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    "Pond Happenings"

    October 2000 Newsletter


    As you all know, our October 14 meeting will be at Columbia University's Biosphere 2 Center in Oracle, Arizona, about 90 minutes south of Phoenix. All family members are welcome. The meeting will begin at 9:30 am and will be held under a tent by the pond. Clark Reddin, the manager over facilities, will speak to us about the football field size pond located on the grounds.  After the meeting, a private tour is offered for Pond Society members.  The tour will cost $13.00 for adults (private tours are normally $14.95) and $6.00 for children under 18 years of age (cash, check, or charge). The tour will be less than one mile in length, on paved pathways and covers all of the Biosphere 2 Center exhibits.  The tour takes approximately 2 hours and comfortable shoes and a hat are recommended.

    After the group tour, members can have lunch at the restaurant or cafe on the grounds or there are restaurants in Oracle. If anyone is interested, there is also a new "Under the Glass" one-hour tour, offered at 1 pm and 3 pm, which covers more of the technology behind the Biosphere.  There is an additional fee of $10.00 for that tour and reservations are required because the tour size is limited. If you have questions about Biosphere or would like to make reservations, call 1-800-828-2462.  No plant exchange this month and chairs will be provided, so you can leave your lawn chairs at home this month. 

    For members that would like to caravan together by way of Florence Junction, we will meet at Apache Junction High School located on Ironwood Drive between the Superstition Freeway and Southern Avenue. The caravan will leave at 7:30 am.


    It was really nice to be meeting at someone,s pond again, and John and Dwayne's pond was a great example!  They have done a wonderful job on the pond and waterfall.  There were even stepping stones to walk across the pond.  Their backyard was great too, with a Japanese accent and large shade trees, a small stock tank pond, a fire pit and several garden niches.  We enjoyed white, yellow and purple lilies. Approximately 60 people attended.  The meeting opened, the executive committee was introduced and the treasurer's report given.  The field trip to the Biosphere was discussed and a head count taken.  Looks like we're going to have a good turn-out!  The meeting was turned over to Dwayne who talked about his pond and garden.  Then our speaker, Roberta Gibson, an entomologist, gave an interesting talk about dragonflies, damselflies and other fun water insects as well as the not-so-fun insects like mosquitoes, bees and aphids.  She handed out a helpful flyer and answered lots of questions from the members.  Last month, Tom H. suggested that we have a short question and answer period a the end of each meeting for members to help other members with questions, problems, etc.  We had a good discussion and will plan to do it at each meeting.  This way, members with lots of experience can help others that might be having problems.  THANKS FOR THE SUGGESTION, TOM!


    Kathy E. --  Mesa
    Michel & Marie G. -- Phoenix
    Rod & Carolyn J. -- Mesa


    Mike and Karen W. (Chandler) are looking for homes for 2 koi, goldfish, mollies, platys, guppies and mosquito minnows.  They plan to empty their pond for cleaning the afternoon of Saturday, September 30 and will be ready to give them away.  They also have cattails for anyone that would like some.


    The November meeting is our end-of-the-year get together and elections. We will be having a potluck lunch.  The Pond Society will provide the meat and members will be asked to bring a favorite side dish or dessert. Elections will also be held.  If anyone is interested in ANY of the positions in the club (president, vice president, treasurer or secretary), please feel free to run!  Both the treasurers and the secretary have said that they would like to step down after several years of service and let someone else give it a try.  Be brave and get involved!