At this month’s meeting on Wednesday, January 9th, we welcome back an enthusiastic speaker Christopher Boykin to give a program entitled “Turtles of Florida”. His talk will review the seven families of turtles found throughout the Florida peninsula, as well as the five species of sea turtles that frequent our waters. The speaker will briefly share some natural history characteristics of each species before elaborating on diamondback terrapins, which are a small euryhaline species found exclusively in mangrove and salt marsh habitats. We hope you will come out to learn about one of the world’s most interesting animals, who like you, have a strong interest in keeping their shells
Bio: Christopher Boykin has resided in Florida for twenty-two years and works for the Department of Environmental Protection’s Coral Reef Program. He participated on research projects as the principle investigator or assistant for more than fifteen species. His primary efforts with chelonians involved nine years of survey efforts with the ornate diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin macrospilota), which is found along Florida’s west coast.
Our Holiday party will be held on 12/12/1/2 (Wednesday) this year which is our regular 2nd Wednesday meeting night. Appetizers will be at 6PM and dinner at 6:30. It is a pot luck style with the club supplying the meat, ham and turkey. We will have a signup sheet at the November meeting. If you will not be at the meeting please call Carolyn @ 954-545-3657 by November 24th. Some important facts to remember- If you are bringing an appetizer, you need to plan to be there BEFORE 6PM. If you are bringing a dish that requires serving utensils please include
them. If you are bringing a cake that requires cutting, please bring a cake knife. GIFT EXCHANGE GAME: The ever popular Richard will be our game host. Since we are a shell club, we kindly request you purchase a shell related item in the $15-$20 range although liquor and chocolates have been popular. This is always a fun event. If for some reason you do not wish to participate in one part, come for the other!
At this month’s meeting, Wednesday, February 8, the Broward Shell club will be having a program given by Paul Callomon. Paul Callomon is Collections Manager in the Department of Malacology at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. He is the author of two books and several papers focusing on the mollusks of Japan, where he lived for many years. His talk recalls collecting trips in various areas of the country, and especially the Amami Islands. This island group is not well known to travelers from outside Japan. Despite a long history of human settlement it still boasts some of the best surviving coral habitats in the northwestern Pacific region and a very rich molluscan fauna.
Dr. Marvin Glickstein spent his working career as an engineer at Pratt Whitney where he patented several new cooling concepts for aircraft engines. As a hobby, he started SCUBA diving, when it was in its early stages. He also owned a boat he named the Lucky Stone which is his name Glickstein translated.
From SCUBA, he wanted to try his hand at dredging and with his close friend John Root, fitted his boat and dredged through the waters of the SE coast from Stuart to Key West and some near Ft. Myers, Florida.
Marvin was a prominent member of the Palm Beach County Shell Club, running field trips and holding several positions including President. He was also a founding member of the Palm Beach Aquarium Club.
Marvin has had several of the shells he dredged up named for himself and his wife Pat and also had several of his dredged shells later named as type specimens.
Marvin will talk about his experiences dredging and will describe some of the trials and experiences he had.
Yes, it actually that time of year again. And the date will be our regular December meeting date which is December 14th. The Fishers will have a sign-up sheet at the November meeting so you can let the committee know which of your delicious recipes you will honor us with. The club will supply the meat as usual. Also we will have the fun part – the gift exchange, and details on that will appear in the December issue. Just remember to keep the cost under $20 and shell and shell related items are what the items should be, although food and wine are acceptable. This is one the most fun activities the club has all year so do be a part of it!
The Program Title is “Secrets of the Lake Worth Lagoon“. Carole Marshall has been studying mollusks for 45 years. She has given many shell programs throughout this time to Conchologists of America, American Malacologists Society, Texas and Clearwater Shellers’ Jamborees and many shell clubs throughout the United States. Most recently she has given this program at the Green Cay Nature Center and the Pratt Whitney Retirees Group.
As a docent at the John F. Kennedy Cold War Museum on Peanut Island Florida, she spent her spare time combing the beaches and was encouraged to study the Peanut Island Mollusks. She is presently writing a book on the Seashells of Peanut Island. As another docent, she got to know the rich history of Peanut Island and the Lake Worth Lagoon, along with the flora and fauna and she will share it with you.
Carole is a past president and program chairman of both the Broward Shell Club and the now defunct Palm Beach County Shell Club. She was also president of the Treasure Coast Shell Club. Her most lasting accomplishment was testifying before the Fish and Wildlife Conservation department at many committee hearings. There was a movement to abolish shell collecting in Manatee County and through her efforts she rallied several other shell clubs to testify on behalf of shell collecting. Shelling is still allowed in that county. She also testified on behalf of shell collectors during the NOAA hearings during the Florida Keys Sanctuary hearings traveling to Silver Springs Maryland and Marathon, Florida to testify.
Elections were held and those chosen by the nominating committee were approved by the members attending the general meeting.
Members elected were:
President: Linda Sunderland
Vice-President: Sonny Ogden
Treasurer: Ike Alvo
Recording Sec.: Elaine Alvo
Corresponding Sec.: Carolyn Harvey
Auction: Bob Pace
Membership: Heather Strawbridge
Membership Assistant.: Joy Stafford
Holiday Party: Carolyn Harvey & Toni Fisher
Hospitality: Doug & Toni Fisher
Library: Juan Marrero
Newsletter: Richard Sedlak Newsletter Assistant: Richard Kent
Programs: Tom Ball
Raffle table: Richard Sedlak
Shell Show: Nancy Galdo
Shell Show Assistant: Alice Pace
Web Page: Richard Kent
Photographer & Club Historian: Violet Maas / Assistant: Kevan Sunderland
The COA Liaison, Custodian, Educational, Fieldtrips and Scholarship positions are being covered by the Board in general.
Unfortunately Violet is still ill. We all hope for a full recovery soon. Attendance was really good. Long time members showed up as well as new and newer members. Heather mentioned Linda Ebeling and Sue and Ted (and others I can’t remember) as well as the 2 ladies I talked to quite a bit so you can see I am not good at names! We are planning a bus trip to Sanibel Island to visit the Shell Museum and go to the beach. Richard will drive. Our speaker, Bob Janowsky gave a very well received presentation. Many questions were asked and answered. Everyone had good things to say about Bob. We had over 50 members in attendance. The raffle table took in $50.00. Thank you all.
Elaine Alvo Recording Sec.
THE ANNUAL BROWARD SHELL CLUB AUCTION
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011
At the Pompano Beach / Emma Lou Olson Civic Center
1801 NE 6th Street, Pompano Beach
Preview at 6:30 PM – Auction commences at 7:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Robert Pace (305) 386-3442 or Richard Sedlak (954) 296-5633
Auction items will include shells (common to rare), shell and nautical related gifts, books, jewelry, restaurant certificates and many other items….
Proceeds from the auction support the club’s educational scholarships.
Please note that this takes the place of the regular club activities for that evening. In other words, the Library, Raffle Table and Sand Flea Market will not be operating, but refreshments will be served.
BRING YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, NEIGHBORS, CO-WORKERS AND ANYONE ELSE YOU CAN THINK OF, ALONG WITH CASH OR YOUR CHECKBOOK. IT WILL BE A FUN EVENING AND A GREAT WAY TO INCREASE YOUR COLLECTION!
The date for this month’s meeting is Wednesday, February 9th. Doors open at 6:30 PM when the Library, Sand Flea Market and Raffle Table “open” for business. The main program commences at 7:30. For all you new members the meeting is held at the Civic Center, the same location as the Shell Show. Our presenter for this month’s program will be Peggy Williams, a guide for nine to ten shell collecting trips per year (see http://www.shelltrips.com). Her program will be on traveling/shelling in Belize, showing the beauty of the locale, the Mayan pyramids, the rain forest, and the many interesting and exciting shells found there during her shelling trips. Here is how she describes Ambergris Cay, Belize: Picture an island town where you can stand on the main street (of four) and see the Caribbean in front of you and a sparkling blue bay behind. Few vehicles drive the sandy streets, but friendly people greet you in English as you visit modest gift shops or tiny street-corner stores. Daily boat rides bring you to brilliant coral reefs and grass flats where Conchs, Helmet Shells and Chanks grow to impressive size. You picnic on a remote beach on fresh fruit and fish baked over a fire while you snorkel for a variety of reef shells. Come see for yourself the beauty and allure of Belize!
March 9: Shell Auction – April 13: Bob Janowsky…”Shells: Rare, Medium & Well Done”.