Our 40th Annual Convention will be held from March 20-22, 2015 at the Sheraton Hartford South in Rocky Hill CT.
Our speakers are, in alphabetical order, Ariel Bornstein, Pam Chin, Mark Denaro, Mike Hellweg, Shane Linder, and Brian Perkins!
Stay tuned - more information will be added soon.
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Accepting submissions for the 2014 Betty Mueller Award…
The History of the Betty Mueller Honor
Betty Mueller was a member of the Exotic Fish Society of Hartford (EFSOH) for many years. She had a strong and pleasant personality and most everyone loved her. She never married and never wanted to, but she had nieces and nephews and she doted on them.
Her hobby and her passion was tropical fish. She kept fish her whole life and enjoyed it so much she went to a meeting of the EFSOH to teach and learn about her hobby. She became the editor of their ‘Newsletter’ and kept that position for 15 years.
The NEC formed in 1956 and Betty became involved around 1958. In 1970 the idea of a Weekend Workshop was proposed by Don Johnson, but its birth did not come easy. Turned down by the NEC BOD for the first few years, it was finally approved in 1975 with a tiny budget of $200. In 1976 the NEC held the first weekend workshop with 60 people attending.
Attendance the second year was only slightly higher and Chairperson Penny Faul wanted to increase that number. She asked everyone who had attended and enjoyed the weekend workshops to write a short paragraph that could be sent to the clubs to encourage people to attend the 3rd weekend workshop (being held in Boston).
The only person to do so was Betty Mueller, but her enthusiastic “paragraph” was two pages long! After some editing to shorten it, Betty, at her own expense, mailed the letter to everyone in every club in the NEC. Then after Christmas that year, without being asked, she sent another letter to everyone, again encouraging them to attend. Although expecting only 80 – 100 attendees that year, 187 people attended!
The Committee wanted to give something to Betty as a thank you for all her efforts in supporting the Workshop and the NEC, so they gave her a plaque and she accepted it gracefully. The following year the NEC BOD wanted to give Martin Bernard a thank you gift, so the second one was given out. This “thank you” continued year after year, being presented to grand supporters of the NEC and the hobby.
When Betty Mueller passed away, the NEC BOD voted to name the award after her, so the newcomers would know that she was one of the NEC’s strong workers and was truly appreciated.
The award will be presented at the 2015 NEC Annual Convention…
This special recognition is given to individuals who, over the years, have given overwhelming dedication and support to the aquarium hobby and to the Northeast Council of Aquarium Societies, Inc.
The rules are very simple:
Your club or any NEC member can nominate up to three persons a year.
Each nomination should be accompanied with a paragraph explaining why you feel this person is qualified. You cannot nominate anyone who already has received this honor. A committee of persons who have received the honor and are still active in the NEC will make the decision.