2016 02 AKCA Minutes

AKCA Minutes of February 11, 2016


Officers Present:                                 Directors Present:                   Guests:

Chair:            Carole Elliott
Vice Chair:     Jeff Fleischer
Secretary:       Don Chandler
CFO:              Brenda Chandler


Board Highlights:


  • Club entries for Koi Person of the Year, Champion of Champions and Koi of the Year are due May 1st. Forms can be downloaded at: https://www.akca.org/special-awards/special-awards
  • Clubs may request boxes of past issues of KOI USA, not for resale, for free except for paying for shipping.
  • We need assistance with fundraising for the KHV/Scientific Committee. Anyone interested, please contact Don Chandler or Jerold Kyle!


The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Carole Elliott at 5:47 p.m.


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




FINANCIALS: We went over the Profit & Loss for January; we had a net loss of $2,855.78 that included an expense of $2,000 for Advertising & Marketing. We did receive our first registration for the Wet Lab. For the CFO’s Summary of Accounts report (which includes PayPal and Project KHV), we had a total net loss of $2,536.78.




PROJECT KHV: Jerry’s report: OSU is moving forward with their KHV research. At this time, it is plodding laboratory work that confirms some beliefs while raising more questions to be examined. It feels like the whole world is watching and waiting with hope and expectations. The current billing for our research grant to OSU is only $328.80. It feels good to be part of this effort.


PUBLICATION: The KOI USA team is working on the 40.5 issue; the cover will feature an indoor pond from Iowa. They had 84 orders for $3169; about $100 below 2015 average. There will be six new advertisers in the upcoming issue with 23 ½ pages of advertising. Three advertisers still haven’t paid for the last issue (40.4).


MEMBERSHIP: Gordon Chibana is now the President/AKCA rep for the So. Texas WG club. He recently relocated to San Antonio,Texas from Southern California where he was President and AKCA rep of the Nishiki Koi Club. He hopes to meet soon with the Texas Koi & Fancy Goldfish club, which is also located in San Antonio, TX.


JUDGING: Garry Chin and Pam Spindola will be judging the San Diego Koi Show in March along with 2 ZNA judges from overseas.


RISK MANAGEMENT: 27 clubs have signed up so far; shows are starting up again. Valley of the Sun reported that PETA complained to the city about their koi show stating that they were abusing koi by showing them. Brenda assured the city we treat koi as if they were our “babies” and sent lots of documentation of what we do; the city agreed to issue the permit for the show.


BOOKSTORE: We had $304 in sales last month (slow due to no koi shows). Brenda asked that we order t-shirts for women. Motion: To order ladies t-shirts with the cost not to exceed $500. Motion by Brenda, 2nd by Jeff. Approved.




NOMINATING COMMITTEE: Carole reported that the nominating committee presented her with the following for the 2016-17 Slate of Officers:

Chairperson – Carole Elliott

Vice Chairperson – Jeff Fleischer

Secretary – Don Chandler

CFO – Brenda Chandler

Motion: To approve the recommended Slate of Officers for 2016-17. Motion by Jeff, 2nd by Carole. Approved.






2016 Seminar: Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reported they are working on the final plans for the 2016 AKCA Wet Lab/Banquet. This month they finalized their logo pin for NEIKA and also the Web Lab pin. These will be available in June at the Wet Lab or if you won’t be attending, you can contact Claude for a sneak peak. They will ship to you. He said that planning this event has been so enjoyable and amazing. Regardless of how much you think you know about the koi hobby, each day is a learning experience. For instance, they had no idea badge (or pin) collecting was so popular. Now on to collecting pins from each memorable koi event!


2017 Seminar: Don will contact the Tri-State ZNNA to see if they will host the Wet Lab/Banquet; Joanne Mead is the contact person.



  • 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?



  • Send notices to clubs for Koi of the Year & Koi Person of the Year!
  • Deliver issue 5 of KOI USA.



  • None



  • KOI USA Loan: Motion: To lend KOI USA $1500 as a short term loan to recoup fees incurred for Ingram (distributor of magazine) start-up fees; will repay with current interest rates. Motion by Jeff, 2nd by Don. Approved.


Motion to adjourn at 6:27 p.m. Motion by Jeff, 2nd by Don. Approved.


Respectfully submitted by,

Don Chandler, Secretary





Written report submitted by Carole Elliott: Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa PS, said they are having the last meeting of the year until March. Jackie Allsup, of Northern Iowa P&KC, said they will have their last meeting in November and then resume in March. Christine Wilkolaski, of Niagara Frontier K&PC, said they are looking forward to Dan Masterson speak at their February meeting on bee keeping and their importance to our gardens. They are starting to plan to have the Koi Show in July; details to follow. February is membership month so renewals are coming in. The Pond Tour will be in the south towns this year. They have two ponds already on the list. So Cal Koi Club held their February meeting at the home of Mel & Michelle Peters of Pasadena, CA. They have had their pond for about 1 year; the meeting was spent answering questions from Mel about his “new” pond. In March, there will be no meeting due to two koi shows locally that month. Jerry Woodbury, of Miami Valley WGS, said that in Ohio, they are having an unusually mild winter so far. With that they are able to watch their ponds a lot more carefully. This month their speaker will talk about attracting birds to their backyard gardens.   Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said he did have his pond covered last month. They have continued having a lot of rain throughout January and at their house 5.25 inches of snow on Jan. 22nd followed by a cold snap. Some folks just south of them in their area just had a trace of snow. This month they will have their meeting on Sunday, Feb. 21st due to the primary elections in South Carolina on Saturday. The discussion for their meeting will be about care of Lotus Plants. The board will present their budget for 2016 for approval of the general membership. They are all hoping that the groundhog will be correct and spring will be coming soon. Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said they will hold their Feb. meeting at a new restaurant. Beginning in March, they will begin meeting at members ponds and enjoying their covered dish suppers. They have a speaker planned for that meeting. He will discuss what qualities to look for when buying koi. Everyone is looking forward to spring! Their weather has been so unpredictable, 70’s one week and below freezing the next. Several members have experienced trouble with rising ammonia levels in their ponds. Happy Valentine’s Day to all! Gary & Debbie Floyd, of Amarillo KS, said their weather has changed; 31 degrees in the a.m. and high was 78. Tomorrow and for the next week they will be in the area of 60-70 with humidity levels around 10%. They are dry but did enjoy the warm weather they had today and will for the next week. Then they will see as in February they can have wild swings but not usually this wild. It is usually their coldest and worst month of winter, however, they seem to be staying warmed in the fall and colder longer in the spring. Gary is still going to try to get the club reinvigorated this spring and has talked to some of the garden clubs about their club to see if they can get some new blood. 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. They welcomed new members Brannon & Mary Lou Rasberry. Jan Jordan, of Mid-Columbia K&PC, said they are hibernating. No events planned at this time. Vincent Smith, of Prairieland K&PS, said that things are pretty slow in Illinois in January. Once the temperature drops below 50 degrees and we stop feeding their fish. The club is planning a pond tour for July. It’s snowing now but it’s only a couple of inches; will be checking his de-icer tubs that are on the pond to make sure they are still working.  Norm Call, of Oregon K&WGS, said they will have a membership drive booth at the Douglas County Garden Show on Saturday, May 7th. Also, the OK&WS will team up with Petco for the Adopt-a-Pet program to display koi; also on May 7th in Roseburg, Oregon. June 10-13th will be the OK&WS 15th Annual Koi Show at Sherm’s Thunderbird in Roseburg. Gary Elmore, of Atlanta KC, said they just came off of a very successful fall show. They moved the venue to the local fairgrounds; it worked well. They had 144 fish in 37 tanks and would have had more if they had more tanks. David & Karen Hardcastle won with a magnificent Kohaku. They are now preparing for the Annual Spring Auction, their biggest money maker of the year. If it is like previous years, they will have around 80-90 bidders and 300 fish to auction. This will be April 16th. They are also planning a pond tour a couple of months after the auction. Elections were held and Jerry Johnson moved from property manager to VP. Ron Scott was re-elected to treasurer and Gary Elmore became the interim property manager. Ken Houtman, of Great Ponds & KS of West Michigan, said they have all been enjoying the Holidays without doing too much with the koi. They should all be resting comfortably (they hope) at the bottoms of their ponds. The main chore around there is to make sure the ponds do not freeze over too solid. As a club function they are having a booth at the Grand Rapids Home and Garden Show being held in early March. Their first regular scheduled meeting will happen in April. Vincent Smith, of Prairieland K&PS, said their first meeting of the year is Feb. 13th. They are planning their pond tour. They will have a Board meeting at the Smith residence on Feb. 27th. Ken Lau, of Indiana K&WGC, said they held an executive meeting January 27th. Their next meeting will be Feb. 17th. 2016 officers installed. They will have a koi display at the Flower & Patio Show to be held March 12-20. They will have a membership meeting Feb. 17th. They are also planning for a pond tour; looking at locations. Jan. 9th was their 1st meeting of the year with induction of new officers and further planning for the Flower & Patio show. Speaker for Feb. 17th meeting will be Dan Lamberson of Aquatic Designs. He will be speaking on bog gardens. Sheila Jackson, of San Francisco Bay Area KC, said they learned a lot about water plants and what happens before the water is delivered to their homes. The club is working on a few koi road trips to visit with some of the experienced dealers in their area. Jan Brown, of North Florida KC, said they will meet Feb. 21st at the home of Paul Thranhardt and Jim Wernisch in Jacksonville. They will be discussing the 2016 years events and getting everyone’s input. Their December meeting held at the home of Jan & Paul Brown. They had a great time and the ornament exchange was “interesting” as always.   Genesse Valley Pond & KC, held their first meeting of the year on Feb. 5th at a new location. Lee Frisbee gave attendees some insight into his beginnings as a ponder, and a landscaping business owner (specializing in water features and patios. Carole tried but was unable to reach: Canada KC of British Columbia; Central Alabama K&WGS; Hawaii Goldfish & Carp; North Texas WGS; Puget Sound KC; WGC of South Texas; ZNA Potomac Chapter KC; Gulf Coast KS; Northern Nevada PC; Land of Lincoln WG&KS; Olympic K,GF&WGC; North Idaho Koi Keepers.


Written report submitted by Don Chandler: Mike Przewoznik, of Bakersfield Koi & WGS, reports the Feb meeting was held at the Remax office and we thank Glen again for allowing us to have our meetings at his location.  The club discussed the home and garden show that they will be present at to sell rescue fish the weekend of Feb 20th at the Kern County Fairgrounds.  The club also discussed the field trip to Van Ness Water Gardens and Mystic Koi in July along with other upcoming events.  Discussions were held regarding our joint club meeting with our sister Fresno club.  Other local clubs were invited to attend as well. Elections were held prior to this meeting and at this meeting the reinstatement of Ron Unruh-Secretary, Eric Lempinen-Vice President and Mike Przewoznik-AKCA Rep were made. Mike Przewoznik gave a presentation regarding warming weather and what to do and look for in your pond.  Malise did a scraping of a koi and the club viewed under a microscope.  Ron and Malise Unruh were awarded Koi of the Year for one of their prize fish.  The meeting was adjourned after a raffle. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.bkwgs.com/. Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports she was diagnosed with Non Hodgkin’s lymphoma and will be undergoing chemo. She’s had to step down as President and Show Chair but will continue to do the newsletter. Our thoughts and prayers are with Rosimeri and her family. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com.   Sue Boydstun, of Idaho Koi & WGS, reports she’s been selected to head up the PNKCA convention which will be held in ID this year so she will be VERY BUSY and will be stepping down as her club’s AKCA rep. Congrats Sue! Her replacement will have large shoes to fill. Check out their website at http://www.iwgks.org.  Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports in Jan the club held a Potluck Meeting at the home and pond of Larry and Debby Leverett in Riverside. Speaker Burt Ballou presented a myriad of technical and practical information related to pond construction. The Feb Potluck meeting will be held at the home of Armand and Eve Blais in Menifee on the 28th. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org. Scotty Yee, of Koi Club of San Diego, reports the club’s 29th Annual Koi Show will be held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds March 5th & 6Th. The Awards Banquet will be held in the Activity Center featuring Brazilian Steakhouse. Mmmm! Check out their website at https://www.koiclubofsandiego.org. Verne Gilkes, of Mountain View Koi Club, reports the club of Vankleek Hill, Ontario, Canada, serving Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec, held its 10th Anniversary at the Toad Mountain Park (Home to Verne and Paula Gilkes’ koi) on September 1st, 2015. The weather was reminiscent of the first day the club was established. Several founding members were in attendance. The Club reviewed some of their accomplishments over the past 10 years: Designed and had our own Club Pin made. We conducted Two Pond Tours. Hosted the Greater Ottawa Water Garden Society on a pond tour, wrote the Club’s Constitution in 2013, Koi Competition Using Photographs, interviewed on CBC Radio Canada by a daughter of one of our members. Summer of 2015 the Club took its Koi on Tour to the Japanese Garden at the Montreal Botanical Gardens. They were well received by many American Visitors. Two of our members went to Vancouver, Canada to the AKCA seminar; these accomplishments are to only name a few. It has been a very progressive ten years in the life of our Koi Club. On October18th 2015 The Mountain View Koi Club conducted its Semiannual elections, Verne Gilkes was re-elected as Chairperson for another two year term, Daniel Shelton was also elected as Secretary, Sam Yampolsky was elected as Vice Chairperson and Paula Gilkes was re-elected as the Club Treasurer. Judy Henderson after many great years as our Club AKCA Representative retired from her position which she held from the outset of the club joining the AKCA. Through many health issues Judy kept the AKCA well informed of our club’s activities and for this we thank her very much. Elaine Barton has now stepped forward to represent our Club with the AKCA. November 25, 2016 The Mountain View Koi Club held its Year End Party at the Vieu Chateau Restaurant in Hawkesbury, Ontario. Here the club conducted its Koi Person of the Year awards by nominations leading up to the party and then a vote off of the top three Nominees. Daniel Shelton was voted as our Koi Person of the Year. Our Koi of the Year is decided by the judging (voting) of four classes of koi and from those four classes we vote on the Koi of The Year Award; this year the Koi of the Year was Leigh Mode’s Doitsu Sanke. Perpetual Plaques were presented to each of the deserving recipients. Gifts were randomly drawn and a gift subscription to Koi USA was won by Andre Charest; a beautiful Hand Quilted Koi Wall hanger by Paula Gilkes was won by Janet Lalonde who sustained a vicious attack on her pond liner by a muskrat causing the pond to be shut down and the dispersal of all her koi in the spring of 2016. We now look forward to the Spring of 2016 when the ice eventually leaves our ponds. Check their website at http://www.mountainviewkoiclub.com. Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports our club elections were held in October and there are no changes from prior years.  The results are:  Co-Presidents Doug Sudbury and Al Nicholson, Co-Secretaries Mary Lou Sudbury and Judy Nicholson.  Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html.   Rick Jokerst, of St. Louis Water Gardening Society, reports the club held its biennial election at the Nov meeting, which also included a Potluck dinner and social; Steve Metzler was elected to Vice president and Steve Harris was elected treasurer. Terms are for two years. Back by popular demand will be the Tosai Auction. Contact Rick for details. Check out their website at http://www.saintlouiswatergardeningsociety.org. Dick Hadley, of Upper Midwest Koi Club, reports they held its first meeting of 2016 at the home of our president Michelle Gravenish. We had 20 to 22 people there.  Some of them were new members joining us either at our koi show in August or at our fall koi auction. We introduced new board members as well as new members.  Several of our members presented either video or still picture presentations of winter storage, winter issues, or in my case pictures of a tumor on the fin of a fish that was removed surgically by Dr. Amy Kizer. Several of us plan to go to Orlando for the Central Florida show, including Michelle who is a candidate judge. Check their website at www.uppermidwestkoiclub.org. Chris Charbonneau, of Washington Koi & WGS, reports many things afoot at the Washington Koi and Water Garden Society. At our last club meeting, we had a presentation on “What to Do When Something Goes Wrong,” featuring Dr Adolf Maas, Veterinarian. It featured detailed symptoms to notice and respond to. The club gave our gift of thanks to last year’s Club President, Karen Miller, with our gratitude for her service. We conducted our election for the AKCA Koi Person of the Year, with our last year’s Show Chair, Lorie Lyman, winning the honors. We are planning our 2016 Show, which will be our 25th (!) for September 24-25 to be held at Sky Nursery, since that location worked beautifully for us last year. Check their website at http://washingtonkoi.org. Don Chamberlain, of ZNA NorCal, reports we did not hold any events in January and we have nothing planned for February either. Work proceeds to prepare for our Koi Show, April 2 & 3. This year we have involved members from all of our nearby clubs to help with the event. These include the Monterey Bay Koi and Pond Club, the Santa Clara Koi and Water Garden Club, The SF Bay Area Koi Club and even have participation from the Camellia Koi Club (Sacramento area). We expect this will increase attendance and should make for a very enjoyable event. We plan a meeting March 5th in preparation for the event. We’re hoping for a good turnout from our members to help make the show a success. Check their website at https://www.facebook.com/…/ZNANorCalKoiClub/114370775244634. Jeff Fleischer, of ZNA So Cal, reports the club’s 42nd Annual Koi Show is coming up on March 19th & 20th at the Gardena Civic Center and the club’s Feb meeting was spent with final show planning. Hope to see you there. Should be a corker!


Written report submitted by Brenda Chandler: Jerry Kyle, of Camellia Koi Club, reports the club is planning an April 23 -24, 2016 Club Members Koi Show as a club exercise and educational experience for members and guests. With the addition of several new members since our last show 3 years ago, many will learn about show water quality, koi show safety issues, what judges look for in our koi, and it will create a platform to see the results of the current year long club Koi Grow Out Contest. It will be at a member’s home and there will be no fees to join, participate, and learn. The club also plans a Club Members Outing to San Jose to experience the ZNA NorCal Show April 2nd as there is much to learn by doing and much by experiencing a show like seeing this San Jose, CA show. Check out their website at http://www.camelliakoi.org . Annette Lane, of High Desert Koi Keepers, reports the first meeting of the year was held at Birdies Restaurant in Palmdale. It’s dues time again, so everyone needs to pony up -$25 per family. Members are encouraged to attend the ZNA Koi Show in Gardena on March 19th and 20th and also the Bakersfield Koi and Water Garden Society’s special Joint Club Meeting on Sat Mar 12th. Details can be found in the newsletter. Brenda Chandler, of Nishiki Koi Club, reports the club lost Gordon and Ally Chibana, who moved to San Antonio, TX. Now we’re trying to find new leadership and haven’t met since the Nov Holiday Luncheon. Check out their website at http://www.nishikikoiclub.com. Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports February is just about a memory, now on to March and final plans for the 2016 AKCA Wet Lab & Banquet.  This month we finalized our logo pin for NEIKA and also the Wet Lab pin. These will be available in June at the Wet Lab or if you won’t be attending, you can contact me for a sneak peak.  We will ship to you.  Planning this event has been so enjoyable and amazing.  Regardless of how much you think you know about the koi hobby, each day is a learning experience.  For instance, we had no idea badge (or pin) collecting was so popular.  Now on to collecting pins from each memorable koi event. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html . Laura Lunsford, of Rocky Mountain Koi Club, reports our next club meeting will be at the Lunsford’s house in Littleton, CO on February 20th. Laura will be guiding us through making a watercolor painting of a koi pond scene. Check out their website at http://www.rmkc.net . Debby Young, of Southern Arizona Koi Association, reports the Jan meeting was at the home of Bob and Darline Panter. The Feb meeting will be at the home of Duane and Lorna Kenny on Feb 28 at 3 p.m. Check out their website at http://www.sakoia.org.   Phil Goulding, of Southern Colorado Koi Club, reports Kodama Koi Farms will once again provide us with Japanese tosai of various types – we are working with Taro now to finalize what we can offer.  These are 1 year old koi, imported from Japan to the Farm in Hawaii, and will be an excellent buy for your pond!  Details to follow. Doing things a little different this year – our first regular meeting will be a seminar presented by members of the board and other club members.  Light refreshments will be served. More details to follow. Check out their website at http://www.socokoi.org. David Yee, of Valley of the Sun Koi .Club, Inc, reports they will be holding an exhibition of koi at the Chinese Week Festival February 12,13 and 14th at Margret T Hence Park  (I10 & 3rd Street).  They will have koi for sale at great prices and some affiliated koi merchandise vendors.  There will not be a Koi Show Competition this year. Check their website at http://www.vskc.net. Mary Oxman, of Ventura County Koi Society, reports our January visit to the home of Daniel Frayssinet and Tamara was the perfect way to start off the New Year. Their home and pond are exceptional. Daniel gutted and remodeled his home with portions of the pond flowing into the house. Glass doors and walls make the pond totally visible both indoors and outdoors. The design allows the koi to avoid predators and beg for food whenever they please. The koi and turtles are very much a part of the family along with humans and dogs. Life is good for the Frayssinet family. I wish to thank Daniel for arranging for Christian Lee of Cali Koi to visit our meeting. Christian spoke about maintaining good water quality and introduced us to a line of koi food called NijiKawa. Thanks to samples given out by Christian we can try both the Four Seasons and Growth NijiKawa food. Thanks, Daniel and Tamara. It was a real treat visiting your home. Your marvelous hospitality was very appreciated by all! Our February meeting at the home of Joe and Lydia Medrano in Thousand Oaks is a first visit! Hope to see you.   Check their website at http://users.vcnet.com/rrenshaw/vcks.html .





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