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
- Club dues must be paid before July 1st – clubs will be dropped if not paid up!
- Slate of Officers defeated – Kristine will contact a Certified Parliamentarian to find out how best to proceed.
- We will have liability insurance coverage for the coming year for the same $125 premium!
- Speaker Grant Lottery requests must be submitted before July 1st.
- 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 Chairperson Kristine Peterson who apologized for not being present at last month’s meeting. She thanked Mike Frady for taking the Chair during her absence.
MINUTES: Motion: To approve the minutes of May 11th. Motion by Joan, 2nd by Louie. Approved.
v JUNE FINANCIAL STATEMENT: Doug reported that AKCA dues are due 90 days from the billing date of 3/28, making dues overdue after July 1 and the clubs will be dropped from AKCA membership if not paid by then. Reinstatement after July 1 brings with it a $50 late penalty. The Bookstore has been effectively closed with the website down. Doug has completed the 16.5 page AKCA CFO Financial Process Word document with all AKCA CFO tasks in detail and has it stored on the computer and a hard copy in the 1 inch CFO binder. He emailed the file to Kristine, Burt and Don for their curiosity. Our investment account gained $748 in April. The Project KHV account is not known in May. He finally went online to the Secretary of State website and found out AKCA was incorporated on 4/14/80 and the SI-100 Statement of Information form with $20 payment is due within the 5 months proceeding that date every other year (even years). He sent the form and payment in 1/27/12 and it was placed on hold because they wanted him to submit the data on a new form. He finally did that on 5/11/12 which is 10 working days late so he sent it Express mail to be delivered on 5/14/12. They still have the check he sent them with the old form on 1/27/12 and have not cashed it yet, waiting for the new form. He added this task to his AKCA Financial Process document. The CFO has an AKCA bank account Business Debt card in the name of AKCA and the CFO that can be used as a credit card for AKCA expenses to pay directly from the AKCA bank account.
Assuming the AKCA Officer slate fails, before he hands off to the NEW CFO on July 2, this is his plan:
- DONE-prepare CFO To Do List for handoff
- Close the books on June 29 and send QuickBooks disc to CPA for taxes
- Prepare June AKCA financial report file for July Board meeting
- Put FY 11/12 financial documents into storage box and file FY 12/13 documents in the file cabinet
- Update FY 11/12 KOI USA Budget file with actuals and create recommended FY 12/13 KOI USA Budget file based on those actuals and recent COG savings
- Arrange with NEW CFO transfer of bank accounts, online accounts, conf call accounts and all the stuff including documents from safe deposit box by 7/2
- Put forwarding message on firstname.lastname@example.org and cancel that email on Aug. 3. Cancel business phone (559) 658-5295 on July 3rd.
- Notify PCS, American Web, collection agency and Investment Manager of new CFO
- Forward mail from current AKCA/KOI USA P.O. Box to new P.O. Box and cancel old P.O. Box
Doug also stated that we will probably run out of KOI ID posters in the next 10 months. We need to start working on the poster/pictures. Caesar Yanez, our new webmaster, had to work within the constraints of the new Pay Pal Bookstore guidelines. They required compressed number of options for shipment methods; this has been done and is in place. The Bookstore order forms were also adjusted and sent to Richelle and Cheryl Childers as well as Don to update the website.
v Scientific/KHA: Don gave Jerry’s report: They are in a holding pattern waiting for the Annual Meeting and KHA Lab Course presentation the end of the month. Articles have been published with such questions as “Where do we go from here?” It is accepted there needs to be a rethinking of our process of certifying KHAs. Some original teachers have moved on and, while most of their information is fine, the material needs to be reviewed for possible updating. With new things constantly being discovered what was the latest and greatest ten years ago may not be the latest technology today. While no firm decisions have been made, it is being considered that the Certification Program may skip a Certification Class Year to better review and update all material and teaching protocols in an effort to streamline and improve our original stated mission. Our hobby still needs a reliable non-profit source of information with a proven certification program that can be trusted to honestly and accurately teach and promote good koi husbandry.
v AKCA-PROJECT KHV: Ray reported that he received an impressive and well designed proposal from Dr. Jin to conduct a two year research program to develop new non-invasive latent KHV testing techniques. She has already tested several of these techniques utilizing information learned from the research project. He started discussing a potential new project to develop a more sensitive and accurate and non-invasive test that would be hobbyist friendly last year with Dr. Jin. In her attached proposal she has already been able to demonstrate a new and accurate methodology to test for latent KHV infections using koi fecal material and mucus from the skin of a koi. Cost for this project is a very modest $32,604 which is slightly less than the amount of uncommitted funds available in the Project KHV account. Dr. Jin told him that the OSU business office is preparing a research funding agreement modeled on our current agreement with the only changes being the focus of the project which is outlined in the attached document and the lower budget. He urged the board to approve this new research project based on the potential significant value it could bring to our hobby for a relative small amount of funding. He cannot imagine a better way to spend most of the rest of the remaining donations collected for KHV research. He attached the proposal and will try to answer any questions. Motion: To accept the OSU proposal. Motion by Mike, 2nd by Burt. Much discussion followed. Don pointed out that it was imprudent to approve ahead of time a proposal which had not yet been received. Motion: Amended by Mike, 2nd by Burt to give the Chair approval to sign a contract as long as it was in line with the previous contract and is otherwise OK. Approved.
v PUBLICATION: Joan stated that Anita Draper is the new contact person for PCS. Bob Payne is waiting for content for the next issue. Louie Hernandez suggested a “Hobbyist Spotlight” to help build interest. Carole came up with “Ponds of the Rich and Famous” and will be going out next week with Don & Brenda Chandler to Jack Klugman’s former estate to do an article on the 26,000 koi pond on the 40 acre estate. Don & Brenda worked hard on the website with Cesar Yanez. We still need to work on the banner ad exchange; we will also have ad videos (e.g. Andrew’s Koi International is already on). Much discussion about the Judges Corner and judges withholding articles. Clubs have been asked to submit pictures and articles on their shows, pond tours, etc. Several have already responded and will be doing articles. Jan Thompson, one of our proofreaders, had to resign due to getting a new full-time job, however she may return in the future. There are 8 accounts 90 days overdue for a total of $7971. Doug completed the 15.5 page KOI USA Inc. CFO Financial Process Word document with all KOI USA Inc. CFO tasks in detail and has it stored on the computer and a hard copy in the 1 inch CFO binder. He emailed the file to Kristine, Burt, and Don for their curiosity. It was reported that we can cover our liabilities. Connie is now a sub-user on our Element credit card online system and can run advertising or subscription charges on our account.
v MEMBERSHIP: Don stated that 45 clubs have renewed with 3-4 verbally affirmed. Dues are due before July 1st! After that time, clubs will have to pay a $50 reinstatement fee in addition to the $100 annual dues to renew.
v MEMBERSHIP QUESTIONS: None
v JUDGING: Charles asked for the judging dues to be refunded and judges will pay for their upcoming Seminar. Doug stated that the judges have already spent last years dues for last years Seminar and expenses. Much discussion followed. Charles asked for a separate account for judges where they would pay for their expenses from this account. Doug pointed out that AKCA has spent at least 3 times more than the judges pay in their dues. Charles felt that the judges fee should be increased to $50 with everyone obligated to pay. Further discussion. He stated that the Louisville show was very successful; the Oregon Koi Show is this weekend. Discussion about the flow of articles to KOI USA. Motion: To have a separate Judging committee account. Motion by Charles, 2nd by Ray. There was a question about whether the separate account meant that the judging committee was cutting strings completely from AKCA. What happens when they need more money? Is AKCA obligated to pay? Charles rescinded his motion for one month. It was also pointed out that in order to be an AKCA judge, the judge must be a member of an AKCA club in good standing which also applies to KHAs and AKCA officers
v SPEAKER’S GRANT: No additional clubs have submitted for the grants. Requests are due by July 1st.
v GUIDES: N/R
v INSURANCE/RISK MANAGEMENT: Brenda reported that 28 clubs paid their premium for $3597 which leaves us $97 short of having amortized our liability insurance premium. We already have 4 signed up for this coming year with a 5th club in the pipeline. The insurance company has notified us that they will be renewing our coverage for next FY. Motion: To keep the $125 fee for premiums to clubs. Motion by Don, 2nd by Burt. Approved. Brenda reported that 2 clubs bypassed her last month and went directly to our broker. The broker notified them that clubs MUST go through Brenda. Any club/person going directly to our insurance company or broker will be immediately referred back to Brenda Chandler. Further discussion.
v BY-LAWS: No report.
v BALLOT: The ballots were counted with 70 submitted and 69 counted (one was blank).
46 ballots were required for a win. Results were:
Chair – Christine……..21 Yes……..48 no
Vice Chair – Louie……..21 Yes…….48 no
Secretary – Carole ……..22 Yes…….47 no
CFO – Doug……………24 Yes …….45 no
With the election resulting in all four positions failing to receive a 2/3rds approval from the ballots counted, Kristine requested that the current officers remain in their current duties until the election is completed. Kristine asked Carole Elliott if she would continue to serve in her duties as Secretary until the election is completed and Carole accepted. Kristine asked Mike Frady if he would continue as Vice Chair but he wanted to know how the election would continue before committing. Doug Dahl was asked if he would continue to serve in his duties as CFO until the election for CFO is completed (Doug had previously announced that unless Kristine was elected into office during the first round of elections that he would resign as of the end of June). Doug declined Kristine’s request to remain as CFO. Kristine asked Joan Finnegan if she would be willing to serve as CFO until the conclusion of the election and Joan accepted. Kristine stated that we need to follow our bylaws and regardless of motions adopted, even if it had been done by a unanimous vote, they should be considered null and void if they are found to conflict with the bylaws or the intent of the bylaws. She discussed a board approved motion last summer that contradicts Section 1 of Article IV in which the board interpreted the qualifications for nominations to office as NOT requiring attendance in person. Per the bylaws: If elected, they must be able to attend (at their own expense) the majority of the monthly meetings of the Board of Directors and all meetings of the Executive Board. Kristine felt that when that motion was discussed, the board failed to see the correlation of the language used pertaining to Directors and the reason for proxies. The first part of Section 1, Article IV is similar in wording to the requirements for officers and she felt that had we compared the similarity of language used for both sections, it would have been clear that attendance in person is required for both Directors and Officers. The motions from the August 11th, 2011 meeting are as follows:
NOMINATIONS: Joan gave the following report: The Nominating Committee, which also included Brenda and Jerry as members, reviewed the names submitted and their qualifications. They decided two candidates, Don Chandler and Mike Frady, were highly qualified personally for the Vice Chairman opening and recommended both to the Board for placement on the ballot. The Chair polled each Board member in turn and gave them an opportunity to speak. While more than a few members questioned whether a person not physically present in the room could effectively perform the duties of the position, it was noted that our bylaws (If elected, they must be able to attend (at their own expense) the majority of the monthly meetings of the Board of Directors and all meetings of the Executive Board.) do not require physical presence. Discussion. Although unprecedented, it was the consensus of the Board that lack of physical presence should not disqualify an otherwise qualified candidate from inclusion on the ballot. Motion: To place both candidates (Don and Mike) on the upcoming ballot for the position of Vice Chairman. Motion by Burt, 2nd by Louie. Approved. Discussion re: allowing or disallowing write in votes. Motion: To disallow write in votes from clubs on the upcoming ballot for the position of Vice Chairman. Motion by Burt, 2nd by Bob. Approved. Discussion re: moving back the Nov Board meeting date to allow clubs sufficient time (90 days) to return their ballots and have them counted at the meeting. Motion: To move the Nov meeting to the 18th. Motion by Mike, 2nd by Louie. Approved.
Kristine then read Articles IV and V to address the similarities and emphasized the underlined sections:
ARTICLE IV GOVERNMENT Section 1: Management
- Board of Directors: Each AKCA club shall elect or appoint one (1) member as AKCA Director, (formerly Known as the AKCA Representative) who will be the representing director from that club on The AKCA Board. As an AKCA voting Director, this person must meet the requirements of Article X of the AKCA By-Laws. This member will be designated by their club to receive minutes of Meetings, report to their clubs regularly on AKCA matters, vote as directed by the club on such matters as shall come before the Board of Directors and whenever possible attend AKCA Board of Director’s meetings. Each club shall notify the current AKCA Membership Committee, in writing, of any changes to the club’s AKCA Director or Officers. A vacancy in the Board of Directors shall be filled within thirty (30) days after it occurs by the appointment of a Director by the member club concerned. A club AKCA Director, not able to attend AKCA Board meetings, is responsible to communicate at least every other month with the assigned local AKCA Board member.
- B. Proxies: Member Clubs in good standing whose Directors are unable to attend the monthly meetings of the Board of Directors may designate a proxy (in writing to the AKCA Secretary) to provide said member club with the representation to which they are entitled on the Board of Directors of the Corporation. This proxy shall represent said member club as it directs.
ARTICLE V OFFICERS AND THEIR DUTIES
Section 1: Election of Officers.
A. The elected officers of this Corporation shall consist of Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson,
Secretary and Chief Financial Officer. They shall be elected by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of voting Directors in good standing and validated duly constituted Directors at the June
AKCA Board of Directors meeting each year. The Officers shall assume office at the time of the Annual General Membership meeting.
B. Qualification for the election officers of this corporation:
1. Individual hobbyist seeking nominations for the offices of this Corporation must have
Attended two (2) of the last twelve (12) monthly Board of Directors meetings. If elected, they must be able to attend (at their own expense) the majority of the monthly meetings of the Board of Directors and all meetings of the Executive Board.
Kristine continued that since Doug and Mike currently call in, and were elected to their positions, Kristine thought it would be fair that they be grandfathered, should both wish to serve in their current positions. Kristine then discussed another motion approved during that same referenced meeting and also recommended that motion should not be considered precedence until reviewed. That motion from the August 11, 2011 meeting is as follows:
Discussion re: allowing or disallowing write in votes. Motion: To disallow write in votes from clubs on the upcoming ballot for the position of Vice Chairman. Motion by Burt, 2nd by Bob. Approved.
Before accepting, discussing or voting on her recommendations, and before continuing with the election, Kristine recommended we should first seek professional advice from a Certified Parliamentarian prior to reinstating the Nominating Committee at the July meeting for the next round of elections. This would insure we are properly following both the AKCA By-laws and Roberts Rules of Order. Motion: To seek the advice from a Certified Parliamentarian prior to our next election. Motion by Don, 2nd by Louie. Approved. Don stated that everyone should be allowed to submit questions. Kristine then requested all interested board members email her any questions they want to have answered by the Certified Parliamentarian by next Thursday. Kristine then again asked Mike if he would continue to serve in his duties as Vice Chair and he agreed. Mike also stated that he had talked to an individual that would be willing to assist as CFO and Kristine asked him to send her the contact information.
v 2012 Seminar: Carole reported that we are set for the Seminar; have received a number of donations for the raffle at the banquet. We will be in charge of the voting for the Koi of the Year for 2011 and 2012. Garry Chin is supposed to get the pictures of the koi to Jerry Kyle. It was stated that the pictures need to be laminated and numbered. Garry should give a master list of the owners to us so that we can announce them at the Banquet/Business Meeting. So far we have 18 signed up for the banquet. 5 KHAs and 4 students have registered, as well as 9 non KHAs who plan to attend, have registered. This will increase as people have a tendency to register at the last minute. Doug suggested restricting future lunches to KHAs only.
v 2013 Seminar: We 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 JULY:
- 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 JULY:
- Include AKCA Year end financials
- Ship Koi Person of the Year Awards
- AKCA Committees submit annual budgets
q Websites: Kristine announced that both the AKCA and Koi USA websites are live and that AKCA.org launched today. Kristine thanked Don and Brenda and all involved in creating and editing the website files and content. When the prior webmasters resigned, they only agreed to transfer the domains for AKCA and Koi USA. They refused to transfer the content and files (much of which was transferred from the old AKCA and KOI USA sites when they came on board). We didn’t expect the refusal of this request and are sorry it resulted in the delay bringing the sites back live. We invite you to take a tour of both sites, and encourage feedback or suggestions. The calendar of events is located on both sites for easy reference, and a page devoted to each club for reports is located on the AKCA site. Cesar Yanez did an outstanding job in making them user friendly. There are still a few glitches but these will be worked out. Videos for advertisers will be on KOI USA website to give added value to all. Brenda said there are links for clubs. Right now there are no plans for banner ads for AKCA since we’re a non-profit agency. Don stated that Cesar photographed items for sale on the bookstore site, and added new items, i.e. dues, KHA class, judges’ dues, premium insurance, etc. Since both websites are new, they will be under construction for awhile.
q Mailing of Slates: Doug stated that Ray Jordan submitted a bill for $556 for mailing of the slates. What account does this come from? Kristine read the policy that stated it would come from AKCA’s Project KHV matching funds for administrative expenses.
q Trademark: There was a question whether we go ahead and get trademark our logos for both KOI USA and AKCA? It was felt that it was worth the cost to do this. Motion: To trademark the KOI USA and AKCA logos. Motion by Don, 2nd by Brenda. Approved.
q Dues Extension: Ray asked about moving the due date for membership dues back to Oct but Kristine denied that request and stated that our Bylaws and Board motions would be followed.
q Nancy Goforth: Don advised that Ron Goforth’s wife, Nancy, passed away yesterday. Carole Elliott will send a card with the Board’s condolences.
q Written report submitted by Burt: Bart Atkinson, of Middle Georgia KS, said they are still trying to decide when to hold their koi show; considering a koi auction. Their last meeting had some guests from Atlanta Club that wanted to build a pond and see some local ponds. They also talked on quarantining; had a discussion on benefits of a bog and voted to renew AKCA dues. Rob Forbis, of Orlando Area K&PC, said they met to discuss the actions taken by the current AKCA leadership. Sonja Kahkola, of Rainbow River KC, said they went to the Gainesville Koi Auction for their meeting; a good turnout and it was a surprise “Happy Citizenship Party” for Sonja as she just became a US citizen. It was a wonderful surprise! Joe White, of ZNA Southern Koi Assoc., said the Florida State Veterinarian, Kathryn Hartman, wants to meet with all the local koi clubs for a one day seminar on the Novartis KHV vaccine, so they may set this up. Barb Flowers, of Rocky Mountain KC, said they had a good koi auction; nothing for June; Pond Tour in July. Sanjiv Kapoor, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, said their May meeting was well attended and the topic involved indigenous plants. They are seeing new faces at the club meetings. The club is working feverishly to put together finishing touches on their annual pond tour. They have selected six ponds and their recruiting the 50+ volunteers needed to execute the event. Pond tour will be on July 21st covering ponds in the Bay area (up to Woodside, CA on the north end and San Jose, CA at the south end). Larry Gill, of ZNA Northern Calif. Chapter, said that they didn’t meet in May but will meet next week. They elected new officers. Debby Young, of Southern Arizona KA, said their last meeting the host discussed their plans for more filtration and their large rose garden that they propagate roses, otherwise, all is quiet. Fred Blundell, of K&WGC of North Texas, said the road trip to Brenham, Texas, with the theme of “May Flowers,” though a little soggy, went off without a hitch with their 16 members in attendance. They toured Jon & Cheryl’s farm catching up on the new baby donkey’s birth as well as the other animals including cattle and goats. The plant swap, which took the place of the normal program, was a great success. The pot luck luncheon theme was Mexican with beef and chicken dishes. The upcoming June meeting program will feature a presentation on aquaponics. Linda Montgomery, of Cascade K&GFC, said their last meeting next Saturday will do koi health talk and show how to treat 2 koi topically. They will have a booth at Hughes Water Garden’s Annual Festival in July and will have their annual picnic in August. Dr. Jim Hooper, of Mendocino Coast K&WGS, said there is no meeting this month due to lack of interest and the economy. Ben Soedjono, of Dallas Koi Kichi Group, said their last meeting he explained and showed videos of the 3 times they had to redo the spray on liner to their pond, and the final plaster coat that solved the problems. They discussed preparations of their upcoming show; did very well with their koi auction (even better than last year). The store owners want them to continue next year at the store as he got extra business from the auction. The club is learning new tricks on running a koi show by visiting other shows; the club is growing and their newest member joined from researching the local koi clubs on the internet websites. Burt tried to but was unable to reach San Francisco Bay Area KC.
q Written report submitted by Carole Elliott: Jan Jordan, of Mid-Columbia K&PC, said they are having a potluck & local pond builder speak at an all day event Saturday, June 2nd. Wakin goldfish will be raffled off, other fish will be available, besides their usual door prizes and raffles. This will be held at the Library on Union St. in Kennewick. Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said not much is happening since May 7th. He suggested that we contact them every 2 months rather than every month. Warren Yeow Chye Ng, of Central Alabama K&WGS, said they will meet on June 9th at the home of Susan & Richard Brooks. In July, they will meet on July 14th at the home of Allan & Dana Staib. Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they recently held meetings at the Bickal Koi Farm, where owner Greg Bickal gave a great talk on Koi Spawning and fry care. And, also, a meeting at The Country Gardens & Gifts, where Josh Spece gave a talk on succulents. The club is currently planning their annual Pond Tour to be held on July 8th this year. They are looking at as many as 16 ponds in 2 regions of their membership. Earlier, the club voted to give all proceeds to Building a Dream in the Country. They are a local group trying to raise money to build a home for the Spece family, as all 3 of the siblings there have a form of muscular dystrophy. Since Josh has always been their club’s webmaster, they have decided to pay a forward to their great cause. Monty McQuade, of Puget Sound KC, said they are setting up an informational booth at the Puyallup Spring Fair which attracts around 100,000 folks over the four days it runs. This is an annual event for their club to promote and answer questions about koi, ponds in general and other topics that may arise. They have also set up booths at their sponsors/vendors openings and customer appreciation days. Both for information and recruitment for the club. They will be hosting their annual “Young koi show” at Hoshi Koi in Puyallup, WA on August 2-5. The Olympic Goldfish Club is hosting the PNKCA Annual convention this year the following weekend in Silverdale, WA (he thought Aug. 11-12). Three of their members/officers are attending their convention committee meetings and lending a hand where they can. They are a small club as they are and can appreciate the work involved. They will also be asking their members to help volunteer at the convention in various positions.. Stephen Dumas, from North Texas WGS, said that he wants to remind everyone of the meeting location: The meeting will still be held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Until further notice will be held at the Community Meeting Room inside the Half Price Books located on NW Highway just east of 74 in Dallas. They are hosting the Tour of Ponds again this year in North Texas. This will be their 21st Annual Tour of Ponds coming up June 9th & 10th. For more information on this or any other pond related information, please see their website at http://ntwgs.org/. Jerry Woodbury, of Miami Valley WGS, said they are doing an off-site meeting at Berri’s Garden Center this month. Also, they are going on a field trip to Cedar Bog. Preparing for their Public Pond Tour taking place on July 28-29th. Debbie & Gary Floyd, of Amarillo KS, said that their water gardens and koi ponds are starting to respond to spring. They have been lucky for the last few weeks as they have started getting some rain. They are still over 20” behind for the 12 month period. Their web site was taken over as they did not get a bill for domain renewal so they bought a new site called www.amarillokoisoccietytx.org and the email address will be for now until they decide what official name to use is email@example.com. Please continue to send emails to them at their house until they get their information back up on the site. They will meet for the first time next month and discuss what they want to do for this year. Hopefully KOI USA received their note of change of email address to firstname.lastname@example.org for contact information. They would also like the new web site info published in KOI USA. Niagara Frontier K&PC’s next meeting is June 8th. Their members are asked to bring extra plant, garden, and pond related items for the MEGA AUCTION. Their Koi Show will be held at Masterson’s Garden Center on June 23-24th. Puget Sound will have their next meeting at Maggie & Russell Post’s home in University Place, WA. They will be “Going Back to Basics” with finger foods, snacks offered. Kim Bailey, from the Pond Pad, will be there discussing water plants. On August 4-6th, they will have their 15th Annual Young Koi Show in Tacoma. Carole tried but was unable to reach Canada KC of British Columbia, KC of Middle Tennessee, Midwest P&KS, Niagara Frontier K&PC, and WGC of South Texas.
q Written report submitted by Phil Hunter: Vi Conn, of the Capital Area K&WGC, reports that the May meeting was held at the DeWitt Community Center. Jason Erickson, from Pond Builders, was the guest speaker. He answered many questions asked by the membership. The June meeting will be held pond side at the home of Jim & Tess Baker. In July, the club will have a mini pond tour which will visit three ponds featuring a moving dinner. The first pond will have appetizers; the second, sub sandwiches, and the third, dessert. Diana Lynn Rehn, of the Inland Empire WG&KS, reports that the club had a booth at the Garden Expo in May and made a presentation on the “Ponds: Differences and benefits of ponds, whether it be a water garden, goldfish or koi pond.” The June meeting will be held at the home of Jackie & Cai Karbell. The presentation will be a discussion of biofilters. Laurie Turner, of the Shasta K&WGC, reports that the club held its first public koi show in May at the Mt. Shasta Mall in Redding, CA. The June meeting will be held at the home of Hal & Lucille Mun. The presentation will be on how to build a foam fractionator, an ingenious way to remove dissolved organics from a pond at very little cost. Pat Ware, of the Springfield WGS, reports that the May meeting was the first outdoor meeting of the year and was held at the home of JJ Averett. There was no speaker, as the meeting was a plant swap. In June the club will be having a tram tour of the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center at Nathaniel Greene/Close Memorial Park conducted by Peter Longley. The club had a similar tram tour in the fall and it was so successful, they decided to do it again. Phil was unable to contact the following clubs: Dayton KC and the Gainesville KC.
q Written report submitted by Don Chandler: Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports members had a joint meeting with our sister club, The Bakersfield Koi & Watergarden Society, which replaced our regular general meeting. CCKS members mingled with the Bakersfield club along with other members from the High Desert club. There was an abundant array of food along with the raffle items which many CCKS members took home. The board is steadily working on finalizing plans for the September koi show and have secured the date and location along with the judges. Members are eagerly awaiting the June KHA Wet lab and our next meeting will be held on June 16th at the home of master gardener Sue Kendall. To keep up to date on upcoming events please check our website at http://www.cencalkoi.com. James McAdams, of Deep South Koi & Pond Society, reports the club held its annual Pond Tour on May 19th and 20th. Over 20 ponds were on tour throughout the Baton Rouge area. Although a final accounting is not yet available, the Pond Tour was a tremendous success. Our Club is making final preparations for its Birthday Party to be held on June 16th. We are celebrating our 21st year! Check out their website at http://www.deepsouthkoi.org/ Susan Boland, of Mid-Atlantic Koi Club, reports the Mid-Atlantic Koi Club’s summer koi season kicked off with three meetings on Sunday, May 20. The Long Island Chapter meeting was hosted by June & Bob Conticchio; the Saugerties Chapter met at Inquiring Minds Bookstore; and the South Chapter meeting was hosted by Blue Ribbon Koi & Marine Products. Election of officers was held. Congratulations to MAKC’s 2012-13 Officers: President – Philip Gray; Vice-President – Bernie Szer; Secretary – Dinah Bwint; and Treasurer – Carolyn Broussard. Congratulations also to MAKC’s Koi Persons of the Year – Kavent & Dinah Bwint. MAKC also selects koi persons for each chapter. This year’s honorees are: Long Island Chapter – Akiko Ponzo; Saugerties Chapter – Suzanne Terpening; and South Chapter – Nicole Lembke. MAKC’s Annual/Anniversary Meeting was held on Sunday, June 3 (in conjunction with the Long Island Chapter’s monthly meeting) and hosted by Bernie Szer. The June 10 Saugerties Chapter meeting was hosted by chapter vice-president, Herb Ehrich. MAKC’s 2012 Young Koi Show has been rescheduled from Saturday, June 16 to Saturday, September 22 at Quality Koi Co./Nisei Koi Farm in Carneys’ Point, NJ. Koi Show Chairman is Kavent Bwint. MAKC’s new AKCA representative is Philip Gray; alternate is Bernie Szer. For more information, visit www.makc.com. Dot Wilbanks, Moto-Kara Koi Kai ZNA Chapter Koi Club, reports Ron Goforth’s wife was admitted to the hospital in very serious condition. So, unfortunately we have not had a meeting as he is usually our speaker/teacher. With all the illness in our families we have not had a meeting lately to vote on Koi Person of the Year. Thanks for the reminder. Check their website at http://www.mkk-zna.org/. Marc and Tamara Skaggs, of Northern Midwest ZNA Koi Club,report their club is finalizing koi show plans at the Carmel City Center June 16-17. This year we will have a tea ceremony and origami demonstrations at the Koi Show. A free will donation will be accepted to benefit Carmel’s Japanese Garden and Pond that was built to honor their sister city in Japan. Judges are Ray Jordan and Henry Culpepper. Check out their website at http://www.nmzna.net/index.html. Lois Rosmarin, of Siskiyou Koi & Pond Club, reports May 5th and 6th our club had a booth at the 33rd annual Master Gardener Spring Fair in Jackson County. This is the largest plant event between San Francisco and Portland. Nearly 9,000 visitors attended last year and this year the aim was to break previous records. Nineteen members took turns in the booth answering questions about ponds and koi. We also sold koi raised by one of our members. The following week, at our regular May meeting we held our 6th Annual BBQ. Everyone in the community who is interested in the hobby, either already participating or curious is invited as guests of the club. The BBQ was held at the home of Joel and Priscilla Works. A number of years ago they put in a DIY pond that had not worked as well as they wished. When they joined the club their pond vision changed. Casey Arden, a local waterfall builder and club member, just completed a rebuild and talked about the work that was done. Matt and Tracy Flury from OK&WS in Roseburg came to teach us how to select tosai. They used live koi as examples. It was a great meeting! The rest of the summer we will meet in member yards and enjoy their ponds. 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 the Upper Midwest Koi Club, reports the club met last Saturday at the home and business of Bryant Bechtold, one of our corporate sponsors. He will be assisting with the flow thru water system for our show in August. We also reviewed benching and fish handling procedures. Ron Sterbenz also talked about photographing koi. Check out their website at http://www.umkoiclub.org/htm/meetings.html. The following clubs were contacted but did not respond: Central Coast Koi Club, Macon Water Garden & Koi Club, Metro-Detroit Pond & Garden Club, Nashville Pond Society, North Idaho Koi Keepers, Rhode Island & Massachusetts Koi Club.
q Written report submitted by Brenda Chandler: Johnna Hansen, of Charleston Showa Koi Club, reports the Charleston Showa Koi club meeting for June was on Sunday the 10th. We had a plant swap planned and Trish Bender was our speaker. She taught us some Latin names for plants and went over the difference between water plants and land plants. We were all happy to see Jim Leard who had been hospitalized. We plan to host a class by Kodoma in August so we are planning and looking forward to that. Check out their website at http://www.charlestonshowakoiclub.org/. Brenda Chandler, of Nishiki Koi Club, 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. Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the May meeting was at Hornbaker’s and a Mini Pond Tour was organized by Terry and Carol Maltas. The June meeting was to be held at Sephen and Lisa Carter’s home in Peoria. Topic: Pumps, plumbing, flow rates, etc. Speaker: Mike White from White Water Filters. Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/. Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports the club has had a busy spring. We’ve made available group purchases for koi food and Japanese koi. Members of the club got to order kohaku, shiro utsuri, and/or showa. With the volume discount we were able to order beautiful fish that generally aren’t available in our area. Our next activity is our annual koi re-homing auction held on June 9th in Colorado Springs. Check out their website at http://www.socokoi.org. David Yee, of Valley of the Sun Koi Club, Inc., reports that due to the extreme heat of summer, their next meeting is scheduled for Sep 16, 2012. Check their website at http://www.vskc.net. Mary Oxman, of Ventura County Koi Society, reports the idyllic location and festive spirit of the guest at last month’s meeting in Montecito seemed much like a wedding reception. Our host, Peter Fleurant, was constantly on the move visiting with his guests, giving plants to fellow plant lovers and orchestrating every detail of the day’s events. Lalo’s brother, Manny, and wife Debbie, catered the delicious foods we devoured with great relish. Frequent guest and extended family member, Bob Mayo, skillfully barbequed the chicken. Many of us took advantage of the opportunity to buy koi food from Ultra Balance sales representative Connie Freihoff. She gave out sample bags after telling us about the production of the Ultra Balance line of koi foods. Each bag of food has a legible date and is so fresh that there are no powdery crumbs on the bottom of the bag. Connie, we are so glad you made the long trip from Mission Viejo to be with us. It was a pleasure to meet you. Mark Davis of Santa Barbara Koi was on hand to apprise us of the latest developments with a koi herpes vaccine. For now, some of Mark’s pond maintenance customers are trying the vaccine. The process is both labor intensive and expensive. The hope is that a simpler process of administrating the vaccine to keep producing the product. Thanks Mark for making the time to be with us. We enjoyed both your company and informative talk. Peter, is a most energetic and resourceful person. He literally moved earth and rocks of all sizes to create his new and improved pond. Unlike most pond builders, Peter used all of the soil and rocks from the pond excavation to redevelop the pond area. A large opened ended pipe is attached to the side wall of the pond as a safe haven for the koi. The koi seem to be much at ease in their new larger pond. Peter, we can’t thank you enough for hosting such a fabulously unforgettable meeting-you’re the ultimate host! Check their website at http://users.vcnet.com/rrenshaw/vcks.html. Mike and Annette Lane, of High Desert Koi Fanciers, report in June the club met at David and Tee Miller’s home in Lancaster. The July meeting will be a BBQ at the Haggai’s with a guest speaker on succulent plants. Check out their website at http://www.hdkoifanciers.com. The following club was contacted but did not respond: Florida East Coast Koi & Pond Club.
q Written report submitted by Joan Finnegan: Joan reports that the SoCal Koi Club held their Annual June BBQ/Potluck/White Elephant Auction at the home of Mallory Hartt in San Pedro. It was another successful/fun event for club members. Included in the White Elephant Auction were 4 beautiful koi donated by Ben Plonski and a $75 gift certificate from Asahi Fancy Koi. The club got 4 new members in the last 1 ½ months from the brochures that Carole Elliott puts out at dealers. Norman Call, of Oregon K&WGS, said they are holding their 11th Annual Koi Show. They have been having very bad weather but the last few days looks good for the show.
q Written report submitted by Bob Finnegan: Charles Phelps, of Greater Louisville K&GFS, said they had their koi show May 26-27. They had 169 koi entered; Grand Champion was a large beautiful Shiro Utsuri owned by Bryan Bateman. The turn out of people was very large. Mona Coleman, of Northern Nevada PC, said their club is doing very well; have taken in 3 more family members. They are planning a pond tour in several months; might be there 1st pond tour. Ken Hartman, of Greater P&KS of West Michigan, said that everything is going good. The club is very active. Jon Floden, of Gulf Coast KS, said everything is OK. Their members are selecting small koi this month for a growing contest. Donovan Burke, of Northern Iowa P&KC, said the club has a pond tour in July. Bob tried but was unable to reach Indiana K&WGC, North Florida KC, Olympic KGFWGC, and Sierra KC.
q Written report submitted by Kristine Peterson: Koi Club of San Diego is already planning their 26th Annual Koi Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds February 23-24 2013. This will be the same weekend as the Silver Bay Kennel Club Dog Show which provided extra foot traffic for the vendors and promoting the hobby of koi and pond care. Matt Rhoades has once again volunteered to chair the show with John Svelan coordinating the vendor registration. The 2012 show sold out with the highest number of koi entered in over a decade, 352 koi entered and a vendor sell-out. Mark your calendar and stay tuned to the club’s website for more information. http://www.koiclubsandiego.org/. Santa Clarita Koi & Water Garden Club – Judy Nicholson reports that due to the Memorial Day holiday the club met on May 20 at the home and Koi Farm of our member Jim Thirkettle in Piru. As noted before this is the most popular meeting of the year and a couple members appear only at this meeting, pay their dues and join in the koi growth contest. Once again, the winners of the Best Show Koi were the father and son team that attend our growth contest growth meetings only, pay their dues and join the contest. Their koi was also a runner up in the Most Growth award that went to one of our newer members. This year Yamabuki Ogon were offered at the koi growth lottery. Two Club private Mini-Tours have been scheduled for July 21 and September 22 and a call for volunteers has gone out. We also hold a brief regular meeting at one of the homes. Our Club website (scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com) is being enhanced with more photos and information and is a work-in process by one of our members. We also have a Club Facebook page. Hawaii Koi & Goldfish Association members promoted the hobby at the May Pet Expo with a koi and goldfish display. Plants and fish food were available and members answered questions from attendees. The Mountain View Koi Club, established in September of 2005 is located in Vankleek Hill, Ontario, Canada, near the Province of Quebec. Every founding member of the club could see a mountain from where they live, thus the club name. The club by virtue of its location enjoys membership from both Provinces. With dedication and pride on keeping the best pond conditions possible and the primary interest is the betterment of koi which is achieved by increasing a collective knowledge about koi through breeding, exhibiting, sharing information and practices pertaining to the health of the koi. For meeting information and events, visit the Mountain View KC website at www.mountainviewkoiclub.com.
q Written report submitted by Louie Hernandez: Glen Hubenthal, of Austin PS, said they are prepping for the 18th Annual Pond Tour for June 9-10th. Sue Boydstun, of Idaho WG&KS, said that on Friday, May 18th they had a display at the Boise Japan Day Festival. Their koi show has been scheduled for Sept. 11nd. Due to scheduling conflicts it has been moved from the Boise Depot to the Idaho Botanical Gardens. They are looking forward to forging a new partnership with the IBT. Their plans include the Bonsai Bonsai Club, the Kawa Taiko, and the Idaho Japanese Association. Don Bayer, of the Lone Star KC, said he had nothing to report at this time. Irene Dunic, of Dai-Ichi K&Japanese Garden Club said that in April and May were tours of some lovely spring gardens. Some discussion was held on organizing a summer pond tour, but the decision was to pass this year due to scheduling difficulties. There are at least four members planning to attend the PNKCA convention in Silverdale, WA. No meeting scheduled for 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. Bart Thompson, of the Bakersfield KC, said that last month they had their annual joint club meeting at the home of club members Jim & Barbara Froehlich. The club members were from the Central Cal Koi Society and High Desert Koi Fanciers. Their next meeting will be held at the home of Roger and Ginger Spradlin where they plan to cull kohaku fry if they are old enough from the last cull. In two weeks they are supporting a pond fest at Bucks Landscaping where they have lots of fun talking about koi and ponds to the people who are there. There will be a pond constructed, seminar, BBQ, and Bonsai demonstration. The ZNA So. Ca Chapter held their May meeting at the home of Louie & Ginger Hernandez. They had a great turn out and met some new members. Their speaker was Dr. Bob Hildreth, DVM, who gave a very informative talk on the KHV vaccine CAVOY. Members had many questions and enjoyed his talk. Jerry Kyle, of Camellia Koi Club, reports last month the club enjoyed a Pond Tour / Progressive Dinner with each course of the dinner being served at different ponds. It was an opportunity to invite family and friends to show off what we do. Instead of a usual “Fund” Raiser this was billed as a “Fun” Raiser and as such was highly successful. We did so well we sent pictures to KoiUSA magazine to show what we do. June will see us at a garden Koi Pond with an expert showing us that there are beautiful plants that work well in Koi Ponds if you know what and how to do it. Some members are as much about the setting as about the Koi and we will all learn how to have more beauty than just the Koi. Coming up in July will be all about Koi as we will visit an upscale pond in an upscale community hosted by a Koi keeper who is totally focused on raising Champion Quality Koi. We will see that bloodlines do make a difference. Pond Tours, Garden Ponds that will support Koi, and trophy Koi are reasons our club is seeing new members join us. They represent more new ponds for us to visit. It’s nice. The Las Vegas KC had no report.
q Written report submitted by Doug Dahl: No report.
q Written report submitted by Harlan Glenn: Dave Peebler, of the Koi Club of Kansas, reports their club will be having a Hawaiian Luau meeting on June 30th. Most of their members have been in koi upwards of 20 years and don’t meet but maybe 4 times per year anymore. But when they do get together they have a great time.
q Written report submitted by Mike Frady: Piedmont Koi and Watergarden Club We held our monthly meeting for May at the home of Don and Mary Ann Phenix. Don has done a lot of work keeping his ponds in good order and his fish healthy. There were 2 new fish that were purchased from Lisa Warren at her recent pond pull that Don and Mary Ann participated in earlier in May. A nice 2 step Kohaku and a very pretty Gin Rin Ochiba. Several of the attending members purchased fish during this pond pull. I was not able to attend. I have been having problems with my pond and have lost about half a dozen fish in the past month and a half. Checking the water parameters found nothing amiss. Did not do any scrapings at this time but did find one eight inch fish with half of his gill plate eaten away treated this fish. Gave it shots of Baytril and Amacican this fish is doing just fine and the plate has healed. The six fish that died had no outward signs, no sores nothing. I did a 5 day PP treatment as a preventive measure this must have helped since I have lost no more fish. Did a scraping of six different fish three days after the last PP treatment didn’t find anything on any of them. There was some discussion about a phone call I received about a new breakthrough drug for the prevention of KHV from what I understood this is a submersion drug that all fish in your ponds has to be submitted to. One of our KHAs Jeff Ritter said he would check on this and report at the next meeting. This would be great if it is true. I still think the best prevention is to buy from dealers that have been certified KHV free and only these dealers. Even then you should quarantine every fish before it goes in your pond. I recommend at least 60 days and take scrapings at least twice before placing it in your pond. North Carolina Koi and Watergarden Society Our May meeting was held at the home of Herbie and Valerie Champion of Angier, N.C. We discussed the success of our May koi sale, and our upcoming show in September. About (15) members participated in the plant swap; Herbie was even digging up additional plants around his yard to share with members. After the meeting, members enjoyed some great pizza and talk. Our June 16th meeting is at Jay and Wendy Robin’s home in Wake Forest. Our July meeting will be held Mark and Mona’ Hall’s home in Raleigh. Inland Koi Society Mac McClain reporting from sunny California. Due to our pond tour on June 3, 2012, the Inland Koi Society did not have a meeting in May. The pond tour was held in the city of Redlands, California. We had a total of eight ponds on the tour, and it was well received by the nearly 300 people who visited the ponds. After the tour, all the members who participated in the tour were treated to a great rib eye dinner. A big thanks go out to everyone who were involved in the tour, and for Jack & Norma Marrin for the use of their beautiful home, and yard for the dinner. Finally, I would like to offer a huge thanks to Nick Milfeld for coordinating the entire tour. Nick took a very difficult task and made it look easy. Thought of the month: ‘It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities” – J.K. Rowlings Tri States ZNA Koi Club For the first time, 30 different show tanks will be on display, filled with gorgeous oriental fish ranging in size from six inches to more than three feet. It will be like looking at 30 different live water paintings. Kids will be amazed at how friendly these fish can be. Is it possible to see a fish smile? Can you imagine how startling it is to have a three foot fish, patterned with red, black and luminescent white come right to the edge of its show tank and look at you with their brilliant eyes? You’ll have to come to find out at the first Tri-State Area ZNA Koi Club event, featuring breeds rarely seen outside of Japan. This free three-day “Pond and Water Garden Snow” will be held on June 22-24 in Freeport, Long Island, and is open to the public. It will be held at the Freeport Recreation Center on Long Island (130 East Merrick Road, Freeport, NY 11520. ) The exhibit hours are Friday, June 22 from noon until 5:00 pm; Saturday, June 23 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sunday, June 24 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. In addition to seeing spectacularly beautiful oriental fish, there will be workshops of interest to koi hobbyists, as well as to pond owners and gardeners. “Techniques for Raising Show Fish.” Devin Swanson from Koi Acres will share the techniques he learned during his three-year apprenticeship in Japan. Matt Covino of Sugar Loaf Koi Farm will give a talk on “Key Techniques for Raising Sanke. “ This breed presents some difficult challenges because it involves synching three distinctive colors into a harmonious pattern. Philip Gray, President of the Tri-State ZNA Koi Show, will lead an interactive workshop for kids on “How to Raise and Care for Healthy Gold Fish in your Family Aquarium.” Other workshops that will be offered over the course of the weekend show include: “The Critical Techniques for Managing Nutrition” and “Pond Construction”. Check the website listed below for updates on the workshop schedule. Throughout the weekend two award-winning judges, Dick Thomas from Lafayette, Indiana and Jim Reilly from Morristown, New Jersey will be evaluating and awarding trophies. The Tri-State Area ZNA Koi Club delivers all of its programs with a strong educational focus and a welcoming spirit that encourages folks at all interest levels to come see exceptional show fish and to learn more about caring for koi and for their gardens and ponds. For the latest information about this show please go to the ZNA Club Website at www.TristateZNAKoiClub.com . ZNA Potomac Koi Club The Potomac Koi Club is in the midst of finalizing plans for the 2012 Koi show which will be held on September 7 – 9, 2012 in Vienna, Virginia. This is the 19th Koi Show for Potomac and looks to be a wonderful event. The Show Committee has obtained a commitment for a world renowned Taiko Drummer who will perform at the event. Other demonstrations and presentations will occur which will display the Japanese culture. The weekend will also display some of the finest quality koi on the East Coast. Plan to attend what appears to be an amazing show. IKONA See the website at www.ikona.org for all the IKONA activities and upcoming events. Also, discussions are on-going about the joint 2012 Koi Show. Steve Childers and Ray Alexander state the show is shaping up to be a great event. The Michigan Club will be hosting the show and have secured a location. It will be held over the Labor Day weekend in a suburb of Detroit. First Coast Koi Club The First Coast Koi Club has been very busy lately and it appears that the next few months will be even busier. On May 11th several of our members traveled to Charleston to attend the Pond Tour conducted by the Charleston Showa Club. Those attending reported back with rave reviews. On May 19 we held our annual Pond Tour which was deemed a success. On May 20th our monthly meeting was held at the beautiful home of Doug and Darla Stuber on Amelia Island. On June 2nd several club members traveled to the Gainesville Koi Club’s auction held at the home of David & Karen Hardcastle. There were members from four clubs who participated in the auction. The guest of honor that day was Sonja Kahkola of the Rainbow River Koi Club who recently became a U.S. Citizen. Plans for our fall show scheduled for October 12, 13, and 14 are well underway, with the Vendor & Registration Packets going out shortly. Central Florida Koi Show Society No meeting during the month.
q Written report submitted by Ray Jordan: No report.
Motion: To adjourn at 8:44. Motion by Don, 2nd by Louie. Approved.