President’s Message – September 2017

Dear Aquarist,

The start of our new fiscal year was a great success. Our guest speaker was Joshua Wiegert of Batfish Aquatics. Joshua’s topic for the evening was “Brackish Water Species.” It was a terrific power point presentation on the various types of species, how to care for them and what would be possible tank mates. It was very well received.

We continue to try and conclude our events in a timely manner so that all of us are not there all night. As part of the changes, we have multiple auctioneers to introduce our livestock and dry goods to our attendees. Bill Amely and Dennis Alestra kept the auction items moving at a rapid pace. We had many interesting fish, plants, marine fish and corals and dry goods. We also had many aquariums and stands donated by our members. We had runners to bring the items to our members and prevent a clog at the auction table. It’s your donations that keep us successful, so please keep them coming.

October will bring our Giant Fall Auction! That is correct – No Speaker just items for auction. In past events we had 300 – 400 items so come on down and check things out. I am sure we will have something of interest for everyone. As always, we will have free parking and free refreshments.

In response to your requests, we have changed our routine. Doors open at 7:30 pm, for viewing of auction items. The speaker will go on at 8:00 pm (so be on time) and last for one hour. Our auction will commence within 15 minutes after the speaker concludes, with the goal of having the meeting end earlier than it has in the past. Our new auction routine is that you raise your hand when the auctioneer calls an item that you want to bid on. Please keep your hand up until it goes past the amount you wanted to spend.

We would like to thank our members and our sponsors for their constant generous donations that keep us going. Anyone who has any aquatic items, supplies or equipment, which would include healthy livestock of fish, corals or plants, we always welcome the donation.

If anyone has any topics they want to hear an expert speak about, or any specific speaker, please tell us.

Steven Matassa