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September 12,-13-14, 2008 - Post Falls, Idaho
Red Lion Templins Hotel on the River


click here for a printable full-size poster


Click here for a printable Registration Form


Spokane International Airport is approximately 25 miles west (about 25 minutes on I-90) of Templin’s Resort in Post Falls . Rental cars are available at the airport, and that will give you the freedom to explore some of the interesting sights in the area.

If you prefer a shuttle, you can call the hotel directly at (208)773-1611 and let the person answering the phone that you need to make a shuttle arrangement - or you can email the information as far as arrival times and airlines and she will put you in their book. We ask that you give the hotel 24hr notice because there is not a driver available at all times. That way you don't have to wait around the airport. There is a fee, that is $30 for the 1st person and $5 for each additional person in your party riding the shuttle at the same time. If you are needing round trip shuttle service it would be $50 for the 1st person and $10 for each additional person.

If you are interested in sharing the airport shuttle, please send your arrival details to our Convention Registrar via email to She will put you in touch with anyone who may be coming in at a similar time that you can contact to arrange to share a "shuttle pool."



“This Ain’t Your Grandpa’s Convention” “Connections Through Koi” Well, if you haven’t figured it out yet, I am talking about the 24th Annual PNKCA Convention for 2008.


Michael Cox, editor for Koi Nations magazine, has generously provided the PNKCA with a write up on two pages with another page sporting the convention poster in the April/May issue.  And the poster appears in the new June/July issue.


If you haven’t opened your new issue of Koi Nations, then drop everything your doing right now and go through the magazine. There are really some great articles that you will want to read. Several of the articles in this issue have articles showing or are written by some of the speakers for the PNKCA Convention this September. Like Joel Burkart of Pan Intercorp, Dick Benbow of Koi Coach, Jasper Kuijper of Evolution Aqua to name a few will be at this Septembers Convention speaking.


You didn’t receive your Koi Nations magazine? You might find it at one of your more popular newsstands. But to ensure that you don’t miss any more issues, just go to and it will be delivered right to your door. If you want a copy of this issue or back issues, I am sure if you write, Michael will accommodate you.


Thank you Michael and Koi Nations for the support in promoting our wonderful hobby of Koi Keeping.


Gene Anderson

PNKCA Chairman


Hosted by
North Idaho Koi Keepers
(click on the photo above to learn more about this new koi club)


Toshio Sakai of Isawa will speak to the group on several occasions during the convention weekend!


Patti Magee will be teaching painting classes - pre-registration is required for this popular event!


The Red Lion Templins Hotel on the River will be the location of our convention meetings and vendor show.
The Mish-a-Nock will cruise the beautiful Coeur d'Alene Lake serving dinner to convention goers Saturday evening.



Here are some of the vendors you can meet at the convention:


Applied Resin Technology –

          Pond Builders & Coatings

Ecological Labs – Koi Food & Pond Additives

Hikari – Koi Food

Jim’s Koi – Dealer

Kloubec Fish Farms –

          Domestic Koi Breeder – Wet Vendor

Koi Nations –

          National/International Magazine Display

Oregon Koi Gardens – Dealer Evolution Aqua

Pattigrafix – Art Instructions & Koi Art

Performance Pro Pumps – Pumps

Peters & Sons Koi –

          Dealer – Japanese Import Wet Vendor

Quality Koi – Domestic Koi Breeder Display

Star Milling – Koi Food


Convention Agenda

Thursday, September 11

            Vendor Setup


Friday, September 12


  8:00 - 10:00    Registration

10:00               Convention kickoff - Welcome

10:00 -12:00    Dick Benbow - “Selecting Tosai”

10:00 -12:00    Jasper Kuijper

10:00 - 12:00   AKCA Judge Steve Drake


 1:00 - 3:00       Patti Magee Painting Class

 1:00 - 5:00       Speaker Toshio Sakai


Vendor Open Mic and Raffles throughout the day



No Host Dinner Break

 7:00pm – evening social


Saturday, September 13


  7:30 - 9:00     PNKCA Rep Breakfast Meeting

  9:15 - 10:30    Speaker Joel Burkard

10:45 - 12:00   Speaker Mat McCann


1:00 - 3:00       Patti Magee Painting Class

1:15 - 3:45       Club Judging Competition-with Toshio Sakai,

                        AKCA Judge Steve Drake,

                        Joel Burkard, Mat McCann


Vendor Open Mic and Raffles throughout the day


 6:00 – Dinner on Mish-an-Nock, Award Presentations, Auctions & Super Raffle drawing


Sunday, September 14

 8:00 and 9:00   Pond Tours

 Vendor Fair


Koi fun, koi education, plus a vacation destination to one of the most popular and noted scenic areas in the Pacific Northwest, Post Falls/Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. On the weekend of September 12, 13, and 14, 2008, at Red Lion Templin's Resort Hotel in Post Falls, Idaho, the North Idaho Koi Keepers are hosting the Pacific Northwest Koi Clubs Association (PNKCA) 24th annual convention. "CONNECTIONS THROUGH KOI" is the theme, and you'll soon see why.

Tired of your traditional convention, then you will want to attend this three day event because this one is going to be wall-to-wall fun, with a little (ok, a lot) of International Koi wisdom tossed in. NIKK connections have secured the presence of Toshio and Miwa Sakai of Japan, Agnes Kan of Philadelphia, Russell & Kari Peters of Northern California, Mat McCann late of England, now of New Jersey, Joel Burkard of Washington, Dick Benbow of Benbonia, Jasper Kuijper of the UK and, for those that are artistic or would like to be, we have Patti Magee offering art classes. There will be close to twenty various vendors of water gardening, goldfish and koi related products on premise from Friday through Sunday. Imported and domestic koi for will be available for sale.

So, just by mentioning the above luminaries, you know that a substantial portion of the brain trust of this hobby will be there, but let's have a look at the agenda of the convention. The format is roughly the same as most of the PNKCA conventions you've previously attended: Friday will have seminars/workshops, a "get reacquainted" social on Friday evening, seminars/workshops on Saturday, a banquet on Saturday night and a NIKK members' pond tour on Sunday. Now "supersize" everything. The "social" Friday night comes complete with a sommelier-led wine tasting, in a hotel (Templin's Inn) that is ALL OURS all weekend. Every room, every conference room, every RV hookup. Nothing but koi kichis (and hotel staff) on the premises. Who knows how long the social might last. There will be auctions, raffles and some lucky winner (couple) will win a sight seeing flight taking in the grandeur of Coeur d'Alene Lake, Hayden Lake and Pend Oreille Lake from the cabin of "Casper" 185 Cessna Aircraft fitted with pontoons.

After we've filled our brains with international information in the workshops on Friday and Saturday, we'll board the 107 foot long, 33 foot wide Mish-an-Nock, a Lake Coeur d'Alene tour boat (for a "three hour cruise," honest.) It'll be set up for 160 diners, and we'll have our banquet and auction while cruising around the lake, with a live band playing. Sunday morning and early afternoon we'll visit some spectacular NIKK members' ponds. All events outside of the hotel will be chauffeured.

Being in one of the top vacation spots on earth this year, you might decide to come early and/or stay late, and enjoy some of the wonderful surroundings. Within Kootenai County there are 80+ parks and campgrounds, almost 50 hiking and nature trails, fishing, swimming, golfing, horseback riding, amusement parks, and, of course, spectacular scenery at every turn. It's less than 30 minutes to downtown Spokane, where you'll find some excellent eateries, twelve wineries and all kinds of entertainment. For the kids, there is the Triple Play Family Fun Park which is open 365 days of the year and Silverwood, the largest Northwest theme park. Or how about the longest gondola ride in the world at Silver Mountain in Kellogg, ID. I could go on, but there's not enough room on this page. More information is available at or you can call one of the event coordinators, Dan Olson, at 509-928-9209 or Greg Linnebach at 208-661-1868.

This could be the prototype for all conventions that follow, or perhaps just a once in a lifetime event! You can tell all your friends you had the foresight to book early. (Only 120 rooms, at $89 a night.) Limited RV parking is available for only $25 a night. Call Templins at 800-Red Lion (reference PNKCA for the special rate).

Submitted by Chuck Harmon, News Editor, NIKK

Graphic art by Diann Kelly

Click here for "We're having a Party"

Jim Warren has generously donated a scene tour of the area in his float plane "Casper" to be auctioned at the convention!