St. Catharines & Area Aquarium Society!
OUR NEXT MEETING IS MONDAY, June 3rd at 6:30!
there is only 1 meeting left till the summer break
The May program was an Auction. We sold lot of fish, plants and accessories. It was a great way to get rid of stuff and make a few bucks for the club and the members who sold items.
June's meeting will be our annual club BBQ and elections and possibly a high tech planted tank talk depending on time. The BBQ starts at 6:30 and it also a welcome addition for people to bring a favourite salad or treat.
We meet at the Seafarers and Teamsters Union at
70 St. David's Road East in Thorold, Ontario.
Who Are We?
The Society was established in 1958 and is a non-profit, educational organization that is dedicated to the task of promoting interest in the breeding, raising, maintenance and study of aquatic life, both at the beginner and advanced levels. We achieve these goals by sharing information from our own experiences and also by bringing in recognized expert speakers. We also have a fairly large library with books on pretty much any topic to do with fish.
The St. Catharines & Area Aquarium Society is a charter member of the Canadian Association of Aquarium Clubs, Inc (CAOAC - www.caoac.ca). The St. Catharines & Area Aquarium Society is also a member of the Federation of American Aquarium Societies (FAAS – www.faas.info).
Meetings of the St. Catharines & Area Aquarium Society are held on the first Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m at the Seafarers & Teamsters Union Hall, 70 St. David's Rd. E.Thorold, Ontario. If the first Monday of the month is a holiday, the meeting will be held on the second Monday of the month. There are no meetings held in July or August.
While our meetings start at 7:30 p.m, most members arrive early to chat beforehand and to enter items into our auction or jar show. With dozens of members, there is someone familiar with virtually all aspects of aquarium-keeping and aquatic species. Pat Bridges is the first person you see at the door ready to help out answer questions and also hands out tickets when you sign in for the free member prize draw every meeting. Pat is the one to see if you're interested in becoming a member or have any questions.
Our President, Tom Hillier, calls the meeting to order around 7:30. He informs us of club news, introduces new members and talks about recent fish endeavors.
Next, Tom Bridges, one of our longest standing members and very experience fish breeder, presents breeder awards to anyone who has successfully bred a species of fish. Find out more about the breeder’s award program by clicking here Then, one of our two Vice Presidents, Joe Krawchuk, who is also the club’s Horticultural Chairperson, hands out awards to those who have successfully propagated an aquatic plant. Find out more about the horticultural program by clicking here Following this, someone introduces that month’s presenter and topic.
We have a digital projector and projection screen for presenters to truly present the programs they bring in the most effective way possible. We even have a full room sound system when needed. In the past, we have had some truly remarkable presentations that inspired and enthralled audiences. Some of the many topics have included how to start a saltwater tank (with a live demonstration), presentations from experts, some are our own members, who have traveled the world collecting exotic fish, and setting up a do-it-yourself CO2 system. This year’s line-up looks just as exciting!
Following the presentation, there is an “intermission” during which time everyone mingles and discusses their aquariums. Whether you’re interested in a species of fish, having trouble with algae or wanting to set up your first tank, someone will be able to help. Our club consists of some of the friendliest people you’ll meet; we’re always willing to help each other out. In addition, we have a snack bar stocked with some delicious treats and a wide array of beverages.
After the break, Pat Shriner, who is our club's Jar Show Judge, announces the winner(s) of the jar show. Find out more about our jar shows, including how to enter, by clicking here We also have raffles with fantastic prizes that are drawn right after the results of the jar show.
Lastly, we have our monthly auction. Here, you are able to bid on or enter your own healthy aquatic creatures, plants and functioning aquariums and supplies. The fish and plants in our auction far exceed the quality and selection you can find in stores. 70% of the profit goes to the seller and the club keeps the other 30%to help pay the bills. Find out more information and forms for the auction by clicking here The auction is one of the highlights of the meetings for many people because you are able to find great deals on reliable aquatics and equipment. As you collect your earnings, you'll be able to say hello to Roman, the club's treasurer.
Without a doubt, coming out to the meetings on the first Monday of every month is an evening well-spent. The meetings are fantastic for beginners, those who have been in the hobby for years and everyone in between. The only problem? Well, the tank/fish acquiring process following the inspiration from meetings can become very addictive!
Come on out and see what you think. If you enjoy yourself (which we know you will), get a membership for you and your family for the year. It's less than the cost of seeing a movie and much more enjoyable! In addition, membership comes with access to our monthly newsletter, the "SCAT", which features articles by hobbyists, information about upcoming events in the hobby and information about our sponsors. Find out more about becoming a member by clicking here