Thursday, Sept. 8th
Our monthly Thursday meeting was called to order by president, Kacy Novak, at the home of Rita and Larry Tharp. Minutes were ok’d as printed and Nancy gave us a treasure’s report. Kacy again mentioned that we were still looking for someplace to spend our tour proceeds. Tim and Linda Nolan suggested the Raptor Center near Lake McBride was always looking for help and that it might be a worthy cause. It was also suggested to invest some of the money into some club equipment that members could share. Example: fish tubs, new signs for the pond tour, an easy up canopy for club displays, and/or pumps or other equipment that would come in handy for our members to occasionally use instead of having to purchase it. Both items where tabled until someone comes up with prices or more information.
Larry Tharp was asked to talk about his pond a little. The Tharps hand dug their pond with the help from their dogs. Its 3 ˝ feet deep. They have a very healthy lotus which has had several blooms this year. Their yard has an additional smaller pond, a water fountain, and numerous statues and plants. Larry shared with us the device he uses to keep a hole open during the winter months. His pond is home to many goldfish and Koi. They were gracious enough to have their pond on this year’s tour, which was much appreciated.
Rita fed us all some great BBQ sandwiches and chips. Thanks, Rita!
After the business portion of the meeting, everyone packed into the living room to watch a video about pond BUGS! It was a tape, Bobbie Hershey had from the Central Iowa Pond Club’s pond seminar. All bugs take a bad rap and this very interesting presentation put many myths to rest. It pointed out the good guys and the bad; made you feel like you needed to go right out and catch bugs to bring home to your pond!
Following the video, we drew for door prizes, with the lucky winners being; Sharon Weiss, Dennis Sindelar, Eileen Serbousek, and Linda Nolan.
Darkness is starting to come earlier these days and it was dark by the time we said our good-byes. Thank you to the Tharps for supper and being host and thanks to Bobbie Hershey for sharing her video, which if you missed it, will be in our club library.
Saturday, Sept. 24th.
Our monthly Saturday meeting was held at the home of Roberta and Robert Ward, of Cedar Rapids. President, Kacy Novak, called the meeting to order and began by inviting members to enjoy the great buffet that the Wards had put out for us to enjoy. All kinds of yummy food and a homemade banana cake that was “to die for”.
After we ate, Robert told us a little about their great pond. The Wards, along with their son, put in their 4300 gallon pond themselves. They hauled in the tons of fieldstone that surround the pond and did all the landscaping. The final result looks are very professional: clear water, healthy plants, and swarming fish. They originally had a gravel bottom, but found it too hard to maintain, so they took out the bottom gravel and now can use a Pond Vac II to keep it clean. The total net result is a beautiful backyard pond with enough noise from the multiple water falls to help muffle the traffic from Edgewood Road.
Kacy read the treasure’s report, next. She also announce that treasure, Nancy Baldwin, was absent as she was at her 40th wedding anniversary party. Kacy also mentioned that the Beuters had recently celebrated their 40th .
The membership talked briefly about the purchase of a pop-up canopy for club use and we voted to allow Kacy to make that purchase for the club. We also discussed perhaps using some of the tour proceeds to bring in a speaker. We decided that maybe a special committee should be formed at our November meeting to arrange for such a speaker or putting together another Expo, like we had several years ago.
Pam Moore explained a proposal for Charitable Giving that they and the Nolans have been putting together for club consideration. It provides for $750 to be donated to the Macbride Raptor rehabilitation facility and another $750 for a scholarship at Kirkwood Community College for the Veterinary/Animal Health program. It was decided to put the information in the newsletter for all to read and take a vote at the next meeting, so all interested parties would have a chance to vote.
Our presenter for the meeting was our very own Quinn Novak! Quinn did a great demonstration and informative talk on toads and toad houses. Did you know that all toads are frogs, but not all frogs are toads? And that some toads can live to be 24 years old! And that they consume as many as 3000 bugs a month. That’s a lot of slugs if you’re a hosta person. Quinn showed us some fantastic and easy ways to make homes for our valuable guest. It was a fun presentation and Quinn did a great job.
We talked about winterizing gadgets we all use to keep our ponds open for the winter. Larry Tharp uses an “Ice Guard”, which uses a small pump to re-circulate pond water through a venturi, which picks up O2, and pumps it back into the pond. The Wards showed us a “Thermo Pond” which is a floating deicer that uses about 100 watts to run. I showed a picture of a simple inner tube and a 25 watt light bulb that I use. Kacy stands by the stock tank heater she uses and maintains it doesn’t use a lot of electricity as some people say.
And finally, we drew for door prizes. Monica Morley donated several food samples she had acquired from a vendor. So, we had lots of great stuff to give away. Lucky winners this week were: Robert Ward, Pat Beuter, Pam Moore, Elena Murillo, Quinn Novak, Kacy Novak, Ron Rife, Dennis Sindelar, and Clarence Serbousek. Woowee, that’s a lot of winners and free gifts!!
Respectfully submitted….Jackie Allsup