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H&DAS Bulletin – Fall and Winter 2011/2012

While the members are enjoying their March issue, featuring adventures in pond maintenance with Charlie Drew, reef tanks, driftwood and more!  We also have updated ads from some of our sponsors.

For non-members, and members alike, here are the Fall and Winter issues from our archives:


Click to download H&DAS Bulletin – June 2011 (PDF)
Click to download H&DAS Bulletin – October 2011 (PDF)
Click to download H&DAS Bulletin – November 2011 (PDF)
Click to download H&DAS Bulletin – December 2011 (PDF)
Click to download H&DAS Bulletin – January 2012 (PDF)
Click to download H&DAS Bulletin – February 2012 (PDF)

Or view them without Acrobat Reader:

By | March 6th, 2012|Categories: bulletin|

President’s Message – March 2012

Hi Everyone!!!

I can’t believe it’s March already.  It’s Florida month for me………I go after the Spring Auction to visit my aunt in Port Charlotte.  A place where the sun seems to shine everyday.  Oh, Spring Auction! It’s on SATURDAY, March 17.  Its at the Waterdown Legion.  The doors open at 8am and the auction starts at 10am.  We will sell fish, plants, books or any new or used fish equipment.  If you can carry it – we should be able to sell it.  Most importantly, we need help from our club members at the auction helping us to run an event like this.  If you can donate a few hours of your day to help run, sort fish etc that would be great.  I know I say it often but these events don’t run by themselves.  It takes many volunteers to make this day a success and we just don’t often have enough volunteers.  I hope to see you at the auction.
The Annual Home Show is looking really good. There are many tanks registered for the event.  The HDAS judging team will be in contact with you very shortly to set up dates and times for the tanks to be viewed and judged.  I look forward to that program.
Our program this month is on Salt Water Tanks.  Walter Murfin from the Brantford Club will be coming to present this program.  He going to show us how easy it is to have a salt water tank.  Those of you with salt tanks can add to the program.
How are everyones Blue Rainbows doing from the Fish Growing Contest.  Why don’t you write a short article for the bulletin and send it to Jessica to let us know what your feeding your fish to make them grow quickly.

See you at the meeting……..


By | March 5th, 2012|Categories: President's Messages|

Spring Auction – Same venue, different day!

The Spring Auction is approaching, and we are gearing up!

This year, the auction will take place Saturday (NOT Sunday), March 17 at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 551.

In addition to the change from a Sunday to the Saturday, we want to remind you of a few differences from our previous auctions:

  • with HST in effect, there will be no sales tax charged
  • the auction (and all foreseeable auctions in the future) is CASH only
  • we now accept lightly used equipment, including tanks up to 40 gal (if you can’t carry it in by yourself, don’t bring it!).  All equipment must be in working order

For more details, check out our Spring Auction page.  Don’t forget to get your seller’s number in advance by contacting Albert (

By | February 11th, 2012|Categories: Announcements, Event|Tags: , |

President’s Message – February 2012

Hi Everyone!

I’d like to thank the executive for standing up again for another year. It’s great to see such great spirit within this group and we all hope that we are helping the HDAS be its best. If there is anything we can do to bring fish related info to you, please let us know. I’d like to thank Margaret and Joe for their fantastic jobs showing us all how to make fish food. It was very informative – especially for those of us that don’t go to such great lengths to make food. It sure is a cheaper way to spoil our fish. Thanks again Margaret and Joe. Our presentation this month is about “Plants”. Jim Robinson will the presenter. His presentation will focus on the optimum conditions for plant growth. Our April program will be about “Salt Water” We still have room for you to sign up for the “Home Show”. Does your tank have that winning something that everyone in the crowd will vote this years “Peoples Choice”? You won’t know unless you enter the Show. Please make sure we have your information at the meeting.

See you there…….. Carla

By | February 3rd, 2012|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message – January 2012

Hi Everyone!

And so another year has just begun. I hope you all enjoyed the December Christmas party. Thank you all for you contributions to Neighbour to Neighbour. Noel-thank you for your night of trivia. I think it was enjoyed by all.
Our January meeting will be a workshop on preparing food for your fish. It is also the announcement of elected team at HDAS. It will stand as: Treasurer-Albert V, Secretary-Margaret D, 2nd vice pres-Jessica B, 1st vice pres-Karen R and Pres-myself.  Please remember that we are always looking for volunteers to help out with the club. Let me know if you are interested.
Have you signed up for the Home Show. Our team will be visiting tanks in March to put a presentation together for the April meeting. I can’t wait to see all your tanks this year.
Remember to send any fish related pictures to Jessica at the bulletin. Frozen ponds make great pictures this time of year!
See you at the meeting Jan 12.

By | January 6th, 2012|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message – December 2011

Hi Everyone and Happy Holidays!!!
December is such a busy month with Christmas and the New Year both only a stones though away.  I will start with what’s up for Christmas.  First we have our meeting on Thurs Dec 8.  It’s an important meeting as we get to mingle and enjoy each others company.  Pizza, wings and snacks.  Bring a snack to share if you can.  We are also going to be playing a fishy game with Noel.  Will you be the winner this year.  Many others are not as fortunate as many of us so we ask that you bring a non perishable food item for our annual food drive for Neighbour to Neighbour.  As well, any money raised thru the fish table draw also goes to help others in need.  Let’s see if you’ve been naughty or nice………does Santa have something for you!
The following Thurs Dec 15 if you are interested in joining together for dinner at the Red Maple Chinese Food on Mapleview and Appleby Line.  The cost there is $14.99 plus tax and tipping.  Please let me know if you are interested in making it out with all your fishy friends. 
I’d like to thank Larry Johnson for his presentation last month.  The pictures sure were beautiful.  It must be really spectacular actually being in the water with these amazing fish.  Thank you for sharing your experience. 
January is the election month.  If you are interested in joining the executive there is still time.  All positions are open, Charlie D or myself must be aware of your decision for the Dec meeting.  The program for January will be about foods we can make for our fish. 
Are you intested in taking part in the Annual Home Show.  If you haven’t signed up please do so at the meeting as well.
I wish you all a very Merry Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!

By | December 5th, 2011|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message – November 2011

Hi Everyone!!!
I hope you are all enjoying the colours of the fall.  It’s been pretty nice so far……….winter will be here soon enough I’m sure. 
We are looking at some great programs coming up.  November – Larry Johnson will be entertaining us with his pictures from Lake Malawi.  This is sure to be a great program.   We will also be giving out the fish for the fish growing contest.  I have some turquoise rainbows coming from “catfish creek”.  December 8th is the Christmas program.  We have a fish game with Noel, pizza night, a fishy table draw (it doesn’t need to be fish) neighbour to neighbour food drive to help others less fortunate than ourselves.  If you have anything to go on the fish table, please let Sarah L know.  The following week on Thurs. Dec 15 everyone is invited to go to the Red Maple Chinese Buffet on Appleby Line and Upper Middle Rd in Burlington. There will be a sign up sheet at the Nov. meeting.  The December meeting is also the last chance you have to put in your nominations for the January meeting.  If you are interesting in running for a position or nominate someone, please let myself or Charlie D know.  All positions are open.  Voting takes place at the January meeting. 
Who is interested in taking part in the Home Show.  The Home Show was a really great success last year and I think it can be even bigger and better this year but not without you.  Sign up to take part at the next meeting.  The judging of the tanks for the Home Show will be in March and the program is in April. 
If you have any suggestions for programs, please let Joe B know.  He is only too happy to try to work his magic to make it happen. 
Do you know anyone that would like to advertise in our bulletin?  If you do, please get in touch with Albert or myself as we are sending out the info for the 2012 bulletins soon.
See you at the next meeting!

By | November 3rd, 2011|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message – October 2011

Hi Everyone!!!   Is everyone’s pond closed……………I’m going to have to still work on that!

Well, I’m glad that’s over.  The HDAS Fall Auction and Show are over.  Don’t worry-spring will be coming again sooner than you know and I will make the chili again for all you Chili Dog auction people.  I see the Kitchener crowd is into my chili.  Whatever it takes to make you guys happy and buying some really nice fish.  The Show was amazing with 204 entries.  I can’t remember ever having as many entries.  Thank you to all that brought some really nice fish and items for the show.
The auction seemed to be a really big success as well.  Even without Albert-we survived.  Thank you Jessica and Margaret for manning the computer and cash table.  The kitchen did a great job.  I think every item was sold there too.  We had more than 1000 items sold in the auction and that is pretty incredible.  Thanks to all the runners from our club.  Special thanks to all the runners from the many other clubs that helped us out.  It was a long day and these events can’t happen without everyones help.  Thank you to Jerry D, Ed K, Brad S, Bob W, Robin P for helping with the auctioning.  You guys were terrific.  Thanks to Pet Paradise, Tropical Fish Room, Big Al’s for their support with the Show and Auction.  I’d like to thank Mario at Big Al’s for his kind donation of a 26 gallon Bow Front Tank and Stand.  I need to also thank Mike at “Eye Catchers” for his donation of an eye wear package from his store in the Dundurn Plaza.  Bob, thank you for running the Fish Show and Udo and Ron B for judging.  Overall, a really successful day.

Thank you Udo for starting this new season with a great filtration presentation.  The October presenter is Frank Aguire on Catfish.  I hope you can all make it on the 13th.  Larry J will be speaking on Lake Malawi in November.  December is the month of cheer with Christmas.  Let me know if you have any suggestions for the Christmas party.  We will be having a Neighbour to Neighbour Food Drive.  We will have a Fish Table Draw.  If you have anything to add to the Fish Table, please let Sarah L know.  We generally have pizza and wings that night but if anyone has another idea – please let me know.  January is election month.  If you are interested in a position helping out the club, please let me know.  All nominations must be into Charlie Drew or myself by the Christmas meeting.  A presentation will follow.

I hope I didn’t miss anyone that helped us out at the Auction and Show.  Everyone did a great job.

Thank you and Keep Fishing!!!


By | October 10th, 2011|Categories: President's Messages|

Fall Show and Auction Update

This year we are doing a cash only auction.  Buyers must pay for items immediately with cash.

We are also accepting lightly used equipment, including tanks up to 40 gallons.  All equipment must be in good working order.

By | September 29th, 2011|Categories: Announcements|

Fall Show and Auction Update

New Show rules posted


By | September 22nd, 2011|Categories: Announcements|