Steven A. Ellis
At 11:02 AM 6/9/03 -0400, you wrote:
>As some of you know, the Huntsville convention seems to have been a success.
>The speakers on Friday were interesting (and amenable to ending within time
>limits!) and were all well-received by the assembled multitudes. The field
>trips on Saturday all worked well, a total of four (!) going out into the
>rainy morning but all hitting the stream in sunshine so everyone could enjoy
>the clear waters on all the trips.
>Financially it also seems to have been a great success. We had at least 62
>paid registrations. T-shirt sales were brisk on Thursday night and Friday
>morning (Casper and I have to calculate the totals). And the auction
>Saturday night was both fun and rewarding. I want to thank Rob Denkhaus for
>allowing me to volunteer him to be the recorder for the auction with Phil
>Nixon as auctioneer. We had wide range of items to auction, and the crowd
>was frisky even without any available free beer. The total came to $1660 for
>the auction. The donated 46 gallon bow front aquarium and stand went for
>$290(!), and I was gratified to see that the copy of Scott Mettee et al.'s
>book "The Fishes oF Alabama..." went for $55 and the Handbook of Darters
>package went for $65 (if I remember correctly...).
>Four members of the BOD wound up in Huntsville--myself, Leo, Rob and Martin,
>almost a quorum!
>I also hope to compile a list of advice and suggestions for the South
>Carolina hosts of the next convention, to supplement the excellent list that
>Leo and Bob Muller made available to me. If these meetings keep getting
>bigger, both the hosts and NANFA should be better organized in how to plan
>and execute them. Leo is volunteering (I think?!?) to be our manufacturer's
>contact, so that we have one face to deal with donors and don't have to
>reinvent the wheel every convention. I was able to roust some good donations
>myself, but the efforts of Leo, Bob and Jim Graham were extremely important
>to the final outcome with the auction.
>And Casper Cox's work with the t-shirts was crucial, too. He, Steven Ellis
>and Stott Noble were crucial volunteers for organizing field trips and
>keeping the meeting happening.
>I have to sit down tonight/tomorrow and complile my final financial summary
>to send to Chris and Stephanie.
>To borrow the phrase, it takes a whole NANFA to make a convention work...
>Huntsville, AL, US of A
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