2014 09 AKCA Minutes

AKCA Minutes of September 12, 2014


Officers Present:                                 Directors Present:                               Guests:

Chair:  Bob Finnegan
Vice Chair: Don Chandler
Secretary: Carole Elliott
CFO: Brenda Chandler


Board Highlights:

  • 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, IA with the Northeast Iowa Club hosting
  • Jack Chapman has resigned as KHV Chairperson; we are looking for someone to replace him (are you interested???)


The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Bob Finnegan, at 6:05 pm


MINUTES: Motion: To approve the minutes of August 15th. Motion by Don, 2nd by Brenda. Approved.




FINANCIALS: From the August Profit and Loss Report: AKCA membership dues were $150 (late fee included) and bookstore income of $498.04 for a total of $648.04. COGS were $1691.52 including bookstore direct costs of $953.73 (30 Dr. Nick Sainte-Erne books) for a total gross profit of minus $1,043.48. Expenses were $1808.67 for a net income of minus $2,851.32. We also went over the August financials that included PayPal sales of $933.29.


SCIENTIFIC/KHA: Julie Miller wrote a nice article on the state of the program and her efforts to rebuild it that will be in the upcoming issue of KOI USA.


PROJECT KHV: Jack asked to step down after serving 2 years as the Program Director. The Board thanked Jack for his service and need to find a replacement. Louie had previously asked if Jack had sent photos of the Peter Enfield slates their club has? Don received the photos today. Discussion followed about the upcoming San Diego Koi Show and them selling the 2 slates they currently have. After much discussion, it was decided to auction one off and raffle the other with 100% of the proceeds of both going to Project KHV. We will publish a piece in KOI USA to generate interest. Auction will start at $100. Discussion about the KHV grant from Oregon State University. They want an extension on their grant, however, they have not been giving us quarterly reports on their research. They asked for $5,000 to go with the original amount of $11,000 paid by Joan back in 2012. It was decided that we will pay this provided that they give us better quarterly reports. They listed three goals in their original research agreement signed July, 2012 and they have met two of these. They still need to examine the origin of KHV in America.


PUBLICATION: Don reported that Bob Payne is putting the finishing touches on the next issue; will go to Don for corrections and then back to Bob. After much discussion, it was felt that we would be better served by staying with our current printer, American Web. They will give us a $700-800 reduced fee as they are purchasing a sheet fed machine that will cut the costs of our magazine cover (which must be sheet fed). There was discussion about expanding the magazine in the Asian market; Mike Hernandez is helping by taking magazines/KOI ID posters to the Philippines. Much discussion about ways to increase advertisers. We also reviewed guidelines for compensation for KOI USA Advertising Director.


MEMBERSHIP: Springfield WGS came back paying $150 (including reinstatement fee) as well as $125 for insurance premium. Motion: To reinstate the Springfield WGS as an AKCA member club. Motion by Carole, 2nd by Bob. Approved. We currently have 74 clubs; there will be 75 when North Florida pays their reinstatement fee; Bob to contact them.


JUDGING: No report.


RISK MANAGEMENT: 23 clubs have paid at the premium level for $2875. There are 2 more clubs that have inquired. The Mid Atlantic club emailed and asked if our D&O insurance applies to member organizations; we have contacted our broker to check with our carrier.


BOOKSTORE: Brenda went over the bookstore report; said that Ron has been working for 3 months without a contract. He puts in much time, using his phone and gas to complete orders. Total Bookstore sales last month, including checks, cc’s and PayPal were $1930. Much discussion followed with the following sliding scale approved: 2 hours @ $25/hr for paperwork plus – 15% for month end orders under $500; 17.5% for under $1,000; 20% for under $1,500; 22.5% for under $2,000; 25% for under $2,500; 27.5% for under $3,000; and 30% for over $3,000. Don will write the contract.



  • Don received an email from John Rae inquiring about the KHA program and if it’s on our website? Who do they contact? Right now they would contact Julie Miller at jam1150@hotmail.com . If unable to do so, contact Don Chandler at donnbda@aol.com who can forward info to her.




2015 Seminar: No report.


2016 Seminar: Brenda reported that Claude Head has been busy; we’ve already received a proposal from the Clarion Hotel; we had some minor questions to be answered. The room rate quoted was $104; would be in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Claude is very organized!!!



  • 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?
  • Do you have a member who is interested in taking over the KHV Project?? If so, please contact Don Chandler.



  • AKCA & KOI USA Inc. Annual Budgets updated



  • Koi Person of the Year: Don received an email (forwarded from Paul) asking if clubs are still able to submit late Koi Person of the Year certificates. YES!!! Send them to donnbda@aol.com .




Motion to adjourn at 7:45 p.m. Motion by Carole, 2nd by Brenda. Approved.


Respectfully submitted by,

Carole Elliott, Secretary





Written report submitted by Carole Elliott: Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said they continue having their monthly meetings at member’s ponds through December. Nothing much to add. Stephen Dumas, of the North Texas WGS, invited all to join their September 9th meeting for “Wild Neighbors: Coyotes, Bobcats and Foxes with speaker Bonnie Bradshaw. Also this month, they will be at the Texas Discovery Garden at Fair Park in Dallas for the fall clean up. They will also have their popular Annual holiday party in December. They have had several fish and pond rescues this year, some of which are still ongoing. For more information about their club and any upcoming events or meeting topics, please see their website at http://www.ntwgs.org/or check out their Facebook page. Ralph Smith, of the Southwest K&PA, wishes to thank Carlo and Claudia Herrera for graciously hosting their last meeting, and their guest speaker Elaine Hengen, their ‘go to expert’ when it comes to their pond and land turtles. Their next meeting will be at the home of Mark & Gayle Nash with guest speaker Engineer Jeanette Lockard of the El Paso Electric Co. Jackie Allsup, of the Eastern Iowa PS, said their last meeting was at the home of Linda and Tim Nolan. It featured guest speaker, Jamie Beyer. Jamie talked to the group about other fish for the ponds besides koi. A potluck was enjoyed by everyone. Lots of fun conversations and questions followed. Jackie Allsup, of Northern Iowa P&KC, said they enjoyed a potluck at the home of Gaylord Stauffer. Gaylord’s yard features not only a pond, but a grassless yard. That left a lot of beautiful flowers and plants to see. They talked about the past pond tour and several “pond” topics where brought up and discussed. In closing Gaylord, a very accomplished musician, played several tunes for them on his harp. It was beautiful and left them all mesmerized. It was a beautiful evening and everyone hung around till late. Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said their club is working hard getting ads for their koi show publication and getting advertising out wherever they can. This includes TV, newspapers, internet and radio. They are on the radio’s web page, under events, of a local radio station www.earthfmwrth.com. They will be doing radio advertising throughout the day starting 2 weeks before the koi show. Christine Wilkolaski, of Niagara Frontier K&PC, said they are preparing for the Fall Festival at Reinstien Woods Nature Preserve on Sept. 20th. Their meeting will be a group round table like discussion on pond and koi keeping. Groups will get questions and see if they can answer other members can chime in as they are discussed as a whole. A poll will be done to see what topics they would like to see as future speakers. They have had a higher than normal calls of people having koi and needing to find them homes. They have their over and under club working extra this year finding homes for them. Gary Floyd, of Amarillo KS, said their club hasn’t met in a while; will probably meet in October. Carole tried but was unable to reach Atlanta KC; Canada KC of British Columbia; Hawaii GF& C; Miami Valley WGS; Puget Sound KC; and WGC of South Texas.


Written report submitted by Louie Hernandez: Debby Young, of Southern Arizona KA, said that they held their annual picnic this summer in Herford at Mountain View Koi. Lot of fun and food. The August meeting was a round table discussion on installing GFI circuits and GFI Outlets along with battery backup systems. The September meeting will be held in Vail, AZ (a bit cooler) with a big push on the organization of their 35th Annual Koi Show. Don Chamberlain, of ZNA NorCal, said they did not have an event this month. The officers held a meeting to discuss the upcoming koi show planned for 2/28-3/2/15. Work is now beginning in earnest to make this a success.   Louie Hernandez, ZNA SoCal Chapter, reported our Aug meeting was in Fountain Valley at the new location for Inland Koi . The topic was koi buying in Japan. Chai T gave a great talk on the best times to go to Japan depending on what size koi you are looking for. We learned about dealers that take hobbyists and what to expect.. Owners of Inland Koi (Peter & Joe) talked about their move and the reasons for moving. In Orange & Los Angeles counties we now have at least 9 great koi dealers within 45 minutes of Anaheim, CA. Our show poster is ready to go to the printer so look for us in Facebook with more details to come about our show in March 2015.



Written report submitted by Joan Finnegan: So Cal Koi Club is getting reservations

for the annual Holiday party to be held with Nishiki Koi Club on Nov. 30th at the

Claim Jumper. The Sept. meeting was held at Inland Koi in Fountain Valley. They had

many large koi displays. The koi looked great and very healthy with lots of different

sizes and many show quality koi.      They also have some beautiful patio and casual teak

furniture. They were very hospitable with lots of cold drinks and wonderful Krispy

Kreme donuts. Larry Christensen, of Northwest K&GFC-ZNA Northeast Chapter,

said their 34th Annual Koi Show is this weekend. They have a good slate of officers.

PNKCA made $13,000 profit. Joan tried but was unable to reach Oregon K&WGS.


Written report submitted by Bob Finnegan: North Florida KC said everything is OK. Sierra KC said everything is OK. ZNA Potomac Chapter KC had their koi show last month. There were 36 entries; 306 koi. The Grand Champion was a Kohaku and a past winner. Jon Flood, of Gulf Coast KS, said their club is doing OK; the weather is very hot. Mona, of the Northern Nev. PC, said everything is OK. Bob tried but was unable to reach Olympic K,GF&WGC; Great Ponds & KS of West Michigan; and Indiana K&WGC.


Written report submitted by Don Chandler: Susan Topping, of Capital Area K&WGC, reports thirty-four people turned out for the Aug meeting at Beth and Paul Barker’s Wiliamston home. They have wonderful fish and a unique pond, all in a private rural setting. Several people stopped at Miller’s Plaza in Williamston on their way home. What an interesting garden and pond! Many of us who have lived in this area for many years were unaware it even existed. This month’s meeting will be on Sep 21 at the home of Frank and Felicia Rodriguez in Lansing. As was mentioned at the Aug meeting, the club will have a photo contest at the Nov holiday party. Winners will be selected by your vote, and each vote will cost a quarter. Proceeds will go to charity. For more details, check with Simone Ranes the club’s Vice President and Marketing Director. Check out the club’s web site at http://capitalareakoiclub.org . Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the Aug General Meeting was held at Dale and Sandy Winn’s home Aug 9. We were lucky enough to have a great guest speaker: Dr. Jessie Sanders from Santa Cruz. Spoke about koi health and showed us how she performs surgery and treats fish. Very good information. Great turn out. Good to see some new members and guests.   There were quite a few raffle items and new members had most of the winning tickets. It was great! Sep meeting will be at Rosimeri and Seng Tran’s house on the 9th at 7:00. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com . James McAdams, of Deep South Koi & Pond Society, reports it’s time for our Sep meeting and here’s the scoop: Sunday, Sep 28th at the home of Donald and Carol Simpson in Baton Rouge from 2:30 to 4:30. Check out their website at http://www.deepsouthkoi.org/ . Doug Stuber, of the First Coast Koi Club, reports the Aug meeting was at the home of Glen and Amy Fontan in Yulee. The Sep 20th meeting will be at the home Mark and Michelle Masters in Jacksonville. Special reminder: Our club Koi Show will be here in roughly 8 weeks. Put it on your schedule to be available to help. Contact one of the officers to volunteer for one of the activities. Check out their website at http://www.firstcoastkoiclub.com/ . Diana Lynn Rehn, of Inland Empire WG&KS, reports they had a great summer starting off with our water plant booth at the Garden Expo.  This event had over 300 vendors.  We even sold shubunkins this year.  Next year we are considering selling baby koi!  In Jul we had our pond tour.  Unfortunately with all the area fires and the horrible smoke in the air, it was not well attended, but we still got three new members!  This summer we have had all our meetings (May through Sep and maybe Oct) pond side.  It is wonderful to have the beauty of the pond right beside you.  This year we had guest speakers on water quality and Ikebana, along with presentations on pond building and foam fractionators and bio filters.  Our upcoming meeting will be splitting plants and sharing with others in the club.  We have upcoming elections in Oct with an open slate at this time.  We had other new members recently join our club which we hope will help keep our club vibrant and interesting.  We had an update on our website with a new website address:  www.iewgks.org and a new webmaster and newsletter editor.  We hope to keep the workload spread out to make it more enjoyable for all! Check out their website at http://www.iewgks.org . Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports their Aug meeting was held at the home of Miguel, Kelly and Ricky Sierra.  Unfortunately, I was unable to attend, but was told that everything well. This was due to the hospitality of the Sierra family and the running of the meeting by our very able bodied Vice President, Rob Fales.  In Sep, our meeting will be held at the home of Richard and Dee Dee Henry.  This will be the first time the Henrys have hosted a meeting, and we really appreciate them for undertaking this endeavor.  The topic of discussion, by our speaker, will be on the best time to buy koi and how to pick them. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org. .   Dan Chevalier, of Land of Lincoln WG&KS , reports the Aug meeting, at the Douglas Ave. Methodist Church in Springfield, featured Brad Boewe (from Moonlit Gallery Outdoor Lighting) who shared ideas and tips on highlighting the best features in your water garden and other outdoor landscaping. The Sep meeting will be held at the same location on Sep 25th at 6:30 p.m. Check out their website at http://www.llwgs.org . John Rae, of Michigan Koi & Pond Club SE, reports in Sep the club met at the home of Ray & Teri Alexander in Livonia for a workshop on How to Build Rocks/Boulders. Check out their website at http://www.mkpc-se.com/. Judith Henderson, of Mountain View Koi Club, reports their Aug meeting was held at the beautiful Rock and Water Gardens of Any Shrerer. The meeting was held outdoors at picnic tables on the grounds. Discussions included fall pond preparation and some members are scaling down their pond and have some koi for sale. Members were quite enthusiastic about the new and improved posters from AKCA. We have a few members who will be ordering some and we will have one for our club that will be laminated. Our monthly presentation included a talk on the Tancho Koi and handouts were available. Our Oct meeting will be about Shushui. Our next meeting will be our upcoming Koi Photo show. Raffle prizes of lovely handmade stone Inukshiks were presented from the Sherer’s Rock and Water Garden. Refreshments were served. Check their website at http://www.mountainviewkoiclub.com/ Carole Boozer, of Nashville Pond Society, reports our Annual, Progressive Dinner is around the corner. What better way to get to know other members in a more personal environment, share stories, see other members ponds, have a great meal, and a fun evening. This year it will be on Saturday, September 20. Where? … Well that’s the fun part. It will be here, there, and everywhere, ….depending on where you live as to the proximity to other members. Last year the Progressive Dinner was a big success, and definitely fun for all who attended. Don’t miss out on a night to remember! Check out their website at http://www.nashvillepondsociety.org . Lynn Eaton, of Pioneer Valley Water Garden and Koi Club, reports the the Sep meeting at the Home of Tim & Karen Bowman in Southampton will be a Pot Luck Social. Please consider Bringing a Dish for all to enjoy. The speaker will be Dan Ziomek, of Hadley Garden Center, on “Pruning Basics, Pruning Tools and Tool Maintenance.” There will also be a Plant Exchange and a 50/50 raffle. Check out their website at http://www.pioneervalleypondclub.com/meetings.html Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports at the Aug meeting, Co-President Doug Sudbury called the meeting to order at the home of members Fred & Sara Seeley.   The Club will rent a large van for members to travel to the Bakersfield Koi & Water Garden Society’s Pond-a-monium at the Barstow Koi Farm in Newberry Springs on September 13. Members were advised about the new AKCA Koi ID posters available to clubs for $5.95/each. A supply was available at this meeting and more will be ordered, if needed. A few local restaurants were discussed as sites for the Eighth Annual Christmas dinner on December 7, 2014. Additional research will be conducted and the decision will be announced via email and at the next meeting. Hosting another koi enthusiast day event is being considered by the Club and member Mike Przewoznik will coordinate the event. The proposed theme is the 1960’s. He has found a 1960’s band that would be a good fit for the theme. Members are to bring suggestions for the event name to the September meeting and those present will vote on the name. Members complimented Mike Przewoznik on the KOI USA article about our Koi Ponderosa that appeared in the last issue. A few meeting hosts are needed to fill out the club’s 2015 calendar. First time meeting hosts were encouraged as it is always interesting to view the type and location of pond of other pond owners. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html . Renee Ottsman, of Shasta K&WGC, reports the time has come again for nominations to fill the following seats on our club’s board in 2015: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Member at Large. At the last club meeting, a nominating committee was formed consisting of Tom Tranbarger, Eda Eggeman, Karen Wing and Penny Hart. They will be seeking club members to fill these open offices. Please consider taking one of these rewarding positions if one of the committee members contacts you. Jon Laubin has volunteered to become the 2015 Webmaster and will update the SK&WC Facebook page. Renee Ottsman has agreed to continue for one more year as Newsletter Editor. Check out their website at http://www.shastakoiclub.com . Dick Hadley, of Upper Midwest Koi Club, reports held their annual koi show on August 1-3, 2014 at Bachman’s Gardens. For complete results, visit their 2014 show page. The Oct meeting will be on the 4th at 14128 Woodhaven Road, Minnetonka, MN. Check their website at www.uppermidwestkoiclub.org . The following clubs did not provide reports: Cascade Koi & GFC, E.A.S.Y. Koi Ponds & WGC, Low Country Koi Club, Macon Water Garden & Koi Club, Metro-Detroit Pond & Garden Club, Mid-Atlantic Koi Club, Northern Midwest ZNA Koi Club, North Idaho Koi Keepers, Rhode Island & Massachusetts Koi Club, Santa Clara Valley K&WGC and Siskiyou Koi & Pond Club.


Written report submitted by Brenda Chandler: Wendell Ford, of Charleston Showa Koi Club, reports the club held their Pond Tour on Sep 14th but haven’t yet posted photos. Check out their website at http://www.charlestonshowakoiclub.org/ . Ben Soedjono, of Dallas Koi Kichi Group, reports they held their 12th Annual Dallas Koi Kichi Koi & Goldfish Show on 19-21 Sep. Ben is posting links to photos and videos as we speak. Check out their website at http://www.dallaskoikichi.org/ . Mike Lane, of High Desert Koi Fanciers, reports their Aug meeting at Brian’s was a good one – 22 members attended and we had one guest. Pretty good for the middle of the year. We got to see all of Brian’s ponds and his baby koi; it looks like he will have some very nice fish come next spring. The Sep meeting will be at the Palmdale home of Gary and Karla Haggai at 10:00 a.m. Check out their website at http://www.hdkoifanciers.com . Brenda Chandler, of Nishiki Koi Club, reports the club met at the home of Ally and Gordon Chibana in Cypress for a Pot Luck Social. Don Chandler demonstrated pond water testing with drop kits and held a Q & A session on the meaning of the results for pH, KH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. Several members said they now were going to buy and use testing kits, since they finally understood the importance of doing so. Check out their website at http://www.nishikikoiclub.com . Dianne Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports reports cooler weather is moving into Iowa and soon we will need to prepare for the first frost!  Let’s keep in mind that water quality issue as we prepare to send our wet pets into the winter season. Next week our overnight lows are dipping into the 40’s. It has been a short summer but a busy one. The 2014 Wet Lab in Houston was a memorable highlight. This September will find six Iowans traveling to the Dallas Koi Show. A ‘first’ show for all of us should provide fond Fall memories. Speaking of Fall and turning your thoughts (and taste buds) to apple picking, pumpkin pie, spaghetti squash and apple cider, our club is rekindling a project we kicked off last year— A NEIKA CLUB COOKBOOK. Our reasoning was as follows..Each month we meet  and discuss our koi and their favorite foods etc. What about the memories over the past four years of the delicious food that has been served compliments of our members during the social part of our meeting. Consequently, during the year we provided our ‘recipe chair lady Laura’ with a few of these culinary treats. We really have great cooks in our club—men as well as women. Best of all, we are in no hurry. We will progress right into the holiday season when all of us dig out those traditional family recipes to share. Actually though, we have decided on the publication date being early 2016. June 2016 would really be a perfect date to debut our cookbook. Then the Wet Lab banquet attendees could be sent home with a very ‘personal’ gift of Love from the Heartland and our NEIKA members. Happy Fall Y’All. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.htmll . Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports their next meeting will be @ the ICC campus, by the pond on Sep 6th instead of the 13th. The meeting will start promptly @ 9:00 a.m. and the public is invited. Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/. . Laura Lunsford, of Rocky Mountain Koi Club, reports the meeting at Kathy Maestas’ home in Thornton will be on Sat, Sep 20th. Kathy will be making meatball sandwiches, so Last names A-H bring a dessert, J-Z a side (such as a salad) to go with the sandwiches. Discussion subject has yet to be determined. They had a great show in Aug.  The Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion were both fish belonging to Tyler Zimmerman.  The AKCA Award fish belonged to Ron Calvert. Check out their website at http://www.rmkc.net . Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports the Oct meeting on the 1st will be at the East Library at 7 p.m. Topic is to be determined, but bring photos to share of your pond and your koi. Check out their website at http://www.socokoi.orgg . David Yee, of Valley of the Sun Koi Club, Inc., reports the next meeting will be on Sep 2st. David Yee will host and Megan Yee will speak on Water Quality. The meeting will be held at the Yee-Fung-Toy Association Building on 16th St. in Phoenix. Check their website at http://www.vskc.nett . Mary Oxman, of Ventura County Koi Society, reports the meeting on Sat the 13th at 2 p.m. will be at the home of Richard and Gloria Victor, who have completely redesigned their backyard that previously had an almost Olympic size pool. A 45,000 gal pond seemed impractical so the pool was filled in and replaced with 3 gazebos, a 1000 gal pond (part of the shallow end of the pool) and a 500 gal pond that was the Jacuzzi. Add wine and cheese and you have an area that gets way more use. Eric Howes is having his annual pirate meeting for our club on Oct 18th. Save the date! Check their website at http://users.vcnet.com/rrenshaw/vcks.html .





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