2017 Officers

Norman Call : President  
I was first exposed to a fish pond in the early 50’s as a small boy. “It was my job to clean the cement pond every spring,. said Norman,” Of course, at that time I did not know the difference between a comet and a koi....and I didn’t care. Our cement pond had no drain which was typical in those days and cleaning the pond was always a dirty and stinky job. When we moved I was greatful and never wanted to see another pond” “As luck would have it, at the age of six - seven, became best friends with a Japanese boy who's parents were high-end gardeners in Palo Alto, CA. And of course we spend a lot of time at each other’s home. My appreciation of the Japanese culture started then. My first visit to Japan was on R&R from Viet Nam while in the Marines.” During my 40 years in the koi hobby, I've  won every koi show award available and traveled the country benching and judging koi shows. I have been designing Koi show pins and koi club logos for thirty years and currently I have the largest koi pin collection in the world with just under 3000 koi pins. That does not include hundreds of tie pins, tie bars, key rings etc. I have been awarded lifetime memberships in the Central California Koi Society and the Siskiyou Koi and Water Garden Society for my assistance in their creation.

2015 Retiered emeritus from the AKCA and the AKJA judging programs. Many other koi related activities have been omitted for briefness.

1953 First pond ( was already in place)

1975 Built first pond1976 Entered first koi show

1980 Member ZNA Southern California Koi Club

1983 Started writing articles for Koi USA 1985 Started TC Enterprise, (The Koi Store)

1985 First of many trips to Japan (All Japan Koi Show)

1989 Received Honorary Lifetime Membership to the Central California Koi Society

1990 All Japan Koi Show1

995 AKCA Koi of the Year Award, (SCVK&WGC)

1996 Accepted as an AKCA candidate judge1997 Member ZNA Northwest Koi & Goldfish Club

1998 All Japan Koi show ( attended the ZNA seminar)

1998 ZNA Southern California Koi Club seminar1998 Founded the Oregon Koi & Watergarden Society, (OK&WS) as 1st president

1998 Vice Chairman, Pacific N.W. Koi Clubs Association, (PNKCA)

1999 Co- Founder and first editor of the PNKCA newsletter

1999 Newsletter Editor for the OK&WS

1999 AKCA Koi Person of the Year, (OK&WS)

1999 Ed Fugjimoto Award (PNKCA)

2000 Judged the ZNA So. Cal. Koi show & attended the ZNA koi seminar, Tokyo, Japan 2001 Became certified as an AKCA Koi Judge

2001 Accepted into the Koi Health Assistance program, ( KHA)

2002 Reciveed the first OK&WS koi person of the year award 2008 Received Honorary Lifetime membership to the Siskiyou Koi & Pond Club2012

Joined the American Koi Judges AssociationJudged over thirty koi shows from 1980 to 2014.

 

 


Bill Harper: Vice President and Webmaster:

My name is Bill Harper and I am the 2013 Vice President for the OK&WS.  My wifes name is Mary. We have two ponds,.Our newest and largest pond is 24 x 12 x 7 1/2 ft totaling 13,000 gallons and the other one is 4200 gallons . I enjoy the technical aspects of filtration and water quality. If there is something you can never have enough of it is filtration.

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Treasure: Faye Forhan  

My first pond was an itty bitty one full of feeder goldfish that I inherited when I rented a house.  Not particularly successful I admit but that experience made me want to try again.  I now have 2 above ground ponds with goldfish and koi and a shallower water garden pond with lilies, bog plants and lotus.  My dogs Koos and Tonks, a rescue Rhodesian ridgeback and a Plott hound consider the ponds the ultimate in water dishes.  The opportunities to improve my fish keeping knowledge and meeting others with a love of koi, goldfish and ponds is what led me to join the club.  My fish have certainly benefited from what I have learned as a club member.  This year, as President of our club and with the great board members that have stepped up, our goal is to continue to spread the word about the joys of keeping koi.

 


Kim Brock : Secretary  

Hello Everyone, My name is Kimberley. My husband Randy and I have 3 children and 2 grandson’s. Our family became members of OK&WS in 1999. Before the club we had a itty bitty 2000 gallon pond, after joining we upgraded to a 10,000. Over the years we have enjoyed learning everything koi and water garden. And along the way we have made some amazing friends. Randy and I are the PNKC Reps for the club

 

Program  Director : Faye Forhan  

My first pond was an itty bitty one full of feeder goldfish that I inherited when I rented a house.  Not particularly successful I admit but that experience made me want to try again.  I now have 2 above ground ponds with goldfish and koi and a shallower water garden pond with lilies, bog plants and lotus.  My dogs Koos and Tonks, a rescue Rhodesian ridgeback and a Plott hound consider the ponds the ultimate in water dishes.  The opportunities to improve my fish keeping knowledge and meeting others with a love of koi, goldfish and ponds is what led me to join the club.  My fish have certainly benefited from what I have learned as a club member.  This year, as President of our club and with the great board members that have stepped up, our goal is to continue to spread the word about the joys of keeping koi.

 


Newsletter Editor: Pama Bangeman  

My husband and I have recently moved to Roseburg, Oregon from North Idaho and are getting to know the area and the friendly people. I have kept indoor aquariums with both Tropical fish and Goldfish but joined the Oregon Koi & Watergarden Society shortly after moving here to learn from the group about building a Koi pond and what that entailed. This club has opened my eyes to a whole new world of people who are dedicated to Koi and their beauty.

Since retiring from the Graphic Arts & publishing field it was a natural for me to take over as editor of our club newsletter when that position became available. In this position I am learning about Koi at an accelerated rate and I'm looking forward to starting a Koi pond soon with all of my new found information and friends.



 


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