2013 06 AKCA Minutes

AKCA Minutes of June 14, 2013

Officers Present:                              Directors Present:          Guests:

Chair: Kristine Peterson                     Bob Finnegan                    Paul Cunningham

Vice Chair:  Don Chandler                  Brenda Chandler               Ally Cunningham

Secretary:  Carole Elliott

CFO:  Joan Finnegan

Board Highlights:


  • AKCA Annual dues are due by July 1, 2013
  • Applications for Speaker’s Grants are due by the August 9th AKCA meeting
  • You can go to the AKCA website to vote for Koi of the Year!
  • The Lone Star Club will be hosting the 2014 Annual Banquet/Wet Lab/Judging Seminar


The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Kristine Peterson @ 6:07 p.m.


v MINUTESMotion:  To approve the minutes of May 10th with the following corrections:  The In Memoriam for Tom McKenzie should have read son-in-law; Dr. Nick Saint-Erne is with Pet Smart; Ally Cunningham should have been listed under Guests; Jack Chapman will be doing a write up on the KHV auction; and, Garry Chin’s name was misspelled.  Motion by Carole, 2nd by Brenda.  Approved with 2 abstentions (Bob & Joan).


v MAY FINANCIAL STATEMENT/FINANCE COMMITTEE:   Joan went over the year to date Profit & Loss statement; we are operating at a loss for the year.  She also went over the balance sheet.




v SCIENTIFIC/KHA:   No report.


v PROJECT KHV:  No report.


v PUBLICATION:   Don reported that they met June 11th.  The May/June issue has been sent out and now working on the July/August. Issue.  We were approached by another printer; will get his quote.  Also looking into using 65 lb. paper as opposed to 50 lb.  This would mean an increase in postage cost but savings down the line.  The website looks good!  Suggestion from Cesar on a format change for our website.  Bob Payne suggested having clubs submit club photos (great idea!).  Larry will include this idea in his next Editor’s Desk column.  There have been some issues with American Web and PCS in not getting the address files correct.  There were 30+ issues bounced at the Post Office; one problem was that the foreign labels did not include the country; this was resolved by Brenda.  Debye, the new accounts receivable person, has been doing a good job in collecting advertising monies.  It was decided to limit the Business Card ads to one page as well as eliminating the “Bill Me” feature on the subscription card inserts.  Motion:  We need written advice from our attorney, Stuart Adelson, on repaying 50% of loan with in-kind donations of advertising to extend over a two year period (2013-2014).  Motion by Don, 2nd by Carole.  Approved, 1 opposed (Kristine).

v MEMBERSHIP:  Don stated that of the 85 clubs, 48 have paid their dues.  Dues are due before July 1st.  Central Coast Club has dropped out as their membership has been declining.  Also, the Koi Club of Kansas has dropped because they are disbanding.  Don read the list of clubs who have not yet submitted their dues and asked that their contact rep please contact them and make them aware that there is less than a month before the dues are due.  The two new clubs are Pioneer (MA) and Low Country (SC).

v JUDGING:  Bob stated that AKCA judges were at 2 shows:  Roseburg (in California) and Phoenix, Ariz.  Further discussion about upcoming shows including the Spokane Show.


v SPEAKER’S GRANT:  Clubs are reminded that they have two months (until August) to apply for the annual Speaker’s Grant.  A drawing will be held at the September meeting.


v RISK MANAGEMENT:  Brenda stated we saved $30-40 from last year on the liability insurance we just renewed.  22 clubs have paid this year for and 2 have paid for the following year.  A mass emailing went out today announcing Premium Liability insurance for our clubs for FY 13/14.


v BOOKSTORE:    Brenda said that Richele sold $449 work of merchandise in May.  It was found that there were some discrepancies with quantity counts (doubled or shrunk from the year before).  A number of board members did an inventory of the bookstore several weeks ago.  However, we have to go back and double count those items in question.


v KOI OF THE YEAR:  Garry Chin and Cesar worked on putting online a voting system with 16 entries submitted.  Voting was opened June 14th and will be closed June 27th or upon getting 400 votes.  The voting system and pictures is a great way to give more people a chance to vote on their choice for Koi of the Year.  Bill Thompson said this is a wonderful step and should get lots of good response.  Garry did a write up on the website.  Next year we might include head shots of the owners, too, for the KOI USA article.


v KOI PERSON OF THE YEAR:  Paul Cunningham has been receiving votes from clubs on their Koi Person of the Year and has been sending out the certificates.  If your club’s Koi Person of the Year did not receive their certificate, please let Paul know.


v MEMBERSHIP QUESTIONS1) An AKCA judge is needed at the Fresno show – who will be there?  2) Lois Rosmarin, President of the Siskiyou K&PC, sent Don a full page email which talks about her starting in koi, her involvement in her club, and involvement in PNKCA.  She stated that AKCA is an organization that supports and encourages successful koi keeping and ponding of all types.  She further states that we should be working toward providing an organization where those of you who head AKCA and are most knowledgeable can continue to provide for club needs that are common across the country and to encourage regional groups to get together and provide to clubs things that are better managed with closer proximity.  She also stated that she has the highest respect and regard for our work.  Thank you, Lois!




v 2013:   Carole stated that Bonnie Nakamara has done a terrific job in coordinating the Wet Lab and Banquet.  Carole will be attending.


v 2014:    The Lone Star Club of Houston, Texas has agreed to host the 2014 AKCA Annual Business Meeting/Wet Lab/Judging Committee.  Motion:  To hold the 2014 AKCA Annual Business Meeting/Wet Lab/Judging Committee in Houston, Texas.  Motion by Carole, 2nd by Brenda.  Approved.




Written report submitted by Carole:   Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they have been enjoying several great speakers lately. Glen Schwarz gave a great talk on Mushroom Hunting and this month they will host Carol Sindelar, who will talk to them about “Other Fish for Our Ponds.”  Meetings are well attended and although the weather remains cool and rainy everyone is enjoying their ponds and fish.  Northern Iowa P&KC is busy planning their pond tour for July 21st.  This year’s tour will feature 15+ ponds and is growing all the time!  The club recently had a plant and fish exchange at the home of Dave & Kay Bern.  Dave & Kay have a really beautiful “park like” garden with multiple ponds.  They also take care of the ponds in the nearby Waterloo Arboretum.  Their next meeting in July will be held thee.  Everyone is excited about the tour and looking forward to hosting it.  Steve Dumas, of the North Texas WGS, said they were able to visit some of the 32 ponds on the North Texas WGS Pond Tour 2013 this past weekend June 8 & 9th.  With that over NTWGS winds down until their next project in September at Fair Park in Dallas.  They will post more details in the next couple months.  For more info about them and any upcoming events or meeting topics, please see their website at http://ntwgs.org/.  Mel Barutha, of the South Carolina K&WGS, said they just completed, Sunday, June 9th, the 15th Annual Pond Tour for their club.  They had a successful weekend event with many new faces, some familiar faces, and many faces interested in pond building. Based on discussions he had with a number of visitors at their pond, they will also have numerous families join their club.  This is one of the success criteria they use for a successful pond tour.  Their annual June pond tour is used as their driving force to grow their club.  They still face the challenge of finding more young families to join them.  They had a number of free advertising opportunities to communicate their clubs’s tour.  They had 2 local radio stations donate time giving the details two or three days before the event.  Two of their club members were on a TV show to promote this activity.  Mel believes this is their 6th year of their members being on a local TV station to promote their pond tour.  Two members were on a local ratio station for the second year with a gardening talk show to help promote their tour.  The gardening guru in their local paper donated her column to their cause with a nice write up on one of the ponds that Mel recommended would be an appealing yard to attract pond keepers and garden hobbyist alike.  Two local businesses helped them with ticket sales, one of their local gardening centers with an emphasis on water gardening that supports their club by advertising in their monthly newsletter and a new business that has become a member, Wild Birds Unlimited. What a great fit these two businesses are for them. And finally, the Master Gardeners Club of Greenville, SC volunteered to send out info in their newsletter to their organization about their tour.  The Master Gardeners do a great job of supporting them.  The only challenge they had on the second day of the tour was the deluge that hit them after the first hour of the tour on Sunday.  He registered 2.3 inches of rain in 20 minutes and then spotty rain throughout the rest of the day.  He can only imagine how many people they missed on the tour due to the rainy day.  They will be having their Koi & Goldfish show for October.  He has sent all the details about their club’s program to be printed in KOI USA to promote their club’s show and they thank us for the support.  Ralph Smith, of Southwest K&PA, would like to thank K.O.I. Certified Koi Keeper Ken Austin and his wife, Susie, for hosting their last meeting and workshop with guest speaker Karen Pattist, Director and Chairman of “Koi Organisational International.”  Their next DIY meeting will be at the home of Sandra Campbell, with guest speaker John Aboud, of Paradise Pond, on pond cleaning.  Gary & Rebecca Lee, of Atlanta KC, said their next planned event is their bi-annual Pond and Watergarden Tour June 2nd, followed by their Fall Koi & Goldfish Show, Sept. 20 – 23, 2013 to be held at Coastal Pond Supply in Tucker, GA.  Rick Beasley, of Puget Sound KC, said their club will be hosting the Pacific Northwest Koi Club Association Convention at La Quinta Inn & Suites July 5, 6, and 7th in Tacoma, Washington.  Jim Vaden, of the KC of Middle Tennessee, said they recently attended a koi pond harvest and BBQ, and most recently a Hawaiian pond party at the home of Don & Wanda Richardson.  They have another club function planned for June 22nd at the home of Don & Ann Krantz, whose landscape includes over 400 different varieties of hostas.  Jerry Woodbury, of Miami Valley WGS, said this months meeting they are taking a behind the scenes tour of MeadowView Growers.  Then on the 22nd and 23rd they are participating in LilyFest held at Green Vista Water Gardens in Enon, Ohio.  Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said they have monthly meetings at members ponds, with good food and fellowship.  Their pond tour is June 22nd.  Jan Jordan, of Mid-Columbia K&PC, said that they’ve been toying with changing their meeting times and not keeping with the standard, so they can fit different schedules.  Their June meeting will be later in the afternoon with the hope the hostess will have more shade at that time of day.  They’re also doing it on a Saturday.  They now have a Facebook page and have gained 1 new member for the club through it, and since there are only 19 current ‘likes,’ most of whom are members already, that’s pretty good. Bonnie Nakahara and the Hawaii Goldfish & Carp. Club is busy working on the upcoming AKCA Banquet and wet lab. Carole tried but was unable to reach:  Amarillo KS; Canada KC of British Columbia; Midwest P&KS; Niagara Frontier K&PC; WGC of South Texas; East Tennessee KC; and Middle Georgia KS.


Written report submitted by Bob Finnegan:  None submitted.


Written report submitted by Joan Finnegan: None submitted.


Written report submitted by Don Chandler:  Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports it’s nearly that time again; the Joint Meeting with our sister club, Bakersfield Koi and Water garden Society. This year the meeting will be held on Saturday, June 15th at 11:00 a.m. at Tony and Nancy Palazzo’s home located at 41071 Adobe Way, Madera. The club will be providing tri-tip and beverages and we ask the members attending bring a side dish of their choice: i.e. Salad, Rolls, Desert, Pasta, Veggie Tray or whatever you can provide. There will be a raffle for different koi/pond items and if you are interested in donating anything towards the raffle please contact Rosimeri at 559-970-8508 or email at cencalkoi@gmail.com.  Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.  James McAdams, of Deep South Koi & Pond Society, reports they did not hold a meeting due to presenting the 14th Annual Tour of Ponds and Gardens. 16 ponds in the Baton Rouge area were showcased during the tour held May 18-19. Our club is looking forward to its June meeting where we will be celebrating its 20th Birthday!  Check out their website at http://www.deepsouthkoi.org/.  Doug Stuber, of the First Coast Koi Club, reports they rescheduled the rained-out field trip to Seven Trees Nursery for Sunday, June 2nd, inviting other koi club members in the area as well to join in on a fun and interesting trip to the area’s largest exotic tropical plant nursery.  We also held our koi grow-out selection process at the May meeting and we are all looking forward to the results as the Judges review our tosai kohaku at our Show in October. Two of our club members also took fish to the Middle Georgia Show in late May, bringing home numerous ‘honors’ including Adult Champion A (the Stubers), and Young Champion A (David and Karen Hardcastle). Congratulations to these two couples of koi kichi club members who between them took home 8 awards for Best in Size and Best in Variety.  And thank you, Middle Georgia Koi Club, for being such wonderful hosts, with almost 180 koi in competition!  Check out their website at http://www.firstcoastkoiclub.com/.  Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports although they did not have a May General meeting, on Saturday June 1, the Inland Koi Society had our Koi and equipment auction. A number of members and guests attended the event which was very successful. Members and guests were not only able to purchase Koi and equipment for a great price, but were also treated to a nice lunch, as part of your entry fee. The weather held up for the most part, and we only had problems with a few of the Koi, due to the heat. I personally purchased four Koi and they look splendid in my koi pond, and were welcomed with open fins by my koi pond residents.  Anyone who has ever coordinated putting on any type of event, know the work and stress that goes into making it work. Our volunteers worked tirelessly throughout the day, and again thanks to all.  Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org/ .  Dennis Long, of Metro-Detroit Pond & Garden Club, reports their 11th Annual Pond & Garden Tour, with 8 to 10 new ponds featured, will be held Saturday July 27, 2013, from 10 a. m. to 5 p. m.  Ticket Price: $10.00 per person and children under 12 free.  Tickets can be purchased at Northwest Activities Center, 1800 Meyers @ Curtis Detroit, MI 48227.  For more information call: Dennis @ 313-779-2912or Ervin @ 248-736-3833.  http://metrodetroitpondandgardenclub.org/ .  John Rae, of Michigan Koi & Pond Club SE, reports in May they had a Breeder’s Koi Presentation by Masaru Saito of Shintaro Koi Farm. Because of a last minute death in the family, Mr. Saito flew back to Japan and Philip Gray did a presentation regarding the Shintaro koi available in the tanks.  The June event was the annual MKPC Koi Auction with koi from Japan and from Kloubec Koi Farm. A late lunch was served and over 40 members attended.  The club is working on a July Pond Tour and an August Koi Show.  Check out their website at http://www.mkpc-se.com/ .  Philip Gray, of Mid-Atlantic Koi Club, reports the club’s Annual Meeting was scheduled for Sunday June 9, 2013, at1:00 p.m. at the home of Steve and Nancy Borakowski in Commack, NY.  Members will vote for officers and Steve Borakowski will educate us on “Shade Sails.  He will talk about their importance for a koi pond and how to install them. Check out their website at http://www.makc.com.  Vern Gilkes, of Mountain View Koi Club, reports their 2nd meeting of the year was held at the Pepiniere Cite d3es Jeunes Inc. (gardening centre). It was a great spot for our meeting with the beautiful flowers and even some koi on display. We had eleven guests who participated in the agenda and we now have 4 new members as a result.  Vern Gilkes, our President, welcomed everyone and gave a good description of a Koi Club and its mandate of education in everything KOI and how members work to help each other.  The guests talked about their problems that they were experiencing and answered the questions as best as he could. Some of the problems were cleaning filters, changing water, mink and other predators, nets for herons, etc.  Treasurer’s report was read and upcoming events were discussed. Had a demonstration on checking the parameters of your pond by testing for nitrites and also the pH as to how important it is to test your pond.  Had a talk on Hikarimono (ogon) one color metallic koi and had comprehensive handouts for everyone.  Meeting was adjourned and had our social which included a nice snack donated by various members.  Check out their website at http://www.mountainviewkoiclub.com/.    Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC,  reports they had a better than average turn out at our meeting Tuesday, 5/21.  There were 25 in attendance.  We had several guests including Mike Robinson and Jack and Linda Christiansen.  Also visiting was Dr. Jessie Sanders, who signed up for a membership.  Dr. Sanders is a veterinarian that has recently moved to the area, specializing in fish care.  We are extremely glad to welcome her as a new member.  As usual we opened with our guests introducing themselves and raising any pond issues they might be experiencing.  One of the attendees has a small leak and was wondering what the best way to locate it was. With our business out of the way we immediately started the presentation.  This month we watched a video tour of several the small hamlets outside of Nagaoka, Niigata, where most of the famous Japanese breeders are located.  We watched with lots of Oh’s and Aw’s as enormous and beautiful nishikigoi were displayed and lovely scenery passed by.  Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com/.  Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports their May 19 meeting was held at the koi farm of one of our members.  The main event of this meeting was awards for the 2012 Koi Growth Contest, Best of Show and Most Growth.   I imagine that most serious koi hobbyists are aware of the fact that the most growth or best color development does not necessarily come from the largest or deepest ponds.  The before and after photos of the contest also give our members a better idea of which colors tend to fade with growth in some breeds, etc.  The 2013 Contest features a breed that can vary in color patterns and the results could be a good learning tool when buying other fish.   We have firmed up meeting hosts for the rest of the year.  The majority of our members have paid their dues and our treasury is back up ($988). We do our best to have more raffles and auctions.  A few of our members have brought in surplus pond keeping equipment that has been auctioned off.    Our next meeting will be held on a Saturday, June 22, at 10 a.m. at the home of one of the few current members that has a koi pond and a water garden.  This pond faces west and will be cooler and shaded during the morning hours.  Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.   Lois Rosmarin, of Siskiyou Koi & Pond Club,reports you can come to In Thee Garden on Monday, June 10 for the next meeting. The potluck starts at 6:30. Bring a lawn chair and plan to enjoy time with fellow ponders. Dennis will talk about what’s new and has invited some vendors to speak. See you there!  Check out their website at http://www.siskiyoukoiclub.com.  Philip Gray, of Tri-State ZNA Koi Club, reports they are currently preparing for its 2nd Annual Koi Show. The event will be held May 31- June 2 2013 in the air-conditioned building of the Freeport Recreation Center.  Our club is eager to produce an impressive koi show and to attract koi hobbyists from across the tri-state and beyond. To ensure that we reach the largest number of hobbyists we are reaching out to our extensive network of supporters. As an important and valued member of that network, we hope that you will put these dates on your calendar and get involved either by volunteering  or be participating as an exhibitor May 31 – June 2, 2013.  Check out their website at http://www.tristateznakoiclub.com/tristateznakoiclub/Home.html.  Dick Hadley, of Upper Midwest Koi Club,reports they had a board meeting for show planning followed by a membership meeting.  We discussed show preparations, fish handling and work schedules. The meetings were at my house, where last year’s “B” grand champion resides.  Check their website at www.uppermidwestkoiclub.org .  The following clubs were contacted, but did not respond:  Cascade Koi & Goldfish Club, Central Coast Koi Club, Macon Water Garden & Koi Club, Moto-Kara KoiKai ZNA Chapter Koi Club, Nashville Pond Society, North Idaho Koi Keepers, Northern Midwest ZNA Koi Club, Rhode Island & Massachusetts Koi Club.


Written report submitted by Brenda Chandler:  Johnna Hansen, of Charleston Showa Koi Club, reports on May 11th the club had their 10th Annual Pond and Water Garden Tour! Check out their website at http://www.charlestonshowakoiclub.org/.  Ben Soedjono, of Dallas Koi Kichi Group, reports they had a presentation on June 2 given by Jennifer Walker on “Selecting and Judging Koi.”  We had five new members attended today’s meeting at Bass Pro Shop’s media room.  Check out their website at http://www.dallaskoikichi.org/.  Mike Lane, of High Desert Koi Fanciers, reports the Jun meeting was held at the home of David & Tee Miller in Lancaster on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 10 a.m. Joe Estrada spoke about koi breeding.  Check out their website at http://www.hdkoifanciers.com. Brenda Chandler, of Nishiki Koi Club, reports the club is not currently meeting.  Check out their website at http://www.nishikikoiclub.com.  Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports on “What do people do if they don’t have a pond to open in the Spring ? ” We have all been busy with algae, mink attacks, green water, too much rain, flooding , up and down temps, storms, black water, pump problems, too many loud toads, osprey or hawks to name a few!  However, we are all committed and our love for KOI will prevail!  Each month as we gather for meetings, we share our stories about our scaled friends.  Our club consists of a great group of people who really want to enhance the lifestyle of our backyard friends.  All of us are talking halfway intelligently about what type of koi we own or have just purchased thanks to our youngest member, Brendan.  He schools us and tests us in’ Koi 101′ each month.  Also, a huge thanks is due to our KHA, Julie Miller.  After the barbecue at her home last month, she shared the salt/salinity meter results on her pond. At her suggestion, our club purchased an oxygen sensor for use within our members’ ponds.  During the July meeting, she will demonstrate how to use this latest purchase.  All us have expanded our ponds so now we are focusing on KOI health, as a number of us have purchased beautiful fish from Kloubec’s and Koi Acres.  Our group goal now is to learn and grow these koi to become the King and or Queens of our ponds.  There is no better way to close the generation gap between families than sharing pond experiences.  For those of us with grandchildren, we are creating a priceless opportunity for memories and bonding in this hectic world through the simple love of KOI.  Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.  Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports you can check out their website for the upcoming Pond Tour, which is scheduled for July 13th & 14th.  Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.  Sonja Kahkola, of Rainbow River Koi Club, reports the June 2nd meeting was held at our house. I was having trouble with the flash drive on my computer, so when I used the laptop on the day, I wasn’t sure what I was opening.. David guided me through the google drive for the upcoming 2nd Annual Longfin Contest. We are now able to receive photos and video of entrants that will be able to be posted and viewed by all. Unless I’m mistaken, the 4 clubs involved last year were the originators of this contest, N FL Koi Club plus First Coast, Gainesville and Rainbow River. Each club submits 3 entries and then they are all judged to pick the best Longfin and the winning club to have bragging rights for 1 year. That club then hosts the next contest.  We had another really good raffle, thanks to those that brought items to donate to it. At the closing of the meeting I waded into our lily pond and gave away Red Flare night bloomers to those that wanted them.  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 Koi Auction held on June 1st is the only fundraising activity for the club. Our annual Pond Tour will be on July 20th. The pond tour provides an opportunity to visit other member’s ponds. It is a great place to share ideas and get to know other people that share this hobby.   Thank you to all the members who opened their ponds this year and a special Thank You to the Colorado Water Garden Society for sharing this event with us this year and for hosting the picnic.  More information will be posted as we get closer to the event. We hope you will be able to join us!  Check out their website at http://www.rmkc.net/.  Sarah Garrison, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports things have been a little crazy with the fire and things going on, so I’ll keep it short …NO MEETING ON JULY 3 – due to the holiday. NEXT MEETING IS ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 10 – 7 pm at the Rockrimmon Library.  We will revisit pH, KH, GH and how to balance it in your pond.  And – we will talk about and show pictures of the great Koi Rescue following the Black Forest Fire.  All of the rescued koi made it and about half of them have been re-homed.  The rest are in my garage awaiting pond reconstruction.  Thank you all for your support, your donations, and your concerns!  Check out their website at http://www.socokoi.org.  David Yee, of Valley of the Sun Koi Club, Inc., reports no meetings are held in June, July and August due to the extreme heat in the desert.  Check their website at http://www.vskc.net.  Mary Oxman, of Ventura County Koi Society, reports the May meeting was hosted by Phillip and Evelyn Jimenez, long time koi keepers, who still get a thrill over new koi additions and who eagerly seek out new and better ways to care for their koi family.  It is wonderful to see them getting so much joy from their pond.  Building your own koi pond, like Phillip and Evelyn thirty one years ago, is a lot of work but well worth the effort.  The ‘old school’ technology is something that one can build themselves, and still work as well, as evidenced by the Jimenez pond.   Visiting a person’s home is a great way to become acquainted.  I wish to thank Phillip and Evelyn for inviting us over and sharing their world with us.  Next month’s meeting will be hosted by the Shaws, who now have over 200 koi.  There have been 3 major system additions to filtration. Completed in March 2005, their 7,500 gallon stone and liner pond has 3 sets of waterfalls.  Check their website at http://users.vcnet.com/rrenshaw/vcks.html.


Written report submitted by Kristine Peterson:  None submitted.


Written report submitted by Louie Hernandez:   The Bakersfield K&WGS had members attend a field trip in May; all had a great time.  The club met at Grand Panda Restaurant in Saugus and was treated to a wonderful lunch at the expense of Sumner Avenue Water Gardens.  From there they drove over to McDonalds Nursery in Reseda where they were greeted by Randy McDonald and he gave a lecture on various plants and projects they were working on in Southern California.  Francisco, who manages the nursery, then took over and gave the club a tour of the grounds and helped members pick out plants for purchase.  After about 3 hours at McDonalds, all the plants purchased were loaded up and the club headed home.  Approximately 18 members attended this function.  The club is looking forward to the joint meeting with their sister club, the Central California KS in June.  The club is renting a van to get everyone there and they plan on having a great time.  Their regular meeting is being replaced by the joint club meeting.  Debby Young, of Southern Arizona KA, said they had a guest speaker on Aquaponics at their last meeting.  All 100 pamphlets that were handed out to lawn and garden centers were received with open arms.  Some centers have already asked for more stock.  Next meeting will be their annual picnic.  Glen Hubenthal, of Austin PS, said they had their annual pond tour on June 8 & 9th.  A great time was had by all.  Thanks to the pond owners, volunteers, pond tour committee and pond tur chairman, Karl Tinsley.  Charles Phelps, of the Greater Louisville K&GFS, said their club does not have a meeting in June.  It is so close to their Koi Show that everyone is still worn out from that.  Their next meeting will be their pond tour July 20thLone Star Koi Club says nothing to report as no meeting was held owing to the pond tour.


Written report submitted by Phil Hunter:   Vi Conn, of the Capital Area K&WGC, reports that the May meeting was held at the DeWitt Charter Township Community Center.  Bob Callard, of the Looking Glass Nursery, was the guest speaker.  Bob’s presentation consisted of a discussion on shade and ornamental trees and flowering shrubs and flowers.  Bob provided excellent information as to the placement, care, and benefits of numerous shade and ornamental trees, shrubs, grasses, and flowers.  It was an excellent discussion with members asking many questions relating to their particular issues and interests.  The June meeting will be held at the home of Mike & Beth Lienhart.  The meeting will be the annual fish sale.  Diana Lynn Rehn, of the Inland Empire Water Garden & KS, reports that the club just finished cleaning out the Nishinomia Tsutakawa Memorial Gardens koi pond in Manito Park.  So far, the weather has been wonderful for pond side meeting this summer.  The clubs joint koi show with the North Idaho Koi Keepers will be on July 3rd.  It is a one day show with a flow through water system which keeps the koi healthy and happy during the show.  Judges will be Larry Gill and Dick Benbow.  The clubs pond tour will be on July 28th and is always well attended.  Gary Desmond, of the Shasta K&WGC, reports that the club did not have a May meeting but had a booth at the Mt. Shasta Mall staffed by club members.  The booth was the perfect opportunity to promote the club and sell tickets for the upcoming pond tour.  There will be no regular meeting in June because the club will have a pond tour on the 22nd.  The tour will consist of eight beautiful ponds in the Redding area.  Pat Ware, of the Springfield WGS, reports that the May meeting was held at Wickman’s Gardens.  Wickman’s has an old house at the front edge of the property and had it set up for the meeting, which was a good thing because it rained.  Bonnie, from Wickman’s, gave a presentation of perennials and annuals.  There will not be a regularly scheduled meeting in June.  Instead, the club will host its 16th annual pond tour on the 22nd.  On the Sunday after the tour, the Ware’s will host a party and picnic which is open to all club members.  Phil did not hear from the Dayton KC.



  • If your club has held a koi show or pond tour, can someone in your club write an article and submit pictures for KOI USA magazine?


Upcoming AKCA Annual Calendar Events for JULY

  • Annual Meeting report in Board meeting minutes
  • AKCA Year End financials in meeting minutes
  • Ship Koi Person of the Year Awards
  • Ship Koi of the Year Awards
  • AKCA Committees submit annual budgets




  • Old P.O. Box:  Joan stated that the change of address from our last P.O. Box number has ended and had to be renewed.  All mail should now be going to our new P.O. Box.  Brenda has blocked several old addresses for AKCA & KOI USA mail and has re-routed them to the new P.O. Box as well.




Motion:  To adjourn at 8:55 p.m.  Motion by Carole, 2nd by Joan.  Approved.


Respectfully submitted,


Carole Elliott,


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