The Greater Seattle Aquarium Society is a non profit corporation, organized under the laws of the State of Washington. The primary purposes of the society are to promote interest in the aquarium hobby, and to provide a forum for the exchange of information among aquarium hobbyists.
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With the cancellation of seemingly everything now, we've decided to bring the meeting to you this month. Join us (virtually) on April 14th, 7:30 PM for our first-ever live-streamed meeting. Mike, GSAS president and home show chair will be our master of ceremonies, along with judges Emily and Ali, and tech nerd Erik... all live, from our homes to yours. You'll get to see the full video of the ten homes we visited in February, when the worst thing going on was all that crazy flooding. GSAS members will get a special link to vote for their favorite (make sure your membership is paid-up and you can log in to gsas.org before the event starts!), the judges will award the top placings, and we'll even have one or two pre-recorded presentations from the other crew.
The livestream will happen here: https://youtu.be/mUtEz683kBM. We are really looking forward to this experiment. And just like our meetings, it will be open to all, so spread the word!
Dear Greater Seattle Aquarium Society Members and Friends
Due to Seattle and the world battling COVID-19, we as a club are dealing with the impact and uncertainty that surrounds this situation. In the best interest of all our members and friends and with the health department requirements that are in place for group meetings including group meetings of less than 250 the GSAS Board Members cancelled the April General Auction. We will explore the possibility of rescheduling the General Auction in the future when the virus situation and health department requirements allow.
We did get a update that Seattle Pacific University is not having in person classes for the spring quarter; we do not know at this time if it will affect our monthly meetings. The Board and I will be discussing alternate solutions for May and June if we feel that a meeting can safely be held.
President, Greater Seattle Aquarium Society
Our February speaker is Lawrence Kent who will share with us the presentation he made last summer as the keynote speaker at the American Cichlid Association's annual convention -- "Holy Grail Cichlids, Friends, and Other Fish:Two West African Stories."
The presentation will cover his recent trip to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and other forays into the wild world of Nigeria. He found some interesting fish in both of these strange and rarely visited countries, and not just cichlids but also characins, mormyrids, and catfish. If you like African fish or just funny stories, please come!
Lawrence has been a grateful member of GSAS for 13 years. He has made fish presentations in twenty cities, collected fish in 23 countries, and published two dozen articles in Tropical Fish Hobbyist, Cichlid News, Buntbarsche Bulletin, and very recently the German magazine DATZ. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of Amazonas magazine. Lawrence keeps 27 tanks at home filled with African cichlids, Southeast Asian labyrinths, and self-collected native fish.
Thanks so much to all the folks who bought and sold at our 2019 General Auction. The auctions are the club's primary funding, so your bidding is helping us bring more big speakers, fund the huge home show coming up in February, and pay for the BAP and HAP awards coming up this month.
A special shout-out to our local stores who donated product, even with the weird fall schedule we had this year. Please let them know by visiting and purchasing from them this holiday season and the upcoming year.
We've had some requests from people who couldn't make it to our auction or meetings to buy our nice new T-shirts (design by Ryan Henry Ward of Seattle mural fame). For a few bucks extra, we'll ship you one. Go to https://gsas.org/t-shirt/ to order.