AKCA Minutes of October 10, 2014
Officers Present: Directors Present: Guests:
Chair: Bob Finnegan Ally Cunningham
Vice Chair: Don Chandler Louie Hernandez
Secretary: Carole Elliott
CFO: Brenda Chandler
- Would clubs please send the names of their KHA’s and their contact info to Julie Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bob Finnegan is resigning as head of the Judging Committee and we’re looking for a replacement! Please contact him or your Local Board Member if you are interested.
The meeting was called to order by Chairperson, Bob Finnegan, at 6:05 pm
MINUTES: Motion: To approve the minutes of September 12. Motion by Don, 2nd by Louie. Approved.
FINANCIALS: For the September Profit & Loss we had a total income of $2,256.70; COGS of $1986.50; expenses of $3295.95; balance of $95,468.08; a net income of $1,308.68.
SCIENTIFIC/KHA: Julie Miller sent in her report: She has solidified the instructors for the KHA program that include: Unit One: Pond Design instructed by Mike Swanson of Minnesota. Unit Two: Water Quality instructed by Ellen and Myron Kloubek of Iowa. Unit Three: Pond Filtration instructed by Chris Neaves of South Africa. Unit Four: Koi Anatomy instructed by Dr. Nick Saint-Erne of Arizona. Unit Five: Koi Physiology instructed by Dr. Nick Saint-Erne. Unit Six: Koi Nutrition instructed by Chris Neaves. Unit Seven: Koi Health instructed by Dr. Nick Saint-Erne. Unit Eight: Hobbyist Interface instructed by Julie Miller of Iowa. Wet Lab presented by Dr. Nick Saint-Erne at the 2015 AKCA Annual Meeting in Sacramento, CA. All the instructors will be updating their units by the start of next summer. Julie will also continue to sort out who is still an active KHA and who is not. She has gotten some students ready to start the units and will begin those. A BIG thank you to all who have helped support her through this initial process. Would clubs with KHA’s please send Julie their names and contact info at email@example.com.
PROJECT KHV: Don stated that the Board’s concerns were expressed to OSU about their not having submitted their quarterly reports and we are waiting for a response before we will pay the $5,000 invoice. Jerry Kyle is interested in taking over the KHV Project, acting as a liaison between AKCA and OSU and making sure that they comply with the terms and get back on track. He has already sent an email to Amy. Motion: To thank Jack Chapman for his service and to appoint Jerry Kyle as Chairperson of Project KHV. Motion by Don, 2nd by Louie. Approved. Once the $5,000 has been paid there will be about $25,000 remaining for another grant(s).
PUBLICATION: Don reported that Bob Payne presented a new production schedule with due dates for advertising and editorial materials to be received by him. He and Don made some decisions on articles for our new Download Center with info handed out on 4 different download packages to draw people in and then, hopefully, to subscribe to KOI USA. Each download would contain 6 articles with ads in between each, thereby exposing people to our advertisers even before they subscribe. Louie said that he would be happy to start a KOI USA Facebook site. The magazines are starting to hit the mailboxes. Discussion followed about tracking subscribers and those who have dropped. There are NO overdue accounts at this time.
MEMBERSHIP: Don stated that we started with 75 clubs and still have 75 clubs. Thank you to all our member clubs for supporting the AKCA’s mission and goals.
JUDGING: Bob would like someone to take over the judging program as he would like to retire having celebrated his 85th birthday. If anyone is interested, please contact Bob or your Local Board Member. He also received a letter from Norm Call who announced his retirement from the Judging program and who will be elevated to Judge Emeritus having celebrated his 70th birthday. He will continue to design show koi pins.
RISK MANAGEMENT: Brenda stated that 23 clubs have paid their Premium Liability insurance for a total of $2750. Further discussion about the D&O policy. We still haven’t gotten a written confirmation from the underwriter. We feel that since clubs are not subsidiaries, but part of the AKCA body, they should automatically be a part of our D&O policy (as we’ve thought in the past). More discussion followed. Brenda will continue to pursue the matter with our broker and our carrier.
BOOKSTORE: Brenda went over the bookstore monthly sales report, which revealed $1,699 in sales. Another great month for Ron and the Bookstore!
2015 Seminar: Jerry Kyle sent an email stating that their club needs to double down their efforts. He wants to start organizing having just finished their pond tour.
2016 Seminar: Brenda reported that the Cedar Falls, IA, Clarion Hotel proposal contract has to be signed by the 19th. Brenda will go over her notes with Claude and Dianne Head, our club reps on site. There will be 26 rooms held for us (however, we are not obligated to fill them) at $104 per night room rate. BIG thanks to Claude and Diane for all their hard work.
PROXY CALLS FOR NOVEMBER
- 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?
UPCOMING AKCA ANNUAL CALENDAR EVENTS FOR NOVEMBER
- KOI USA magazine issue 39.3 to be sent out
- Koi of the Year: Don received 3 emails as to where their Koi of the Year Plaques were? He went through the records and found that AA Trophies in Carlsbad was used in the past but is not currently sitting on any orders. We need a replacement for Kristine who did this in the past. Don asked Mike Przewoznik if he would take over this responsibility and he agreed. Motion: To thank Kristine Peterson for her service to AKCA and to appoint Mike to take over. Motion by Don, 2nd by Carole.
Motion to adjourn at 7:24 p.m. Motion by Carole, 2nd by Ally. Approved.
Respectfully submitted by,
Carole Elliott, Secretary
Written report submitted by Carole Elliott: Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said there’s not much news from their club. They have had several koi rescues which several from the club has participated in. Bonnie Nakahara, of Hawaii GF&C, said that at their last meeting they had a talk on sanke from one of their members who breeds them. Then they had a hands on culling exercise of sanke that they had a chance to participate in. For November they are working on a possible pond tour and getting ready for the 2015 elections. Ralph Smith, of Southwest K&PA, said they had another great meeting with Mark & Gail Nash. Thanks to Jeannette Lockard for being their guest speaker. Their next meeting will be at the home of Larry and Jeannette Lockard. Elections will also be held at that meeting. Christine Wilkolaski, of Niagara Frontier K&PC, said they are working hard finding homes for koi and goldfish. They have their over and under group still working into the fall. All September activities went well. Their guest speaker this month will be Larry Nau on carnivorous plants and their ponds. Perfect for Halloween, photos and live specimens will be shown on how to incorporate them into their ponds. They are looking towards elections in January and plans are complete for their Christmas party. Stephen Dumas, of North Texas WGS, said their Oct. 14th meeting will have guest speaker Dan Martinez from Sublime Water Gardens. They also said to be sure to check out the Texas Discovery Garden. They will be having their annual Holiday Party in December. They have had several fish & pond rescues this year, some of which are still ongoing. For more info 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. Jerry Woodbury, of Miami Valley WGS, said that Bob Faulkner talked about the use of Day lilies to highlight around your pond. They have also finished up their voting on photos for the 2015 MVWGS Calendar. Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said they just had their 7th Annual Koi & Goldfish Show. Although they didn’t have as many koi as they would like, the increase of size and quality of koi was very evident this year. The three day event was upon them before they knew it and now it’s over. Their club did a lot of advertising for the show and it seemed to pay off for attendance and help sales for their vendors. They feel that without the vendors having a successful show their club is not successful. Everyone said that they did well. The Hardcastles, from the Jacksonville, Florida area, ran away with top honors in both the Koi and Goldfish judging. More info will be forth coming when his wife, Kay, writes an article for KOI USA about their show and pictures of the winning fish. Jackie Allsup, of the Eastern Iowa PS and the Northern Iowa P&KC said they held a meet and greet with each other. They held a combined meeting at the home of Erme and Larry Thompson. The Thompsons have a great 3 season room with a koi pond inside. The EIPS members provided the appetizers while the NIPKC brought wine to share. Larry gave an informative presentation on Koi nutrition. It was great to mingle and talk to other pond enthusiasts. Carole tried but was unable to reach Atlanta KC; Canada KC of British Columbia; Mid-Columbia K&PC; Puget Sound KC; and WGC of South Texas.
Written report submitted by Louie Hernandez: Debby Young, of Southern Arizona KA, said they are having a work weekend to take inventory of the club’s equipment and to move their equipment to their new 20 ft. enclosed trailer. This event will get them ready for transport to their 35th Annual Koi Show Nov. 8-9, 2014. See you in Tucson! Don Chamberlain, of ZNA NorCal, said their October event was a Young Koi Show for koi up to 22” on Sunday, October 5th at Champion Koi in San Jose. They had 10 tanks entered in the competition featuring a number of very nice Gosanke and a smattering of other varieties. Competition was divided into 4 classes: Class 1: 10”; Class 2: 10-14”,; Class 3: 14-18”; and Class 4: 18-22”. Class 4 had a few entrants that stretched the rules a bit, but the event was mainly just for fun. They offered cash awards, but most of them, if not all, were donated back to the club. You can see a video of the show at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v+ZZ-RvF4NpuA. Linda Pluth, of KC of San Diego, said their guest speaker for their September meeting was Justin Beaver from Beaver Creek Aquatics, a vendor at their Annual Koi Show, who spoke on Winterizing in San Diego. The Oct. 12th meeting will be at James & Kelly Van Jen’s place in Vista, also known as Koiland. Besides being able to enjoy all of James’ beautiful koi he will speak on “How to Enjoy Your Koi” and there will be a Q & A on koi and ponds. The Nov. 9th meeting will be at Tom & Lynne Fuller’s in Lakeside and their guest speaker will be Iva Gaglione of Ultra Balance discussing koi nutrition. Bonnie McIlvaine is once again generously hosting their Christmas Party with none other than Koi Jack as Santa Claus on Dec. 14th. The meeting is a festive potluck with a lively gift exchange. Linda is reminding everyone to enter the photo contest. Go to their website (www.koiclubofsandiego.org) to check out the requirements and digitally submit your entries. You can check out the photo entries submitted so far and add yours to the mix. Anything koi, pond or Water Garden related is eligible. Last year the winning photo became the cover of their Show program. Jerry’s (Jerry Myers) Vagabond Koi Rehoming/Rescue Program continues to stay extremely busy. He will have the very first edition of Latamer P. Koi Vagabond T-shirts at the Oct. meeting. Jerry organized a joint koi rehoming event with the Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista & Vagabond Koi on Sept. 6th that successfully rehomed 77 koi. Jerry Myers, Paul Atkiss and John Svelan were the hands-on koi wranglers, and some happy koi club members were able to adopt some beautiful koi and went home happy. Photos, taken by Phyllis Spoor, are on their website. Linda, their JFG Liaison, reported that the Japanese Friendship Garden’s Annual Filter Stomp cleaning has been scheduled for Saturday, September 20th at 8:30 alm. It should only take a couple of hours and guaranteed to be lots of fun! Someone from the Garden will be videotaping the bio-filter cleaning process to be used in future documentaries and education sessions. Jack Chapman is their 2015 Show Chairman who added a Long Fin B trophy. They now have 20 trophy classes. The Catamaran Hotel is sponsoring a trophy in appreciation of Jerry’s Vagabond Koi. Scotty Yee has posted the show poster on 3 other koi related websites. The entrant and vendor packages are already on their website. Judges are all set; planning for the March 7-8th, 2015 Show. Sue Boydstun, of IWGKS, said they had their 21st annual Koi Show at the Idaho Botanical Gardens, Sept. 12-14th. Their judges were Pat Christiansen and Richard Thomas. They had 124 koi entered by 19 different individuals. There were 16 goldfish entered in the goldfish show. The banquet managed to coincide with the Light UP Boise Balloon festival. Their October meeting is set to be a review of how to prepare your koi and pond for the upcoming winter. The Bakersfield K&WGS hosted a joint meeting at Barstow Koi with members from the Santa Clarita, Fresno and of course, Bakersfield club attending. It was a warm day and it started with Ken telling them how he got started in the koi hobby. From there Ken showed them his breeder fish and also the mud ponds where he grows his fish. After that it was lunch time. Members were asked to bring a side dish and the BKWGS club provided the main course and drinks. A feast it was! After lunch, Ken’s daughter, Lydia, had drawn 3 outstanding water color pictures that went up for auction to help her with her college fund. This 13 year old girl has such a talent for art. After the auction members selected some beautiful koi for purchase. From there everyone made the long trek home. The October meeting will be at the Remax in Bakersfield where final preparations will be made for the 15th Annual Golden Empire Show. So far the show is proving to be another outstanding show for the club. Anyone interested in showing fish at the show needs to act fast in getting their entry in as hotel and tank space is getting limited.
Written report submitted by Joan Finnegan: So Cal Koi Club had a great meeting
In September at Inland Koi where they held a koi judging contest for club members. In
October, club members met at a fairly new koi facility in Placentia, CA (Seaside
Aquatics). The owner, Tom Tran, gave a talk on how he got started in the koi business.
Nov. 30th the club will be having their Annual Holiday party along with the Nishiki Koi
Club. They will also have their Chinese Gift Exchange which is always fun! Because of
Nov. 30th Holiday party, there won’t be a December meeting. Norm Call, of Oregon
K&WGS, said they just had their elections; sending the results to Don Chandler. Their
Pond Tour was a big success with some fantastic ponds. One business had an indoor
pond. He is resigning as AKCA Judge but would like to be listed as AKCA Emeritus
Written report submitted by Bob Finnegan: Jon Floden, of Gulf Coast KS, said everything is OK. David Muraoka, of Sierra KC, said the club has met on a regular basis this summer. Don Stump, of Great P&KS of West Michigan, said the club is happy. They had a good summer; Lake Michigan raised 3 feet this year. Bruce Lott, of Olympic K,GF&WGC, said the club is still going and has picked up a new family member. Mona Coleman, of Northern Nevada PC, said the club is having a big Halloween Party in October. They will have their Xmas Party in January. Jon Lockerman, of North Florida KC, said that everything is OK. Bob tried but was unable to reach ZNA Potomac Chapter KC.
Written report submitted by Don Chandler: Susan Topping, of Capital Area K&WGC, reports last month’s meeting was 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 show is over and what a fabulous show it was, thanks to the help of all the club member volunteers, the vendors, and the exhibitors, without whom none of this would have happened. There were 14 tanks with 91 koi, and with 3 judges it went quite smoothly. Grand Champion was awarded to Gordon Chibana for his size 5 Goshiki; Reserve Grand Champion went to Chien Lee for his size 6 Sanke; Reserve Grand Champion B went to Chien Lee for his size 5 Goshiki. We had vendor booth space sold out, and even had a member only wet booth area to accommodate all the sellers. A koi show is quite an undertaking, a lot of work setting up, running the show and tearing it down, but with all the club members pitching in we got it done and after 36 years I would hope this continued support and volunteerism continues in the years forward so many generations can continue to see what a koi is and how great the hobby has become. I hope you were able to come out to Fig Garden to enjoy the koi show and if not the Bakersfield koi show is coming up on October 25th-26th, Seng and I will be there with our koi and hope that you will make an effort to come drive down and check out how our sister club puts on a koi show. Our Oct meeting will be held on Sat, Oct11th at 2 p.m. at the home of Bob and Nina Garrison. This is an election year for Officers; at present Dale and Sandy have decided not to run for a second term but Seng and I are willing to run for a second term. I will be needing nominations for the Vice President and Secretary positions and if possible a board member, too; we can’t run this club without your help, so we are asking for you to step up to the plate and help us out so this club can continue to thrive as it has done in the last 36 years. I know I can count on your help and thank you for all that you do, so please consider one of these positions and I hope to see you on October 11th at the Garrison’s. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com . James McAdams, of Deep South Koi & Pond Society, reports our Oct meeting will be on Sun, Oct 26th from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the home of Alan Jenning & Hartwell Harris in Baton Rouge. Hope to see you there! Check out their website at http://www.deepsouthkoi.org /. Doug Stuber, of the First Coast Koi Club, reports the next meeting will be on Sat 10/18 at 5 p.m. at the home of Don and Dale Whaley in Jacksonville. Check out their website at http://www.firstcoastkoiclub.com /. Diana Lynn Rehn, of Inland Empire WG&KS, reports the next meeting will be on Oct 19th, Sunday, 3:00 p.m., at Moran Prairie Library, 6604 S. Regal, in Spokane. The Topic: “Preparing Your Pond for Winter” and Election of Officers. Host: Allan Foster. Please bring a light snack or hors d’oeuvres to share. Club will provide sodas. On Nov 8th at 5 p.m. the club will hold their end of year dinner at Conley’s Place Restaurant on East Sprague. Check out their website at http://www.iewgks.org . Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports we had the privilege of having our Sep meeting at the beautiful home of Richard and Dee Dee Henry. In addition to their beautiful home, the Henrys have a lovely tropical inspired backyard, with the back drop of a koi pond, swimming pool, spa, basketball court, and a separate building that is a bathroom complete with a shower. The pond is filled with very vibrant colorful koi that accent the entire back yard. Not only were the Henrys gracious enough to allow us into their home, but they also provided delicious BBQ, cooked by Richard’s brother, who is a caterer. As you can imagine, everything was splendid. I had the honor of presenting a plaque to Sandy and Orville Hanson for the 2014 Koi of the Year. I welcomed the new members and guests that attended the meeting. We did not have a guest speaker this month and chose to go with the always popular “expert panel” to take questions from the audience. I would like to thank the panel members Spike Cover, Ed Kushner, Larry Leverett, Mark Krakower, and Theo Zoetemelk, for sharing their knowledge and to our members and guests for their great questions. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org /. Bernard Nesmith, of Low Country Koi Club, reports the Nov meeting will be on the 9th; contact club for details. Check out their website at http://www.lowcountrykoiclub.com /. John Rae, of Michigan Koi & Pond Club SE, reports the club will hold its Planning Meeting for Year 2015 on Nov 8th, at 1 p.m.; location TBD. Check out their website at http://www.mkpc-se.com/. Lynn Eaton, of Pioneer Valley Water Garden and Koi Club, reports the Oct meeting on the 19th at the Shriners Hospital Auditorium featured John Root of Triple Brook Farm, a 50/50 raffle and a Pot Luck Social. The Nov meeting on the 8th at Cavalier Restaurant in Chicopee, MA will be their Annual Banquet, Holiday Party, Raffle and So Much Fun. Tickets at $25.50 per person (must be paid in advance prior to Nov 1st). Check out their website at http://www.pioneervalleypondclub.com/meetings.html Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports this month’s speaker was Peter Shaw, Chairman of the Horticulture Program at Cabrillo College. Peter spoke on “Koi and Aquaponics”. As most of you are probably aware, aquaponics has become a “Big Thing” recently. As an example “Fancy Koi”, now Dream-Pond, has evolved into a store that is now about 90% aquaponics. Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com /. Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports Co-President Doug Sudbury called the meeting to order at the home of members Jack and Doreen Levenberg. Members that attended the Bakersfield Koi and Water Garden Society sponsored Pond-a-monium at the Barstow Koi Farm recounted how much they enjoyed the event on Sep 13. The club Christmas dinner will be held on Dec 7 at the Olive Terrace restaurant. A light-hearted gift exchange will be part of the annual festivities. Club members voted on the name of our 2015 koi enthusiast day to be held at Ketl Koi Farm. Voting on approximately 20 suggestions yielded the event name of Koi-A-Go-Go for the 1960’s themed event. Members were advised of the Bakersfield Harvest Home and Garden Show on Oct 24-26. The Bakersfield Koi and Water Garden Club will be hosting a koi show at the event. The club 2015 calendar is fairly well booked with the exception of two regular meeting dates available for hosting in 2015. The last regular club meeting in 2014 will be a cocktail hour evening meeting on Sat, Oct 25th. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html Renee Ottsman, of Shasta K&WGC, reports the club’s ANNUAL KOI AUCTION will be held on Sat, Oct 18, at 10 a.m. at the home of Terry & Karlene Stoker in Cottonwood. Refreshments by Karen Wing. And it looks like we will have a new slate of club officers after the Oct meeting. We have many people stepping forward to fill these important positions. Stay tuned! More to come! Check out their website at http://www.shastakoiclub.com Dick Hadley, of Upper Midwest Koi Club, reports we had our fall koi auction yesterday. It was held at Bachman’s Garden Center, site of our annual show. We auctioned off about 35 fish and a few pumps and other supplies. Next club meeting is next week at home of Lori and Tony Vertin. Check their website at www.uppermidwestkoiclub.org No reports received from the following clubs: CASCADE, E.A.S.Y. KOI CLUB, LAND OF LINCOLN, MACON WATER GARDEN & KOI CLUB, METRO-DETROIT POND & GARDEN CLUB, MOUNTAIN VIEW, NASHVILLE POND SOCIETY, NORTH IDAHO KOI KEEPERS, NORTHERN MIDWEST ZNA KOI 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 the Oct 9th meeting was held at the home of Wendell and Virginia Ford. The Nov 9th meeting will be held at the home of Susan Markham. Check out their website at http://www.charlestonshowakoiclub.org Ben Soedjono, of Dallas Koi Kichi Group, reports the club recommends that members still recuperating from their recently completed show attend the Texas Koi and Fancy Goldfish Show in San Antonio, Oct 25th-26th. Check out their website at http://www.dallaskoikichi.org Mike Lane, of High Desert Koi Fanciers, reports the Oct meeting was held Oct 4th at the home of Jimmy Larocque in Lancaster. The featured speaker was Keith Carter from Koi Dynasty, who spoke on getting our ponds ready for fall and the upcoming winter months. Check out their website at http://www.hdkoifanciers.com Brenda Chandler, of Nishiki Koi Club, reports the club held its Oct meeting at the home of Craig and Randee Chambers in Lakewood. We enjoyed viewing (and feeding) their large school of koi, who seemed to enjoy seeing us again. Topics of conversation included the recently concluded Fresno Koi Show, where members won GC, MC, YC, BC and 4 Best in Size awards. Members were encouraged to attend the upcoming show in Bakersfield to enjoy the competition and camaraderie. Check out their website at http://www.nishikikoiclub.com Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports the Dallas Koi Kichi Koi and Goldfish Show was a true tribute to Texan Hospitality. NEIKA members carried away fond memories–did I mention fish and ribbons?? They do it up big. Don’t mess with Texas. Now we turn our thoughts to the harvest at Koi Acres in Minnesota this weekend. Bound to be a huge weather change, but always enjoyable rain or shine (please no snow!) Not to worry, always warm hospitality up North, too. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports their next meeting will be Oct. 11th, @ The Simmons in Peoria Heights. Meeting will start promptly @ 9:00 a.m. The public is invited. Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com Laura Lunsford, of Rocky Mountain Koi Club, reports the Oct 18th meeting will be at the home of Rob and Susan Hall in Thornton from 4 to 6 p.m. There will be no Nov meeting. Check out their website at http://www.rmkc.net Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports just a reminder about the Member Party on Saturday, Nov 8 at Tucano’s Brazilian Grill. Need your reservations as soon as you can – either reply to this email or call Sarah. WE HAVE DECIDED TO HAVE A RAFFLE that night – a few odds and ends and some Koi Treats. If you have anything you would like to donate to the raffle (Koi or pond related) please bring it along! But not plumbing fittings . . . Check out their website at http://www.socokoi.org David Yee, of Valley of the Sun Koi Club, Inc., reports they met in Oct for a tour of the Japanese Friendship Garden. The next meeting will be on Nov 16th (time and location to be determined). Check their website at http://www.vskc.net Mary Oxman, of Ventura County Koi Society, reports last month we had our first visit to the home of Richard & Gloria Victor. What once was a unused swimming pool taking up most of the backyard is now a patio, garden, and pond area perfect for entertaining and relaxing. The Victors’ amazing collection of plants and garden ornaments makes for a very inviting and interesting place that has a most lived feeling. One would never guess that this has been their home for only seven years! No doubt everything on display has a story behind it just waiting to be told. Their colorful collections of mostly butterfly koi have all been affectionately given an appropriate name. The Victors’ obviously derive much pleasure from their pond and its inhabitants. The Oct meeting will be at the home of Eric Howes in Thousand Oaks on Sat, Oct 18th at 2 p.m. Check their website at http://users.vcnet.com/rrenshaw/vcks.html