It is with sadness that I report that we will be dissolving the Chicago Livebearer Society on June 1, 2024.

Rick Borstein, CLS President, will be moving over the summer from Illinois to Florida. Rick founded and has been President of CLS since its inception in 2011.

We do not have anyone willing to take on the leadership of the club with the requisite skills and time. We hope that club members can at least meet informally at GCCA Swap Meets and continue the traditon of exchanging fish.

Our last meeting will be Sunday, April 7 after the GCCA Swap Meet.

So, what will happen next?

Funds. Our constitution dictates that all monies will be disbursed to the American Livebearer Association.

BAPs. We believe that BAPs, subject to certain rules, will be transferable to the American Livebearer Association. You can download your BAP list from our website.

Membership Fees: If you would like to be rebated (Paypal only) for your paid membership dollars from June 1, 2025 until expiration, please let us know by emailing the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Website Content. We have been in early discussions with the American Livebearer Association about becoming the new home for our existing website content.

Could there be another Chicago livebearer club in the future? We hope so. We are asking the ALA to retain a portion of our monies to create a fund to help new livebearer clubs launch.