May 10th Meeting
The meeting was held in the home of Carol and Dennis Sindelar of Cedar Rapids. What a beautiful evening (finally) to sit outside and enjoy the meeting.
Co-president, Gary Hunerdosse, called the meeting together and began by letting new members Harvey & Sharon Petrie introduce and tell a little about themselves. They have had ponds for several years. New members, Deb and Joe Holtzman also said they have had ponds for many years, but are in the process of rebuilding bigger and better and are hoping to one day even enclose theirs in a 3 season room.
Minutes were ok’d as printed. There was no treasurer’s report given. Jo Hunerdosse brought up for discussion whether we wanted to actually put the treasurer’s report in detail in the minutes of each newsletter and thus out on the internet. Which, we have not done in the past. While some members felt the numbers were always available for public access just by asking, others felt they needed to be formally written in the minutes each time. After some discussion, it was decided to include the numbers in the minutes in the future.
In old/new business, Gary told the group that Carol Sindelar and he will be guest on the talk show ”What’s Happening”. A day time talk show on WMT 600, they will have a chance to talk about the club and our upcoming Expo and Pond Tour for a whole hour on Thursday May 17 th. I, Jackie Allsup, for the final time, asked people to sign up to volunteer and reminded them to hang posters and by all means, plan to attend!
Monica Morley talked about the upcoming Pond Tour. We have 9 ponds lined up already. This year’s tour is July 8th and is Committee chaired instead of one single person overseeing it all. If you have any questions, please contact Monica Morley or Jim Milden, however. Jim Milden will host the prepond tour during his June 23rd meeting, which starts at 2:00. There will be a plant sale again this year. So, start saving your extra plants for the tour sale. Monica passed around a volunteer sheet for the tour so members could be thinking about that also. You can volunteer for a half or whole day again this year.
Jo presented a magazine and talked briefly about the new 2007 water plant releases. She passed it around for people to take a look at. One of the new plants was a Red Bog Lily.(Burgundy leaves and pretty pink flowers. ) It was mentioned that Josh Spece carried this variety and that his open house was the upcoming weekend. Gary encouraged members to go and use their new membership cards to get a 10% discount.
I took a few minutes to talk to the club about the Kohaku (red and white koi) contest. Not really a contest at all, but at last year’s Expo 6 of us all purchased Kohakus from Kloubec’s. The experiment was for everyone to take their fish home and a year later we would come back and compare fish growth and color. 2 of the fish had passed during the year, one fish owner did not respond, and we showed pictures and discussed the environmental differences of the remaining 3. No real conclusions were discussed, but it was fun to compare growth at least.
Larry Tharp reminded club members that he again has the “Once a Year” plant fertilizer tabs for sale. They are 25 cents apiece.
Gary had Carol Sindelar talk to the club about their pond. She spoke about its care and wonderful variety of plants. They have 8 huge original koi, several home raised koi, and one huge albino catfish for population control. (Gee, I wonder who may have eaten their Kohaku??) Their ponds are beautiful, water is crystal clear, and habitants seem healthy and happy.
A plant exchange was the featured entertainment of the meeting. Everyone that had plants told the group what they brought to share and any one that wanted to got to take home something.
Numerous door prizes were drawn for with lots of lucky winners.
Respectfully submitted…………..Jackie Allsup
May 26th Meeting
The meeting was called to order by Co-President, Gary Hunerdosse, in the home of Kacy & Quinn Novak. Attendance: 22 members.
Kacy spoke about their pond. They have had preformed ponds for many years. During their house renovation, they decided to put in a 48 ft pond. During the process they took out 14 walnut trees. The pond is lined with clay. Richard Miene did the tiling and landscaped the yard. The Novak’s have a total of 8 gardens, which include 2 butterfly gardens. The newest addition is a fountain they purchased this year at the Expo. Their pond is home to about 32 Koi.
Pond Expo – Monica Morley passed out a financial report prepared by Jackie Allsup. Pam Moore noted several corrections/additions that were needed. Estimated attendance was 320. Pam felt that there was a low number of member volunteers. It was suggested that next year we work on increasing the involvement by members.
Pond Tour Committee Report Monica shared a pamphlet that would be mailed to the pond owners in June. She also passed around sign-up sheets for pond sitters. Pond owners would be responsible for picking up and returning signs. Pond sitters would be responsible for picking up the money. Both would be available the day before at Jim & Rose Milden’s home. The plant sale will also be at the Milden’s. Plants may also be dropped off the day before the tour. Pat Beuter has the signs and pools.
* Gary Hunerdosse opened a discussion about alternating the Expo with the Central Iowa Water Garden Association. There is a feeling that the EIPS would not host the Expo next year. By alternating, Dave Bell thought we would be able to cover a wider geographical area. The majority of club members present favored the idea of alternating. It was suggested that Jackie Allsup contact Jamie Beyer about the interest of his club to host the Expo and possibly some of our members could meet with members of his club. Dick Isard suggested that instead of an Expo, we have several speakers come in for a day and speak to the club. Monica said that the Beems Auditorium was available at no cost and we could open it up to the public, but could not charge. This would be an opportunity to share with the community.
Other observations regarding the Expo: $1.00 entrance discount with membership card. Several vendors reported a better business than last year. Faith Miene said several attendees were looking for water lilies and lotus. It was suggested that if anyone had extras, they should include them in the plant sale during the Pond Tour. Dave Bell suggested an exit poll be done to find out if the Expo met the expectations of the vendors. Also, in the future, finding out what communities the attendees are coming from might be useful information.
Gary thanked the Pond Expo Committee.
* Jim Milden suggested part of the proceeds from the pond tour be used to set up a scholarship at Kirkwood. It would be similar to a scholarship offered by the Master Gardeners: a $500/year awarded to a 2nd year student in golf course management course or park & natural resource program. The student would maintain a 3.0 grade and demonstrate financial need. EIPS should consider this for a long-term and a trust could be set up through Kirkwood. Kirkwood would administer and select the student. It was suggested that we present the scholarship to the student at a meeting. Kirkwood needs a commitment by the third week of June, so that it can be included in their publication. Jo Hunerdosse moved that the pond tour committee finalize the guidelines and present it at the next meeting for a vote. The motion was seconded and carried.
* Monica asked if the club ever had a rain date for the pond tour. After some discussion, it was decided that it would be too hard to determine when to cancel. Also it was an imposition on the pond owners and sitters to have a rain date.
* Gary H. suggested the club enter the Freedom Festival Parade on June 23 – 9am. The entrance fee is $10.00 and it would be good advertising. Dave Bell moved that we authorize spending $10 to get in the parade. Motion was seconded and carried. Following members have fish windsocks that could be used: Nolan, Helms, Thompson, Bell and Moore..
* Gary H. referred to a suggestion from last year regarding viewing ponds at night and offered the idea of a Progressive Dinner in the fall. We could visit 4 ponds. The ponds could be lit with pond lighting, torches, candles, etc. Discussion was tabled until next meeting.
* It was suggested that Sharon Wiese, founder of the club, be made a honorary life-time member. A motion was made, seconded, and carried.
* Tim Nolan suggested that a note from the President be included in the next newsletter informing members that they pay for a ticket to the pond tour.
* Monica. announced that in appreciation of Sue Emerick, president of the Upper Midwest Koi Club in Minneapolis, speaking at the Expo at no charge, she will be donating a quilted wall hanging, made by Maria Hamilton, as a thank you from the Club. Also, Sue will be offering her CD for $20.00. Details will be in the June newsletter. Kacy is donating the CD she won at the Expo to the Club’s library.
* Monica. announced a photo contest for late September. Categories: People in the Garden, Flowers in the Garden, Best Overall Garden View, Most Unusual, Garden Statues, and Fish & Frogs.
* Gary received an E-mail from Abby Robertson. She purchased a pond without instructions and is looking for some help. He will pass along the email addresses of the Pond Help Line: Joe Olsen, Sindelar’s, and Jackie Allsup.
………….Open Pond Discussion…………
Monica asked how does a UV filter work? Kills all bacterial, including beneficial bacteria in a pond. Larry Thompson has had success, however, states that there is a balance that needs to be maintained. Also, it can be expensive. Several members felt that the koi preferred and thrived in cloudy water. The Hunerdosse’s used one last year just before the pond tour and found that it cleared the pond water in a short time.
Monica also asked if anyone did a 20% water change. Both the Milden’s and Thompson’s do this on a regular basis. Larry suggested that you siphon out water into a 5 gallon bucket in order to keep track of the quantity. He also said that 10-15% would make a difference.
Motion was made to adjourn, it was seconded and the meeting was adjourned at 6:50 pm.
Prizes were not available.
A special thanks to our hosts who provided a meal at the end of the meeting.
Respectfully submitted by Maria Hamilton, co-editor