2017 02 AKCA Minutes

AKCA Minutes of February 9, 2017

Officers Present:                                 Directors Present:                   Guests:

Chair: Carole Elliott

Vice Chair:     Jeff Fleischer

Secretary: Don Chandler

CFO: Brenda Chandler

Board Highlights:

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The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Carole Elliott at 6:02 p.m.


MINUTES: Motion: To approve the minutes of January 12th. Motion by Don, 2nd by Brenda. Approved.




FINANCIALS: We went over the January through December 2016 Profit & Loss statement. Total income of $44,499.76; total COGS of 15,383.26 for a gross profit of $29,116.50. Total expenses were $51,316.66 for a net income of minus $23,120.76 (this includes a $10,000 loan to KOI USA). For the month of January, 2017 the AKCA accounts were down $2,513.


WEBSITE: No report.


KHA:   Don read a letter from Sarah Garrison, Administrative Assistant to Julie Miller:

As you know, I have been trying to help Julie Miller get the KHA program back on track after the disruptions of several years ago. We have made some progress, but in my opinion, there is room for much improvement. I have a proposition for the Board that I believe will make a huge positive difference. But first, a little about me, because most of you do not know me at all.

            I have been involved with koi since 2005 when I bought a house with a “koi pond.” One thing led to another and in 2009 I became one of the founding members of the Southern Colorado Koi Club. I also graduated from the KHA program just before starting the club. With a lot of help from my friends, the club has grown to 80 members – we have had our problems, of course, but we are still viable and working on how to keep things moving forward.

            In my early years in this hobby, I watched the struggles and difficulties on the koi boards, and saw the damage that was done to AKCA and the KHA group. It was very sad and disappointing – but you all know about tht.

            I believe still that the KHA group is extremely important to the future of the hobby of koi keeping. I don’t know if it is salvageable, but I want to try.

           In just the past week, I have had an email from a KHA in Georgia looking for some help in diagnosing a problem with one of her club members’ koi. And one of our new KHA students asked me if I knew of anyone in the group who would like to come to Washington State and do a presentation for their club, all expenses paid. Both of those things could be handled very nicely by a KHA group – helping each other. And could be a shot in the arm for our hobby.

            As I see the koi hobby, there are basically four groups that exist – the vendors, who are necessary for products and advertising, the volunteer leaders, which includes all of you, and me, and every other club or organization in the country. The third group is what I call “high end keepers,” and is those who pay big dollars for koi with pedigrees, show them and collect trophies, know the difference between a sanke and a showa, and really care about that, have huge ponds and very expensive filtration. And the fourth group is my kind of people, the “wet pet keepers.” We usually start out with a water garden that is supposed to be a koi pond, and you know what happens from there…Most of this group don’t want to know the varieties of koi or who the breeders are – they buy fish that are “pretty” and want to keep them healthy. I am guessing that this last group is probably the huge majority of koi keepers in the U.S.

            These “wet pet” owners are also the ones who become KHA’s abnd who need the help of KHa’s. And while the course itself is amazing in the amount of knowledge packed into a fairly small space, the real beauty of it should be open communication to help us solve weird and unusual problems, critique new equipment, recommend practices and treatments to cure problems…at this time there is none of tht communication on a national basis. And I do understand why – but I am stubborn and would like to try one more thing.

            Our club uses software from a Canadian company called Wild Apricot. It is capable of doing a lot of the administrative things a group needs to keep going. Don and Brenda have been very helpful and have put together a list of KHA graduates by digging through KOI USA magazines, trying to replace the information that disappeared with the program imploded. The software is not free, but I have been using a free trial period to set up the basic website…and I have offers of private funding for at least three months. This will be highly restricted by password – only KHA’s or active KHA students will be allowed to participate. It will not be linked to any other social media of any kind.

            My plan is to send out emails to as many names as I can gather to see if there is any interest in perusing this web site. I think that we will know within three months if it is even a good idea. Brenda and Don have spent a lot of hours on the phone with me – without their encouragement and support I would have given up long ago. But they have given me their blessings to try this – I just wanted to let you know what is going on. Since the KHA program is still currently under the AKCA umbrella, I will “advertise” it as such. And I will report back to you on a regular basis to let you know what is or is not happening.


            Thank you,

            Sarah Garrison


PROJECT KHV: We paid an OSU invoice for $2,998.43.

            WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!!

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


PUBLICATION:   Bob Payne has the 2017 printing schedule out. He spoke to two companies about sheet fed printing. He also turned to American Web who is more flexible now with a new owner. We received a verbal quote that would save us around$1,000 per issue. Don stated that we had a great month with $3,780 in net sales (which was over $1,000 more than last month) and we had 95 orders. Advertising for the upcoming issue is also up $5,000 over the previous issue.


MEMBERSHIP: The Utah WGS asked about becoming a member club; they were told that they need koi in their name. They have since changed their name to reflect koi and their formal application is enroute.


JUDGING: Larry Christensen will be in San Diego judging along with Jason Guevara, M.D., Galen Hansen, M.D., Don Kobashigawa, DDS, and candidate judge Brian Liljas.


RISK MANAGEMENT: We have 2 new enrollments: Valley of the Sun and WGC of So. Texas for a total of 24 enrollees. There were also two more inquiries.


BOOKSTORE: We had a bad month due to no koi shows; only $157.15 in total sales.




NOMINATING COMMITTEE: The nominating committee consisted of Ally Cunningham and Joan Finnegan. Their recommended Slate of Officers for 2017 – 2018 is: Jeff Fleischer, Chairperson; Don Chandler, Vice Chairperson; Carole Elliott, Secretary; and Brenda Chandler, Chief Financial Officer. Motion: To accept the recommended Slate of Officers for 2017-2018. Motion by Brenda, 2nd by Jeff. Approved. Ballots will be sent out and must be returned, signed either by the club rep or president no later than June 1st. If you club doesn’t receive a ballot by March 1st, please contact either Don Chandler or Carole Elliott.







2017 Seminar: The form for registration is on the AKCAwebsite; you can also pay on the website.


2018 Seminar: The Koi Club of San Diego will be hosting the 2018 Wet Lab/banquet. They are still looking at hotels that can accommodate a Wet Lab and whose rates are reasonable.



  • 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 for Koi Person of the Year and Koi of the Year



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Motion to adjourn at 6:29 p.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 February meeting at the home of Ed Rambo. The guest speaker was Iva Gaglione, of Star Milling, who gave a very informative talk on koi food. The club will not meet in March due to two local koi shows; they are encouraging members to support both shows.   Christine Wilkolaski, of Niagara Frontier K&PC, said their club made up calendars with pictures from their pond tour to sell. They have their president, John, speaking on filters this month and they continue to prepare for the Koi Show at Mastersons Garden Center this June. Jan Jordan, of Mid-Columbia K&PC, said they are still snow covered (very unusual for then by this date) so not thinking spring as of yet. Thus, have nothing to report. Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said they have their venues set for 2017. Beginning this month, the club will meet at members’ houses to enjoy their ponds. They have a guest to speak at the January meeting. Norm Call, of Oregon K&WGS, said they had their installation of new officers: Norman Call and Bill Harper remain as President and V. President respectively. Kim Brock is Secretary; Faye Forhan is Treasurer and Pama Bangeman is Newsletter Editor. Kim & Randy Brock remain an PNKCA reps and the AKCA rep. is Norman Call. They voted NOT to have their 16th Annual Koi Show due to the lack of interest and capable bodies. The club has decided to have a booth at the Master Gardeners Fair in May and to have a membership drive/koi auction and sale at the same time and venue normally provided for the show on the second weekend in June. Debby Young, of Southern Arizona KA, reports they are trying to get their membership numbers up. They have produced a pamphlet handout for the nurseries/garden centers around town. They picked up several new members at their Koi Show in November, so now they need to get them to a meeting and become actively involved. They had hoped to have a pond tour this spring, but it appears that they will have to put it off until next year. March 1st will be their board elections. Jan Brown, of North Florida KC, reports their regular meeting is Feb. 19th at the home of Don & Shirley Rohman. Thanks to Steve & Vicki for hosting their January meeting. The Central Florida Koi & Goldfish Show is March 10-12 in Orlando. The 2nd Annual All Jacksonville Koi Show will be April 8th & 9th. Jerry Behlau, of Genesse Valley P&KC, reports they held their 1st 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. Ralph Smith, of Southwest K&PA, said their club had a great time at their last get together at Dominic’s Italian Restaurant,. They are currently in the process of changing their website name to www.myskapa.org. Dan Chevalier, of Land of Lincoln WG&KS, said they are shut down for the winter. Cassie Homes, of Gulf Coast KS, said she is no longer with the club; we should contact Leon Sootin at Isootin@aol.com. Gary Elmore, of Atlanta KC, said they just had a planning meeting for all the years’ major events. The annual club Auction is 1st on April 22nd and is one of their biggest fundraisers for the year. Then, the pond tour comes shortly after on May 6th and it generally draws 3-400 visitors. Last, but not least, will be the 27th Annual Koi Show on Sept. 29-30 on Oct. 1st. Last year they had right at 40 tanks with over 240 fish. Volunteers now have a game plan for the year and everyone is on the same page. Ron Harris, of Texas Koi & Fancy Goldfish Society, said they had their January meeting; they elected new officers. They are also in the process of organizing and planning for the Andrews Koi International (Andy Moo) and Tank Hollow Fisheries (Vance Schultze) spring koi sale, April 28-30, located at Water Garden Gems. They will be having a koi grow out contest. They have also started discussing and planning for their 2017 TKFGS Koi Show October 27-29th. Their next club meeting will be on February 28th.   Larry Christensen, of Northwest K&GFC-ZNA Northwest, said he will be going to the ZNA show in Gardena. In December, they got snowed out of having a meeting. As a result, January became their Christmas meeting. They started their ZNA membership drive in January as well. They are also taking signups for their Lottery Go Sanke Koi Selections which will be supplied by Pan Inter Corp this year. In May, they will have Chai Taevanitchaoen speaking at their meeting. Members will also be selecting the Lottery Koi at that meeting. Phyllis Anderson, of North Idaho Koi Keepers, said they met at the home of Dan & Sharon Olson for a review of the Fall harvest in Mushigame and Isawa in Japan. Hosted by Toshio Sakai and his family, their club members who were able to make yet another trip to Japan enjoyed the festivities of the Harvest, the auctions and the camaraderie of good friends. Rich Squires, of Hoshi Koi, also made the Japan trip to work with the Sakai crew and continue to learn more from their experiences; he drove from Tacoma to Spokane just to participate in their workshop. They enjoyed a beautiful photo presentation of the harvest and many, many beautiful koi – and videos that Kyle took of a lot of the action that really gave them the experience of the sights and sounds that took the presentation to a whole new level. Their thanks to their members for sharing their experiences once again and giving all the attendees the chance to catch up with their Japanese friends and koi keepers. Ken Houtman, of Great Ponds & KS of West Michigan, said their club is quiet; they are on their winter break; the fish are quiet. Their club president did send out a notice to remind everyone to resist the temptation to feed the koi during the beautiful January thaw they just had. The koi digestive system can’t handle food yet. The sun may be warm and the fish react but there is another month of freezing coming. It is nice to see the fish without all the ice. Their next scheduled meeting will be in April, spring auction, membership dues, plans for the coming year. Carole tried but was unable to reach: ZNA Potomac; Indiana K&WGC; Northern Nevada PC; Olympic K,GF&WGC; Amarillo KS; Eastern Iowa PS; Northern Iowa P&KC; Hawaii Goldfish & Carp; Miami Valley WGS; North Texas WGS; Puget Sound KC; South Carolina K&WGS; Central Alabama K&WGS; Macon WG&KC.


Written report submitted by Don Chandler: Mike Przewoznik, of Bakersfield Koi & WGS, reports the club met at Remax and again we thank Glen Porter for allowing us to have our meeting at his location when needed.  Discussed upcoming events- Bakersfield Spring Home and Garden Show Feb 17,18 and 19 and Gardenfest on April 22nd.  The club does not have any rescue fish at this time and members can bring fish that they want to sell on consignment at the upcoming events.  Club has many events already planned for spring including a trip to Descanso Gardens with lunch provided by Sumner Avenue Water Gardens in July.  Malise did a slide presentation on koi scales which was very informative.  Next meeting is at the home of Scott Davis and for fun, everyone is asked to wear as much koi related attire as possible for a chance to win a prize. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.bkwgs.com/. Katy Shanafelt, of Idaho Koi & WGS, reports the club is ramping up for the 2017 season! The kick-off banquet is being, held February 25th at Louie’s pizza in Meridian, ID with guest speaker; Jim Kitchen who is speaking on the care of ponds coming out of such a severe winter. Idaho has had record snows and this topic will be timely and relative to all with ponds and fish. Dinner and a Raffle featuring koi themed art that member, Sue Boydstun, brought back from her trip to China will be featured.  The club’s March meeting will take place at NEON on the 26th. We will focus on koi nutrition and have information on proper identification of koi varieties. Check out their website at http://www.iwgks.org. Mac McClain, from Inland Koi Society, reports our January meeting was held at the lovely home of long time members Larry & Debby Leverett.  As always the Leveretts are very gracious and hospitable hosts.  As usual it rained at our January meeting, and as usual the Leveretts were able to accommodate everyone in their garage.  The Leveretts have a beautiful backyard, pond, and koi.  I’m sure everyone enjoyed the beautiful and serene landscape. Although probably due to the rain, only 33 people attended.  That said, the potluck food, including hot chocolate, beef stew, lasagna, and spaghetti and meat balls.  This was grand comfort food that made up for the rain and cold weather.  Spike Cover, the President of Koi Organization International (KOI), brought on one of their speakers Ken Austin, to give a talk on “Koi Behavior”.  Mr. Austin gave a very informative speech and power point presentations on the ten behaviors you should look for to ascertain if your koi are having problems.  He also emphasized that you really have to know your fish in order to critique if your fish has a problem or not.  It is advised that everyone have a microscope to check their koi with.  The Inland Koi Society (IKS) will hold a koi auction on Saturday June 3rd, at Milfeld Nursery, in Riverside, Ca.  Our next general meeting will be held at Inland Koi in Fountain Valley, Ca. Check out their website at http://www.inlandkoisociety.org. Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita Koi & WG Club, reports our club did not meet in January, due to lack of a meeting host and little pond action.  Our first meeting is February 26, 2017.  Happy New Year. Check out their website at http://www.scvkoiandwatergardenclub.com/SCV_Koi/Welcome.html. Helena Hileman, of Washington Koi & WGS, reports: 1) Feb. Board meeting: a) Treasurer presented our 2017 operating budget. b) Lorie Lyman, Show Chair, is working on the 2017 show budget. Koi show will be Sept. 23-24. Show judges & accommodations have been determined. c) Advanced wet lab in Newport, Oregon is planned with Dr Tim Miller-Morgan for March 18, 2017. Our club is underwriting most of the cost. Eight people have signed up, so far. d) Gwenna Echert agreed to be our new club librarian. e) Our PNKCA reps, Jenn Treiberg & Ted Baughman, are planning our PNKCA convention & pond tour for Aug. 4-6, 2017, in Everett, WA( north of Seattle). 2) Other club news: a) Monte McQuade is our PNKCA, Ed Fujimoto award recipient for 2016. b) Nancy Moore is our nomination for AKCA Koi Person of the Year, 2016. c) Zak Schmidt, new owner of Pan Intercorp, presented the program at our Feb. general meeting: “Identifying Types of Koi”, which included photos of the most recent winners of the All Japan Show. d) Club members are encouraged to oppose the petition to ban koi from importation to the USA. The ban has been proposed to the US Fish & Wildlife Service. We can write our congressman, US Fish & Wildlife Service & the National Aquaculture Association. e) Our club plans another raffle at a general meeting this spring, with all proceeds going to support KHV research. f) To promote new subscriptions to KOI USA, I pass out subscription forms at every club meeting. Our editor also printed these forms in our Jan. & Feb. newsletters. Check their website at http://washingtonkoi.org. Don Chamberlain, of ZNA NorCal, reports throughout January we’ve been contacting supporters and exhibitors in preparation for our Koi Show, April 1 & 2. We’re happy to have the AKCA/KOI USA booth there again this year. This month our club will be holding a meeting on Saturday the 25th to line up our volunteers and finalize planning. We expect to see exhibitors and visitors from all over the country. Check their website at https://www.facebook.com/…/ZNANorCalKoiClub/114370775244634


Written report submitted by Brenda Chandler: Brenda Chandler, of Nishiki Koi Club, reports the club is not currently meeting. Check out their website at http://www.nishikikoiclub.com. Shirley Simmonds, of Utah Water Garden & Koi Club, reports the 18th Annual POND TOUR in the greater SLC valley August 5-6, 2017 is the highlight of the year! Every year we have different ponds, we go fast and furious to see 15-23 ponds in 2 days! Some have koi as large as 3 feet! The tour seems to get better every year! The Utah Water Garden and Koi Club is digging out of the snow and finding our Koi are happily coming out of hibernation! This was a very cold winter, and many members of our club were very concerned some of our scaled friends might not make it. Water temps are still in the low 40’s, so we dare not to feed them yet! They are moving about slowly, just like me, and not quite looking for food but cruising all the same. We had our first meeting in February and kept it about gardens because we never know what the weather holds! Our meeting was at the Red Butte Gardens in SLC and they have a wonderful classroom that we meet in to learn about conservation gardening. March 16th, our very own Terry Maxfield KHA is bringing his expertise on KOI health at the Cactus and Tropicals store in Draper, UT. We always benefit learning more about how to keep our friends healthy. In April, we have a botanist that will help us learn about unusual marginal and water plants that KOI love to eat! Fresh veggies are good for everyone, even our wet friends! We will be pond side if the weather permits, with the ability to go indoors if the need arises. SLC is our destination. May brings us pond side again with an ability to run indoors if needed. Crazy Utah weather can turn in an instant! We will be learning about landscape lighting to show off our ponds. Check out their website at www.utahwatergardenandkoiclub.org. Mary Oxman, of Ventura County Koi Society, reports the koi meeting scheduled for this Saturday, February 18th, has been rescheduled for February 25th, at 2PM. Let’s hope no rain on that day! Check their website at http://users.vcnet.com/rrenshaw/vcks.html.






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