|GET A RED SHIRT
TODAY AND JOIN THE
|YATFS is a non-profit hobby organization composed of local aquarists
and dealers. It was founded in the spring of 1972 for the express purpose
of promoting the science of exotic freshwater and saltwater fish and
plants, assisting new hobbyists, encouraging the breeding and
displaying of all aquatic life, and acquiring and dispensing aquatic
knowledge and literature.
All persons with an interest in the aquarium hobby are welcomed and
invited to attend two meetings before making any decision on
|Our meetings are held the 3rd Friday of each month (unless
At the Mineral Ridge Presbyterian Church on Rt 46. Doors open
at 7:30pm & we start at 8:00.
3654 Main St, Mineral Ridge, OH 44440
Enter through the side door.
|We would like to thank all who attended our fall auction. From beginning to
end, our club members' participation was very impressive. We also had several
new members join the Red Shirt Revolution! There were alot of beautiful fish
and aquarium supplies auctioned. As usual, Lisa Reel and her kitchen staff did
a wonderful job. The food was delicious! YATFS would like to give a very
special thank you to Tom DiCola for the lip smacking sauce that he made for
the meatball subs. Thanks to Mary Walter for providing the homemade
desserts. They were excellent. We would also like to send a special thanks to
the auctioneers, runners, membership, raffle & Chinese auction, registration,
and processing & checkout people. We hope to see everyone at our next
auction on March 22, 2015. For those of you who do not have your red shirt
yet, there is still time to join the YATFS RED SHIRT REVOLUTION!
|IT'S AUCTION TIME
MARCH 22 2015
JV. JOHNSON COMMUNITY CENTER
800 GILLMER ROAD, Leavittsburg OHIO 44430
CHECK OUT THE AUCTION TAB ON
|COME JOIN US MARCH 20th 8:00pm FOR
BILL SHIELDS FLORIDA FISH FARMING
|Bill Shields, a lifelong aquarium fish hobbyist who started keeping fish at the ripe old age of six, grew up in South Florida in the 1950's.
During his youth, Bill's entrepreneurial streak had him collecting guppies and mollies from the town park's pond and trading them with
the local fish store for other fish and supplies. After college and various jobs, Bill finally started working "officially" in the pet trade as a
salesman, store manager and then, finally, general manager of three Docktor Pet Centers in the Harrisburg, PA area. During this time,
an invitation to attend and join the Susquehanna Aquarium Society in 1974 became his formal introduction into the organized portion of
the hobby. Not long after joining, he became Vice-President , President, and then member of the Board of the Directors; later he was
named Hobbyist of the Year in 1976. After joining the American Killifish Association (AKA) in 1974, he realized he had jumped to the next
level of the hobby.
After a hiatus from the pet trade--during which he was an elephant handler and midwife for 27 Asian elephant births-- Bill's avocation
became his vocation. His aquarium fish expertise earned him a position as a professional fish breeder at 5 -D Tropical Inc, an
ornamental fish production and import/export facility, in Plant City, Florida where he worked from 1995 until retirement in 2010. Finding
no organized fish club in Tampa, FL, Bill's life came full circle as he and eight other fish keepers founded the Tampa Bay Aquarium
Society (TBAS; website: tbas1.com ) in 1992. Bill remains active with the TBAS and other hobbyist organizations. He has served on the
committees for two national AKA conventions, in 2000 & 2006, as well as the 2009 North American Native Fish Association (NANFA) all
held in the Tampa area. In addition, Bill manages the annual Aquarium Beautiful Competition for the Florida State Fair. And as a bucket
list trip travelled to Iquitos Peru in 2009 with seven of his long time fish friends .