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Old 01-04-2015, 08:20 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I really like the every other month meetig idea....
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Old 01-05-2015, 04:18 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I'll be throwing my name back in the hat again. I also agree with the bi-monthly meeting. It seemed we were stretching it thin last year. I had a couple other ideas I was hoping to toss out there too.
  • Plant of the Month (or perhaps quarter) - Every so often we pick a plant to purchase in bulk and provide to the club members. This way we can help increase the variety of plants we have in the community. It seems many people keep trading the same common species back and forth.
  • Horticulturist Award Program - Basically a "breeding" program to again encourage propagation and growth of the variety of species and their availability.
  • Virtual Home Road Show - Many members have nice tanks, but either live too far out to host, or simply don't want a bunch of people in their house. We could have a few people do a virtual road show and video an interview of their tanks, and then later in the year compile it together and watch it at a meeting.
  • Plant Auctions at the Meetings - We have a "don't sell to other members" clause in our by-laws, but for the group to get new plants someone has to suffer the initial cost and risk of bringing the plant in and growing it out. Perhaps this would be a good way to help them recoup that. It's not like they would be able to keep selling it if other members start growing it out and provide it free at the trade table. It could also help provide the club revenue to sponsor the Plant of the Month.
I'll be honest, I saw a different club with this stuff on their website. None of it's my idea, I just liked it.

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Hey Alex - thanks! Glad to have my tank looking decent again. I think I need to get some new bulbs. It's coming along though!

Tugg - nice ideas. Problem with plant of the month is that most plants that we can order are common ones. The club might be able to get some uncommon ones from other hobbyists with a little planning.



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I like the ideas, some of those we tried last year like the propagation of the bucephalandras.


Plant of the Month (or perhaps quarter) - Every so often we pick a plant to purchase in bulk and provide to the club members. This way we can help increase the variety of plants we have in the community. It seems many people keep trading the same common species back and forth. We probably need to study a plant that we could bring to the club and easily propagate, the problem will be the price, since uncommon species are expensive so it makes difficult to purchase in bulk


Horticulturist Award Program - Basically a "breeding" program to again encourage propagation and growth of the variety of species and their availability. need to clarify this one, A propagation program? A award for the person that propagates the X plant?

Virtual Home Road Show - Many members have nice tanks, but either live too far out to host, or simply don't want a bunch of people in their house. We could have a few people do a virtual road show and video an interview of their tanks, and then later in the year compile it together and watch it at a meeting. I like this One, have pictures and videos of the members tanks

Plant Auctions at the Meetings - We have a "don't sell to other members" clause in our by-laws, but for the group to get new plants someone has to suffer the initial cost and risk of bringing the plant in and growing it out. Perhaps this would be a good way to help them recoup that. It's not like they would be able to keep selling it if other members start growing it out and provide it free at the trade table. It could also help provide the club revenue to sponsor the Plant of the Month.
I'll be honest, I saw a different club with this stuff on their website. None of it's my idea, I just liked it.
I don't like the idea of having plant auctions at the meetings, the club is attractive to new members because of the free trading and generosity of the members. Also it may be a issue when we are meeting at a pet store. There are other ways to sponsor the plant of the month or a propagation program, dues are one and being more active on other activities like the TCA auction or swap, but we need members to want to participate
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Also We have to plan a date and place for the February meeting, the new board won't have time to plan it.
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I found it again.. It was GSAS that I stole the ideas from. The HAP info is here:
http://www.gsas.org/hap.html

If we can get a good venue, I'll start working on a Power Point for plant deficiencies (assuming Zapins has no issue with me using pics from his website)
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what is his website again??
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http://www.deficiencyfinder.com/

It's a bit of a work in progress, and with him recently starting medical school I wouldn't expect a lot of progress in the near future.
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I found it again.. It was GSAS that I stole the ideas from. The HAP info is here:
http://www.gsas.org/hap.html

If we can get a good venue, I'll start working on a Power Point for plant deficiencies (assuming Zapins has no issue with me using pics from his website)
I did check the web page, and came up with a idea: why don't we have a DFWAPC contest?
at the end of the year, we will collect pictures of the members tank and vote for the best tank?

or have awards like:

Best grower

Best landscape

Best overall tank!?

now why have different awards? Some members may not have the money to have a nice tank setup, but they can do a heck of a job growing plants or with the landscape. So what we should really evaluate is what is going on in the tank, not the set up (The Dutch tradition will hate me).
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I like it!!!
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