Our August 14th meeting was held at the home of Jo and Gary Hunerdosse of Cedar Rapids. The evening was
threatening rain, so we moved inside. The Hunerdosse’s have a very beautiful pond, clear water and an abundance of water lettuce!
Monica began the meeting by introducing our guest speaker, Gene Frey. Gene is an area master gardener
and gave the club an excellent talk on pruning trees and shrubs. If you happened to miss this meeting, he donated a copy of his presentation on CD to the club library, so you can still see his informative talk.
Following his talk, Monica thanked him and proceeded with the meeting. She passed around membership
list, but reminded members the list can be accessed on the web site at any time. Monica introduced and
welcomed new pond members, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Meikle, of Cedar Rapids.
Minutes were approved as written in the previous newsletter.
In new business, Jeff Garner talked to the club about the up and coming “Under the Stars Progressive
Dinner and Pond Tour”. The date has been set for Sept. 19th at 7:00pm. This is a strictly social evening which will include enjoying appetizers at the Thompson’s, dinner at Jeff and Kerry’s, and dessert at the Geer’s. Cost is just 10.00 per person, which will all go to flood relief. (OK, so Jeff did mention a possible additional nonmandatory donation of $30.00 to help them pay for the addition they put on their deck in preparing to host this event. LOL) He passed a sign up sheet, so they could get an approximate head count. This was a very enjoyable evening last year and we hope you all will try to attend.
In other business, Monica told the club how she and her family hosted Ken and Diane Houtman for a
day. (Monica took a day off work to take the time to visit with a complete stranger about the EIPS!!-dedication beyond the call of duty, I think.) Ken is the current president of the Great Ponds & Koi Society of West Michigan. They were visiting a daughter here and emailed to see if we had someone available to meet with and show them around a little. She reported they had a great visit and also went out to Larry and Erma’s house to view their pond. (I, Jackie, got a very nice thank you email from them, telling me how nice everyone treated them. Seems every month, I’m thanking Monica for doing things behind the scenes for the EIPS, just thought members need to know this, too. We have a very active and hard working president!)
And, speaking of the Morley family, Elena Murillo donated the cost of putting an ad in the Gazette’s
Discovery Booklet on behalf of the EIPS. That’s $175.00 for a 2x2 ad advertising the club’s existence. Watch for the booklet in the Sunday, Sept 21st in the Gazette. Thank you, Elena.
Monica announced to the club that beginning the next meeting we would be trying out a new 50/50
drawing at each meeting as a fun way to raise a little additional money for the treasury. Of course, this would be strictly optional. Members would donate a dollar and get a ticket with a number. At the end of the meeting, a number is drawn and the “pot” is split 50/50 between the club and the winner! Other proposed projects were mentioned and if you have an idea for a fun project or ways to raise a little extra money, please contact Monica.
Monica thanked club members Larry Thompson, Becky Lynch, and myself for the many presentations
given to the club this year.
I mentioned the up and coming Brucemore Landscape and Art show. The club will have a booth there
again this year. Larry Thompson announced he will be receiving 14 10”-12” koi, donated to the club by Kodama Koi. Larry has volunteered to house and quarantine the fish until they can be distributed among members. (Again, something Monica arranged)
I painted some Koi on a vase and gave it to Ellen Koubec, who has graciously agreed to present it as a
“Friendship” award from EIPS at the Midwest Pond & Koi Society’s annual Koi show in Chicago on Aug. 23rd.
Our V.P., Dave Bell, started our 3-p’s (Plants, Products, and Problems). We talked about products like
Green Clean and SAB. Herman Michael made everyone laugh talking about how he finally is happy that his
“sh_t tank” (aka settling chamber) is finally working great and his water is clearing. Jo Hunerdosse was willing to give free water lettuce away to anyone who wanted it and we talked a little about how pretty a Mosaic Plant was and how we all need to incorporate one into our ponds. We also discussed briefly how a swinging pH can cause distress in fish, and what to do about high pH.
In conclusion, we had a ton of door prizes to give away. There were great treats prepared by Jo and
Gary. It got dark and late fast and they lit some torches so we could enjoy their pond with night lighting. It was hard to leave without wanting to just hang out on the deck with a cool drink, enjoy what was left of the evening, view the pond, and listen to the waterfall.
Again, the rain threatening sky, forced us inside the home of Kathi and Hugh Albrecht. We began the
meeting with Hugh talking about their 2 ponds. A 400 gallon goldfish pond and a 3200 gal Koi pond are clearly the focal points in their landscape. Kathi hopes to get their backyard on the certified Wildlife Habitation list in years to come. She has also begun the KHA classes with the AKCA. Good luck, Kathi!
I gave a treasury report: Income= 1.75, Expenses = 111.54, leaving a balance of $5354.96 in the bank.
In old business, Jeff Garner, again talked about the progressive dinner and explained it to those not present at the last meeting. (He just happened to re-mention the optional “deck surcharge”, which made members laugh all over again.) Larry Thompson reported the Kodama koi where doing well under his very knowledgeable care. (Well, he didn’t say the last part, I did, cause it’s true) Monica announced that they will be given away in a drawing to be held at Larry’s on Sept. 6th at 10:00 am. There will be a 20.00 charge for each fish to cover shipping charges. The first drawing for the fist 7 koi will be for pond tour volunteers only, while the second 7 koi will be open to all pond club members. You must be present to win, of course. Larry has bags, but you may want to bring a cooler for transporting. All fish must go!!!!
Monica passed around papers to members to begin working on a club cookbook, which we will sell to
members and at events. We have a lot of great cooks, (we know from all our great potlucks!), so please share (donate) your favorite recipe for our book. The book will not only contain your best recipes, but little tid bits and information on pond and fish care. The more YOU help, the better it will be. It only takes a couple minutes to fill out her forms and help the club. (More things Monica is doing behind the scene)
Herman inquired about the club donated bench located along the Tait Cummings Trail along the Cedar.
Was it washed away? No one knew. Dick Isard said he’d take a walk and find out for us and report back.
Larry Thompson and myself gave a presentation to the club on “Ponds Do’s and Don’ts for Algae” I
spoke about the basics of algae and passed some samples around (Both unfortunately gathered from my pond) then Larry talked about his two ponds and how they both are so totally different as far as algae growth. Realizing that algae is a very often talked about topic and in his never ending wisdom, he took a small break in the middle of his talk to read a couple poems he found, totally unrelated to anything ponding. The first was clearly written by a woman regarding her well behaved man; while the second was definitely written by a man, as it was short, to the point, and didn’t rhyme. While I could reprint the woman’s poem, I probably shouldn’t reprint the man’s… so we’ll just move on. It sure woke up members again and made everyone laugh. He finished by talking about “good” algae and that algae usually gets a bad rap when it is very beneficial to our ponds overall health.
Dave Bell started his 3P’s. Larry had also brought in a couple products to talk about. One concerned
testing and treating for phosphorus, a main nutrient found in our ponds that algae like to feed on. He also showed the club some new food from Microlift and Ecological Laboratories. One of the new foods boosted contents of various fruits and vegetables. After a little coaxing, we even got Jeff to take a little taste! He said it tasted a little “fishie” but, not bad! Dave Bell told the group about his small koi that was demonstrating a “lock–jaw” type symptom. Janice’s favorite, of course. Very common to koi, he’s going to try to do some manual manipulation to see if he can get it loosened up, but the prognosis is not good as they eventually deteriorate because they can’t feed.
There were no door prizes for the evening, but Pat Bueter was announced as the first 50/50 drawing
winner! She won $10.50, which meant 10.50 for the club. Thank you everyone. Pat also brought some guests to our meeting. Past member, Doris Walker stopped in to say hello along with master gardener Carmin Mullins.
Yummy food was all over as Kathi prepared us multiple treats to choose from. It was a great meeting, I
laughed a lot and that makes for a good time; except I forget to take notes sometimes when we just have open discussion. Lot’s of member participation make for a great meeting.
Respectfully submitted…Jackie Allsup
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