Michiana Aquarium Society
Established in September 1968, the Michiana Aquarium Society aims to promote interest in aquatic life and support similar organizations. Over the years, it has provided members with fish, equipment, experience, assistance, and camaraderie.
This handbook serves as an introduction to the Society, its role in the Michiana area, its programs, and as a reference for any questions regarding its functions, rules, and responsibilities of committee positions. Updates will be provided as needed.
A Well-Balanced Group of Aquarists
The Michiana Aquarium Society is known for its diverse group of general-interest aquarists, with strong support from special-interest groups. Historically, it has been a strong “Show Club,” with events like “Tropical Magic” and “Killifish Karnival” attracting visitors from great distances.
Monthly General Meetings
The core event of the Michiana Aquarium Society is the monthly General Meeting. These meetings offer a variety of activities, including:
- Informal discussions
- Presentation and discussion of Society business
- Programs on hobby-related topics
- Bowl Show competitions
- Door prizes and snacks for a social atmosphere
- Auctions of fish and equipment
Additionally, Board of Directors meetings are held the Tuesday before the General Meeting, focusing on the Society’s business. All members are welcome to attend, voice their opinions, and present proposals.
Exhibitions and Competitions
Members are encouraged to participate in exhibitions and competitions, which provide exposure for the Society. The Society sponsors various competitive events, from simple “Bowl Shows” during General Meetings to larger, structured competitions held in public locations.
More information about these events can be found later in this handbook.
The Society organizes group excursions to explore the aquatic hobby further. Past events have included lecture tours of the John G. Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum of Natural History, group shopping trips to pet shops, and visits to State Fisheries. Members are encouraged to bring forth ideas for club-sponsored events.
Supporting the Local Community
The Michiana Aquarium Society supports local groups through talks on aquarium management, participation in National Pet Week and “Science Alive” expositions, and collaboration with the local Humane Society.
Articles published in the Society’s journal, the Michiana Tropical Times, have appeared or been referenced in several specialty magazines, promoting the preservation of species with destroyed natural habitats.
The Michiana Tropical Times
The Michiana Tropical Times is the Society’s official publication. Recognized as one of the better society-published journals, it contains news about upcoming club events, club business, officers’ reports, and has seen many authors receive reprints and reviews of their works in national aquarium magazines and other societies’ publications.
Programs and Workshops
One of the key features of the Michiana Aquarium Society is the variety of programs and workshops offered to its members. These educational sessions cover a wide range of topics related to aquatic life, aquarium management, and the aquatic hobby in general.
Some examples of these programs and workshops include:
- Aquascaping techniques
- Breeding and raising fish
- Water quality management
- Disease prevention and treatment
- Introduction to different fish species
- Aquarium equipment and maintenance
Members are encouraged to propose new program ideas to further enrich the Society’s offerings and share their knowledge and experiences with others.
Networking and Collaborations
The Michiana Aquarium Society believes in the importance of networking and collaboration with other organizations and hobbyists. The Society actively participates in events, conferences, and shows to connect with like-minded groups and individuals.
These collaborations help in exchanging ideas, knowledge, and resources, contributing to the growth and development of the Society and the aquatic hobby community as a whole.
As a member of the Michiana Aquarium Society, you are encouraged to actively participate in the various events, programs, and activities organized by the Society.
Whether you are a seasoned aquarist or a beginner, your involvement will not only enhance your own knowledge and skills but also contribute to the overall success and growth of the Society.
Here are some ways you can get involved:
- Attend General Meetings and participate in discussions
- Join workshops and programs to learn new skills and knowledge
- Participate in competitions and exhibitions
- Share your expertise by presenting a program or workshop
- Contribute articles to the Michiana Tropical Times
- Volunteer for committees and event organization
- Network with other members and organizations
Being an active member of the Michiana Aquarium Society will allow you to make the most of your aquatic hobby experience while also contributing to the betterment of the Society and the local community.