February 28, 2009
February meeting was held at the home of Jeff Garner and Kerry Shaner of Cedar Rapids. The meeting was well attended with 35 members present. President, Monica Morley, called the meeting to order. Lou Ann Jayne won the 50/50 drawing; adding $15.50 to the treasury. New members introduced were, Linda and Donovan Burke from Cedar Falls and Elizabeth and Andy Hosmanek from Iowa City. Each talked briefly about their pond. Monica thanked Jeff and Kerry for their hospitality and Kerry spoke about their pond. Treasures report was given. The club has $623.04 in checking and $2024.55 in savings.
In old business:
The Kennedy Project: Larry Thompson gave a follow up report on the Kennedy project. He is planning an April 24th spring cleanup there. Our club volunteers are assisting 3 teachers from Kennedy. Larry created a hand out for Kennedy and for any of the members wanting Pond Task Guidelines listing the task under the following: Daily, Weekly, and Yearly Pond Cleaning. Gil Morley, Jeff and Kerry, and Bob Bisenius all volunteered to help.
In New business:
LouAnn Jayne announced some upcoming Master Gardener’s events for ’09.
Speaker Committee: Reported they will be meeting later in the week and asked the members for ideas.
Pond Tour Committee: They asked for volunteers to be on this year’s tour to be again held in the Cedar Rapids area.
Plant/Vendor Committee: Monica reported that the Gourd Society has once again agreed to participate as a vendor. She asked if anyone had ideas for vendors for example, jewelry makers, selling pond products, etc. She did request no plant vendors due to our plant sale which is our money maker and to keep us in mind this spring and summer dividing up plants. We will also be renting a Port O’Johnny at this location.
Cookbook Committee Report: Maria Hamilton reported they have around 120 pages so far. The proof reading and assembling will be done by the committee, Maria Hamilton, Kathi Albrecht, Erma Thompson and Monica Morley. Advertisers have already contributed 135.00 toward its expense and Jeff and Kerry have donated $100.00. The club voted to approve the funding (approx. $600.00) to proceed with it’s printing. The initial printing will be for 100 copies.
Door Prize Committee (the Geers) reported prizes have been slow to come in. They have mailed out all their request letters. Talk about on the high priced items donated. Perhaps having a silent auction. Bob Geers offered to take care of this area.
Monica spoke about possible things to do this year. She suggested a Bus Trip to a Koi Show/Expo, Learn to Draw and Paint Koi, Chili Cook Off Contest, Ideas for Workshops not on meeting dates, Trip to the Hosta Farm not on a meeting date, Social Picnic at Noelridge Park with no meeting. For this year she wanted to focus a little more on education in this hobby. She also spoke of events at In The Country Gardens and Gifts.(see p. 7) She announced the following dates were open yet for hosting meetings: March, the 2 meetings in April, May 23rd and October.
Vice president, Dave Bell, started his 3-P program. Kerry mentioned a problem with string algae. Another member mentioned problems with a Pecosamus attacking other fish in their pond. Many members were experiencing spring fish kills already.
Monica and Larry Thompson and myself spoke about our recent trip to the AKCA annual seminar in San Diego. Larry Thompson received the Koi Person of the Year Award while there.
Prior to starting the meeting, Monica had posted pictures of 2 Asagi koi and asked members to pick the best fish. Larry Thompson then gave us the correct answer and told us what made one fish better than the other. Monica asked if this was something the club would like to do at meetings to learn more about koi.
Door prizes were drawn for and the meeting adjourned.
Respectfully submitted…Jackie Allsup, Sec. /Tres.