Originally Posted by DMent
I am here! Yes, I am still alive. Sorry for taking so long--super busy here lately.
I really think that meeting at a public place is a great start also. You can find appropriate rooms at most libraries nowadays, I think. I think that we may be able to adjust down the road accordingly--once we get to that point. I do think that seeing each others' setups will be great, but maybe in the beginning it will have to be through pictures (and possibly videos). I think rotating the meeting place is appropriate--that is the fair thing to do.
Quick questions before I forget--is the Facebook page setup such that meeting announcements and whatnot can be sent to the people who "like" the page? Is there a way to see the names of the others who "like" the page? Might be easy for friend requests and the like.
I did make it to the Madison Aquarium Gardeners meeting this past Tuesday (in spite of the weather). 5+ hours of total driving time, and it was worth that and much more. I really enjoyed it. Great, informative, knowledgeable group of people. They all bring a bunch of "extra" plants from their tanks and have just a big grab table. I took a few bags, and I look forward to the day when I can "pay it back." Some common plants, some less common. They also had pizza/soda/water/cookies/grapes for everyone and have a really large library of books that can be checked/signed out until the next meeting. The first hour and 20 minutes or so we exchanged ideas/thoughts--very informative, thought provoking, and helpful. Then, for about 45 minutes or so (?), we watched a DVD that showed the winning tanks from last year's AGA convention. The meeting was held in a very appropriate-feeling old plant science building on the UW Madison campus. They also did have a collection hat for donations for the pizza/refreshments. In all, I had a fantastic time and learned a lot. I plan to make it a monthly trip--hopefully it will be shorter/easier to get there in the future. Definitely a club to look up to...
Thoughts, comments, questions?
First, let me say that your description of the meeting made my mouth water. That makes me wanna join a club ASAP!!! Anyway, lets get down to buisness....
As far as the Facebook page goes, I am not sure. Can you check to see if you can see who likes the page? I know I can, but then again, I am the admin. Also, I can send emails to all people who like the page, so that is good?