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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 30 – James Fatherree - Aquarium Photography 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!!
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.
Our November meeting will be Saturday, November 18 at 2:30 pm at the Estero Community Park (9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd. Estero, FL 33928) under the North Pavilion next to the Community Center. Our meeting will be a frag demo followed by a BBQ/cookout. We will be demonstrating fragging techniques using bone cutters, scissors, band saw, dremel tool, razor blades and rubber bands (yes, you can frag with a rubber band). We will also discuss several frag mounting techniques. Corals to be fragged are: Leather Favia/Favites Acropora Scroll Star Polyps Palythoas Gorgonians Trumpets Anything you bring and need help with. Note that if you bring a coral for fragging, please bring a separate container of clean saltwater to transport your coral back home. Not good to take it back in the water it was fragged in. Our semi annual Board of Directors Meeting will precede the November monthly meeting and will begin at 1:00 pm in the Recreation Center at the Estero Community Park. All are welcome to attend. As with all our BBQ's, club will provide meats, buns and drinks. The rest is bring a side. Free for paid club members and $5 for everyone else. Please RSVP in this thread by 5 pm on Friday November 17th and post up what side dish you will be bringing. RSVP's (8) Chemstar & zyphen - caprese salad. Jeff Charlie0101 Wayne & ckeiling - dessert TeachReef & Bob - pasta salad
Our August meeting will be a trip to Hollywood Beach (300 Connecticut St, Hollywood, FL 33019) to snorkel on Saturday, August 19. We will meet at the Lowes parking lot in Estero in the Northeast corner at 9:30 AM to carpool and leave no later than 10:00 AM. Bring your own gear. Snorkel gear, sunscreen, towels, beach chairs, etc. We will stop for lunch at Margaritaville (1111 N Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019). Please RSVP in this thread so we know who to expect. There may be strong current and strong swimming skills are advised to swim out to snorkel.