2014 02 AKCA Minutes

AKCA Minutes of February 14, 2014

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

Board Highlights:
Ballots will be sent out for the slate of officers for 2014-2015 by March 1st.

The meeting was called to order by Chairperson, Bob Finnegan, at 6:00 pm

MINUTES: Motion: To approve the minutes of January 10th. Motion by Don, 2nd by Bob. Approved.


FINANCIALS: Brenda discussed her January CFO report. The checking account’s ending balance was $19,069.27. Also discussed were the PayPal, Investment, Project KHV checking and CD accounts. The 2012-2013 taxes were mailed (we had an extension); she also mailed the 1096 and 1099 forms for 2013 to both the Feds and our independent contractors. A big THANK YOU to Kristine Peterson for her help with our QuickBooks and taxes during the last year.

SCIENTIFIC/KHA: Jerry continues to write outstanding columns for KOI USA and has been reviewing KHA materials with an eye towards posting them again on our website. Still no volunteers have come forward to help Jerry revitalize the program.

PROJECT KHV: The Washington K&WGS club will be holding a fundraiser on Feb. 19th for OSU’s KHV research; unknown whether the proceeds will be going directly to OSU or whether they will be funneled through our Project KHV. Louie was asked to get more information. Don received a phone call from Cristie Lee, of the University of Florida, who stated that back in 2008 we overpaid the University for their KHV study by $676.48. They just discovered the error during an audit and will be sending us a check for this amount.

PUBLICATION: We’re getting positive feedback on the new design. We will post several current articles on the web to give visitors a taste of the content and look of the magazine when they visit. Bob Payne would like to use Google Ad Words to promote the magazine until we move up in the search – above the fold. Links to others moves us up on the list. Don stated that advertisers should include us on their links in exchange. It was felt that we should pursue Google ads with a cost not exceeding $50/month on a trial basis. Bob Payne showed us our first banner ad for GoldNKoi. Don stated that Bob told him the USPS rate increased from $ .56 to $ .59 per issue; would increase our cost about $60 per issue. We had 118 orders via PCS last month for $4,263. Our 2013 average was $4,000 and change per month so we’re a little above average. Don stated that Kristine Peterson sent our AKCA/KOI USA QuickBooks files. Brenda spent $200 on software but couldn’t open Kristine’s files. KOI USA’s return (2012-2013 extension) is due March 15th and hasn’t been filed yet. We will review whether Michael can put us at a net operating loss which might save us $1600 in Federal taxes (Kristine’s suggestion); the minimum for the State tax is $800 even if we lose money. Debby Payne stated that we’re back in the “hot” season where we should be picking up more advertisers. Aqua Art has dropped out of the magazine but Mizuho and ShoKoi are back in. Brenda Chandler, our Acting CFO, was approved as the permanent CFO.
MEMBERSHIP: Don stated we currently have 75 clubs and that there were several issues for discussion: 1) Talked to Amber, in Texas, who is putting together a club. She was originally the proposed AKCA Dir/Rep; however, since she is a dealer, Don stated that this club needed to elect someone else so that there is no conflict of interest. She said that she would get back on it. 2) Don showed us the new Club Kit that is in five parts; the new and fully revised Club Kit has now been posted on our website. 3) Phil Hunter, who has served as the local Board contact for 4-5 clubs for years, stated that he is selling his home and downsizing. He will make his phone contacts this month but asked that we find someone to replace him after this month. Don will work on this. A big THANK YOU to Phil, who will be sorely missed. 4) One individual paid for an Associate Membership because he lives in a rural area in New York; his cost was $25. He is eligible for judging and KHA programs and can attend Board meetings, but he has no voting rights. 5) The Cascade club has yet to pay their 2013-2014 reinstatement fee; their rep said she would take it up with their club; no response as of yet. 6) Joe Summers, President of the St. Louis WGS (whose club has 450 families) wants someone from AKCA to come and speak at their club re: koi. Discussion followed; it was felt that Ken Lau would be perfect as he is fairly close in proximity to their club. The date Joe mentioned was May 27th. Don will contact Ken and Joe.

JUDGING: Bob stated that he has been trying to pull the judges together and to find someone to replace him, since he wants to retire. Louie would like to have the Judge’s Roster back in KOI USA.

RISK MANAGEMENT: Brenda stated that one more club, Santa Clarita, has paid for Premium Level insurance. This makes 21 clubs that have enrolled so far this FY.

BOOKSTORE: Brenda stated that we did close to $400 in sales last month. Michael Hernandez, who is still out of town, has been working on taking the poster photos at the All Japan Koi Show. Louie will get together with Michael to see what progress he has made. We are out of the ID posters and won’t have any until we get the photos and print up more ID posters.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE: Louie’s committee made the following recommendations for the slate of officers for 2014-2015: Chairperson – Bob Finnegan; Vice Chairperson – Don Chandler; Secretary – Carole Elliott; CFO – Brenda Chandler. Motion: To approve the slate of officers for 2014-2015. Motion by Carole, 2nd by Don. Approved.



2014 Seminar: Brenda has been working with Melanie Nau of the Lone Star Koi Club, this year’s host club. Melanie has arranged for the Seminar to be held at the Omni Hotel in Houston and a contract has been signed. We’re still working on a flyer for KOI USA magazine. Carole and Melanie will both be contacting vendors for raffle prizes

2015 Seminar: We need clubs to notify us if they are interested in hosting the Annual Business Meeting and KHA Wet Lab in 2015.

Please send any pictures of club members, or others, reading KOI USA magazine.
If your club has recently held a pond tour or koi show, has it been submitted for an article in KOI USA magazine?
Is your club interested in hosting the 2015 AKCA Annual Business Meeting and Wet Lab?

Ballots sent to all AKCA member club reps by March 1st.
Send notices to clubs for Koi of the Year and Koi Person of the Year!



Motion to adjourn at 7:35 p.m. Motion by Don, 2nd by Carole. Approved.

Respectfully submitted by,
Carole Elliott, Secretary


Written report submitted by Carole Elliott: Bonnie Nakahara, of Hawaii Goldfish & Carp, said they are having their Potting Day next weekend at one of their member’s house. Club members will be getting together to pot plants to sell at some of their upcoming events. These are usually bog, water lilies and other plants. They have been invited to help at a local school’s fair and participate in a new pet show coming up. Their last meeting, they had a discussion on Hikui which was interesting and they also started their Crystal Ranchu grow-out contest. Jackie Allsup, of both the Eastern Iowa PS and Northern Iowa K&PC, have been on Winter break. Both clubs will get together in February to begin their new years. They look forward to seeing each other again and everyone is looking forward to spring coming soon. Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said that their budget has been set and they had their Christmas party January 18th. Once again they had a great time with their meal and the Chinese gift exchange. They, in fact, are moving their Christmas party to January from now on since there is no official meeting during that month and it takes pressure off of trying to squeeze one in December with everything else going on. Their program Chairman has done a fine job of lining up some great talks for their club throughout the year. Their February meeting will have a presentation regarding creating a wildlife habitat in your own back yard. Mel also sent a picture that his wife took of him reading the latest KOI USA Magazine. Jan Jordan, of Mid-Columbia K&PC, said they got their first snow for this winter, with more coming. Needless to say, ponding (unless someone hasn’t taken precautions) is pretty far from their minds right now. Don Richardson, of KC of Middle Tennessee, said he lives 30 miles southeast of Nashville and although they have had lots of frigid temperatures, they have not had any snow to amount to anything – just a few dustings which did not cover the ground. Gary & Becky Lee, of Atlanta KC, for the KOI USA calendar of events, they will have their annual Spring Auction Saturday, April 12th. Christine Wilkolaski, of Niagara Frontier K&PC, said elections were held at the January meeting. New president Lorri Porter was elected. The Vice President and one board were also elected. February meeting will have guest speaker Geri Hens, the Bee Lady. Plans are starting for the 2014 Pond Tour. Carole tried but was unable to reach: AmarilloKS; Canada KC of British Columbia; Miami Valley WGS; Puget Sound KC; WGC of South Texas; Middle Georgia KS; and Southwest K&PA.

Written report submitted by Louie Hernandez: Jerold Kyle,of Camellia KC, said their planning meeting determined that they will have a Public Pond Tour for the entire community instead of a private club member’s tour. Date is Sept. 20th as their koi look their best that time of the year at summers end, yards still look good, and valley daytime heat is fading to spring-like temperatures. With six ponds already being offered, they have a good start. Plans are to make the tour more visitor friendly by not having long drive times between pond locations making for a more fun filled pond viewing day. As more information develops, CKC will provide more detail. Don Chamberlain, of ZNA NorCal, said the February meeting was held Saturday, 2/8 at Champion Koi; there were 7 attendees. Larry Gill was unable to attend as he is in Japan taking the test for Assistant Judge. They heard he passed his test, so congratulations to Larry! They spent some time looking at some of Tom’s new koi. The rest of the meeting was spent discussing the upcoming koi show. Garry reported on the progress with sponsors and vendors. We currently have 10 sponsors confirmed and 9 vendors. We need many more. Garry will be visiting the San Diego show and other events in SoCal. Hopefully he can attract some more sponsors and vendors then. ZNA SoCal Chapter’s February meeting will be at the Kongo Church in Gardena. Last minute review on status of show and membership dues. There are still some tanks to reserve. Paul Moss, of the Lone Star KC, said their February meeting was held at the home of Scott and Linda Sartorius, past president. Among the topics discussed were the correct methods of potassium permanganate applications and dosage amounts. An update to the AKCA Wet Lab meeting to be held in Houston the last weekend in June was delivered by Melanie Nau who is their specific contact for this event. As usual, the attendance was excellent as their club has grown by 30% in the past year alone. The website is past due for a major overhaul and is currently in the design stage with suggestions and ideas being solicited from the membership. Debby Young, of the Southern Arizona KA, reports that they have approved the purchase of a dual axel enclosed trailer for all of their equipment. Faye Hall, a longtime member of SAKA passed away recently. They will miss her and her fantastic cooking. The first koi show of the year as held by the Valley of the Sun KC. The weather couldn’t have been better. Grand Champion was won by Cory Garrett.

Written report submitted by Joan Finnegan: So Cal Koi Club held their February meeting at the home of Don & Brenda Chandler. Excellent turn out of members; election of new officers and Koi Person of the Year is Jeff Amos. The Chandlers served club members a lot of great food. Don gave a great talk on how to properly catch and pan your koi. There won’t be a meeting in March as there are two koi shows. The club has encouraged members to attend. Norman Call, of Oregon K&WGS, said they will hold their club meeting in a couple of weeks. They have the same koi club officers as last year. Their Harvest Koi Show will be held the 2nd week in July. Joan tried but was unable to reach Northwest K&GFC ZNA Northwest Chapter.

Written report submitted by Bob Finnegan: Don Stump, of Great Ponds & KS of West Michigan, said there are no meetings as yet. Jon Floden, of Gulf Coast KS, said everything is OK. Ken Lau, of Indiana K&WGC, said everything is OK. Mona Coleman, of Northern Nevada PC, said all club ponds outside are frozen except for an air hole made by a bubbler. The water temperature is about 38 degrees. Jon Lockerman, of North Florida KC, said everything is OK. Bruce Lott, of Olympic K,GF&WGC, said everything is frozen. David Muraoka, of Sierra KC, said there are no meetings. Chuck Poppe, of ZNA Potomac Chapter Club, said there is no meeting until March.

Written report submitted by Kristine Peterson: During the January general meeting of the Koi Club of San Diego, John Svelan presented an informative discussion for the koi classification session on the lineage and attributes of Showa with illustrations. This, along with Koi Jack’s background of the lineage of koi, made for an enjoyable afternoon at the beautiful home of Alan & Lesley Collins. Alan and Lesley have been members for many years and it is always a delight to have a meeting at their home. February 15th will be a joint potluck with Inland Koi Society at the Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside. Following that meeting, the countdown begins for the 27th Annual KCSD Koi Show held at the Del Mar Fairground Activities Center. Set up and check in will begin on Friday, February 28th and the official judging time to begin on Saturday, 10 a.m. If you haven’t already registered for the show or banquet, don’t miss out! All the detail, including easy registration, are located on the KC San Diego website at http://www.koiclubofsandiego.org/. If you have not yet visited the beautiful setting of the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park, then mark your calendar for April 13th and join them for a potluck with guest speaker, Ben Plonski, of Laguna Koi Farms.

Written report submitted by Phil Hunter: Vi Conn, of the Capital Area K&WGC, reports that the clubs annual holiday party and gift exchange was held in November at the home of Bev and Denny Moore. The club is currently on winter hiatus and will resume meeting in March. Diana Lynn Rehn, of the Inland Empire WG&KS, reports that in November the club held their annual holiday party and the announcement of the elected officers. The 2014 club officers are: President – John Seifert; VP – Don Chapman; Treasurer – Frank E. Rehn Jr.; Secretary – Linda Seifert; Past President – Diana Lynn Rehn; Member at Large – Mike & Cindy Noyes; Member at Large – Scott Rollins; Member at Large – JoAnn Fister; Member at Large – Diana Lyn Rehn; Honorary Lifetime Members: Helen Dionne and Jim Elms. The club is currently on winter hiatus and will resume meetings in March. Gary Desmond, of the Shasta K&WGC, reports that the club did not hold a meeting in November but held its annual Christmas celebration in December at the home of Gary Desmond & Armando Mejorado. The club did not meet in January but will meet in February at the home of Terry & Karlene Stoker.

Written report submitted by Don Chandler: Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports with the New Year come new adventures and experiences. Some of the ideas they’re discussing at our upcoming Feb meeting will be to attend upcoming koi shows; there is the ZNA SoCal show in March 15-16th along with the ZNA NorCal show in San Jose on April 12-13th. Visiting other koi shows is a great way to meet other koi kichi and see how other clubs put on their koi show and of course view the beautiful koi on display. Another is attending the Fresno Home & Garden Show at the Fresno Fairgrounds on March 7th – 9th; we have been offered a free booth and it is great opportunity to showcase our koi club to other prospective members. This year we will be attending the joint meeting with our sister club, The Bakersfield Koi and Watergarden Society sometime in May. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com. James McAdams, of Deep South Koi & Pond Society, reports they’ll be holding their 1st Koi & Goldfish Show on Mar 29th at the John M. Parker Agricultural Center campus of LSU in Baton Rouge, LA. The public is invited and a good time should be had by all. Check out their website at http://www.deepsouthkoi.org/. Doug Stuber, of the First Coast Koi Club, reports their last meeting was on Feb 16th at the home of Scott Campbell in Switzerland, FL. Members will be giving seminars on basic pond building and answering questions at the Jacksonville Home and Patio show from Feb 27 through Sunday Mar 2. Look for the Cascade Designs booth which will feature a beautiful small pond stocked with koi provided by the club. Check out their website at http://www.firstcoastkoiclub.com/. Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports their Jan meeting was held at the Edward Dean Museum in Cherry Valley, CA, which began as private collections of two art directors, J. Edward Eberle and Dean W. Stout. The museum is now the property of Riverside County. Our speaker was club member Orville Hanson, who gave an outstanding presentation on UV lights and how to choose the right one. IKS Vice-President Rey Quirong resigned his post due to personal reasons. The 2014 IKS officers and directors were introduced and installed by Nick Milfeld. Our Feb meeting was a joint meeting between us and the San Diego Koi Club. We had about 70 members combined from both clubs that attended at the Historic Mission San Luis Rey, in Oceanside, CA. Matt Rhoades gave a great talk on the Gin Rin Koi, and Pete Miles and Frank Painter gave an outstanding presentation on “The Factor of 4 in Planning and Building a Pond.” Finally, I’m happy to say that the San Diego Koi club donated $250.00 to our scholarship program for member’s kids that are going to school, and involved in the health and well being of koi and animals. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org/. John Rae, of Michigan Koi & Pond Club SE, reports at the Jan meeting, the MKPC Board decided to purchase five more eight foot show tanks in preparation for the club’s third koi show to be held Aug 1-3. The first club event of the year will be held in Mar and entitled “The Quality of Your Pond Water: Algae, Bacteria, and Parasites.” Check out their website at http://www.mkpc-se.com. Carole Boozer, of Nashville Pond Society, reports the club staffed a booth at the Nashville Lawn & Garden Show at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville, TN, from Feb. 27 through Mar 2. Check out their website at http://www.nashvillepondsociety.org. Phyllis Anderson, of North Idaho Koi Keepers, reports they will be hosting their first ZNA Koi Show to be held Jul 26-27, 2014 at Hoshi Koi in Tacoma, Washington!! Our Saturday evening banquet will be held at Charlie’s Restaurant in Puyallup. Check out their website at http://www.northidahokoikeepers.com/id8.html. Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports at their Feb meeting in the Willow Glen Public Library, San Jose, CA, Chris Clevers, the President of Hikari USA, spoke on koi food and feeding. Some time ago several of our members prepared a number of questions on these topics for Chris to mull over and it was very interesting to get his perspective. Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com/. Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, invites everyone to join them at their May 3rd KOI PONDEROSA for an exciting fun filled day of auctions, drawings, lectures, food and dancing to a live Country Western Band. YEE HAA! Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html. Dick Hadley, of Upper Midwest Koi Club, reports they had a board meeting today at Michael Chang’s house. We discussed meeting agendas and locations for the first few club meetings. The first meeting will be Mar 8. We will make a concerted effort to meet and great new and return members as well as provide opportunity to discuss spring pond issues. Our show will be Aug 1-3, 2014. Check their website at www.uppermidwestkoiclub.org. No reports received from Low Country KC, Macon WG&KC, Metro-Detroit P&GC, Mid-Atlantic KC, Moto-Kara KoiKai ZNA Chapter KC, Mountain View KC, Northern Midwest ZNA KC, Pioneer Valley WG&KC, Rhode Island & Mass KC, Siskiyou K&PC and Tri-State ZNA KC.

Written report submitted by Brenda Chandler: Wendell Ford, of Charleston Showa Koi Club, reports their Feb monthly meeting was held at the home of Greg Nicholas and Barbara Borg. Check out their website at http://www.charlestonshowakoiclub.org/. Ben Soedjono, of Dallas Koi Kichi Group, reports they will hold their first meeting of the year in Mar. Check out their website at http://www.dallaskoikichi.org/. Mike Lane, of High Desert Koi Fanciers, reports the first meeting of the year was held on Feb 1st at Camille’s Sidewalk Café in Lancaster. On the agenda were elections and the installation of a new Board. Check out their website at http://www.hdkoifanciers.com. Brenda Chandler, of Nishiki Koi Club, reports after an extended period of being inactive, the Nishiki Koi Club was reactivated on Feb 8. The meeting was held at the home of Gordon and Ally Chibana and 24 members attended. After a delicious lunch prepared by Ally and Gordon, elections were the first order of business. The following slate of officers was elected: Gordon Chibana – President; Craig & Randee Chambers – Vice President; Don Chandler – Secretary; and Sanda Ochs – Treasurer. Next month’s meeting will be held at the home of Craig & Randee Chambers in Lakewood. Check out their website at http://www.nishikikoiclub.com. Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports they’re still under the ice and their first meeting is still months away. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html. Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the club held their first meeting of the year on Feb at the ICC Horticulture Building. Mike White was again the featured speaker. Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/. Laura Lunsford, of Rocky Mountain Koi Club, reports the Feb meeting was held at the home of Larry and Laura Lunsford in Littleton, CO. The agenda for this meeting will be an open round table on how to deal with winter pond issues, medications, injections, quarantine, etc. We will be having light snacks without a meal so bring your favorite appetizer or treat. (It’s close to Valentine’s Day!) Check out their website at http://www.rmkc.net/. Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports the club held a social at Southside Johnny’s on Feb 15th and a meeting on Feb 5th at the East Library. Discussions re: a club tosai purchase from Kodama again this year. Check out their website at http://www.socokoi.org. David Yee, of Valley of the Sun Koi Club, Inc., reports they held their Annual Koi Show Feb 7th – 9th at Margaret Hance Park-East in Phoenix. Check their website at http://www.vskc.net. Mary Oxman, of Ventura County Koi Society, reports their Jan meeting was held at the lovely home of Steve and Evy Schultz and their liner pond was a beautiful sight! The Feb meeting was held at the home of jBob and Marilyn Constable at their hill top Santa Rosa Valley home. In addition to koi and goldfish rescue, they have five varieties fo domestic pigeons plus parakeets and cockatiels. They also have two Border Collies and a fine collection plants – especially cacti and succulents. There was something of interest to everyone! Check their website at http://users.vcnet.com/rrenshaw/vcks.html. No report received from Rainbow River Koi Club.

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