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President's Message

After the cancellation of our September meeting due to Hurricane Irma, it seems like the first half of TBFC’s 2017-2018 season is almost over. Before you know it we’ll be talking FossilFest in these pages. But before we get to that, the November meeting is a special annual event for TBFC.

November 4th 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 credit and debit cards!

My thanks go out to all of the volunteers who showed up to help with Fossil Day at the Florida Aquarium. We were a little tight on manpower, so no one had any breaks for most of the day. I appreciate everyone’s hard work. The Aquarium is a great place to promote TBFC because they literally put thousands of people through their doors during Fossil Day. TBFC had displays setup throughout the Aquarium where we displayed fossils that were associated with some of the living creatures on exhibit. We also had a kid’s game which required a visit all of our fossil stations. We were able to swear in over 200 new junior paleontologist with an official badge and activity book (thanks Seina Searle and Eileen Durkin for taking care of all of those young paleo kids). Next Fossil Day, October 20, 2018!

I also want to thank TBFC’s October Speaker Dr. Ryan Carney. With nearly a hundred folks in attendance, we all enjoyed hearing of Dr. Ryan’s research and learning that Archaeopteryx could fly. Dr. Ryan is a professor at USF, so we look forward to seeing more of him throughout the TBFC season.

Raiders of the Lost Ark, In the Dark
November 18, 2017

For a few years now TBFC has hosted an event called Jurassic Park in the Dark. One by one, over the last four years, we’ve had a well-attended outdoor movie night watching the Jurassic Park movie franchise. Well, we’re all out of Jurassic Park’s to watch. No problem though, I had several people suggest that we continue the movie event and switch over to Raiders. So, get ready for Raiders of the Lost Ark, In the Dark!

We use the club’s PowerPoint projector for an outdoor widescreen theater. Bring along some yard chairs or blankets and your own cooler full of drinks and snacks. Arrive at 6:30PM and we’ll get the movie started as soon as it’s dark enough.

My address is 2407 Tangerine Hill, Lutz, FL 33549. This is a free TBFC event, so bring along the whole family.

Good Hunting

Michael Searle