Faye Forhan : President
My first pond was an itty
bitty one full of feeder goldfish that I inherited when I rented a
house. Not particularly successful I admit but that experience made me
want to try again. I now have 2 above ground ponds with goldfish and koi and a shallower water garden pond with lilies, bog plants and lotus. My dogs Koos and Tonks, a rescue Rhodesian ridgeback and a Plott
hound consider the ponds the ultimate in water dishes. The
opportunities to improve my fish keeping knowledge and meeting others
with a love of koi, goldfish and ponds is what led me to join the club.
My fish have certainly benefited from what I have learned as a club
member. This year, as President of our club and with the great board
members that have stepped up, our goal is to continue to spread the word
about the joys of keeping koi.
Bill Harper: Vice President and Webmaster:
My name is Bill Harper and I am the 2013 Vice President for the OK&WS. My wifes name is Mary. We have two ponds,.Our newest and largest pond is 24 x 12 x 7 1/2 ft totaling
13,000 gallons and the other one is 4200 gallons . I enjoy the technical aspects of filtration and
water quality. If there is something you can never have enough of it is
Jeanette Mattern: Treasure
My name is Jeanette Mattern and I am the 2013 Treasurer. My husband,
Bob and I, built our ongoing pond about 2 years ago. We joined the club
to get ideas on making it better and learn more about koi. We have
enjoyed making new friends and receiving much help on our pond
adventure. We have 2 ponds, upper and lower, with a stream to connect
them. Both about 20x30 with a waterfall and fountain in upper pond.
There are a combination of koi and goldfish in both totaling around 50
fish. Two decks to observe the fish overlook each pond. The pond is
located out from our house to be seen by visitors coming up the drive. I
look forward to a good year with the club.
Sara Gilman: Secretary
Hi my name is Sara Gilman and I am the 2013 Secretary. My parents had a
goldfish pond throughout my childhood and many memories were made out
by the pond. My husband Brian and I have two ponds as well as our
quarantine tank. Our big pond is about 3,000 gallons and home to our
Koi and a few Goldfish, and features two streams and lots of plants
around it. My pond is around 900 gallons and is an above ground pond
that makes a square around our huge Sweet Gum Tree. This pond is
strictly for my Fancy Fantail Goldfish and is so much fun to see them up
sunbathing during the spring and summer. My parents have owned Rainbow
Pond Fish in Eugene for the last ten years, and as a family we have lots
of barbeques and gatherings around our ponds. In our spare time Brian
and I help many clients with pond maintenance, trouble shooting and help
install equipment. We love being outside and spending time with our two
miniature dachshunds Blossom and Cooper. We are really excited to be
welcoming our first child, a little girl into the world in May!
Program Director : Judith Stensland
I am from Wolf Point, MT where the winters are cold and the summers are
scorching and the wind always blows. How I ended up 10 years ago in the
garden heaven of Roseburg is a long story... I am a nurse practitioner
and work fulltime.
I got interested in water gardening when I stopped by the yearly
Roseburg Koi and water garden event a few years ago. Made a small pond
and had that for 2 or 3 years, but of course a small pond is never
enough and the damn cranes kept eating my fish so had to go bigger.
Emptied my whole back yard and got the pond dug, mostly by hand by a
friend, summer of 2011. The pic here is from Oct 2012. You can go to my
album of the pond building at https://plus.google.com/photos/117922962757540086618/albums/5857963840135161649?authkey=COvY5O3Y8sXhRA
The little first pond is at https://plus.google.com/photos/117922962757540086618/albums/5215824842623493953
We have plans for this summer to put in a little stream in order to have more water garden area. Always changing and growing.
Editor: Pama Bangeman
My husband and I have recently moved to Roseburg, Oregon from North
Idaho and are getting to know the area and the friendly people. I have
kept indoor aquariums with both Tropical fish and Goldfish but joined
the Oregon Koi & Watergarden Society shortly after moving here to
learn from the group about building a Koi pond and what that entailed.
This club has opened my eyes to a whole new world of people who are
dedicated to Koi and their beauty.
Since retiring from the Graphic Arts &
publishing field it was a natural for me to take over as editor of our
club newsletter when that position became available. In this position I
am learning about Koi at an accelerated rate and I'm looking forward to
starting a Koi pond soon with all of my new found information and