2016 06 AKCA Minutes

AKCA Minutes of June 9, 2016


Officers Present:                                 Directors Present:                   Guests:

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


Board Highlights:


  • AKCA Annual dues are due by July 1st, 2016.
  • You must submit Koi of the Year by June 22nd!
  • Please contact us if your club did not receive their Koi Person of the Year certificate!
  • Are you interested in helping to raise money for the KHV Project?

If so, please contact either Carole or Don.


The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Carole Elliott at 5:45 p.m.


MINUTES: Motion: To approve the minutes of May 12th. Motion by Don, 2nd by Jeff. Approved.




FINANCIALS: We went over the Accounts Summary for May. We had a number of expenditures for the month including purchasing more Doc Johnson’s book; Dr. Nick Saint Erne’s book; more t-shirts; 10 more banners, etc. The AKCA checking account was down $3,552.83; PayPal was up $1,086.44; KHV checking was up $.04; KHV CD was up $.28. Combined loss was $2,466.07.


WEBSITE: No report.


KHA: Brenda and Julie had a good talk on the upcoming wet lab in Iowa; we’re good to go.


PROJECT KHV: We just paid invoice #6 from OSU for $1958.73. We need someone to head up fundraising for KHV funds!


PUBLICATION: We are working on the 41.1 issue; will be proofed this week by Don. We are also adding a Breeder’s section along with the Dealer’s Listing. We signed up Barstow Koi as a result of the new listings. We had a good month for subscriptions; 100 orders.


MEMBERSHIP: Don reported that 40 out of 78 clubs have paid their annual AKCA dues. Clubs have until July 1st to pay before a reinstatement penalty sets in.


JUDGING: No report.


RISK MANAGEMENT: We paid our D&O insurance.


BOOKSTORE: Sales last month were $1,414.




KOI PERSON OF THE YEAR: Go to the AKCA website to download the Koi Person of the Year info. Forward this to Ally Chibana who is taking care of this. There has been a slight snag on certificates as Ally has been in the hospital twice. We wish her a speedy recovery. Ally sent out 10 certificates in April and 10 in May. If you did not get a certificate, please contact us.


KOI OF THE YEAR: Go online to get information; Garry Chin is in charge. The website voting should be up and running about the first of July.


SLATE OF OFFICERS FOR 2016-17: Ballots were counted by Ally Cunningham.

For Chairperson, 42 votes for Carole Elliott. For Vice Chairperson, 42 votes for Jeff Fleischer. For Secretary, 43 votes for Don Chandler. For CFO, 43 votes for Brenda Chandler. There were no write-ins. Motion: To accept the Slate of Officers for 2016-2017. Motion by Don, 2nd by Jeff. Approved.






2016 Seminar: It was reported that the Seminar is next week; everything is good to go.


2017 Seminar: Carole stated that the Mid-Atlantic Club will be hosting. The Wet Lab will be held at Quality Koi in New Jersey. Jo Mead will be their contact person.


2018 Seminar: Carole will contact the Koi Club of San Diego to see if they’re interested in hosting the Wet Lab and Banquet.



  • 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?



  • Annual meeting report in Board meeting minutes to clubs
  • Ship Koi Person of the Year awards
  • Pay Sales Tax



  • None



  • None


Motion to adjourn at 6:12 p.m. Motion by Don, 2nd by Jeff Approved.


Respectfully submitted by,

Don Chandler, Secretary





Written report submitted by Carole Elliott: Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they held their last meeting at Bickal Koi Farm. The pond tour was the major topic of discussion. Their tour will be held on July 10th so they are busy planning. www.EIPS.com   Jackie Allsup, of Northern Iowa P&KC, said they held their last meeting at Bernd’s Pond Shop in Wellsburg. What a wonderful shop to find all sorts of ponding equipment and garden decorations. They are currently putting together a 2 day pond tour with several ponds in Wellsburg on Saturday, July 16 and in the Waterloo area on Sunday, July 17th. They also had their annual fish auction. Lots of the members had pretty new koi to take home with them. It’s a fun event and along with the pot luck, everyone was happy. So Cal Koi Club held their annual June BBQ/potluck/White Elephant auction at the home of Mallory Hartt. This is always a fun event for club members as well as raising funds for the club.   Jerry Woodbury, of Miami Valley WGS, said that this month they’re having an offsite meeting at a local garden center.   Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said that not much has happened since last month. They are days away from their annual pond tour. The temps are climbing into the 90’s with this Saturday for the pond tour forecasted to be 95 and high humidity. However, the Koi Show committee is working to get all the t’s crossed and the I’s dotted for their Koi Show Sept. 30th to Oct. 2nd. There is a lot of advertising prep, inviting of exhibitors and vendors. All is moving forward smartly. Ralph Smith, of Southwest K&PA, said they would like to thank Gaston and Olympia Cyr for hosting their last meeting, as AKAPA’s KHA Don Harrawood did a great presentation on “Backwashing Aquadyna and Ultima 2 Filters. Their next meeting will be held at the home of Luis and Veronica Lopez. Jan Jordan, of Mid-Columbia K&PC, said they met at the Aiello’s home & pond. They all ended up inside due to the triple digit heat. Good food, good discussions,; 19 attended. Volunteers for the Summer Solstice booth, 6/18, to help set up or tear down gained 4 more people at the meeting. Chairperson, Jan Jordan, got the okay to update the Application for Membership to pass out at the Solstice to those interested. July’s meeting will be at Brenda Sullivan’s the 1st Sunday of the month (7/3). They all hope the weather cooperates.   Vincent Smith, of Prairieland K&PS, said they’ve been very busy getting ready for their pond tour coming up in July on the 9th and 10th. The tour includes 13 ponds of all different sizes and shapes. Hopefully the tour will spark building of new ponds and members. Jan Brown, of North Florida KC, said they will be having their Spring Auction on June 11th; funds their rescue operation service. Last week, grow-out showa were distributed; the club bought two extra ones that are for sale.   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. June 4th they sponsored an info booth during ‘LilyFest”; held at Bergen Water Gardens in Churchill, NY. 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 their club had the first meeting of the year and it included an auction of many donations brought in by the membership. There were a lot of water plants. They should have a great collection of member pond gardens to visit throughout the year. Their display at the Grand Rapids Home & Garden show brought in a few new members and was deemed to be successful. Membership dues were collected and their club is off to a good start for the New Year. Their next meeting is going to include discussion of some of the finer points of a few different classification of koi. Gary Floyd, of Amarillo Koi Society, said they are just getting into spring and beyond freezing. They have been blessed to not have the storms like the rest of the state so far. He is trying to get a small group of the club together to brainstorm how to get new members in. He was out at botanical gardens this weekend and had another visit with the director to see about being a guest at some of the other club meeting to see if any of the members of those clubs are interested in ponds and koi. Jeff Schwartz, of Tri-State ZNA, said they have been quite active. In March they kicked off their Grow Out 2016 at Quality Koi. They are now working on their 5th Annual Koi & Bonsai Show. (Yes, your show will be listed in the magazine). Norm Call, of Oregon K&WGS, said they just had a membership drive on May 7th. Now they are preparing for their 15th Annual Koi Show on June 11-12th at Sherm’s Thunderbird Market in Roseburg, OR. Show contact; Normal Call 541-496-3403.   Glen Hubenthal, of Austin PS, said that for their May monthly meeting, there will be Tabletop presentations from many of their club sponsors – Pond Tour June 4th & 5th. Their Koi Person of the Year is Steven Monfrini. JoAnn Mead, of Mid-Atlantic, said their annual meeting and vote for the 2016/17 Executive Committee will be held in Lynbrook, NY and The Long Island Chapter will be having their pond tour in on July 17th. For the Central Chapter, June 11th meeting at Quality Koi in Carneys Point, NJ. July 10th summer BBQ in Newark, Delaware, and August 21st in Bethlehem, Penn. For the Hudson Valley Chapter, June 11th membership drive Kingston, NY; July 17th meeting in Saugerties, NY. For the Long Island Chapter, June 26th Annual Meeting and Executive Committee Election in Lynbrook, NY and July 17th meeting in Long Island Pond Tour. For the South Chapter, June 18th meeting in Alexandria, VA. Ken Lau, of Indiana K&WGC, said they could still use some help selling tickets for their upcoming event. Christine Wilkolaski, of Niagara Frontier K&PC, said that in June they plan a major auction at their meeting. The koi show is just around the corner in July as is the pond tour which will be in the south towns this year. Their pond squad has been out helping members open their ponds. They’re looking forward to a great summer.   Sheila Jackson, of San Francisco Bay Area KC, said they have their regular club meetings on the fourth Saturday of the month. Next meeting will be in San Leandro; they’re looking forward to a great meeting. Gary Elmore, of Atlanta KC, said they had a record auction in April. They auctioned around 450 koi to 84 different bidders and brought in over 20k in one day. Some of that went to the owners of the fish and a healthy percentage went to the club treasury. Their biggest money maker of the year and a great time for everyone. They are planning for the 21st annual show; well under way (actually almost done with the planning). They had 144 fish last year and plan to top that this year. They are in a new venue – Gwinnett Fair Grounds and the building there is designed to be an exhibit hall with all the amenities you could want. It is also large enough to handle another 50 show tanks if they run into that situation. Dates are Oct. 7-9. They are adding a size 7 as they had 17 size 6’s last year. Vendor and exhibitor packets will be on their website shortly if not already. Stephen Dumas, of North Texas WGS, said they look forward to their 25th annual Tour of Ponds this coming weekend June 11 & 12. They will also be back at the Texas Discovery Gardens in Sept. for the pre-State Fair clean out. For more information about North Texas WGS and any upcoming events, please see their website at http://ntwgs.org/. Glen Hubenthal, of Austin PS, wants to thank the Pond and Garden owners, volunteers and APS members for another great Pond Tour this past weekend. All will be honored at the next general meeting. Debby Young, of the Southern Arizona Koi Association, reports that their next meeting will start the planning of their 37th Annual Koi Show to be held Nov. 11-13th, 2016. Some members report algae problems this spring. Education at their last meeting was on ways to “balance” your pond chemistry. July meeting will be their annual Pot Luck BBQ. Bruce Lott, of the Olympic K,GF&WGC, reports their last meeting was at Jerry Hames’ house. They discussed why the KH should be kept above 80 ppm. Carole tried but was unable to reach: Canada KC of British Columbia; 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; Sierra KC; Macon WG&KC; Piedmont K&WGC; Northwest K&GFC0-ZNA Northwest; North Idaho Koi Keepers.


Written report submitted by Don Chandler: Mike Przewoznik, of Bakersfield Koi & WGS, reports the club met on Saturday June 11th at the home of Walter McKinney.  He gave a lecture on how he got started by having too many fish in too small of a pond and then redid his pond 2 more times to the beauty it is today.  Now his pond is 12,000 gallons.  The club had a discussion on filtration: the different types of filters, foods: what to feed and when, plants: types of plants good for the pond and parasites: what to look for and how to treat.   The club also discussed the trip made to Barstow Koi where Ken had a great lunch for us and talked about his Koi farm.  The meeting ended in a raffle of pond related items. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.bkwgs.com/. Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the May 14th meeting was held at the home of Ryan and Richele Kleiser, it was well attended with new members joining, Al Fries, James Meyst, and Louie & Lisa Lamoure.  Seng discussed the upcoming September koi show update as well as performing a water quality test on Ryan’s pond and discussing the results and treatment options available.  There were some questions regarding pond and water quality discussed among the members.  Afterwards a raffle was held and members enjoyed refreshments.  Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com. Doug Stuber, of the First Coast Koi Club, reports Libby Mattingly will be taking over for him. Check out their website at http://www.firstcoastkoiclub.com. Katy Shanafelt, of Idaho Koi & WGS, reports the Idaho Water Garden and Koi Society has been busily preparing for the upcoming Pacific Northwest Koi Association convention slated for June 24-26. The convention will be held at the Red Lion Downtowner in Boise, Idaho and will be centered around the theme ‘The Art of Koi’. The convention will not only cover koi as a decorative inspiration, but will address the art of raising and caring for koi by some of the nation’s foremost experts in the field. Hundreds of lilies will be available at the convention as will a new shipment of quality fish from several wet vendors. A pond tour will culminate with the unveiling of the new dedicated koi pond at the Idaho Botanical Gardens. Please register now as hotels are filling up with a national soccer tournament and space will be scarce. Boise is rated as the number 6 city in the nation, (http://realestate.usnews.com/places/rankings-best-places-to-live) come see why this June! Along with preparations for this momentous event, the club has been working on yearly reparations to the Platt gardens; located at the historic Boise Train Depot. These gardens house the city’s collection of koi and is regularly maintained by the club. Hundreds of lilies will be available at the convention as will a new shipment of quality fish from several wet vendors. Check out their website at http://www.iwgks.org. Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports the Sunday May 22nd Pot Luck meeting was hosted by Ed & Linda Kushner in Corona.

With one vote per person, ballots were collected, counted, and we could congratulate Rob & Deanna Fales, Koi Persons of the Year 2016. They set a beautiful example of selfless giving of time and energy by the few for the benefit of the whole. Thank you! Randy McGarvey’s koi won Koi of the Year and has been submitted to AKCA for consideration. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org. Scotty Yee, of Koi Club of San Diego, reports the monthly General Meeting was scheduled to be held June 12th at Underwater Environments in Encino. Hosts Scott “Mojo” Mojonierre and Melinda Tidball are anxious to show off their new location and Mojo will be the guest speaker. The June meeting will be held at the home of Augusto & Colleen Angelluci in La Jolla. Speaker will be Shawn McHenry of Mystic Koi and elections will be held. Check out their website at https://www.koiclubofsandiego.org. Elaine Barton, of Mountain View Koi Club, reports May 15th meeting from their second meeting of 2016 held at the Pepiniere Cite des Jeunes in St. Lazare, Quebec. Our members were introduced to new member, Vince Sabbagh, who told us briefly about his koi keeping experience, which now includes a small koi breeding/selling business (together with another member, Jonathan Pinning). Daniel Shelton gave a short update on our club’s upcoming show at the Montreal Botanical Gardens on July 23rd. Several members expressed an interest to show their special Koi that day and participate in our contest for “Best Koi” as voted by club members, and show participants. Further discussed was our club’s desire to expand membership through various media outlets. Also reviewed was our very first pond tour coming up this August with the proceeds of ticket sales going to the Hudson Palliative Care Unit. Participating pond owners were asked to submit a brief description of their ponds which our club President, Verne, will present to the Hudson Garden Club President and membership. A short discussion on future topics/guest speakers was brought up. Jonathan and Vince offered to speak about breeding and possibly a series on diseases and treatments. The raffle was held, refreshments were served and the meeting was adjourned till June 12th at the koi pond of Verne and Paula Gilkes in Vankleek Hill. Check their website at http://www.mountainviewkoiclub.com. Bretzke, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports the club will have its regular board meeting, Tuesday, June 7th at Frank Mullany’s home at 5705 Begonia Drive, San Jose. The meeting starts at 7:30 PM.  All members are encouraged to attend. This month we are actively preparing for our 25th Annual Pond Tour taking place July 16th, 2016.  We have finalized the six pond locations and its going to be a really nice tour this year.  The ponds are conveniently located and easy to access.  Event
posters and promotional materials are available now to help promote our event. Share with your family, friends, and neighbors.  We are looking for volunteers to help the day of the event and still have advertising space available in our pond tour booklet.  If you can help the day of the event or would like to place an ad in our pond tour booklet please let us know.   We are anticipating 300-400 attendees.  Email scvkwg@sckoi.com. And, last but not least, club members are encouraged to send in a photo of their most beautiful Koi to be entered in the club’s AKCA Koi contest.  Entries due June 10th.  Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com. Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports the May meeting was held at the home of a local club member. The member described the construction and the various systems he uses for pond maintenance. A field trip has been scheduled for June 26 to visit Andrew’s Koi International in Anaheim and Long Beach State University for a tour of the Japanese Koi and Water Gardens. Reservations are now being accepted. A member’s recent failed attempt to raise crayfish was reviewed with some humorous commentary. The June 26 field trip will replace the regular June meeting. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html. Don Chamberlain, of ZNA NorCal, reports at the end of May the results of the election for new officers were announced. Executive Officers – President: Dr. David Tran; VP: Mr. Garry Chin; Treasurer: Ms. Lisa Stewart; Secretary: Mr. Don Chamberlain. Board of Directors – Dr. Chris DiMaio; Ms. Marry Nielson; Mr. Vu Tran; Mr. Dinh Nguyen. On June 5 the club held a Young Koi Show for fish up to 22″ long.  The turnout was less than expected, but some very nice fish were competing and everyone attending had a great time. Judging was very thorough and their explanation of the selections was very informative. To stay abreast of our activities everyone is encouraged to sign up for our email list at: http://eepurl.com/bF7vHX, and fill out the simple form. Check their website at https://www.facebook.com/…/ZNANorCalKoiClub/114370775244634


Written report submitted by Brenda Chandler: Jerry Kyle, of Camellia Koi Club, reports 3 club members will be heading to IA to attend the 2016 Wet Lab and hope to bring home some new information for club members. Check out their website at http://www.camelliakoi.org.   Ben Soedjono, of Dallas Koi Kichi Group, reports the club is in gear getting ready for their 14th Annual Dallas Koi Kichi Koi Show to be held September 30 – October 2, 2016. Show packets are available on their website. Check out their website at http://www.dallaskoikichi.org . 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 the club is well prepared for the 2016 AKCA Business Meeting, Banquet and Wet Lab which they will soon be hosting. They hope to see you there! Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.   Laura Lunsford, of Rocky Mountain Koi Club, reports the June 18 meeting will be hosted by Jim and Nancy Glassman in Westminster, CO. Topic: How to scrape a fish and examine under a microscope. In July the club will hold a Pond Tour and in August a Koi Show. Stay tuned for details. Check out their website at http://www.rmkc.net. David Yee, of Valley of the Sun Koi Club, Inc., reports the club doesn’t meet during the extreme heat of the summer Arizona desert. Check their website at http://www.vskc.net. Mary Oxman, of Ventura County Koi Society, reports the club will hold their annual Pot Luck sides with club BBQ on Saturday June 18th at the home of Rick and Janet Shaw in Woodland Hills. Check their website at http://users.vcnet.com/rrenshaw/vcks.html.




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