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View Poll Results: Would you join an aquatic club in Wisconsin?
Yes, sign me up! 6 85.71%
Nope 0 0%
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Old 03-21-2011, 12:39 PM   #11 (permalink)
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So, first thing is first, a name for said club. My thoughts would be....

WAGA - WI Aquatic Gardeners Acc.

WAPS - WI Aquatic/Aquarium Plant Society

WAPA - WI Aquatic Plant Acc.

WAPHA - WI Aquarium Plant Hobbyists Acc.


Those are just a few. I am leaning toward WAGA at the moment...
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Also, would it be benificial to contact the Madison plant club and ask them for advice/see what they think of this whole thing? It would be interesting to see if they would maybe expand and become a state wide group, instead of being Madison only.
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I don't know anything about the Madison group, but yes that might be a good idea.
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I lean toward WAGA or WAPS myself, but a little revision, if I might?
WAPS- Wisconsin Aquaria and Plant Society (thus covers not only plants, but FW fish and tank care as well. An all-around thing, and that way beginners will join for the fish aspect, and then start into plant-keeping as well and reap the rewards.)

Or maybe one of us could take a trip out to Madison and see what all takes place. Or if someone wanted to describe what the basic program of their club is, we'd appreciate that as well.
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Eau Claire, Wi here! I'd be interested for sure. Obviously a drive would be involved for me, but I would do 4-6 events a year such as swaps, field trips or workshops. I may also have a couple friends here who may be interested, though maybe not as involved.
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Welcome to you, and whichever buddies decide to join! We are building momentum Workshops are something Jake and I haven't mentioned -or maybe thought of- thanks for the fresh idea!
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Old 03-28-2011, 09:48 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Count me in! I will volunteer to help out in whatever way I can...
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Yeaaa!!! Glad more people are catching on!

Defies', I like where you are going with the name WAPS. Though I have one problem with it.....
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Count me in! I will volunteer to help out in whatever way I can...
YUS! I am so happy, I could hand out free hugs to strangers We appreciate people wanting to involved and help, very happy to see this. It's near impossible for people to have a club without people like you.
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I, too, like WAPS as for what it stands for, but the acronym doesn't work. How about something like Wisconsin Aquatic Gardeners and Aquarists Society (or Association?)? It would get across the fact that a primary focus is the plant side of things, but it would still show that the fish/animal side of things is important, too. Just a thought...

I made a post on TPT stating that a few friends and I started an aquarium society during college that is still active to this day (20+ years later). It was literally just a few of us friends in the beginning, and it grew steadily. I would submit that it will not take a large initial group of people to get this up and running. The initial people will need to be pretty passionate about it, though, and shouldn't mind trying to promote the organization--flyers at fish stores, setting up a webpage, social media presence (specifically Facebook, possibly others), etc.

Also, I am planning on attending the April meeting held by the Madison Aquarium Gardeners. They hold their meetings on Tuesdays, and I just so happen to have Tuesdays off of work. I won't mind the drive from Milwaukee at all--looking forward to it quite a bit in fact. If anyone else is interested in going or has any suggestions (questions to ask or whatever), just let me know. Feel free to reply in this thread or PM me.
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