Nominating Committee for Election of Officers 2017/2018

Dear MAKC Members,

How quickly the year has passed and the election for the new 2017/2018 Executive Committee is just around the corner!


With that in mind I would like to know if any members would be interested to be on the Nominating Committee.  Below are the requirements to be on the Committee:



Nomination and Election of Officers

·         The President shall appoint a nominating committee consisting of three (3) persons including the chairperson which shall present a slate of candidates for each office. At chapter meetings in April, the slate of the nominating committee shall be received into nomination followed by any additional nominations for the offices from the floor. At chapter meetings in May votes shall be cast by secret ballot for each office. Each member family in good standing may cast only one vote for each office. The nominee for each office receiving the highest number of votes shall be declared elected to that office. In the event there is a tie vote for an office, votes shall be recast at the annual meeting until one nominee receives the highest number of votes.

 ·         B. All officers shall be installed by the retiring President at the annual meeting.

 A Club is made up of its members, and each member along with their respective opinions and skills only strengthens us.

 Please contact me at if you have any questions about the open positions or the nominating process


Jo Mead

MAKC President

Thank yous All Around From MAKC!

Dear MAKC Members,

I would like to personally thank Shawn Rosen of Koi Market in Huntington, NY for donating the wonderful poster and registration form for the AKCA Wet Lab.  Shawn has been a long time support of the MAKC.

I would also like to thank Mat McCann of Beni Hanna Nishikgoi of New Jersey for being the guest speaker at the AKCA banquet.  There will also be a tour of Beni Hanna Nishikgoi!

Last but now least I would like to thank Bev Letard of South Africa for allowing us to use her artwork for the poster.  You can see Bev’s work at

Jo Mead

MAKC President

American Koi Club Association (AKCA) Wet Lab June 24-25, 2017 in Pennsville, NJ Registration Now Open!

Dear MAKC Members,

Registration for the Associated Koi Clubs of America Koi Health Advisor Certified Wet Lab being held on June 24-25, 2017 in Pennsville, New Jersey at the Hampton Inn Pennsville, is now open!  You can register online or by mail

We have not yet received the link for the discounted room rates for the Hampton Inn in Pennsville, New Jersey.  Once I received the link I will email it out to everyone.

The AKCA Wet Lab gives the Club the opportunity to raise money for  activities that the Club Chapters hosts.  So far the Club has taken in over $2,000.00 worth of donations of Lladro and Noritake porcelain pieces.  This does not take into account the donations from  AKCA.  I am reaching out to our members for donations for the auction.  It can be anything like items for a pond or craft items. 

If you are an artist and would like to donate an item for the auction we will promote you and the item on social media. 

Donations will receive a will be a charitable contribution and you will receive a letter for tax purposes.

Jo Mead

MAKC President

Surprise Koi Meeting Hosted by Tri-State ZNA Special Guest: Ernest Driessen Owner of Yoshikigoi Koi Farm in Poland!

Surprise January Tri-State ZNA Meeting

Happy New Year to everyone! All are welcome including members and non-members for our first koi club meeting of 2017. Even though our ponds are closed and our koi friends are resting peacefully under the ice, in the spirit of keeping the hobby alive in Winter, we’re having a January meeting to kickoff 2017 with a bang. Chris Hayes has generously invited us to have the meeting at his place of business, Eastern Effects Studios in Brooklyn, NY.



Meeting Agenda


Special Guest: Ernest Driessen Owner of Yoshikigoi Koi Farm in Poland will be stopping by to meet everyone

Lunch will be served

Additional Agenda details to be announced



When & Where?

Sunday, January 22nd
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Eastern Effects
99 9th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
For Help w/ Directions to Eastern Effects Call (516) 521 6940

Click To See Map


You Must RSVP So We Know How Much Food To Order


SAVE THE DATE! American Koi Club Association (AKCA) Wet Lab June 24-25, 2017 in Pennsville, NJ

Associated Koi Clubs of America Koi Health Advisor Certified Wet Lab coming to the East Coast in 2017 and the Mid Atlantic Koi Club will be hosting it!


The last AKCA Wet Lab was held in 2006 in Buffalo, NY. I attended that lab and it was fantastic!

The AKCA Wet Lab will be on June 24-25, 2017 in Pennsville, New Jersey at the Hampton Inn Pennsville.


Mat McCann of Beni Hanna Nishikgoi

will be the guest speaker at the banquet. I applied for a speaker grant of $250.00 and the Club was awarded the grant this past week!


Shawn Rosen of Koi Market has donated the poster and registration form for the Wet Lab and Bev Letard has granted the Club permission to use her artwork for the poster.


At the banquet there will be two auctions and a 50/50 raffle.  One auction will raise money for Koi Herpes Virus (KHV) research.  The other auction and the 50/50 raffle proceeds will be divided between the AKCA and the MAKC.  AKCA will seek donations from their advertisers in the Koi USA magazine.  My goal for the Club is to bring in $2,000.00 worth of donations for the auction.  We are off to a great start with a donation of a Noritake Porcelain Crane worth $400.00!  Money raised at the banquet will go toward activities that the Club hosts.


Once the registration is open for the Wet Lab I will send out an email notifying everyone.  I strongly suggest that if you are planning to attend sign up early since this class fills up very quickly and there are a limited number of seats available.

Thank you!

Dear MAKC Members,

I would like to personally thank Dr. Dick Hammerschlag for inviting the Club to the Aki Matsuri Festival.

I would like to extend my appreciation for the great work done by Alan Mickelson, South Chapter Vice President, and Sarah Johnson, MAKC Webmaster, at the U.S. National Arboretum Aki Matsuri Festival.

We had some long distance helpers from the Long Island Chapter, Ray and Cheryl Kelly who traveled all the way to D.C. to help out!

Terri Janas from Blue Ribbon Koi was also on hand to help out with all questions koi.

I would also like to thank the members of Hudson Valley Koi and Water Garden Chapter Outreach Committee, Frank and Peggy Almquist, Cheryl Benken, Bernie Carroll and John Remington, for designing the MAKC Flyer that was handed out at the Festival.


Jo Mead

MAKC President

MAKC Board Announcement!

Dear MAKC Members,

 I am very pleased to announce that Carolyn Weise has graciously accepted the position of MAKC Board Secretary.  Carolyn has been a member of MAKC since 1996!  She started out as Secretary for the Metropolitan Chapter (which combined with the Long Island Chapter) and has continued to write articles for the MAKC magazine. 

 Carolyn brings a wealth of experience and an unrivaled passion for pond keeping.  She is the author of ABC’s of Pond, Pond Consumer Relations Manager at Ecological Laboratories, photo journalist, and long-time hobbyist. Although living in Florida now, she is an active part of the Club! Carolyn’s love of ponds and her real world hands on experience with pond keeping allows her to provide our Club members with practical, beneficial advice for the betterment of their ponds.

Jo Mead

MAKC President

MAKC South Chapter @ Aki Matsuri Autumn Festival: United States National Arboretum October 15, 2016 10:00 am

Aki Matsuri Autumn Festival: Bonsai and Beyond at the United States National Arboretum 3501 New York Avenue, NE; Washington, D. C. 20002-1958 on October 15, 2016 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 The MAKC South Chapter will have a table at the koi pond on the National Arboretum grounds to talk all things koi to visitors!

 I am very sorry to say that I will not be attending the Festival as planned, Sarah Johnson is going in my place. I was recently diagnosed with Lupus and I am physically unable to attend

Jo Mead

MAKC President

Festival Schedule:

All Lectures, Tours, and Activities Free Except for the Evening Otsukimi Moon Viewing


Special Bonsai Demonstration

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Watch Bonsai Master Tohru Suzuki create a bonsai on stage in the Auditorium.

Kusamono Lecture and Demonstration

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Join Kusamono Master Young Choe for an enchanting look at kusamono—small herbaceous plants in pots that are often displayed with bonsai—and learn how to make one yourself.

Japanese Garden Lecture and Tour

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Join Philadelphia Garden Designer Sharee Solow for an overview of the distinct Japanese style of gardening. Learn about the key components and philosophy that are married to create stunning gardens in small spaces, then tour an existing Japanese garden to learn how an overgrown example of this fine art can be restored.


10:30 am to 11:30 am and 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Walking tour of the Japanese Woodland section of the Asian Collections

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Tram tour highlighting Japan’s contribution to American horticulture

Cultural Activities

12:30 pm to 1:00 pm            Taiko drumming

1:30 pm to 2:00 pm               Fox Mill Elementary students sing traditional Japanese songs

2:30 pm to 3:00 pm               Narrated kimono fashion show by Kuniko Kanawa

3:30 pm to 4:00 pm               Keisho Center singing

10:00 am to 4:00 pm              Drop-in children’s activities

Ikebana and Seven Grasses of Autumn on display throughout the day

Book Signings

Three authors present newly released books based on the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum’s collection.

Food and Vendors

Buy Japanese food and drink from vendors and enjoy a taste of Japan on the terrace; purchase a plant you can style into a bonsai or kusamono.

Special Evening Event—Otsukimi Moon Viewing hosted by the Japan-America Society of Washington, DC

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Celebrate this traditional event in the meadow with Japanese food, drink, music, and haiku writing. In order to attend this event you must register at:

Central Chapter Meeting Sunday August 21, 2016

Dear MAKC Members,

I would like to personally invite the MAKC members to the next Central Chapter MAKC meeting at Barry Hixson’s in Bethlehem, PA on August 21, 2016 at 1:00 PM.

 The discussion will be regarding ponds, fish and how to hand feed water melon to koi.

 It should be a great day!

Please RSVP Barry at 610-390-5778 and for directions.

Bruce Damme

2016/2017 MAKC Membership Directory

Dear MAKC Members,

We are going to publish the MAKC Membership Directory shortly.
If you do not wish to have your name in the 2016/2017 MAKC Membership Directory please let me know by August 1, 2016.
Thank you!

Jo Mead
MAKC President