AKCA Minutes of August 9, 2013
Officers Present: Directors Present: Guests:
Chair: Bob Finnegan Louie Hernandez Paul Cunningham
Vice Chair: Don Chandler Ally Cunningham
Secretary: Carole Elliott
CFO: Brenda Chandler
- Congratulations to Koi Club of San Diego and Idaho Water Garden & Koi Society Inc. for winning this coming years’ Speaker’s Grants!
The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Bob Finnegan @ 6:01 p.m.
MINUTES: Motion: To approve the minutes of July 12th. Motion by Don, 2nd by Louie. Approved.
v JULY FINANCIAL STATEMENT/FINANCE COMMITTEE: Brenda went over her CFO report; we have a balance in our checking account of $24,403.33. There are still a variety of records which have not been turned over due to Joan’s recent surgery. Brenda stated that our storage facility is under new management; payments are now due on the 1st of every month & the rent went up on the larger unit by $16.50 a month. Our Franchise Tax Board fee was paid ($331), which included sales tax collected and the fee for our accountant to file the report.
v SCIENTIFIC/KHA: No report.
v PROJECT KHV: No report. Bob & Paul will check into alternatives to our current B of A CD for our KHV funds since the return (approx $5/month) is so low.
v PUBLICATION: Don reported that the July/August issue is done and should be in the mail this coming week. Larry was please with the eclectic mix of the articles. Bob Payne spent the last seven weeks interviewing printers (from as far away as Canada) and has narrowed the search down to a couple of printers. He thought that we might be able to save from $10,000 to $20,000 a year (but the cost for postage would go up because we would need heavier paper for the different type of printing method – sheet vs. roll fed). Debye, our AR person, billed $15,453 this month and has received $5,000 in the first 5 days. She is in the process of trying to get new advertisers rather than focusing exclusively on overdue collections. As Joan is recuperating from back surgery (and we’re not certain when she’ll be able to return), Don asked the KOI USA board to approve Brenda as Acting CFO until Joan gets back. The KOI USA Board approved this motion. Don received an email from Kristine on the 21st in regards to back billing/repayment of the AKCA loan. Don estimated that during the last fiscal year we had 16 pages of AKCA Bookstore & Seminar ads that should be back billed. It was felt that we need to establish a policy on back billing using a $500 cost for each full color page ad, as well as going forward starting on July 1st. Motion: To invoice AKCA $500 for each full page color ad going forward. Motion by Don, 2nd by Louie. Approved. Koi ID posters were discussed. Motion: To ratify the position of KOI USA Board on the Koi ID poster – that it should be the property of the AKCA. Motion by Don, 2nd by Carole. Approved. Discussion on who should be on the Koi ID poster Committee. Bob appointed Louie to Chair the committee, along with Brenda; and that Bob Payne and Mike Hernandez should assist as advisers. Louie sated that we need a glossary for the Koi ID poster. All agreed.
v MEMBERSHIP: Don reported that we headed into this FY with 85 clubs. Two clubs notified us they were dropping out because they were too small and or disbanding (Central Coast and Kansas) and we had two clubs join up (Low Country and Pioneer). Louie worked to get two clubs (Capital Area and ZNA NorCal) to renew by sending in their annual membership fee along with the reinstatement fee of $50. Three clubs were appealing paying the $50 penalty fee; however, because of our by-laws, we have to enforce this rule. Two clubs dropped (Springfield & Louisville). Don asked that local board members contact their clubs that haven’t renewed to find out their intentions. As of now, we have 67 clubs that have fully paid, 2 clubs who have paid their dues late (but who still owe their reinstatement fees) and another 16 clubs who haven’t yet declared whether they intend to renew their dues.
v JUDGING: No report.
v SPEAKER’S GRANT: Deep South and Central CA have both sent in their receipts. We had a drawing for the next two clubs who will receive the Speaker’s Grants for next year from the four clubs who applied. The winners of the drawing were: Koi Club of San Diego and Idaho Water Garden & Koi Society. Congratulations! Ally will send out confirmation letters to both clubs.
v RISK MANAGEMENT: Brenda stated that 18 clubs have signed up for insurance so far, for a total of $2250. Our liability insurance premium has been paid. She received an inquiry from one of our Canada club asking whether they (as well as their members) were covered under our policy. Brenda contacted our carrier who sent them an email that verified that they are covered for general liability and that the club and their members are covered from 3rd party actions.
v BOOKSTORE: Brenda said that we sold $366 of merchandise during the month of Aug.
v KOI OF THE YEAR: Kristine shipped out the trophies to the winners; she paid $31.50 for postage for mailing the 3 trophies. The photo contest results have been posted on the AKCA website.
v MEMBERSHIP QUESTIONS: Several clubs asked about the cost of having a ½ page full color ad in KOI USA. Don stated that clubs can get a ½ page ad for $300 compared to $430 for advertisers; full page ads are available for $500 vs. $830. Inquiries from the Koi Club of San Diego and the Santa Clarita clubs will be referred to Debye Payne.
v 2013: Carole stated we received a check for $35 for the wet lab from a participant who had not yet paid.
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 has room rates of $89 as well as a koi pond.
q Written report submitted by Carole: Ralph Smith, of Southwest K&PA, said another great meeting was held with Juan and Andrea Elizondo being the perfect hosts. Their next meeting will be hosted by Vickie & Jack Kidd, with guest speaker Carol Miller speaking on the Chihuahuan Desert Wildlife Animal Rescue Society. Christine Wilkolaski, of Niagara Frontier K&PC, said they are currently at the Erie County Fair manning a permanent exhibit of a pond and garden. The club built this pond years ago; they have a guest speaker re: Cermedia, a new filter material for their August meeting. They are preparing for the Reinstein Fall Festival next month. This is a great time to educate families on Ponding and fish. Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they hold two meetings a month. In the month of July, they toured an area winery and enjoyed a great pizza dinner afterwards. Their Saturday meeting was at the home of Jeff Garner and Kerry Shaner. Guest Speaker, Jamie Beyer, came to talk to the group about Predators Around the Pond. Jamie presents a great lecture about everything from snakes to muskrats and mink. A potluck was enjoyed by members. Jackie Allsup, of Northern Iowa P&KC, said they just finished up with their annual Pond tour. This year they had 15 ponds to present to the public. It was well attended and brought in 6-8 new members, too. Their July meeting was a potluck held at Liz & Bob Miller’s. Everyone loves the potlucks and they discussed the tour details and duties of members that helped. NIPKC along with the EIPS are joining together to take a pond tour bus trip into the St. Charles area in the end of August. Everyone from both clubs is looking forward to that. Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said their speakers for their July meeting were Liz & Brett Wilson from the Middle Georgia Koi Club. They talked about goldfish as they get close to their Koi & Goldfish show. Many of their members have goldfish and it was thought that having a presentation about the varieties of goldfish would help educate them about what is available to show. It was a fun presentation with Brett adding a few comical side bars throughout the talk. Their club was one of the clubs invited to a seminar at the Low Country Koi Club in South Carolina with the speaker being Taro Kodama. Mr. Kodama also brought fish for sale. Although the weather was steamy, hot outside, they enjoyed the coolness inside while Toru spoke. Afterwards, their hosts brought out a low country boil for lunch. There was plenty of camaraderie and beautiful fish to view as Toru discussed the finer points of the 20 or so Showa Koi offspring from Sakura Showa of Dainichi. Of course, his wife and he came home with two of the Showa hoping to grow beautiful adult koi in the future. Their August meeting will be at the Bradshaw’s atop beautiful Paris Mountain on the west side of Greenville, SC. They have made so many additions to their property with more streams and falls and decking overlooking the gardens and of course, part of Greenville. As they get closer to their October Koi & Goldfish Show (Oct. 4,5,6) their club has signed up 7 wet vendors and 13 dry vendors to date with a possibility of a few more dry vendors still contemplating coming. They already have the Humane Society and the Bloodmobile returning this year and they are not included in their dry vendor count. They feel very fortunate to have their biggest and best Koi & Goldfish Show coming this year. Jerry Woodbury, of Miami Valley WGS, said their private pond tour started out a little on the wet side but the day soon cleared to a beautiful sunshine day. This month they have Adam Hater, from Jones’ Fish Hatchery, talking about how to deal with pond predators.
q Written report submitted by Bob: Bob has been under the weather and hasn’t been able to make his monthly calls this month.
q Written report submitted by Joan: No report as Joan is slowly recovering from back surgery.
q Written report submitted by Don Chandler: Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the design for the new koi pin for the show in Sep will be the Sanke. Raffle prizes for the show will be first prize IPAD2, 2nd place TV, 3rd place Kindle Fire. Mike P from Sumner Avenue Water Gardens will sponsor the Grand Champion. We will be having the koi show dinner at Marie Callendar’s. Choice of country fried steak, roast turkey or pot roast. Seng Tran will do water quality checks in tanks during koi show; please advise people not to overload tanks. The club is planning to enlarge shade cover over all tanks so they are in the shade all the time, which will cost the club about $400.00. We will really need people to help set the tanks and covers on Friday morning then take them down Sunday afternoon. Vendors at the show will be Sumner Avenue Watergardens, Barstow Koi and Robert Ghormoz. Next general meeting will be Aug 14, 2013 at Mary Helen’s at 7:00 pm.; her address is 6345 N. Marty. Next board meeting will be at Rosimeri and Seng Tran’s on Aug 20, 2013 at 6:30p.m. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com. James McAdams, of Deep South Koi & Pond Society, reports it’s that time of the year. Our ponds and yards are overflowing with greenery and you’re wondering what to do with them. So clip them, bag them or pot them and bring them to the next meeting to share. Don’t forget to label them also because we want to know all about them. Next meeting will be on Sun, Aug 25 at Roger and Kathie Dietrich’s. Check out their website at http://www.deepsouthkoi.org/. Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports their July meeting was held on July 28, at the home of IKS member Audrey Rowland. To beat the heat, we started an hour later at 3:00 p.m. One of our members’ (Mariano and Cathy Palpallatoc) Kohaku won 3rd place in the AKCA Nationwide Koi of the Year competition. I had the honor of presenting the trophy to him! Another member, Karen Willson, gave a talk on the history of the Kohaku and Jack Chapman gave a talk on Koi 101. Both speakers gave great presentations. The Aug. 25th 3 – 6 p.m. meeting will be at the home of Steve and Laura Nyirady in Yucaipa. Proposed Program Speaker is Dr. Galen Hansen on Koi Disease and Treatment. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org/. Dennis Long, of Metro-Detroit Pond & Garden Club, reports on Aug 24th they will be holding their yearly club social. This year’s theme will be : “Salute to the Troops.” Chairs will be Dennis Long and R. Stephens. http://metrodetroitpondandgardenclub.org/ . John Rae, of Michigan Koi & Pond Club SE, reports the club held their Mini Pond Tour on Aug 10th; photos of the tour are available on the club’s website. Check out their website at http://www.mkpc-se.com/. Philip Gray, of Mid-Atlantic Koi Club, reports the club will hold its show Sep 27-29th at Kodama Koi Gardens at Waterford Gardens, 74 East Allendale Rd., Saddle River, NJ , 201-981-1180. They are delighted that Duc Nguyen has agreed to be the Show Chair and Philip Grey will be the Event Chair. Check out their website at http://www.makc.com. Vern Gilkes, of Mountain View Koi Club, reports they hosted a Pond Tour for The Greater Ottawa Water Garden Society on Aug 3rd. Check their website at http://www.mountainviewkoiclub.com/. Marc and Tamara Skaggs, of Northern Midwest ZNA Koi Club,report photos are now available for viewing on their website of their 12th Annual Northern Midwest ZNA Koi Show & Pond Expo winners. Check out their website at http://www.nmzna.net/index.html. Phyllis Anderson, of North Idaho Koi Keepers,reports the Aug 10th meeting was scheduled for pond side at Diana Lynn & Frank Rehn’s home. Discussion Topic: Oxygen and Koi! Check out their website at http://www.northidahokoikeepers.com/id8.html. Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports they had a good turnout for this special Pond Tour preparation meeting, with 37 members and pond owners in attendance. Cal announced that this would be the last year that Rita would be handling Event Coordination, which typically includes finding volunteers for the Cherry Blossom Festival, the Pond Tour, arranging the Christmas Party and any other events the club may engage in. They certainly hope that someone will step forward to fill this critical role as it will be nearly impossible for the club to do anything worthwhile without this position filled. Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com/. Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports the August club meeting will be held on Sunday August 25th at 4:00 pm at Fred & Sara’s home. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html. Michelle Gravenish Reilly, of Upper Midwest Koi Club,reports the club scheduled their 2013 Show for August 9th – 11th. Check their website at www.uppermidwestkoiclub.org .
q Written report submitted by Brenda Chandler: Johnna Hansen, of Charleston Showa Koi Club, reports the club is planning to caravan up to New Hill, NC for their show so come and join us for the Carolina Classic Koi Show on Sep 20/21. Check out their website at http://www.charlestonshowakoiclub.org/. Ben Soedjono, of Dallas Koi Kichi Group, reports their 11th Annual Koi Show on Aug 30 – Sep 1-2, 2013 will be held at Bass Pro Outdoor World LLC. The fish will be shown “English Style”. This is where all the koi owned by one koi keeper are held in the same tank(s), irrespective of their size or class. This reduces the risk of cross-infection with any other koi, as koi health and safety are always a priority with our members. Check out their website at http://www.dallaskoikichi.org/. Mike & Annette Lane, of High Desert Koi Fanciers, report the Jul meeting was held at the home of John and Linda Martin. Despite the lack of a guest speaker, they discussed some ways to keep their koi healthy. They also planned their bus trip to Huntington Gardens in Sep and made plans for their Christmas Dinner, too! Check out their website at http://www.hdkoifanciers.com. Brenda Chandler, of Nishiki Koi Club, reports the Nishiki club is not currently meeting. Check out their website at http://www.nishikikoiclub.com. Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports it is hard to believe that we are into Aug already, the summer is going by very quickly . The Pond Tour was a great success, I would like to thank all of the members that displayed their ponds; it is apparent that they put a lot of work into getting ready for the tour; also a big thanks to the pond sitters and to the board members who pulled all the little details together to make it all work. The next few weeks are going to be busy and the Luau is on the 24th. Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/. Sonja Kahkola, of Rainbow River Koi Club, reports Pat Medlin is very excited to be hosting our Sept. 1st meeting. Check out their website at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rainbow-River-Koi-Club/374036155457. Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports the club will be holding a Members Only Pond Tour & Kodama Lecture on Aug. 17 – 18, 2013 in Northeast Colorado Springs. This year, Taro Kodama and his father (Mamoru Kodama), will join us for the weekend! On Saturday, we will visit four ponds, and Mamoru will critique them – the water, the filtration, and the koi – and make suggestions for any improvement needed. This is a WONDERFUL learning opportunity for all of us! We will finish up the day at a picnic supper. On Sunday, Taro and his father will present a lecture to the membership at the home of Ray Armstrong and Barb Dawson – and we will get to hear all about their pond. We plan on refreshments & a party there as well. 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. Their next meeting will be held on Sep 15th. Check their website at http://www.vskc.net. Mary Oxman, of Ventura County Koi Society, reports the Aug meeting was scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013: Hosts Fawaz Shahin and Tony Solano and Amir Shahin have a 2800 gallon pond in a complete woodland ecosystem and butterfly garden, which is just a year old. In Jul they visited the home of Gary and Denice Stouffer, where they had a most relaxing time wandering over the terraced landscape with its wide variety of plants, garden ornaments and beautiful koi and goldfish pond. I wish to thank Gary and Denice for their most gracious hospitality. Our ‘meeting under the oaks’ could not have been more enjoyable and Denice: Thanks for making the delicious cookies! Check their website at http://users.vcnet.com/rrenshaw/vcks.html.
q Written report submitted by Louie Hernandez: Jerold Kyle, of Camellia KC, reported that August is special. This month they will visit a koi pond as big as a swimming pool located in a Rose Garden. This provides a great site for their Annual Koi Auction which allows members and their guests the privilege of getting nice koi at a reasonable price. Some CKC members have raised koi for years and as their koi have grown there is a need to reduce the load on the pond. Many do this for good koi husbandry reasons or to create space to get new koi for the enjoyment of watching them develop. The reject of an experienced koi keeper is often superior, especially in size, to what can be purchased on a budget by a beginner. Everyone gains. This is just another example of an advantage of joining a koi club. For members of the CKC, another advantage is that this will also be an ice cream social. Life is good in the CKC. More people should check it out. Kristine Peterson, of the KC of San Diego, reports that Shirley Elswick’s pin design entry received the most votes and will be the official 2014 Koi Club of San Diego Koi Show Pin. John Svelan is working on an order for club jackets with the KCSD logo from the company that did the club monogram windbreakers for members several years ago. The August general meeting will be hosted at the lovely home of Norm & Suzanna Meck where Norm will give a presentation on Fun & Games with PVC. Norm will share how to modify PVC using heat to create a bend in the pipe where the standard fittings don’t give the desired degree of direction change along with other handy options for use. The Sept. meeting will be a Q&A Panel by a few experienced members and the Oct. meeting will be a presentation on koi disease by Dr. Galen Hansen. The November 10th meeting will be a potluck at California Koi Farms in Fallbrook with a presentation by Takemi Adachi on Buying Koi in Japan. For more info on these and other club events visit the club website at http://www.koiclubofsandiego.org/ and mark your calendar to join them for the potluck at Takemi’s in Novembers. Members of KCSD have played an important roll in the maintenance, design and care of the koi at Balboa Park’s Japanese Friendship Garden and since the Grand Opening (some 13-14 years ago) the JFG will celebrate the opening of the Canyon Expansion and launching new technology for enhanced visitor learning on August 16th. For more info on the Expansion Opening visit the JFG website at http://www.niwa.org/. ZNA So. Ca. Chapter’s August meeting will be held at the home of Doug & Pam Wright. Doug was their choice for “Koi Person of the Year” and as always he offered his home for their monthly meeting. Besides having a great looking pond he is a member of a Plumeria club. He will be giving members starts. Save the month of March for their 40th Annual Koi Show in Gardena, CA. Ron Unruh, of Bakersfield K&WGS, said their July meeting was at the home of Marilou and Dan Slayton’s home. Dan being an artist and Marilou having the skills of gardening, they both created a beautiful English style garden. The club had a great turnout and the progress of the koi show and newsletter were discussed. The club had a field trip to Lotusland in the Santa Barbara area and the weather was perfect. 11 members from the club made the trek and afterwards lunch was at Woody’s BBQ. From there the club went to the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate where there were massive amount of plants. After that the club stopped at the Loose Caboose along Hwy 126 where there are antiques, plants, vegetables and of course koi for sale. Final stop was the Honey Farm, also along Hwy 126, where the club sampled several types of honey. Whew, what a day! The next meeting will be a regular meeting at the Remax in Bakersfield. Debby Young, of Southern Arizona KA, reports that they had their annual picnic potluck for their last meeting. Thank you Lisa and Curt of Mt. View Koi. They are now in full koi show mode. Vendor registrations have been mailed out. Working on new venue for their banquet. This is their 34th consecutive show. Larry Gill, of ZNA Norcal, said their meeting was held at Ronald Yee’s. Ron is a retired dentist who is also a chef; his menu for the meeting was Southern cuisine & his Jambalaya was delicious. In the absence of the Acting president and VP, Sanh Huynh conducted the meeting. It was voted on and approved to hold the show at the same location a week after Easter which means the show date will again be held in April. Once the hotel date is secured the club will move forward to start advertising the show and get the judges. If the show was moved back to November the board feels that it cause confusion and have no continuity. The show in April will allow for the club to grow. The meeting concluded after Larry asked those present to select the best koi in the pond. Larry disagreed with the koi the members selected and explained why. The next club meeting will be held at Victor Tran’s residence on Sept. 14th. Paul Moss, of the Idaho WG&KC, said that in July they had their pond tour. Due to extreme heat (100+) participation was less than hoped for, but those who attended enjoyed it. They signed up three new club members during the tour. They are attempting to host a grow out contest; he says attempting because they received some stressed out fish that developed bacterial infections almost immediately. However, the dealer was extremely helpful and replaced all of the fish lost. He did not need to do this. It was going above and beyond. It goes to show how they have great people in this hobby. Their August meeting will include presentations on aquatic plants and on reading labels on fish food. September brings the 20th annual Koi Show. Paul Moss, of Lone Star KC, said their monthly meeting was held at 20+ year members Grady and Virginia Joiner’s home. Great attendance and several new members attending. The club was thrilled to have the AKCA Wet Lab hosted in Houston in 2014 and their President, Melanie Nau, was chosen to be the contact person and coordinator for the event. Paul Moss gave a lecture on the effective use of potassium permanganate and the dangers of overuse. Their mud pond pull has been scheduled for the first weekend in October. Glen Hubenthal, of Austin Pond Society, reported a group of members went to Tank Hollow Farms, where Vance raises Long Fins. Vance will be our guest speaker at the general meeting in August.
q Written report submitted by Phil Hunter: Vi Conn, of the Capital Area K&WGC, reports that club members enjoyed the mini pond tour. The attendees visited the ponds of Sue Topping, where a meeting was held and a meal served. Afterwards the tour visited the MSU Radiology Building pond and gardens. It is a walk through garden and is maintained by the MSU horticulture students. The August meeting will be held at the home of Joan Kapp. The guest speaker will be from Allendale Aquatic Nursery and will speak on aquatic plants and fish health. In addition to the guest speaker, the club will hold another fish auction. Diana Lynn Rehn, of the Inland Empire WG&KS, reports that July pond tour was a great success. The ponds of John & Linda Seifert, Dave & Jane Scott, Allen & Coleen McCalip, Casey & Sarah Cumpton, Eric & Jessica Krebs, Linda & Kevin Fairhurst, Cathy & Mark Harris, and Kathy McJunkin were on the tour. The pond of Linda & Kevin Fairhurst was voted favorite pond with Kathy McJunkin’s pond coming in a close second. The August meeting will be at the home of Frank & Diana Lynn Rehn and will be a short meeting with a presentation on oxygen followed by a BBQ for the pond hosts and pond sitters. Gary Desmond, of the Shasta K&WGC, reports that the club did not hold a meeting in July. The August meeting will be at the home of Eda Eggeman where Renee Ottsman and Eda Eggeman will report on the June pond tour.
q Written report by Ally Cunningham: So Cal Koi Club held their August meeting at the home of Jeff Amos and Todd Brooks in Laguna Beach. Carole Elliott purchased 3 tosai kohaku from Laguna Koi Pond so that members could judge the three. Once everyone viewed the koi and voted for their favorite, Bob Finnegan talked about which koi he felt was the best and why – as well as the other two. Next month, the club will be meeting at the home of Dr. Tom Gates of Palos Verdes Estates, who will talk about filtration.
PROXY CALLS FOR SEPTEMBER
- 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 SEPTEMBER
- Speaker Grant winners frozen
- Submit taxes
- Website: Louie stated that he found our website needs to be updated in several areas.
- Rep Contacts: Louie asked that AKCA rep contacts be given an updated form of their contacts including club rep, president, addresses, phone #s, and email addresses. Furthermore, clubs need to update us with their current contact info!
- Koi of the Year Photos: Garry Chin asked Louie to bring raise the question of whether or not to acceot photos that have been photo shopped. Discussion about photo enhancement. It was felt that Louie needs more conversation with Garry re: exactly what he means by photo shop/photo enhancement. Also, do we allow photo images of koi that are copyrighted by others?
NEW BUSINESS: None
Motion: To adjourn at 7:49 p.m. Motion by Carole, 2nd by Louie. Approved.