The Skylands Aquarium & Water Garden Group (SAWGG) is a small group format club for hobbyists in Northwest New Jersey and surrounding areas. We provide a safe, friendly face-to-face forum for members to express and learn new ideas about the hobby and aquatic world, share successes and failures, and exchange livestock and supplies. SAWGG differs from traditional aquarium societies by emphasizing informal, frequent fellowship in a round-table format. Per our guiding principle, we strive to be “friendly, fun, and simple” in everything we do.
SAWGG is incorporated as a New Jersey non-profit social club following Federal 501(c)7 guidelines. This means we must provide an opportunity for personal contact among Members, limit attendance to Members and their guests (SAWGG events are not open to the public), and fund ourselves primarily through membership dues, donations, and assessments. SAWGG is not a club that focuses on entertainment or education via speakers and auctions, but those are sidebars to what we offer. We are poor by design. Face-to-face fellowship is the primary purpose of our meetings and joining as a Member.
We meet as a group twice a month (either Friday nights and/or Sunday afternoons) in Denville, Morris County.* Pre-COVID “SAWGGatherings” included refreshments, socializing, group discussion, sometimes a short program or group show-and-tell, door prize, bowl show, free stuff, and a small simple auction of member fish, plants, and dry goods. Throughout the year our Members enjoy a Holiday party, Summer picnic, outings, and group buys. Our private Facebook Group allows Members to communicate any time in safe, friendly forum.
If you are interested in visiting SAWGG as our guest, and possibly joining as a Member, please read this and contact us.
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* LIVE INDOOR MEETINGS ARE POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Members are meeting on Zoom or outside. Stay safe and protect your fellow citizens: Get vaccinated. Wear a mask. Social distance. Avoid indoor gatherings.