2012 11 AKCA Minutes

AKCA Minutes of November 9, 2012

Officers Present                               Directors Present                             Guests

Chair:  Kristine Peterson                    Bob Finnegan                          Ally Cunningham

Vice Chair:  Louie Hernandez             Brenda Chandler                     Paul Cunningham

Secretary:                                            Don Chandler

CFO:  Joan Finnegan

Board Highlights:

  • Please let your AKCA rep/contact know of any concerns your club may have
  • Member clubs will be given discount advertising rates to advertise their Koi Shows and Pond Tours in KOIUSA


The meeting was called to order by Vice Chairperson Louie Hernandez at 6 p.m. (since Kristine was a few minutes late due to traffic).


MINUTES:  Motion:  To approve the minutes of October 12, 2012.  Motion by Joan, 2nd by Brenda.  Approved.


v OCTOBER  FINANCIAL STATEMENT:  Joan reported the current balances of the AKCA checking and investment accounts.  Joan asked Don to void and return the $100 dues check from the Koi & Water Garden Club of North Texas since they hadn’t paid the required $50 reinstatement fee despite several emails clarifying the issue involved.




v SCIENTIFIC/KHA:   Jerry Kyle’s email stated there was no current activity to report at this time.  Don, Brenda & Kristine will be working with Jerry and Caesar in the near future to upgrade the web site’s KHA section.


v AKCA-PROJECT KHV:  No report.  Kristine will meet this weekend with Jack Chapman, Committee Chair, to discuss methods for auctioning the 8 Peter Enfield slates to maximize fund raising.


v PUBLICATION:  Joan reported the current balances of the KOIUSA checking and investment accounts.  She reported there were insufficient funds on hand to avoid having to time bill payments due to cash flow shortfalls.  Motion:  To transfer $30K from the AKCA investment account to the KOIUSA checking account to cover cash flow shortfalls.  Motion by Don, 2nd by Louie.  Approved.  Joan to contact our investment account to handle, as well as to add Brenda and Carole to the account; also, for Brenda to set up on-line access to the investment account.  Caesar was able to add an advertiser’s flyer for an upcoming event (Toyoma Koi’s Fall Harvest) to the website’s home page, providing advertisers additional bang for their bucks.  A small graphic tribute to Ray Abell in the upcoming issue was passed around.  Don discussed the Nov/Dec adds & drops (down 13.5% compared to this issue last year) then stepped through the articles in the upcoming issue.  Bob discussed the growing interest nationwide in mud ponds and suggested this might make an interesting article, which was well received.  Readers with mud ponds are encouraged to submit articles!  Don mentioned that he & Brenda’s email was hacked; some folks in their address book received spam, purporting to be from them, with a real estate link to click on.  Don apologized for any splash back on the AKCA or KOIUSA and assured the Board that the KOIUSA database of subscribers had not been accessed.

v MEMBERSHIP:   Don reported we have 85 clubs in good standing.



v JUDGING:  Bob reported the Judging Committee is coming together.  Discussion re: resuming the AKCA Judges’ Corner in KOIUSA magazine.  The upcoming issue has a column from Bob discussing his appointment as Interim Director, progress made to date, and some good reasons why clubs should choose AKCA Judges for their shows.  Discussed Garry Chin putting together the 2012 Champion of Champions photo contest: AKCA Judges to be polled and an article to be submitted to KOIUSA.  Larry Christensen, who attended the Memorial for Ray Abell and the Final Pond Pull at Nishikigoi of Niigata, volunteered to write an article for KOIUSA.  Arrangements are being made to update the Judges’ photos and bios on the AKCA web site.


v KOI PERSON OF THE YEAR:  Brenda retrieved the Koi Person of the Year certificates, embossed gold seals and ribbon from the Bookstore; Kristine signed a handful of certificates and turned the materials over to Paul so that he can fill a couple of late 2012 requests (Matt Flury, Oregon Koi & Watergarden Society; Sandy & Orville Hanson, Inland Koi Society).


v SPEAKER’S GRANT:  No report.

v GUIDES:  No report.


v INSURANCE/RISK MANAGEMENT:  Brenda reported that basic liability insurance for AKCA clubs in good standing is essentially free since it’s included in a club’s dues.  Premium Special Event insurance is available for only $125 per fiscal year, which will cover all of a club’s events; 13 clubs have subscribed so far this year, for a return on premium of $1,625.


v BOOKSTORE COMMITTEE:  Brenda reported that PayPal will no longer temporarily impound funds pending investigation of claims, disputes or chargebacks filed by Bookstore customers; this due to our exceptional PayPal account performance.  Sales for last month: Richele $488; Mitchel $368, plus 3 years of KOIUSA; total $856.  Sales YTD: Richele $2039; Mitchel $1060, plus 9 years KOIUSA; total $3099.


v BY-LAWS:  No report.




v 2012 Seminar:  Due to Carole’s absence, the final accounting was tabled to the next meeting.


v 2013 Seminar:   Don read Carole’s email reporting progress on obtaining the required confirmations to move forward with planning a Business Meeting/Banquet/Wet Lab in Hawaii next June: Bonnie Nakahara, Dir/Rep with the Hawaii club, reports they’re on board and Taro Kodama is willing to work with putting together a Judging Seminar.  That leaves Venue and Instructor as the other two confirmations required and Carole is working to secure them.  If any other club is interested in hosting, they need to contact Carole ASAP!




  • 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 JANUARY:


  • Include AKCA financials in Minutes
  • AKCA Chair recommends Nominating Committee
  • AKCA & KOIUSA Annual Budgets updated




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Written report submitted by Carole Elliott:  Christine Wilkolaski, of Niagara Frontier K&PC, reports that Dr. Helen Roberts gave a talk on koi health at their November meeting.  They are planning for their Christmas Party which will be their regular meeting night for December.  Elections will be held in January.  Jan Jordan, of Mid-Columbia K&PC, said they met for an evening dinner get-together on election night.  It was sort of a celebration that the camPAINing season was over along with the end to their ponding season up north.  They had a very good turn out, and she thinks the restaurant appreciated their business as they had their whole back room to themselves.  Most of them have winterized and covered their ponds for the duration till spring.  Their next event, still in the planning stages, will be a ponding gift swap/exchange and dinner the 1st part of December.  Ralph Smith, of Southwest K&PA, said they are still looking for a meeting location.  Jerry Woodbury, of Miami Valley WGS, said they are planning for their Winter Banquet for December 15th.  They are lining up their guest speakers and road trips for 2013.  Stephen Dumas, of North Texas WGS, said not much happening as the year winds down.  They have their new board members in place for next year.  Mostly the same as last year.  For more information about them and any upcoming events or meeting topics, please see their website at http://ntwgs.org/.  They want to remind everyone of the meeting location:  The 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Community Meeting Room inside the Half Price Books in Dallas.  Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they will be holding their final meeting for the year.  It is always celebrated by going out to eat.  This year’s meeting will also feature the donation of their club’s pond tour proceeds to a group called “Building a Dream in the Country.”  They will also be electing new officers, so this will be a very important meeting as well as entertaining.  They will not hold meetings again until either Feb. or March.  They would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone Happy Holidays and A Great and Happy New Year!  Donovan Burke, of North Iowa P&KC, said their club meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month.  The drought has taken quite a toll on everything around there lately.  A few of them went to Koi Acres in MN this past May for a 2 day meeting and talking to Judges and viewing fish.  On that Sunday they had a fish auction and support items for maintaining ponds.  Their group bought a total of 20 fish; a beautiful assortment he adds!  Their club, in August, took a bus trip to St. Louis, MO.  Along with their club was the Eastern Iowa PS for a total of 32 people.  They were invited by Jokerst’s owner, Pam & Rick.  They lined up 14 ponds for their clubs to visit Sat. & Sun.  A trip to see the Chinese Silk Dragons and other various animals.  Pam & Rick had them come to their home Fri. evening for a full meal.  Sat. evening they took them to Little Italy in St. Louis for dinner.  Sunday morning they took a little side trip shopping downtown St. Louis at some quaint little shops.  Gary Gelmore, of Atlanta Koi Club, reports they just finished up for the year with our social last weekend. We don’t meet in Dec because of the holidays. Elections were held in October.  Our plans for 2013 include a pond tour in the spring, a booth at the Southeastern Flower show (big event that exposes thousands of people to the hobby), our annual club auction in the spring (last year we had some really nice fish in the auction, many show quality) and of course our annual show in September. We hope to once again have it in conjunction with the Japan fest held every year here in Atlanta. Last year we had 19 thousand pass by the show. Spent many hours answering questions about Koi. Drew the biggest crowd when we started bagging fish for the ride home. None of them could believe we put them in plastic bags to move. I was elected president for this term so I will be assigning this task to someone else. I will let you know their info when that happens. Jim Vaden, KC of Middle Tennessee, reports their club will hold our final meeting of the year on December 1st. The main agenda item will be the election of officers for 2013. We will take a couple of months off in the winter and will meet again in March.  Mel Barutha, South Carolina K&WGS, reports their October meeting was held at the home of the Peart’s and it was our annual Halloween meeting and those folks that wanted to dress up did so. We had a great bonfire after our meal and meeting and folks enjoyed roasting marshmallows. Nominations were made for 2013 officers and a slate of officers were established to be voted on at our November 17th meeting. It was announced that our club has reserved the same facility for next year’s Koi and Goldfish show. It will be the 4th, 5th and 6th of October, 2013. Plans have been made for our Christmas party for Saturday evening, Dec.8th. That is all for now as we begin to wind down for 2012.Carole tried but was unable to reach the following clubs:  Amarillo KS; Canada KC of British Columbia; Midwest P&KS; Puget Sound KC; WGC of South Texas; East Tennessee KC; Middle Georgia KS; and Piedmont K&WGS.


Written report submitted by Phil Hunter:   Vi Conn, of the Capital Area K&WGC, reports that the October meeting was held at the DeWitt Township Community Center.  Guest speaker Mike Harris, of Mid-Michigan Ponds, gave an informative presentation on pond aeration, construction and management.  He was extremely helpful in giving members with earth ponds sound advice in maintaining the proper aeration and beneficial microbes in their ponds.  The November meeting will be the Holiday party at the home of Bev and Denny Morse.  Diana Lynn Rehn, of the Inland Empire WG&KS, reports that the October meeting was held at the Spokane Valley Library.  The program was a discussion on closing the pond for the season, products to use in the fall and making an economical home-made airlift pump.  Also some discussion on home made filters.  The November meeting will be the year end banquet.  Laurie Turner, of the Shasta K&WGC, reports that the October meeting was the clubs annual koi auction.  The December meeting will be the year end party.  Pat Ware, of the Springfield WGS, said the October meeting was great with guest speaker Peter Longley.  He brought along several of his paintings to show how light makes the picture.  He spoke about how shadow and light change, how we see things and how that can be used in gardens as well.  The November meeting will feature Nola Miller who is CEO of Marketing for the Branson Aquaponic Plan.  The Branson Aquaponic Plan is to use the closed Red Roof Mall to create the world largest indoor aquaponic food factory making Branson the world’s first fully sustainable city.  It is estimated that the plan will create 400 full time jobs.  The project is estimated to cost 36 million dollars.  In addition, the club will elect new officers for 2013.  He was unable to contact the Dayton KS this month.


Written report submitted by Don Chandler:  Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the November meeting was held at the home of Marjorie and Harry Imfeld.  Members enjoyed viewing the Imfeld’s pond and since it was a beautiful day we enjoyed having the meeting outside for some fresh air.  Dale took the reins in Greg’s absence, and began with the Officers elections.  The following are incoming 2013-2015 Officers:  President – Rosimeri Tran; Vice President-Lou Weaver; Treasurer-Seng Tran; Secretary-Sandy Winn.  All will be installed at the December meeting and will begin their term at the February 2013 meeting.  The Kohaku grow out awards were presented – Marjorie Imfeld won Largest Growth award as her koi grew the largest (ending at 15.5”).  Three members tied for Greatest Growth (9.5”): Marjorie Imfeld, John Kendall and Tony Palazzo.  We welcomed new members Allen and Kelly Shirley from Tulare who joined our club and are very enthusiastic in learning all they can about koi and their pond environment.  Our next meeting will be on December 8th for our annual holiday party at Dale and Sandy Winn’s home.  Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.  Debbi Gillis, of Central Coast Koi Club, reports the Oct meeting was held at B.J. Reed and Ingrid Pennman’s home, where members viewed the new accommodations for their koi.  After a delicious potluck dinner, members learned about the Japanese art of Fish Print Making (called Gyotaku).  No koi were injured during this project; members used a rock cod, instead, and made prints of “Rocky” on rice paper, t-shirts and aprons.  The Nov meeting will be at John and Kira’s.  James McAdams, of Deep South Koi & Pond Society, reports the Oct meeting was held the at home of Pattie Murray in Greenwell Springs and members enjoyed the Annual Plant Swap.  Check out their website at http://www.deepsouthkoi.org/.  Doug Stuber, of the First Coast Koi Club, reports the First Coast Koi Club held its 10th Annual Koi Show in suburban Jacksonville, FL on Oct 12th – 14th. Attendees were treated to the sight of 92 of some of north Florida’s most beautiful fish.  Koi enthusiasts from throughout the region enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow koi kichi. Many thanks to Judges Mike Frady, Steve Childers and Bart Atkinson for the generosity of their time and willingness to share their knowledge.  In other news, the FCKC annual officers’ election will be held at our monthly meeting on November 18th.  Check out their website at http://www.firstcoastkoiclub.com/.  Dennis Long, of Metro-Detroit Pond & Garden Club, reports we had our last meeting for the year in Oct. This is also our election meeting and the club voted to keep all the present officers for the 2013 year. Our last outing for the year will be Our Holiday Party. It’s held every year and we invite our sister club the MKPC to join us. We had a great time last year and look forward to another good time this year. We want to wish everyone a Safe, Happy Holiday Season and a Great Koi & Ponding New Year.  Check out their website at http://metrodetroitpondandgardenclub.org/.  Dot Wilbanks, Moto-Kara Koi Kai ZNA Chapter Koi Club, reports the club did not meet last month.  Check their website at http://www.mkk-zna.org/.  Phyllis Anderson, of North Idaho Koi Keepers,reports on Nov 10th the club’s presentation was “Japan Review” by Dan, Sharon & Kyle at Chuck & Alice Harmon’s home.  Check out their website at http://www.northidahokoikeepers.com/id8.html.  Lois Rosmarin, of Siskiyou Koi & Pond Club,reports their Oct meeting at the Central Point Senior Center was a Potluck begins at 6:30 with an interesting program by SOHS.   They’re looking for someone who takes underwater photos. If you know of anyone in this area, please let them know. Thank you!  Check out their website at http://www.siskiyoukoiclub.com.  Michelle Gravenish Reilly, of Upper Midwest Koi Club,reports the Oct meeting was at the home of Matt Sklar in Hudson, WI.  Matt walked them through his pond design as well as Pond Closing and Winterization. Check their website at http://www.umkoiclub.org/htm/meetings.html.   Dave Peebler, of Koi Club of Kansas, reports no meeting planned for Nov and nothing important to report.  No response received from the following clubs:  Cascade Koi & Goldfish ClubMacon Water Garden & Koi Club, Mid-Atlantic Koi Club, Nashville Pond Society, Northern Midwest ZNA Koi Club, Rhode Island & Massachusetts Koi Club and Tri-State ZNA Koi Club.


Written report submitted by Brenda Chandler: Ben Soedjono, of Dallas Koi Kichi Group, reports the club had a meeting on Sunday, Nov 4 with a brief overview of their next meetings, an inventory of assets borrowed by members, and progress made on changes to the By Laws. The main topic of discussion was on Winter preparation, covering three parts: Handout on “Effects of Winter on Koi” by Richard E Carlson; photos of pond cover construction of their own ponds by Carol Marthens, Sunny Ea, Jennifer Walker and Ben Soedjono; group discussion on feeding and consequences of not covering your pond.  Check out their website at http://www.dallaskoikichi.org/.  Mike Lane, of High Desert Koi Fanciers, reports the Nov meeting will be at the home of Richard & Diana Bison. Topics will be the upcoming Election (nominees to prepare for the ballot), the Holiday Party and our trip to Barstow Koi.  Check out their website at http://www.hdkoifanciers.com.  Brenda Chandler, of Nishiki Koi Club, reports no meeting was held in Nov.  Check out their website at http://www.nishikikoiclub.com.  Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports the club was anxiously awaiting the Koi Harvest at Koi Acres.  Stay tuned for results.  Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html. Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the Oct meeting was held at Loren Swanson’s in East Peoria.  They demonstrated using a Pond Vac and the Guest Speaker was Greg Cantrell.  Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.  Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports on Nov 10th the club held its End of the Year Party at Patty Jewett Clubhouse in Colorado Springs, CO.  They introduced the new officers, hashed over the events of the last year and made plans for the upcoming year.  Gregg Steadman’s slide show of photos taken during the year was a big hit.  Check out their website at http://www.socokoi.org.  David Yee, of Valley of the Sun Koi Club, Inc., reports the next meeting will be on Nov 18th at Corey & Cathy Garrett’s home in Fountain Hills. The Dec Holiday meeting will be at Bryan & Robbi McCleney’s home.  Check their website at http://www.vskc.net.  Mary Oxman, of Ventura County Koi Society, reports the absence of movie cameras and crew were about the only thing missing at Eric’s meeting:   Stepping into his backyard was like walking onto a movie set.  Each year Eric creates more props to enhance the Pirate themed atmosphere.  This year we even had a map to the treasure.  One cannot help but marvel at the many artistic talents of our host.  It is hard to believe that one person can excel at so many different crafts.  Eric’s mom, Jeanne, outdid herself with all the delectable foods she prepared for Eric’s guests.  Thank you so much Jeanne for all your hard work.  It was such a delight to meet our newest members, Charlie and Herb Rogove.  The Nov meeting will be held on the 17th at Diane and Brian Grossman’s home.  They are new koi club members and their pond may be one of the smallest in the club, (about 4’x6’ and 18” deep), however it fits into their cozy home entryway perfectly, tucked in among the plants and succulents.  Check their website at http://users.vcnet.com/rrenshaw/vcks.html.  No response received from Charleston Showa Koi Club, Rainbow River Koi Club and Rocky Mountain Koi Club.


Written report submitted by Joan Finnegan:  Larry Christensen, of Northwest Koi & Goldfish Club-ZNA Northwest Chapter, reports once again he’s serving as the AKCA Dir/Rep. for his club.  Their koi show site is being changed due to the constant increases for their annual koi site at the State Forestry.  Norman Call, of Oregon Koi & Watergarden Society, reports everything’s fine.  Norman retired as newsletter Editor after 15 years.  Club elections are coming up.  Joan, of So Cal Koi Club, reports their Dec Christmas Party will be held on Dec 9th at Gordon & Ally Chibana’s home.  There will be a Gift Exchange along with great food & Holiday Spirit.  No report from St. Louis Water Gardening Society.


Written report submitted by Bob Finnegan:   Mary Dykstra, of Great Ponds & Koi Society of West Michigan, reports the club is closed down for the winter.  Sarah Altiery, of North Florida Koi Club Inc., reports they had their annual Koi Show with over a hundred koi entered.  Dale Gingrich was the head judge.  Jon Floden, of Gulf Coast Koi Society, reports everything is OK.  Chuck Poppe, of ZNA Potomac Chapter Koi Club, reports the big storm (Sandy) just missed the part of Virginia where the club is located.  Everything else is OK.  David Muraoka, of Sierra Koi Club, reports the club is closed for the winter.  Bruce Lott, of Olympic Koi, Goldfish and Watergarden Society, reports everything is OK.  No reports from Indiana Koi & Water Garden Club, Northern Nevada Pond Club and North Carolina Koi & Watergarden Society.


Written report submitted by Kristine Peterson:  Mac McClain, of Inland Koi Society, reports they had their annual club field trip on Saturday October 27. Over 40 members participated in the three fold trip. It began with a bus trip to Mission San Luis Rey Mission, located in Oceanside, California. We were warmly well received by our member and mission director, Karen Willson. Karen gave a very comprehensive but short tour, due to time constraints. Her tour made you want to come back for more. The mission has been there since the 1700s. In 1953, the Sisters of precious Blood created a koi pond next to the chapel. The pond has two “old timer” Koi in the pond. One is 45 years old and one is 55 years old. Under the leadership of one of our members, Pete Miles, the pond recently had a complete makeover. The club was treated to a video of the reconstruction narrated by Pete. Thanks to Karen for her outstanding hospitality.  Next we went to the Oceanside pier, for a great lunch at Ruby’s Diner. We then proceeded to Meadowbrook Village a Christian retirement and assisted living facility in the city of Escondido, California. The facility has a full scale traditional Dutch windmill. The windmill was actually built in Holland and transferred to Escondido. The other highlight of the visit to Meadowbrook is a 150,000 gallon koi pond that is absolutely beautiful. The facility is owned by a Dutch friend of one our members, Theo Zoetermelk, who is also a Dutch American. A big thanks to Theo for coordinating the trip to the facility.  All and all it was a long day, but was enjoyed by all in attendance.  Judith Henderson, of Mountain View Koi Club, reports we held our election meeting on Oct 21, 2012 and watched a video on a trip to Quality Koi in New Jersey that 3 of our members attended. The 3 members participated and witnessed the 2012 Koi Harvest. It was our President’s birthday while he was there and he was presented with a beautiful decorated cake with a life size Koi on top. One of our members became a member of the Mid Atlantic Koi Club while they were there as they had a rep at Quality Koi as well. It was voted to pay for the Friendship Trophy that was presented for the winning Shiro Utsuri. This is a tradition that goes on at the Koi shows that the various clubs take part in. Our elections saw our present President re elected and now have a vice president and 2nd vice president. We have a new secretary and the treasurer remained the same. A reminder was made to keep updating our web site with pictures and any info that is relevant to the site. A great lunch was served and our raffle item “murder mystery party game” was given out. Our next meeting will be our Christmas get together on Nov 23rd and to bring along our best koi picture for our annual contest.  Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reported that the general meeting held on Sep 22nd was an informative club view of a combination koi pond and water garden. Following the meeting, the calendar for 2013 was discussed. We are running out of ideas for field trips that involve a koi pond and koi shows and auctions are usually way out of our area. One of our members that has a koi farm in Piru won 1st prize at a koi growth contest sponsored by Mystic Koi in Upland. The prize is a trip to Japan. He is there now and will be a featured speaker at one of our 2013 meeting. Plans are under way for our holiday club dinner on Dec 2.  Oct 28th will be the last meeting for this year. The first meeting for 2013 will be the fourth Sunday in Jan.  The Koi Club of San Diego held the Nov general meeting at the lovely home of Scott and Lisa Brusseau in Encinitas. Scott’s father shuttled nearly all 50 guests to and from a nearby parking area. Their home is on at least a half-acre, fully landscaped hillside with a 10,000 gallon koi pond on the north side of the home and a rock lined stream on the south side. Those who ventured to the top of the hill either by the footpath, or the easier route of the stairway, experienced the peaceful view of the Encinitas valley from the Japanese designed tea house. Scott and Lisa told about the construction of the ponds and how construction cranes carefully set each rock in place building the 10’ waterfall. Kristine Peterson presented a program on the benefits of a second pond and discussed being prepared for isolation of new koi or isolation for a sick or injured koi. Matt Rhodes gave a very informative Koi Classification lecture on Shiro Utsuri and Jack Chapman fielded questions during our Q & A session. The Dec meeting will be a potluck and gift exchange at the home of Bonnie McIlvaine in Vista. The Michigan Koi & Pond Club held their yearend social and annual meeting at Picano’s Restaurant and Lounge on November 3rd. For information on joining or attending the club events please visit http://www.mkpc-se.com/calendar.html.  No report from the IKONA club.


Written report submitted by Louie Hernandez:   Neal Friedman, of Washington K&WGC, said their club held a great meeting in October.  Their guest speaker was Neil Cutsinger, of Novartis Animal Health, a lifelong fish keeper himself, who discussed Novartis’ new Cavoy KHV vaccine.  They also elected Chris Charbonneau as their Ed Fujimoto award winner for 2012.  Partial results from their September Koi Show indicate they made a net profit this year.  Everyone is getting their ponds ready for Winter.  Debby Young, of Southern Arizona KA, said they are in full Koi Show mode.  Getting all the final chores for this weekend’s show completed.  Weather is supposed to be uncooperative.  Christmas party with Chinese raffle is set for December meeting.  Jerold Kyle, of Camellia KC, said their club is growing.  Last month they had new families and visitors with a special interest in joining them come to their meetings and see some of their ponds.  The month before they also had new people join as the club visited another new pond that they had not seen before.  It just keeps repeating as this month they once again as a club will be visiting what to them is another new pond.  Only, this host has two large ponds and Champion Koi as well to show.  It sounds repetitious to keep saying “Life is good in the Camellia Koi Club.”  But, it is what it is and they continue to invite people to contact them, come to a meeting, and check them out.  It can be a fun, friendly, and potentially learning experience.  Glen Hubenthal, of Austin PS, said they are having a gathering at BJ and Sam’s pond this weekend in Bastrop just outside of Austin.  November is Holiday Party for the general meeting and election of the board.  Some members enjoyed the TKFGS Koi Show last month at Watergarden Gems just outside San Antonio, in Marion, Texas.  Charles Phelps, of Louisville K&GFS, said their next club meeting will be Nov. 10th.  It is their annual mud pond pull.  Troy Head has a friend that has a large mud pond and lets the club use it to put select koi in to grow out.  They grow like crazy, some time 6-7 inches.  Their finale meeting of the year will be their annual Christmas Party Dec. 7th.  Louie Hernandez, of ZNA Nor-Cal, said there was no meeting this month.  Louie, of ZNA So. Cal Chapter, said their club will be holding a koi auction Nov. 11th at Andrew’s Koi in Anaheim.


Motion:  To adjourn at.  Approved.


Respectfully submitted,

Don Chandler (filling in for Carole)

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