2017 AZ FRAG, PROP Info, Meeting Dates, and FAQs

Frick

AZ FRAG President
WHAT IS AZ FRAG?
AZ FRAG is The Arizona Fish, Reef Aquarium Group, and is comprised of members from Phoenix and surrounding areas who meet every other month. On the alternate months PROP auctions are held. FRAG was originally started in 2002 by Mike Tang, Erin, Durin, Mojodelli, and Mike (bluesman). In 2004 KirstenK began leading the group. In 2007 Adrian (Helfrich Chick) took over leadership. FRAG leadership was handed off to Jason (Frick) in November 2012 and was formalized starting with the first election in December 2012. The FRAG name has been changed to AZ FRAG to differentiate the group from others. In the summer of 2013 AZ FRAG became a member of the Marine Aquarium Societies of North America (MASNA). AZ FRAG became an official 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2015.

2017 AZ FRAG BOARD MEMBERS
President - Jason "Frick"
Vice President - Hunter Hammond “evolved”
Treasurer - Eric Zard "Zibba"
Secretary - Kevin Roberts
Corresponding Secretary - Eddie Cruz "xanthurum"

WHAT IS PROP?
In 2004 the Propagators Reef Organization Project (PROP) was founded. A group of hobbyists banded together, in the name of conservation, to promote captive propagation of corals for the aquarium hobby. PROP's primary mission is to seek out and purchase captive grown coral fragments that have proven to be healthy, colorful and have an excellent survival rate. The secondary mission is to seek out other rare corals with potential. All PROP corals are then grown out and made available through auction to our reefing community.

PROP FARMERS
-Allen "Stolireef"
-Elliott "Elliott"
-Eric "Zibba"
-Jason "Frick"
-Brad "urbaneks"
-Eddie Cruz "xanthurum"


WHAT HAPPENS AT AZ FRAG MEETINGS?
Prior to the meetings, everyone is notified via a thread posted here in our forum, as well as on our website, announcing any special events. At which time, members attending can list corals for sale/trade or request specific frags they are interested in. Occasionally "roaming" meetings are hosted by an LFS, a member (aka "The Parade of Reefs"), or other reef related destinations. Our meetings are typically casual, and sometimes formal, and sometimes feature educational presentations and demonstrations given by respected professionals in the industry. Another exciting perk for our members are the spectacular raffle prizes and giveaways donated by our sponsors!

WHAT ARE PROP AUCTIONS?
PROP Auctions are held approximately 6 times a year. PROP frags (those grown by PROP farmers) are sold to the winning bidder with 100% of the sale going to purchase additional PROP Corals. Hobbyists are encouraged to propagate their own corals and auction them at the event with a small seller’s fee of 10% to be donated to PROP. Fees are reinvested for coral purchases or donated to AZ FRAG for special events. At no time do the PROP farmers receive money from the sale of PROP corals. ALL expenses incurred by the farmers as a result of caring for the PROP corals are absorbed by each farmer. To see the corals that will be available at a PROP auction please check out the PROP Photobucket gallery.

HOW DO I BID AT PROP AUCTIONS?
All bidders must be registered at the PROP Auction prior to the auction start and have an assigned Bidder/Seller number given at the auction. On-site registration for the day of the Auction can be done from 1:30pm – 2:00pm. The registration period will end promptly at 2:00pm; if you have not registered by this time you will not be able to bid/sell during the auction (Please remember to double check your Bidder/Seller number with the PROP registrar on the day of the auction to ensure you are using the correct number). Registration is required only one time and you will retain the same number each Auction. Check-out for items bought/sold will only be available after the Auction has concluded. No check-outs will be allowed while the Auction is running. Buyers only will check out first.

HOW DO I SELL AT PROP AUCTIONS?
Sellers are limited to 15 items total. Nine days prior to the Auction (Friday night by 8pm) a thread will be posted announcing the Auction and requesting all items up for auction. Sellers must post their PROP Bidder/Seller number when listing items. All Auction items, including pictures, descriptions and starting bid prices must be posted on the thread by 12:00am (midnight) Thursday prior to the Auction. After the final list has been compiled, PROP will post a FINAL AUCTION LIST thread on Friday which will list all items for sale, with their assigned lot numbers, and the items will be auctioned in the order they were posted. Sellers need to note the lot number their item(s) have been assigned so that during the auction items can be distributed in a timely fashion. You are encouraged to print the FINAL AUCTION LIST to help keep track on Auction day. Items will be sold in whole-dollar increments only. Sellers will be able to check out once all the buyers have completed checking out.

AZ FRAG MEMBERSHIP FEES
Effective January 1st, 2015:
An annual membership is $10 and is valid for the calendar year. To apply for annual membership, please send a completed application form to azfragclub@gmail.com (you may also email to request the form, if you cannot find it). You can also fill out the form on our club website here. The application form is simple and your information will NOT be shared outside the Board of Directors. Membership is required to attend FRAG events and meetings. If you wish to attend a meeting and are a non-member, there will be a $10 admission fee (or you may simply apply for membership at the event). Each membership includes your immediate family; only one membership per household is necessary. (However, extended family do need separate membership.) Name tags are included with your membership. Members will also be provided one free raffle ticket per meeting. You must check in with the FRAG BoD to receive this ticket.
Lastly, members will have free access to the common club property.

NAME TAGS
Name tags are included with your AZ FRAG membership. If you would like to inquire about one, please send an email to azfragclub@gmail.com, with your full name and screen name. Each name tag includes a lanyard style name tag holder. Your name tag will be available at the meeting following your membership or once available can be mailed to you (if desired).

MEETING LOCATION
Pranksters Too, The Hall
7919 E Thomas Road Suite 101
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

2017 DATES AND TIMES
These days are subject to change, so please check back here often for the most recent updates. All meetings will be held at Prankster's Too in The Hall unless otherwise noticed.

January 14th -PROP Coral Auction @ Pranksters 2pm
February 11th -AZ FRAG Presentation @ Pranksters 2pm
March 11th -PROP Coral Auction @ Pranksters 2pm
April 8st - DESERT FRAG FEST @ Pranksters 2pm
May 13th -PROP Coral Auction @ Pranksters 2pm
June 10th -AZ FRAG Presentation @ Pranksters 2pm
July 15th -PROP Coral Auction @ Pranksters 2pm
August 12th -AZ FRAG Presentation @ Pranksters 2pm
September 16th -PROP Coral Auction @ Pranksters 2pm
October 14th -AZ FRAG Frag-o-ween Party @ Pranksters 2pm
November 11th -PROP Coral Auction @ Pranksters 2pm
December 16th -AZ FRAG Holiday Party@ Pranksters 2pm
 
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