Bill Whitley : President
Following Norman Call and his well deserved retirement as President of the Oregon Koi & Watergarden Society will give me a large set of shoes to fill in 2018. Thanks to all our members for the trust you have given me to lead this Club into the future. I have been a member of this club for the past eight years. During this time I found the courage to build my own pond, learning as I went and asking hundreds of questions that opened my eyes to a whole world of friendly people who are dedicated to Koi and their beauty.
Now that the pond is built I continue to explore new products and new thoughts on fishkeeping, there is always something new on the market and your fish can be a constant surprise with their antics and personalities. As a member of a local club I also enjoy visits to the many shows and seminars put on and hosted by other Koi clubs in the Pacific Northwest. My hope for this club’s future is to be a presence in this part of Oregon and to inform and help the public as they enjoy the hobby of pond keeping and water gardening.
Bill Harper: Vice President
My name is Bill Harper and I was the Vice President for the OK&WS in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. My wifes name is Mary. We have two ponds,.Our newest and largest pond is 24 x 12 x 7 1/2 ft totaling 16,000 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.
Lori Whitley :Treasure:
My name is Lori Whitley and my husband Bill and I joined the club in 2018 while we were in the process of building our pond. It is 16,000 gallons. We are still working on finishing the rest of our backyard. I have prior experience as treasurer. I am looking forward to learning more about koi, water gardening and pond maintenance.
Stacy Burleigh : Secretary
I along with my husband, Harry Burleigh joined Oregon Koi & Watergarden Society in 2014 or 2015, after being offered a free one-year membership at the club’s booth at the Master Gardener’s yearly sale. They had recently bought a house in the Melrose area, partially winning the contract by assuring the homeowner that they would take good care of her 5 koi. Even after moving to another state, the previous homeowner has come back to visit the koi 3 times. They enjoy socializing and learning new things about Koi and ponds at the monthly potlucks at member’s home. They have upgraded their pond once, and just finished upgrading the waterfall a second time and adding in a bog. Stacy’s favorite hobby is birding, so the number one requirement for the pond’s waterfall was to be bird friendly. Next is upgrading their pump and electrical boxes.
Pama Bangerman: Program Director:
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.
Editor: Lori Whitley
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