What is the Mid-Atlantic Koi Club?
The Mid-Atlantic Koi Club (MAKC) is a club of active and friendly individuals who have a particular interest in Koi fish as well as other goldfish varieties and outdoor ponds. The group holds monthly meetings to provide a wide number of varieties such as pond tours, Koi shows and lectures that serve to improve the knowledge of its members in raising of Koi. The group also offers assistance in all facets of Koi keeping ranging from pond design, pond construction, breeding, feeding, and aquatic plant information.
The MAKC meets regularly at various regional areas in the mid-Atlantic region. The group charges an annual fee of $30 for a year, with its club year running from June 1 to May 1 of the next year. It also charges pro-rated dues for those who join in the month of January. The group also offers a membership fix of $100 for a 4-year period so members can save $20. It charges a membership fee of $40 for overseas members, while corporate members are charged $275 with benefits like advertising. There are five chapters representing the members of the MAKC- the Central Chapter, the Long Island Chapter, North Chapter, Saugerties Chapter, and the South Chapter.
Ellie Cooper is the MAKC president, leading a group of 8 officials. There is also an 8 member executive board committee.
To support its operations while giving its members access to important information on the raising of Koi, the group has merchandise offered on its website. One of these products is the Spike’s Goldfish guide which provides members with information on breeding goldfishand details on various goldfish varieties like Fantail, Shubunkin, Comet, Veiltail, Pearlscale, Telescope, Lionhead, Oranda, Ranchu, Celestials, and Bubble Eyes, amongst others.
There is also a DVD compilation of club newsletters and magazines that members will find handy for relevant information on koi breeding. The newsletters and magazines date from 1989 to 2007, and are stored in PDF format.
The website of the MAKC offers expert information on a long list of topics. The online library has information on Koi varieties and gives tips on how to select Koi varieties like Asagi, Kohaku, Sanke, Showa, Utsuri, Asagi, Bekko, Hikari Mono, Showa, Tancho, and Utsurino. It also provides articles on Koi care such as feeding, tips on maintaining a spring pond, and preparing the fish and pond for the winter season. Those interested in getting tips on pond construction will also get information on pond construction, water analysis, rebuilding, renovation, and waterfalls. Members will also get insights on pond tours and information on water quality.
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