2014 01 AKCA Minutes

AKCA Minutes of January 10, 2014

Officers Present:                                     Directors Present:                      Guests:
Chair: Bob Finnegan                                  Ally Cunningham
Vice Chair: Don Chandler                          Louie Hernandez
Secretary: Carole Elliott
CFO: Brenda Chandler

Board Highlights:
Bob Finnegan announced that he plans on retiring as Chair of the AKCA Judging program; judges will be surveyed for their input on where to go from here.

The meeting was called to order by Chairperson, Bob Finnegan, at 6:00 pm

MINUTES: Motion: To approve the minutes of November 8, 2013. Motion by Louie, 2nd by Brenda. Approved.


FINANCIALS: Brenda covered our checking account activity in Dec ($20,924.38 beginning balance and $20,144.20 ending balance), as well as our PayPal, Investment Account and Project KHV Checking and CD accounts. Brenda discussed our investment account; she spoke to the account manager, Jane, as well as to the corporate headquarters in San Diego. Brenda will be talking to them again this coming week. Her first priority is to get registered. We want a plan with growth as well as fiscal responsibility. Motion: To be given permission to move our investment account to a Bank of America account temporarily, if needed, after having talked to our investment account representative. Motion by Don, 2nd by Carole. Approved.

SCIENTIFIC/KHA: No report. No volunteers to replace Jerry (who wants to retire) have stepped forward – so we’re still looking.

PROJECT KHV: No report.

PUBLICATION: Don reported proofs for the Jan/Feb issue of KOI USA have been sent to American Web; shipping will start on the 17th with poly bags being shipped on the 21st. Bob Payne redesigned the entire magazine including fonts, style, etc. Cesar, our webmaster, has taken down several old event posters and replaced them with new ones. Larry’s article on harvesting @ Kleinholtz Koi Farm will be in the upcoming issue. It is an article about the koi they pulled and is very well written. KOI USA Advertising Director’s contract was approved.

MEMBERSHIP: Don stated that a club sent in a $100 renewal check but not the $50 reinstatement fee they were told they were required to pay. Discussion followed. Motion: To not accept the club’s dues check due to their non-payment of the reinstatement fee. Motion by Don, 2nd by Brenda. Approved. Motion: Standing order to Membership Chair to deny any requests by clubs for reinstatement that have not renewed by the required deadline unless and until they also pay the requisite $50 reinstatement fee. Motion by Louie, 2nd by Carole. Approved.

JUDGING: Bob advised the Board that he plans on retiring as Chair of the Judging Committee and will be looking for a replacement. It was suggested we send a survey to the judges asking them for their input on the future of the Judging Committee. Motion: To prepare a survey to go out to the AKCA judges. Motion by Don, 2nd by Carole. Approved.

RISK MANAGEMENT: 20 clubs have subscribed to our Premium Level Insurance coverage. No new signups recently, but business should pick up as we head into spring. Premiums have been paid.

BOOKSTORE: Unfortunately, Richele’s Dec report has not yet been received.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE: Bob assigned Louie Hernandez to Chair the nominating committee along with Joan, Ally and Don. They will present a slate of officers at the February meeting for Board approval.

MEMBERSHIP QUESTIONS: Don received an email from a club asking for ‘more details re: discussions’ in our minutes. Don researched Roberts Rule of Order with the following answer: “Question: Isn’t it necessary to summarize matters discussed at a meeting in the minutes of that meeting in order for the minutes to be complete? Answer: Not only is it not necessary to summarize matters discussed at a meeting in the minutes of that meeting, it is improper to do so. Minutes are a record of what was done at a meeting, not a record of what was said. (RONR(11th ed.), p. 468, II. 16-18; see also p. 146 of RONRIB.)


2014 Seminar: Carole had no report. Brenda will contact Melanie of the Lone Star club in Houston (which is hosting the event in June) about developing a flyer for the upcoming KOI USA magazine. We still need to finalize info on hotel and meals.

2015 Seminar: We need clubs to notify us if they are interested in hosting the Annual AKCA Business Meeting and KHA Wet Lab in 2015.

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 hosting the 2015 AKCA Annual Business Meeting and KHA Wet Lab?

Nominating Committee submits slate of names for the next term to the AKCA Board
AKCA Board votes to validate the next slate of nominees.
AKCA Officer Nominee ballots sent to member clubs by March 1st.



Motion: To adjourn at 7:29 p.m. Motion by Don, 2nd by Carole. Approved.

Respectfully submitted by,
Carole Elliott, Secretary


Written report submitted by Carole Elliott: Ralph Smith, of Southwest K&PA, thanked Kevin and Sandra Piper for graciously hosting their last meeting as SKAPA goes into Hibernate till March. Guest speaker was Karen Pattist. Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS and Northern Iowa P&KC said they are both on winter vacation and will have no meetings until February or March. It was 21 below zero there with minus 45 degree wind chill. Very cold indeed! There’s a foot of snow on the ground and ponds are suffering. Fish are under the ice and everyone that doesn’t have covers has no way of seeing or knowing how their fish are doing. It’s an anxious time of the year for fish owners. They still have 2 months to go! They’re praying for that extended “January thaw” but it doesn’t sound like its coming anytime soon. Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmond K&WGS, said they had a great holiday season. They spent Christmas in Florida in 87 degree weather! PKWS has its venues set for their meetings in 2014. They will meet at area restaurants in Jan and Feb then begin their monthly meetings at members houses so they can showcase their pond. They had a great Christmas social with lots of good food and good fellowship. Their 2014 pond tour is already being planned and they have several sponsors already in place. They will showcase 8-10 ponds. She will get some pictures of their club reading KOI USA magazine and send them to Carole. Bonnie Nakahara, of Hawaiii Goldfish & Carp, said their Christmas Party was enjoyed by their members and their families with a slide show of the past year’s events, games, raffles, door prizes, good food and great company. They look forward to their first meeting of 2014. They plan to start their annual goldfish grow out in Jan which members compete for award at their annual Koi & Goldfish Show later in the year (no date set yet). They have been busy helping to re-home koi and shut down ponds of a member who passed away. The club is also helping a member with getting her pond completed. They are working on plans for year of learning and activities. Jan Jordan, of Mid-Columbia K&PC, said that nothing is currently planned. They met in Dec for their annual gift exchange dinner at the local Applebee’s where they had a really good turnout of members. Other than that, they’re hibernating. Jerry Woodbury, of Miami Valley WGS, said they had their Annual Club Dinner where they had over 50 people show up despite the severe snow storm that came in. This month they have a speaker from Wegerzyn Gardens talking to the club. They are watching their ponds very closely during this deep freeze that is sweeping across the country. Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said they will try to get a picture of someone in their club reading KOI USA magazine. There’s not much news this early in the year. They are having their first board meeting on Jan 14 to set the budget and lay out the meeting days, locations, and any programs that have been scheduled. Their Jan meeting will be their belated Christmas party due to so many conflicts during Dec. Don Richardson, of KC of Middle Tennessee, said they are on winter hiatus; it’s very cold there. Carole tried but was unable to reach Amarillo KS; Atlanta KC; Canada KC of British Columbia; Niagara Frontier K&PC; North Texas WGS; Puget Sound KC; WGC of South Texas; and, Middle Georgia KS.

Written report submitted by Louie Hernandez: The Koi Club of San Diego enjoyed a beautiful sunny afternoon at the home of Bonnie McIlvaine, in Vista, for the annual holiday potluck and gift exchange. Bonnie has an outstanding collection of large koi which were all photographed prior to the meeting for a judging contest. The 8×10 photos were arranged next to the pond for all to test their skills. Among the guests sharing in the program were Russell Peters of Peters & Son’s Koi, Roland of Toyoma Koi and James Van Jen of Koi Land. It is always a delight to have koi professionals attending a meeting and sharing their knowledge and experiences with them. The Jan 12th general meeting will be hosted by Alan & Lesley Collins at their lovely home in La Mesa with their resident KHA, Jack Chapman providing the program. With the 2014 KCSD Annual Koi Show moving to the first weekend in Mar, a Feb general meeting and potluck with Inland Koi Society will be held at the Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside. This meeting will change from the usual 2nd Sunday of the month to the 3rd Saturday. Meeting locations along with the vendor and show registration packets are available on the club website at www.koiclubofsandiego.org . Debby Young, of Southern Arizona KA, said their last meeting was the Christmas party. The Nov Koi Show was a great success with over 20 show tanks and 16 auction tanks. The Bakersfield K&WGS reports they had their annual Christmas Party; thanks to Olga for allowing them to use her facility after hours. It was a beautiful set up in the middle of her gift shop within her nursery grounds. They had a fun group of members attend and their dinner included ham, potatoes, green beans, rolls, salads and some awesome desserts. No one went away hungry! They had their usual gift exchange and everyone seemed pleased with their final gift. Sumner Avenue Water Gardens and Andrews Koi offered gift certificates and Malise was winner of the memory game. Randi won the raffle for a prize and Ron won the third raffle drawing. Their Jan meeting will be held at the Remax Golden Empire Realty office. At this meeting the club will discuss possible field trips, places to visit and with the Bakersfield “Golden Empire Koi Show” being the fourth largest AKCA Koi show for 2013, they will be looking at ways to improve and grow even more! They will also be discussing their clubs’ representation at other koi organization activities and events. Other discussions will be supporting koi dealerships and pond businesses as the economy continues to place stress on small businesses. Din Nguyen, of NorCal ZNA, reports that their Dec meeting was held Sat, 12/14, at Regan Koi. Thanks to Son and his family for hosting the meeting. They enjoyed a short judging exercise, comparing a pair of Son’s tosai; lots of food to share and a great time was had by all. They discussed the need to concentrate on PR over the next few short months they have left before the koi show on Apr 12-13; the new venue will be bigger and better than ever. Dinh announced that Louie Hernandez will be promoting the show in SoCal. Nick Holquin has volunteered to promote it to the Spanish speaking audience. A publisher for the show booklet has been found. All the sponsors will be advertised, but they also hope to sell as many other ads as possible to help cover the costs of publication. They’ll display a business card size ad for $25. Rates have been set for larger ads. Please contact Garry Chin, the Sponsor/Vendor Coordinator as well as the club VP, for details. They’ll accept whatever they feel it’s worth. If you’re on Facebook, twitter or koi forums please promote the show whenever you get a chance. Sue Boydstun, of the Idaho WG&KS, said they don’t start up until Feb with their kick off banquet. They still have ice on their ponds! ZNA SoCal’s Xmas party in Dec was enjoyed by all; there was plenty of good Italian food. On Jan 19th they will meet at the new facility of Laguna Koi Ponds whole sale division. Ben Plonski, the owner, will be giving a tour and explaining his Air Lift filtration system along with some controlled experiments on koi colors and aquaponics. Louie has seen this and had a lot of questions as he is sure their members will as well. Glen Hubenthal, of Austin PS, said they welcomed Nancy Reinert and Frank Allcorn as their new board members. Jeannie Ferrier has been on the APS board for several years and now is the 2014 President. The club is ready to have another great year in 2014. Jerry Kyle, of Camellia Koi Club, reports much happened in 2013. Mr. Water Quality, Jim Phillips, started the year teaching us about water quality. Information was at geek level presented at a speak level we could understand for great pond keeper value. As the year progressed Gary Chin wrote articles for us on Bog Gardens, Jerry Kyle did his Koi Health updates, and Anthony Quintero of Koi Enterprise talked to us pond-side about koi care which included everything we could think of to ask. And, we sure did ask. We saw ponds of John G. and Sam N for the first time and revisited ponds of long time members that many newcomers had not seen before. Neil Cutsinger (from “Novartis Animal Health”) personally gave us the latest info on KHV vaccine, Penn Martin (from “Plan it Solar”) talked to us about making it solar, and Iva Gaglione (from “Ultra Balance Koi Food”) brought us up to date on the latest information on feeding our koi. Adding to all that, our achievement of having an innovative Koi Show that does not use water filled koi tanks and the additional usual fun things like having our annual Koi Auction with an Ice Cream Social at the Carlson’s 10,500 gal pond located in an unbelievable Rose Garden gives everyone a good idea of what belonging to the CKC is all about. Now it’s about 2014 and what new excitement we can think of. To start, planning is already underway for a public Pond Tour to reach out to the community to show what we do. The Jan meeting will see the first steps forward as a planning meeting for this year. Stay tuned as another great year unfolds. Dai-ichi Koi & Japanese Garden Club and Las Vegas Koi Club – no reports.
Written report submitted by Joan Finnegan: So Cal Koi Club held their annual Xmas party in Dec at the Claim Jumper in their private banquet room. Great buffet lunch and always a fun Chinese gift exchange with a number of items stolen. Their Jan meeting will be held at Laguna Koi Ponds’ warehouse. Ben Plonski, owner, will talk about their latest venture and show club members newly purchased koi from Japan. Norm Call, of Oregon K&WGS, said there is no meeting until the 1st Saturday in Feb. It has been 30 degrees there! Joan tried but was unable to reach Northwest ZNA Chapter and St. Louis WGS.

Written report submitted by Bob Finnegan: Chuck Poppe, of ZNA Potomac Chapter, said that everything is quiet. Don Stump, of Great Ponds & KS of West Michigan, said that its been 20 degrees below; no activity. Jon Foden, of Gulf Coast KS, said with winter on, there’s nothing going on. Dr. Ken Lau, of Indiana K&WGC, said that it has been 14 degrees below zero; everything is OK. Mona Coleman, of Northern Nevada PC, said not much is going on; weather is dry. Jon Lockerman, of North Florida KC, said they had their Xmas party in Dec. There is no meeting in Jan. Bob tried but was unable to contact Olympic K&GF&WGC and Sierra KC.

Written report submitted by Phil Hunter: None.

Written report submitted by Don Chandler: Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports their Holiday Party was held in Dec at the home of Dale and Sandy Winn in Fresno. A Potluck theme and gift exchange provided a fun social event for all. 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 Dec meeting and Christmas Party at the home of Mary Lou and Howard Kennedy. Everyone enjoyed lots of great food and of course the always popular Gift exchange. Some gifts managed to change hands several times! The club is also continuing planning for its first ever Koi Show on Mar 29th. Check out their website at http://www.deepsouthkoi.org/. Doug Stuber, of the First Coast Koi Club, reports the Jan meeting was scheduled for the home of Bob & Mary Cook in Jacksonville on Sun the 19th. The club offered members the chance to buy a collapsible show tank from the Club at a great price – only $150.00 – as they continue to upgrade to 6 foot hard shells. If any of these 6 remains after the first 30 days we will offer to the general public. Check out their website at http://www.firstcoastkoiclub.com/. Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports their Nov Thanksgiving meeting was held at the absolutely beautiful home of members, Jerry and Pat Mall. Set on a large acreage, their pond has some of the largest and most beautiful koi that you will ever see. We all dined on turkey thanks to the Malls, with all the Thanksgiving trimmings. Our annual election was held, with Ed Kushner (Director), Rey Quirong (Vice-President) and myself (President), being reelected. Although we had our board meeting on Dec 7th, we did not have a club meeting in Dec. We will be having our Jan meeting at the Edward Dean Museum. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org/. Rick Paul, of Macon Water Garden & Koi Club, reports their Dec meeting was held at Ole Times Buffet with each person bringing a gift for Dirty Santa. Also they elected officers for 2014. Check out their website at http://www.maconkoi.org. Dennis Long, of Metro-Detroit Pond & Garden Club, reports other than holding their Holiday Party in Dec, the club has shut down for the deep, dark Northern winter. Check out their website at http://metrodetroitpondandgardenclub.org/ . Philip Gray, of Mid-Atlantic Koi Club, reports the winter holidays are approaching, a time to celebrate all that we should be thankful for in our lives. He wants to personally thank all his fellow club members for the successes and opportunities they have enjoyed this past year and they look forward to all of their future events and endeavors in 2014. Check out their website at http://www.makc.com. Vern Gilkes, of Mountain View Koi Club, reports their yearend Christmas Supper was hosted at the Granary Bezile restaurant. Every one arrived around 5:00 p.m. and turned in their koi photographs to Leigh, the chairperson for the Koi of the Year Awards. This year we had three categories to show our koi in: Class “A” koi under 15 inches, Class “B” koi under 20 inches and Class “C” koi over 20 inches. Participation was very good for the first year of the new format. In Class A there were 10 koi photographs and in Class B we had 8 koi vying for the award. In the jumbo Class of 20 inches and over, we had 9 beauties going after the coveted award of Koi of the Year. The Koi of the Year Award was given to Karin for her colorful Kujaku; congratulations Karin! The Certificate for Koi Couple of the Year was presented to Lucie as Jean Paul was not able to make it to the supper. It will be re-presented to them both at a later date. Check their website at http://www.mountainviewkoiclub.com/. Phyllis Anderson, of North Idaho Koi Keepers, reports their last workshop was held at Gene & Phyllis Anderson’s pond room “The Redneck Koi Barn” in Hayden Lake, Idaho. The group shared pictures of Judy and Sharon’s trip to Japan for this year’s koi harvest. Lots of ‘oohs’ and ‘ahs’ over the beautiful koi coming out of the mud ponds in the northern hills of Japan. NIKK will be hosting their first ZNA Koi Show on Jul 26 at Hoshi Koi in Tacoma, Washington. We decided to try something new (a trait this club is noted for) and host our first show out of town to be near the majority of koi keepers who might not otherwise travel inland. Check their website at http://www.northidahokoikeepers.com/id8.html. Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports their Jan meeting is Tuesday 1/21 at 7:30 in the Willow Glen Public Library in San Jose, CA. They’ll be talking about the activities they hope to hold in 2014. Of course, the big one is their pond tour. Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com/. Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports they’re looking forward to their Koi Ponderosa hosted by Sumner Avenue Water Gardens and Ketl Koi on May 3rd at Jim Thirkettles’ Koi Farm in Fillmore, CA. Join them in a fun filled (cowboy themed) day of learning, catered food (ribs/chicken BBQ), live entertainment (Hollywood Hillbillies country band), live koi auction and a huge raffle of pond related products and local products. Absolutely no walk-ins – you must RSVP to attend. RSVP no later than Apr 1, 2014. Call: 661-297-0563 for details and RSVP or E-Mail Mike Przewoznik: przewoznik@ca.rr.com. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html. Lois Rosmarin, of Siskiyou Koi & Pond Club, reports they’re looking forward to spring and the start of their ponding season. Check out their website at http://www.siskiyoukoiclub.com . Dick Hadley, of Upper Midwest Koi Club, reports he’s looking forward to be featured in an upcoming KOI USA Hobbyist Spotlight article. The club is looking forward to spring. Check their website at www.uppermidwestkoiclub.org . The following clubs were contacted but did not respond:
Low Country Koi Club, Michigan Koi & Pond Club SE, Moto-Kara KoiKai ZNA Chapter Koi Club, Nashville Pond Society, Northern Midwest ZNA Koi Club, Pioneer Valley Water Garden and Koi Club, Rhode Island & Massachusetts Koi Club and Tri-State ZNA Koi Club.

Written report submitted by Brenda Chandler: Wendell Ford, of Charleston Showa Koi Club, reports the meeting was held at Mary Ball’s club house with 19 people present. Outgoing President Robert Lewis thanked everyone for letting him serve as president for the last two years and for their support. The following persons were elected to club positions: Rod MacNeal for president; Linda Lewis for vice president; Wendell Ford for AKCA representative; Susan Markum for secretary; and Mary for treasurer. Robert then reminded everyone of the upcoming Orlando koi show. The pond tour was brought up and now is the time to start asking companies for donations since they are setting their budget now for the next year. Greg Nicholas, the pond tour chairman, said we would use the next meeting to get started on the pond tour. Check out their website at http://www.charlestonshowakoiclub.org/. Ben Soedjono, of Dallas Koi Kichi Group, reports their next meeting will be held on Sunday, Mar 2nd, 2014. Check out their website at http://www.dallaskoikichi.org/. Mike Lane, of High Desert Koi Fanciers, reports there was no Dec meeting; instead the club held their Annual Holiday Party at Gino’s Italian Restaurant in Palmdale with a White Elephant Gift Exchange. There will be no meeting in Jan; elections will be held at the Feb meeting. Check out their website at http://www.hdkoifanciers.com. Brenda Chandler, of Nishiki Koi Club, reports they will have their 1st meeting of the year in Feb; date and location yet to be determined. Check out their website at http://www.nishikikoiclub.com. Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports they are trying to survive the Iowa winter, however the -40 degree wind chills last week presented a problem to all. Today they are experiencing the Alberta Clipper with winds predicated to reach 40 miles an hour! It’s a good thing NEIKA members are on vacation. Our club will resume meetings in the Feb/Mar timeframe depending on the weather. We do hope to see our scaled friends soon. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html. Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports it’s time for our first meeting of the year on Feb 8th at 9:00 a.m. sharp! We are lucky enough to get Mike White to speak at our meeting again; this will be a question and answer session, so bring all your questions. Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/. Sonja Kahkola, of Rainbow River Koi Club, reports Dec was their 6th Anniversary Meeting/Christmas Party held at Bob and Cathy Young’s lovely home. They had a short meeting, lots of socializing and ate yummy food [they had a laugh over the anniversary cake because the bakery misunderstood what a koi pond was and had a man in a boat fishing for a bass on it]. Then the Chinese gift exchange was on. It started slowly and very friendly, but got rolling in the end with gifts making more moves than anyone could count. The Jan meeting was also at the Young’s. Check out their website at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rainbow-River-Koi-Club/374036155457. Laura Lunsford, of Rocky Mountain Koi Club, reports The Rocky Mountain Koi Club recently elected a new Board of Officers. The new officers are: Jim Glasmann – President; Juergen Schreiber – Vice President; Ed Painz – Treasurer; Roy Durbin – Member at Large; Ron Calvert – Member at Large. Check out their website at http://www.rmkc.net/. Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports the club has the year planned out with some new and old activities. Our general meetings are the first Wednesdays of the month. At our Feb meeting on the 5th we will discuss our annual group koi buy and bulk food buy. Out annual koi re-homing auction is scheduled for Jun 14. Our annual Anti-Freeze party is Feb 15. This get together is to talk about how our koi have done during the winter and to catch up with friends. Winter has been tough in Colorado with a mixture of very cold temperatures and very warm days. A few members have lost fish, even in heated ponds. We were quite excited to see the article in KOI USA on our koi rescue after the Black Forest Fire. That experience taught us just how tough koi are and how much we can accomplish when we work together. Check out their website at http://www.socokoi.org. David Yee, of Valley of the Sun Koi Club, Inc., reports their Jan meeting was at Lucy Ross’s home in Scottsdale, AZ. Their annual Koi Show is now scheduled for Friday, Feb 7 to Sunday, Feb 9 during the 2014 Chinese New Year Festival at the City of Phoenix’s Margaret Hance Park-East. Their flyer has been posted on the KOI USA website (www.KOIUSA.com ). Check their website at http://www.vskc.net. Mary Oxman, of Ventura County Koi Society, reports their Jan meeting was held at Steve & Evy Schultz’ home in Thousand Oaks, CA. Their newest pond is now 2 years old and the very unique bottom drain system that was custom built has proven to be even better than hoped. The water is crystal clear and the maintenance is down to only about 30 minutes a month. The pond is a 4200 gallon natural rock liner pond with 2 waterfalls and there are “around” 50 koi, with the many babies close to two years old now. In 2013 they continued to experiment with different filter media and added a UV light to help control bacteria and algae. The English Village and Faerie Village have grown and they’ve added many new accent pieces to the yard. Check their website at http://users.vcnet.com/rrenshaw/vcks.html.

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