Hello! I've been keeping aquariums for many years. As a kid, I kept (and killed) a large variety of species that I misguidedly crammed together in a small tank that my parents had lying around. After moving around the country for the better part of my adult life, I settled in Minneapolis and I now keep a small collection of cichlids, livebearers, and loaches....with more success than I enjoyed as a kid. I discovered MAS during quarantine last year and started attending the online lectures. I've been active in helping with the auctions and with any luck I'll be ready for my first BAP submission later this year. I have only met a few of you so far, but I look forward to meeting many more once in-person events can safely return.
Why I am running
MAS is a strong and growing club. A focus on member engagement (and value) is key to continued success. For example, the BAP and HAP programs are daunting for smaller scale hobbyists, and I think we could work to improve accessibility and perhaps add some smaller scale competitions to promote participation. Another way to enhance MAS membership would be to partner with local vendors. Together, we represent a large consumer base and we can provide information about the goods and services we seek in exchange for in-store incentives. I also believe the hobby needs a stronger focus on sustainability. MAS could contribute toward this goal by partnering with external organizations to provide awareness and education on important topics such as conservation status, aquaculture practices, and habitat restoration. As a new board member, I would look forward to working toward these goals, learning more about the club, and bringing a fresh perspective.