Thursday, June 8th, at the home of Lisa and Brady Lanham, Cedar Rapids.
President, Monica Morley, opened the meeting by asking Brady to talk a little about his pond. The Lanhams have one pond outside and one inside. Brady told us about the history of his ponds and everyone got a chance to go inside to check out his inside setup. They did all their own landscaping and construction. It was a beautiful evening so we got to sit outside for a change and enjoy their beautiful flowers and fire pit.
Following Bradyís brief talk we were very fortunate to have James Kurtzleben, a master gardener with the Iowa State Extension Office, give us a talk on bats and bat houses. I took 2 pages of notes on these little creatures as James talked about myths and behaviors and care for these guys. They didnít seem near a creepy after he was done talking about them. Most importantly he talked about humane ways to get them out of places you donít want them in, like attics. We all learnt a lot and James was a very good speaker, rewarding members with candy if they got the answers to his questions correct. For more information on bats or building proper bat houses check out www.batcon.org or NWF.org on the web.
During the business section of the meeting, minutes where approved as printed. There was no treasurerís report as Joe was gone on vacation in Canada. We discussed the purchase of new pond tour signs and Monica had a sample for us to look at. We decided we needed some additional information and will bring it back to the next meeting. We discussed the possible reformat of tickets for the pond tour and asked for volunteers to sit at the ponds. Lisa reported we have 10 ponds signed up for the tour and fliers are forth coming.
Monica passed around an email from a gentleman that had 6 large koi for sale. If youíre interested please call Tony at 431-5657
Monica and others have been researching information regarding an advertisement contract with the CR Gazette for pond tour ads. It was voted to go ahead with these ads to see if they make a difference in our participation.
Monica also donated some EIPS business cards which will be given out at the tour. She was also looking into membership cards, which we used to have, but seem to have dropped in recent years. We discussed club discounts with area vendors, and decided we needed to be more aggressive at asking vendors to offer these discounts. (Again, it takes volunteers to take the time to go out and ask for these type of benefits, and if no one does it, it doesnít get done.)
I mentioned to the membership that I had received an email regarding a gentleman that wanted to start a spin off club in the Washington, IA area. Itís only in the planning state and he had to see if he could drum up enough interest in his area to start its own club, but they wanted to be affiliated with our club so they could share our newsletter. The membership was open to this idea and felt we could probably work something out as we welcome all people to this great hobby.
Before we adjourned door prizes were drawn for. The lucky winners were Lisa Landhamb, Monica Morley, Quinn Novak, Dennis Sindelar, Herman Michaels, Larry Thompson, Jim Milden, Elena Murillo, Edna Rife, and Rober Ward. Wow, thatís a lot of door prizes! Thanks to the Lanhambs for the great cookies, refreshing drinks, and warm hospitality.
Meeting Minutes June 24, 2006 The meeting was called to order at the Pond of Robert and Stephanie Geers by president Monica Morley. A treasurerís report e-mailed in from Joe Olsen revealed a balance in excess of $2500. It was reported that an anonymous member purchased 50 Signs for the Pond tour. This was great news.
Monica distributed some packets to the Pond owners on the pond tour. They were encouraged to find out how attendees heard about the tour to allow us to track our publicity techniques.
Dennis Sindelar reported for the Pond Tour Committee:
** We are still in need of volunteers to sit at ponds. 7 all day (6 hours) slots and 6 one half day (3 hour) slots. Members were encouraged to see Carol during the pre-tour to sign up to help. (By the end of the evening there were still 3 all day slots and 6 half day slots). We need helpers, please call Lisa & Brady Lanham at 362-7672 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or LANHAMB1@msn.com or Dennis & Carol Sindelar at 365-1839 or email email@example.com to volunteer.
** Posters are available for members to take and place around their communities. Please, again, see Carol during the tour to get posters.
** We will be caravanning together to the ponds this evening to allow the pond owners to see all the ponds and yet be at their own pond when members visit. Please try to stay together. If you get lost Dennisí cell number is 389-9037.
Monica drew Jeanine Paigeís name for Member of the month and she is invited to write about herself and her ponding experience. Kacy Novak then drew names for door prizes. A lot of nice pond related items donated by national manufacturers were given away.
At that time the group left Geers and proceeded on the tour. It took 3 hours and we only received 10 drops of rain on the windshield between the Remington and Miene ponds. Pretty good considering the sky was looking very ominous as we traveled to the Toddville area.