The Annual meeting gave
FOBIA a chance stand back, take stock of the past and
see where we are going. We invited the head of Detroit Parks
and Recreation, Mr. Charles Beckham, so he could
inform us what is needed to get the Aquarium up and running.
During the ensuing conversations, Mr. Beckham agreed to meet
with Keith Tianen so he can expand on his proposal for
funding Belle Isle and the Aquarium.
Mr. Beckham suggested we needed an extensive survey of the
Aquarium and our treasurer Charlie Bristol, being an
architect, offered to get a team together and check out
If Mr. Beckham expected our annual meeting to consist of
dewey-eyed idealists with no real grasp of the what is
needed to run an aquarium, it is quite possible that he
went away with some appreciation of our organization.
For our part, we applaud Mr. Beckham for taking the time and
trouble to listen to us and look forward to working
with him in the future.
6:00pm - 6:30pm Registration/Hors d'oeuvres
||6:30pm - 6:40pm Kate Alan-Greetings
6:40pm - 7:00pm Special Guest: Mr. Charles
Beckham, Director, City of Detroit Department of
7:00pm - 7:40pm KEY-NOTE: Ms. Angela
Hicks, Project Architect, Hamilton-Anderson Associates,
the "Belle Isle Master Plan"- Power Point.
Mr. Beckhham &
7:40pm - 8:00pm Keith Tianen - "The Aquarium,
the Island, and Their Future" - Power Point.
8:15pm - 8:30pm ANNUAL REPORT
Finance Report-Charlie Bristol, Treasurer
Past year-Stephen Goodfellow, Vice-President &
Jennifer Boardman, Secretary
assorted pictures of participants...
Thank you all for coming - and now...let's get
to work. We've got an Aquarium to open!