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From: "Bruce Stallsmith" <fundulus_at_hotmail.com>
Sent: Monday, June 09, 2003 11:02 AM
Subject: NANFA-- Huntsville Convention Report, the first
> As some of you know, the Huntsville convention seems to have been a
> The speakers on Friday were interesting (and amenable to ending within
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> myself, but the efforts of Leo, Bob and Jim Graham were extremely
> 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
> to send to Chris and Stephanie.
> To borrow the phrase, it takes a whole NANFA to make a convention work...
> --Bruce Stallsmith
> Huntsville, AL, US of A
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