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Volunteer Appreciation Dinner 2017

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

The Midwest Pond and Koi Society is hosting the 21st Annual Volunteer Appreciation dinner on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm.

This dinner is to honor our club members who volunteered a minimum of 8 hours during the 2017 season or participated in the MPKS Pond Tour.

The Volunteer Appreciation Dinner will be a family style dinner held at Clara’s Pasta Restaurant located at 6550 Route 53, Woodridge, IL. All invitations for complimentary dinners have been emailed or mailed out to members.

All MPKS members and their families, who have not qualified for a complimentary dinner, are welcome to attend the dinner for a cost of $35.00 per person.

If you wish to attend please RSVP by November 25th. RSVP via email to charlene@mpks.org or call (312) 409-2081 and press 1.

All dinner reservations will be confirmed.

2017 Election Results

Election Results

The annual election for Officers and Board Directors was held at the October 20th club meeting. The following MPKS members were elected to the position listed and will serve a two year term.

President: Ed Buck

Secretary: Charlene Cebulski

Executive Chair: Pat Hall

Directors: Linda Ray, Bruce Zierk, John Hall, and Bob Passovoy.

Congratulations!!

Last Meeting of 2017

October 20, 2017 is the Last Meeting of 2017

Program:     A discussion on the problems and issues our ponds had this summer.  Annual Elections will be held at this meeting.

Location:  Reserve 22, 485 Winchell Way, Glen Ellyn IL.

Dinner:   Octoberfest Brats and Burgers with salads and dessert with coffee. Please make dinner reservations by Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by calling the Club’s voice mail at (312) 409-2081 (opt 1) or Email ccebulski@comcast.net.

The dinner cost is $25.00 per person. Dinner starts at 7:00PM and the Meeting starts at 8:00PM.

Directions:  The restaurant is located in the Glen Ellyn Village Links. From 355, exit Roosevelt, head west approx 2 miles. Turn left on Park Blvd (south) to Winchell Way.

2017 Annual Election Ballot

Current members may submit their ballots at the October 20th meeting. If mailing or emailing your ballot, it must be received by October 18th.

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Order bulbs from De Vroomen

Tulip Bulb Order

The order for 2017 has been placed and received.  Check back  August 2018 for the next order.

MPKS is placing a special club order with DeVroomen for tulips, etc. To be part of this club order, the following information should be sent via mail or email to ccebulski@comcast.net.

TulipsFor your order, please include

Your name and phone number.

For each item, please list:

Quantity, part number, description, and price, or you can fill out the  OrderForm2017,  and send it to Charlene.

 

Depending on the volume of the order, the club may receive a discount. The bulbs will be shipped to MPKS during the month of September.

You may view the catalog online here Landscape_DeVroomen_2017. The pricing information is in the order form . The quantity listed is how many bulbs are in the package. Only whole packages may be ordered. MPKS is not splitting packages.

Come to the MPKS Picnic!

Our picnic is planned for Sunday, August 20th at Andrew Toman Grove, W. 27th & Des Plaines Avenue, Riverside. Our picnic site entrance is on Des Plaines.

The park is open from dawn to dusk and the property has a pavilion with picnic tables. We have a nice piece of park reserved, to accommodate games, or just relaxing with friends. Feel free to bring yard games.

Coolers are welcome!

This year we are grilling assorted sausages and we ask for side dishes and desserts or any other nibble you may wish to bring. Lunch will be served at 1:00 PM.

Please email by August 13th, if you plan to attend. We hope to see you there!

Road Trip to Kloubec Koi Farm

Road Trip to Kloubec Koi Farm

Myron and Ellen Kloubec have extended an invitation to MPKS to visit their facility on Saturday August 12th. The agenda for the day follows:

Saturday:

Check in at Noon, farm tour, koi purchasing and mud-pond grow out opportunity.

The dinner plans for Saturday evening is a 6:30 PM family style dinner at the Ox Yoke Inn located in Amana. The dinner cost is approx $23.00 per person. After dinner we head back to the Kloubec Farm for a bonfire and BYOB get-together.

Sunday:

A 9:00 AM brunch at the Cedar Ridge Winery, 1441 Marak Rd NW, Swisher IA, for $16.99. Any koi purchases may be picked up following the brunch.

The driving trip is about 3 to 3-1/2 hours from the Naperville/Lisle area. The Amana Colonies are close by for shops and restaurants.

For those who want to spend the night, there is a block of rooms at the County Inns & Suites at Cedar Rapids Airport. The hotel information is 9100 Atlantic Drive SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, 319-363-3789. The block will be held until August 4th   under Koi Fish Farm and the rate is $89 plus tax.

Please make your own hotel reservations.

Please RSVP if you plan on attending to ccebulski@comcast.net or call the MPKS voicemail (312) 409-2081 by Sunday August 6th. Also indicate if you are joining us for the dinner and/or brunch.

Hope you can join us!

Pictures of Koi Show Winners

June 23rd – 25th was the 25th Annual Koi Show and Trade Show for MPKS.  Thank you to all who showed their beautiful Koi.

210 fish were benched and judged for the Koi Show.

Congratulations to the winning fish!

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It’s almost time for Pond Tour!

MPKS Annual 2017 Garden & Pond Tour
Pond Tour Maps are now available!!

July 22nd – 23rd & July 29th – 30th 2017
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
The cost is $15.00 per family and allows you to tour all four days.

The Midwest Pond & Koi Society invites you to visit our member’s gardens and ponds. This year is our 27th year of MPKS members opening their backyards to the public. The dates are July 22nd, 23rd, 29th, and 30th. The hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on each of the 4 days.
The Garden and Pond Tour is divided into regions to help minimize the travel time and increase your enjoyment of leisurely visiting the gardens and ponds. The Tour is self-guided, so you may pick and choose to visit one or all of the many beautiful gardens and ponds listed.

The four regions are:
• Saturday July 22nd North / Northwest
• Sunday July 23rd Central
• Saturday July 29th Southwest / West
• Sunday July 30th South

For each region, there is a map(s) indicating all the participants in the region. Following the region map(s) is a descriptive narrative of each garden and pond. This includes the address and a description of the garden and pond, along with directions on how to get to the address.

The garden and pond tour maps are available for purchase at the vendors listed on the MPKS website. The cost is $15.00 per family and allows you to tour all four days.
Pond tour maps may also be purchased directly from MPKS. Please call (312) 409-2081 to place your order with a credit card.

Sample towns within region: (not guaranteed)
North/Northwest – Waukegan, Kildeer, Northbrook, Glenview, Chicago, Roselle, Arlington Heights, Hanover Park, Rolling Meadows, Carol Stream, Elgin, Streamwood, Kenosha WI.
Central – Lombard, River Forest, Oak Park, Riverside, North Riverside, Brookfield, Berwyn .
Southwest/West – Elburn, Batavia, Wheaton, Lisle, Downers Grove, Bolingbrook, Plainfield, Naperville.
South – Westmont, Clarendon Hills, Burr Ridge, Western Springs, Countryside, Willowbrook, Dolton, Oak Lawn, Orland Park, Lemont.

Pond Tour maps are available at:

AreaNameAddressCityPhone
Internetemail: pondtour@mpks.orgemail charlene@mpks.org
Club mailboxMidwest Pond & Koi SocietyP O Box 3011Lisle312-409-2081
SouthSaunoris6000 111th StreetChicago Ridge708-422-7272
SouthAlsip Home & Nursery20601 S. LaGrange RdFrankfort815-469-2008
SouthTouch of Green12720 W. 159th St.Homer Glen708-301-2090
NorthPlatt Hill Nursery222 W. Lake StBloomingdale630-529-9394
NorthPlatt Hill Nursery2400 RandallCarpentersville847-428-6767
NorthLurvey's Garden Center2550 Dempster St.Des Plaines847-824-7411
NorthWild Birds Unlimited1460 Waukegan Rd.Glenview
NorthPesche's Garden Center170 S. River RdDes Plaines847-299-1300
NorthKoi & More Pond Shop3150 Skokie Valley Rd #10Highland Park847-432-7393
NorthHawthorn Gardens24481 N Old McHenry RdLake Zurich847-726-0627
NorthKnupper's Nursery1801 Rand RdPalatine847-359-1080
CentralMcAdams Nursery & Garden Center2001 Des PlainesForest Park708-771-4903
CentralHidden Gardens16 W. 658 S. Frontage Rd.Hinsdale630-655-8283
CentralOak Park Nat Pet & Fish23 N. HarlemOak Park708-660-9500
CentralGood Earth7900 W Madison StRiver Forest708-366-9500
WestThe Growing Place2000 Montgomery RdAurora630-820-8088
WestWhite Water Filters23 N Water St.Batavia630-406-9330
WestWannemaker's1940 Ogden Ave.Downers Grove630-852-0700
WestStone Center Inc.2127 Ogden Ave.Lisle630-971-2060
WestWild Birds Unlimited1601 Ogden Ave.Lisle630-968-6332
WestDog Patch Pet & Feed1108 E. Ogden Ave.Naperville630-420-2120
WestPet Supplies Plus720 Ogden Ave.Naperville630-904-2100
WestThe Growing Place25W471 Plank Rd.Naperville630-355-4000
WestHeinz Bros. Greenhouse2010 E. Main St (Rt. 64)St. Charles630-377-6288
WestWasco Nursery & Garden Center41W781 Il Rt. 64St. Charles630-584-4424
WestPlanters Palette28W571 Roosvelt Rd.Winfield630-293-1040

Pond Tour Dates 2017–2020

Pond tour dates rotate every year. Here is the tentative schedule for the next four years:
First Weekend2017201820192020
SaturdayNorth/NorthwestCentralSouthwest/WestSouth
SundayCentralSouthwest/WestSouthNorth/Northwest
Second Weekend2017201820192020
SaturdaySouthwest/WestSouthNorth/NorthwestCentral
SundaySouthNorth/NorthwestCentralSouthwest/West

New Petition by Center for Invasive Species Prevention has huge implications for koi hobby

 

The Koi Industry and Koi Hobby are in Jeopardy!

Written by Ellen Kloubec

Believe it or not, the US government is considering the inclusion of our beloved Koi, (Cyprinus carpio) to its injurious species list. Being on the injurious species list would mean the movement of the species is strictly prohibited. The transportation of Koi across any state line would become illegal: a felony with penalties, both monetary and prison sentences being imposed. Such movement of Koi, as well as the importation of Koi, would be considered a direct violation of the U.S. Lacey Act.

If this occurs, it will become a federal crime for individuals to transport pet koi outside of their home state to participate in koi shows. No longer could any koi be purchased from outside of your home state. You would no longer have the option to purchase or import koi from Japan, or any other country. No koi will be allowed to cross state lines. Imagine, even in the event of relocation or retirement, you will be a charged with a felony if you move to another state and take your pet koi with you! The Koi hobby and industry will be devastated!

Read the U.S. Lacey Act at this link

How is This Possible?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) received a petition on September 23, 2016 to list 43 native and nonnative aquatic species as Injurious Wildlife under the authority granted by the Lacey Act.

The title: Petition: To Amend 50 CFR §16.13 to List 43 High Risk Fish, Crayfish, and Mollusk Species as Injurious Species under the Lacey Act

The petition includes the black acara, blue catfish, common carp (i.e., koi), grass carp, guppies, Jaguar guapote, three plecos (Amazon, Orinoco and vermiculated sailfin catfish), red swamp crawfish, and three tilapias (i.e., blue, Mozambique and Nile).  Many of the crayfish farmers in the south and tilapia producers throughout the country will be impacted.

The petition came from the Center for Invasive Species Prevention (CISP, a private, non-government organization).

Read the entire CISP petition at this link.

See a Flow Chart on the Evaluation Process for Inclusion on the Injurious Species List

What Can Be Done?

The National Aquaculture Association (NAA) is a private entity that helps in the fight against changing regulations that could be detrimental to the aquaculture industry in the US. It is currently objecting to these proposed changes. As an active member of the NAA, Kloubec Koi Farm receives the latest information in regards to this issue and we will continue to pass pertinent information on to maintain awareness of any changes.

The US FWS must assess all petitions received, and it calls for public input on each one. At this time the US Fish & Wildlife Service is welcoming information on this issue. They’d like to hear from the industry, growers, sellers, consumers and hobbyists who may oppose the petition to include common carp (Cyprinus carpio) (i.e, Koi) to the national injurious species list.

Unfortunately, there is no set timeline for a determination. We certainly would like to raise as much opposition to this issue as possible in a relatively quick manner. It is in the hobby and industry’s best interests to be pro-active rather than re-active, should an unfavorable ruling be imposed.

Please help in the fight against the CISP petition!

Send comments to:

Mr. Craig Martin, Chief

Branch of Aquatic Invasive Species

US Fish & Wildlife Service

5275 Leesburg Pike

Falls Church, VA  22041

Phone: (703) 358-1932

Email: craig_martin@fws.gov

Send a copy of your comments to:

National Aquaculture Association

PO Box 12759

Tallahassee, FL  32317-2759

Phone: (850) 216-2400

Email: naa@thenaa.net

In addition to contacting the two entities above, it would be beneficial to contact your state legislators as well. You may use this link to find the appropriate office in your state for voicing an opinion: Who is my representative?

Write, call and email the offices to let them know that you strongly disagree with the inclusion of common carp, Koi, (Cyprinus carpio) to the injurious species list of the United States of America and the proposed regulation change.

A sample letter is here to assist in addressing this complicated issue. Please feel free to use all or any of it, and add to it as you see fit. Please be firm, yet polite when voicing your strong opposition to the proposed regulation change.

I’d like to share an interesting fact about the common carp. In my conversations with the President of the Nation Aquaculture Association regarding this issue I was enlightened on just how the common carp was introduced to the United States. Back in 1877 the US Fish & Wildlife Service, in its infancy operating under a different name, the US Fish Commission intentionally stocked the common carp throughout the USA waters for two decades as a food source for the millions of immigrants populating our nation. At that time, it seemed like a good idea. Now there is no hope of eradicating the species.

Unfortunately, our genetically selected pets (Koi) are included in the entire species known as Cyprinus carpio and may be subject to these proposed stifling regulations proposed by the CISP; limiting its production, movement, and all of our enjoyment associated with the koi species and hobby.

In closing, I encourage everyone to make at least ONE contact regarding this issue to help prevent the inclusion of Koi to the injurious species list.

Spread the word to increase our chances of prevailing!

Your Friends in Koi,

Ellen Kloubec, Myron Kloubec & The Kloubec Koi Farm Staff

In addition to the above information, please take a few minutes to read three additional documents which highlight this issue:

  1. Sample letter to be used when corresponding with legislative representatives
  2. Injurious Wildlife Petition Summary and Action Plan
  3. Hi-risk Petition Final