President’s Message – March 2013

Dear Aquarist,

Our monthly events seem to be on shaky ground. Our November meeting didn’t happen because of Hurricane (tropical storm) Sandy. Our February meeting never happened because of Blizzard Nemo. This event came close to being cancelled because of the snowstorm that hit our area. The weather man predicted that the snow would stop by noon; then by three, and then by four, before it finally slowly subsided. Our speaker, Kevin Kohen, Director of from Doctors Foster & Smith, was stuck on a 4 hour delayed flight because of the storm. Whew! We finally got the event rolling and everyone enjoyed it.

Kevin’s program for the evening was “SuperStar Fishes For Reef Aquaria”! The topic certainly lived up to its title because the fish presented in the program were quite rare and extremely valuable. There were fish for the household aquarium that cost many thousands of dollars. Not just a few fish but many of them. These were truly “Super Stars,” dare I say “Divas” of the home aquarium – fish species that are truly for the rich and famous in the hobby world.
Our April event will bring Spring flowers in the form of Mark Denaro. Mark is the force behind the Yahoo group “Anubias Design.” This is a great group that is dedicated to discussions on tropical fish and plant species via the internet. I have been a member for many years.
Please visit our new website where you can read the Bulletin and enjoy a full color Aquatica. The interactive forums and sponsor sections are truly enjoyable. Provided you have given us your email address, you will be getting notifications of club events via email.
I am asking for your help and support. If you want to see different speakers or try different things, please let me know. The elected officials of the Brooklyn Aquarium Society are here to serve YOU! Please let us know what you want and why. It would be helpful to everyone.
It is important that you visit and patronize our sponsors. It goes full circle: by helping them, they are also helping you as hobbyists and everyone is helping the Brooklyn Aquarium Society, so help us, help you!
For more info, please call our BAS Hotline at (718) 837-4455,
On a more personal note – Any member who desires to attend a Board meeting, which are held at the Education Center of the New York Aquarium on the 1st Friday of the month, please notify me at (718) 238-1792 by the Tuesday previous to the meeting.
Joe Graffagnino