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Meeting November 2019: Mike and Mario

mike marioSpeakers: Mike Helford and Mario Toromanovic

Mike Helford has served on the board of ACA and GCCA.  Got his first fish tank in 1968, and after 50 years is interested in all cichlids, but especially less common species from Lake Malawi.  Mike has bred over 300 species of cichlids and maintains a newly rebuilt fishroom with almost 50 tanks – The fishroom is designed by and built by Mario Toromanovic, who is originally from Croatia.  Mario serves on the board of GCCA and has received the top breeder award for many years, and has received the breeder award for most species from ACA for several years running also.  Mario has bred over 230 cichlid species, and maintains a very efficient and productive fishroom, with particular interest in Tanganyikan and Apistogramma species.

Guests are always welcome at our meetings, however after your third visit we do ask that you officially join the club.

Meeting Agenda

  • Presidents commentary and business affairs - (~10 minutes)
  • Discussion & overview of upcoming events ( ~5 minutes )
  • Introduction of any new members (~2 minutes )
  • Short Break (10 minutes)
  • Speaker (~ 1 to 1.5 hours)
  • BAP Auction (~15 minutes)
  • Members Auction (Did you know you can auction your fish off any meeting for a fee of $2 per bag to the club, max three bags)
  • Dry goods raffle (2 minutes)
  • After meeting networking and questions (unlimited)
  • Food / Dinner after meeting at Portillo's (30 minutes)

Meetings generally are at 6PM on the second Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noticed, so please check our Events Calendar.

Each meeting is attended by 25-50 people typically. The meeting starts with a welcome from our President and some business affairs may be discussed. We usually ask if there are guests present, raise your hand and tell us what kind of fish you keep!

Following business, there is a short break when you can meet other attendees, take a look at the fish that are available for sales, buy raffle tickets for aquarium goods and see the fish in our Bowl Show.

After the break, a speaker or other program is presented. We bring in speakers from all over the US and other countries. These speakers are usually an expert in cichlids or an aquarium-related topic. The talk usually lasts about an hour.

Following the talk, we announce the raffle winner and begin the auction of fish.

If you like fish or cichlids, you should come to the next meeting.

Delta Hotels by Marriott Chicago North Shore Suites
1400 Milwaukee Ave,
Glenview, IL 60025

(847) 803-9800 

Event Properties

Event Date 11-10-2019 6:00 pm
Event End Date 11-10-2019 9:00 pm
Location Delta Hotel by Marriott - Glenview