2008 Ed Fujimoto Award Winners
Canada Koi Club of British Columbia
Wendy has been a devoted koi hobbyist for many years and presently doing a great job as the acting President of the Club.
Cascade Koi & Goldfish Club
Dixie joined Cascade Koi & Goldfish Club in 2001. Dixie has volunteered as our club’s Secretary the Treasurer for several years. She has been a great asset to the club, willing to lend a helping hand whenever needed.
Dai-ichi Koi & Japanese Garden Club of BC
Really enjoys koi and watergsardens and is the best Secretary the Club has ever had.
Idaho Water Garden & Koi Society
A charter member of the club, Gary has always excelled at whatever he was asked to do. From plant-sale chairperson to program presenter at many of our beginning-season banquets, Gary has always done an excellent job. We are so fortunate and proud to have this person as part of our great club.
Inland Empire Water Garden & Koi Society
Ralph was nominated for his outstanding support and involvement in all our club activities. His nomination was voted on at our October 2007 meeting, and passed by a majority Vote by our club!
Mid Columbia Koi & Pond Club
The Mid Columbia Koi & Pond Club is proud to announce that Phyliss Hirschel is our Ed Fujimoto Award winner. Phyliss exemplifies the qualities of patience and good old common sense that we all value so much in our leaders, and we are proud to have her in our club.
North Idaho Koi Keepers
Gene is a founding member of the North Idaho Koi Keepers (NIKK) club and is currently serving his second term as President of this new club. Gene worked closely with fellow koi-lovers to organize this new organization. He continues to conduct workshops for members and provide KHA assistance to fellow hobbyists in the area, spending many hours helping koi keepers new to the hobby so that they might experience the joy of healthy ponds with healthy pets. As Chairman of the PNKCA Gene is providing great continuity to help NIKK host the 2008 PNKCA Convention in Idaho. Gene has also helped with several conventions before this. As if all this volunteer work doesn’t keep him busy enough, Gene is also serving the AKCA as KHV Funding Chairman. He believes strongly in this cause and has helped raise thousands of dollars to help educate koi keepers on th
e ongoing disease that has devastated so many koi across the country and around the world.
Gene spends hours each day in his volunteer capacity. The hobby is truly a labor of love for him. All of this combines to make Gene Anderson a worthy nominee of the prestigious Ed Fujimoto Award.
Northwest Koi & Goldfish Club
Dale Rohrer & Donna Mason
Dale and Donna are wonderful members of the NWK&G Club. They are always very helpful. If we need a job done or a volunteer Dale and Donna always help us out. They both help the NW club to be very successful
Olympic Koi, Goldfish & Watergarden Club
Peggy has been a very active and interested member of our club, helping with any projects that are ask of her. Peggy has helped make new members feel welcome, promoting the Koi and Watergarden hobby in our communities. She became our Clubs first Librarian, and has completely straightened out all the club literature, and put all the old VHS tapes to digital disks. Our Library is now on line for use of our members. Our thanks to her, again, for her hard work
Oregon Koi & Watergarden Society
Lonnie & Dixie Harris
This year the Oregon Koi & Watergarden Society has selected Lonnie and Dixie Harris to receive the Ed Fujimoto Award. Lonnie and Dixie are a perfect example of dedication and selflessness. They are always ready to donate their time for club activities without any hesitation. Dixie is serving her second year as our clubs secretary and is doing a wonderful job! She has a special way of putting a smile on everyone’s face. Lonnie helps set up our koi show, and is one of the kindest people that you will ever meet. Not only have they opened their home to the club for fundraisers and meetings, but they have also opened our eyes to friendships that will last a lifetime. Lonnie and Dixie Harris are very special members of the Oregon Koi & Watergarden Society and we can honestly say our club would not be the same without them!
Puget Sound Koi Club
Phil Ricigliano is a pillar of this club. He has served in several key positions during his membership. He was club president in 2004, vice president in 2007, Show Chairman in 2002 and 2008, and co-show chair in 2001, 2003, and 2007. Phil provided computer support for all of our annual koi shows since 2003. He has served as our webmaster since 2004 and was AKCA rep in 2005. No one outshines Phil in contributions to the success of the Puget Sound Koi Club.
Siskiyou Koi and Pond Club
She started our club & has put in endless hours of work helping everyone in the club with koi education, etc. She also publishes the club newsletter every month and works tirelessly on every aspect of what our club is doing from shows to public promotions etc. No one deserves this award more, not even a close call.
Washington Koi & Water Garden Society
Joyce Tsuji has served as Program Chair, AKCA representative, and Club President. She assists in benching and handling at our Koi Show and at the Nozomi Young Koi Show as a representative of WK&WGS. Many club members will remember her article in our newsletter and her presentation on pruning and path design at our membership meetings. Joyce also organized our club’s young fish raffle and grow out competitions for club members in 2006 and 2007. She is a generous donor of bonsai and fish to our annual auction.