General Meeting Minutes November 2017

Reported by Kari Klaboe

Meeting called to order by President Jono Dove at Round Table Pizza in Castro Valley, CA at 7:30 pm.

Speaker: Alan Throop

Guests: Vicky (Jim’s Student), Jack, Janey

Entertainment (Gayle Hudson)

2017

  • December: No general meeting

2018

  • January: [TBD] – Meeting date moved to January 11!
  • February: Paul Rosenblum – Indonesia
  • March: Dennis Hocker – Dive Equipment Maintenance

Please check Meetup and the Aqua Tooter for entertainment updates. If you have any requests or suggestions for future entertainment, let us know at entertainment@aquatutus.org!

Treasurer’s Report (Helga Mahlmann)

Club Account: $4,945.12. Please remember to buy your tickets for the holiday party!

Membership (Debbie Muth-Driggers)

89 members

Training (Dennis Hocker – not present)

  • No training scheduled.

For more information on training contact Dennis Hocker at (510) 792-5606 dennis@rxscuba.com or Neil Benjamin at (510) 673-0073 neil.benjamin@lamrc.com.

Newsletter (Lola Johnston)

Contact Lola at newsletter@aquatutus.org if you are not receiving the newsletter. Input due by the 20th of the month.

Web Goddess (Lola Johnston)

Content can be sent to webmaster@aquatutus.org.

Social Media (Gayle Hudson)

  • Facebook: 119 Members. Participation is open to the public.
  • Meetup: 69 Members, 14 Pending. Participation is limited to club members. Meetup instructions are available on our website.
  • YouTube: We are looking for more video uploads and recommend the video length be five to eight minutes.

Old Business

  • Officer Elections: The floor was opened for nominations before voting. Listed below are all officer nominees. Names in bold were elected to their respective officer position by the general membership.
    • President: Matt Warren, Kari Klaboe
    • Vice President: Patti Shannon-Hocker, Fritz Welss
    • Secretary: Jono Dove
    • Treasurer: Helga Mahlmann
    • Membership: Elizabeth Gilroy
  • General Meeting Location: The general membership voted to move our monthly meeting to Ricky’s Sports Theatre and Grill in San Leandro.
  • Volunteer Positions: We are still looking for help with Entertainment and Website/Newsletter Assistant. Please email the AT Board if you are interested in helping out.

New Business

None

Special Committee

Holiday Party

  • La Cabana on December 9. Contact Alan if you would like to help out with the party.
    • Tickets
      • Advance: Member & Plus One ($10/each), Child ($5/each), Guest ($15/each)
      • Non-advance: Ticket costs increase.

Past Dives

  • Philippines (Dave Chervin, Dennis Hocker, Jeff Tindall): Nine nights in Dumaguete at the Atlantis Resort. Dave also spent a day snorkeling with whale sharks. Diving depths were typically between 60 to 70 feet and visibility was around 20 to 40 feet (not great because it rained quite a bit). They saw a few flamboyant cuttlefish and lots of little shrimp and crabs.
  • Club Dive at Lover’s: Buoyancy and trim were the focus of the skill dive. On the second dive, Neil and Matt saw a plainfin midshipman.
  • Point Lobos (Muth-Drigger Family): There was a lot of surge that day, so Linda and Jim opted for snorkeling. Other divers that day had to go down to a depth of 90 feet to get good visibility.
  • Monterey (Neil Benjamin, Elizabeth Gilroy, Bill Briscoe): Visibility was not great and the water was cold. There were also a lot of sea nettles.

Awards

  • Good Buddy Award: None
  • Bone nominations: Dave Chervin
    • Jeff Tindall nominated for forgetting to turn on his air a couple of dives during the Philippines trip. He also forgot his weight belt on a separate dive during the trip.
    • Dave Chervin self-nominated for forgetting his weight belt on one dive and forgetting his fins on another dive.

Upcoming Activity and Dives

2017

  • November 11-18: Roatan Island, Honduras – contact Nancy Gearty [trip full]
  • November 18: Club Dive at San Carlos Beach – POC Alan Throop
  • December 2-3: Channel Islands Again – Contact Nancy Gearty [5 spots open]
  • December 9: Club Holiday Party
  • December 21-January 6: Cozumel, Mexico trip – contact Patti Shannon

2018

Meetings

  • Next Membership meeting: January 11, 2018
  • Next BOD meeting: November 16, 2017

Meeting adjourned at 8:54 pm.