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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 10th. 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 dinner at the Kloubec farm. The menu is Swiss Steak and Salmon with side dishes and starts at 7:00 PM. The dinner cost is $25.00 per person. Please BYOB for the evening.

Sunday:

A 9:00 AM brunch at the Cedar Ridge Winery, 1441 Marak Rd NW, Swisher IA, for $19.99. 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 Comfort Inn & Suites at Cedar Rapids Airport. The hotel information is 710 America Drive, SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, 319-632-2000. The block will be held until August 3rd under MPKS and the rate is $99 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 4th. Also indicate if you are joining us for the dinner and/or brunch.

Hope you can join us!

Sponsor a 2019 Koi Show Award

Participate in the MPKS 2019 Koi Show by sponsoring an award. Attached is the current list of awards still needing a sponsor.

If you would like to sponsor an award, please contact John Hall at John@mpks.org.

AwardList2019

2019 MPKS Tosai Auction

Announcing the 2019 MPKS Tosai Auction

The MPKS Tosai Auction will be held on Saturday June 1st. Viewing of the fish begins at Noon and the auction starts at 1:00 PM. This popular members-only event will once again be hosted by John and Pat Hall  at their home in Plainfield IL.  Their address will be posted to members through the MPKS email blast.

This years’ collection is promising to be one of our best yet, featuring a selection of  beautiful Koi from the Kloubec Koi Farm in Amana Iowa. With 60 koi to choose from, there should be something for everyone. (Payment by cash or credit card.)

Our club Vice-President, Dr. Bob Passovoy, an accomplished amateur auctioneer, will be presiding over the festivities. A complimentary light lunch will be served at the auction. It is sure to be an educational as well as an enjoyable afternoon.

We hope to see you there!

(Not a member? You can join right at the event! Please come!)

Q&A

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Tosai 2019

What is a Tosai? A one-year-old Koi
Who can bid? MPKS members
Can I become a MPKS member at the event? YES! This is a perfect time to join us.
Will I need to bring my own bags or oxygen? MPKS will supply the bags and oxygen to get your new babies home.
Will I need to quarantine the fish? The answer is always–you should quarantine any fish or plant new to your system. Your system and your mix of bugs is unique from any other.

Announcing the 2019 Koi and Trade Show

SAME VENUE AS LAST YEAR

We are proud to announce our 27th Annual show to be held over the weekend of June 21 – 23, 2019. We will be hosting our show at The Max Athletic & Exposition, 4750 S. Vernon Ave., McCook, IL 60525. It is an air-conditioned facility with plenty of room for show vats and vendor booths. If you have never shown fish before, or are a veteran koi show participant, we hope you will consider showing your koi this year. Dr. Passovoy and his water quality team (fondly referred to as the “water mopes”) will be assuring the best care of your koi while at our show, as they have done for many years now.

We will, once again, be presenting a program of speakers and topics of general interest to koi hobbyists. Topics and schedules will soon be published on our website, as well as in our upcoming newsletter.

Again this year we will be presenting – Three Major Non-Gosanke Awards: The Sakura, Tsubaki, and Botan plus two new major Non-Gosanke Awards – Mature Champion B and Young Champion B. We will also have an award for best Doitsu. (A & B are eligible) Excludes Shusui,Kumonryu,ect.

Koi Show entry forms, banquet reservation, hotel accommodations, show schedule show rules, and other important information is posted here. If you have further questions, please contact our Koi Show Chairman, John Hall (email: john@mpks.org)

We will, of course, need lots of volunteers to help with the show this year! We’ll be hiring part-time help to set up and break down vats – always a most difficult job – but will need lots of help with vendor booth set up, traffic control, filling the show vats, club table, show tear-down, etc. We are also asking for a few night-owls who would be willing to baby-sit the koi after the show closes until about 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday.

We will have volunteer sign-up sheets available at the April and May dinner meeting, but you don’t have to wait until then to sign up. If you can help this year, please email to john@mpks.org what days your might be available to help. Please see the volunteer schedule elsewhere on this website for the times and duties.

We hope to see you at the show!

2019 Pond Tour Maps

MPKS Annual 2019 Garden & Pond Tour

July 20th – 21st   and  July 27th – 28th   

The Midwest Pond & Koi Society invites you to visit our member’s gardens and ponds. This year is our 29th year of MPKS members opening their backyards to the public. The dates are July 20th, 21st, 27th, and 28th. 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 20th     Southwest / West
  • Sunday          July 21st       South
  • Saturday        July 27th      North / Northwest
  • Sunday          July 28th      Central

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.

Possible towns within a region:

Saturday, July 20 Southwest/West – Lisle, Downers Grove, Wheaton, Bolingbrook, Naperville, Elburn, Batavia.

Sunday, July 21 South Clarendon Hills, Western Springs, Evergreen Park, Dolton, Orland Park, Shorewood, Willowbrook, Chesterton IN, Schererville IN.

Saturday, July 27 North/Northwest –  Waukegan, Winnetka, Chicago, Glenview, Kildeer, Arlington Heights, Prospect Heights, Roselle, Carol Stream, Streamwood.

Sunday, July 28 Central Lombard, River Forest, Riverside, North Riverside, Brookfield.

 

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
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
CentralMcAdams Nursery & Garden Center2001 Des PlainesForest Park708-771-4903
CentralHidden Gardens16 W. 658 S. Frontage Rd.Hinsdale630-655-8283
CentralThe Feed Store5408 S. HarlemSummit708-458-1327
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
WestWasco Nursery & Garden Center41W781 Il Rt. 64St. Charles630-584-4424
WestPlanters Palette28W571 Roosvelt Rd.Winfield630-293-1040

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

This year the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner was held Sunday December 2nd at The Reserve 22 in Glen Ellyn. This dinner is to thank all the volunteers who donated at least 8 hours of work or were on the Pond Tour. All of these volunteers helped make the MPKS functions throughout the 2018 year a success.

Volunteers worked at the Spring Auction, the Tosai Auction, the MPKS table at garden centers, and the Koi and Trade Show. Also, the many members who were on the July Pond Tour.

Each family attending the dinner received a thank you gift which was a free-standing stained-glass koi made by Beth Schoen. Beth made the major koi types – Kohaku, Showa, Sanke, or Shiro Utsuri and each one was unique.

Thank you, Beth. The koi fish were beautiful and a big hit with our dinner attendees. Beth is located in Michigan and can be found on the internet at BethsAbode.

Reserve 22 Dining Room

Free standing stain glass koi fish. This was the thank you for all the volunteers who attended the Dec 2nd dinner.

 

Volunteer of the Year 2018

Once a year the MPKS Officers and Board of Directors host a dinner to thank all the wonderful MPKS members who volunteered during the year at various club functions.

This year the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner was held Sunday December 2nd at The Reserve 22 in Glen Ellyn. This dinner is to thank all the volunteers who donated at least 8 hours of work or were on the Pond Tour.

After dinner, our MPKS president Ed Buck thanked all the attendees and had the privilege of announcing the Volunteer of the Year. The 2018 recipient of this honor is Robert Kunesh. Robert is a new member joining in 2018 and donated 34 hours of work.

Congratulations Robert!

Robert Kunesh
Volunteer of Year 2018

 

Election Results

The annual election for Officers and Board Directors was held at the October 19th club meeting. The following MPKS members were elected to the position listed and will serve a two year term.

Vice President:  Bob Passovoy

Treasurer: Sherry Messler

Directors: Bob Ray, Greg Rekar, and Ray Cebulski.

Congratulations!!

Swap Shop Listing

Swap Shop Listing

The following items are for sale in the MPKS Swap Shop.

No items at this time.

June 23rd Summer Gala Dinner

Summer Gala Dinner

 

Join us Saturday, June 23rd for our summer club dinner celebration of our ponds, our koi fish, and the Koi and Trade Show.

The evening program will include a lifetime member award presentation, a short Koi Show awards presentation and an enjoyable evening of koi talk and fun.

The dinner will be held at Buca Di Beppo, 90 Yorktown Mall Drive, Lombard IL. (The corner of Butterfield and Highland Ave.)

The cash bar opens at 7:00 PM followed by a Family Style Italian Dinner at 7:30 PM. The dinner cost is $42.00 per person.

Please RSVP by June 15th with your name and number of attendees for dinner.