From the President:

Welcome to the South Carolina Koi and Water Garden Society. Our club is a group of hobbyists in the Upstate who are interested in keeping Koi and goldfish and water gardens. You might currently have a pond but would like to learn more about your fish. Like a lot of us, you are fascinated by the sound of moving water. Our club members have a wide variety of water features and if that’s your thing, you are welcome. What’s really cool about our club is that we all share our interest in the hobby so freely whether it’s a small pond with a couple of fish, to the large ponds with multiple waterfalls and awesome Koi. The neat thing about being interested in Koi and water gardens is that you can start small, but there is no limit to where you can go with it. And, Koi people love to help others learn. I see this time and time again at various events.

If you want to really get into Koi, you’re in the right place. We have a pond tour in the Spring where you can see some of the most amazing ponds and Koi you’ll ever see. We put on a world class Koi show in the Fall, which is being called the largest single club Koi show on the East coast. We have vendors come from all over the country to exhibit at our show and we are proud that our show helps support some of the most deserving charities in our area. For the first time, last year we had the Blood Mobile onsite at the show and we provided a good contribution.

We have a monthly meeting on the 3rd Saturday of each month, weather permitting (except June and December) usually at a member’s home with a potluck dinner and would love to see you there. Check our website for the date, time and location.  Also, see our site for information on upcoming events and come on out. You’ll find a great group of folks from beginners to serious hobbyists to professional breeders to pond builders and everything in between. Want to get plugged in and see what we’re all so excited about? Come on and join us. The water is great!

Written by Pete Kellos, seconded by our new President, Karen Milner

If you would like to join our club, please fill out this application and mail it in:  South Carolina Koi and Water Garden Society

 

President Karen Milner  864.322.0500

dmycroft@bellsouth.net

Vice President Phil Rose 864.218.4229 pmrose@gmail.com
Secretary Pat Heider
 864.877.0115
bilheid@yahoo.com
Treasurer Susan Peart
 864.836.8211
duty10f@gmail.com
Members at Large Bernard Hall
Gene Koch
 864.472.8681
 864.616.5052

jeanandb2@aol.com

epkoch43@yahoo.com

Newletter Editor Kay Barutha  864.895.9597 melbar203@aol.com
Program Chairman Bill & Dee Bradshaw  864.235.3546 wcbrads@aristotle.net
Membership Chairman Kay Barutha  864.895.9597 melbar203@aol.com
Webmaster David Peart
 864.836.8211
duty10f@gmail.com

Our Christmas in January party is fast approaching.  This year it will be held on January 17th at the Olympian Grill 7 Five Forks Plaza Court, Simpsonville, SC (the five forks area of Woodruff Road).  We will start with a meet and greet beginning at 6:30pm.  Dinner will start at 7pm.  We will have our usual EXCITING Chinese Gift Exchange after our meal.  We will order off of a limited menu, and each individual is responsible for their own check.  Please contact Gene Koch (616.5052) or Jim Suerth (879.1369) to let them know if you are coming.  We would like to have at least 50 people commit in order to get a private room. A $10 deposit would guarantee your seat at the table (otherwise, you might have to sit on a stool).  Please mail your deposit to:  Susan Peart, 104 Foster Bin Way, Marietta, SC  29661

SEE YOU THERE!!

Now that our fish are taking a long winters nap, it's time to start planning their next event.  That would be our 17th annual Pond Tour which will take place on June 13, 2015.                                    

If you haven't had your pond on tour previously, or it's been a number of years since you participated, please consider allowing the public to see your pond, fish and yard.  It's very rewarding in many ways, and it also allows us to expose new folks to our club.                                  

This years chairwoman is Mary Etta Rose.  You can contact her by phone: 615-879-7289 or email: maryettarose@yahoo.com            

If you can't put your pond on tour, please think about volunteering in some other way.   There are LOTS of opportunities to do so.  

Mark you calender now so you don't miss out.  If you aren't showing your pond or volunteering, no doubt you will want to see what other folks are doing with their pond/fish/yards.

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We have recently started a new facebook page.  If you are interested in taking a look, makingcomments or posting pictures, and have a facebook account, please do so HERE

If you would like to join our club, please fill out this application and mail it in:

South Carolina Koi and Water Garden Society Membership Application

Tom Fleming, husband of Lois Fleming and longtime member of our Koi Club, passed away recently. 
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Lois and their family.

Below is information about his funeral arrangements.

Thomas Joseph Fleming, 72, of Simpsonville, died November 19, 2013.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 8 Gillin Drive Simpsonville, SC US 29680

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