President’s Message – February 2013

February’s meeting never happened. Unfortunately, no one was able to hear and see Kathy Cardineau’s presentation on “Ponds – The Easy Way.” I personally was looking forward to enjoying her lecture because I want to have a large (for Brooklyn) pond in the back yard of my new house this spring. We had another BAS disappointment because of terrible weather, the first time ever that that two meetings in the same fiscal year were cancelled because of dramatic weather conditions. November was ruined because of Hurricane Sandy and February destroyed because of Blizzard Nemo. I certainly hope that this will be the end of event-closing weather conditions. This month is our 103rd year in existence – wow, just saying that is a major exciting moment.

March will be an exciting event, weather permitting; our guest speaker will be Kevin Kohen of Live Aquaria, Doctors Foster and Smith. Kevin’s topic for the evening is “Superstar Fishes for Reef Aquaria.” We will carry the 50/50 for livestock donations that should have taken place this past month into the upcoming event. By livestock I mean live fish, corals or plants. I do not mean fish food, filters, equipment, etc.

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, or visit our modern website at WWW.BROOKLYNAQUARIUMSOCIETY.ORG.

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