2012 07 AKCA Minutes

 Officers Present                         Directors Present                                    Guests

Chair:  Kristine Peterson               Jerry Kyle
Vice Chair:                                       Burt Ballou
Secretary:  Carole Elliott               Don Chandler
CFO:  Joan Finnegan                    Brenda Chandler
Bob Finnegan
Louie Hernandez


Board Highlights:

  • Please let your AKCA rep/contact know of any concerns your club may have!
  • Congrats to Deep South K&PS and Central California KS for winning the Speakers Grant!
  • Congratulations to the 1st Place winners of AKCA Koi of the Year:

2010-2011:  Dr. Jason Guevara of North Carolina K&WGS

2011-2012:  Ron & Malise Unruh of Bakersfield K&WGS


The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Kristine Peterson at 6:02 p.m.  She pointed out that tonight we were not teleconferencing because the Certified Professional Parliamentarian we’d recently retained had advised “You may hold board meetings by conference telephone call only if your bylaws specifically authorize you to do so” (which our By-laws do not authorize).  Furthermore, she advised that Doug Dahl had cancelled our system (which had been billed on his personal credit card) last month and that all members of the Board had been advised by email of that fact at that time.  Burt objected to the change and claimed that the Chair was trying to keep Mike from attending.  The Chair advised she was quoting from the report which Burt had been sent in advance and that it was he and Mike who had raised the teleconferencing question with the Parliamentarian in the first place!


MINUTES:  Kristine asked if anyone had any corrections or additions to the Minutes: Burt said he had several.  His first two objections were quickly dismissed by reference to documents in member’s possession at the meeting.  Then Burt tried to read correspondence (from an individual who had not attended the meeting) into the record under the pretext of ‘correcting the Minutes.’  Since it was clearly inappropriate to try and bootleg a rant into the record in such a manner, Kristine ruled it out of order.  Burt then packed his papers and left the meeting at 6:17 p.m.   On his way out of the room, he advised the Board that they could drive out to his home after the meeting to pick up the 8 Peter Enfield Project KHV slates (which Ray Jordan had shipped to him last month and that Burt had previously refused to turn over to the Chair for transshipment to the new Project KHV Chair).   Motion:  To approve the minutes of June 8th as submitted.  Motion by Louie, 2nd by Don.  Approved.


JULY  FINANCIAL STATEMENT:  Doug’s last prepared report was presented by Joan.  The AKCA investment account gained $659 in May and the Project KHV CD gained $10 in May.  Cheryl Childers has quit the AKCA Bookstore team and will ship all remaining materials to Richele.  Doug thanked Cheryl for all of her hard work on behalf of the Bookstore in the past.  All CFO equipment, files and materials were transferred from Doug to new CFO Joan Finnegan on 7/2/12.  The final AKCA Process doc and AKCA To Do List doc were emailed to Joan, Kristine and Don and a hard copy put into the CFO Financial Process binder.  Doug created a PayPal tutorial doc to record how he deals with PayPal bookstore orders.  He emailed that file to Joan, Don and Kristine and put a hard copy into the CFO Financial Process binder.  He went online in PayPal to create Caesar as a user of the account and change the primary email account to paypal@akca.org so Caesar can control where the order emails are sent.  Motion:  To accept Joan’s Pro-tem CFO appointment from June 8th.  Motion by Carole, 2nd by Jerry.  Approved.  Doug’s old AKCA/KOIUSA P.O. Box has been closed; the new address for mail is P.O. Box 10879, Costa Mesa, CA  92627.  Motion:  To remove as signers from the AKCA and Project KHV accounts (as well as the Investment account at LPL Financial) Burt Ballou, Greg Mariano and Doug Dahl.  Motion by Louie, 2nd by Don.  Approved.  Joan to update signers with the recent personnel additions to the Finance Committee.  The parliamentarian invoices of $120 and $240 were given to Joan; $420 paid to him by Kristine will need to be reimbursed.  Joan has received the CPA’s report for AKCA.



Scientific/KHA:   Jerry reported that with two students having to cancel at the last minute, we were happily pleased by a room full of people interested and caring what we do.  The remaining students were assisted by five previously certified KHAs and joined by 15 more individuals who paid $25 apiece to observe and interact in discussion.  Of the total of 33 people signed up to attend the Saturday night dinner meeting, 29 signed up and paid to attend the KHA Luncheon and stayed the rest of the afternoon to listen in on the KHA class presentations.  I counted heads and found we still had 25 so interested in what they were learning that they returned the next day for the Sunday portion of the class which lasted until about 1 o’clock.  Dr. Saint-Erne was pleased with

such acceptance and wanted to know from the audience what else he might do to make the presentation better.  He made serious notes to even better present the information in the future.  Our experiment of opening the Lab to interested koi people last year was a success and that they paid $25 each this year just to sit in proved there is still great interest in what we teach.  While many are not going to take the time to endure a long drawn out class schedule they love the idea we are more in tune with being an outreach group doing all we can do to help educate the hobbyist.   Jerry had a conversation with Bill Story who was concerned that the KHA classes were regional; he felt that students having to travel is a detriment.  Do we have classes or outreach?  Do we do this as an extension of the KHA certification program?  Jerry feels that we need to regroup.  He felt that some of the material written 10 years ago is no longer current.  Right now he doesn’t have any KHA classes planned for this coming year.  We need a stronger and simpler program.  He is looking at our options.  After this past wet lab, Dr. Nick Saint-Erne is pumped up.  He received a lot of feedback from attendees and asked for suggestions for future wet labs.


AKCA-PROJECT KHV:  Kristine stated that Ray Jordan has resigned as Chair of the Project KHV.  Motion:  To accept the resignation of Ray Jordan.  Motion by Don, 2nd by Joan.  Approved.  Kristine appointed Jack Chapman as new Chairperson effective 6/30.  She went over his bio which was extensive including being a KHA for 6 years.  Motion:  To accept Jack Chapman as Chairperson for the AKCA Project KHV.  Motion by Joan, 2nd by Brenda.  Approved.  Kristine thanked Ray for forwarding all the information he had and for his years of service.  The OSU Grant Department assumed that the indirect costs could be included in their proposal for the next research project.  Jack contacted Lin at OSU regarding the indirect costs and the contract was revised to indicate that no indirect costs would be applied to this project.  AKCA mailing address updated to the new Costa Mesa P.O. Box and Jack Chapman’s contact information provided for updates and reports.  Kristine asked for volunteers to go with her to Burt’s house after the meeting; Carole, Brenda and Don offered to assist her with loading the slates.  Jack Chapman’s bio:  Jack is a retired Navy Captain Medical Service Corp Officer with 42 years of service.  Jack has been involved with fish since a small child – starting with fancy guppies and now up to koi.  Jack’s interest with koi while stationed and living in Japan sparked his interest and desire to learn about koi and joined the Koi Club of San Diego.  Jack has been active in KCSD activities and served two and a half years as an elected club officer (1st VP for Program) and currently is in his 6th year as Koi Health Advisor (KHA).  Jack was the program chairman for the 2009 AKCA Seminar and Koi Show.  Jack is active as a KHA performing pond visits and weekly provides assistance with maintaining the pond and koi at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park.  Jack has a good working relationship with two local veterinarians who treat koi as part of their practice.  Jack has a never ending desire to learn all things “koi” and is never at a loss for words or opinions in trying to share that information in various forms with fellow koi hobbyists.  Jack’s koi pond is just over 12,000 gallons with several high quality koi.   Jack and his wife, Fran, have six children and ten grandchildren and one great grandson.


PUBLICATIONMotion:  To approve Joan as the Pro-tem KOI USA CFO.  Motion by Carole, 2nd by Jerry.  Approved.  Joan stated that Bob is working on a few minor items; proofing is complete.  We currently have a surplus of articles and hope to be on time for the next issue.  Larry went to the AKCA annual meeting and wished to thank everyone there; he thought this was a great experience that is good for AKCA and KOI USA.  He said this is one of the best examples of people coming together, being helpful and sharing!  There are 8 accounts 90 days overdue for a total of $5946 which is the lowest that we can remember it being in a long time.  Kudos to Connie!  Don presented the proposed budget for 2012-2013 with an estimated profit of $2,633 over last FY.  We should do much better in 2012-2013 what with all the cost savings we’ve put into effect.  Don showed the cover of the upcoming issue.  Nice! There was also a suggestion by Louie last month to bring back the Hobbyist Spotlight featuring a hobbyist, their pond and a favorite koi each issue.  Don showed a copy of a page from our next issue with the prototype Hobbyist Spotlight featuring none other than Louie & Ginger Hernandez.  Tada! He presented a framed picture of it to Louie.  Motion:  To approve the proposed 2012-2013 KOI USA budget.  Motion by Don, 2nd by Carole.  ApprovedMotion:  To remove Doug Dahl and Greg Mariano from the KOI USA checking account and investment account at LPL Financial.  Motion by Don, 2nd by Brenda.  Approved.  It was stated that we also need to remove Joe White’s name from the KOI USA subscription letter.  Don will contact Larry for a facsimile signature and forward it to PCS.  Joan has received the CPA’s report for KOI USA.

MEMBERSHIP:   Don stated that 78 clubs had renewed their membership as of Doug’s last report but 3 more sent in their annual dues to bring the total to 81 clubs who have paid on time.  Since the cutoff date, Brenda has contacted three clubs who didn’t pay in time but who wish to be reinstated in accordance with our By-laws:  Charleston Showa KC, North Texas WGS, and Southwest K&PA.  Motion:  To accept reinstatement of Charleston Showa KC, North Texas WGS, and Southwest K&PA conditionally pending receipt of their renewal checks.  Motion by Jerry, 2nd by Carole.  Approved.  We are still in communications with other clubs re: re-instatement since some clubs didn’t realize that their dues were past due.  Clubs which have neither renewed nor quit include:  San Francisco Bay Area KC, Tropical K&WGC, Pioneer Valley and K&WGC of North Texas.  These club’s pages will be left up on the AKCA.org site for a while pending answers (rather than taking them down then possibly having to rebuilt them). Don announced that Kristine will replace Doug as the contact person for the Michigan SE Club and Louie will replace Bob as AKCA contact for the Greater Louisville K&GFS, to which there were no objections.



JUDGING:  Bob discussed the AKCA Judging Committee, the splinter judging association and some of the public and behind the scenes antics going on.  We now have 12 certified AKCA Judges.  Kristine received a number of emails on July 14th from judges submitting their resignations as AKCA judges.  Motion:  To accept the resignation of Charles Phelps as AKCA certified judge and Head of the Judging Committee.  Motion by Joan, 2nd by Brenda.  Approved.  Motion:  To accept the resignation of Bryan Bateman as AKCA certified judge and member of the Judging Committee.  Motion by Don, 2nd by Joan.  ApprovedMotion:  To accept the resignation of Ray Jordan as AKCA certified judge and member of the Judging Committee.  Motion by Joan, 2nd by Carole.  ApprovedMotion:  To accept the resignations of Joe White and Henry Culpepper as AKCA certified judges.  Also, to accept the resignation of Steve Childers, effective October 15th, based on condition that he was to judge the First Coast Koi Show prior (but they are no longer an AKCA member club).  Motion by Joan, 2nd by Brenda.  ApprovedMotion:  To accept the resignation of the following candidate judges/applicants:  Dale Gingrich, Bart Atkinson, John Sprinkle, Marc Skaggs, Tamara Skaggs, Richard Porter, Luanne Porter, and Troy Head.  Motion by Louie, 2nd by Brenda.  ApprovedMotion:  To accept the resignation of Bob Winkler as an AKCA certified judge.  Motion by Don, 2nd by Joan.  Approved.  Kristine contacted Bob Finnegan to take over as Interim Judging Committee Chair who accepted on June 14thMotion:  To accept Bob Finnegan as Interim Judging Committee Chair.  Motion by Carole, 2nd by Louie.  Approved.  Kristine asked that the remaining judges be surveyed by Bob to see who they would like as their Chairperson.  Bob to contact Steve Childers to clarify his delayed resignation.  Discussion about Quality Koi and Joe Zuritsky; we want to support Joe but we need to find out what he wants to do.  Does the splinter judging group plan on fighting us over the Seminar that our AKCA judges had planned (back in Feb) at Quality Koi for this October?  Bob will talk to Joe and report back to us.  If need be, we will convene a special meeting regarding this development.  Discussion re: the Judges Corner article that was written for KOI USA last Spring but which the Judges refused to turn in; it has been posted on the splinter judges’ website.


SPEAKER’S GRANT:  6 clubs applied for Speakers Grants: Central Cal, Deep South, San Diego, Michigan Southeast, Northwest ZNA and Rocky Mountain.  Burt had left prior to selection but we put the six club’s names on slips of folded paper in a bag and Jerry picked 2 names.  The winners were:  Deep South K&PC and Central California KS.  Congratulations!  These grants must be used by June 1, 2013 and receipts must be mailed to our CFO for reimbursement.



INSURANCE/RISK MANAGEMENT:  The liability insurance invoice for 2012-2013 has been given to Joan.  Brenda asked our Broker if our liability insurance premium will be lowered since we have fewer clubs this year; our Broker didn’t know but will check with our Carrier.  28 clubs purchased the Premium Level Liability Insurance in FY 2011/2012 for a return on premium of $3500.  10 clubs have thus far purchased for 2012/2013 (as of tonight’s meeting).


By-Laws:  No report.




2012 Seminar:  Carole thanked Jerry Kyle, Greg Mariano, Rosimeri Tran and the Central California Koi Society for helping her put on a GREAT wet lab/business meeting.  We received super responses from the attendees regarding the hotel, food, wet lab, and guided pond tour that was held on Sunday after the Wet Lab (3 ponds).  We also want to thank the dealers who donated products for the very successful raffle (about 90 prizes).  Everyone went home with at least 2 raffle items; we made $974 from the auction and raffle with $480 being given to the Central California Koi Society.  Carole projected the profit (including the banquet) to be at $368.61.  We also had $547.60 plus tax in Bookstore sales and 1 KOI USA subscription sold.  Voting for 2010-2011 AKCA Koi of the Year and 2011-2012 AKCA Koi of the Year was held.  1st Place for AKCA 2010-2011 Koi of the Year went to Dr. Jason Guevara of North Carolina K&WGS.  2nd place went to Greg Mariano, of Central California KS, 3rd place went to Dick Thomas of Northern Midwest ZNA Chapter. AKCA Koi of the Year for 2011-2012 went to Ron & Malise Unruh of Bakersfield.  2nd place went to Joe Cook of Indiana K&WGC; 3rd place to Tom Tran of Texas K&GFS-ZNA.  Congratulations!  Club Koi Persons of the Year in attendance were:  Bob & Joan Finnegan (SoCal), Rosimeri Tran (Central Cal), John Svelan (San Diego) and Ginger Hernandez’ husband Louie, who accepted on her behalf as she was unable to attend herself (Nishiki).


2013 Seminar:  Kristine asked Carole to contact the Northwest K&GFC-ZNANorthwest Chapter to see if they would be willing to host the 2013 Annual Business Meeting/Wet Lab.




  • 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 AUGUST:

  • Seminar Profit report
  • Perform annual bookstore inventory
  • CFO submits annual budget




Parliamentarian Report:  Kristine distributed the 49 pages of this report to all Board members prior to the meeting.  It deals with how to proceed with nominations and elections.  He recommended we seek our attorney’s advice since there are some questions to be answered that even the parliamentarian said he can’t answer.  Rather than trying to sort this out tonight with incomplete data, Kristine recommended the Board supports going to the corporation’s attorney for advice.  Motion:  To consult our attorney for advice.  Motion by Don, 2nd by Louie.  Approved.  Don advised that one of the Parliamentarian’s observations was that Board members who vote to abstain or who vote against a motion should be identified by name; Carole said she would do so in the future.  Since we have nothing to hide, the Board thought the entire Parliamentarian’s report should be posted on our website for everyone to see – and it will be.

Trademark:  Attorney Stuart Adelson will proceed with the AKCA and KOI USA logo trademarks separately for an estimated $1250 for each trademark.  The KOI USA logo being currently used is a different set of colors than the logo Doug had on file but Stuart said he would file for the black and white version and include all other colors.  This gives us more protection.

Plaques:  Louie asked when do we start putting the slates on the internet for auction to raise money for the AKCA Project KHV?  This needs to be checked into.




AKCA Bookstore:  Kristine thanked Cheryl Childers for all her hard work in running bookstore booths at shows.  Brenda has been handling the PayPal accounts for the bookstore.  Kristine appointed a standing committee for the bookstore:  Brenda to chair it with Joan on the committee as well.  Motion:  To approve Brenda Chandler to head the Bookstore Committee with Joan Finnegan serving on it as well.  Motion by Carole, 2nd by Bob.  Approved.

Finance Committee:  Kristine appointed the following to serve on the Finance Committee:  The CFO (Joan Finnegan), Carole Elliott and Brenda Chandler.  Motion:  To have the CFO (Joan Finnegan), Carole Elliott and Brenda Chandler to serve on the Finance Committee.  Motion by Don, 2nd by Jerry.  Approved.

Letter of Confidence:  It was stated that we should send out a letter to all Club Reps and Presidents giving them an update on what has been happening and dispelling a lot of untruths and rumors that have been floating around, especially on the internet.  This letter should go out on AKCA letterhead and Kristine will handle.



Written report submitted by Burt:  Sonja Kahkola, of Rainbow River KC, said there are no meetings in July or August due to heat.  A member found a company that can make real nice Friendship Awards for their club; they got a lot of rain & high temps; some members went to Aquatic Eco Systems for a Seminar on Aquaponics.  Barb Flowers, of Rocky Mountain KC, said they are having a pond tour July 21-22 is being combined with Colorado Water Garden Society on this weekend; Koi Show Aug. 18-19th.  Debby Young, of Southern Arizona KA, said their last meeting their KHA spoke on quarantine.  Started on koi show; have judges, trophies from Fishy Lips in Florida.  The July meeting is annual picnic at Mountain View Koi.  Ben Soedjono, of Dallas Koi Kichi Group, said they are planning for their koi show; otherwise, too hot for any activity.  This is the 10th koi show for the club.   Sanjiv Kapoor, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, said they are busy putting the finishing touches to their annual pond tour.  They have almost filled the 50 volunteer slots thanks to some club members doing double duty.  There are six ponds on the 2012 pond tour.  Fred Blundell, of K&WGC of No. Texas, said their June meeting was held with the theme of “Dancing in June,” with over 16 members in attendance.  Laura Adams presented the program on Hydroponics and your water garden/fish pond, covering design, installation, plant selection and using the system for water filtration.  Several videos were presented followed by discussion.  A BBQ chicken Potluck luncheon followed.  Dinh Nguyen, of ZNA Northern Calif. Chapter, said we had our June meeting at Genki Koi’s new location. He has really expanded and the layout is very impressive. We welcomed new ZNA members Dr. Joseph Sibi and Robert Do. And also welcome Thomas and who drove all the way from Fresno to attend our meeting and brought a friend. We voted to take on the expense and commitment to have Japanese ZNA Judges for our shows. Remember that our next show is not only our show but we are also hosting the ZNA President’s meeting. We already have koi kichies from Canada and Asia countries reserved 2013 show tanks. Club asked members to show and to support the Bakersfield and Central California Koi Society show in October and September respectively.  Burt tried but was unable to reach Middle Georgia KS and Cascade K&GFC.


Written report submitted by Carole Elliott:  Christine Wikolaski, of Niagara Frontier K&PC, said they held their Koi Show at Mastersons in June.  It was great weather and many people came through and asked questions.  Their speaker for July is on the topic of Landscape architecture.  July will also be their Pond Tour.  They have 12 stops this year touring the Southtowns of Buffalo, NY.  They will be getting ready for the local county fair in August.  They care for a pond there and answer questions during the fair.  Puget Sound KC had a Moonlight Pond Tour on July 4th, starting at Rick & Leanne Beasley’s home.  On July 21st they will have their annual picnic at Brigette & Jerry White’s home.  August 4-5th will be their Young Koi Show.  August 10-12th will be the Annual PNKCA Convention.  Jerry Woodbury, of Miami Valley WGS, said this month they are having Steve Blessing from Green Vista Water Gardens talking about Pest Control.  Maybe now they will all learn how to get rid of those pesky intruders.  They have everything in place for the 2012 Public Pond Tour taking place on July 28-29th.  Clark Shea, of Canada KC of British Columbia, reported that since April and the beginning of the “koi season” around the Vancouver BC area, they have been quite active.  Besides their monthly meetings, they have had an informal gathering at the home of one of their dealer members who had new fish from Japan come out of quarantine in late April.  They are also planning a wet lab for June 24th; to date 15 club members have signed up for this event.  A surprising number of club members have microscopes which they will bring.  Other events to add to their summer enjoyment are the club BBQ on Aug. 19th and the pond tour with their friends in the Washington K&WGS.  They are hosting this event on July 21st.  Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they have been really busy as of late.  They just finished their 16th Annual Pond Tour, where they had 22 ponds on display.  This year all their proceeds will be donated to an area family for a new wheel chair accessable home.  With that event out of the way, they are now looking forward to a planned field trip to visit the St. Louis Water Garden Club at the end of July.  They will be touring several of their ponds and would like to thank them all ahead of time for allowing them to visit.  It’s been extremely hot and dry there and many ponds have been suffering.  They are all praying for rain and cooling temps.  Jim Vaden, of KC of Middle Tennessee, said they will not meet this month due to the record high temperatures.  Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said they had a busy month in June even though they don’t have a formal meeting that month.  June is our Pond Tour Month.  They had their 14th Annual; 12 ponds were on tour again this year.  They had a good turnout.  Two of their members were on a local television station to promote the tour.  Many of their local businesses put up posters for them to help promote the tour.  This is also the time they push for new members by having registration forms at each host pond location to encourage new membership.  This year they added 5 new households to their club.  They also had 23 members travel to Hammock Koi Farm in Tennessee for a day trip this June.  And a trip to Bobby Wang’s East Coast Koi Imports in New Hill, NC is targeted for August 25, 2012.  Jan Jordan, of MidColumbia K&PC, said they have firmed up doing a pond tour this year.  Jamie Lennick volunteered to chair the event.  They currently have 6 ponds on the tour and are getting things in place as far as booklets, posters, etc.  The pond tour will be the weekend after Labor Day in September.  More current, they will be having a speaker from Spokane’s club, Diana Lynn Rehn, give a class on koi nutrition July 21st at the home of Carmen Stafford.  Carole tried but was unable to reach Amarillo KS, Central Alabama K&WGS, Midwest P&KS, and WGC of South Texas.


Written report submitted by Phil Hunter:  Vi Conn, of the Capital Area K&WGC, reports that the June meeting was held at the pond of Jim & Tess Baker.  The meeting featured the annual fish auction and plant exchange.  The club members had many enjoyable sightings of fish, plants, birds and even other members.  The Koi Person of the Year Award was presented to Donna & Carl Lawson.  The July meeting will be a mini pond tour and moving dinner at the ponds of three different club members.  Appetizers will be at the pond of John & Connie Barthwiak, the main course will be at the pond of Jeff Venn & Mike Wendorf and finally, dessert will be at the pond of Al & Vi Conn.  Diana Lynn Rehn, of the Inland Empire WG&KS, reports that the June meeting was held at the home of Jackie & Kai Karbell.  The presentation was discussion on bio-filters.  The July meeting was held at the home of Frank & Diana Lynn Rehn.  The program was a Q & A session.  Also, in July they are holding a joint koi show and workshop in Spokane, Washington with the Northern Idaho Koi Keepers.  Laurie Turner, of the Shasta K&WGC, reports that with the hot weather, the club is making a refreshing change and holding the July meeting in the evening at the home of Gary Desmond and Armando Mejorado.  In addition to their beautiful pond they have unique landscaping, complete with metal sculptures that can be seen from the 1-5 Freeway heading north.  The meeting in June was at the home of Hal & Lucille Muns and the program was how to build a home made foam fractionator to remove dissolved organics from the pond.  Pat Ware, of the Springfield WGS, reports that the June meeting was the first outdoor meeting of the season and was held at the home of J.J. Averett.  J.J. is a Master Gardener and a FOG member.  The meeting featured the annual plant swap.  The July meeting will be at the home of Jim & Carol Lersch.  There will be no formal program, since many members will be coming from the FOG meeting at the Botanical Garden.  Also in July will be a mini pond tour, featuring the ponds of Peter Longley and Joe & Anita Peterman.  Both families have been members of the SWS for a long time.  Both ponds are off the beaten track and offer unique viewing opportunities.  Phil was unable to contact the Dayton KC this month.


Written report submitted by Don Chandler:  Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the June general meeting was held at the lovely home of John and Sue Kendall and members enjoyed touring around their beautifully landscaped backyard; Sue is a master gardener and has a beautifully landscaped property. Laverne Wright discussed how previously she had a koi diagnosed with dropsy, which is also called pinecone disease; generally it is a fatal prognosis but she was fortunate enough that her koi recovered and is now doing well. Dale also mentioned his step son was having problems with the koi. Greg discussed koi show expenses, such as the club purchased two show tanks along with netting material which Seng has volunteered to make the net covers for. There was discussion of the pond tour, it wasn’t quite as busy as previous years but we have gained one new family to add to our club. KOI USA is looking for writers. We have begun the preparations for our 2012 koi show at Fig Garden village; it will be held the last weekend in September and set up will be on Friday September 28th; the koi judging will be on Saturday September 29th and it ends on Sunday September 30th. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.  Debbi Gillis, of Central Coast Koi Club, reports the Jun meeting was held at the home of John and Kira Olshefski and several guests attended.  After an abundance of dinner brought by members, they discussed a KOI USA article (Lazy Man’s Water Changes) and a new enzyme product called Pond Support by Aqua Meds which, when combined with Ultimate, cleared the pond within 24 hours.  The July meeting was held at the home of Mike and Linda Simms.  Several guests attended as the result of an ad the club placed in a local paper.  Discussion re: members getting into their ponds, wet suits vs. waders, etc.  Mike’s presentation was on Solar pump systems for irrigating your yard.  The system is inexpensive with a payoff of around 4 years.  The next meeting will be at BJ and Ingrid’s.  James McAdams, of Deep South Koi & Pond Society, reports the club held its July Meeting and Birthday Celebration at the home of Gerald and Janis Bonds. The club discussed the results of our annual Pond Tour. While the numbers are not yet final, the club will net about $1600.00 and this year’s charity, Braveheart, will receive about $6400. Paul Charbonnet volunteered to be interviewed by KOI USA for a future magazine article re: their Pond Tour. The club also voted to invite Ray Jordan back to speak to us about “Putting on a Koi Show”. The meeting adjourned and we enjoyed some fantastic grilled chicken and sausage, side dishes supplied by the members, followed by Birthday Cake.  Check out their website at http://www.deepsouthkoi.org/.  Dennis Long, of Metro-Detroit Pond & Garden Club, reports the club is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year. We want to thank everyone who has given their support over the years. We hope you will continue to support us as we strive to educate our friends, neighbors and all who are interested in this wonderful hobby. Our membership is growing and more households are getting into the pond, koi and gardening hobby. Someone coined the term “Staycation” meaning staying home and enjoying your pond, koi and beautiful garden. When we are not at home we hope to continue visiting other cities and their koi shows and pond tours. This year we selected Gary & Shirley Madden as our “Koi Persons of the Year. They always show great passion for the club and work very hard on whatever project they take on. So thanks again, Gray & Shirley.  Check out their website at http://metrodetroitpondandgardenclub.org/ .  Philip Gray, of Mid-Atlantic Koi Club, reports they have scheduled a dinner / lecture on Koi Herpes Virus (KHV) — August 22, 2012 — including updates on the newly approved KHV Vaccine. The talk is sponsored by Novartis.  Location: Lehigh Valley Veterinary Dermatology & Fish Hospital, 4580 Crackersport Rd., Allentown, PA 18104, 610-391-1200 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting.  Dinner starts at 6:30 pm and Lecture starts at 7:00 p.m.  RSVP by email PRIOR TO JULY 25 to Dr. Palmeiro and please see their website for further details..  Check out their website at http://www.makc.com.  Marc and Tamara Skaggs, of Northern Midwest ZNA Koi Club, report the club has posted a wonderful newsletter with all the results from their 11th Annual Koi Show on their website at http://www.nmzna.net/News_Docs/Summer%202012.pdf.  It includes Major Winners, Best in Size Winners, Best in Variety Winners, Trophy Sponsorships, Vendors, Pictures and a comprehensive THANK YOU to the folks who helped make this show so special.  Check out their website at http://www.nmzna.net/index.html.  Phyllis Anderson, of North Idaho Koi Keepers,reports the club congratulates our newest KHA graduates: David Geisler and Deborah Kohut of Alberta, Canada successfully completed the AKCA Koi Health Advisor program this month. Our club also joined with our neighbor club Inland Empire Water Garden & Koi Society to hold the 2nd Inland Northwest Koi Show, a joint effort of the two clubs to present a workshop atmosphere with our guest judges/instructors Larry Gill and Dick Benbow. Beautiful koi gave the group many wonderful examples for lively discussion on koi attributes. Our Grand Champion Sanke was escorted to the show by Chris Charbonneau, along with her Reserve Champion Kohaku sister. Our 85-year young member John Miller received Reserve Champion B for his beautiful Shiro Utsuri. Dan and Sharon Olson bridged the gap with their Mature Champion Sanke as well as the Young Champion Showa. Ron & Gloria Boedeker graced the show with their photogenic Gin Rin Kohaku which received the AKCA Award and a Friendship award from the Washington Koi & Water Garden Society. Judy & Greg Linnebach brought their “Best Tategoi” Showa and received this year’s PNKCA Award. John & Linda Seifert’s lovely baby Kohaku received recognition for the Best Size 1. The ZNA Northern California Friendship Award was presented to Bruce Todd’s Hikari Muji.  DianaLynn Rehn graced the show with her Best In Size 4 Gin Rin Showa. Other awards were presented to club members and everyone enjoyed the opportunity to learn from our terrific judges.  Check out their website at http://www.northidahokoikeepers.com/id8.html.  Lois Rosmarin, of Siskiyou Koi & Pond Club,reports they are having a good summer enjoying visits to member’s ponds. We are also planning to hold our first Koi Auction on July 21. The koi to be auctioned will come from member’s ponds to relieve overcrowding or to allow room for new fish.  Their website at http://www.siskiyoukoiclub.com has been remodeled and is now back up, so be sure to check it out.  Michelle Gravenish Reilly, of Upper Midwest Koi Club,reports that on Aug 3rd-Aug 5th we will be hosting our 5th annual Upper Midwest Koi Club Show at Bachman’s Garden Center in Minneapolis, MN.  Our next club meeting will be held at Joe & Lynda Retterrath’s home, 810 O’Neill Drive, Eagan, MN on Saturday, July 28, 2012 from 2-4 p.m. The topic will be: Pond Filtration, design and water quality – bring a water sample for testing.  Our previous meeting was held June 9th. Cheng Lee (President of the Club) presented and demonstrated bowling, netting, transportation of koi, and show preparation.  Ron Sterbenz (website administrator) gave a how to presentation on Koi Photography.  Check their website at http://www.umkoiclub.org/htm/meetings.html.  The following clubs were contacted but did not respond:   Macon Water Garden & Koi Club,   Moto-Kara Koi Kai ZNA Chapter Koi Club, Nashville Pond Society and Rhode Island & Massachusetts Koi Club.


Written report submitted by Brenda Chandler: Johnna Hansen, of Charleston Showa Koi Club, reports the club met at Carolina Koi Farm for the July meeting. Although it was hot we had a great turnout! Robert Lewis talked about the new judging standards for butterfly koi. We also discussed changes to our bylaws. After the pond tour, finances were settled and we were able to donate $1000 to the Charleston Animal Society. We are planning and looking forward to Mr. Kodama’s second class here in Charleston, to be held on August 11th and 12th.  Check out their website at http://www.charlestonshowakoiclub.org/.  Mike and Annette Lane, of High Desert Koi Fanciers, report the July meeting will be held at the Haggai’s home on July 7th starting at 10 a.m.  There will be a guest speaker talking about succulents and he will also have many odd types for sale. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about growing and keeping succulents.  After the guest speaker there will be a barbecue of typical barbecue food and drinks. The field trip to Tehachapi was truly enjoyed with a garden tour and luncheon at the home of Margaret and Lazilo Veszpeller. Lunch was a wonderful assortment of croissant sandwiches, Asian salad, fruit and drinks. Dessert included small pastries and ice cream balls. After lunch the hostess gave a demonstration on different ways to use decorative pots and plants in the garden, followed by a tour of their garden and pond area. We had a great turnout of 20 people. After lunch many members continued to the nursery down town and quite a few plants came back to the Antelope Valley. Thanks to Tee Miller for putting together a great day!  The 2012 Board of Directors:  President- Karla Haggai; Vice President– Kristin Hopper;  Treasurer- Jack Eccles; Secretary- Dan Whitmore; Activities Director– Tee Miller; Member at Large- David Bodo; Librarian- Terri Eccles; Membership Coordinator-Pat Simpson.  Check out their website at http://www.hdkoifanciers.com.  Brenda Chandler, of Nishiki Koi Club, reports the club did not meet in July and plans are still being made for the August meeting.  Stay tuned for details!  Check out their website at http://www.nishikikoiclub.com.  Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the club’s meeting will be held on Saturday 14 July 9:00 a.m. at the home of Greg & Letriana Cantrell, 311 Arnold Rd. East Peoria, IL.  Well I think summer has finally got here; as I write this the temp is still above 100F and it is after 7p.m.  Hopefully the weatherman is right and the temperature will drop back to mid-eighties in the next couple of days. We also hope that everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July.  Thanks to the Carter’s for hosting the June meeting and a big thanks to Mike White for his discussion on pumps; Mike will be back to talk about bio-filters at the August meeting.  The board has decided to have the pond tour on 22/23 June 2013, so start making your plans to show off your pond or help as a guide since we will be looking for 8-12 ponds to showcase. The board has also decided to purchase several items that can be used by members; we will purchase a 3000 gal per hour pump that can be loaned to a club member in the event they suffer a pump failure; we will also purchase a pond-vac that can be rented by members, along with a couple of 100 gallon tanks that will be available if you are cleaning your pond.  Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.  Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports I just can’t bring myself to put together a happy club report with all the pain and fear going on in our city right now because of the fire. I know many of us are in evacuated areas – please know that we are thinking of you and hope to hear soon that you, your loved ones, and your homes are OK.  Our normal meeting date would be July 4 – we have plans for a meeting the FOLLOWING WEEK, on July 11 – but I think we should wait and see how things are in the city before going ahead with that plan. I will let you know. But please note that there is NO MEETING on July 4.  Many people have asked about the effect of ash and fire debris on the pond and koi – as far as I can figure out, it should not harm the fish. Ash is alkaline, and could raise the pH if a lot of it gets into the pond. If your koi are uncomfortable or flashing, a water change is probably the best thing to do. If your pond is without power, and you have no generator, there is not much you can do to keep oxygen in the water except to manually agitate the water (buckets of water poured into the pond from a height) or possibly spray fresh water into the pond. I sincerely hope we don’t have a lot of losses due to power outages.  Check out their website at http://www.socokoi.org.  David Yee, of Valley of the Sun Koi Club, Inc., reports their club will not meet again until September due to the extreme heat.  Check their website at http://www.vskc.net.  Mary Oxman, of Ventura County Koi Society, reports the July meeting will be hosted by Gary and Denice Stouffer, who 6 years ago decided to expand their 50 gallon Goldfish pond to a 1000 gallon Koi and Goldfish pond.  The idea was to build the pond to complement our hillside terraced garden and rock retaining walls.  We chose lots of rocks in and around the new pond.  After two years it was obvious that there was not enough water flow to keep the debris and fish waste from accumulating between the rocks.  The solution was to take the rocks and pebbles out of the pond and scatter them throughout the garden.  They say by the time you build your 3rd pond you will finally get it right!  In June their annual barbeque attracted members from Montecito to Fountain Valley.  Rick and Janet Shaw do such a fabulous job that it does not seem to matter how far one has to drive—we will all be there!  The Shaws are experts at feeding a crowd whether it is hungry humans or a pond packed full of koi.  It is always an amazing sight to see the pond literally boiling with koi at feeding time!  I can’t thank Rick and Janet enough for doing such a spectacular job on the barbeque; all your hard work is very much appreciated. Check their website at http://users.vcnet.com/rrenshaw/vcks.html.


Written report submitted by Joan Finnegan:  Joan reports that the SoCal Koi Club held a joint koi auction with the Nishiki Koi Club on June 17th.  There wee lots of koi to auction with profits split among the two clubs.  They did not have a meeting in July but will be meeting in August at the home of Gordon & Ally Chibana.  They got 5 new members in the last 2 months because of brochures put at the local dealers.  Norm Call, of Oregon K&WGS, said they just had their club meeting; went over their annual koi show process including events after the show.  Larry Christensen, of Northwest K&GFC-ZNA, said they are going to have their annual koi show at the end of July.  Jim Reilly will be the head Judge.  Their club is looking forward to attending the PNKCA convention in the middle of August.


Written report submitted by Bob Finnegan:  Ken Houtman, of Great Ponds & KS of W. Mich, said that everything is OK; hot weather!  Jon Floden, of Gulf Coast KS, said the club will not have a pond tour this year but they plan on doing something to take its place.  Ken Lau, of Indiana K&WGC, said their club had a good koi show and a successful pond tour; they will be sending in an article to KOI USA.  Jon Lockerman, of North Florida KC, said that in August they will have a photo long fin contest between several Florida koi clubs.  It will take place at Corky Bell Tolacaka, 1 hour from Orange Park, FL.  It’s a get together with the clubs to help recruit more members.  Mona Coleman, of Northern Nevada PC, said they are having their pond tour July 15th; there will be an article coming for KOI USA.  Jerry Haines, of Olympic K,GF&WGC, said the club is the host to the N.W. Seminar August 11-13th in Silverton, Wash. Bob tried but was unable to reach North Iowa P&KC.


Written report submitted by Kristine PetersonSanta Clarita K&WG reported that the June 24 meeting was cancelled. The next meeting is July 21 at the home and pond of the club’s Koi Health Advisor who has an example(s) of koi health problems. For more information on attending, or joining the Santa Clarita Koi Club please visit their website www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.comKoi Club of San Diego congratulates Lew Hileman, winner of the 2013 Show Pin Design Contest selected at the July meeting. Lew will receive a $25 certificate to use at any of the vendor booths at the 26th Annual KCSD Koi Show. The next general meeting will be in Point Loma on August 12th. For more information on attending the club meetings visit us at www.koiclubsandiego.orgMountain View KC located in Ontario Canada will hold the next general meeting at the home of Lucie and Jean Paul’s home. For more information on attending or joining their club, visit their website at www.mountainviewkoiclub.com .  Hawaii Goldfish and Carp Association welcomes new members and those interested in learning more about pond care. Those in the area interested in raising koi or goldfish or are thinking of building a pond visit us at www.hawaiigoldfishandkoi.org .


Written report submitted by Louie HernandezZNA So. CA Chapter’s June meeting was cancelled but the July meeting was held at the home of John Mattingly.  John has been in koi for many years and his pond in Studio City is always a treat to see.  They are looking for old pictures and info on the history of their club.  2014 show will be their 40th show and it will be a show to remember.  Please send Louie any history you may have.  Thanks!  Jerry Kyle, of Camellia KC, said their June meeting had Sue, from On Golden Pond, to host and demonstrate how to make a floating garden that does not use dirt or rocks to mess up a pond.  Aerosol cans of foam created a floating platform to house water plants.  Koi keep the plants trimmed and roots nibbled off so they do not overtake the pond.  If necessary, removal was as simple as lifting lightweight floating unit out of water.  A koi pond can have plants without turning it into a water garden.  Their July meeting will be the club annual potluck and the Annual Koi Person of the Year Certificate from AKCA will be presented to Gus Cubillo.  A short talk and presentation on catching, bagging, and transporting koi is planned in order to get ready for their August annual club member koi auction.  Members are able to reduce pond load while helping other or newer members get some nicer and/or larger koi for their ponds.  Life is good in the Camellia Koi Club who always welcomes inquiries from prospective members wanting to learn more and experience more in the koi hobby.  Don Bayer, of Lone Star KC, said their July meeting will be held at Don’s home.  Ray Jordan, from San Antonio, will be their speaker.  His subject will be “Tips to Improve Water Quality.”  This is a subject everyone can benefit from, no matter how long you have been dealing with ponds.  Also, Tom Tran will have about 20-25 non-gosanke tosai (one year old) koi for sale at the meeting on Sunday.  These koi currently measure from 10-12 inches and include ogon, kujaku, ai goromo, etc.  The price will be $50.00 each (koi from Japan).  Bart Thompson, of the Bakersfield K&WS, said their June meeting was held at the home of Roger & Ginger Spradlin.  They witnessed Roger and his son Andrew cull about 100 kohaku out of thousands that were too small to cull.  They had a good turnout, discussed upcoming events including the annual AKCA business banquet, KHA Seminar, and their club’s koi show in October.  The next meeting will be held at Glen Porter’s Remax Office where he has a beautiful courtyard pond in the shade.


Written report submitted by Harlan Glenn:   Dave Peebler, of Koi Club of Kansas, reports their club held a Luau on June 30 featuring a Shrimp Boil (shrimp, clams, sausage, potatoes & corn) with salad, rolls, dessert and drinks.  Games and entertainment followed dinner.  For discussion purposes, the club distributed an article in advance entitled “Pond Depth & Koi Growth,” an original essay by Chris Neaves.


Written report submitted by Mike Frady:  No report.


Motion:  To adjourn at 9:44.  Motion by Don, 2nd by Louie.  Approved.


Respectfully submitted,

Carole Elliott

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