2004 Bronze Koi Award Winner
Puget Sound Koi Club
Lindsay Gibson, Ed Fujimoto, Jerry Tyler, Linda Montgomery
The highest and most prestigious award offered by the Pacific Northwest Koi Club Association, the Bronze Koi Award, was presented at our twentieth PNKCA Convention held this June in Boise, Idaho. Those in attendance at the convention experienced and witnessed this year’s Bronze Koi award presentation made by Ed Fujimoto and former Bronze Koi Award recipients, Lindsay Gibson and Linda Montgomery.
Only one nominated candidate is selected annually from those candidates submitted by their peers and presented to the Bronze Koi Award Committee. As the popularity of the koi hobby matures and with more clubs forming in the northwest, the task of the committee having to select only one recipient becomes more difficult. However tough the task, the committee has endured another year and presented us with the twentieth Bronze Koi Award winner. The Bronze Koi Award was presented to Jerry Tyler. That’s Sir Jerry Tyler! Congratulations Jerry from all of your fellow koi keepers and hobbyist out here in the Northwest Territory.
Here is a brief introduction to Jerry Tyler. Jerry and his very supportive wife, JoAnn (Jo) have been koi hobbyists for more than ten years and presently consider the Puget Sound Koi Club as their primary club even though they are currently members of other Northwest clubs. Jerry’s involvement and love of the koi hobby is evident with the responsibilities that he has undertaken over the years.
Last year he chaired the PNKCA Convention held in Victoria, B.C., “Koi without Borders” and at the same time was the President of the Puget Sound Club and also the PNKCA Vice Chairman. In reviewing Jerry’s accomplishments, he has served the Puget Sound Koi Club as their past president for 2 years, has been Koi Show Chairman 2 years, was Koi Show Co-Chairman 1 year, and has served as PNKCA Representative for the club 4 years. Jerry is presently serving his second year of a two-year term as Chairman of PNKCA and prior to this also served a two-year term as Vice Chairman.
In addition to these positions of responsibilities, Jerry has been awarded the coveted PNKCA “Ed Fujimoto Award” two times and also presented the “Koi Person of the Year Award” of the Associated Koi Clubs of America twice. Approximately two years ago when the first Associated Koi Clubs of America sponsored the Koi Health Advisors (KHA) program and were awarded their certificates and pins; Jerry was among the Northwest graduates. Jerry has assisted many koi club members and non-members in the Puget Sound area with koi health and pond related problems as a KHA. During last year’s PNKCA Convention at Victoria, BC, Jerry was knighted by her majesty and bestowed the honorable title of Sir Jerry Tyler.