President’s Message – September 2015

Dear Aquarist,

We had a great night weather wise, and not too bad fish wise either. We started our September event with Rick Borstein as our guest speaker. Rick spoke on ideas for the aquarium, titled “60 Tips in 60 Minutes.” Rick has spoken at our club before and was remembered and well received by our members. We thank him for taking the time from his busy schedule, and hope to see him again soon.
We had another busy night at our auction, with over 100 bags of fish and plants donated from local fish store sponsors and members; the night was a real success. Next month will be our Giant Auction. We anticipate lots of rare livestock and all types of freshwater, marine, coral and plant items, as well as lots of dry goods. There will be no speaker at our Giant Auction, so come early to check out our livestock, aquatic supplies and equipment. We always have free parking and free refreshments, so mark your calendar. See you next month.
Please remember, if not for our local pet store sponsors, BAS would not be able to survive, so please patronize our loyal sponsor stores — they keep us up and running. Show your membership card for applicable discounts and to let them know we support them.
We have been making announcements about our annual photo contest, which started in June, and ends on October 18th, so get those photos in right away. As always, we have lots of great prizes, so clean up those tanks and get your photos ready. See our Web site for instructions on how to enter.
If any of our members have a topic they want to hear speakers talk on or have ideas about our events, we want to hear them. We need your feedback to keep our club going strong. Members can contact us at our hotline (718) 837-4455 or visit our web site where you can find upcoming events or join our BAS forum. The forum is a great place for your questions and answers, and to buy or sell aquarium items.


Members can also bring up new ideas at our Board meeting on the first Friday of the month in the NY Aquarium Education Hall. If you want to attend a Board meeting to help out or just to bring us your thoughts, you are always welcome. Please call Joe Graffagnino (718) 238-1792. You must call by the Tuesday previous to the meeting. The next Board meeting is Oct. 2, 2015. Hope to see you there.

Steven Matassa