AKCA Minutes of September 13, 2013
Officers Present: Directors Present: Guests:
Chair: Bob Finnegan Ally Cunningham Paul Cunningham
Vice Chair: Don Chandler
Secretary: Carole Elliott
• 75 clubs have renewed their AKCA membership dues
• 19 clubs have enrolled in the Premium Level Liability Insurance program
The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Bob Finnegan @ 6:05 p.m.
MINUTES: Motion: To approve the minutes of August 9th with the following correction: It should have read that “Louie would call Garry who would then contact Don” re: revising the photo contest rules. Motion by Carole, 2nd by Don. Approved.
• AUGUST FINANCIAL STATEMENT/FINANCE COMMITTEE: Don handed out Brenda’s CFO report. The beginning checking account balance was $24,403.33; ending balance was $22,059.50. We have $85,406.14 in our investment account (that has lost about $1,000 this year). Don had this FY’s officers (Bob, Don, Brenda & Carole) complete and sign the AKCA investment account forms & resolution.
• SCIENTIFIC/KHA: No report. Jerry Kyle is still looking for some volunteers to help re-energize the KHA committee. If you’re interested, please contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
• PROJECT KHV: No report. Bob will contact Jack Chapman about the Project KHV slates to be auctioned.
• PUBLICATION: Don reported that the Sept/Oct issue is about 1 ½ weeks away from press. Don has recommended cutting 8 pages from the magazine due to the fact that editorial/advertising has gone from 60/40 to 75/25, which was due in part to the loss of advertisers, clubs, and dealer listings. Bob Payne is working on researching a new printer that might be able to save us from $25,000-30,000 per year; Paul will be working with Bob to finalize any decision. Discussion about expanding our presence on the web; however, we have to be careful how we move as there are some downsides. Banner ads were discussed (favorably). Subscriber tracking was discussed (down again, slightly). Debye gave her A/R aging summary. Funds deposited for July/August were $25,706.52 with $3,099.07 in commission due for Debye.
• MEMBERSHIP: Don reported that we now have 75 clubs, thanks to Board members calling clubs that had not renewed on time – and getting a number of them to renew (along with paying the $50 reinstatement fee). Next year we need to work harder to get our clubs to renew prior to Jul 1st. Thanks to everyone’s hard work and commitment.
• JUDGING: The Central Calif club asked for an AKCA award for their upcoming show as they have now added an AKCA judge (Garry Chin) to their judging roster. Thank you, Cent Cal! Kristine will handle. Dave & Debbi Young submitted a Judges Corner article for the upcoming Sep/Oct KOI USA issue. Thank you, Dave and Debbi! We were sorry to learn that Pete Ponzio has reluctantly submitted his resignation from the committee; unfortunately, his wife has recently died and his present responsibilities preclude his continuing membership. We were sorry to lose Peter, who was a valuable member of our judging committee.
• SPEAKER’S GRANT: Both the Central California and Deep South clubs have submitted their 2012/2013 expense reports in a timely manner. Thank you.
• RISK MANAGEMENT: Don stated that Brenda has signed up several more clubs for our Premium Liability Insurance coverage; we are now up to 19 clubs enrolled. The Liability policy has been paid in full and the D & O policy has been paid in full, as well.
• BOOKSTORE: Brenda finally returned Richele’s Bookstore postage meter from Hasler (which she’d recently recovered from sitting un-used a number of months in the back of a pickup truck). After paying off the $584.48 lease, she should receive a $385.94 refund on unused postage. Much discussion on the KOI ID poster; we only have about 20 posters remaining. Should we purchase more from Tom Graham (at an expensive premium) or wait until Mike Hernandez gets enough pictures to complete the new poster? After much discussion, it was decided to wait until Mike gets enough pictures to complete the new KOI ID poster. Thanks to Louie for heading up this project.
• MEMBERSHIP QUESTIONS: None.
• 2014: Carole contacted Melanie Nau from the Lone Star Koi Club who will be hosting the 2014 Seminar. Carole gave her info on what her club needed to do (i.e. wet lab site, banquet site, etc.).
• Written report submitted by Carole: Ralph Smith, of Southwest K&PA, reported that another great meeting was had with Vickie and Jack Kidd hosting, as they discussed SKAPA’s upcoming annual Pond Tour on October 5 & 6th. Their next meeting will be hosted by Mark and Gail Nash. Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they recently enjoyed an ice cream social at the home of Gary & Jo Hunerdosse. Their guest speaker talked to the club about “Plants of the Bible.” They also had a round robin discussion at their last meeting regarding the club and what direction members would like to see it go. They are planning a progressive diner party for the month of Sep. It’s been unusually hot there for Iowa in Sep. The trees and crops are beginning to change already, which indicates Fall is in the air. Time to get out those leaf nets, already!! The Northern Iowa WG& KC, met at Teitz Greenhouse. They discussed their pond tour results, and the recent Chicago pond tour trip. Unfortunately, they’ll be starting to talk about how to prepare ponds for winter shut down. Its 103 degrees outside today, so hard to think about Winter and Fall already. Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said they have been busy trying to get advertising increased for their Koi & Goldfish Show. This is a challenge since advertising costs are skyrocketing. As advertising chairman, Mel is learning a whole new perspective on begging for free advertising when possible. They feel it is paramount to get as much foot traffic for their 23 vendors (6 wet and 17 dry vendors to date) to give them every opportunity to succeed because without them they will struggle to be a success. They know that the judging is what it is all about but they also feel that they need to work on making this a total interest event for all people. They still struggle with how to attract the young people to get interested in this great hobby. In the mean time, their Aug meeting was atop Paris Mountain in Greenville at the Bradshaws’ home. They were featured in the Water Garden article for July & August KOI USA. They had a weather inversion that caused them to have an extreme drop in temperature, rain and fog, but that did not deter the hardiest of their members. Now 1800 ft. above sea level is nothing for most folks but that is significant for them in Greenville when they get one of these events. The fog blocked out all the beautiful views from the Bradshaw’s windows overlooking the southwestern views. They still had a great time celebrating two member’s birthdays and a spirited discussion about the Koi & Goldfish Show. Their Sep meeting is at the Hall’s in the beautiful country. It is truly a gentleman’s farm with great landscaping and home made ice cream. He hopes they make the homemade peach and pecan praline again. It’s to die for! Christine Wilkolaski, of the Niagara Frontier K&PC, said Sep’s meeting will be Larry Nau as their guest speaker. They are ready for the Fall Festival at Reinstein Woods. They set up an information tent and children’s activity (fish sand art) for this event. This will be Sep 28th. They are in the process of updating their website. Jim Vaden, of KC of Middle Tennessee, said they will meet at his home Sep 22nd. They plan to discuss and show pictures of their recent trip to Tokyo for the All Japan Show. They will display their awards from the show as well as their winning koi and enjoy specially prepared slow-barbequed pit chicken with all the trimmings!! Their last club meeting of this year will be in Oct where they will elect officers for the upcoming year. Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said there is nothing much to report. They will continue their monthly meetings at member’s ponds through the end of the year. They are already talking about a pond tour for 2014 since this year’s tour was such a success. They gained some new members as a result of the tour and that was one of their objectives.
• Written report submitted by Bob: Bob has been under the weather and hasn’t been able to make his monthly calls this month.
• Written report submitted by Joan: No report as Joan is slowly recovering from back surgery.
• Written report submitted by Don Chandler: Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the Sep 10th general meeting was held at the home of Rosimeri and Seng Tran; there was an impressive turnout & members enjoyed touring the main pond where the Trans have a varied collection of koi. Then there are the baby koi on the side of the house which members enjoyed viewing as well. Seng gave everyone a tour and explained his filtration system and pond set up. We had a guest, Steve Moua, who is new to the hobby and who is looking for information on how to start up a pond, and members were very welcoming and helpful with information for Steve to use for his future set up. There was a signup sheet for volunteer for the koi show passed around along with a signup sheet for the koi show banquet; members were encouraged to come to the show site on Friday, Sep 27th at 7a.m. to help get the show site set up. Rosimeri discussed the final preparation for the koi show and everyone was very excited to hear that the club has acquired many donations of koi food, pond and koi care items that will be raffled off on both Sat, Sep 28th and Sun, Sep 29th, thanks in part to Mike Przewoznik of Sumner Avenue Water gardens, who was able to get some of the donations for our club. Seng discussed the effects low pH has had in the water quality levels of his pond, and how he has begun utilizing baking soda to raise the pH along with making pH pills made of Plaster of Paris. Rosimeri announced that she and Seng will be traveling in Oct 18-20th to our sister club, the Bakersfield Koi &Water garden Society’s, koi show at the Kern County Fair to show koi and to present a Friendship Award. Members were encouraged to come cheer them on along with explore another club’s koi show set up. The monthly raffle was held, and then members enjoyed refreshments and spent time socializing and catching up. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com. James McAdams, of Deep South Koi & Pond Society, reports the club held its monthly meeting at the home of Kathie and Roger Dietrich. Suggestions were made for future activities of the club and the club voted to form a committee for planning to hold a koi show, possibly next year. Several members volunteered to serve on the committee which will meet and report back to the club. After the business meeting the club held it’s ever popular plant swap. Check out their website at http://www.deepsouthkoi.org/. Doug Stuber, of the First Coast Koi Club, reports the club will be holding its Annual Koi Show Oct 11/13 at Mandarin Masonic lodge #34 in Jacksonville, FL. Suggested lodging is at the La Quinta Inn on Hartley Road. Exhibitor packets can be obtained on the club website. Check out their website at http://www.firstcoastkoiclub.com/. Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports their Aug meeting was held at the home of Steve and Laura Nyirady. The Nyiradys have a beautiful home, back yard, three ponds, waterfalls and fantastic koi. Although it was very hot and muggy, the Nyirady’s shady back yard, and the cool breeze, made the meeting place a nice setting. Spike Cover gave a great talk on our koi breed of the month, the Shiro Utsuri, which was well received by everyone. Our guest speaker was Dr. Galen Hansen who gave a very informative and comprehensive presentation on koi health. Dr Hansen is a pioneer in koi health and because of pioneers like him, we now have numerous resources on koi diseases and how to control them. Overall, everyone had great food and a great time. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org/. Bernard Nesmith, from Low Country Koi Club, reports the club hosted its first koi event on Aug 3, 2013 in Charleston, South Carolina. We were honored to have Mr. Taro Kodama as our speaker. As the guests arrived, we were very happy to welcome fellow koi hobbyists from other koi clubs. They came from as far as Tennessee to attend, so we were very excited to see them. The morning began with a wonderful light breakfast and the viewing of some beautiful koi that Mr. Kodama brought with him from top breeders such as Dainichi, Maruboshi, Omosako, etc. After an introduction of Mr. Taro Kodama by the Low Country Koi Club’s president, Mrs. Joy Newlin, the forum began. Mr. Kodama spoke on the important elements that contribute to the beauty of the koi. He talked about the body conformation, the quality of the koi and the pattern. The forum continued with Mr. Kodama talking about the development of the koi and taking questions from the hobbyists that attended. Mr. Kodama welcomed all questions and was happy to share his knowledge of koi answering all our questions. Check out their website at http://www.lowcountrykoiclub.com/. Rick Paul, of Macon Water Garden & Koi Club, reports the club renewed its membership as a proud member of the AKCA. Check out their website at http://www.maconkoi.org. Dennis Long, of Metro-Detroit Pond & Garden Club, reports the club had a wonderful Pond Tour this past July. We had a little rain during the day but it did not stop the 534 attendees. Everyone had a great time and they were greatly surprised at what they saw (considering all the negative press that Detroit gets recently). Our major attraction was a garden and water feature in the Palmer Woods subdivision of Detroit. This was at a home designed by world famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. In Aug we had our late summer event; the theme was “A Salute to the Troops.” Everyone came dressed in military or patriotic colors and there were many military items on display. We had two guests who are members of The Tuskegee Airmen. A great time was had by all meeting, eating and playing games. Our club will be in Manistee, MI for our planning retreat in Sep and our last meeting for the year in Oxford, MI. We then look forward to Dec for our Holiday Party. We hope every club had a wonderful year, just as we did. Check out their website at http://metrodetroitpondandgardenclub.org/. John Rae, of Michigan Koi & Pond Club SE, reports the club renewed its membership as a proud member of the AKCA. Check out their website at http://www.mkpc-se.com/. Philip Gray, of Mid-Atlantic Koi Club, reports the Annual MAKC Koi Show was CANCELLED, the reason being a lack of volunteers needed to hold a show. I hope enough MAKC members step forward and volunteer to continue this long tradition. Contact your MAKC president, Phillip Gray, today and tell him how you will help get this show back on track! Check out their website at http://www.makc.com. Dot Wilbanks, Moto-Kara Koi Kai ZNA Chapter Koi Club, reports the club renewed its membership as a proud member of the AKCA. Check their website at http://www.mkk-zna.org/. Vern Gilkes, of Mountain View Koi Club, reports the club renewed its membership as a proud member of the AKCA. Check their website at http://www.mountainviewkoiclub.com/. Carole Boozer, of Nashville Pond Society, reports the club renewed its membership as a proud member of the AKCA. Check out their website at http://www.nashvillepondsociety.org. Marc and Tamara Skaggs, of Northern Midwest ZNA Koi Club, report the club renewed its membership as a proud member of the AKCA. Check out their website at http://www.nmzna.net/index.html. Phyllis Anderson, of North Idaho Koi Keepers, reports their club is now officially a new ZNA Japan Friendship Club as of May 2013. Look for more in 2014! Check out their website at http://www.northidahokoikeepers.com/id8.html. Dorothy Connors, of Rhode Island & Massachusetts Koi Club, reports the club renewed its membership as a proud member of the AKCA. Check out their website at http://www.rimakc.org/joomla. Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports Terry Deneven is our Koi Person of the Year: Terry has been a member for 13 years. For the 3 years prior to and with his friend and mine, Larry Templeton, taking care of the backend & most everything else. When I met with Terry recently he said, “So happy that Frank, Cal, Don, Rita and the rest of the board kept the club going. It’s in good hands.” He continued, “..it warmed his heart to receive this award from his peers.” Terry finally stepped back a bit this year and we missed his smiling face and pithy wit at most of our meetings, but when disaster nearly struck this July just before our annual Pond Tour, he stepped up again and bailed us out by volunteering his pond for the tour at the very last moment. It worked out well for everyone. Terry said about the latest tour, “The people that attended were delightful. Nothing but good things to say. It was the highlight of my time in the club. Nice people, saying nice things.” So congratulations to Terry for an award well deserved for all of your years of service and fellowship. Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com/. Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports one of our more experienced koi keeping members with a large pond and large koi that hosted this meeting stated that three of his koi developed different types of illness/problems that he was unable to treat successfully. He contacted a koi vet located in Temecula who came out to Santa Clarita to treat his koi. He discussed the types of treatment recommend by the koi vet and all of the koi have survived. His water quality was part of the problem and tested too low for available oxygen. He has been able to increase the aeration in his large, deep pond to improve the water quality without any major renovation. Club plans are moving along for a koi appreciation day event open to the public in the Spring of 2014. The name of the event will be Koi Ponderosa. A member demonstrated a method of treating pond fish with potassium permanganate for parasitic ulcers such as “hole in the side.” Nominations are open for the election of President and Secretary for 2014 & 2015 to be elected by Oct 2013. Plans for the club holiday dinner on Dec 1, 2013 are under discussion. Oct is the last regular meeting of 2013. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html. Lois Rosmarin, of Siskiyou Koi & Pond Club, reports the club renewed its membership as a proud member of the AKCA. Check out their website at http://www.siskiyoukoiclub.com. Dick Hadley, of Upper Midwest Koi Club, reports they had a koi show the first week end in Aug at Bachman’s landscape and nursery. Bryan Bateman was our head judge. We benched over 100 fish. We collected 7 new member families at the show. Word from the vendors who communicated with us is that they were pleased. We had a club meeting Sept 7 and welcomed an additional 4 new members. Dr. Amy Kizer put on a wet lab, demonstrated how she approaches a sick fish and performed a necropsy on a dead fish. Our treasury is healthy and we have another koi auction scheduled for Sep 21. Check their website at www.uppermidwestkoiclub.org .:
• Written report submitted by Brenda Chandler: Johnna Hansen, of Charleston Showa Koi Club, reports Grant and Penny Patton won Grand Champion at the Central Florida Koi Show in 2012 and 2013; also in 2013 they won Grand Champion at the Greater Louisville Koi Show. We also want to say great job to Susan Markham for winning AKCA Koi of the Year. Now Ralph Owens has won Grand Champion at the Carolina Classic Koi Show. This has been a wonderful couple of years for our Club. Congratulations to Grant, Penny and Susan! Check out their website at http://www.charlestonshowakoiclub.org/. Ben Soedjono, of Dallas Koi Kichi Group, reports the club’s 12th annual koi show was held Aug 30-Sep 1st at Bass Pro Shops in Grapevine, TX. Tom & Jennifer Walker won both Supreme Champion (with a Torazo Kohaku) and Grand Champion B (with a Gin Rin Kohaku). Weather was hot (100 + daily) but 117 beautiful koi made the trip worthwhile for all. Check out their website at http://www.dallaskoikichi.org/. Mike Lane, of High Desert Koi Fanciers, reports our Aug meeting, which was at Richard & Diana Bison’s lovely home, was great. They had juices, teas and those lovely muffins and goodies. They were even so kind, they donated their hostess money back to the club. Thanks you two, you are truly an asset to our club and friendship circle. I want to thank all of you for coming and spending your Saturday a month to enjoy our hobbies and friendships together. It is always a pleasure to see all of your happy faces and enjoying our time together. It thrills me to have such a wonderful friendship circle among us. So keep coming and if there is someone new or someone you haven’t had a chance to say hi. Don’t be shy. That’s what we are all here for, each other!!!! Please watch your newsletters for upcoming “Member Profiles,”that Karla is doing a great job on. I would like to remind you all that we will be voting next month’s meeting; we will be voting on the by-laws. Nothing serious, just a few adjustments that we need the club’s vote on. We want to thank our board for working together and Cate, so graciously helping us with it to get it done and have a little fun. Speaking of that, I have saved the last mini bus for our trip to Huntington Gardens, on Sep 21st, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is almost filled up. Please check with Angela, if you haven’t signed up yet. Also need to know by Sep the head count for the Christmas party at Gino’s on Dec 4th, 2013, sign up with Angela for that too please. Thank you all again for your support and helping me with making this the best club we can be. TOGETHER!! 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 our Aug meeting found us at the home of members who totally reconstructed their pond last summer. It was so great to experience how koi have brought this sense of satisfaction on a ‘job well done’. Her comment was ‘I finally have a pond like everyone else’s.’ Clear water, big healthy fish, plants thriving–you get the picture. She was so discouraged for a couple of years and we were afraid she would take a step backwards on the learning curve and end up with goldfish again and no koi. Our whole club is so very happy for them and it makes it all worthwhile. No pain, no gain. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html. Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports Aug is about done and we are moving into the last few weeks of summer so it is time to start thinking about Fall pond preparation and what needs to be done. I know and if you can believe the Farmer’s Almanac, Winter won’t be too far down the road. Since the pond tour, ten new members have signed upwith the society, again a hearty welcome to them and I look forward to meeting all of you and hearing about your ponds; remember that we are all here to help so please ask your questions and don’t forget to read your member’s guide. The Luau was a great success, I think we had about 45 people that attended and lots of good food; again many thanks to Ron and Patty Kramer for hosting the event and to Rick Moreland for help at the grill. Speaking of parties, the annual banquet is just around the corner. Don’t forget that during the Oct meeting we will nominate and elect Society Officers for next year. Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/. Sonja Kahkola, of Rainbow River Koi Club, reports the club’s Sep meeting was held at Pat’s in Old Town. Members are making plans for the First Coast Koi Show in Jacksonville, just a couple of weeks away. Check out their website at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rainbow-River-Koi-Club/374036155457. Laura Lunsford, of Rocky Mountain Koi Club, says “Join us at Juergen and Peggy Schreiber’s home.” Juergen is a founding member of the club and has a pond maintenance business. He and Peggy recently re-landscaped their backyard and we are all excited to see it! The Schreiber’s will be serving German Bratwurst and Sauerkraut and the club will provide sodas and water. You are invited to bring a side dish or dessert. Hats and lawn chairs are also a good idea. Our discussion topic will be Fall preparations for Winter, so bring your questions and ideas for how to winterize your pond. Check out their website at http://www.rmkc.net/. Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports the Sep meeting was held at Rockrimmon Library. Topic was FILTRATION – history and current trends. Plus: WATER – KH, GH and pH. Members brought water samples for testing. Elections are coming up and nominations are open. Check out their website at http://www.socokoi.org. David Yee, of Valley of the Sun Koi Club, Inc., reports the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix added a photo to their timeline. Hello Garden friends: We hope you’ve had a great summer! This Sat, Sep 28th, from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. is our Annual Pre-Opening Garden Cleanup Day. No experience is necessary and everyone is welcome. Drinks and snacks will be provided and volunteer forms will be available for anyone who would like to come again! Please remember to sign in and sign out on our Volunteer Tracking sheet. For more information, please call our office at 602-256-3204 or reply below. We look forward to working with you to make the Garden a beautiful place for opening day at Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix. Check their website at http://www.vskc.net. Mary Oxman, of Ventura County Koi Society, reports the Sep meeting on the 14th was scheduled for the home of Carol and Doug Van Gogelen in Oxnard. Their small 1000 gallon formal pond and waterfall was built in the early 1990s to compliment the Hawaiian themed yard. There are many varieties of palm trees, bamboo, bromeliads, hibiscus, ferns, etc. A biological/mechanical filtration system with a 1/8th HP pump is used, plus Matala filter pads and a UV sterilizer. Last month we visited our new members, Toni Solano and Fawaz Shahin, who did an exceptionally superb job on the design of the waterfalls leading to the pond. The pond area is so peaceful and inviting with seating on both sides of the pond. In fact, I can’t imagine the backyard without the pond. I would be willing to bet that Fawaz and Toni wish they had built their pond right after moving into their house. Their son, Amir, really got into the spirit of it all and gathered all of us for a group photo to remember the occasion. Toni’s homemade baklava was fabulous! I wish to thank Toni and Fawaz for their hospitality – it’s great to have such nice friendly new members! Hopefully we will be seeing much more of them in times to come. Speaking of delightful new members, Shirlee and Russ Kingsley made their debut at this meeting. I’m overjoyed to make the acquaintance of another dedicated gardener like myself. Koi keeping and gardening – what could be more fun? Special thanks to Dr. Cherry for bringing pond and garden items to pass on to other members. I hope you will join us for our first visit to the home of Doug and Carol Van Bogelen. Check their website at http://users.vcnet.com/rrenshaw/vcks.html.:
• Written report submitted by Louie Hernandez: Jerold Kyle, of Camellia KC, reported that Aug saw the CKC Annual Club Koi Auction where newer members and guests had the opportunity to bid on koi from older ponds where koi had grown too large and needed thinning. This always creates an opportunity for newer members to acquire larger koi at bargain prices. This year it was combined with an Ice Cream Social so once again the club ate well. Obviously being a CKC member is about friendship and having fun as much as learning about koi and good koi husbandry. This month members will see a new pond never before visited and as always visitors are invited to attend and see what the club does. Visiting a new pond is always an excitement. The program will concentrate on husbandry issues involving what they test the water for and the implications of various results. It goes without saying there will be snacks. This is what great clubs do! The Bakersfield K& WGS reports they met at the Remax Realty office for the Aug meeting. Glen Porter was gracious enough to offer his conference room for their meeting which gave them a cool meeting place. The club discussed more about the upcoming show in Oct. Raffle items are coming in for the big raffle fundraiser. The club is planning on holding a koi auction at the show as well. After the meeting everyone moved outside to see the large pond in the courtyard at Remax. Their next meeting will be at the home of Eric and Stephanie Lempinen, where the club will have a plant exchange. Anyone who brings plants, rootings, or cuttings can trade for other members bringing the same. Neal Friedman, of the Washington K&WGS, said their club just held their annual koi show event, which went swimmingly well. The event, open to the public on Sat & Sun, included an auction on Sat and a fish auction on Sun, plus sales of fish and koi related items by the club itself, as well as several vendors displaying and selling koi related items all weekend. Around 20 participants brought fish to the competition, with some truly spectacular fish appearing. Many youngsters were amazed to see fish as big or bigger than themselves. They had fun, and they hope the public exposure will attract people to join in the hobby and hopefully join their club. Debby Young, of the Southern Arizona K&WGC said they have no report this month. Larry Gill, of ZNA NorCal, said the club held its monthly meeting at Victor Tran’s residence; he provided great food and drink to those present. The San Jose Airport Garden Hotel priced the club out of the market; there is no way the club could afford to have the show there. Dinh took it upon himself and met with the M8atric Casino which is located across the street from last year’s show site. They voted to hold the show at the casino’s parking lot as the price was affordable. The contract will be signed next week. The hotel the club will use is right across the street from the casino. Garry Chin will be the vendor coordinator assisted by Dinh Nguyen. Dinh will also be the judge coordinator. The club will not invite international judges due to the late date but will invite US ZNA judges. Sanh Huynh, the club’s treasurer, has volunteered to be the new show chair. The new show date will be April 12-13, 2014. The club’s next election for officers is February of 2014 and openings for members to fill the positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and member at large. Victor Tran will look into whether he can be the new web master; also looked for a member to write an article for KOI USA.
• Written report submitted by Phil Hunter: Vi Conn, of the Capital Area K&WGC, WGS, reports that the club had a perfect day for the Aug meeting at the home of Joan Kapp. After a BBQ meal, Mike Tiano, the owner of Allendale Aquatic Nursery, spoke on aquatic plants. Mike was a wealth of information and talked about growing, splitting and winterizing aquatic plants. Mike also demonstrated his unique “floating pot method” for growing water lilies and other aquatic plants. The Sep meeting will be held at the home of Ron & Jeanine Schoen. Brian Roth, from Michigan State University, will speak on fish health. Diana Lynn Rehn, of the Inland Empire WG&KS, reports that the club had a great summer. The members were very busy with club activities, the koi show and pond tour were both in the end of Jul. In Aug, the club had a thank you BBQ for the pond hosts and pond sitters along with the monthly club meeting at the Rehn’s home. In early Sep, the club held its meeting pond side at the Rollins’ home in Idaho. Also in September the club will have a “floats on the pond.” The club buys the ice cream and the soda and members get together at the Aspenleiter’s pond to enjoy them. Fall brings the annual elections along with the end of the year banquet, although summer is holding on for a few more weeks. Gary Desmond, of the Shasta K&WGC, reports that the Aug meeting was held at the home of Eda Eggeman, where Eda & Renee Ottman gave a report on the Jun pond tour. The Sep meeting will be the club’s annual BBQ and Piotluck. It will be held at the home of Bob & Penny Hart.
• Written report submitted by Kristine Peterson: Norm and Susanna Meck hosted the Aug general meeting for the Koi Club of San Diego at their lovely home in San Diego. With members and guests enjoying the serenity of beautiful koi gliding gracefully in the Meck’s large koi pond and a delightful lunch (carnitas and other home cooked yummies), Norm gave an informative presentation “Fun with PVC.” Norm is quite the chef; not only with the carnitas they had for lunch but he shared pre-heating oven instructions for bending PVC. The Sep general meeting was hosted at Augusto Angelucci’s home in La Jolla with a Question & Answer forum. Susie Woods will host the Oct general meeting at her home in San Diego and the Nov general meeting will be at Takemi’s California Koi Farms in Fallbrook. The Nov meeting will be a joint potluck with other local clubs from SoCal Koi Club and the Riverside club. For more information on the KCSD meetings and events, visit the club’s new website at: www.koiclubofsandiego.org. Koi clubs are welcome to share their newsletters with KCSD by sending to email@example.com. Matt Rhoades is once again working diligently on preparing for the club’s 27th Annual Koi Show scheduled for the weeked of Mar 1st, 2014 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Registration and forms will soon be available on the club website for exhibitors and vendors.
• Written report by Ally Cunningham: So Cal Koi Club held their Sep meeting at the home of Dr. Tom Gates where he talked about his hold filtration system and his new system. Next month the club will meet at the home of Grace Scherrer in Brentwood with guest speaker Barbara Johnson, The Koi Lady, who will talk about pond maintenance.
PROXY CALLS FOR OCTOBER
• 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 OCTOBER
• CFO pay 1st estimated tax installment
• Redo Debye Payne’s KOI USA contract
Don read a letter asking for $12,000 to develop a koi health application on androids, I-pads, and computers but in which they would retain all rights. No support.
Motion: To adjourn at 7:39 p.m. Motion by Carole, 2nd by Don. Approved.