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December President’s Message

Hello and happy holidays everyone!

It’s December already.  I can hardly believe it.  It seemed like only yesterday I was bewildered by the beauty of my ponds and here we are talking about Christmas and what we will be doing at the club to help others at Christmas.  We are having a Neighbour to Neighbour food drive.  Please bring a non perishable food item or items to the next meeting.  We are also having a fish table raffle with items that you donate to help donate money to the food drive.  For every $10 we donate, it is worth $100 to a family in need.  Please donate if you can. We are also having a great night of fun.  Noel always provides us with a great game for the December meeting.  Will it be Millionaire or has he found a new game for us all to enjoy.  You’ll find out it you make it to the meeting.  Also, remember to bring your appetite.  Pizza and wings are the treat for the night.  Bring a desert or treat to share if you like.

If you are looking for something to do on the weekend of Dec 3, 4, 5 the Hamilton and District Aquarium Society will be representing the pet industry at the P.E.T.S. tradeshow at the
Ancaster Fall Grounds.  Come and listen to Frank H speak on taking care of fish in the aquarium. Check the website for more information.

I’d like to thank Sue B for her presentation last month on Dwarf African Frogs.  Great job Sue.  I’d also like to thank Charley Grimes for his awesome presentations at the dinner night on Nov 13.  What a great night.  I hope you all enjoyed this event as much as I did.  Charley is still one of my favourite speakers.  I was lucky enough to hear Charley speak again the following weekend in Cleveland at the Ohio Cichlid Convention.  What a great time.  If you’re looking for a convention to attend, this is definately the one you should attend.  Its inexpensive and full of cichliholics.

January’s speaker is Bob Wright talking about his trip to Nevada last fall.  It is also election time for the club.  If you are interested in a position on the executive please let me know.  There are also positions available that we need help with.  We are looking for help in the library.  We are also looking for someone to help us with a new program CARES.  If you are interested in helping in any area of the club, please let me know

We have set up a dinner night at the Mandarin for any club members and their guest for Thurs. Dec. 16.  If you can make it please let us know at the meeting.  There will be a sign up sheet at the meeting.

Hope to see you all there.


By | December 11th, 2010|Categories: President's Messages|

November President’s Message

Hello everyone!

It’s a cool crisp morning as I sit writing my message. So much is happening around the club before Christmas. If you can help, or need anything, let me know.
First I’ll tell you about my exciting trip to Virginia. I went to the Catfish Convention in Fairfax, Virginia. It was a really good time. Five days of hobbyists sharing information about all types of adventures. I went on an adventure myself with our group of 24 to check out some tropical fish stores and Discus Hans importing. First off, we had the wrong address in Baltimore for Discus Hans and ended up at his home. His wife was nice enough to meet us out on the road and escort us to his business. He has some amazing discus at his warehouse and it was very impressive. Of course, Ron W and Joe B had to buy discus as that’s their area of expertise. The arrangement was pick them up later. Too many days for them to sit in a bag. We went to two other fantastic fish stores and we all picked up fish. I got some really nice red highfin venezalian catfish. I let Robin P take care of them as he had airline, and I only lost 1 fish before coming home. I can’t say that everyone else was so lucky. We all had a great day!

Oh, did I mention the traffic? Its just crazy in that neck of the woods. We are just outside Washington and the highways are worse than Toronto. We did make it back to the hotel but we were late for dinner and the speaker. They had fish room sales at the hotel that night along with 2 hospitality suites. Everyone from the 22 represented states and the 18 Canadians were mingling. Just a great time. Of course, we had to go back to Discus Hans place to pick up our fish so we decided that Sunday evening was probably better than Monday morning traffic thru Washington. Another great choice as Discus Hans was very generous with his time, knowledge, experiences and he and his lovely wife Joanne took Ron, Regis, Joe and myself out for a great dinner. I had the crab imperial and it was super. You have to have crab in Maryland.

The guys got their discus and I picked up some really nice Cardinal Tetras. My tetras all survived the trip. Its one of my favourite trips, although I am going to the Ohio Cichlid Convention November 19 to 21. Again, a really great weekend with hobbyists.

Now, onto our stuff. I’d like to thank Ken Boorman for his presentation last month on Rainbows. This months presentation is being done by our own Sue Buchan on Dwarf African Frogs. I’m looking forward to this as its something different for sure. If you would like to make a presentation, please let Joe B or myself know.

We have Charley Grimes coming to do a presentation for us on Saturday November 13 at the Legion in Waterdown. Tickets are still available til almost the last minute at $25. The dinner is absolutely fantastic! The presentations start at 5pm, cocktails at 6 with time to mingle, dinner at 7, prizes to be won, another presentation at 8:30. Charley is one of my favourite speakers. This is one program you really need to come and enjoy. Debate no longer and come have fun with a great group of people.

Our December program is all about Christmas. We will have some games, fun and have a fish table raffle to help make some money for others less fortunate than ourselves. Its a great feeling to give something back to the community. We will have a neighbour to neighbour food drive. Please bring all non perishable items that night and I will ensure they get there. We will also have pizza and wings served that evening so bring your appetite. If you would like to bring a treat to share, please let Sarah L know in advance. As well, if you have something for the fish table raffle, please let Sarah L know.
That’s it for now, please contact me for tickets if you need them.


By | November 9th, 2010|Categories: President's Messages|

October President’s Message

Hi everyone!!!

Well, what a rainy day. I’m trying to finish up the gardening for the fall and get the pond plants all ready for a long winters nap. But the weather isn’t being very co-operative.

First off, I’d like to thank everyone that helped out with the Fall Auction and Show on Sunday, October 3rd.  It’s a lot of work putting an auction and show together, more work on auction day and I just can’t thank everyone enough for all their hard work. The show was a great success and the auction ran really well.  That’s what I was told by many after the auction.  Auctions keep our club alive and running, so to all that help, thank you. It takes so many people to run it and many of the other clubs helped out as well. Thank you to all our friends in neighbouring clubs for your help.

The next treat we have set up for you in the Dinner Speaker Night on Saturday, November 13th at the Waterdown Legion. Charley Grimes will be speaking and is giving 2 talks, one at 5pm and the other after the fantastic dinner. Charley will be talking about “ponds” and has many different talks available to us.  There will be draws and prizes. You really should try to make this event. Its a great night out with friends.

Our program on October 14th is about Rainbow fish. Ken Boorman will be coming in from Sarnia to give us his presentation. Don’t miss it. Sue Buchan will be speaking on African Dwarf Frogs in November.   Christmas is coming up quickly and we have many ideas for our December program.  As in the past, we will be having a pizza night. We will be looking for donations for the Neighbour to Neighbour Food Drive.  Please start putting away items to help the less fortunate at this time of year.It always feels good to help others.

Just a reminder that the Fish for the Fish Growing contest will be available at the October meeting. If you ordered fish, please make sure you are there to pick them up.

See you at the meeting.


By | November 9th, 2010|Categories: President's Messages|

September President’s Message

Hi everyone!

Sure hope you had a great summer. I did. Couldn’t believe the weather. It sure was great, sunny and hot – just the way I like it. So did the fish and plants in my ponds. If you didn’t make it to the 3rd Annual HDAS Pond Tour you didn’t get to see my new pond. It’s still a work in progress but I’m very happy with the outcome. If you need any help with your pond or a futuristic pond, let me know. I have someone that can help you, for a nominal charge of course.
The trip to Moores Water Gardens was exceptional. What a great place to visit and make a great day out with friends. Again this year, the bus was full on the return trip home. Lots of shopping for everyone. I even went back 3 weeks later for more. And then we all showed off our shopping items at the Pond Tour. The weather was great and we all had a very nice time. Thanks for BBQing, Joe.

Stuff coming up! Of course, the Fall Auction and Show at the Waterdown Legion on Sunday, October 3rd. There are still a few show classes that need to be sponsored, so if you can help out, please let me know. If you can help out that day, let me know. We are looking for extra legs for running fish, arms for moving fish, you get the idea.
Charley Grimes is our guest speaker on Saturday, November 13th at the Legion in Waterdown. He will be presenting 2 talks and we will be having a great dinner as usual there too. The cost of the evenings events is only $25.00 per person. Tickets are available at our meetings or by calling me at 905-515-3771. Sure hope you can make it.

I look forward to seeing you at the meeting on Thurs Sept 9th. Our guest speakers will be Barry McGee, Doug Chessell and Jim Taylor talking about their collecting trip in Uruguay.

See you then,


By | September 25th, 2010|Categories: President's Messages|