April 9th Meeting
President, Monica Morley, welcomed pond members into their home and to the regular Thursday evening
Treasurer’s Repot – none given at the Thursday meetings
Minutes – approved as written
Old Business – Monica offered members a ride to In the Country Garden and Gifts. They were going to attend one of their April seminars and were willing to fill up the car for anyone interested.
Maria gave a update on the cookbook. It’s presently being proofread by volunteers Kathi Albrecht and Erma Thompson.
New Business – Larry Tharp again has “Once a Year” fertilizer packets for sale. They are 25 cents each and one packet fertilizes a pond plant in at 1-3 gallon pot for an entire year.
Speaker Committee report – almost all meetings have been filled with speakers for the year, but still a couple open which may or may not be filled.
Pond Tour Committee report – This year’s tour will be in the SE quad of CR/Solon/Swisher area. We have 5 confirmed ponds and still looking for a couple more. Any suggestions are welcomed. Monica also reported several vendors will be on hand and asked all members to remember the plant sale.
Door Prize Committee report – Stephanie reported we have plenty, but they are slow at coming. It’s not been like last year and thought it might be an economy thing.
In some informal conversation, Monica talked about how she has had a couple ducks frequenting her pond. She saw something in her pond on a shallow ledge and it turned out to be a huge duck egg. Members shared ideas on how to keep birds out. Netting and using decoys (as nesting birds are very territorial) can be used to deter birds from wanting to nest near your pond.
I, Jackie, gave a power point presentation on “Fish Disease”
Robert Hollenbeck talked briefly about the upcoming Eastern Iowa Aquarium Assoc. fish show and open house at Noelridge Park on Easter weekend. EIPS will have a informational table there also which he will man for us.
V.P. Dave Bell introduced his 3P’s part of the meeting. We had conversations and questions about the proper planting of Elephant Ears/taro.
Door prizes were drawn for and the meeting was adjourned.
Submitted by Jackie Allsup
Click to see pictures from the March 28 & April 9 meetings.
Minutes—April 25th Meeting
Monica began by welcoming 33 members once again to her home. Monica, Gil and Elena provided a wonderful meal for all the members to enjoy.
Guest speaker was delightful Ellen Skripsky. She spoke about companion gardening and natural bug control.
Hugh Albright was the winner of the 50/50 drawing.
Monica passed pictures of an Asagi koi amongst members to choose which one they thought was the better fish. Donovan Burke explained the correct answer and why “A” was the better of the two pictured fish. Great teaching aid on points to look for as you purchase koi.
Monica welcomed and introduced new member Tom Coyle and welcomed back the familiar faces of Ron & Lois Jungers. She also wished Happy April and upcoming May Birthdays to members.
Old Business: Larry Thompson spoke about the Kennedy High School pond renovation. Jeff Garner, Kerry Shaner, Bob Bisenius, and Gil Morley helped to completely clean and advise teachers and students about its impending care. The pond was in quite a state of disrepair when our volunteers arrived. What great representatives for the club!
Pond Tour Committee: Reported nothing new. Still looking for additional ponds.
Cookbook Committee: Maria reported proof reading was completed and they should be available by June 1st. Advanced sales were also going good.
New Business: The May meeting to Greg Bickal’s was discussed. A time of 6:30 was chosen.
Treasure’s Report was given: April income= $195.00, April expenses = $235.78 Total checking = 782.76, Total Savings = 2216.27. Total in the bank as of 4/22/09 = $2999.03.
Monica asked for member input regarding a social picnic at Noelridge Park. Please email or call Monica if you would like to do it again as she needs to get it rented ahead of time.
Monica told the group about a new web site she found called USAKoi.com. It has lots of information on fish and care. Monica informed members she would be purchasing a Mosaic plant from In the County Garden and Gifts and would be happy to pick up extra plants for members if they were interested in purchasing one.
In Dave’s absence, Kerry Shaner asked members to share ideas during our 3 P’s segment of the meeting. Monica spoke about a beautiful plant called King Tut Papyrus and showed the Succulent garden she created in a class by Josh Spece. Next month at Larry’s meeting, members are encouraged to bring extra plants, fish, or equipment to exchange or share with other members. Monica spoke about a great hand cream she found called Gardener’s Touch which she passed around for members to try, available at In The Country Garden and Gifts in Independence. Tim Nolan offered plastic strapping, a material used by several members in their biological filters instead of the heavy lava rock. We talked about hints for filling big pots, by using packing peanuts, tin cans, or plastic milk jugs in the bottom of them to take up space and lightening the pot so you can move it. Kerry spoke about the rising cost of an algaecide called Green Clean that several members use with good results. Members reported frogs already showing up and people were starting to feed their fish. Larry shared with members his experience with bringing in new fish to his qt tank. Upon their introduction, they immediately all spawned, creating quite a mess and crashing his water quality completely. Several tense hours and a real mess to clean up had him quite busy for a couple days.
The silent auction was closed with Tim Nolan purchasing a great 1900 gallon Pond Master pump donated to the club from Earl May. Door prizes were drawn for and the meeting was adjourned.
Respectfully submitted, Jackie Allsup
Click to see pictures from the April 25 meeting.