St. Catharines & Area Aquarium Society!
Next Meeting is October 2 2017, 7:30
Presidents Message September 2017
Dear Members & Guests:
I would like to welcome returning members as well as first time guests to the 2017/2018 year of the St. Catharines & Area Society (SCAAS).
Summer has seemed to fly by for me, and as I am starting to think about closing my pond, my thoughts have also turned to the exciting year planned for our club as we continue to grow and discover new and exciting fish/plants and fish keeping ideas along the way that I hope you will also enjoy in our scheduled program.
Please extend a special welcome with me to Tricia Fruck, our new Membership Chair, as long-time member Pat Bridges has stepped down from this role. Pat has done a tremendous job over the many years that she has held this responsibility. Please speak to Tricia about membership fees due this month or for more information on our group.
I wish to also welcome Andrew Fruck to the Executive who has kindly volunteered to assume the role of Secretary.
The upcoming SCAAS annual fish auction is scheduled to take place Sunday, October 29, 2017. We encourage you all to attend and spread the word that anyone is welcome to bring in their fish, plants and aquarium supplies for auction at this event.
*We will need helpers from the club for a successful auction and any time you can volunteer to ensure the day is a great one would be appreciated. Please speak to me or any of the Executive with offers of assistance. See You At the Meeting,
We meet at the Seafarers and Teamsters Union at
70 St. David St. 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 St. 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. Our President calls the meeting to order around 7:30. He informs us of club news, introduces new members and talks about recent fish endeavors.
AWARDS: Next we present awards for breeding and plant propigatio. Find out more about the breeder’s award program by Breeder award , Horticultural form, Following this, someone introduces that month’s presenter and topic.
PROGRAMS: 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!
SOCIAL: There is always an “intermission” during which time everyone mingles and discusses their aquariums. Coffee and snacks are always available. 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.
JAR SHOW: After the break 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
RAFFLES: We also have raffles with fantastic prizes that are drawn right after the results of the jar show.
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.
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