Other items discussed:
The TCA web page will cost approximately $100 per year for 5-10 meg of space. Flashnet was mentioned as a good provider. We may publish Tail Trader on the web site. We will probably have a link to the ACA web site. Access to web site updates will be limited to the Cichlid Tails editor and the TCA president. We would like to have a thank-you section to honor the manufacturers that donate goods to the TCA. We would also like to have a question-and-answer section.
We discussed desired speakers for the Spring Workshop.
During the business meeting we voted on the 1997 board members and officers. Officers: President, Kathy Stearns; Vice-President, Alan Young; Treasurer, Wayne Hayes; Secretary, Diane Stewart. Board Members: Kathy England, Walt Mercer, Kathy Stearns, Diane Stewart, Wayne Hayes, Robert Montgomery, Daniel Steelman, Alan Young. Alternate board members: Randy Rhodes and Robert Will. The board will meet approximately once per quarter or two times per year. Six out of eight board members must attend these meetings to have a quorum. Kathy announced the selling of TCA raffle tickets for a hotel room at the ACA convention in Chicago for $1.00 apiece. This is for a room for Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the convention. We discussed the speakers for the Spring Workshop on May 17-18. We will not have a fish show for the Spring Workshop.
You may have a house-full of cichlid tanks, but it’s really not necessary to jump in in a big way to be a huge cichlid fan. Raising cichlids is an avocation at which even a person with one tank may be successful.
I personally have only three aquariums at this time. I don’t think I’ll ever get too many more because taking care of three tanks is not very much work. I’d rather have a few tanks that look great all the time. (This is also a requirement because they are in my living room!)
I really enjoy visiting other people’s homes and seeing their fish tanks,. If you don’t normally attend the meetings, even if you live far away, please consider taking time to drive up on the third Saturday of every month to meet fellow TCA members. We really do have a lot of fun and it’s neat to see other member’s tanks.