This site was conceived, designed and built by a gang of five pin collectors from different corners of the world who have exchanged pins with each other for several years. Although some have met face to face during that time there has never been an occasion when all five have been in the same place at the same time. However, thanks to the power of the Internet, strong coffee and some midnight oil this site was put together in record time. A quick glance at our nationalities will show that we are the “International Koi Pin Club”.
Toën Feyen(NL), Norman Call(US), Vincent Chiu(TW), Bernie Woollands(UK), Mike Harvey(ZA).
I got my first pin while working at the 6th Dutch Koi Dagen (1998). I soon bought all the other available pins and pinned them all on my cap. During a dinner before the show a foreign Judge, Art Lembke, gave me the KOI USA ´99 pin. During the show itself, an English guy came to me at the membership stand and asked if I could hang the poster of his show in our tent. That guy, Bernie Woollands, gave me, in return for hanging the poster, several pins of his club and from that time all my brakes went off and I totally threw myself into pin collecting. At the beginning it was very hard to get to new pins but through the internet it started to work out. The biggest problem was to find likeminded people with the same “addiction”. But after some while, I became friends with Norman Call from Oregon and Bernie Woollands from England.