Apologies for being a little late with the Blog this month...
From a Society perspective, we have spent a chunk of time during October ensuring our National Show accounts are up to date, and ready for our annual submission to both our accountant and HMRC.
Next year marks my final year as Society Chairman, and our future direction is something I spend a good deal of time thinking about.
I firmly believe that our focus as a Society should be our annual National Koi Show, with our membership benefits revolving around this important weekend in the UK Koi Calendar. The National Show attracts exhibitors, trades and visitors from far and wide, and ultimately provides a unique audience - it makes sense to be focusing our efforts in this space.
Our membership should provide discounted entry into the Show, potentially with some other benefits.
Perhaps a Weekend Pass, or discounts on merchandise. Personally, I would also like to see us working with our trade exhibitors, looking to offer some sort of loyalty or other discounts during the show weekend.
Our Show Programme has taken great leaps forward; Liam (World Of Nishikigoi) produced 2023's and I feel there are potentially some other opportunities here.
This approach could also further simplify the Society's structure; potentially moving us back to a single committee approach, speeding up any decisions, and to some extent further reducing overheads - food for thought indeed.
Rewind to last month; I was pleased to pick up the inaugural FD Food Friendship Award at the All England Koi Show for my Goshiki (Koromo).
Thanks to Dean Dimarco (Aquasource), the sole distributor of FD Food in the U.K., alongside Mike Hughes and Lee Bailey (Shosha Koi).
Thanks must also go to Johan Leurs for providing the above picture, check out Koi Zanmai on Facebook - maybe not everyone's cup of tea, but I think she looks great!
Confession time; I have failed miserably in publishing Dave's revised reading list (see last months blog). I am however in the process of completing this, and I will publish it as soon as I can.
If you aren't already subscribed to Koi-Net Magazine, head over and check that out, as this months edition has a great article about this year's National Show.
That's about it from me, our National Show committee meetings will re-start over the next month or so, no rest for the wicked!
Stay safe, and enjoy the hobby.
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