2013 10 AKCA Minutes

AKCA Minutes of October 11, 2013

Officers Present:                              Directors Present:          Guests:

Chair:  Bob Finnegan                          Louie Hernandez             Paul Cunningham

Vice Chair:  Don Chandler

Secretary:  Carole Elliott


Board Highlights:

  • Future KOI USA magazines will be printed by Modern Printing in Missouri rather than by American Web in Colorado, resulting in substantial cost savings!


The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Bob Finnegan @ 6:05 p.m.


MINUTES:  Motion:  To approve the minutes of September 13th with the following correction:  Peter Ponzio’s wife is very much alive – and not deceased – as was mistakenly reported in last month’s minutes.  Our apologies to Pete and Palma!  Motion by Don, 2nd by Louie.  Approved.


CFO REPORT:   Don handed out Brenda’s CFO report.  The beginning AKCA checking account balance was $22,059.50 and the ending balance was $23,614.22; the associated check, debit and deposit registers were reviewed.  The latest statements for our PayPal account, Investment account, KHV checking account and KHV CD were also reviewed by the Board.  Brenda is still in the process of transferring the AKCA Investment account from Joan’s name into her control.  Don reminded Bob that Brenda still hasn’t received all of the materials from previous CFOs (Doug and Joan, etc.) and asked Bob to help him schedule a convenient time for Bob and Joan when he can come pick them up.  Brenda completed the Board of Equalization update form with current AKCA officer information for Carole to sign, date and mail.  Brenda has reached out to Kristine re: completing AKCA’s QuickBooks accounts for the past FY and Kristine will get back to Brenda.  Filing our tax return will follow, once that has been resolved.




v SCIENTIFIC/KHA:  Jerry, who recently turned 75, has already stayed on as KHA Director a year longer than he promised Kristine he would; he would now like to transition the program to a new Director, whom he will be happy to assist as required/requested.  Jerry asks that persons interested in taking the Program to the next level should contact him (or their local AKCA Board contact) so that we can make the appointment effective the 1st of the year.  The Board thanked Jerry for all he’s done for the Program, the AKCA and KOI USA magazine since 2009.  Job Well Done, Jerry!


v PROJECT KHV:  Bob talked to Jack and asked him to hold on to our Peter Enfield slates until we can work out plans for auctioning them to raise funds for Project KHV.


v PUBLICATION:   Don reported that Bob Payne interviewed several printers and publishers to locate the best fit for our magazine and our need to reduce expenses.  The new printer will be sheet fed (vs. rotary) which should save us approximately $18,000 to $20,000 per year.  A motion was made and approved to go with Modern Printing of Missouri.  Bob Payne asked Louie to come up with 5-10 articles from the last 5-10 years to start an archive of helpful articles geared towards beginners to be hosted on our website. Bob Payne did an inventory of past magazines stored at American Web – 15,895 magazines @ 11 oz. each, or about 5 ½ tons.  Options for the most economical way to deal with the logistics of moving and/or disposing of all/or some of these back issues in storage are being sought/reviewed.  Suggestions from everyone are welcomed.

v MEMBERSHIP:  Don reported that Central Alabama has rejoined but Cascade decided not to renew.  We currently have 75 clubs in good standing; 2 clubs are still up in the air.  Don handed out new printouts for each Board member with the latest contact information for each club.

v JUDGING:  Bob discussed some of the recent developments concerning our program and our Judges.


v SPEAKER’S GRANT:  No report.


v RISK MANAGEMENT:  20 clubs have signed up for our Premium Level liability insurance coverage so far this FY.  Both the Liability policy and the D&O policy premiums have been paid in full.


v BOOKSTORE:   Don reported that Richele reconsidered her request to be replaced, much to the delight of all.  Thank you, Richele!  Although he didn’t have Richele’s report handy, he approximated $800 ($151 cash, $257 PayPal and $397 by Debye at the Fresno show) income last month.






v 2014:    Melanie Nau volunteered to be the LSKC representative and contact person for arrangements and details. She is in discussion with the Omni hotel for a special rate and use of amenities as the Omni fulfills any requirements and facilities that the meeting will require. They also have a koi pond which has been stocked by the LSKC over the years through their rescue program. The club is certainly excited with the prospect of hosting the AKCA and the opportunity of attending the wet lab as many from the club wish to attend.



  • If your club has held a koi show or pond tour, can someone in your club write an article and submit pictures for KOI USA magazine?


Upcoming AKCA Annual Calendar Events for NOVEMBER

  • None




  • None



  • Application: Don read a letter asking for $12,000 to fund development of a Koi Health application for androids, I pads, and computers in which they (the developers) would retain all rights and income (although we could place an advertisement for AKCA therein).  The Board was not receptive to this application at this time.




Written report submitted by Carole:   Ralph Smith, of Southwest K&PA, reported that Mark & Gail Nash hosted a great meeting; showed off their new pond and waterfall.  This year’s pond tour was GREAT, thanks to their pond tour chairperson, Margaret Gallardo and Team SKAPA.  Funds from this event will benefit the Second Chance Wildlife Rescue.  Jackie Allsup, of the Northern Iowa P&KC, reported that they held their last meeting at the home of Dennis and Kathie Manful.  A potluck was enjoyed by all.  They discussed the past pond tour and voted to donate some of the profits to help finance a fountain that will be put up in Angel Park.  Angel Park is constructed in memory of 2 area girls that were kidnapped and killed.  Club member, Mary Schwake, gave a great talk on closing ponds followed by an open discussion on the topic and what everyone else is doing.  They welcomed new member Marcia Hahn and her sister to the meeting.  The leaves are turning there and beginning to drop, so leaf nets are all coming out of storage.  The Eastern Iowa PS, which holds 2 meetings a month, held their first meeting at the home of Steve & Marlene Bartlett.  Steve gave us a very interesting talk about dwarf conifers.  He has them surrounding his pond and they clearly demonstrate how they would be beautiful during the winter months when everything else is brown and down.  Their Saturday meeting was the ever popular Progressive Dinner night.  Members met at one home for appetizers then traveled to subsequent homes for the entrée and desserts.  Great food was enjoyed by everyone.  The temperatures and a nagging drizzle made it hard to sit outside by the ponds and fire pits, but the good company made up for the difference.  Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, reported they just completed their 6th Annual Regional South Carolina Koi & Goldfish Show yesterday, Oct. 6th.  He believes that this was the best show yet for them.  They did not have as many koi as the last two shows but the overall quality of koi has shown improvement.  They had 94 koi entries and 36 goldfish entries.  The real excitement was that they actually filled all the vendor slots.  They had 6 fish vendors and 16 dry vendors which included a base of vendors from years past but many new vendors this year from yard art to a yard design company came to the show.  With the list of vendors so diversified, they had something for everyone.  Feedback from the majority of vendors is that they had a successful weekend.  They did additional advertising to try to attract more foot traffic to ensure that the vendors had enough opportunity to show their wares and get the sales they needed to feel that they should come back again.  Foot traffic was good throughout the event.  The weather was again warm and ideal but that didn’t matter since they were in the Simpsonville Senior & Activity Center for the show, which is air conditioned.  After the awards banquet on Saturday evening, the mayor of Simpsonville and his wife conducted the auction.  He, in fact, is an auctioneer.  Perhaps now more for fun than an every day job being the mayor.  He did a great job in getting people to bid who may have been reluctant to do so in the past.  There were many laughs and lots of fun to end a long day.  The Bloodmobile was there on Sunday and reported that they, too, had a successful day.  They are having their Annual Halloween Party meeting on Oct. 19th.  They will accept nominations for 2014 officers at this meeting and then vote on the 2014 team in November.  Jim Vaden, of KC of Middle Tennessee, said their October meeting will be their last for this calendar year.  At this meeting, they will be electing officers for next year.  They recently changed their process so that starting with this slate of officers the Vice-President will become the President the following year.  He thought this would be a good way to rotate the leadership positions and get new ideas into the club’s activities.  The nominees for next year are:  Don Richardson, President: Tom Fiala: Vice President: Cheryl Sherwood, Secretary and Newsletter Editor; and Nancy Vaden, Treasurer.  Clark Shea, of Canada KC of British Columbia, said that at the Executive Meeting, held on Sept. 8th, a financial statement prepared by their Treasurer, Lynn Campbell, showed that the final figures are in from the club BBQ held on Aug. 11th and it was a financial as well as a social success.  Over 50 people were in attendance and the club raised over $1800.00.  The Exec. Meeting also raised the questions of the upcoming club elections in November and the planning for the Christmas dinner which is actually a kick off dinner for the New Year and it is held in January.  Looking back over the summer of 2013, it was a very good club year.  Rebecca Lee, of Atlanta KC, said they had their planned Fall Koi & Goldfish Show as scheduled Sept. 20-22.  It was a success.  Jan Jordan, of Mid-Columbia K&PC, said they are meeting Sunday, October 6th at the home of Larry & Sue Weiss.  They will be voting in officers and hoping for a volunteer to do the newsletter.  A potluck will follow, along with raffle and door prizes.  Bonnie Nakahara, of Hawaii Goldfish & Carp, said they are currently busy planning for their koi and goldfish show next week at the Japanese Cultural Center.  Aside from that, nothing much to report at this time.  Jerry Woodbury, of Miami Valley WGS, said they just had their club picnic and are looking forward to having a round table discussion at the next meeting.  They will have talks about closing down the pond for winter, dealing with tropical plants, and any other issues with the ponds.  Christine Wilkolaski, of Niagara Frontier K&PC, reported that October will be a two year in review.  Power points of the events of the last two years of the club will be shown and a round table discussion will be held.  They attended the Fall Festival last month at Reinstein Woods.  They made around three hundred sand art fish magnets with kids as well as educating their parents about ponding and pond fish.  It was a great day.  Plans are in the works for their Christmas Party which will be held on their regular meeting night in December.  November they will have a founding member of the club talk about the beginnings of their club.  Warren Ng, of Central Alabama K&WGS, said they will not have any meeting until the end of the year, where they celebrate their traditional Christmas gathering at their member’s place.  Please check their website for further information at www.pondpals.org. Carole tried but was unable to reach:  Amarillo KS, Puget Sound KC, WGC of South Texas, North Texas WGS and Middle Georgia KS.


Written report submitted by Bob:  Don Stump, of Great Ponds & KS of West Michigan, said the club has had a good year.  Nov. meeting will be the last until next April; they will have a Christmas party in Dec.  Jon Floden, of Gulf Coast KS, said the club is having fun; they have no complaints.  Dr. Ken Lau, of Indiana K&WGC, said their pond tour and koi show went well.  They had 150 on the pond tour.  Jon Lockerman, of North Florida KC, said they are having a Halloween party Oct. 19th.  Their 25th Koi Show is Nov. 8-10th.  Jerry Hames, of Olympic KGF&WGC, said they have a new President, Helen Morgan.  Home Phone (360) 779-1475/cell: (818) 943-9930.  David Muraoka, of Sierra KC, said their membership is getting small; they need some help.  Mike Frady, of ZNA Potomac Chapter KC, said their koi show this year was the next to the largest in the USA; only San Diego was larger.  Total koi 261; 25 of 28” and 8 over 32”.  Bob tried but was unable to reach Northern Nevada PC.


Written report submitted by Joan:   Norm Call, of Oregon K&WGS, said their club is going into winter mode.  They are planning for their 2014 Koi Show.  They also started planning their Christmas Dinner Party.  New club officers for 2014 will be coming up.  Joan tried but was unable to reach Northwest K&GFCZNA Northwest Chapter and St. Louis Water Gardening Society.


Written report submitted by Don Chandler:  Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the 35th annual CCKS Koi show was a success, thanks in part to all of the club and non-club members who volunteered; also to board members and officers who worked together to put on one of the best koi shows this club has seen. We sold out vendor space and added two new vendors this year: Seaside Aquatics from Los Angeles and Joe Guraro of Redwood Garden Bridges.  Our returning vendors were AKCA/KOI USA, PS Koi, Barstow Koi, Sumner Avenue Watergardens and our own Bob Garrison. We expanded our shade cover for the tanks and all the tanks were inside (not out in the sun) which helped keep the water cool and the water quality in check. Tomigai donated show banners, which Seng put together using some PVC frames as splash guards. There were 70 koi entered: 32 took First Place, 19 took Second Place, and 5 took Third Place. The Grand Champion, Size 7 Kohaku, owned by Alvin Au; Reserve Grand Champion, Size 7 Kohaku, owned by Roger & Ginger Spradlin; and Reserve Grand Champion B, Size 7 Kawarimono, owned by Roger & Ginger Spradlin. I am already planning the 2014 show, my brain never stops. At our October 8th general meeting at the home of Robert & Fam Rangel we will be accepting nominations for the 2014-2016 Board of Directors positions.  Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.  James McAdams, of Deep South Koi & Pond Society, reports the Sep meeting was scheduled for Sunday, Sep 22nd, at the home of Kim and Paula Biggs in Baton Rouge.  Check out their website at http://www.deepsouthkoi.org/.  Doug Stuber, of the First Coast Koi Club, reports the club held its 10th Annual Koi Show on Oct 11th – 13th at the Mandarin Masonic Lodge #34 in Jacksonville, FL.  Under sunny 80 degree Florida skies, judges selected some of the top koi in Florida from over 90 entries for special recognition.  Top winners and their owners were: Grand Champion – Kohaku – Stuber; Reserve Champion A – Kohaku – Hardcastle; Reserve Champion B – Asagi – Mattingly.  Big thankyous to our sister clubs of Gainesville, North Florida, and Rainbow River for participating in this year’s show.  And many, many thanks to all the club members and volunteers who did so much to make this event the success that it was.  Check out their website at http://www.firstcoastkoiclub.com/.  Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports their September meeting was held at the beautiful home of members Cathy and Mariano Palpallatoc.  Mariano and Cathy’s Kohaku won the IKS Koi of the year contest and went on to take third place in the AKCA Koi of the year contest.  The theme of the meeting was Hawaiian, and all the Hawaiian style food was provided by the Palpallatocs, who own a Hawaiian BBQ restaurant.  The food was outstanding.  I gave a koi breed of the month talk on Asagi.  Our guest speaker was Shawn McHenry, who gave an outstanding talk on koi food and nutrition.  I reminded everyone of our upcoming field trip to Barstow Koi in October; our November meeting and our Thanksgiving dinner will be at the home of our members, the Mall Family.  Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org/.   Bernard Nesmith, from Low Country Koi Club, reports they will be meeting with members of the Greenville club at the Atlanta Koi and Goldfish Show September 20-22, 2013 (see Facebook for complete report).  Check out their website at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lowcountry-Koi-Club/272110606212541.  Rick Paul, of Macon Water Garden & Koi Club, reports the September meeting of the Macon Water Garden & Koi Club was held at Pig On A Pie on Thursday, September 5. Rick presented discussion on the book “Pond Rx” and purchasing of the books.  Meeting location for October (due to the Fair schedule and several of our members working the event) will be held on September 28, 2013, 2:00 at the residence of Mary Ann & Rick Paul. The social will have the theme of desserts. We have three churns of homemade ice cream that will make your mouth water just thinking about it. Our November and December meetings will be in a restaurant. Please start thinking on the location where we could have our Christmas party, as the date is getting near and we need to decide in time to make a reservation. Check out their website at http://www.maconkoi.org.  Dennis Long, of Metro-Detroit Pond & Garden Club, reports the club held their Planning Meeting on Sep 13,14 &15 in Manistee.  On Oct 20th, they will be having a mini tour in conjunction with their monthly meeting.  http://metrodetroitpondandgardenclub.org/ .  John Rae, of Michigan Koi & Pond Club SE, reports at the September meeting, the Michigan Koi and Pond Club visited Aqua Growers, an aquaponic facility that raises tilapia and uses the unfiltered pond water to grow vegetables. Members were enthused about using the aquaponic system while raising koi.  The October meeting will be the planning meeting for 2014 events.  Check out their website at http://www.mkpc-se.com/.  Philip Gray, of Mid-Atlantic Koi Club, requests everyone joins him in recognizing Wayne Orchard for an exceptional job as Web Master and much more (like Koi Show Chairman and Koi America Event Chairperson) over the past 17 years with the Mid-Atlantic Koi Club.  Wayne Orchard and his wife, Susan Boland, were early MAKC members and have been a huge driving force behind the success of MAKC. We greatly appreciate all of the work, time and service they have dedicated to MAKC.  We are still in search of volunteers to take on the responsibilities of Web Club Sales Coordinator and Advertising Editor. If you have an interest in taking on these roles, please reach out.  Don’t wait – your club needs you.  As always, I welcome your partnership in our upcoming collaborative events, as well as your suggestions regarding events and topics you would like to see MAKC provide to its members in 2014. Let’s make it another great year!  I want to thank everyone again, who joined us in making the Club BBQ a success and look forward to seeing you all soon.  Check out their website at http://www.makc.com.   Carole Boozer, of Nashville Pond Society, reports the club held their Progressive Dinner on Sep 28th.  Everyone started at one location for appetizers then moved on to the next location for dinner, etc.  Check out their website at http://www.nashvillepondsociety.org .  Marc and Tamara Skaggs, of Northern Midwest ZNA Koi Club,report the Club is looking for a volunteer as an interim Club Secretary.  Their 12th Annual Show was held at the Carmel City Center, Carmel, Indiana, June 8-9, 2013.  The judges were Penny and Grant Patton. Fifty-six koi were entered this year representing Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee. What a wonderful collection of beautiful and well cared for koi. The fifteen show vats were located in the City of Carmel’s gazebo, directly across from the vendor tents. We had thirteen members exhibiting with three new members showing for the first time at the NMZNA Koi Show.  Major winners were:  Grand Champion— Dave DeWalls—Size 6; Grand Champion B—Dave DeWalls— Size 5; Reserve Grand Champion—Dick & Brenda Thomas— Size 7.  For the balance of winners and pictures, see the Club’s website at http://www.nmzna.net/index.html.  Phyllis Anderson, of North Idaho Koi Keepers,reports NIKK is planning their first ZNA Koi Show to be held July 26-27, 2014 at Hoshi Koi in Tacoma, Washington!!  Stay tuned as more plans are made – once again NIKK is thinking outside the box to try something new!!  Congrats NIKK members – our club is now officially a new ZNA Japan Friendship Club as of May 2013.  Look for more in 2014!  http://www.northidahokoikeepers.com/id8.html.  Lynn Eaton, of Pioneer Valley Water Garden and Koi Club, reports the September 15th meeting was at the home of Cindy and Richard Patnode in Westfield, MA.  In addition to the Pot Luck Dinner, Jeff Woodward was the featured speaker; his topic was “Hand Made Hypertufa Garden Art.”  Board nominations and a plant exchange were also scheduled.  Check out their website at http://www.pioneervalleypondclub.com/meetings.html.  Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports their next meeting is Tuesday, 10/15 at the Willow Glen Library, 1157 Minnesota Av, San Jose, CA.  If you’re not familiar with that location there is a map on the Calendar at our website.  This month, by popular demand, we’ll complete the tour of Niigata koi breeders presented by Peter Waddington.  We saw the first part of this tour in May.  The video lasts about 45 minutes.  Hope you can make it.  Enjoy the lovely fall weather, and…  http://www.sckoi.com/.  Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com/.  Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports at their September 22 meeting the plans for the club’s annual holiday dinner on December 7 were finalized.  It will be held at a local restaurant and will include the traditional gift exchange that generally leads to a lot of gift “swiping”.  May 3, 2014 is the date of our SCV (Santa Clarita Valley) Koi Ponderosa at the Thirkettle Koi Farm in Fillmore.   The event will include a koi auction, musical entertainment, food and a raffle.  The main purpose of the event is to give our club more exposure in this area.  Club 2014 meeting hosts are being sought and signups are going well.  The positions of President and Secretary for 2014 & 2015 are up for election this year.  No nominations were received and the current officers were willing to serve again.  A motion to nominate the current officers was made from the floor and the motion was carried.  Doug Sudbury and Al Nicholson will serve as Co-Presidents and Mary Lou Sudbury and Judy Nicholson as Co-Secretaries.  The last regular meeting of our club this year is on October 25 and will be held in the early evening to appreciate the pond and landscape lighting of one of our members. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.  Michelle Gravenish Reilly, of Upper Midwest Koi Club, reports the Sep meeting featured Dr. Amy Kizer running a Wet Lab and a Pot Luck Dinner.  The Fall Koi Auction was scheduled for Sep 21st at Bachmans Garden Cent in Minneapolis, MN.  The Oct 5th meeting was scheduled for Ken and Bonnie Ellis’ home; topics were Closing you Pond and a presentation on Goromo/Goshiki.  Check their website at www.uppermidwestkoiclub.org.  The following clubs had nothing to report: Moto-Kara KoiKai ZNA Chapter Koi Club, Mountain View Koi Club, Rhode Island and Massachusetts Koi Club, Siskiyou Koi & Pond Club and Tri-State ZNA Koi Club.


Written report submitted by Brenda Chandler:  Johnna Hansen, of Charleston Showa Koi Club, reports the club has earmarked club funds to be used to help with the trip to Japan for our president Robert Lewis. We are so grateful for the generous outpouring of support we have seen from all the people that love Robert!  We will continue to collect donations until the end of the month and meanwhile Robert is booking his flight!  Check out their website at http://www.charlestonshowakoiclub.org/.Mike Lane, of High Desert Koi Fanciers, reports on Saturday September 21, we had our Bus trip to Huntington Library & Gardens. We were a small group but we had a very good time. We invited our bus driver to enjoy the gardens with us and paid for his ticket.  The October meeting was scheduled to be held on the 5th at the home of Jack and Teri Eccles in Quartz Hills.  Check out their website at http://www.hdkoifanciers.com.  Brenda Chandler, of Nishiki Koi Club, reports the club is not meeting at this time.  Check out their website at http://www.nishikikoiclub.com.  Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the Oct board meeting is scheduled for the Bong home and the Nov 9th Banquet is scheduled for the Knights of Columbus Hall in Pekin.  Make your reservations now! Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/.  Sonja Kahkola, of Rainbow River Koi Club, reports the club made the journey to Old Town for their Sept meeting. It was wonderful to get together with old friends from the Nature’s Coast Koi Club.  Many thanks to Jack and Wilda for helping Pat Medlin get ready for the club’s arrival. Held a discussion on wrapping up the Long Fin Invitational, which is almost complete. They also decided to combine their Anniversary meeting and Christmas/Holiday party at Cathy & Bob’s in Dec. No formal meeting was held in Oct.  Instead, they journeyed to the First Coast Koi Show. Their Nov meeting will be held in Tampa at Nam & Kelly’s home.  Check out their website at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rainbow-River-Koi-Club/374036155457.  Laura Lunsford, of Rocky Mountain Koi Club, reports the club’s Oct meeting (at the home of Dan and Donna Ewing in Louisville) featured a Pot Luck Dinner, pond viewing and a presentation by Steven Peirker, a life-long Denver artist intrigued with painting water. Because of this, he enjoys painting koi and other pond scenes as well as fountains. Check out their website at http://www.rmkc.net/.  Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports the Oct meeting featured Phil Goulding discussing his Phoam Phraxtionator and Sand & Gravel Filter builds.  Also scheduled were elections, winter prep for ponds and ongoing planning for the Annual Member Party; the date is now firm (Saturday, Nov 9th) but the location is still TBD.  Check out their website at http://www.socokoi.org.  David Yee, of Valley of the Sun Koi Club, Inc., reports the Oct meeting was scheduled to feature an Education Session and a tour of the Phoenix Japanese Friendship Garden located at Margaret T. Hance Park.  Members were asked to bring a desert or side dish for 6 and to RSVP in advance.  Check their website at http://www.vskc.net.  Mary Oxman, of Ventura County Koi Society, reports in Sep they had their first visit to the home of Doug & Carol Van Bogelen.  The mild climate of Oxnard and Carol’s botanical skills has enabled their tropical paradise to flourish.  The club especially wishes to thank Carol for the botanical tour of her garden.  Her membership in the Palm Society has given her access to otherwise unobtainable exotic plants and the knowledge of how to grow them.  The October meeting, their annual pirate themed October meeting, was scheduled for Eric Howes’ home in Thousand Oaks, CA.  The pond is 8,000 gallon formal pond construction of hand-cast pattern concrete blocks.  The filtration system consists of a pre-filter and twin 500 gallon up flow biological filters.  All of this is set in an environment that any pirate would be proud of.  Members were encouraged to dress as their favorite buccaneer and set sail for a little fantasy and fun.  Check their website at http://users.vcnet.com/rrenshaw/vcks.html.  The following clubs had nothing to report:  Dallas Koi Kichi Group and North East Iowa Koi Association, Inc.


Written report submitted by Louie Hernandez:   The Bakersfield K&WGS met in September at the home of Eric & Stephanie Lempinen.  It was a warm day but the club had a good turnout.  Eric showed them their beautiful pond that proved to be a great example of how water gardening and koi keeping can prevail in harmony.  The pond also proved to have a perfect balance of water plants, koi and filtration to keep their water clear.  Stephanie kept everyone happy with the cinnamon rolls that she baked.  To date, 30 tanks are reserved for the show along with wet booth and dry booth vendors.  The club is also having a large raffle of koi related products along with a 39” HD/LC TV.  The club had pre-printed raffle tickets made so at the next meeting the club hopes to pre-sell raffle tickets before the show starts on Friday, October 18th.  There are some other special events going on including Taiko drummers and seminars to name a few.  Something new this year will be a koi auction on Sunday of spectacular fish donated by Barstow Koi and Mystic Koi.  The club will also have their usual koi rescue fish for sale as well.  There will be numerous awards for this year’s entries of koi including a memorial award for BKWGS members that have passed.  Their next meeting will be at the Wolowic’s home in Wofford Heights.  Jerold Kyle, of Camellia KC, reports it’s official!  Last month they voted to have a Pond Tour in 2014 that will be open to the public to invite people to see what they do and enjoy the beauty of their jewels of the garden.  Anticipated date will be spring before the heat of summer.  Past experience has shown that a public tour is an effective way to introduce people to who, what, and why they are and to display the social aspects of belonging.  They will learn that joining has the advantages of belonging to a club with AKCA Certified Koi Health Advisors, an AKCA Certified Koi Judge, what nice discounts they get from supporting dealers, how diversified members are, and what good cooks they are to provide the kind or repast they enjoy at meetings.  Belonging to CKC can be a joy!  Paul Moss, of Lone Star Koi Club, reports the September meeting was held at the home of Vince and Patsy Peragine. This was primarily a business meeting with nomination for next year’s officers for the election in December. The current officers, President Melanie Nau, Vice-President Paul Moss and Treasurer Buddy Bush were all nominated and will run unopposed. The AKCA KHV meeting was a primary topic with Melanie Nau volunteering to be the LSKC representative and contact person for arrangements and details. She is in discussion with the Omni hotel for a special rate and use of amenities as the Omni fulfills any requirements and facilities that the meeting will require. They also have a koi pond which has been stocked by the LSKC over the years through our rescue program. The club is certainly excited with the prospect of hosting the AKCA and the opportunity of attending the wet lab as many from the club wish to attend. Our mud pond pull on October 6th at the country property of member Dr. Hoang was a success, especially as breakfast and lunch were served by the club! Sot Chimonas, of Idaho Water Garden & Koi Society, reports “What a Show! What a crowd! What an event!  Hope you did not miss it. Our 20th Anniversary Koi & Goldfish Show was nothing short of spectacular!” Over 927 visitors, not counting Show workers and early goers, visited the Show for the day on Saturday and enjoyed the 115 Koi and 16 goldfish that entered the competition for trophies, certificates, recognition and plain-ole fun! We had visitors and show entrants from the Seattle area, Phoenix, Portland area, Vancouver, WA and who knows from where else. Great thanks to all the members that participated and helped with the Show as well as our gracious donating sponsors and vendors and certainly the Idaho Botanical Garden for hosting us!  Our October Meeting is on Pond Winterization and every other subject our members would like to discuss. Lastly, our November Business Meeting will close out the year and conduct our Annual Elections for Board Officers. These are President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and two Directors-at-Large. In addition, we are seeking a Newsletter Editor to relieve our current one that has been graciously filling that job for several years. If publishing and newsletters are your passion, please let us know! Please think about leveraging your experience and knowledge and participate on your Club’s Board. Louie Hernandez, of ZNA SoCal Chapter, reports our show committee meeting was held Oct 6th at the home of Don Kobashigawa. We had 17 members at the meeting and all accepted an assignment. Our club is now on Facebook with one page dedicated to our show in March 2014 and also our club page. We also have an auction coming up Nov 17th  at Andrews Koi International in Anaheim. Bidding will start at 12 noon and will continue until all the fish are gone. Kristine Peterson, of Koi Club of San Diego, reports the Nov 10th meeting will be held at the California Koi Farm in Fallbrook.  Speaker will be Takemi Adachi on purchasing koi in Japan.  The meeting will also include the photo voting contest.  This will be a joint pot luck with our friends from the SoCal and Inland Koi clubs.  The annual Christmas Dinner is scheduled for Dec. 15th.  The following clubs had nothing to report: Dai-ichi Koi & Japanese Garden Club of British Columbia and Las Vegas Koi Club.


Written report submitted by Phil Hunter:   Vi Conn, of the Capital Area K&WGC, WGS, reports that the September meeting was held at the home of Ron & Jeannie Schoen.  Although it was cool and rainy, the meeting was well attended.  Club members were treated to a salmon dinner with all of the fixings along with several dessert choices.  After dinner Ron gave a presentation on his pond.  Following Ron’s presentation, Dr. Brian Roth gave a presentation on native and invasive species in the Great Lakes and inland lakes within Michigan.  He also discussed the food chain within the Great Lakes and inland lakes and how it is impacted by environmental factors and invasive species.  Dr. Roth earned his Ph.D. in Limnology (the study of inland lakes) and Marine Science from the University of Wisconsin.  He specializes in the aquatic food web ecology, specifically tropic interactions between native and invasive species.  The October meeting will be held at the DeWitt Community center.  The guest speaker will be Wayne Pope, who is a wildlife photographer and will be speaking on underwater and wildlife photography.  Diana Lynn Rehn, of the Inland Empire WG&KS, reports that the club held its “Floats on the Pond” at the Aspenleitner’s home in September in addition to the regular meeting at the home of the Rollins.  The club buys ice cream and soda and the members get together and enjoy them by the pond.  The October meeting will be held at the home of Mike & Cindy Noyes.  The presentation will be “Ponds & Goldfish Care and Concerns.”  Gary Desmond, of the Shasta K&WGC, reports that the September meeting was the club’s annual BBQ and was held at the home of Bob & Penny Hart.  Awards were given for Koi of the Year and Ugliest Koi Award, also known as the “Frying Pan Award.”  The October meeting will be the annual koi auction at the home of Terry and Karlene Stoker.


Written report submitted by Ally Cunningham:  SoCal Koi Club held their October meeting at the home of new member, Grace Scherrer, in Brentwood, CA.  Barbara Johnson, “The Koi Lady,” was guest speaker and spoke on maintaining your koi pond.  The meeting was well attended and those present thought it was one of the best meetings of the year.  Next month they will have a joint meeting with the Koi Club of San Diego at California Koi Farms with a potluck and a chance to see the new koi.


Motion:  To adjourn at 7:39 p.m.  Motion by Carole, 2nd by Don.  Approved.


Respectfully submitted,


Carole Elliott,



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