General Meeting Minutes March 2019

Reported by Debbie Driggers (for Secretary Gayle Hudson)

Meeting called to order by President Patti Shannon Hocker at Ricky’s Sports Theatre and Grill in San Leandro, CA at 7:35 pm.  45 members present.

Speaker:  Mike Boom – Video Retrospective on Diving in Indonesia.

Guests: Chris, grew up in a dive shop, just getting back to diving; Isabel from Germany has been diving for 15 years and wants to find people to dive with; Kathy and Tom from Alameda Divers, they are moving out of the area and are selling off some camera and dive gear.

Treasurer’s Report (Helga Mahlmann)

  • Club Assets: $5,990.10
  • Classes: $2,178.21
  • General Fund: $3,811.89

Entertainment (Jen Pechacek-not present, reported by DL Poppelwell)

  • April: Marc Shargel, UW photographer, NorCal
  • May: Meg Donat, Hyperbaric Chamber
  • June: Members Night
  • July: Josh Russo, Purple Urchin Removal Project

Membership and Meetup (Kat Smith-not present, reported by Gayle Hudson)

  • 48 Regular, six Associates, eight Lifetime members
  • Dues are due.  Can be paid online, checks/cash/square to Kat

Training (Dennis Hocker)

  • AOW:  will be held in August.  Must do three to five club dives prior to joining the class.
  • If interested in the NAUI Training assistant, check with Neil for prerequisites.
  • Rescue Diver class this September or October if enough interest (CPR and O2 provider required)
  • If there is interest in any other class subjects, let Dennis know.

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

Newsletter (Alan Throop)

Contact Alan at if you are not receiving the newsletter. Input due by the 20th of the month.  Content is always welcome. Dive reports and photos encouraged.

Webmaster (Kari Klaboe)

Website up to date and current newsletter posted. Content can be sent to


No report

Special Committee

Holiday Party: December 7 at La Cabana  – party planning will probably begin in August

New Business



  • March 16 dive on the Southern California oil rig: Devin’s spot is open talk to him if interested.
  • Reef Check will be starting up again soon for the coming year.  Talk to Dave Chervin.

Old Business

  • Members are encouraged to attend BOD meetings
  • Dues are due

Past Dives

  • Kari – Club Dive at Lover’s moved to Breakwater due to the filming of Big Little Lies. Good turnout.
  • Rick Cederstrom – Pacific circuit, dream trip of a lifetime

Bone Nominations

Rick Cederstrom – for missing a tropical dive boat experience because he couldn’t figure out the time zone!

Upcoming Activity and Dives




  • Dennis is looking into a Bonaire trip  (July)


  • March 21 – BOD
  • April 4 – General Meeting
  • April 18 – BOD

Meeting Adjourned at 8:45 pm.