A Little About Us

Our History

The Northwest Koi and Goldfish Club is based in the Portland Oregon/Vancouver Washington area of the United States of America. The club was founded in 1979 by Tom Beck and Cy Scile, who loved their Koi but had no place to go for the information needed in order to learn what their new hobby required.  In May of 1981, we held our 1rst Koi and Goldfish Show at Delta Park.

From those early beginnings, we have grown and attracted members from all walks of life and from all parts of the world who are dedicated in pursuing the hobby and education of Koi and Goldfish keeping.

The mission of the club is to promote, create and enlarge the hobby of keeping, breeding, appreciating, and exhibiting Koi and Goldfish. We are also are chartered to pass along information about the above to our membership by engaging in educational and social activities related to our purpose and to acquire and own such property as may be necessary for any or all or the foregoing purposes. Our membership is open to any person that has an interest in Koi and Goldfish and is eligible for membership upon the completion of an application and payment of the yearly dues.

We have affiliations with ZNA, K.O.I. and the PNKCA. Come join our club to explore more about Koi!!

Our Team!

Each September, the NWKGC elects a board of directors to lead us in our pursuit of sharing the joy and love of all things Koi.  This years board is comprised of the following club members.


Bill Layman President
JD Dargis Vice President
Joan King Secretary
Laurie Miller Treasurer
Larry Christensen ZNA Rep
Leora Gregory AKCA /K.O.I.Rep
Lori Whitley AKCA/K.O.I. Rep
Larry Christensen PNKCA Rep
Virginia Hokkanen PNKCA Rep
Jay Avery Newsletter Editor
Leora Gregory Membership
Don King Member at Large
Millie Layman Member at Large
JD Dargis 2023 ZNA NWKGC Koi Show Chairperson
A Few Things We Do
Following are just a few of the activities that members of The Northwest Koi and Goldfish Club enjoy throughout the course of the year.


  • Organizing and hosting one of the premier Koi Shows in the the United States, The ZNA Northwest Koi and Goldfish Club Koi Show.

  • Recognizing our members, and koi keepers throughout the United States, for their dedication to the hobby.

  • Organizing and Participating in community events and public education.

  • Our Annual BBQ

  • Our Annual Club Auction

  • Our Annual Holiday Party

  • Special Purchase Opportunities, such as our Club Koi Raffle

  • Club Growout Competitions

  • A monthly meeting with other Koi enthusiasts, enjoying food, fun, and koi along with guest speakers and great presentations.

  • A monthly newsletter that is full of great information

  • A chance to visit other members ponds throughout the Pacific Northwest

Gresham Japanese Garden Paver

After the 2022 Koi Expo, the NWKGC purchased this paver to commemorate the event for all eternity. You can see the paver in the Ebetsu Plaza in Gresham’s Main City Park.

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