The highest and most prestigious award offered by
the Pacific Northwest Koi Club Association, the Bronze Koi Award, was presented at our twentieth PNKCA Convention held this
June in Boise, Idaho. Those in attendance at the convention experienced and witnessed
this year’s Bronze Koi award presentation made by Ed Fujimoto and former Bronze Koi Award recipients, Lindsay Gibson
and Linda Montgomery.
Only one nominated candidate is selected annually from those candidates submitted by their peers and presented to the
Bronze Koi Award Committee. As the popularity of the koi hobby matures and with
more clubs forming in the northwest, the task of the committee having to select only one recipient becomes more difficult.
However tough the task, the committee has endured another year and presented us with the twentieth Bronze Koi Award winner.
The Bronze Koi Award was presented to Jerry Tyler. That’s Sir Jerry Tyler! Congratulations
Jerry from all of your fellow koi keepers and hobbyist out here in the Northwest Territory!
Here is a brief introduction to Jerry Tyler. Jerry and his very supportive
wife, JoAnn (Jo) have been koi hobbyists for more than ten years and presently consider the Puget Sound Koi Club as their
primary club even though they are currently members of other Northwest clubs. Jerry’s
involvement and love of the koi hobby is evident with the responsibilities that he has undertaken over the years. Last year he chaired the PNKCA Convention held in Victoria, B.C., “Koi without Borders” and
at the same time was the President of the Puget Sound Club and also the PNKCA Vice Chairman.
In reviewing Jerry’s accomplishments, he has served the Puget Sound Koi Club as their past president for 2 years,
has been Koi Show Chairman 2 years, was Koi Show Co-Chairman 1 year, and has served as PNKCA Representative for the club 4
years. Jerry is presently serving his second year of a two-year term as Chairman
of PNKCA and prior to this also served a two-year term as Vice Chairman.
In addition to these positions of responsibilities, Jerry has been awarded the coveted PNKCA “Ed Fujimoto Award”
two times and also presented the “Koi Person of the Year Award” of the Associated Koi Clubs of America twice.
Approximately two years ago when the first Associated Koi Clubs of America sponsored the Koi Health Advisors (KHA) program
and were awarded their certificates and pins; Jerry was among the Northwest graduates.
Jerry has assisted many koi club members and non-members in the Puget Sound area with koi health and pond related problems
as a KHA. During last year’s PNKCA Convention at Victoria, BC, Jerry was
knighted by her majesty and bestowed the honorable title of Sir Jerry Tyler.
Jerry and Jo have had the same pond many years. The pond just keeps getting better and better
and as Jerry said “it’s never going to be done.” Jerry and
Jo’s faces are familiar to many koi and pond club members throughout the Northwest as they show their koi at the different
koi shows. Their koi skills have been acknowledged with awards of Reserve Champion, Mature Champion, Baby Champion and the
most recent award Best Baby, presented at the Oregon Koi & Water Garden Society Koi Show on June 19th. Jerry also has become an avid koi show and convention pin collector and recently became
a member of the International Koi Pin Club. I am sure if I had the time to dig
around through club newsletters and other sources, I probably could write a short novel on this Bronze Koi Award recipient.