I attended the Aquatic Club of Pasco County meeting yesterday and I have never seen anything like the auction they had except at some group’s annual public auctions. There were 400+ items in the auction, a fair number of plants and guppies, but still … The attendance had to be 75-100 members.
The club was welcoming and I had one good friend, Bill Shields, at the meeting, so I can say he made it easier to meet a few others. I was a little amazed at a couple of things … first – young kids were welcome at the meeting and there were several anywhere from 4 or 5 years to 12-13 years. Pasco got them fully involved in the auction by using them as the runners and people gave to a tip jar which was used to ‘pay’ the kids. They all wanted to participate and did a wonderful job. I think other clubs should consider this option.
The speaker, Alex Williamson, gave an interesting presentation about historical moments in the aquarium hobby from the very first captive fishes to the first recorded glass aquarium to the expansion of the hobby from the very rich to what we know today. I applaud him.
The meeting was held at the VFW in Spring Hill, FL and the folks there provided food at the bar and most attendees grabbed something which helped make money for the VFW.
I am looking forward to their next meeting which I believe is going to be a swap meet. I better fill my piggy bank and make certain I have enough tanks up and running.