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President’s Message September

Hi Everybody

We hope everyone is having a good summer!

Due to COVID restrictions, we still will not be having in-person monthly meetings. The Church has declined rentals of their hall at this time, they will keep us posted.
So saying that, we will be starting up our monthly Zoom meetings!

Jim Cummings from Winnipeg is set to speak on Thursday, Sept 9th at 7:30pm. He will be speaking about his outdoor cichlid pond.

The Fall auction is unfortunately cancelled due to COVID and restrictions at the Legion.

Sponsors

Our Sponsor stores are still open!

The Tropical Fishroom
The largest aquarium fish store in Brantford. massive selection of salt water and fresh water fish. Various dry goods and equipment.
Located at 177A Blossom Ave, Brantford .
(519) 756-6225.

Big Al’s Hamilton
Hamiltons One Stop Pet Shop!
Serving Hamilton & surrounding area since 1985 for all your fishy needs!
Located at 140 Centennial Pkwy N, Hamilton
(905) 560-1000
www.bigalshamilton.ca.

Memberships

If you’d like to join or renew your membership visit us at https://hdas.ca/membership . We have an electronic version membership that you can keep on your phone or print it out. By joining you get these privileges. Receive 10% Off at Tropical Fish Room in Brantford and all aquatic stuff at Big Als Hamilton.

CAOAC
The Canadian Association of Aquarium Club website is up and running. Visit www.caoac.ca.

Please stay safe!
Mike Majer
President
president@hdas.ca

By | September 8th, 2021|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message June

Hi Everyone!

Summer is almost here. I hope everyone is doing ok. I know this has been a very tough year for everyone. I hope this settles down soon so we can get back to normal meetings and our auctions.

This is our last Zoom Meeting for few months as we have our Summer Break.

I’d like to thank Mo Devlin for an amazing presentation last month. He showed us some amazing pictures and how-to secrets that he uses. On June 10th at 7:30pm we have the privilege of having Don Danko as our guest speaker. Don, who is well known across the border, will be talking to us about Jewels of the Rio Coatzacoalcos, Mexico; collecting wild cichlids.

Our Band App is up again, now the government has suspended the stay at home act. We recommend that you do porch pick-ups for your transactions or meet outdoors. Please be safe.

Pond Season is here! Enjoy your backyard with a pond or a water feature.
You know you don’t have to put only goldfish or koi in your barrels. You can put other species like guppies, swordtails, rainbows etc. Visit our Sponsors for your pond supplies.

Sponsors

Tropical Fishroom, you can call 519-756-6225 or Facebook message them to place your order .

Big Als Hamilton. You can call 905-560-1000. Follow the message prompts to you find the right department. There phone lines might be busy so keep trying or visit the website to place your order at www.bigalshamilton.ca.

Finatics Aquarium- Please call them at 905-565-1232 to place your curbside pick up.

Memberships

If you’d like to join or you can renew your membership by visit us at https://hdas.ca/membership . We have an electronic version membership that you can keep on your phone or print it out. By joining you get these privileges. Receive 10% Off at Tropical Fish Room in Brantford and all aquatic stuff at Big Als Hamilton.

CAOAC
The Canadian Association of Aquarium Club website is up and running. Visit www.caoac.ca.

I’d like to thank my executive team members for all their help to make this year virtual with getting amazing speakers on our Zoom Meetings. We had some great speakers join us. To all those speakers , Thank you for taking time and entertaining us on those nights.

To everyone who supports Hamilton & District Aquarium Society, Thank you for your support.

Enjoy your summer.

Please stay safe!
Mike Majer
President
president@hdas.ca

By | June 5th, 2021|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message May

Hi Everyone! Happy Spring!

I hope everyone is staying safe! We will be continuing our monthly meetings Via Zoom. Last month we had our members’ Show & Tell. Really nice set ups!

This Month on May 13th at 7:30pm we have the privilege of having Mo Devlin as our guest speaker. Most of us have undoubtedly seen Mo’s fantastic aquarium photography.  Mo will be presenting ‘Smile, Fish’, an overview on taking photos of tropical fish.

Due to Ontario’s current stay-at-home order, we are suspending the approval of all sales posts in our Facebook and Band groups. Only posts from our sponsors who are staying open with curbside pick-up will be allowed! Public health and safety come first, and we do not wish to implicitly encourage gatherings through private sales at this time.
Hobbyist sales posts will be allowed once the stay at home order has been lifted.

Pond Season is here! Enjoy your backyard with a pond or a barrel!
You know you don’t have to put only goldfish or koi in your barrels. You can put other species like guppies, swordtails, rainbows etc. Visit our sponsors for your pond supplies.

Sponsors

The Tropical Fishroom, you can call 519-756-6225 or Facebook message them to place your order .

Big Al’s Hamilton. You can call 905-560-1000. Follow the message prompts to you find the right department. Their phone lines might be busy so keep trying or visit the website to place your order at www.bigalshamilton.ca.

Finatics Aquarium- Please call them at 905-565-1232 to arrange your curbside pick-up.

Memberships

If you’d like to join or renew your membership by visit us at https://hdas.ca/membership . We have an electronic version membership that you can keep on your phone or print it out. By joining you get the bonus of receiving 10% Off at The Tropical Fish Room in Brantford and all aquatic stuff at Big Al’s Hamilton. All new memberships and those valid as of March 2020 will remain on hold  until we resume meetings in person, when expiry dates will be rolled forward.

CAOAC
The Canadian Association of Aquarium Club website is up and running. Visit www.caoac.ca.

Please stay safe!
Mike Majer
President
president@hdas.ca

By | May 5th, 2021|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message April

Happy Spring Everyone!

I hope everyone is doing well.

We are still not going to be having our in-person meetings or live auctions due to this crazy pandemic.

I would like to thank Shane Linder for a great presentation on collecting fish in Uganda. It’s interesting how people live in other countries and how they collect fish.

For the month of April, we are having our virtual home show/show and tell of members fishrooms and aquaria. We had this kind of meeting about a year ago and it was amazing to see how different hobbyists maintain their fishrooms or aquariums. Each member who wishes to share will have a time frame that will be given out to show off their stuff! The meeting will be held on Thursday April 8th at 7:30pm.

If you are a paid member, an email we be sent with your zoom invitation – this meeting is for members only.

If you wish to join H&DAS, you can pay online here: https://hdas.ca/membership. All memberships valid as of March 2020 will be kept on hold until we begin meeting in person again.

 

Band

Our group on the Band app is up and running; here you can buy and sell your fish or equipment. Click here to join our Band group:

https://band.us/n/aeae43Z2y7K9e

 

Sponsors

Stores are still open! But to limited capacity…… Again.

Our Amazing Sponsors The Tropical Fish Room and Big Al’s Hamilton are still open! They will have a limited capacity of customers to enter their stores. Please support them and follow their rules for entry to their establishments.

 

Pond Season

Pond Season is almost here! Thinking about putting a pond or few barrels out? Big Al’s Hamilton just got their pond supplies in. You know you don’t have to put only goldfish or koi in your barrels. You can put other species – for example, a few years ago I had an above ground preformed pond. I put about a dozen Red Velvet swords in it. I had a filter running and I had a waterfall on there, too. I had water hyacinths covering 80% of the surface. I actually never fed the fish until August; I let them eat the insect larvae that occurred naturally. Well I put in a dozen fish and by August I had about 100 with the most amazing colors.

You should try it!

 

CAOAC

The Canadian Association of Aquarium Club website is up and running. Visit www.caoac.ca.

 

Please stay safe!

Mike Majer
President

president@hdas.ca

By | April 1st, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

President’s Message March

Hope everyone is doing well.

We are still not going to be having our in-person meetings or live auctions due to this nasty pandemic.

I would like to thank Randy Seufert for our February Presentation on Catfish on our Zoom Meeting!

This month we have Shane Linder! Shane may be familiar to you as the author behind Shane’s World on PlanetCatfish. He will be speaking to us on March 11th at 7:30pm. He will be talking to us on Collecting in Uganda.  If you are a paid member, an email we be sent out for your invitation.

Our April Zoom Meeting will be a member Show & Tell! Share your fishroom or favourite aquarium and let us know what you’ve been up to!

If you are not a member you may try a meeting before joining. Contact info@hdas.ca for more info.

Memberships

You can join or renew your memberships by following this link https://hdas.ca/membership. You will receive an electronic version of our membership.

Band

Our Band App is up and running again. You can buy and sell your fish or equipment. Click here to join our Band App page.

We are Opened!

Our Amazing Sponsors Tropical Fish Room and Big Al’s Hamilton are now opened! They will have a limited capacity of customers to enter their stores. Please support them and follow the rules for visiting their establishments.

CAOAC

Canadian Association of Aquarium Club  website is up and running. Visit www.caoac.ca.

Please stay safe!

Mike Majer

By | March 6th, 2021|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message February

Hello Everyone

This Pandemic – it just wont go away. We are still not going to have our in-person monthly meetings or our shows/auctions .

Our monthly meetings will still be taking place online via Zoom.

Due to computer issues, there will not be a bulletin for this month.

I’d like to thank Rick Borstein for an amazing presentation of “Sixty Tips in 60 Minutes”. We all learned some neat tricks from it, I bet some of us have used some already!

This month Randy Seufert will be our guest zoom speaker. Randy’s program is “The Little Catfish”. Randy is from New Boston, New York has been guest speaker for H&DAS in the past. This should be an amazing presentation that you don’t want to miss. Paid members will get an email invite for the presentation. If you are not a paid member, you can request an invite by email to info@hdas.ca . Due to the stay at home rule, there will be no prizes given out. Dont worry, when this is lifted will be having amazing prizes.

Memberships

If you’d like to join or renew your membership  visit us at https://hdas.ca/membership . We have an electronic version of the membership card that you can keep on your phone or print it out. By joining you get these privileges. Receive 10% Off at Tropical Fish Room in Brantford and all aquatic stuff at Big Als Hamilton.

Sponsors Spotlight

Due to this pandemic, our amazing sponsors are only opened for curbside pick up only.

Big Als Hamilton- You can make online orders at https://www.bigalshamilton.ca or you can call them at 905-560-1000.

Tropical Fish Room- You can call them at 1-519-765-6225. You can find and follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jerrythefishguy .

Everyone please stay safe!

Regards

Mike Majer, President

president@hdas.ca

By | February 3rd, 2021|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message January

Happy New Years Everyone!

I hope everyone had a safe Holiday Season. This Pandemic is like having the worst case of Ick in your aquarium. It just wont go away. We are still not going to have our in-person monthly meetings or our shows/auctions .

Our monthly meetings will still be taking place online via Zoom.

I’d like to thank Frank Aguirre for an amazing presentation last month on Breeding Angel Fish. This month on January 14th, our Special Guest is Rick Borstein from Chicago. He will be giving us a talk on “60 tips in 60 mins” . There will be some DIY tips that you might not of think of.

2021-2022 Executive

Our Elections are over and I am happy to say there are no changes to our Executive:

President Mike Majer president@hdas.ca
1st Vice President Steve Fyfe info@hdas.ca
2nd Vice President Rob Chatelain  info@hdas.ca
Treasurer Margaret Dent info@hdas.ca
Recording Secretary Patricia MacDougall info@hdas.ca
Past President Carla MacDonald  

Neighbour to Neighbour

We Like to Thank everyone who donated towards or N2N fundraiser. Right now with this pandemic, it’s very tough for everyone. Especially for families that need our help.

Curbside Pick Ups

With the restrictions that the Ontario Government has given us, our main sponsors have to operate their businesses by Curbside Pick-Up.

Big Als Hamilton – You can go to their website at www.bigalshamilton,ca to place your orders or give them a call at 905-560-1000. The phone lines might be busy, so please keep on trying.

 Tropical Fish Room – You can give Jerry a call at 519-756-6225 for your aquatic needs.

New Members

If you would like to join H&DAS, you might want to visit our website at  www.hdas,ca .

 Just want to ask everyone, to please be safe!

Regards,

Mike Majer

 

By | January 7th, 2021|Categories: President's Messages|

Neighbour-2-Neighbour Virtual Fundraiser

Every December, at our Holiday Meeting, H&DAS has held a Donation Drive and Penny Raffle to raise funds for Neighbour to Neighbour. Neighbour to Neighbour works to improve the quality of life in our community by offering access to tutoring programs for children, community kitchen programs, utility subsidy programs, family counselling, emergency food access and a host of other interventions.

Due to COVID-19 we are not meeting in person, so this year we are holding a Virtual Fundraiser for N2N.
If it is within your means, we ask that members make an online donation via the link below, and send a screenshot of your receipt to us privately at info@hdas.ca. For every $10 donated, a ticket will be put in our draw for some amazing aquarium products!

Our Virtual Fundraiser will run until the end of December, with the draw taking place during our January Zoom Meeting. Prizes include a Fluval ProVac, a ZooMed AquaEffects Nano LED, NorthFin Community Flake 350g bucket, 2L Fluval Total Protection Water Conditioner, and a $100 gift certificate to Big Al’s Hamilton!

For more information, contact info@hdas.ca

To donate, visit: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/31344

To learn more about Neighbour-2-Neighbour, visit: https://n2ncentre.com/

By | December 8th, 2020|Categories: Announcements|

President’s Message November

Hello Everyone
We hope everyone is being safe! This pandemic has taken this hobby into another level. As you all know we have been doing monthly Zoom meetings these past few months with some amazing speakers!

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By | November 2nd, 2020|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message October

Happy Fall Everyone!

Due to the government regulations and for the safety of everyone, our meetings and auctions are postponed due to COVID-19.

With technology these days, we have been having successful meetings via Zoom! Last month was show and tell time! Some of our members let us see their amazing fishrooms and aquariums.

This month we have a special guest speaker joining us on Zoom. Coming all the way from Tulsa Oklahoma its Gerald Griffin. Gerald’s knowledge in the hobby is amazing. He will be speaking to us on Evolution and Taxonomy. How are species named? How are species classified? What makes something a species while something else similar is not? We will explore these questions and discuss the taxonomy and evolution of fish. This one you don’t want to miss!

SPECIAL THANK YOU

I just want to say a special thank you to my fellow executive members. We have been trying are hardest to come up with special guest speakers and making our zoom meetings more interactive.

ELECTIONS

Its the time of year that we announce the elections are coming up! If you would like to join or run against any of our executive positions please let me know by emailing me at president@hdas.ca.

Memberships

We are so close to finalizing our electronic version of our membership cards. If you need to renew your card or would like to join us please click on the link below.

Join here https://hdas.ca/membership .

During this pandemic our amazing Sponsors at Big Al’s Hamilton and The Tropical Fish Room have been allowing Aquarium Society discounts on mwmberships that expire in 2020. As soon as our electronic version is active, this will no longer be valid.

When you receive your electronic version some rules will be applied. For example, if you show your membership card on your phone, you will have to show ID to confirm that is you. Sharing your memberships will not be tolerated.

BAND APP

Our Band App is still active. If you need to sell equipment or some fish or plants , please Click this link https://band.us/band/77982265 to join us.

OVERSTOCKED?

If you are overstocked on fish or plants, give one of our sponsors a call. You might be able to get store credit towards new stock or supplies.

Tropical Fish Room – 1-519-756-6225

Big Als Hamilton- 905-560-1000 ext 3

On behalf of the H&DAS executive and myself, we would like say please be safe during this 2nd wave of COVID-19.

Thank You

Mike Majer

President, H&DAS

president@hdas.ca

By | October 1st, 2020|Categories: President's Messages|