2014 11 AKCA Minutes

AKCA Minutes of November 14, 2014

Officers Present:                            Directors Present:                    Guests:
Chair:                                                 Gordon Chibana                    Ally Chibana
Vice Chair: Don Chandler
Secretary: Carole Elliott
CFO: Brenda Chandler

Board Highlights:
AKCA will establish a Koi Rescue Hotline and a Coordinator that will be on our website
Any club interested in applying for the $250 Speaker’s Grant should contact Don Chandler.
AKCA Seminar date has been moved to June 19/20th due to hotels already booked for our usual weekend.

The meeting was called to order by Vice Chairperson, Don Chandler, at 5:20 pm.

MINUTES: Motion: To approve the minutes of October 12. Motion by Brenda, 2nd by Gordon. Approved.


FINANCIALS: For the October Profit & Loss we had a total income of $1775.84; COGS of $2,002.44; other expenses of $1,895.56 for a total net income of minus $2,121.36. For the CFO report we had a beginning balance of $95,468.08 with deposits/credits of $2,009.52; withdrawals/expenses of $4,130.88 for an ending balance of $93,356.72. This resulted in a loss of $2,121.36 for the month.

SCIENTIFIC/KHA: As per Julie Miller’s report: At this time we have 16 who have started the application process for the KHA Class of 2015. The instructors will be revising their units over the winter. I will be notifying each class member about the Wet Lab class this summer with details about it. It has come to my attention that others may be interested but have not heard about the classes. I am told that they do not get the magazine nor were the minutes read to get the information. I will be trying to find another way as well of getting my contact information out there. I will have an article in the upcoming KOI USA magazine with the lineup of classes and instructors.

PROJECT KHV: As per Jerry Kyle’s report: With help and personal involvement from one of my former KHA Instructors and mentor, Tim J. Miller-Morgan, DVM, CertAquaVet, Lead Aquatic Animal Health Program, Oregon Sea Grant, College of Veterinary Medicine, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon State University, I have in my possession the reports promised. They are all public records and show results due to the research that AKCA proudly supported. There are 3 specific aims. Aim 1 was to determine whether KHV can be detected in koi fecal droppings from the overnight shipping containers. Aim 2 was to determine whether latent KHV can be detected in mucus from koi. Aim 3 was to determine the origin of KHV detected in koi imported from different regions. All aims were pursued and completed. These results have been reported in research paper published in 2013 (Xu, et al. J Virol Methods 2013 187:372-9). Aimee Reed, DVM, CertAquaVet, Post doctorate Scholar, Biomedical Sciences, PhD Candidate, Microbiology, Oregon State University, reported to Dr. Miller J. Morgan that she and Dr. Ling Lin have made some excellent new discoveries about the latency of KHV which has opened up the door for much more research possibilities. She wrote, “If funds were directed to this program there would be great potential to cover lots more ground in regard to KHV latency, especially in the diagnostic realm and could possibly begin to KHV latency, especially in the diagnostic realm and could possibly begin investigations into interfering with the virus now that we have some genes identified.” She continues, “We would be happy to give a presentation on the research we have completed on these projects or the potential new projects that could be funded with AKCA.” She concluded with a thank you for checking in with them and saying they would be pleased to continue to work with AKCA and investigating KHV.

PUBLICATION: Don reported that the latest edition has been launched; boxes will ship Wed. the 19th and polybags on Fri. 21st. Ron has done a great job in filling advertising space; 20+ pages this coming issue. Four free downloads to encourage subscriptions will be finished and then installed on the KOI USA website to give an appreciation for our content. Don shared the cover of John Svelan and the fire fighters during their koi rescue. Motion: To approve the appointment of Jeff Fleischer to the KOI USA board. Motion by Carole, 2nd by Brenda. Approved.

MEMBERSHIP: Don stated that we started with 75 clubs and still have 75 clubs.

JUDGING: Don has spoken to Bob who has been overwhelmed with personal issues as well as health issues. Right now the Judging program is in limbo. Carole volunteered to contact the judges and survey them to see what direction they want to go.

RISK MANAGEMENT: Brenda stated that 23 clubs have paid their insurance for a total of $2,750.

BOOKSTORE: Discussion about being charged $200 to have an AKCA/KOI USA booth at a koi show. We have had a long standing policy that we don’t pay as we don’t make money at these events. We’re there to support the club and to sell bookstore items with no tax or shipping costs. Don will contact the club to let them know that we will not have a booth at their show if we have to pay. Brenda and Ron are looking into ways to reduce shipping costs and doing a good job of reducing costs.

SPEAKER’S GRANT: We have been getting some inquiries about extending the Speaker’s Grant program; unfortunately we dropped the ball on this one. Receipts were due in Sept. for the FY 13/14 grants to Koi Club of San Diego and Idaho Koi Club. The maximum amount would be $250 each for two clubs for FY 2014/15. Please submit requests to Ally Cunningham (or Don Chandler, who will forward to her).



2015 Seminar: Brenda stated that they had to change the date from June 26/27th to June 19th/20th since there is a PGA tournament on our usual weekend and all the hotels are already booked up.

2016 Seminar: Claude & Diane Head are heading the committee; they found a hotel and we have already signed the contract.

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?

AKCA Chair appoints nominating committee for 2015-16 Board of Directors slate.

Email: Don received an email from Debby Young stating that the new Koi of the Year Plaque designed by Mike Przewoznik is the best one yet!

NEW BUSINESS: Don proposed establishing a new unit of AKCA – a Koi Rescue Hotline with Gordon Chibana to act as Coordinator. All agreed that this would be a valuable program.

Motion to adjourn at 6:51 p.m. Motion by Don, 2nd by Brenda. Approved.

Respectfully submitted by,
Carole Elliott, Secretary


Written report submitted by Carole Elliott: Gary and Becky Lee, of Atlanta KC, said they just had elections; their new President is Diane Giagrande; their new Secretary is David Pugh, and their new equipment manager is Jerry Johnson. Becky is no longer Secretary. Please direct all future emails to David Pugh at Doubledavid@aol.com. Gary & Debbie Floyd, of Amarillo KS, said the club has not had any activity and they are visiting to decide what to do. Christine Wilkolaski, of Niagara Frontier K&PC, said October’s meeting went very well with Larry Nau talking about carnivorous plants. November they will have Greg Young talk on closing your pond. December will be Christmas Party and January will be elections. Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said their last meeting was at the home of Pat & Wayne Bueter. They were blessed with a beautifully warm October day. The type of Fall day that they all love around there. With not a lot of club business to discuss, they spent the meeting just visiting and talked about closing their ponds for the winter. They have one more meeting yet this year before they all hibernate for the Winter months. Jackie Allsup, of Northern Iowa P&KC, held their October meeting at the Cedar River Milling store. Special guest speaker, Pat Delegardelle, spoke to members about “Feeding the Birds.” Their store makes their own brand of bird feed, so she showed them the different kinds available. Club members shared many experiences with bird and yard critters. They also discussed closing ponds and feeding habits of fish this time of the year. It was a great talk and enjoyed by everyone. Ralph Smith, of Southwest K&PA, said they had another great meeting with Mark & Gail Nash being the perfect host, as they are getting ready for SKAPA2014 Christmas Gala at the Edge of Texas Steakhouse and Saloon. Jerry Woodbury, of Miami Valley WGS, said they have pretty much put their ponds to bed for the upcoming winter weather. They are all hoping for a mild one this year. Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said they are just winding down for the year. They elected officers for 2015 at their meeting this past Saturday, which is their last meeting of the year. They will have their holiday party on January 17, 2015 and their next regular meeting will be in February. Mary Ann Pennix, of Piedmont K&WGS, reports their club will have their Annual Christmas party at the home of one of our members Dec 20. We will elect our officers for 2015 at this meeting. Plans are in the works for another pond tour next year and committees have already been formed. Stay warm! Carole tried but was unable to reach Canada KC of British Columbia; Hawaii Goldfish & Carp; Mid-Columbia K&PC; Puget Sound KC; and WGC of South Texas.

Written report submitted by Louie Hernandez: The Bakersfield Koi & WGS Oct meeting was held at Remax in Bakersfield. Thanks to Glenn Porter for allowing us to gather at his office and also see his beautiful pond. The club discussed the Koi Show that has since ended. Whew! What a show it was with an increase of 40% from last year. The entire koi area was completely full along with more vendors than the club has ever seen at the show. In addition, a luncheon was provided to the exhibitors, with the entertainment of the Los Angeles Taiko Drummers during the show and a piano concert by Eric Lempinen during dinner at the evening show banquet. A live koi auction was held on Sun and a thank you to those that donated fish for the auction. A raffle of a go-pro was also auctioned off as the main raffle item. Of course there were many raffle items available at the evening banquet. More details to follow on the show at a later time. The Nov meeting will be at the Remax office and again thanks to Glen Porter. There will be an election for activities director along with elections for President and Treasurer. An overview of the Koi Show will be discussed along with thoughts on what to do for 2015. The club board members would like to thank all of the people that made an effort to help with the show and it could not have been done without all the support of those who volunteered. A big welcome to the new members that joined the club at the show !!!! Jerry Kyle, of Camellia Koi Club, reports as Host Club for the 2015 AKCA Annual Business Meeting and KHA Wet Lab, the CKC found in researching potential venues that the proposed date of the last weekend of June will also see Sacramento hosting the Annual Senior PGA US Open Golf Tournament. Our search revealed many venues not willing to compete for our business on a weekend they expect to be sold out at full prices. The AKCA Board officially voted this month to move the annual meeting date up one week which resulted in competitive bidding between quality hotels offering amenities such as easy freeway access, swimming pools, gyms, free parking, greatly reduced room rates, free breakfast, free airport shuttle service, easy access to historical areas, and more. The KHA Director has informed us interest is already growing and people are already signing up for classes with the expectation of a superior meeting program in 2015.

Written report submitted by Joan Finnegan: So Cal Koi Club is preparing for their
upcoming holiday party in conjunction with Nishiki Koi Club at the Claim Jumper. For
January, they will be meeting at the home of Tom Holder who will talk about basic koi
health. If no one knows Marcella Schaeffer, she was the club’s Honorary Member. She
and her husband, George, had koi ponds in Murrietta, CA. She had been hospitalized
after breaking her arm – then had her hip implant replaced. After that, it was downhill.
We will all miss her and her wonderful smile. She is an Angel in Heaven. Larry
Christensen, of Northwest K&WGC, said they had their Thanksgiving meeting
and are now planning their Christmas Party. They’re working on their 35th Annual Koi
Show that will be the last weekend in Sept., 2015. Norm Call, of Oregon KC, said they
are having their annual Christmas diner in two weeks. They will announce new club
officers at their dinner. It’s freezing cold but clear; weather is at 33 degrees

Written report submitted by Bob Finnegan: Great Ponds & KS of West Michigan reports that it is frozen solid there. Mark Erntivistle, of Indiana K&WGC, said they are down for the winter until Feb. 2015. Jon Lockerman, of North Florida KC, said the club will have a holiday. Their next meeting will be Feb.2015. David Muraoka, of Sierra KC, said they are down for the winter; elevation is 6,000 ft. Mike Frady, of ZNA Potomac Chapter KC, said that Dec. will be their last meeting until Feb. 2015. Bob tried but was unable to reach Gulf Coast KS and Northern Nevada PC.

Written report submitted by Don Chandler: Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the general club meeting was held Oct 11, 2014 at Bob and Nina Garrison’s home. Koi show was a success. Judges were impressed with the fish, set up and location. 14 tanks and 91 koi showed. Bakersfield Koi show will be Oct 25 and 26 at Kern County fairgrounds. November 22 Rosimeri will have a booth at Chen Zen Garden from 10 – 4 in Woodward Park. Next year once a fish is won at auction it will be bagged and the buyers name written on it to eliminate confusion. Suggestions wanted to make Koi Show better from each koi club family and submit to Rosimeri. Election for new board members will be at Nov general meeting at John and Sue Kendall’s home. Nov 1 at 2 p.m. Discussed buying new poly tanks. Would be a lot easier for Koi Show. New Tanks would be $450.00 each. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com. James McAdams, of Deep South Koi & Pond Society, reports come join us for our annual Christmas Party at the home of Roger and Kathie Dietrich in Prarieville, LA on Sun, Dec 14 from 4:30 – 8:00 p.m. The club will provide a delicious baked turkey and ham so dig out your favorite holiday dish to bring. Please RSVP by Tues Dec 9 to Alice Wereline at alice.wereline69@gmail.com. Also please let us know if you are bringing a salad, main dish or dessert. Be sure to bring a gift ($20 value) for our “White Elephant” game. If you would like to play as a couple bring one gift or bring a gift for each person. Check out their website at http://www.deepsouthkoi.org/. Doug Stuber, of the First Coast Koi Club, reports our next meeting is Sun Nov 16th at 2 p.m. at the home of Scott Campbell in Switzerland, FL. Check out their website at http://www.firstcoastkoiclub.com/. Diana Lynn Rehn, of Inland Empire WG&KS, reports the club will hold their end of year club dinner on Sat, Nov 8 at 5 p.m. at Conley’s Place Restaurant, 12622 E. Sprague Ave ., Spokane Valley, WA. RSVP deadline is Nov. 3, 2014. Please plan to attend. There will not be any club meetings during the months of Dec 2014 and Jan, 2015. Check out their website at http://www.iewgks.org Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports for our Oct meeting, our Inland Koi Society Librarian, Audrey Rowland, was our hostess. Our members and guests all had a great time, and as usual Audrey made everyone feel very welcome. She even grilled some delicious veggies to go with our member’s pot luck. When asked why she has volunteered on a number of occasions to host our meetings, she simply said “I love to do it.” Thank you, Audrey. Audrey has been having problems with the clarity of her pond, but thanks to help from Scott Zehm and some of our other members, it is hoped this issue can be resolved in the near future. Our guest speaker was Scott Zehm from 2 Koi Guys. Scott gave an outstanding presentation on when to use or not use a contractor to work on or build a pond. Although Scott is a contractor himself in ponds and filter repairs, he basically said if you can do it yourself and save money, do it. He also stressed that if you are having a pond built that you should have a prefilter, and if you hire a contractor to build you pond to select one that can do all phases of the project. Thanks also to Scott for setting up the speaker system, that I had no idea how to set up. I had the privilege to present our Newsletter Editor, Pete Miles, with the Inland Koi Society (IKS) Koi Person of the Year Award. This is an award that is given by the AKCA. Pete is very deserving of this award, and goes out of his way to help our members. Although the award has Pete’s name on it, I would be remiss in my duties, if I did not mention that his partner Kazuko, is with Pete on just about everything he does for the club and it’s members. So a big thanks goes out to her also.Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org/. Dennis Long, of Metro-Detroit Pond & Garden Club, reports their Dec. 20th Holiday Party will be at 7 p.m. at the Comfort Suites. For more info contact: Dennis Long or Ervin Daniels.Jo Mead, of Mid-Atlantic Koi Club, reports the club is not in a position to host a show in 2015 but has offered to assist the Tri-State ZNA club with their show in 2015. MAKC magazine has $17,845 in outstanding receivables on the books since Jan 2013. They will be reinstating the 4 year pre-paid membership rate of $100 (a savings of $20). Check out their website at http://www.makc.com. Judith Henderson, of Mountain View Koi Club, reports their meeting was held at the Pepiniere Cite des Jeunes in Vaudreuil. Everyone was welcomed and a booklet was handed out to our new members re: AKCA Guide to Koi Nutrition 11. We have ordered our new Koi Posters but have not received them yet. Discussions were held re: the Koi Show that we had done in Sep but was not considered a meeting. Comments were that we needed more training, guidelines for judges and a benching committee is needed in preparation for these small shows. The show was a learning exercise as it was our first. Verne Gilkes talked about his visit to the Koi Farm remarking that they weighed more than last year’s harvest and looked healthier and deeper in colour – the clay ponds attributed to this. One of our members and his son also visited the Koi Farm and helped in the harvest. We had a presentation on the Yamabuki Ogon and a handout was given to everyone. Our next meeting will be our Xmas Dinner where we will be voting for Koi Person of the Year and also Koi of the Year will be judged. A KOI USA membership was raffled off and a gift basket from the owner of the Pepiniere, plus some pond water test strips were given out. Refreshments were served. Check their website at http://www.mountainviewkoiclub.com/. Lynn Eaton, of Pioneer Valley Water Garden and Koi Club, reports on Sat Nov 08 the club held its Annual Smorgasbord Banquet, Holiday Party, Raffle and “So Much More” at the Cavalier Restaurant in Chicopee, MA. Check out their website at http://www.pioneervalleypondclub.com/meetings.html. Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports no meeting scheduled for Dec 2014. Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com/. Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports the evening meeting was held at the home of members Ken and Patti Rifkind. Their pond and landscape lighting was discussed by the owners. The date of the Club’s Koi-A-Go-Go koi enthusiast day is Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the Ketl Koi Farm in Piru. The 8th Annual Christmas Dinner on Dec 7 will be held at the Olive Terrace Café in Santa Clarita. Approximately 22 reservations have been received to date. Nader Beidokhti, founder of Toba Fountains, setup a fountain in the hosts’ pond and demonstrated his tranquility fountain that can be programmed to display varying spray cycles and lighting colors. This club does not meet in Nov or Dec. The first regular meeting in 2015 will be on January 25. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html. Renee Ottsman, of Shasta K&WGC, reports there is no club meeting scheduled for Nov. We are currently looking for a venue for our Dec Christmas party. If you have ideas or would like to host the Dec party, please contact Armando Mejorado or Tammy Cole. The koi auction held in Oct was a huge success. We had eight tanks full of beautiful koi and we SOLD every one. We even sold all of the tiny babies to a very happy lady who is starting up a new pond. The auction took in almost $1,600 which is one of our best years ever. Thank you to Terry and Karlene Stoker for having the auction at their home again this year. We also want to thank all of the volunteers who helped make this year’s auction a fun and successful event. The day turned from cloudy to sunny by the 11 o’clock opening bid, making for a perfect day. If you missed the auction, consider coming next year with fish to sell and maybe you’ll fall in love with a koi to add to your collection. Pictures from the auction will be featured in the Dec newsletter. Check out their website at http://www.shastakoiclub.com. Dick Hadley, of Upper Midwest Koi Club, reports the club does not meet in Nov/Dec. Check their website at www.uppermidwestkoiclub.org . No reports were received from the following clubs: CAPITAL AREA K&WGC, CASCADE, E.A.S.Y. KOI CLUB, LAND OF LINCOLN, LOW COUNTRY KOI CLUB, MACON WATER GARDEN & KOI CLUB, MICHIGAN KOI & POND CLUB SE, NASHVILLE POND SOCIETY, NORTH IDAHO KOI KEEPERS, NORTHERN MIDWEST ZNA KOI CLUB, RHODE ISLAND & MASSACHUSETTS KOI CLUB & SISKIYOU KOI & POND CLUB.

Written report submitted by Brenda Chandler: Wendell Ford, of Charleston Showa Koi Club, reports Mary Ball is scheduled to host the Dec meeting on the 14th. Check out their website at http://www.charlestonshowakoiclub.org/. Ben Soedjono, of Dallas Koi Kichi Group, reports they meet once each quarter (March, June, September and December). If you would like to attend a meeting and learn more about us, please contact us for details of our next meeting. Check out their website at http://www.dallaskoikichi.org/. Mike Lane, of High Desert Koi Fanciers, reports the Nov meeting was on Sat Nov 1st at 10:00 a.m. at the home of Joe and Marilyn Young at 3819 Vista Linda Drive, Lancaster. This is our last meeting of the year so I hope to see everyone. The Young’s are newer members and we have not seen their pond so I am looking forward to it. Our next event will be our Holiday Party so mark your calendar; it will be Sat, Dec 13, starting 5:00 p.m.at Hometown Buffet, 422 West Ave P. @ $10.00 a person. We need all RSVP’s and money no later than 12/1/2014.Check out their website at http://www.hdkoifanciers.com. Brenda Chandler, of Nishiki Koi Club, reports the club will hold a joint Christmas Champagne Brunch and Gift Exchange with the SoCal Koi Club on Nov 30th at the Claim Jumper Restaurant in Fountain Valley. Members will pay only $10 per head and the clubs will pick up the balance. Check out their website at http://www.nishikikoiclub.com. Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports life in the pond has slowed down in Iowa. We experienced our first snow of the year – 3 inches – too early! Our koi have become very slow and we have, too. Meetings have been discontinued for 2014 and we are preparing for our annual Christmas Dinner Party/Gift Exchange hosted by the Heads’ in appreciation for the wonderful year we have etched in our memory. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html. Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the club’s next meeting will be on Feb 15, 2015. Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/. Laura Lunsford, of Rocky Mountain Koi Club, reports the club will hold their Annual Holiday Party at the Pepper’s home in Aurora, CO on Dec. 6. Check out their website at http://www.rmkc.net/. David Yee, of Valley of the Sun Koi Club, Inc., reports. Mary Oxman, of Ventura County Koi Society, reports our October meeting at the home of Eric Howes was another pirate experience to remember. The atmosphere seemed all the more real with several members in costume. Each year Eric adds more props to enhance the buccaneer theme. The Sat Nov 8th meeting will be at the home of Ronn and Virginia Boll in Camarillo. The pond was designed and built by Ronn and Virginia. Construction began in mid-2008, and was completed in May 2009. The pond is approximately 5,500 gallons, and has 5 water falls. The shape is free form with the main body approximately 20 feet long by 10 feet wide by 4 feet deep. The water fall area is another 15 feet long, which makes the total length of the pond approximately 35 feet. The pond consists of a liner, an aerated 4” Rhino II bottom drain, a Savio skimmer and Big Bahama bio-fall for the main water fall. The skimmer has a 2” return line that travels under the pond and joins the 4” bottom drain line just outside the edge of the pond. The two lines join into a single 2” return line that runs to the filtration and pumps. The pumps/filtration systems are located on the side of the house. The system is known as the Mashimizu (pure water) System, and was purchased from GCTek. It is comprised of an Alpha 1 Aquabead filter, a Vortek SS pre-filter, a Zapp Pure 10 UV, and 2 pumps. The primary pump is 1/3 HP, and runs during the day. A smaller 1/12 Hp pump runs at night. The pond is surrounded by medium and large rocks/boulders, and the area around the pond is covered by artificial grass. There are approximately 30 fish in the pond, which include two hi-fin sharks, and 1 gold fish. The pond is also protected with a wrought iron fence and two scarecrows. Check their website at http://users.vcnet.com/rrenshaw/vcks.html. No reports were received from SOUTHERN COLORADO KOI CLUB &VALLEY OF THE SUN KOI CLUB, INC.

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