September’s general meeting will be on Friday, September 16th, at 6:30. The first half hour is for introductions and catching up. Doors close and our speaker will begin as promptly at 7 as is possible.
Heather Burke is a 24-year-old aquarist from Lansing, Michigan. She has kept and bred fish for most of her young life and harbors a keen interest and passion for the aquarium hobby. She has been active in aquarium societies since the age of 14 and has witnessed some 40 spawns of freshwater fish and invertebrates spanning two clubs. Heather currently associates with the Grand Valley Aquarium Club most prominently. Her interests in fish are broad and range from nano species of cyprinids to wild-type live bearing fishes and dwarf cichlids. She recently obtained a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. She will soon start working as a research assistant for the University of Michigan in the zebrafish research lab.
Her talk is titled “A Tale of Two Hatcheries: Fish for Recreation vs. Fish for the Pet
Industry” In the summer of 2014, Heather engaged in a double-internship that spanned May-August. This started off for her in the Preuss Pets breeding room and ended at the Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery in Mattawan, MI. This talk, previously performed for GVAC
last year, takes a look at insights on captive fish management from the two gained perspectives; that of the pet trade and that of the Department of Natural Resources.
BAP and Donation auction to follow the meeting, and we generally go out and grab a bite at Mulligans on 27th street, and perhaps an adult beverage or two following the meetings. Non-members are welcomed, and, importantly, welcomed to become members.
Nominations for the 2017 MAS board are due by the end of this meeting, elections will be held in November. Club members may run for any seat on the board, except for Treasurer and President, which require current standing as a member of the board.
The board positions are as follows (2016 Board member listed after)
President – Rock Smith
Vice President – Andy Hudson
Treasurer – Tim Pilat
Secretary – Brian Torreano
Sgt at Arms – Warren Berg (Not running for position in 2017)
Member at Large – Don Hinske
Member at Large – Aaron Glass
We are also always looking for people interested in participating in non-board roles:
- Auctions and Swaps
- Fish Bowl
Please email MilwaukeeBombers@hotmail.com or contact Rock Smith via one of the forums or FaceBook.