I definately agree with the cookout idea! It would be a great way to welcome the new folks to the club and meet everyone. Maybe we can even look at bringing along spouses/kids? My wife doesn't care much for the meetings but maybe some other spouses do. Maybe it could be an annual thing for us.
I would be more than willing to host the September meeting. I am also open to having someone else host the meeting if there are any takers. That being said, I would like to have Tom critique my tanks (except the growout tank) and tell me what I'm doing wrong. I imagine he won't want to travel up here on Sunday morning as well as see all of your tanks down in Cinci.
If we decide to do it at my place, I can keep the pool open for the meeting (it is heated) for those who would like to swim and should have enough space inside if it rains. There's also a B-ball net in the drive and a swing and slide for the little ones should we decide to make it a "family" type get together. Not sure if I have enough flat yard space for horseshoes or cornhole though.
I have a charcoal grill and I also have a propane cooker so maybe we could even do a shrimp boil or something for those who don't want steak, though I'm not quite ready to part with my Discus and the Cherry Reds are too small for the shrimp boil
So far, Damon is the only one who can't make it on a Saturday. Hopefully some others will respond with their preferred day/time. We had talked in the past about having the September meeting on Sunday but things have changed a little now.
It would be great if you would coordinate the get together! We have plenty of time to iron things out but it would be nice to do it right and welcome Tom to the Cinci area and the others to the club! I am more than willing to lend you a hand if you need it also.
There's my long winded 2 cents worth