Happy February everyone. As ponds are frozen over I hope everyone is staying warm and keeping busy in your fish rooms as we enter the coldest months of the year. Me personally, I am not a fan of the cold so I have been hibernating and getting some early spring cleaning and deep maintenance done to my house and aquariums.
As for our upcoming meeting Monday February 13th, we would like to welcome Brian Glazier from Burlington Ontario. Brian’s presentation “THE FASCINATING WORLD OF SWORDFISH”, will be an in-depth view into the world of swordfish keeping, breeding and husbandry.
Our February meeting will also be the re-commencement of our monthly jar show competition. This months FISH OF THE MONTH will be Sharks and Loaches. Other categories such as Adult Open And Junior Opens are available as well to compete i. If you don’t have a fish of the month entry and still want to participate with whatever fish you choose. Prizes of 1st, 2nd & 3rd will be available to be won in each category as well as a best in show between all categories.
Members don’t forget last month we started to operate our canteen again offering pop, coffee, tea and other miscellaneous items. So we ask you skip that trip to Tim Hortons prior to the meeting and support you club instead. Remember that 100% OF PROCEEDS made from the canteen go right back into the club to help with funding different programs and events. The canteen this month will be doing a giveaway for an Aquatic Calendar. So for every purchase you make at our canteen this month you can fill out a ballot to try to win the calendar. Good luck.
I would also like to stress that Pat Shriner our SCAT editor is in dire need of article and photo submissions for the newsletter. Prior to the pandemic our newsletter was filled with submissions from many members. Photos of your tanks, specific fish or even a tour of your fish room would be great. Even better write a small article accompanying your photos explaining what’s in them. Any contributions would be wonderful. So if you want to show something off or just have something your proud of, take a picture or document your process and or progress of your project and send it to email@example.com .
Another option for members who decide they want to show off your different projects why not put in your applications for BAP or HAP. You get the chance to earn points for breeding or horticulture. For more information please contact Tom & Pat Bridges to submit your application for the Breeders Award Program and contact Andrew Frück to submit applications for The Horticultural Awards Program.
I can’t wait to see you all and your jar show submissions and hopefully we can have a fun competition that hasn’t been done in many years.
As I sit here and think about the things good and bad that have happened in 2022, I personally cannot wait to see what 2023 brings. Starting the new year with no restrictions or any of that nonsense, we should be able to have a great year here at the club. Since the start of our 2023 season our club has continued to grow in membership after our 2 year shut down. Let’s continue to grow the society in the new year and hopefully all of our planned activities will be able to continue to the end of the year.
I would like to thank everybody who came out to our Christmas party as it was an amazing success. With all the different dishes everyone brought, and the pizza that the club provided we had an amazing enjoyable evening full of fun and laughter. I would also like to thank Trish Frück our second VP for all that she has done to make that party possible especially with the busy life she lives.
I would also like to send out another thank you to all of our sponsors who have contributed to the club this year. Stores such as Garden City Pets, Big Al’s Hamilton, Niagara Pet Corner, Rainforest Pets, The Tropical Fish Room as well as online and small businesses such as 520 BUCE and Cat’s Fish Caves and large corporations such as Zoo Med, Northfin and Aqueon. Without the sponsors and their continued support, many of the things we do here at the society wouldn’t happen.
In this new year, we will see more exciting things such as a spring auction and hopefully some interest and participation in bringing the jar shows back. This month we will also bring back the canteen with drinks such as coffee, tea, water and pop and if all goes over well maybe other things to come.
A new major change to the club is our website. The website has changed domains and has moved to a Canadian company. The new website is scaas.ca and is now live. This major change was a much needed modernization of our current website. It is now much more informative and has many resources for all to use. I will be looking for different pictures to be featured on our website, such as great snapshots of your aquariums, fish and plants. I ask that any of our members wishing to have their images featured on the site contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ensure all photos are crisp and clear.
One last thing I would like to mention is that our newsletter the Scat is in desperate need of articles provided by our members. If anyone would like to write an article, whether it be on how to maintain an aquarium or how to breed a specific type of fish, or even how to propagate different types of plants, better yet an article on a tour of your fish room, or how you got into the hobby would be greatly interesting. I asked that you forward your articles to Pat Shriner as he is putting the newsletter together with very minimal content and is in need of your input as members. Please contact Pat by email at email@example.com.
I would like to wish all members and their families a very happy new year and I can’t wait to see everyone at our next meeting Monday January 9th 7:00pm at 732 Niagara St. in St.Catharines.
Can you believe it’s December already, time for warm clothes warm drinks and keeping the house at a balmy 78F to keep them tanks warm. We’ve had a great 2022 so far and been able to finally operate the club as normal with no more lockdowns or restrictions. That being said I hope everyone continues to stay safe, happy and are able to enjoy our up coming events.
I would like to thank everyone for coming out last month for our November meeting and enjoying our presentation by Peter DeSouza as he told us about his “Collecting Adventures in Cameroon”. It’s was a very informative presentation with great footage, pictures and a lot of great information on many of the native fish, local wildlife and style of life in the African Country. I would look forward to having him again as a speaker sometime in the future.
I would also like to congratulate all executive members on the election we had as well. Many of the old executive members have stayed on to keep this club awesome and moving forward into the rest of the 2022/2023 club season. Your new executive committee is as follows; President JON MATTATALL, 1ST Vice President TOM HILLIER, 2ND Vice President TRISH FRÜCK, Secretary PHIL BARRETT and Treasurer ANDREW FRÜCK.
I would especially like to thank Pat Shriner our past president who has just stepped down this year. He has kept this club going strong since 2017. Pat may have stepped down as president but his dedication to the club hasn’t stopped. He has agreed to continue on as our Scat author/editor as well as continuing to be the Jar Show coordinator and Judge once we get the monthly show back up and going.
As your new president I will work with our executive members and our other committee members to get this club back up and running since COVID-19 knocked us down with all the restrictions and lockdowns. Now that our club has settled in to our new home at the Grantham Lions Club things should start to get back to normal. Our membership count is on the rise and getting speakers for presentations and workshops are becoming more readily available. One item I would like to see back up and going is the jar shows. Hopefully with membership on the rise and more members willing to participate we may see a come back to the program.
I can’t wait to see you all at our December meeting as it will be my first as your new president. December’s meeting will be our annual potluck Christmas party with delicious items brought in by members as well as the club providing pizza and drinks. Gifts will be provided to paid members who signed up for the Christmas party at November’s meetIng. So if you didn’t get to sign up or wasn’t at the last meeting please contact Trish to let her know you are coming to the December party. If you choose to bring a dish of some sort please contact Trish as well to let her know what your bringing as to avoid people bringing the same thing.
With all this said I would like to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Fishmas and a prosperous New Year.
It was good to see so many of you out at our November meeting. The presentation by Peter Desouza, was both interesting and informative about his collecting adventures in Cameroon. A couple of photos from the meeting shown below.
Also during the November meeting we had our club elections. I would like to welcome and congratulate our new club executive.
President – Jon Mattatall
1st Vice President – Tom Hiller
2nd Vice President – Trish Fruck
Club Secretary – Phil Barrett
Treasurer – Andrew Fruck
Well this ends my time as President and I just wanted to say thank you for your support over the years that I was in this position. We couldn’t have continued on as a club without all the hard work and dedication to this club that executive have provided over the years. I look forward to seeing the club grow again once we put this pandemic behind us.
As always, we are looking for your aquarium-related photos, articles, fish ads for the SCAT.
Also, we are looking for a volunteer to take on the upkeep of the aquarium at the St. Catharines Public Library. Pat & Tom Bridges have been tending to this aquarium since 1998. A big thank you to the Bridges for caring for this aquarium for so long. This aquarium has been valued by the library staff and patrons, specifically the children. If you are interested please contact any member of the executive and they can provide you with the details.
It’s been awhile, based on the expected temperatures next week, winter is coming! I hope your aquariums and fish rooms are still doing well. I know my pond has been put to rest for the winter.
It was a great turnout for our annual club auction which was held on October 30, 2022. We had close to 700 items up for auction and over 50 sellers, both local and from other clubs in the GTA and beyond (Barrie!). This was a major fundraiser for the club which will help to continue to pay for hall rentals, speakers, and other club functions throughout the year. Just would like to thank those club members who helped out with the hosting this big event (largest auction in Ontario in 2022) and volunteered their time during the day to make it a success. We also received support from members of other clubs to make the auction run smoothly throughout the day.
Our November meeting will feature Peter Desouza, and he will talk about collecting adventures in Cameroon. We will also have our usual member door prize draw; raffle draws and our monthly auction.
Due to the pandemic, we have not had club elections since 2019, so we are going to have elections for the executive during our November meeting. All positions are open, see ad in the SCAT for further details.
Our retail sponsors, included in this SCAT will be extending discounts to those with new 2022 memberships. Please try to support our sponsors.
Also please email your photos and aquarium related articles for inclusion into futuree ditions of the SCAT. Thank you for the photos and articles that some of our members have provided in the past. It would be greatly appreciated. Also, members can put in aquarium related wanted and sale ads in the SCAT. Just email me to put your ad in the next SCAT.
If you are breeding fish and would like to receive recognition for doing so, please complete the breeders form and e-mail to Tom Bridges.
If you have any suggestions or ideas for future club meetings or events, please feel free to contact any members of the executive. We hope that you and your families are keeping well and hope to see you at our next meeting.