With the Health and Well Being of our members foremost in our minds, The PNKCA Board has made the difficult decison to cancel the 2021 PNKCA Convention.
I feel like I wrote this same email just a few months ago, and it is no more pleasant the second time around.
The 2021 PNKCA Convention, which was to be held in Boise this June, has been canceled. The organizers and the PNKCA Board unanimously decided that we don't want to put anyone's life or health at risk.
While I'd like to find words to articulate this seemingly unending roller-coaster ride of frustration, uncertainty and grief that we are all feeling, I can't really convey anything that you haven't seen or read a million times already. You follow the news and your state's health info, and can add just as well as I can. You know the caseloads in your communities, see the hospitals at capacity, and watch long-beloved businesses board their windows. This is a difficult time for many.
The Boise organizers plan to host the convention in 2022, so we have something to look forward to. I personally look forward to seeing familiar faces, enjoying tall tales regaled over drinks, and learning something useful in the seminars. And finding treasures at the auction, and maybe dining on local Basque food. Let's continue to look ahead. Let's do our best to be kind, stay healthy, and get vaccinated as soon as we are able to. This pandemic WILL end.
In other news:
There will be a Super Raffle this year, with date and details TBD (Yay!!!). Stay tuned.
The Spring Representatives Meeting will be held virtually at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 13th.
2020 Bronze Koi Award Recipient
Our Awards and Grants
Chris Charbonneau, past president of the Washington Koi & Water Garden Society, and also past chair of the Pacific Northwest Koi Clubs Association, is PNKCA’s new winner of the Bronze Koi Award, given to a member in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and British Columbia who has given distinguished service to the koi hobby. Congratulations, Chris!
Chris has served the Washington Koi & Water Garden Society in a variety of roles, beginning as co-chair of the 2005 Koi Show at Country Village. Subsequently, over the years she was elected as Program Chair, Secretary, Vice President, AKCA Representative, PNKCA Representative, Show Chair, and President for three terms. During this time, Chris also brought champion fish to their show, and walked off with numerous awards, including Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion, and Grand Champion B several times. Upon joining WK & WGS in 2002, she dove into learning about koi health, via their first wet lab.
Later, she served as Vice Chair and then Chair of PNKCA, retiring from that role in 2017. Chris has been an inspiration for her leadership, enthusiasm, sense of humor, and can-do spirit.
Thanks to Nancy Moore for the picture and article
President of the PNKCA and member of the IWG&KS, Sue Boydstun passed away on March 1rst, 2020. Her love of the hobby and wicked sense of humor will be missed beyond measure.
Please visit here to view her remembrance page..