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In This Issue: February 2005

Saturday, February 12, 2005
4:00 pm
The Pizza Ranch
219 W 4th Street
Vinton, Iowa

The February 12, 2005 meeting will again be at the Pizza Ranch in Vinton, at 4:00. This time we all have to pay our own way. If you stay for dinner. The program will be a slide presentation by member Greg Bickel on his recent Koi buying trip to Japan.

The February meeting is when we roll up our sleeves and really get planning for the year. Come help direct the future of EIPS.

Greg won this Japan trip on the internet. He saw beautiful fish and took pictures. Come enjoy Greg’s adventure: a Koi lover’s dream.

Check out these pictures and stories about ponds during our Iowa winters.

Your fearless editor made an oops in newsletter etiquette in the August newsletter. I reprinted a wonderful article by aquarist Anchor Sarslow: So, Are You Just a Beginner? (Explaining some things in simple and often un-elegant terms).

Archer is the Editor of the Aqua News, the newsletter of the Minnesota Aquarium Society. He reminded me I needed to note that the article was a reprint and from MAS. So here is how it should have looked:

So, Are You Just a Beginner?
(Explaining some things in simple and often un-elegant terms).
By Anchor Sarslow. Reprinted from Aqua News, Newsletter of the Minnesota Aquarium Society.

Anchor, if you are reading this, the two copies are on their way. And thanks for catching that.

EIPS EDITOR — Carol Sindelar

We are saddened to report the passing of a legend. Perry D. Slocum passed away on November 29, 2004. He was 91 years young. Perry was known world wide for his prolific work as a water lily and lotus hybridizer. Many of the popular water lilies prized today were the result of Perry's work. A few of the truly great hardy water lilies are: Perry's Baby Red, Pink Sensation, and Perry's Double White. There are many great lotus and water lilies that bear his name.

Perry began growing water lilies when he was a teenager and worked with them most of his life. He was also an exceptional photographer with many of his photographs published.

We as water garden enthusiasts will miss him and are thankful to him for all of his accomplishments to our hobby.

Our thoughts are with his family.
The Water Garden Staff

Upcoming opportunities to promote EIPS within the Eastern Iowa area include information tables at:

EIAA Spring Tropical Fish Show
March 26 & 27th Noelridge Park Greenhouse, Cedar Rapids.

Brucemore—Cedar Rapids
The Eastern Iowa Garden and Landscape Show August 27

If there are other opportunities in your area, please let Kacy know so we can get a table there.

At the November meeting members in attendance signed up to help out on committees. Following are those committees. But there is always room for more help. If you are interested in helping out a committee, just give the chairperson a call. * indicates chairperson.


*Bonnie Happal 232-4054

Joe & Mary Robinson 474-2236

Roger & Shirley Thurm 984-5369


*Kacy Novak 362-0487

Bonnie Happal 232-4054


*Monica Morley 294-4866

Gil Morley 2294-4866

Elena Murello 294-4866

Dorothy Helms 472-3158

Marilyn Oliver

Jackie Allsup 934-3665


No volunteers


* Harold & Barb Cassens 472-3178

Jackie Allsup 934-3665


* Herman Michels 366-1789

Susan Highshoe 373-0645

Joe Olsen 334-2709


*Robert Hollenbeck 849-1188

Jackie Allsup 934-3665


*Carol Sindelar 365-1839

Rita Tharp 396-3293

Roger Thompson 854-7229

Dennis Sindelar 365-1839

Tim Nolan 363-9408

Jackie Allsup 934-3665

As you can see, we are in need of some more members to help on the committees. The more helping hands the lighter the load. Some special needs include:

Community Service committee: A large part of this committee description is organization. Are you an organizer? This committee needs you.

Program committee: needs members from other geographic areas of the club to help find local speakers, especially Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Vinton areas.

Commercial Relations: Again members from other geographic areas of the club to visit local dealers. Just share your enthusiasm about the club.

Hospitality: All helping hands are welcome in this committee. They do a lot of stuff. Some one truly interested in promoting the library would be helpful.

Writing Committee: We have a good start here. Articles are appreciated from anyone within the club. Also, if you come across factoids about ponding, pass them along to the editor.

Publicity: Opps, no one volunteered here. Someone who is used to contacting the local newspapers would be helpful here.

Recognition committee: The fun part of this job is to attend meetings and keep a of list of “unusual” achievements that can be recognized each November. A few more helping hands needed here too.


  • works with the water garden tour committee to bring to the club membership ideas as to where to apply the proceeds from the tours.
  • see that money gets dispersed
  • in the case of a project that requires club participation, they will be responsible for organizing materials, getting volunteers, (does not mean they are responsible to do all the work involved) and carrying through with said project.


  • responsible for finding and organizing programs and speakers for meetings.
  • plans and organizes club activities, such as trips, club workshops, etc.


  • organizes and gets publicity for meetings and activities.
  • Works closely with Pond Tour group to get advertising everywhere.
  • develops and maintains our club informational brochures and sees that they get to the Commercial Relations committee for dispersal.


  • help write for and organize the newsletter
  • assist the editor.


  • welcoming new members
  • mentoring new members
  • Promote library
  • name tags and club membership cards
  • Generally help members realize the discounts and benefits to joining.


  • finding ponds and getting the tour organized
  • recruit volunteers to help at the ponds
  • establish times
  • print programs
  • coordinate and help with publicity.


  • responsible for making contact and maintaining our relationships with area retailers. (Letting them know we exist)
  • establish club discounts or promotional door prizes.
  • Distribute club information to dealers so they can give to customers.


  • sends thank you notes to presenters & business sponsors.
  • puts together year end recognition programs for officers and volunteers

PLEASE PICK ONE TO JOIN: The committees got a good start at the November meeting but there is still room for your participation on a committee. The committee member with an * by their name was chosen as the contact. Please contact that person to be involved in the committee of your choice. Or contact Kacy Novak.

Remember, EIPS runs on volunteers. Please consider serving on a committee. Many hands make for light work.

In this issue:

There are a lot of events of interest upcoming in the Eastern Iowa area that club members may be interested in. This issue has a lot of information about these events from other organizations. We hope you are able to take advantage of these educational opportunities. In the March issue we will get back on track and be printing informational articles from our members.

Time to Renew Your membership!

Simply tear out and fill in the membership form, mail it to our PO Box in Vinton, Iowa. Dues are $10.00. Make the check payable to EIPS or Eastern Iowa Pond Society. If you do not have time to do it right now, tear out the form and place it in your bill paying pile so it will not be forgotten. We would hate to have your membership expire.

Date: Monday, March 14, 2005
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Title: Water Gardening, Koi and Critters

Editor’s note: Information presented is from the Reiman Gardens publicity draft. Lunch and an afternoon break are included. The symposium will be in the Hughes Auditorium at Reiman Gardens. More information will be made available in the next CIWGA newsletter.

Explore the world of Koi and water gardening through the eyes of four experts from around the country. Learn how water gardening incorporates an international perspective in many ways. We'll start with the basic mechanics, then dive into plants that you can use from around the world, and, finally, learn how animals (both fish and insects) can add that extra dimension to your water garden. This symposium is generously sponsored by the Central Iowa Water Gardening Association.

Topics & Presenters:

"Pumps and Plumbing for Your Water Garden" & "Growies (marginal plants) for your Pond"

  • Deb Spencer, co-owner of The Water's Edge, Lawrence, Kansas. Being brought back to Iowa by popular demand, Deb is a pioneer in Midwest water gardening.

"Is it a Koi Pond, Water Garden, or Both?

  • In this session you will learn what is important when building a pond for Koi versus a traditional water garden. You will learn why Koi keepers often don't use rocks in their pond below water level and what is vital to keeping Koi happy and healthy whether the pond is a pure Koi pond or a Koi pond/water garden combination.
  • Tom Graham, sales and production manager of Koi USA and president of TC Publishing, Inc., San Diego County, California

"How to Identify a Good Quality Koi (Japanese, American and Israeli)"

  • Why do some Koi cost so much more than others? How does one determine a Koi's quality? In this session you will be introduced to the common traits of high quality Koi, and see what to look for when selecting the most popular varieties of Koi on the market today.
  • Tom Graham, sales and production manager of Koi USA and president of TC Publishing, Inc., San Diego County, California.
  • Tom Graham built his first small pond in the early 70's and has been an avid ponder ever since. For the past eleven years he has been the Sales and Production Manager for KOI USA Magazine and is President of TC Publishing, Inc. He is a past president of the Koi Club of San Diego as well as past Koi Show Chairman, and a club steering committee member for nearly twenty years. He is also a member of the Water Garden Society of Southern California, and past Board Member of the Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego.

"Lets Go To The Amazon; Home to the Victoria Water Lily"

  • Don Bryne, owner of Swannee Labs, Lake City, Florida. Don is a well-known water lily hybridizer and has led several expeditions to South America collecting Victoria seeds.

"Aquatic Insects in Your Pond Ecosystem"

  • Nathan Brockman, Butterfly Wing Curator, Reiman Gardens, Iowa State University

EIPS will be involved at this event and encourages members to attend.

Member participating:

Greg Bickal - Low Cost Pond Building #262432.
Deb Walser - Build a Terra Cotta Patio Fountain #262441.

EIAA will also set up an informational display table for attendees to peruse between presentations.

Class Descriptions - page 1
Class Descriptions - page 2
Class Descriptions - page 3

EIPS is looking into purchasing some pond plant fertilizer tablets. These tablets are a slow release, one application each summer. The more we order the cheaper they are. We need to get our order in early though. The Pond - Pak stats are reprinted on this page.

If you’re interested in acquiring some of these you need to contact Larry or Rita Tharp (396-3293 or tharp.larry@mcleodusa.com).

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