ARC January 2006 General Meeting Minutes


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Written by Flipturn88 <u><span style="font-size: 13px;">ARC General Meeting Minutes</span></u>
<span style="font-size: 12px;">Date: 10 January 2006
Location: conference room at The Palisades
Minutes by: Kayla Swart (Secretary) </span>
<span style="font-size: 12px;">1.) 7:40 p.m. - Meeting called to order by Chris Horne (the new ARC President), who welcomed the club into a new year. </span>
<span style="font-size: 12px;">2.) <u>Raffle and Auction</u>:
Noel Curry, the owner of Scientific Corals, was gracious enough to donate 5 frags for raffle prizes. Each member of the Atlanta Reef Club was given a complimentary door prize ticket upon signing in. The door prizes included a Scientific Coral frag, a signed copy of Reef Fishes by Scott Michael, and an edition of the magazine “Marine Fish.” For those who purchased additional tickets, the general raffle prizes included four Scientific Coral frags and a four-volume set of Reef Notes by Julian Sprung (revised edition).
The auction was also a success, as a $50 gift certificate to Reefer Madness and a signed copy of Corals by Eric Borneman were awarded. </span>
<span style="font-size: 12px;">3.) <u>Calendar</u>:
The new 2006 ARC calendars were first presented, and Chris Horne awarded the present entry winners their gift certificates and complimentary calendars. Undoubtedly, the calendars turned out very nice this year, as they have in years past.</span>
<span style="font-size: 12px;">4.) <u>TreasurerÂ’s Report</u>: </span>
<span style="font-size: 12px;">1. Income Statement - Deceber 2005
..............................Dec'05........2005 Yr
Net Profit/(Loss)....(1,001.01).......3,013.86

2. Total Cash Balance as of 12-31-05: $8,161.59 *

* Note: This report excludes other property of the club (e.g., raffle items) as well as other assets of the club (e.g., movie screen, laminating machine, etc.). </span>
<span style="font-size: 12px;">5.) <u>Presentation</u>:
The ARC was fortunate enough to hear a presentation about jellies from Debbie Hutchinson, the Senior Biologist at the Georgia Aquarium. Video clips, along with DebbieÂ’s vast knowledge, made for an entertaining, informative presentation. Some of the interesting facts she discussed are below:
· All jellies – like corals – are Cnidarians.
· More extensive research on jellies began in the early 1900s
· Jellies are hand collected from the wild in boats and carefully shipped to the desired locations.
· Aquariums will often trade/borrow jellies.
· Jellies are housed in tanks that utilize the Kreisel system of circular water motion, in order to prevent entanglement or entrapment within the system.
· The Jellies are fed a wide range of foods, from plankton and Cyclop-eeze, to krill and small fish.
· The goal of many is to eventually culture many different species of jellies in a captive setting.
· Like corals, the microscopic larvae – known as planulae – attach themselves to a fixed surface for the beginning portion of their life.
· The larvae then develop into polyps, which feed on plankton until free-swimming larval jellies result.
· Most jellies live only one year, however those living in cooler water may live up to 10-15 years.
· Pulsing motion is the jellies’ method of creating a current to obtain food.
· The jellies possessing a greater amount of zooxanthellae tend to yield a less potent sting, whereas those who depend more on the capture of free-swimming foods usually have much stronger stinging cells.
· Some examples of jellies include: moon jellies, box jellies, sea nettles, Cassiopeia sp.
· And the question many wondered was answered: vinegar is the best cure for a jelly sting! </span>
<span style="font-size: 12px;">5.) <u>Additional Announcements</u>:</span>
<span style="font-size: 12px;">Before the adjournment of the meeting, Margi Shindell and Eric Mau made an announcement regarding Saltwater U2 and the SWU2 Education Program. Any additional assistance with this cause would be greatly appreciated.
Steve Shindell also announced that Bob Fenner, Eric Borneman, Anthony Calfo, Steven Pro, Scott Michael, and hopefully Sylvia Earle (schedule permitting) will all be speaking at SWU2. Due to the popularity and status of these presenters, Saltwater University is bound to be a great success two years in a row.
Steve also announced the March meetingÂ’s behind the scenes tour of the Georgia Aquarium The tour will be open to all ARC members who wish to attend. </span>
<span style="font-size: 12px;">6.) <u>Adjournment</u>:
President Chris Horne adjourned the January 2006 meeting at approximately 9:00 PM. The next meeting will be at Marine Fish and Reef on February 15th, 2006 (note the deviation from Tuesday to Wednesday due to Valentine's Day).</span>
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