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News Letter
Friends of Belle Isle Aquarium - Winter 2007 Update

Young FOBIA members learning how to care for turtles in the Aquarium basement.

Dear Friends of Belle Isle Aquarium supporters,

Apologies for the long delay in bringing you up-to-date. We've had ever-increasing problems getting news into circulation using our old listserv. This process was subject to constant spammer attacks and has now been closed. Instead, we've opted for this newer method which allows us to offer you a more extensive newsletter, bringing you up-to-date in a timely manner.

Over the last year FOBIA has taken great pains to convert the organization from a confrontational approach to a stance of pro-active cooperation in order to create ties with the Detroit City Administration.
Put simply, we want the City Administration to toss us the keys to the Aquarium, and we believe this approach is starting to pay off.
On a State level, we are approaching Senators, members of the House and Commissioners. This is a bipartisan issue. Opening the Belle Isle Aquarium is an outcome which both sides of the aisle can feel good about.
We are presently seeking letters of support for our business plan from elected government officials, so if you think you can help, please contact Secretary Jennifer Boardman:


  • There has been significant progress in talks between FOBIA executives and City Administration officials. We will be submitting our business plan to them in our upcoming meeting.
  • We are delighted to announce that the Detroit Executive Service Corps has generously offered to assist us with our business plan.
  • The annual election of Board Members is coming up. If you are interested in participating, contact President Vance Patrick at 313 717 2017
  • Volunteers are needed to help feed the fish and turtles in the Basement of the Belle Isle Aquarium. If you are interested, contact Diane Stiller of the Volunteer Committee at dianestiller@sbcglobal.net
  • If you can't donate your time, but you want to want to contribute, go here.