2012 05 AKCA Minutes

Officers Present                         Directors Present                                    Guests

Chair:                                           Louie Hernandez
Vice Chair:  Mike Frady               Burt Ballou
Secretary:  Carole Elliott              Don Chandler
CFO:  Doug Dahl                         Brenda Chandler
Joan Finnegan
Bob Finnegan
Charles Phelps
Jerry Kyle

Board Highlights:

  • Officer ballots will be counted at the June Board meeting; please return your ballots ASAP.
  • Forms are due by July 1st for clubs to be in the Speaker Grant Lottery.
  • 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!

The meeting was called to order by Vice Chairperson Mike Frady at 6:03 p.m.

MINUTES:  Motion:  To approve the minutes of April 13th with the following correction:  Under Old Business, Burt requested the minutes reflect that his petition emails were turned in printed single sided and in alphabetical order, by state.  Motion by Brenda, 2nd by Louie.  Approved.

MAY  FINANCIAL STATEMENT:  Doug reported that we have not received info on gain/loss from our investment account in Mar.  The Project KHV account interest was $10 in April.  Doug plans to send out the end of the year KOI USA Inc. Financial Report and the 11/12 KOI USA Inc. Budget with actuals update to both Boards at the end of June before leaving office.  He also plans to close the books for both AKCA and KOI USA Inc. on June 29 and send the files to our CPA to prepare the sales and income taxes for both corporations.  He also will try to update the financial procedures binder pages to pull the disjointed pages into a format that reads more easily.  As he changed procedures, he just added new pages to that binder.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Scientific/KHA:   Jerry stated that plans are being finalized for the KHA Lab Class at AKCA Annual Meeting in Fresno June 30-July 1, 2012.  Class will be for current students able to attend and currently certified KHAs attending for CE credits and/or to refresh their knowledge.  Last year much was gained by those returning for this Lab as a refresher class and their experienced questioning added greatly to the overall quality of question and answer segments of the lectures and hands-on Wet Lab.  This program will be open to all observers for a $25 admittance fee while attending students and KHAs will be admitted free and will be provided lunch for their participation and aid in the classes.  Class will run from 8am to 4pm Saturday, June 30, and 8am to 1pm Sunday, July 1.  It is not expected to be an exceptionally large group so interaction between students and aids and Dr. Nick Saint-Erne will be much more one on one and personal for a great learning environment for all attending.  As we did last year, observers will also be able to participate in Q & A as some good questions came from them.  Anyone interested in learning more about the meeting program can contact Jerry Kyle at khajerry@yahoo.com.

Proposed AKCA KHA Budget – 2012 Wet Lab

  1. Hotel (Dr. Nick & Jerry)

4 room nights x $78 + tax                                                       $360.00

  1. Meals

2 dinners x 30 (Dr. Nick & Jerry)                                             60.00

10 lunches x $17.50 (Dr. Nick, Jerry, Students, Aids)         170.00

  1. Travel (Dr. Nick)                                                                 300.00

D.    Stipend (Dr. Nick)                                                        200.00

E.    Supplies                                                                          50.00

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$1140.00

 

Last year’s actuals were $906.  Motion:  To approve the proposed AKCA KHA Wet Lab budget of $1140 for the 2012 Annual Business meeting.  Motion by Don, 2nd by Carole.  Approved.

AKCA-PROJECT KHV:  Don gave Ray’s report:  This will likely be my final Project KHV report to the Board.  I approved this month a payment of $3,248.07 for the OSU research project for the period ending 03/31/12.  The current research agreement extension expires Sept. 30, 2012.  I am attaching an email including my reply from Dr. Jin asking about AKCA interest in developing a proposal for an additional KHV research project to develop a non invasive hobbyist friendly test for latent KHV using either a sample of koi slime or feces.  I strongly recommend that this research agreement be pursued and funded with the funds remaining the KHV account.  This agreement would likely be successful, easy to handle, and offer significant benefits to the koi hobby.  Dr. Jin replied that they talked about a small project on KHV testing.  They did some pilot study checking on dropping and mucus.  Both samples are possible ways for screening KHV presence.  They would need to try these methods in overnight shipping koi.  Kristine said that she would rather not make a decision on the remaining funds until there is a replacement for Ray who can weigh in.  There is $69,000 outstanding of which $10,000 is obligated.

PUBLICATION:  Don stated that the May/June issue was successfully uploaded to American Web; it’s a few days away from going to press.  Don passed around the upcoming cover.  Larry will get a Kodak In-site password; other passwords for departed personnel will be deleted.  Our predicted mailing savings of $763 ended up almost double to $1393, or more than $8300 per year.  Cesar Yanez, a member of the Nishiki Koi Club, is an artist who has at least 4 websites.  He has volunteered to help us out at a very discounted rate.  The KOI USA Board approved hiring Cesar for website design and maintenance.  Don stated that we have added the calendar of events back into the magazine since our old website might go down.  Also discussed that we have only received 1 article of the 13 promised from the Judges from the Purdin Farm Seminar.  Much discussion followed.  Mike Hernandez has volunteered to be the official photographer for KOI USA (at no cost).  Mike has also volunteered to be the feature editor for International koi events.  Thank you, Mike!  We have 6 accounts 90 days overdue for a total of $7,171.   Connie has picked up a couple of new ads.  Doug transferred $20K from the $31k Investment account to stop paying $29.95 bank service charge for balance below $15k.  Investment account only earns $0.26/month.  Pertinent data from the Mar/Apr and May/Jun issues that Doug thought should be passed to the clubs:

  • Subscription income for Mar/Apr was down $348 from Jan/Feb issue and down another $390 for May/Jun issue but advertising income was up $5,040 for Mar/Apr issue from Jan/Feb and down $25 for the May/Jun issue.  We added 4 new advertisers for Mar/Apr.
  • Due to new mailing procedures and reduced print run, starting with Mar/Apr, we saved $1,393 for the Mar/Apr issue which would be $8,357 in annual savings.
  • Apr 10th report of over 90 day advertising debt totals dropped $3,425 from Feb report due to new procedures to use all payments for oldest debt.  May 8 A/R showed over 90 days debt increased $1761 but all 6 dealers are making regular payments.
  • Editorial content is being expanded to cover different types and sizes of ponds to reach a broader audience of readers.
  • KOI USA bookkeeping procedures have been streamlined to delete the need for 6 Journal Entries and manual addition of subscription receipts each month to reduce the opportunity for errors.

MEMBERSHIP:   Don stated that there are 97 active clubs.  35 clubs have already submitted their dues for FY 2012/2013; Doug will send out a list of clubs who have already paid so that we can contact those clubs who have not yet paid.  One club also submitted for Premium Liability Insurance coverage with their dues, but we haven’t yet received a quote from our carrier.

MEMBERSHIP QUESTIONS:  None submitted.

JUDGING:  Charles said he received the menu from River View Inn.  He asked that instead of submitting a budget for their Training Seminar that Judge’s dues ($550) be returned and they would use that money instead.  Kristine could not attend the meeting (due to a family emergency) but had asked that any decision about the Judge’s Training Seminar budget be tabled until the next meeting when she could be in attendance.  Motion:   To table discussion of the Judge’s budget until next month.  Motion by Carole, 2nd by Joan.  Approved with 1 abstain.  Charles stated that there were several upcoming shows:  Louisville, NMZNA, and Oregon WGS.  Further discussion about article not being submitted for the Judges Corner (overdue) as well as the 12 promised articles from Purdin.  It was stated that Bryan Bateman (in an email dated Feb 16th) had resigned as features editor.  Charles stated that he was unaware of that – it was a big surprise to all in attendance!  As for the Judges’ Corner article, he said it had been written but that the authors decided not to turn it in.  He was also concerned that we don’t have a website (or a calendar of upcoming club events).  No one knew this until very recently and the Gingrich’s (at Kristine’s request) extended the website until today which we greatly appreciated.  Cesar has already started working on it and the new websites should be up soon.  In addition, Don added that the calendar of upcoming club events had been added back into the upcoming issue of the magazine – just in case – thus, this really shouldn’t be an issue for the judges.  Doug stated that the timing doesn’t support their decision to have withdrawn articles before the website was temporarily down.  It was asked if there was a chance to get the judges’ articles flowing again, since the magazine is the goose that lays the golden eggs that fund the AKCA, which funds the Judges, etc?  Especially since if the merry-go-round stops there will be all sorts of unfortunate consequences?  Charles stated that the judges felt things were going downhill and didn’t want to participate in sending in articles.  They want to wait and see what happens!

SPEAKER’S GRANT:  Burt stated that only 2 or 3 clubs have applied for the grant.  Discussion followed.  There is still time to submit information for the grant – Due June 30th.  At the July meeting we will pick two clubs for the grants.

GUIDES:  N/R

INSURANCE/RISK MANAGEMENT:  Brenda reported that Doug was authorized to pay the D&O insurance, which increased from $1825 to $2101.  26 clubs purchased the Premium Insurance for 2011/2012 and 1 club has paid for 2012-2013.  Joanne, our agent, has retired so Brenda will start with a new person and hope everything goes smoothly.  First item will be to inquire why we haven’t received our Liability renewal quote, yet.

SEMINAR REPORTS:

2012 Seminar:  Carole reported that there will be 3 ponds for the pond tour on Sunday.  This will be free to those attending the Wet Lab/Banquet.  We have gotten a number of items for the shared raffle with Central California Koi Club.  Carole sent out a cover letter and copies of the

Registration form to 11 koi clubs within striking distance encouraging their members to register as space is limited.  Carole will need to get together with Gary Chin to determine how to handle Koi of the Year Awards.

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

PROXY CALLS FOR JUNE:

  • Does your club have any questions or concerns?
  • Is anyone in your club interested in writing an article for KOI USA?
  • Is your club interested in hosting an Annual Business Meeting/Banquet/Wet Lab in 2013?

Upcoming AKCA Annual Calendar Events for JUNE:

  • Annual Business Meeting
  • Election results for 2012/13 Officers

OLD BUSINESS:

Website: Don & Kristine put together a contract for Cesar with pro-rated costs (80% AKCA and 20% KOI USA).  The total cost will be $4500 to build and maintain both sites for one year.  For KOI USA it would be $80 per month for the first 6 months and $70 per month for the next 6 months.  For AKCA it would be $320 per month for the first 6 months and $280 per month for the next 6 months.  After one year, the cost to AKCA drops to $240 per month.  Kristine has already purchased the hosting contrcts; server is Go Daddy.  These websites would be the sole property of KOI USA and AKCA; legal contract included in the cost.  Motion:   To approve hiring Cesar Yanez for website design and maintenance for AKCA at a cost of $320 per month for the first 6 months and $280 for the next 6 months.  Motion by Don, 2nd by Joan.  Approved with 1 abstain.

NEW BUSINESS:

Updated KHV report:  Doug was contact by a club asking if there is a guide that could bring people up to speed on KHV.  Is there any such?  Ray was not aware of any such document.  Should we ask the new Project KHV Chair to consider such a project?  Doug asked to table further discussion.

Trademarks: Doug was asked to contact our attorney re: trademarking our AKCA logo (including the fish) and the KOI USA logo; he hasn’t yet replied.

REPRESENTATIVE CONTACTS:

Written report submitted by Burt:  Sanjiv Kapoor, of Santa Clara Valley KC, said they don’t meet in April.  He gave a well received talk at the Monterey Bay Koi Club.  Audience participation was very invigorating for him.  He made a bunch of new friends.  Rob Forbis, of Orlando Area K&PC, said their April meeting was with Hazel & Rob Forbis.  A new 8000 pond is attached to the old 5000 gallon one by a stream that is spanned by a wooden bridge.  The new system features anoxic biofiltration and the concept was described and discussed. Sonja Kahkola, of Rainbow River KC, said they had a disappointing turnout at their meeting at Rainbow Springs Park.  2 rangers talked on invasive plants and aquatic vegetation and took them around the park and showed these plants; a really good talk!  Norbun Watson, of Middle Georgia KS, said they just finished up from the last koi show; had a social & another social this month.  Otherwise, all is quiet and everybody’s koi are doing fine.  Joe White, of ZNA Southern KA, said they had a meeting at Henry Culpepper’s home.  Matt McCann brought some koi from Japan for some of their members and did a judging contest.  Bill Edwards, of San Francisco Bay Area KC, said they had their annual elections @ Ron & Janet Freer’s.  They elected officers; Bill is Secretary again, Program Director is Ronald Yee, Treasurer is Marc Des Collonzes, no VP or newsletter editor.  Bill will remain AKCA rep; weather is great right now.  Fred Blundell, of K&WGC of North Texas, said the April meeting was held on April 14th with the 20th Anniversary theme of “April Showers” with over 35 members in attendance.  The program was “All about bats, opossums and raccoons” given by Kate Rugroden from Bat World Sanctuary (www.batworld.org) in Mineral Wells.  Their special guests were a female Mexican Free-Tail bat and a 4 month old baby opossum that stole the show.  The May meeting will be a road trip to Bonham, TX where they will be visiting Jon Paul & Cheryl’s farm, and their wildlife.  The May theme will be May Flowers.  Ben Soedjono, of Dallas Koi Kichi Group, said their auction went well; don’t know how much they made yet but prices were good.  Hopefully, Ray Jordan will be the speaker for their next month’s meeting.  Barb Flowers, of Rocky Mountain KC, said the weather is very cold right now.  Had a little rain; their koi auction is in May.  Their last meeting speakers were Jan Thompson & Bob Winkler who explained what judges look for.  It was interesting; the club bought some koi from Eastern Nishikigoi for the auction and will also have 50/50 split with member’s koi.  Debby Young, of Southern Arizona KA, said their will be no pond tour this year.  Their last meeting was at the Young’s; topic was “evolution of a pond” talk (on how their ponds have changed in 30 years).  Linda Montgomery, of Cascade K&GFC, said their next meeting will be a concrete leaf or stepping stone casting as a fun project.  Their last meeting they did a talk on history of koi; voted on Koi Person & Koi of the Year.  Dr. James Hooper, of Mendocino Cost K&WGS, said the weather has been cold & wet; first meeting is not scheduled yet so all is quiet.  Burt tried but was unable to reach ZNA Northern Calif. Chapter.

Written report submitted by Carole Elliott:  Christine Wilkolaski, of Niagara Frontier K&PC, said that last month their guest speaker was Larry Nau and his trip to China.  This month their Vice President will explain how to split a lotus and the President will do a powerpoint on the gardens and water features of Europe.  June will be their Koi Show at Masterson’s, in East Aurora.  They have cleaned and opened the pond the club built at Reinstein Woods.  July will be the Pond Tour with 12 stops this year.  Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they recently had an area Master Gardener give them a talk on all the new plants for 2012.  They also did a hands on project where they all built Kinetic yard art projects.  They are busy planning their field trip to visit St. Louis to do a pond tour in their area.  They will also soon begin to plan their own annual pond tour.  They’re busy and everyone has their ponds up and running by now.  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.  Stephen Dumas, of the North Texas WGS, wants to remind everyone of the new meeting location: meeting will still be held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.  Until further notice meetings will be held at the Community Meeting Room inside the Half Price Books located on NW Highway just east of 75 in Dallas.  They are planning for a busy Tour of Ponds.  This will be their 21st Annual Tour of Ponds coming up June 9th & 10th.  For more information see their website at http://ntwgs.org/.  Gary & Debby Floyd, of Amarillo KS, said they have been having some technology problems and went to a new provider with new email address.  The club has not met yet this year except by calls on phone for business.  They hope to get fired up next month with next meeting.  Carole tried but was unable to reach Canada KC of British Columbia; Central Alabama K&WGS; KC of Middle Tennessee; Miami Valley WGWS; Mid-Columbia K&PC; Midwest P&KS; Puget Sound KC; Southwest K&PA; and The WGC of South Texas.

Written report submitted by Phil Hunter:  Linda Kinney, of the Dayton KC, reports that the club met on April 18th in Yellow Springs.  Several members brought Goldfish from local pet stores so members could scrape them for parasites.  Three microscopes were available and several parasites (flukes) were observed.  The May meeting will be at the home of Joe Maranto.  Diana Lynn Rehn, of the Inland Empire WG&KS, reports that the club will have a booth at the Garden Expo on May 12th in Spokane.  Members will also make a presentation on “Ponds: Differences and benefits of Ponds, whether it be a water garden, goldfish or koi pond and considerations for planning and maintaining all types of ponds.”  Laurie Turner, of the Shasta K&WGC, reports that the club held their April meeting at Wyntour Gardens Nursery in Redding, Ca.  They had a guest from Novartis, the manufacturer of the new KHV vaccine, not an injection but a medicine put right into the pond water making the application very easy.  The club’s program was about bringing water plants out of winter and Sherrie Weigel showed members how to divide and replant lotus and water lilies.  The clubs very first public koi show will be held on Saturday, May 12th and Sunday, May 13th at the Mt. Shasta Mall in Redding.  The show received a nice write up in the Redding Record Searchlight newspaper with an interview of AKCA Judge Gary Chin.  Excitement is high in preparation for the show.  Pat Ware, of the Springfield WGS, reports that at the April meeting, Tom Lakowske gave a great presentation complete with a power point presentation of his garden; Alta Birdsong.  It is named that because it is full of birds and is on Alta Street.  Also in April, the club held a plant sale.  They didn’t have as many water plants as last year, but there was a good assortment of marginals.  They also had all sorts of ground covers, periennials, annuals, bulbs and a few trees and shrubs.  The May meeting will be the first outdoor meeting of the year and will be at the home of JJ Averett.  JJ is a Master Gardener, a board member of FOG and a member of the Springfield Water Garden Society.  There will be no speaker, but the meeting will be a plant swap.  Phil was unable to contact the Capital Area K&WGC and the Gainesville KC.

Written report submitted by Don Chandler:  Rosimeri Tran, of Central California KS, reports during the Apr general meeting, held at Bob and Nina Garrison’s koi ranch, members enjoyed touring Bob’s koi set up, viewing the beautiful koi he has raised and listening to Bob discuss the history of his pond and the many stages it has gone through.  Greg discussed our upcoming Pond Tour on May 19th along with our joint meeting with our sister club (the Bakersfield Koi & Water Garden Society) on May 12th.  There was an announcement that Rosimeri will now be on the KOI USA proof reading team; members were excited to hear that.  Members voted for the club’s AKCA Koi Person of the Year and after the ballots were collected and counted by the board it was official: Rosimeri Tran was selected as our 2012 Koi Person of the Year!  There was discussion on the upcoming KHA Wet Lab and AKCA Banquet; members were encouraged to attend the Wet Lab and Banquet.  To keep up to date on upcoming events please check our website at http://www.cencalkoi.com.  Debbi Gillis, of Central Coast KC, reports Dave and Phyllis Smith hosted this month’s meeting.  We are so glad that they did.  The Smiths shared their newly remodeled kitchen and the rock work around the pond.  Dave shared with the club pictures of the process of cleaning out his filter/waterfall.  Great slide show.  Kira Olshefski presented a Power Point lecture on Food and Nutrition with the help of Dave’s magical iPad and flat screen TV.  Planning continues for the club’s trip to Lotus Land.  James McAdams, of Deep South K&PS, reports they held their Apr meeting at the home of Ann and Mike Simmers. Plans for our upcoming Pond Tour were discussed. We also discussed a possible field trip to an Asian Garden in Port Arthur, TX. In addition, the club voted on beginning a search for a speaker that we could bring in to speak to us on a Koi related topic since we are eligible to be placed into the lottery for one of the Speaker’s Grants. Following the meeting we all enjoyed seeing the Simmer’s enormous pond and they also showed us video of some of their Koi spawning on the very morning of our meeting.  Check out their website at http://www.deepsouthkoi.org/.  Dennis Long, of Metro-Detroit P&GC, reports the Apr meeting was to be held at his home in Detroit.  Check out their website at http://metrodetroitpondandgardenclub.org/. Susan Boland, of MidAtlantic KC, reports their website magazine is filled with club news.  Check it out at http://www.makc.com/MAKCmagazine/mar2012.pdf.   Dot Wilbanks, Moto-Kara Koi Kai ZNA Chapter KC, reports club elections: President – David Waller; Vice President – Dot Wilbanks; Secretary – Nancy Goforth; Web Design – Ryan Vo.  Check out their website at http://www.mkk-zna.org/.  Marc and Tamara Skaggs, of Northern Midwest ZNA KC, report that at the Apr general meeting their upcoming show at the Carmel City Center in Carmel, IN, on Jun 16 & 17 was the main topic of conversation.  Discussed were vendor confirmations and booth rental prices, arrangements for the tent and generator, tables and chairs, the show brochure, etc.  The show hotel will be the Hilton Garden Inn in Carmel; there is a link on the club’s website for making reservations.  The Carmel Arts Council and Japanese Arts Council are helping the club with many of their needs for the show.  Check out their website at http://www.nmzna.net/index.html.  Phyllis Anderson, of North Idaho KK, reports their May workshop has been moved to the weekend of Sat May 26th.  Location will be at Sharon’s place, pond side, along with a few hamburgers for lunch and some liquids to wash it down.  Additional topics will include a continued discussion from the March workshop – an update on Dan’s RO system.  Check out their website at http://www.northidahokoikeepers.com/id8.html.  Lois Rosmarin, of Siskiyou K&PC, reports the Jackson County Spring Fair in May is an annual event where we have the opportunity to educate the public about the hobby we love. Our booth at Jackson County Expo includes displays and a tank of koi for sale. Members are always busy answering questions people have about the koi and ponds in general. We invite the public to our Annual Free BBQ on the second Monday evening in May. Club members are encouraged to sign up to work at least one 2.5 hour session during the weekend. Sign up at the club meeting or volunteer by calling a club officer.  Their website at http://www.siskiyoukoiclub.com has been remodeled and is now back up, so be sure to check it out. Dick Hadley, of Upper Midwest KC, reports their club met on Saturday April 14 at Halla Nursery.  Halla is a new sponsor for the club and is in the process of expanding their pond business and inventory. They provided meeting space and then provided a tour of their facility.  We had about 20 members there, some of whom were new. Our president and vice president gave presentations on koi care and pond maintenance.  We have a board meeting next week and will hold our May meeting out at Koi Acres–The Swansons–during their annual open house.  Check their website at http://www.umkoiclub.org/htm/meetings.html.   The following clubs were contacted but did not respond:  Macon Water G&KC, Nashville PS, Rhode Island & Massachusetts KC.

Written report submitted by Brenda Chandler: Johnna Hansen, of Charleston Showa KC, reports the Apr meeting at Mary and Jim Leard’s featured a discussion on spawning, club Koi of the Year picture judging and club Koi Person of the Year Voting.  Instead of a meeting in May, we held our 9th Annual Pond Tour on Sat May 12th.  Our club has decided to host the Kodama Class II.  Many of us were able to benefit from the first class, we will be one of the first clubs in this area to host Class II and I for one am very excited that we have this opportunity. We have sent this information out to other clubs, but are only giving them the opportunity to sign up after May 31. The class is limited to 30 people.  Congratulations to Grant and Penny Patton whose koi won Grand Champion at the recent Central Florida show. Check out their website at http://www.charlestonshowakoiclub.org/.  Mike Lane, of High Desert KF, reports in May the club held their Pondpalooza 2012; this is the club’s biggest fundraiser for the entire year and was open to anyone interested in koi, pond and water gardening. This year the event had 100 attendees and the day was perfect weather-wise.  Our guest speakers were Don Chandler (who spoke about the importance of AKCA & KOI USA and their role in supporting our club; Don’s humor kept us all listening with all the important information he had to offer) and Michael Hernandez from TOMIGAI (who provided a great lecture regarding koi keeping and giving the audience a shot at trying to judge fish).  Members were very pleased by the information both Don and Michael had to offer.  This was followed by a Mariachi Band, Mexican food buffet lunch and a raffle of over $5,000 in donated items.  What could have been better?  Check out their website at http://www.hdkoifanciers.com.  Brenda Chandler, of Nishiki KC, reports that in lieu of a May meeting club members were encouraged to attend the Grow-Out contest at Andrew’s International Koi.  Several members did and, in fact, club member Louie Hernandez won Best Gosanke for the sanke he bought last year and brought back this year to be judged.  Well done, Louie!  Check out their website at http://www.nishikikoiclub.com.  David Yee, of Valley of the Sun KC, Inc., reports the club held its Apr meeting at the home of Corey Garrett. A talk on the VSKC website’s Koi page was conducted.  The club also participated in the annual Phoenix Japanese Friendship Garden’s Children Festival. Check their website at http://www.vskc.net.  Mary Oxman, of Ventura County KS, reports the May meeting was held at Peter Fleurat’s home in Montecito; it was like a nature preserve!  Guest speakers were Connie Freihoff (from Ultra Balance) who told us about her line of Koi food products and Mark Davis (from Santa Barbara Koi) who told us about the newly available KHV vaccine and answered questions. The annual BBQ will be held on June 16th.  Election results are in:  President -Mary Oxman;  Vice-President – Eric Howes; Treasurer – Rosie Asbell; Secretary – Howard Oxman; Whistle Blower – Reva Mallon.  Check their website at http://users.vcnet.com/rrenshaw/vcks.html. The following clubs were contacted but did not respond:  Florida East Coast K&PC, Prairieland K&PS and Southern Colorado KC.

Written report submitted by Joan Finnegan:  Joan reports that the SoCal KC held their May meeting at McFadden Intermediate School where the club built a pond in an indoor atrium over 20 years ago.  The club (mainly Carole Elliott) has been maintaining the pond ever since.  Most club members had not seen the pond as they weren’t members when the pond was built – they were impressed.  In June, the club will be having its annual BBQ/Potluck/White Elephant auction.  This is always a fun time for members!  They also had a successful exhibit at the OC Buddhist Temple and at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Monterey Park.  The club will also participate in a joint koi auction with the Nishiki Koi Club at Andrew’s International Koi in Anaheim on June 17th (Yes, Father’s Day).  Norm Call, from Oregon K&WGS, said they are getting finishing touches on their 11th Annual Koi Show on June 9th & 10th.  They held a mini seminar at a local nursery.

Written report submitted by Bob Finnegan:  Ken Hartman, of Great Ponds & KS of West Michigan, said the club is doing OK; hanging in through all the politics.  Charles Phelps, of Greater Louisville K&GFS, said they are getting ready for their annual koi show in May.  It’s always held at the Phelps’ home which is a perfect place to have it.  The show has done a lot for their club.  Jon Floden, of Gulf Coast KS, said the club is moving along.  They elected new officers; will skip their pond tour.  Dr. Ken Lau, of Indiana K&WGC, said their club is growing and they plan a koi show and pond tour this year.  Jon Lockerman, of North Florida KC, said they are having a long fin koi contest.  Bruce Lott, of Olympic KGF&WGC, said the club is small and chose not to meet in the winter months.  They have active members who help the PNKCA Seminar.  Don Muraoka, of Sierra KC, said everything is OK.  Ronald Bikis, of Tropical K&WGC of So. Florida, said the club is OK.  Bob tried but was unable to reach Northern Iowa P&KC and Northern Nevada PC.

Written report submitted by Kristine PetersonSanta Clarita K&WGC reports their April 21st meeting was a special tour of the Huntington Library Gardens newly renovated 100 year old koi pond in the Japanese Garden. The hour and a half tour took place one hour prior the general opening of the Huntington Library. The May general meeting will be held at Jim Thirkettle’s home on the 21st. The focus of this meeting will be the Growth Contest. The club’s purpose is to provide education in pond keeping, to promote water gardening and the appreciation of koi and goldfish in an outdoor pond setting. For more information or to join the club, visit www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.comThe Mountain View KC held their first meeting of the season on April 22nd. The meeting began with discussions on how the koi and ponds survived the winter. Vern Gilkes prepared a slide presentation of the Orlando Koi Show and a visit to Blackwater Creek Koi Farm. A nomination committee was formed for the upcoming September elections. The dangers of Hydrogen Sulfide was discussed and how to handle situations when present.  The Hawaii Goldfish and Carp Association members are busy planning to attend the Pet Expo at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall May 12th & 13th. The event will start at 10AM and members will assist with answering question on koi and the hobby. Koi and goldfish will be on display during the Saturday and Sunday event.  The KC of San Diego is planning their annual koi auction at California Koi Farms in Fallbrook on Saturday May 12th. The May general meeting will be held at the home of Clark and Kay Corbin in Ramona. The date was changed to the 3rd Sunday to move off Mother’s Day. The Corbin’s joined the KCSD and the Water Garden Society in 1990 and their lovely garden displays an 8,000 gallon koi pond, a 3,000 gallon isolation pond and a 2,000 gallon lily pond. This will be a joint meeting with the Southern California Water Garden Society with Kay Corbin presenting the discussion on water gardening following a potluck. The June meeting will be the first of a two part series by Orville Hanson of the Inland Koi Society on the comparison of filters. For more information on attending a meeting or joining the club, visit www.koiclubsandiego.org.

Written report submitted by Louie Hernandez:  Jerry Kyle, of Camellia KC, reports that in May they will be having a combined Pond Tour/Progressive dinner meeting on the 20th.  Each course will be served at a different pond setting.  This will not be a public event and no tickets will need to be purchased.  It will be for members and invited guests only and at private ponds.  It is not billed as a fundraiser but as a fun raiser.  Glen Hubenthal, of Austin PS, said in April they had a members only event at Edmond & Rick’s.  Their koi pond has over 60 beautiful koi.  May meeting they will have the Plant Swap.  June 9th & 10th they are having the 18th Annual Austin Pond Society Pond & Garden Tour.

Written report submitted by Doug Dahl:  No report.

Written report submitted by Harlan Glenn:  No report.

Written report submitted by Mike FradyPiedmont K&WGSSeveral members of the club went to Efland N.C. to help a member with a pond pull a good time was had by all there were some nice fish pulled from her pond our rescue group Koinetters .com is planning on having a sale to help her sell some of the fish.  Visit the club website at www.Charlottekoiclub.com for more activities and information.  Pioneer Valley WG&KC The club is planning a pond tour in July. The club is interested in obtaining information about the special events insurance for 2102/13.  Inland KSMac McClain reporting from sunny California. The March meeting of the Inland Koi Society was held at the home of former AKCA President Larry Leverett and his lovely wife Debby, who is our newsletter editor. I must say under the leadership of Debby, our newsletter is second to none. The weather as usual was beautiful, and we had 66 members who attended. The Leveretts have a beautiful home and a great pond. The pond was started a couple of years ago, while Debby was out of town. I guess Larry just couldn’t wait for the final approval. The pond is 4000 gallons, has four waterfalls, and 25 beautiful fish. It was breathtaking just watching them swim around in such a serene setting. In addition to the pond, they recently put in a 400 gallon quarantine tank.  Our guest speaker was Doctor Galen Hansen, who is not only a retired OBGYN, but a certified Koi judge who has been in the Koi hobby since 1981. Galen has entered his Koi in 88 Koi shows and won over 1300 prizes. It is no wonder why he is such a renowned Koi judge, and has judged Koi in both Japan and Australia.  His presentation of a slide show from his trips in Japan, both for personal and for judging, was outstanding. His simple eloquence and use of the slides kept everyone’s attention. It was obvious from his delivery, that he was not only very knowledgeable about Koi, but truly and sincerely loves the Koi hobby. I think I can speak for the entire club, when I say it was truly an honor to have Galen and lovely wife Maureen as our guests.  Congratulation to our new Koi persons of the year, Sandy and Orville Hansen. For all of their hard work, they are truly deserving of this award.  Finally, Nick Milfeld briefed everyone on the upcoming Inland Koi Society Pond Tour, in Redlands, CA on Sunday, June 3, 2012.  Thought of the Month: “There’s more than one way to look at a problem, and they may all be right” – Norman Schwarzkopf.  ZNA Potomac KCThe club is preparing for their annual Young Koi Auction to be held on Sunday May 20.  This is the main fund raiser for the club and provides an opportunity to learn about purchasing young koi from Certified AKCA and ZNA Judges.  During the auction, a team will also be teaching bagging techniques to prepare new members for transporting to the show.  It is a fun event and an opportunity to sign up new members.  Atlanta KCNext Sunday May 20 is the club’s meeting and we are delighted to have Mike from Hammock Koi Farm coming with beautiful koi for sale. This is a wonderful chance to buy healthy koi direct from the grower, no middle man. Contact Vicki Knill for more information.   Go to www.Atlantakoiclub.org for more information.  First Coast KCThe First Coast Koi Club recently participated with the Jacksonville Zoo during their Earth Day, Party for the Planet event which attracted 5,015 visitors to the Zoo. During the event we manned a booth near the Koi Pond and allowed the visitors to hand feed the koi which brought much attention to the exhibit and gave us the opportunity to share information about the koi. Ten days later we were advised of a tragedy, the water in the koi pond had drained, thought at first through a mechanical malfunction. It was later learned that it was not a malfunction, it was a human error. Many fish were lost but luckily it appears that the original koi placed in the pond four years ago were saved through the actions of a few individuals in the middle of the night who retrieved survivors throwing them into an adjourning lotus pond. Now we are assisting the Zoo by catching the koi, checking them for their microchip and returning them to their permanent home in the Koi Pond. In the meantime, the Club is hosting a Pond Tour on May 19th. This is a one day event with 11 ponds on the self guided tour around the city.

Motion:  To adjourn at 7:35 p.m.  Motion by Don, 2nd by Louie.  Approved.

Respectfully submitted,

Carole Elliott

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