August 9th Meeting
Our regular Thursday night, monthly meeting was held at the home of our club co-presidents, Jo and Gary Hunerdosse of Cedar Rapids. Gary, called the meeting to order and began by asking the membership if they had all received their new 2007 membership cards. If you have not received yours and would like one, please contact Gary or Jo. They are good for discounts at some of the local nurseries.
Minutes were approved as written and there was no new updated treasurer’s report. Gary mentioned that the scholarship check had been written to Kirkwood and the pond tour produced 4 new memberships.
Gary slipped inside the house for a minute and then reappeared in a nice leather jacket, reminiscent of the 1950’s. He did this to remind people of the upcoming meeting at Rosie and Herman Michel’s. Their meeting to celebrate Herman’s birthday is to be a costume party with a 50’s theme. Everyone was reminded to dress up and get ready for a great party with food and drink provided by the Michels.
In new business, a sign-up sheet was passed around for the Brucemore Art and Landscape Show on August 25th. New announcements for fish were made. Calvin Birkey, 377-3594 has 7 baby goldfish of different colors that he wants to cull from his pond. If interested, call him. They could be free or for a small donation. John Bailey 360-1223 also has koi for sale, med-lg. 25.00 and up. AKCA also mailed all members a coupon good for one free sample of KOI Magazine. Gary passed these out as well for anyone interested.
In old business, Gary again tried to clear up some misunderstandings about the club’s use of tour funds. I think he is saying, sales tax must be paid on all proceeds collected from the tour if they are to be used for anything other than giving them away as donations. This includes not being able to use it for newsletters, food at meetings, or any club purchases of equipment. As a result, we’ll be investigating the plausibility of paying that tax so that the money can be freed up to use for club expenses if needed.
Gary asked new members, Kerry Shaner and Jeff Garner to introduce themselves. Welcome guys. Kerry and Jeff recently purchased a house with a pond already there. (Like so many people do.) They enjoyed our pond tour so much they decided to join.
Gary took a minute to tell us about his pond. They have been ponding since 2004. They dug their own pond with the help of a nephew. It has since matured to a beautiful pond that truly brings their back yard to life.
Our guest speaker for the evening was Master Gardener Ellen Sckipsy. She gave a timely talk about Garden Clean Up for Fall. (Yes, it’s getting that time already! Eek!) She spoke about things to do to put our garden to bed, transplanting in the fall, and planting bulbs in the fall for next year. Her talk was very informational and entertaining. She had tons of great handouts and tidbits of information. She had mentioned that now is the time to fertilize your grass. Larry Thompson pointed out that in Minnesota, places like Menards are prohibited in selling fertilizer with phosphorus in it as it gets into the lakes and streams and promotes green water. (Just like it will in your garden ponds if you are not careful and it washes in with the rain.)
Dick Isard had free XM Radio cloth bags to give everyone. He had some great pictures to share with the club of the train bridge he built himself for his pond. Door prizes were drawn for and handed out.
Respectfully submitted………Jackie Allsup
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Minutes ….. August 25th
Rosie and Herman Michel were the host of our Saturday monthly meeting. Rosie and Herman went all out to decorate their garage in the 50’s theme in celebration of Herman’s birthday. The party-like atmosphere almost overshadowed the beautiful pond located just outside the door. President, Gary Hunerdosse, began the meeting by talking about the planned progressive dinner/night pond tour. Gary sent around a sign up sheet and asked for volunteers to help host the event. It is planned to be September 29th and will include 4 sites. If you would like to host a segment of this special night time tour, please call Gary or Jo.
Pam Moore gave a treasure’s report. The annual $500.00 scholarship to Kirkwood has been mailed and the Aquascape magazine subscription for the Cedar Rapids Library has been renewed, leaving us a balance of $6519.00. There was some discussion on putting part of the balance of the money in a short-term CD. Rose Milden made a motion to buy a CD, but after discussion on stipulations on filing at the end of the year being a non profit, she withdrew her motion. It was suggested the club come up with a yearly budget, so as to determine how much money we could safely donate and not run short on operating funds.
Pam submitted several suggestions on additional donation ideas. It was voted on and approved to mail Kirkwood an additional “one time only” $500.00 scholarship, using the same requirements as the annual one. Also, voted and approved, was funding up to $1000.00 for pond improvements to the Frank Lloyd Wright visitor’s center pond. (EIPS built this pond several years ago) Sharon Weiss volunteered to purchase the materials and sell to the club “at cost” for these improvements. Also, approved for a $500.00 donation, were plantings for the Heartland Acres Agribusiness Center located in Independence, IA. Other ideas offered up as suggestions, but put on hold pending further investigation of implementation where: installing bike parking stands at some of the coffee shops in downtown Cedar Rapids along the bike trail, and possibly installing an informational sign along the ˝ acre lotus lake beside the Solon and Lake McBride bike trail.
Monica Morley addressed the club to inform members that we will be applying for a sales tax number and begin paying sales tax on all revenues other than membership fees. There is still lots of debate on which portion of these revenues we must pay sales tax on, and other members volunteered to help sort out all the complicated laws that might apply to the club and it’s donations to other non-profit organizations and educational facilities. (Kirkwood) It was voted and approved to rescind the dues increase that was voted on in July. Dues will stay at 10.00 a family. By paying sales tax on the pond tour proceeds, we should now be able to use those funds for club operational purposes. (newsletters, food after the tour, end of the year volunteer gifts, etc. )The vote was rescinded due to misunderstood information given at the July meeting on not being able to use proceeds from the pond tour for operational purposes.
After this very complicated and serious conversation, we got down to some serious fun. Did I tell you about our very special guest? Well, believe it or not, Elvis showed up to sing us (well, Herman) a couple songs! Rosie and Herman fed us a fantastic feast of maidrites and BBQ chicken and all the sides. Previously, we had all taken the time to secretly guess Herman’s birth weight. Monica had the closest guess. Herman was a whopping 11 lbs 7 oz at birth! There was also a costume contest for the best 50’s attire. Erma Thompson and Dave Bell won by a show of applause. This was followed by a Twisting dance contest. Gary Hunerdosse was chosen as the best twister on stage. Rosie then assembled a couple groups of people to do a pricing contest. She had several articles and asked members to guess the price of them in 1950’s. Wow, how things have gone up! There was also a bubble gum blowing contest and a hoola hoop contest. Rosie had several old-time give away prizes like Teaberry gum, candy (gum) cigarettes, and wax bottles filled with flavored juice. A DJ played music and members visited and laughed at each other. A special thank you to Rosie and Herman for all their hard work. It was fun and a great way to end the summer meetings.
Respectfully submitted…Jackie Allsup