Our August Meeting will be a cookout at the home of Alan Young and Debi Swan. The date has been set for August 23rd, and Mike & Carla are working on the full details about what food items you need to bring – and what the plans are for the meeting. As soon as that is available it will be posted here, but in the meantime set aside that evening for a fun time.
Here is a link to a brochure about the convention.
Marvin & Kathy go to this most years. If you want more details they would an excellent source.
Kathy sent this flyer to me for posting on the webpage. It is a while until FOTAS, but not too early to set aside October 24-26 for the great time FOTAS always brings.
TCA will be hosting the Spring 2014 auction
Sunday, May 4th at the
Hilton Garden Inn DFW South
2001 Valley View Lane, Irving, Texas 75061
This is the same location as our past several auctions (map below). Most of the details will be familiar to those of you who have attended our auctions in the past. And once again we are offering the “Buy It Now” option for a portion of the items.
Each seller will be allowed to place 25% of his/her bags on the “Buy It Now” table with a clear BIN price marked on it up until 12 Noon. They must be handed to the TCA BIN Table Co-Ordinator(s) to be placed on the table. After 12:00 PM no more items can be placed on the BIN Table, and no BIN prices changed. They can be purchased at that price on a first come – first served basis. As you can see from the schedule below, buyers can begin entering the room at 10 AM and are free to look over the BIN items. However, no items can be removed from the BIN Table until High Noon. Starting at 12:00 PM they can be picked up and taken to the Buy It Now Purchase Table (near the Registration Desk) and have those items charged to their bidder number. Note that means all BIN purchasers must have a bidder number – even if they only plan to buy at BIN prices. The Silent Auction will begin shortly after the regular live auction starts.
So four differents things will be taking place – somewhat simultaneously.
More specific details are below, but first I want to discuss the schedule.
Detailed Auction Rules are the same as in the past – with the exception of The Buy It Now table. This link will take you to those rules for review:
Take special note of the Buy It Now portion of those rules since they will be closely followed since this is only our 3rd time to try this option.
Map of Auction Location
Our April meeting will be held at Universal Rocks (805 Shepherd Dr. Garland, TX 75042) in east Dallas on April 12 at 3:00 PM. We will be getting a “behind the scenes” tour to get a good look at all the great aquarium and water garden decorations they produce.
Among their products are lightweight rocks, internal backgrounds, and other aquarium decorations. They are very lightweight and look amazingly real.
After the tour we will all go to a nearby restaurant and have dinner together. It will be both an educational and fun afternoon.
The next TCA swap meet has been scheduled for March 2, 2014 at the
Hilton Garden Inn DFW South.
2001 Valley View Lane, Irving, Texas 75061
Bring your new and used fish keeping equipment (in good working condition), rent a table for only $30 and sell, sell, sell! Each seller keeps all sale proceeds. No admission fee for buyers.
Fish and plants being sold must be bagged appropriately in order to prevent water spillage. No tanks will be set up.
Sellers can arrive to select a table location starting at 10:00 AM. Table locations can be selected on a first come first serve basis, so you want to be there by 10 to get an early choice. No one will be allowed in until 10 AM, but you can get in the seller table selection line if you arrive a bit early.
Buyers will be allowed in starting at 11 AM. And the sale will run continuosly until 3 PM.
Many sellers have signed up for a table but we could still find space for a few more sellers. You need to immediately contact Marvin at the e-mail below to reserve a space. If you just show up Sunday morning hoping for table space there is no guarantee a spot will be available.
For more information, please contact Marvin England at (903) 244-3993 or email@example.com
The February monthly meeting will be held Saturday, February 15th at the home of Ernie and Shelia McAnally beginning at 7:00 PM. Their address is 605 Aberdeen Way, Southlake, TX 76092. If you need additional directions, you can call Ernie at 817-329-2096. A map can be found at the end of this post.
Two of our members, Jim Hall, President of NADA, and local discus expert John Nicholson will give a talk about keeping and raising Discus.
Those who have visited Ernie’s house in the past know he has several very nice aquarium setups. Here are a few pictures from past years.
Here is a map to help you find the meeting location. See you there.
We will meet Saturday night at 7:30 PM at El Fenix, 3911 W. Airport FWY, Irving, TX. In case you don’t recall where this restaurant is located, you can check the map located at the end of this article.
Two things are on the agenda.
1. It may be hard to believe, but 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the first time TCA hosted the ACA annual convention – in San Antonio. So this seems like a perfect time to share pictures and stories of the many ACA conventions our members have attended. Here is how you can participate.
a. Bring as many pictures as you can come up with of ACA’s you have attended. So whether you have attended one or many, bring what you have, sorted by ACA event. My guess is we have someone from TCA at every ACA held from sometime prior to 1994 in San Antonio up to last year. We will have some images scanned and projected, but really do also need lots of “hard copy” pictures to share. One possibility is to mount some of your pictures on poster board and share them that way. If school kids can do “Show & Tell”, I bet we can too.
b. Even if you don’t have pictures, I know you will have some interesting/fun stories to share. So just come ready to share some good memories you have. help us remember the special moments from over the years – and some of the people who are no longer with us.
c. We will also have a couple of contests – with prizes for the winners (there are rumors the winning prizes may be $10,000 cash - or something else).
2. Officer elections will also be held. We will have some open officer positions and hope many of you will toss your name in the hat to run for office. We elect 4 officer positions every year:
b. Vice President
In addition 3 board slots are needing to be filled.
I will tell you what I know about these slots. I (Ralph) indicated last year that I needed someone else to run for President this year. I have been President or Vice President for more years than I can count, so someone else needs to step up. Mike Johnson has finally agreed to run for President, but it would be great if we had several others throw their hat in the ring for this position. Since Mike plans to run for President, that means the VP slot is wide open. We need some of you to run for that office. Page has been secretary for a few years and to the best of my knowledge may plan to run for that office again. But it is possible he may want to run for something else or even take a break, so it would be great for some of you to get in that race. Finally, David has been Treasurer for many. many years and I suspect intends to run there again. As mentioned earlier, we have 3 board positions open and anyone who has not been on the board in the past year can run.
While it is not a constitutional rule, I would suggest the 4 officer positions be filled by people from 4 different families. That is a couple decide which will run for an office and if both want to serve, the other can run for the board.
If you want to run, reply to this post with a comment include your name and the position you want to run for. I will create ballots – and write-ins are also welcome at the meeting.
So to wrap up, bring pictures and memories from past ACA Conventions, and also pick and office or board slot and help make 2014 a great year for TCA.
The schedule posted here (and in the “Upcoming Schedule” Tab above) is the most recent pass at our 2014 schedule. Within the next few weeks we hope to be able to add additional details, so please keep watching here for updates.
The Swap Meet and Spring/Fall auctions are currently scheduled for the Hilton Garden Inn on HWY 183 in Irving – the location of our last several events. We hope you will mark your calendar with all the dates/events below.
Tentative Schedule For 2014
(Please note that these date are tentative and are always subject to change due to events beyond our control.)
DUE TO HIGH POSSIBILITY OF INCLEMENT WEATHER THE CHRISTMAS PARTY WILL BE MOVED TO DECEMBER 14 , 2013. The party will still be held at Deep Sea Aquatics (thanks, Dan Engmark, for letting us switch dates!), 2855 Marquis Drive, #110, Garland, Texas, at 6:00 p.m.Please forgive any inconvenience this may cause, but for the safety of every one, we feel a change is necessary.Due to the change, please rsvp to Aggiefishman@live.com if you are able to attend. Once again please excuse any inconvenience this may cause. The details are not changing, so here they are again – as a reminder
Gather up family and friends and bring them along, together with your favorite holiday finger foods to share with everyone. Appetizers, finger sandwiches, cookies, brownies, candy, fruit, chips & dips, etc. Iced tea and spiced cider will be provided. If you would like something else to drink, please feel free to bring your own. Also, please bring your own chair. Mike & Carla will be responsible for supplying tables.
After everyone has visited and nibbled for a while, the Crazy Santa Gift Exchange will get started. Participation is totally optional, but if you choose to join in the fun, bring a nice, fishy gift to swap. Live fish are always well-received, but items such as silk fishy boxer shorts, fish cookie jars, antique fish dishes and cozy fish blankets have shown up in the past and are just as much fun. The key is to bring something you wouldn’t mind receiving as a gift. The swapping, trash-talking and deal-making during the Exchange get pretty heated at times, but it’s all in good fun, and everyone leaves with a smile on their face.
If you plan on attending, please let us know by e-mailing to the address below no later than December 12th for a count of the number of attendees so we can make sure to have enough tables. Aggiefishman@live.com
Also, the TCA cookbooks will be available for purchase at the party if you are at a loss as to what to get a fishy friend. They also make great gifts for the cooks in your life.
Remember: You need to bring your own chair.
We look forward to seeing you at the Christmas Party.
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