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President’s Message February

Happy February Everyone,

Well,I thought last month’s message was my last one as your President but I am still here for one more!
That’s right, one more!

I want to thank Larry Johnson for his first part of his talk on his recent trip Malawi. Larry will be continuing his talk this month on Thursday February 9th at 7:30pm.

In all my life being in Various Organization executive Committees I’ve been on , I have seen an election this close! We have a tie for President and 2nd Vice President.

I want to congratulate Tamera Peattie being elected 1st Vice. Tamera brings a lot of experience in the hobby and will be a key person on the executive.

So we have a re-election to see if this Tie will be broken.

We have the following Candidates tied up in there position running for and a vote will take place again at our next meeting on February 9th .

For President
Carla MacDonald
Quinn Purser

2nd Vice
Bobby
James Holland

During our past Executive Meeting we discussed and voted on this election.

In Order to Vote, You MUST be a paid member as of January 12th 20223.
There will be NO electronic Votes. You must be in person to Vote.
No proxy votes will be taken.
To all members who are eligible to Vote, They must confirm with our secretary that they are an up to date paid member..During this time you will get a ballot to vote.

Good Luck to all Candidates

Spring Show and Auction

Mark the date on your calender, March 25th 2023. Doors open at 8am. Follow this link to learn more!

Spring Show & Auction 

Just remember Volunteers are always needed. Please let us know!

Sponsors

Rainforest Pets and Reptiles
Big Als Hamilton
Tropical Fishroom
Finest Pets
Make sure you go visit and support them. Our Sponsors allow you to get a HDAS discount on your purchases with proof of a valid membership card.

Just a reminder the our Library is closing down and we have some books left over with a charitable donation you can own one. All money raised from the book sales will go to Neighbor-to-Neighbor .

For the Last Time I just want to thank everyone who supporting me while I was President. It means a lot to me. Please keep on Supporting this amazing club .Make it bigger and stronger.

Kindly Regards
Mike Majer
Future Past President

By | February 4th, 2023|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message January

Happy New Year Everyone!

I hope everyone had an amazing Holiday Season.

I just wanted to thank everyone who came out to our Christmas Party and helped us raise $1472 for Neighbor to Neighbor!

To Noel Nathaniel, a special thank you for organizing another fun game on Kahoot! It was nice to hear everyone laughing and enjoying themselves.

This month we have our own Larry Johnson speaking to us on Adventures in Malawi. Larry  was there recently and went diving for cichlids with his guests. Larry does take amazing underwater pictures that we will for sure see. The meeting is on Thursday January 12th at 7:30pm at the Church of Resurrection 435 Mohawk Rd W. In the basement in the hall room.

I just want to thank again our wonderful sponsors:

The Tropical Fishroom

Big Als Hamilton

Finest Pets

Planted Aquaria

Rainforest Pets and Reptiles.

Just make sure all members show your up-to-date membership cards to get your discounts.

This is my final Presidents Message. I’d like to thank everyone who has supported  me and H&DAS. To my fellow executives, thank you! I might not be president but I will still be around to help out when needed.

ELECTIONS

Hamilton and District Aquarium Society will be holding an Election For President, 1st Vice-President and 2nd Vice-President at the January Meeting.

The Nominees are..

For President:

Carla MacDonald

Quinn Purser

1st Vice:

Jessica Bullock

Tamera Peattie

2nd Vice:

Bobby

David Walpac

James Holland

 

Voters must be up-to-date paid members to be eligible to vote.

Everyone will receive an email in a few days with a list of all the Candidates and little information about them. If you can’t make it to the meeting to vote, you can vote by email. Voting ballots will be available at the meeting, too.

The Election will be monitored by the Steering Committee:

1st-Peter DeSouza

2nd-Margaret Dent

3rd-Mike Majer

I’d like to wish all the candidates good luck!

 

For the last time

President Mike Majer

Signing Off

By | January 5th, 2023|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message December

I hope everyone is well and getting ready for this Holiday Season.

I want to thank Brian Glazier for great presentation on Swordtails last month. And showing us how to  enter a fish towards Breeders Awards Program.

This month is our Holiday Party!

An email has been sent out to all paid members to get a confirmation if your coming and how many people. If you haven’t received an email, please email us at info@hdas.ca .

We have games very generously arranged by Noel, he always brings something fun for us.
Our raffle table will have amazing items, bring something to donate; items do not need to be aquarium-related. All money raised on our raffle table will go towards to Neighbour-to-Neighbour. H&DAS will match the money raised during the party and add to the donation.

Our Books are still for sale. Again, all Money raised on book will go towards N2N.

As you know our 1st VP Steve Fyfe has stepped down from his position. I also want to announce that our 2nd VP Rob Chatelain has stepped down from his position. I would like to thank them both for their dedication towards the club.

I would like to announce that I Mike Majer will not be running for President next term. As you all know that I am battling some health issues, in the upcoming new year I will be having procedures done that will need time to heal. Don’t worry. I will not be like the US past presidents and go into hiding. I will still be around in a way or form and be the pain as normal.

I would like to thank my executive and board members for all their hard work and dedication towards the club.

To all you Club members.
On behalf of Steve, Rob and Myself. Thank you for support of H&DAS. The club wouldn’t be around without your dedication towards the hobby.

Now saying this, We will be having an election in January. All nominations will close at this month’s meeting. If you would like to nominate someone or yourself please email me or at info@hdas.ca..

There will be more posted on the Elections soon.

Don’t forget to visit our sponsors this holiday season:
The Tropical Fishroom
Big Al’s Hamilton
Planted Aquaria
Finest Pets
Rainforest Pets and Reptiles
Please follow the guidelines on getting your club discount. You must have a valid membership to get your discount and please follow each of our sponsor’s rules.

Again I just want to thank everyone.

Mike Majer
President
president@hdas.ca

By | December 4th, 2022|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message November

Hi Everyone

I hope you all didn’t eat to much left over Halloween candy much as I did!

I’d like to thank Frank Aguirre for joining us last months meeting and presenting to us and amazing presentation on Synodontis Catfishes . It was much enjoyed by all who attend.

On Thursday Nov 10th, We have one of our longtime club member Brian Glazier speaking to us on Swordtails! This informative presentation on the Xiphophorus Family will be great!
Join us, You don’t need to be a paid member to come to a meeting.
Located: 435 Mohawk Rd W ( corner of Mohawk Rd and Garth. In the basement.
Time: Meeting Starts 7:30pm Doors open at 7:00pm

Auction

I would like to thank everyone who joined us on Oct 8th for our Fall Auction. I hope everyone enjoyed themselves. The Auction was a huge success ! To my fellow executive, Thank you! We did an amazing Job! To all the volunteers who helped us out from runners to kitchen help, your time of help was much appreciated. Our auctioneers, Bob and Udo. You two where amazing and your services was also appreciated. Thank you.

Library

We are closing down our Library down. We will be raising money towards Neighbour to Neighbour Hamilton. A generous donation towards the books will defiantly help them out. There are amazing books up for grabs.

Elections

Our Elections are coming up next month. There are will be some positions opened. For myself I am still Not sure if I will go for another term as President. I will have my decision by next month.

If you would like to run for a position in our executive, please email us at info@hdas.ca or myself at president@hdas.ca.

Sponsors

Make sure you visit our Sponsors.

Big Als Hamilton
The Tropical Fishroom
Planted Aquaria

COMING SOON
Rainforest Pets and Reptiles
Finest Pets

All paid members must show there paid and up to-date membership card to receive there discount.
Please follow our sponsors guidelines when receiving a discount.
Membership Cards can not be shared with Friends.

Our Holiday Party is next month. Paid members will receive an email soon.

Thanks
Mike Majer
President
president@hdas.ca

By | November 5th, 2022|Categories: President's Messages, Uncategorized|

President’s Message October

Hi Everybody

I hope everyone is doing well!

I would like to thank Peter DeSouza for joining us last month as our guest speaker at our 1st in-person meeting since the Pandemic started. On October 13th at 7:30pm we have Frank Aguirre coming back to us. This time for an in-person meeting and not a zoom meeting!
Frank we be speaking to us about Synodontis Catfish. Our meeting is held at the Church of the Resurrection located near the corner of Mohawk Rd W and Garth St.

FINALLY IS AUCTION TIME!
We ALL have been waiting for this!

Saturday October 8th
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 551
79 Hamilton St N
Waterdown, Ontario

Please follow this link for the rules

WANTED
We need some volunteers to help us. If you can help us at the auction please approach us to see what we need help with. Make sure you wear comfy shoes cause we all know what every club needs are runners.

SPONSORS
As a paid member with a valid membership card, you can get 10% Off at Big Als Hamilton and The Tropical Fishroom.
Now I would like to welcome our New Sponsor. Planted Aquaria in Oakville. Please visit there Website at www.plantedaquaria.ca.
COMING SOON – Rainforest Pets and Reptiles . As soon the store opens it will be advertised on our facebook page.
Please follow our sponsors rules at there locations.

ELECTIONS

Our Elections are coming up soon! If you would like to run for an executive position please email us at info@hdas.ca .
At this time I would like to Thank Steve Fyfe for his role as 1st vice President. Steven will be stepping down as 1st Vice and will not be running next elections. Thank you Steve for all your dedication to H&DAS.
Our Librarian Cheryl- Ann Miller has also stepped down from her position. Thank you Chery- Anne for your help with the Library and Organizing it. This Position will not be active this new election.
As for myself Mike Majer, I am undecided if I will running for President again this next elections.
Elections will be voted at our 1st meeting in January, nominations must be submitted by the start of the December meeting.

I hope to see a lot of you at our Auction!

Regards
Mike Majer
President of Hamilton & District Aquarium Society

By | October 2nd, 2022|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message June

Hi Everyone,

I hope everything is going well with you and your families.
I would like to thank Lawrence Kent for his presentation last month . Seeing his travels and catches was great! The stories he told were very interesting.
On June 9th @ 7:30 pm, we have Michigan resident Josh Cunningham as our guest speaker. Josh will be talking to us about his fishroom and how he runs it!
This will be our last meeting before we break for summer. September we hope to back in-person meetings Yay!
Now for exciting news!!!!!!!
Are you ready?
Are you excited?
We ARE PLANNING AN AUCTION in October!!!!!!
Yes that’s right!
After 2.5 Years of going through fish auction withdrawl, we are ready!
Now as long as everything is ok with COVID and restrictions we will proceed! If the Legion where we hold our auctions has restrictions we must follow the rules they have.
We will announce the date as soon as we have it confirmed so set up your breeding tanks and start breeding!
Our sponsors are doing well. Visit The Tropical Fishroom and Big Al’s Hamilton for your aquatic needs.
President wants to know?
Sorry guys, I haven’t posted any polls in a bit. I’ve been busy at work and with other personal stuff. I hope to post some shortly.
Please have a safe and pleasant Summer with your family and friends.
We will hopefully see everyone in-person in September!!!!
Regards
Mike Maker
President
By | June 4th, 2022|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message May

Hi Everyone!

Unfortunately we still are unable to have in-person meetings at this time due to our meeting locations restrictions. We hope to have in-person meetings soon as we can.

I would like to thank Joshua Wiegert for an informative presentation last month on looking after monster aquariums. This month we have Lawrence Kent from Seattle Washington. Lawrence who travels all over the world looking for wild species of fish, will be join us on Zoom on May 12th at 7:30pm. Lawrence will be speaking to us on Seeking Holy Grail Fish and Friends in West Africa: Tales from Nigeria and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania !

All members will receive an invitation via email. If you are not a member and would like to try a meeting before joining, email us at info@hdas.ca.

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.

SPONSORS

Thank you for keep on supporting or Sponsors Tropical Fishroom and Big Als Hamilton. Keep on checking there facebook pages for new arrivals and sales!

Memberships

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.

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.

 

Thank you,

Mike Majer

president@hdas.ca

By | May 8th, 2022|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message April

Hi Everyone

I hope everyone is doing well.

Due to restrictions, our monthly meetings will continue via Zoom.

I would like to Thank Frank Aguirre for his great presentation last month; your work and dedication always amazes us!

This month on Thursday April 14th at 7:30 pm, we have Joshua Wiegert from Maryland as our guest speaker. He will speaking on Installing and Maintaining “Dream Sized Aquariums”. All paid members will see an invite by email. Make sure you check your spam folder. If you are not a paid member, you can email us at info@hdas.ca to try a meeting before joining.

Memberships

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 .

Sponsors.

Please support our sponsors The Tropical Fishroom in Brantford and Big Als Hamilton,

You can see the new arrivals that Jerry posts regularly in our Facebook group.

Big Als Hamilton now has Doordash. If you can’t make it out to the store, some of our inventory is now available on the DoorDash App only available in the Hamilton area. Type in Big Al’s in their App to see what is available. If its not on your Doordash search it means its not available in your area, so that means you have to come visit me at the store.

No VIP points or Aquarium Society Discounts will be available when purchasing through DoorDash .

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. If you have issues logging in you can email us at info@hdas.ca .

We are trying are hardest to get in-person activities with you all. We hope to have something soon as restrictions start up again from the government,

Thank You
Mike Majer
President of H&DAS
president@hdas.ca

By | April 8th, 2022|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message March

Hello Everyone!

I hope everyone is doing ok. As you know the government has lifted some restrictions, but out of caution  the church where we have our monthly meetings are not allowing any functions at this time.

I would like to thank Dean Tweeddale for an informative presentation on raising fry last month. That sure gave us some interesting ideas!

So for this month, we have our dear friend Frank Aguirre speaking to us via Zoom.

His new topic is ‘A day in the life of an aquarist in the city’;
How this works out – Can you live on your hobby beyond the side gig ?

This one will be interesting!

All members will receive an invite via email or you can request to join us by emailing us at info@hdas.ca.

Since the restrictions are lifting, we are planning something fun for the summertime,  and we hope we can start planning our Fall Auction.

A reminder to visit and support our sponsors The Tropical Fishroom and Big Al’s Hamilton.

The membership discount is only for those with memberships valid as of March 2020. Memberships that expired previous to this date will not be honored. The membership card/virtual card must be presented by the membership holder at time of purchase in order to receive the discount. Membership cards may not be shared with friends/family.

Please show respect to our sponsor by honoring the terms of their discount.

If you have been to your local pet shop you might have noticed a lot of empty space. This has been a very rough few years for them getting stock! The pandemic, truckers demonstration, and now the war going on, ships from over seas are having a hard time.
I know every store is trying the hardest.
So please be patient.

Thank you.
Mike Majer
President

president@hdas.ca.

By | March 6th, 2022|Categories: President's Messages|

President’s Message February

Hi Everyone
Due to this nasty case of Ick (Pandemic), our in-person meetings and auctions are still on hold.

I’d like to thank Peter DeSouza for an informative presentation on Bettas last month. Bettas are amazing! The different breeds and colors available these days are outstanding.

On February 10th at 7:30pm we have a special guest speaker. This guest is in multiple YouTube videos,  he is know as “The Master Breeder”. It’s Dean Tweeddale! The Washington native has been breeding fish for a long time. He will be doing a presentation on Raising Fry. His amazing way is very interesting and after watching it, you will be doing the same. So don’t miss this one!
Members will be getting an email with the Zoom information and if any guests would like to join us please email us at info@hdas.ca.

President wants to know?
I’d like to thank everyone who has participated in my Facebook Polls ” President wants to know”. I will try keep up with interesting Polls much as I can.

Product Shortages
If you go into your Local Fish Store you might notice some empty spots on the shelves. Due to this Pandemic it’s been hard to get few products. I have had other stores from the area contact me to see if we had something in stock as they can’t get it. I know I have been trying to keep my shelves stocked as much as I can and I bet Jerry at The Tropical Fishroom is as well. So please, if something is not in stock it’s not our fault. We are trying!

Band App
Our Band app is still up and going. Here you can buy and sell your fish or equipment. Since the are no hobbyist sales of livestock permitted on Facebook. Click here to join our Band group:
https://band.us/n/aeae43Z2y7K9e

Memberships

If you’d like to join or renew your membership, visit us at https://hdas.ca/membership . We have an electronic version membership card that you can keep on your phone or print out. By joining you get to 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 | February 3rd, 2022|Categories: President's Messages|