þÿ MAY'S PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
I'm going to start my message this month by asking our members to come forward and get involved in the administration of our club. By serving on the Steering Committee for the club, you are helping to insure the continued success of this wonderful organization. You help in deciding what new or pertinent information, in regards to koi, should be pass on to our club members, which future direction the club should pursue, and the club's stand on issue within the koi community. The basic requirement is a couple hours a month (2 hours/month for the steering committee meeting held the third Wednesday of each month at Sizzler - off Aero Drive). Just like our ponds, it is best if we add an influx of water to give our pond new nutrients and minerals for the fish to thrive. The club is that much better with infusion of new blood, ideas, and enthusiasm.
The April meeting at Lew Hileman's house was well attended. To know where Lew started with his pond project, and to see it now in its "refined" state is a true example of a man's imagination and determination. Good job on the pond Lew! The backyard was well landscaped, the food was great, James Van Jen talk was both informative and amusing, (isn't it always when talking about koi sex).
The Craig's-list $30 pool in my driveway has some new tenants. They are swimming comfortably in their temporary home until the May auction. With just a couple of weeks left until the auction, I'm still deciding on one or two more fish that will be going up for auction. As the numbers decrease in my pond, my reluctance grows to let some of my fish go. Some I grew out from fry, some because of the unique presentation (OK - they're a weird looking fish), and some because, in my twisted brain, I'm holding out for a larger pond that can accommodate them all. But reality will win out and they too will go to the auction on May 12 at California Koi Farm.
In closing, next up is Kay and Clark Corbin's place for the May meeting. Their numerous ponds sport many different environments for their flora and fauna. I had an opportunity to visit them not long back and see their ponds; these aquatic areas are just lovely and tranquil. This meeting will be a joint meeting with the Southern California Water Garden Society. I hope to see you there.