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    "Pond Happenings"

    June 2001 Newsletter



    MAY MEETING REVIEW

    Our May 12th meeting was held at the Harper’s Nursery in Phoenix. Although it wasn’t too hot, it was nice that it was held in a shaded area. There is a raised concrete koi pond at the nursery that was built in the 70’s with some huge koi. We were told that some are about 20 years old! There was also a smaller in-ground display pond and a growing pond for selling aquatic plants. The meeting was opened by introducing the executive committee. Ed T., the treasurer, gave his report and then new members were introduced. It was announced that membership is now at 83 households. The pond tour was discussed and Emily A. announced that she is still looking for items to include in our Phoenix Ponding Calendar. Members were asked to volunteer to host meetings and to be put on a phone list to bring refreshments if necessary. Then the meeting was turned over to the speaker, Justin Campbell. He was a Harper’s employee for 13 years and specialized in aquatic plants. He recently started his own business in the landscape/pond field. He talked about common misconceptions of pond building. He gave us some ideas of new plants to try in our ponds and discussed landscaping around the ponds and especially how to cover the edges. After the meeting we enjoyed cookies and beverages supplied by Bert and Betty F.. THANKS, BERT & BETTY!


    NO JUNE MEETING - POND TOUR INSTEAD!

    The pond tour is on Saturday, June 9 from 8 am - 4 pm. Your tour ticket is included with this newsletter and is for your household only. It contains the addresses of all of the ponds on the tour with directions, descriptions and a large map. It is not necessary to start at pond #1. Your tour can start at any pond and go in any direction that is easiest. Be sure to carry the ticket with you to each pond. Allow about 2 hours to complete the tour - it all depends on how much time is spent at each pond. We have had a meeting at only one of the ponds, so five of them have never been seen! Enjoy your day!


    WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

    Bobbi A. - Phoenix

    Nancy G. - Phoenix

    Ronald & Betty R. - Phoenix


    THANKS!

    Bert & Betty F. have donated a 30 cup coffee maker to the Society. It will be put to good use at our chilly meetings during the cooler months. Again, THANK YOU, BERT & BETTY!


    WISHES FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY

    Long time member, Helen R., suffered a heart attack on May 17. On May 22, she had a triple bypass and mitral valve replacement. Please keep her in your hearts and prayers for a speedy and complete recovery.


    HOW TO USE THE WEBSITE'S MESSAGE BOARD

         You can do this. It's not nearly as complicated as it might first appear. First, in the navigation bar on the left side of the screen, click on the words "message board." Once the page loads, scroll down just a bit. See where it says "Log In" up and to the right of the messages? Click "Log In." There you will see fields to enter you username and password. You need to be "logged in" in order to post a message."
         "BUT I DON'T HAVE A USERNAME OR PASSWORD YET, GOOFUS!" you say. Not to worry. Notice that just to the right of those fields is a link directing you to create a new account. Here, you will create a "username" and password with which you can post messages. So click on "Create a CoolBoard Account."
         Don't sweat the text at the top of the form. Just fill in the required fields. Here are my suggestions:

    USERNAME: Brad_J, plant-killer, 2FishFanatics, etc.

    PASSWORD: something very simple - this isn't a national security issue

    PASSWORD (CONFIRM): here they want you to type in your password again EXACTLY as you typed it above

    EMAIL ADDRESS: you don't have to put in a real address if you don't want to (i.e. yeah@right.com, you@gottabekidding.com, dont@botherme.org)

    ALLOW OTHER MEMBERS TO CONTACT ME VIA EMAIL: I would recommend making sure this box is UNchecked, but it's up to you.

    GENDER: you have to enter something but you don't HAVE to tell the truth

    YEAR OF BIRTH: remember what i said about "Gender"?

    COUNTRY: it already says "United States" so just leave it alone, already!

    ZIP CODE: any 5 numbers will do; it's only demographic info for advertisers

    CHECK BOXES: the first one ("Automatically log me in during future visits from this computer") is a good idea - I recommend making sure it's checked.

    THE OTHER 2 CHECK BOXES: make sure these are UNchecked - trust me - the world will be a better place

    CREATE ACCOUNT: click it and you're all set to post messages - try posting a test message. To post a message that isn't a "reply" to an existing post, click on the little "Add Topic" button.

    It will deleted after not too long, so you won't have to worry about everybody and their brother seeing your "um...testing...1,2,3" post 'till the end of time.  My email address is listed on the "membership & contact info" link at the top left of this page. My phone numbers are included in the paper copy of these newsletters. Contact me if you need any assistance.  -Brad J.