2014 07 AKCA Minutes

AKCA Minutes of July 11, 2014


Officers Present:                           Directors Present:                                     Guests:

Chair: Bob Finnegan                     Ally Cunningham
Vice Chair:  Don Chandler           Louie Hernandez
Secretary:  Carole Elliott
CFO: Brenda Chandler


Board Highlights:

2014 Wet Lab in Houston, Texas was a huge success!  Thanks to Melanie Nau and the Lone Star Club!

2015 Wet Lab/Business meeting will be in Sacramento, CA with Camellia Koi Club hosting

2016 Wet Lab/Business meeting will be in Cedar Falls, Iowa with the Northeast Iowa Club hosting


The meeting was called to order by Chairperson, Bob Finnegan, at 6:01 pm


MINUTES:  Motion:  To approve the minutes of June 13th.  Motion by Don, 2nd by Brenda.  Approved.




FINANCIALS:  Don reported that their QuickBooks died and they had to do the June financial report the old fashioned way.  Also had trouble with getting through to Bank of America on the internet to view checks that have come in.  We had a beginning balance of $104,551.75; deposits of $6,026.31; withdrawals/debits of $6,735.96; checks of $6,317.05 for an ending balance of $97,525.05 – down $7,026.70 for the month.  Included in this was payment of D&O insurance policy for $2,149 as well as Seminar expenses.


SCIENTIFIC/KHA:  We received the following e-mail from Julie Miller:  Thank you for your confidence in me as the new KHA Program Director and the opportunity to help out the AKCA in this way.  I will do my best with your help to revitalize the program.  The basics of the program are so good it should not be allowed to just shrink to nothingness.  The AKCA should be the first place people come to for information and help with ponds and koi.  Therefore, once I get the students started in the program and my feet on the ground, I will be working on getting the KHA part of the website going.  I have already set up an application process for the program, contacted all KHAs to find out who is active and who is not, contacted the instructors to get their input and support, and asked the instructors to update their units with either a supplement this year and a complete revision next year or the revision this year if they have time.  I will take the responsibility of getting the units to the students as well as the tests.  I will also be the one to rewrite the tests for quicker grading and will grade the tests myself.  That way we can use the talents of the experts in the units for disseminating the knowledge and answering questions over their units.  I am in the process of changing the format of the test questions now as well as replacing the two instructors who no longer wish to participate in the program.  Unfortunately the units they taught were the first two in the series, so time is short in finding a replacement even if it is temporary.  Any suggestions for instructors in the Pond Design and the Water Quality modules would be greatly appreciated.  I am sure I will not be lucky enough to only ask one person and have them accept.  I am planning to start the 2015 KHA Class by the end of September or first part of October.  Proposed change for the KHA program:  Originally there was a $100 fee for taking the KHA program to become certified which was returned upon completion and certification.  In 2010, it was requested and accepted to drop this fee.  From the information I have been given, during 2012 there were 20 students with only 2 completing the course.  There could be many reasons for this (for example, tests were not being given back quickly and students did not know where they stood or what was expected of them).  However, that ratio is not good and I am under the impression from others that several signed up for the class to get the material for themselves and not to help others.  This is not the intent of the material and we all know that a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing (for example, we do not want people looking in the material, seeing we can add salt to our ponds and dumping in unspecified amounts of any kind of salt).  By reinstating the fee for taking the class, this will limit those receiving the materials to those who wish to take it seriously.  Again, I feel it is important for this to be refunded upon completion.  Motion:  To approve the proposed change re: refundable $100 fee.  Motion by Don, 2nd by Brenda.  Approved.


PROJECT KHV:  Don stated that they took a Peter Enfield slate to Houston to be auctioned off with proceeds going to the Project KHV.  It was sold to Don & Brenda for $600 (and they had an offer of $1,000 to sell it after the Seminar).  We will have another Peter Enfield slate for auction at the Sacramento Wet Lab next year.  Discussion followed on the slates we still have.


PUBLICATION:  Don reported that they are working on the 3rd dummy.  The magazine is late due to Don & Brenda’s 2 week trip to Texas and Bob Payne’s 10 day trip to AZ to see his new grandchild.  Once finished with this issue, we will be back on track.  The new Koi ID poster has been a BIG hit!  We sold 200 in the first week!  Larry apologized that he couldn’t make the Houston Wet lab; too many conflicts that weekend.  He is planning on attending the next wet lab in Sacramento.  Don gave an updated version of Debye’s mid-June AR report based on what we know has been paid down.  There are a total of 8 accounts 90 days overdue.  Both advertising and subscription revenues were substandard last month.


MEMBERSHIP:  Don reported that either 67 or 69 clubs have paid their annual dues.  Question on 2 clubs but have been having trouble accessing bank account to check.  For those clubs who did not pay by June 30th, the reinstatement fee is $150 ($50 of which is the reinstatement fee).  We had a new club apply to be an AKCA member club; they also bought insurance.  The club is Easy Koi Pond & WGC in Texas.  They also have a Facebook page.  Motion:  To accept Easy Koi Pond & WGC as a member club.  Motion by Don, 2nd by Carole.  Approved.  Cascade Koi dropped out last year.  They just sent in a check for $150 to renew their AKCA membership; will also have an Artist Corner for one of their members in an upcoming KOI USA magazine!  Motion:  To accept Cascade Koi pending the receipt of their dues check.  Motion by Don, 2nd by Carole.  Approved, 1 Opposed (Louie).


JUDGING:  Bob would like to give the judging test to a candidate judge on the East coast, however, there’s no one there to administer the test.  Jim Reilly said he had no problem in helping out; Don will talk to him.


RISK MANAGEMENT:  Brenda stated that 16 clubs have paid their Premium Level Insurance at $125 each.


BOOKSTORE:  Over 200 posters were sold at the Houston Wet Lab/Business meeting.  There were also books, guides, jackets, AKCA logo pins, windbreakers, brief bags, and T-shirts sold for a total of $2,088.35.  A BIG thank you to Don & Brenda Chandler for manning the AKCA booth!







2014 Seminar:  The Wet Lab/Business meeting was a HUGE success!  A BIG thank you to Melanie Nau and the Lone Star club for hosting a great wet lab and banquet.  There were 47 attendees; the hotel charged us tax even though we showed them our non-profit ID; Brenda will work with the hotel to recoup charges that should not have been charged.  Lone Star made $844 on the raffle/auction (1/2 of the proceeds divided among the club and AKCA).  They did a great job breaking down everything into spread sheets.  A BIG thanks to all the vendors who donated items for the raffle/auction.  Without their support, this would not have been a success!  It was reported that the dinner banquet was terrific!


2015 Seminar:  Jerry Kyle, of the Camellia Koi Club was at the Houston Wet Lab.  His club will be hosting the 2015 Wet Lab/Business meeting in Sacramento, CA.  Dr. Nick Saint-Erne has already committed to lead the Wet Lab.


2016 Seminar:  Julie Miller’s club, Northeast Iowa (Cedar Falls), wants to host the 2016 Wet Lab/Business meeting.  Their club already met and voted to host.  Motion:  To hold the 2016 Wet Lab/Business meeting in Cedar Falls, Iowa, hosted by the Northeast Iowa Club.  Motion by Brenda, 2nd by Carole.  Approved.



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?



Seminar profit report

CFO submits annual budget



Koi Certificates:  Paul’s printer has crashed and has been unable to print up the remaining certificates; printer is not repairable.  Don will take care of the remaining 8 certificates.  We need to have someone else do this job as Paul’s schedule is really busy.  Don will also correct the website.  Anyone interested in doing Koi Person of the Year, please contact Don.




Motion: To adjourn at 7:50 p.m.  Motion by Carole, 2nd by Louie.  Approved.


Respectfully submitted by,

Carole Elliott, Secretary





Written report submitted by Carole Elliott:  Jan Jordan, of Mid-Columbia K&PC, said they are planning a road trip in July.  On the19th they will visit Prosser, a small farming community about30 minutes west of the Tri-Cities.  They will meet at a restaurant called the Golden Yan to eat lunch then they will caravan to see 2 gardens.  The first will be Linda Mackey’s, who also has Alpacas.  Then a little further down the road is “Leslie Enos Gardens.”  In August, they have another road trip into Oregon, where they have members who live in Hermiston.  That will be a potluck meeting; August 9th at Gene & Luann Garner’s pond.  Ralph Smith, of Southwest K&PA, wishes to thank Larry & Gail Boone for graciously hosting their last meeting, and thanks to Ted Milliken who will be hosting their next meeting.  Wishing Don Harrawood (KHA) and Ken Austin a joyful Birthday.  Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said it rained again and so they didn’t get much fishing and camping done.  It has been raining cats & dogs there about every three days; Mosquitos are loving it though.  They recently held their annual Reunion Picnic in the park.  The potluck is open to past members, friends, and family.  It poured rain, but the event was still, well attended.  Richard Heimberger was kind enough to come all the way from the Chicago area to be their guest speaker.  They are all getting ready for their 2014 pond tour.  They have 8 ponds on this year’s tour to be held on July 13thNorthern Iowa P&KC is busy putting together their annual pond tour which is July 20th. Their last meeting was at the home of Joyce Halverson & Lewis Eiffert.  Their back yard is quite the entertaining hot spot, with several spacious seating areas.  It was a potluck meeting so everyone got to enjoy some yummy food.  The club also held its first koi and goldfish auction.  Almost everyone walked away with a new fishy friend and all agreed they needed to do that again.  Christine Wilkolaski, of Niagara Frontier K&PC, said their koi show was a great success!  They will be holding their South Towns Pond Tour July 26th.  They will have a total of 8 stops.  They begin at Elderwood assisted living facility where a member built a pond for them a few years ago.  They will stop at a local water garden center and see 6 members’ ponds ending at a catered picnic as the last stop.  A full day is planned.  Their guest speaker will be their own member Greg Young on water quality.  In August they will start signups for their representation at the Fair.  Their summer is going fast.  Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said that their weather was 75 on July 4th and no humidity in Wisconsin (visited with family) compared to the 90’s with high humidity in South Carolina.  A few of them that work on the Koi Show met with a local radio station to discuss advertising for the October show.  They are reviewing the cost and exposure opportunities.  They are always looking for ways to expose the public to their hobby.  In June, their newsletter advertising helped them to have a great one-day tour for their pond tour.  There should be pictures on their website about the pond tour at www.sckwgs.com.  He believes that they have 6 new member families due to them having membership enrollment forms at all the ponds on that day.  They will use the newspapers again for the Koi Show.  Their July meeting is the 19th and their planned program is “Made in the Shade,” a discussion about shade plants.  They are looking forward to that.  Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said they had a great 4th of July.  They had their annual pond tour and it was a great success.  They acquired some new members in their club as a result of the tour.  They are already planning one for 2015.  Carole tried but was unable to reach Amarillo KS; Atlanta KC; Canada KC of British Columbia; Hawaii Goldfish & Carp; KC of Middle Tennessee; Miami Valley WGS; North Texas WGS; Puget Sound KC; WGC of South Texas; Middle Georgia KS.


Written report submitted by Louie Hernandez:  Don Chamberlain, of ZNA NorCal, said that on Sunday, 7/6 the club held its second event for 2014.  The event was a pond tour of three member’s ponds.  The first pond was a new rebuild holding 6,000 gal. and housing 11 koi including a 31” Soragoi.  They discussed the filtration and then bowled several of the koi for closer inspection.  Next, they went to a 40,000 gal. pond to review the filtration and finally visited another 6,000 gal. pond built in 1996 housing 25 koi including two large, 30” Kohaku. A slide show of the event is available at:  https://222.youtube.com/watch?v=1Q0w8rI3GJ4.    Glen Hubenthal, of Austin PS, said fun was had by all at the 20th Annual Austin PS Pond Tour in June.  Truly a group effort~  Thanks to all.  The koi and fancy goldfish did shine!  Donnie Hansen, of Bakersfield K&WGS, said their club held their joint club meeting with sister club, Central California KS (Fresno) at the home of Judy Domingos.  This is a special treat as her property is listed as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.  With a large koi pond with a dock, a bird aviary and lush landscape this backyard fits the requirements (food, water, cover and places to raise young) necessary to have this title.  The turnout was good and the club provided a pit BBQ w/sides and desserts.  Randy, from McDonalds Aquatic Nursery was a guest speaker and talked about aquatic plants and how to keep them healthy.  A raffle was also held where many walked away with great items.  Also, at the joint meeting a quick general meeting.  The Koi Person of the Year certificate was given to Eric and Stephanie Lempinen as their winner of this award.  Malise and Ron Unruh, with the help of William Williams, have been busy doing koi rescues and did a giant 28 Koi rescue with a total of over 600 inches of Koi collected.   Malise and William had to go Koi bathing in order to retrieve them.  Afterwards, Malise photographed the koi and distributed to the club members for first choice in purchasing.  The club is appreciative of all the hard work that Malise and Ron put into the club.!!!  The next meeting will be at the home of Chris and Eric LaFortunbe in Keene. They will see a pond that the club has never seen before.  Linda Pluth, of the KC of San Diego, said their club was well represented at the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on June 20th at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park.  Once a year the Garden recognizes its many volunteers with a dinner, entertainment, games and awards.  Their club had 7 members, three of whom received special awards:  Jack Chapman (for 184 volunteer hours), Shirley Elswick (for best costume) and Linda Pluth (for being reliable).  Their new President, Tamsie Pierce, presided at her first steering committee meeting on July 3rd at the Studio Diner.  This may be their new steering committee home since the Diner never closes so their meetings can go on as long as they want!  Plus the food (and the hot fudge sundaes) are excellent!  They welcomed the new Vice President of Program, Scotty Yee, who presented his program selections through November.  They also had returning elected officers Susi Woods, VP of Venue, Phyllis Spoor, Secretary, and Paul Atkiss, Treasurer, in attendance.  The club’s Vagabond Koi rescue, led by their Webmaster, Newsletter Editor and Koi Whisperer, Jerry Myers, has rescued over 400 koi during 2014, some of which have found a new home at the Catamaran Hotel and Stone Brewery.  The rescue mission is ongoing and needs donations to help pay for food, electricity, water, etc. while at Jerry’s Vagabond Koi Sanctuary (his home).  Donations can be facilitated through their website at koiclubofsandiego.org.  Their KHA Rep and 2015 Show Chairman, Jack Chapman, reported no sick fish calls since the water temperature is now in the 70s.  As Show Chair, he has completed the selection of awards with Shirley Elswick, Awards Chairman.  Photos and sponsorship amounts will be posted on their website shortly.  The Vendor and Entrant Kits are being drafted and will also be available on their website as well as being sent out via email.  They continue to research developing the computer program that runs the koi entry/judging and posts results at the show.  They agreed that the bylaws need to be reviewed once a year and updated, if necessary.  Linda Pluth is heading that committee with John Svelan, Paul Atkiss and Jack Chapman to assist.  Their next General Meeting will be held at the home of Phil and Marcia Halpern on July 13th.


Written report submitted by Joan FinneganSo Cal Koi Club held their July meeting at Steve & Susie Brasch’s home in Long Beach.  Guest speaker was Nader Bedokhti, who spoke on his Toba Magic Fountain; it sits in the pond with an anchor; 10 different spray heads with three used at a time.  It also has 4 selectable light colors; 8 other colors may be used.  The unit is turned on and off remotely and spray adjustments also done remotely.   In August, the club will meet at landscaper Andrew Nguyen who will talk about his pond build and plants around his pond.  The club is having name badges made up again using the same company.  In September, they will meet at the new facilities of Inland Koi in Fountain Valley to see their koi.  Larry Christensen, of Northwest K&GF-ZNA Club, said their club is doing very well.  They sponsored the PNKCA Conference this year and did very well with attendance and club also did well.  Their koi show is the 3rd week in September this year at Asian Food Store with the Japanese Festival.  Norm Call, of Oregon K&WGS, said their club has been very successful.  Their annual club BBQ will be in Sept. at Dogwood Motel.  No report from St. Louis WGS.


Written report submitted by Bob Finnegan:  Don Stump, of Great P&KS of W. Michigan, said everything is great; having a good summer.  Jon Floden, of Gulf Coast KS, said the club is enjoying a good year.  Marilyn Strange, of Indiana K&WGC, said they had their koi show and pond tour last June; it was a great success!  Mona Coleman, of Northern Nevada PC, said they had their annual pond tour in June; had a good turnout.  David Muraoka, of Sierra KC, said they are one of the oldest clubs in AKCA; located in Reno, Nevada.  It’s not too active but it is still going on.  Mike Frady, of ZNA Potomac Chapter KC, said the service for Chuck Poppy will be in Sept.  If you want more info, contact Mike at (713) 360-9542.


Written report submitted by Don Chandler: Susan Topping, of Capital Area K&WGC, reports the club met on Sunday June 22, 2014 (the fourth Sunday of the month), at the home of Jim and Tesa Baker, 14361 Oakes Rd., Perry MI. The Club provided food while members brought lawn chairs and their own drinks. The Bakers have a beautiful water feature set in a private country setting. They were planning to have a fish auction – a great way to add to your koi collection. Tentatively they were also hoping to have a speaker from the Lansing Bonsai Club. Bonsai, of course, shares a Japanese heritage with koi keeping.  Check out the club’s web site at http://capitalareakoiclub.orgTerrie Kaufman, of Cascade Koi & GFC, reports after a year’s lapse, the club has rejoined the AKCA!  The club has members from Salem, OR to Longview, WA. We hold our potluck meetings on the second Saturday of each month and have special events in the summers when members can show off their ponds and do bar-b-ques. We are a small club which does not have a show, so our emphasis is on social gatherings where one can ask questions, get answers and exchange ideas. Our website is http://cascadekoiandgoldfish.org. Come join the fun or call Terrie (360) 571-0383 for more information.  Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cascadekoiandgoldfish.org.  Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the July 9th club meeting was held at the home of Mary Helen DelaTorre and was well attended.  New members Ryan and Richele are planning to build a13,000 gallon koi pond and had many questions that were answered by the experienced club members.  Rosimeri discussed the upcoming September koi show; we are getting more vendors signing up and there will be new exhibitors coming as far away as Redding, California.  There was discussion on bio-security measures and setting up a QT tank prior to introducing any new koi into the pond.  Seng discussed the importance of cleaning the bio media inside the pressurized bead filter.  Our next club meeting will be on August 9th at Dale and Sandy Winn’s; our guest speaker will be Dr. Jessie Saunders of Aquatic Veterinary Services.  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 June meeting at the home of Gerald and Janis Bonds and celebrated its 21st birthday!  We are now legal. Gerald smoked chicken and several kinds of sausage, while the rest of the members brought side dishes. The birthday cake followed. Plans are in the works for a July field trip to visit a breeder of hybrid water lilies in Thibodaux, LA. and has also begun plans for creating its first Friendship Award.  We are aiming to have members attend either the Dallas or San Antonio show this Fall.  Check out their website at http://www.deepsouthkoi.org/.  Donny Allen, of E.A.S.Y. Koi Ponds & WGC, reports the club, which is centered in and around Waxahatchie, TX, is proud to have joined the AKCA family this year and is looking forward to learning more about the hobby we all love. Diana Lynn Rehn, of Inland Empire WG&KS, reports the August 16th meeting will be on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.  The Topic: Water quality.  Location: John and Linda Seifert’s home, 10304 E. Upriver Drive, in Spokane, WA.  Come learn about the effects of adding additional filtration – shower filters, foam fractionators and static Kaldness fines filtration. Please bring a water sample from your pond for testing. Dinner to follow meeting. Please bring a side dish to share. Check out their website at http://www.iewgks.orgMac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports the June meeting was held at Mystic Koi & Water Gardens in Upland, California.  The owners, Bill and Sandy DeBrosky and Shawn McHenry, as usual, were great hosts.  Mystic Koi has been around since 1996 and has koi with prices that will fit every pocket book.  In addition to the beautiful variety of koi, Mystic Koi also has an excellent selection of equipment and koi food.  Bill gave an excellent talk on his koi and the history of Mystic Koi.  I was honored to present two $500.00 scholarships to two of our student members, Erika Henry and Carrie Fales.  As a member of the board that selects the scholarship recipients, it was hard to choose just one of these remarkable young ladies.  Consequently, as opposed to what we do normally, and choose one person, we decided to choose two this year.  I would also like to take this time to thank the San Diego Koi Club for their donation of $250.00 toward our scholarship fund.  Thanks to their generous donation, it made giving out two scholarships a little more palatable.  Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org/.   Bernard Nesmith, of Low Country Koi Club, reports the last meeting was held at vice president Butch Abrams’ home. They discussed the upcoming koi forum featuring Grant and Penny Patton, long time Judges.  It will be held on Sat August 2nd from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Ruins at Beresford Hall, 454 Royal Assembly Dr., Daniel Island, SC 29492.  Bernard Nesmith was selected as Koi Person of the Year for our club.  Check out their website at http://www.lowcountrykoiclub.com/. Jo Mead, of Mid-Atlantic Koi Club, has replaced Phillip Gray as President and is looking forward to learning about the AKCA.  Check out their website at http://www.makc.com.  Judith Henderson, of Mountain View Koi Club, reports the meeting on July 6th was held under the canopy of giant pine trees.  Our Koi Person of the Year Certificate, which happened to be a couple, was awarded and photos were taken.  Constructive pond water testing was done not to find fault with the pool that was tested but to familiarize everyone about the importance of knowing the conditions of our own ponds and what to do to rectify the problems.  We had a discussion on the Hariwake Koi documented presentation; very common koi but very confusing.  We welcomed another new member to our group. Refreshments were served and our next meeting will take place at a gardening centre which specializes in rock gardens and unusual water fountain displays.  Check their website at http://www.mountainviewkoiclub.com/.   Phyllis Anderson, of North Idaho Koi Keepers,reports no activity with North Idaho Koi Keepers for this last month.  Hopefully we’ll have a workshop sometime this summer!! Please check out their website at: http://www.northidahokoikeepers.com/id8.html.   Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports at the July meeting a reasonable crowd of 19 turned out to hear Larry Gil discuss Selection of Potential Koi. Best of all we had three new faces attending. Two of them, Li Li and Frederick Reskowski became new members. They came seeking answers to the koi problems they’ve been having. They seem to be very enthusiastic and we are very glad to welcome them into our club. After greeting the new members and discussing their problems we moved on to discussing the upcoming pond tour. Paul and Diane gave us status on the volunteers. The effort is going well, but we still have a few positions open. With business out of the way Cal introduced our speaker, Larry Gil. Larry has been involved with koi since the early 70s. He has traveled to Japan many times and was recently qualified as a Certified Assistant Judge He started the discussion by recounting a little of his history. He stressed that filtration was most important. Like many of us he’s gone through three ponds before he got one he considers acceptable. His current pond is 10,000 gals with 16 koi, many over 30”. Bear in mind that there is no sure thing and guarantees. There is also a lot to learn. Do not buy koi for the sake of buying, buy for yourself.  Larry’s presentation was very interesting for the group and led to many questions.  Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com/.  Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports the June 22, 2014 meeting was combined with our annual Koi Growth Contest.  The general meeting was held at Jim Thirkettle’s Ketl Koi Farm.  Jim discussed the status of the first stage of culling fry from the first spawn of the Japanese koi he purchased on his trip to Japan last year.  It is too early to tell what the results will be as the culling and nurturing continues.  He reviewed his method of spawning with the members.  The May 3, 2014 Koi Ponderosa was a success for the Club and enjoyed by the members.  The Club account was in the black at the June 19 final accounting.  The sale of 852 tickets for the raffle/Ponderosa resulted in a good profit for the club.  Gifts of appreciation were given to members Jim Thirkettle of Ketl Koi Farm, Todd Boswell, Auctioneer, and Mike Przewoznik, Coordinator.  Members felt that the coordination of the event was excellent.  Our club members were well represented at the event and there was something to interest everyone.   The presence and support of AKCA and KOI USA representatives was gratifying.  It was enjoyable to meet koi enthusiasts from other koi clubs.  There was a positive response to possibly hosting such an event in the future.  Before and after photos of the 2013 Koi Growth Contest Beni Kikokuryu koi were posted.  Members familiar with breeding remarked on the difference in color development after a year’s growth.  A couple koi were difficult to match with their before photo from the prior year.  Awards were given for the Best of Show and Most Growth.  Following the meeting adjournment the lottery selection began for the 2014 Koi Growth Contest.  The contest koi were mainly 4 – 6 inch Beni Kumonryu (red, white and black scaleless fish) with a few Kumonryu (black and white scaleless fish).  The members take their contest koi home to their pond to nurture and observe color development during the year.  This contest has proven to be a good learning tool for our club koi enthusiasts.  The next meeting will be on July 27 at the home of a member in Santa Clarita.  Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.  Lois Rosmarin, of Siskiyou Koi & Pond Club, reports their dues check was initially sent to the wrong address but that’s been worked out. Check out their website at http://www.siskiyoukoiclub.com.  No reports received from First Coast KC, Macon WG&KC, Metro-Detroit P&GC, Michigan K&PC SE, Mid-Atlantic KC, Nashville PS, Northern Midwest ZNA KC, Pioneer Valley WG&KC, Rhode Island & Massachusetts KC, Shasta K&WGC, Siskiyou K&PC and Upper Midwest KC.


Written report submitted by Brenda Chandler: Wendell Ford, of Charleston Showa Koi Club, the June 8th meeting was held at Chris Deer’s house with 12 people present.  Minutes from last meeting were read. Meeting locations were discussed and it was decided the July meeting would be at the Leard’s house and September meeting would be at the MacNeil’s house. No other topics were discussed and the meeting was turned over to Chris who talked about water quality. Chris gave out some water test kits and plants. For more info or contact info for club members go to http://www.charlestonshowakoiclub.org/.  Ben Soedjono, of Dallas Koi Kichi Group, reports Vicki Patsdauter gave a small report on the Wet Lab that she and John Ames attended the end of June. There were folks from across the country at this seminar, from Florida to California, and Iowa to South Carolina.   This seminar was originally designed as the end requirement to become a Koi Health Advisor.  They are now allowing folks to take it first, with the written curriculum to be assigned later, or for personal information.  Dr. Nick Saint Erne, DVM was the main speaker.  The wet lab was largely lecture, with some time set aside at the end of the day for teaching taking biopsies, scrapes and snips of fins and then looking for parasites, etc. under the microscope.  Although John and I have used a microscope before, it was interesting in light of the lecture.  If you are looking for a local vet that specializes in koi, you can go to www.aquavetmed.info to find a list.  When I checked our area, 5 names came up, including Dr. David Landers, who has been a corporate sponsor of DKK.  There was a Banquet on Saturday night and a large amount of items donated to be raffled off or for an auction.  Check out their website at http://www.dallaskoikichi.org/.  Brenda Chandler, of Nishiki Koi Club, reports the club met at the home of Gordon and Ally Chibana in Cypress, CA.  Following a delicious Pot Luck dinner, members held a roundtable discussion of issues and items of interest.  Don and Brenda Chandler briefed club members re: the Annual AKCA Business Meeting, Banquet & Wet Lab which they attended in Houston, TX, last month.  Next month’s meeting will be held at the home of Craig and Randee Chambers in Lakewood, CA.  Check out their website at http://www.nishikikoiclub.com.  Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports we are so happy we followed the ‘come on down advice’ to Houston for the 2014 Wet Lab. Actually, NEIKA enjoyed good representation. Iowa had a full table the night of the Banquet & raffle. To be truthful, we were ‘busting our buttons proud’ for two reasons. First, our own KHA member Julie Miller will be assuming the chair position of the Scientific Committee, replacing Jerry Kyle. Julie is a retired school teacher and very comfortable with her new position.  Secondly, (we have no buttons left) we are so proud of our grandson Brendan, who studied the KHA materials and passed all tests and attended the Wet Lab to become the youngest KHA Advisor.  Brendan wants to become a Veterinarian, so he was very comfortable with the study modules. What a wonderful exposure to something he desires to pursue in college.  Our advice to all koi owners out there would be to never miss the opportunity to attend a Wet Lab taught by Dr. Nick Erne. The information is so hands on and well worth the time spent to promote good Koi health.  So we’re anxious to share all with our NEIKA club members next week. The meeting is at the home of the Stubers. The program is about the history of our club, which is just 4 years old. Sandy is fixing a meal and then we will enjoy a cake/ice cream CONGRATS party for Brendan and Julie as a thank you for all they do to help us with good koi husbandry.  Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.  Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the 4th of July has come and gone so it must mean that the year is half over.  The cool weather that we have had for the last several days has been a welcomed relief; I know Cheryl and I have been able to complete several of our big projects that would have taken longer if the weather had stayed hot and humid.  As you know this month’s meeting will be held at Outback Water Gardens; Jeanne, Shawn and David Owen will discuss their business and I understand they will be providing a 10% discount for items purchased by club members on Saturday.  As you know I discussed the officer elections in last month’s letter and if you remember at that time I hadn’t decide if I would seek re-election; so I have made the decision not to run again.  While I really enjoy the meetings and helping make sure that the necessary work gets done, I find that between work, my requirements/duties with the village and family I have just run out of time to get everything done that I want to do.  Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.  Laura Lunsford, of Rocky Mountain Koi Club, reports everyone is busy getting ready for their Koi Show, which will be held Aug 16th and 17th  at Country Fair Gardens, 17201 W. 64th Ave., in Arvada, CO. Check out their website at http://www.rmkc.net/.  Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports the club had a successful koi re-homing auction in June. We sold approximately 60 fish with some sellers splitting and others donating the entire bid to the club. The auction was held on the grounds of Phelan’s Gardens who donate the water and the location to us. On July 12th we will meet at a member’s home destroyed in the Black Forest fire last summer now rebuilt and whose pond is back up and running. To learn more about the koi rescue, see the Koi USA article from last fall. Our August meeting will be the Annual Members Only Pond Tour on August 2nd. We will tour five ponds and have dinner afterwards. Our September meeting is moved a week to September 10th and held at the East Side library with chit chat at 6:30 and the meeting at 7:00. Topic TBD but usually involves getting ponds ready for our Colorado winter. Check out their website at http://www.socokoi.org.  Mary Oxman, of Ventura County Koi Society, reports the July meeting was held at the home of Dan Frayssinet in Thousand Oaks.  It is a unique, new pond which was designed as an integrated part of a home renovation project.  It features 3 areas with a small indoor section and two tunnels under the house to link the main basin area.  Also of interest: A large frameless window dropping into the water, two outside waterfalls and one inside with weeping columns supporting  the sculpture “Benevolence” by Vietnamese artist Tuan Nguyen.     The construction was finished in March of this year.  The pond is now home to water plants, 7 feeder fish (survived our water quality test), 41 small to medium koi and 5 turtles.  The home renovation and pond construction can be seen (under the blog section) at: www.frayssinet.com.  Check their website at http://users.vcnet.com/rrenshaw/vcks.html.


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