2014 03 AKCA Minutes

AKCA Minutes of March 21, 2014

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

Board Highlights:
Please send in your Koi Person of the Year, Champion of Champions and Koi of the Year nominations. All three are due by May 1st.

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

MINUTES: Motion: To approve the minutes of February 14th. Motion by Carole, 2nd by Ally. Approved.


FINANCIALS: Carole reported for Brenda. We had a beginning B of A checking account balance of $19,069.27 and an ending balance of $16,629.06. Major expenses were running a 2 page ad for our upcoming Wet Lab in June, tax preparations and storage.


PROJECT KHV: No report.

PUBLICATION: Carole reported that the publication committee met last week. The magazine had just been sent out (everyone should have received it by now). Caesar has the Wet Lab flyer and registration form up on both websites; folks can download the registration form and mail it in.

MEMBERSHIP: No report.

JUDGING: Bob stated that he spoke with Dick Thomas re: AKCA & ZNA relations. Discussion about Kristine Peterson taking over for scheduling judges. Everyone present approved.

RISK MANAGEMENT: Santa Clarita Koi Club sent in a check for Premium Level insurance.

BOOKSTORE: We had $92.95 in sales. Next month should be better as Debye Payne manned the AKCA booth at the SoCal ZNA show in Mar.



2014 Seminar: No report.

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

Koi of the Year, Champion of Champions and Koi Person of the Year nominations are all due by May 1st.


Paul Cunningham has only received 3 Koi Persons of the Year nominations; please make sure that your club contacts him about this.

Motion to adjourn at 6:47 p.m. Motion by Carole, 2nd by Ally. Approved.

Respectfully submitted by,
Carole Elliott, Secretary


Written report submitted by Carole Elliott: Jackie Allsup, of Northern Iowa P&KC, said they held their first meeting of the 2014 year by hosting guest speakers, Ellen and Myron Kloubec, of Kloubec Koi Farm. They spoke to the club about their farm and recent buying trip to Japan for breeder koi. Although, there is still a couple feet of snow on the ground, it was great to get back together and visit with all their “ponding” friends. Jackie reported that Eastern Iowa PS began their 2014 year with a Chili Competition. Several members brought in their favorite recipes for members to judge. Everyone really enjoyed all the different types and styles. After dinner, they settled down to have their first meeting. They voted on officers, decided to lower their membership fees, and changed their meetings from twice a month to once a month. It was great talking with everyone again and they look forward to a busy and fun year. Christine Wilkolaski, of Niagara Frontier K& PC, said that last month their guest speaker was on bees and the importance of them in all types of gardens. This month will be their photo contest with categories of pond, flora, and fauna. Awards will be given, they will have a guest speaker from a local camera/photography club as judge. Plans have started for their Pond Tour in July. It will be directed to the south towns. Discussions about a koi show are occurring. Ralph Smith, of Southwest K&PA, said they had a great time at their last get together at the State Line Restaurant, on the Texas/New Mexico border, as they are all looking forward to their next meeting at the home of SKAPA’s VP Don and Nell Harrawood. Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said there is nothing much to report. Pond tour plans are still in progress. They will have a plant swap at their April meeting. She stated that she’s enjoying this beautiful weather. Steve Dumas, of North Texas WGS, said they look forward to a new year with lots of fun projects and information. They will again be doing their spring community projects, including the Dallas Zoo stream cleanup on Saturday, March 29th at 9am to noon. They also look for their annual Tour of Ponds coming up June 7th & 8th. For more information about North Texas WGS and any upcoming events or meeting topics, please see their website at http://ntwgs.org/. They want to remind everyone of the meeting location. Their monthly meetings will be held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. This month’s meeting is on February 11th. The meetings will be held at the Community Meeting Room inside the Half Price Books located on NW Highway (loop 12) just east of 75 in Dallas. Plant exchange is allowed near the rear loading dock before and after each meeting. Stay tuned for any additional updates on the meeting location as it may change. Becky Lee, of Atlanta KC, said there is nothing new to report. Jerry Woodbury, of Miami Valley WGS, said they are still fighting the “Arctic Vortex” that the weather people keep forecasting. Spring is in sight so they are all hopeful. Next month they have Tony Niekamp, from H30 Art and Stone, a local pond builder, give a talk about how to revamp your pond. Monty McQuade, of Puget Sound KC, said their club is in a reorganization mode and are hoping to add to their small number this year. Thus, the request to use the AKCA logo on a new trifold pamphlet they are going to print. Last summer they hosted the PNKCA convention (The Pacific Northwest’s 13 koi clubs) and it was a success with over 50 people attending the entire 2 ½ day event. They did not host their usual koi show but will pick it back up this year. It will be one of 6 koi shows within the PNKCA. Puget Sound Koi club’s show is unique in that it is a “young Koi show” or wakagoi and the max length is18”. This is a whole different type of show and you can ask or imagine the differences for yourself. This year it is being held the 2nd weekend of August. PSKC also annually hosts an information booth at the Puyallup Spring Fair. This event draws nearly 70-100 thousand people over the four day event. Their handful of club members staff the booth for all hours of the fair with multiple members. They also will be staffing tables at their vendors Spring opening or customer appreciation days usually about three events. This year they may also include to some nurseries and set up a show tank to display fish. Jan Jordan, of Mid-Columbia KC, said there is nothing to report at this time. Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said that he and his wife traveled to Orlando, Florida for the Central Florida Koi Show and then they stayed longer in Orlando to enjoy some warmer weather for a few days. Their March meeting was March 15th. They had the owner of South Pleasantburg Nursery doing a presentation on lilies and marginal plants for their club. Carole tried but was unable to reach: Amarillo KS; Hawaii GF&C; KC of Middle Tennessee; WGC of South Texas and Middle Georgia KS.

Written report submitted by Louie Hernandez: Jerold Kyle,of Camellia KC, said that with a new Newsletter Editor, they are taking a look at what other AKCA clubs are doing. Going to www.akca.org and clicking onto CLUBS will take one to AKCA affiliated Koi Clubs across the country. Another simple click lets anyone learn what those clubs are doing. It can be a learning experience and ideas from how best to present a newsletter to what clubs do for excitement abound as that is the intended purpose of the AKCA site. Bob Haugland is the new CKC Club Koi Ahoy Editor and has already begun their transformation. Everyone is invited to check in and watch them grow as they check in and see their own neighboring clubs progress. Glen Hubenthal, of Austin PS, said their March General meeting guest speaker topic will be creating a backyard oasis by Shane Stefek from Water Garden Gems. Long Time member and board member Darren Bayhi will spearhead the annual tune up of the APS pond at Zilker Botanical Gardens to get it ready for the Zilker Garden Festival. Debby Young, of the Southern Arizona KA, said they held their February meeting at the house of Tom Ayers. Tom has been in poor health lately, so the members helped with pond and yard work. Get well soon, Tom!

Written report submitted by Joan Finnegan: So Cal Koi Club’s last meeting was held at the home of Don & Brenda Chandler where Don discussed proper netting of your koi. In March, the club did not have a meeting due so that members could attend the Koi Club of San Diego’s koi show and SoCal ZNA’s koi show in Gardena. There were just under 300 koi at the Gardena show with lots of large koi. ZNA holds their koi judging seminar which was well attended. Next month, their meeting will be held at the home of Ed Rambo with the topic “How to Protect Your Koi from Predators.” Larry Christensen, of Northwest K&WGS-ZNA, said that they will be hosting the annual PNKCA June 8th. Grant Fujita will be their guest speaker along with others. There will be a nice pond tour Sunday; one workshop. Their Koi Show will be the 3rd weekend in September (19-20) at the Portland Japanese Festival. They will rent a bus to PNKCA for their members. Norm Call, of Oregon K&WGS, said the club is doing great. They will have a Pond Seminar as a fundraiser April 5th and show in June. Joe Summers, of St. Louis WG&KS, said that everything is OK. Joe is the President as well as AKCA Rep. AKCA is lining up a speaker for them for one of their meetings.

Written report submitted by Bob Finnegan: Jan Brown, of North Florida KC, said everything is OK. Ken Lau, of Indiana K&WGS, said the weather is still freezing and not much going on. At least there is no snow. Don Stump, of Great Ponds & KS of West Michigan, said they are still buried in snow. Jon Floden, of Gulf Coast KS, said it is cold and wet; the club had their 1st meeting of the year. Jerry Haines, of Olympic K&GF&WGS, said they just had their first meeting this year. The new AKCA Rep is Bruce Lott. The water is still 50 degrees. David Muraoka, of Sierra KC, said everything is slow but under control. Bob tried but was unable to reach: Northern Nevada PC and ZNA Potomac KC.

Written report submitted by Kristine Peterson: No report.

Written report submitted by Don Chandler: Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the Feb general meeting was held at Rosimeri and Seng Tran’s home. Discussed upcoming home show; a good opportunity to try to gain more members and the booth is free. Volunteers will have a free pass to the home show and we need volunteers to work at the booth. The show is March 7-9. Volunteers will hand out flyers and membership forms and answer questions during two hour shifts. We have two koi show field trips planned: Mar 15 -16 to Gardena NA SoCal then Apr 12 -13 to San Jose for ZNA NorCal. If enough people sign up to go we can rent a van. Our joint meeting with the Bakersfield club will be Jun 14 in Bakersfield. Our 36th annual CCKS koi show will be in Fig Garden Village Sep 26 set up and show Sep 27-28. Will need volunteers to help set up and take down. Plus we need members to host meetings. If you can host a meeting contact Rosimeri. Membership dues of $35 are due Mar 1. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com. James McAdams, of Deep South Koi & Pond Society, reports 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 club didn’t host a Mar meeting due to the CFKS, which members were encouraged to attend. Check out their website at http://www.firstcoastkoiclub.com/. Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports our Mar meeting was held at this writer’s home. The weather was great and 65 people attended the meeting. We got potentially three families as new members of our club. Our pond is a 4000 gallon rubber liner pond with 30 koi and one turtle. We discussed our upcoming pond tour on Jun 1, in Riverside, California. We also will be taking applications for the Inland Koi Society’s Annual $500.00 Scholarship for children of IKS members attending college. In addition, the IKS awarded their friendship award to Jack “Koi Jack” Chapman for one of his fish that was entered in the San Diego Koi Club Show. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org/. Rick Paul, of Macon Water Garden & Koi Club, reports the Mar 6th meeting was held at Ole Times Buffet in Warner Robins. Check out their website at http://www.maconkoi.org. Philip Gray, of Mid-Atlantic Koi Club, reports our Annual Club Meeting is fast approaching and last month I asked all members whether or not you were interested in having a Koi Show this year. I am anxious to hear from you all at the meeting and look forward to your ideas on events and upcoming topics that you would enjoy learning more about. Any member with ideas, thoughts or who would like to sign up as a volunteer should email me their thoughts and ideas. Check out their website at http://www.makc.com. Carole Boozer, of Nashville Pond Society, reports they conducted a successful Fish Rescue Mar 9 thru Mar 12. This rescue has come to an … end … as all the Koi and Goldfish have been rescued. I’ll let you know of the next Fish Rescue coming up soon. FYI… you must be a member of the Nashville Pond Society to go on our rescues. We have several rescues coming up. I’ll let you know soon on the rescue dates, and specifications. Check out their website at http://www.nashvillepondsociety.org . Marc and Tamara Skaggs, of Northern Midwest ZNA Koi Club, report their club is a regional chapter of an international organization based in Beppu, Japan. Our goal is to spread the hobby of Koi (Nishikigoi) keeping and to improve the knowledge of the husbandry techniques and the appreciation of Nishikigoi as living art. Visitors are welcome to attend our upcoming Koi Show on Jun 7/8, 2014. Check out their website at http://www.nmzna.net/index.html. Phyllis Anderson, of North Idaho Koi Keepers, reports NIKK is hosting their first ZNA Koi Show to be held Jul 26-27, 2014 at Hoshi Koi in Tacoma, Washington! Our Saturday evening banquet will be held at Charlie’s Restaurant in Puyallup. For more information, contact one of the Vortex Team: Dan Olson danolson@ptera.net; Greg Linnebach greglinnebach@gmail.com; or Gene Anderson koipondman@aol.com. Check out their website at http://www.northidahokoikeepers.com/id8.html. Lynn Eaton, of Pioneer Valley Water Garden and Koi Club, reports the Mar 16th meeting was a Pot Luck Social held at Shriners Hospital Auditorium in Springfiled, MA. The speaker was Leslie Duthie whose topic was “Native Plants Attract Native Wildlife.” Check out their website at http://www.pioneervalleypondclub.com/meetings.html. Don Chamberlain, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports the Feb meeting had fairly good attendance with 19 members present, including one guest who signed up as a member. As Sanjiv has resigned as a Director, we needed someone to fill that slot. Dr. Jessie Sanders was nominated and elected. Congratulations to Dr. Sanders who has been remarkably active in club affairs, not only in our club, but also with the ZNA and Monterey Bay clubs. With our business out of the way, Chris Clever, took the floor to tell us a bit about Hikari fish food and answer the numerous questions our members had submitted about food and feeding. Chris has been involved with the aquatic industry since 1976. In 1978 he became a Hikari distributor and joined the company in 1997. He is currently the President of the US Division. Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com/. Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports the main focus is on planning for our Koi Ponderosa on May 3, 2014. A koi judge will bring tanks with sample koi and give a presentation on picking out a koi with the best potential. There will be a raffle of pond related items, catered food, and country western music. An ad has been placed in the current Koi USA magazine. Local koi clubs will be invited. In Jun the annual Koi Growth Contest will be held at the Ketl Koi Farm in Fillmore. RSVP/ticket sales will end on April 1 and no walk-ins will be allowed. Members volunteered for the various event tasks. Members discussed their ideas on when to begin feeding their koi during this early spring weather. This led to a discussion on the pros and cons of using a UV filter. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html. Dick Hadley, of Upper Midwest Koi Club, reports the Mar 8th meeting at Washburn Library in Minneapolis was a Get to Know Each Other Social AND Koi member roundtable discussion for any issues or questions members may have had. Check their website at www.uppermidwestkoiclub.org. The following clubs did not provide reports this month: Low Country Koi Club, Metro-Detroit Pond & Garden Club, Michigan Koi & Pond Club SE, Moto-Kara KoiKai ZNA Chapter Koi Club, Mountain View Koi Club, Rhode Island & Massachusetts Koi Club, Siskiyou Koi & Pond Club and Tri-State ZNA Koi Club.

Written report submitted by Brenda Chandler: Wendell Ford, of Charleston Showa Koi Club, reports the club’s monthly meeting was conducted on Mar 9th at the CFKS. Check out their website at http://www.charlestonshowakoiclub.org/. Ben Soedjono, of Dallas Koi Kichi Group, reports their Koi Show has been scheduled for Sep 19/21, 2014. The Dutch Treat Meet and Greet Dinner will be on Fri and the show will be held on Sat/Sun. Check out their website at http://www.dallaskoikichi.org/. Mike Lane, of High Desert Koi Fanciers, reports the Mar meeting was held on the 1st at Koi Dynasty’s new facilities in Palmdale. Incoming President Karla Haggi welcomed the members in attendance and laid out an ambitious plan for the upcoming year. Check out their website at http://www.hdkoifanciers.com. Brenda Chandler, of Nishiki Koi Club, reports the Mar meeting was held at the home of Craig & Randee Chambers in Lakewood; 13 members attended the second meeting of our recently reactivated club (plus two new members who recently joined). Russ Madsen volunteered to take charge of having name tags made. The AKCA ballot was discussed and voted. Gordon sought volunteers to assist him with the club’s booth at the upcoming Cherry Blossom Festival in Monterrey Park this Apr 26th &27th. Six members plan to enter koi in the upcoming 40th Annual ZNA SoCal Koi Show. The Apr meeting will be at Caesar and Bettina’s in Diamond Bar. Check out their website at http://www.nishikikoiclub.com. Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports our Mar kick-off meeting (which was supposed to be a grill-out at the Heads) is being cancelled because of our continuing cold winter weather. Snow, ice, rain — winter 2013-2014 has just worn out its welcome. This week we actually viewed our KOI and the result was not good – we
lost our Asagi, our Sanke and our Showa (all about 3 years old and well established in our pond). We are planning our Apr meeting, however, and we will get our year started late. That meeting will consist of handing out our info packets for the year – calendar, membership cards, news articles to add to our KOI 101 folders and a program on ordering our pond plants for spring! Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html. Todd Bong, of Prairieland Koi & Pond Society, reports the Mar meeting was held at Luthy Botanical Gardens adjacent to the north end of the Peoria Zoo. Bob Striematter was the guest speaker. Jeannie Clarke led a discussion on pond opening this month; please feel free to either provide us with a subject for discussion or better yet volunteer to lead a discussion. Check out their website at http://prairieland_pond.tripod.com/. Sonja Kahkola, of Rainbow River Koi Club, reports the club did not hold a Mar meeting; instead members were encouraged to attend the CFKS. Check out their website at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rainbow-River-Koi-Club/374036155457. Laura Lunsford, of Rocky Mountain Koi Club, reports the Mar 15th meeting was at the home of Ed and Doreen Painz in Westminster, CO. The club provided ham & drinks; members brought either a side dish or a dessert. The topic was which plants would grow best in your pond? Answers came from the pros at Enery Water Gardens. Also members found out what it takes to successfully transition your pond from winter to spring. Check out their website at http://www.rmkc.net/. Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports at the Mar meeting at the East Library members discussed how they survived winter, problems encountered and what to do now. Also, spring startup. The Tosai Group Buy and Koi Food Buy generated lots of interest and planning for the Jun 14th Rehoming Auction continued. Check out their website at http://www.socokoi.org. David Yee, of Valley of the Sun Koi Club, Inc., reports the Mar meeting was at the home of Sharon Hoyle in Glendale, AZ. Topics included the East Coast Koi Imports Harvest on the 22nd, which 2 members were scheduled to attend. Check their website at http://www.vskc.net. Mary Oxman, of Ventura County Koi Society, reports the Mar meeting at the home of Joe May and Kathryn Melton featured their 22,000 gallon pond they acquired when they purchased their home in 2009. Unlike most ponds, part of the pond goes inside their house. It has been three years since our last visit, so it was interesting to see how the surrounding area around the pond has been changed. Check their website at http://users.vcnet.com/rrenshaw/vcks.html.

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