General Meeting Minutes February 2017

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

Speakers: Mike Boom
Guests: Mark, Patty, Chuck, Svetlana, Sean

Entertainment (Gayle Hudson)


  • Mar: California Academy of Science: Volunteer Diver Opportunities – Mauritius Bell
  • Apr: Lembeh Strait & Raja Ampat – William and Mari Conaway
  • May: Reef Check California – Dan Abbott

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

Treasurer’s Report (Helga Mahlmann)

  • Account Balance: $4,747.83
  • Don’t forget to pay your 2017 dues!

Membership (Bernhard Sterling – not present)

  • 79 club members

Training (Dennis Hocker)

  • Advanced Open Water: Dive scheduled for February 4, 2017. Please check the club website for training updates.

For more information on training contact Dennis Hocker (510) 792-5606 or Neil Benjamin (510) 673-0073

Newsletter (Maria Johnston)

Web Goddess (Maria Johnston)

  • Website is up to date. Check out the calendar if you want to see what events are coming up.
  • Content can be sent to

Social Media (Gayle Hudson)

  • Facebook: 83 members. Participation is open to the public.
  • Meetup: 85 members. Participation is limited to club members.
  • YouTube: We are looking for more video uploads and recommend the video length be five to eight minutes.

Old Business


New Business

  • Membership Chair: Bernhard Sterling has decided to step down as membership chair. The club had one volunteer for membership chair at the club meeting.
    • Motion to elect Debbie Driggers as Membership Chair. Motion passed.
  • July General Meeting Date Changed: Originally July 6 and moved to Wednesday, July 12.
  • Moss Landing Research: Dave Chervin announced a new program by Moss Landing Marine Labs focused on analyzing underwater video at great depths. The program hopes to crowd source the analysis of the video for fish identification.

Special Committee


Past Dives

  • Cayman Islands (Lee): Lee spent a week in the Cayman Islands at the Cayman Beach resort and dove 17 dives. He went with a group called “The Surge” sponsored through Scuba Board. There were around 80 divers in the group and they saw lots of sharks and rays. Lee is currently working on editing his dive video for uploading to Youtube.
  • Cozumel and Tulum, Mexico (Neil and Elizabeth): Neil and Elizabeth traveled with fellow club members to Cozumel at the end of 2016. They also traveled to Tulum, Mexico for cave diving. They went on a cavern dive consisting of a 45 minute loop that covered four cenotes, one called the “Point of Life.”
  • San Carlos Beach, Monterey (Jim Steele): Monterey was calm during the last major storm, with visibility around 40 feet.
  • San Carlos Beach, Monterey (Alan Throop & others): January club dive. Alan brought a new club member, Alma, out on her first cold water dive. Adnan brought his two sons and had a great family dive.


  • Good Buddy Award: None
  • Bone nominations: None
  • Bone Award: None

Upcoming Activity and Dives



  • Next Membership meeting: March 2, 2017
  • Next BOD meeting: February 16, 2017

Meeting adjourned at 8:52 PM.