ACA News, Volume 5, #8

ACA News

Volume 5, #8, August 2019


Editor: Alan De Angelo

Contact: [email protected]


Greetings and post-convention salutations!

From all reports, the Convention was a great success. As usual, everyone had a great time, met up with friends old and new, acquired new fish and learned tons of information at the seminars. What’s not to like? A special thank you to the entire crew at NECA for hosting the event. Also, a special thank you to all of the sponsors who supported not only the Convention but the ACA as an organization throughout the year.


If you haven’t heard, next year’s Convention will be in Sacramento, CA. You West Coast folks will be happy to hear that, I’m sure. Look for announcements to be made on FB and in future issues of the AN and BB about this event.


The ACA BOT elections will be soon upon us (15 September). Please remember to vote. I believe that last year only 27% of our membership voted. That’s fairly abysmal if you ask me. It’s a few mouse-clicks and a press of the Send Button to do it. Please take the time to read our candidates’ bios and vote for who you think would best represent you in the ACA.


Speaking of elections, I and Daryl Hutchins are also the Election Coordinators for the ACA. Looking at the By-Laws, we see that some improvements need to be made, especially since we no longer rely upon snail-mail to do the job. Going digital has brought speed into the equation and that allows us to streamline the process. We will be revamping Section lX of the By-Laws over the next few weeks and proposing some much-needed changes. The digital process also allows us to use third-party resources, we no longer need to physically count and store the ballots. Thank you Daryl for delving into that stuff. I happily defer any tech stuff to him. (IT Dept. note: the entire process is now being conducted on Among other things, this means voting is completely and [most importantly] demonstrably anonymous.)


Let’s not talk about fish for a moment. “What? No Fish?” Yep, other animals and stuff. I am in contact with a lot of other cichlid keepers and many of you have interests outside of fish. Besides dogs and cats, a great number of you breed birds, goats, sheep, cattle, mini cows, horses, unusual chickens, heritage breed pigs, pheasants, poison arrow frogs, herps, you name it. Others raise carnivorous plants, orchids, succulents, bromeliads, air plants, etc. in the moist environments of the fish room. I have a good friend who raised ostriches, too. Add to that live foods and it’s quite a conglomeration of interests. We are a “unique” bunch of people. So, if you are ever worried that if you attend a fish meeting or convention and will have nothing to talk about … you are in for a big surprise. And, a great many of us are anglers, too. But then, that would be talking about fish again.


Aquatic Experience 2019

Have a great day!

– Alan


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New Membership Structure:

$35 Annual ACA Membership.

Life Memberships β€” build your membership levels incrementally and move up in rank. All memberships above the basic Life Membership will be published annually in an ACA publication to recognize your contributions to Conservation, Research and Education.

$1000 LIFE Membership β€” all current Life Memberships still honored, no increase in dues. This and all higher-level memberships receive a Life Membership to the ACA.

Higher levels of donation/membership:

$1250 Patron Member;
$1500 Endowment Member;
$1750 Benefactor Member;
$2000 Conservation Member;

$2500 Legacy Member;
Chairman’s Circle (individual donations of $5000+)

You can also include the ACA in your estate plan as several members have already done. Please visit the link below.

General Donations

You can also donate smaller or larger increments, make personal or corporate donations, etc at the link below. It is only by your support that the ACA can maintain its leadership in Cichlid Conservation, Research and Education. Remember, it is tax deductible. Please find out more at the link below:

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Gift Memberships

You can very easily give your friends/family an ACA Gift Membership, bringing them all the benefits attendant thereto. A lasting gift that has flow-on beneficial effects via the ACA’s research and conservation
programs, etc.
To organise an ACA Gift Membership, please:

1) Send payment(s) of $35 per gift membership to the ACA PayPal account at [email protected].

2) Send an email to ACA Treasurer, Tim Hovanec, at [email protected] with a CC to ACA Membership Coordinator, Claudia Dickinson ([email protected]), stating that you have just
sent money for a gift membership/s and the names and e-mail addresses of the recipients.

3) Each ACA Gift Membership recipient will then receive an ACA Gift Member email with a copy to the
gift-giver, followed by e-mail welcome letters from the ACA and CRC.

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