2013 11 AKCA Minutes

AKCA Minutes of November 8, 2013

Officers Present:                            Directors Present:                  Guests:
Chair:                                                  Louie Hernandez
Vice Chair: Don Chandler
Secretary: Carole Elliott
CFO: Brenda Chandler

Board Highlights:
• There will be no AKCA meeting in December!
• A reminder to clubs that KOI USA magazine costs club members $25 ($30 for non members).

The meeting was called to order by Vice Chairperson Don Chandler @ 6:34 p.m.

MINUTES: Motion: To approve the minutes of October 11th. Motion by Brenda, 2nd by Louie. Approved.

• OCTOBER FINANCIAL STATEMENT/FINANCE COMMITTEE: Brenda reviewed the October statements. Our checking account had a beginning balance of $23,614.22, with deposits of $468.33, withdrawals and other debits of $241.27 and checks of $1504.89 for an ending balance of $22,336.39. Our investment account had a beginning balance of $85,016.34 as of Sept. 1st and ending balance of $85,310.57 on Sept. 30th. Also reviewed were the PayPal, KHV checking and KHV CD accounts.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

• SCIENTIFIC/KHA: No report.

• PROJECT KHV: No report.

• PUBLICATION: Don reported that we are three weeks ahead of schedule with the magazine. The layout proof is at Don’s; hopes the magazine will be mailed on the 20th. Larry is doing an article on a breeder in Oklahoma, Kleinholtz, who has good kujaku and asagi. Don passed out the tracking subscriber report; we are down 57 net for this issue; our 5th in a row where we’re under 100 drops. We’re still losing subscribers but not as fast as before. Debye’s 6 month contract is up; it was felt that we need to increase her commission rate from 11% to 15%. Discussion about postage meters. The Board of Equalization contacted Board members re: sales taxes; Brenda contacted Michael with info and Michael has since resolved problem. It was also decided to stay with our current printer as they came up with the same amount that the Missouri printer was going to charge us.

• MEMBERSHIP: Don reported that we have 75 clubs in good standing. Cascade stated that they are considering rejoining but details have yet to be worked out.

• JUDGING: No report.

• SPEAKER’S GRANT: No report.

• RISK MANAGEMENT: Brenda reported that there’s not much to report this month; we should be getting more clubs sign up after Feb/March when their shows and pond tours take place.

• BOOKSTORE: Brenda reported that we sold a total of $468.33 in bookstore sales along with 3 new subscriptions.

• MEMBERSHIP QUESTIONS:

1) Duane Kenny asked why the SAKA show wasn’t listed in the magazine or in our on-line calendar of events? We depend on clubs to notify us of their upcoming events and apologized for having not scheduled their event (which was promptly added).
2) Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, passed on a question from a member re: why we don’t list Board member’s last names in the Minutes? It was felt that since the last names of the members in attendance are listed at the start of the report, it would be redundant to list them over and over again in the Minutes.
3) Debye Young asked why the old AKCA Club Kits are no longer mailed out? Since there are so many clubs (and so many changes annually), it’s simpler and less expensive to post the relevant sections and forms on the website where the most recent versions can be reviewed and downloaded rather than mail hard copies to all the clubs.
4) Dianne Head, NE Iowa club, asked for an article on salt for club discussion; Don will send them a good one he has in mind.

SEMINAR REPORTS:

• 2014: No report.

PROXY CALLS FOR JANUARY
• 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?
• Does someone in your club have a picture of someone reading KOI USA magazine? If so, would you please share it with our readers.

Upcoming AKCA Annual Calendar Events for JANUARY

• AKCA Chair appoints Nominating Committee

OLD BUSINESS:

➢ None

NEW BUSINESS:

• AKCA Trophy: Discussion re: “the letter vs. the spirit” of the AKCA’s policy on sending AKCA Koi of the Year trophies for member club’s shows. Motion: To amend the current policy to mandate there be at least one AKCA judge or candidate judge on the show’s official judging team to qualify for receiving an AKCA trophy. Motion by Don, 2nd by Carole. Approved.

• AKCA Calendar: The AKCA Calendar that we use is outdated and needs to be revised since there are a number of items it in that no longer apply. Don will update the current calendar.

REPRESENTATIVE CONTACTS:

• Written report submitted by Carole: Jan Jordan, of Mid-Columbia K&PC, said they will be having a banner float in the Veteran’s Day Parade November 9th in W. Richland. They will also be having their annual Christmas get together and gift exchange this year at Applebee’s in Kennewick, Dec. 13th. Jim Vaden, of KC of Middle Tennessee, reports they held their last meeting of this year on October 27th. Their main business item was to elect officers for next year. The 2014 officers are as follows: President: Don Richardson; VP/President Elect: Tom Fiala; Secretary/Newsletter Editor: Cheryl Sherwood; and Treasurer: Nancy Vaden. Don Richardson will be the AKCA rep. Christine Wilkolaski, of Niagara Frontier K&PC, said their November meeting will have Tom Towers as their guest speaker. He is one of the Founding Fathers of the NFKPC. He will talk about the beginnings of the club. He will also bring products for their ponds that he will be giving away by way of a contest that night. He works for one of their local pet stores that has supported their club for years. They look forward to the presentation. Plans are complete for Christmas Party which will be on their normal meeting night in December. Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said they are preparing for their annual election of board members for 2014 at the November meeting. Most of the 2013 board members have shown interest to stay for one more year but they do open up the nominations for other interested people to put their hat in the ring in order to encourage other members to be active on the Board. They feel that this has kept their board fresh with ideas. The meeting will also feature a chili cook-off. With all the good cooks in their club there is bound to be awesome chili to taste and enjoy. The month of December has normally been their annual Christmas party but due to time constraints they are moving the party to January as a beginning of the year celebration. They will still have their Chinese Christmas exchange because that is too much fun to give up. Of course, the gifts must be fish or garden related. Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they recently enjoyed a pot luck at the home of Erma and Larry Thompson. Larry has been working on building an all new koi pond inside a new 3 seasons room. The first of its kind within their club. Everyone was eager to listen as Larry talked about its construction and introducing his koi to their new home. The remainder of the not so lucky members are preparing their ponds for winter. Leaf nets are all out still and those of them that greenhouse their ponds for winter have done so, already. Jackie Allsup, of Northern Iowa P&KC, said they held their last meeting in the Lutheran Church building. Members, Kay and Dave Bern presented a power point on the Kansas City pond tour. As it’s getting about the end of the year, there was not a lot of business to discuss. They talked a little about the pros and cons of changing the type of food they feed their fish as the water gets colder. Outside water temps are already in the mid 40’s, though, so most have stopped feeding already. Winter prep is on everyone’s mind as they wind down the ponding season. You can find the NIPKC on Facebook. Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said they elected 2014 officers at their November meeting. They also decided on venues for their 2014 meetings. Their annual Christmas party will be held December 7th. They are planning a 2014 pond tour since their last one was such a success. Everyone raved about their article in KOI USA. The pictures were great! Happy Thanksgiving to you too! Have a blessed week. Ralph Smith, of Southwest K&PA, gives a big thank you to Edgar and Yonne Miles for hosting their last meeting. They are looking forward to their next meeting at the home of Kevin and Sandra Piper. North Texas WGS meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month in Dallas. In October, they visited Pateet Koi Farm. Their Holiday Party will be held in December. On November 12th, Dan Martinez, of Sublime Water Gardens, will be their speaker. Carole tried but was unable to reach: Amarillo KS; Central Alabama K&WGS; Miami Valley WGS; Puget Sound KC; WGC of South Texas; Atlanta KC; Middle Georgia KA; and Hawaii Goldfish & Carp.

• Written report submitted by Bob: Don Stump, of Great Ponds & KS of West Michigan, said there won’t be a meeting until spring, however, they will have a Christmas party in December. Jon Floden, of Gulf Coast KS, said their meetings are good. They enjoy their koi. The Ladry’s are trying to outdo each other by putting on a Southern style cooking. How about artichoke and oysters, soup and shrimp? Jon Lockerman, of North Florida, said they put on a very good AKCA sponsored koi show without any politics. Their show will be followed up with an article in KOI USA. Mona Coleman, of Northern Nevada PC, said everything is going well! Bruce Lott, of Olympic K,GF&WGS, said the club is going along OK. The membership has dropped off. This club is small right now but there are several members who have outstanding koi ponds. We wish them well! David Muraka, of Sierra KC, said things are slow but they are trying to hook up with the Northern Nevada Koi Club. Chuck Poppy, of ZNA Potomac Chapter Club, said everything is OK.

• Written report submitted by Joan: Larry Christensen,of Northern K&GFC ZNA, said they have made arrangements for their 2014 koi show in Sept. It will be held for the 2nd time with the Portland All Japan Festival. An article on the koi show will be in the Jan/Feb 2014 KOI USA magazine. Norm Call, of Oregon K&WGS, said their next meeting will be all business with the election of new officers. The club is doing very well. Joan tried but was unable to contact the St. Louis WGS.

• Written report submitted by Don Chandler: Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the Oct general meeting was held at Fam and Robert Rangel’s home. Good to see new members (the Rangels and James and Carol from Visalia). Profit from the Koi Show was $204. Koi pins are still available for the years 1997-2013. Contact Rosimeri if interested in pins. Boards of Directors’ positions are available if interested. Nov general meeting will be at Joyce and Ed Kroeker’s home at 527 W. Browning at 7:00 pm. Watch your pond water temperature and avoid feeding fish when water is 50 degrees or less. Also discussed was the idea of purchasing hard shell tanks for their 2014 koi show. Lots of raffle prizes were given away. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com. James McAdams, of Deep South Koi & Pond Society, reports in conjunction with the LSU Garden club and SELAS (South East Louisiana Aquarium Society) I am excited to announce that we will be hosting the first annual Koi and Goldfish show Mar the 29th, 2014 at the LSU Lawn and Garden show in Baton Rouge. The club took a final vote yesterday and with 100% approval we are happy to announce that the show is a go! The setting up will take place on Friday; all entries will be entered on Saturday morning; judging will be done Saturday; and the awards will be done Saturday evening so that the fish can be returned back to their homes on Saturday evening. Tear down of the event will be Sunday morning. Check out their website at http://www.deepsouthkoi.org/. Doug Stuber, of the First Coast Koi Club, reports under sunny 80 degree Florida skies, the 10th Annual First Coast Koi Club Show was held in Jacksonville on Oct 13th and 14th. Judges selected some of the top koi in Florida from over 90 entries for special recognition. Winning fish and owners are as follows:1) Grand Champion – Kohaku – Stuber; 2) Reserve Champion A – Kohaku – Hardcastle; 3) Reserve Champion B – Asagi – Mattingly; 4) Young Champion – Kohaku – Leib; 5) Baby Champion – Showa – Kahkola; 6) Novice Award – Hikarimoyo – Ching; 7) Chairman’s Award – Showa – Masters; 8) AKCA Award – Ki Utsuri – Stuber; 9) Most Unique – Goromo Showa – Mattingly. A big thank you also to our sister clubs of Gainesville, North Florida, and Rainbow River for participating in this year’s show. And many, many thanks to all the club members and volunteers who did so much to make this event the success that it was. Great SHOW! Check out their website at http://www.firstcoastkoiclub.com/. Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports for the month of Oct the Inland Koi Society membership went on a field trip to the Barstow Koi Farm in Newberry, California. After being provided a continental breakfast by the club, our members loaded a tour bus to begin our adventure. Upon arriving at the farm, one of the owners, Ken Liu, gave us an outstanding tour of the farm. We then were able to purchase some nice koi, followed by a tasty Subway lunch provided by the club; and finally, we departed for home. Overall a grand day was had by everyone. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org/. Dennis Long, of Metro-Detroit Pond & Garden Club, reports on Oct 20th the club held its monthly meeting at Ervin & Antonette Daniels’ home in Oxford, MI. They dealt with election of officers, held a plant exchange and listened to a lecture on Pond Closings. Check out their website at http://metrodetroitpondandgardenclub.org/. John Rae, of Michigan Koi & Pond Club SE, reports on Oct 19th the club held its Planning Day at East Side Mario’s. In Nov they had their Annual Meeting and Year End Social at Papa Vino’s in Troy, MI. Check out their website at http://www.mkpc-se.com/. Carole Boozer, of Nashville Pond Society, reports the club held its Members Only Picnic in Oct. The club provided the food (including dessert and drinks) along with great door prizes. Check out their website at http://www.nashvillepondsociety.org. Phyllis Anderson, of North Idaho Koi Keepers, reports on Jul 26-27, 2014, the first NIKK ZNA Koi Show will be held at Hoshi Koi in Tacoma, WA. http://www.northidahokoikeepers.com/id8.html. Lynn Eaton, of Pioneer Valley Water Garden and Koi Club, reports the club held its Holiday Party at the Cavalier Restaurant in Chicopee, MA. Check out their website at http://www.pioneervalleypondclub.com/meetings.html. Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports the Oct meeting had 15 members and no guests. Our President, Frank Mullaney, has reversed his earlier decision and has decided he will remain as President. This is a big deal, since we have no other candidates for this critical position. Thanks Frank, it’s great to see you back! The Holiday Dinner is scheduled for Dec 1 at David’s Restaurant in Santa Clara. Everyone working eight hours or more at club events this year is entitled to a free dinner. The cost for other members and more details will be forthcoming as soon as available. Be sure to put this on your calendar. It’s always a fun event and a chance to close out the year with your koi friends. A mystery speaker was announced for the November meeting. Frank wouldn’t give us any clues, but assured everyone the speaker would be great and worth our while. Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com/. Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports the Oct meeting was the last regular meeting of our club for 2013. This meeting was held at 6:00 pm to allow the hosts, Ken & Patti Rifkind, to showcase their pond lighting as well as their pond. The meeting was well attended and was informally called the “cocktail hour” meeting. The club’s 7th annual Christmas gathering is a dinner and gift exchange at a local restaurant. Our Santa Clarita Valley Koi Ponderosa event will be held on May 3, 2014 at Jim Thirkettles’ Koi Farm in Fillmore. Advertising includes an ad in Koi USA magazine, local publications and other koi clubs will be invited. The theme is western complete with a hillbilly band, chuck wagon style food, plus a koi auction and possibly other attractions. The club board will meet on the event’s details, as needed, when the club is dark. A few members reported very favorably on the recent Bakersfield koi show held in conjunction with a home and garden show. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html. Dick Hadley, of Upper Midwest Koi Club, reports the club had a final board meeting at my house on Saturday Nov 2. We noted a successful koi auction we had held the previous month and noted that our checking account balance is at an all time high. We discussed a couple of capital expenditures for the club including our own air pump for the koi show. We also discussed upgrading some of our show awards next year. At this point we anticipate our show to be the first week end in August. Several of us plan on entering fish in the Chicago show next year. This is partly in response to their support of our show, and also to “show the flag” and try to raise the profile of our club. We tentatively plan to hold the first club meeting next year in March at the home of Ron Sterbenz, who is a former club member and who has a very extensive and impressive green house containing a pond, extensive filtering, and plant growing facilities. We think that will be a good spot to entertain new members and increase enthusiasm. Check their website at www.uppermidwestkoiclub.org. The following clubs did not submit reports: Low Country Koi Club, Macon Water Garden & Koi Club, Mid-Atlantic Koi Club, Moto-Kara KoiKai ZNA Chapter Koi Club, Mountain View Koi Club, Northern Midwest ZNA Koi Club, Rhode Island & Massachusetts Koi Club, Siskiyou Koi & Pond Club and Tri-State ZNA Koi Club.

• Written report submitted by Brenda Chandler: Johnna Hansen, of Charleston Showa Koi Club, reports the Nov monthly meeting was scheduled for Ralph Owen’s house. Check out their website at http://www.charlestonshowakoiclub.org/. Mike Lane, of High Desert Koi Fanciers, reports it was a great turn out for our Oct meeting at Jack and Teri Eccles lovely home. Thank you Jack and Teri!!! Our Christmas party is around the corner. If you have not signed up, please do ASAP. It will be at Gino’s in Palmdale. It is very important that everyone start thinking about nominations for next year’s board. The nominations will need to be in place for our Nov meeting at the home of Tony & Lisa Alvarez in Palmdale, CA; the elections will be held in Feb 2014. It is important that you be present at the February meeting to vote. Check out their website at http://www.hdkoifanciers.com. Brenda Chandler, of Nishiki Koi Club, reports the club has not recently been meeting but members are looking forward to a Feb meeting at President Louie Hernandez’ home. Check out their website at http://www.nishikikoiclub.com. Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the year has come and gone again, and we had another great year at the PKPS club, with all the great speakers and all of our great members. The banquet is right around the corner on November 9th, 2013, at the Knights of Columbus in Pekin from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Hope to see you all there! Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/. Sonja Kahkola, of Rainbow River Koi Club, reports don’t forget our Nov meeting at Nam Kelly’s in Tampa with a round table discussion on how our members winter their koi. Get some hands on experience on catching and measuring fish. They have a lovely place and last time they fed us way too well. Any raffle donations would be much appreciated. Check out their website at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rainbow-River-Koi-Club/374036155457. Laura Lunsford, of Rocky Mountain Koi Club, reports the club did not meet in Nov. Their annual Holiday Party, at David and Jill Pepper’s home in Aurora on Dec 7th, will feature the “Something Fishy” gift exchange. Bring a fish or pond related gift in the $20 price range to exchange. More details will be in the Nov newsletter. Check out their website at http://www.rmkc.net/. Sarah Garrison, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports we wrapped up the year with a very well attended members party at Old Chicago. If this keeps up, we will need a bigger place next year! It has been a very active year for the club. Our last election was very gratifying – we had so many people wanting to be active that we just elected everyone, and our new board of 10 is busy planning for next year. We will have a Tosai Buy, a Koi Food Buy, our Koi Re-homing Auction, and our Member’s Pond Tour. In between we hope to have a microscope lab, meetings at member’s ponds, and much more. For now, our koi are covered and awaiting our first big snow. Check out their website at http://www.socokoi.org. David Yee, of Valley of the Sun Koi Club, Inc., reports the Nov meeting is scheduled for the lovely home of Corey and Cathy Garrett in Fountain Hills, AZ. Check their website at http://www.vskc.net. Mary Oxman, of Ventura County Koi Society, reports last month’s meeting was a trip to another time and place where pirates were sure to be found. Our buccaneer clad host, Eric Howes, regaled us with tales of spirit bottle lore and presented his latest line of pirate props. The imagination and craftsmanship with which Eric created his pirate world are seemingly boundless. For Eric koi keeping is way more than just providing a safe and healthy place for his koi to live. Thank you so very much Eric for all the thought and hard work you put into your meeting. We loved it! The Nov meeting will be at the home of Ronn and Virginia Boll, who designed and built it beginning in mid-2008 and completed it in May 2009. The pond is approximately 6,000 gallons and has 5 waterfalls. The shape is free form with the main body approximately 20 feet long by 10 feet wide by 4 feet deep. The waterfall area is another 15 feet long, which makes the total length of the pond approximately 35 feet. There are currently 30 fish in the pond: 2 hi-fin sharks, 1 gold fish, and 27 koi. The pond is also protected with a wrought iron fence and a scare crow; in addition there is a Shade Sail above the pond. Check their website at http://users.vcnet.com/rrenshaw/vcks.html. The following clubs did not submit reports: Dallas Koi Kichi Group and Northeast Iowa Koi Association, Inc.

• Written report submitted by Louie Hernandez: Glen Hubenthal, of Austin PS, said the Koi show was enjoyed by some members outside of San Antonio at Watergarden Gems. Club members enjoyed the annual photo contest for the 2014 calendar. Jeanie Ferrier will be the new President of the Austin Pond Society for 2014. The new board is going to hit the ground running for 2014. Louie Hernandez, of ZNASouthern CA. Chapter, said their koi auction is Nov. 17th at Andrews Koi International and will take the place of their general meeting. Many thanks for all the support towards their 40th Anniversary Show. They have 2 sites on Facebook; one dedicated to their show and the other to their club. Check them out to get the latest info. Dinh Nguyen, of ZNA NorCal, reports the November meeting was held at Nathan’s place where club members enjoyed the 45,000 gallon pond with many wonderful koi. Thanks to Nathan for hosting the meeting and serving the Kobe beef BBQ along with many great drinks. The November meeting was focused on the 2014 ZNA NorCal show. Each team lead reported their status and they are making good progress. They are looking forward to having another great show. Many thanks to the Platinum Sponsor Hikari USA Koi Food; Gold Sponsor Tomigai; Silver Sponsors AMC Glass Inc.; Cody Water Color; Star Milling Koi Food; Dr. Jessie Sanders of Aquatic Veterinary Services in Northern California; Bronze Sponsor Regan Koi of San Jose and Eldon Koi of Palo Alto. Jerold Kyle, of Camellia KC, said life is good in the koi hobby. Last month he reported that their club voted to have a public pond tour in 2014 to reach out to the community to show what they do. At the meeting, Anthony Quintero, of Koi Enterprise, spoke on pond and koi health getting ready for winter. This month Sue Golden, from Golden Pond, will talk on what plants are possible and how to have them with koi. This month they also will elect half of their board officers to lead the way in 2014. By having 2 year terms and only electing half of their officers each year, they insure a continuation of experience and knowledge at the helm. They will do this at yet another new member’s pond and finalize plans for the annual Holiday Dinner in December where they will seat the new officers to be ready for the New Year. Pond tour, presentations on pond and koi care, new member’s ponds to visit, and eating well helps explain why the club is energized and experiencing larger turnouts at meetings. Visitors are always welcome to come see what they do. Ron Unruh, of Bakersfield K&WGS, said they had their October meeting at the home of Richard and Darlene Wolowiec. What a beautiful home with a well crafted, creative pond. Their home, pond and backyard overlook Lake Isabella. The club finalized some last minute touches to the Golden Empire Koi Show that was fast approaching. With the great support of the club members the 14th Annual Golden Empire Koi Show was held October 18-20th and it was the best show ever created by the club. It was flawless. So many thanks to so many members. The show boasted a 50% increase in koi being shown over last year. 181 in total. They had fish from San Diego, Temecula, to San Jose, Fresno and Hayward. Michael Hernandez donated the splash guards that made the show look first class. Sumner Avenue Water Gardens donated the raffle TV, amongst other things including a gift bag to every exhibitor of show fish. Again the show was flawless with all the preparation from Malise Unruh, the club President and Ron Unruh, the show chairman. John & Barb Flowers, from Denver, who are always happy to attend and handle the benching and computer entries, made the judging run smooth. Lunch was provided on Saturday to all show workers and all exhibitors. Jim Vido donated the main dish and members brought a side dish. Donnie Hansen, Stephanie Lempinen, Brenda Woods and Jim Vito handled all the cooking and serving. O-See-Em-Bloom workers helped tear down the show with other members. Don’t miss the upcoming article regarding the show and they hope next year is bigger and better. The Idaho Water Garden and Koi Society had its last meeting of 2013 and the following slate of officers was elected: President: Sot Chimonas; Vice President: Nancy Anthony; Secretary: Molly Blankenship; Treasurer: Paul Jackson; Director at Large: Sue Boydstun and Tom Barnes; Newsletter Editor: Kim Peterson. The kick off banquet is scheduled for Saturday Feb. 22 at Louie’s. Debby Young, of Southern Arizona Koi Association, reports they had their 34th annual Koi Show this past weekend. The weather held at a beautiful 80F and over 100 koi participated. We had 2 new members show as Novice. Supreme Champion was won by Robbi & Bryan McClenney. Meet the judges dinner was a BBQ grilled at the show site. The Banquet was Mexican at La Fuente Restaurant. Our next meeting will be our Christmas Party. Melanie Nau, of Lone Star Koi Club, issued a reminder for Ardie and Richard Black’s December 8th party (2 pm.) They will have smoked turkey and ham, and the club will provide wine and beer. Members should bring side dishes. Don’t forget that this is also our annual auction to offset our club’s expenses. So bring pond and lifestyle stuff that folks will bid on. They won’t have another regular meeting until February; however, officers and interested parties will be meeting in January to plan events for 2014. Topics will include the May pond tour, June AKCA health lab, and website content. Please feel free to contribute. Also, the member contact list has been updated and is ready to send out to members. If you have any last minute additions, please let me know ASAP. Paul Moss has been named 1st VP for 2014. Let’s all thank Don Bayer for his years of service to our club.

• Written report submitted by Phil Hunter: Vi Conn, of the Capital Area K&WGC, WGS, reports that the October meeting was held at the DeWitt Community Center. After the pot luck meal, a discussion was held about the vacant Executive Board positions. Following that discussion, Ron Schoen, club Treasurer, led a discussion about generating additional revenue for the club and reducing expenses. Afterwards, Wayne Pope was the guest speaker. Wayne is a natural wildlife photographer and gave a great presentation on fish and plant photography. In particular, Wayne discussed the necessary camera equipment and techniques for underwater photography, and he also displayed an array of equipment for members to inspect. The November meeting will be held at the home of Bev and Denny Moore. It will be the Annual Holiday Paty and White Elephant gift exchange. Diana Lynn Rehn, of the Inland Empire WG&KS, reports that the October meeting was held at the home of Mike and Cindy Noyes. The presentation was Ponds & Goldfish, Care and Concerns. Future meeting will be the election of club officers and the Annual Holiday party. Gary Desmond, of the Shasta K&WGC, reports that the October meeting was the club’s annual koi auction and was held at the home of Terry & Karlene Stoker. Sixty seven fish were auctioned and the club made some money for the treasury. Also, the board was elected for 2014. They are: President-Armando Mejorado; Vice President-Gary Desmond; Secretary-Tammy Cole; Treasurer-Eda Eggerman, and At Large rep Marveen Moore. In addition to the officers Tammy Cole was named Koi Person of the Year and a beautiful Goromo owned by Penny & Bob Hart was named Koi of the Year. The club will not have a meeting in November, but will have its Christmas Celebration in December at the home of Gary Desmond and Armando Mejorado.

• Written report by Ally Cunningham: So Cal Koi Club participated in a joint meeting the Koi Club of San Diego and the Inland Koi Society at California Koi Farms in Fallbrook. Takemi Adachi was the guest speaker. It was a potluck with some great dishes; all I think ate too much as there was so much great food. Those in attendance also got to see koi with some purchasing fish. Next month the club will have their annual Christmas Brunch at Claim Jumper’s along with the always fun Chinese gift exchange.

Motion: To adjourn at 7:23 p.m. Motion by Brenda, 2nd by Louie. Approved.

Respectfully submitted,

Carole Elliott,
Secretary

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