2017 01 AKCA Minutes

AKCA Minutes of January 12, 2017

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 5:24p.m.


MINUTES: Motion: To approve the minutes of November 10th. Motion by Don, 2nd by Jeff. Approved.




FINANCIALS: The Accounts Summary (AKCA checking, PayPal & Project KHV) for November and December showed a combined loss of $5,520.17.


WEBSITE: No report.


KHA:   We are still looking for someone to replace Julie Miller as she wants to retire. Please notify the Chandlers or Julie Miller if you’re interested. We have a new KHA enrollee – Dave Stahre who is out of the St. Louis WGC club.


PROJECT KHV: Don reported that there are two articles in the upcoming issue of KOI USA on the KHV fundraising drive. Dianne & Claude Head created the Fast Start program to promote donations. 4 clubs have donated at the $1,000 level and several individuals/clubs have also donated at a lower level. We had $3,200 in deposits in November and $914 in December. We also paid OSU $646.

            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 upcoming issue is at American Web and should be mailed out soon. We did receive notification that postage rates will be going up an average of 3%. We are down 5 pages in advertising which is typical for the winter months.


MEMBERSHIP: The Sierra club will be folding and no longer a member club of AKCA dropping the total of clubs to 75. We will miss their fellowship.


JUDGING: No report.


RISK MANAGEMENT: We have 22 clubs who have enrolled in the premium insurance. There was 1 inquiry about the premium insurance (ZNA NorCal).


BOOKSTORE: We sold $500 in November and $190 in December.


SPEAKER’S GRANT: Don stated that one club had a request for money. Don explained that we need receipts before we can reimburse a club.


KOI OF THE YEAR: Voting for the 2014-15 Koi of the Year ended. The winner for the 2014-15 was Brendan Moody (North East Iowa Koi Association) with a Doitsu sanke. The voting also ended for the 2015-16 Koi of the Year with Brendan Moody again having the winning koi – a sanke. Congratulations to all the entrants!


NOMINATING COMMITTEE: Carole stated that she will assign a nominating committee to present the recommended Slate of Officers for the 2017-18 term. These will be presented at the next meeting.







2017 Seminar: The Mid-Atlantic Koi Club has finished working on the flyer and sign-up sheet that will go into KOI USA magazine and has also been posted on-line. Go to AKCA.org and sign up.


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. They are currently working on the location.



  • 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?




  • Nominating committee presents its recommended Slate of Officers



  • None



  • None


Motion to adjourn at 6:00.m. Motion by Don, 2nd by Brenda. Approved.


Respectfully submitted by,

Don Chandler, Secretary





Written report submitted by Carole Elliott:   So Cal Koi Club held their January meeting at the Greenhouse of Laguna Koi Ponds where Ben Plonski showed us some of the new koi he received from Japan. Several members purchased some of these beautiful koi. In February, the club will meet at the home of Ed Rambo with guest speaker Iva Gaglione, of Star Milling Co., who will speak about koi food. Also in February, Ben Plonski will again open up his greenhouse and have his top koi separated (just 2 weeks before the Koi Club of San Diego koi show) for purchase; also will have a BBQ. Vincent Smith, of Prairieland K&PS, said they are in the middle of winter in Illinois. They are only worried about keeping a hole in the ice for gas exchange and sweeping snow off the ice. They don’t start up meetings until the 2nd week of February. They hope to continue adding new members and helping out present members with any problems they may have. Sheila Jackson, of San Francisco Bay Area KC, said that in November the club met in Half Moon Bay at Ouroboros Farm for a fantastic tour of their aquaponics greenhouse. The club had a very nice Christmas party by the Horne family pond. At their next meeting they will continue the talk about aquaponics and helping the members that are interested in getting started. Christine Wilkolaski, of Niagara Frontier K&PC, said their club had a nice Christmas party the beginning of December. They had fish food as favors and many great door prizes. There is no general meeting in January. February will have their president demo a DIY on filters for the general meeting. Their koi show this year will be the weekend of June 17 & 18 at Mastersons Garden Center in East Aurora. Ray “Kingfish” Lucas is their chairperson for the event. Teresa Zagar, of Canada KC of British Columbia, said their club is holding their annual dinner on January 21st. They do this instead of their usual monthly meeting and as an opportunity to catch-up on what happened over the Christmas holidays. This has been an unusual year of heavy snowfall on the west coast of British Columbia. It’s been colder for longer periods of time as well. She is sure there will be a great deal of discussion on the various precautions that club members have taken in order to protect their ponds and their koi. Jan Jordan, of Mid-Columbia K&PC, said they’re all hibernating under snow with more to come over the weekend. There’s actually liquid water under the great picture she attached. She put window screening over the ponds and the snow sits on that, several inches above the water surface. Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said they held their elections in December. Myles Weiner is their new President, Mary Ellen McClain is Vice President, Zubia Mendhi is Secretary, and Cecelia Smith is Treasurer. Their January meeting will be held at a local restaurant. They will resume their meetings at members’ ponds in February; a speaker is also planned. Norm Call, of Oregon K&WGS, said there’s not much to report. The incoming officers will have a new year’s breakfast January 21st to discuss last year’s activities and to plan an outline for 2017. As of this posting, the OK&WS 16th Annual is scheduled for June 10th & 11th. Debby Young, of Southern Arizona KA, reports their 37th Annual Koi Show went off without a hitch. Weather was fantastic. Over 100 koi in the competition. Grand Champion was a Kohaku owned by David Young. An article for KOI USA is being assembled by Heather Hale, a new member of their club. Their Christmas Party was a great time. Pot Luck on a Mexican theme. Santa brought all good koi keepers a Nobori. Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said he hopes that their club’s contribution to support the work being done at Oregon University for KHV is just a start that other clubs will follow in 2017. The new board will meet this month to update and adjust their 2017 budget. They will start work on their June pond tour and their October koi show which will be their 10th Anniversary Koi Show. Their program chair has lined up some presenters for their next few months of meetings. Their after Christmas party is set for January 21st and will as usual be fun with a great meal and then a Christmas gift exchange. One only hopes that you can hang onto your gift through the various rounds of gift choosing. Their first official general meeting for 2017 will be in February. He’s sure there will be much discussion on how everyone’s pond faired through a very cold week (for their location) the weekend of Jan. 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th. Their official low one night during this time was 10 degrees. This was after a snowfall of up to 6 inches in some areas of their location. JoAnn Mead, of Mid-Atlantic, said that right now the club is getting ready for the Wet Lab and they have collected about $2,800 worth of donations so far. They just received a donation of $8,600 worth of new pond equipment this past week for the club. Jerry Behlau, of Genesee Valley Pond & KC, said their weather wasn’t too cold or wet to keep members from attending the last GVPKC meeting of 2016. Thank you to all who brought the delicious foods! Although 2016 season pond images were lacking, Bob Wheeler saved the day with some very nice images showing how the Wheeler yard and pond changed throughout the season. They also conducted club business; voting for their 2017 Board members, discussion plans for the 2017 season and awarding a well earned recognition certificate to their “Koi Person of the Year,” Denis Monfeldt. They filled three of their four board positions for 2017. Volunteering (and elected) were: Jerry Behlau (President), Denis Monfeldt (treasurer) and Bob Wheeler (secretary). The position of vice-president will remain vacant. Thank you to their board members for filling these positions. Their first snow has fallen, and the season is definitely done. Their club will go on, but for now….stay warm, and check back here for news of upcoming events. Jan Brown, of North Florida KC, reports the January 14th meeting was held at the home of Steve Schade and Vickie Leonard. Steve will be serving his famous Gumbo soup for the cold weather. It will be a joint meeting with the First Coast Club. They had their Xmas party Dec. 14th in conjunction with the First Coast Club. David Muraoka, of Sierra KC, reports that their club is going out of business and needs guidance to withdraw from AKCA. Ralph Smith, of Southwest K&PA, wished everyone Happy Holidays. Ken Houtman, of Great Ponds & KS of West Michigan reports everything has been quiet just like our Koi. We do not meet again until April. We had a wonderful Christmas dinner party with gifts for all. We elected two new officers to serve for the next couple of years and we selected a koi person of the year. The weather has turned cold and the ponds are at rest. Carole tried but was unable to reach: ZNA Potomac; Indiana K&WGC; Gulf Coast KS; Northern Nevada PC; Olympic K,GF&WGC; Amarillo KS; Atlanta KC; Eastern Iowa PS; Northern Iowa P&KC; Hawaii Goldfish & Carp; Miami Valley WGS; North Texas WGS; Puget Sound KC; WGC of South Texas; Central Alabama K&WGS; Northwest K&GFC-ZNA Northwest; Macon WG&KC.


Written report submitted by Don Chandler: Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports the December 10th Holiday Party was held at the home of Dale & Sandy Winn in Clovis. I would like to welcome and introduce our new Officers incoming for 2017-2019: President Rosimeri Tran; Vice President Richele Kleiser; Secretary Lisa Lamoure; Treasurer Seng Tran. The February 11th meeting @ 2:00 p.m.will be held at the home of Seng & Rosimeri Tran in Fresno. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com. Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports the December 7 meeting was held at the Kushners’ home and Linda served dinner. We discussed: A turnout of 55 on Nov. 20 at the Malls in Temecula on a beautiful day. As usual, it was festively decorated with great foods on the buffet. Fun games & prizes from the Fales. Members and guests loved exploring the pond and rest of the property. The Malls have offered to host again in 2017, if no one else wants November. Elections: Openings remain for President and Secretary; gained Theo Zoetemelk and Linda Kushner as directors. Randy McGarvey has completed his term and stepped down. Koi Auction June 3, 2017: Nick & Larry co-chairs. Theo is holding 70 koi for Auction, plus 120-125 at Ed’s, many quite small from the Blue Cut Fire rescue. Meetings will be at Nick’s, 7 pm: 2/8, 3/15, 4/12 and 5/24. Volunteer sign-ups will be held in January. Norma will handle the reprint of one of her shirt designs. The Jan 22nd meeting will be held at the home of Larry & Debbie Leverett in Riverside. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org. Scotty Yee, of Koi Club of San Diego, reports the Dec 11th Pot Luck and Christmas Gift Exchange was held at the home of Bonnie McIlvaine in Vista. The Jan 8th meeting was at the home of Frank and Nancy Cannizzaro in San Diego. The Feb 12th meeting will be held at the home of Lenore Wade in El Cajon. The 30th Annual KCSD Koi Show will be held Mar 3-5 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Activity Center. Check out their website at https://www.koiclubofsandiego.org. Eve Bretzke, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, reports their Holiday Dinner Social was held on Saturday, December 10th at the home of Maus and Cece Stearns in San Jose. We were excited to install our new officers for 2017 and wrap up the Koi season in style. There was no general meeting in Dec. January’s general meeting will be Tuesday, the 17th at 7:30 PM.  We are at our alternate meeting place – the Vineland Branch Library, 14530 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose, CA 95118.  We will have our regular meeting, review our programming and events for 2017, Q & A, and social time. Hope to see you at a club event soon. There will be no general meeting in Feb. Check out their website at http://www.sckoi.com. Helena Hileman, of Washington Koi & WGS, reports: 1) Our slate of officers for 2017: President: Dan Forkan; Vice President: Doug Hertzog; Secretary: Steve Hanson; Treasurer: Lorie Lyman; Programs: Gwenna Eckert; Membership: Lucy Macneil; Editor: Nancy Moore; PNKCA reps: Ted Baughman & Jennifer Treiberg; AKCA rep: Helena Hileman; Members at Large: Kim Anderson & Rob Kenny. 2) Our koi show chairperson is Lorie Lyman. We plan a koi show in September at Sky Nursery in Shoreline,WA (same location as last year). 3) As AKCA rep, I will encourage increased subscriptions to KOI USA Magazine within our club. I will promote subscriptions at meetings & in our newsletter. 4) Our club is dedicated to raising funds for Project KHV. As you may know, we raised about $400 in raffle money at our October & November meetings and the funds were already sent to you. Check out their website at http://washingtonkoi.org.


Written report submitted by Brenda Chandler: Jerry Kyle, of Camellia Koi Club, reports the Camellia Koi Club is off to another good year with an expanded membership and new BoD with plans for a 2017 Koi Show already in the making. The club elects 1/2 of its officers each year to two year terms to assure an overlap so the board has members with past experience. New President is Sam Niebank who was selected as Koi Person of The Year the last two years.  Chuck Cottam will complete the second year of his two year term as Vice Pres. Newly elected Audrey Sinor will begin her two year term as Secretary and Georgia Vonk will complete the second year of her term as Treasurer.  New Directors Rebecca Lippert and Trey Yellott will begin their two year terms and returning Directors John Gearson and Bob Haugland will complete their second year.  Immediate Past Pres Jean Jahr will automatically become a Board Director making a Board of 9 members who normally meet each month one hour before the monthly meeting which makes it convenient for all interested to attend.  2017 is expected to be an exciting year. Check out their website at http://www.camelliakoi.org. Brenda Chandler, of Nishiki Koi Club, reports the club is not currently meeting. Check out their website at http://www.nishikikoiclub.com. Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports the weather has slowed our club meetings down to a halt. We are currently on break until March 2017.  Our ponds are iced over and we are expecting seven inches of snow tonight and tomorrow.  It is Winter in Iowa, Christmas is near and the New Year will be here before you know it.  Our club is excited about planning our first Pond Tour next summer, so conversation will resume in March.  Until then, we wish all clubs a great start to the New Year and keep the AKCA KHV Fund Raiser in your 2017 planning. Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html. David Yee, of Valley of the Sun Koi Club, Inc., reports the club is holding their 2017 Koi Show Feb 10-12 at the Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoinix. Check their website at http://www.vskc.net. Mary Oxman, of Ventura County Koi Society, reports Ronn and Virginia Boll carried on their tradition of hosting our last meeting of the year in November. Their most generous warmth and hospitality keep us returning year after year. We never tire of hearing stories how they built their own pond and humorous tales and things that have happened since. Being a koi keeper requires real dedication and hard work plus a good sense of humor to look back and laugh at what we go through for the sake of our beloved koi. Thank you so very much, Ronn and Virginia, for being such dedicated members! The Saturday, January 14th meeting will be held at 2 p.m. at the home of Jeff Graver and Valerie Pike in Ventura. Check their website at http://users.vcnet.com/rrenshaw/vcks.html.




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