Sorry for not getting this out last night after the meeting. We had our
1st of two regional meetings this month, this one in Old Lyme CT. Though
the turnout was not as large as the last meeting, never the less we had a
good time. Unfortunately our CT representative George Tamburri was sent
to the hospital the day before and was unable to attend. We missed
George's enthusiasm and we hope to see him at future meetings.
The meeting started at noon time, and CT NANFA member Dennis Buonafede
had been there since 11:30, and thought he was the only one! Myself and
fellow MA NANFA member Keith Baker got there at about 12:15. CT member
Tom Ganley showed up shortly there after. We talked about Toms travels
around the world collecting fish. Tom has gone to Malaysia, South
America, and several other areas collecting fish and other aquatic
creatures. We had a neat discussion on the problems of shipping fish
(and the carriers that handle those shipments). Tom also talked about
great collecting areas he has found in CT, especially in the northwestern
part of the state where he has found what he described as "the most
gorgeous redbreast sunfish". He also talked of a possible trip to either
the NJ Pine Barrens or a collecting trip to GA. Dennis was happy to go
home with a bunch of fish that I brought down. Dennis has moved into a
new house, and has lots of empty tanks cycling at this time. I am sure
his fish are swimming happily as we speak.
Keith grabbed his dip-net a scooped around behind the meeting
facility..no fish, but lots of neat inverts. We discussed the importance
of having an actual meeting, even if it was before a collecting trip.
The meetings are important so that we can discuss actual regional
activities and business, and to find out what is going on with the
regions members. The importance of having the meetings strategically
placed around the region was discussed. We hope to have a meeting in
western MA, convenient enough for western MA members, as well as those in
NW CT and VT. New Hampshire members would have an easy time accessing
this location as well. We have no members in ME or RI at this point, so
a meeting in ME is not in the future. RI can easily attend both MA and
With such a gorgeous day on Sunday, I am sure it was easy for some
members to put the meeting aside and forgo other "outdoor" activities.
We missed all of ya' but hope to see you soon at the June 24th meeting in
MA. Keep George in your wishes for a speedy recovery.
MA/New England NANFA Rep.
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