CIRCLE OF INTEREST (COI): A NEW PROGRAM AND A NEW TIMETABLE
The January 6, 2016 meeting will be something entirely new, dedicated to establishing “Circles of Interest” (COIs). Each COI is a specialized SFAS team, dedicated to learning more about their common interest, speaking to SFAS on that topic, and providing on-topic auction goods to SFAS. All SFAS members will be offered the chance to join a COI group.
JANUARY 6, 2016 COI MEETING AGENDA
7:00 PMCOI Group Formation
Frank Choy will orchestrate the formation of 7 COI groups and their lead persons.
Proposed COI topics: Bettas, Guppies, Discus, Shrimp, Catfish, Plants, Live foods, Repair shop, Dry goods, CO2 & lighting a planted tank, Aquascaping, Small fish room designs (2 ft x 4 ft)
7:15 PMCOI Group Discussion
COI members meet: Introduce themselves, plan the group's future action, and exchange email and phone numbers. Each COI group will work together for several months.
7:30 PMCOI Leader Presentations
Each COI leader summarizes night’s discussions and plans to the SFAS general members, and solicit feedback. There will be no outside speaker at this meeting.
8:30 PM Auction
10:15 PM Closing
1.To increase SFAS enjoyment of our hobby
2.To develop SFAS expertise and communication in specific COI areasTo improve the quality and dependability of goods brought to SFAS auctions. (Regular live food, anyone?)
3.To have COI leaders provide an SFAS 1-hour lecture about their activities, perhaps twice each year
4.To acquire new SFAS members, possibly from local special interest aquarium clubs.
5.To provide COI leaders an SFAS-based forum with which to market their goods
6.To provide more auction income to SFAS.
7.COI groups will meet from 7:00-7:15 PM at each regular SFAS meeting. SFAS will dedicate a few meetings per year to COI. At these meetings the COI leaders will present their group’s progress and expectations. SFAS will not hire an outside speaker for these meetings.
8.COI group size: Minimum starting size is 1 leader + at least 2 group members. If the group size falls to just 1 for two consecutive months, then the other COI leaders may vote to eliminate that COI.
9.SFAS will provide $20 seed money to each COI.
10.The COI leaders and SFAS General Membership will select the most appreciated COI for a TBD prize.
11.The minimum COI team is 1 leader and 2 other members.
•1/6/2017full meeting for COI
Frank Choy has been the SFAS President for 4 years, and a member for 30 years. In addition to running the monthly SFAS General and SFAS Board of Directors meetings, Frank does a ton of background work: facility leases, meeting setup and closure, speakers, procuring and delivering the Christmas dinner and more. BTW, if you are interested in SFAS history, just ask Frank.
We will have a regular auction after our COI meeting.