2012 09 AKCA Minutes

 Officers Present                               Directors Present                             Guests

Chair:                                           Bob Finnegan
Vice Chair:                                  Joan Finnegan
Secretary:  Carole Elliott          Don Chandler
CFO:  Joan Finnegan               Brenda Chandler

Board Highlights:

  • Please let your AKCA rep/contact know of any concerns your club may have!
  • Member clubs will now be given discounted ad rates to advertise their Koi Shows and Pond Tours in KOI USA


The meeting, which was held at Marie Callendar’s restaurant in Fountain Valley, was called to order by Secretary (and acting Chairperson) Carole Elliott at 6:08 p.m.


MINUTES:  Motion:  To approve the minutes of August 24th.  Motion by Brenda, 2nd by Don.  Approved.


v SEPTEMBER  FINANCIAL STATEMENT:  Joan reported that the Finance Committee (comprised of  Joan, Carole and Brenda) completed the last of the paperwork this week changing the signees for the KOI USA, AKCA and AKCA KHV Project accounts at Bank of America.  They are now the only authorized signers. We are also getting new checks, deposit slips and an endorsement stamp (as a part of a kit at no cost).  Joan discussed getting a new safety deposit box; we can get a 3×5 one for free; if we need a larger one, we would get a $20 credit up to 5×10.  The password is in place for online banking and Brenda has been working with their national on-line customer service rep to simplify and unify access to all the accounts.  We also got a debit card for the AKCA account to replace the one Doug had cancelled.  Joan reported on the balances of the B of A checking accounts and the AKCA Project KHV CD but did not report on the AKCA and KOI USA investment accounts.  All accounts payable are current.



v Scientific/KHA:   Don gave Jerry’s report:  They are reaching out and receiving articles to send to Larry Isles, Editor of KOI USA, to help promote their goal of promoting and teaching good koi husbandry.  They would like to see more and will continue to pass anything new to Larry.  At this time, KHA Certification Program Classes are not scheduled for 2013 but they do intend to hold a KHA Lab at next years Annual Meeting and again make it open to all members wishing to attend.  The popularity of this open presentation the last two years has been inspiring and proves interest is still there.  How soon they consider internet classes may depend in part on how soon the new AKCA website, which is a work in progress, is fully functional.


v AKCA-PROJECT KHV:  Jack Chapman, the new Committee Chair, was unable to attend.  Joan reported that two checks were sent to OSU ($11,000 for the older grant and $4,840 for the newer grant) at his request.


v PUBLICATION:  Joan reported that this last issue went more smoothly; it was helpful that the copy was clean and the pictures were great.  They were10 days to 2 weeks behind but several weeks ahead of last issue and the magazine was scheduled to start mailing on the 14th.  We got new .pdf’s from Blue Z for the Sept/Oct issue rollout and will have Caesar (our webmaster) upload them to the KOI USA web site.  Larry Iles was very happy with the upcoming issue; felt that is has a good balance of articles.  It was reported that there are 7 accounts 90 days overdue for a total of $6,351.  We have 3 new listings.  Business card ads have finally debuted in the KOI USA Marketplace; now that they have, we hope to be able to aggressively push this new way for our advertisers to reach a national audience.   At the suggestion of the Koi Club of San Diego, a discussion was held and a motion was passed by the KOI USA Board giving AKCA member clubs discounted rates to advertise their koi shows and pond tours.  The discounted rate for a full page ad will be $600 vs. $900 (with smaller ad discounts also being prorated).   Don handed out a KOI USA Subscription Report, simplified from Doug’s past reports, tracking subscription adds and drops by issue back to 2004.  Net drops this issues (34) is the smallest in over 4 ½ years, so hopefully we have bottomed out and will be soon be adding subscriptions by broadening our focus and appealing to a wider segment of the hobby.

v MEMBERSHIP:   Don stated that we have 85 member clubs; 81 paid on time with 4 clubs reinstated.  The K&WGC of North Texas has not responded to Don’s last email; they had appealed paying the reinstatement fee of $50 (the appeal was denied at last month’s meeting).




v JUDGING:  Bob stated that he has hopes of getting the program back on track since the resignation of a number of judges deal the committee a setback.  He has had to make contact with all the judges and some of the priorities under discussion were training and getting the Judges Corner back on track.  Motion:  To accept the resignation of Grant Patton with reservation.  Motion by Joan, 2nd by Brenda.  Approved.


v SPEAKER’S GRANT:  No report.

v GUIDES:  No report.


v INSURANCE/RISK MANAGEMENT:  Brenda stated that 12 clubs have signed up for the Premium level insurance (for a total of $1,500 received).


v BOOKSTORE COMMITTEE:  It was stated that this was a bad month for the bookstore; last month’s totals were $1646 but this month only $116.  Much discussion followed on how to improve our sales.  Brenda thought we should order more t-shirts with different colors and a new Koi ID poster was also discussed.  We’re almost out of the current poster and Tom Graham, unbeknownst to us, copyrighted it and wants royalties to reprint it.   Brenda will approach Bob Payne about the costs to design and print a new poster.  It was felt that we should sell old Seminar T shirts at a discounted rate of $5.00 and find ways to move other merchandise.  Maybe a Bookstore “Volunteer” could spend time working on these issues and several names were mentioned.


v By-Laws:  In Kristine’s absence, we’re still waiting to hear what our corporate attorney has to say about our By-Laws, our election process, the Parliamentarian’s report we received, what light the California Non-Profit Corporate Code sheds on our current dilemma and what recommendations he might make in light of all the above.




v 2012 Seminar:  No report.


v 2013 Seminar:   Carole is in contact with Bonnie Nakahara, of the Hawaii GF&CA, in regards to holding the wet lab/business meeting and judging seminar in Hawaii on the last weekend of June, 2013.  Right now we are looking at sites for the wet lab, Friday night luau and Saturday night Business meeting/banquet.  We’re also considering a mini-pond tour on that Sunday from 10am to 1pm so that people flying out could still view the ponds.  If any other club is interested in hosting next year, they need to contact Carole ASAP so that we can include them in our planning process.




  • Does your club have any questions or concerns?
  • Is anyone in your club interested in writing an article for KOI USA?
  • Is your club interested in hosting an Annual Business Meeting/Banquet/Wet Lab in 2013?


Upcoming AKCA Annual Calendar Events for OCTOBER:

  • Finance Committee Meets







Linda Montgomery:  Linda has been her club rep since 1996 but due to poor health will not be able to continue.  We all thank her for her loyalty and all her years of hard work and dedication as an AKCA rep.!

Harlan & Joyce Glenn:  We want to thank Harlan and Joyce Glenn for all their years of hard work on behalf of both KOI USA and AKCA.  Due to failing health, they are no longer able to participate much in KOI USA or AKCA meetings.

Nominating Committee:  After much discussion, it was decided that due to the absence of hard information from our corporate attorney, the most prudent move would be to table discussions of elections and the selection of a nominating committee until next month’s meeting.



Written report submitted by Carole Elliott:  Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, reports that their club continues to meet monthly at different members houses.  They planned their meeting’s agendas at their Sept. meeting for 2013.  They discussed a pond tour for 2013, but no definite plans.  They will not have a show this year.   Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said their Thursday meeting will be a wine tasting and benefit for an area young girl with cancer.  There are already signs of Fall there in the Heartland.  Leaves and crops are beginning to change.  Pond plants are beginning to fade.  She’s certain that the new meetings will revolve around talk about closing your ponds.  (Look for an article written by Jackie in the upcoming KOI USA magazine).  Michele Baldwin, of Northern Iowa P&KC, said that the club took what sounds like a great bus trip to St. Louis, but sadly they did have to cancel the annual Pond Tour this year.  Puget Sound reports that they will have their Sept. 15th meeting at Theresa & Gary’s home.  Oct. 20th will be election of officers and Dec. 15th is their Xmas party at Larry & Dorothy’s home.  Jerry Woodbury, of Miami Valley WGS, said that they are having their annual plant swap this month for the monthly meeting.  They also will have had their club picnic.  Jan Jordan, of Mid-Columbia K&PC, said they did a Pond Tour Sept. 8th; turn out was low but enough to meet expenses.  The next club potluck meeting will be at Ron & Gloria Bodekers, Sept. 23rd.   Warren Yeow Chye Ng, of Central Alabama K&WGS, said they wrapped up their monthly meeting on August, 2012.  They will not meet during the months of Sept., Oct. and November but will come together again for their annual Christmas Party on Sat., Dec. 1st at the home of Allan & Dana Staib.  Jim Vaden, of the KC of Middle Tennessee, said they will meet at his home on Sept. 23rd for a potluck lunch and club meeting.  Aside from the good food and fellowship, Don Richardson, their Vice President and Program Chairman, will lead a discussion regarding the Life Expectancy of Koi and solutions for Green Fish Pond Water.  They will also set the date and location for their next meeting.  Christine Wilkolaski, of Niagara Frontier K&PC, said their meeting for Sept. will be on building different types of ponds.  They are getting ready for the Reinstein Fall Festival.  They have a tent with info photos of the club activities and a small fish colored sand activity for the kids to do.  Steve Dumas, of North Texas WGS, said their monthly meetings will be held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.  They will be held at the Community Meeting Room inside the Half Price Books.  Plant exchange is allowed near the rear loading dock before and after each meeting.  They are planning on doing a fall pond clean out at the Discovery Gardens in Fair Park, Dallas.  This will be on the 22nd of Sept. from 9am to noon.  For more information see their website at http://ntwgs.org/.  Ralph Smith, of Southwest K&PA, said their regular monthly meeting will be held at the home of Gaston & Olympia Cyr.  This meeting will include a Pot Luck dinner on Sept. 23rd.  In August, Ken & Susie Austin hosted a 2 day meeting and workshop with Karen Pattist, a koi hobbyist and Chairman of Koi Organisation International, who demonstrated how to safely net capture koi in an orderly fashion with reduced stress.  Also, “Being a Better Observer and Diagnosing Koi ProblemsThrough Behavior.”  They will be holding elections at their October meeting.  Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, reports their club had a group of members meet with some of the Charleston Showa Club members at East Coast Koi Imports near Raleigh, NC on August 25th for a tour and Koi buying trip. Bobby Wang and his family were gracious hosts. There were many Koi bowled and reviewed before decisions were made as to which fish was the right one to go home with the members. The SWKWGS held its September meeting at one of their member’s home on Paris Mountain overlooking Greenville, SC. Those attending were able to walk through the various gardens and around ponds and streams. As the sun set, the lights of Greenville provided a beautiful backdrop for the ending of the meeting as the temps settled into the low 80’s and upper 70’s. Hooray!  Their club is in the last days of preparation for their 2012 Regional South Carolina Koi & Goldfish Show to be held on Oct. 5th through the 7th. Pin and T-shirt design are set and they will be available at the show. They will do local news announcements the last two weeks along with email blurbs to the surrounding Koi clubs. All info about the show can be found on their web site, www.sckwgs.com.  Carole tried but was unable to reach Amarillo KS, Canada KC of British Columbia, Midwest P&KS, WGC of South Texas, Atlanta KC, East Tennessee KC, and Middle Georgia KS.


Written report submitted by Phil Hunter:   Vi Conn, of the Capital Area K&WGC, reports the August meeting was held at the home of Mike Masternak.  The setting was beautiful, the weather was gorgeous and everyone had a great time.  After the dinner, Mike gave a “show and tell” regarding the history, trials and tribulations of the 35 years he has spent landscaping and beautifying his property.  The main pond was dug 15 years ago and a smaller koi pond was added later.  Mike also answered questions about his many trees and flowers, as well as the ponds.  The September meeting will be at the home of Bev and Denny Morse.  Dave Richter, from Hammond Farms, will give a presentation on aerators, filtration and lighting.  Linda Kinney, of the Dayton KC, reports that the August meeting was held at the home of Linda and Keith Kinney.  The program topic was koi varieties, specifically a discussion on recognition of gosanke.  The club will meet at Woodruff Koi Farm in September.  There will also be a private koi pond tour in Sept.  Diana Lynn Rehn, of the Inland Empire WG&KS, reports that the club has had wonderful pond side meetings all summer long.  Meetings have been held at the Kabrell’s, Rehn’s, Ronnin’s, and Noyes’ ponds.  The Kabrell’s pond is like a lake, the Rehn’s pond a koi hideaway, the Rollin’s have a Japanese influence with goldfish and the Noyes have a backyard oasis with goldfish.  The club is looking forward to the next few meetings with elections in October and the end of the year banquet in November.  Meetings start up in February after a short hiatus.  Laurie Turner, of the Shasta K&WGC, reports that the August meeting was held at the home of Terry and Marilyn Swanson.  The program was anoxic filtration.  The September meeting will be the annual club BBQ and will be held at the home of Bob & Penny Hart.  October will feature the annual koi auction and the November meeting will be the election of new officers.  December will feature the year end party.  Pat Ware, of the Springfield WGS, reports that the club did not hold a regular meeting in August, but did have a mini pond tour featuring the ponds of Mark & Debbie Putman, and Ken & Mimi Grozinger.  In September, the club will hold a “Farewell Fiesta” for Ian & Phyllis Donnelly, who are moving to Florida.


Written report submitted by Don Chandler:  Linda Montgomery, of the Cascade Koi & Goldfish Club, reports  she’s been the club’s AKCA Dir/Rep since 1996 (as well as a KHA and a Feature Editor for KOI USA magazine) but will be stepping down from her duties this coming Nov.  As a long time friend to both organizations and a faithful steward of the hobby, she deserves our heartfelt thanks.  She leaves large shoes to fill and will be sorely missed by many.  Best wishes, Linda!  Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cascadekoiandgoldfish.org/news.php.  Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the Aug meeting was held at the home of Mary Helen DeLaTorre while the Sep meeting was held at Seng and Rosimeri Tran’s.  The hot topic continued to be the upcoming club show later this month (which will again be held at Fig Gardens), with final details still being nailed down.  The club invites everyone to come and visit.  They’re expecting a great turnout and the raffle prizes include an I Pad, a 32” LCD TV and a Kindle Fire, so don’t miss out on this fun event.  Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.  James McAdams, of Deep South Koi & Pond Society, reports the club held its August Meeting at Ornamental Pond Fish in Port Allen, LA, a breeder of Koi and Fancy Goldfish. Mike Christensen, the owner, talked about their family operation and held a discussion with club members on various issues with their ponds (including storm preparation as a result of Hurricane Isaac which would hit the Baton Rouge area a few days later). The highlight of the visit was a judging exercise in which Mike selected 4 koi and challenged the group to match his selection of how they would finish at a show. It was a great test and a few members managed to match the exact order of finish.  Check out their website at http://www.deepsouthkoi.org/.  Doug Stuber, of the First Coast Koi Club, reports the club held its 2nd successful Koi Auction in August this year and will use the proceeds to help fund their upcoming 10th Anniversary Koi Show which will be held in Jacksonville, FL, on October the 12th through the 14th.  Check out their website at http://www.firstcoastkoiclub.com/.  Dennis Long, of Metro-Detroit Pond & Garden Club, reports the club had our 2013 Planning retreat in Mannistee, MI, with 9 members present. We had many things to talk about and plan for next year and we got a lot done before we went touring. We saw an antique wooden boat parade down Mannistee River and there was also a street fair.  The first ever koi show in Michigan was a great success: MKPC teamed with the IKONA club and they did a great job. Our club had many volunteers helping out and our club president took home the trophy for Young Champion. It was a fun experience and we all had a good time. Check out their website at http://metrodetroitpondandgardenclub.org/ .  Philip Gray, of Mid-Atlantic Koi Club, reports the club’s 2012 Young Koi Show will be held on Saturday, September 22. This event will be hosted by Quality Koi Co., Nisei Koi Farm, Carneys Point, New Jersey. This will be a teaching show where spectators can hear the judges’ deliberations and ask questions. Vendors will be on hand and the day will end with a celebratory banquet.  Koi Show Chair is Kavent Bwint (610-287-9178 or sanke@verizon.net ); Vendor Chair is Joyce Spears (856-478-2952 or gjs63@comcast.net). Email or call TODAY to volunteer. Show details now available Online. Go to the club’s website, at www.makc.com  and click on the “Young Koi Show 2012” button on the left side of the screen.  Check out their website at http://www.makc.com.  Dot Wilbanks, Moto-Kara Koi Kai ZNA Chapter Koi Club, reports the club did not meet in Aug due to the extreme heat this summer.  Check their website at http://www.mkk-zna.org/.  Rochelle Kalinke, of Nashville Pond Society, reports the club’s 2012 Parade of Ponds will be held in Sep in East Nashville/Inglewood this year but they still need a few more ponds. Do you have, or know someone that has, a pond? We are not looking for big fancy ponds (unless you have one); we are really more interested in showcasing urban backyard ponds. Proceeds will go toward building a pond or water feature for a local charity. Check out their website at http://www.nashvillepondsociety.org .  Phyllis Anderson, of North Idaho Koi Keepers,reports in Aug members attended the PNKCA’s 2012 convention in Silverdale, WA.  In Sep members met at Bruce Todd’s pond; the scheduled topic was “What we’ve all been doing this summer with our koi and ponds.”  Check out their website at http://www.northidahokoikeepers.com/id8.html.  Lois Rosmarin, of Siskiyou Koi & Pond Club,reports in Aug members were encouraged to attend the PNKCA convention held in Silverdale, WA.  Check out their website at http://www.siskiyoukoiclub.com .  Dick Hadley, of Upper Midwest Koi Club,reports in August we ran our 5th Annual Upper Midwest Koi Show. It was a huge success. We had over 140 Koi entered!  The club met Sept 8 at the home of our vice president Michelle Gravenish Reilly.  We had about 10 new members, or people just visiting us for a meeting as a result of our koi show last month. Veterinarian Amy Kizer, from Lexington Pet Clinic, talked about koi health, common diseases of koi and parasite identification. She examined and treated several fish brought in by members and ran a wet lab. We examined a koi with koi pox, one with a trauma injury due to a raccoon attack and one perfectly healthy koi.  The Oct meeting on the 13th will be at Matt Sklar’s home and we will be discussing pond closing and winterization. Our club got a big financial boost when our show host, Bachman’s Garden Center, agreed to store our show materials (tanks, pipes, curtains, etc) out at their plant growing site for free. Apparently Bachman’s likes having our show at their retail site!  Check their website at http://www.umkoiclub.org/htm/meetings.html.  The following clubs were contacted but did not respond: Central Coast KC, Macon K&WGC, Northern Midwest ZNA, Rhode Island & Massachusetts KC and Tri-State ZNA KC.The following clubs were contacted but did not respond: Central Coast KC, Macon K&WGC, Northern Midwest ZNA, Rhode Island & Massachusetts KC and Tri-State ZNA KC.


Written report submitted by Brenda Chandler:   Johnna Hansen, of Charleston Showa Koi Club, reports they all enjoyed the Kodama Seminar their club hosted in Aug and they’ve started the planning on their 10th Annual 2013 pond tour!  Check out their website at http://www.charlestonshowakoiclub.org/.  Ben Soedjono, of Dallas Koi Kichi Group, reports their club just held their 10th Annual Koi Show at Bass Pro over the Labor Day weekend.  It was a huge success and loads of fun.  Ben’s still putting up photos from their show but some are available for viewing at:  http://www.youtube.com/user/DallasKoiKichi?feature=mhee .  Better yet, subscribe to their channel.  Check out their website at http://www.dallaskoikichi.org/.  Mike and Annette Lane, of High Desert Koi Fanciers, report that the Sep meeting was held at the Quartz Hill home of Ralph and Norma Wilson.  The club’s topic was the identification of koi varieties and names.  Check out their website at http://www.hdkoifanciers.com.  Brenda Chandler, of Nishiki Koi Club, reports the club did not meet in Sep (for several reasons) but hopes to get back on track next month.  Check out their website at http://www.nishikikoiclub.com.  Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports that as our year draws to a close we look back on the dry summer, a few storms packing winds strong enough to send trees through decks and blow out car windows of one member on the way to a NEIKA meeting.  Add to that the discovery of a mink attack in another member’s pond and 2012 was a ‘learning’ year – we all depend upon each other. Four members actually completed a ‘redo’ of their current ponds and we all enjoy our meetings, seeing their accomplishments. Our Oct meeting finds our club anxiously awaiting the KOI HARVEST at KOI ACRES. Then our club will enjoy the Christmas Party and finally—three months of planning for 2013, in the KOI Fields of Iowa. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html.  Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the Aug11th meeting was held at Allen and Lori Kruger’s home and President Todd Bong called the meeting to order with 26 members in attendance.  Our guest speaker, Mike White from White Water Filters, gave a very informative discussion on filtration systems and ultraviolet lights. The three major filters he talked about were: Mechanical, Chemical and Biological filters. According to Mike, there is no one filter that is considered the best. It all depends on how it is used, and if it is not designed properly, it will be ineffective.  The next meeting will be held at ICC on September 8, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. by the pond. Also, it is ICC days and the club will have a booth like the ones in the past.  Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/. Sonja Kahkoka, of Rainbow River Koi Club, reports their Sept. meeting was at the Kahkola household. Friendship awards were decided on and our newest member, Lora Hernandez will be placing the order. Our next meeting will be at the Young’s home.  Sarah Shaw from the North FL Koi Club will be a guest speaker and also award our club with the inaugural Long Fin Flat Fish Contest trophy. Our [the Kahkola’s] homebred Kin Aka Matsuba was the winning fish, so our club has bragging rights for a year.  Then we will host next year’s contest and pass on the trophy to the next winning club. It was a shame that none of our members were present for the judging at Corky Bell’s in Palatka, FL and the party afterwards. Henry Culpepper was the judge and made a Long Fin presentation to educate the attendees on what judges look for in a Long Fin.  Check out their website at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rainbow-River-Koi-Club/374036155457.  Barb Flowers, of Rocky Mountain Koi Club, reports we had our 23rd Annual Koi Show, August 18-19. Our judges were Ray Jordan, Dale Gingerich and Junichi Kayano. The total number of fish was down this year to less than 80, however the quality was wonderful. We had more Size 6 koi than ever before. The judging process was a true consolidated effort with the Grand Champion A and B, Reserve Grand Champion and Mature Champion all going to Gary & Kathy Hicken of Utah. The Hickens tried for 3 years to make it to our show but due to family issues and travel problems were unable to come.  They finally made it this year with wonderful results. Bryan McCleney traveled from Phoenix this year and took Young Champion (as well as Long Fin Grand Champion). Once again, we had wonderful weather and our facilities at Tagawa Gardens were absolutely wonderful. Thanks to all the judges, vendors, exhibitors and volunteers working together to make our show a huge success. The Sep meeting will be a discussion of show results and where our club wants to go from here.  Check out their website at http://www.rmkc.net/.  Sarah Garrison, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports they’re excited about their members only Pond Tour on Sep 22nd.  Members and their guests are invited to tour 7 ponds in the NE part of Colorado Springs. We have a bus reserved, which will depart from Badger Koi Gardens at 10 am, and return about 5 pm. Cost of the bus will be $10 each, with the club picking up the balance.  You DO NOT have to ride on the bus to participate! Maps and times will be provided soon.  Lunch will be enjoyed at a longer stay at the second pond on the tour. The club will provide box lunches for $5 each for those who reserve it in advance.  Check out their website at http://www.socokoi.org.  David Yee, of Valley of the Sun Koi Club, Inc., reports they have not met this summer due to the heat but were looking forward to meeting again in Sep at Arne and Elizabeth Grant’s home in Gilbert, AZ on the 16th.  Check their website at http://www.vskc.net.  Mary Oxman, of Ventura County Koi Society, reports The Sep meeting will be at Steve and Evy Schultz’ home.  The Guest Speaker will be Juan Goyeneche , Pond Builder.  The Schultz’s have a brand new larger and improved pond for you to see this time around.  Many special features have been added to their 4200 gallon pond that makes it better for the koi and less maintenance for Steve and Evy.  The plants are all in bloom and they have 60+ new koi babies swimming around making for a very colorful site to see. If you would like to take home some 4” – 5” new additions to your pond, Steve will have the babies in a small pool and plastic bags on hand to transport them in.  The pond builder Juan Goyeneche will be on hand to explain the special improvements so we won’t ruin the surprise and mention them here.  We will say that both “garden pond” and “koi pond” owners and perspective owners will be interested in seeing and hearing about the design.  The English cottages and Faerie village have grown and we hope you’ll all come visit and enjoy refreshments and the day.  Check their website at http://users.vcnet.com/rrenshaw/vcks.html.


Written report submitted by Joan Finnegan:  Joan reports that the SoCal Koi Club held their September meeting at Don & Brenda Chandler’s home.  Every month the club is getting 1 to 2 new members.  The guest speaker was Dr. Rob Hildreth, DVM, who spoke on KHV and the new vaccine (Cavoy) from Novartis.  Brenda went all out with great food and everyone had a great time!  Joseph Boyer, a professional photographer who just closed down an exhibit in Laguna Beach, attended and displayed his beautiful koi pictures.  In October, club members will be traveling south to San Diego to join the Koi Club of San Diego at their meeting.  In November, club members will go to the Huntington Library in Arcadia to tour the newly revamped 100+ year old Japanese Gardens.  Larry Christianson, Northwest K&GFC, ZNA Northwest, said their club’s nominating committee is working on their new officers of the club for elections.  After their Annual Koi Show on July 3rd, committees will be starting up for next year’s Annual Koi Show.  Norman Call, of Oregon K&WGS, said their next meeting is the 1st weekend in October.  They are having a Bonsai class Seminar at a local nursery.


Written report submitted by Bob Finnegan:   Don Stump, of Great Ponds & KS of West. Michigan, said it has been a hot, dry summer but the club is doing well.  Joyce Kebless reports that April brought everyone together for their 1st meeting at Apols’ Greenhouses in Calendona where they enjoy the new fish and many varieties of water plants for them to purchase for their ponds.  In May they met at the Morris’ home and their guest speaker was a gentleman from Michigan State Conservation who talked on the problems of release of domesticated pond fish into the wild and on wild carp migrating into Lake Michigan.  In June they traveled to Holland to tour the Houtman’s ponds and enjoyed a potluck.  In July they visited the home of the Kebless’ and toured their gardens and pond/waterfall.  Their guest speaker for July was a gentleman named Sam Leone, fertilizer specialist for indoor & outdoor fertilizing strategies.  In August they visited their president Don Stump’s home.  It was so neat and tidy.  Plus, every plant had a I.D. label on it.  Their speaker was Brenda Angelo who talked about container gardeners around their ponds and everywhere there was a niche that needed to be filled.  This month their destination is the home of Lexie Wagoner and their guest speaker is Lynn Perry, an attorney who will enlighten them with the do’s and don’ts of not-for-profit clubs.  In October they will visit the Grand Ideas Gardens of Kent/MSU in Grand Rapids with Daniel Davies, a turf specialist-turf management.  They end their season with their Christmas Party in November with lots of food and friends to enjoy their special get-to-gether for the holidays.  Jon Floden, of Gulf Coast KS, said the hurricane that hit them wasn’t as bad in their area; the club is doing well.  Dr. Ken Lau, of the Indiana K&WGC, said their club is getting back on their feet.  They had 35 members at their last meeting and expect a good turnout this next month.  Jon Lockerman, of North Florida KC, said that last month they had a long fin show and contest which went over very well.  Henry Culpepper was the judge.  On Oct. 27th the club will have a filtration workshop followed up by their annual Halloween Party.  The costumes that come to this party are really something to see.  Mona Coleman, of Northern Nevada, said that everything is OK.  Chuck Poppe, of ZNA Potomac Chapter KC, said the club had their annual koi show with 205 koi.  A large rain storm interrupted the judging and it was finished the following day.  Still, everyone had a good time.  Bob tried but was unable to reach North Carolina K&WGS.


Written report from Kristine Peterson: John Rae, of the Michigan Koi & Pond Club, reports in Jul the club held its annual Pond Tour, and over 400 people toured 10 ponds. Kudos to Ron Kardynski for his organizational skills.  August was spent preparing for MKPC’s first Koi Show held with help from IKONA. Labor Day week-end 15 tanks and 74 koi were on display. Senior Judge Charles Phelps and Candidate Judge Bart Atkinson made the important decisions and then held a Sunday morning educational tank side talk. Steve Childers’ Sanke won the Grand Champion award and many club members relished their first experience in showing. As show chair, MKPC’s president, Ray Alexander did an outstanding job of organizing the event. Over 35 volunteers helped set up on Thursday and returned on Sunday for the tear down. MKPC gives special thanks to its sister club The Metro Detroit Pond and Koi Club for its supply of many volunteers.  In September, we will have a Pond closing Seminar and in October the annual 2013 Planning Meeting will be held.  Judith Henderson, of the Mountain View Koi Club, reports the club met on August 26th and did a “show + tell” on Showa variety using six examples followed by a judging exercise on understanding of Showa hi and sumi.  We drafted up a Koi Owners First Aid Kit to show the necessity, use and where to buy each item. Some items would not be applicable to some Koi owners (ie. Drugs) since they would be inclined to call a friend help line. A new committee will be formed to update Club Format guidelines so new executives will know what they are working with. Had our usual raffle to raise funds for our club and a delicious assortment of food and drinks followed the adjournment of the meeting. Next meeting will be held in September.  Enoch “Mac” McClain, of Inland Koi Society, reports our meeting in the month of August was hosted by Koi Judge Pam Spindola. Pam was certified by the Associated Koi Club of America in 2004, and equaled the highest test score ever achieved for certification. Pam is not only a judge but is a former editor in chief of KOI USA Magazine. We were extremely pleased when Pam agreed to host our meeting. We had 56 members and guests that attended our meeting, including koi health expert Jack Chapman, from the San Diego club, who donated a koi for our raffle.  Pam’s beautiful home has a yard that places you in a lavish tropical setting that is both peaceful and radiant. She has two ponds. The one in the front is called the Varsity pond, which is a concrete pond with a 5000 gallon capacity. The second pond in the back is the JV pond which is a liner pond, with a 2500 gallon capacity. As would be expected, both ponds contain absolutely beautiful koi that reflect the skillful eye of an elite koi judge.  Pam started out by giving us a brief history of how the koi hobby came to be. She then proceeded to delight us all with her slide presentation of her trip to Japan visiting koi farms. Upon introduction to Pam, she struck me as being very shy and reserved. All of that shyness went out the window when she began to narrate the slide show. Her narration of her trip had a “down home folksy” eloquence that was well received by our members and guests. Her enthusiastic talk was reflective of a person who loves the koi hobby and has made it a big part of her life.  Although some of our attendees were able to view the slide show from inside of Pam’s home, the majority of our members watched the slide show outside on laptop computers. This by no means was a perfect science, but thanks to our “tech expert” Orville Hanson, we were able to get through it. Pam was an excellent hostess and speaker, and made all of us feel like family.  We had the honor of presenting the AKCA award for Inland Koi Society’s 2011 Koi Person of the Year to board member Bob Henry. We also acknowledged the 2012 Inland Koi Society persons of the year, Sandy and Orville Hanson.  Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi Club, reports their August 26 meeting was at the home of a member Fred Seeley who is well into the hobby of koi keeping. The main item on the agenda was that the AKCA has contacted our club to select a member’s pond for a feature article in KOI USA. Fred Seeley was very willing to prepare a write-up and send photos of his pond to the magazine. He has a very deep pond that is basically predator proof. He has some of the largest koi in our club. Our club has not held raffles at a meeting in several years primarily because many pond product dealers are not very willing to send samples of their products. At this meeting we had a guest who had recently been president of the High Desert Koi Club. He brought some koi food for a brief auction for our members. The club will acquire a raffle permit this month in case we decide hold a few raffles. The annual holiday dinner was discussed and will be held at the same restaurant on December 2nd. Two regular meetings remain this year in September and October. The first meeting of 2013 will be held in January.  Kristine Peterson, of Koi Club of San Diego, reports plans are well under way for the February 2013 26th AKCA sanctioned Annual Koi Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The club is considering purchasing hard tanks to replace several of the older soft tanks. Some of the benefits with the hard tanks would be the ease in setting up and not having the issues with leaks. Storage arrangements need to be considered, stocking levels calculated and nets to cover the tanks at night will need some modifications. The Holiday Inn Express koi show rate will be $79 per night including breakfast, parking and WiFi (group code will be in the registration packet or on the club website at http://www.koiclubsandiego.org/ )  Galen Hansen is in charge of the judging arrangements for the club shows and will announce his choice of the judging team to the steering committee soon. For more show updates visit the club website.


Written report submitted by Louie Hernandez:   Don Bayer, of Lone Star KC, said there is nothing to report.  Bart Thompson, of Bakersfield KC, said the August meeting was held at club members Mike & Randi Przewoznik’s and McDonald’s nursery are growers of all kinds of aquatic plants.  Their club also took a visit to Grant Fujita’s home in Hayward, Ca. to hear a Seminar by Grant about keeping and showing koi.  The Sep meeting will be held at members Todd & Marilynn Weringer on Sept. 8th.  Sue Boydstun, of Idaho WG&KS, said they held their pond tour at the end of July; had 88 tickets sold (1 ticket per household/car, so probably more actually attended).  Their VC is member of the National Guard and got called up to serve, i.e., they are short one officer.  Their koi show had to be rescheduled due to conflicting dates with the venue and with the Washington Show.  Their show will be held Sept. 22nd at the Idaho Botanical Garden.  She’ll send a JPEG of the poster.  ZNA So Cal KC held their last meeting at the home of Doug Wright.  Judy Walker, their new club president, ran the meeting.  As always, they are thinking ahead to their 40th show in 2014.  Judy asked them to look for any info they might have on the history of their club.  Their show booklet will be very interesting as it was for their 25th show.  Jerold Kyle, of Camellia KC, said they had their Annual Koi Auction and as usual some used the moment to reduce their pond load.  What is so nice is that it gives newer members just starting out an opportunity to get nice koi of size for a very reasonable cost.  Everyone gains something.  This month they are getting ready to meet at a new member’s home where they have never seen their pond before.  While not large, it proves that well thought out design concerns can create a wow factor in smaller ponds when carefully researched.  No wonder they got another couple of new members last month along with two returning past members showing up.  Their club always welcomes guests at meetings to check them out.  ZNA Nor Cal Chapter held their meeting at the home of Larry & Fanny Gill.  A number of topics were discussed, i.e. Champion B class.  Dinh Nguyen has stepped down as AKCA Dir/Rep and Larry will act as same.  Dinh also stepped down as a Show Chair and Larry thanked Lon for stepping up and being co-show chair along with Sanh.  Shigeru Dainichi will be sending high quality tosai and nisai for the club grow out.  Debby Young, of the Southern Arizona Koi Association, reports their last meeting was held at a new member’s home. All were amazed at the decorative “Old Pueblo” landscaped stucco creation on the block walls surrounding the pond. Work assignments are in full swing for their Koi Show which will be held Nov 9th-11th. Trophies, Banquet Reservations and Judges have all been completed.


Written report submitted by Harlan Glenn:  Dave Peebler, of the Koi Club of Kansas, reports on Sunday September 16th we are having an adoption party at the Peebler home to try and get rid of about 125 baby koi hatched the last week of May. Hopefully I will have a good turnout here at the house. I am attaching a link to a video I shot two days ago of all the little ones and (of course) the parents. HELP!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9Bf0fLRk2Y.  end_of_the_skype_highlighting


Motion:  To adjourn at 7:10.  Motion by Joan, 2nd by Brenda.  Approved.


Respectfully submitted,

Carole Elliott

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