June 2000 Newsletter
NO JUNE MEETING - POND TOUR
The pond tour is on Saturday, June 10 from 8 am
- 2 pm. There are six backyard ponds on the tour (2 in Mesa, 2 in Gilbert,
2 in Chandler).
The tickets are $5.00 per person and children 12
and under are free. At the April meeting, it was voted to donate 50% of
the proceeds to the Gilbert Riparian Institute. There are five east valley
nurseries that have agreed to sell tickets to the public beginning June
3. Your ticket should be enclosed with this newsletter. If you did not
receive one, please contact Diane immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harper's Nursery is promoting our tour on the Saturday
morning radio show, "Green Thumb Garden Show" which airs every Saturday
from 8 am to 10 am on 960 am. Watch for an article in The Arizona Republic
on June 7 and hopefully the tour will also be mentioned in the East Valley
Tribune. Because the locations are kind of spread out, allow about 3 hours
to complete the tour - it all depends on how much time is spent at each
pond. There are some really great ponds on the tour ranging in size from
approximately 1600 gallons to 11,000 gallons! We have had meetings at only
two of them, so four are never-before-seen! Hope everyone can attend!
MAY MEETING REVIEW
The May meeting was held in the garden department
at a Home Depot store in Mesa. Of course, we had quite the discussion about
the upcoming pond tour, then the meeting was turned over to the speaker,
Ken Ngo, who helps with the water-gardening at Home Depot and has also
built several ponds. It is always interesting to hear of other people's
ideas. Ken likes concrete lined ponds. He sometimes designs a stream, which
has the water zig-zaging back and forth to aid in filtration. Ken suggested
that we think of algae as "vegetables" for the fish and also noted that
it provides a cushion so that the fish don't hurt themselves on concrete
walls. He discussed pumps and filters and displayed a Beckett filter which
Home Depot sells. He also gave us ideas for building our own filters. Ken
then answered questions from the members. Pond tour posters and flyers
were available to take for distribution. Thanks to everyone who helped
with our publicity by posting or mailing!
We had a good selection of plants and they all found
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Vickie Y. - Scottsdale
NEW NEWSLETTER EDITOR SOUGHT
Steve and Gary have done a GREAT job on the monthly
newsletter for the past year. They have decided that it is time to step
down, so we are looking for someone willing to take advantage of this opportunity.
Steve and Gary have made it pretty simple by setting it up on a template.
The president e-mails most of the articles and they are inserted. Other
contributions and an informative article are also inserted. The calendar
is updated. The final version is printed and taken to Kinko's for copying.
The newsletters are then folded, labeled, stamped and stapled. The next
step is to drop them off at a mailbox or post office. Please think seriously
about volunteering for this position and contact Dianne at email@example.com.
Our thoughts go out to Glenn whose wife, Sue passed
away on May 18 after a battle with cancer. Glenn and Sue have been faithful
long time members of the pond society. They live in Prescott and always
made the long drive to the Valley to attend our meetings! Glenn said to
let you know that Sue loved her pond and the Pond Society. Please include
Glenn and their families in your thoughts and prayers. The pond tour has
been dedicated to Sue's memory. She will be greatly missed.