President’s Message – January 2020

Dear Aquarist,

For our first general meeting of the year we thought we would warm things up with one of our favorite speakers, Luis Morales. Luis gave a very informative presentation on “Fish Photography”. It was a great lecture for beginners and advanced hobbyists that wanted to take great photos of their favorite fish, plants or corals. Luis had given similar presentation years ago but updated it with information on the newer technology in the world of photography.

Next month we have the one and only, Joe Yaiullo, curator of the Long Island Aquarium, coming to us. Joe’s presentation for the evening is “Sometimes It’s The Little Things”. Joe generally brings his group of fans and also he may have some surprises. I suggest you come early because the meeting hall will fill up quickly.

Our February event falls on Saint Valentines Day, which is also our great Society’s birthday when we will be 109 years young. We are the oldest general aquarium club in the United States and that is because of you – our members, our Board and Officers and the love we all have for aquatic creatures. So come on down on February 14 for a fun night filled with great people, an interesting topic and aquatic auction and sales tables that can’t be beaten. As always there will be FREE parking and FREE refreshments, doors open at 7:30 pm.

Our new publication will be unveiled at this meeting. As many of you are aware our editor for over 50 years has passed away. John Todaro will be sorely missed. In John’s honor the Board has voted unanimously to create a John Todaro Memorial Writers Program, which will be presented at this meeting.

Ginny Cahill has picked up the reins and decided to run with a new publication that combines the Bulletin and the Aquatica into one, quarterly publication. This will be an email only publication to active members only.

If you want to see different speakers and learn about different aquatic systems, fish, plants and marine life, 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, because 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 wants to attend a Board meeting, which is held at Education Hall of the New York Aquarium on the 1st Friday of the month, September through June, please notify me at (347) 277-4793 by the Tuesday before the meeting.

Steven Matassa