2016 08 AKCA Minutes

AKCA Minutes of August 11, 2016

Officers Present:                      Directors Present:           Guests:
Chair: Carole Elliott
Vice Chair: Jeff Fleischer
Secretary: Don Chandler
CFO: Brenda Chandler

Board Highlights:

• Clubs may request boxes of past issues of KOI USA, not for resale, for free except for paying for shipping.
• Are you a KHA graduate who would like to head the KHA program? If so, please contact Julie Miller or Brenda Chandler.
• Please contact us if your club is interested in the $250 Speaker’s Grant – we will hold a drawing at our September meeting – 2 clubs will be picked!
• Are you interested in helping to raise money for the KHV Project? If so, please contact Jerold Kyle at jeroldkyle@yahoo.com.

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

MINUTES: Motion: To approve the minutes of July 7th. Motion by Don, 2nd by Carole. Approved.


FINANCIALS: We went over the July AKCA checking account Profit & Loss Statement. We had a total income of $8,988.92; minus all expenses, we had a minus net income of $188.33. For the CFO’s Account Summary (includes AKCA checking, PayPal and 2 KHV accounts), we had a net income of minus $1,067.34.

WEBSITE: The 2013-2014 Koi of the Year photos are up on the AKCA website to vote on. Voting ends August 31st. Starting in September, the 2014-2015 Koi of the Year will be on the website for everyone to vote on.

KHA: We have a new KHA student: Please welcome Ryan Nisogi, of the Rocky Mountain club. Don ordered a mobile hot spot unit for Julie so that she can have reception on her phone and computer while on vacation in TX; it cost $99 and included 5 gigs of data. Lots hope it works!

PROJECT KHV: We paid $714 for an invoice from OSU. The KHV 9 month CD will roll over this month ($8500 balance). Jerry has been working with Dr. Jin to get the bag water/feces sample test for latent KHV added to the list of their available diagnostic laboratories services available to hobbyists. We would like to see other clubs in our AKCA network of supportive clubs have raffles or find other fund raising opportunities to donate to the AKCA KHV committee specifically to be used in KHV research. Any money raised will be used to no other purpose and will garner recognition and appreciation for your club. Let me know what you can do at jeroldkyle@yahoo.com. Good things happen by working together! Claude & Dianne Head paid $1,000 for a Peter Enfield slate at auction at the 2016 Iowa Wet Lab; this money will go directly to the KHV grant. Their club also donated $1,000 for the KHV grant. Thank you Claude and Dianne and the North East Iowa Koi Association!

PUBLICATION: Bob Payne is busy working on the 41.2 issue. Mr. Kodoma liked the layout of the article about his Nishikigoi Journal. We’re still struggling to break even. More support from clubs and hobbyists would be greatly appreciated. Otherwise, we won’t be able to continue to provide the benefits we currently provide to clubs – as well as to the AKCA.

MEMBERSHIP: We redid the club contact list and reassigned clubs whose Board members no longer attend. 76 clubs have paid their annual dues; there was no answer for two of the clubs that have not yet paid.

JUDGING: Steve Drake recently judged the Oregon koi show.

RISK MANAGEMENT: 19 clubs have enrolled in the Premium Liability insurance plan; we had 28 last year. We expect more to join as koi shows and pond tours continue into the fall and spring.

BOOKSTORE: It has been a quiet month. We sold $589; no shows. We had an order for a banner today. Discussion about eliminating one of the storage units; we currently have 2 units for bookstore/magazines and could save approximately $2,000 per year by consolidating or relocating inventory. We filed our return with the State Board of Equalization in the amount of $419 for sales tax due on bookstore sales in CA.

SPEAKER’S GRANT: We had a request from MAKC for the Speaker’s Grant (FY 2016 – 2017). If your club is interested in the grant that covers a speaker’s travel & room costs up to $250, you need to contact Don before the September meeting. At the September meeting, we will have a drawing of those who have submitted requests.

KOI PERSON OF THE YEAR: Everyone who submitted for a Koi Person of the Year should have received their certificate, as per Ally Chibana (who is in charge).

KOI OF THE YEAR: Go online to get information; Garry Chin is in charge. 12 koi are up on the website to vote upon. Voting for the 2013-2014 Koi of the Year ends August 31st. On September 1st, voting will start for the 2014-2015 Koi of the Year. Go to the AKCA website to vote!


1) Regarding Koi Person of the Year certificates – It was asked if there could be two Koi Persons of the Year if there was a tie or a close vote? The Board discussed this and the answer was no; if two, then why not three, &/etc. Couples and families are OK as long as they’re on the same certificate.

2) Regarding KHV – A club member asked after the June and July AKCA minutes were read at the club’s meeting:
1. In early 2013, Ling Jin, the original principal researcher OSU, A few years was doing a research on a latent KHV detection that can be detected by a non lethal test. Also a even less evasive test e.g. gill or vent swabs was being researched. Are there any updates on these two researches?

b. A few years ago, $167,000 in donations was collected for project KHV, and held by AKCA. What happen to those donations?
Don’s response to the club member:

1. Yes, Dr. Ling Jin at OSU developed a non-lethal test to detect latent KHV. Please see the May 2015 AKCA Minutes at AKCA.org where Jerry Kyle reports on his visit to OSU where he learned about this. Also please see the KOI USA article by Dr. Jin in the Jul 2015 issue discussing this. I’m not a science geek so please don’t ask me to explain the why/how/when etc. of their discoveries. We’re checking to see if this test can be made available to the public.

2. Brenda (our AKCA CFO) ran QuickBooks reports on the following Project KHV accounts which document credits and debits since the inception of Project KHV (way back in 2004) through June 30, 2016. The totals are reported below. (FYI: the $ figure mentioned in your question was incorrect as per our records. Where did this figure come from?)

Account 4960 Project KHV Donations $122,896.75
Account 4330 Seminar-Other_Class: KHV $ 12,650.99

Account 6400 Administrative Expenses $ 11,251.27
Account 6401 Research Expenses $150,756.09
(includes $30,000 matching Funds from AKCA)

We’re currently involved in another $30,000 KHV research grant through OSU and at this point in time Project KHV funds in hand will not be able to cover the balance that will come due.

That’s why we’re requesting our AKCA clubs help once again with fundraising. The first club to answer the call was the North East Iowa Koi Association, who just this week mailed us a $1,000 donation. Sure wish more clubs would show their spirit and dedication to the fight against KHV.

Hope this helps to answer your questions. Best wishes, Don Chandler

3) Regarding KOI USA’s rate for an ad in club booklets – A club member sent this email:
I hear AKCA is only springing for $50 now for an ad in our show book. Just so that you know, AKCA has been given half a page for years. Our business card ads are $100. Our half page ads are actually $250. So AKCA has been getting a deal. I am surprised you have cut back to $50. I am not editing the booklet this year, but I am helping with advertising and photography and copy, and have been asked about what to do with the AKCA ad. Were we breaking the bank at $100? Just curious.
Don’s response to the club member:

Yes, KOI USA has reduced the payment for an advert in club koi show and pond tour booklets.
Why you ask? Because KOI USA is currently losing money and we’re having to cut back on expenses. It’s that simple.

If more members of AKCA clubs subscribed to KOI USA we wouldn’t be in this fix. In the old days, members were required to support KOI USA which in turn funded the AKCA. Alas, that’s no longer the case. Best wishes, Don Chandler


2017 Seminar: The Mid-Atlantic Koi Club will be hosting with JoAnn Mead the point person. Brenda is currently working with the Hampton Inn, in Pennsville, New Jersey (about 10 minutes away from Quality Koi) on the meeting room as well as room rates for attendees. On Sunday, after the Wet Lab, we will be going to Quality Koi for a guided tour.

2018 Seminar: The Koi Club of San Diego will be hosting the 2018 Wet Lab/banquet. Tamsie Pierce gave Brenda a list of hotels; Brenda will look into them to see about the meeting room, banquet room, meals, etc. On Sunday, after the Wet Lab, we will be going to the Japanese Friendship Gardens for a guided tour. Their club maintains this pond.

• 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?
• Is your club interested in the Speaker’s Grant?

• Speaker Grants will be awarded to no more than 2 clubs!

• None

• None

Motion to adjourn at 6:26 p.m. Motion by Don, 2nd by Brenda Approved.

Respectfully submitted by,
Don Chandler, Secretary


Written report submitted by Carole Elliott: Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said their last meeting was a pot luck at the Bueter home. They discussed the outcome of the pond tour and agreed to make a $1,000 donation to their chosen charity of Deafinity Dogs. The tour went really well even though it rained most of the day. Jackie Allsup, of Northern Iowa P&KC, said they just had their two day pond tour. It chose to rain on Sunday. Despite the weather, their club of volunteers were great throughout. They look forward to up and coming meetings. Its been warmer than normal around there in Iowa, but summer is almost over, already. So Cal Koi Club held their August meeting at the home of Grace Scherrer of Brentwood, CA. Her home is on 4 acres, within viewing of the Getty Museum, and as you drive up her circular driveway, you see a 20,000 galllon pond in front of the house. Mike Hernandez was the guest speaker answering questions from club members. Next month, the club will hold their meeting at the home of Bob & Joan Finnegan. Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said they are moving forward towards their koi show. Now is the time when they check with all those vendors that have committed and are looking for the last one to fill in the gap. Tanks are being reserved and they are looking forward to new entrants. They also are having a break in the weather where they are now seeing mid to high 80’s instead of the mid to high 90’s. The rains have come back to replenish some of the moisture that they have missed. The next month will be hectic getting all the T’s crossed and the I’s dotted but that’s what makes it exciting. They have many vendors placing ads in newspaper ads again to make sure they get plenty of people visiting their vendors at their venue. Their annual pin for their show has been designed and will be here shortly. This year they are trying something different. They are showcasing five colorful fish on their pin. Ralph Smith, of Southwest K&PA, said thanks to Luis and Veronica Lopez for hosting their last meeting and they welcome speakers Cindy Crews of Mosquito Ecology from UTEP and Minerva Cutter of the El Paso Public Health Epidemiology program to their next meeting speaking on Zika and other mosquito health concerns. Jan Jordan, of Mid-Columbia K&PC, said the club met yesterday at Gunar Rieksts & Carmen Stafford’s pond August 7th with a good turnout. They had 2 past members donate a lot of pond related items for their raffle & door prize tables. The draw in new members and keep up interest with current members, they are having a members-only pond tour. 6 ponds were volunteered easily, unlike public tours. This has also gotten people who rarely make meetings, to get their dues mailed in plus the addition of new members. The win/win, this pond tour cost nothing to produce, no working with vendors or ticket sales and only required e-mail to get the word out to members. It will be done caravan style, so the owners can do the tour at the same time; no wasting all day for people to come by. If all goes well, I suspect this to be, if not twice during the season, an annual event. Jan Brown, of North Florida KC, thanks to the Torrence’s for hosting their July meeting. They have a beautiful garden and pond and have handmade windmills. Aug. 14th they will have a Field Trip at Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. They are planning a pond tour for Sept. 17th & 18th. So far they have 7 ponds lined up. JoAnn Mead, of Mid-Atlantic, said they had MAKC members help out at the Tri-State ZNA koi show in July. Stephen Dumas, of North Texas WGS, said they had a great 25th Annual Tour of Ponds in June. They will be back at the Texas Discovery Gardens in Sept. for the pre-State Fair clean out. Please check out their website at http://ntwgs.org. Debby Young, of the Southern Arizona Koi Association, reports their July BBQ had to be cancelled. There will not be a July meeting. Venue for their 37th koi show November 11-13th, 2016 has been confirmed. Registration packets for Vendors will go out this week. Contact Brent (520) 780-3980 for more info. Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said their next meeting will be Saturday, Aug. 11th. They will have a guest speaker, Mike Brawley. Mike is a bonsai specialist. They are all looking forward to this meeting. Dan Chevalier, of Land of Lincoln WG&KS, said that in June they went on a field trip to Chicago and visited Ball Horticultural Co. and Aquaspe. This was a great trip. Their regular meeting was on June 9th. The program was Container Water Gardens presented by 3 of their members; 26 members were present. Their July meeting was held on the 28th; the program was Pond Maintenance. A panel discussion made up of our members; 25 members were present. Debby Young, of Southern Arizona KA, said the summer has been a very long, hot and dry one. Tucson has set a record for number of days over 100 and the highest day temp on record. One member put up shade sails from Costco ($20 each 13ft) and lowered the temperature under the sails by 15 degrees. November Koi Show preparations are underway. Their Judge will be Pam Spindola. Gary Elmore, of Atlanta KC, said their club is in the final stages of show preparation for the 21st annual Koi Show. It will be held Oct. 7-9 at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds. This is their second year there and the first one was a winner. Inside, in a venue created for shows, they had plenty of room for growth and it looks like this year they will need some of it. They have already started receiving reservations and commitments from many both local and from out of town. Last year they had 144 fish in the show and he expects that number to be closer to 200 this year. They ran out of tanks last year and have come up with another 25 for this show. He hopes they run out again. Richard Porter will be Head Judge and his assistant Judge will be Troy Head. Goldfish Judge will be Luanne Porter. More info can be had on their website www.atlantakoiclub.org. Vincent Smith, of Prairieland K&PS, said they just finished up with their pond tour which was a great success and they donated 20% of their ticket sales to local food banks. They’re now getting ready for their 7th annual Luau later this month. Ken Lau, of Indiana K&WGC, said that in June they had a Pond Tour and Show. There was no meeting in July. On August 20th they will see a new Bog Garden. Gordon Chibana, of WGC of So. Texas, said they are preparing for their 25th Annual Koi & Goldfish Show at Water Garden Gems on Oct. 15-16. During this time they will also hold seminars starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday. On Sunday they will have a koi auction. Carole tried but was unable to reach: ZNA Potomac; Great Ponds & KS of West Michigan; Gulf Coast KS; Northern Nevada PC; Olympic K,GF&WGC; Sierra KC; Amarillo KS; Canada KC of British Columbia; Hawaii Goldfish & Carp; Miami Valley WGS; Niagara Frontier K&PV; Puget Sound KC; Central Alabama K&WGS; Oregon K&WGS; Northwest K&GFC-ZNA Northwest; Austin PS; North Idaho Koi Keepers; Macon WG&KC; and Tri-State ZNA.

Written report submitted by Don Chandler: : Mike Przewoznik, of Bakersfield Koi & WGS, reports the club went on a field trip to Van Ness Water Gardens and also to Mystic Koi in July. Sumner Avenue Water Gardens treated the club to lunch at China Gate Restaurant in Upland. The day started at 8 a.m. from Bakersfield and 16 of the club members arrived via van to Van Ness Water Gardens around 11 a.m. Wesley Gonzalez was our host at Van Ness and gave a great tour of the facility. He answered many questions that all of us had and we ended with purchasing many plants. From there we went to China Gate for lunch and had a superb lunch. It was tough moving on to Mystic Koi after a huge meal. Shawn McHenry was on site at Mystic and he was gracious to spend time with us and answer questions. It was a great trip. The August meeting was held at REMAX and again we thank Glen Potter for allowing us to use his facility in the heat of the summer. Was a nice cool conference room! Approximately 15 members were on hand and the club discussed the CCKS and BKWGS shows coming up soon. Discussions were made on water filling the pond and disasters of leaving the water running. A demonstration was given by Sumner Avenue Water Gardens on how to potassium permanganate swab fish with ulcers and sores. Treasurer’s report was given and the club had a raffle. Next month’s meeting is at our treasurers home, Tod Weringer. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.bkwgs.com/. Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the August 12th club meeting was held at the home of JR and Melissa Romagnoli and was well attended by current club members and some new faces as well that I have not yet met. This was my first meeting since finishing up my chemo treatment and it felt good to be back in the saddle and discussing club topics. Our biggest discussion was our upcoming September 24-25 koi show which also will be well attended by visiting clubs as well as vendors. We are currently sold out of vendor space and should have quite a selection of koi to pick from since our wet booth vendors are Yume Koi, PS Koi, RNR Koi, Lucky Koi and our dry booth vendors are Sumner Avenue Water Gardens, Ultra Balance koi food, Hikari koi food, AKCA Bookstore and K.O.I. education group. I discussed how all the major awards have been sponsored so we shall begin the trophy selection soon as Richele gets a quote from her source. The show banquet will be at the University Square Hotel which is a new venue for us and it will be a buffet and from the reviews I heard the food was delicious. Our raffle tickets were printed and members took some to sell as part of our club fundraiser, we are giving a gift to the member who sells the most tickets. Prizes for the raffle at the show will be 1st prize IPAD Air, 2nd prize 32” TV and 3rd $100.00 Visa gift card. We encourage all members to show koi and also to volunteer at the show to help things go smoothly. JR discussed how he got into the koi hobby and discussed the different types of filtration he has tried. There was discussion on bead filters and their efficiencies and pros and cons. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com. Donny Allen, of E.A.S.Y. Koi Pond & Water Garden Club, reports our July 30th meeting was held at fellow members home, Erica and Alan of Oak Leaf, Texas. Snacks were served while the meeting was bought to order. We discussed changes they had made to their pond such as filtration, a floating bog and a screen cover over half the pond to help out the koi with our Texas heat. Great ideas were shared as we walked out to take a look at their beautiful pond and koi. Also during this meeting we held our annual plant swap. It’s a fun way to share any excess of plants we might have while learning growing tips at the same time! Our 50/50 pot was won by Susan. It was agreed to have a field trip for our next meeting on Aug 16th . We are all to meet at the Dallas World Aquarium @ 10:30 a.m. in downtown Dallas, Texas. Everyone is asked to wear our club t-shirts. More news on that trip to come……Our next meeting will be at the home of members Renee and Chuck on Sept 17th. After our meeting we will hold our annual fund raiser, our koi auction! Everyone is asked to bring pond and koi related items to donate for the auction. Can’t wait to see all the new ideas and bid on them. Check out their page at https://www.facebook.com/EASYKoi/. Katy Shanafelt, of Idaho Koi & WGS, reports the club has had a busy month; recovering from hosting the PNKCA convention and overseeing the construction and stocking of the Idaho Botanical Garden’s new koi pond. The 12,000 gallon pond was designed by Sot Chimonas and is a show pond for some spectacular koi that were donated to the garden by a local family. A team of over 15 people worked to move the 16 jumbo koi fish from their old home to the new pond. The club is running maintenance on the pond and hope to have it all finished by the end of the month. The 23rd Annual Koi Show will be held on August 27th at the Idaho Botanical Gardens. 25 tanks will be set up and filled with competitive koi from all over the Northwest region. Check out their website at http://www.iwgks.org. Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports due to a situation out of our control, there will not be a general meeting in the month of August. Our next meeting will be in September, and we look forward to seeing all of you. If you have any questions, please contact me at 909-225-2346. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org. Scotty Yee, of Koi Club of San Diego, reports the Aug meeting will be held on the 14th at San Diego Pond and Garden in Poway. Owner Steve McIntosh will be the guest speaker. Pot luck is the order of the day. The Sep 11th meeting will be at Charlie Hein in La Jolla. The speaker will be Eric “The Pond Digger” Triplett. This meeting will also be a Pot Luck, so bring a dish and your chair. Check out their website at https://www.koiclubofsandiego.org. Julie Kimball, of Monterey Bay Koi & Pond Club, reports the club enjoyed their second summer pond pot luck social on July 23, at the home of Phil and Tina Castle in Ben Lomond, CA. The Castle’s 5500 gallon liner koi pond was built personally by them in 2004. Over the years they’ve made cosmetic changes and increased filtration (is there ever too much?). They run two pumps with two filtration systems (bead filters and settling tanks) which allows their waterfall line and filtration to run continuously while their skimmer line and pump run one hour on and one hour off to reduce power consumption. This low maintenance pond is the centerpiece of their extensively landscaped home in this redwood forest setting. Their only headache with the pond has been acorns from a now removed large tan oak nearby. Each and every one of those acorns had to be removed by hand from the pond. Lesson learned? Be careful about choice of trees adjacent to ponds! Check their website at http://www.monterey-bay-koi-and-pond-club.org. Eve Bretzke, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports the club hosted its 25th Annual Pond Tour on Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. showcasing six beautiful ponds in the Santa Clara Valley. We had a great event with over 200 attendees. Thank you to everyone for their support of this annual event. Our club announced our Koi Person(s) of the Year, Mel and Eve Bretzke in appreciation for all their work this past year including serving as the Pond Tour Chairman and Pond Tour Coordinator. This month’s general meeting will be Tuesday, August 16th at 7:30 p.m. We return to our regular meeting place at the Willow Glen Branch Library, 1157 Minnesota Ave, San Jose, CA 95125. We will have our regular Q & A, social, and speaker. Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com. Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports the July meeting was held at the Ketl Koi Farm in Fillmore of member Jim Thirkettle. The kick off of the Club’s 11th Annual Koi Growth Contest was the main focus of the meeting. This contest features one year old Long Fin Kujaku koi ranging in size from 6-9 inches. Following a lottery for the koi the owners raise the koi for a year. Before and after photos are taken and reviewed after a year for growth and best color and pattern. Awards are given for each category. The before and after photos of the previous contest koi are posted for review and awards given for both categories. The Club field trip to Andrew’s Koi in Anaheim and touring the Japanese Garden at Long Beach State was enjoyed by those attending. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html. Rick Jokerst, of St. Louis Water Gardening Society, reports the club held its Annual Fundraising Auction at the Missouri Botanical Garden on July 26th. The Annual Dinner and Volunteer Awards Evening with special guest speaker Devin Swanson of Koi Acres will be on August 23rd. Ticket cost is $25 per person for the Pasta House Company catered buffet. Check out their website at http://www.saintlouiswatergardeningsociety.org. Joann Socash, of Texas Koi & Fancy Goldfish Society, reports we had a special tour of the Tank Hollow Fisheries site in Poteet, TX in July. It turned out to be a beautiful day for the tour. Of course, our interest was in the longfin koi they raise and the tour was great! Learning about everything that goes into breeding, culling, and raising koi put much into perspective for better appreciating the hard work that goes into the koi we get to acquire at shows, events, and stores. Also – The TKFGS is gearing up for our Fall Koi and Fancy Goldfish Show. The show will be held over the weekend, October 14th – 16th, on the grounds of Water Garden Gems located in Marion, TX. Specific information for show registration, sponsorship, and vendor registration can be found at http://texaskoi.org/annual-koi-goldfish-show/ . Check out their website at http://texaskoi.org.
Dick Hadley, of Upper Midwest Koi Club, reports the club met at the home of Susan and Dick Hadley on July 9. We had 19 attendees. We finalized plans and tasks for our upcoming koi show to be held the first week end in August. No club meeting scheduled for August because of the koi show. Upper Midwest had its koi show August 4-6. We benched over 140 fish, a record for us. We have a couple of ambitious new board members who put a lot of effort into this year’s show. We completely redid our flow through water lines and air lines. We had a new tank configuration. Check their website at www.uppermidwestkoiclub.org. Chris Charbonneau, of Washington Koi & WGS, reports once again, it was time for our annual barbecue and potluck. We gathered at Pan Intercorp in Kenmore on July 20, and the grill was fired up at 6 p.m. Members bring a dish to share with others – a salad, chips, dessert, veggies, fruit, salsa, beans – and the club provided hot dogs, hamburgers, condiments, water and sodas. Zak Schmidt, Operations Manager at Pan Intercorp, spoke about Beni, and explained the difference between Beni, Hi, and Aka, all Japanese terms that mean red. The club’s 25th Annual Koi Show will be held Sep 24th & 25 at Sky Nursery in Shoreline, WA. Check their website at http://washingtonkoi.org. Don Chamberlain, of ZNA NorCal, reports work continues on the 2017 koi show. Regional Coordinators have been identified across the country to help distant entrants and supporters. The Entry and Supporter Packets have been prepared and are currently under review. We expect to begin distributing these to potential exhibitors and supporters at the beginning of September. This past Saturday we held our August event at Genki Koi in San Jose. Dr. Jessie Sanders gave a presentation on surgical removal of ulcers. She has performed a number of these procedures now with good results and her new hospital offers all of the facilities you would ever need for the care of koi and other fish. Unfortunately attendance was very small, but the group that attended enjoyed a great presentation. We hope to get it on Facebook with a link from our website, znanorcal.info very soon. Check their website at https://www.facebook.com/…/ZNA-NorCal-Koi-Club/114370775244634
Written report submitted by Brenda Chandler: Wendell Ford, of Charleston Showa Koi Club, reports the club held its monthly meeting at the home of Linda Lewis on August 13 for breakfast. There was discussion on upcoming regional Koi shows. Details are finalized for a club field trip for next month’s meeting. Water quality was discussed extensively. Check out their website at http://www.charlestonshowakoiclub.org. Vicki Patsdauter, of Dallas Koi Kichi Group, reports the hot August meeting was held at the home of Lisa Herrick in McKinney Texas. This meeting agenda concerned the future of the club, and what we can do to adapt to a changing hobby. I have heard from other clubs the same concerns. Older members are getting out of the hobby, or scaling down their participation at events and meetings, and newer members are fewer and not able/willing to participate in the actual work of putting on a koi show, or go to meetings. We are not the only ones experiencing this. So, we talked about a poll that I sent out asking for input, and for ideas to grow and vitalize the club. The discussion was very helpful, lively and will continue as we find ways to pull members and future members into making the club fun and helpful to their growth as a hobbyist. Stay tuned! We also had our election for officers, Vicki Patsdauter will continue as President and Brian von Merveldt as Vice President; Jan Brown will be Secretary; and Michael Moffitt will be Treasurer. Vicki thanked the previous board for their service, and the newly elected for stepping forward. John Ames gave a wonderful presentation on “Nishikigoi – Living Jewels” which included photos and video from his fall trip to Japan. The next meeting will be held at John Ames house on August 28 and will be focused specifically on the upcoming koi show the first weekend in October. 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 our July meeting was a fish fry potluck at the Stuber’s. We had the opportunity as a club to share our memories of the Wet Lab last month. As a result of the round table discussion, and due to the fact that we realized a profit of $1,602.50, we voted to contribute a $1,000.00 donation to project KHV. All in all, hosting the Wet Lab/Banquet was very rewarding and now we have the desire to assist in research so important to our KOI WORLD. The deadly disease KHV reaches far past the problem of water quality, good food, our KHA’s and all the special care we provide. As we understand it, KHV is nearly 100% fatal. Fish can die within 24-48 hours after exposure. Research continues at Oregon State University as they learn more about this deadly disease. Just the fact that we all face the effects of KHV and how it becomes such a threat to our hobby, we challenge all active koi clubs to join us in support by volunteering and/or donating. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html. Vincent Smith, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the Aug meeting will be held on Aug 13th at 9 a.m. Terry and Deb Hess in Hanna City, IL will host the meeting. Our Pond Tour 2016 is now in the history books, and it was a good turnout. We had an attendance figure of 100 people visiting our 13 different ponds in the tri-county area. We donated 20% of our ticket sales to a couple of food pantries and were able to add to our treasury so next spring we’ll be able to comfortably purchase all the needed product for next year. Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/. Barb Flowers, of Rocky Mountain Koi Club, reports we decided to cancel our koi show for this year. It was due to lack of participation by both the exhibitors and vendors. We only had 4 participants with less than 30 koi. Two vendors that were scheduled to come to the show held fish sales at a local garden center and pond shop. Both reported good sales and were happy that they came. Will have a normal meeting in September at a member’s home, but no program has been established.. Check out their website at http://www.rmkc.net. Sheila Jackson, of San Francisco Bay Area Koi Club, reports the club will be having a BBQ social during the August 27th meeting held at the beautiful Merrifield Pond. There will be a raffle with special koi items made by a club member. Come join the fun. Check out the club’s website at http://sfbayareakoiclub.org/event. David Yee, of Valley of the Sun Koi Club, Inc., reports the club doesn’t meet during the extreme summer heat in the Arizona desert. Check their website at http://www.vskc.net. Mary Oxman, of Ventura County Koi Society, reports the meeting was held on Saturday, August 13 at the home of Gary and Denice Stouffer in Newbury Park. Their 10 year old community pond has a mixture of Koi and fancy goldfish. The koi are mostly butterfly because we like the flowing fins. The goldfish consist of Sarasa Comets, Fantail, Shubunkin, Ryukin, Lionhead and Oranda. Since they have gone on vacations for up to 30 days at a time they have designed the pond to be completely self sufficient. This includes an automatic feeder, water level sensor and an electric fence to keep the raccoons and birds away. When they do a water change they have a 200 gallon storage tank to capture the waste water which is then pumped into the garden to water the plants. Richard and Gloria Victor of Ventura will host our next meeting on Sep 17th. Check their website at http://users.vcnet.com/rrenshaw/vcks.html.

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