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Dianne Evenson


Sep 10, 2016
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The September 2016 GPPS meeting was held on Saturday at the home of Chuck and Joy Basso in Queen Creek.

The meeting was called to order at 9:10 by Vice-President Rita Karsten. President Don Shaw was on vacation..

New members: Alan & Ben Hanna, Dean Treadwell and Dave & Toni Brown.

Introduced meeting host: Chuck Basso

Host pond information: Chuck and Joy Basso's pond and yard have a cowboy theme. They have a building called Papa Nana's Place. It serves as a play house for the grandkids and a trap door opens to the lower level that is used as the pump house. The pond is 5,350 gallons of water, 5 feet deep, and a rubber liner. There is an automated filter and feeder. Little maintenance is needed for this pond. A solar panel is attached to the top of the pump house to help with electric needs.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Nick Saint-Erne, DVM.

Dr. Nick discussed pond care and answered questions from the group. His single most important message was, "If you want to have healthy fish, you have to have healthy water."

Pond Club business or updates:

" Vice President, Rita Karsten: Opened the meeting. We had about 40 - 50 people visit the ponds on the tour. The donation jars received about $100. A check for the amount will be given to the Japanese Friendship Garden for them to spend as needed.

" Treasurer, Jon Dean: Forgot to bring report, will give information to newsletter editor to post. Collections for next year's dues have begun.

" Secretary, Sue Beard: Nothing at this time.

" Events Coordinator, Tammy Purtell: Working on a speaker for October meeting.

" Newsletter Editors, Tanya Mancino: Let her know if you have anything you want to sell or buy that can be posted in the newsletter.

" Librarian, Jeff Karsten: Library is open.

" Webmaster, Dennis Beard: Nothing at this time.

Pond Business:

" Future meetings: Tanya Mancino and Ian Brown.

" Facebook: Promote our page through the use of your page.

" Board Elections: November is election month. Think about running for an office.

" Raffle: Rita Karsten won the raffle.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:50.

Respectfully submitted: Sue Beard

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