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President’s Message June

Hi everybody! It’s June already and the sunshine and warm weather is finally here. Pond season is moving into full swing. I hope everybody enjoyed Lisa’s presentation on ponds and water features at our meeting last month. It was a long hard winter for our ponds and Lisa gave some great ideas and advice on how to get them beautiful; again. Moore’s Water Gardens was generous and donated some beautiful flowering plants to our monthly auction. I hope those who bought some are enjoying them.

The May long weekend was CAOAC’s annual convention; it was hosted by the Durham club. The theme of the convention this year was preservation and conservation of fish habitats and species around the world at risk of extinction. There was a lot of information about some of the various organizations that hobbyists are involved with to help in different  projects. It was a good way to learn about what is going on while enjoying getting together with some old and new friends. I enjoyed myself at the event and naturally couldn’t resist bringing home something new for my tanks.

What is our club doing in June?  Sadly it will be our last meeting before our summer break and everybody heads off to the cottage for the summer. We will be getting back together the second Thursday in September. Don’t forget that this month we are having our Jar Show as well as a speaker at our meeting (the second Thursday of the month). Our speaker for June will be Al Ridley presenting on West African Cichlids. I have kept several of them over the years and they can be really interesting fish to keep. Happy summer everybody!! See you at the meeting, Karen.

By | June 5th, 2014|Categories: President's Messages|

Presidents Message – October 2013

Presidents Message

Hi Everyone!

Its another beautiful day as I’m putting this message together. Oct 1 and its sunny and warm. I look at the yard with the pool closed up and the leaves starting to fall around my ponds and wonder what happened to the summer. Our fall auction was a really great success. Thanks goes out to everyone that came out and helped. We can’t do it without you. The day ran smoothly and it was really nice to see so many hobbiests together. Thanks goes out to Klaus Steinhaus for his presentation in September on C.A.R.E.S. I hope you will all remember to give your information to Karen R so we can become more active in this program. After all, isn’t that part of why we raise fish? Our speaker for October is Frank Aquirre on aquarium beautiful. I’m sure it will be a really nice presentation as I’ve seen some of his pictures on facebook. If your not a member of our facebook group – look the club up. Our November speaker is Tom Mason on Crabs and Shrimps. This will be another amazing program. December is the Christmas Party and Neighbour to Neighbour Food Drive. Mark Denaro is our feature dinner speaker on Saturday, November 16 at the Waterdown Legion. He will be presenting 2 talks – Annibantits and Salt Water. The cost for this evening out includes a fabulous dinner and even includes desert all for only $25. The first presentation will begin at approximately 6pm. Let me know if you would like tickets.

Hope to see you all at the meeting.

Carla

By | October 8th, 2013|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message – September 2013

Hi everyone!

Hope you’re having a great summer. I’m just on holidays this week so I can hopefully enjoy a warm and sunny week. My ponds have done really well this summer. I got a beautiful lotus and it had 7 blooms. I was so impressed but Bentley our dog ate 2 blooms. He loves flowers. (Yummy)

I hate to say it but fall is just around the corner. With that comes fall auctions. Our fall auction is on Saturday September 21 at the Waterdown Legion. We encourage you to come out and support your club by lending a hand. Auctions are a lot of work if we don’t have volunteers throughout the day. Please let me know if you can help.

On Saturday November 16 the club will be featuring Mark Denaro as the dinner speaker at the Waterdown Legion. It’s a great buffet dinner along with a before and after dinner presentation. Tickets are $25. Please let me or a member of the executive know if you would like tickets.

Our Thursday September 12 speaker is Klaus Steinhaus presenting on “C.A.R.E.S.“. Klaus is a fantastic speaker and truly is passionate about “C.A.R.E.S.” and fish preservation. I hope you can join us.

I hope to see you at the meeting. Until then enjoy the rest that summer has to offer.

Carla

By | September 3rd, 2013|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message – June 2013

Hi Everyone!

What a beautiful day! I finally got my ponds opened this week. I thought it would never happen. Now if I can just get a few days off I can clean up the yard and gardens. I’d like to thank the Home Show team (Albert, Charlie, Frank and Jessica) on a fantastic job getting everything set up and presenting a great program. I need to thank all of you for allowing the team into your homes. The trip to Moores Water Gardens in Port Stanley is still a go for Sunday June 2. We will be driving out making a few stops on the way back. I believe it’s called a Shop Hop. I’m in the process of planning the day. Sure hope you can join in. More info at the meeting. Our presentation in May is on importing and Canadian regulations and how they apply to us fish hobbyists. June is Pond month. It’s not to late to send me pictures.

See you there!

Carla

By | June 26th, 2013|Categories: President's Messages|

President’t Message – May 2013

Hi Everyone!

What a beautiful day! I finally got my ponds opened this week. I thought it would never happen. Now if I can just get a few days off I can clean up the yard and gardens. I’d like to thank the Home Show team (Albert, Charlie, Frank and Jessica) on a fantastic job getting everything set up and presenting a great program. I need to thank all of you for allowing the team into your homes. The trip to Moores Water Gardens in Port Stanley is still a go for Sunday June 2. We will be driving out making a few stops on the way back. I believe it’s called a Shop Hop. I’m in the process of planning the day. Sure hope you can join in. More info at the meeting. Our presentation in May is on importing and Canadian regulations and how they apply to us fish hobbyists. June is Pond month. It’s not to late to send me pictures.

See you there!

Carla

By | May 9th, 2013|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message – April 2013

 Hi Everyone!

I’m not sure that it will ever stop with the snow. Again this afternoon snow flakes. It’s time to let the sun shine and have birds, squirrels, rabbits and little fish have some fun. I’m still looking for pond pictures for my June presentation. A great big thank you to all of you that helped with the Spring Auction and Show. There were over 160 entries in the show. Fantastic. Many members of our club helped with the auction. many members from neighbouring clubs helped as well. We can’t do it without you. Thank you to John Rampu for your presentation on Peru. Very nice! Our presentation this’d nth is the Home Show. This is always a great presentation. We get a chance to visit with our members and see what they have done with their tanks. I’m always envious of how beautiful the ranks look. I wish my plants would grow like some of yours.

Hope to see you all at the meeting!

Carla

By | April 11th, 2013|Categories: President's Messages|

March Presentation

Collecting in Peru

John has been in the Aquarium Hobby for over 45 years , He is a member of several Aquarium clubs and has been a founding member of The Canadian Killifish Association, A senior Judge in the American Killifish Association and currently the Organizer of SOKS, Southern Ontario Killifish Association..

John currently keeps killies and Lake Tanganyika Cichlids and several strains of Peacock Cichlids with numerous wild type livebearers. Currently he has 38 tanks in his fishroom.

John’s main interest has always been South and Central American fish, He has collected fish in Peru and Uruguay, on two different trips. I have a program on both these trips which cover a wide subject matter since many fish can be found in these countries.

My talks consists of Collecting in Peru, the country, the Fish and the culture.

Thanks

John

By | March 5th, 2013|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message – March 2013

Hi Everyone

I sure hope spring is around the corner. What I do know is that there are many spring auctions approaching quickly. Our spring auction and show is on Saturday March 23 at the Waterdown Legion. Please bring your fish to Show. It’s only $2 per entry and after you enter 10 items its only $1. It’s a money show so you could win $. The more entries, the more $ for you. As always we are looking for help with the auction. It takes many helping hands to make an auction work. Come help support your club. Prizes to be won for volunteers. I’d like to thank Adrian Haigh for his presentation on the ball pythons. It was very informative. I loved all the different variations. Our presenter for March is John Van Rompu. He will speaking to us about his recent collecting trip in Peru. April is the ever popular Home Show. Is your tank ready? I can still use any pond pictures you have for my presentation in June. Don’t delay! Send them to me today. Just a reminder to join us on Facebook. Also the website and forum are available to all. The forum is a great place to gain or supply knowledge. I hope to see you at the meeting on March 14.

Carla

By | March 5th, 2013|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message – February 2013

Hi Everyone and Happy Valentines Day

Have you checked our “Hamilton and District Aquarium Society” on Facebook. If you haven’t you should. We will try to keep everyone just a little bit more informed with Facebook. The spring auction and show is set for Saturday, March 23. Remember to mark that date on your calendar and try to give us a hand. It takes many hands to make the auction and show work. There is a place for everyone that is willing to volunteer a few hours. And truly appreciated too.
Thank you Joe B for your presentation on your trip to Sri Lanka. It was really nice to see how the locals value the sea turtles and work to ensure their survival. Hope your taking more pictures on this trip. The program for this month will be presented to us by Adian Haigh on reptiles including the Ball Python. Adrian will be bringing a few of his friends for us to enjoy but no touching.
The Home Show Team is making plans to get your tank photos and judging your tanks. Its not too late to sign up so make sure you do at the next meeting. This presentation will be in April.
I have received some really wonderful pond photos from many of you. Please continue to do so. I’m putting the program together and I look forward to many pictures. Its so nice to see everyones ponds. We are also looking into visiting Moores Water Gardens in June. There will be a sign up sheet at the next meeting.

Hope to see you all at the meeting.

Carla

By | February 17th, 2013|Categories: President's Messages|

Presidents Message

Hi Everyone

Happy New Years and welcome to a new year at the HDAS club. The new team and some old are all ready to provide you with a great fish experience. We hope to keep you informed and provide you with knowledge about keeping your fish and perhaps experimenting with something new. If you have any requests please let Larry Johnson know. He has volunteered to help put programs together for us. Thank you Joe B for all your help with this job over the many years. Joe isn’t going anywhere, he is still offering his expertise, just in other ways. Our spring auction and show is quickly approaching. Please mark Saturday March 23 on your calendar of events not to be missed. As always, we will be needing lots of help. It takes many sets of hands to make our auction a success. Please let me know if you can help.
Those of you that came out to the Christmas dinner at the Red Maple I’m sure enjoyed a great night. The food was good and the company was fantastic. The weather was treating us a bit like winter but thats the season.
Do you have any pictures you would like to share with me on your pond. Please send them to me at your earliest convenience. I’m trying to put together a pond program. Your pictures can be anything, any season, construction, flourishing etc. Just send them. Thanks. I already received a few and thank you very much.
I look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting on Thurs Jan 10.

Carla

By | January 6th, 2013|Categories: President's Messages|