2013 02 AKCA Minutes

AKCA Minutes of February 8, 2013

Officers Present                               Directors Present                 Guests

Chair:  Kristine Peterson                    Bob Finnegan                          Ally Cunningham

Vice Chair:  Don Chandler                  Brenda Chandler                     Paul Cunningham

Secretary:  Carole Elliott

CFO:  Joan Finnegan

2013 AKCA  Banquet – Wet Lab – Judging Seminar

June 29-30th in Hawaii

KHAs are encouraged to attend (free) to refresh their knowledge!

For travel from the mainland – we recommend going through

Pleasant Holidays Package (airfare/hotel) – Staying at the Miramar @ Waikiki

Board Highlights:

  • If your club is having a koi show, koi pond tour or auction soon and need liability insurance, please contact Brenda ASAP!
  • Koi Person of the Year/Koi of the Year/Champion of Champions submissions are due by May 1st!
  • KOI USA Subscriptions will increase Mar31st from $20 to $25 for members, $25 to $30 for non club members.  For a two year subscription, increase from $36 to $46 for club members and from $43 to $53 to non club members.
  • Unfortunately, Charlie and Brenda Atwell were seriously injured in an automobile accident; until further notice, please send AKCA Koi of the Year Plaque requests to Kristine Peterson at email4koi@gmail.com.


The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Kristine Peterson at  6:05 p.m.


MINUTES:  Motion:  To approve the minutes of January 11, 2013.  Motion by Joan, 2nd by Don.  Approved.


v JANUARY  FINANCIAL STATEMENT:  Joan reported that she hadn’t received the B of A statement yet.  All bills have been paid.  Kristine sent out the 1099’s and will be doing the 1096.  Kristine will go online and get the form for the SI 100.  Michael will do the taxes.



v Scientific/KHA:   Don presented Jerry Kyle’s report:  The KHA Program requests AKCA to approve inviting any interested KHAs who wish to attend the AKCA Annual Business Meeting  June 29-30 to attend the KHA Lab Presentation at the class free to any KHA member, present or past.  This would serve to encourage KHAs to attend and refresh their knowledge as many took the class a number of years ago and participating in a refresher class would benefit all as we take what we learn back to our local clubs.  This will be a good excuse to visit Hawaii, see Hawaii’s beautiful ponds, beautiful koi, experience what AKCA does and get updated in the latest koi health issues.  Motion:  To allow all current and past KHAs to attend the 2013 Wet lab at no cost.  Motion by Don, 2nd by Brenda.  Approved.


v AKCA-PROJECT KHV:  Kristine is waiting for a reply from Jack Chapman re: OSU grants and auctioning the remaining slates.


v PUBLICATION:  Joan reported that Bob Payne stated that there is a one time fee of $150 for moving books into the storage area but no storage fee.  Caesar is doing a good job; have encountered a problem with items being posted on the web site and then disappearing?  We can’t explain!  Don stated that we have and good mix of feature article for Mar/Apr issue and Larry is working on a whimsy article by Tamsie and another article by Kodama.  We have 6 accounts 90 days overdue.  Don has revised the media kit and it’s posted online if anyone needs one.  Connie would like to split her responsibilities with another person as she has a lot on her plate right now.  Bob, Brenda, Connie and Don will meet to discuss and bring back to the KOI USA board.  We discussed having all checks from the advertisers going directly to our P.O. Box.

v MEMBERSHIP:  Don stated that we have 85 clubs; the Koi Club of Kansas is dissolving effective Jul 1st.



v JUDGING:  Bob is working with the judges.  Carole asked if he was promoting the judging seminar to be hosted by Taro Kodama in Hawaii.  Discussion.


v SPEAKER’S GRANT:  No report.

v GUIDES:  No report.


v INSURANCE/RISK MANAGEMENT:   We currently have 13 clubs enrolled in our Premium Level package.  Liability premiums have been paid in full.  Brenda asked that all clubs be reminded that if they are having a koi show, pond tour, or auction this spring or summer and need Premium Level liability insurance that she be contacted ASAP rather than waiting until the last minute for insurance, as it’s expected to get busy soon.


v BOOKSTORE COMMITTEE:   Brenda reported that sales this past month were poor ($45.44).  Hopefully, they’ll improve with the weather.  The last of our materials have been moved from Andy Moo’s storage, thanks to Don, Bob, Paul and Louie.  Brenda stated that we will need to reorder more of Dr. Johnson’s Koi Health books.  Motion:  To order 50 of Dr. Erik Johnson’s books at $25 each plus postage.  Motion by Don, 2nd by Carole.  Approved.  Bob Payne, of Blue Z, will redo our KOI ID poster; we have new photos.  Brenda would like to see a similar format in the new ID poster.


v By-Laws:  Kristine stated that we won’t address by-law changes until after the upcoming election.


v Nominating Committee:  Carole stated that the nominating committee has come up with the following names for the 2013-2014 Slate of Officers for AKCA:

Chairperson:  Bob Finnegan

Vice Chairperson:  Don Chandler

Secretary:  Carole Elliott

Chief Financial Officer:  Brenda Chandler

Motion:  To accept the proposed slate of officers for 2013-2014.  Motion by Carole, 2nd by Joan.  ApprovedRemember: Any write-in candidates will have to qualify for the position and be able to attend monthly meetings in person or be disqualified.


v Koi Person of the Year:  Clubs should be voting for 2012/2013 Koi Person of the Year and submitting their entries by May 1st to Paul Cunningham including name, club, their home address and email address.  Mail to:  3201 S. Artesia Street, Santa Ana, CA 92704 or email to fly-by@pacbell.net.  Revised forms are already on the website.


v Koi of the Year:  Clubs should submit selections for 2012/2013 by May 1st to Garry Chin at: scvkoi@yahoo.com (revised forms will be on the website soon).


v Champion of Champions:  Clubs should submit selections for 2012/2013 by May 1st to Garry Chin at: scvkoi@yahoo.com (revised forms will be on the website soon).




v 2013 Seminar:   Carole reported that Bonnie Nakahara has done a great job.  Their club will provide lunch/drinks for the Saturday Wet Lab attendees for a cost of $10.  She has arranged to have the Saturday night Business meeting/Banquet at Sam Choy’s BLC Restaurant for a cost of $45 – banquet style dinner.  There will be three entrees, salad selections, starch and desserts.  There will be a no host bar.  Carole asked Joan to send Bonnie a check for $200 for deposit for the restaurant.  The Wet Lab will be held at Salt Lake Elementary School in the cafeteria at a cost to the AKCA of $94.  Carole did much research into hotel/airfare packages and found that Pleasant Holidays had the cheapest rates.  Airfare from LAX and a 4 night stay, based on double occupancy, was just over $800.  This is for a stay at the Miramar at Waikiki, a hotel with 357 guest rooms, four restaurants, pool with spacious sun deck and poolside bar, and a sundry shop; it is right in the heart of Waikiki, one block from the ocean.  If staying alone, the price is slightly higher.  Carole will be arranging airfare/hotel through Pleasant Holidays for Dr. Nick Saint-Erne, flying out of Phoenix, Arizona.  She expects costs to the AKCA to be well below the budgeted $1500 allowance.  The Hawaii club is excited about having a Wet Lab as no one in their club has ever been to one.  We also plan on outreaching to the other Hawaii clubs since we want to include ALL koi hobbyists!


v 2014 SeminarIt was suggested asking Judges for suggestions on where to hold the 2014 Business meeting/Wet Lab so that we can tie it into the Judges Seminar.




  • Does your club have any questions or concerns?
  • Is anyone in your club interested in writing an article for KOI USA?
  • Did your club receive the 2013-2014 Ballot for Officers
  • Is your club interested in hosting an Annual Business Meeting/Banquet/Wet Lab in 2014?
  • Is anyone in your club planning on attending the AKCA Annual meeting/Wet lab in Hawaii?
  • Be sure to vote and to submit your club’s Koi Person of the Year, Koi of the Year (with photo), and Champion of Champions (with photo) selections.


Upcoming AKCA Annual Calendar Events for MARCH:


  • AKCA Officer Nominee ballots sent to member clubs by March 1st.  If your club doesn’t receive theirs, contact Carole Elliot for a replacement ballot.
  • Send out notices to clubs for KOI of the Year, Koi Person of the Year, and Champion of Champions.




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New Business




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 there is nothing new to report since last time.  Their first meeting of the year is on Sat, Feb 16th.  Mary Ann Pemix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said there is no real news except for their planned pond tour in June.  Ralph Smith, of Southwest K&PA, said they are in hibernation at this time.  He’ll have info in a few months.  Jerry Woodbury, of Miami Valley WGS, said they had their first meeting of the year last month where Betty Hovel gave a talk on “Mother” knows best.”  It referenced following ways and seeing what Mother Nature has to offer as far as dealing with gardening and ponds.  This coming month they will have Dr. Dave Smith from Freshwater Farms of Ohio talking about “Constructed Wetlands and Bogs.”  Warren Yeow Chye Ng, of Central Alabama K&WGS, said they have elected new officers for 2013:  President:   Danny Hall; VP: Neal Schmitt; Secretary:  John Page; Treasurer: Allan Staib; Administrator:  Buck Williams, KHA Web; AKCA Director #1: Yeow Chye Ng; AKCA Director #2: Buck Williams; Historian:  Margie Thomas.  They will be holding their first 2013 club meeting at Joyce & John Page’s residence during the month of Mar.  Detail of the meeting will be posted on their website.  Jim Vaden, of KC of Middle Tennessee, said that he just returned from Japan.  He had two koi entered in competition at the 2013 Nishikigoi of the World – 44th Combined Nishikigoi Show (All Japan Show).  His 7 year old 80cm Sanke was first runner-up in her class, and his 3 year old 63 cm Showa was also first runner-up in her class.  Not too bad with 1400 of the very best koi in the world entered into competition from approximately 700 different breeders.  Congratulations Jim!  Not much to say about their club activities.  They took the winter off and will meet for the first time in 2013 in Mar.  In Tokyo, he asked Mat McCann, of Quality Koi, to speak to their club in 2013.  He indicated that he could sometime in mid June.  Steve Dumas, of North Texas WGS, said they look forward to a new year with lots of fun projects and information.  Watch for their booth at the Dallas Home & Garden Show Mar 1-3 at Dallas Market Hall.  They will also be doing their spring community projects including the Dallas Zoo Stream and the Texas Discovery Gardens.  Dates for these projects have not yet been announced.  Also, look for their annual Tour of Ponds coming in June.  For information about them and any upcoming events or meeting topics, please see their website at http://ntwgs.org/.  This month’s meeting on Feb. 12th will feature the beginning of their plant series.  The meetings will be held at the Community Meeting Room inside the Half Price Books in Dallas.  Plant exchange is allowed near the rear loading dock before and after each meeting.  Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they will hold their first meeting for the year Feb 23rd.  They have been patiently waiting for their ponds to thaw and Spring to get here.  It’s still only 20 degrees and there is 6 inches of snow on the ground.  They’ll be meeting soon to plan out their year’s agenda and look forward to another great year shared with member friends.  The Northern Iowa K&WGA recently had members sit down to plan out their year.  It looks to be a great year full of lots of great speakers, field trips, and hands on projects.  Their first meeting of the year will be Feb. 19th.  President and KHA Jackie Allsup will be doing a presentation on Koi Health.  Members are excited about the upcoming year and can’t wait for the warmer weather.  Christine Wilkolaski, of Niagara Frontier K&PC, said they held their elections in Jan.  The club also picked their Koi Person of the Year.  They will be having a speaker on herbs for their Feb meeting.  The club will participate in WILD, an event for families.  This event is to educate families of outdoor activities that they can do together.  Carole tried but was unable to reach:  Amarillo KS; Canada KC of British Columbia; Midwest P&KS; Puget Sound KC; WGC of South Texas; Atlanta KC; and East Tennessee KC.


Written report submitted by Phil Hunter:   Vi Conn, of the Capital Area K&WGC, reports that the club is still on winter hiatus until Mar.  Linda Kinney, of the Dayton KC, reports that members are anxiously waiting spring.  The officers will email a questionnaire to determine members’ interests and to form committees for the year.  The first meeting of 2013 will be held on Feb 21st at the home of Linda and Keith Kinney.  Gary Desmond, of the Shasta K&WGC, reports that a meeting of the Executive Board was held in January.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and plan club meetings and events for 2013.  A proposed 2013 calendar of events was reviewed.  In addition the 2013 club pond tour was discussed.  Eight ponds, all belonging to club members have been confirmed for the tour.  The Feb club meeting will be held at the home of Connie and Ross Salazar.  Pat Ware, of the Springfield WGS, reports that the January meeting in combination with the Friends of the Garden was packed.  Speaker John Price gave an overview of what’s going on with the park board and the FOG committee heads spoke about the various projects that are underway at Close Memorial Gardens and the Japanese Stroll Garden.  The Feb meeting will be held at the Springfield Hot Glass Studio in downtown Springfield.  Terry Bloodworth, master glass blower, has graciously invited SWS to his studio for a demonstration of glass blowing.  Besides watching a demonstration of how to make these works of art, members will be able to browse the store and make purchases, if so desired.  Phil was unable to contact the Inland Empire WG&KS this month.


Written report submitted by Don Chandler:  Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the Feb meeting was held at the home of new President Rosimeri Tran; a small crowd showed up and we kept it informal. Rosimeri introduced the new Officers and reviewed upcoming events for the year, such as our koi show date and location have been reserved at Fig Garden Village for Sep 27-29, 2013. Our club will be taking a field trip in Apr to the ZNA NorCal koi show along with visiting the koi dealers in the San Jose area. We will be incorporating more koi health education into the meetings and this year we will be having a speaker at one of our meetings, possibly at the Bakersfield Joint Meeting in Jun.  Lou Weaver, our Vice President, gave a presentation on selecting koi and defining the differences between Showa and Sanke; afterwards we had a live presentation of koi by Lou, where he showed us what to look for in picking out tosai. Our next meeting will be on Mar 12th at 7 p.m. at the home of Dale and Sandy Winn.  Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.  James McAdams, of Deep South Koi & Pond Society, reports they held their Jan meeting at the home of Robert Wu. We discussed plans for our upcoming Pond Tour as well as the LSU Garden Show booth. While enjoying some King Cake in celebration of Mardi Gras, members enjoyed Robert’s fantastic pond and beautiful koi. Welcome to new members Larkin and Suzanne Baggett.  Check out their website at http://www.deepsouthkoi.org/.  Doug Stuber, of the First Coast Koi Club, reports the club has just purchased several thousand dollars in additional hard-sided tanks and other equipment from the Pentair/Aquatic Eco Systems folks here in Florida as an upgrade for the club’s annual Koi Show this Fall. During the Feb meeting, dates for the Spring Fish Auction, Annual Pond Tour and several anticipated field trips will be confirmed. Check out their website at http://www.firstcoastkoiclub.com/  Philip Gray, of Mid-Atlantic Koi Club, reports in Feb their club along with the Tristate ZNA Koi Club welcomed Dr. Tepper to a joint meeting at Phil Gray’s home in Long Island.  Dr. Tepper gave a presentation on Koi Health – Winter to Spring. A $20 entrance fee was charged with all proceeds used to support club initiatives.  Check out their website at http://www.makc.com.  Dot Wilbanks, Moto-Kara Koi Kai ZNA Chapter Koi Club, reports the club has not met this winter.  They’re in the process of renewing their website’s domain registration.  Check their website at http://www.mkk-zna.org/.  Marc and Tamara Skaggs, of Northern Midwest ZNA Koi Club,report their club’s President, Richard Thomas, will be part of a 6 person Judging Team at the Koi Club of San Diego’s show in sunny SoCal on the weekend of Feb 23/24.  Check out their website at http://www.nmzna.net/index.html.  Phyllis Anderson, of North Idaho Koi Keepers,reports they met Sat Feb 9 to enjoy pictures and stories by our 3 members who just returned from Japan. Sharon Olson, Judy Linnebach and Kyle McNaught-Davis all attended the All Japan Koi Show in Tokyo and took part in a ZNA Judging class where they were actually given the opportunity to view and judge selected koi from the show. Of course they all did very well. For those who have never attended this koi show, it’s just overwhelming. About 1500 beautiful nishikigoi were entered in the competition. We’ll get some pictures posted on our website soon. Check out their website at http://www.northidahokoikeepers.com/id8.html.  Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC,  reports he’s the club’s new AKCA Dir/Rep and things got a little dicey at the end of last year. It seemed like there was a real question of whether the club could continue, but fortunately some new folks stepped forward so now we’ve pretty much got a new slate of officers led by our new President, Frank Mullaney. With the passing of the Old Guard we must tip our hats to the guys and gals that held down the fort for so long.  We’ve redone our website and are making an effort to generate more member involvement via email and Facebook.  In the past month our membership has rescued three fish from some unfortunates that had gotten in over their heads. Planning for our 22nd Annual Pond Tour is in full swing, so hopefully SCVKWG will be around for a lot longer.  Last month, we had a great talk by Pam Helmke, San Jose Park Ranger, of the Japanese Friendship Garden located in Kelley Park. The garden includes a large koi pond. Unfortunately, they were decimated by KHV awhile back. She described restoration of the koi and the pond.  Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com/  Lois Rosmarin, of Siskiyou Koi & Pond Club,reports their Feb meeting was very good. We were talking about ways to increase the enjoyment of our yards especially in the winter when our fish are not active. The emphasis was on attracting birds and other small non-predatory wildlife. We shared lots of photos with good landscape and feeder ideas. Our presenter was from Wild Birds Unlimited.  Check out their website at http://www.siskiyoukoiclub.com .  Philip Gray, of Tri-State ZNA Koi Club, reports in Feb their club along with the Mid-Atlantic Koi Club welcomed Dr.Tepper to a joint meeting at Phil Gray’s home in Long Island.  Dr. Tepper gave a presentation on Koi Health – Winter to Spring. A $20 entrance fee was charged with all proceeds 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 Mr. Saito. Mr. Saito is visiting us from the Shintaro Koi Farm in Japan; Mr. Saito will be conducting a seminar on the development of Quality Koi. He is also bringing with him two 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 Mr. Saito and tickets will be $25.00 per plate, all proceeds will go to supporting the Tri-State and the MAKC Koi Shows.  Check out their website at http://www.tristateznakoiclub.com/tristateznakoiclub/Home.html  Dick Hadley, of Upper Midwest Koi Club,reports I want you to know we at Upper Midwest are still in business. We have not had a general membership meeting since last Oct, but we have one coming up soon. The board however has been meeting, planning agendas, locations, and beginning to formulate a show committee. I will be a co-show chairman along with Joe Retterich. The show will be the first week end in Aug as it was last year, unless our sponsor Bachman’s has a conflict—we don’t expect one, however.  Check their website at http://www.umkoiclub.org/htm/meetings.html.   Dave Peebler, of Koi Club of Kansas, reports the club has shut down for the Winter.  The following clubs were contacted but did not respond: Cascade K&GC, Central Coast KC, Macon WG&KC, Metro-Detroit P&GC, Nashville PS, and Rhode Island and Massachusetts KC.


Written report submitted by Brenda Chandler:  Johnna Hansen, of Charleston Showa Koi Club, reports we are working on the May 11 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 Treasurer, 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 the club will not have a meeting until Mar but this month they’re collaborating with PetRelocation.com to bag and ship out koi that belong to a family who have moved from Texas to Tennessee.  Check out their website at http://www.dallaskoikichi.org/   Mike Lane, of High Desert Koi Fanciers, reports they have some new board members: New president is Mike Przewoznik; VP is Annette Lane; Treasurer is Jack Eccles; Secretary is Cate Whitmore; Librarian is Teri Eccles; Membership Coordinator is Patty Simpson; Activities Director is Angela Herrera; Koi People of the Year for 2012/2013 are Richard & Diane Bison.  Check out their website at http://www.hdkoifanciers.com.  Brenda Chandler, of Nishiki Koi Club, reports the club has not met this Winter.  Treasure Carole Simoes has resigned and the club is looking for a replacement.  They also recently renewed the website’s hosting arrangement for an additional two years.  Check out their website at http://www.nishikikoiclub.com.  Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports the club is hibernating for the Winter.  Koi 101 author Brendan Moody was a big hit reading his KOI USA article to his classmates.  Photos to follow!  Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html  Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the Feb meeting was on Night Gardening and the Speaker was Ginny Gibbs. Also, it’s time to start thinking if you want to be on the 2013 PKPS Pond Tour to be held on Jul 13-14. Please contact any board member if you would like to be on the tour. Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.  Sonja Kahkola, of Rainbow River Koi Club, reports their Feb meeting was very quiet. With the Super Bowl and other issues, we only had 4 members including our hosts, Cathy & Bob Young. Turned out to be enjoyable for us because we sat in the warm Florida sun on their lanai wearing shorts & T-shirts and had a couple of brewskies.  Check out their website at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rainbow-River-Koi-Club/374036155457  Laura Lunsford, of Rocky Mountain Koi Club, reports their Feb meeting was on Sat, Feb 16th at GrowHaus, a working aquaponic facility that also provides education, demonstrations and training.  Aquaponics is a combination of aquaculture (growing water living animals) and hydroponics (growing plants in a recirculating water system). GrowHaus gave us a tour of their facility and a lecture on the basics of aquaculture. GrowHaus also has around 250 koi that they are raising and selling (koi were available for sale the day of our meeting). After the meeting, they set out in search of lunch.  Check out their website at http://www.rmkc.net/.  Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports the Feb Antifreeze Party was slated for Southside Johnny’s in Colorado Springs and taking orders for this year’s Tosai Buy was high on the agenda.  Check out their website at http://www.socokoi.org.  David Yee, of Valley of the Sun Koi Club, Inc., reports we had our annual Koi Show at the Chinese Culture Center during the annual Phoenix Chinese Week/Chinese New Year Festival (Feb 8-10). This event was well attended with over 15,000 people on site. Robbi and Bryan McCleney won the Supreme Champion with a size 6 and Corey Garrett won the Reserve Champion with a size 6.  Larry Christensen was our certified judge. The Koi Show highlights will be posted at our website and an article is being written for KOI USA magazine.  Check their website at http://www.vskc.net.  Mary Oxman, of Ventura County Koi Society, reports at their Feb meeting Dr. David C. Salmon, Sales Manager, and Ms. Eliza Trickett, California Sales Rep, MAZURI, attended.  Dr. Salmon gave a short presentation regarding the koi food they have developed.  There always seems to be much discussion about koi nutrition; winter feeding, what to feed, how much – how often and so forth.  Koi keeping can be a real challenge.  Thank goodness we have fellow club members to turn to for help.  I wish to thank Richard Renshaw for sharing koi feeding and nutrition information with us as his contribution to our meeting of show and tell.  We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated and knowledgeable member as Richard sharing with us for the past thirty years!  Speaking of thirty years: Phillip and Evelyn Jimenez have rejoined our club after being absent for many years; welcome back Phillip and Evelyn!  In looking at a membership list for the beginning of our club in 1983, I see that Bob Hensley was President and that Dan Miller, Richard Renshaw, Phillip and Evelyn Jimenez, and Rosie Asbell were also members of our club. How about that!  Check their website at http://users.vcnet.com/rrenshaw/vcks.html.


Written report submitted by Joan Finnegan:  Joan reports that So Cal Koi Club won’t have a regular meeting in Feb.  They are encouraging members to attend the Koi Club of San Diego’s Koi Show in Feb, either bringing koi to show or just attending.  In Mar, club members will be treated to seeing a 40,000 gal. pond at Mark Dickson’s business (it’s an indoor pond).  Mark will also provide members with a catered lunch.  All of his koi are show quality and at least 24”.  Norman Call, of Oregon K&WGS, said they elected new officers; he will send info to Don.  They will decide at their next meeting on whether or not to hold a koi show this year.  Joan tried but was unable to reach Northwest K&GFC-ZNA Chapter.


Written report submitted by Bob Finnegan:   The Greater Ponds & Koi Soc. of West Michigan is down until spring.  Jon Floden, of Gulf Coast KS, said they have the flu; everything is on hold.  Dr. Ken Lau, of Indiana K&WGC, said that everything is frozen.  Jon Lockerman, of North Florida KC, said everything is OK!  Olympic K, GFWGC is not active until this coming May.  David Muraoka, of Sierra KC, said the club will start back up in the spring.  Bob tried but was unable to reach the North Carolina K&WGS.


Written report submitted by Kristine Peterson:  Koi Club of San Diego is in the final planning stages for their 26th Annual Koi Show Feb 23 & 24th at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Data for pre-registered exhibitors will be entered into the computer program Feb 16th which will reduce time at the show, so now is the time to take advantage of the pre-registration discount. The registration and vendor kits are on the website at www.koiclubsandiego.org. In Mar club members will arrange to be at Barstow Koi Farm to watch and assist with the seining of the mud pond. Jack Chapman will be the Apr speaker making a presentation on Spring Cleaning and the May guest speaker is Connie Freihoff from Ultra Balance koi foods.  Judy and Al Nicholson hosted the Jan general meeting for the Santa Clarita Koi & Watergarden Club. The May meeting and annual growth contest will be hosted by the Thirkettle’s. Jim Thirkettle was the grand prize winner of the growth contest sponsored by Mystic Koi, winning a trip to Japan! For information on joining or attending the club, visit the website at www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com  Mac McClain, of Inland Koi Society, reporting from sunny California. Our monthly meeting was held on Jan 27, at the home of IKS members Larry and Debby Leverett. We had over 40 members attend. The Leveretts have a 4000 gallon pond with four waterfalls, and it contains 25 koi. It’s a concrete pond with a water proofer added to the concrete. Our board of directors decided to help familiarize our members with different breeds of koi, by having someone at each meeting give a presentation on a different breed. Our first attempt at this endeavor was made by myself. I chose my favorite koi which is the showa. I gave a 15 minute presentation that appeared to be well received by the members. We also installed our new board members with myself as president, Rey Quirong as Vice President, Pete Miles as Newsletter editor, Randy McGarvey, and Tom Wright as Directors.


Written report submitted by Louie Hernandez:   Jerry Kyle, of Camellia KC, said they have new members, a new president, and new energy.  They have not had a koi show the last two years and are considering something new to them to get back to what they are all about.  The club is strongly considering a different idea from Anthony Quintero of Koi Enterprise.  Rather than the heavy work demands of all the tank requirements of a large koi show where the winners are the usual high end koi owners, a bag show limited to smaller sizes to encourage newer member beginners with newer, younger koi has raised interest.  Keeping sizes to under 6, 6 – 9, 9 – 12, 12 – 15 and 15 – 18 allows koi to be brought to the show, bagged in fresh water with oxygen, and placed on blue poly tarps.  Listening to Judges’ comments will be a great learning experience for beginners and a good refresher for older members.  They should have more information by next month.  Charles Phelps, of Greater Louisville K&GFS, said that they did not have a club meeting in Jan and will not have one in Feb.  Neal Friedman, of Washington K&WGS, reports at our Jan club meeting Dick Benbow discussed the “700 Club Growout Project” being conducted by the North Idaho Koi Keepers, and then gave a very informative lecture on the finer points of selecting high quality koi.  At the Feb 20 club meeting. Nic Damon, from Pan Intercorp in Kenmore, will speak about the importance of maintaining water parameters, such as KH (carbonate hardness), GH (general hardness), PH (acid and base levels) and how these water parameters are handled in Japan, as well as in the Northwest.


Motion:  To adjourn at. 8:06 p.m.  Motion by Joan, 2nd by Ally.   Approved.


Respectfully submitted,

Carole Elliott

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