2016 03 AKCA Minutes

AKCA Minutes of February 11, 2016


Officers Present:                                 Directors Present:                   Guests:

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


Board Highlights:


  • KOI USA rates going up soon: See below Publication report.
  • Make reservations at AKCA.org for June Wet Lab in Cedar Falls, IA
  • Clubs may request boxes of past issues of KOI USA, not for resale – free except for paying for shipping.


The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Carole Elliott at 5:56 p.m.


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




FINANCIALS: We went over the Profit & Loss for February; our checking account had a net loss of $2,158.49. For the CFO Accounts Summary report, we had a total net loss of $2,088.02.




PROJECT KHV: We made another payment for the OSU Grant for $328.80.


PUBLICATION: The MAR/APR issue of KOI USA has been mailed out. Bob is expecting a revised bid for the KOI ID Field Guide. One more panel was added to make it an 8 panel accordion fold ID Field Guide. Caesar has rolled out the new issue on our website. Much discussion about rates that have remained the same for years. There were motions approved to: Raise rates by 10% for advertisers (effective July 1st); to raise subscription rates $5 to $30 for members and $35 for non-members effective July 1st; and to cut the current $100 fee to advertise in club show and pond tour brochures to $50, effective July 1st. Bottom Line: IF CLUBS AND MEMBERS DO NOT INCREASE SUPPORT FOR KOIUSA MAGAZINE, IT WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO SUPPORT THE CLUBS AND THE AKCA in return. And after 40 years, that’s a very sad possibility. So PLEASE talk to your club’s members about this critical issue.


MEMBERSHIP: Gordon Chibana has been elected the President & AKCA Dir/Rep for the Water Garden Club of South Texas. Also, the Texas Koi & Fancy Goldfish Society has rejoined the AKCA. Welcome back! This brings our total back up to 78 clubs.


JUDGING: Garry Chin and Pam Spindola will be judging the San Diego Koi Show in March. There will also be ZNA Judges from So. Africa and Australia.


RISK MANAGEMENT: The WGC of So. Texas enrolled in our Premium Level Liability Insurance last month bringing the total number of clubs enrolled to 25.


BOOKSTORE: We only had 7 orders for $355 in February. For the San Diego koi show, in March, we sold $879.65 worth of merchandise.




KOI PERSON OF THE YEAR: Carole signed a new batch of blank certificates that Ally Chibana has picked up.






2016 Seminar: Brenda talked to Diane Head; everything is going smoothly. On Sunday from 3:30 to 6:30, attendees can visit Koubec Koi Farm for a private tour. Pins have been made; 7 reservations have come in so far.


2017 Seminar: Don will contact the Tri-State ZNNA to see if they will host the Wet Lab/Banquet; Carmen Caputo is the contact person.



  • 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?



  • Send notices to clubs for Koi of the Year & Koi Person of the Year!



  • None



  • None


Motion to adjourn at 6:23 p.m. Motion by Don, 2nd by Carole Approved.


Respectfully submitted by,

Don Chandler, Secretary





Written report submitted by Carole Elliott: Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they will be getting together at the end of March.. Jackie Allsup, of Northern Iowa P&KC, said their last meeting was at a private museiu. They talked about the up coming year; began talk about their pond tour and said welcome back after their Winter break. It was great to see everyone again. They’ve had a really mild Winter, so members were reporting their ponds looking pretty good. Christine Wilkolaski, of Niagara Frontier K&PC, said their February meeting was cancelled due to the weather. Their March meeting is the annual Photo Contest with categories of flora fauna and ponds. The Koi show date has been set for July 9 and 10th. The Pond Tour in the south towns this year on July 16th. So Cal Koi Club did not hold a meeting in March due to two local koi shows; encouraged members to attend one or both of the shows. Don & Brenda Chandler entered koi in the Koi Show put on by the San Diego Koi Club and won a number of prizes. Carole Elliott, Don & Brenda Chandler, and Jeff Fleischer have entered koi in the ZNA So Cal Koi Show in Gardena. Jerry Woodbury, of Miami Valley WGS, said that Matt Turner, from Turner Landscaping, will be giving a talk on “Building a Pond.”   Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said he has nothing new to report. Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said they are excited for spring to arrive. Their club begins meeting at members ponds this month. It’s nice to see new ponds and revisit old ones. Their club has added a few new members. They have no planned events as of now. Ralph Smith, of Southwest K&PA, said their next meeting will be held at the home of Hector and Andrea Rivas as SKAPA celebrated their 20th anniversary and still going strong. Jan Jordan, of Mid-Columbia K&PC, said they are quiet for now. Vincent Smith, of Prairieland K&PS, said they are planning for a Pond Tour. On Feb. 13th their buest speaker was Genny Gibbs who did a presentation on “Chasing the Elusive Plant World of China: where she participated in an exchange program with sister college in Xiamin. Their April meeting will be held at the home of Mary Hoehne’s where pond repair of a leaking bulkhead will be addressed Ken Lau, of Indiana K&WGC, said Dan Lamberson, of Aquatic Designs, spoke at their Feb. meeting on Bog Filter Ponds. They will have a June Pond Tour. They will also halp man the Flower & Patio Show. For their March meeting, Gary Hoter, of the Goldfish Clyub, will be speaking about the koi cousins. Jan Brown, of North Florida KC, said Paul & Jim hosted the Feb. 21st meeting. They discussed having a Pond Tour in May since they won’t be hosting a show.   Genesse Valley Pond & KC, held their Marth 4th meeting. Mike Gannon will be joining them from New Jersey. Steve Dumas, of North Texas WGS, said they look forward to a Spring with lots of fun projects and information. They have projects coming up March 26th at the Dakllas Zoo and April 2nd at Texas Discovery Gardens. Look for their 25th Annual Tour of Ponds coming June 11 & 12. For more information about them and any upcoming events, please see their website at http://ntwgs.org/. Jerry Hames, of the Olympic K,GF&WGC, said they had their Christmas Dinner and Party at George & Jasn Bahr’s place in Poulsbo. They don’t meeti in January and February, sortof a winter break starting again in March. This year the flu and other member illness’s encouraged them to also take March off and start the meeting in April. They meet in their members home and have decided that the host will lead a discussion on a subject like koi, goldfish, or other water garden subjects. It’s always fun to look over the ponds that their members have whether they are finished or still at work in progress. Their club was glad to pick up some new members past year. Their meetings are also the place where they report on any problems the members are having, or bring up the questions about their hobby that they might have. Jo Mead, of Mid-Atlantic, said they had to cancel their monthly magazine due to financial constraints but they are in the process of producing a newsletter. Their Hudson Valley Chapter just had meet and greet at the Adams Fairacre Farm in Kingston, NY, during their garden show this past weekend. They are also in the process of setting up their chapters meeting for the upcoming season. ZNA-So Cal Chapter, recently met at Jeff Fleischer’s home; they discussed his design for building a koi pond (he recently moved into this home). They will be hosting a Koi Show March 18-20 in Gardena, Ca. Teresa Zagar, of Canada Koi Club of British Columbia, says unfortunately there isn’t much happening.  Nothing to report except the changes to our executive officers: President: Marc Tilkin; Vice President: Geoff Webb; Secretary: Dee Johnson; Treasurer: Lynn Campbell.

Carole tried but was unable to reach: Central Alabama K&WGS; Hawaii Goldfish & Carp; Puget Sound KC; WGC of South Texas; ZNA Potomac Chapter KC; Gulf Coast KS; Northern Nevada PC; Land of Lincoln WG&KS; Olympic K,GF&WGC; North Idaho Koi Keepers; Great Ponds & KS of West Michigan; Sierra KC; Northwest K&GFC-ZNA Northwest; Austin PS;Macon WG&KC; and Tri-State ZNA.


Written report submitted by Don Chandler:    Katie Shanafelt, of Idaho Koi & WGS, reports the club held its kick-off banquet on February 20th. The event was a success with eight new members joining and the renewal of our ZNA club membership quota met. The club has been extra busy all year round though, preparing for the PNKCA convention June 24-26, 2016. Chairperson, Kim Peterson, has been working tirelessly to ensure this will be a spectacular and memorable event. The theme this year is The Art of Koi. Graphic designer Susie Dethman has created a beautiful show poster and striking pin for this event. The convention will include an art show with student and local professional artists, an art class where participants can enamel their own koi pin, a bonsai exhibit/class where students can leave with their own bonsai, pond tour showcasing the new Idaho Botanical Gardens pond, banquet dinner from the four star hotel menu, and classes from some of the best koi-keepers in the Northwest, including a report from the OSU lab on the progress of research on KHV. Register soon if you are planning on attending as there is a huge athletic tournament in Boise this summer and all rooms in town will be booked soon. The March club meeting will take place at North End Organic Nursery (NEON) 3/20/16 at 3pm. We will discuss spring pond health issues. Check out their website at http://www.iwgks.org. Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports our February meeting was hosted by Armand and Eve Blais.  They have been members of the Inland Koi Society for two years and have constantly been very supportive of our club.  Armand stated to me that he “would host the meeting every month, if they would let me”.  Now that is dedication.  The Blais’ initial pond came with the house when they purchased it.  They have since built a new pond with the assistance of our former newsletter editor, Pete Miles, and a filter expert extraordinaire, Bob Walters.  The pond is 4 feet deep, has 5500 to 6000 gallons of water, and has beautiful and large koi.  Our guest speaker was Jack Chapman who gave a great and very informative presentation on spring into summer transitions for your pond. As usual the pot luck food was outstanding, and the Blais were great hosts.  Rob and Deanna Fales conducted our raffle, with Jack Marrin doing an excellent job in auctioning off some of our recovered koi.  Finally, my lovely wife Jill and I were honored to receive the 2015 Koi person of the Year award. Our March 20th membership meeting was held at Inland Koi, located in Fountain Valley, CA.  The meeting was held a week earlier this month due to Easter this year being on our regular meeting day.  The owners of Inland Koi, Joe and Peter Cao, were very gracious hosts as always.  They both talked about their move to their new location in Fountain Valley.  The new location is much larger, and has a beautiful setting.  The brothers take turns going to Japan 2 to 3 times a year to purchase their koi.  The koi they have are exquisite, and a number of our members purchased some of them.  Due to the brothers discussing the history of their business, and taking a number of good questions from our membership, we did not have a regular guest speaker.  The pot luck food was outstanding and enjoyed by everyone.  Although our Vice President Rob Fales would have to leave right after we ate, he and his wife Deanna purchased and delivered gifts for our raffle.  Rob, upon leaving, turned the running of the program and raffle over to myself.   As the AKCA Rep, I informed the membership that the Koi person of the Year and the Koi of the Year winners would have to be voted on and turned over to the AKCA by May 1st.  I also went over the minutes from the last AKCA board meetings.  I would like to thank Erica Henry for assisting me with the raffle.  The entire meeting went very well, and our next meeting will be hosted in Riverside by one of our dedicated members, Francine Hoffman. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org. Rick Jokerst, of St. Louis Water Gardening Society, reports this year’s 16th Annual Pond-O-Rama Tour (June 25 -26) will be the best ever. So come on down! Check out their website at http://www.saintlouiswatergardeningsociety.org. Dick Hadley, of Upper Midwest Koi Club, reports the club held its monthly meeting last weekend at the Pond Store, one of our vendor sponsors. We had 23-25 people there–our attendance lately has been consistently higher than average with the recruitment and more importantly retention of new members. We discussed issues regarding spring warm up and koi vulnerability in the spring. We also presented a new grow out contest for this summer. Michelle Gravenish was a candidate judge in Orlando this past week end. Joe Retterath, Michael Chang, and Dick Hadley all went down for the show and had a great time hanging out with koi people and enjoying a great show. Check their website at www.uppermidwestkoiclub.org. Dinh Nguyen, of ZNA NorCal, reports our Koi Show is coming up very soon, April 2 & 3. We hope to see you there. The competition is expected to be very good again this year. We’ve received great support from the Monterey Bay Koi and Pond Club, the SF Bay Koi Club, Santa Clara Valley Koi and Water Garden Club, the Camellia Koi Club and the Shasta Koi Club. We’re exhibiting 30 tanks this year with entrants from all over the US and beyond. Judges will include Misaji Yamazaki and Hong Man Leung. We have breeders coming from Japan to attend, a group of enthusiasts from Minnesota coming, it should be quite a show. Check their website at https://www.facebook.com/…/ZNANorCalKoiClub/114370775244634


Written report submitted by Brenda Chandler: Jerry Kyle, of Camellia Koi Club, reports they are calling it a BACKYARD KOI SHOW. It has been a few years since CKC has had a Koi Show so, as a tool to teach the many new members what is involved, the club will have a limited Koi Show for members only and their guests in a member’s large back yard, April 23-24. New KHAs will apply their knowledge on water quality and gain experience as all members learn fine points on showing Koi. Knowledgeable judges use judging Koi as a teaching tool so spectators can learn what to look for in choosing and developing their own Koi. Winners for last years grow out contest will be chosen and Koi Person of The Year will Be awarded the perpetual annual trophy.. It will be an excellent hands-on learning experience for members as the club moves forward getting back to having shows. Three weeks earlier the CKC will have a club field trip to San Jose to the NorCal ZNA Show, April 2nd, and some members will be helping there as a good way to learn. Successful clubs help and support each other. Check out their website at http://www.camelliakoi.org. Karla Haggi, of High Desert Koi Fanciers, reports no news letter for this month. The April meeting will be at my house this Saturday April 2 at 10:00am.  Brenda Chandler, of Nishiki Koi Club, reports the club is not currently meeting. Check out their website at http://www.nishikikoiclub.com. Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports preparations continue for hosting this June’s AKCA Wet Lab in Cedar Falls, IA. Hope to see you all there. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html. Mary Oxman, of Ventura County Koi Society, reports our Feb visit to Joe and Lydia Medranos’ home was everything we could wish for in a koi club meeting. Joe & Lydia are such wonderful hosts! We could not have felt more welcome in their home. Lydia really knows how to put on a lavish spread of foods to please a crowd. Their attractive pond was the ideal place to gather around while visiting with one another. We were amazed to learn that their large koi have grown from small koi to their current size in a mere seven years! Joe built his own pond, and judging by the big happy koi, is doing a terrific job of maintaining everything.   I wish to thank Joe and Lydia for hosting such a great meeting! It was well worth the wait. I would like to thank Richard Renshaw for telling us about a koi food (Aquatics koi food from Dr. Fosters) that he and Dan Miller are impressed with. It really helps to learn about products that members are happy with. Please don’t hesitate to share your experiences at our meetings. Our monthly meetings are the ideal opportunity to learn from the experiences of others. The Mar meeting on the 13th will be at the home of Armando Baz & Larry Bittleston in Ventura. Check their website at http://users.vcnet.com/rrenshaw/vcks.html.





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