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SouthWest Florida Marine Aquarium Society


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    2019 SWFMAS Vice President
  • Birthday 12/26/1972

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  1. Ryan at Saltwater Solutions is looking to hire someone passionate about the hobby for part time or full time and pay can be negotiated based on experience and ability. They need a service tech and an in store person or a hybrid of both. Please send your info and/or resume to [email protected]
  2. FGCU Volunteers: Brian Blanford Dawn Littleton
  3. 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 Register Bidders (1) -zyphen Armbands (1) - Register Sellers / Sort Corals (2) - ckeiling Merchandise Table (1) - Robin Sell Drinks (1) - Auctioneer (1) – Jdhuyvetter Runners (2) - Charlie0101 Camera Man (1) - Data Entry (1) – zyphen Checkout (4) – ChemStar, Paper Tracking (2) - Ckeiling The numbers behind the positions are the minimum number of people needed.
  4. Matt and Heather will be there (2)
  5. For the March meeting we will be hosting guest speaker James Fatherree who will be presenting the topic of Aquarium Photography. March 30th, 2019 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Estero Community Park Recreation Center Room 103A 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd. Estero, FL ‎ 33928 Entry fee: $5 for General Public; Free for SWFMAS club members Annual memberships available on-site. James Fatherree is a professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida, and has been a reef aquarist and diver for over twenty-five years. He also worked for an aquarium livestock collector and wholesaler, managed a large retail aquarium shop, and operated his own aquarium installation and maintenance business in the past. James has also been a writer and photographer for Tropical Fish Hobbyist magazine since 1999, has regularly contributed to other aquarium and dive magazines, and has authored several marine aquarium books, including Giant Clams in the Sea and the Aquarium. James will be will be giving a presentation on aquarium photography, and will cover the key aspects of getting the most from digital cameras and taking great pictures.
  6. UPDATE: We will be meeting at 9:30 am now as we have secured a behind the scenes tour!
  7. 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.
  8. 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 March 2 - Field Trip to Florida Aquaculture facility in Apollo Beach March 30 – James Fatherree - Aquarium Photography in Estero April 27 – Poker Run. Stops to include JoeFish Aquatics, Saltwater Solutions, Barrier Reef May 25 - Marc Levenson (aka melev) - Aquarium Plumbing in Estero June 22-23 – Keys Field Trip July 20 – Julian Sprung (Two Little Fishies) - Water Chemistry in Estero August 17 - Poker Run North - stops include Fishy Business, Aquarium & Reef Center (FTM) and Seven Seas Aquatics September 21- Clearwater Aquarium 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 – Boat Parade Holiday Party at RickO's We are open to suggestions for future meetings. This is the thread for that discussion!!
  9. Heather and Matt will be there. We will bring a Key Lime Pie
  10. Thanks Rick. Our plans are still up in the air. I'll have Matt contact you if we will be joining.
  11. Is there a deadline to RSVP for the snorkel trip?
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