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    Frag show is over Man was that fun! But Wait there is more! This is always one of the best meetings of the year! There will be awesome raffle prizes similar to what you saw at the frag show! Great venue too! When: Saturday Dec 2 Time : To be determined Where: Kennedy School NE Portland If you have never been to Kennedy School this is an awesome venue! We will provide food and soda and water. You can buy beer and other alcoholic drinks
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    I know, You ALLLL want to hear about October 2017 North West Frag Fest... Well it was Freaking Amazing!!! And for those of you who know me personally, know that "Freaking" is not the word that would be coming out of my mouth had you asked me this in person. We were not quite sure what to expect for turnout but we were pleasantly surprised when people just started pouring in. I mean we had some pretty busy moments there. Of course, before that could all happen we had alot of ground to cover,/ The club, the volunteers, and the vendors. Good thing we haves some of the best people out there on our PNWMAS team. Miles was one of the Corvallis crew that made the long trip up to Washington early morning to get the setup under control. Thanks for the carpool Mile man, as always it was a pleasure getting some chat time in on the trip. Good company for sure. He has made a fine secretary for PNWMAS. He makes note of what goes on, makes great input on logistics, and is always happy to help. Thanks Miles! Jim and Roy ot alot of things done before any of us got there including the power cords and surge protectors, salt water made up, and not to mention much of the logistics between the Boys and Girls club venue in general. Thanks man.Sean here on the right had the grueling task of being on the raffle team as well as getting the projector/screen worked out for us all. Sean is a great member of our BOD and a killer idea man. There is a good head on those shoulders thats for sure.Thank you Albertareef, Stylaster, and Gumby. Cherany was enlisted as a raffle coordinator as well and she did a fine job. She handled the microphone exceedingly well and that little yellow purse sold a lot of raffle tickets I am sure.She has a well deserved seat on our BOD and brings a welcome opinion when it comes to decisions, ideas, and fine tuning various club agendas. Thank You Cherany! Sirena hard at work setting up the food area with all the tasty goodies she fixes. She pours a ton of love into the club and we just love her back. Thank you Sirena!..I have to also mention that it is completely dark in the background outside as it is maybe 6 something AM when this pictures was taken. Early birds! Look at Golden Basket and TPA getting ready for the opening hour. Rudy and Garret have both been tremendous assets to the club over the years and are both very nice people with lots of experience behind them. Jeff made a cameo and dropped off some more raffle prizes! This guy comes through with some crazy discounts and donations for the club. Always a generous guy, thanks a ton Jeff. Unrivaled and Barrier Reef were side by side. This made for some very nice coral flats that did a great job of representing our Washington friends diversity. I know I will drop a few dollars in this strip of salt water goodness. Natalia W, getting her ducks, I mean frags, in a row. Her team were veterans at setting up shop via booth/table events. Calm and collected she just talked the talk and walked the walk. And this guy might be familiar to you all, if not by face then maybe by name...MattV was in the house with David A with StumpTown Corals. Always bringing some fire, these guys just got back from RAP a couple days before this event so they are definitely some die hard reefers here. Kyle and His Wife Kiera setting up the Tampico Coral Farms table, the Mrs brought some very impressive coral jewelry to display as well. Very cool. A shot for those of you who wanted tto see this crafty merchandise for yourselves...Or at least in picture on the forum. I love this pic with Flashy Fins-Left, laughing while Albertareef-center, points in a scolding manner into the room , all while Gill&Fin smiles and shakes her hands explanation of whatever may be going on. A perfect example of the atmospheric feeling of happiness and good cheer. Holly does an amazing amount of behind the scenes work with the Officers and Board of Directors for the club not to mention she is an outstanding member of our community. Thank you Holly! Lexxiinverts, our Vendor Relations, giving Rudy and the other sponsors a hand unloading and setting up. Andy is a stand up guy, super glad he is in our corner. Thanks man. Karen AKA KKnight ran the door attendance for a while and boy was that a full time job, so glad we had so many volunteers ready and waiting to help where needed. Just in case you didn't know but she is currently our lead for our famous tanks for teachers program. Thank You Karen! Roy or "Stylaster" setting up Pacific Corals for the event. This man helped get things all lined up with Jim before the doors opened. Ex President has done his share for the club and continues to give, Thanks Roy! I had a few pics of our beloved president but I chose this one for this thread in particular. There was so much good energy and vibe at this show it was astounding. All of us on the BOD and office make a great team accomplishing our goals so effortlessly as a whole, and we certainly are happy to have this lady lead us in her presidency, Thank You Kim! Left we have The Clark and on the right here we have our own Bicycle Bill! Bill is one of the model citizens who always offers a hand when you need help, gives generously of his tank and corals, and makes great contributions in discussions via forum and in person. We love you Bill. And much love to the Clark, Jeremy here is one of our leading moderators and computer tech guys, making short work of any of our website problems while being a cool cat and sharing his information and DIY projects with the rest of us.Thanks Jeremy! And another Shout Out to an Office member Mr Bret, our club Treasurer. He unfortunately could not make it to this event due to some more important family matters but never the less this guy contributes so much for the PNWMAS that I have t make sure he gets a mention for his contributions to the support of our club. Thank You Mr.Bret! Even though Scott is not on the BOD I want to also thank Spectra for the cooking done and setup efforts made along with just being a good guy. That was good Mexican food man, all the sides you made were spot on! Also on the BOD that deserve thanks but are not in these pictures are the Amazing Chief who has helped keep this forum together on many occasions via your technical skills, and Zoolander, who has been a new helping hand in the PNWMAS endeavors. Thank You! And then there is this guy... Bert or Badxgillen ...Not too sure what to say about this odd fellow. He does like his corals though, and he also likes this club thats for sure. I just do what I can when I can, and I must say It has been a pleasure working on this tteam, thank you for having me! OH! And Don't let me forget about Joanne and her Spokkan Crew that came all the way over to join forces with the PNWMAS. Having the extra hands and input was great, we loved having them out with us and look forward to getting together for an even bigger and better experience next year. Looking forward to whatever comes out of our clubs teamwork. Thank You! Zondebok was one of our volunteers, thanks for coming out man, the more the merrier yeah. Hope you snagged some tank loot for the new rock work. What What!!! Colin from The Photiiczone ready too get it ON!!! Optimus Prime Say Whaaaaat! That chalice has reached Beast size and the Euphylia rack is Stacked! Dodge on the left was of excellent help breaking down and assisting the vendors in the end, we all got out way earlier than we had anticipated because of all the awesome volunteers here., Thank You Prime! BShot from behind the tanks, Reefrun grabbing some choice pieces from one of my main mans here Roy at Pacific Corals. She has good taste yeah. Picoreefer You. Long time no see, as you can probably tell I am getting some mad photography experience in so I should be taking pictures of nano and your caliber any year now. But really, good seeing you man, wish I knew you were coming and I would have brought you a frag or tow. Always next time yeah. SASQUATCH FOUND!!! But we all call him Derick from time to time. Another good guy here, he has a taste for the finer zoanthids and has recently started to delve into the gorgonians. Glad you could make it out Squatch, and thanks for the assistance man. DJ from NWA, no attitude here though. Fun guy to chat with and get crazy about corals. I gotta come by and see some of those in person again. Cody from West Coast Corals was able to make it over in time for the Frag Fest! I am sure Paratore found a few things worth while here. I mean who couldn't!? Don't get mad Reefermadness, there is plenty of corals to go around for everybody. Mike here was able to snag a couple crazy corals and talk with our Garret of TPA too and get a special cowrie set aside for h back at the premium aquarium shop on the way back home. Now that's service! And Mike...Lets make another Milwaukee run soon yeah. Trailerman caught in the hypnotic gaze of the rare and elusive Monster chalice...Okay, maybe its not elusive, but it is rare. Albertareef, PDXmonkeyboy, and Holly have a good talk amidst the chaos of what IS NW Frag Fest. Hamby is Bad to the Bone here runniing shop and getting his raffle on. I love these two guys, high energy and very cool to talk with. Their corals are pretty sweet too, and very well priced. Gil&Fin, Colby, and Lex all taking a look at Pacific Island Aquatics newest accomplishments on cell phone. That man and his facility are going to be doing some big things in the future. Another person I am glad made it to the show and talk on sustainability. Ann speaking about sustainability! Laura Simmons talk on sustainability, short chain acquisitions, and conscientious reef keeping was nothing short of enlightening. When in doubt about a livestock purchase and its origins and possible impacts, feel free to ask questions to the seller, and then do a little research. A little homework goes a long way in this hobby. So much of what we purchase goes through a number of hands and lands. We all fail to remember this. The slides shown made all the issues talked about very easy to intemperate and digest. Long chain supply is typical of the profit driven markets that care little of the livestock or the lands they are acquired in. And due to the convolutednes of the situation it is hard for anyone to truly know how sustainable any part of the chain is. Where as the short chain is much more transparent from having things straight forward. Just look at how these species are initially caught then only distributed by a handfull of exporters before they almost become "bounced" around other exporter/importers. SHEESH! The trickle effect of finances becomes very apparent when portrayed in the fashion Laura presented. .08 Cents per trigger, commonly inflated hundreds of times the Original value. Ultimately the low wages getting to the actual collectors is causing quite some strain on the whole environmental systems themselves via increasing pressures of unregulated fishing for fish collected. And lets not forget about the illegal methods used in certain regions not to mention the complete lack of incentives and enforcement. But there is some good news out there. Some examples of sustainable fisheries that are the leading model to follow, no surprise here is Australia at the peak. And exactly what are we all shooting for here our hobby for the long term? Powerful information as well as questions we have to ask ourselves.Great stuff from Laura here that was not what we typically have presented from a speaker. I would say it was a Success!!! Andy, Laura, and Colby feel the same! Just look at that enthusiasm!....Well, actually this is Lex winning the MP40. But it certainly instills the mood I had about this wwole tthing. WHOOP WHOOP!!! Put those hands in the Air! And speaking of winning. Karen took home the Vectra I believe. Nice score. I took home some nice pictures and good memories, If for some reason I didn't mention you personally here I apologize, out of 500 pictures I still didn't get a good shot of everyone. But know that I appreciate everyone of you and I Thank You All. I mean it though, the people, the officers, the Board of Directors, the club itself...Thank You so much for making all of this a reality...As I quite often leave these posts ended with a nod of encouragement and thanks. You All Rock!!! Reef On!
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    Thanks again vendors, volunteers, members!! You all made this event a success! Final tally going to Tanks for Teachers is 2963.62!! Sure we could have probably just gotten by with donations and raffles and no frag show but we wanted to do something fun, positive , and bring the community together! Thank you all who came and participated!! I will post up what we end up doing for The Boys and Girls Club! Below is the breakdown of costs and without donations of time, money and supplies it wouldn't be possible!!!
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    Huge, huge, huge thanks to those that volunteered so many hours of their valuable time. Truly grateful for all the hard work to make this possible. Heck, I was exhausted just being a visitor to the swap. It took a while to get all the spoils dipped and put away. And that's really nothing compared to what the volunteers did. Word was, many were up in the wee hours of the morning and stuck around pretty late to take it all down. THANK YOU!!!!!!! It was a special event in many ways. Most of us scored a ton of nice frags, made trades, good conversation, ate good food.... And learned allot more about sustainability. Which was awesome by the way. RESEPECT to the Aussie coral and fishery. Gonna go get me some scolies!!
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    Thanks everyone who came out we had nearly 200 people and made good money for Tanks For Teachers! As soon as Sirena and I catch up on sleep I will let you know how much !!! it was a blast !!!
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    I'm the one with a human head.
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    Please do, I'll probably end up putting it on after having a few...I have a feeling everyones gonna see the real side of me, haha
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    I also want to thank Bert for this amazing write up. I know these take a lot of time, and he always does a fantastic job. Add that to all the things he does for the club in other ways, which I couldn't begin to count, and the fact that he has to travel two hours every time we have a club meeting, officer meeting, or event, we are super-lucky to have him. Thanks, Bert!
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    That was awesome, Bert! I was like a kid in a candy store and I want more candy!!! Haha Can't wait for the next one! You all, are a great bunch of people and I am so privileged to be a part of your group...
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    Love your write ups!! That was a great show!! Special thanks to Miles, Bert and Andy for getting up at 330am and making the long journey. I know they always have me covered with set up and clean up! Bert you are truly one of a kind! Also Sean thanks for taking charge and covering the raffles , IT, and setting up! Zoolander made the flier and the logo. Holly made the signs. Joanne Vega the president of the SPCDA gave me lots of advice on how to make this happen and also let us use a square reader. Gumby and Stylaster did much of the preplanning for set up as we could not access the club! Cherany did an awesome job with the raffle announcer! Sirena was my right hand woman who helped me in so many ways to make this event happen! Spectra helped with food and made some amazing beans!! Karen and her friend manned the check in all day and made sure everyone paid! Cuttlefish donated lots of raffle prizes! Rudy Batara of Golden Basket was a wealth of information on how to make this run !! I had several meetings with him and he is always generous with his knowledge. I am also thanful for the vendors up north who took a chance and signed up for the first annual frag fest! Mr Bret put up the web page and helped acquire many of the sweet raffle items!! so who wants to see another frag show ???!!!
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    I wanted to give a special shout out to @Sirena I could not have pulled off this show without her. She worked all day and then had to make multiple trips to the grocery store. She was up late Thursday. She took the day off Friday and spent the entire day preparing the beef and chicken on the Traegar. If that wasn’t enough she also prepped and made dinner for all of the volunteers and some of the vendors. She was the smiling face that met you at the show when you were hungry and stood the entire time! I believe you can feel when Love ❤️ is put into food and she put lots of love into that food! We were up until past midnight shredding chicken and meat and then up at 430am to make it to the show. We came home didn’t unload the truck and she was so exhausted she slept from 7pm to 7am the next morning! She really is one of a kind!
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    Hey everyone, My name is Zach Bogatz, and I was at the most recent PNWMAS frag show. Got to meet a lot of you nice people, it was a lot of fun and tiring ;). Dodge told me about your forums, and thought I would join in on the fun, and thank everyone for coming out to visit us at the show :). I will try to keep up on the forum but I am super bad about checking these things lol!
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    Awe wow! A gal goes to work and comes home to this. I seriously can not thank Scott and miles for all their help with food. And Jim’s son...so sorry I forgot his name but man he was a hard worker! I would do this every weekend for this group and for the tanks for teachers [emoji177] we have such an awesome group of people, cooking is the least I can do to help out. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    I also wanted to shout out to @spectra who had the most amazing beans. I hear the salsa was good too but I am one of those rare unfortunate freaks that Cilantro has a soapy taste for me.. Sirena was most impressed with your culinary skills and your take charge attitude. The two of you made a fabulous team. I know you don't like too much public accolade which is why I have not posted up your own thank you thread. Same goes for Jim Armstrong @Gumby. But both these guys have a heart of gold and are hard working and will never sing their own praises. Spectra as many of you know was also the reason I originally checked out this club and wanted to be a part of it... Please don't hold that against him!
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    I was also at yesterday's swap and had a wonderful time talking to venders and buying way too many corals. The prices were very reasonable so I couldn't resist. Got some corals high on my list like a space invader pectinia, purple hornet zoas and a bubblegum digi. Also got other beautiful sps. Laura Simmons from Cairns aquarium gave a great talk on sustainability in our hobby. I can't wait till next year. Thank you to all who put on such an awesome swap. Oh and the tacos were very tasty
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    Good to hear and well if and when the new tank shows I can help with delivery and set up if Jim ( think that's his name I suck with names ) doesn't have a way to get it there.......... Was a good time and cant wait for next year.............was a good time hanging out with the first lady...........
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    This pic is from 2015, lost her in the big levamisole crash
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    Hey there, I thought I would introduce myself since I am new here. My name is Carla Ehlers, and I live in NW Montana. First off, thank you for letting an out-of-stater in.......................lol. I am hoping to be able to post some pics of my tanks, so here goes :). These are all tied into one 100 gallon sump, along with a 75 gallon refugium and a skimmer that used to be on my 300. there are 2 40 gallon breeders and the 28 gallon cube.
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    It says supporting member, you gotta support something right?
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    You ought to do two a year............................lol. Appreciate the welcome, I really do, and I got alot of pics
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    If anyone else has some good pictures to contribute to the thread please feel free to post some up. No one person can be every where all the time. Lots of moments that I missed thats for sure, between running around and the speaker event I barely got to hit the tables. I did however, get some pretty nice coral and tank shots though.
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    Zach, you joined! Awesome! You won't regret this great group of people. They're nothing short of awesomeness! You need to get your sidekick Gene or is it the other way around, on here, as well. I'm sure you guys made out pretty well at the fest, well, at least from me, haha. You and Gene had some really nice stuff! Can't wait to see you guys next year or maybe even sooner! Now fork out the $24 and become a supporting member, lol. [emoji12] Sent from my Man Cave while having a cold one! [emoji41]
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    A few new pics. It’s coming along.
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    Special thanks to the following vendors: Barrier Reef Cy Forrell and Natalia Washington Captive Reef Paul Hamby and Ed Hahn Golden Basket Reef Rudy Batara Pacific Corals Roy Seine Stumptown Corals Matt Van Devender and David Arguello Tampico Corals Kyle Woekel The Photic Zone Colin Apt The Premium Aquarium Garrett Munoz Unrivaled Reefs Gene Friend Together with cash and donations they contributed over 3 grand !! Also thanks to Cuttle Fish and Coral and Jeff Slemp who could not attend but acquired 1000 dollars worth of donations. Special thanks to the SPCDA and their president Joanne Vega for your volunteers and technical support and guidance. Thanks also to Rudy Batara for all of his sage advice on how to make this show happen. We couldn't do this without all your support. Vendors and members alike!! Final tally is coming soon but please support these vendors. Much of the time they are lucky to break even at these shows but do it for the love of the community!!
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    a party is not a party without all of you members to support it. Fun time always when local reefers get together. Thank you to all that made it a success.
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    Most awesome gathering I've been to in a while! Glad, I was able to help! [emoji91] [emoji106] Can't wait for the next one! Sent from my Man Cave while having a cold one! [emoji41]
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    That's so awesome!! Awesome work to everyone who was involved, cooking, setup, donations etc. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
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    Was alot of fun and great to see some old faces! Thank you everyone that came out!
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    Hear hear! I hope they all had a good experience as there is no show without them. Everyone was great to work with and extremely generous. Hopefully we can get some good feedback to help make future events even more enjoyable and productive for all. Thanks again all of you for being part of this event!
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    You'll be literally disappointed with me..
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    It can get a bit rowdy during the white elephant exchange. All in good fun!
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    Let's see some pictures of this beauty, I come here for my fish porn fix an I see no pictures lol..
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    Nice to meet you Zach at the show! You were working really hard. Setting up a show is hard work. Remember folks these vendors have to get up like 3 am drive down and then set up a tank in 2 hours or less. No easy task!! Most of the time they are lucky to break even and do it for the love of the hobby. This was our first show so I really couldn’t tell them how many people would come and they eagerly signed up anyway! Unrivaled Reefs definitely has my business! Great forum name wantanewtank as that will never go out of style!! Please support these vendors if you can and with Unrivaled Reefs it’s easy! Check out their Facebook page! He’s got some nice high end stuff as well as some old school favorites of mine!! All of it was high quality!
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    One of the club's greatest assets! I told him he needs to get on the Board of Directors, but he doesn't seem keen on politics or recognition. You reading this, Jim? You are great, and I will say it even if you don't like it!
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    I am continually blown away by the club and how everyone can come together to enjoy a common passion. And to include some amazing vendors and clubs from afar just made it that much more amazing [emoji6]. It was so great to get to talk to everyone and spend the day together for a great cause. Already planning the next one [emoji177] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Scott it was so great to get to know you better you are an amazing person. I see many more cooking partnerships in our future! You are a super awesome chef [emoji67]‍[emoji505] [emoji895][emoji847] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Had a great time myself, thank you everyone for the hard work you put in to make it enjoyable. Cant wait to see next years
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    This was great Kim! Thanks for putting it all together. I had a blast.
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    Phase one complete................4lbs of mators, a few onions, cilantro and a jalapeno.........even cut up 4 cans of olives and still have all my digets Had extra stuff so tossed it all in the blender and made some hot stuff to................it needs to meld overnight and will see how it tastes in the am.......... Phase 2 in the morning and then off to the fest...........
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