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March 12, 2016
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The Maech 2016 GPPS meeting was held on Saturday at the home of Jamie & Liz Coffey in Mesa. The meeting was called to order at 9:00 by President Don Shaw.

New members: Jeff (didn't get last name). Has had container ponds and wants to upgrade to a pond with water plants.

Introduced Meeting Host: Jamie Coffey.

Host pond info: This pond is the 3rd version and took about three years to make. The bigger pond with a rubber liner was replaced with a concrete/block version. A bridge separates to areas of his pond. Each side has its own pump with a cross connection to go to the filter behind the waterfall. The pond has six large koi and the fertilized water is back-flushed into the plants in the garden. Jamie had a detailed story board set up to be looked at.

Pond Club business or updates:

" President, Don Shaw: Opened meeting.

" Vice President, Rita Karsten: The pond tour will be held May 14 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The pre-tour will be on May 7. Please get the descriptions of your pond to Dennis (webmaster) if you have not done so. Supplies for the tour will be handed out at the April meeting and should be returned at the June meeting. Proceeds from the donation jars will be given to The Japanese Friendship Garden. The JPFG has given our club 200 free passes to be given out at the tour. Fern Shaw has contacted some places with calendars to advertise for the tour but has not heard back.

" Treasurer, Jon Dean: $3,708.93.

" Secretary, Sue Beard: Nothing at this time.

" Events Coordinator, Tammy Purtell: Not at meeting. Don Shaw reminded club members to e-mail her if you are willing to help her out with this position.

" Newsletter Editors, Tanya Mancino: No newsletter next month if you have not paid your dues. 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: The contact list for board of directors is auto-sent from Go-Daddy.

Pond Business:

" Home & Garden Show: The show is scheduled for the last weekend of April. The dates are April 29, 30 and May 1. Please volunteer when the signup sheet is passed around. It is divided into two hour sections with set-up being Thursday.

" Japanese Friendship Garden: March 26 will be the date to volunteer for work at the garden.

" GPPS Directory: Current version was passed around for updating.

" Future meetings: The Karsten's will do the April meeting and the Basso's will do the September one.

" Judy Restad: Called members of the club who have not been to the last few meetings to let them know that they are missed.

" Facebook: Fish and plants are being offered by people in the visitor post area.

" Question & Answer: Members asked questions about pond problems and discussion ensued.

" Raffle: Jeff (new member) won the raffle.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:10.

Respectfully submitted: Sue Beard

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