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RE: My reasons for joining the AKA
I wouldn't say that this list was started in order to provide a forum for
disucssion of AKA policies and so on. I started this list because I felt it
was appopriate that the AKA sponsor a list dedicated to the discussion of
all issues related to killies. That includes discussion of AKA policies
etc., but I would certainly rather see more discussion of the fish and
their husbandry than of "politics". The charter for the list can be found
via links on the website, by the way.
Having said that, I find these discussions of why people want to join and
stay in the AKA to be valuable. It helps us realize what the AKA can and
should offer and to concentrate on those things. Any insight we can get
that will help the AKA maintain its strength will help the hobby and the
fish. That's a good thing.
So, in summary, I encourage you to discuss the fish, I encourage you to
discuss issues that relate to the AKA as an organization, and, most of all,
I encourage you to continue do it in a polite and friendly way. I am
pleased that this list has never developed a signficant level of rancour
and I would like to see it continue that way.
At 11:14 AM 10/6/99 -0400, you wrote:
>I have been following the discussion on the benefits of being and AKA
>I unlike most people got my first killies (australes) from a LFS in 1980. I
>was successful with them and got a pair of gardneri and was successful with
>many generations of them. There was no WEB then and no email lists, and most
>of all only a very few infrequent articles in the main stream tropical fish
>magazines. So for many years I raised the few killies I had in somewhat of a
>vacuum. I didn't even know the AKA existed until I read an article in a
>magazine with a little blurb about the AKA. I sent for the info but I never
>I continued to raise killies but my interest would rise and fall. In about
>1995 I decided to contact the AKA again and I also found out about the
>Michigan club. I was always searching for info on killies but I never found
>what I was looking for until I joined the AKA in 1997. I FOUND WHAT I WAS
>LOOKING FOR! All for only $24!
>The JAKA is one of the most valuable of the AKA benefits as far as I am
>concerned. You won't find articles about joergenscheeli, hanneloreae, etc.
>etc. anywhere else.
>(The BKA also has an excellent journal by the way.)
>The BNL is also a good source of info. The reference material that is
>available from the AKA for the AKA members is very extensive. BUT the most
>important to me is being able to be a part of a great organization. I for
>one enjoy the camaraderie. Even before I attended my first convention I felt
>as though I belonged.
>I also wanted to say that for those of you who don't like reading the
>discussions about AKA policy and matters about the AKA, that is what this
>list was created for (this is true isn't it?). _ALONG_ with killie info
>about breeding, keeping killies etc. I am not clear on this but wasn't this
>list started so that the AKA business would have a place to be discussed?
>Wasn't the original mailing list the one run by Richard Sexton, the Killie
>Anyway thats my $00.02 US worth (=$20 Canadian ;p)
>Jim Eller je3 at aol_com or jeller at ford_com
>member AKA, BKA and CKA!
Barry J. Cooper Currently in Oregon:
Prof., Dept. Biomedical Sciences 27505 Riggs Hill Rd.
Cornell University Sweet Home, OR 97386
bjc3 at cornell_edu bjc3 at cornell_edu