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TFCB Secretary's Report, May meeting

Secretary's Report - May 14, 1998

The meeting commenced at its regular time of 7:00 pm at the Lake 
Champlain Science Center, with about a dozen people present.  After 
drawing door prizes, tank updates were provided by those present.  Doug 
Varney had a bad experience making a tank with silicone sealant.  
Apparently, the silicone he used (after checking with the manufacturer) 
contained mildew inhibitor chemicals that ended up killing the fish he 
put in the tank.  (Secretary's note: I also build and repair tanks and 
use silicone sealant designed for aquarium use, which costs about $6 for 
a 10 oz tube that goes in a caulk gun.  To prevent Doug's experience 
from happening to you, purchase silicone that specifically states that 
it is designed for aquarium use.  Aquarium silicone can be ordered from 
Pet Warehouse, Mail Order Pet Shop, etc.  Also, your local glass company 
may either have it in stock or be able to special order some for you.  
This silicone is specifically designed for long-term water contact and 
contains no chemicals that will kill fish once it is cured).

Janine gave her President's report.  The auction went OK and Jessica 
reported that the club's net earnings were about $947.00 (which does not 
deduct rental costs for the use of the school).  Janine noted that $75 
was made on food and commended Kirsten for an excellent job on this.  
Elections are being postponed to the June meeting as the listing of 
candidates did not appear in the last newsletter and our charter 
requires that a list of candidates be in the newsletter prior to the 
election.  Janine is not running for re-election, and the rest of the 
officers have been nominated to continue in their present offices.  
Anyone who would like to run for office, including candidates for 
President, please contact David Isham or another member of the 
Nominations Committee.  Upcoming events:The Black River Aquarium 
Society/Connecticut River Aquarium Society show and workshop, the Twin 
State Fin Fest, will be held in Rutland, Vermont from August 15 through 
August 17, 1998.  A number of speakers have been lined up - more details 
will be available at the next meeting.  The TFCB Picnic is tentatively 
scheduled for August 23, 1998 at the Bank's new house in Grand Isle.  
Dwight Moody proposed a presentation on Lake Champlain species that will 
be captured with a minnow seine and dip nets.

Dwight Moody announced the formation of a new conservation group, known 
as the Native Fish Conservancy, Inc. He was one of the two 
co-incorporators and is serving as a Trustee and Secretary/Treasurer of 
the NFC, which has members from across the US and plans to become a 
major conservation group.  Dwight is also tentatively scheduled to do a 
native fish presentation at the June meeting.  Janine suggested that 
Dwight write up an article about the NFC for the TFCB newsletter (see 
article in this newsletter).

Three fish were entered in the May Bowl Show.  All entries were 
Corydoras catfish from Dwight Moody's tanks.  1st Place: Corydoras 
reticulatus; 2nd Place: Corydoras panda; 3rd Place: Corydoras elegans. 
David Isham, Bowl Show Chairman, announced  that the Bowl Show at the 
June meeting will feature Tetras.  The next meeting will be held at the 
Lake Champlain Science Center on June 11, 1998 at 7:00 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Dwight D. Moody, TFCB Secretary
Dwight D. Moody
P.O. Box 214
East Montpelier VT  05651-0214
802-476-0685 (home), 802-241-3482 (work)
One of the earliest Christian symbols was the fish
(Greek: icthys, which was an abbreviation for the Greek
words in the phrase: Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior).
Thus, disciples could identify each other by their use
of the fish symbol, which continues to be used today.
Jonah was swallowed by a huge fish and remained
within it for three days and three nights. Afterwards,
he was "vomited" (literal translation) onto the beach
to go and minister to the people of Ninevah (Jonah 2:1-11).
While we often find references in aquarium books
concerning the first instances of fishkeeping
by humans, this appears to be the first instance
of humankeeping by a fish!

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