2013 07 AKCA Minutes

AKCA Minutes of July 12, 2013

Officers Present:                              Directors Present:          Guests:

Chair:                                                  Louie Hernandez               Paul Cunningham

Vice Chair:  Don Chandler                                                            Ally Cunningham

Secretary:  Carole Elliott

CFO:  Brenda Chandler

Board Highlights:


  • Installation of 2013-2014 AKCA Officers
  • The Lone Star Club will be hosting the 2014 Annual Banquet/Wet Lab/Judging Seminar
  • Louie Hernandez was appointed Vice Chair of KOI USA; Paul Cunningham was appointed Business Manager of KOI USA
  • Congratulations to the following hobbyists whose koi placed in the 2013 AKCA Koi of the Year Photo Contest:

1st Place – Sanke owned by Susan Markham

2nd Place – Goshiki owned by Dennis Tran

3rd Place – Kohaku owned by Mariano & Kathy Palpallatoc


The meeting was called to order by Vice Chairperson Don Chandler @ 6:32 p.m.


v Installation of the new AKCA Officers:  Chairperson:  Bob Finnegan; Vice Chairperson: Don Chandler; Secretary: Carole Elliott; and, CFO: Brenda Chandler.  Congratulations.  Everyone expressed their gratitude for 2 years of hard work by Kristine Peterson, our past Chairperson, who did an outstanding job.  Thank you, Kristine!


v MINUTESMotion:  To approve the minutes of June 14th. Motion by Brenda, 2nd by Carole.  Approved.


v JUNE FINANCIAL STATEMENT/FINANCE COMMITTEE:   Brenda, our recently installed CFO, handed out copies of her report detailing activities involving the AKCA checking and investment accounts, as well as the Project KHV checking and CD accounts, for the month of June.  She also listed the items she needs but has not yet received (due to Joan’s illness).  Brenda thanked Joan for having served as AKCA CFO for the last year and we all wished Joan a speedy recovery from lumbar surgery.




v SCIENTIFIC/KHA:   Jerry asked how the Hawaii Wet Lab went.  Answer: It went very well; we had 20+ in attendance (including two vets).  Next year’s event will be hosted by the Lone Star Koi Club of Houston, TX.


v PROJECT KHV:  No report.


v PUBLICATION:   Don reported that much of the magazine for the July/Aug has been uploaded; we just need Bob Finnegan’s Chair’s report.  He also reported that Kristine was working with Garry Chin on the 2013 AKCA Koi of the Year Photo contest for voting on our AKCA website; results will soon be posted and then there will be an article for KOI USA magazine.  It was found that because of people going to our website for voting, this has increased business for the bookstore.  Almost $32,000 in advertising has been deposited from April 1st to June 30th.  Discussion about dealer listings. Louie Hernandez was appointed to the position of Vice Chair for KOI USA and Paul Cunningham was appointed as Business Manager for KOI USA.

v MEMBERSHIP:  Don reported that we started with 85 clubs.  Two clubs told us in advance that they were dropping out (Kansas and Central Coast CA) and it appears that 65 have paid including two new clubs:  Low Country (SC) and Pioneer (MA).  Due to some confusion concerning the handoff of CFO records due to Joan’s illness, the membership chair will contact each non-paid club to see whether they in fact submitted a check before a final count can be ascertained.

v JUDGING:  No report.


v SPEAKER’S GRANT:  Requests to participate in the next year’s drawing for 2 clubs to receive up to $250 in reimbursements are due by the August meeting.  Final submission deadline for reimbursement requests for last year’s winners is the upcoming September meeting.


v RISK MANAGEMENT:  Brenda stated that the D&O insurance policy has been paid in full and that we are paying the liability insurance in installments. 12 clubs have already signed up for 2013/2014 Premium Liability coverage.


v BOOKSTORE:    Brenda said that we sold $1,176 worth of merchandise in June.  It was found that there were some discrepancies with quantity counts (increased or overly shrunk from the year before) during last month’s inventory, which a number of board members conducted several weeks ago.  Therefore, we’ll have to go back and double count those items in question.


v KOI OF THE YEAR:  Garry Chin counted 312 votes in the 2013 AKCA Koi of the Year Photo Contest on our website.  1st Place winner is a Sanke owned by Susan Markham of Charleston Showa KC.  2nd Place winner is a Goshiki owned by Dennis Tran of the Camellia KC.  3rd Place winner is a Kohaku owned by Mariano & Kathy Palpallatoc of Inland Koi Society.  Congratulations to all the clubs and owners who participated in the contest.  Entries are available for viewing on our AKCA website.




v BY-LAWS:  Kristine Peterson submitted her resignation as Chair of the Committee effective June 28, 2013.  Motion:  To regretfully approve Kristine’s resignation. Motion by Carole, 2nd by Louie.  Approved.  Bob will need to appoint a new Committee Chair.  The existing committee members are Don and Jerry.




v 2013:   Carole stated that Bonnie Nakahara has done a terrific job in coordinating the Wet Lab and Banquet.  It was very successful with those in attendance thoroughly enjoying the wet lab and getting some great info from Dr. Nick Saint-Erne.  I want to THANK Bonnie for doing an outstanding job in helping put on this event and to the club for their warmth and hospitality.  What a great group of people!


v 2014:    The Lone Star Club of Houston, Texas, has agreed to host the 2014 AKCA Annual Business Meeting/Wet Lab/Judging Committee.  Brenda will take the lead and Louie Hernandez, as well as Carole, will serve on the committee.  Brenda stated that the Omni hotel, featured on the club’s website, has room rates of $89 as well as a koi pond.  How cool is that?




Written report submitted by Carole:   Ralph Smith, of Southwest K&PA, said they would like to thank Sandra Campbell for hosting their last meeting with guest speaker, John Aboud, who discussed a DIY project on pond cleaning.  Congratulations to SKAPA member Oscar Leeser as he takes office as Mayor of El Paso after winning with 76% of the vote.  Jan Jordan, of Mid-Columbia K&PC, said they are meeting regularly, but dates and times are now irregular and up to the host/hostess to fit into their schedules better.  The last one had medium attendance at the home of Jamie & Dennis Lennicks.  The July meeting will be at Maggi & Larry Nielson’s on the 20th; the plan is to build this meeting up more via e-mail.  The last 3 meetings the host family has been nice enough to BBQ either hamburgers or hot dogs.  They are still in the planning stages of their Sept. 7th pond tour.  Jerry Woodbury, of the Miami Valley WGS, said that Steve Blessing, from Green Vista Water Gardens, will be sharing tips on keeping your pond water clear during different seasons.  The club is having its members’ only tour on July 27th.  Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they recently met at the home of David & Joyce Thompson.  Being new members, they were eager to share their ponds.  Club member Carol Sindelar gave a wonderful presentation on “Other Fish for our Ponds.”  The club went on a tour of Kloubec Koi Farms.  The Kloubec’s are always very welcoming host for their club.  Their facilities are always very interesting for all.  Everyone had a chance to “oogle” over the gorgeous koi they raise.  Afterwards, members all enjoyed lunch at the Amana Colonies, a tourist stop for travelers going through the area.  The Northern Iowa P&KC, enjoyed a pot luck dinner held at the Waterloo Botanical Center.  The club supports the two ponds there.  A beautiful surrounding of flowers along with the ponds is entirely taken care of by volunteers.  They are totally immersed in planning their July 21st pond tour.  With 15 ponds on this year’s tour, it takes a lot of man power to run things smoothly.  Good thing they have a lot of great members!!!  Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said there is nothing new with their club to date.  Their pond tour was a tremendous success.  Brannon Raines, president, is working on the article for KOI USA.  Becky and Gary Lee, of the Atlanta KC, said their next event of note is the Fall Koi & Goldfish Show, Sept. 20-22, 2013 to be held at the Coastal Pond Supply in Tucker, GA.  The Hawaii Goldfish & Carp Club just hosted the Annual AKCA Wet Lab and Business meeting the weekend of June 29th.  It was very successful; 2 vets also attended.  Carole tried but was unable to contact:  Amarillo KS, Canada KC of British Columbia, KC of Middle Tennessee, Niagara Frontier K&PC, Puget Sound KC, South Carolina K&WGS, and Middle Georgia KS.


Written report submitted by Bob Finnegan:  Bob has been under the weather and hasn’t been able to make his monthly contact calls this month.


Written report submitted by Joan Finnegan:   So Cal Koi Club held their July meeting at the home of Pam & Paul Kurz in Fountain Valley.  Don Chandler & Carole Elliott talked about what happens to your koi when the power goes out.  They talked about work arounds as well as information on various types of generators one could purchase to avoid having the koi go without air and filtration for any length of time.  Next month, the club will be meeting at their treasurer’s home in Laguna Beach.  The club will purchase 3 Gin Rin koi that members will rate either 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place.  We will then talk about which koi is the best and why.  Their June meeting was the annual BBQ-Potluck and White Elephant auction at the home of Mallory Hartt in San Pedro.  This is always very well attended and fun as well as being a fundraiser for the club.  Joan has been ill (will be having lumbar surgery this week) and was unable to make her other contact calls.


Written report submitted by Don Chandler:  Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the June joint meeting with our sister club the Bakersfield Koi and Watergarden Society was a success with over a dozen Bakersfielders making the trek up north to Fresno.  The weather was not too bad and we all enjoyed socializing and the raffle was a great success; everyone walked away a winner.  The July 9th meeting was a bit low volume but seeing the temps hit 106 not a surprise.  We had a small crowd but yet we still were able to help our newest members, the Rangel’s with their koi, move from Visalia to Fresno.  The koi will be in a temporary environment until Robert and Fam plan out their future pond; they walked away with a lot of information to take into consideration before building a pond.  Rosimeri brought us up to date on the September koi show and announced that she has taken over the newsletter, and she said she has gotten rave reviews and hopes to introduce articles from the AKCA and KOI USA in the newsletter.  Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.  Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports their June meeting was held at the beautiful home of members Phil and Rachael Hunter.  The Hunter’s beautiful pond was actually built before the house was built.  The house was then built around the pond.  Part of the pond is actually inside of the house.  Their koi are all high quality and a beauty to behold.   Our guest speaker was Burt Ballou, who spoke on filters, both bio and pre.  We also gave a $500.00 Scholarship Award to Erika Henry for her support of the IKS functions and animal programs.  Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org/.  Judith Henderson, of the Mountain View KC, said their July 7th meeting was held at Toad Mountain Park, home to Verne and Paula Gilkes and their beautiful koi pond.  Members arrived early and were able to watch the Vankleek Hill Horse and Buggy parade which is held once a year in this small town.  Everyone was welcomed including their new members and guests.  It was voted on that one of their prizes in this month’s raffle be a subscription to the Mid Atlantic Koi Club as part of the clubs mandate that they are a koi teach and learning club.  Several members went to the Greater Ottawa Water Garden Society tour and enjoyed the outing and came back with several ideas.  On August 3rd, they will be hosting a small pond tour for the GOWGS members.  Verne did a presentation about the Kujaku koi; descriptions and pictures were handed out.  Vern and Paula have two examples in their pond.  Summer pond maintenance was brought up and discussed.  Their next meeting will be held at the end of August.  A strawberry social followed the meeting.  Check their website at http://www.mountainviewkoiclub.com/.  Marc and Tamara Skaggs, of Northern Midwest ZNA Koi Club,report the 12th Annual Northern Midwest ZNA Koi Show & Pond Expo was held on June 8th& 9th,  2013, at Carmel City Center in Carmel, IN.  Check out their website at http://www.nmzna.net/index.html.  Phyllis Anderson, of North Idaho Koi Keepers, reports the INLAND NORTHWEST 3rd COMBINED KOI SHOW & WORKSHOP, presented by the Inland Empire Water Garden & Koi Society & North Idaho Koi Keepers, will be held Saturday, July 20, 2013 at John & Linda Seifert’s Home in Spokane, Washington.  Check out their website at http://www.northidahokoikeepers.com/id8.html.  Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports they had another good turn out at our meeting Tuesday, 6/18.  We wound up with 21 in attendance. There were two guests this time, Melinda Pickens and David Park.  Frank announced the Koi Persons of the Month for May and June.  For May it is John Hughes, recognized for his long and consistent service to the club and for June it is Nick Holquin.  Nick has recently joined the club, but has attended several Directors meetings and was very helpful finding ponds for the upcoming tour.  Nick’s pond will also be on the tour and should be a treat as he has a large number of very large, high quality koi. This month’s presentation was given by another new member of the SCVKWG family, Dr. Jessie Sanders.  Dr. Jessie gave an excellent introduction to koi anatomy and health care, answering many questions and initiating some thoughtful discussion along the way.  It was clear the audience was very engaged in the discussion.  She now has a regular radio program.  Her show is on KSCO 1080 in Santa Cruz from 1pm-2pm on Sundays. You can also listen at http://ksco.com.  It is a call-in radio show so you can get all of your fish health questions answered.  Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com/.  Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports their June meeting was on Saturday, June 22. This 2,500 gallon pond is an excellent example of a water garden with koi.  The filtration system and identification of the plants/landscaping was reviewed by the pond owners and led to a spirited discussion on coping with raccoons.  A club member gave a presentation on mechanical filtration including a review of types of filters.  He stressed the need for a filter system not just a filter for a pond.  He noted that a well designed mechanical filter will also help the biological filter of the system.  A few members expressed an interest in a Club pond tour and referenced the pond tour template in the current Koi USA magazine.  The suggestion of a pond tour will be presented to the Club Board.  A member that utilizes salt in her pond has been unable to find a salt level test kit to regularly monitor the salt level in her pond.  A member familiar with pond keeping products will look into this for her.  Ron and Darlene Kewish attended the meeting and joined the Club.  The next meeting will be on July 28.  Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.  The following clubs were contacted but did not respond: Cascade Koi & GF Club, Central Coast Koi Club, Deep South Koi & Pond Society, First Coast Koi Club, Macon WG & Koi Club, Metro-Detroit Pond & Garden Club, Michigan Koi & Pond Club SE, Mid-Atlantic Koi Club, Moto-Kara KoiKai ZNA Chapter Koi Club, Nashville Pond Society, Rhode Island & Massachusetts Koi Club, Siskiyou Koi & Pond Club, Tri-State ZNA Koi Club, Upper Midwest Koi Club.


Written report submitted by Brenda Chandler: Ben Soedjono, of Dallas Koi Kichi Group, reports they meet once each quarter (March, June, September and December). If you would like to attend a meeting and learn more about them, please contact the club for details of their next meeting.  Check out their website at http://www.dallaskoikichi.org/.  Mike Lane, of High Desert Koi Fanciers, reports the July meeting will be held on July 13, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the home of John & Linda Martin in Palmdale.  Don’t forget to bring a chair.  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, Inc., reports their last meeting found us pondering how a motivational speaker would fit into our Wonderful World of Koi.  After our host and hostess served a delicious campfire meal and we had a demo of the oxygen meter, the speaker was actually motivated by our enthusiasm with the koi hobby.  His very interesting speech centered around what the world needs now is more of what we are accomplishing with our meetings.  Conversation, sharing, communication, dreaming and planning(perhaps for a pond tour!) are often lost in this busy world. Being a past teacher and coach, he was very impressed with the fact that we are involving the young generation–they are the future.  Also, the discipline to set aside one night a month to travel and enjoy each others friendship, was second only to our high attendance per meeting.  The feeling of being motivated was felt by all.  This is a great family hobby and he really felt we are doing the right thing.  Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.  Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports their Pond Tour is scheduled for July 13-14 (see their website for details).  Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.  Laura Lunsford, of Rocky Mountain Koi Club, reports this year, we are again coordinating our tour with the Colorado Water Garden Society. The tour will feature ponds from the Colorado Water Garden Society and Rocky Mountain Koi Club in Southwest Littleton, Lakewood and Denver. The tour will picnic, which begins at 4:00 p.m. at Hudson Gardens. All RMKC and CWGS members are welcome.  Date:  July 20, 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Check out their website at http://www.rmkc.net/.  David Yee, of Valley of the Sun Koi Club, Inc., reports NO meetings from June-July-August.  Enjoy your summer!  Check their website at http://www.vskc.net.  Mary Oxman, of Ventura County Koi Society, reports in June Rick and Janet Shaw’s 200 plus koi again dazzled us with their voracious feeding frenzy at our annual barbeque.  Rick warned those standing closest to the pond that they would get wet, and then he threw al large jug full of koi food into the water.  The water boiled with koi as cameras recorded the performance!  David Luna did a spectacular job of selling raffle tickets!  Thanks to David’s power of persuasion selling tickets and the generosity of those donating raffle items and buying tickets, we collected a sizeable amount toward the cost of the barbeque – well done everyone!  I wish to thank our friends, Burt and Gloria Ballou, for making the journey from Fountain Valley to be with us. It is always good to keep in touch with special people outside our own club.  I always enjoy talking about plants with Gloria and many of us appreciate the opportunity to consult with Burt on koi keeping.  The July meeting will be held at the home of Gary & Denice Stouffer in Newbury Park, CA.  The pond was constructed 5 years ago.  Their 1000 gallon pond is home to our Koi and other fish varieties.  Check their website at http://users.vcnet.com/rrenshaw/vcks.html.  The following clubs were contacted but did not respond: Charleston Showa Koi Club, Rainbow River Koi Club, Southern Colorado Koi Club.


Written report submitted by Louie Hernandez:   Jerold Kyle, of Camellia KC, said that July is a great month for their members.  Members and guests on July 20th can visit their nearest neighboring Koi club in the Santa Clara Valley.  The Santa Clara Valley K&WGC Annual Pond Tour is worth the drive.  This is an annual event that their club does well.  The following weekend they will go to Jose & Janet’s pond for their own monthly meeting.  Members will see what a do-it-yourselfer can accomplish with a little knowledge.  A beautiful patio sitting area flanked on one side by a superb looking koi pond and the other side with an aviary makes this a location worth visiting over and over.  New members are finding that belonging to the CKC is a wonderful learning experience and the club welcomes interested people to contact them for an invitation.  Kristine Peterson, of the KC of San Diego, reports that club member Jerry Meyers is rebuilding the KCSD website.  The site will have a new look with additional sections for members and non-members.  The 2014 club koi show is in the works and designs are already being submitted by members for the show pin.  Judging will be done by all members attending the November 2013 general meeting with the winner to be announced at the December 2013 Christmas Party.  Judging should be based on content, artistic and technical merit.  The winner will receive bragging rights, an enlarged and mounted photo on canvas of the winning picture and a $25 gift card.  Frank & Susan Oddo will host the July general meeting at their lovely home in Escondido.  Their home sets on over an acre with walk paths through the gardens leading to the 10,000 gallon pond.  Guest speaker will be Takemi Adachi, of California Koi Farm, speaking on the art of culling taught to him by his father.  Louie, of ZNA SOCA, reports that their June meeting was held at the home of Chris Martin.  Chris has created the most Magnificent Japanese hillside with a very long waterfall that empties into his pond.  Although Chris is new to the hobby his design of the pond is well done and the koi are happy.  Thanks to Chai & Nori for sharing their knowledge on fish growth to their club.  This year is the 2nd year in a row that Nori has won GC at Andrews Koi International’s Grow Out Contest.  He raises his koi in only 300 gallons of water.  Don Bayer, of the Lone Star KC, will place on their meeting agenda hosting details re: the AKCA Seminar in Houston in June, 2014.  They need to confirm that they are going to host it and name a person with their club to work with the AKCA folks on that Seminar.  Ron Unruh, of the Bakersfield K&WGS, said their June meeting was a joint club meeting with their sister club, the Central California Koi Society.  It was at the home of Tony & Nancy Palazzo.  The weather was on their side that day and it was not too hot.  The day was spent mingling with the club members and enjoying a wonderful lunch and raffle.  The July meeting will be at the home of Marylou Slayton and the club will be going to Lotus Land on July 20th which is located in the Santa Barbara area.  Debby Young, of Southern Arizona Koi Assoc., reports that they are starting to plan for their 34th annual Koi Show in November. The July meeting was held in Hereford, south of Tucson, at Mt. View Koi Fish & Nursery. Members discussed water temperatures and whether or not they should stop feed if the temp is over 90F.


Written report submitted by Phil Hunter:   Vi Conn, of the Capital Area K&WGC, WGS, reports that the June meeting was held at the home of Mike & Beth Lienhart.  Mike and Beth did a great job discussing the years of “sweat and tears” that they have put into their landscaping and raising very large koi.  The stone retaining wall and pathways were extremely impressive.  Following Mike and Beth’s discussion, the club held its annual fish auction.  The fish auction was a great success thanks to Chuck Furgason, the club’s resident auctioneer.  The July meeting will be a mini pond tour.  The tour will feature the home of Sue Topping, the MSU Radiology Building pond and gardens, and the home of Bev and Denny Morse.  Diana Lynn Rehn, of the Inland Empire WG&KS, reports that on July 3rd the club held a joint koi show with the North Idaho Koi Keepers club. It was one day show, and features a flow through water system.  The judges were Larry Gill and Dick Benbow.  Also in July, will be the club’s pond tour.  Gary Desmond, of the Shasta K&WGC, reports that the club held its annual pond tour in June.  The tour featured eight beautiful ponds.  The club will not hold a meeting in July, but will have its annual Pot Luck BBQ at the Harts home in August.  Pat Ware, of the Springfield WGS, reports that the pond tour in June was great, even though the weather was hot.  After the tour a pond tour party was held at the Ware’s home and everyone had a great time.  The July meeting will be a picnic held at the home of Joe & Anita Peterman, who will be providing a feast for the members.  There will be games and prizes.  Phil was unable to contact the Dayton KC this month.



  • 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 AUGUST

  • Seminar profit report
  • Next seminar budget submitted and approved
  • CFO submits annual budget
  • Club Speakers Grant submissions are due




  • Garry Chin requested to have photos taken for Koi of the Year submitted the same year that they entered a koi show/contest.




Motion:  To adjourn at 7:56 p.m.  Motion by Carole, 2nd by Brenda.  Approved.


Respectfully submitted,


Carole Elliott,



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