Category Archives: General Info

MPKS 2023 Election Ballot

Enclosed is the ballot for the MPKS Annual Election.

Election voting will be held at the October 20th 2023 meeting at Chandlers in the Schaumburg Golf Club located 401 N Roselle Rd, Schaumburg IL.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, current members may absentee vote by email to or by mailing in your ballot directly to MPKS, P O Box 3011, Lisle IL 60532 by October 18th  2023.

Each current membership is allowed one vote per person with a maximum of 2 votes per family membership.


MPKS 2022 Nominating Ballot

Midwest Pond and Koi Society Nominating Ballot 2022

The following Board positions are open for nominations. Please list a name next to each board position and email to  or mail to MPKS, P O Box 3011, Lisle IL 60532. Nominations close at the end of the MPKS September 16th meeting.

Vice President:






The following are the board members whose terms are expiring:

Linda Ray,  Deb Ebenroth,  Ray Cebulski, Jerry Ebenroth, Sherry Messler,  and Bob Ray.

Rehoming Fish and Equipment

The following information is to rehome fish and equipment.

This page was last updated 10/30/23

Posted 10/26/23

Papyrus plants which are originally from Italy. They get up to 4 ft tall. I have several to pull from my pond and a potted one. They winter over in an area that doesn’t freeze and has some light or a grow light. I have had these going about 10 years.

Bob Raimondi
630-202-3373  or


Posted 10/4/23

One free shubunkiin fish about 13 inches in size.

Contact Julie at


Posted 9/25/23

One free koi, black and white.

Contact Terrypilz


Posted 9/21/23

I have about 8 Lily pads, in baskets, to give away to MPKS members.

Contact    or call (630) 664-1679.


Posted 9/05/23

3 big butterfly koi and 7 babies available in Midlothian IL

Call Dolly at 708-597-1753


Posted 8/16/23

Large koi carp pond holding free standing tank vat with Vista clear advanced pond filtration system. 63″x42″ depth 21″ like new never been used.

Fade of fiber glass. Drain hole at bottom end of tank.

$300.00 obo.



Posted 6/14/23

I have about 10 Koi’s to give away for free. They are about 1ft+ and  as you may imagine they are not spectacular but healthy and we like them.

Maybe someone from the club might be interested.



Posted 5/11/23

We have a koi fish we think is getting too large for our aquarium, and we would like to donate him to someone.

Contact Sopha at


Posted 5/11/23

Aquascape AquaBasin 30 – part #78223.  $125.00

Cal Pump SplashDance, 3 – Dancing Fountains

2 – Aquascape Signature Biofalls 6000 filter pads with 3 rock bags and support black rack.

2 – Floating Water Hyancinth / Lettuce plant protector island $15.00

Aqua Ultraviolet Ultima II 6000 pond filter $989.00

Hoop House $500.00,, model VersaQuonset 22

Contact Don 708-259-1920


Posted 5/11/23

I have 2 goldfish that I rescued from a water trough at my horse barn several years ago. They have greatly outgrown my 29 gallon tank. I would appreciate any suggestion as to what I can do with them. A bigger tank is not an option.


Posted 5/11/23

Hi, we are closing our pond after 18 years and want to give our KOI a new home. We have 7 or 8 large (around 16″) KOI and several smaller ones. Also, 6″ goldfish too numerous to mention. All are free. If any of your members are interested, please contact me by email at “
Thanks, Tom


Posted 5/11/23

I have a koi pond in Naperville and we have to close it this year.
I would like to know if your organization has connections to anybody interested in the fish. We have koi, butterfly koi, and goldfish. I can send pictures to anyone interested.



Posted 5/11/23

After 20 years of having a pond, we are not keeping it this year, and have 1 goldfish left. If you would like to have this goldfish for your pond, please contact me @ I estimate the goldfish to be about 5 to 8 years old.



Posted 4/03/23

After many years of having a Koi pond, my husband and I have decided to redirect.
A recent storm has destroyed our current pond leaving us with the only option of rebuilding. We are now comfortably in our sixties and quite frankly, we just don’t have the strength.

As is typically the case, we have had our five large Koi and one goldfish for at least a decade. They are like our pets and can be hand fed. They are pretty large but I don’t want to sell them. I would like to see if any of your seasoned members are interested in taking them. I will not relinquish them to a novice.

They are currently wintering in our garage. Please contact me if you or your members have any interest. Thank you



Note: These postings are not limited to MPKS members. They may come from the general public. MPKS is not liable for the end results of accepting any fish or equipment from this listing. MPKS does not have any knowledge about these items or conditions of these items.

Upcoming October 2020 Election

The following positions on the MPKS board are up for election this Oct 2020.

Vice-President     Treasurer     Director     Director    Director   Director

Because of the Corona virus, nominations will be accepted via email or phone. The ballot will be published in the MPKS Sept/Oct newsletter and posted on the MPKS web site. Since there is no October meeting, ballots will be accepted via email, club voice mail, or mailed to MPKS, P O Box 3011, Lisle IL 60532.

All nominations and votes are confidential.


Volunteer of the Year 2019

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.

The 2019 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner was held Sunday December 6th at Clara’s Restaurant in Woodridge IL. 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 2019 recipient of this honor was Kelly Walters.

Congratulations Kelly!

Kelly Walters and Ed Buck.

MPKS Bulb Order

Tulip Bulb Order

It’s time to order for 2019. All orders need to be received by September 20th.

MPKS is able to place 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

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  OrderForm2019,  and send it to Charlene.


Depending on the volume of the club 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 at DeVroomen Landscape Contractors . 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.

2019 MPKS Picnic

The annual club picnic was held Sunday, August 25th at Andrew Toman Grove in Riverside. Our picnic site had a pavilion with picnic tables. We had a nice piece of park reserved, to accommodate games, and to just relax with koi friends.We grilled assorted sausages and those who attended brought delicious side dishes and lots of home made desserts.

If you couldn’t make it this year, maybe you can join us next year.

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:


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.


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 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


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!)



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.