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Fresh Ideas for MASC Meetings

Discussion in 'MASC Events' started by MuralReef, Oct 22, 2017.

  1. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Your mention of the businesses with private displays gave me an idea. Maybe we can do a series of tours to local businesses that have displays that are maintained by our vendors. I don't know how it would work but many of our vendors also maintain a wide range of tanks through out the metro area. It could showcase their work and give us a chance to check out some cool displays.

    We used to do educational demos and got away from that. This is something that we should revive and incorporate videos that cover the demonstration that we could post to the site.
  2. SkyShark

    SkyShark Barracuda Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Let’s get Vonn Miller to host a meeting! I know he has a sweet tank. Anyone best buds with Vonn???
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  3. Mermaid Gardens

    Mermaid Gardens Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    I like all those ideas. Especially the downtown aquarium.

    Also would be willing to host a meeting sometime . I know some of you would like to see our ocean.
  4. asn-naso

    asn-naso Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    if you do the LFS tour, have a small contest at each store. the better you do at each contest, will award you with points, tickets or cards. The person at the end with the highest score wins ____ from one of our sponsors
  5. jda123

    jda123 Barracuda M.A.S.C Club Member

    A contest about starting a tank from scratch with a limited budget and with some rules - 40G max and $500 to $1000 for the whole year. $50 or $100 club donation to get in (for prizes). Then, after one year, there was a tour and everybody got to see what everybody else accomplished with the same budget and time. We carpooled around at checked out the best ones. The top few gave 30 minute talks at a meeting about how they were successful and why they did what they did. Build thread and one-year update and photos were mandatory. We played for some huge items like CaRx, lights, etc. that most everybody would want and had great participation. This was the best way that new folks could latch onto a single system or routine that worked for them. There was a huge spike of new and good tanks after this.

    What we found is that the best hobbyists tended to be near the top and did a good job. Those are exactly the ones who you want to participate more and speak about methods, technique, etc. and have people into their homes to see their work.

    This is a long and meticulous process, though.
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  6. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    I like it, and something like that really aligns well with the overall mission of MASC as a whole, which is to educate and foster good reefkeeping skills. Although if we start something like this, you will need to attend a few meetings, since it was your idea and all ;)
  7. jda123

    jda123 Barracuda M.A.S.C Club Member

    If somebody wants to handle the prizes and cash donations, I can come up with the rules and stuff. I will participate. I will even come and talk about the contest and also about my tank if I am one of the finalists. The hardest part will be brushing the dust off of really good hobbyists to get back active and not just browse around.

    BTW - if we do something like this, I always donate the tank to a school or something when I am done.
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  8. MuralReef

    MuralReef Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Doug, I think this is a great idea. Would you be able to put together a set of rules and criteria for determining the winner(s)?

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