Meetings & Speakers

Meetings

Regular club meetings are held the second Saturday of every month with the exception of July and December. During July we have our members only summer picnic and December is our members only Holiday party and awards presentation. The schedule for meetings, speakers, auctions, and other club events is listed on the home page and information on upcoming speakers is below on this page.

Meeting Location:
Home School Building Gymnasium
5625 Burlingame Ave.
Wyoming, MI 49509

Format:
On the typical meeting night the doors will open approximately 6:30pm and will have a social period until 7:00pm. At the start of the meeting all club business will be discussed which lasts anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes depending on the agenda. Usually there is another brief break that allows the program or speaker time to set-up.

After the brief intermission there is a program that typically lasts for 45 minutes to an hour. The topics of these programs can be as wide as the hobby itself. Sometimes it is a video or local club member while at other times it is a well known speaker from the hobby such as Ad Konings, Karen Randall or Bob Fenner.
At the conclusion of the program the club members set up for a mini-auction of fish and aquarium related goods. Typically this lasts anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour when the meeting concludes. We also have a raffle of donated goods from our sponsors.
On average, the meetings usually last until 9:30 or 10:00 pm and often we go out for a late dinner with our guest speaker.


Monthly Meeting Information & Speakers

Photo courtesy of Josh Cunningham

Photo courtesy of Josh Cunningham

August 12, 2017: GVAC Monthly Meeting
Homeschool Building, 7 PM

Speaker: Josh Cunningham - How I Became a Fishaholic

Josh Cunningham has been keeping and breeding African Cichlids for almost 20 years.  He started with African Cichlids from Lake Malawi and a couple from Lake Victoria in a 400 sq ft basement.  During this time he was mainly breeding four to five different kinds of cichlids and trading the fry back to the pet store for food and filter media.  At some point a decision was made to move to a different area and a bigger house.  Once the move was completed he was without cichlids for a couple of years and then acquired a 55 gallon tank.  Once the tank was setup and stocked, multiple tank syndrome kicked in again.  He then expanded on some different species and kept a few tanks on the main floor of his house.  At this point,  he decided he wanted a fishroom in the basement.  Designs were made, tanks and fish purchased and a 'Fish Alcoholic" was born. Today he has spawned over 100+ kinds of African Cichlids and has achieved master breeder status in the Michigan Cichlid Association and Ohio Cichlid Association.  He was also named Grand Champion breeder of the American Cichlid Association in 2015 for most spawns in a year.  He spends his time in the fishroom doing more changes and working with different species.  In addition,  he also runs a business called Cunningham Cichlids, LLC https://www.cunninghamcichlids.com/ and is also the President of the Michigan Cichlid Association and Co-Chairmen of the 2017 American Cichlid Association Convention taking place on July 13-16 in Novi, Michigan.