October 27th Meeting
Last meeting’s minutes were approved.
There was no treasurer’s report.
There were no committee reports
There was no unfinished business.
There was no new business to discuss.
Announcements: Date change for the November 10th Recognition meeting at Coopers Mill.
Larry Thompson announced that he had heard that Monica Morley and Dave Bell might offer to put
their name on the ballet for President and Vice President for 2008. Larry said that he was hopeful
they would as the Hunerdosse's and Thompson's would prefer not to repeat in 2008.
We will need volunteers for 2008, so be sure to be thinking about what you would like to do on the
various committees and functions.
Pond Expo discussion: Someone wondered if we will have another Expo this year and the general
consensus was that we probably will not, but that the Central Iowa Society might.
Kodama Koi question: Someone asked if everyone's Koi were doing OK and everyone said their Koi
were doing great.
New Koi food discussion: Larry said he had read about a new Koi food called Manda Fu that can be
fed at lower water temperatures. It is manufactured in Japan. No one present had any experience with
it. Larry has ordered some and can report back if anyone is interested.
Leave filter running in Winter question: Someone asked if anyone had experienced success leaving
their filter and pumps running in the winter. No one present had, but Larry indicated he thought the
Morley's had got along OK, as long as you regularly check the water levels to insure the pump and
intake has not frozen and the pump has sufficient water to keep it running efficiently.
How to keep your pond open in the winter question: Several methods were discussed including aerators
and heaters or a combination of both.
How to start a new pond question: Various methods were discussed including adding commercial bacteria/
sewage treatment products such as Ecological Labs, etc. Other methods included transferring
filtration media (pads, etc) and water from a healthy established pond in order to seed the new pond
with the healthy bugs in order to jump start mother nature's natural process. It was noted that two
members who have Tropical fish, Sindelar's and Thompson's, always seed a new aquarium with
aged sponge filters from a healthy tank. This process has worked 100% of the time in order to quickly
establish a good supply of bugs. It was also noted that new ponds must not be overloaded with
fish. The fewer fish the better, for at least a year, and then gradually add fish until the pond matures and excellent water quality is established.
End discussion: Everyone thought this informal discussion and information sharing about topics of interest was lots of fun and beneficial. It was especially beneficial to the new members present who had a lot of questions about their new pond.
The meeting was adjourned and Pat had lots of great snacks and drinks. She also passed out lots of
goodies such as flower seeds from all kinds of flowers and dried flowers already dried and ready for your use.
Submitted by Erma Thompson
November 10th Meeting
The final meeting (the last supper) for the year 2007 was held at the Cooper’s Mill restaurant. Everyone gathered in the conference room to visit and order dinner. Elena Murillo had handmade each member a glass goblet with attached flowers and humming birds and filled with Hershey Kisses. Each goblet also contained a paper koi that had a different wise saying printed on it for fun. Many thanks to her for all her hard work in their preparation. They dressed up our tables nicely. After our mea l, president, Gary Hunerdosse, welcomed club members and thanked them for the great past year. He sent around sign up sheets for hosting 2008 meetings and the various committees that every year needs a new batch of volunteers. EIPS has always been made up of some of the most gracious volunteers. Some committees take a lot less commitment of time than others, so there really is something for everyone and we encourage everyone to sign up for at least one committee.
Other than putting together next year’s agenda, there really was no other new business to discuss. Concerning old business, Gary had Jim Milden read 2 thank yous the club received from the 2 young students from Kirkwood that received this year’s scholarships donated by the club. Bryce Bridges, who hopes to open his own landscape business and Taylor Hansen, who hopes to be a golf course greens keeper where the gentleman sending out their thanks.
A final year end treasure’s report was given, with 3 outstanding checks; there is $2552.94 in savings
and $2559.50 in checking for a total of $5112.44 in the treasury.
The chairmen and 2007 committee volunteers were all mentioned by name and again thanked by Gary. It was mentioned by Dorothy Helms that member Sharon Weiss was going through her knee surgery on the 12th. We all wanted her to know she’s in our thoughts and prayers.
The final business of 2007 was to hold the elections for new officers for 2008. Monica Morley volunteered to become president again. Dave Bell volunteered to be next year’s Vice President. (He also promised a “Koi in every Pond” but, you know how campaign promises can be!! ) I, Jackie, volunteered to hold the only office I haven’t done yet and that’s the treasure’s job and also volunteered to continue to write the minutes, which is basically the secretary’s only job. Monica and her sister Maria have agreed to continue to put together the newsletter. (Which, is truly the hardest job of all the offices) Rosie and Herman Michel have graciously offered to maintain the club library and last but not least the Geers have volunteered to continue to maintain the door prize accumulation and dispersement, which is no little job either. Gary announced all these nominations and asked for further nominations from the crowd. With no contested position, a show of hands was taken to accept the 2008 nominations as above. A unanimous vote came from it and in contrast from last year where we had to lock the doors to get a completed vote it was all finished in just a few minutes. Yee haw!
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As promised, there were gifts for everyone. Monica, as chairman of the recognition committee had put together several great gifts for all those that volunteered at some point during the year, and as I mentioned earlier that was pretty much everybody! She gave special recognition to all the previous officers. She thanked Jim Milden for his time spent on this year’s pond tour advertising. She presented me a great t-shirt for my work as a KHA and chairing the Expo event. She put the names of all the contributing newsletter article writers in a special drawing with Robert Hollenbeck winning the Frog statue for his many pictures he sent in. She handed out numerous certificates and some great looking laminated calendars to all the other members that helped during the year. A special t-shirt for writing “Hosta of the Month” for the newsletter and $100.00 gift certificate will also be mailed out to Josh Spece for his great work on our website.
Very special thank you must go out for our past presidents, Jo and Gary Hunerdosse. They did a terrific
job running meetings and keeping things fun.
We had 6 very nice GRAND-End of the Year door prizes. This year, Kevin Bailey from Prairie Creek
Landscape donated a wonderful air pump. We also had a fish net, a pond deicer, 2 water spitters a frog and fish and a solar fountain. Grand prize winners this year were, Pat Beuter, Dave Bell, Gil Morley, Jim Milden, Larry Thompson and Gary Hunerdosse. In addition to these great prizes, we had numerous additional door prizes. As mentioned before, everybody went home with something.
Gary ended the meeting by thanking everyone again for the great year and reminding folks of the Linn County Master Gardeners Spring Symposium on Feb. 2nd at Kirkwood College. Meeting was adjourned.
Happy Holidays and see you in the Spring as we look forward to another great ponding year!
Respectfully submitted…Jackie Allsup
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