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January 6, 2009
Attendance: 80+
Tank of the month:  Debbie and Jeff Morrill frednwilma1999
Buying frags
Fragging Demo's
What a great night. Over 80 people braved the weather to attend the first frag fest of 2009.  The day actually started around 1pm at Shawn Winterbottoms house where several people met to "frag and bag".  The meeting started right at 7 with Adam welcoming everyone and explaining how the night would go. He announced the February Banquet (tickets available soon) and the Marine Aquarium Expo in Orange County in April for those who would like to go (more on this in the next couple months) www.MarineAquariumeXpo.com
Next Dion did an awesome job presenting the tank of the month.  He explained that it doesn't matter how big or small your tank is or what you keep in it, anyone can be tank of the month.  There is just a couple rules 1. must be a paid member 2. need to attend the meeting the month your tank is presented. He showed pictures of the featured tank and explained that there will be a post on the board where he will feature the tank and people can ask questions.
Next, Adam played auctioneer and Shane played Vanna.  There were some really great pieces donated for the auction.  Reef Kingdom donated a beautiful red/blue lobo, a nice unknown/micromussa and a gorgeous red/white gorgonian sponge.  Fish 4 U donated 2 nice sized austrailian acans. Aquatica donated a gorgeous blue milli and Aquatic Dreams donated a beautiul hot pink yuma.  The auction was a lot of fun.  Sukie kept yelling at Lisa not to give up and Lisa kept bidding to get the bids higher.  What a hoot.  I don't think Lisa ended up winning anything, but she sure looked like she was having fun.
Some of our other LFS's donated items for the frag fest. Marine Aquatics donated 2 aussi rainbow acans, an aussi pink pepto chalice and 2 multi colored zoo frags. Finding Nemo  donated a great leather piece, Salt City Aquatics & Reefs donated a bunch of great stuff including some snails and The Aquarium donated some really great pieces.  These are just some examples of what was donated, the stores gave us so much I couldn't possilbly list it all here. Thanks to all the LFS's for all the great donations.
Next Adam explained how the bags were labeled and those people that donated were let loose first into the frag room. He also explained that paid members got 50% off the marked price on all the frags.  It was great watching everyone grabbing at the bags.  After a few minutes everone else was allowed to go shop for frags. 
Will, Scott, Mike, Dana and Julie ran the back table selling memberships and frags.  The line seemed to go fairly quick.  Great job guys!
While people were in shopping, Jake did a demo on fragging.  He showed how to frag zoos, leathers and other corals.  He answered questions and let people give fragging a try.  
There was a rep from The Living Planet Aquarium there to answer any questions.  All left over frags were donated to the LPA.
For those of you that missed the meeting, we missed you.  For those of you that went, thanks for going it was a lot of fun.  I can't wait until February!
Adam welcoming the crowd (sorry for the blurry picture!)
A very dark picture of Dion presenting the Tank of the month
The auction
Adam had everyone that donated tonight stand so that everyone could give them a round of applause
The room before the frags were all out
Shane and Jake setting up the frags
There was 5 tables set up with frags
Let the madness begin
Ok, everybody ready.....GO!!
Jake doing demos
The "checkout counter"

Edited by frednwilma1999 - January 07 2009 at 1:37pm
Yes Mikey...I still have fins!!!
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