WASHINGTON KOI & WATER GARDEN SOCIETY

Helena Hileman
AKCArep@washingtonkoi.org
www.washingtonkoi.org
Meets: 3rd Wednesday @ 7 pm

September
Helena Hileman, of Washington Koi & WGS, reports they will be holding their 26th Annual Koi Show on Sep 23-24 at Sky Nursery. Come and see the Living Jewels. Nomination Committee members Barb Sundgren, Helena Hileman, Karen Miller, and Nancy Moore are working hard to select a slate of officers for us for 2018. At this point, they are ¾ of the way to the finish line, and will have slate information out to our members by the end of September. At the October meeting, people will have a chance to nominate from the floor for any office, should they wish to, and after that, members will elect their new set of 12 officers. The 13th member, the Show Chair, is appointed. Check their website at http://washingtonkoi.org.

August
Helena Hileman, of Washington Koi & WGS, reports Our club hosted the PNKCA Convention & Pond Tour in Mt Vernon, WA on August 4-6, 2017. The theme was “Koi: Completing the Pond Puzzle”. Numerous clubs throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho & British Columbia were represented. Friday events started with a judging workshop at Pan Intercorp in Kenmore by Pat & Larry Christensen, followed by a meet & greet reception at the Best Western Plus in Mt Vernon. We had an excellent line-up of speakers on Saturday: Dr. Aimee Reed, Professor Richard Strange, Spike Cover, Nita-Jo Roundtree & Ted Baughman. We also had a vendor’s fair. A banquet, raffle & lively auction followed in the evening.   On Sunday morning, convention goers boarded a bus for a tour of 4 ponds in the area. The koi ponds & gardens were impressive. The filter systems went from simple to extensive. The camaraderie over the weekend strengthened bonds with our koi neighbors in the Pacific NW. The co-chairs of the conventions, Jennifer Treiberg & Ted Baughman did a excellent job. Our membership meeting in July was on the grounds of Pan Intercorp & was well-attended. The pulled pork, coleslaw, baked beans & desserts were a hit. Our speakers were club members, Zak Schmidt & Joyce Tsuji, who spoke on koi & Japanese maples, respectively. The 2016 AKCA Koi Person of the Year award was presented to Nancy Moore. Our next meeting will be August 20th at the home of Doug Hertzog. We will picnic on hotdogs & a potluck by members, as we enjoy his pond & garden. Plans for our koi show are on schedule. We return to Sky Nursery in Shoreline, on Sept. 23-24, for our 26th annual koi show. Lori Lyman, Show Chair is recruiting volunteers. Check their website at http://washingtonkoi.org.

July
Helena Hileman, of Washington Koi & WGS, reports The club raised $760 for KHV Research through 3 raffles since November, 2016. Nancy Moore’s article & Zak Schmidt’s photos of our 2016 koi show were published in the May/June edition of KOI USA. I applaud the hard work of our volunteers & the quality of the koi in our show. We welcome Melanie Tate, who joined our board as member at large.   Our June meeting was at Falling Water Gardens in Monroe. The speaker was Rick Perry, co-owner of the nursery & gift shop & designer of water features, ponds & gardens. He spoke of his favorite plants & we later roamed the nursery & explored the unique features & garden art throughout the gardens. Our July meeting will be at Pan Intercorp, where the club will serve a picnic meal of shredded pork. Zak Schmidt, owner will speak on koi. The Pacific Northwest Koi Club Association (PNKCA) Convention & Pond Tour will be hosted by our club on August 4-6, 2017. The theme is KOI: Completing the Pond Puzzle. Ted Baughman & Jennifer Treiberg are the organizers. The tentative schedule starts with an open house & fish viewing at Pan Intercorp, a koi dealership in Kenmore. There will also be a judging workshop. Saturday’s events will be at Best Western Plus Skagit Valley Inn in Mt Vernon. Speakers include Dr Aimee Reed, DVM (aquatic diseases), Prof. Richard Strange of Univ. of Tennessee (essentials of koi nutrition), Nita-Jo Roundtree, Spike Cover & possibly Joel Burkhardt, founder of Pan Intercorp. The day includes a vendors fair. Saturday wraps up with a social hour, banquet, awards, raffle & auction. On Sunday, we take a bus tour of four exceptional ponds in the beautiful Skagit Valley, which will include lunch at one of the gardens. All are welcome to attend. Check their website at http://washingtonkoi.org.

June
Helena Hileman, of Washington Koi & WGS, reports our June membership meeting will take place at Falling Water Gardens, in Monroe, WA, on June 21, from 7- 9 p.m. Come early and wander through the gardens and check out the latest plants and the array of garden art. Our host is Rick Perry an award-winning landscape designer & co-owner of Falling Water Gardens, who has invited us back again to sample glorious plants and country fresh air. Our Beginner’s Seminar and Wet Lab, held at the Point Defiance Zoo Facility in Tacoma, WA on October 28th, under the auspices of Dr. Tim Miller-Morgan, DVM, Associate Professor at Oregon State University, and Ornamental Fisheries vet at the Hatfield Marine Science Center and the Oregon Aquarium. The class is limited to 16 students, eager to learn more about koi keeping, koi health, and best practices in the hobby. The class is designed for those new to the hobby or those who have now taken a more serious interest in koi keeping. Check their website at http://washingtonkoi.org.

May
Helena Hileman, of Washington Koi & WGS, reports our April meeting was actually a guided tour through the Japanese Garden in Seattle’s Arboretum. The azaleas & rhodies were in partial bloom & the koi were hungry to be fed. Our May meeting was a lecture on filtration methods by Bill Putnam of Skagitek, Inc. & Zak Schmidt of Pan Intercorp. Bill showed us his True Bio 5 & True Bio 10 biological series filters & his glass bead polisher. Zak showed us the new Profidrum Filter, which he carries. Our June meeting will be at Falling Water Gardens in Monroe, where owner Rick Perry will lead us on a tour of his gardens & show his latest garden art & unusual plants. AKCA: Our club entered the Champion of Champions competition with Chris Charbonneau’s kohaku, which was our Grand Champion from last year’s koi show. We also entered the Koi of the Year competition with the Reserve Grand Champion, James Nguyen’s showa. We have been focused on fund-raising for KHV research. Our raffle proceeds in November, 2016 & again in March & May, 2017, have been donated to this cause. This year’s proceeds of $600+ will be sent to AKCA. Pacific NW Koi Clubs Association Convention (PNKCA): The venue has been changed to Best Western Plus in Mt. Vernon, WA. Same dates: August 4-6, 2017. Lectures, banquet & auction will be on Saturday. The much anticipated pond tour will be on Sunday. Koi Show: Scheduled on September 23-24 at Sky Nursery, Shoreline, WA. Volunteers are teaming up. Posters, postcards & pins are ordered. We will also have a show booklet & T-shirts with artwork by Cody Turtle. Beginners Wet Lab: Scheduled for October 28 at Point Defiance Zoo with fish expert, Dr. Tim Miller-Morgan. There’s space for 16 people. We have lots of new members who can benefit from this class. Check their website at http://washingtonkoi.org.

April
Helena Hileman, of Washington Koi & WGS, reports that to celebrate the change of season, we are rescheduling our April Membership Meeting from April 19 to Sunday, April 30. We are going on a tour of the Seattle Japanese Garden on Sunday, April 30 instead. Doesn’t this sound like fun? The Seattle Japanese Garden is part of the Washington Park Arboretum and is co-managed by Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Arboretum Foundation. It was the first major public Japanese style garden built on the West Coast after World War II. The 3.5 acre formal garden was designed and constructed under the supervision of world-renowned Japanese garden designer Juki Iida in 1960.Check their website at http://washingtonkoi.org.

March
No Report

February
Helena Hileman, of Washington Koi & WGS, reports: 1) Feb. Board meeting: a) Treasurer presented our 2017 operating budget. b) Lorie Lyman, Show Chair, is working on the 2017 show budget. Koi show will be Sept. 23-24. Show judges & accommodations have been determined. c) Advanced wet lab in Newport, Oregon is planned with Dr Tim Miller-Morgan for March 18, 2017. Our club is underwriting most of the cost. Eight people have signed up, so far. d) Gwenna Echert agreed to be our new club librarian. e) Our PNKCA reps, Jenn Treiberg & Ted Baughman, are planning our PNKCA convention & pond tour for Aug. 4-6, 2017, in Everett, WA( north of Seattle). 2) Other club news: a) Monte McQuade is our PNKCA, Ed Fujimoto award recipient for 2016. b) Nancy Moore is our nomination for AKCA Koi Person of the Year, 2016. c) Zak Schmidt, new owner of Pan Intercorp, presented the program at our Feb. general meeting: “Identifying Types of Koi”, which included photos of the most recent winners of the All Japan Show. d) Club members are encouraged to oppose the petition to ban koi from importation to the USA. The ban has been proposed to the US Fish & Wildlife Service. We can write our congressman, US Fish & Wildlife Service & the National Aquaculture Association. e) Our club plans another raffle at a general meeting this spring, with all proceeds going to support KHV research. f) To promote new subscriptions to KOI USA, I pass out subscription forms at every club meeting. Our editor also printed these forms in our Jan. & Feb. newsletters. Check their website at http://washingtonkoi.org.

January 2017
Helena Hileman, of Washington Koi & WGS, reports: 1) Our slate of officers for 2017: President: Dan Forkan; Vice President: Doug Hertzog; Secretary: Steve Hanson; Treasurer: Lorie Lyman; Programs: Gwenna Eckert; Membership: Lucy Macneil; Editor: Nancy Moore; PNKCA reps: Ted Baughman & Jennifer Treiberg; AKCA rep: Helena Hileman; Members at Large: Kim Anderson & Rob Kenny. 2) Our koi show chairperson is Lorie Lyman. We plan a koi show in September at Sky Nursery in Shoreline,WA (same location as last year). 3) As AKCA rep, I will encourage increased subscriptions to KOI USA Magazine within our club. I will promote subscriptions at meetings & in our newsletter. 4) Our club is dedicated to raising funds for Project KHV. As you may know, we raised about $400 in raffle money at our October & November meetings and the funds were already sent to you. Check out their website at http://washingtonkoi.org.

December 2016
No Meeting

November 2016
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October
No Meeting

September
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August
Chris Charbonneau, of Washington Koi & WGS, reports once again, it was time for our annual barbecue and potluck. We gathered at Pan Intercorp in Kenmore on July 20, and the grill was fired up at 6 p.m. Members bring a dish to share with others – a salad, chips, dessert, veggies, fruit, salsa, beans – and the club provided hot dogs, hamburgers, condiments, water and sodas. Zak Schmidt, Operations Manager at Pan Intercorp, spoke about Beni, and explained the difference between Beni, Hi, and Aka, all Japanese terms that mean red. The club’s 25th Annual Koi Show will be held Sep 24th & 25 at Sky Nursery in Shoreline, WA. Check their website at http://washingtonkoi.org.

July
Chris Charbonneau, of Washington Koi & WGS, reports

68 days to go until the 25th Annual WK&WGS Koi Show, which is being held at Sky Nursery in Shoreline, WA on the 24th & 25th of Sep. We plan on having some fun at this show because of it being our 25th anniversary, and all members are encouraged to send up your ideas you think might be fun. Please submit ideas via email to showchair@washingtonkoi.org. Check their website at http://washingtonkoi.org.

June
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May
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April
Chris Charbonneau, of Washington Koi & WGS, reports they’re calling all past Grand Champions! We would very much like you to come back to our show this year to compete in the Best of the Best Grand Champion contest. Please set the date (September 24 – 25, 2016) aside and get your beauties ready to celebrate our 25th Anniversary Koi Show. Check their website at http://washingtonkoi.org.

March
No Report

February
Chris Charbonneau, of Washington Koi & WGS, reports many things afoot at the Washington Koi and Water Garden Society. At our last club meeting, we had a presentation on “What to Do When Something Goes Wrong,” featuring Dr Adolf Maas, Veterinarian. It featured detailed symptoms to notice and respond to. The club gave our gift of thanks to last year’s Club President, Karen Miller, with our gratitude for her service. We conducted our election for the AKCA Koi Person of the Year, with our last year’s Show Chair, Lorie Lyman, winning the honors. We are planning our 2016 Show, which will be our 25th (!) for September 24-25 to be held at Sky Nursery, since that location worked beautifully for us last year. Check their website at http://washingtonkoi.org.

January 2016
Nancy J. Moore, of Washington Koi & WGS, reports the first order of business at the Nov meeting was to nominate our candidates for the PNKCA’s Ed Fujimoto Award. Ted Baughman was the sole nominee and was then elected by acclimation. Next, we nominated for our AKCA Koi Person of the Year award, and Rob Kenny and Lorie Lyman were nominated. The winner will be elected in January. the weather, and presented information about Kenzen Food, which contains human grade ingredients (no humans were hurt in the production of this food), and which has no corn, fillers, or MSG. There was no Dec. meeting. The Jan 20th meeting will he held at McMenamins in Bothell, WA. Speaker will be Dr. Adolf Maas of ZooVet Consulting, a certified Aquatic Vet. Check their website at http://washingtonkoi.org.

November
Nancy J. Moore, of Washington Koi & WGS, reports they held elections in October and elected the following officers for 2015: President, Jennifer Treiberg; Vice President, Doug Hertzog; Secretary, Nancy Moore; Treasurer, Lucy Macneil; Newsletter Editor, Helena Hileman; Membership Chair, Elizabeth Good; PNKCA Representatives, Ted Baughman and Karen Miller; AKCA Representative, Chris Charbonneau, Members-at-Large, Bob Sowell and Rob Kenny, and Program Chair, Monte McQuade. In November, the Board appointed Elizabeth Good as our 2016 Show Chair. We have been invited to hold our show again at Sky Nursery, in Shoreline, WA, on September 24-25, 2016. In November, the new and current board joined forces for a BBQ pulled pork and sides dinner, followed by the regular Board meeting. Nominations for AKCA Koi Person of the Year were held, and our candidates are Lorie Lyman and Rob Kenny; the election will be held in January. Our sole nominee for the PNKCA Ed Fujimoto Award, Ted Baughman, was thus elected by acclamation. We do not meet in December or send out a newsletter. The new Board will take office on January 1, 2016. Check their website at http://washingtonkoi.org.

October
Nancy J. Moore, of Washington Koi & WGS, reports our 24th annual koi show at our new venue, Sky Nursery, was enjoyable and successful on multiple levels. Since the show tanks were inside, in Sky’s greenhouse, we had lovely light, did not have to rent tents, and were spared having chickens, ducks, raccoons from entering the show space (which used to happen at our Country Village site). While we had fewer entrants this year, and oddly, no size 7 fish, the koi were gorgeous and the public entranced with them. Show chairs Lorie and Don Lyman tried a new set-up, which allowed the public to be close to the perimeter of the tanks during judging. So while they couldn’t interact with our judges (Jan Thompson, Steve Drake, Zak Schmidt), they could watch all the dynamics. James Nguyen won Grand, Reserve, and Junior, while Nancy Moore & Lucy Macneil won Grand Champion B. Baby Grand was awarded to Lorie Lyman’s fish, Ted Baughman & Jennifer Treiberg won Mature Champion, and Karen Miller & Jorn Beam took the Young Champion Award. The Tom Ayers Judges’ Award will be presented at our October meeting. We had a financially successful auction, which is our big money raiser for the club, and we sold fat little koi at our fish sales booth. Our information booth was kept busy, selling Super Raffle tickets and answering questions, primarily about koi health and pond issues. The sales area sold pins, posters, and t-shirts, all with Patti Magee’s design of “The Seahorse,” a koi that won our 2007 Grand Champion award. Raffle winners won a week in Waikiki, a Patti Magee print, a lovely planter, and a Sakai Fish Farm yearling kohaku. A few days before the show, at our Sep meeting, we held a plant sale, which netted $168, to be used for the club library. We will be electing officers at our Oct 21 meeting; the slate was presented in Sep, and a few tweaks had to be made, but Nominations Committee Chair Lucy Macneil reports that the slate is complete, and we will be taking additional nominations from the floor (if there are any), and we will proceed to vote. New officers take over in Jan 2016. In Oct, serious winner James Nguyen will be discussing his evolution as a koi keeper (“I will never show fish; I will only have 3 koi”), and we will also highlight winterizing check-off points, as well as doing a quick show re-cap. Thanks to AKCA for sending copies of KOI USA, but since they arrived after our show, we will distribute them at our Oct meeting. Thanks also for the KOI USA ad in our show book, and the two subscriptions for KOI USA you gave to our auction (I was outbid). Check their website at http://washingtonkoi.org.

September
Nancy Moore, of Washington Koi & Water Garden Society, reports reports the Plants & Desserts Membership Meeting will be held on Sep 16 at 4:25 p.m. at the Bothell Police Station. The club’s 24th Annual Koi Show will be held on Sep 19-20 at Sky Nursery on Highway 99 in Shoreline. Check out their website at http://washingtonkoi.org.

August
Nancy J. Moore, of Washington Koi & WGS, reports our July Road Trip Pond Tour North was a huge success. We had over 60 people trek to the three ponds, two in Anacortes and one in Mount Vernon. We had a lovely time, saw wonderful gardens and ponds, ate at interesting places (for me, the Brown Lantern pub, with a great Ruben sandwich). Some went on to Christensen’s Nursery after the tour. In July, we also had our annual BBQ meeting at Pan Intercorp in Kenmore, WA. Operations Manager Zak Schmidt talked about preparing and bagging fish for shows or travel in general. Don Lyman was presented with his AKCA Koi Person of the Year 2014 Award. We have re-located our storeroom and downsized slightly, to a unit that has two doors, which will be helpful in getting to our equipment. Our August meeting and plant sale was called off at the last minute because the host’s father died unexpectedly in Oregon Sunday and the family had to leave immediately for Astoria, OR. We are involved in gathering auction items for our show and encouraging people to show their fish in our new venue. The Nominating Committee has just been appointed to come up with a slate for our 2016 officers: Chair, Lucy Macneil and members Dan Forkan and Elizabeth Good. Check their website at http://washingtonkoi.org.

July
Nancy J. Moore, of Washington Koi & WGS, reports our club is holding its annual pond tour on July 11th, which involves a road trip north to Skagit County, and the wonderful ponds of Fred and Kathleen Stark, Bill Putnam, and Dan and Julie Forkan. So we will be seeing ponds in Mount Vernon, WA and Anacortes, WA. As well, there is a wonderful garden store, Christenson’s Nursery out of Mount Vernon, as well as a Greenhouse Supply Store, Charley’s, and a batch of great restaurants for either lunch or dinner as part of the day’s events. We are very much looking forward to seeing these ponds that would not normally be on our pond tour, as they are so far away from the core residences of our members. Plans continue for our 24th Annual Koi Show on Sept. 19-20 at Sky Nursery. Our show artist, Patti Magee, of PattiGrafix, loved our show poster and pins, when she saw them in Spokane, WA at our regional PNKCA conference last month. New PNKCA officers include two of our own members: Chris Charbonneau as Chair, and Sue Boydstun as Vice Chair. We had three members receive their Certified Koi Keeper certificates from Koi Organisation International: Steve Hodgins, Jorn Beam, and Monte McQuade. At the wet lab, we had 7 participants from our club, and Spokane is a long drive from the Seattle area!   We invite the AKCA Board to come attend our Show in September. I have been very busy as a Koi Health Advisor/Certified Koi Keeper….lots of parasite issues, water quality issues, newbies in the area. It is amazing to me that people would have fish, but would not have the needed equipment to take care of them. Proper food, test kits, nets, pans, etc. So I am making lots of suggestions. Hard to imagine that they would have horses, but no corral, reins, saddles, hay, etc., or a vet at the ready. Check their website at http://washingtonkoi.org.

June
Nancy J. Moore, of Washington Koi & WGS, reports We have set the date for the Washington Koi & Water Garden Society’s Pond Tour, which will be July 11th, and will involve a Road Trip to Mount Vernon and Anacortes, WA, to visit ponds at the homes of Fred and Kathleen Stark, Dan and Julie Forkan, and Bill Putnam. Also, we have at least 7 members of our club attending the PNKCA wet lab on June 19th, part of the PNKCA Convention in Spokane, WA, with more attending the actual convention itself. Syd Mitchell, Spike Cover, Karen Pattist, and Ken Austin, of K.O.I. will be lab instructors. Club member Chris Charbonneau serves as Chair of the Pacific Northwest Koi Clubs Association this year. Our June membership meeting next week will be in Monroe, WA, at Falling Water Gardens; owner Rick Perry will be speaking about stunning garden plants that will enhance our pond sites. Members will arrive early and stroll through the gardens. Our Raffle Tickets have arrived for our Super Raffle, in connection with our 24th annual Koi Show in September: we are offering a week in Waikiki, a Sakai yearling koi, a fab garden planter, and a Patti Magee print; tickets are $1 each. Check their website at http://washingtonkoi.org

May
Washington K&WGS reports that in April they got serious about their Koi Show in September. While they will be at the Country Village site in Bothell, Washington, they will be in a different spot. Diagrams of their show layout were compared and debated, tents ordered (they never get why the warm climate shows are not just outside..) and three of their four Judges have been secured. Their club meeting featured their pond updates (warming a bit, but still quite cool, predators and beginning to be seen – mostly Great Blue Herons) and club members reported a few infection woes but generally people came out of the winter well. Their club presentation was by Chris Charbonneau, who did the presentation for them that she was invited to do for the Pacific Northwest Landscape Architects. Chris detailed pond sitting no-no’s, addressed runoff and contaminated water, debunked koi myths, and plants to avoid near the pond due to poison and nuisance issues. She invited club members to chime in with what they had learned over the years to augment this talk in the future.

April
No Report

March
Nancy J. Moore, of Washington Koi & WGS, reports their show committee met at our new venue, Sky Nursery, in Shoreline, WA to check out the facility where our 24th Annual Koi Show will take place. The natural lighting will be extraordinarily good in the greenhouse. Concerns about tank water drainage have been alleviated and Sky will let us extend our hours for benching, even the Nursery will be closed. Plans are underway for our pond tour coming up this summer. There are still a few spots left in our Beginners’ Wet Lab and Seminar May 16th, led by Dr. Tim Miller-Morgan. We have switched from State Farm to Farmers Insurance; we also discovered that we were seriously under insured, given that our show equipment has to travel via truck to the show site. Also, we are getting ready to make a new order of membership name tags. Check their website at http://washingtonkoi.org

February
Nancy Moore, of Washington Koi & Water Garden Society, reports after electing officers in October 2014, by the time the new Executive Board took office, a few changes were made. Lorie Lyman has been appointed Show Chair for 2015, Roy Niznik has been appointed as our Vice President, and our former VP has been moved to one of the PNKCA Rep positions. President Karen Miller says we are still looking for a Program Chair. Our first show meeting will be February 8th. Lorie Lyman, Show Chair, reports that we will have a new venue, Sky Nursery, in Shoreline. Previously, 20 of our shows have been at Country Village, in Bothell, and 2 at Bellevue College in Bellevue. We are looking forward to having the show indoors in such a beautiful facility. At our January meeting, Dr. Adolf Maas spoke about quarantining and myths surrounding the process. This month, our speaker will be Dr. Joyce Tsuji, who will discuss building aesthetic waterfalls. We had a brainstorming session at our last membership meeting to come up with programs people wanted, and also field trips. We are holding a Beginners’ Wet Lab on May 16th, led by Dr. Tim Miller-Morgan of Oregon State University and the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, OR; again, it will take place at the Point Defiance Zoo facility in Tacoma, WA. The class is limited to 16 students. Check out the website at: http://washingtonkoi.org .

January 2015
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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
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June
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May
Washington K&WGS
reports that in April they got serious about their Koi Show in September.  While they will be at the Country Village site in Bothell, Washington, they will be in a different spot.  Diagrams of their show layout were compared and debated, tents ordered (they never get why the warm climate shows are not just outside..) and three of their four Judges have been secured.  Their club meeting featured their pond updates (warming a bit, but still quite cool, predators and beginning to be seen – mostly Great Blue Herons) and club members reported a few infection woes but generally people came out of the winter well.  Their club presentation was by Chris Charbonneau, who did the presentation for them that she was invited to do for the Pacific Northwest Landscape Architects.  Chris detailed pond sitting no-no’s, addressed runoff and contaminated water, debunked koi myths, and plants to avoid near the pond due to poison and nuisance issues.  She invited club members to chime in with what they had learned over the years to augment this talk in the future.

April
Chris Charbonneau, of Washington Koi&WGS, reports the club is in full swing planning our show for the weekend of September 6-7.  At our last meeting, it was announced that our raffle for a donation to KHV research yielded $2000 which we sent to the Oregon Hatfield Marine Science Center.  Nancy Moore read us the gracious thank you note from Dr Tim Miller-Morgan in response.  To leverage our effectiveness, the Club resolved to ask the collective of clubs in the Pacific Northwest to match us by raising another $2000 together.  If they succeed, we agree to put on an unparalleled PNKCA convention in 2016.  Our sunbird Members Robert and Maureen Rutgen shared the proceedings of the Central Florida  Koi Show which intrigued us as the show is put on by 5 clubs.  Sharon Collman, an Entomologist with Washington State University spoke about Preventing “Plant and Pest Problems” near our ponds, since walloping plants with chemicals around our lovely ponds and wet pets is a non-starter.  Cliff notes version:  Removing standing water is a better deterrent to mosquito nesting than gallons of pesticides.  Sharon reviewed the roles of beneficial bugs that are a necessary part of a healthy ecosystem.

March
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February
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January 2014
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November
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October
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September
Neal Friedman, of the Washington K&WGS, said their club just held their annual koi show event, which went swimmingly well. The event, open to the public on Sat & Sun, included an auction on Sat and a fish auction on Sun, plus sales of fish and koi related items by the club itself, as well as several vendors displaying and selling koi related items all weekend. Around 20 participants brought fish to the competition, with some truly spectacular fish appearing. Many youngsters were amazed to see fish as big or bigger than themselves. They had fun, and they hope the public exposure will attract people to join in the hobby and hopefully join their club.

August
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July
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June
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May
Neal Friedman, of the Washington K&WGS, said they will be holding an outreach event at one of their local nurseries, Sky Nursery on June 1st, hoping to recruit more people to the koi and pond hobbies. At their April club meeting, their speaker was Curt Black, from Bats Northwest. Curt, a former WKWGS member from years ago works in the fields of hydrology and geochemistry and is very involved in environmental education. He also teaches a class at the UW in nature sound recording. Curt gave an enthralling introduction to an animal that most of us encounter only from substantial distances: BATS! Some myths debunked: bats do not fly into people’s hair. They are not rodents. One brown bat is known to have lived at least 37 years. They have the same bones as humans, just in different proportions. At the recent NorCal Show, club member Bill Tullis won Young Champion, best in size 5 Kohaku, Best in Size 1 Sanke, the show chairman’s Award for his Sanke Size 4, and two friendship awards, one from World Wide Koi Club and one from Northern Midwest ZNA. Their club is recruiting more team members to participate in the PNKCA Cup.

April
Neal Friedman, of Washington K&WGS, reports that their club continues to work on preparing for their annual show in September. At their club meeting last month, their speaker was Bill Putnam, from SkagiTek, Inc. Bill spoke about pond filtration, various filtering techniques and equipment. Club member Bob Sowell has organized an Omosako grow out competition with Pan Intercorp. The fish pickup date in May 11th and a few fish are still available.

March
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February
Neal Friedman, of Washington K&WGS, reports at our Jan club meeting Dick Benbow discussed the “700 Club Growout Project” being conducted by the North Idaho Koi Keepers, and then gave a very informative lecture on the finer points of selecting high quality koi.  At the Feb 20 club meeting. Nic Damon, from Pan Intercorp in Kenmore, will speak about the importance of maintaining water parameters, such as KH (carbonate hardness), GH (general hardness), PH (acid and base levels) and how these water parameters are handled in Japan, as well as in the Northwest.

January 2013
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November
Neal Friedman, of Washington K&WGC, said their club held a great meeting in October.  Their guest speaker was Neil Cutsinger, of Novartis Animal Health, a lifelong fish keeper himself, who discussed Novartis’ new Cavoy KHV vaccine.  They also elected Chris Charbonneau as their Ed Fujimoto award winner for 2012.  Partial results from their September Koi Show indicate they made a net profit this year.  Everyone is getting their ponds ready for Winter.

October
Neal Friedman, of Washington K&WGS, said they held their annual Koi Show in September.  All their tanks were full with high quality fish.  Valentine, their Grand Champion, came from Sakai of Hiroshima Koi Farm in 2008 and has been raised by Chris Charboneau in Eastern Washington.  Only a few weeks before the show, Valentine and all her tank mates had to be rescued from a wildfire approaching Chris’ house.  The house was saved, but the fish did a fair bit of traveling to temporary homes.  Their list of winners also included another Chris Charbonneau medal for a Sanke (Young Grand), Sharon and Dan Olson won the Reserve Grand Champion with their Sanke; Bill Tullis won Junior and Baby (Kohaku); and Nancy Moore and Lucy MacNeil won Mature Grand Champion for their Kohaku.  The show was a great success, earning a net positive cash flow for the club via auction and sales of Koi fish and koi related merchandise.

September
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August
Neal Friedman, of Washington K&WGS, said they held the August club meeting at Russell Water Gardens in Redmond, WA.  This was their annual dessert potluck meeting.  Members could stroll the grounds to admire the plants, plantings and of course koi.  Then Jared Hole led them on an instructional tour of the inside of a Russell Water Gardens bead filter, with tips on how to maintain and use bead filters.  Club members continue to rack up honors at Koi shows around the region, bringing home awards from Portland and Spokane.  Club member, Chris Charbonneau, put her SCUBA skills to use helping repair a drain fitting and a broken air diffuser at the Luna Park Koi facility owned by Nancy Moore and Lucy MacNeil.  Their annual koi show is coming up the weekend of Sept. 8 & 9th; this year they are back at County Village in Bothell, WA.

July
No Report

June
Neal Friedman, of Washington K&WGS, said they decided to enter the grow-out competition that Mystic Koi is putting on.  They got their 2nd choice, and will be waiting for the kohaku to grow big and beautiful in Mystic Koi’s mud pond.  Eventually, the fish will be returned to Seattle to be auctioned off as a fundraiser.  Their pond tour is July 21st.  The chair, Elizabeth Good, has four ponds lined up in Woodinville, Bothell, Mercer Island, and Seattle with a BBQ to be held during the tour at the Seattle pond.  The show brochure for their 21st annual koi show, to be held this year at the Country Village, in Bothell.

May
No Report

April
Neal Friedman, of Washington K&WGS, said they are gearing up for their annual koi show in Sept. which will be back at their old location in Country Village, as they are organizing their annual pond tour to be held on July 21st.  Administratively, they have focused much of their attention on the ongoing AKCA election and bylaw controversies.

March
No Report

February
Neal Friedman, of Washington K&WGS, reports they are in the process of choosing their AKCA Koi Person of the Year and their PNKCA Ed Fujimoto Award recipient.  They are having a master gardener speak at their February meeting (their Jan. meeting was cancelled due to snow).  Their 2012 Show Committee chair has had his first meeting; they will be back at Country Village and are looking forward to their 21st show.  Their new officers began their terms in January.

January