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Each year, funds permitting, the Pacific Northwest Koi Clubs Association awards up to six, $150.00 grants to member-clubs to promote the hobby of Koi keeping. These grants are to be used for the promotion of the Koi hobby with the general public. The grants may not be used in connection with a Koi show or for a club event that will primarily benefit the club members. Approved past events include public pond tours, banners for home and garden shows, State fair booths, club brochures to used to increase membership at some event, and exhibits or programs at various public cultural events.

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2018 PNKCA Grant Articles and Pictures

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Northwest Koi and Goldfish Club

Northwest Koi and Goldfish Club participated in the Japanese Garden’s Children’s Day celebration (Kodomo no Hi) this year on Saturday, May 5th from 10am-4pm.

This wonderful event is lots of fun for both the children and our club members who spend the day folding origami koi and helping the children feed the koi. Joel Rutledge is always fantastic at teaching the children how to fold the origami koi and Tom Taylor and Robert Wilson answer lots of questions on the koi and help Joel with making koi origami. Kate Taylor spends the day patiently handing out koi food to the children to feed the koi (occasionally with one or two children eating the koi food instead of giving it to the koi!) and trying to keep their little hands out of the water!

All of us that help at this event really enjoy the day and the children. I really appreciate and want to thank all of our club members that have helped at this event in the past. If the children’s passion and interest in the koi are any indication, we should have lots of future little koi keepers coming into our hobby in a few years!

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Tom Taylor, Joel Rutledge and Robert Wilson doing koi origami


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Joel Rutledge teaching children how to fold koi origami


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Kate Taylor patiently answering questions and helping the children feed the koi

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Submitted by Linda Montgomery
Northwest Koi and Goldfish Club

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Inland Empire Water Garden & Koi Society


The IWGKS once again hosted an informational booth at the annual Japan Days event held in downtown Boise on Labor Day, September 3rd. A colorful booth full of informational books and a chart helped people identify koi and learn more about keeping these beautiful fish. Membership pamphlets and koi health information sheets were handed out for free. Over 1600 people stopped by the booth, topping the record for attendance at the Japan Days festival in the past. The club made new members and answered many questions from koi owners and the koi curious. The live fish delighted kids and adults alike. The koinobori banners drew in onlookers to the information packed presentation.

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Respectfully submitted:
Katy Shanafelt--

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Washington Koi & Water Garden Society

WK&WGS 2018 Outreach Event – Molbak’s Nursery

This July, a small team of WK&WGS members staged an outreach event at Molbak’s Nursery in Woodinville, Washington.


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Club President Rob Kenny enjoys his koi, with assistance from PNKCA Reps Jennifer and Ted.

As one of the oldest, largest and most well-visited garden supply stores in the state, Molbak’s had long been in our sights for an event of this sort. We were excited to learn that a former club member, Marcia Sundstad, was working at the nursery and advocating for a koi display. With little further prompting, WK&WGS president Rob Kenny assembled a troop of volunteers (including his own koi), and led the way.

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Assembled crowds!

On Friday, July 20th, Rob and Nancy Moore assembled an 8’ show tank, complete with viewing window, heater and airstones. Early the next morning, Jennifer Treiberg and Ted Baughman arrived at Rob’s to assist in the inaugural netting of his fish. Once the fish were released, Barb Sundgren and Nancy joined in to help in answering the numerous questions and collecting the accolades from the curious members of the public.

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Who is watching who?

Overall, the late summer date was a compromise based on the late notice for the event, and attendance at the nursery was lower than we had hoped for. A future event has been tentatively agreed upon, and everyone agrees that a spring date would much more ideal.
Even so, we still handed out numerous show booklets and koi related ephemera and drew very interested responses from both the staff and shoppers. It is our hope that this is the first step in cultivating a new, long-term relationship that will expose our hobby to a steady stream of like-minded gardening enthusiasts!

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Smile!

Submitted by Ted Baughman

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Inland Empire Water Garden & Koi Society

INVITED TO A NEW EVENT – JUNE 9 – 8:00 A.M. TO 3:00 P.M.

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Our club was invited to have a booth featuring water plant materials as the theme of this event was focusing on water plants and features by The Friends of Manito.

The Friends of Manito helps support, preserves, and helps implement changes one of the largest parks in Spokane, including the Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Memorial Gardens, our Japanese Garden and a jewel of the city.

Unfortunately, on the day of the event it was raining, not just raining, but a full downpour! Our members gamely got their rain gear on and set up our display.

The display featured a small water garden that anyone could make out of a small container. We had other information along with an updated brochure. This brochure had an article featuring how to repot/pot plants using anoxic filtration principles.

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Although it was raining cats and dogs, the event was well attended with the Friends of Manito selling plants. We did have some people stop by and talk briefly, the weather was just not cooperating for people to be able to stick around for long.

We thank John and Linda Seifert, Don Chapman and Jo Fister and Frank Rehn (who was sent home rather than stand around getting soaked.) We thank John for his changing the Brochure to fit the event.

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Oregon Koi and Watergarden Society

A big thank you to all club members for jumping in and creating a great Koi Expo this year at the Sherm’s parking area. We had a large participation from the members with everyone stepping-up and interacting with the public, answering questions, sharing their love of water gardening and the keeping of fish.
I know we inspired people to dream of going home and expanding their ponds and gardens or starting a whole new hobby or project.
The auction of donated koi was also a good fundraiser for Oregon Koi & Watergarden Society.
Thanks again to members that donated fish to this auction.

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This was our 3rd. year having a club booth at the Douglas County Master Gardens’ Plant & Garden Expo. The one day event is always a great opportunity to talk about our club, and encourage new members. We had so much fun, the club agreed to plan for next years plant expo.

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Submitted by Randy and Kim Brock Oregon Koi and Watergarden Socitey

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