2016 04 AKCA Minutes

AKCA Minutes of April 7, 2016


Officers Present:                                 Directors Present:                   Guests:

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


Board Highlights:


  • 2015/2016 Club selections for Koi Person of the Year, AKCA Koi of the Year and Champion of Champions are due. Updated forms with instructions are available on the AKCA website at: http://www.akca.org/special-awards/special-awards
  • Get Well Wishes to Pat Christensen!!!
  • AKCA Annual dues are due before July 1st, 2016
  • Don’t forget to vote your club’s AKCA Officers Ballot


The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Carole Elliott at 5:35 p.m.


MINUTES: Motion: To approve the minutes of March 10th with the following correction: Jerry Kyle’s report was omitted but will be included in this month’s Minutes. Motion by Don, 2nd by Jeff. Approved.




FINANCIALS: We went over the Accounts Summary for March. Our checking account had a beginning balance of $78,046.70 and an ending balance of $73,682.24. We had a total net loss for the month of $4,364.46.   This included two Bookstore commission payments this month so we won’t have one in April.   For the checking account Profit & Loss for March, we had a total income of $2,656.75; total COGS of 1,156.04 for a gross profit of $1,500.72. The total for all accounts was $89,320.59 – a decrease of $3,181.74.


WEBSITE: Caesar reported that there have been a lot of problems trying to upload new files recently. Go Daddy has been helpful but someone has been trying to hack our site. We now have it backup and the club reports have finally been updated.


KHA: There was discussion on the KHA classes/instruction. Julie had trouble with internet and phone reception during her recent vacation; she’s now playing catch up. It was reported that Sarah Garrison has been doing an outstanding job helping out by processing applications and emails, updating materials and sending out quizzes.


PROJECT KHV: Jerry reported that since Sept. 2015, Oregon State University has been working on several projects on KHV latent infection. One of the projects is to understand what the key stressors are that leads to KHV reactivations from latency. OSU Under Graduate students from Honors College participating in the OSU research found 02 levels has no effect on KHV reactivation. Their further studies found KHV DNA can be detected in many tissues in two weeks following temperature stress. KHV DNA can also be found in the gill and droppings during temperature stress. Pathologists from OSU Veterinary diagnosis lab also worked to help determine whether KHV causes any pathology in tissues during reactivation. It is a step by step methodology and will take time but progress is being made. As Chairman, I am excited to learn that they can detect KHV from gills and droppings and see it as a step forward to making discovery a lot simpler than having to take blood samples as we do now.


PUBLICATION: Bob Payne spoke with two printers to try to get our costs down; he also spoke with Mary Jo at American Web. He is also working on the koi collector’s Field ID Guide; it was decided to add 2 extra panels for a section on descriptions, pronunciations, etc. They had a very good month; Ron signed up a new account (Grand Koi out of New York), who paid for a full year in advance. The upcoming issue (Volume 40, Issue 6) has 25 pages of advertising – the most in 4 or 5 years.


MEMBERSHIP: Of our 78 clubs, 7 have already sent in their yearly dues. These are due by July 1st, 2016.


JUDGING: Garry Chin is starting to put together both the Champion of Champions and the Koi of the Year photo contests for 2013/2014, 2014/2015 and 2015/2016. Caesar has updated the website’s voting module. Gary is working with Caesar and Don. They will do one contest during a 2 month period and put the results in KOI USA. Then they will start another poll for another 2 month period and put that in KOI USA magazine. We will post updated submission forms on our website for everyone’s use. FYI, Pat Christensen fell and broke her hip. She is home now and recovering. We all send our best wishes for a speedy recovery!


RISK MANAGEMENT: We have 2 new enrollments in our Premium Level Liability Insurance program: Tri-State ZNA and MAKC. 27 clubs have enrolled so far this fiscal year.


BOOKSTORE: We had a great month. The bookstore sold $996.80 at the San Diego Show; $881 at the SoCal ZNA show; and $1375 at the NorCal ZNA show.




KOI PERSON OF THE YEAR: Just fill out and submit to Ally Chibana.


KOI OF THE YEAR: Just fill out and submit to Garry Chin.


CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS: Just fill out and submit to Garry Chin.


SLATE OF OFFICERS FOR 2016-17: We have received 31 ballots thus far.






2016 Seminar: It was reported that 30+ persons have paid to attend (includes 6 KHA students as well as other interested persons/spouses and staff). If you are going to attend, PLEASE be sure to make your hotel reservations soon. Brenda is looking for donations for the banquet raffle/auction!


2017 Seminar: Carole will contact the Tri-State ZNA club.



  • 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?



  • Notify bookstore of materials to ship to Seminar



  • Ingram Distribution: It was reported that the 2nd issue isn’t coming back as fast as the 1st Further discussion. Too soon to predict whether the venture will be cost effective or not.



  • None


Motion to adjourn at 6:16 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 finally reunited after a winter break. They basically planned out the year and who was going to hold meetings where. They also talked about a pond tour July 9th and 10th. A great pot luck was enjoyed by all. Jackie Allsup, of Northern Iowa P&KC, said they held their meeting at the Church basement. It was a cold rainy evening but members still managed to get out and attend. Member, Mary Swake, gave them a nice PowerPoint presentation on pond plants. Everyone is eager for weather to warm. They are planning a pond tour for July 16-17th. Christine Wilkolaski, of Niagara Frontier K&PC, said that last month they had a great turn out for their Photo contest; check out their website. This month the topic of their presenter will be aquaponics. The weather is not agreeing with them so they are somewhat behind in opening their personal ponds and the ponds their club helps care for. Their Koi Show is set for July as is their Pond Tour. So Cal Koi Club held their April meeting at the home of Linda Messenger, of Corona del Mar. Carole Elliott spoke about what to look for in Asagi and Shusui. Due to Mother’s Day landing on their meeting day, it was decided to skip the May meeting. In June, the club will have their annual BBQ/Pot Luck and White Elephant auction. This is always fun and a money maker for the club. Jerry Woodbury, of Miami Valley WGS, said that Matt Turner, from Turner Landscaping, gave a talk about Spring Pond Maintenance.”   Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said that at their March meeting, Kevin Colopy, of Happy Koi of Greenville, gave a talk on Bekko. It was a great follow up to KOI USA article and was well received by the members in attendance. Members are traveling to Plant City Bonsai in Clermont, GA on the 9th of April for a day trip. They have a number of members that enjoy the bonsai in their yards. They will have an update on the trip at their April 16th meeting. Their speaker for the April meeting will give a talk on power outage problems and a solution to prevent. That should be of interest to many of their members. Their annual pond tour is set for June 11th, rain or shine. They are anticipating 12 ponds on tour this year. A lot of work needs to be done before then to maximize the number of visitors including newspaper articles, ticket and pamphlet printing, and posters to put up at numerous businesses. This will be their 18th tour. Ralph Smith, of Southwest K&PA, said their first pond-side meeting of spring was held at the home of Hector and Andrea Rivas, their hospitality was very much appreciated. SKAPA’s next meeting will be at the home of Ken and Susie Austin with guest speaker Karen Pattist, of Koi Organization International (KOI). Jan Jordan, of Mid-Columbia K&PC, said they had their first meeting of 2016. Small turn out, but good discussion. They are hoping to get involved with a couple of community activities. One is being greeters during the Secret Garden Tour that supports the local children’s theater. The 2nd would be a booth at the Master Garden Summer Solstice in June. Next meeting will be a pond side at the Hamilton’s 1st Sunday in May. Vincent Smith, of Prairieland K&PS, said they are planning a Pond Tour for July 9-10th. Last month, Vince announced 2015 Koi of the Year photo winners. Stacy Schadewaldt won in the professional category and Patty Davis won for the general category. He also announced that Rick & Lisa Moreland were the 2015 PKPS members of the year. Allen Kruger gave a useful presentation on some new filter media that the club has for sale for $20 per 1,000 ft. It is a pallet strapping material that is embossed so that beneficial bacteria have lots of crevices in which to thrive. Jan Brown, of North Florida KC, said that their meeting will be at Steve Schade and Vickie Leonard’s on April 10th. They will be having a plant exchange. They also bring a dish; Steve is fixing tacos.   Genesse Valley Pond & KC, stated that no auction was planned for June Lily Fest event due to lack of member support. Guest speaker, Mike Gannon, gave them his background and topics discussed were maintaining clear water, general pond design, winterizing pond plants, treating sick fish, etc. Next month, they will discuss opening their ponds for the season. David Muraoka, of Sierra KC, said they are dormant right now with no planned activities. Ken Houtman, of Great Ponds & KS of West Michigan, said they had a booth at the Grand Rapids Home and Garden Show for 2016. There were many people who were interested in the club and had many pond questions and comments. Their members had a good time meeting people and they have made a few new friendships. They have a list of emails and contacts to follow-up with. Debby Young, of Southern Arizona KA, said that last month they did a membership drive, sending out individual invoices for the dues instead of putting the info in their newsletter and they offered packets of koi food for membership. In April, they had a “pond liner pulling” party. About 15 people came to help a new member place his 500 lb. – 34ftX50ft liner in the hole. The finished pond should be around 15,000 gallons. At their next meeting, they hope to have education on repotting water plants. Jeff Schwartz, of Tri-State ZNA, said that they recently sponsored a huge Grow-out Event at Quality Koi. They’re having their 5th Annual Koi Show. He wanted to know if they will get into the magazine listing of scheduled events? Yes, it will. Norm Call, of Oregon K&WGS, said they have a lot on their plate this year. They have two separate membership venues this May. One at the Master Gardner’s show at the Douglas County Fair Grounds and one at Petco’s adopt a pet program. Both on May 14th. On June 10-12 is their 15th Annual Koi Show. As for their 15th Annual Koi Show, all their vendor spaces are now spoken for. Jerry Hames, of Olympic K,GF&WGC, said they haven’t met this year yet. They missed March and will start again the 6th of this month. Bruce Lott is their AKCA rep. Stephen Dumas, of North Texas WGS, said they look forward to a lot of fun and information. They just completed their spring projects at the Dallas Zoo and Texas Discovery Gardens. Look for their 25th Annual Tour of Ponds coming June 11 & 12th. For more information about them and any upcoming events, please see their website at http://ntwgs.org/. Their monthly meetings will be held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Glen Hubenthal, of Austin PS, said that on April 2 & 3 many of their members volunteered at Zilker Garden Festival. April meeting annual Plant Swap. Ted Paone hits the ground running as Pond Tour Director. 22nd Annual Pond Tour is June 4 & 5th. Larry & Pat Christensen, of Northwest K&GFC-ZNA Northwest, recently returned home from California. Pat slipped and broke her hip in California, thus, they were there longer than they had planned. Now that they’re home, Pat will be going through rehab. We wish her a speedy recovery. Sheila Jackson, of San Francisco Bay Area KC, said their club is holding their regular monthly meetings at different member ponds. Their March meeting was held at the Lokhoff’s pond. A beautiful enclosed pond with a floating island and waterfall. All of this in a Mobile Home Park. Their meetings are held on the forth Saturday of every month. Phyllis Anderson, of North Idaho Koi Keepers, said they started out the season with a visitor from Japan. Hoshi Sakai traveled with a koi shipment destined for Hoshi Koi in Tacoma and NIKK members. He spent a day visiting member’s ponds in Spokane and North Idaho, offering ideas and sharing treatments they use at Isawa ponds in Spokane and North Idaho, offering ideas and sharing treatments they use at Isawa Nishikigoi. Many club members gathered to treat Hoshi to a steak dinner at Wolf Lodge in Coeur d’Alene. When his father, Toshio Sakai, last visited their club, he had enjoyed the novelty of dinner at Wolf Lodge, so it was fun that his son had the same experience at this unique dining establishment. They have their first workshop of the year scheduled in April at Dan & Sharon Olson’s pond to see new arrivals and see how this pond is covered and heated during the winter months. In May, they will have a workshop at Gene & Phyllis Anderson’s pond in Hayden. June will see a trip to one of their new members in Newport to visit the pond of Nancy Houghton and her daughter Kellie Berthauser so that they can offer advice to these new koi keepers. Another new member, Mike Kempf in Sandpoint, is putting in a new pond and Gene has been advising him. She’s sure they will have a workshop at this home soon. Workshops for the rest of the season will be scheduled as members want to host the group. They have no plans for a koi show, but members are sure to travel to shows on the Koi Show Tour as much as possible this year. Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, reports we continue to meet at member’s ponds and share a covered dish meal. Our membership is growing. Have a great month! Carole tried but was unable to reach: Canada KC of British Columbia; Amarillo KS; Atlanta KC; Central Alabama K&WGS; Hawaii Goldfish & Carp; Puget Sound KC; WGC of South Texas; Central Alabama K&WGS; ZNA Potomac Chapter KC; Gulf Coast KS; Northern Nevada PC; Land of Lincoln WG&KS; Great Ponds & KS of West Michigan; Sierra KC; Macon WG&KC.


Written report submitted by Don Chandler: Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports our next club meeting is at the Palazzo’s home on Tuesday, April 12th at 7 p.m. and I hope you will be able to attend. Our koi show is booked for the weekend of September 24th to September 25th with setup happening on Friday, September 23rd in the morning, please consider volunteering; we need all hands on deck as well as showing off your koi. Richele is our show chair and will be coordinating the events and tasks at hand. The show runs smoothly each year, let’s make this the best one yet, 38th annual, wow 38 years that is quite impressive, let’s keep the reputation of the club up and put on the best show yet! Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com. Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports at the March 30 meeting we discussed: We had a wonderful turnout on March 20. The Leveretts went to the ZNA SoCal Gardena Show, as did several others. About 22 went to Burt Ballou’s home and although Mark Whelan could never be reached and was at the Gardena Show, too, Gloria Ballou contacted him and gave us entry to the Whalen’s pond through a shared back gate. Joe & Peter Cao at Inland Koi were wonderful hosts to 42 of us and made lots of sales that afternoon. They were less shy this time and talked quite a bit. We confirmed meeting plans for April 24 at Francine Hoffman’s, May 22 at the Kushners. Considering bus trip to Barstow Koi in October. Iva Gaglione of Ultra Balance will speak on Koi Nutrition at the April meeting. More hosts are needed for the rest of the year; to invite the club to your home and choose your month, please call the Fales.  Riverside Flower Show: We’ll set up a display pond in the lobby at the Elks Club on Friday, April 15, at 4pm; tear down will be Sunday at 4pm. We need a new promotional flyer for the club to put by the display. The Leveretts will be part of the garden tour. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org. Scotty Yee, of Koi Club of San Diego, reports the Apr 10th meeting will be at the home of Dr. Robert Adler and Janice List in Bonita. The catered meeting will begin at 12:30. The May 15th meeting will be at the home of Bonnie McIlvaine in Vista. Check out their website at https://www.koiclubofsandiego.org. Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports the meeting was held at the home of a local club member. The club annual dues are due in the first quarter of 2016. Co-President Doug Sudbury and Mary Lou Sudbury announced that they will be moving out of the area within the next three months. The remaining Co-President and Co-Secretary will continue the duties for the remainder of this year. One member’s garden and pond will be a featured in a local Garden Tour on May 1. Jim Thirkettle of Ketl Koi Farms in Fillmore announced his annual Koi Auction on April 23. One to three year old koi 5 – 19 inches long will be featured. Details are available at ketlkoifarm.com. Member’s Forum included discussion of constructing a ramp pump to move water from a one water source to another area of a yard. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html. Dick Hadley, of Upper Midwest Koi Club, reports they met April 9 at the home of board member Ben Brown. After some club membership items Ben presented a very good filter presentation.  He has a pond with mostly homemade filters including sand filters in a big drum, and a rotating drum.  His water and his fish looked fantastic.  He had all the parts, and helped members assemble a sand filter made in a big (55 gal or so) drum. Our attendance at meetings has been consistently greater than last few years.  Our show and auctions have attracted several new members who seem to be staying around and getting involved. Next meeting May 7. Check their website at www.uppermidwestkoiclub.org. Chris Charbonneau, of Washington Koi & WGS, reports they’re calling all past Grand Champions! We would very much like you to come back to our show this year to compete in the Best of the Best Grand Champion contest. Please set the date (September 24 – 25, 2016) aside and get your beauties ready to celebrate our 25th Anniversary Koi Show. Check their website at http://washingtonkoi.org.


Written report submitted by Brenda Chandler: Brenda Chandler, of Nishiki Koi Club, reports the club is not currently meeting but hopes to reorganize soon. Check out their website at http://www.nishikikoiclub.com. Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports 74 days until the Wet Lab/Banquet in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  Hope you have June 18th and 19th circled on your calendar, however most of all, hope you have your registration form sent to Brenda Chandler.  We invite you to experience ‘Iowa Heartland Hospitality’.  As a sidebar, we have our Iowa club logo pin and Wet/Lab pin pictured on the Home page of our website (www.neikakoiassoc.com) We are currently interested collecting pins from various clubs. Please pass this on to your members.  If anyone has a club pin to trade, we would gladly send you our North East Iowa Koi Association pin in exchange.  Better yet, why don’t you bring them with you to the Wet/Lab? Hope to see you in Iowa! Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.   Mary Oxman, of Ventura County Koi Society, reports the March meeting was at the home of Armando Baz and Larry Bittlesto. Armando’s love of animals and plant life is evident everywhere you look. The colorful golden conures and exotic tortoises are my favorites. The timing was just right to see many of his orchids in bloom. Armando and Larry are such great hosts that we felt like we were having a family gathering and celebration. Without the koi keeping hobby we would never had the pleasure of knowing two very special people. We thank you Armando and Larry for a most delightful afternoon at your home! I especially want to thank Iva Gaglione of Star Milling Company for her most generous donation of Ultra Balance koi food. Ten people were the happy winners of Ultra Balance koi food. Iva will be the guest speaker at our May 14th meeting; we will be able to purchase food from her at that time. I am very sad to report the passing of our very first Ventura County Koi Society President, Bob Hensley. I feel at a loss without my friend Bob. We spent many an hour discussing koi pond water quality and comparing it to methods used at the Simi Valley Wastewater Treatment plant where he retired as Operations Manager after 40 years in the field. My heart goes out to Bob’s wife Judy. Bob and Judy were married for over thirty years and enjoyed many a trip to Maui. The April meeting will be at the home of Joe and Kathryn Melton in Reseda on April 16th at 1 p.m. Check their website at http://users.vcnet.com/rrenshaw/vcks.html.






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