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  1. ChemStar

    January Meeting - Field Trip to Mote Aquarium

    We look forward to meeting you.
  2. ChemStar

    January Meeting - Field Trip to Mote Aquarium

    All are welcome. See you there!
  3. ChemStar

    January Meeting - Field Trip to Mote Aquarium

    UPDATE: We will be meeting at 9:30 am now as we have secured a behind the scenes tour!
  4. ChemStar

    2019 Meeting Schedule

    That is our goal.
  5. Our January meeting will be a field trip to Mote Marine Aquarium and Laboratory in Sarasota. We will meet at the aquarium at 9:30 am on Saturday, January 19th. 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34236 We will be getting a behind the scenes tour, so please be on time. Link to the aquarium website is: http://mote.org/ Group Rates: (We need a minimum of 10 people going to qualify for group rates) Adults (13 & older): $19Youth (age 3-12): $16 If you are interested in going sign up here! (not required, but appreciated) Please also post if you want to car pool in this thread.
  6. ChemStar

    2019 Meeting Schedule

    Below is the proposed meeting schedule for 2019. As meeting topics and dates are confirmed, we will highlight them in green. January 19 – Field Trip to Mote Aquarium in Sarasota February 16 - Field Trip to ORA in Fort Pierce or Tropical Aquaculture Lab in Ruskin March 16 – Guest Speaker in Estero April 20 – Tour of Aquariums May 18 - Guest Speaker in Estero June 15-16 – Keys Field Trip July 20 – Public BOD Meeting & Guest Speaker in Estero August 17 - Field Trip to Boyd Enterprises in Plantation September 21- Guest speaker, workshop, or panel discussion October 20 – Frag Auction at Riverside Community Center in Fort Myers November 16 – Build Your Own Rock Workshop at Jeff's in Lehigh December 7 – Holiday Party We are open to suggestions for future meetings. This is the thread for that discussion!!
  7. ChemStar

    DEC Holiday Meeting

    Heather and Matt will be there. We will bring a Key Lime Pie
  8. Thanks Rick. Our plans are still up in the air. I'll have Matt contact you if we will be joining.
  9. Is there a deadline to RSVP for the snorkel trip?
  10. ChemStar

    BBQ Lunch Reservations for the Auction

    Yes, according to square only one lunch was bought for Charlie.
  11. We have been instructed to check in as a group at the membership office in the museum at 10:00 am. We will meet at 9:45 am outside the entrance and enter together. Please allow yourself adequate travel time and additional time to park. The estimated travel time from Estero is 2 hours and 15 minutes to give you an idea of how long to allow.
  12. Registration to sell in the Frag Auction is officially open. Follow the instructions in the OP.
  13. We will be having Mission BBQ deliver to us at the 2018 Spring Frag Auction. Lunch will be served from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm. Choices of Meat available will be Pulled Pork and Chopped Brisket. (Serving size approximately 1/2 lb per person) There will also be sides and bread served. Beverages not included. (Drinks will be available the day of the event for $1 each) Cost is $13 Price is per person and is non-refundable. Deadline to purchase is Sunday, February 11th. Pre-purchase only - Lunch tickets will not be available the day of the event. You can place your order at https://squareup.com/store/swfmas/. Reservations received: (10) RickO - paid zyphen & ChemStar - paid charlie0101 - paid nottarts23 +1 - paid jdhuyvetter +1 - paid ckeiling - paid edward pike - paid
  14. ChemStar

    Volunteers Needed!

    Listed below are the positions needing to be filled for the event to run as smoothly as possible. Please volunteer by posting which position you would like to help with! Volunteers: Entry / Membership (entry fee) (2) – RickO & Savannah F. Register Bidders (1) -zyphen Armbands (1) - Register Sellers / Sort Corals (2) - Merchandise Table (1) - Robin Sell Drinks (1) - Auctioneer (1) – Jdhuyvetter Runners (2) - Camera Man (1) - Data Entry (1) – zyphen Checkout (4) – ChemStar, dbl Paper Tracking (2) - charlie0101 - wherever needed The numbers behind the positions are the minimum number of people needed.
  15. Official Coral Registration Rules And Instructions The following rules and instructions apply to those selling corals in the SWFMAS Auction. You must be a paid SWFMAS member to sell corals at the auction. You do not need to be a paid member to buy corals at the auction. Registration to bid is the day of the auction and is open to all. Item Registration will open on Saturday, January 13th at 12:00 pm (noon). Registrations submitted before then will not be valid and will be deleted. All corals must be registered by Sunday, February 4th at 12:00 pm (noon) (02/4/18). Item Registration consists of listing the corals for sale in your own thread in this forum, posting pics is optional. (Note, if you choose not to post pictures, we will not post a sample picture for you. When your coral is auctioned, there will be a generic/non item related photo on the slideshow.) Deadline for posting pictures is February 4th at 12:00 pm (midday). If you choose not to post pictures in this forum, they may be emailed to matt@swfmas.com; Picture format instructions are below and, whether posted or emailed, are still due by February 4th (02/04/2018) Auction split is 75/25 (75% to the seller, 25% to SWFMAS) If you wish to have a minimum bid, please post it in your registration thread (see instructions below). There is a maximum of 3 corals per type, per seller (in other words, you may bring 3 Hollywood Stunner, not 4. Also, you may bring 3 green digitata, 3 red digitata and 3 purple digitata. You may not bring 4 of each color) There is a maximum of 35 corals per seller. There is a maximum of 10 corals per type in the auction. Once we hit 10 of a given coral, no more will be accepted. This is first come, first served. The auction maximum is 350 items. Once we hit 350, registration will be closed. Every year, we have a few corals donated to the club. As always, these are welcome and will be auctioned at the end. We prefer that you preregister donation corals. But, this is not a requirement. Donated corals do not count towards the 350 maximum. We call this a frag auction. But, it is really a fundraiser for the club. Any marine livestock is acceptable. If you are raising clown fish, cardinals, etc., we would love to see them. In years past, we have auctioned macro algae, fish, inverts, and clean-up crews. (SWFMAS reserves the right to determine whether an item is appropriate for listing in the auction.) **Auction Items must be in the SWFMAS provided bags if they fit. No zip lock bags, Tupperware, specimen cups, etc.; Only items that do not fit in the provided bags may be in a different type of container if necessary that the seller is responsible for providing.** Bags can be picked up from the following: Ft. Myers - Matt (nottarts32) Lehigh - Jeff (jdhuyvetter) Estero - Heather (ChemStar) Please PM one of the members above to schedule a time to pick up your bags. The following instructions apply to posting your item registration for the Frag Auction: NOTE: Auction Item Registration opens January 13th at noon (12:00 PM EST). Entries before this date and time will not be considered registered. Deadline for Auction Item Registration: February 4th at noon (12:00 PM EST) Deadline for Picture Registration: February 4th at noon (12:00 PM EST) To register your corals for the auction, please create a post in the 2018 Spring Frag Auction section titled "[your screen-name]'s Auction Coral Registration Thread" and add your corals as follows: Item #, Scientific name (if you know it), common name and details - minimum bid (if you have one) Please list every item separately, for example, if you have 3 Red Cap frags, please list them on 3 separate lines in your auction thread. Do not list them as 3 x 1" Red Cap as this makes it harder for us to count and ensure that each item is properly registered and accounted for. For example: 1. Montipora Capricornis sp., Red Cap (1" by 1" frag on plug) - no minimum 2. Montipora Capricornis sp., Red Cap (2" by 2" frag on plug) - $10 minimum 3. Montipora Capricornis sp., Green Cap colony (10" diameter on rock) - $35 minimum 4. Zoanthid sp., Red Hornet zoanthids (8 polyps on plug) - $20 minimum ... While pictures are not required for registration, they are extremely helpful in increasing bids on your corals (We highly recommend them!). Please use the following format to post pictures of your corals: file format: .jpg picture size: 1024 pixels wide by 768 pixels high (please size your pictures before sending. Request help if needed with re-sizing pictures. If you need a tool to re-size your pictures, you can try webresizer online) file name: [item number]-[screen-name].jpg (example: 02-zyphen.jpg) You can add writing on the picture to label and point to a specific coral if the shot contains multiple corals, but please do not add your item numbers (provided once registration is closed) to what you write (as these will be different to the randomized lot numbers presented during the auction. You can write "Frag 1, Frag 2 on the pictures if multiple frags are in the photo. The top right hand corner will be where we number your picture for the slide projection to match the number of the coral once registration is complete and we have randomized the registered corals and provided sellers (you) with your lot numbers to write on your bags. Please do NOT write anything in the top right corner of your picture as it will be covered up by our item registration number. Here is an example of a picture: