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Spring Auction Scheduled For May 4th

 

 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

(972) 313-2800

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.

Scene From A Recent Auction

Scene From A Recent Auction

 

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.

 Live Auction  Only Live Fish, rocks, and tanks over 20 gallons allowed
 Silent Auction  All items not listed above, including plants, tanks 20 gallons & under, decorations, etc
Buy It Now Table  Open from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.  Have Fun!!
The Raffle.  Buy tickets at the registration table at $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.

 

More specific details are below, but first I want to discuss the schedule.

 8:30 AM Latest arrival time for TCA members to arrive to help with setup.
 9:00 AM Registration will be open for sellers only.
 10:00 AM Registration Table will be open for buyer registration.  No buyers allowed in until after registration.
11:00 AM Live Auction will begin.  BIN table does not open until Noon.
12:00 PM BIN table open for viewing and purchases until 2:00 PM All items removed from BIN table must be immeadiately brought to BIN Purchase Table (near Registration desk)  No BIN prices can be changed from this point.  No additional items can be placed on the BIN Table.
 2:00 PM BIN table will close.  All remaining BIN items now must be bought in the regular auction.  That table will be the last to be sold.

 

Just A Small Part Of The Available Items

Just A Small Part Of The Available Items

 

 

 

 

Bidder Looking Over The Silent Auction Table

Bidder Looking Over The Silent Auction Table

 

 

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:

http://www.texascichlid.org/auctions/auction-rules/

http://www.texascichlid.org/auctions/silent-auction-rules/

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

 

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Tour of Universal Rocks planned For April 12

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.

Universal Rocks Brochure

Universal Rocks Brochure

 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TCA Swap Meet Coming March 2nd

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 

(972) 313-2800    

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.

Hall Scene At Swap Meet

Scene From An Earlier Swap Meet. We had so many sellers, we had to spread into the hallway.

 

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. 

Swap Meet Main Room View

Scene From Main Room At Earlier Swap Meet

 

For more information, please contact Marvin England at (903) 244-3993 or  marvinengland@hotmail.com

 

 

 

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Next Monthly Meeting Planned For February 15

 

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.

 

Discus Fish

Discus spotted at last year’s TCA fish shop tour

 

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.

 

Ernie's Cichlid Breeding Rack

Ernie’s Cichlid Breeding Rack

 

 

One of Ernie's Beautiful Aquariums

Kathy Admiring One Of Ernie’s Beautiful Aquariums

 

 

One of Ernie's Discus Tanks

One of Ernie’s Discus Tanks

 

 

Fish statue

Here’s Another “Fish” You’ll See At The McAnallys’ Home

 

Here is a map to help you find the meeting location.  See you there.

 

 

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Monthly Meeting Scheduled For Saturday 1-18-2014

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.

El Fenix

El Fenix Restaurant

 

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:

a.  President

b.  Vice President

c.  Secretary

d.  Treasurer

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.

 

 

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Tentative Schedule For 2014

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.)

Date

Meeting/Event Information

January 18

Regular Monthly Meeting/Officer Elections.  The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 PM at El Fenix, 3911 W. Airport FWY, Irving, TX.  Officer Elections will be held at this meeting and we also plan to have a presentation celebrating the 20th anniversary of TCA’s first hosting of the ACA national Convention.
      February   15 Regular Monthly Meeting. We will meet at Ernie McAnnaly’s home which is located at 605 Aberdeen Way, Southlake, TX 76092.   The meeting will begin at 7 PM and will include a talk on Discus by our members Jim Hall and John Nicolson. Please see the post on the home page for related information.

March 2

TCA Swap Meet at the Hilton Garden Inn DFW South.  2001 Valley View Lane, Irving, Texas 75061  (972) 313-2800     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.  Fish and plants being sold must be bagged appropriately in order to prevent water spillage.  No tanks will be set up.  For more information, please contact Marvin England at (903) 244-3993 or marvinengland@hotmail.com

April 12

(Date Change)

 

Regular Monthly Meeting.  Ernie McAnally has arranged a visit for us at Universal Rocks in East Dallas.  They make light weight artificial rocks (including backdrops) for aquariums that look very realistic.  Further information will be posted as soon as it is available.

May 4

TCA Spring Auction – The location is the Hilton Garden Inn DFW South.  2001 Valley View Lane, Irving, Texas 75061  (972) 313-2800   Sellers can begin registration at 9:00 AM.    Buyers can begin registering at 10 AM.    The auction will begin at 11:00 AM and continue until all items are sold.

June 20-22

The Regular monthly meeting will be a road trip to Austin, Texas to attend the NADA (North American Discus Association) convention, and to visit some of the great aquarium shops down there.  NADA has arranged for a $95.00 rate at the Omni hotel.  Additional details coming soon – but you do not have to attend all three days – just do what works for you.  Click here for more information:  http://nadaaustin2014.com  

July

American Cichlid Association Convention in Louisville, KY.

August 16?

Regular Monthly Meeting – Cookout at Alan Young and Debi Swan’s house in Arlington.

September ??

TCA Fall Auction at the Hilton Garden Inn in Irving.   Sellers can begin   registration at 9:00 AM.    Buyers can begin registering at 10 AM.    The auction will begin at 11:00 AM and continue until all items are sold. More information coming soon.  Date depends on the final date for FOTAS.

October 24-26

2014 FOTAS Annual Convention & Auction near San Antonio.  Additional details will be available soon.

November 15

No Meeting – Enjoy Thanksgiving with your family.

December 6 or 13

Annual Christmas Party and Crazy Santa gift exchange.

 

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Christmas Party Moving To December 14th Due To Inclement Weather

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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Christmas Party Coming December 7th

TCA members and friends – it’s nearly time for the annual Christmas Party and Crazy Santa Gift Exchange!  This year the party will be held at Deep Sea Aquatics (thanks, Dan Engmark, for having us!), 2855 Marquis Drive, #110, Garland, Texas, on December 7th at 6:00 p.m.

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, you know what we mean.  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 me know by e-mailing me at the address below no later than December 5th 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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Fall Auction Coming 10-13-2013

TCA will be hosting the Fall 2013 auction

Sunday, October 13th at the

Hilton Garden Inn DFW South

2001 Valley View Lane, Irving, Texas 75061

(972) 313-2800

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.  However, we are trying a new spin on the auction that should be exciting to all attendees.

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.

 Live Auction  Only Live Fish, rocks, and tanks over 20 gallons allowed
 Silent Auction   All items not listed above, including plants, tanks 20 gallons & under, decorations, etc
Buy It Now Table  Open from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.  Have Fun!!
The Raffle.  Buy tickets at the registration table at $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.

 

More specific details are below, but first I want to discuss the schedule.

 8:30 AM Latest arrival time for TCA members to arrive to help with setup.
 9:00 AM Registration will be open for sellers only.
 10:00 AM Registration Table will be open for buyer registration.  No buyers allowed in until after registration.
11:00 AM  Live Auction will begin.  BIN table does not open until Noon.
12:00 PM BIN table open for viewing and purchases until 2:00 PM All items removed from BIN table must be immeadiately brought to BIN Purchase Table (near Registration desk)  No BIN prices can be changed from this point.  No additional items can be placed on the BIN Table.
 2:00 PM BIN table will close.  All remaining BIN items now must be bought in the regular auction.  That table will be the last to be sold.

 

 

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: 

 http://www.texascichlid.org/auctions/auction-rules/

http://www.texascichlid.org/auctions/silent-auction-rules/

Take special note of the Buy It Now portion of those rules since they will be closely followed since this is only our 2nd time to try this option. 

 Map of Auction Location

 

 

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Annual Cookout Coming August 24 At Alan Young’s House

One of TCA’s favorite events is the cookout each August hosted by Alan & Debi.  They have agreed to prepare hot dogs & baked beans, and are asking the rest of us to bring anything that will go with that.

As you are aware, the TCA cookbook is being put together with plans to have it on sale at our October auction.  It has been suggested that some of you may be willing to fix one of the dishes for which you submitted a recipe for the cookbook and bring it to the cookout.  Don’t worry about how well it matches with the cookout theme, it will be fun to get a taste of some of the things we will see in the cookbook.

So that gives you two possibilities about what to bring.  A dish from the cookbook submissions or anything you think goes well with hot dogs and baked neans (chips, soft drinks, desserts, etc.)

Alan and Debi live at 1201 Brookvalley Drive, Arlington, Texas 76018, as shown on the map below.

We will start eating at 7:00 PM, so you should plan on arriving between 6:30 and 7:00 PM.

 

 

Don’t forget to block out time on your calendar for the Fall Auction which is scheduled for October 13 at the Hilton Garden Inn on Hwy 183.  Additional information can be found on the links (Upcoming Schedule & Auctions) above.