounding area to come to the show to see all the show fish and, of course, support the vendors that attend their show. For more info about the show and pictures from past shows to get an idea of their venue, please go to: www.sckwgs.com.

July
No Report

June
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said that they are having their annual pond tour on June 13th. They have 9 ponds on tour this year. They seem to have hit the monsoon season with some rain almost every day. But the ponds are ready as they had their pre-pond tour June 6th. This is for the benefit of those folks that will be busy all day greeting people on the day of the public tour as they travel from home to home to view those on tour. Once again, they have had good coverage on radio, newspapers, TV and posters placed in almost 40 locations throughout the upstate. They are hoping for another good turn out like last year. They use this program to get new membership with forms at all the homes to encourage people to join their club. It’s a busy day but there are so many folks that are so pleased to see what they can do in their yards. It’s rain or shine although the forecast is for 90 degrees and sunny.

May
No Report

April
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said they are getting ready for their April meeting at a member’s house; the Halls. The meeting at their home is always a fun venue ending with the Hall’s serving up homemade ice cream. Eight of their members attended the Middle Georgia Koi Show in Perry, Georgia last weekend in March. Their pond tour is beginning to shape up. They have 10 ponds on tour on Saturday June 13th. The Koi Show committee is working on getting vendors set for their show the first weekend in October. They have 6 wet vendors locked in and they are now working on the dry vendors.

March
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said they were excited to have Grant & Penny Patton, of the Charleston Showa Club, presenting a slide show regarding the selection of winning Koi for their February meeting. What a way to start off another exciting year! That should stimulate their members to get out to the Koi shows near them this spring to buy that new future potential show winner. The future meetings for the year have been set and their members were eager to volunteer their homes for their monthly meeting venues. The March meeting presentation has the owner of South Pleasantburg Nursery giving a talk on “The Top Ten Problems with Ponds.” He always brings wit to his presentation while teaching their club something new. That will take place on March 21st. Finally, some of the club members will be attending the Florida Koi Show March 13-15th. They think Spring has finally sprung in South Carolina.

February
No Report

January 2015
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said in upstate South Carolina they saw a low of 9 degrees on January 8th. This was the first year that he covered his pond and glad that he did so. So far the water is staying in the upper 40’s. The pond water had been in the low 50’s with the framed covering until this cold snap. He was reminded from his relatives in Wisconsin and Minnesota that their weather is not cold. After now living in the South over 20 years his blood has thinned and to him it is cold! Their club is having their second annual “After Christmas Party” on Saturday, January 17th, with their Chinese Gift exchange after the dinner. This has turned out to be popular because it comes at a time when they normally are not engaged in any club activities in January. The board will meet in January to start the ball rolling on their annual Pond Tour in June and the Koi Show targeted for the first weekend in October. A lot of early discussions and committee leaders have been established. More to follow as the days will be flying by.

November
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said they are just winding down for the year. They elected officers for 2015 at their meeting this past Saturday, which is their last meeting of the year. They will have their holiday party on January 17, 2015 and their next regular meeting will be in February.

October
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said they just had their 7th Annual Koi & Goldfish Show. Although they didn’t have as many koi as they would like, the increase of size and quality of koi was very evident this year. The three day event was upon them before they knew it and now it’s over. Their club did a lot of advertising for the show and it seemed to pay off for attendance and help sales for their vendors. They feel that without the vendors having a successful show their club is not successful. Everyone said that they did well. The Hardcastles, from the Jacksonville, Florida area, ran away with top honors in both the Koi and Goldfish judging. More info will be forth coming when his wife, Kay, writes an article for KOI USA about their show and pictures of the winning fish.

September
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said their club is working hard getting ads for their koi show publication and getting advertising out wherever they can. This includes TV, newspapers, internet and radio. They are on the radio’s web page, under events, of a local radio station www.earthfmwrth.com. They will be doing radio advertising throughout the day starting 2 weeks before the koi show.

 

August
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said there wasn’t much to add since the last month.  Some of their club members are joining the Lowcountry Koi Club in Charleston, SC for the first weekend of August for a forum set up by their club.  The discussion centers around selecting quality koi for your pond.  In the meantime, their club continues to ramp up getting everything ready for their koi show set for October 3 – 5th.  Their club’s August meeting is the 16th and the program is creating a Japanese garden.

July
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said that their weather was 75 on July 4th and no humidity in Wisconsin (visited with family) compared to the 90’s with high humidity in South Carolina.  A few of them that work on the Koi Show met with a local radio station to discuss advertising for the October show.  They are reviewing the cost and exposure opportunities.  They are always looking for ways to expose the public to their hobby.  In June, their newsletter advertising helped them to have a great one-day tour for their pond tour.  There should be pictures on their website about the pond tour at www.sckwgs.com.  He believes that they have 6 new member families due to them having membership enrollment forms at all the ponds on that day.  They will use the newspapers again for the Koi Show.  Their July meeting is the 19th and their planned program is “Made in the Shade,” a discussion about shade plants.  They are looking forward to that.

June
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said they are just a week away from their 16th annual pond tour.  This year they are having a one day tour on June 14th rather than a weekend event.  One of the noted authors of gardening articles in the Greenville News wrote a great article with pictures to help them advertise their tour.

May
No Reports

April
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, reports the April meeting is this Saturday, the 19th. It will be at one of our favorite places to meet, the Halls home. There is lots of room to visit and eat and have our meeting. They are great hosts. And, once again the Halls will make homemade ice cream. It has become a tradition when we have our meeting at their home. We will have a presentation about making Hypertufa containers for plants.  We are moving forward with our annual pond tour. It is set for Saturday, June 14th. We are only doing one day this year since Sunday is Father’s Day. We will have 10 or 11 ponds this year.

March
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said that he and his wife traveled to Orlando, Florida for the Central Florida Koi Show and then they stayed longer in Orlando to enjoy some warmer weather for a few days.  Their March meeting was March 15th.  They had the owner of South Pleasantburg Nursery doing a presentation on lilies and marginal plants for their club.

February
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said that their budget has been set and they had their Christmas party January 18th.  Once again they had a great time with their meal and the Chinese gift exchange.  They, in fact, are moving their Christmas party to January from now on since there is no official meeting during that month and it takes pressure off of trying to squeeze one in December with everything else going on.  Their program Chairman has done a fine job of lining up some great talks for their club throughout the year.  Their February meeting will have a presentation regarding creating a wildlife habitat in your own back yard.  Mel also sent a picture that his wife took of him reading the latest KOI USA Magazine.

January 2014
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said they will try to get a picture of someone in their club reading KOI USA magazine. There’s not much news this early in the year.  They are having their first board meeting on Jan 14 to set the budget and lay out the meeting days, locations, and any programs that have been scheduled.  Their Jan meeting will be their belated Christmas party due to so many conflicts during Dec.

November
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said they are preparing for their annual election of board members for 2014 at the November meeting.  Most of the 2013 board members have shown interest to stay for one more year but they do open up the nominations for other interested people to put their hat in the ring in order to encourage other members to be active on the Board.  They feel that this has kept their board fresh with ideas.  The meeting will also feature a chili cook-off.  With all the good cooks in their club there is bound to be awesome chili to taste and enjoy.  The month of December has normally been their annual Christmas party but due to time constraints they are moving the party to January as a beginning of the year celebration.  They will still have their Chinese Christmas exchange because that is too much fun to give up.  Of course, the gifts must be fish or garden related.

October
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, reported they just completed their 6th Annual Regional South Carolina Koi & Goldfish Show yesterday, Oct. 6th. He believes that this was the best show yet for them. They did not have as many koi as the last two shows but the overall quality of koi has shown improvement. They had 94 koi entries and 36 goldfish entries. The real excitement was that they actually filled all the vendor slots. They had 6 fish vendors and 16 dry vendors which included a base of vendors from years past but many new vendors this year from yard art to a yard design company came to the show. With the list of vendors so diversified, they had something for everyone. Feedback from the majority of vendors is that they had a successful weekend. They did additional advertising to try to attract more foot traffic to ensure that the vendors had enough opportunity to show their wares and get the sales they needed to feel that they should come back again. Foot traffic was good throughout the event. The weather was again warm and ideal but that didn’t matter since they were in the Simpsonville Senior & Activity Center for the show, which is air conditioned. After the awards banquet on Saturday evening, the mayor of Simpsonville and his wife conducted the auction. He, in fact, is an auctioneer. Perhaps now more for fun than an every day job being the mayor. He did a great job in getting people to bid who may have been reluctant to do so in the past. There were many laughs and lots of fun to end a long day. The Bloodmobile was there on Sunday and reported that they, too, had a successful day. They are having their Annual Halloween Party meeting on Oct. 19th. They will accept nominations for 2014 officers at this meeting and then vote on the 2014 team in November.

September
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said they have been busy trying to get advertising increased for their Koi & Goldfish Show. This is a challenge since advertising costs are skyrocketing. As advertising chairman, Mel is learning a whole new perspective on begging for free advertising when possible. They feel it is paramount to get as much foot traffic for their 23 vendors (6 wet and 17 dry vendors to date) to give them every opportunity to succeed because without them they will struggle to be a success. They know that the judging is what it is all about but they also feel that they need to work on making this a total interest event for all people. They still struggle with how to attract the young people to get interested in this great hobby. In the mean time, their Aug meeting was atop Paris Mountain in Greenville at the Bradshaws’ home. They were featured in the Water Garden article for July & August KOI USA. They had a weather inversion that caused them to have an extreme drop in temperature, rain and fog, but that did not deter the hardiest of their members. Now 1800 ft. above sea level is nothing for most folks but that is significant for them in Greenville when they get one of these events. The fog blocked out all the beautiful views from the Bradshaw’s windows overlooking the southwestern views. They still had a great time celebrating two member’s birthdays and a spirited discussion about the Koi & Goldfish Show. Their Sep meeting is at the Hall’s in the beautiful country. It is truly a gentleman’s farm with great landscaping and home made ice cream. He hopes they make the homemade peach and pecan praline again. It’s to die for!

August
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said their speakers for their July meeting were Liz & Brett Wilson from the Middle Georgia Koi Club. They talked about goldfish as they get close to their Koi & Goldfish show. Many of their members have goldfish and it was thought that having a presentation about the varieties of goldfish would help educate them about what is available to show. It was a fun presentation with Brett adding a few comical side bars throughout the talk. Their club was one of the clubs invited to a seminar at the Low Country Koi Club in South Carolina with the speaker being Taro Kodama. Mr. Kodama also brought fish for sale. Although the weather was steamy, hot outside, they enjoyed the coolness inside while Taro spoke. Afterwards, their hosts brought out a low country boil for lunch. There was plenty of camaraderie and beautiful fish to view as Taro discussed the finer points of the 20 or so Showa Koi offspring from Sakura Showa of Dainichi. Of course, his wife and he came home with two of the Showa hoping to grow beautiful adult koi in the future. Their August meeting will be at the Bradshaw’s atop beautiful Paris Mountain on the west side of Greenville, SC. They have made so many additions to their property with more streams and falls and decking overlooking the gardens and of course, part of Greenville. As they get closer to their October Koi & Goldfish Show (Oct. 4,5,6) their club has signed up 7 wet vendors and 13 dry vendors to date with a possibility of a few more dry vendors still contemplating coming. They already have the Humane Society and the Bloodmobile returning this year and they are not included in their dry vendor count. They feel very fortunate to have their biggest and best Koi & Goldfish Show coming this year.

July
No Report

June
Mel Barutha, of the South Carolina K&WGS, said they just completed, Sunday, June 9th, the 15th Annual Pond Tour for their club. They had a successful weekend event with many new faces, some familiar faces, and many faces interested in pond building. Based on discussions he had with a number of visitors at their pond, they will also have numerous families join their club. This is one of the success criteria they use for a successful pond tour. Their annual June pond tour is used as their driving force to grow their club. They still face the challenge of finding more young families to join them. They had a number of free advertising opportunities to communicate their clubs’s tour. They had 2 local radio stations donate time giving the details two or three days before the event. Two of their club members were on a TV show to promote this activity. Mel believes this is their 6th year of their members being on a local TV station to promote their pond tour. Two members were on a local ratio station for the second year with a gardening talk show to help promote their tour. The gardening guru in their local paper donated her column to their cause with a nice write up on one of the ponds that Mel recommended would be an appealing yard to attract pond keepers and garden hobbyist alike. Two local businesses helped them with ticket sales, one of their local gardening centers with an emphasis on water gardening that supports their club by advertising in their monthly newsletter and a new business that has become a member, Wild Birds Unlimited. What a great fit these two businesses are for them. And finally, the Master Gardeners Club of Greenville, SC volunteered to send out info in their newsletter to their organization about their tour. The Master Gardeners do a great job of supporting them. The only challenge they had on the second day of the tour was the deluge that hit them after the first hour of the tour on Sunday. He registered 2.3 inches of rain in 20 minutes and then spotty rain throughout the rest of the day. He can only imagine how many people they missed on the tour due to the rainy day. They will be having their Koi & Goldfish show for October. He has sent all the details about their club’s program to be printed in KOI USA to promote their club’s show and they thank us for the support.

May
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said they had their March meeting at the home of Jack & Marsha Solder and their guest speaker was Dr. Katie DePalma, a Koi vet in their local area. They are working on their June Pond Tour with 10-12 ponds for the 2 day tour. Their Koi & Goldfish Show committee is moving forward with getting numerous vendors lined up for the show the 1st weekend in October.

April
No Report

March
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said their Feb meeting was cancelled due to a snow storm so they missed a presentation about The Art of Bonzai. That was the first meeting their club has cancelled in the 14 years they have been together. They blamed their new president, Pete Kallos, for the bad luck. The March meeting is just around the corner. The subject will be The Basics of Fairy Gardens presented by Nikki Weed of South Pleasantburg Nursery, one of their great local pond and garden suppliers and sponsors. A number of their club members are traveling to the Koi show in Orlando the weekend of Mar 8-10th. A few will be traveling to East Coast Koi near Raleigh, NC the weekend of Mar 16th to help Bobby Wang pull some 3 to 6 year old Koi out of his ponds.

February
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said there is nothing new to report since last time.  Their first meeting of the year is on Sat, Feb 16th.

January 2013
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said that their new officers will have a business and planning meeting this month.  They will be going over the budget for this year as well as getting their future meetings organized.  Their annual pond tour for June is well on its way and many speakers are being lined up for their meetings.  The first official meeting for all members will be in February.

November
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, reports their October meeting was held at the home of the Peart’s and it was our annual Halloween meeting and those folks that wanted to dress up did so. We had a great bonfire after our meal and meeting and folks enjoyed roasting marshmallows. Nominations were made for 2013 officers and a slate of officers were established to be voted on at our November 17th meeting. It was announced that our club has reserved the same facility for next year’s Koi and Goldfish show. It will be the 4th, 5th and 6th of October, 2013. Plans have been made for our Christmas party for Saturday evening, Dec.8th. That is all for now as we begin to wind down for 2012.

October
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said they just finished their 2012 regional Koi & Goldfish Show the weekend of Oct. 5, 6 & 7th in Simpsonville, SC.  They had 87 koi and 27 goldfish entered.  This year they had more koi in the larger sizes than in the past.  They had 18 wet and dry vendors plus the Greenville Humane Society and the Bloodmobile.  The small children had an opportunity to pet some puppies and the bloodmobile folks were pleased with the number of people willing to give blood.  The judges for their show were Joe White, head judge, and Bryan Bateman.  Bay Bateman did the honors for the goldfish.  In addition to the early TV blurb on Channel 7, they had Channel 4 come to the show to do a live interview.  It was on TV twice on the weekend.  Pictures of their 2012 show will be put on their website, www.sckwgs.com.  The Mayor of Simpsonville volunteered to be their Auctioneer at the banquet, and what an auctioneer he was.  He was the life of the banquet.  Their October meeting will be held at the home of members David and Susan Peart.  It will be an optional Halloween dress-up for those that care to, and they do get some great characters portrayed.

September
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, reports their club had a group of members meet with some of the Charleston Showa Club members at East Coast Koi Imports near Raleigh, NC on August 25th for a tour and Koi buying trip. Bobby Wang and his family were gracious hosts. There were many Koi bowled and reviewed before decisions were made as to which fish was the right one to go home with the members. The SWKWGS held its September meeting at one of their member’s home on Paris Mountain overlooking Greenville, SC. Those attending were able to walk through the various gardens and around ponds and streams. As the sun set, the lights of Greenville provided a beautiful backdrop for the ending of the meeting as the temps settled into the low 80’s and upper 70’s. Hooray!  Their club is in the last days of preparation for their 2012 Regional South Carolina Koi & Goldfish Show to be held on Oct. 5th through the 7th. Pin and T-shirt design are set and they will be available at the show. They will do local news announcements the last two weeks along with email blurbs to the surrounding Koi clubs. All info about the show can be found on their web site, www.sckwgs.com.

August
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said their July meeting was heavily attended at the home of Bernard & Jean Hall.  Their beautiful home and large yard were available to all.  They all brought goodies to eat and the Halls had a special treat of homemade peach ice cream.  Their president, Gene Koch, had many items on his agenda for the July meeting.  They voted to buy a new printer and projector for their koi show instead of borrowing from their members.  They are also investigating new location for their Christmas Party.  They will have a Koi & Goldfish show Oct. 4-7th.  They have already filled the quota of koi vendors and are close to filling out the rest of the dry vendor booths.  All the info for the show can be found on their web site at www.sckwgs.com.  They are preparing for their August meeting to be at their president’s house and their special topic this month will be on home safety.  They have invited a city policeman to give a talk about home safety and security.

July
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said they had a busy month in June even though they don’t have a formal meeting that month.  June is our Pond Tour Month.  They had their 14th Annual; 12 ponds were on tour again this year.  They had a good turnout.  Two of their members were on a local television station to promote the tour.  Many of their local businesses put up posters for them to help promote the tour.  This is also the time they push for new members by having registration forms at each host pond location to encourage new membership.  This year they added 5 new households to their club.  They also had 23 members travel to Hammock Koi Farm in Tennessee for a day trip this June.  And a trip to Bobby Wang’s East Coast Koi Imports in New Hill, NC is targeted for August 25, 2012.

June
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said not much is happening since May 7th.  He suggested that we contact them every 2 months rather than every month.

May
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, reports they held their April meeting and voted for Koi Person of the Year.  Their newsletter editor, Kay Barutha, was chosen.  She has been their newsletter editor for 8 years and her dedication to making our newsletter informational and whimsical has elicited comments that her newsletter is what keeps the club together.  They have 84 families that are members in their club and every one of them receives a newsletter through the mail.  Their club is putting all the last minute touches on their annual pond tour.  It will be June 2nd and 3rd this year.  Once again, two of their members will be on one of their local television stations promoting the pond tour approximately one week before the tour.

April
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said their club is planning to have the vote for Koi Person of the Year next Saturday, 4/21.  Their Pond Chairman has attained 12 ponds for their June pond tour.  Their monthly meetings have now moved outdoors due to the improved weather.  They ask members to volunteer their yards and ponds for the setting of their meetings as they get into the warm weather.

March
No Report

February
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said there isn’t much to report for this month as they will have their board meeting tonight and their regular meeting Feb. 18th.  Their first newsletter of the 2012 year is going out to their members this week.  He’s sure the various committees will have much to report about this years events when they meet, especially their pond tour for June and the Koi Show for first weekend of October.

January
Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, reports they ended 2011 with a Christmas Party on Dec. 17th with Jackie as the outgoing president handing over the gavel to the 2012 president, Gene Koch.  Their first board meeting for 2012 will be Tuesday night, Jan. 10th to establish their meeting agendas for the year.  The outgoing president stays on the board for one year to ensure that there is a smooth transition and maintain some continuity.  This has worked well since day one with their club.  They will layout plans for their water garden tour, generally in June and their Koi Show for the 1st weekend in October.  The rest of the months will be set for meetings at members’ houses and a community club house as needed.