2016 01 AKCA Minutes

AKCA Minutes of January 7, 2016


Officers Present:                                 Directors Present:                   Guests:

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


Board Highlights:


  • Would current KHAs please contact Julie Miller at her new email address: juliemiller008@gmail.com; also those interested in signing up for the Wet Lab.
  • Clubs may request boxes of past issues of KOI USA, not for resale, free except for paying for shipping.
  • We need assistance with fundraising for the KHV/Scientific Committee. Anyone interested, please contact Don Chandler or Jerry Kyle!
  • Anyone interested and/or willing to make calls on behalf of AKCA to member clubs each month, please contact a Board member.


The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Carole Elliott at 5:42 p.m.


MINUTES: Motion: To approve the minutes of November 12th. Motion by Don, 2nd by Brenda. Approved. There was no meeting in December.




FINANCIALS: We went over the Profit & Loss report for November; net income of minus $1,368.19. For December we had a net profit of $3,183.48. Combined statements of Nov. & Dec. from Accounts Summary (AKCA checking, AKCA PayPal, KHV checking & KHV CD) we had a minus profit of $3,696.12.




PROJECT KHV: We paid OSU $421.77 on invoice #3 for our current KHV research grant. (We need to find out what happened to invoice #2. Jerry is checking.)   Our 9 month CD account rolled-over.


PUBLICATION: The polybags shipped today; the boxes shipped on the 5th. We still need to get 7 pages to Cesar for website rollout. PCS has asked for a new production schedule. Duc Nguyen’s Asagi cover is awesome. We shipped 800 magazines for news rack distribution for the first and second issues. The Mar/Apr shipment will increase to 1030. We need sales of 25% of issues to break even on shipping and distribution costs. Time will tell.


MEMBERSHIP: We currently have 77 member clubs. Dues invoices will go out in March.


JUDGING: No report.


RISK MANAGEMENT: There were no new enrollments; we have 26 clubs currently enrolled and expect more once spring and summer roll around.


BOOKSTORE: We had $323 in sales for December (no shows). For the first 6 months we had $3823.09 in sales.




NOMINATING COMMITTEE: Carole appointed Bob & Joan Finnegan and Ally Cunningham to the nominating committee. They will come back next month with a recommended slate of officers for 2016-17.






2016 Seminar: Don reported that we received our first reservation from Herb Struss from the Upper Midwest club.


2017 Seminar: Jerry Kyle is working with Carolyn Weiss. The Tri-State ZNNA might be interested; Joanne Mead is the contact person. Don & Brenda will also try to make contact.



  • 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?



  • Nominating Committee submits slate of names for the next term to the AKCA Board
  • AKCA Board votes to validate the next slate of nominees
  • AKCA Officer Nominee ballots sent to member clubs by March 1st.



  • None






  • Thank You Note: We received a nice Thank You card from Helena Hileman, of Washington K&WGS thanking us for our donation of two subscriptions to KOI USA to their club. We really appreciate the thoughtfulness!


Motion to adjourn at 5:50 p.m. Motion by Carole, 2nd by Brenda Approved.


Respectfully submitted by,

Don Chandler, Secretary





Written report submitted by Carole Elliott: Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they are having the last meeting of the year until March. Jackie Allsup, of Northern Iowa P&KC, said they will have their last meeting in November and then resume in March. Stephen Dumas, of North Texas WGS, said they are looking forward to a new year with lots of fun projects and information. This spring they will be having their annual potting workshop and pond cleanout at Texas Discovery Gardens as well as stream cleanout project at the Dallas Zoo with dates to be announced. Also, look for their annual Tour of Ponds coming in June. For more info about them and any upcoming events, please see their website at http://ntwgs.org/.  Christine Wilkolaski, of Niagara Frontier K&PC, said they held their Christmas party the night of their regularly scheduled December meeting. A good time was had by all. January they will be holding their elections. They have a founding father of their club coming to speak: Tom Towers. They are working on this years speaker list. They finally received some cold and snow! Jerry Behlau, of the Genesee Valley P&KC, said the Nov. 6th meeting was an important one for the club. Once again they faced the possibility of folding up their tents and calling it quits if they couldn’t get new blood into the Club’s Board positions. Fortunately…they’ve got new blood!   Marilyn Strange, of Indiana K&WGC, said that she is no longer Secretary. The new Secretary is Ken Lau as of January 1st. His email address is kulau@jklsoftware.com.   So Cal Koi Club their their annual Holiday Party at the Claim Jumper (Champagne Brunch) along with a Chinese Gift Exchange. In addition, the Nishiki Koi Club will be joining them. Everyone had a great time. It was bittersweet as we had to say goodbye to Ally & Gordon Chibana who moved to Texas two days after the banquet. They will be missed!   Carole Elliott hosted the January meeting with Michael Hernandez as guest speaker. He spoke on what to look for when picking out a show quality koi. This was very informative; club members enjoyed his presentation. In February, the club will meet at a new members home in Pasadena, CA. Jerry Woodbury, of Miami Valley WGS, said they are all watching their ponds in the new year as the weather begins to turn colder. This month, Jerry will be showing a slide presentation of their past pond tours. This is an attempt to motivate members to start thinking of warmer days ahead and to maybe sign up for the 2016 tour.   Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said that since December has been a busy month with various Christmas parties their club is having its 2nd Annual After Christmas Party January 16th. They will again do the crazy Christmas gift exchange (you may only own your surprise gift for a short while before someone steals it). It seems to start the year off right. December was also a very wet month for their area. He recorded 9.3 inches of rain in his gage from December 15th to the 31st. He monitored his Ph and it stayed around 7.5 during that time. He doesn’t have his pond covered to keep his water temperature warmer and this helped in keeping a lot of the water out of the pond. They will have their first official general meeting in February with a new board. They are looking forward to the pond tour in June and their Koi Show in October. Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said they elected new officers in November. They had their annual Christmas party in December and a good time was enjoyed by all. Good friends and good food and koi talk; what more could you ask for? Their weather has been crazy. It has been in the 70’s and they even broke a few records in late December. She has tulips and clematis in full bloom and their koi are swimming around like it’s spring. Their club has decided not to have a pond tour this year. They voted to have one every other year. Happy New Year to you! Their club will meet at restaurants in January and February and will resume meeting at members ponds in March. She can’t wait for Spring! Gary & Debbie Floyd, of Amarillo KS, said they are in the middle of winter and have had a lot of snow in the last few weeks. They had a blizzard on Christmas weekend with 50-70 mile per hour winds. The snow drifts were as high as 5’ around her house and in other parts of the yard only inches deep. They are still melting the drifts off and the piles on the street and still around in places. The club is not doing anything at this time and they aren’t sure what to do to get the club going again. They will be thinking about it over the next few months and will get with the Botanical Gardens and see if they can stir up some interest with folks in the other garden clubs. They think that will be their best bet is to get some new blood into the hobby as they know the garden shops are still selling pond equipment and landscapers are still installing ponds. They will be contacting some of them; also, to see if they will share their club contact information. They will see if they can get attendance going again with folks that are interested in learning about koi and water gardens. Teresa Zagar, of Canada KC of British Columbia, said they will be holding their annual dinner and social gala on Jan. 16th (in lieu of Christmas). Since the month of December is so busy, they have their big celebration in January every year. They always have a gift exchange later in the evening and they’ll have their usual 50/50 ticket draw to raise a little exstra money. She believes there will be discussions about their club nominations for the executive positions and if all goes well, they might be casting their votes too. The west coast temperate weather has been relatively mild so far this winter, but they’ve had a couple of light dustings of snow across the Lower Mainland. Her pond is currently holding at 8 degrees C (approx.. 45 degrees F), so their fish are pretty quiet. There are one or two club members who keep their ponds slightly warmer and continue to feed their fish a small amount through the winter months, but most of them let their fish snooze through the cold season. Consequently, there’s not too much going on right now. Vincent Smith, of Prairieland K&PS, said that things are pretty slow there (in Illinois) in January. Once the temperature drops below 50 degrees and they stop feeding their koi. The club is planning a pond tour for July. And that’s all the news he has right now. It’s snowing now but it’s only a couple of inches. They will be checking his deicer tubs that’s on the pond to make sure they are still working. Norm Call, of Oregon K&WGS, said they will have their spring koi sale and auction and partner with Petco’s annual “Adopt A Pet” program in early spring. Exact date not yet set. They will have their 15th Annual Koi Show June 10-12th . David Muraoka, of Sierra KC, said they have nothing planned this year for at lest now. Larry & Pat Christensen, of the Northwest K&GFC-ZNA Northwest, said the club just completed a very successful year with a very nice Christmas Party at their Leo & Virginia’s house (their President) with about 45 members who showed up. Carole tried but was unable to reach: Atlanta KC; Central Alabama K&WGS; Hawaii Goldfish & Carp; Mid-Columbia K&PC; Great Ponds & KS of West Michigan; Puget Sound KC; WGC of South Texas; ZNA Potomac Chapter KC; Gulf Coast KS; Northern Nevada PC; Land of Lincoln WG&KS; and San Francisco Bay Area KC; Southwest K&PA; North Florida KC; Olympic K,GF&WGC; North Idaho Koi Keepers.


Written report submitted by Don Chandler: William Williams, of Bakersfield Koi & WGS, reports preparations continue for the club booth at the Kern County Fairground’s Spring Home and Garden Show on Feb 19-21. The joint meeting of the Bakersfield and Fresno sister clubs will be on Sat Mar 12 at the home of Dr. Scott Davis in Bakersfield. There will be a delicious deep-pit BBQ lunch and the guest speaker, Andy Moo, will discuss how to choose healthy and beautiful koi. There will also be a fun raffle and a rousing auction. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.bkwgs.com/.  Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the joint meeting of the Bakersfield and Fresno sister clubs will be on Sat Mar 12 at the home of Dr. Scott Davis in Bakersfield. There will be a delicious deep-pit BBQ lunch and the guest speaker, Andy Moo, will discuss how to choose healthy and beautiful koi. There will also be a fun raffle and a rousing auction. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.   Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports at the December 2 meeting we discussed: Great turnout of 68 at the Mall’s. Day was comfortably warm and crystal clear! A bountiful feast, as usual! Confirmed meeting plans for Jan. 24 meeting at the Leveretts in Riverside, 2-5PM. Open seating in the garage for a presentation from Burt Ballou. February 28 meeting is tentatively set; to invite the club to your home and choose your month, please call the Fales. Elections Results: We remained without a President, Secretary or Newsletter Editor, but Larry Leverett and Tom Ross have returned as Directors. Norma offered to take on Secretary; was approved by the Board. Francine Hoffman volunteered to supply sodas for meetings; she is enjoying writing to members. Edward-Dean Museum: A team of eight (Nyirady, Fales, Marrin, Leverett) did a pond clean-out on a cold, wet and miserable day in November. The Nyiradys maintain the pond there, and muck it out once a year. Water was murky, full of leaves and the trees are still shedding, but the koi looked good. Facility needs to participate. Member Renewal: Lots of forms were returned at the meeting; more coming in the mail. 2016 Pond Tour: So far six members have offered to show their ponds this year, but they are located from Claremont to Yucaipa! A decision must be made in January whether or not to have the tour, but we need more ponds in closer proximity. The tour does not invade your home, just the yard; please consider volunteering to show off your pond this year! AKCA: 2016 Seminar will be in Cedar Falls, Iowa; Sunday tour will be to Kloubec Koi Farm. Next Board meeting will be Wed., Jan. 27 ~ back at Jack’s! Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org/. Scotty Yee, of Koi Club of San Diego, reports the Jan 10th meeting was held following a Pot Luck dinner at the home of Lenore Wade in El Cajon. Preparations and arrangements for the upcoming 29th Annual Koi Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds dominated discussion, along with ongoing Koi Rescue efforts. Check out their website at https://www.koiclubofsandiego.org. John Rae, of Michigan Koi & Pond Club SE, reports The November MKPC event was the Planning Meeting for 2016 club events. The Koi Show will be held the week-end of August 26, the week before Labor Day. Ervin Daniels was appointed Vice-President in place of retiring John Rae. Check out their website at http://www.mkpc-se.com/. Nancy J. Moore, of Washington Koi & WGS, reports the first order of business at the Nov meeting was to nominate our candidates for the PNKCA’s Ed Fujimoto Award. Ted Baughman was the sole nominee and was then elected by acclimation. Next, we nominated for our AKCA Koi Person of the Year award, and Rob Kenny and Lorie Lyman were nominated. The winner will be elected in January. the weather, and presented information about Kenzen Food, which contains human grade ingredients (no humans were hurt in the production of this food), and which has no corn, fillers, or MSG. There was no Dec. meeting. The Jan 20th meeting will he held at McMenamins in Bothell, WA. Speaker will be Dr. Adolf Maas of ZooVet Consulting, a certified Aquatic Vet. Check their website at http://washingtonkoi.org. Dinh Nguyen, of ZNA NorCal, reports we held a Holiday Event near the end of November. It was a great success. The weather was great and we had a great turn out. We invited everyone we could contact and had lots of non ZNA NorCal members attend. Many were very new to the hobby and were blown away by the champion quality koi in David Tran’s 16,000 gallon pond. Especially since he pulled a number out of the pond for measurement so it was possible to get a good close up view of many over 30″ koi of very high quality. A video of the event is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3RnBiXo4aA. Preparation is under way for the 2016 ZNA NorCal Koi Show scheduled for April 2-3 in San Jose. We’ve got a large number of exhibitors already signed up coming from Texas, Minnesota, Washington and Canada as well as California. We’re very excited about the show and currently working to finalize arrangements with sponsors and vendors. More information is available at our website, http://znanorcal.info. We’re also asking anyone interested in koi related information to sign up for our mailing list at the site. Check their website at https://www.facebook.com/…/ZNA-NorCal-Koi-Club/114370775244634. Jeff Fleischer, of ZNA SoCal Chapter, reports the Dec Holiday Luncheon at the Las Vegas Seafood Buffet was a big success. The Jan 17th meeting will be at the home of AKCA Judge Pam Spindola who will be showing us her Water Recovery System. Also on tap as speaker will be Tom Tran, of Seaside Aquatics, who will debut his new custom blend koi food (mfg. by Hai Feng).   Preparations and assignments for the upcoming March Koi Show are still being finalized. Check out their website at http://www.znasocal.org.


Written report submitted by Brenda Chandler: Jerry Kyle, of Camellia Koi Club, reports we will not have an open Koi Show in April.  April belongs to ZNA Nor-Cal.  We will have a limited club only show in a member’s backyard as a way to pull out, inventory, and access our equipment which has not been used in a few years.  With minimal tanks, we will use this as a way to show off our results of a year long club member grow out contest and teach newer members about show water quality issues and while having a training class of what judges look for.  No competition to ZNA Show.  As a matter of fact, the CKC will have a club field trip to the San Jose Show to gain knowledge and experience before  we plan our own Sept show for this or next year. Thought you might like to know what we are up to.  In the past we could not have had the success we had with our shows without the support of ZNA members and we have not forgotten. Check out their website at http://www.camelliakoi.org. Brenda Chandler, of Nishiki Koi Club, reports the club held a joint Holiday Buffet Luncheon at the Claim Jumper restaurant in Fountain Valley with the SoCal Koi Club. The food was both delicious and bountiful, the Gift Exchange (featuring numerous steals) and everyone laughing and the champagne just might have heightened the celebratory spirit. The clubs bid farewell to members Gordon and Ally Chibana who moved to TX two days after the Luncheon. They will be missed and since they were the heart, soul and driving force of the Nishiki club, its future is uncertain at this point in time.   Check out their website at http://www.nishikikoiclub.com. Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports our club is on winter break while our koi are napping.  In March when we resume, we will be discussing the final three months before the AKCA Banquet/Wet Lab comes to Cedar Falls, Iowa.  In case you missed Houston two years ago and Sacramento last year, you have the opportunity to attend and learn so much about the koi hobby.  We have attempted to notify all the Midwest clubs, so please pass this info onto your club members. Details for June 18th and 19th are available on our website (www.neikakoiassoc.com) and also the registration form to attend is posted on the AKCA.org website.  We hope you take advantage of this great program coming to the Heartland.  We do extend this invitation to all clubs and would be fun to see who travels the farthest! As you will discover when you visit the website, we have an exciting agenda planned.  Check it out!  Hope to see you in June. Happy New Year to all. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html. David Yee, of Valley of the Sun Koi Club, Inc., reports the club is busy planning their upcoming koi show, which will be held at the Margaret Hance Park East in Phoenix on Feb 12-14. Check their website at http://www.vskc.net. Mary Oxman, of Ventura County Koi Society, reports the club was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our club member, Phillip Jimenez. Phillip was one of the original members of our koi club. I will miss his fun loving playfulness and kind hearted spirit. My heart goes out to his wife Evelyn. Hopefully she will find comfort from the company of our club members and will continue to follow her love of koi. The Jan 16th meeting will be held at the home of Daniel Frayssinet in Thousand Oaks. Daniels’ indoor/outdoor pond is a real must see. We last saw the home renovation and pond construction as a work in progress in July, 2014. Much of the pond is indoors. I am anxious to hear how people, fishes, turtles and plants are all getting along together. I imagine Daniel has added even more materials and treasures to his home from his worldwide travels. This visit should be the perfect way to start off an exceptional year of the art of koi keeping. See you soon! Check their website at http://users.vcnet.com/rrenshaw/vcks.html.

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