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January 10, 2015
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The January 2015 GPPS meeting was held on Saturday at the Sand Dollar Community Pond in Phoenix. The meeting was called to order at 9:08 by President Don Shaw.

Introduced Meeting Hosts: Julie Riley

Host pond info: The Sand Dollar Community Pond started out 40 years ago as the Crystal Lagoon. It was just a water feature. 20 years ago the water feature was changed to a pond to cut down on chemical costs. The pond consists of three sections with about 31,000 gallons total. It has a concrete bottom and no bottom drains. Pumps and filters have been changed. Two years ago Julie Riley moved into the area mostly because of her love of the pond. The community is self managed and she took on the chore of cleaning the pond. She had no experience but went to the web to get info. Julie found Brian Connelly on the website and he came and gave his input on the pond. Brian suggested Julie join GPPS. The sand filter was converted into a bio filter. Three UV filters were added and the water has cleared up so that the fish are now visible. Eventually the old pump will need to be replaced. The pond has been cleaned up by clearing vegetation and using a pump to pump out most of the muck in the upper pond. The next job will be to clean the other two pond sections.

The biggest challenge to the pond now is landscaping. It is currently set up to take water run-off from the neighborhood. Julie asked the members to take a look at the pond and give suggestions that may help with this problem.

Pond Club business or updates:

" President, Don Shaw: Opened meeting.

" Vice President, Jon Dean: Jon asked for print quality pictures of the ponds so that he may use them for advertising for the upcoming pond tour. He has already be in contact with Home & Garden Magazine. Dave Nelson suggested the club put together an add kit for future use. Don Shaw said he would check with Gloria, old newsletter editor, and see if some pictures can be procured.

" Treasurer, Ed Tunstall: as of today there is a balance of $4,405.99 in our treasury. Dues are due for the 2015 year.

" Secretary, Sue Beard: Nothing new at this time.

" Events Coordinator, Rita Karsten has asked to be released from position due to personal issues. Linda Vega volunteered to take the position.

" Newsletter Editors, EJ Brooks: Learning the job. Will meet with Fern Shaw for more information on the position.

" Librarian, Jeff Karsten: The library is open. Please let him know when you take a book as well as signing the library takeout sheet.

" Webmaster, Dennis Beard: Still working on linking new officers to website e-mail.

" Dave asked that a group of people volunteer to help pond owners who are ill or in need of someone to temporarily take care of their ponds.

Pond Business:

" Storage Unit for Club: Dave Nelson needs to turn club property over to someone else. Property includes canopy, table, chairs, signs, PA system, totes, poster boards and misc. equipment. Rita Karsten made a motion to allow Don Shaw to procure a storage unit for $25-$30 dollars per month. Fern Shaw seconded the motion. Vote was passed.

" Pond Tour: Jon Dean asked for people to consider being on the pond tour. There will be a sign up sheet at the next meeting. Rita Karsten made a motion that the tour be held May 9, 2015. Dave Nelson seconded the motion. Vote was passed.

" Home and Garden Show: Dave Nelson made the motion for the club to man a booth at the April 3 day event. A 10 x 10 space was decided to be the perfect size. Fern seconded the motion. The vote was passed.

" VSKC Koi Show: Discussion was made about manning a booth for the 3 day event. The club will hold their meeting next month, February 14, at the show. Dave Nelson made the motion that the club only man a booth on Saturday, February 14 only, as we will be there anyway. Lucy Ross seconded the motion. Vote was passed.

Raffle was one by Julie Riley.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:25.

Next meeting: The next meeting will be held at the VSKC (Valley of the Sun Koi Club) koi show at Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix.

Respectfully submitted: Sue Beard

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