General Meeting Minutes June 2017

Reported by Helga Mahlmann

Meeting called to order by President Jono Dove at Round Table Pizza in Castro Valley, CA at 7:32 pm.

Speaker: Jim Steele – The History of Diving & Evolution of Dive Equipment Part 2

Guests: Chuck Lucas (new member)

Entertainment (Gayle Hudson)


If you would like to present photos or video during Members Night, please contact Gayle at one week in advance of the August meeting. If you have any requests or suggestions for future entertainment, let us know!

Treasurer’s Report (Helga Mahlmann)

  • Account Balance: $5,530.43

Membership (Debbie Muth-Driggers)

  • 70 members, including associates and lifetime members
  • Roster emailed to club members

Training (Dennis Hocker)

  • New Advanced Open Water divers – come diving!
  • On monthly club dives it’s suggested we practice a dive skill. The POC can lead a discussion on the skill to be practiced prior to the dive.

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

Newsletter (Lola Johnston)

  • Lots of content and pictures in the Tooter.
  • If you are not receiving a copy, check your spam or junk folder first and then contact Lola at for assistance.

Web Goddess (Lola Johnston)

  • Looking for a club member who has programming experience to help develop forms for our website. We would like to integrate payment of club dues on our website, instead of sending members to Square. Please contact Lola at if you can help.
  • A link to Amazon Smile is located on the bottom right of our website. If you click that link and use the Amazon Smile page for AT to make your Amazon purchases, the club will receive a percentage of the purchase as a donation.

Social Media (Gayle Hudson)

  • Facebook: Participation is open to the public.
  • Meetup: 88 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

  • Constitution & Bylaws: 
    • A member noted that Sections 3 & 4 in the revised documents were inconsistent and a quorum was not defined. Member discussed this issue at length.
    • Motion made by Jim Driggers to accept the revised Constitution & Bylaws as is. Seconded by Larry Muth. Motion passed.
    • Motion made by Larry Dimitri that a quorum is most of the Aqua Tutus board (plus present club members). Seconded by Alan Throop. Motion passed.
  • BMALS: Call for nominations for At-Large members was opened at the start of the meeting. No additional nominations were provided. Nominees: Kat Smith, Jeff Doney, Larry Dimitri, and Myran Gist.
    • BMALS elected: Kat Smith, Jeff Doney, Larry Dimitri

New Business

  • June Club Dive: Few people are planning to attend. Some noted Salt Point is having problems with abalone due to a virus and that Mendocino is a better place for abalone right now.
  • Caribbean Dive Trip: Dennis announced three spots are still available for the Caribbean dive trip.
  • New Meeting Location: Rik Cederstrom mentioned that Ricky’s Sports Bar in San Leandro has a large meeting room and may be a better place to host club meetings.

Special Committee


Past Dives

  • Maui (Nancy and Mike Gearty): Lots of turtles and fish.
  • Breakwater, Monterey (Larry Muth, Debbie Muth-Driggers, Jim Driggers): Debbie’s BC was under weighted. 5′ to 7′ visibility along pipeline. 15′ visibility in other locations. They saw 2 crabs.
  • Abalone Diving (Susan)
  • South America (Fritz): Six months in South America. Two dives in Cabo San Lucas — cold.
  • Breakwater, Monterey (Larry and Jim Steele): Saw octopus. Free flowing regulator during dive — now has a new regulator.
  • Breakwater, Monterey (Jim Steele): Pipeline – flat with 15′ visibility.
  • Reef Check Dives (Dave Chervin): Breakwater and Pt. Lobos.


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

Upcoming Activity and Dives




  • Next Membership meeting: July 12, 2017 
  • Next BOD meeting: June 15, 2017

Meeting adjourned at 9:20 pm.