2014 08 AKCA Minutes

AKCA Minutes of August 15, 2014

Officers Present:                                 Directors Present:                               Guests:
Chair:            Bob Finnegan
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 6:12 p.m.


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




FINANCIALS: For June we had a beginning checking balance of $97,525.05 and an ending balance of $99,628.08. With PayPal, KHV Checking and AKCA KHV CD account, our ending balance is $136,399.70. For July we had a total income of $5,539.18; COGS of $1,343.93; expenses of $2,093.06 for a net income of $2,103.03. We went over the Profit & Loss for the year. Our total income was $112,901.95, due to transfer from our Investment Account; COGS was $10,617.52 for a gross profit of $102,284.43. Total expenses were $25,799.88 for a net income of $74,538.15. There was a problem last month with the QuickBooks but this has since been resolved.


SCIENTIFIC/KHA: Don received the following e-mail from Julie Miller: I have kept in contact with five people who wanted more information on the KHA program for next year. One will hold off and take it the following year. I have not heard back from the others. I also have had contact from two current KHAs who have moved and are no longer active, so I am still working on trying to update the active KHA list. I have not heard back from many of them. I have been working on rewriting the questions for the units but have a long way to go on that yet. I have been in contact with one person who was suggested for the Pond Design unit but due to a death in the family, that was put on hold. I have talked to one person about being the instructor for the Water Quality unit and was turned down, but they would be willing to be involved in future years. I have also talked to two others about it, but if anyone knows of anyone who would be a good contact for that, please let me know. The KHA information on the website looks good. Julie will provide an article for KOI USA.


PROJECT KHV: No report.


PUBLICATION: Don reported that he met with Bob & Debye Payne this past Wednesday in regards to the transition from Debye to Ron Nugent. It has been a good transition with Debye sending out an email to our advertisers introducing Ron as the new Advertising Director. She has also sent the A/R report, etc. The magazine shipped on Aug. 6th. Larry found a printer, Johnson Press, located in Pontiac, Ill. They have been in business since 1945; Bob is familiar with them and thought this was a safe bet. The turnaround would be the same as Am. Web, just cheaper since they are paper fed and would print less than we currently are printing. Louie would like to see samples. Modern Litho is another printer; Bob said their price is higher but he likes their interface better. Our former editor, Joe Cuny, had his wife Jayne recently pass away. We all extend our condolences to Joe. Don stated that our upcoming issue is a nice one. He’s sorry about the delay caused by his trip to Texas and Bob & Debye’s trip to Arizona.


MEMBERSHIP: We have 71 clubs in good standing. The Land of Lincoln Water Gardening and Koi Societyl applied for admission to the AKCA. : Motion: To approve their application. Motion by Don, 2nd by Carole. Approved. The San Franciso Bay Area Koi Club contacted Don re: reinstatement. Discussion. Their application will be welcomed.


JUDGING: Bob reported that Tom Ayers has recovered somewhat, but is still not up to full speed.


RISK MANAGEMENT: Brenda stated that 22 clubs have already paid their Premium Liability Insurance coverage; last FY we had 26 clubs enrolled.


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! Brenda reported that she was asked if we could have another koi on a T-shirt (Kohaku); further discussion. We had four orders today, alone; Ron has been doing a great job. He calls to tell them their order has been shipped and then calls them several days later to confirm delivery. Total Bookstore sales for the month were $2,998.







2015 Seminar: Jean Jahr, of the Camellia Koi Club, will be the Chair of the Wet Lab/Seminar in Sacramento.


2016 Seminar: Northeast Iowa will be hosting the Wet Lab/Seminar in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Claude Head is the man in charge. They already have a guest speaker lined up and they’re working on lodging, facilities, airport arrangements, etc.



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



Slates: Louie asked for a KOI USA article with pictures of the Peter Enfield slates we have; we have already posted pictures on the AKCA website of the 5 we have left and the 2 that Jack Chapman has in San Diego.



Brenda reported that she found 2 polo shirts in the bookstore; it was determined they were Judges shirts and Bob told her to be sure to keep them.


Motion to adjourn at 7:34 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 had over 20 people go on a caravan to a nearby city, have lunch and view Leslie Eno’s garden on acreage, it was amazing. Hot temps, but much fun. She included a picture. In August, they’ll be crossing the border into Oregon and visiting club members Gene & Luann Garner at their home and pond. Ralph Smith, of Southwest K&PA, wishes to thank Kevin and Sandra Piper for graciously hosting their July meeting and Congratulations to Margaret Gallardo for being voted SKAPA’s Koi Person of the Year. Their next meeting will be at the home of Carlo and Claudia Herrera. Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they recently finished a successful pond tour. Their July meeting was held at the home of new member, Dave Keller. There was no speaker scheduled, which gave them a chance to talk about their own ponds and what is going on with each of them. A potluck was enjoyed by everyone. Northern Iowa P&KC also finished their pond tour. Because of the tour, their July meeting was a “pre tour” of the up and coming tour. During this meeting the members are invited to carpool and caravan around to all the ponds on the tour. It’s a fun evening full of a lot of conversation. Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said there wasn’t much to add since the last month. Some of their club members are joining the Lowcountry Koi Club in Charleston, SC for the first weekend of August for a forum set up by their club. The discussion centers around selecting quality koi for your pond. In the meantime, their club continues to ramp up getting everything ready for their koi show set for October 3 – 5th. Their club’s August meeting is the 16th and the program is creating a Japanese garden. Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said there was nothing to report. They continue to meet at member’s ponds for the rest of the year. Steve Dumas, of North Texas WGS, said they just had their annual Tour of Ponds on June 7th & 8th. During their July meeting, they had club members tell them about building their ponds. What they would do again and what they would do differently. Join them at their monthly meeting on August 12th for “Butterflies in the Garden,” with speaker Judy Collins. Or come to their September 9th meeting for “What Toad is That?” with speaker Barbara Turner. Also, in September, they will be at the Texas Discovery Garden at Fair Park in Dallas for the Fall Clean Up. Of course, no one wants to miss their Annual Holiday Party in December! They have had several fish & pond rescues this year, some of which are still ongoing. Steve personally rescued about 10 baby butterfly koi from a pond in North Texas. For more information about North Texas WGS and any upcoming events or meeting topics, please see their website at http://www.ntwgs.org/or check out their Facebook page. They want to remind everyone of the meeting locations: Their monthly meetings will be held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month and held at the Community Meeting Room inside the Half Price Books located on NW Highway (loop 12) just east of 75 in Dallas. Plant exchange is allowed near the rear loading dock before and after each meeting. Jerry Woodbury, of Miami Valley WGS, said last month’s speaker was Steve Blessing from Green Vista Water Gardens talking to them about keeping your pond water clear all year long. Also, he gave information about fish care during the summer. Christine Wilkolaski, of Niagara Frontier K&PC, said their July pond tour went great. They did 30 second videos at each stop and put them on their website. August brings them to their local fair. Members volunteer time at their fair pond answering questions about ponds and their club. It is a chance to get new members to join. Their last public function will be next month at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve Fall Festival. They built a pond there years ago. They do craft activity with the kids; usually a form of fish shaped sand art and answer questions from the adults. Carole tried but was unable to reach Amarillo KS; Atlanta KC; Canada KC of British Columbia; Hawaii Goldfish & Carp; Puget Sound KC;; WGC of South Texas.


Written report submitted by Louie Hernandez: Bakersfield K&WGS said the July meeting was at the home of Eric and Christy Lafortune in Keene. Their home is in the beautiful Tehachapi Mountains. They have 2 ponds, a 500 and 1,000 gallon pond. The two ponds are connected by a waterfall. The club discussed more on the upcoming show in October. The club had a discussion on water temperature taken from an article she found. After that a great demonstration and discussion was performed on how to catch, measure and transport koi. The club is hoping everyone took notes so they would be more apt to showing at their koi show. Ron and Malise have been partaking in a couple of large koi rescues with the help of a few members. It appears that the club will have some nice koi (large and small) for the show to sell. The club is planning a trip to Barstow Koi in September with invites from some other clubs. The next meeting will be at the home of Walter McKinney in Bakersfield. He added some new filtration which the club has not seen. Glen Hubenthal, of Austin PS, said their 20th Annual Pond Tour was a success thanks to all the volunteers with Pond Tour Chairman Karl Tinsley. Frank Allcorn, editor, did a great job creating print and video in Ripples newsletter about the Pond Tour. The speaker for August monthly meeting is about rain water collection. Some members will be manning an APS booth at the next Home and Garden Show to spread the word about their club. Linda Pluth, of Koi Club of San Diego, reports Saturday, September 20th at 8:30 am KCSD will be taking apart and cleaning the bio-filter at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. Our Club maintains the filter system and our KHA, Jack Chapman, oversees the pond’s water quality and koi health. Once a year we clean one side of the two chamber bio-filter and replace UV lights. Anyone can come and participate or just watch the rest of us get gooshy dirty as we stomp out the gunk in the open cell foam. This is a good time to see the Norm Meck filter system up close and personal! Jack Chapman, our 2015 Show Chairman, is forging ahead with show plans for our 28th Annual Show that will be held March 7th and 8th 2015. The banquet will be at the show site with our koi and will include filet mignon, shrimp, vegetables and sausage on skewers. We have confirmation from our six judges: Kate McGill, Head Judge, Andy Moo, Ben Plonski, Ken Liu and Shawn McHenry. Our sixth judge is none other than our own Dr. Galen Hansen. This will be his last show as a judge so how fitting is it that he will be judging the San Diego Show. He is one of the persons responsible for the AKCA Judges Certification program in the United States. He has never been a judge at our show before since he was always entering koi and was responsible for coordinating the judges for each of our shows. What a great way to retire! He is excited about it and we are excited to share this experience with him. We will recognize Galen at the banquet along with another retiring member, Norm Meck, who always handled water quality at our shows (and other shows around the country) as well as the computer program and overhead results display. The banquet sounds like a great opportunity to say goodbye to these two giants of the koi world. We are thinking about creating the show T-shirts and pin earlier than usual so we can advertise the show earlier. The By-laws review committee will be meeting within a month to review the By-laws for any changes or additions as the Club evolves.

Written report submitted by Joan Finnegan: So Cal Koi Club held their August meeting at the home of Andrew Nguyen, a landscape architect. This was a wonderful meeting; beautiful koi pond with large koi, especially a Tancho. The pond is lined around with black bamboo. His front yard is just as interesting to walk through. He designed his pond system as well as all the incredible landscaping, including a greenhouse full of a large variety of orchids. In September the club will meet at the new facility of Inland Koi and hear from the owner. The topic will be “How to pick a quality koi.” The Holiday get together will be held along with the Nishiki Koi Club at the Claim Jumper Restaurant in Fountain Valley; we will have a gift exchange as well. Norm Call, of Oregon K&WGS, reported that the 1st Saturday in Sept. will be their Annual BBQ. The 2nd Saturday in Sept. is their Annual Pond Tour. Their club is sending $250 to Camp Millenium for a kids get away with cancer from athe Roseburg, Eugene & Portland, Oregon area. Their next meeting they will discuss their koi show held this past June. Weather is hot. Joan called and tried to reach Larry Christensen of the Northwest K&GF-ZNA Club; left a message.


Written report submitted by Bob Finnegan: Marilyn Strange, of Indiana K&WGC, said their next meeting is Aug. 30th at Lemon Lake at a member’s home. The big feature of the meeting is fishing and eating a lunch. Everything is going great! Don Stump, of Great P&KS of W. Michigan, said their club is very active and it is larger than last year. They’re having a koi dealer speak at the next meeting. Jon Floden, of Gulf Coast KS, said the club is enjoying a good year. Marilyn Strange, of Indiana K&WGC, said he didn’t go the meeting last Sunday, Aug. 17th! Everything is OK! Mona Coleman, of Northwest PC, said they had their annual pond tour in June; had a good turnout. David Muraoka, of Sierra KC, said the club is small and has been around as long as they can remember. It is up and going and very active with 15 families. Mike Frady, of ZNA Potomac Chapter KC, said their koi show is Sept. 6-8th. They have 45 tanks already reserved. For the old members, Chuck Poppy’s funeral service is Sept. 10th at Arlington Cemetery. Jan Brown, of North Florida KC, said everything is going OK. They will not have a koi show this year but will have one April 15, 2015.


Written report submitted by Don Chandler: Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports we would like to invite everyone to attend our August 9th meeting at Dale and Sandy Winn’s home, as we will have a guest speaker there: Dr. Jesse Sanders from Aquatic Veterinary Services from Santa Cruz, CA. She will be discussing koi health and will be doing a presentation and have handouts along with answering any koi health questions. She is taking time out of her busy schedule to talk to us and I hope you can come visit our meeting and talk and listen to her speech. Everyone is welcomed to attend including outside club members from other clubs and anyone interested in joining our club. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com/ . Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports our July meeting was held at the home of new members, Armand and Eve Blais.  The Blais family lives off of a golf green and have a liner koi pond that was there when they purchased the home.  Newsletter Editor Pete Miles gave an excellent presentation on tips to help your koi survive the summer.  A representative of Toba Fountains gave a presentation and demonstration on their pond and pool fountains.  The fountain has about four water heads, timer, and lights that can be controlled by a remote control.  Although, it was hot, a good time was had by all. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org .   Dan Chevalier, of Land of Lincoln WG&KS , reports their Jul meeting was entitled “An Evening at the Governor’s Mansion” with a guided tour of the gardens by Harry Lewis at the Illinois Governor’s Mansion in Springfield, IL. The August 28th meeting at the Douglas Ave. Methodist Church in Springfield will feature speaker Brad Boewe on “Lighting Your Water Garden.” Check out their website at http://www.llwgs.org/ .   Judith Henderson, of Mountain View Koi Club, reports their meeting was held July 6th under the canopy of giant pine trees.  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. A 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 / .  Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports at the July meeting with all of the activity I missed a count, but we had good attendance from most of the volunteers and pond owners. Our Event Coordinators, Diane Stelma and Paul Townsley, explained the Box setup and volunteer duties. All of the questions were quickly answered and volunteers were assigned to take their boxes to the pond. With the critical items out of the way, we adjourned and left to get some rest before the big event. This was second year when a lot attention was paid to confine the tour to a fairly small area. We found this was greatly appreciated by our guests. We had more than 250 guests turn out for the tour. And once again we were blessed with a gorgeous NorCal day with temperatures in the 80s. The perfect day for visiting six very different and interesting ponds. Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com/ . Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports Co-President Doug Sudbury hosted the Jul meeting at his home. The remaining events on the Club calendar were reviewed. Mike Przewoznik advised the club that the Barstow Koi Farm will be the site of a day event on Saturday, September 13. Local clubs are invited to come on out and check out the facility. The Bakersfield Koi Club plans to attend and perhaps a few other clubs. He noted that this is the closest one can get to a traditional Japanese koi breeder in our area. Members agreed to make this a field trip for the club. If there are enough going a van may be rented by the club. The club bank account as of the end of July is at an all-time high following the Club’s Koi Ponderosa. The 8th Annual Christmas Gathering is scheduled as a dinner event on Sunday, December 7. Volunteers were requested to search for a restaurant. Al Nicholson volunteered to look into this and report back. Nominations were opened for the position of Treasurer for 2015 & 2016 and incumbent Treasurer Pat Baptist was elected.   Members were polled on any interest in hosting a Ponderosa-type event in the future. Those present were pleased with the success and enjoyment of the Koi Ponderosa this year and were willing to support such an event next year. Although Ponderosa coordinator Mike Przewoznik was considering retiring from such an endeavor, he agreed to assist the club with the next event. The next meeting will be on August 24, 2014. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html/ . Renee Ottsman, of Shasta K&WGC, reports she will stand in for our club’s AKCA Dir/Rep (since Gary Desmond recently died suddenly) until the board meets again.  Not sure when that will be, since our President Armando has temporarily turned over his responsibilities to our club secretary, Tammy Cole.  I’ll send you our newsletters and you can use them for the “club reports” as required.  Our next club meeting is on August 16th at 10:00 a.m. at Terry & Lori Stewart’s home in Redding and we’ll be discussing lots of topics concerning the continued running of the club.  The minutes of this newsletter will reveal all. Check out their website at http://www.shastakoiclub.com/ . Dick Hadley, of Upper Midwest Koi Club, reports the club held its koi show this week end.  We benched approximately 95 fish with more larger sizes than in past years.  Class five was particularly competitive. Michael Hernandez and Henry Culpepper were our judges.  Grand Champion A was a size 5 Kohaku owned by Ron Sterbenz.  Grand Champion B was a size 6 Shiro Utsuri owned by Bill and Jan Doyle. Check their website at www.uppermidwestkoiclub.org/ . The following clubs did not submit reports: CAPITAL AREA, CASCADE KOI &GFC, DEEP SOUTH KOI & POND SOCIETY, E.A.S.Y. KOI POND & WGC, FIRST COAST KOI CLUB, INLAND EMPIRE, LOW COUNTRY KOI CLUB, MACON WATER GARDEN & KOI CLUB, METRO-DETROIT POND & GARDEN CLUB, MICHIGAN KOI & POND CLUB SE, MID-ATLANTIC KOI CLUB, NASHVILLE POND SOCIETY, NORTH IDAHO KOI KEEPERS, NORTHERN MIDWEST ZNA KOI CLUB, PIONEER VALLEY WATER GARDEN AND KOI CLUB, RHODE ISLAND & MASSACHUSETTS KOI CLUB & SISKIYOU KOI & POND CLUB.



Written report submitted by Brenda Chandler: Ben Soedjono, of Dallas Koi Kichi Group, reports Michael Moffitt received his KPOTY Certificate from Vicki Patsdauter and John Ames won the raffle prize. Ben Soedjono gave a presentation entitled “Peace of Mind via Standby Generator.” Check out their website at http://www.dallaskoikichi.org /. Brenda Chandler, of Nishiki Koi Club, reports the club met at the home of VPs Craig and Randee Chambers in Lakewood, where hot dogs, hamburgers and all the fixings were served up on a lovely SoCal afternoon. Our guest speaker, Roland from Toyoma Koi, brought a demonstration unit of his Kami Mizu shower system and discussed its benefits. All in all, a very enjoyable meeting! Check out their website at http://www.nishikikoiclub.com/ . Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports summer has ended. Back to school in Iowa. However, now we turn to our next season and preparing for Fall. All that said, since our trip to Houston for the Wet Lab,  we all need to keep in  mind the importance of water quality. Water testing with pond strips isn’t always very accurate, however better than nothing. Of course, water tube testing kits are good, but is there any other test more accurate or convenient? In that search, Claude and Dianne Head made the decision to personally purchase the ECO CHECK EXACT SYSTEM from ITS. This one piece tester measures total alkalinity, phosphate, nitrate, nitrite, chloride/salt, copper, water hardiness, ammonia and chlorine. If a pond member has a recognized problem, they can utilize this with our two KHAs. Brendan continues to learn, work with and support Julie in their effort to assist members if they so desire. Water quality is so important to Brendan, so he is making a graph chart under his ‘KOI 101’ program. At our next meeting each member will receive a copy of this chart. They can date and record their own pond readings on pH, Salt, Ammonia, Temperature, Alkalinity, Nitrate, Nitrrite, Chlorine and Hardness. Then they can   make comparisons daily, weekly or monthly. Of course, there is no obligation. The decision to use this spread sheet is up to each individual member. Brendan and Julie are always available to assist if needed. Technology has entered our NEIKA World. Story to be continued….. Our program at the Frost residence next week will be our Scientific/KHA, Julie Miller, explaining how she plans to roll out the new improved KHA program. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html/ . Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports he will be stepping down as President and AKCA Dir/Rep. Elections are to be held in the near future. Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/ . Laura Lunsford, of Rocky Mountain Koi Club, reports their koi show was scheduled for Aug 15-17 at the Country Fair Garden Center in Arvada, CO. Check out their website at http://www.rmkc.net/ Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports the next meeting will be on Sep 10 at the East Library on N. Union Blvd. Chit Chat from 6:30 – 7:00. Meeting starts at 7:00. Topic: “So, You Fish are Flashing . . . Now What?” Diagnostic techniques by Jerry Hunter. Plus, nominations for officer will be opened with 5 vacancies on the board.; elections to be held at the Oct meeting. Tosai Selection: We need to decide what Taro should look for in his trips to Japan this fall. Check out their website at http://www.socokoi.org/. David Yee, of Valley of the Sun Koi Club, Inc., reports the next meeting will be the 3rd week of Sep. News Flash: President Frank Valdez has stepped down! Check their website at http://www.vskc.net/ . Mary Oxman, of Ventura County Koi Society, reports last’s month’s meeting at the home of Daniel Frayssinet and Tamara was an unforgettable experience. Most of us consider our koi family pets. In this case the koi go right into the house and swim from one area to another via tunnels. The family dog finds the koi endlessly fascinating and swims about with them. Even the turtles in the pond can come out into the house. I have never seen anyone embrace koi keeping so completely. I hope to see everyone at our August 16th meeting at the Newbury Park home of Bobby and Eileen Chana. It has been quite some time since our last visit there. Plus, Bobby is making his famous barbecued chicken wings! See you soon! Check their website at http://users.vcnet.com/rrenshaw/vcks.html/ . The following clubs did not submit reports: CHARLESTON SHOWA KOI CLUB & HIGH DESERT KOI FANCIERS.

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