PNKCA Representatives’ Meeting
March 11, 2006
Attendees: List attached at end
of this document
Luncheon 12:00 – 12:45
Montgomery called the meeting to order at 12:45pm with greetings to all, followed by introductions of the Board.
out of sequence) Representative’s packets – Linda M.: note that there is a brochure included which can be updated
with a club’s individual logo.
2. The minutes from last year’s
convention were presented by Anne Potter. Moved/Seconded/Passed (M/S/P) as read.
3. Treasurer’s Report: The
current budget (distributed) was summarized by Raeleen DeGrandpre and accepted. M/S/P
Convention recap: The 2005 convention expenses were recapped; speaker fees were less than planned due to the wet lab. The
seed money for the convention host was explained. It was explained that the PNKCA merchandise and the Super Raffle are not
a part of the convention income, but are separate items and therefore not part of the split with the host club.
6. Club Updates
Pacific Wonderland has participated in the Japanese Festival in their area.
Dai Ichi – John Ennals. The club focus is primarily a monthly social event
with a meal, and a Christmas banquet. They participated with the Nanaimo club on a pond tour by bus and a barbecue. Dai Ichi
will host a pond tour in Victoria on June 4th.
Nanaimo - Lindsay Gibson. For those who
aren’t familiar with Vancouver Island, Lindsay explained that it is about 1½ hours north of Victoria. Their main event
during the year is a display at the Mid-Island Exposition every year. They have had excellent support from nurseries in the
area for many years.
Canada – Clark Shea. The koi hobby
is doing well in the Vancouver, BC region; there are now two dealers in the area. The club is primarily social, with new members
joining. Next year they will host the PNKCA convention, and have a pond tour.
Washington – Lee Sundgren. The club
has held outreach events in June at the Redmond Farmer’s Market (2004 & 2005), and will be at Flower World near
Maltby this year to attract new members. On June 17 a members-only raffle will be held at Pan Intercorp with a $225 entry
that is refundable if one doesn’t get a fish. In July there is a barbecue with a raffle to support KHV research, and
a members pond tour. The annual show will be in September. Lee thanked the other clubs for their participation and support
of the WK&WGS show.
Mid Columbia – Carmen Stafford. The club is now about 120 families. They will be showcasing the club with a booth
at the Master Gardener’s Garden Fair on June 17 at the regional library, where there is a pond that the club supports.
On September 9th there will be a public pond tour for $5/person; members ponds are shown (only members’ ponds
for insurance reasons). They have had 400 to 600 attendees in the last two years. Local dealers support the club with discounts
for club members.
Puget Sound – Joe Lewis: membership
has been declining recently. They meet once a month, with the Young Koi Show over the first weekend in August (with a banquet)
and a Christmas Party in December. Joe suggested that show tanks be reserved early this year.
Yakima – Larry Smith: Larry Mozingo
is the new President. They meet on Saturdays. Special events include a Christmas party with a gift exchange and a seminar
on ponds at a local nursery.
Olympic – Melinda Smieja: They are
located in Silverdale, with 19 families. Last year they held a Koi Appreciation Day at a local nursery; this year will bring
a Pond Appreciation Day. There will be a tour of seven ponds, open to the public. There is a new koi vet in their area –
Dr. Craig Adams. Melinda also brought greetings from Ed Fujimoto - a member there – who is doing well, but is not able
to travel, so could join us this year.
Northwest – Michael DeGrandpre:
Their elections are in September. There are 135 families on the roster, with 40 to 50 core members, including about a dozen
Koi Health Advisors. Patti Magee has taken over the newsletter. Meetings have included discussions on judging fish, appreciation
of fish, and goldfish topics. Their main event is the July koi show – July 29th this year. They do a lot
to support the Japanese Garden, including a massive fish rescue when there was a toxin problem there last fall. They also
support the Japanese Garden’s ‘Children’s Day’ on the first Sunday in May every year, activities include
origami koi, sumi painting, a story time, fish necklaces, and raising koi flags. KHV has become a problem in a few members
Cascade – Jeff Thomas: Elections
are in November. Events: January 25th – anniversary banquet, and hosting a booth at the Portland Home and
Garden Show, which brought in 12 new members. There was lots of interest from people who didn’t know about clubs, and
wanted info on ponds and koi people in the area as resources for information. The club participates with the NW club in supporting
the Japanese Garden.
Idaho – Bill White: The club has
had a speaker from Missouri Foods talking about koi nutrition, and another from Lilypons in conjunction with the University
Biology and Horticulture departments. Other events this year: 3/26 – a ‘workshop meeting’ at Boise Depot
to replant the water gardens, 6/17 – a plant sale, 7/22-3 – pond tour of 8 members ponds, and 8/12 – the
13th annual koi show chaired by Sat Chimmas. They also are planning on having area water garden suppliers sign
up for renewable ‘Sponsor Plaques’ for $100 per year.
Inland Empire – Robert Fischbach:
The club has ‘adopted’ the Japanese Pond in Spokane’s Monitor Park. This has involved cleaning the pond
and having the health of the fish analyzed at WSU. Donated fish are put in the ‘Duck Pond.’ This year’s
grant will support the club’s booth at the Garden Fest in May at Spokane Community College, where they will have pond
information and plant sales. On 7/15 the major fundraiser will be the 7th annual pond tour open to the public for $10. The Koi Show will be 8/19-20 at a new location this year – River Front
Park in Downtown Spokane. Another popular event is “Floats on the Pond” – root beer floats at a member’s
home. The club members include one Koi Vet and 5 KHA’s. One dealer will have a koi raffle/auction. There will also be
workshops on filtration, kio identification and judging.
7. Bronze Koi Award: Larry Christensen acknowledged the past winners of the Bronze Koi Award. The requirements
for eligibility were read. Nominations that do not win one year will be carried over to the next year. Nominations are due
8. ZNA membership: Larry C. explained the Japanese ZNA (Zen Nippon Arinkai) as one step ‘beyond’ the
AKCA. Members of the NW club can become members of the ZNA, with the NW club providing a subsidy for ZNA membership.
9. Ed Fujimoto award winners for each club need to be submitted by March 31st, and may go to a couple
rather than an individual. Each club decides how to select its winner; some clubs have had problems with the process. Pat
Christensen suggested that clubs consider putting the process into their By-Laws to avoid controversy. Randy Brock says that
Oregon Koi has a nomination committee, followed by a club vote.
10. PNKCA awards:
Koi of the Year: Digital photos will be accepted as .tiff or .jpeg files up through
May 15th; one entry per club. These will be displayed at the Convention for an anonymous vote for the PNKCA Koi
of the Year award.
The Tategoi awards, sponsored by the PNKCA for club Koi Shows, are a rotating trophy;
there are 5 of them, and they are getting old and need to be replaced (one is lost).
The Cascade club suggested that if one family wins the AKCA award, they should
not be eligible for the PNKCA award at any one show. No action taken; this is a suggestion that has worked for their club.
11. Koi promotional grants, 2005:
all have been paid. According to the By-Laws, alternates from last year will be guaranteed an award this year, if they apply
for one, and if a winner doesn’t submit the necessary story and picture for reimbursement, then an alternate can move
up. All articles must be submitted by the March Rep. Meeting of the following
year. No money will be sent until the article is received.
1. Cascade Koi and Goldfish Club (3/15/05)
2. Yakima Valley Koi & Water Garden
3. Olympic Koi Goldfish and Watergarden
4. Northwest Koi & Goldfish Club
5. Washington Koi & Watergarden
6. Pacific Wonderland Koi Club (1/24/05)
Alternate – Inland Empire
Koi & Water Garden Society
Alternate – Oregon Koi & Watergarden Society
-Break- Distribution of Super Raffle
Tickets to club reps.
12. PNKCA Convention
2006 – Carmen Stafford: Norm Call has provided the art work for the pin,
poster and cover sheet. The Convention book is progressing well; bios are done, large ads are sold, the pond tour info will
be in the book, along with local information, calendar, and coupons.
Schedule: Friday evening
wine tasting, Saturday speakers, banquet and auction, Sunday pond tour with lunch at Koi Joy.
Convention 2007 – Clark Shea: Plans are underway and a team is in place to coordinate the event. The location is pending;
the Delta is closed for renovations, but would be ideal if open by then. Other hotels are near there. The Vancouver Water
Garden Society does garden tours, and we may be able to coordinate with them. Plans so far include a contest for the theme
and slogan (Clark – is this for all clubs or internal to Canada?)
New guidebooks for
convention planning will go to Carmen and Clark. Larry, Linda and Pat are working on updating the information.
14. Old Business
Koi America West: Dan Olsen has not gotten this going as yet. It may be raised again next year. John Seifert spoke
against the idea. Lee Sundgren suggested that the topic be tabled for future consideration when Dan is able to promote the
KHA Donation Program: should we donate again? The cause has raised ~$100,000
so far, but needs much more to make meaningful progress. Larry Christensen reported that there isn’t any information
on where the money is going yet, and that we should not send more funds until we have that information; M/S/P.
Web Site – Phyllis Anderson: While all agree that the site is much improved, there was extensive discussion of
the direction the web site should go.
Anne suggested that each club contribute an article; in general it was felt that
that would undermine the purpose of having individual club memberships and newsletters.
The Yakima club has had good success with a Koi for Sale page on the web site –
would that work regionally? Jeff Thomas thought that it might not work as well with such a large region, and what risk does
the PNKCA take if the buyer isn’t satisfied.
It was suggested that PNKCA items would be appropriate to post noting that they
will be available at the convention. Michael DeGrandpre moved that we drop the Koi for Sale idea, and get pictures of items
available for sale at the convention posted. M/S/P.
Larry Christensen proposed that the purpose and guidelines for the web site be
generated for consideration by the organization in the future.
Phyllis will work with the reps and start a list of concepts for the web page. Linda complimented Phyllis on her work on developing the website and saving the PNKCA
a great deal of money, and the reps responded with a round of applause.
Larry White suggested that there be a KHV information page.
Proposal: Eligibility for grants be limited to those who have hosted a PNKCA convention (tabled from the 2005 convention
rep meeting): Larry C commented that our purpose of grants is to help clubs grow. John
Seifert’s comments were read to the group for their information. It was
M/S/P to dismiss this item.
By-law change proposal by Sue Boydstun (tabled from the 2005 convention rep Meeting) Explanation: Sue Boydstun proposed
that PNKCA change the by-laws to state that the hosting club receives a guaranteed minimum of $500 plus10% of the net profits
exceeding $500 for hosting the PNKCA Convention. A short discussion followed that included Raeleen’s calculation that
under this plan the Cascade club would have gotten considerably less than it did last year. It was M/S/P to dismiss this item.
15. New Business
made a request for clubs to consider hosting the convention in 2008 or 2009. Comments
were made that clubs should work together or that smaller clubs could help the clubs that host conventions in many ways such
as helping obtain raffle items.
Grant applications were received from the following clubs, and were awarded as follows:
Empire Koi and Water Garden Society (alternate last year, 4 previous grants)
Koi &Watergarden Society (alternate last year, 5 previous grants)
Fish Pond and Water Garden Association (no prior grants)
Koi & Water Garden Society (no prior grants)
Koi and Pond Club (one prior grant)
Washington Koi & Water Garden Society (two prior grants)
Alternate #1: Northwest Koi
& Goldfish Club (4 prior grants)
Alternate #2: Cascade Koi
& Goldfish Club (6 prior grants)
2006 Show Poster – no comments
Guidebook Update – no comments
of a tote, T-shirt, and pin to a club koi show or event: Linda explained that reps who would like a donation to a club event
could request that and pick up those items at this meeting or at the June convention.
Several reps took advantage of this offer.
attendance at Rep meetings: Jerry Tyler commented on the attendance at the rep meetings.
Following a short discussion, this item was tabled for future discussion.
7. New: The question of a hosting club being allowed to sell items at a convention was raised. This item was tabled for future discussion.
8. It was M/S/P to adjourn the meeting.
Attendees: March 11, 2006
PNKCA Executive Board
Linda Montgomery, PNKCA Chairman
Gene Anderson, PNKCA Vice-Chairman
Anne Potter, PNKCA Secretary
Raeleen DeGrandpre, PNKCA Treasurer
Phyllis Anderson, PNKCA WebMaster
Attending Representatives and Past Chairs
- Jerry Tyler Past Chairman
- Larry Christensen
- Lindsay Gibson Past Chairman, Dai Ichi and Nanaimo
- John Ennals
- Clark Shea Canada Koi Club
- Jim Elliot Canada Koi Club
- Robert Fischbach
- Waunita Fischbach
- Larry Smith Yakima
- Melinda Smieja Olympic
- Dave Smieja
- Bill White Idaho Koi
- Joe Lewis
- Bob Olchewsky (?) Puget Sound
- Will Judd Washington Koi
- Lee Sundgren
- Randy Brock Oregon Koi
- Kimberly Brock Oregon Koi
- Carmen Stafford
PNKCA Convention Chair
- Pat Mueller
- Jeff Thomas
- Floyd Haderly
- Michael DeGrandpre
- Pat Christensen