Erie Aquarium Society--January 12th
Richard “Rit” Forcier has kept tropical fish since the age of 10. He was a member of the
former Aqua Land Aquatic Society of Bristol, CT since 1982 and its President in 1986. He
also held the title of President of the Exotic Fish Society of Hartford, CT in
1985. The two clubs merged in 2009 and formed the Greater Hartford AS.
Rit is the co-founder and first Chairman of the Northeast Livebearer Association, and currently
is the Treasurer and Membership Chair.
He has been a member of the American Livebearer Association for over 15 years, Elected to the ALA Board of Directors in September of
2002, a position he still holds and he became Vice Chairman in April of 2003. He was elected Chairman of the
Board of Directors in October 2003 and was re-elected four times.
Rit was honored by Aqualand in December of 1999 with a honorary lifetime membership for his “sincere
dedication and generous support.” He also is an honorary lifetime member of the Pioneer Valley Aquarium Society (MA), 2006 Recipient
of the Betty Mueller Award from the Northeast Council of Aquatic Societies for his contributions to the hobby and has published in many hobby magazines, including TFH.
Rit maintains 45 tanks, some of which do not contain livebearers. He has been an auctioneer for many clubs, including ALAS, PVAS, Nassau (LI) Northeast Council and the ALA. His livebearers have won Best of Show at Aqualand in 1996, and third place in the Wm. T.
Innes competition of the Northeast Council in March of 2010, among other honors. He’s earned the Master Breeder designation
of the Northeast Council and holds Senior Breeder status in the ALA.
In "real life," Rit is a computer consultant. He travels half the year teaching programmers to write programs. We know you will find Rit's presentation fascinating, so make a point to come and meet and hear Rit at our January 2011 meeting.