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Re: [Killietalk] Northeast Weekend - A review
I also attended the North East Weekend and have a few comments.
1- The weekend was great. The hard work by UNYKA really paid off.
2- The presentations were as good as I have seen. Barry?s presentation about collecting trips to Africa was amazing. I have already started working on my spouse to obtain ?permission? to go one day.
3- The auction was the best part of the weekend. The variety was what made the auction so good. From wild SA Annuals from Uruguay, to Lampeye?s (don?t worry John, I can?t pronounce Platyaploicthys something or another either.) And while I lost out on my top choice (a great pair of N. sp. Itiagi), I still came home with a bag of wild SA Annuals, a pair of Notho?s and a bag of air.
Regarding the box sales... A buck to the club for a bag of fish is more than fair. The weekend provided sellers with already interested consumers. The club deserves it. Heck, I wasn?t there to make money. The money I made went in one pocket and out the other for more fish and the hotel.
I hope this becomes an annual event. Thanks UNYKA
AKA # 06455
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> Well said. Wish I could have been there.
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> Subject: Re: [Killietalk] Northeast Weekend - A review
> > Just to make sure everyone is clear about how UNYKA handled the Box Sales
> > ...
> > We asked for a donation of $1 per bag/pair of fish sold as a box sale.
> > Every seller there was more than happy to donate and in fact, nabbed me to
> > pay when I forgot to grab them. We also had an 80/20 auction split.
> > vary on the amount of the split - and I have heard everything from 50-50
> > 70-30 - I am not sure I have seen 80-20 (but it is certainly possible
> > use that split). UNYKA came out ahead with this method. Our goal was
> > for profit - but to know we have more money to invest in the next show we
> > sponsor NEW - next October.
> > The goal of UNYKA was to provide a weekend of entertainmant, lots of room
> > for friendships to be renewed and created. I know I had the opportunity
> > get to know some folks better and look forward to their company and
> > hopefully they came away with the same.
> > The Interactive Workstations were a big hit - Dan Nielsen demonstrating
> > discussing Brine Shrimp Egg decapsulation and Ron Schulz did a magnificent
> > job with Live Foods. Perhaps the most fascinating hour came when Dr. Dan
> > and Barry Cooper formed a discussion group on dealing with Notho eggs.
> > Everyone was enraptured by the discussion and I suspect came away with
> > darned good info.
> > Tony Terciera, Dave Franco, Peter Tirbak during the afternoon each
> > excellent programs. Tony show slides and reminisced about Killies of the
> > 70s & early 80s - many no longer available in the hobby. Dave (Lee
> > Lou, Pochetto, Allan Barber and Dave Koran) Franco's talk on the
> > trip to Uruguay was superb and everyone came away convinced there is now
> > avenue for small groups to gather and travel to collect in a country only
> > partially explored for annual fish. Peter Tirbak's new program on the
> > Elegans group - the changes, the geography and diversity - was excellent
> > I was amazed by some of the beauty of the slides.
> > Barry Cooper may have presented the best and most entertaining program I
> > have seen - at a convention or anywhere else. His video program truly
> > showed the effort, the people and the realities of collecting in East
> > Africa. It covered everything from getting ready, to getting there, to
> > getting safe housing to getting fish and getting back again - all in
> > We heard the sounds, saw the work collecting and laughed at the humor of
> > many situations he presented. A great great program.
> > If I am going a bit overboard - maybe its because I had such a great time.
> > Thanks to everyone who contributed. Heck - even the Buffet Dinner was
> > of the better ones I've had. Imagine French Onion Soup (two feet across
> > least) in a giant soup bowl covered with cheese.
> > Okay - my point is this - yes, it costs a few dollars to travel to, stay
> > and eat at a show and perhaps it may cost a few more to have Box Sales or
> > larger auction split - but you know what? There would be no shows if the
> > clubs did not break even or make a small profit.
> > Tom
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