NANFA-- convention accolades & thanks
Wed, 23 Jun 2004 14:00:46 +0000

Let me add to the chorus of well-deserved thank-yous and way-to-gos for our friends Dustin, Chip and Fritz for the absolutely fabulous job they did putting together and hosting the NANFA Convention in South Carolina. Also mega-thanks to the staff-in-Riverbanks Zoo, who went above and beyond in terms of their generosity -- both for the free use of their beautiful facility and the tremendous amount of hours they put in. It's a tribute to the class and professionalism of the SC chapter of NANFA that they've fostered this wonderful relationship with the Riverbanks Zoo. The Board of Directors has agreed to donate some Perfect DipNets to their aquarium staff, but this is small recompense for their generosity and effort.

Stephanie, William and myself had a blast. We enjoyed meeting old friends and making new ones, and we certainly appreciate everyone's patience in letting our l'il one mix and mingle among y'all. One of our fondest memories from the trip is William being so entranced by the fishes in a cooler that he fell in head first! (No harm to either child or fish.) My only regret was not being able to spend more time socializing with everybody. But with the wee one getting me up-in-5:30 every morning, I had little energy left over for late-night fishmongering.

Also a heartfelt thank you for the BOD for the wonderful honor of a NANFA Fellowship. I was certainly surprised. And to be honored-in-the same time as my fellow Fellow Casper Cox....well, that's an honor in and of itself.

Stephanie and I are still adding up the receipts, and likely won't be done until Friday night. But it certainly looks like it was a profitable event. Thanks to everyone who attended, bought a t-shirt, bought an auction item, and joined or renewed!

Chris Scharpf
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