2012 03 AKCA Minutes

Officers Present                         Directors Present                                    Guests

Chair:  Kristine Peterson               Louie Hernandez
Vice Chair:  Mike Frady                Burt Ballou
Secretary:  Carole Elliott               Don Chandler
CFO:  Doug Dahl                          Brenda Chandler
Joan Finnegan
Bob Finnegan
Charles Phelps
Ray Jordan
Harlan Glenn

Board Highlights:

All Clubs:  Please fill out the By-Laws and Officer ballots (follow instructions on ballots)

  • June deadline for club submissions for the Speaker Grant Lottery (see website for details)
  • 2012 AKCA Business Meeting/Banquet KHA Wet Lab to be held in Fresno June 30-July 1
  • Please let your AKCA rep/contact know of any concerns your club may have!
  • Koi Person of the Year, Koi of the Year and Champion of Champions – all due by May 1st

The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Kristine Peterson at 6:00 p.m.

MINUTES:  Motion:  To approve the minutes of February 10, 2012 with the following correction:  Message from the Chair at the beginning of the minutes should have been an attachment.  Motion by Kristine, 2nd by Louie.  Approved.

MARCH  FINANCIAL STATEMENT:  Doug reported that the investment account gained $492 in Jan.  Project KHV account interest gained $12 in Jan. and $10 in Feb.  He will send Don    the AKCA dues invoice by Mar 28 to forward to all club AKCA Dir/Reps.  The drop dead date for receipt is now July 1, which is more than 90 days after the billing date per the AKCA By-Laws.  He plans to include the benefits of AKCA at the end of the invoice for the club AKCA Dir/Reps to use if they need it.


Scientific/KHA:   Don gave Jerry’s report:  They are waiting for the distribution of the March-April issue of KOIUSA and the hoped for subsequent feedback from the KHA articles including “Where Do We Go From Here?”  With the delivery of the magazine, individual members also will personally be sent a copy of the article to assure widespread distribution and encourage feedback.

AKCA-PROJECT KHV:  Ray stated he reviewed and gave approval to for Doug to pay the most recent quarterly OSU invoice for $3,106.90 for expenses incurred for our sponsored KHV latency study.

v     PUBLICATION:  Joan reported that the magazine is 3 weeks late; we are waiting for Mike to give the green light so that Bob Payne can send it to American Web for printing.  Patty has been working on the new KOIUSA website; the change was necessary as soon Joomla will no longer support our current software version.  She has also been working with Connie on the media kit that is now available for download.  Larry had stated that JR gave a thumbs up to continue the Rambling Articles.  There was much discussion on getting outside advertising to increase our revenue.  Don was recommended to be the new Assistant Editor; the KOI USA Board approved.  The KOI USA trademark renewal has been completed.  Doug also gave a more detailed report on subscriptions, etc.  Motion:  To renew the appointment of the KOI USA Board:  Joan Finnegan – Chairperson; Don Chandler – Vice Chairperson; Carole Elliott – Secretary; Doug Dahl – CFO; Larry Iles – Editor; Don Chandler – Assistant Editor; and Patti Gingerich – Webmaster.  Motion by Don, 2nd by Carole.  Approved.   There was further discussion on revenue for the last two issues and projected revenues for future issues.  It was stated that revenue gains have been offset by some

advertisers not paying their bills.  Doug did feel that the current and future trend line is very positive.  It is important that we need to collect what is owed to us.  In the past the magazine has been a cash cow for AKCA.  Doug also stated that he emailed Larry Iles a short paragraph about “How to Put on a Koi Show.”  Burt didn’t see a problem but will talk to Pam Spindola re: a similar report they are putting together for the AKCA Judging Committee.

MEMBERSHIP:   Don stated that there are 97 active clubs.  He couldn’t believe all the things that Doug sent to him!


JUDGING:  Charles said he went to Quality Koi with Mike to check out the facility.  They have put a lot of money into the facility including a new greenhouse and bathroom for the judges.  He also checked out the Comfort Inn where the judges will be staying as well as the restaurant where they will hold their banquet.  He said there are a couple of shows coming up including the Orlando Koi Show and the LA ZNA show.

SPEAKER’S GRANT:  Burt stated that one club notified him that they were interested in the grant:  Rocky Mountain Koi Club.  The forms are due in June for clubs to be on the Speaker Grant Lottery (check out our website for details).

BY-LAWS:  Don has decided to step down as chairperson of the by-laws committee as he has a lot of other responsibilities.  Thus, Kristine will take over as Chairperson of the By-laws committee.  If any club wishes to see any part(s) of the by-laws changed, please email Kristine with your suggestions.  Don received some suggestions for revisions last month and has forwarded them to Kristine.

INSURANCE/RISK MANAGEMENT:  Brenda reported that 26 clubs have signed up for the insurance for $3250 revenue in.  Our total cost for the premium was $3594 which means we’ve almost paid for the insurance.

Koi Person of the YearEntries are due by May 1st; please email Burt with info.  Forms are available in the Club Kit on our website.

Champion of Champions:  Contact Garry Chin at scvkoi@yahoo.comEntries are due by May 1, 2012.  Only club AKCA Dir/Rep may submit Champion of Champions entry.  Forms are available in the Club Kit on our website.

AKCA Koi of the Year:  Entrants must have been selected by the AKCA Club between April 1, 2011 and April 30, 2012 to be eligible for the Koi of the Year in 2012.  Since there was no 2011 AKCA Seminar, the entries for 2011 and for 2012 will be held for judging separately by the AKCA attendees at the 2012 AKCA Annual Meeting.  Only the AKCA club Rep of the sponsoring club may enter the digital photo or CD of the fish that won Koi of the Year.  Contact Garry Chin at scvkoi@yahoo.com.  Forms are available in the Club Kit on our websiteEntries are due by May 1, 2012.


2012 Seminar:  Carole reported that the full color page ad and registration form will be in the next 2 issues of KOI USA.  We are working on getting prizes for the 50/50 raffle; the Central California club is also working on getting donated items.  We are also working on having a mini

pond tour on Sunday; probably from 11 am to 2-3 pm.  This has yet to be decided.  Otherwise, everything is going great.

2013 Seminar:  We are actively seeking requests from clubs for a hosting site for 2013 and/or 2014 for our annual Seminar and/or business meeting/banquet/wet lab.  This can be combined with a club’s koi show.  If interested the club should contact Carole.


  • Does your club have any questions or concerns?
  • Is anyone in your club interested in writing an article for KOI USA?

Upcoming AKCA Annual Calendar Events for APRIL:

  • AKCA & KOI USA budgets updated


Club Kit:  Don will be in charge of this.

AKCA.org:  It was stated the listed WhoIs phone# goes back to David Young.  Don will send an email to Doug for him to resolve this.


Rebuilding KOIUSA.com – Patti is working on this.  Dale is also in the process of revising AKCA.org.  He will send out some sample rough looks.

Election reports:  Kristine stated that she will continue to disallow election reports/campaigning as a part of the AKCA minutes (note: some of this month’s club reports needed to be redacted).

Petition:  Burt presented Kristine with an unsorted stack of emails (printed front and back, containing duplicates and some from individuals of non-member clubs).  Burt said he didn’t expect an immediate response.  Kristine to review what was given her.


Written report submitted by Burt:  Rob Forbis, of Orlando Area K&PC, said their February meeting was held at the home and pondside of Jennifer & Luis Barraso.  An excellent club meeting, wonderful weather, fantastic food, in the peaceful setting of the Barraso’s big backyard.  Luis has a marvelous assembly of koi, wonderful examples of many varieties.  Kohaku of course and sanke and showa certainly, beautiful ogons and huge chagoi, a classic aka matsuba and an exotic yamatonishiki, in short marvelous.  Their monthly meetings try to feature a speaker and February’s speaker was Henry Culpepper.  Henry, to the surprise of some and the delight of most, gave a PowerPoint presentation on the developing “Longfin Judging Standards.”  The colorful show generated much “conversation” especially the part that asked the audience to judge various longfin threesomes based upon the standards he had elucidated.  Thanks Henry, they’re all looking forward to appreciating that metallic butterfly in your pond!  And especially, Thank You Jennifer and Luis, you are a treasure. Sonja Kahkola, of Rainbow River KC, said they got centerpieces ready for the banquet at the Central Florida Koi Show this weekend; no meeting this month because of the show so members can go help at the show.  Sanjiv Kapor, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, said they had a great board meeting last night.  Some highlights….1) Board got a volunteer for the program director position to recruit speakers for their meetings; (2) Board decided to issue an emeritus member plaque to Barbara & Ken Snarr (they’ve moved away from

the area); (3) Board reviewed the 6 ponds they have so far for their summer pond tour; (4) Board reached consensus on how to vote on the ballot he has received from AKCA; and (5) Board agreed to have a club presence at the upcoming Cherry Blossom Festival in Cupertino, CA.  Joe White, of ZNA Southern KA, said they are working on preparations for the Central Florida Koi Show March 9-11 @ International Palms Resort Hotel ; over 110 signed up for the banquet; all vendor booths sold except for 1 dry booth.  Karen Turtle, of ZNA Northern Calif. Chapter, said they are having their meeting at Nathan Truong’s home on this Sunday to see his pond for the first time; she is really looking forward to it.  They will be voting on a new board for the next two years and also discussing the AKCA ballots.  President Larry Gill just returned from Hong Kong and will be telling them about his adventures at the koi show; she believes there were 355 koi entered!  They will also be working on plans for their spring Koi Show in 2013.  Barb Flowers, of Rocky Mountain KC, said their next meeting is at a vendor’s expo; have 6 vendors so far; they will have things for sale and also explanations of their pond building.  Ben Soedjono, of Dallas Koi Kichi Group, said their last meeting was about how to build a foam fractionator.  Dr. James Hooper, of Mendocino Coast K&WGS, said they haven’t had meetings yet; maybe next month.  The weather is very cold, not much rain.  Linda Montgomery, of Cascade K&GFC, said everything is pretty quiet; next meeting will show a video on water quality & then a round robin, and then a discussion on the annual banquet and voting on Koi Person and PNKCA Ed Fujimoto Award.  Burt tried but was unable to reach K&WGC of No. Texas, Middle Georgia KS, San Francisco Bay Area KC, and Southern Arizona KA.

Written report submitted by Carole Elliott:  Clark Shea, of Canada KC of British Columbia, said there is nothing new since their last meeting.  They will meet again on March 11th.  Jan Jordan, of Mid-Columbia K&PC, said that the ponders in the north are waking up.  The club is setting down plans for the season, getting meeting dates and events lined up.  First up will me, Jan Jordan, doing a Pond Basics class for the Master Gardeners Spring Garden Day Event on March 10th.  March 24th will be their first General Meeting with a talk on Spring Ponding.  April 21st, Joel Acker from Summit View Koi, Puyallup, WA, will give an all-day seminar on Japanese Koi.  May & June they have tentative dates and programs lined up that need to be solidified.  Christine Wikolaski, of Niagara Frontier K&PC, said they were asked to light up the Koi Pond at the Buffalo Botanical Gardens for a special event called “Night Lights.”  Members allowed them to borrow their lights and they were put into the pond.  The event ran from Feb. 1st to Feb. 18th.  The lights were then removed.  They continue to go weekly to clean filters and check this pond.  They had to cancel their January meeting due to weather.  February’s meeting; elections were held.  They had the Army Corp. of Engineers speak to the club.  March will be their photo contest.  They have June 22 and 23rd as their Koi Show at Masterson’s Garden Center.  Their Pond Tour will be July 21st.   Bryan Bateman, of Midwest P&KS, said that at their Feb. 26 board meeting they briefly reviewed upcoming club events as described last month.  The remainder of the meeting was spent discussing current issues revolving around the AKCA Ballot.  Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they have finally resumed 2012 meetings after being on winter vacation.  A potluck meeting in the home of President, Jeff Garner, and Kerry Shaner was well attended.  Sign up sheets for hosting meetings and helping with club committees was passed around.  They talked about future meetings and their plans for a July road trip to visit ponds in the St. Louis area.  Their warmer weather has them all catching Spring fever.  Everyone’s ponds seemed to have Wintered over pretty well, so they are gearing up to provide members with a fun filled and informative “ponding” year.  Stephen Dumas, of North Texas WGS, said they are starting off 2012 with a new meeting location:  The meeting will still be held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, but until further notice will be held at the Community Meeting Room at Half Price Books located on NEW Highway.  Stay tuned for any additional updates on the meeting location as it may change again.  They are still in the planning stages for a busy spring.  Their spring projects will include Dallas Zoo stream project on March 31st, Aquatic Plant Potting Workshop & Pond Cleanup at the Discovery Gardens on April 28th and also planning for their 21st annual Tour of Ponds coming up June 9th & 10th.  For more project information see their website at http://ntwgs.org/.   Gary & Debbie Floyd, of Amarillo KS, said the club met for a short meeting to discuss the two ballots received and voted on the by-law changes.  They are still basically in hibernation state as it is early for their season.  They will further discuss the nomination of officers for AKCA in another meeting.  Carole tried but was unable to reach Central Alabama K&WGS, KC of Middle Tennessee, Miami Valley WGS, Mid-Columbia K&PC, Puget Sound KC, South Carolina K&WGS, Southwest K&PA, and The WGC of So. Texas.

Written report submitted by Phil Hunter:  Linda Kinney, of the Dayton KC, reports that the club held its first meeting of 2012 in February at the home of Linda & Keith Kinney.  The members went over the club questionnaire which had been sent to all members regarding plans for the upcoming year.  The March meeting will also be at the Kinney’s home.  David Hardcastle, of the Gainesville KC, reports that the club will not hold a meeting in March due to its participation in the Central Florida Koi Show.  Diana Lynn Rehn, of the Inland Empire WG&KS, reports that the club is busy planning their spring events, including participation at Japan Week and the Garden Expo with a public presentation on the differences between water gardens and koi ponds.  This event is attended by thousands of people each year.  The club always has a booth at the garden Expo, but this is the first year they will have a public presentation.  The next club meeting will be a presentation on opening the pond, now that they are starting to have good weather.  Laurie Turner, of the Shasta K&WGC, reports the March meeting will be held at the home of Renee and Guy Ottman.  The club is planning to have Dr. Scott Webber VMD, Vet Sci/Pathology Associate Professor of Clinical Aquatic Health at the University of Calif., Davis speak at the meeting.  Pat Ware, of the Springfield WGS, reports that a good time was had by all at the February meeting.  Cliff Fitzwater, of Fitzwaer Design, gave a Power Point presentation along with displaying photo albums on Aquascape systems for ponds. He provided all sorts of information for not just ponds but also pond less waterfalls, rain water collection and how to make your own bubbling rock.  The March meeting will be held at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical center at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park.  Dow Whiting, of Garden Adventures, will be the guest speaker.  Dow and his wife, Linda, founded Garden Adventures.  Dow will focus on the process involved in breeding new plants.  Dow is well known for his work in breeding dwarf Crape myrtle.  Phil was unable to contact the Capital Area K&WGC.

Written report submitted by Don Chandler:  Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports their first meeting of the year was held in Feb at the home of club President, Greg Mariano; it was well attended and they covered upcoming events for 2012 such as the Pond Tour which is set for Sat, May 19th.  They so far have 6 member ponds set up for the tour but more may be added in the upcoming weeks. Members are excited about the upcoming AKCA Business Meeting/Banquet and KHA Wet Lab being held in Fresno on Jun 30/Jul 1st and all are looking forward to learning more about koi health. In Apr the board will set the date for their upcoming koi show which will be held sometime in Sep; they had a great turnout last year from visiting members from throughout North, South and Central California and they look forward to even more success this year. There will be elections in Nov for officers. Stay in touch with the CCKS by checking them out on the web at cencalkoi.com.  Debbi Gillis, of Central Coast Koi Club, reports the Feb meeting was hosted by Sara Bilsten at her lovely home.  Linda Sims, the club’s new Treasurer, was installed and everyone thanked the outgoing Treasurer (Phyllis), for all she’s done for the group.  Lecture topic/media presentation: The club watched two koi DVD’s and learned a lot about the Japanese koi trade in general and their championship koi show in particular.  James McAdams, of Deep South Koi & Pond Society, reports the club held its February meeting at Harb’s Oasis (a local garden center). They discussed plans for their upcoming participation at the LSU Garden Show on Mar 24th and 25th. The club will have a booth where they will be selling plants and fish, as well as recruiting new members to join the club.  Plans are also continuing for their annual Pond Tour to be held in May. Following the meeting, Charbel Harb (owner of Harb’s Oasis) updated members on a number of new products for ponds while they enjoyed a terrific selection of snacks provided by Harb’s.  Check out their website at http://www.deepsouthkoi.org/  Dot Wilbanks, Moto-Kara Koi Kai ZNA Chapter Koi Club, reports the first meeting of 2012 took place Sun Feb 26 at the home of David Waller &  Kirk Baxter. Unfortunately, David had a “small” accident at work last year that resulted in a break in his wrist/hand area. But even with this setback they managed to set up their 3 tiered winter village along with the 3 trains and over 100 light-up buildings. Each small detail is interwoven so closely with the entire plan that it appears to be magic when the wall switch is flipped on & everything lights up at one time. Given the fact that David still has a broken wrist it was truly a sight to behold & enjoy. A member from years ago, Bill Otto, has moved back to town & graced their meeting with his presence.  They discussed plans for the year and Ron Goforth shared his unique knowledge on koi. Shigeru Mano & his brothers won the All Japan Koi Show, again; this time with a showa from their Dainichi koi farm. Ron had pictures of this gorgeous koi that made everyone drool.  David’s pond is now 16 years old, is around 4,000 gallons and is home to some beautiful koi. He is very proud of the fact that his water quality is still top notch. David served cold drinks & desserts (with all the calories removed) to the members & guests that were present.  Check their website at http://www.mkk-zna.org/  Lois Rosmarin, of Siskiyou Koi & Pond Club,reports you are invited to the club’s 5th Anniversary Celebration on Mon, Mar 12, 6:30 at the Central Point Senior Center, 123 N. 2nd St., Central Point, OR.  AKCA Koi Judge and club friend Norman Call (from Roseburg) will be our guest. See you there!  She was also proud to announce their website at http://www.siskiyoukoiclub.com has been remodeled and is now back up; be sure to check it out. Dick Hadley, of Upper Midwest Koi Club, reports the club elected the following officers:  President Cheng Lee (maxlee_2001@hotmail.com) and Vice president Michelle Gravenish (twincollectibles@yahoo.com).  The club held a board meeting Feb 4 at which plans, meeting schedule and show topics were the main topics.end_of_the_skype_highlighting Check out their website at http://www.umkoiclub.org/htm/meetings.html.   The following clubs were contacted but did not reply: Macon Water Garden & Koi Club, Metro-Detroit Pond & Garden Club, Mid-Atlantic Koi Club,  Nashville Pond Society, Northern Midwest ZNA Koi Club, North Idaho Koi Keepers, and Rhode Island & Massachusetts Koi Club.

Written report submitted by Brenda Chandler:  Johnna Hansen, of Charleston Showa Koi Club, reports their club rescheduled the Mar meeting to allow for members attending the Orlando show. Also they are all very sad with the passing of one their clubs founding fathers, Raymond Kennerty. They will miss him!  Check out their website at http://www.charlestonshowakoiclub.org/.  Joe White, of Florida East Coast Koi & Pond Club, reports their Feb meeting was to be held at the Port Orange Library on Sunday the 19th!  Program: A talk by Joe and Sherri White about their recent trip to Japan to attend the All Japan show and their visit to koi breeders in Niigata prefecture.  A special thanks to Fred Zollinger and Jack Dunlop for serving the club these past two years as President and Vice President.  Check out their website at http://www.floridakoi.org.  Mike & Annette Lane, of High Desert Koi Fanciers, report the Mar meeting was to be held at the home of Herb & Natalie Oliver on Ojai Drive in Palmdale; they were looking forward to hearing the guest speaker from Toba Fountains and previewing his wares.  The club welcomed old members returning Jeff Corbetts and Chuck & Monique Pumprey as well as new members Steve & Melitta Duncan.  All were encouraged to attend the Lancaster Home & Garden Show at the Fairgrounds (Mar 16-18) and reminded of the upcoming Pond Tour on Mar 31st.  Check out their website at http://www.hdkoifanciers.com.  Brenda Chandler, of Nishiki Koi Club, reports the club did not schedule a meeting in Mar; members were encouraged to attend the ZBA SoCal Show instead.  Club members Louie and Ginger Hernandez, Pam Spindola, Don & Brenda Chandler and Doug Wright will all be entering koi, assisting with the show or both.  See you there!  Check out their website at http://www.nishikikoiclub.com. Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports he has recently taken over as President, Newsletter Editor and AKCA Dir/Rep.  The VP is Larry Zehr, the Secretary is Karen Dickerson and the Treasurer is Karen Hofstetter.  Brenda Smith will be sending out a questionnaire to collect information on member’s ponds and the experiences they had building them.  Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.  Jan Thompson, of Southern Colorado Koi Club (SoCOKoi), reports their Mar meeting was scheduled for the 7th at the Rockrimmon Library when they were to make final decisions on koi to be purchased this Spring and group food purchases.  Jan has stepped down as the club’s AKCA Dir/Rep and has been replaced by Phil Goulding.  Jan did a great job representing the club and her cheerful personality will be missed.  Check out their website at http://www.socokoi.org.  David Yee, of Valley of the Sun Koi Club, Inc., reports they just had their Mar club meeting and are planning for the upcoming Japanese Garden Children Kite Festival Event later this month. At the meeting, Tom Ayers, AKCA Judge, presented an excellent program on selecting kopi for purchase from a judge’s prospective.  Check their website at http://www.vskc.net.  Mary Oxman, of Ventura County Koi Society, reports George and Nancy Brown invited the club over to celebrate their 25th year in the Ventura County Koi Society on Mar 10th.  They built their own liner pond back in 1993 and have since rebuilt it, with a more recent change to pressurized bead filtration.  George was to explain just what it took to adapt his homemade flow barrel filtration system over to a bead filter.  The club’s Feb meeting at the Oxman’s house was made extra special by the appearance of one of the most respected names in California koi keeping, Burt Ballou, who  covered a wide range of material while telling folks how to best care for their koi.  The part about pond construction was most helpful to Steve Schultz who was just about to start building a new pond.  During the questions session Burt helped out those needing advice.  No matter how long we are in the koi keeping hobby we can still learn from others and sometimes benefit from reminders about important practices, such as ten percent water changes once a week.  Mary thanked Gloria Ballou, Charlene Whalen and Millie Holland for helping to keep the food tables stocked.  As hostess and President she was most grateful to have helpers take care of all the small details that are important to a successful special occasion.  It was wonderful to have the opportunity to visit with their Fountain Valley guests Mark and Charlene Whalen and Burt and Gloria Ballou.  Check their website at http://users.vcnet.com/rrenshaw/vcks.html.

Written report submitted by Joan Finnegan:  Joan reports that the SoCal Koi Club held their March meeting at Andrew’s Koi International where Andy talked about purchasing young koi and the maintenance and growth of the koi.  They also voted on the AKCA By-Laws, Officers, and elected their officers (the same as last year).  The club also voted Bob & Joan Finnegan as Koi Persons of the Year.  Next month the club will man two booths.  One at the annual Hanamatsuri Festival in Anaheim at the Orange County Buddhist Church and another in Montebello at the Cherry Blossom Festival.  It was also decided to hold a joint auction with the Nishiki club in June.  Last month, several members took koi to the San Diego Koi Show and did really well, coming home with 44 awards.  A number of other members also attended.  Norm Call, of Oregon K&WGC, said they are working on their koi show to be held the 2nd weekend in June.  Their 1st meeting is the 1st Saturday in April.  They have had lots of storms and heavy rains.  The Northwest K&GFC, ZNA Chapter have an excellent newsletter that is sent out monthly.  They are preparing for their 32nd Annual Koi & Goldfish Show.  They are one of eight clubs in the U.S. and the only one in the Northwest to belong to the Japanese hobbyist organization, ZNA.  They are currently looking for meeting places.

Written report submitted by Bob Finnegan:  Charles Phelps, of Greater Louisville K&GFS, said that the club didn’t meet in January; everything else if OK.  Joyce Kebless, of Greater Pond & KS of West Michigan, said they are getting some koi show tanks from the So Cal Koi Club.  Jon Floden, of Gulf Coast KS, said everything is OK.  They are in for a change of officers.  Dr. Ken Lau, of Indiana K&WGC, said he club is reactivating old members and getting back to teaching.  The next month speaker is Dr. Brown from the University of Purdue; subject is nutrition. Jon Lockerman, of North Florida KC, said the club will have a young koi show and auction on March 17-18th.  Mona Coleman, of Northern Nevada PC, said they will have a pond tour July 14 in Carson City, Nev.  Jerry Hames, of Olympic K&GFWGC, said they had their first meeting this year in March.  They have a new AKCA rep.  It was snowing for their first meeting so they only had 12 members show up.  Next month should be better.  David Muroaka, of Sierra KC, said that everything is OK.  Ronald Billis, of Tropical K&WGC of So. Florida, said that is was working at the Koi show in Orlando.  Bob tried but was unable to reach Northern Iowa P&KC.

Written report submitted by Kristine PetersonSanta Clarita Koi & WGHeld their Feb meeting at the home of Ken and Patti Rifkind. Co-President Doug Sudbury thanked Ken and Patti for hosting this meeting at their home and pond. Ken Rifkind discussed the pond and lighting. Member Fred Seeley gave a presentation on “Springtime in the Koi Keeping World”. Fred spoke about the two main issues for koi during the spring, bacteria, parasites and water quality. He reviewed treatments for both issues and the importance of keeping filters clean. Doug gave an update on a field trip and has been in contact with the Huntington Library and Gardens. Doug advised that they have offered the club a special tour showcasing the renovation of their koi pond that was recently completed. They will assign two docents to the tour that will take place prior to the opening of the Huntington Library grounds. This will be the club’s Saturday, April 21 field trip that will begin at 9:00 a.m. There will be a $10 per person charge for the tour plus the regular admission fee. The feasibility of holding a public pond tour this spring was reviewed. Several members noted that this is a big task in this amount of time and an active committee would be essential. Those present agreed to table a public pond tour until 2013 and to begin planning for the tour during this year. The date of the March meeting was changed due to the Co-Presidents and the Co-Secretaries unavailable to attend the meeting at the home and pond of Bruce and Michelle Clark. The Board recommended changing the meeting to March 18 at the Clark’s home. Those present agreed to the date change. The Koi Growth Contest on May 27 at Jim Thirkettle’s koi farm falls during Memorial Day weekend. Those present agreed to schedule this meeting to the prior Sunday, May 20. Co-President Al Nicholson advised that the local Memorial Garden Tour benefiting families that have lost loved ones in the recent wars will be held on May 6. The organizer, Christi Larson, would be happy to include gardens with a pond/water feature in tour. The details will be shared with the members. It was noted that this would be a good opportunity for members to show their pond on a public tour this spring. Member Ken Rifkind has established a Facebook page for the Club. Anyone interested in their club could access this page if they are members of Facebook. Rifkind offered to send Facebook members an invitation to join and to help any club member sign up and join Facebook. The Board has arranged for member Dave Lyerla to access the club webpage and update with current information. The website address is www.santaclaritakoiclub.com. Discussion followed on what to include in the website and how much personal contact information to show for club meetings/events. The Board will meet to further discuss the privacy concerns of some of the members.   Mountain View Koi Club reports that their first meeting for 2012 will be April depending on the weather but currently the ponds are still frozen over. The club is please to report that the membership has grown to over 24 members between Ontario and Quebec. Now that AKCA can provide GL insurance and the option for special event insurance the club is looking forward to expanding their events and promoting the hobby of koi and pond care. Hawaii Carp and Goldfish Association reports that they are looking forward to planning the events for 2012 and expect even more events than last year. The club’s show will be at either the Japanese Cultural Center or the Home and Garden Show.  Koi Club of San Diego would like to thank all for joining the club in celebration of their 25th Annual Koi Show held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Please visit the club website for a full list of vendors, sponsors and award winners. Changing the show date from the Presidents Day weekend to the last weekend in February had some disadvantages. Various jobs including the tank disinfection and cleaning and returning supplies to storage was easier to arrange with Monday being a holiday. The club’s decision to move the date to coincide with the Silver Bay Kennel Club dog show gave more visibility to the hobby and the vendors. For more information on the show and other events of KCSD, visit www.koiclubsandiego.org.  The March general meeting and pot luck will be held at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. The presentation will be by the garden’s head gardener and will include a slide presentation of the history of Japanese garden design. The garden is currently expanding into the adjacent canyon with a beautiful rock water design. Featured in the design will be a new rare Black Pine grown by seed from Japan since the 1950’s and appraised at over $20,000. The garden designer and head gardener went to school in Japan and worked there for 3 years as a design consultant. We are looking forward to the completion of the expansion and the garden is truly a must see. The filtration of the koi pond of the JFG was designed by Norm Meck and the pond maintenance is coordinated by Linda Pluth. The collection of koi in the garden’s pond is considered to be the best in any public garden. Jack Chapman takes care in overseeing the health of the koi and water conditions. Club President, Matt Rhoades, had the honor of choosing the club’s Koi Person of the Year. Matt Reported – “Though there are many deserving individuals that support the club and promote this wonderful hobby; I believe this individual is most worthy. He seems to be always there at the set-up/ operation/ closing of most, if not all, KCSD events. He is a go-to guy if a task is to done or a pond needs attention (OK – rebuilding – He always seems to be up to his elbows in pond debris/plumbing). This individual is a knowledge base at the show for questions like: “Where can I find this?” and “How do we fix this?” He has put in many hours of effort even before the club’s annual koi show has opened; lining up vendors, mailing out packets, arranging shirts for the show. I could go on for a while naming all the good this person does for our club; but I think I’ll name him. The 2012 Koi Person of the Year for the Koi Club of San Diego is John Svelan.” Congratulations and THANK YOU! John.

Written report submitted by Louie Hernandez:  Don Bayer, of Lone Star KC, said they started 2012 with their January meeting held at the home of Judy Christian.  The meeting was held on Super Bowl Sunday, but they still had a reasonable turn out.  Plans for the coming year were discussed.  The February meeting was held at the home of their President, Scott Satorius and wife Linda.  After the business meeting, they viewed videos of the Dianichi Ikeage taken by an LSKC club member last November.  Many of their members were unaware of this process and were very impressed by the size and quality of the fish being removed from the mud ponds.  It was a rare opportunity to get a glimpse inside the Dianichi operation.  The March meeting will be held at the home of long time member Bruce Grunden.  They will co-host the annual city-side pond tour on May 5-6 with their partners Houston Pond Society.  Lastly, several members plan to attend the Southern California ZNA Koi Show in Los Angeles on March 17-18th.  Bart Thompson, of Bakersfield K&WGS, said that at the Feb. meeting, their club had a much better turnout than the business meeting.  They held a special election for the 2011, 2012 Koi Person of the Year and Koi of the Year.  The Spring Home Show was successful and they sold a lot of koi.  A few members attended the San Diego Koi show and had a great time.  They have more activities coming up like the trip to the ZNA So Cal show in Gardena, the garden Fest in April, the joint club meeting and the visit to the Barstow Koi farm in May, and more throughout the year.  Their March meeting will be held club member Andrew Spradlin’s home where they will have a lottery sale for excellent koi.

Written report submitted by Doug Dahl:  John Rae, of Michigan K&PC-Southeast Chapter, reports Saturday, March 17 marks the first club event and Joe Barson of Barson’s Greenhouse will host and present the topic of Spring Pond Opening and Pond Protection.  On Saturday, April 21, the club will fly guest speaker Ray Jordan from San Antonio, TX to speak on Koi Identification.  Numerous club members plan to attend the Central Florida Koi Show in March.

Written report submitted by Harlan Glenn:  No report.

Written report submitted by Mike Frady:  Mac McClain from Inland Koi Society reports: Greetings from Sunny California, My wife Jill, and two daughters Kelly and Sabrina, had the honor of hosting the February Meeting of the Inland Koi Society. The weather was almost perfect and a typical California winter day. Our librarian and board member, Rey Quirong gave a book report on the external and internal anatomy of a Koi. Rey’s book report was not only educational but humorous. All of the people in attendance, were given a drawing of a Koi, and asked to participate, by writing in the parts of the fish as Rey called it out. It promoted interaction and was well received.  Board member Nick Milfeld spoke on the club’s upcoming pond tour in Redlands, Ca. On June 3, 10am-4pm, and requested volunteers to assist with the tour.  Our main speaker was renowned Koi judge Burt Ballou, who gave a very informative and educational presentation on how to select Koi. Burt used a Koi flip chart to show the different type of Koi, and what defects and attributes to look for when choosing a koi. He also talked about the early colors of small koi and what to look for, to ensure that they mature to the quality; you are looking and hoping for. Burt emphasized that if a fish has a defect when it is young; it is not going to go away as it matures.  The presentation was well received by all in attendance, and I overheard comments from some of the attendees, indicating that they learned more about Koi from Burt’s presentation, then anything they had ever been told. During the break My daughter took some of the attendees on a tour of our property, to see the chickens, white doves, ducks, peacock, and horses we raise.   The club presented an Inland Koi Society sweat shirt and a $25.00 gas card to Burt Ballou, in appreciation of him being our guest speaker. Thought of the Month: “Your most unhappy customers, are your greatest source of learning” – Bill Gates.  The February 2012 meeting of the First Coast KG&WGC was held at the home of Jim and Libby Mattingly.  The Piedmont KC held its monthly meeting this afternoon Sat. March.  Gary Elmore, the Atlanta KC AKCA Rep will be at the Central Florida Koi Show this weekend. He and his wife Joann are coming down on Wednesday for the show and will be there till Sunday.  Members of North Carolina KWGS have submitted their votes for the 2012-2013 Slate of Officers and the changes in AKCA Bylaws.  The club also discussed upcoming events for the year. Members will once again have the opportunity to participate in a mud pond seining at East Coast Koi Imports. The pond is set to be seined on March 24th; our March meeting will be held after the pond seine at East Coast Koi Imports. Our April 14th meeting will be at the home of Dan Phillips in Clayton, N.C. One of our members, Jason Guevara, will be presenting a judging seminar for members at the April meeting. The seminar will conclude with a judging challenge with prizes provided by Purdin Koi. Our annual cull sale will be held on May 5th at Weston Daylily Farm in Garner, N.C.; this event continues to be a great fund raiser for the club. The May 19th meeting location will be at the home of Tommy and Judy Hilliard in Fuquay-Varina, N.C. The club will not be holding a grow-out contest this year due to lack of participation. The ZNA Potomac KC is not meeting until later this month.  The Central Florida Koi Show Society had a fabulous show the weekend of 3/10/2012.  Entrants, vendors and hobbyists came from all over the US as most states east of the Mississippi were represented plus some international and westerns.  Phil Gray reports Tri-states ZNA is having a show on June 23 -24, 2012.  This will be their initial show, so everyone is invited to come and participate.

Motion:  To adjourn at 7:14 p.m.  Motion by Carole, 2nd by Don.  Approved.

Respectfully submitted,

Carole Elliott

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