2016 11 AKCA Minutes

AKCA Minutes of November 10, 2016


Officers Present:                                 Directors Present:                   Guests:

Chair: Carole Elliott

Vice Chair:     Jeff Fleischer

Secretary: Don Chandler

CFO: Brenda Chandler

Board Highlights:

  • Clubs may request boxes of past issues of KOI USA, not for resale, for free except for paying for shipping.
  • AKCA/KHV Project needs your club support by donating to it!
  • Are you a KHA graduate who would like to head the KHA program? If so, please contact Don or Brenda Chandler.
  • Are you interested in helping to raise money for the KHV Project?

            If so, please contact Jerold Kyle at jeroldkyle@yahoo.com.


The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Carole Elliott at 5:50 p.m.


MINUTES: Motion: To approve the minutes of September 8th. Motion by Don, 2nd by Jeff. Approved.




FINANCIALS: We went over the September/October Profit & Loss. We had a loss for our checking account of $1,453.99.


WEBSITE: The 2014-15 Koi of the Year Contest is over; results to be announced. Caesar will be putting up the 2015-16 Koi of the Year on the website for everyone to vote on. Please go to our website to vote.


KHA:   We are still looking for someone to replace Julie Miller as she wants to retire. Please notify either Jerold Kyle or Don Chandler if you’re interested.


PROJECT KHV: We read Jerold Kyle’s report: We are off to the races. The word is hardly out about our goal of continuing to raise additional funds in order to be partners helping Oregon State University’s ambition of stopping this deadly virus that is harming the koi we love and clubs and individuals are already responding with donations. Dr. Ling Jin, DVM, and Project leader/Teacher at OSU reports they got their paper on ORF6 protein expression accepted in Virology and will send us a copy as soon as they get it from the printer. What also excites me is that she reports she is working on a KHV mutant that may be used as a vaccine. It is painstaking and slow but continually positive and most important we will be in position to be of further help when current grant expires.

            WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!!

Clubs or individuals who send in money towards the KHV Project, you will be listed in KOI USA magazine under the ranking (amount you have sent) for money received.


PUBLICATION:   The Nov/Dec issue boxes were sipped on Nov. 4th with the poly bags shipped on the 8th. American Web, who prints our magazine, has been acquired by Publication Printers. The same staff is working on the magazine; we don’t know what the financial status will be with the new owners. We had 18.49 pages of advertising in the current issue; winter has always has fewer advertisers. We had net sales of $1634 in October with 39 orders and $3875 in September with 96 orders.


MEMBERSHIP: Don stated that we have 76 clubs.


JUDGING: No report.


RISK MANAGEMENT: We have 22 clubs who have purchased the premium insurance. The latest were the Northern Midwest ZNA club and Texas Koi & Fancy Goldfish club.


BOOKSTORE: We sold $2300 in October (because of shows is Dallas and San Antoio) and $929 in September.


SPEAKER’S GRANT: MAKC and Central California were awarded this year’s Speaker’s grant for $250 that includes lodging and travel. They must turn in receipts in order to get reimbursed. Congratulations!


KOI OF THE YEAR: Voting for the 2014-15 Koi of the Year ended; winners will be announced. Caesar will be putting up koi for the 2015-16 Koi of the Year on the AKCA website. Be sure to vote!







2017 Seminar: The Mid-Atlantic Koi Club will be hosting with Joann Mead the point person. We are currently working with the Hampton Inn, in Pennsville, New Jersey. Caesar put up a flyer on the website for registration. Joann is having a pro artist do an interactive registration form that will be on our website.


2018 Seminar: The Koi Club of San Diego will be hosting the 2018 Wet Lab/banquet. On Sunday, after the Wet Lab, attendees can tour the Japanese Friendship Gardens. Their club maintains the pond.



  • 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?



  • AKCA Chairperson appoints nominating committee



  • None



  • None


Motion to adjourn at 6:29.m. Motion by Don, 2nd by Jeff. Approved.


Respectfully submitted by,

Don Chandler, Secretary





Written report submitted by Carole Elliott:   So Cal Koi Club held their October meeting at the home of Steve & Susie Brasch; the topic was the proper way to catch your koi. At the end of November, the club will have its annual holiday brunch with Chinese gift exchange. Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said the only event (other than regular monthly meetings) they have coming up is their holiday party, which is being held in January as they did last year and which worked out very well. However, his wife is in the process of writing an article for KOI USA on their koi show, which she should have done in the next day or so (it was received). Debby Young, of Southern Arizona KA, said that they are running their 37th Annual Koi Show on November 12 & 13. Looking at the number of entrants and vendors, this should be one of their biggest shows. To help promote their vendors and remove the terror that novices have when deciding to compete, they are allowing any novice to purchase a koi from their vendors before 1 o’clock Saturday and register the fish directly onto the Novice Division of the show at no charge. Their Christmas party will be held December 11th. They will be having a pot luck and Santa will be coming.   Gary Elmore, of Atlanta KC, said they just came off the biggest show that the Atlanta club has ever had. They had 46 tanks with 220 fish. There were 27 over size 6 and the competition in all sizes was intense. They had to recruit 2 more judges that were at the show to help out. Lucky for them they were there already. Show went off with no major problems and everyone got to see some amazing fish. Show was well attended and vendors did well.   David Muraoka, of Sierra KC, said that the club is dead and thinking of disbanding. Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said they had their annual business meeting recently. They willmeet in November to select their slate of officers for the coming year. Everyone is getting ready to net their ponds and prepare for winter. Bruce Lott, of OlympicKGF&WGC, said that at the Oct. meeting their officers for the next two years were nominated. Voting will take place on Dec. 2nd. During the Sept. meeting culling your spawn was discussed. Since no one in their club raises koi, a batch of Bristol shubunkins was culled by Bruce. Gary Floyd, of Amarillo KS, said they haven’t had a very good summer as they can’t seem to get together. They are all busy and many have had health issues. Gary has been moving his dad up to Amarillo for SATX and getting him settled in Amarillo. They are about to get that done so he has also been busy. He will have shoulder surgery on Tuesday and will be down for at least a week if all goes well. He was building a pond less pond for a friend and fell and hit an elbow on the front wall of the fall and wrecked his shoulder. Hopefully, next year they can rebuild their club with some active members who want to learn about koi. Ralph Smith, of Southwest K&PA, said they had a great meeting at the home of Mark & Gail Nash, as they discussed Winterizing your Pond. Their next gathering will be December 9th for their annual Christmas Gala at Dominic’s Italian Restaurant. Norm Call, of Oregon K&WGS, said there isn’t much to report at this time. They just had their November meeting and made plans for their Christmas Dinner on December 4th. Larry Christensen, of Northwest K&GFC-ZNA Northwest, said that at their last club meeting Larry brought Bob Finnegan’s status up to the club. Bob & Joan have been long time members and so supportive over the years. It’s hard to believe time has flown by so fast and we’re not on the uphill side of life any longer. He thought that there is a new card and flowers sent to them by now from the club. They’re winding up 2016. Last month they had a Go Around, lots of questions and some really good answers. The more that came up the more people got involved. It made for some new and wonderful ideas coming out of it. This month is their Thanksgiving meeting. Next month is their Christmas party and Chinese gift exchange. Carole tried but was unable to reach: ZNA Potomac; Great Ponds & KS of West Michigan; Indiana K&WGC; Gulf Coast KS; Northern Nevada PC; North Florida KC; Canada KC of British Columbia; Eastern Iowa PS; Northern Iowa P&KC; Hawaii Goldfish & Carp; Miami Valley WGS; Niagara Frontier K&PC; North Texas WGS; Puget Sound KC; WGC of South Texas; Central Alabama K&WGS; and Mid-Columbia K&PC.





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