2013 03 AKCA Minutes

AKCA Minutes of March 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                     Louie Hernandez

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 koi & equipment auction and need an insurance certificate, please contact Brenda ASAP!
  • Koi Person of the Year/Koi of the Year/Champion of Champions submissions are all due by May 1st!
  • KOI USA Subscriptions will increase March 31st 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.


The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Kristine Peterson at 6:08 p.m.


MINUTES:  Motion:  To approve the minutes of February 8, 2013.  Motion by Louie, 2nd by Don.  Approved.


v FEBRUARY  FINANCIAL STATEMENT:  Joan reported that as of Feb. 28th AKCA has a balance of $10,561.39.  She paid three bills for $346.33.  Our investment account balance as of Dec. 31st was $86,160.47.



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.


v AKCA-PROJECT KHV:  It was reported that we are waiting for the final report by Dr. Ling Gin. Joan paid OSU $2100 as the final installment of their first grant.  No info presented on their second grant.  We still have slates to auction to benefit the program.  Kristine will contact Jack for updates.


v PUBLICATION:  KOI USA Board meeting results: Joan submitted her resignation as Chairperson of KOI USA to the KOI USA Board.  Everyone thanked Joan for her many years of service and leadership in KOI USA.  She will continue to serve as CFO and Don Chandler was voted in as Chairperson.  Motion:  To accept Joan’s resignation and approve Don as KOI USA Chair.  Motion by Joan, 2nd by Carole.  Approved. Don reported that Bob Payne is in the middle of production; hopefully it should go out by the end of March.  We are up in advertising and Bob is also working on the Koi ID poster.  Money doubled from PCS last month, probably due to the upcoming rate increase that takes effect March 31st.  Decline of 41 net subscriptions from prior issue.  We have a number of articles waiting to be published; however, Don stated that it’s important that the magazine have a balance of articles.  Connie’s A/R report will have to be revised, as most of the advertisers were listed in the over 90 days overdue column!  Don went over an Element report in regards to credit card deposits and B of A bank statements for the past 3 months.  Much discussion followed.  Kristine emphasized the need to brainstorm cutting production and management costs.

v MEMBERSHIP:  Don stated that we have 85 clubs; the Koi Club of Kansas is dissolving effective Jul 1.  We have received correspondence from 2 clubs interested in joining the AKCA (including one Canadian group).

v MEMBERSHIP QUESTIONS:  Suggestion: To get pet stores to stock KOI USA magazine.  Joan will contact Dr. Nick Saint Erne to see whether Pet Smart might be interested in carrying our magazine


v JUDGING:  Bob stated that the San Diego Koi Show was very successful.   We’ll have to see whether we’ll be having a judging Seminar at Kodama’s in June.


v SPEAKER’S GRANT:  Two clubs received Speakers Grants this FY; no reports re: what they’ve planned/expended so far.


v INSURANCE/RISK MANAGEMENT:   Brenda stated that 15 clubs have paid for Premium Level coverage this FY, for a total of $1875 reimbursed towards our liability premium.  There are two more clubs that may enroll soon: Camellia and Austin.


v BOOKSTORE COMMITTEE:   Brenda reported that we had $45 in sales in Jan and $544 in Feb.  Connie manned the booth at the San Diego for a total of over $2000; she’s still finding checks she has to deposit and has not submitted a final report, but this could be an all time record.  It didn’t hurt that Dr. Nick Saint-Erne was there to autograph his book!  Sales tax is charged CA residents at 8% (the Orange County rate), regardless of which county they live in.


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


v Koi Person of the Year:  Clubs should be voting on Koi Person of the Year and submit 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 .


v Koi of the Year:  Clubs should submit picture with owners name and home address and email address by May 1st to Garry Chin at: scvkoi@yahoo.com .


v Champion of Champions:  Clubs should submit picture with owners name and home address and email address by May 1st to Garry Chin at: scvkoi@yahoo.com .




v 2013 Seminar:   Carole reported that Bonnie Nakahara has done a great job.  The flyer and registration form will be in the next issue of KOI USA.  KHAs will be able to attend for free.  Bonnie’s club members will pay a $25 fee for the 1 ½ day wet lab with non-club members being charged $35. 


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.  And any clubs that are interested in hosting should contact their local AKCA Board Rep.




  • 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 2014?
  • Is anyone in your club planning on attending the AKCA Annual meeting/Wet lab in Hawaii?
  • Be sure to vote your ballot and to submit your club’s Koi Person of the Year, Koi of the Year (with photo), and Champion of Champions (with photo) entries.


Upcoming AKCA Annual Calendar Events for APRIL:


  • Finance Committee meets
  • Invoice advertisers for Issue 6




q  None


New Business


Grant Lottery:  Don stated that this years lottery winners (Central California and Deep South) have new leadership that weren’t completely aware of the lottery grant details.  We will send the new people details of the grant along with the deadline info and Don will revise the website.

Website Compromised:  It was found that one of the sites on our website was compromised.  Cesar contacted Google who ran software and they are checking into it.

Contact Email:  Jack Dunlap, from the Central Florida Koi Show, Inc., emailed Don asking why their show wasn’t listed in KOI USA or calendared on our website?  Discussion.  The unanimous feeling was that calendaring events in the magazine and on our website was a benefit for our member clubs and since Jack’s club quit the AKCA last year, we should no longer calendar their events.



Written report submitted by Carole Elliott:  Gary & Debbie Floyd, of Amarillo KS, said they have nothing going on as it is still too cold to do anything.  They hope they’ll be able to get something going later this year.  Gary Lee, of Atlanta KC, reports that their new President, Gary Elmore, would like to become a Candidate Judge.  Their Biennial Summer Pond and Watergarden Tour is set for Sat, Jun 22.  Their Fall Show will be held Sep 20-22, 2013.  Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they held their first meeting of the year at the Lighthouse Supper Club.  Several new members came to visit and the meeting was well attended.  The speaker committee will meet this week to schedule and decide speakers.  Again, they are expecting an additional 8 inches of snow, so it will still be awhile before their ponds are up and running.  The Northern Iowa P&KC held their first meeting of the year.  They discussed the year’s schedule and meeting locations.  Jackie, as a KHA, gave a talk on koi diseases and treatment.  Everyone is still buried under snow, but they are all in good spirits and really anxious for spring to break.  Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said their Feb meeting was cancelled due to a snow storm so they missed a presentation about The Art of Bonzai.  That was the first meeting their club has cancelled in the 14 years they have been together.  They blamed their new president, Pete Kallos, for the bad luck.  The March meeting is just around the corner.  The subject will be The Basics of Fairy Gardens presented by Nikki Weed of South Pleasantburg Nursery, one of their great local pond and garden suppliers and sponsors.  A number of their club members are traveling to the Koi show in Orlando the weekend of Mar 8-10th.  A few will be traveling to East Coast Koi near Raleigh, NC the weekend of Mar 16th to help Bobby Wang pull some 3 to 6 year old Koi out of his ponds.  Jim Vaden, of the KC of Middle Tennessee, said they are currently participating in the Nashville Lawn and Garden Show from Feb 28 through Mar 3rd.  It is a great opportunity to inform attendees of their club and its activities.  The club’s first meeting of this year is set for Mar 23rd where they will plan activities for the duration of the year.  Jan Jordan, of Mid-Columbia K&PC, said they are still sleeping there (please do not disturb the koi!).  She might have something for us next month.  Mary Ann Pemix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said they are having their pond tour Jun 22 with a rain date of Jun 29th.  Their monthly meetings starting this month will be held at different member’s ponds.  They are all looking forward to spring.  Stephen Dumas, of North Texas WGS, said they look forward to a busy spring with lots of fun projects and information.  They will again be doing their spring community projects.  They clean out the Dallas Zoo Stream on Sat, Mar 30th.  Join them at their Free Aquatic Plant Potting Workshop at the pond in Texas Discovery Gardens in Fair Park, Dallas on Sat, Apr 13th.  They also have their annual Tour of Ponds coming Jun 8 & 9th.  For more information about them and any upcoming events or meeting topics, please see their website at http://ntwgs.org/.  Their meeting are held on the 2nd Tues of each month.  This month’s meeting will be on Mar 12thPuget Sound KC will have their Mar meeting at Rick & Leanne Beasley’s.  They are also hosting the PNKCA Convention this year.  Ralph Smith, of Southwest K&PA, reports that they had a great time at their 2012 Christmas Gala.  They enjoyed Larry & Jeannette Lockards “Under the Sea Adventures” and on a “Africa Safari,” narrated by the Lockards, who actually experienced these adventures and survived it just in time for SKAPA’s great GALA.  Carole tried but was unable to reach:  Canada KC of British Columbia; Central Alabama K&WGS; Miami Valley WGS; Midwest P&KS; WGC of South Texas; 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 will have a booth in Mar at the Home and Garden Show held at the Michigan State University Pavilion.  The booth will be staffed for the four days the show runs.  Gary Desmond, of the Shasta KC, reports that the club will be having a pond tour in Jun, as well as a display at the local mall in May.  The club will also raffle off a framed print to raise money for the club.  The club officers have also developed a membership card for the club’s members, who can use it to get discounts on merchandise from different shops in the area. Pat Ware, of the Springfield WGS, reports that the Feb meeting, which was a visit to a local glass blowing artist studio had a small turnout due to bad weather.  Those who did brave the weather had a great time.  The Mar meeting will be held indoors at the Botanical Center.  Tom Degeere, President of the Ozarks Garden Railway Society will be the guest speaker.  Tom will have a slide presentation as well as bringing along some trains to display.  In Apr, the club will have a plant sale.  Phil was unable to contact the Dayton KC and the Inland Empire WG&KS this month.


Written report submitted by Don Chandler:  Linda Montgomery, of Cascade Koi & Goldfish Club, reports the club’s Annual Banquet will be held on Sat Apr 13, 2013 at 5 p.m.  Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cascadekoiandgoldfish.org/news.php.  Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the Feb general meeting was held at Rosimeri and Seng Tran’s home and 14 people attended the 1st meeting of 2013.  We discussed our need of one more board member. Is anyone interested?  Club dues are due and could be paid to Seng or paid at the meeting. The joint meeting with the Bakersfield Koi Club will be held in Fresno this year. A Field Trip to San Jose will be held on Apr 27 or 28th.  Our koi show has been confirmed with Fig Garden Village for Sep 27th – Sep 29th. Lou Weaver gave a presentation on what to look for when buying quality fish.  Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.  Debbi Gillis, of Central Coast Koi Club, reports the club held its last meeting on Feb 7 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.  Meetings are typically held at a member’s home or business on the first Thurs of every month.  The first half hour is for relaxed socializing and pond viewing.  An informal pot luck meal follows, where discussions are entertaining and fun.  The meeting included an informational talk on BRINGING YOUR POND OUT OF WINTER.  If you own a pond, or are an aspiring pond owner, this group can enlighten you with all their experiences; the good, bad, and even the ugly.  For more information, and for locations, email Debi (director and certified Koi Health Advisor) at centralcoastkoiclub@charter.net or call 805.235.2871 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting.  James McAdams, of Deep South Koi & Pond Society, reports the club held its Feb meeting at Harb’s Oasis, a local nursery. Plans were discussed for the upcoming LSU Garden Show in Mar and for our annual Tour of Ponds for charity. After the business portion of the meeting, Charbel Harb, the owner of Harb’s Oasis, presented a selection of the latest products and gadgets for ponds and gardens.  Check out their website at http://www.deepsouthkoi.org/.  Doug Stuber, of the First Coast Koi Club, reports the next Board meeting will be held Mar 17th at 2 p.m. at John and Sadie Pearson’s home, 2607 Red Fox Road, Orange Park, FL 32073.  Please call our hostess, at 904-333-6976 to RSVP.  Check out their website at http://www.firstcoastkoiclub.com/.  Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports their Feb meeting was held at the beautiful home of Deanna and Rob Fales, who have an outstanding back yard and pond. Their waterfall is mesmerizing. Rather than the normal guest speaker, we had a panel of our members as experts to answer questions from our members. This format was well received by the membership. Nick Milfeld spoke on our upcoming koi auction.  In addition, we had board of director Pete Miles talk on the Ogon breed of koi. This is keeping with our new procedure of discussing each breed of koi at our monthly meetings so as to familiarize our members with the history of each koi breed and how to ID them.  Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org/.  Dennis Long, of Metro-Detroit Pond & Garden Club, reports the club will be having its first meeting for 2013 in Apr. We have lots of new club members that are excited about the New Year and all that we have planned. We also had a group go down to the Central Florida Koi Show; it was very nice. We saw old friends and met lots of new ones. We visited a member’s pond and saw lots of very nice koi and an impressive filtration system. In Mar we will again join up with MKPC & attend their function at the Belle Isle Aquarium in Detroit.  Check out their website at http://metrodetroitpondandgardenclub.org/.  Marc and Tamara Skaggs, of Northern Midwest ZNA Koi Club,report they will be holding a General Meeting on Sat, Mar 23 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time (1:00 p.m. Central Time) at the home of Dick & Brenda Thomas.  Snacks and munchies….bring your favorites to share. We will attempt to have a ZNA judging seminar on Kohaku, looking at conformation, skin quality, and finish. The subjects will be the 5 fish photos used for the seminar at the All Japan Koi Show.  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 again for their Mar 23rd workshop at 10 a.m. We plan to continue discussions on pond building. The address for the library is 821 N. Spokane St.  Bring refreshments to share if you desire; coffee will be available.  Check out their website at http://www.northidahokoikeepers.com/id8.html.  Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports there was no report from us in Sep, but that month we got together with some members from our Santa Cruz affiliate (just realized that it doesn’t look like anyone has mentioned that to you either). Anyway, for several years now they’ve held a mini pond tour and BBQ open to the members of our club. The turnout was amazing with lots of people I’ve never seen at the meetings. We visited about a half dozen ponds with some amazing views and then everyone went back to the host’s house for BBQ and conversation. This just makes me think that something different can get people’s attention.  Our speaker last month works in a Japanese garden in a city park and she invited our club to visit the garden and koi pond during cherry blossom time. I’m hoping I can set that up. It will be interesting to see how many people are interested.  Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com/.  Philip Gray, of Tri-State ZNA Koi Club, reports they are 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 MAKC Koi Shows. The club is currently preparing for their 2nd Annual Koi Show. The event will be held May 31- Jun 2 2012 in the air-conditioned building of the Freeport Recreation Center. Located at 130 East Merrick Road, Freeport, NY, 11520, this prime location is 20 minutes from JFK and 40 minutes from LaGuardia airports.  Check out their website at http://www.tristateznakoiclub.com/tristateznakoiclub/Home.html.  Dick Hadley, of Upper Midwest Koi Club,reports on Sat, Mar 9th Dick Hadley will walk us through Pond Startup and Water Quality.  Cheng Lee will discuss the Hikari Muji variety of koi.  Location: Southdale Hennepin County Library, which is located at 7001 York Avenue South, Edina, MN.  Check their website at http://www.umkoiclub.org/htm/meetings.html.   The following clubs were contacted but did not respond:  Macon WG&KC, Mid-Atlantic KC, Moto-Kara KoiKai ZNA Chapter KC, Nashville PS, Rhode Island & Massachusetts KC, Siskiyou K&PC and KC of Kansas.


Written report submitted by Brenda Chandler: Johnna Hansen, of Charleston Showa Koi Club, reports they are working on the 2013 pond tour, which will be held May 11th. 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 they announced the Koi Person of the Year (who happened to be the host of the March meeting).  I suggested that she also gets Llama Person of the Year (since her llama won State Grand Champion), but that was “out of our jurisdiction”. The meeting was about diagnosing koi health issues associated with warmer temperatures in spring; Sunny Ea (our membership officer) gave the presentation and conducted the wet lab.  Carol Marthens and Michael Starkey caught the catfish and tosai in Carol’s mud pond the day before, using a seine and there are some snippets on YouTube. Check out their website at http://www.dallaskoikichi.org/.  Mike Lane, of High Desert Koi Fanciers, reports they had fun day on a bus trip to Barstow Koi Farm in Mar. Many fish were purchased; they also had a picnic lunch and a raffle.  Check out their website at http://www.hdkoifanciers.com.  Brenda Chandler, of Nishiki Koi Club, reports several members entered the Koi Club of San Diego show in Feb and took home some mighty fine prizes.  In Mar, members are encouraged to enter and/or attend the ZNA SoCal show in Gardena.  See ya there!  Check out their website at http://www.nishikikoiclub.com.  Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports club members have Spring Fever, however we still have snow on the ground.  Never the less, we are going forward – our first meeting of 2013 will be Thursday evening. We’ll kick off the year and it will be a great Old Home night. To be continued …  Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.  Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the Mar meeting was at Luthy Botanical Garden, located adjacent to the north end of Glen Oak Park, on Prospect Ave., Peoria.  We have a busy schedule for the club this year; Zoo pond cleaning on 13 Apr, Hornbaker’s in June, Pond Tour in Jul and of course ICC day in Sep followed shortly thereafter by the banquet in Nov.  It is time to start thinking about opening your pond; I know that we are planning to rework our streambed and waterfalls before it gets too warm along with more landscaping in both the pond area and the yard.  Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.  Sonja Kahkola, of Rainbow River Koi Club, reports they decided not to have a Mar meeting since it would have fallen the week before the Central FL Koi Show and our club is 1/5 responsible for this show. We may be a small club, but percentage wise we had many members volunteering. I am thankful to those that came and participated, it made the jobs much easier with more hands in the pot. One of our club’s jobs is to create new and different centerpieces for the banquet tables. One of our newest families, David & Lora Hernandez, took up this task and made my life soooo much easier. Other than a couple of decisions and emails I didn’t have much to do with it. Of course the show was a smashing success and as soon as I can ‘borrow’ some pictures from those that had camera’s at hand, I will post photos on the Rainbow River Koi Club Facebook page. Check out their website at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rainbow-River-Koi-Club/374036155457.  Laura Lunsford, of Rocky Mountain Koi Club, reports the Annual RMKC Koi Auction will be held Sat, Jun 1, 2013.  Registration and Viewing starts at 10:00 a.m. and Bidding starts at 11:00 a.m.  The auction will be held at 1619 E. 136th Avenue, Brighton, CO 80602.  Check out their website at http://www.rmkc.net/.  Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports their club has had two recent meetings and have set our plans for the year. At the moment we’re working on two group purchases; one for food in bulk and one for Japanese koi. In Feb we had our annual “Anti-Freeze” party where we get together and talk about ponds, our spring fish purchases, and the winter weather. We found that this makes our meeting in Mar much better since we’ve already caught up with each other. In our Mar meeting we discussed water testing, feeding koi, and talked about the upcoming water rationing and conservation due to the severe drought that Colorado is experiencing. We continue our tool lending program where members share tools with others so we don’t all buy equipment we only need once or twice. We have drills, wrenches, hole saws, and clamps in the collection. We have also purchased additional 500 gallon tanks to continue our collection for our koi auction and future koi shows. Next month we’ll have a program on multi-use of water, and the following month on the differences between water gardens and koi ponds. We meet the first Weds of the month unless we have special programs going on.  Check out their website at http://www.socokoi.org.  David Yee, of Valley of the Sun Koi Club, Inc., reports the club is planning for the City of Phoenix Annual Children’s Kite & Koi festival. Check their website at http://www.vskc.net.  Mary Oxman, of Ventura County Koi Society, reports Bob and Andi hosted the Feb meeting on a gorgeous sunny day with our special guest speaker, Dr. Salmon from Mazuri Koi Foods.  We also had the pleasure of meeting our new Mazuri sales representative, Eliza Trickett.  The Mar meeting was held at the home of Sarah and Murph Walshe, whose pond is part of the entry to their front door. It was constructed in Aug, 2010 just like a swimming pool would be built, only much smaller.  The steps to build it were the same; gunite, pebble tec, skimmer, etc.  We selected fish that were much different than each other.  Two and a half years ago they were all no more than 6 inches and have grown quite rapidly.  Check their website at http://users.vcnet.com/rrenshaw/vcks.html.


Written report submitted by Joan Finnegan:  Joan reports that So Cal Koi Club held their Mar meeting at member Mark Dickson who has an indoor 40,000 gallon pond at his business.  The club not only was treated to seeing some beautiful large koi but also Mark’s varied wild game mounts from hunts he has been on.  He also treated the club to a catered lunch by a local BBQ establishment.  In Apr, we hope to have a representative from Novaris to speak to the club.  In May, the club is planning a field trip to Tippi Hedren’s wildlife preserve, where the club has helped out with the koi pond in the past.


Written report submitted by Bob Finnegan:   None submitted.


Written report submitted by Kristine Peterson:  Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita K&WGC, reported that the year has started off rather slow for the club. The January 27 meeting was sparsely attended and the weather was very cold. As usual we are searching for new ideas for a club field trip. Our webmaster is working through adding our club information on the City of Santa Clarita website. This is a website that new residents and tourists can access for community information. Our annual dues of $20 per family are due this quarter. The Board is suggesting a $2 fee for those members that wish to continue to receive meeting reminder postcards in addition to the club member email notices and/or checking the club website for details. So far, some of the members would like to receive both but others are fine with email, etc. We are also attempting to find volunteer hosts for the meetings. An average number of members attended the February 24 meeting and one new member was added. Dues payments, less the postcard $2 fee, are being paid at the meetings. The postcard fee will probably continue to be discussed through the March meeting until a decision is made by the Board. The three meeting host vacancies were filled by members at this meeting and our calendar is basically set with the exception of some sort of field trip in April. The highlight of this year so far is that the pond one club member, who is quite knowledgeable about koi keeping and pond construction, was featured in the latest Koi USA magazine. Once again, the 2013 calendar includes the Koi Growth Contest, an event that draws the most members and gives a chance to collect dues from those that do not regularly attend our meetings. Koi Club of San Diego held the club’s 26th Annual Koi Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Feb with 362 koi judged on Sat. Three teams of ZNA & AKCA judges began judging shortly after 10AM and finished near 6PM. The judging was headed by Jim Riley, assisted by Dick Thomas, Tom Ayers and Norman Call, with Jason Guevara and Duc Nguyen candidates. Vendor booths sell out each year and the isle ways were packed with attendees all weekend. The club replaced 25 of the 6’ show tanks with sponsored hard tanks proudly displaying the sponsor’s name on each tank. The hard tanks are easier to set up and disinfect following the show and we don’t have to deal with the leaks from the soft tanks. The awards banquet was once again held at the Carl Straus Brewery where the judges discussed their selections and presented the winning awards. Several friendships awards were presented thanks to the many clubs represented at the event. The club’s Koi Person of the Year was announced at the banquet honoring all that Paul Atkiss has done for the club. The Mar general meeting was held at the home of Matt & Jayma Rhoades with a presentation by Matt, Bob Welsh and Steve Buckles on their mud pond seining experiences. At the Apr meeting Jack Chapman will speak on spring cleaning in El Cajon. May 4th will be the annual Friends of Koi Auction held at California Koi Farms in Fallbrook. For information on the auction and other upcoming events, visits the club’s website at www.koiclubsandiego.org


Written report submitted by Louie Hernandez:   Don Bayer, of Lone Star KC, said their Mar 17th meeting will be at Melanie Nau & Karen Green’s home; topic is Pond Transition from Winter to Spring.  On May 4-5 they will have their Pond Tour.  Debbie Young, of Southern Arizona KA, reports that a number of members had a large fish die off, exactly the same thing/time of last year.  Their KHA will be looking into the possibility of poisoning by the city spraying for weed control.  This month is their election of Officers.  They have sent in their Koi of the Year and Champion of Champions entries to Gary Chin.  Debbie and Louie had a frank conversation about means and methods to improve two way communications between the AKCA and the SAKA so that each will know what is going on with the other.  Charles Phelps, of Greater Louisville, said their next meeting will be Mar 14th where they will schedule their activities for the year and talk about their upcoming koi show.  Larry Gill, of ZNA NorCal, said they are putting all their effort to have a great 6th Annual Show on Apr 27-28th.  They are hosting the ZNA Annual Presidents meeting.  Their club is also working on getting a lion dance for the opening ceremony.  Some 3 months ago he spoke with Charles Atwell requesting the plaque for Koi of the Year.  Since Charlie Atwell was injured in a car accident, Kristine took over and sent an AKCA award for their show home with Long Vo, who showed at the Koi Club of San Diego show.    Ron Unruh, of Bakersfield K&WGS, said they held their Feb meeting at the home of Roger and Ginger Spradlin.  The club had a great turnout.  There was discussion regarding the Koi Show in looking for more sponsors.  The club is also looking for a judge for the show.  Ron mentioned that the website has been updated.  Roland, from Toyoma Koi, was a guest speaker and gave a discussion on his filter media and shower filter.  The club also had a booth at the Bakersfield Home & Garden Show and had a very successful weekend with koi sales and new membership.  The club is planning to participate at Garden Fest in Bakersfield next month.  So Cal ZNA will have their 39th Koi Show the weekend of Mar 16-17th.  David & Debbie Young will be handling the computer.  Prep is all in place, members have their jobs posted along with team leaders to report to.  Almanac calls for fair weather.  They are looking forward to another successful show.  Glen Hubenthal, of Austin PS, said their general meeting speaker was Steve Kainer from Hill Country Watergardens & Nursery.  They discussed all aspects of pond plants.  Mar general meeting the speaker will discuss how they can turn their backyards into a wildlife habitat.  Sue Boydstun, of the Idaho Water Garden and Koi Club, reports they held their annual kickoff banquet on Feb 23 and had 49 in attendance with 22 2013 family memberships paid for that night. Wes Parker from Children of the Sun Koi was our speaker and gave an excellent presentation on acquiring Japanese koi (accompanied by pictures of this year’s buying trip to Japan).  He was also gracious enough to donate two koi to the club to raffle off.  We had on issue arise in that we out grew our venue. We are looking forward to a busy year with a public seminar in Mar, a wet lab in Apr, ongoing maintenance of the Boise Depot ponds, our pond tour, plant sale, and in Sep our 20th Annual Koi Show.  Jerold Kyle, of Camellia KC, said that after a two year abstention from having an annual koi show, their club has decided to have a Young Koi Show in May.  Instead of the usual set up of show tanks with all the work involved in set up and tear down, they will join a growing trend within their hobby.  One day shows with entrants displayed in special bags displayed on blue tarps please many judges in that it allows koi from different ponds to be set side by side for close comparison with little danger of potential contamination.  The bags are a special clear material that lets the koi show off well.  A young koi show will hopefully encourage more newcomers in our hobby to become involved as they show their best choices of tosai.


Motion:  To adjourn at. 7:40 p.m.  Motion by Joan, 2nd by Louie.   Approved.


Respectfully submitted,

Carole Elliott

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