Board of Directors Meeting Minutes May 2017

Reported by Kari Klaboe

Present: Kari Klaboe, Gayle Hudson, Jono Dove, Dennis Hocker, Myran Gist, Debbie Muth-Driggers, Larry Muth, Jeff Doney, Sheila Doney, Kat Smith, Helga Mahlmann, Mike Barrett, Lola Johnston

Meeting called to order at 7:02 pm by President – Jono Dove.

Upcoming Entertainment (Gayle Hudson)


  • June: Part Two: The History of Diving & Evolution of Diving Equipment – Jim Steele
  • July: Wakatobi – Larry Muth
  • August: Members Night
  • September or October: Clay Wiseman

Possible Presentations:

  • Deep Reef Diving by California Academy of Science
  • Amos Nahcoum to present about his nonprofit
  • Ocean Geographic would like to present on Arctic diving.

Please contact Gayle at if you have any requests or suggestions for future entertainment.

Treasurer’s Report (Helga Mahlmann)

Account Balance: $5,134.81

Membership (Debbie Muth-Driggers)

  • Club roster updated.
  • 55 regular members, 7 associate members, and 9 lifetime members

Director of Training (Dennis Hocker)

Dennis and Board discussed the benefits of having a training exercise during the club dives. All agreed this was a good idea, but that we would not make it a requirement in order to POC a club dive.

Web Goddess (Lola Johnston)

Everything is great!

Newsletter (Lola Johnston)

Lots of great content coming in! Content is due by the 20th, email

Social Media (Gayle Hudson)

Meetup: 88 members and 15 pending. Members who have not paid dues will be removed from Meetup this month. Gayle to post a notice on Meetup.

Facebook: 85 members

Special Committees:

Holiday Party: Date for the 2017 holiday party is set: December 9, 2017. La Cabana is tentatively confirmed.

Constitution & Bylaws: Membership will vote on revisions at June meeting. Lola to send out an email reminder to club members notifying them of the vote.


Lola posted the recent article describing the CenCal organization to the ATDC website.

Old Business

Board Retreat: Jono postponed the Board retreat and will update the Board soon regarding a new date.

Board Members At-large (BMAL) Voting: In June we will vote for our new Board Members At-large (BMAL).

  • Ballot: Kat is going to create ballots for BMAL voting.
  • Ballot Counting: Sheila, Helga, and Debbie will count votes.

New Business

Sponsor Advertising: A question came up by one of our Holiday party donors about the possibility of sponsor advertising on our website. The Board agreed that we will not advertise sponsors on our website, we traditionally have not and do not feel comfortable starting that practice.

Lifetime Member: Jono suggested nominating Apple of Dive Paradise as a Lifetime Member. Kari to help coordinate nomination and biographical writeup.

Upcoming Events


  • May 27-June 4: Bonaire Dive Buddy Resort– POC Neil Benjamin and Idonya Pickney
  • June 16-18: Salt Point camping weekend – POC Myran Gist; Myran will host a free diving pool practice in a 13 ft. deep pool at Oakland High (Park and 580). It will be held on a Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm. Contact Myran for details.
  • June 24-July 8: Caribbean Explorer II, St. Maarten, Saba, St. Kitts – POC Dennis Hocker
  • July 12: General Meeting date changed to Wednesday, July 12
  • November 11-18: Roatan Island, Honduras – Contact Nancy Gearty
  • December 21 – Jan 6: 14th consecutive Cozumel Christmas in Mexico trip – POC Dennis Hocker – Divers are welcome to stay for part or all of the trip.



  • Next Membership meeting: June 1, 2017
  • Next BOD meeting:  June 15, 2017

The General meeting in July will be held on Wednesday, the 12th, with the Board meeting the following week on Thursday, July 20.

Meeting adjourned at 8:07 pm.