2014 05 AKCA Minutes

AKCA Minutes of May 9, 2014

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

Board Highlights:
Please send in your Koi Person of the Year selections to Paul Cunningham at: fly-by@pacbell.net
AKCA’s Annual Business Meeting, Banquet and Wet Lab will be held in Houston, TX June 28-29th and there’s still time to RSVP.
Invoices for 2014/2015 annual dues were sent out last month with the Minutes and need to be paid prior to July 1.
Ballots for 2014/2015 AKCA Officers will be counted at the June meeting.

The meeting was called to order by Vice Chairperson Don Chandler, at 6:05 pm

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

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

FINANCIALS: Brenda went over the CFO report as well as the Profit & Loss statement for April. Overall, the checking account had a net income of $779.06 for the month. She, along with her son Ron, met with a representative from B of A’s Merrill Lynch Funds on how best to invest the funds in our investment account (which we plan on transferring out of our current account). The Merrill Lynch “moderately conservative fund” averaged 8% over the last 3 years; the “very conservative fund” had a 3 year average of 5 1/2%. Both funds require a $20,000 minimum deposit. It was felt that we should invest $80,000 of our investment account into the “moderately conservative account,” leaving $5,000 of it in our checking account. It was also felt that we should invest the money we have in our Project KHV CD into the “moderately conservative account” as well (currently we’re averaging about $2 interest per month). By investing the $30,500 in that account, we should do much better. These would be in two separate accounts. BofA/Merrill Lynch require a meeting twice a year to go over portfolios and make recommendations. Brenda also talked about the 3 credit card readers we currently have. She felt that we should eliminate them and she would make these transactions through her computer.

SCIENTIFIC/KHA: Jerry and his wife will be attending the Houston Wet Lab/Business meeting in June. Julie Miller, from the Northeast Iowa club, has expressed an interest in taking over the Scientific/KHA committee. She graduated from the KHA Wet lab in 2011 and Jerry would help her with the transition; she wants to attend the KHA wet lab in Houston, if possible. She has some great ideas and wants to reenergize the program. Louie suggested taking 2 of the Peter Enfield slates which we’re holding and auctioning them off at the Business Meeting & Banquet.

PROJECT KHV: Buck Williams, of the Central Alabama club, sent an email that their club voted to donate $500 for KHV research.

PUBLICATION: Don reported that the May/June issue is in Denver for printing. Larry wrote a great Editor’s Corner. Bob Payne is doing a fantastic job with the magazine. He has been going above and beyond his duties, such as doing a flyer for a clubs events as well as designing the Web Lab page each year. Subscriptions declined and subscription revenue was down last month. 8 dealers have paid for their 2014/2015 Dealer’s Listings already.

MEMBERSHIP: Don reported that 18 of 75 clubs have already paid their 2014-2015 AKCA dues.

JUDGING: AKCA Judge Garry Chin and his wife took Bob & Joan Finnegan out to dinner after their house caught fire. Bob reported that their dinner was fantastic and it was good getting together with them. They discussed the program’s future.

RISK MANAGEMENT: Brenda stated that for 2013-14, we have collected $3000 from the 24 clubs who’ve signed up for Premium Level Liability Insurance, with another enrollment on the way.

BOOKSTORE: Brenda stated that is has been slow lately. She felt that once we get the new Koi ID Poster and some new t-shirts, sales should again rebound.

MEMBERSHIP QUESTIONS:
None

SEMINAR REPORTS:

2014 Seminar: Brenda reported that so far 18 people have paid for the wet lab and banquet. ST International will be a major sponsor, donating over $1600 worth of products for the 50/50 drawing during the Business Meeting & Banquet.

2015 Seminar: We need clubs to notify us if they are interested in hosting the Annual Business Meeting and KHA Wet Lab in 2015. Jerry Kyle, of the Camellia Koi Club, said their club may be interested in hosting the Annual Business Meeting and KHA Wet Lab in 2015.

PROXY CALLS FOR JUNE
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?

UPCOMING AKCA ANNUAL CALENDAR EVENTS FOR JUNE
AKCA Board counts and validates votes for the next term officers
Select Seminar host for the following year
Submit year end expense reports

OLD BUSINESS:
None

NEW BUSINESS: None

Motion to adjourn at 7:25 p.m. Motion by Carole, 2nd by Ally. Approved.

Respectfully submitted by,
Carole Elliott, Secretary

REPRESENTATIVE CONTACTS:

Written report submitted by Carole Elliott: Jackie Allsup, of Northern Iowa P&KC, said that they held their last Spring meeting in the church basement. They will finally break out and have meetings at member’s homes, so they can enjoy meetings pond side. They are planning for their July pond tour and everyone is finally busy getting ponds opened up and gardens planted. She gave a power point presentation on Koi diseases and demonstrated how to put a fish to sleep for examinations and talked about a first aid kit. The Eastern Iowa PS last meeting was held at the Kloubec Koi Farm. Ellen and Myron showed their group around their facility and explained their huge filtration system to members. The weather is still too cold there, so they were unable to show them any spawned babies. The club is presently planning for a membership reunion meeting in June and of course they’re putting together their pond tour. Things are starting to get busy. The group went to Amana for dinner after the meeting, which is always a fun thing to do after a meeting. Gary & Debbie Floyd, of Amarillo KS, said the club has not started to meet as just last week they had freezing weather in the area and then back up to the 90s. They have been this way for about a month. Winter will just not go away; needless to say this is hard on the pond life. They will be trying to get together late this month or early next month. They do not have any specific plans as of today. They can’t wait for all the green to come back and hope they get rain soon; the dust storms are getting old. Never seen dry like they have had the past few years in their lifetime. Ralph Smith, of Southwest K&PA, said they are mourning the death of two long time members, Ray Collier and their club veterinarian, Dr. Tom McCabe DVM. Their last meeting was cancelled due to high winds with dust. Their next meeting will be at the home of Ken & Susie Austin with guest speaker, Karen Pattist, of Koi Organization International. Jerry Woodbury, of Miami Valley WGS, said last month they had Tracy Bleim, from Cedar Bog, at the meeting with a PowerPoint presentation showing the bog throughout the varying seasons. This month the club is having a plant swap, which has been moved to the spring instead of having it in the fall. Christine Wilkolaski, of Niagara Frontier K&PC, said they are currently preparing for their koi show in June at Masterson Garden Center. A July date has been set for their pond tour of the south towns. They have cleaned and opened their ponds at the fair grounds and Reinstein Woods. They are happy that spring is finally here!! Clark Shea, of Canada KC of British Columbia, said the club is doing fine. Carole tried but was unable to reach Atlanta KC; Hawaii GF&C; KC of Middle Tennessee; Mid-Columbia K&PC; North Texas WGS; Puget Sound KC; South Carolina K&WGS; WGC of South Texas; and Piedmont K&WGS.

Written report submitted by Louie Hernandez: Louie reports ZNA So-Cal relaxed last month at the pond built with the help of their club at the Keiro Retirement Home in LA. They talked about what topics would be helpful to their members. Their main goal is to bring together their members and provide a forum where they all can learn from each other. They have lots of members, with varying levels of experience and different reasons for being koi keepers. The reason that they’re part of this club is to learn from each other. Last year, they were looking at the husbandry aspects of koi keeping. This year their goal is to shift discussions more towards their actual finny friends, their koi. Debby Young, of Southern Arizona KA, reports that they held their election of officers. President remains Bob Panter and Treasurer will be Debby Young. Several members made it to Gardena for ZNA SoCal’s 40th Koi Show. They have submitted their Koi Person – Duane Kenny – to Paul. At the April meeting of the Southern Arizona Koi Assoc, it was reported that they now have a 20ft enclosed trailer for all of our equipment. We have made a really big push for new members in the last month. There will not be a pond tour this spring. Our weather has been absolutely beautiful and the ponds are just now reaching 70F. Paul Moss, of Lone Star KC, said their meeting was held at the home of Andrew and Lisa Bradley who have completed their new pond. There was a good turnout of the membership and a general business meeting was held. Topics of discussion were the pond tour now being held this year in the first week in May in order to avoid the summer heat and humidity of Houston. The AKCA Wet Lab volunteer groups were formed to man the various functions associated with the meeting, as well as discussions regarding the banquet. In addition, volunteers to obtain products and services for the associated raffle/silent auction were assigned. Also, tanks and “volunteer” fish for the Lab were arranged. The offer to attend the Lab has been extended to other Texas clubs in major cities. Upcoming meetings will include nominations of new officers and equipment purchases. Don Chamberlain, of ZNA NorCal, said the May meeting was held on 5/4 at the home of Nathan Truong. The 16 attendees spent about an hour admiring Nathan’s large Gosanke before enjoying a light lunch and then tackling club business. Their new President, David Tran, introduced the newe officers and board members and then laid his vision for the next year. From now on business meeting will be held separately. The general meetings will be replaced by various events promoting a good time and koi education. The remainder of the meeting was spent discussing plans for next year’s koi show. A good start has been made on that event. The Bakersfield KC had a busy month. Their April meeting was at the home of Mike and Randi Przewoznik where the club had a short meeting and then proceeded to Grand Panda Restaurant for lunch courtesy of Sumner Avenue Water Gardens. From there, the club went to McDonalds Aquatic Nursery in Reseda where the group was split in two to view the many plants available for their ponds and give orders for purchase. Afterwards, if that wasn’t enough, the club stopped at Kimura Bonsai Nursery to view many plants. The club also participated in Garden Fest at the Bakersfield College. It was a chilly, rainy day but the club persevered in selling rescue koi. The club thanks all the members who came out to support and help out! On May 3rd, 12 members of the club made their way down to Piru to participate in KOI PONDEROSA, an event held by the Santa Clarita Koi Club and hosted by Sumner Avenue Water Gardens and Ketl Koi. It was country themed and the club enjoyed the koi judging contest, music, BBQ lunch, koi auction and a huge raffle. And, who could forget “Dog the Bounty Hunter Impersonater, K-NINE.” The club had some great photo shoots of him arresting their members and just taking a picture. Many members brought home a bounty of prizes. Their next meeting is at the home of Brenda Woods. The club is having its joint club meeting at the home of Judy Domingos in June. Washington K&WGS reports that in April they got serious about their Koi Show in September. While they will be at the Country Village site in Bothell, Washington, they will be in a different spot. Diagrams of their show layout were compared and debated, tents ordered (they never get why the warm climate shows are not just outside..) and three of their four Judges have been secured. Their club meeting featured their pond updates (warming a bit, but still quite cool, predators and beginning to be seen – mostly Great Blue Herons) and club members reported a few infection woes but generally people came out of the winter well. Their club presentation was by Chris Charbonneau, who did the presentation for them that she was invited to do for the Pacific Northwest Landscape Architects. Chris detailed pond sitting no-no’s, addressed runoff and contaminated water, debunked koi myths, and plants to avoid near the pond due to poison and nuisance issues. She invited club members to chime in with what they had learned over the years to augment this talk in the future. The Koi Club of San Diego met at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park on April 13th. Ben Plonski, from Laguna Koi Ponds, was the speaker who did a fabulous PowerPoint presentation about buying koi in Japan. It was also the club’s 30th Anniversary, so of course their President, John Svelan, brought a super cake with the Club’s logo. Check their website for pictures of their Founder, Dr. Galen Hansen and newest member, Pete Miles, cutting the cake (koiclubofsandiego.org). Jack Chapman was appointed Show Chairman for their 2015 Koi Show at their April 16th Steering Committee meeting. They are starting to organize now because Jack has many changes that he wants to incorporate such as extra awards, new sizes, using Shinkokai judges to honor the many years of support they have given them as vendors, new computer program, having the awards banquet with their fish rather than off site and many more changes. May 3rd found their club members at Cuyamaca College in El Cajon for their Spring Garden Festival. Many people came to their booth to look at the koi that Jack brought as a conversation starter. They handed out show brochures to the interested public which has complete koi, pond and website information. On May 10th the Friends of Koi Auction will take place at California Koi Farm in Fallbrook. This is the time to thin out their ponds and to pick up koi deals and gently used pond equipment. On May 18th, their General Meeting will be a joint meeting with the Water Garden Society at Kay and Clark Corbin’s in Ramona. Besides the potluck and speaker, they look forward to viewing Kay’s many ponds and a new hot house. Tamsie Pierce will be the main speaker who will discuss pond plants and fish. The election slate will be presented at this meeting. So far, they have Tamsie Pierce and Jerry Myers running for President, Scotty Yee for Vice President of Program, Susi Woods for Vice President of Venue, Phyllis Spoor for Secretary and Paul Atkiss for Treasurer. It should be an interesting election at their June meeting. June 8th their General Meeting will be at Marde and Lillian Smith’s home which is the home of this year’s Grand Champion from the Koi Club of San Diego. They are hoping to use their grant money that they won from AKCA at this meeting and, as fate would have it, also hoping that Russell Peters will be able to be their speaker since Peters and Sons Koi and Pond is where the Grand Champion came from. There was no report from Dai-ichi Koi Japanese Garden Club and Las Vegas Koi Club.

Written report submitted by Joan Finnegan: So Cal Koi Club met at member Ed Rambo’s home in April; Carole Elliott spoke re: predators and ways to keep them away from your koi. In May, the club will be meeting at the home of Narendra and Anita Gupta with guest speaker, Iva Gaglione, of Star Milling Co. She will talk about koi food. The club will be having their annual BBQ/potluck/auction in June at the home of Mallory Hartt. This is always a fun event with great views of the Pacific Ocean from Mallory’s backyard. Northwest Koi & Goldfish Club reports we’re all working hard toward hosting the PNKCA Convention (June 6-8, 2014) this year in Portland Oregon. Friday will start off with a Bonsai and Fish Painting Classes and vendor fair. Saturday, vendor fair, 6 speakers lined up with Grant Fujita being our main speaker, banquet, awards ceremony and auction in the evening. Sunday pond tour. August – Annual Club Picnic. Sept – Is our annual koi Show in conjunction with the Portland Japanese Festival Sept 19-21, 2014 in Beaverton, Oregon.

Written report submitted by Bob Finnegan: There is no report as Bob & Joan’s home caught fire this past month and Bob was in the hospital several days for a number of medical issues. It has not been a good month for them!

Written report submitted by Don Chandler: Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the Apr koi club meeting was held at Bob and Nina Garrisons home and they discussed their club’s show, which will be held in Sep. Their show pin is being designed by Norman Call and should be delivered in a few weeks. They discussed feeding changes during weather changes; now is the time when they should be fed more. Oct, Nov and Dec meeting hosts are still needed. May 17th is the next general meeting and will be held at Tony and Nancy Palazzo’s home. June 14 at 10:00 a.m. will be the joint club meeting with Bakersfield and they will have a sign up list at the May meeting. 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 Apr meeting at the Houmas House plantation south of Baton Rouge. While enjoying a wonderful afternoon tea, they reviewed their first koi show. While they have areas where they want to improve, everyone was energized by their rookie efforts. A vote was taken on whether they want to continue hosting a koi show and the result was unanimous. YES! Following the meeting, members had time to tour the magnificent grounds of Houmas House. It was the perfect time to visit there as so many things were in bloom. Check out their website at http://www.deepsouthkoi.org/. Doug Stuber, of the First Coast Koi Club, reports their Annual Self Guided Pond Tour, with free admission, was on Sat, May 10th from 10 to 4. Their next meeting will be on Sat May 17th at the home of Doug and Darla Stuber on Amelia Island. Check out their website at http://www.firstcoastkoiclub.com/. Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports their Apr meeting was held at the beautiful home of Francine Hoffman. Francine’s yard is like being in a beautiful park decorated with great lawn art and antique decorations. She has two ponds; one has eleven koi and a number of gold fish. The second pond has gold fish only. Approximately 65 people attended the meeting, and a great time was had by all. Our news editor Pete Miles won the Koi Person of the Year Award, and our treasurer, Sandy Hanson’s koi won the Koi of the Year. Jack Chapman was our guest speaker and gave a very good talk on the koi health emergency care kit. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org/. Philip Gray, of Mid-Atlantic Koi Club, did not report. However, from the MAKC’s On-Line Notice Board: beginning May 1st, the Mid-Atlantic Koi Club website is offline. MAKC.com has been a link for MAKC members since 1996 and throughout the world-wide koi community, koi keepers have kept in touch with MAKC and its upcoming events. And for the past several years, a source of information has been its monthly published Mid-Atlantic Koi Magazine, which will also be missed. Check out their website at http://www.makc.com. John Rae, of Michigan Koi & Pond Club SE, reports f you missed the class, you missed a treat. I think the Sand and Gravel Filter class was great. There were six new filters made by Bruce Modetz, Mary Schraffenberger, Ray Alexander, Ervin Daniels, Antonette Daniels and Paul Baresi. The best part about the class was that Rick Venable, Mike Conrad, Pat Daly and William Patterson pitched in where help was needed. Mike Paddy helped by holding and passing out tools and materials. Vicky Kulis and her son Rick , along with Sylvia Paddy and Teri Alexander, prepared the food. Carolyn Patterson and Bill and Jean Johnson were also there for support. Paul Baresi, did another great job taking pictures while I put together his filter as the demo. The May 17th meeting will feature a presentation on Quality Koi Farm. Check out their website at www.mkpc-se.com/. Dot Wilbanks, of Moto-Kara KoiKai ZNA Chapter Koi Club, reports the club has not yet been holding club meetings this year. Vern Gilkes, of Mountain View Koi Club, reports their Apr meeting was held at the new home of Leigh and Karin Mode. The highlight of the meeting was their new indoor koi pond in its own room surround by lots of windows. No need to transfer fish any more with the changing seasons. A discussion followed with the problems of our long cold winter and the effect on the koi’s immune system. A few koi have been lost and a solution was discussed. Our club activity consisted of testing the water in the new pond. A raffle was held for a beautiful hand painted koi platter that was purchased at the Orlando, FL show. A social time followed with some small snacks and another look at the beautiful indoor pond. Our next meeting will be held at Garden Center. Check their website at http://www.mountainviewkoiclub.com/. Carole Boozer, of Nashville Pond Society, reports they had our April meeting at member Carolyn Strickland’s home. Our pot luck was amazing. Some of the dishes were chili, turkey wraps, 2 different potato salads, baked chicken, BBQ pork sandwiches, fresh fruit, several salads, homemade fruit tea, and other great dishes. We were so pleased that we got to eat outside by Carolyn’s pond. Also, the weather was perfect. Rochelle Kalinke gave a meeting on fish health, what to feed and not feed koi, salting your pond, medicating fish and medicated fish food, all the fish rescues we’ve had this year…so far, and she also talked about this year’s Pond Tour in August. We had a great day. Please see photos on our website. Check out their website at http://www.nashvillepondsociety.org. Marc and Tamara Skaggs, of Northern Midwest ZNA Koi Club, report the club is a regional chapter of an international organization based in Beppu, Japan. Our goal is to spread the hobby of Koi (Nishikigoi) keeping and to improve the knowledge of the husbandry techniques and the appreciation of Nishikigoi as living art and they’ll be doing just that at their 2014 Koi Show (which is scheduled for June 7th and 8th). Check out their website at http://www.nmzna.net/index.html. Phyllis Anderson, of North Idaho Koi Keepers, reports the club has decided to cancel our 1st Koi Show. Complications made it impossible to pull it off this year, so we’re going to regroup and maybe try again next year. Please check out their website at: http://www.northidahokoikeepers.com/id8.html. Lynn Eaton, of Pioneer Valley Water Garden and Koi Club, reports their May meeting at the home of Craig & Valerie Mariani in Ludlow, MA, featured a Pot Luck Social and a 50/50 raffle. The Speaker was Craig Mariani of Butterfly Koi; his topic was Koi Health & Preventive Maintenance. Check out their website at http://www.pioneervalleypondclub.com/meetings.html. Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports the April Steering Committee meeting was held at Frank Mullaney’s house. The Koi Person of the Year was named. Discussion then turned to the Pond Tour with 8 candidates to consider. After reviewing the candidates, six ponds were selected. All of the candidates will be informed of our selections by the time you read this. Now our attention turns to promotion of the event. We have determined we’ll produce 250 booklets this year and hopefully we won’t wind up with a box left over.We need 8 people for each pond. The Cherry Blossom Festival is just around the corner and we still need volunteers. The festival people and all of the visitors really love our booth. You’ll love meeting and talking with everyone too unless you’re a hermit. If you can help, please give Diane or Paul a call or drop them an email. We’ve decided to keep the meetings at Frank’s house for now and the next meeting is scheduled for May 5 at 7:30. Hope you can make it. Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com/. Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports the Apr meeting was held at the home of Doug and Mary Lou Sudbury. The club’s special event, a Koi Ponderosa, to be held at the koi farm of a member, will be on May 3rd. Ticket sales exceeded our goal of 100 tickets and currently stand at 124. A few more tickets may be sold prior to the event. Forty-five club members had purchased tickets. It was noted that the club treasury is in the black for the first time in several years. Raffle sales of pond and non-pond related items will be profit for the club. Many Club member volunteers have signed up to assist with the event on Friday and Saturday. This was a rather short meeting since everyone was gearing up for our Koi Ponderosa. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html. Dick Hadley, of Upper Midwest Koi Club, reports the club met on April 12 at the home of Michelle Gravenish. She demonstrated her winter tank and water system. We talked about spring start up of outside ponds. We had snacks, a social period, and started to organize tasks concerning our show to be held August 1-3. On June 7 we will have a koi auction to be held at Bachman’s (which is also the show site for the show in August). The club meeting on June 14 will be held at the house and pond of Ron Sterbenz. This is an extremely nice, high tech pond environment and is an opportunity not to be missed! Check their website at www.uppermidwestkoiclub.org . The following clubs were contacted but did not provide respond: Low Country Koi Club, Macon Water Garden & Koi Club, Metro-Detroit Pond & Garden Club, Rhode Island & Massachusetts Koi Club and Siskiyou Koi & Pond Club.

Written report submitted by Brenda Chandler: Wendell Ford, of Charleston Showa Koi Club, reports their Apr meeting was held at the Carolina Koi Farm, a new business run by several club members who’ve stepped up and turned their hobby into a commercial venture! The May meeting was at Trish Bender’s home. Check out their website at http://www.charlestonshowakoiclub.org/. Ben Soedjono, of Dallas Koi Kichi Group, reports the club had a koi auction which was a big success due, in no small part, to our “professional grade” auctioneer (retired business owner with engineering degree) Tom McWhirter. All of our videos are posted on You Tube; check out user name “dallaskoikichi.” Check out their website at http://www.dallaskoikichi.org/. Mike Lane, of High Desert Koi Fanciers, reports the May meeting was held at the home of Gary and Karla (Club President) Haggai in Palmdale. They have a great trip planed for May 31 to Mystic Koi in Upland. They will be taking the bus and the price includes Hawaiian BBQ lunch. See details in the club newsletter. RSVP no later than May 17th. I hope to see you on the bus! Check out their website at http://www.hdkoifanciers.com. Brenda Chandler, of Nishiki Koi Club, reports the club held its May meeting at the home of Linda Barnett in Buena Park. Although she no longer has a koi pond, Linda (a former AKCA and KOI USA Board member) is still heavily involved in club activities. Thank you, Linda! Check out their website at http://www.nishikikoiclub.com. Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports May finds us working on interior decorating in our ponds; however, the still barren pond looks much better now than snow and ice did. At our first meeting of the year, we enjoyed having Molly (from Earl May Nursery) display her pond plant selection on the big screen – visuals always helps us figure out what our KOI can’t live without and what our selections should look like in a month or two! Our next annual meeting will be in the country on location at K and K Nursery with shopping and a Pizza Party — a three year tradition for NEIKA. Our members always enjoy this event. That’s all — see ya’ll. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html. Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports their May meeting was held at Luthy Botanical Garden next to the Zoo in Peoria, IL. The upcoming Bus Trip to the St. Louis Botanical Gardens is Aug 2ndGet your RSVPs in today!!! Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/. Sonja Kahkola, of Rainbow River Koi Club, reports that for those of you that didn’t attend the Apr meeting at the Rainbow Springs Park, please know that since we have quite a few members away this weekend it was decided not to hold a May meeting. We will resume our meetings with the June 1st meeting at Pat & Joe Wruazabal’s Sandy Acres Koi Farm. We will also resume our discussion on the ACKA. Our meeting & pot luck at the park turned out to be a wonderful and relaxing outing. We ended up with 12 people in attendance and were able to get one of the pavilions on a first come first serve basis (instead of reserving it for $80.00). Have a great Cinco de Mayo and we’ll see you next month. Check out their website at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rainbow-River-Koi-Club/374036155457. Laura Lunsford, of Rocky Mountain Koi Club, reports the Apr meeting at the Calvert’s home in Littleton featured Koi Judge Jan Thompson, who discussed koi judging and how to choose a young koi. The club’s Koi Auction will be held on May 31st at the County Fair Garden Center in Arvada, CO. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. The Annual Koi Auction is the only fundraising activity for the club and they will have approximately 40 koi for auction. Members can also bring fish to the auction and split the selling price 50/50 with the club. Check out their website at http://www.rmkc.net/. Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports the club has its biggest fundraiser of the year in the final stages of planning. Our annual Rehoming Auction is June 14th at Phelan’s Nursery and we’ll get started at noon. Members can bring in fish they no longer want in their ponds and can either donate or split the proceeds with the club. Anyone may bid and buy them. We will also have fish of 3-4 inches for sale/auction. Other activities planned for this summer are a pond tour and a summer picnic. We will post details on the website as they become available. Check out their website at http://www.socokoi.org. Mary Oxman, of Ventura County Koi Society, reports last month a group of Water Garden enthusiasts enjoyed a visit to McDonalds Nursery in Reseda thanks to Mike Przewoznik. Francisco gave a guided tour of the facilities and answered guestions. Thanks to Mike and his Sumner Avenue Water Gardens, we were able to purchase plants at wholesale prices. Thanks Mike for giving us this special opportunity! The May meeting will be on Sat, May 17th, at the home of Peter Fleurat and Lalo Barajas, who once again invite us to visit their very special home in Montecito. The one-acre property is shaded by 100 foot trees. So dress warm and wear comfortable shoes for exploring the grounds. Check their website at http://users.vcnet.com/rrenshaw/vcks.html. The following clubs were contacted but did not respond: Valley of the Sun Koi Club, Inc.

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