DESERT AQUARIST SOCIETY

Tucson's First Aquarium Society

The DAS is an aquarium keeping club.

The Desert Aquarist Society meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month  (except holiday weekends) at 2 pm at the Columbus/Eckstrom Library, 4350 E. 22nd St.  Our next meeting is at the Eckstrom/Columbus Library is the first Sunday in February, February 5, 2017.  See the "This Month's Program" for details.  The Eckstrom/Columbus Library is on the southeast corner of Columbus and 22nd Street.  The public is invited.  Free--no admission charged.  Each meeting has raffles, auctions, and presentations on saltwater and freshwater aquarium keeping as well terrarium keeping.

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Columbus/Eckstrom Library
 

Call (520) 620-6972 for information.



Message from the Club

The January Holiday meeting was terrific.  We had 31 people in attendance and several new members.  Welcome to Zachary Cramton, Alan Thiem, Yuki and Alex Lim, and Jim Anderson.  And, of course, welcome back to all of the rest of 17 family and single members who re-upped for another year. 

We never got to our program, "Travelogue of the Big Island of Hawaii" so it will be our program in February.  The meeting date had to change in February to the first Sunday, February 5, due to a scheduling conflict at the library.  Yes, February 5, is Super Bowl Sunday but we will have you home before kick-off.

The Holiday meeting was so much fun due to the gift bags that included items that Diana Roberts researched, purchased, and bagged.  She also decorated each bag so beautifully.  Thank you Diana and thanks Bruce.  I know you helped.  Also I want to thank the refreshments committee lead by Tracy Tomak and included Beth Murphy, Bea Padgett, and Sheila Wood for bringing all those wonderful goodies.  We really enjoyed.  And lastly, thanks to Dan Pape for securing all of those gifts certificates--over $300 were given out. 

As you know each meeting is a new adventure.  Each adventure holds its own challenges.  Thanks to Sam Murphy for helping Dan.  It is a real team effort and you guys do it very well.  We will be changing our auction form and establishing some rules to help make the auction run smoothly.  But thanks again Sam.  Also thanks to Beth Murphy for being our sign-in person.  It is this kind of help that makes it possible for our club to be better organized and takes the pressure off of the president.   

Speaking of the board.  You elected the following people to be the Desert Aquarist Society Board for 2017

President..................................Dave Padgett
Vice President...........................Sam Murphy
Treasurer.................................Dan Pape
Media Master............................Scott MacDonald
Refreshment Committee Leader...Tracy Tomak
Members-at-large......................Jim Anderson
                                                Bruce Roberts
                                                Philip Sarelis

Thanks to all of you for stepping forward to make this a better club and more fun.  As was announced at the meeting, there will be two physical meetings of the Board--one in February and one in July.  The board will be consulted for time, date, and place. 

The winners of the raffle were:

$50 gift certificate from Arizona Nature Aquatics..Bruce Roberts
$50 gift certificate from Arizona Nature Aquatics..Mahlon Wood
$25 gift certificate from Arizona Nature Aquatics..Jonathan Hrick
$25 gift certificate from Arizona Nature Aquatics..Char Cohen
$25 gift certificate from Arizona Nature Aquatics..Bob Goemans
$25 gift certificate from Arizona Nature Aquatics..Sheila Wood
$10 gift certificate from Desert Pet Center..........Gabe Skidmore
$10 gift certificate from Desert Pet Center..........Jim Anderson
$10 gift certificate from Desert Pet Center..........Sam Murphy
$10 gift certificate from Desert Pet Center..........Bob Goemans
$10 gift certificate from Desert Pet Center..........Zachary Cramton
$10 gift certificate from Desert Pet Center..........Sheila Wood
$10 gift certificate from Desert Pet Center..........Tracy Tomak
$10 gift certificate from Desert Pet Center..........Eve Parris
5.5 Gallon Aquarium Kit...................................Gabe Skidmore
5.5 Gallon Aquarium Kit...................................Sam Murphy
Aquarium Filter...............................................Philip Sarelis

So how did these lucky members win this stuff?  They were lucky.  This was Zachary's first meeting.  But Sheila and Mahlon had the most raffle tickets and they won the most.  How did they get the most raffle tickets?  They did it by coming to the meetings and bringing something for the auction each time.  Also note, that the three people who presented last year--Bob Goemans, Sam Murphy, and Dan Pape--also won items.  They got extra tickets by doing a presentation.  It was a great raffle and was our biggest to date.  It should get bigger for next year.  Again thanks to Dan for helping obtain the gift certificates, the aquarium kits, and the filter.

Our 2017 memberships starts with 33 people including 10 family and 13 single memberships.  Renewal for 2017 will continue in February.  For a Family it is $20 and for a single it is $15.  Remember you are not earning points for the holiday raffle until you are a member.

Business Items

The January auction was the largest ever.  Thanks to Bob Goemans, Scott MacDonald, Dave Padgett, Eve Parris, Diana Roberts, Philip Sarelis, Glen Sexton, Gabe Skidmore, Alan Thiem, Tracy Tomak, Mahlon Wood, and Sara Zurlinder for making the January auction a good time. 

The January auction included: 

50 Watt Heater.........................Bob Goemans
LED Freshwater Light.................Bob Goemans
Overflow Filter..........................Bob Goemans
Corner Filter.......... ..................Bob Goemans
Fish Food.................................Bob Goemans
Banana Plant............................Scott MacDonald/Tracy Tomak
8 Cherry Shrimp.......................Scott MacDonald/Tracy Tomak
Plant--Guppy Grass (4 bags)......Dave Padgett
Plant--Java Moss (2 bags)..........Dave Padgett
Red-leaf Ludwigia plants (2 bags).Dave Padgett
Plant--Rotala.............................Dave Padgett
Plant--Cryptocoryne Wenditii.......Dave Padgett
Plant--Anubias Nana...................Dave Padgett
Plant--Java Fern........................Dave Padgett
Wild Guppies.............................Dave Padgett
Pygmy Sunfish..........................Dave Padgett
Least Killifish............................Dave Padgett
Decoration--Shell Fountain.........Dave Padgett
Tunze Proteim Skimmer.............Dave Padgett
4-way Gang Valve.....................Dave Padgett
Paraguay Tetras........................Eve Parris
Cichlid Rock (2)........................Eve Parris
Cholla Wood (23 pieces)............Diana Roberts
Plant--A.R. Lilacina stems (5 bags).Philip Sarelis
Plant--A.R. Lilacina Pot of stem babies.Philip Sarelis
Plant--Dwarf Hairgrass Pot..........Philip Sarelis
Plant--Peacock Moss (5 bags)......Philip Sarelis
Plant--Rotala Colorata (5 bags)....Philip Sarelis
Plant--Salvinia Minima (8 bags)....Philip Sarelis
Plant--Riccia Fluitans (6 bags)......Philip Sarelis
Plant--Susswassertang Moss (10 bags).Philip Sarelis
Zoomed Nano 50 Filter................Glen Sexton
Pair of Aphyosemion Australe (2 bags).Gabe Skidmore
Plant--Baby Tears.......................Gabe Skidmore
Food--Culture of Microworms........Gabe Skidmore
Plant--Needle-leaf Java Fern (2 bags).Alan Thiem
Plant--Bronze Cryptocoryne (3 bags)..Alan Thiem
Plant--Wasterig...............................Alan Thiem
Plant--Hydo Cota.............................Alan Thiem
Plant--Cardinal (2 bags)...................Alan Thiem
Plant--Leopard Valisineria (4 bags)....Alan Thiem
Plant--large Cardinal........................Alan Thiem
Plant--Aponogeton...........................Alan Thiem
Plant--Water Sprite..........................Mahlon Wood
Java Moss Plant (2 bags)...................Mahlon Wood
Endler's Class K--pairs (2 bags).........Mahlon Wood
Dalmation Mollies (2 bags)................Sara Zurlinder

Board Report:  The board did not meet in January, but the club decided that gift certificates are nice part of the club's activities and we will continue the tradition.  However, gift certificates can no longer be used as cash at club meetings to pay for auction items or memberships because in the past the gift certificates  used as cash had expiration dates that prevented them from being used.  Some club members have had out-dated gift certificates that were re-issued.

Membership Report:  As of January 9, 2017 we have 10 family memberships and 13 single memberships for 23 memberships total.  That is 33 people.

Treasury Report:  Our treasury total as of November 21, 2016 is $1,058.72. 
 
Future Programs

Oceangrafic
Travelogue
5 gallon or less (Nano) aquarium competition
Frogs and/or Terrariums by Scott MacDonald
Question and Answer Program
Photography II by Tony Teceria
Panda Garras--What the Heck is That? by Dave Padgett

Upcoming events

DRYWASH AQUARIUM SOCIETY--January 12th, Thursday.  The Dry Wash Aquarium Society meeting location is Our Savior's Lutheran Church at 1212 E. Glendale Ave , Phoenix.  The meeting will start at 7:30 PM.  



Arizona Rivulin's Keepers (Killifish Club)--January 14, 2017, Saturday, Denny's Restaurant on the southeast corner of Rural Road and SR-60 in Tempe. If you would like to buy dinner, come at 6 PM and enjoy an hour to socialize with others before the meeting starts at 7 PM. There is no cost to attend the meeting and visitors are welcome. Meetings usually have a raffle, program, and our Trade Table..  If interested, contact Dave Padgett at dbeapadgett@q.com .

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