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President's Message

TBFC takes off to a running start in September and it seems that in the blink of an eye the first half of TBFC’s season is almost over. Before you know it we’ll be talking FossilFest and the Peace River Adventure in these pages (do the years really go by that fast?). But before we get to that I want to tell you about the November meeting which is a special annual event for TBFC.

November 2nd Meeting/Auction
Ben Waller Memorial Scholarship Auction
with Dr. Bob Sinibaldi

TBFC’s November meeting will host our annual Ben Waller Memorial Scholarship Auction. This will be your best opportunity to pick up some fossils, artifacts, and all sorts of “paleo” related goodies for your favorite fossil hunter. Or, what the heck, to keep for yourself! And it’s all for a good cause. Proceeds will benefit the numerous scholarships TBFC awards throughout the year.

There will be lots of “paleo” items available in the auction from all of the generous folks who donate to this worthy cause. So, if you have a bunch of those pesky meg teeth laying around, or too many mammoth molars to fit under your bed, consider donating them to this excellent cause! If you don’t have any fossils you’re ready to part with yet, a big heart and a deep wallet is all you need. What makes the Ben Waller Memorial Auction a success… is YOU!

TBFC’s auctioneer extraordinaire will once again be our very own Dr. Bob Sinibaldi. His booming voice and silly anecdotes keeps the auction interesting and a not to be missed show. I hope to see a good crowd on hand to help TBFC raise some money for our scholarships. We’ll have lots of great paleo-items to auction off including a good supply of legally collected artifacts. And… to make it easier for you to purchase items from TBFC’s auction and paleo store, we take checks, credit and debit cards, and gold doubloon!

Jurassic Park in the Dark
November 9, 2019, 7PM
Indian Jones and the Temple of Doom

What could be better than spending a beautiful evening outside watching a “paleo” styled movie with your fossil friends? We’ve been meeting in my backyard to watch Jurassic Movies (and the first Raiders of the Lost Ark) for eight years now. TBFC has a nice PowerPoint projector to show the movie and November is certainly a great time of year to spend some time outdoors. This event has been popular and is an easy and cheap evening for the entire family.

As we anxiously await the release of the next movie in the Jurassic franchise, we’ll fill in once again with a not so shabby edition of Indiana Jones. We’ve already shown Raiders, so, Temple of Doom it is.

Bring along some yard chairs or blankets and your own cooler of drinks and snacks, or Thermos full of hot cocoa, depending on the weather. Arrive at 7PM to claim your spot and we’ll get the movie started at 7:30PM. My address is 2407 Tangerine Hill Court, Lutz, FL 33549. This is a free TBFC event, so bring the whole family, and the neighbors. Don’t miss it!

Fossil Day 2019

My thanks go out to all of the volunteers who showed up to help with Fossil Day at the Florida Aquarium on October 19. With just a few days to go before the event I was a little tight on manpower, but then all of a sudden a bunch of folks came through and I had 18 volunteers. That was more than enough to staff all of the fossil stations we planned for. I appreciate everyone’s hard work.

The Florida Aquarium is a great place to promote TBFC because they literally put thousands of people through their doors during Fossil Day. TBFC had displays set up throughout the Aquarium where we displayed fossils that were associated with some of the living creatures on exhibit. We also had a kid’s scavenger hunt and were able to swear in about 200 new junior paleontologist with an official badge and activity book. Don’t miss Fossil Day 2020 next October! (Thanks to Seina Searle, John & Cheryl Jacobs, Bill Faucher, John Cronin, Eileen Durkin, Andy Searle-Engelson, Liv Bruso, Jarrod Morris, Mike & Conner Barnes, Doug Woodring, Tyler Fuchs, Phil & Carole Mathes, Fred Hendershot, George & Liliana Overhuls.)

I hope to see lots of you at the November 2nd auction!

Good Hunting,
Mike Searle