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Our May Meeting will be hosted

by Hazel and Rob Forbis

Hello everyone,

If we are lucky, we will have nice weather on Saturday, May 19th, for the May meeting of the Orlando Area Koi & Pond Club.  The meeting time is 10:00 am at the home and pond of Rob and Hazel Forbis, 3126 Rider Place, Orlando, FL 32817.  They have a beautifully landscaped backyard with their natural koi pond, waterfall and stream surrounded by flowering plants and water plants.  

Speaking of plants, if anyone has some plants they would like to share or trade (or sell) with the other members, bring them to the meeting.  Also, former members Joe and Amanda May are moving from their home in Clermont to the Ocala area.  They have donated about 75 pounds of sodium thiosulfate to our club.  For those of our members who use city water in their pond, this material quickly neutralizes the chlorine in city water.  I will have it bagged up in zip-lock bags for those who would like to have some.

Kim Hafley



April Meeting

Thanks to Luis and Jenifer Barroso for hosting our April meeting.  Henry Culpepper, our own AKJA and ZNA Judge, gave us an update of this year's Central Florida Koi Show and other koi related information.

2018 Hosting Schedule

Kim Hafley, Secretary


Central Florida Koi Show Report

By Kim Hafley

The show this year must have been one of the most successful.  A larger tent was required to accommodate all the reserved tanks and vendors participating.  I do think the quality of the koi for those showing and the wet vendors was exceptional.  Several of our Club members  showed some of their koi this year:  Luis and Jenifer Barroso, Henry Culpepper, Rob and Hazel Forbis, me, Mike McMahon, Narish Ramkissoon, Sam Schult, and Joe and Sherri White.  Major awards went to Mike McMahon winning the Sakura Champion with his 20-24" Gin Rin "A"-S; Joe and Sherri White won Adult Champion with their 20-24" Showa; Luis Barroso won a Friendship Award from the Midwest Pond & Koi Society for his 24-28" Showa; and Joe and Sherri White won a Friendship Award from the St. Louis Watergarden Society with their 20-24" Showa.  Best in Variety Awards went to Mike McMahon for his Kohaku over 28"; Luis Barroso for his 24-28" Showa; Henry Culpepper for Gin Rin "B"-S under 8"; Luis Barroso for his 24-28" Doitsu-T; and Kim Hafley won with her 12-16" Longfin.  Best Koi in Size 5 went to Henry Culpepper for his 20-24" Kohaku.  To see a listing of all the winners this year with pictures you can go to www.CFKS.org.  The rest of us won first and second place awards in several categories.  We all had so much fun at the show that I expect we will do it all again next year.  A special "thank you" needs to go to Hazel and Rob Forbis for organizing and manning the Hospitality Suite the whole weekend.  Everyone was certainly happy to see this special show benefit back again this year.  And, as always, this show would not have been the great success it was without the effort and computer skills of Sherri White. 

Hurricane Preparedness

The above link is to an article by Martin Wilcox of south Florida. Martin shares many good points about pond readiness for a hurricane. With Irma arriving soon this article should provide timely information.