Pondside News

ORLANDO AREA KOI & POND CLUB                                         January 26, 2017 

Hello Club Members and Guests,

Happy New Year to all present and past members of the Orlando Area Koi & Pond Club.  We are beginning this year with new leadership and a new direction.  

This year’s officers are: President  -  Roger Rath

Vice President  -  Rob Forbis

Treasurer  -  Ron Wehrheim

Secretary  -  Kim Hafley

Roger Rath has agreed to take charge of the Club this year as President.  Although he is a busy person being Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the UCF College of Medicine, he is enthusiastic about growing the Orlando Koi Club.  He has already signed up Dr. Denise Petty, an aquaculture veterinarian at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville; and Carolyn Weise of Ecological Laboratories (Microbe-Lift) to discuss optimizing koi health and disease diagnosis and prevention to come and give presentations to our members at one of the scheduled meetings.  And all meetings will include at least a short informative talk related to koikeeping.  We may also ask each host to briefly tell how he or she got into the koi hobby, to tell or show members about their particular filtration system, and to tell of any problems they may have encountered along the way.  Another feature of each meeting will be a question and answer session for any member who is experiencing a problem.  There are usually very experienced koi hobbyists at each meeting who may be able to answer your question.

Additionally, if anyone has an idea how we can make our Club more inclusive and interesting for all the members, send your ideas to Kim.

The February meeting is scheduled for Saturday, February 18, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  It will be held at Roger and Jill Rath’s home located at 1750 Country Club Road, Eustis, FL 32726.  Dr. Denise Petty, a board-certified Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, specializing in Aquatic Veterinary Medicine, will speak about prevention of disease in koi.  She represents North Florida Aquatic Veterinary Services.  She will present useful information at a pondside chat.  She has promised to furnish members with useful information to keep our koi healthy and use the KISS principle of keeping "it" simple.  For more information about Dr. Petty and her work at North Florida Aquatic Veterinary Services, go to the following link.



Perhaps you can bring another member with you if you are planning to attend the meeting.  Let me know if you would like a ride, and I will see what I can do to connect you with someone who is coming.  Roger and Jill would like an RSVP in order to plan for the lunch.  Please let Kim know as soon as you can if you plan to come to the February meeting.

February Meeting Bonus:

There will be two raffles donated by Roger’s koi girlfriends (raffles for members only):  First will be a raffle for what every koikeeper needs for his koi pets – good quality koi food by Saki-Hikari in medium and large pellets.  Second will be a raffle for what koikeepers themselves need – good food in the form of certificates to restaurants by Brinker International, Inc. (Chilli’s and Maggiono’s, to name a couple).

January’s meeting was held at the home of Henry and Leslie Culpepper.  I noticed a beautiful young Asagi in Henry’s pond this time, in addition to his beautiful big girls.  Henry and Mike McMahon gave us an update on the upcoming Central Florida Koi Show scheduled for March 10, 11 and 12.  This year it is being held at the DoubleTree by Hilton at Universal, 5780 Major Blvd., Orlando, FL 32819 (located across from the Universal Studios theme park), a new venue for us.  Most of the activity will be under the tents in the parking area.  All vendor spots have already been taken, so this will be a full show.  You can find all necessary information and forms at the website www.CFKS.org.  Think about showing some of your special koi or goldfish pets this year!

To keep Ron from getting a headache, please send your Club dues to him at 923 Guernsey Street, Orlando, FL 32804 (if you haven’t already paid), or plan to pay them at the February meeting.  The yearly dues are still $24 for a single membership and $36 for family membership.  

By the end of the February meeting, we hope to have all the meetings for this year and January and February of next year scheduled.  It is preferred that meetings are held the third weekend of each month.  Please be thinking whether you can commit to hosting a meeting this year.  Months still needing a host are:  April, June, October, November, December, and January and February of 2018.  

Thank you to past officers of OAK&PC and thank you to past members.  We really hope you consider joining our Club again this year.  

Kim Hafley