General Meeting Minutes May 2018

Reported by Jono Dove

Meeting called to order by Vice President Patti Shannon-Hocker at Rickys Sports Bar and Grill in San Leandro, CA at 7:31 pm

Speaker: Jan Freiwald, PhD, Executive Director, Reef Check Abalone and North Coast Update

Guests: Jenn, Mike Cox, Laurie Nasland, Ryan LaCoste, Jenn (the second)

Entertainment (Gayle Hudson)


June 7: Members Night – Submit your photos/videos to or bring a flash drive/CD/DVD to the next Aqua Tutus Club or Board Meeting
July 12: Backscatter – Underwater Photo and Video: Shooting Compact Camera Systems in Cold Water
August 2: Brian Nelson, Monterey Bay Sanctuary

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

Treasurer’s Report (Helga Mahlmann)

Club Account: $4,617.55

Membership (Elizabeth Gilroy)

  • 63 members total
  • 9 lifetime members

Training (Dennis Hocker)

  • Advanced Open Water class with weekend at Lake Tahoe Sept 8 and 9.
  • If any interest in training agenda: First Aid, CPR, DAN O2 provider– please contact Dennis at:
  • Rescue Diver class this Fall (CPR and O2 provider required)

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

Newsletter (Lola Johnston)

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

Web Goddess (Lola Johnston)

Content can be sent to

Social Media (Gayle Hudson)

  • Facebook: 128 Members. Participation is open to the public.
  • Meetup: 74 Members, 25 Pending. Participation is limited to club members. Meetup instructions are available on our website.

Special Committee

Committee to investigate Club Liability Insurance – Seeking ATDC members who are interested in contributing time, effort, and/or knowledge are welcome. Please contact Kari Kalboe at to offer your time

Old Business

  • Board members at large will be voted upon in June. Please consider joining the board!
  • Dennis celebrated a birthday

New Business

Kari celebrated her birthday on the same day as Dennis

Past Dives

  • Kat’s Birthday Dive at Point Lobos was a lot of fun for all those who made it. Visibility was awful but everyone had fun nonetheless.
  • Dave Chervin did his ReefCheck recertification (and passed!)
  • Gary; Went diving with Jim Steele’s class on Sunday. Conditions were tough.
  • Matt Warren and Linda: Dove breakwater twice. Top side was full of divers- Dove the pipe instead and found fewer divers and not many urchins. Found nudibranchs and other exciting unidentified creatures.
  • Several divers on two trips went out on Sanctuary Tours for an afternoon of whale watching. It was a lot of fun and highly recommend excursion.

Good Buddy Award

  • Elizabeth Gilroy nominated Jono – but he may not deserve it. The club decided he may actually deserve the “Annoying Buddy” award.
  • Kat Smith nominated Gayle Hudson for bringing her gear home, washing it, and bringing it to the Club Meeting. Happy birthday Kat!

Bone nominations

No-one was caught or admitted doing anything bone-worthy

Upcoming Activity and Dives


May 26-28: Purple Urchin Cull, Ocean Beach Sonoma County Coast – POC Bill Chinnock
June 23 and 24: Long Beach Scuba Show –
June 28-July 8: Papua New Guinea – contact Dennis Hocker
Sept 8-12: Northern Channel Islands Vaqueros Del Mar Dive – typically $600 for three days on the Conception. Reservations are open! Contact Bill Delimeter 925.455.6834, $600 for 3 days
December 20, 2018 – January 5, 2019: Annual Pilgrimage to Cozumel – Come for some, all, or more! Contact Patti Shannon Hocker at for more information


June/July, 2019: Return to Truk Lagoon – Sold out – All spots are filled.


Next Membership meeting: June 7, 2018
Next BOD meeting: June 21, 2018

Meeting adjourned at 9:19 pm