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President’s Message November

Hi Everyone!
Thank you Bob Wright for your program in October on your adventures at the Georgia Aquarium. Makes me want to take an Aquarium visit soon! I’m going to New Orleans in November so…..you just never know.
Our November program is really special.
Art Comisso will be giving a live aquascaping demonstration. Exciting! Art will be bringing a 9 gallon rimless Seapora Crystal aquarium with a stylish Tropica LED light and CO2 kit by CO2ART. He will complete the aquascape using plants, substrate, and hardscape from Tropica Aquarium Plants. The completed tank, worth over $700, will be auctioned off at the meeting with all proceeds going to “Neighbour to Neighbour”!
Our December Holiday program includes games by Noel, pizza and wings. A snack or dessert to share is always welcome if you feel like sharing. Sarah will put together a “fishy” table raffle with all items donated by members and guests. We ask that everyone attending the meeting bring a non perishable item or 2 for our “Neighbour to Neighbour” Food Drive.
It will be a feel good evening.
Club elections take place in January. Please let a member of the executive know if you’re interested in helping out.
Hope you all enjoy the meeting!
Carla
By | November 6th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

President’s Message April

Hi Everyone!

Wow! Spring is here and what better way to start off the season than with our Spring Auction on March 25th! I’d like to thank all the buyers and sellers and most importantly all the volunteers; we can’t do this without you! I hope you enjoy all the other auctions this season, including the auction at our CAOAC Aquatic Expo 2017 on Sunday May 21st at the Burlington Holiday Inn.

Our club is very excited to be hosting the CAOAC Aquatic Expo Friday May 19th to Sunday the 21st. We are celebrating our club’s 67th anniversary and I’m looking to share stories, memorabilia, and past events; so if you have anything to contribute please contact me at president@hdas.ca. Full convention tickets are available for the Early Bird price of $85 until Tuesday, April 18, after which they increase to $90. All those who purchase Early Bird tickets will be entered in a draw to win a watercolour painting created especially for our event by Ken McKeighen. The vendors room, fish shows, and auctions are open to the public throughout the weekend although the shows will be closed for judging. Please visit our site for more details hdas.ca/convention, details will be updated regularly.

Zack Brideau from KWAS and Reef Ontario was our speaker in March. It was an awesome presentation! For our April meeting, our very own Jessica Bullock will be presenting ‘Made in Hamilton: A Fishroom Tour’ Thursday the 13th at 7:30pm. I can’t wait to see you all there.

Keep fishing all!
Carla

By | April 6th, 2017|Categories: President's Messages, Uncategorized|

President’s Message December

Happy Holidays!

Big thank you to Ron and Annette Bishop for their program on Axolotls; we had such a great turn out at our November meeting. Let us know what programs you’d like to see in the future.

Our December meeting is a Holiday get together. Noel will be providing us with a game we can all participate in. We are providing a pizza and wing night for members. Please bring a non perishable food item for our Neighbour to Neighbour Food Drive. Sarah will be setting up a raffle table with donated items – these items do not need to be fish related. All money raised goes to Neighbour to Neighbour as well. It feels great to help out those less fortunate. Because of the festivities there is no Jar Show in December.

Our January program will be a workshop on Filters presented by Zenin from the KWAS club. Club elections will also take place. If you are interested in helping our club please come and speak with me or message me.

Our club is also hosting the 2017 Aquatic Expo at the Burlington Holiday Inn May 19 to 21. Our speaker line up includes Ian Fuller, Eric Bodrock, Regina Spotti, Lawrence Kent and Gerald Griffin. Vendors tables, auction, fish shows etc all weekend. Tell me what you’d like to see and help make it happen. Lots of information can be found on our site. PayPal is also set up on the site to make it easy to purchase your tickets.

Have a great Holiday!

Merry Christmas, Carla

By | December 5th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Presidents Message – June

Hi everyone!

Wow! What’s with this weather. I suppose it’s a break for the grass so it can green up again.
Big thank you to Jeff Mountjoy for coming out to our last meeting and talking to us about “feeding our fish”. Our presenter for June 9 is Rob Vanderlock from Crackers Corals. He will be presenting a Marine Talk – introduction to historical reef keeping and modern reef keeping. I’m sure this will be a fantastic program. I’d love to have a reef tank.
Also a big thank you to London Aquarium Society for hosting the CAOAC convention May 20 to 22. Fantastic presenters and awesome weekend.
HDAS will be the hosts of the 2017 CAOAC Convention at the Burlington Holiday Inn. We are excited to announce our speaker line up.  Ian Fuller, Eric Bodrock,  Regina Spotti and Lawrence Kent will be our presenters. If you have any suggestions for the convention please bring them to the attention of an executive member.
See you tomorrow everyone.

Carla

By | June 8th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

May President’s Message

Hi everyone! Hope your enjoying the nice weather. Big thank you to Sasha Hunter from Aquascape for her fantastic presentation on ponds and pond care. I’m looking forward to the presentation by Jeff Mountjoy on Thurs May 12. His presentation “feeding fish, food for thought!” Plus a few surprises…..
The CAOAC convention takes place at Fanshawe College May 20 to 22. Speaker tickets are still available. There will be an auction on the Sunday. For more info please check out their site. Always a great weekend.
Hope to see you at our meeting on Thurs.

Carla

By | May 11th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Presidents Message April

Hi everyone!
It really looks nice but still cold day today. I cant wait to get working on my ponds. I love this time of year.
Our Spring Auction and Show was a huge success. We had a record 152 items in our show. I’d like to thank everyone for their help…..we can’t do it without you. Our Fall Auction is on Sat Oct 1 so be sure to mark that date on your calendar. We are currently looking for a few vendors to help complete this auction.
Our presentation on Thurs April 14 is a “Pond Presentation” presented by Sasha Hunter from Aquascape. Thank you Big Al’s and Mike for your help setting up this program. You need not be a club member to attend. We encourage everyone to come out and enjoy our monthly meetings. We have draws, raffles and a small auction.
The CAOAC convention is quickly approaching on May 20 to 22 at Fanshawe College. Please visit their website for more information.
There will not be a bulletin this month as our editor is unavailable to complete it. The HDAS team wishes Jess a speedy recovery.
Hope to see you at our April meeting.

Carla

By | March 29th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

President’s Message November

Hi everybody!
I hope everyone had a great Halloween and is enjoying our mild Fall.

Fall auction season may be winding down, but November is going to be an exciting month for H&DAS!
Our November meeting will take place Thursday, November 12th at 7:30pm at The Church of the Resurrection at the corner of Garth and Mohawk. Randy Seufert, from the Tropical Fish Club of Erie County, will be presenting on Livebearers. I know I’m excited to see what Randy can teach us about this often underappreciated group of fish!

Saturday, November 14th is the day we’ve all been waiting for!
H&DAS is proud to be presenting Dinner Speaker Anton Lamboj at the Waterdown Legion. Anton has worked as a lecturer at the University of Vienna since 1998 and has made field trips in many countries to study fish. The evening will feature two presentations by Anton (on wild Bettas and West African Cichlids), a potluck dinner, Neighbour-2-Neighbour food drive, door prizes, a betta auction and more! Tickets are only $15, see Carla or Jess at the meeting, or email events@hdas.ca!

See you soon,
Karen

By | November 10th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

President’s Message October

Hi everybody!
There’s a chill in the air and I think Fall has finally arrived!
Hopefully the sunny weather will continue for our Fall Auction on Saturday, October 3rd at the Waterdown Legion. Doors open at 8am for registration and the auction will begin at 10am. Bring cash and a few friends!

Thanks to our own Catherine Salmon for kicking off our season with her talk on bettas! Our October meeting, Thursday the 8th, we’ll have Jae Hovius who will be showing us how to close our ponds. Hopefully this winter won’t be too hard on our fish! Be sure to get to the meeting and signed in early, we will be starting at 7:30pm sharp with a very special members draw.

Our evening with Anton Lamboj is fast approaching! On Saturday November 14th we’re back at the Waterdown Legion for a potluck dinner and two presentations. See Carla for tickets for this world class speaker, or e-mail events@hdas.ca. It should be a night to remember!

See you soon,
Karen

By | October 2nd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

Dinner Speaker

HAMILTON AND DISTRICT AQUARIUM SOCIETY IS HONORED TO PRESENT DINNER WITH

 

           ANTON LAMBOJ

Saturday November 14/15

Waterdown Legion -79 Hamilton St

Cost is $15 plus a potluck item to share

NeNeighbour to Neighbour Food Drive

Please Contact Carla – for info de_spaey_carla@hotmail.com


ANTON was born 1956 and has been an aquarist since the age of ten. Around 1980, he began to take a special interest in the cichlids of West and Central Africa. This interests led, in 1988, to the beginning of his academic education at the University of Vienna. Works for Master degree and PhD were focussed on the systematics of West African cichlids, which still is the main work and aquaristic interest too. Since 1998, he works as lecturer and associated scientist of the University of Vienna. His work combines morphological and anatomical methods as well as ethological studies and molecular methods.
As an aquarist, he is interested in many other groups of fish (“every fish is of interest and beautiful”), with some more detailed interest in Anabantoids (especially for the genera Betta and Parosphromenus) and West African Killies. Over the last years, the interest for some South American cichlids (Gymnogeophagus) increased too. 
Other hobbies done with passion are keeping orchids in a small greenhouse, gardening, keeping and breeding exotic birds and diving (all connected with a lot of photographing – what is some kind of passion too).
Anton Lamboj has made numerous field/collecting trips to Africa, additionally several trips to South East Asia, Central America and South America. Recently, he holds about 50 tanks to breed and to study his fish, he has authored more then 350 papers (both academic and hobbist) in ten languages, including four books and contributions to about 40 other books (aquaristic as well as scientific ones). Till now, he has described 3 genera and 24 species, more are in preparation. 
He is lecturer and associated scientist of the University of Vienna, lecturer at the University for Applied Sciences of Upper Austria, chief editor of aqua-terra-austria (Austrian aquarium and terrarium journal), curator in the C.A.R.E.S. program and at Cichlid Room Companion; also honorary member of the French Cichlid Ass. (AFC), the Hill Country Cichlid Club (HCCC), Texas and the Nordiska Ciklidsällskapet (NSC) and Multicolor Ailingen. 2011 he was honoured for his international work for the hobby as a „Mastère fédéral d‘aquariophilie“ by the French Aquarium Federation FFA.

 

 

By | September 28th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

President’s Message September

Hi everybody!
I hope everyone had a great summer. September has arrived and a new season begins! This fall is packed with all sorts of local aquarium events!

Our season begins with our regular meeting, Thursday September 10th at 7:30pm. H&DAS’s own Catherine Salmon will be sharing her experiences raising Bettas with us. It will be great to dig a little deeper into many hobbyist’s first fish!

Saturday, October 3rd we’ll once again be at the Waterdown Legion for our massive Fall Auction! Bring your fish, plants, and used equipment (in good working condition) and some cash for your purchases. As always there will be food and drink available for purchase, including Carla’s famous chili dogs! We depend on our members to volunteer as chit writers and runners, so please let Carla know of you can help. Doors and registration open at 8am, auction begins at 10am. Don’t forget to check the back of the bulletin for other area auctions!

This year our club is excited to have Anton Lamboj as a dinner speaker Saturday, November 14th. The evening will feature two talks, a potluck style dinner and more! Tickets are $15, see Carla for more information.

See you soon,
Karen

By | September 3rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|