March 28, 2009
Meeting was called to order at 6:50 pm by President, Monica Morley at the home of Roy and Deb Gaddis.
21 members were present.
Bob Geers announced the “Silent Auction” . He explained the rules and displayed the item: 36 watt UV Clarifyer - $265 value.
Monica thanked Roy & Deb for hosting the meeting. Roy spoke a bit about their pond. It was already in place when they purchasedthe house. His first thought was to fill it in, but decided not to & they have had good luck in spite of being “pond deficient” as Roy put it. The pond was put in by Prairie Creek.
Monica introduced new members: Connie & Ed Railsback. Ed said their pond was put in last fall. They have 3 koi and goldfish which have all made it through the winter. The pond is 2000 gallon and measures 10’ x 14’ with a beach area.
Minutes for previous meeting were approved.
Treasure’s Report: Checking $988.54 & Saving $2025.34 = $3013.88 (Report given by Monica.)
Old Business: Monica reminded group that membership renewal is due April 1.
Cookbook: Budget $1075.00 ($275 paid ads, $200 donations, $600 club funds) Est Cost $1003.67 ($868.84 printing, $134.83 materials)
Profit: $1632 - If 200 cookbooks sold for $12 = $2400 less sales tax & club funds
We will print 200 cookbooks. Marketing and selling of cookbooks is a club effort. A “proof” copy of the cookbook was passed around with advance order sheets. (Report given by Maria Hamilton.)
Program: Few spots still open. Greg Bickal will speak on spawning and caring for baby fish. Master Gardners have been contacted and other topics are bonsai, photography, lighting. (Report given by Monica.)
Pond Tour: Currently have tentative ponds at the following homes: Robert Meikle, Larry & Erma Thompson, Roy and Deb Gaddis, Karen & Dave Frieden, Ed & Connie Railsback. Deb Gaddis will contact Jackie about the Lotus pond at McBride. (Report given by Monica.)
Plant Sale/Vendor at Pond Tour: Will be set up at the Thompson’s, along with the vendor sale. So far we have the Gourd Society, Betty Mum (clay leave forms), Erma Thompson (embroidery items) and Emily Quint ( homemade candies). If you know anyone else interested in being a vendor, please contact Monica. People attending plant sale were interested in water lilies, water lettuce, water hyacinth & perennials. Please keep the sale in mind when dividing plants. (Report by Monica.)
Commercial Relations: Suntara has been very generous. However, seems like receiving donations has been a bit slower this year. Reminder to please send in the “ thank you” notes. (Report given by Bob Geers.)
Monica passed out handouts on Koi, receiv ed at the San Diego Koi Show. She also provided handouts on Perennials prepared by Master Gardener, Deb Walser.
Monica mentioned a program from Taro Kodama. Each month he will have different Koi available at $99 each plus shipping of $95.00. If you order 7 you get free shipping. Check is website for offerings www.kodamakoifarm.com.
Barb Roberson has a 10‘x7’ pond screen for sale - $100. Contact 319-283-5133.
Deb Gaddis spoke about pond insurance. She visited sev eral web sites and chat rooms. Found that you would have to go through a specialty insurance and expect high premiums. In the past, the Gaddis’ had a problem with a multitude of deer, but has found since the bow deer hunt at McBride was started in 2005, the deer visiting their area has been diminished greatly. Deb mentioned the lotus area at McBride is in full bloom in July and worth a visit.
Dave Bell conducted the 3P’s segment of the meeting.
Prizes were distributed and Bob mentioned the next Silent Auction would be for a 1900 gallon/hr pump, donated by the eastside Earl May ($170 value.)
Monica thanked Bob and Stephanie for starting and handling the Silent Auction and also requesting products and storing them, a great job done by both of them.
Respectfully submitted by Maria Hamilton.
From Across the Room...
Twenty-one members didn’t let the crazy Iowa weather— snow & rain— stop them Saturday night. Deb and Roy rolled out the red carpet for us die hard members.
We all looked through the window to take a quick peek at the pond. We could see the koi nestled together.
Deb and Roy cooked tasty BBQ and provided drinks, and the rest of us filled in with salads, deserts and appetizers. Everyone spread out in the Gaddis’s cozy beautiful home to enjoy good food, good drink, and good conversation. Deb and Roy introduced their newest family member “Sophie” a baby yellow lab. Sophie welcomed & kissed “licked” everyone, such a good little girl.
It was wonderful to see Tim and Linda Nolan and Clarence & Eileen Serbousek, and to meet new members Ed & Connie Railsback. Monica and Donovan visited about a bus trip to Minnesota September 12 for a Koi Show.
Many pre-orders were submitted for the cookbook, what a spectacular start.
After the meeting, we all did some last minute chit chat before heading home. Again, many thanks to Deb and Roy for opening their home with warm friendly hospitality to their ponding pals.