PNKCA Representatives Meeting Minutes– March 15, 2008
The Oak Room at La Quinta Inn, Tacoma
11:00 AM Representative’s Assemble
The list of attendees is attached to the end of this report
The meeting was called to order at 12:45 by PNKCA Chairman Gene Anderson.
1. The officers were introduced by Gene. Besides Gene, the officers were
Vice Chairman: Elsie Richardson; Secretary: Carmen Stafford; and Treasurer: Lucy Macneil. Phyllis Anderson attended as
the PNKCA Webmaster
2. Representatives Manual Update: Gene said the Constitution of the PNKCA update (the Grant by Law Amendment)
was brought up and voted on in last June’s representatives meeting at the 2007 convention. The updated version
is on the web site and can be downloaded from the web site to update the Representatives Manuals to keep them current.
3. To speed things up, Saturday’s attendees were asked to read the Minutes of 2007 Convention Rep Meeting before
coming to the meeting. This was done, thus the meeting minutes were not read by Carmen Stafford. Joe Lewis moved that they
be approved as written, Phyllis Anderson seconded it and the minutes were passed by the group as submitted.
4. PNKCA Treasurer Report
Lucy Macneil explained the budget and a breakdown of expenses. Discussion covered 2007 convention in Vancouver, BC, and the difficulty experienced handling the currency across the border. It
was recommended that the next Canadian convention to let Canada handle ALL the money and for PNKCA to take care of the final
product. John Siefert noted that the final profits should have been $575.98 more because PNKCA should have paid for the representative’s lunch at the convention. After some discussion Lucy figured out the right amount. A motion was made by Phyllis to reimburse the
proper amount back to Canada; it was seconded by Nancy Moore. In the end, the final profit was $1838.25 and Canada was reimbursed $143.99 more, for a total of $459.56 Canadian funds. Lucy received approval by the group to
keep the books in Excel instead of Quickbook, which it is currently recorded in
5. Convention 2007 wrap-up
Randy Dahlgren, Lindsay Gibson and
John Ennals were unable to attend the meeting, so in their absence Gene read an e-mail from Randy and
John giving their synopsis of the 2007 PNKCA Convention. Some of the problems Randy mentioned
were the difficulty of attracting enough people, and auction items going for too little, specifically he mentioned a large
koi that auctioned off for a fraction of what it was worth, which upset the vendor. A complete copy of the message Gene read
is at the end of this report. Some discussion followed on ways to improve income
for auction and raffle items. Some said there were too many items, thus diluting the amounts people were willing to spend.
For many, the cost of attending the convention prevents spending a lot of money on anything else. Some suggestions included
Silent Auctions. Pros and cons of that and other suggestions were made.
12. PNKCA Convention 2008
Because Greg Linnebach and Dan Olson had to catch a plane,
this agenda item was moved up. Dan gave a discussion of how NIKK got involved in the 2008
convention (basically, Thanks to Greg!) He said the convention book would have 48 pages and have a life after the convention because it would be used as a resource for hobbyist
and businesses. They started out with Toshio Sakai as the keynote speaker, and from there had a “landslide” of
highly regarded koi people asking to be involved. To include everyone the speakers will start on Friday afternoon and continue
until late Saturday with more than one speaker talking at a timer. Greg added that there would only be two wet vendors—Russ
Peters of California with Japanese koi, and Kloubec Farms out of Iowa for domestic koi. They said Koi Nation’s magazine
is donating ad space for the three issues prior to the convention.
6. Club Representatives Reports
The three Canadian Clubs and the Yakima Club and the new Siskiyou
Club did not have representatives at this meeting.
MCKPC—Eileen Thorne said the club had an information booth at the
Tri-Cities Home Show in February. They will have a “Get your Pond Ready for spring” seminar on March 22 that is
open to the public. Their annual pond tour will be Sept. 6.
CKGC—Pete Gardner said they just finished the Spring Home and Garden
show at the Expo Center. It was a 5-day event to promote the hobby. They gained 9 new members from that show.
WKWGS—Nancy Moore said there would be a pond tour in May, Koi show
Sept. 6-7, planning a wet lab in the fall with Tim Miller-Morgan plus other outreach events. They are also plugging along
on the 2009 PNKCA Convention plans.
PSKC—Joe Lewis completed an outreach event at a Spring Fair. They
will have their 10th Annual Koi Show on Aug. 2-3 koi show at Hoshi Koi. They have three new members this year.
NWKGC—Don King said their Fall Pond Tour was successful, but not
sure if they will have one this year. Their big event is the July 26-27 show at the Forestry Center. They are still putting
together vendors, usually have about 20. There will be 40 show tanks each for koi and goldfish. Judging will be Saturday at
9:30 a.m. and the auction on Sunday.
OKGWC—Jerry Hames said they will have two events: a seminar on building
a Watergarden; and the August pond tour.
IEWGKS—Dianna Rehn said they will have four events: a class on the
history of koi in Japan; a plant sale booth at the Garden Expo; a koi show in August; and if they have time, a pond tour on
IWKS—Bill White said this year’s events include an event
at BSU; a plant sale on June 7; a 2-day pond tour (4 hours on Saturday and Sunday); and the 15th Annual Koi Show on Aug. 9.
Bill said last year they had Japanese Drum Corp perform and the event resulted in 39 new families joining (a total of 120
OKWG—Dave Luger said the 8th Annual Koi Show will be June 14-15.
Norm Call will design a logo for the club’s 10th anniversary. Last year they had a Showa Grow-Out Contest. This year
they will have a Shiro Utsuri grow out contest.
There will be a pond tour on Aug. 16. They have made a new website. Bill Harper is in charge of that. They will also have
their annual Toys-For-Tots banquet.
Siskiyou—Elsie reported for this club. She said the club formed one
year ago in March with 5 families. They now have 46 families in the club.
NIKK—Greg said the club is hosting a day-long seminar April 12
with speakers Dick Benbow and Spike Cover. The topic will be water, and the afternoon session will be open forum with questions
7-10 Representatives were given nomination information and deadline dates for the Bronze Koi Award, Ed Fujimoto Awards
and the PNKCA Koi of the Year Award (nomination deadline March 31). Membership benefits for the ZNA were also explained. Representatives
were encouraged to have their members submit and vote on their club’s best fish and submit that photo to Phyllis for
the PNKCA Koi of the Year Award. Deadline is May 15 for the September Convention.
11/13. Grants/Super Raffle—Gene noted that all the 2007 Koi Promotional Grants had been paid, and discussed
briefly the Super Raffle items for 2008.
14. Nancy Moore (Washington Water Garden & Koi Society) said things are moving right along for the 2009 Silver
Anniversary PNKCA Convention. The committee is planning their next meetings May 29-31. She expressed concern with the 2008
and 2009 conventions being so close. Other reps felt it would be fine and didn’t believe the timing would affect success
of the 2009 convention.
2010 (No Host)
2011 (No Host)
15. Old Business
(1) Web Site: The review committee of John Ennals, John Seifert and Phyllis Anderson. This was carried over last year
at the Rep meeting at the Vancouver convention.
Web Site Policy/Web Master Job Description was reviewed and approved by the board. Larry
Christensen discussed policy and procedures guide book. Gene read the policy and disclaimer. Bill White motioned approval
it was seconded by Elsie and passed by all. Larry Christensen said the Policies and Procedures should go on the PNKCA Website. Phyllis interjected that the Club Roster should also
be on the website under a Members Only Page. Passwords would be assigned and periodically changed. Larry proposed we approve
and it was seconded by Lucy Mcneill and passed by all.
16. New Business
(1-2) The Executive Board reviewed and recommended approval of Siskiyou
Koi & Pond Club’s application papers. Because no one had been able to contact any members from the Northern Lights
Koi club, and no yearly membership had been paid a vote was taken to remove the club from the Association. Larry Christensen proposed the removal and it was seconded by Nancy, and approved by all.
(3) PNKCA Web Site—Officer/Rep Listings (Moved to under old business)
(4) PNKCA Promotional Grant Applications 2008—a committee
comprised of Larry and Pat Christensen and John Seifert went over the applications for the Promotional
Grants. The following was their recommendations:
APPROVED FOR GRANTS
North Idaho Koi Keepers
Oregon Koi & Water Garden Society
Inland Empire Water Garden & Koi Society
Siskiyou Koi & Pond Club
Mid Columbia Koi Club
Washington Koi & Water Garden Society
Olympic Koi, Goldfish & Water Gardening Club—First alternate
Northwest Koi & Goldfish Society—Second alternate
Cascade Koi & Goldfish Club and the Puget Sound Koi Club each had more grants than the other clubs and they
had received grants last year so they were not selected this time. Although the Yakima
Valley Koi & Water Garden Club said an application would be submitted by March 15, one never materialized, so
they could not be considered.
(5)New 2008 Events & Koi Show Poster for PNKCA Clubs—a white version of this poster is on the PNKCA web
(6) Liabilities & Insurance Options – Ron Boedeker, Mid-Columbia Koi & Pond Club presented his findings
on what the clubs’ insurances really cover. There was much discussion and interest in the topic, so much so that Gene
suggested and got consensus from the board to create a Steering Committee to look at insurance coverage. Elsie motioned to
approve, Phyllis seconded and it was passed by the group. The meeting adjourned at 5:15 p.m.