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    AKCA Board meeting 8/14/2009 minutes

    AKCA Minutes of August 14, 2009

    Officers Present Directors Present Guests
    Chair: Bob Finnegan Burt Ballou Jim Reilly
    Vice Chair: Kristine Peterson Brenda Chandler Steve Childers
    Secretary: Carole Elliott Louie Hernandez
    CFO: Doug Dahl Joan Finnegan
    Don Chandler
    Ray Jordan

    Have your club members renewed their KOI USA Subscription?

    Board Highlights:
    Ø Project KHV to be gifted away to appropriate parties!
    Ø OSU Contract finalized; $30,000 payment sent from AKCA matching funds!
    Ø Welcome to new AKCA club: Gulf Coast Society of Mississippi

    The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Bob Finnegan @ 6:00 p.m.

    v MINUTES: Motion: To approve the minutes of July 10th with the following corrections: under rep reports for Louie Hernandez the ZNA and Nishiki reports need to be switched. Motion by Joan, 2nd by Louie. Approved.

    v JULY FINANCIAL STATEMENT:

    Doug reported that our investment account gained $32.58 in June and $2081 in July. The Project KHV CD interest for June was $128 and $128 in July. The annual sales tax of $480 has been paid. Joan, Burt and Doug have signed new signature card for the AKCA bank account. Doug went over the financial report. Motion: To accept the financial report. Motion by Burt, 2nd by Joan. Approved.

    COMMITTEE REPORTS:
    v Scientific/KHA: Jim Reilly discussed; stated that he didn’t want to discuss the BHP program until the OSU contract was finished. He has met with some vets and puts them into two categories: one group who provides DVDs and have written articles and the other group who implements the program in the field or would have a future in the vet field. He stated that the BHP needs to be broader for many reasons and thought it was time to hand it over to the vets. Tim Miller-Morgan, DVM, for one, could teach to others. He recommended that we pass this program on to the professionals who would make it a more general course. Several would be happy to share with other schools. We, as a Board, need to decide if we want to gift this away. Discussion about ownership of BHP sections; Burt felt that we own them as we paid for the sections to be written. Jim needs to contract each contributing author and let them know that we own the articles. Ray didn’t think that we needed to clarify. Motion: To have AKCA Board approve the transfer of the BHP program to the appropriate parties. Motion by Burt, 2nd by Don. Approved. Want Tim Miller-Morgan and others to give us their letters. The new KHA class is underway with 32 members. The one glitch is that one text is out of print (Nick St. Erne’s book). Discussion about printing; cost of printing as well as number to print. Bob Payne can do the printing. Motion: To print Nick St. Erne’s book, not to exceed 100, with Burt sending out an email for final vote on the number to be printed after Nick’s approval and cost verification. Motion by Burt, 2nd by Joan. Approved. Don discussed the instructors for the class; to view forum go to KHA.org on the website. This is not open to non KHAs. Ken has cleaned up the website. The KHA guidelines has been submitted to a group of six; name has been changed.

    v PROJECT KHV: Ray stated that the contract to OSU has been signed and the 1st payment of $30,000 has been made. They also approved the press release announcing the contract. They are


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    v acquiring fish; already have some in house. Their 1st report is due early November. Galen stated that he has 8 fish that have survived 2 epidemics; Ray will send OSU the info.

    v PUBLICATION: Joan stated that Bob Payne is in the middle of production for the Sept/Oct issue. They approved having Mike & Gleci Hernandez video 6 events in the upcoming year including the Nashville Seminar. Steve and Connie will work together in getting a packet to send out to the recommended shows/Seminar vendors. There are 11 accounts 90 days overdue for a total of $11,212.50. They approved the budget for the 2009/2010 year. Doug went over the budget. Motion: To approve the KOI USA 2009/2010 budget. Motion by Burt, 2nd by Don. Approved.

    v MEMBERSHIP: Doug’s reported that he has emailed overdue notices to 24 clubs; emailed to the Director reps. A new club has sent in their application along with all the appropriate information and check; Gulf Coast Society of Mississippi with 16 family members. Motion: To approve Gulf Coast Society as a member AKCA club. Motion by Burt, 2nd by Joan. Approved. It was stated that the Placid Koi Club has dissolved.

    v JUDGING: Galen said their committee members are doing a great job. Charles Phelps is doing well balancing assignments; Bryan Bateman has been putting together a quarterly newsletter (2 have gone out). There are four sections; Galen went over the sections and showed one of the newsletters to the Board. The only problem is that the same people respond; not getting a full response from the judges. Also, probably due to the economy, judges are not judging the 4 koi shows a year that is recommended. Galen would also like a Japanese judge for the Nashville Seminar. It was also stated that Lester Berkow is doing much better from his bout with pancreatic cancer.

    v SPEAKER’S GRANT: Burt reported that one club sent an email asking where to send their receipts.

    v GUIDES: Burt stated that he is still waiting for three authors to complete their info for the Health & Nutrition Guides.

    v INSURANCE: Burt stated that we don’t have E&O insurance after all; it seems that the policy we had doesn’t cover what it was purported to have; limited coverage. We cancelled the policy and got our money back; are currently looking for a policy that will cover what we need.

    SEMINAR REPORTS:

    v 2010 Nashville, Tenn.: Carole reported that the Nashville Koi Club will be the only club putting on the Seminar; Kay stated that they have everything covered and felt their club could meet any challenges that arise.

    v 2011 Seminar: Kristine stated that she sent the Indiana club some guidelines (to Marilyn Strange). Chauncey Blackford will be the Seminar chair. The hotel is taken care of; it will be the Hyatt with 450 room nights; it allows for up to 60 vendors.

    v 2012 Seminar: Burt discussed the 2012 Seminar and possible interest from a group of clubs in the California area. Carole thought that we should consider have our Seminars every other year as it is getting harder to find clubs who want to host a Seminar; this is something that we can consider in the future. Burt was contacted by an organization called Conference Direct who negotiates with hotels; they do this for many organizations at no cost to us (the hotel would pay). He felt that we might get better deals going through them as they have more leverage due to the amount of business they do with hotels. Bob stated that it wouldn’t hurt to look into them.


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    PROXY CALLS FOR SEPTEMBER:
    q Is your club interested in hosting the 2012 Seminar? If so, mail in a proposal, to Burt Ballou, should include at least three hotels that could accommodate a Seminar.

    Upcoming AKCA Annual Calendar Events for SEPTEMBER
    q CFO presents next Seminar Budget to Board

    OLD BUSINESS:
    q None

    NEW BUSINESS:

    q Rob Hildreth: Burt stated that Rob will write an overview on KHV. The cases of KHV is up dramatically this year. The main problem seems to be that the Japanese breeders as well as our dealers are not doing the Elisa test; a blood serology test to see if the koi have been exposed to KHV. Instead, they are doing PCR tests which will only show KHV positive if the koi are shedding the KHV virus with an active outbreak whereas the Elisa test will show if they have been exposed to the virus and are carriers. Buyers should not only quarantine new fish but also ask the dealer if the fish they’re purchasing has had the Elisa test. Discussed the PCR test; compared costs of both tests. The problem with the PCR test is that you will get a negative result if not shedding.
    q Internet Liason: Steve suggested appointing an internet liaison to clarify our position when there is misinformation on the internet. That person would contact the club president in inform him/her about the misinformation. This would not be a Board war; simply notifying the club president. Don felt that it should be a committee instead of one person; it was felt that Steve should be part of that committee when KOI USA is involved. Louie suggested that Ray be part of the committee. No decision was made.

    REPRESENTATIVE CONTACTS:

    q Written report submitted by Doug: Janice Ramsey, of East Tennessee KC, reports the club held its Annual Picnic Aug. 10 at Savannah Springs Koi Farm. Farm owner, Dan Womac, shared his extensive knowledge of koi breeding with club members; they also discussed the success of the 1st Annual Pond Tour held July 18/19 and how to make next year’s tour even better. This year’s Pond Tour really increased club membership. The newsletter for Michigan K&PC-SE thanked Nanette and the other sponsors as well. Pond Tour volunteers were provided with goodie bags of treats to snack on while they worked. At one of the ponds on the tour, the pond owner’s set up a tent so their children could sell drinks and popcorn to pond tour attendees. A large contingent from the Metro Detroit Koi & Garden Club attended this pond tour as a group in support. Michigan club members are invited to a cookout by the Detroit club Aug. 15. Michigan club members will hold a club Planning Retreat on Aug. 22. Dot Wilbanks, of Moto Kara Koi Kai ZNA Chapter, reports the club did not hold a meeting in July but will meet in August. Fritz Miller, of Olympic K,G&WGC, reports the club held its Annual Pond tour in early August but less than 20 tickets were sold. The club will also hold a Pond Information day on Aug. 15 and are hoping for a better turnout. Dan Phillips, of North Carolina K&WGS, reports planning for the Carolina Classic Young Koi Show and discussion is going well. The club will hold a koi cull sale in Sept. the August club meeting will include a wine tasting and speaker topic of koi transport, handling and quarantine. The club recently held their first koi coffee house meeting at Cup-A-Joe and roundtable meeting for members to take more time exchanging ideas about koi and ponds. These special meetings are separate from the monthly club meetings and are a good time for new

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    q members to ask questions. Ken Weipert, of Triad K&WGS, reports 3 new club members and a new website at www.tkws.org. Club members plan to attend the koi show in Charlotte and a trip to a local koi dealer next Spring. Mary Oxman, of Ventura KC, reports a great meeting hosted by
    club members who just built their own 2 ponds after much research and touring other people’s ponds and the wonderful results show the time they spent planning. The August meeting will feature Barbara Johnson, “The Fish Lady,” sharing how she got involved in koi and with her koi business. Barbara has many famous people as customers and is a believer in holistic approach to koi care. She will speak on how to care for koi in the summer months. Some club members are moving and have koi free for the taking. David Yee, of Valley of the Sun KC, reports the club will start club meetings again in Sept. after the summer break. Doug tried to contact the following clubs with no response: Austin PS; Dai Ichi KC; Deep South K&PS; First Coast K,GF&WGC; Las Vegas KC; Lone Star KC; Piedmont K&WGS; Pioneer Valley WG&KC; and, Salt Lake KC.

    q Written report submitted by Burt: Arley Hulstrand, of Dallas Koi Kichi Group, said they are still “on vacation” until Sept. 5th. However, some of them will visit the Koi & Water Garden Society of North Texas. August meeting at the Granbury home of Chuck & Claudia Iannaci; they are members of DKK as well as KWGCNT. Norbun Watson, of Middle Georgia KS, said the weather is hot & humid; club trying to plan when their next koi show & the pond tour will be as well as a field trip to a koi dealer in Athens, Georgia. Johnny Foster, of Nature’s Coast K&WGC, said their next meeting is at Pat Medlin’s; has a nice pond that Jack & Wilda Pawluk helped install. Talk will be on water quality & using test kits. It’s been too hot to go on any field trips. Their last meeting was at the Foster’s; good turn out and the talk was on building a bog. Still working on a picnic social on Labor Day for all the Florida clubs; there will be a koi dealer with some show quality koi to sell. Their koi show is on Oct. 10-11; will have Grant & Penny Patton as their judges; got some new members this last month. Kim Hafley, of Orlando Area K&PC, said that nine members were among 30 people from around Florida who attended the Summer Seminar sponsored by the ZNA Southern Koi Association on July 18. Joe White made all arrangements for the Seminar with staff of the Aquatic Eco-Systems in Apopka, FL, and AES staff were on hand to give a tour of the facility and to operate video equipment. Dr. Richard & Luanne Porter gave a detailed presentation of their personal experience with the Koi Herpes Virus and the extensive research that followed through the University of Georgia. Joe White gave them an in-depth slide presentation about the most familiar parasites that attack koi and the best solution for their removal. Richard & Luanne then demonstrated the process of drawing blood from a koi, setting up the vial for placement in a centrifuge, and preparing the sample for submittal to a testing laboratory. After some trial & error, he thought all attendees were able to draw a syringe of blood. They were also shown how to properly scrape a koi and view the scrapings under a microscope for the presence of parasites. Sherri White had made the arrangements for their BBQ lunch which was really great. Barb Flowers, of Rocky Mountain KC, said they are getting ready for their koi show this weekend; forecast is rain for their show. Sonja Kahkola, of Rainbow River KC, said they went to the ZNA Southern Koi Assoc., Health Seminar and said it was great; the club had no meetings. Next meeting in Sept. will be an exercise in koi selection. Joe White, of ZNA Southern Koi Assoc., said they put on a Seminar at Aquatic Eco Systems; Joe White did a power point talk on parasites, then Richard Porter did a talk on KHV, and drawing blood for testing. After lunch everybody got to do blood drawings on about 100 koi; went well; then did scrape & scopes (did find few flukes & trichodina). The Seminar was well attended. Debby Young, of Southern Arizona KA, said their last meeting was a talk about temperatures in pond; what meds to use, etc.; discussed their upcoming koi show in mid November (will be the clubs 30th show). Karen Turtle, of ZNA Northern Calif. Chapter, said their August meeting was held at the beautiful home of Marilyn Burns. They are contemplating several speakers; many new people are signed up for jobs and it should prove interesting to see how they do. Their club continues to grow and all of their new members bring a happy enthusiasm with them that reminds them of why they love their koi. Larry Gill presented the learning part of their meeting; Erwin pulled out three of Marilyn’s koi and had a judging exercise going around and asking each member to compare their view of the fish.

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    q Linda Montgomery, of Cascade K&GFC, said their last meeting was the annual picnic @ the Montgomerys; no club business. They are planning Sept. meeting @ Hughes Water Gardens as a
    field trip; talk will be on preparing water plants for winter. The club donated money to Chinese Water Gardens of Portland for a sump pump. Larry Templeton, of Santa Clara Valley K&WGC, said they had a great pond tour with 575 attendees; made $8585 plus 31 ads; had 6 ponds on the tour. Not sure if any new members; next meeting will show narrated slides of this pond tour. Tim Biglow, of San Francisco Bay Area KC, said last month their pond social was held at the home of Steve Rentz in So. San Francisco. They are preparing for their annual club BBQ which will be held this year at Ohlone Park in Berkeley. Dr. James Hooper. of Mendocino Coast K&WGS, said they got a couple of new members; don’t have a meeting place for the next meeting but will be discussing ways to increase membership, especially younger members. They have had some illnesses within the membership; does anybody have suggestions to increase membership? Burt tried but was unable to reach K&WGC of North Texas.

    q Written report submitted by Carole: Puget Sound reported that their August meeting was at John & Theresa Douglas home. Their 12th Annual Koi Show was Aug. 1/2nd in Tacoma, WA. They announced to their members about the Project KHV contract with Oregon State University. Russell Watergardens, in Redmond, is having a 2 day Seminar Aug. 22-23rd with Mamoru Kodama. The last meeting for Amarillo Koi Society was May 19th. Canada KC of British Columbia had a BBQ and Pond Tour Aug. 9th with 4 ponds; a self guided tour. On July 12th they met at Dave & Sandra White’s home. The Southwest K&PA met at the home of Tony & Mona Roman in August. Their Sept. meeting will be at the home of Lary & Jeanette Lockard. The Midwest P&KS had a pond tour July 18/19th as well as July 25/26th. On August 21st there will be a dinner meeting at Oaks Hotel in Burr Ridge. They will also have a koi auction in August. Warren Yeow Chye NG reported that the Central Alabama K&WGS will host their last meeting for the season on Sept. 12at at Margaret & Bob Cavanna’s home; 5,000 gal. Dream indoor koi pond. There will be no more 2009 meetings until their annual Christmas party at Vernon Schmitt’s house in December. Jackie Allsup, of Eastern Iowa Pond Society, reported that they recently finished their annual pond tour. Their last meeting was at the beautiful pond and gardens of their president, Monica Morely, with a potluck enjoyed by all. They held a round robin discussion on koi and pond health. Their next meeting will host a speaker on garden lighting. Ponds and fish are all looking great, but they already can feel Fall creeping in on them. Carole tried but was unable to reach Genesee Valley P&KC; Koi Club of Middle Tennessee; The Water Garden Club of South Texas; and, South Carolina K&WGS.

    q Written report submitted by Phil Hunter: Jeff Venn, of the Capital Area K&WGC, said that the July meeting was the annual pig roast and was held at the home of Carl & Donna Lawson. Scott Bates was the guest speaker. On August 22nd the club will take a field trip to Dow Gardens. Also, in August the club’s regular meeting will be at the home of Mike Masternak. Tess Little, of the Dayton KC, reports that the July meeting was held at the home of Lisa & Van Woodruff. The evening began with the judging of the Grow Your Own Contest for last years fish; Yambuki Ogon. Joe Maranto’s fish won the vote for “Best Grow Your Own” koi. After the judging, President Scott Kendall discussed how the Yamabuki Ogon is judged. Several pond care topics were discussed, including foam reduction, and elimination. Sue Pleimann discussed her recent Costia issue and how the fish were treated and the happy outcome. The club held its annual picnic on Aug. 2nd at the pond of Dick & Carolyn Booher. There was plenty to eat and everyone had a great time. Don Hellard, of the Gainesville KC, reports that the club is doing fine. Diana Lynn Rehn, of the Inland Empire WG&KS, reports that the club has had a great summer with Floats on the Pond and a Pond Side meeting at Kabrell’s. The clubs annual pond tour was a huge success and the club also had a yard sale to raise funds for the club. The August meeting will be held at Still Water Gardens. Tom Tranbarger, of the Shasta K&WGC, reports that the July meeting was held at the Turner’s home. The program was Koi Food Options. The August meeting will be at


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    q the Laubin’s home and the program will be Common Illnesses. Linda Siler, of the Springfield WGS, reports that the July meeting was held at the home of Rose Fuller. Cliff Fitzwater gave an
    informative program on gravel bog filters. The August meeting will be held at Wickman’s Gardens. The program will be Plants for Your Garden.

    q Written report submitted by Don Chandler: Janet Vukovich, of Central Calif. KC, reports their club held a joint meeting with the Bakersfield club at Janet & Don’s home; despite the 100 degree heat, everyone had a great time. Other than that, planning continues on pace for their Oct. show. Debi Gillis, of Central Coast KC, reports club member B.J. Reed has started the recent KHA course. Debi has high hopes for having a second KHA in their club to help share some of the load! Recent presentation at their meeting concerned the two philosophies for treating parasites: Diagnose then Treat vs. Shotgun Treatments – and the advantages and disadvantages of both. Don Chandler, of Internet Koi of North America (IKONA), reports 12 members attended the July meeting; after the business portion of the meeting was completed, Steve Childers presented a scenario of pond symptoms and moderated a group discussion of cause, effect and treatment which had everyone guessing. Shows: numerous members judged, competed, benched or otherwise assisted at the NW Koi & GF Club (Portland), Midwest Pond & Koi Society, ZNA Brazil National and South African Koi Keeper’s Society shows; IKONA Fruiendship Awards presented at all these shows. Jack Chism, of Las Pampas K&WGS, reports their club’s June Pond Tour was a big success and they were able to sign up three new members. A recent guest speaker from the Texas Parks and Wildlife was such a big hit, they rescheduled him for another meeting. Dennis Long, of Metro-Detroit P&GC, reports their Pond Tour on July 25th included 11 ponds and was not only fun but very successful. Last year, their sister club (Michigan K&PS) had the Detroit club over for a joint meeting; this year, the Detroit club repaid the favor and hosted a joint Hawaiian themed meeting which had 90+ in attendance. Great food and lots of koi conversations made for a fun-filled event. Next on the calendar for this club is their Holiday Party in December, for which planning is underway. Rick Paul, of Macon K&WGC, reports they have had a busy summer. The club’s growout contest (30 fish purchased by the club and chosen by members in a lottery) has already provided much in the way of both education and entertainment; final results won’t be in ‘till next April. A recent guest speaker from API in Atlanta did an outstanding job discussing how their products can help with everything from filtration to testing. A local pet store (which sells domestic koi) has started stocking Blackwater Creek koi food and donating some to club raffles, which is greatly appreciated. And, finally, the club’s can-do attitude has been in evidence this summer when they’ve pitched in – twice – to help other members with their liner ponds; once on an install and another time to dealing with a leak. Ellie Cooper, of Mid-Atlantic KC, reports that while their chapters are holding their monthly meetings, work is progressing on the Koi America show – and everything is coming together very well. The judging team is in place, speakers have been scheduled and the vendors are just about complete. There will be some fantastic fish for sale and they’re going to have a phenomenal raffle with high end prizes as well as the normal auctions and raffles. Both goldfish and koi show chairs are reporting a good number of fish being shown. Mike Reddrick, of Nashville PS, reports in July their meeting was a potluck picnic at a member’s home with lots of good food and a guest speaker who is a landscape designer that had built or designed about six or seven of the sixteen ponds on their club’s Parade of Ponds (held last June). Today’s meeting involved food again with a “High Tea” and a decorated pond hat contest. President Charles Burroughs put together a show with pictures of their recent Parade of Ponds set to music. Phyllis Anderson, of North Idaho Koi Keepers, reports members met in July at John & Linda Seifert’s home and enjoyed John’s presentation on advanced water quality. Lots of discussion on his new work-in-progress pond that shows great possibilities when that hole in the ground becomes a wonderful new koi pond. Later in the month, two NIKK members made a great showing at the Portland koi show by winning Grand Champion, Reserve Champion and Reserve B Champion; Dan & Sharon Olson followed up that win by attending the Puget Sound Koi Show and repeating their success by winning Grand and Reserve Champion. Several members plan on showing koi at the Spokane koi show later this month, so they’ll see if Olson’s

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    q winning streak is challenged then. Marc & Tamara Skaggs, of Northern ZNA, report they are looking at holding a club meeting in either October or Nov. with the guest speaker to be a vet from Purdue University. They will also be holding a debriefing from their recent show to start planning process for next year’s show. Several members will be traveling to various fall koi shows in the next few months – as well as members that will be traveling to Japan – so stay tuned for details. Dorothy Connors, of Rhode Island & Massachusets KC, reports in June members of RIMAKC went on a club outing to E&T Farms in West Barnstable, MA. At E&T they raise koi, tilapia, trout, and bass with hydroponic vegetables. The owner was kind enough to have his farm manager, Kevin Dunn, give a guided tour of the operation. The highlight of the tour was the intensive filtration needed to raise fish at that production & stocking levels. There were a lot of points in their filtration that can be taken back to their ponds. Their club web site received a face lift and they redid the club’s message board. www.rimakc.org. They look forward to meeting new members and meetings are normally the 3rd Sunday of the month. In July, the club met on July 19th; there were 10 members and two guests present. The educational session included a tour of one member’s pond and state of the art filtration system, a scrape and scope demonstration and recommendations for seasonal koi foods. Discussion was conducted regarding the koi Health Advisor program, subscriptions to Koi USA magazine, bulk food purchase, RIMAKC grow out project. Helping Hands projects and proper quarantine procedure. Their next meeting is scheduled for August 16th. Major discussion points will be the anniversary celebration of their acceptance as the 102nd AKCA club and site location for the President’s new pondless property! Dick Hadley, of Upper Midwest KC, reports they held their August meeting on August 8th. It was held at the home of Duane & Bonnie Saunders. Duane & Bonnie have a beautiful home on the bluffs overlooking the Minnesota River Valley. They had an extensive remodeling project of an existing pond and patio. Tim Thielges, of Avant Gardens, discussed the project and the two year undertaking that was involved. They also had a final organizational meeting for their 3rd annual koi show to be held the 2nd weekend of Sept. Folks are excited about Marudo joining them as one of the judges. Hisashi Hirasawa apparently is his real name but he is Marudo Koi Farm. No report from Siskiyou K&PC.

    q Written report submitted by Brenda Chandler: There was no formal meeting in June of Koi Kichi & WGC due to several family emergencies. Ray Jordan, of Texas K&FGFS, reported they held a fundraising event at Water Garden Gems to support the “Friends of Cibolo Creek” organization. Andrew’s Koi provided koi for a special summer koi sale at Water Garden Gems. They recruited four new members and sold cold drinks, club t-shirts, and pins to make a little money for their 17th Annual Show (Oct. 16-18, 2009), which is shaping up to be one of their best. All 8’ tanks are already reserved and only 7 of their 6’ tanks are still available. For info about their show or club activities go tohttp://www.texaskoi.com/ . No report from Southern Colorado KC.

    q Written report submitted by Joan Finnegan: So Cal Koi Clubreported that Bob Finnegan had to resign as President; new elections with Gordon Chibana moving up from VP to President; Paul Cunningham elected as Vice President; Carole Elliott remains Secretary and Jeff Amos Treasurer. A great meeting was held at the home of Carole Elliott with wonderful homemade food that Carole learned how to make at cooking class. Good attendance; the new video from KOI USA of the Dallas Koi Club Show was shown. Norman Call, of Oregon K&WGS, reported their club is getting ready for election of new officers for 2010. Just had a meeting at a member’s home with a very good potluck. Getting over a big fire by mopping up afterwards. Larry Christensen, of Northwest K&GFC ZNA, reported they had a very good show; had 127 koi and 111 goldfish; best koi they have ever had. Their annual koi club picnic is this weekend.

    q Written report submitted by Joyce Glenn: Bonnie Nakahara, of Hawaii GF&CA, reported their 50th Anniversary Celebration was a huge success. They combined the Celebration with the Home Show which resulted in a great turnout. During this event they signed up a lot of new members. In fact, they counted about 20 new people. The chocolate koi Bonnie made were a big hit. All in


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    q all, it was a lot of hard work, but it was worth it. This weekend is their annual fish related garage sale. Here is a great opportunity to buy equipment that has been somewhat used, or get rid of your excess stuff. Dave Peebler, of Koi Club of Kansas, explained the contest for the next meeting. The members will divide into two groups. They will take turns answering questions about koi and koi keeping. Dave will be the moderator for this. There will be prizes for the winning team. This is an easy way to learn about koi keeping. Bob Waag, of West Coast K&WGC, reported they are still on hiatus; all is quiet. Vik Nair, of Washington K&WGS, reported their show will be Sept. 12/13th at Bellvue College and it will be in conjunction with the Japanese Aki Matzuri Festival. Robert Lewis, of Charleston Showa KC, said they were trying to decide how to spend their money and so they are planning a possible trip to a breeding farm. They are starting another grow out contest with a prize for quality as well as one for size. They will take pictures of the fish for judging by a qualified koi judge. Their pond tour raised enough money this year for them to make a contribution of $1800 to the Charleston Animal Society. This year they had 36 ponds on their tour. Vicki Knill, of Atlanta KC, said their 15th Annual Koi Show is Sept. 18-20th. It will be held in Tucker, just outside of Atlanta, in the building of Coastal Ponds.

    q Written report submitted by Bob Finnegan: Nellie Hawley, of the North Florida KC, reported that on Sept. 6th a number of NFKC members will be joining sister clubs at the All Florida Koi Appreciation Picnic & Social being hosted by Johnny & Martha Foster of the Natures Coast Koi Club at their home in Oldtown, FL. It is anticipated to be a day of fun and a great way to wrap up the summer. Sept. 19th they will hold their Fall Koi Auction. The club’s rescue pond is filled to capacity and many members will be donating fish. There will be some great wet pets at very reasonable prices for anyone wishing to acquire additional koi. Following the auction members will meet at the home of Dan Wehby for the monthly meeting complete with a BBQ. Oct. 3-4th a number of their members will be participating and/or showing their fish at the First Coast Koi Club’s fall show. Charles Phelps, of Greater Louisville K&GFS, said the club will take a field trip Aug. 16th to a famous water garden in Kentucky. Mary Dykstra, of Great Ponds & KS of West Mich., said the club is interested in the Koi of the Year Contest; voting on their selection Aug. 16th. Marylyn Strange, of Indiana K&WGC, said the club is building a koi pond at a day school for autistic children. They are also working on their next pond tour. They are busy working on the AKCA Seminar in 2011. Mona Coleman, of Northern Nevada PC, said their last meeting Larry Gill, of Camellia Koi Club, put on a very good water quality seminar. Jack Peterson, of Sierra KC, said their club doesn’t meet in the winter; they do have a nice group of members. Lester Berkow, of Tropical K&WGC of So. Florida, said he is recovering from a near fatal illness and sounds like his old self. They will join the North Florida Club for a joint koi show the last weekend in October. Rebecca Hoem, of Idaho WG&KS, said they had a koi show August 8th; had a lot of rain during the show set up on Friday. They had 24 tanks filled with 142 koi; the Grand Champion was a 29” showa owned by Gary & Kathy Hicken; they traveled from Utah to show their fish. The Reserve Grand Champion was a kohaku owned by Susan Elsey. They had a grow out competition to encourage people to show for the 1st time. In May they raffled off choice fish; 19-20 koi that were given new homes. Their pond tour was held July 18/19th; had 9 ponds on the tour. This weekend they will have the owners tour—where all the pond owners caravan from pond to pond (they also invite the pond tour workers); will end the tour with a potluck at the last pond. David Vince, of West Tennessee PS, said the club has had two field trips this last month. One was putting on a pond display at the University of Tenn. At Knoxville, TN.

    q Written report submitted by Kristine Peterson: Jamie Beyer, of Central Iowa WGA, reported that their club had a very good turnout for the 14th Annual Tour of Water Gardens. 286 tickets were sold and another 100 were given away to volunteers and hosts; about 400 people toured eight very nice gardens. The weather was perfect, the advertising for the tour turned out a lot of people and they all had a good time. One of the gardens on the tour had one of the largest koi ponds in Central Iowa. Huge filters were keeping that pond crystal clear. There were a lot of people that got a good education on keeping koi. Their meeting in August is going to be at that pond and the

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    q topic of conversation will be focused on koi keeping. Judy Nicholson, of Santa Clarita K&WGC, reported that their 1st club auction fundraiser will be held following the Aug. 23rd meeting at the home of new member, David Nguyen in Santa Clarita. Members are encouraged to donate pond related items for the auction. Member Danny Freibrun is coordinating the auction items of new and used pond and koi related items. The club is considering a pond tour for 2010 in conjunction with a regular meeting. Koi Club of San Diego reports that it will host its 23rd Annual Koi Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Feb. 13-14, 2010. Other events will include the annual potluck Oct. 11th at California Koi Farms. Takemi will plan a pond seining following the potluck. Nov. the club will have a silent auction and Dec. will be the annual holiday party and gift exchange. Mountain View KC is an active club whose main interest is the study and enjoyment of koi, goldfish and outdoor ponds. Each member hosts a monthly meeting; a greet and meet around the pond and koi is the topic. They are a group of enthusiastic pond and koi owners who can lend assistance to future pond and koi owners such as construction, design, breeding, feeding and keeping of koi.

    q Written report submitted by Louie Hernandez: The ZNA Southern CA KC met at Andrews Koi; their talk was on picking Showa given by Chai. They had a great selection to pick from; their senior members helped the new folks out by explaining pro’s and cons on their selections. For the Nishiki KC, they had Tom Ross (from the Inland Koi Club) speak in August; his topic was Minn Finn, the new parasite med introduced at this years Seminar. Tom also took questions on koi health that helped out members. Marilee Marshall, of Camellia KC, said their August meeting was their annual potluck at Lake’s Nursery. This is a really cool nursery with a wonderful koi pond, and features unique garden art, a huge selection of Japanese Maples and bamboo. During the meeting they picked up their 2009 Show T-shirts. Preparation for their 10th Annual Koi Show at the Roseville Fairgrounds on Sept. 12-13 promises to be bigger than ever. Club members participating in the Tategoi growth contest from this spring will be measuring in for the competition. Tom Ayers, of Tucson KS, said they didn’t meet this month.

    q Written report submitted by Larry: Kelley Houston, of the Inland KS, said they will be taking their trip to the San Luis Rey Mission to visit the koi ponds and the grounds. The club will then have a lunch at Ruby’s diner and then free time on the beach before heading home. The club is supplying the bus. Darlene Jennings, of Mid-Michigan P&GC, said their next meeting will be at Joe Pegues in Foint, MI. The speaker will be Paul & Justine Mancheski, owners of Water Scape Designs. Shelly Klinger, of Central Illinois WG, said Connie & Jim Siebenmorgen will host the Aug. 15th social at 4:30. Jim will be grilling chicken on his Komodo Kamado cooker. The bird takes about 1 – 1 ½ hours to cook. While they wait, they will discuss the problems/prizes they’ve had from this year’s water gardening season. Joan Woelfel, of St. Louis WGS, said everyone enjoyed its summer member pond tour a few weekends ago called ‘All Aboard.’ They saw four of the Gateway Garden Railroad Club’s gardens and water features, complete with G-gauge railroads. Last Tuesday they held their 7th annual auction, which was great fun and added a nice amount to their coffers. They’re looking forward to their yearly August banquet at the Jewel Box where they can admire the beautiful water lily display, their gift to the people of St. Louis, and have a relaxed visit with other members sharing good food. This year, Cindy Gilberg will be the speaker talking about Rain Gardens. They will also announce their Service Awards, given to those who’ve been such a great help to the advancement of their group. No response from Prairieland K&PS.

    q Written report submitted by Harlan Glenn: Chuck Poppe, of ZNA Potomac, said that they are getting ready for the big show on Sept. 11-12th. Washington Post is going to have an article.

    Motion: To adjourn at 8:43 p.m. Motion by Don, 2nd by Carole. Approved.

    Respectfully submitted,
    Carole Elliott, Secretary


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    Thanks for the report Nancy..........but this Baytek Data Solutions K.K. - Baytek.should be replaced with Texas Koi & Fancy Gold Fish Society - Home

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    Quote Originally Posted by mstrseed View Post
    Thanks for the report Nancy..........but this Baytek Data Solutions K.K. - Baytek.should be replaced with Texas Koi & Fancy Gold Fish Society - Home
    Bill,
    Sorry but I only copied the minutes exactly as I received them. I also noted another mistake I think??


    Board Highlights:
    Project KHV to be gifted away to appropriate parties!

    I think that must be a typo, as I don't believe AKCA is gifting away project KHV, I believe they are gifting away the DBHP.



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    I know but you can edit it .....I can't

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    Quote Originally Posted by mstrseed View Post
    I know but you can edit it .....I can't
    Bill, I don't feel right editing the board meeting minutes, even if we both know it is an error. It is not my place to edit or correct the information.

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    I understand.............but thanks to Jim or Brian for doing so!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mstrseed View Post
    I understand.............but thanks to Jim or Brian for doing so!!!!
    Bill

    I talked with one of the AKCA board members yesterday, and they told me to go ahead and change your club link, which I did.

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    Thanks Nancy, your a good person......the Texas Koi & Fancy Goldfish Society thank you too!!!
    Thanks still to Jim & Brian with out them we would not have the "Club News & Updates" section.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nancy M. View Post
    Bill,
    Sorry but I only copied the minutes exactly as I received them. I also noted another mistake I think??


    Board Highlights:
    Project KHV to be gifted away to appropriate parties!

    I think that must be a typo, as I don't believe AKCA is gifting away project KHV, I believe they are gifting away the DBHP.

    You are correct Nancy. It is the BHP program that is being proposed to be gifted away (I was a guest at the meeting).

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    All clubs received this email, I thought I should post it to clear up the error.


    Normally we would correct an error in the AKCA Board meeting minutes in the next months minutes. However this error was so grevious that I thought I should correct it immediatly. The AKCA Board meeting minutes for August just sent out to all clubs stated in the Board Highlights that Project KHV was to be gifted away to appropriate parties. If you read the Scientific Committee report in the minutes you will see that it should have said The BHP project is to be gifted away to appropriate parties. (specifically the Best Health Practices Program to the Veternarians who created the BHP material) The BHP Program is to train koi dealers how to quarantine and screen koi for KHV prior to sale. The BHP Program will also train dealers on other koi care issues as well as KHV.

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