2013 01 AKCA Minutes

AKCA Minutes of January 11, 2013

Officers Present                               Directors Present                 Guests

Chair:  Kristine Peterson                    Bob Finnegan                          Ally Cunningham

Vice Chair:  Louie Hernandez             Brenda Chandler                     Paul Cunningham

Secretary:  Carole Elliott                     Don Chandler

CFO:  Joan Finnegan

Board Highlights:

  • 2013 KHA Wet Lab/Judging Seminar/Business Meeting to be held in Hawaii the weekend of June 29th!
  • Please let your AKCA rep/contact know of any concerns your club may have!
  • Member clubs receive discounted advertising rates for their Koi Shows and Pond Tours in KOIUSA magazine
  • After March 31st, KOIUSA Subscriptions will increase from $20 to $25 for members and from $25 to $30 for non-club members.  For two year subscriptions, increases are from $36 to $46 for club members and from $43 to $53 for non-club members.


The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Kristine Peterson at 6:20 p.m.


MINUTES:  Motion:  To approve the minutes of November 9, 2012.  Motion by Joan, 2nd by Brenda.  Approved.


v DECEMBER  FINANCIAL STATEMENT:  Joan reported that all bills have been paid to date.  She updated us on our AKCA investment account balance and status.  Kristine will be doing the 1099s at the end of January for both KOIUSA and AKCA.



v Scientific/KHA:   Don stated that he has been in contact with Jerry and there won’t be a KHA certification course this year.  The Board discussed the need to find volunteers to assist with the KHA Program’s administration since Jerry wants to reformat the course material, get it up on the website, cut the length down to 6 months, recruit an instruction staff and make the tests easier to grade.  Brenda has been working with Jerry to identify, locate and update files to be placed on our website.


v AKCA-PROJECT KHV:  No report.  Kristine will talk to Jack Chapman about: The best way to auction the remaining Enfield slates; scheduling a visit to the OSU facility; and writing updates for KOIUSA on the progress of our two grants which they’re administering.


v PUBLICATION:  Joan stated that Bob Payne sent out the 1st proof this week for the Jan/Feb issue.  He’s in love with the article by Mick Pitt; great cover and there is also a broad selection of articles in the upcoming issue.  Discussion on ways to encourage clubs to subscribe to the magazine, including a contest for clubs to win prizes.  Don will be discussing with Larry the Pond of the Year contest and whether Hikari is still on board as a sponsor.  Don is working with Michael Hernandez on how we report koi shows in the magazine; viewed a copy of the new layout that includes collage pictures and pages with the winning koi with pictures of the owners inserted (as well as the club’s logo).  Very nice!  It was also suggested we try to obtain dealer/breeder info for the top winners.  There was discussion on subscriptions and subscriber tracking (adds & drops by issue going back 6+ years).  It was felt that we need to increase rates to keep up with the costs of inflation since we haven’t raised subscription rates in over 14 years; this will help to return us to the black.  Subscription rates will be raised approximately $5 per year across the board for members and non-members alike (Members: $25 and $46 for 1 and 2 years subscriptions, respectively; Non-Members: $30 and $53 for 1 and 2 years subscriptions, respectively) effective after Mar 31, 2013. We don’t have enough information as yet to discuss increases in advertising rates but we do hope to have more information next month and will revisit the issue then.

v MEMBERSHIP:  Don stated that we have 85 member clubs.  Dave Peebler, of KC of Kansas, stated that his club will be disbanding due to membership falling off and their inability to recruit new members; he will, however, continue to support AKCA and KOIUSA in any way that he can.



v JUDGING:  Bob stated that he’s trying to get the Judges Corner up and running again.  Tom Ayers is willing to work hard and has a column featured in the upcoming issue.  Larry Christensen has an article in this issue, too. Gary Chin has sent out the pictures of the Champion of Champions for AKCA Judges to vote on but there have been some issues.  It was stated that Larry Gill, having reached the designated age, resigned as an AKCA Judge and has been appointed an AKCA Judge Emeritus.


v SPEAKER’S GRANT:  No status reports yet from the Central California and Deep South clubs (the two clubs who won the recent Speaker’s Grant lottery).  The clubs have until Sep 30th to spend their funds and submit reimbursement requests.

v GUIDES:  No report.


v INSURANCE/RISK MANAGEMENT:   Brenda said that there are 13 clubs who have subscribed to our premium liability insurance.  We have already paid our liability premium in full.


v BOOKSTORE COMMITTEE:   Brenda stated that sales have been slow the last several months; we sold $249 in Nov and $325 in Dec.  Inventory has been completed; thanks go out to helpers Bob Finnegan, Connie Freihoff and Paul & Ally Cunningham.  Brenda stated that we are down to 3 of Dr. Nick St. Erne’s books and would like to reorder more.  Motion:  To order 50 Nick St. Erne books.  Motion by Carole, 2nd by Don.  Approved.  Brenda will check with Dr. Johnson about getting information on ordering more of his books, which are currently out of stock.


v By-Laws:  Kristine stated that we won’t address any by-law issues or changes until after the upcoming election (so as not to confuse the issues).


v Nominating Committee:  Kristine recommended Louie Hernandez, Paul Cunningham and Carole Elliott be appointed to the nominating committee; they will be asked to come up with a slate of officers for FY 2013-2014 and to report back to the Board at the Feb meeting.  Motion:  To approve the recommended nominating committee.  Motion by Louie, 2nd by Brenda.  Approved.




v 2013 Seminar:   Carole stated that Dr. Nick St. Erne has agreed to do the KHA Wet Lab in Hawaii.  Bonnie Nakahara, of the Hawaii club, has been very helpful in getting a location for the Wet Lab.  Carole had been looking at the Waikiki Aquarium Classroom for the Wet Lab but thought that the cost was too expensive, especially since they also required that attendees pay admittance to the Aquarium.  Bonnie is arranging to use the cafeteria at a local school on Saturday plus a ½ day Sunday.  Carole will be asking Bonnie to locate and recommend a banquet site (with cost of meals) so that we can publish the information in upcoming KOIUSA magazines and put out flyers to give to Kodama and the two Hawaii clubs.  There will be no room or meal quotas to be met.  Motion:  To approve a budget of $1500 for the 2013 Hawaii Wet Lab/Banquet.  Motion by Don, 2nd by Brenda.  Approved.  Kodama is excited about the prospect of holding a Judging Seminar during this weekend and Bob will be contacting the Judges with info and to start the planning process in the coming days.


v 2014 SeminarBrenda received a phone call from the Lone Star Koi Club (Houston, TX), a member of which had expressed some interest in having a KHA Wet Lab/Business Meeting in their area.  Brenda and Jerry will follow up on the lead.  Other clubs interested in hosting a wet lab in the future should contact your representative.




  • Does your club have any questions or concerns?
  • Is anyone in your club interested in writing an article for KOIUSA?
  • Is your club interested in hosting an Annual Business Meeting/Banquet/Wet Lab in 2014?


Upcoming AKCA Annual Calendar Events for FEBRUARY:

  • Nominating Committee submits slate of names for the next term to the AKCA Board
  • AKCA Board votes to validate the next slate of nominees




q  None


New Business


Resignation:  Louie Hernandez resigned as Vice Chair due to his wife’s ill health.  He will still be an AKCA Dir/Rep but cannot guarantee attending meetings any further at this time.  Motion:  To accept Louie Hernandez’ resignation.  Motion by Carole, 2nd by Don.  Approved.


Vice Chairperson:  Due to Louie’s resignation, Kristine appointed Don Chandler to replace him as Vice Chairperson.  Motion:  To approve Don Chandler as Vice Chairperson.  Motion by Carole, 2nd by Louie.  Approved.


AKCA Investment Accounts: Joan to report back to the Board on the interest earned by our investment accounts with an eye to transferring balances to our Bank of America accounts instead.



Written report submitted by Carole Elliott:  Jan Jordan, of Mid-Columbia K&PC, said there is nothing going on as they’re hibernating.  Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said that their new officers will have a business and planning meeting this month.  They will be going over the budget for this year as well as getting their future meetings organized.  Their annual pond tour for June is well on its way and many speakers are being lined up for their meetings.  The first official meeting for all members will be in Feb.  Mary Ann Pemix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said that their club is planning a pond tour this summer.  A committee has been formed and a date set, Jun 22, 2013.  They are also working on increasing their club membership.  Jim Vaden, of KC of Middle Tennessee, said their club has taken the winter off and will not meet again until Mar.  Jim and his wife, Nancy, were recently notified that their seven year old Toshio Sakai Sanke has been entered in the 44th All Japan Combined Nishikigoi Show in Tokyo Feb. 1-3 and that their three year old Fujio Oomo Showa will also be entered.  This is quite an honor for a country boy from Tennessee!  Eastern Iowa PS will not be holding meetings in Feb and Mar.  Carole tried but was unable to reach:  Amarillo KS, Canada KC of British Columbia, Central Alabama K&WGS, Miami Valley WGS, Midwest P&KS, North Texas WGS, Puget Sound KC, Southwest K&PA, WGC of South Texas, Atlanta KC, East Tennessee KC, and Middle Georgia KS.


Written report submitted by Phil Hunter:   Vi Conn, of the Capital Area K&WGC, reports that the club is on hiatus until Mar.  Linda Kinney, of the Dayton KC, reports that club held its Christmas party in Dec at the home of Linda and Keith Kinney.  The club is on winter hiatus until Feb.  Diana Lynn Rehn, of the Inland Empire WG&KS, reports that the club is on winter hiatus.  Meetings will resume in Feb.  Gary Desmond, of the Shasta K&WGC, reports that the club held its annual Christmas Party in Dec at the Round Table Pizza.  The Jan meeting will be held at the home of Connie Salazar.  Pat Ware, of the Springfield WGS, reports that the Dec meeting was the Christmas party.  It was held at the home of Alan and Pat Ware.  The Jan meeting will be an open house and wine party held jointly with the Friends of the Garden.


Written report submitted by Don Chandler:  Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the club is considering options for their recently awarded Speakers Grant from the AKCA.  New President Rosimeri Tran has replaced outgoing President Greg Mariano and is looking for fresh ideas to reinvigorate club meetings.  Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.  Debbi Gillis, of Central Coast Koi Club, reports the Nov meeting was held at the home of John and Kira Olshefski in Paso Robles.  Discussion topics were a questionnaire to solicit meeting topics, elections (the existing Board was held over), a meeting signup sheet for 2013 and a motion to advertise in the New Times (motion passed unanimously).  Then Debbi Gillis (KHA) gave an informative talk entitled Winterizing Your Pond.  The Holiday Gathering was to be held in Dec at Marci and Daniel’s house with a Gift Exchange ($15 limit).  James McAdams, of Deep South Koi & Pond Society, reports the club held its Christmas Party on Dec 8th at the home of Paul and Shirley Charbonnet. Elections of officers for 2013 were held during the brief business meeting. The new officers are President, James McAdams; Vice-President, Pattie Murray; Secretary, Linda McAdams; and Treasurer, Buzz Werline. After the meeting we all had a wonderful banquet of food brought by the members, followed by our always popular gift swap. We are looking forward to a great 2013.  Check out their website at http://www.deepsouthkoi.org/.  Doug Stuber, of the First Coast Koi Club, reports the club held its annual Christmas Party (no club business, just fun!) in mid-Dec and will be holding the first general club meeting in mid-Jan. The new administration will be rolling out an ambitious events calendar for the general club membership to discuss and approve. The proposed 2013 calendar will include scheduling for fish auctions, field trips and some significant purchases and upgrades for our 11th Annual Show to be held in Oct.  Check out their website at http://www.firstcoastkoiclub.com/.  Philip Gray, of Mid-Atlantic Koi Club, reports they’re having a joint meeting with the Tri-State ZNA Club on Sat, Feb 16, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the home of Philip Gray in Freeport, NY.  Dr. Tepper will be holding a Seminar on Koi Health – Winter to Spring.  Check out their website at http://www.makc.com.  Dot Wilbanks, Moto-Kara Koi Kai ZNA Chapter Koi Club, reports no meetings were held over the Holidays.  Check their website at http://www.mkk-zna.org/.  Rochelle Kalinke, of Nashville Pond Society, reports they had a great Christmas Party. Thanks to all that came!  Check out their website at http://www.nashvillepondsociety.org .  Marc and Tamara Skaggs, of Northern Midwest ZNA Koi Club,report they held a General Meeting on Dec 2nd at the home of Dick & Brenda Thomas in Lafayette, IN.  Details to follow.  Check out their website at http://www.nmzna.net/index.html.  Phyllis Anderson, of North Idaho Koi Keepers,reports they have reserved meeting room #2 at the Post Falls library for their Jan 12, 2013 workshop that is scheduled to start at 10:00 A.M. This workshop should “spawn” lots of dialogue towards helping those that are interested in improving and/or building a new koi pond. Dan and I will be kicking off the session talking about our own ponds as to what we might or would do different to our koi ponds as well as sharing our views of what we consider as positive features. I would like to encourage each of you to also be prepared to share your thoughts about your existing koi facilities.  Those of you that are unable to attend the workshop due to travel distance, it would be fantastic if you would send me an email of what you would do different to your existing pond, how you would improve it or what you would do different if you were to build a new koi pond. Please share what and why you like certain things about your present koi pond also. We have some experienced koi keepers like the Nichols, Benbows, Covers and Charbonneau that have many years of experience and have built and/or modified a number of ponds. I would like to encourage these pond owners to also share via email to me their thoughts that I addressed earlier. I am sure Jan’s workshop will probably spill over into our Feb workshop as well.  Check out their website at http://www.northidahokoikeepers.com/id8.html.  Lois Rosmarin, of Siskiyou Koi & Pond Club,reports their new officers for 2013 are our old officers from 2012. Our Jan meeting will be a review of who we are, what we are doing and where we are going. We are looking forward to a good year.  Check out their website at http://www.siskiyoukoiclub.com .  Philip Gray, of Tri-State ZNA Koi Club, reports I am pleased to announce that we will be welcoming Dr. Tepper for an upcoming seminar on Feb 16th, discussing the topic of Koi Health: Winter to Spring. With a special interest in ponds, water gardens and koi, Dr. Tepper developed a phytoremedial device for water quality improvement and received a U.S. patent for this invention. Known as “Pond’toons” (www.pondtoons.com), these are currently in use in ponds, water gardens and in quarantine and treatment tanks for koi. Dr. Tepper has authored many papers on fish health and pond keeping. He has been featured in articles in the New York Times Sunday magazine, the New York Times Long Island section and several feature articles on pond care in Tropical Fish Hobbyist magazine. He has appeared on television on the CBS Evening News, News 12 Long Island and the Family Pet. The event will be held at my home at 211 South Ocean Ave, Freeport NY 11520. There will be a $20 entrance fee to the seminar and all funds raised will be used to support club initiatives. I am also excited to announce that on May 19th, the club will be hosting a seminar with key speaker Saito. Saito-san is visiting us from the Shintaro Koi Farm in Japan; Saito will be conducting a seminar on the development of Quality Koi. He is also bringing with him (2) koi that will be raffled off at a later date in support of our 2013 Koi Show. I am very excited for this visit and look forward to seeing you all there. We will also be hosting a dinner in honor of Saito and tickets will be $25.00 per plate, all proceeds will go to supporting the Tri-state ZNA Koi Show. This a joint event with the MAKC Koi Club.  Check out their website at http://www.tristateznakoiclub.com/tristateznakoiclub/Home.html.  Michelle Gravenish Reilly, of Upper Midwest Koi Club,reports they’ve selected a 6th Board Member at Large who will also be the new AKCA Representative:  Joe Retterrath (Koi Collector and Expert on All Things Retirement) who can be reached at Joelynret@yahoo.com.  Check their website at http://www.umkoiclub.org/htm/meetings.html.   Dave Peebler, of Koi Club of Kansas, sadly reports that their club has voted to disband after 13 years due to having no luck in recruiting new members the last couple of years.  (We’re sorry to hear that, Dave.)  The following clubs were contacted but did not respond: Cascade K&GFC, Macon WG&KC, Metro -Detroit P&GC, Rhode Island & Massachusetts KC and Santa Clara Valley K&WGC.


Written report submitted by Brenda Chandler:  Johnna Hansen, of Charleston Showa Koi Club, reports they are working on the 2013 Pond Tour. This will be the tenth year for the tour so we are planning to change it up just a little. At this point we don’t know just what we are going to do to make it better but we are going to do something.  Also we would like to welcome our new Vice President Rod Mc Neil and our new Treasure Mary Ball. Both have been long term members and we are glad to have them on the Board.   I’m sure that with their help the club will get moving in a positive direction.  Check out their website at http://www.charlestonshowakoiclub.org/.  Ben Soedjono, of Dallas Koi Kichi Group, reports there have been no meetings since Oct (the Dec holiday party meeting was cancelled due to scheduling conflicts) and the next meeting will be in Mar 2013.  Check out their website at http://www.dallaskoikichi.org/.  Mike Lane, of High Desert Koi Fanciers, reports their Feb meeting will be held at Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe.  A room has been reserved and I am told there is plenty of room for everyone. Big reminders-don’t forget to get your election ballot back by the end of Jan!  If you haven’t paid your 2013 dues, they need to be paid as the newsletter will stop soon if your dues are not paid.  Check out their website at http://www.hdkoifanciers.com.  Brenda Chandler, of Nishiki Koi Club, reports they did not have a meeting over the Holidays.  The club’s Treasurer has resigned and a new one has yet to be replaced.  Check out their website at http://www.nishikikoiclub.com.  Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports they won’t meet again until Mar since they’re all hibernating with their fish.  Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.  Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi &PS, reports the end of the year banquet was held in Nov at the Knights of Columbus in Pekin. The election of officers for the 2013 season was announced: Todd Bong will remain President, Vince Smith will take over as Vice President, Karen Hoffstetter will continue as Treasurer and Letriana Cantrell will be Secretary.  Oct  was our last club meeting of the year; dates and locations for 2013 will be posted later.  Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/index.html. Sonja Kahkoka, of Rainbow River Koi Club, reports in Dec they had the best Christmas Party meeting that we’ve ever had. It was decided to have the ‘Chinese Gift Exchange’ and with everyone understanding the rules beforehand it was a lot of fun. The Young’s like always were our hosts with the club paying for a yummy spiral ham and Cathy cooking it. Everyone brought sides to compliment the meat and of course we had dessert (two different kinds of cookies and an awesome ‘love cake’). If I’m correct, the bottom layer was a type of cheesecake then chocolate/vanilla swirl cake and the center was pudding. Of course it was calorie free, NOT, but boy it was worth it. We also had a side I’ve never had before, pumpkin soup, delicious. We certainly have some great cooks in our midst!  Since we now have a Tampa Bay group of members, our Jan meeting was hosted by Lora and David Hernandez. Even though it’s 2 hours from our house, we carpooled and had a nice outing. David and Lora put on a super luncheon and their place had so much more than we expected. Beside a walkway bridge that David just built is a little goldfish pond, then comes the largest pond with the females in it and behind that is a pond for the boys and smaller fish with two sections and a much larger bridge over it and around the corner of the property is the nursery for the baby koi. We had our meeting in what is now the ‘man cave’ and since most of the members attending don’t show koi, I found an interesting article written by Mike McMahon on how showing for the first time made him feel. I think it made an impression.  Janice Fleming was voted the club’s Koi Person of the Year.  Congrats to Janice!  No news yet on where our next meeting will be held.  Check out their website at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rainbow-River-Koi-Club/374036155457.  Laura Lundsford, of Rocky Mountain Koi Club, reports they’re kicking off 2013 with a planning meeting on the 19th at the home of Larry & Laura Lunsford in Littleton, CO. Chili and drinks will be served. You may bring something to go with chili if you like (cheese, chips, chocolate, Champaign, caviar, etc). Here’s your chance to talk to others about your koi pond issues.  Larry will be giving tours of the Lunsford pond and equipment. We will also be talking about the member survey, planning club activities for 2013, planning the auction and talking about our Koi Show.  Check out their website at http://www.rmkc.net/.  Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports their club is busy making plans for next year, after a very successful set of events last year. We are working on a group buy for koi and food, planning a meeting to discuss the differences between koi ponds and water gardens, and starting plans for the annual koi auction. A long-term goal we’ve begun is putting together a lending set of tools for DIY projects. We felt it appropriate that the club buys, or receives donations, of tools that are rarely used (but useful to have) when making filters or working on plumbing, or transporting fish. We already have hole saws, oxygen tanks, and some wrenches. We’ve also put together portable emergency pools for either rebuild needs or health purposes. Our goal is always to find ways to help our members take good care of their fish.  Check out their website at http://www.socokoi.org.  David Yee, of Valley of the Sun Koi Club, Inc., reports the club will conduct its annual Koi Show during the Phoenix Chinese Week/New Year Festival on Feb 8-10 at the COFCO Chinese Cultural Center. Beginning with limited fish on Fri, the main Koi Show events will be on Sat and Sun. Come see hundreds of award winning koi fish as well as a Koi Equipment Trade show and Koi Vendors Show. Expected Chinese New Year Festival attendance will be over 15,000. Check their website at http://www.vskc.net.  Mary Oxman, of Ventura County Koi Society, reports those who braved the stormy weather to go to our year end Nov meeting at the home of Brian and Diane Grossman were rightly rewarded.  Both Diane and Brian were such welcoming and gracious hosts that our afternoon visit seemed all too short.  The Jan meeting was at the home of Howard and Mary Oxman in Thousand Oaks.  Topic:  What we learned from our koi keeping experiences last year.   Those of you into gardening should see some changes since your visit in February of last year. The emphasis is no longer on collecting as many different exotic plants as possible, but on creating a visually pleasing garden with much more drama.  The two formal ponds fit right in with the new look.  The garden to the right of the big pond has been redesigned to give a cleaner more formal look, more in keeping with the formal pond.  The lower portion of the property is no longer an orchard.  A new look is starting to take shape.  Check their website at http://users.vcnet.com/rrenshaw/vcks.html.


Written report submitted by Joan Finnegan:  Joan reports that Norman Call, of Oregon K&WGS, said that Feb 1st will be their 1st meeting of the year.  No plans as yet for a koi show; too early!  So Cal Koi Club held their Christmas Party at Gordon Chibana’s home with very good attendance, great food, and a fun Chinese Gift Exchange.  The Jan meeting was held in Long Beach at the home of Julie Stoll and the topic was winterizing your pond.  The club is growing and getting new members each month.  Larry Christensen, of the Northwest K&GFC-ZNA, said that they are working on their new koi show site.  Their 1st meeting of the year will be next week.


Written report submitted by Bob Finnegan:   The Great Pond & Koi Soc. of West Michigan is closed for the winter.  John Floden, of Gulf Coast KS, said the weather is 70 degrees.  They will elect new officers at the end of Jan.  Dr. Ken Lau, of Indiana K&WGC, said they had a good business meeting in Jan and have a busy year planned this year.  Mona Coleman, of Northern Nevada PC, said they still have meetings in the winter; have 22 feet of pack snow.  Jon Lockerman, of North Florida KC, will tell their club members about KOIUSA subscription rates going up $5.00.  Chuck Poppe, of ZNA Potomac Chapter KC, said the club is doing fine and everything is quiet.  The Sierra KC is down for the winter.  Bob tried but was unable to reach Olympic K,GF&WGC and North Carolina K&WGS.


Written report submitted by Kristine Peterson:  After a two month holiday break, Santa Clarita Koi & WG will have the first meeting of 2013 on Jan 27. At the 10/28 meeting nominations were open for Treasurer and V.P. for 2013 & 2014. Current treasurer, Pat Baptist, agreed to remain treasurer and there were no other nominations for that position. The club has not had a V.P. for almost two years. We do have co-president, and in the absence of any nominations for a V.P., members voted not to attempt to fill this position. Current officers are: Co-Presidents Doug Sudbury and Al Nicholson; Co-Secretaries Mary Lou Sudbury and Judy Nicholson; Web Master, Dave Lyerla. The club has named Dave Lyerla, the new web master, as Club Person of the Year for volunteering and going above and beyond to the call revitalize our web site. He received a $100 gift card at our holiday dinner on Dec 2. Club member Jim Thirkettle (a koi breeder and host of the annual koi growth contest) won first prize in a koi growth contest hosted by Mystic Koi in Upland. The prize was a trip to Japan to visit koi breeders. He went in Oct and shared his experiences with the members. He bought 7 koi to serve as breeders. He explained why his reasons for choosing koi with certain colors and characteristics. Always a good lesson for our members. New member Mike Przewoznik brought some koi food and products to be auctioned off with the proceeds going to our club. The auction was held after the meeting adjournment. The club 2013 meeting and event schedule will be reviewed more thoroughly beginning with the Jan meeting.  Koi Club of San Diego is looking forward to the 26th Koi Show Feb 23-24 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Exhibitor registration and attendee information is on the website at http://www.koiclubsandiego.org/. A weekend parking pass can be purchased entering the fairgrounds at the Solana Gate, located on the south side of Via de la Valle. We look forward to seeing you there!  Mac McClain, of Inland Koi Society, reports first of all, I would like to thank everyone who voted in our Nov election. As a result of the voting, Rey Quirong was elected as Vice President and I was elected as your new President.  Welcome to our new board members, Tom Wright and Randy McGarvey; and to Pete Miles who has volunteered to become our new newsletter editor. I am looking forward to working with the board to continue our goal of making our club the best koi club in the AKCA.  In addition, I would like to thank our former president, Dennis Lynaugh, for all of his hard work and dedication. And a big thanks to Debby Leverett, who is stepping down as our newsletter editor. I think we will all agree that under the direction of Debby our newsletter is second to none.  Hope everyone had a great holiday season. As you know, we had our holiday meeting at Pat and Jerry Mall’s residence. The Malls, as usual, were the most gracious hosts you could ask for. Their home is absolutely beautiful, and their koi are a wonder to behold. The Malls have opened their home up for our holiday meetings a number of times, and we really appreciate it.  Our Jan meeting will be held at the home of Larry and Debby Leverett. As I mentioned at our Nov meeting, we are starting a program in which a specific breed of koi will be chosen to be discussed at every meeting. It is our hope that by doing this all of our members will become familiar with each type of koi and how to identify them by name. At our Jan meeting I will be discussing the Showa koi.  In closing, I would like to thank all of you for your participation in making this an outstanding organization.


Written report submitted by Louie Hernandez:   Malise Unruh, of Bakersfield K&WGS, said they are preparing for another successful year.  On Sat the 12th, they will hold their annual business meeting at their local ReMax office.  They will be laying out the roadmap for the coming year and setting up committees and assignments.  They will also officially install the officers of the board for the upcoming terms.  Since their successful koi show in Oct, they have held regular meetings and got together for their annual Christmas dinner and party at the home of club member Tamara Downs.  Goals for this year will be to hold monthly meetings at club members’ homes, attend koi shows and other AKCA club events, and increase the success of their annual koi show to be held Oct. 18-20, 2013.  Debby Young, of Southern Arizona KA, said they just completed their 33rd Annual Koi Show this past Nov.  Thanks go to their Judging team of Bob Winkler and John Sprinkle.  Dec’s meeting was their Christmas party with a Chinese Gift Exchange and Santa brought all attendees “Ultra Balance Koi Food.”  Jerry Kyle, of Camellia KC, said that with a new President, Secretary, and some new Directors stepping up to take the lead their club will once again focus its Jan meeting as a planning session for 2013 with great ideas on the table.  Koi Show, Pond Tour, guest speakers, koi auction, Pot Luck, special presentations are all on the table as this promises to be another great year to get involved in the koi hobby in the Sacramento Valley Region of California.  What better place to hold this first of the year meeting than at Gus & Leslie’s pond which was featured last year as a centerfold in AKCA’s KOI USA Magazine.  Club information can be found at www.camelliakoi.org by anyone interested in learning more about what they do.  ZNA Nor CA held their Jan 12th meeting and focused on their Apr show, water quality, entertaining the judges, vendors, tank reservations and all the other details that make a great show.  All the committees gave their reports.  Show time will be coming soon and hope to see you all there.  ZNA So. CA held their Christmas Party in Westminster at Loc Bui’s Sea World.  The food was fantastic with plenty for all.  A pleasant surprise was each member had a lobster to feast on.  Their show is Mar 16-17th in Gardena, CA.  The Lone Star Koi Club did not meet in Jan.  The Feb meeting is scheduled for Sunday the 17th at 2 p.m. at Scott and Linda Sartorius’ home in Houston.  Please check the Feb newsletter for details.


Motion:  To adjourn at. 8:38 p.m.  Motion by Carole, 2nd by Don.   Approved.


Respectfully submitted,

Carole Elliott

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