The Marine Aquarium Society of Los Angeles, founded in 1994
and ended in November 2000.
MASLA was originally founded by Andrew Lee and Lynne Laurita. During
this period MASLA was host to such speakers as Stanley Brown, of the Breeders
Registry, Keith Amador and Charles Delbeek of the Waikiki Aquarium. MASLA also put together
The Field Trip to the Waikiki Aquarium
In 1996 MASLA was reorganized and operated by Jim Stime, Jr. It was
during this period that MASLA brought in Steve Tyree, Jim Wolf, Paul Votava,
Scott Sweet, Jeff Macare, Rob Hildreth, Ken Yates, and Bob Fenner as speakers.
Additionally, Field Trips to the Long Beach AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC Construction
site, the Stephen Birch Aquarium, the Cabrillo High School Aquarium, as
well as, an awesome Members Aquarium Tour.
MASLA also exhibited at the 1997, 1998 , 1999 and 2000 America's
Family Pet Expo, but its greatest achievement was the production of the
tenth annual Marine
Aquarium Conference of North America , also known as MACNA X,
the grandest of all MACNA's, which featured 33 Speakers, 57 Exhibitors
and almost 600 attendee's. .
As of February 1999 MASLA became a " Partnership Organization
" directed by Clayton Romie and Jim Stime, Jr.
Membership was about 40, and meetings are attended by an average
of 35 plus. Meetings were held the Second Friday of odd numbered months,
and included a Speaker(s) and Presentation(s), Club Business, Social Time,
Open Forum Discussions, and a Raffle.
MASLA's 8 page, bi-monthly newsletter Odyssea, which began in February
1995, had printed 32 bi-monthly issues. Odyssea contained the Fish Tank,
the Reef Tank, and the Invertebrate columns written by Jim Wolf, MASLA's
Science Editor and Marine Biologist, Clayton Romie and Jim Stime. The newsletter
featured articles ranging from members visits to Public Aquariums, trips
to tropical vacation sites and Aquarium Conference's, as well as, various
stories written by its members. As of January 2000 Odyssea became the first
aquarium society to take its newsletter on-line, which allowed it
to expand its audience, content, and color.
Some closing words,
After almost six years, 32 meetings, 32 newsletters, 43 speakers,
2 tank tours, 6 field trips, 4 pet expo's, an extremely popular web
site, and one major aquarium conference,....*whew*.... was that enough
? The time has come for me to move on.
It saddens me a bit to leave but I do believe, and hope, that the
time that we have spent together has been benificial to you. It has always
been my goal to increased your understanding, your ability, your responsibility,
and your enjoyment of the saltwater aquarium hobby.
I have enjoyed tremendously the time I have been involved in the
the various aquarium societies, and meeting , as well as talking to you
and about your tank(s).
To those who have helped me along the way, I truly do appreciate your
guidance and assistance. I have learned alot from you and I will always
cherish these memories and our aquatic friendships.
Jim Stime, Jr