General Meeting Minutes November 2017

Reported by Kari Klaboe

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

Speaker: Alan Throop

Guests: Vicky (Jim’s Student), Jack, Janey

Entertainment (Gayle Hudson)


  • December: No general meeting


  • January: [TBD] – Meeting date moved to January 11!
  • February: Paul Rosenblum – Indonesia
  • March: Dennis Hocker – Dive Equipment Maintenance

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: $4,945.12. Please remember to buy your tickets for the holiday party!

Membership (Debbie Muth-Driggers)

89 members

Training (Dennis Hocker – not present)

  • No training scheduled.

For more information on training contact Dennis Hocker at (510) 792-5606 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: 119 Members. Participation is open to the public.
  • Meetup: 69 Members, 14 Pending. Participation is limited to club members. Meetup instructions are available on our website.
  • YouTube: We are looking for more video uploads and recommend the video length be five to eight minutes.

Old Business

  • Officer Elections: The floor was opened for nominations before voting. Listed below are all officer nominees. Names in bold were elected to their respective officer position by the general membership.
    • President: Matt Warren, Kari Klaboe
    • Vice President: Patti Shannon-Hocker, Fritz Welss
    • Secretary: Jono Dove
    • Treasurer: Helga Mahlmann
    • Membership: Elizabeth Gilroy
  • General Meeting Location: The general membership voted to move our monthly meeting to Ricky’s Sports Theatre and Grill in San Leandro.
  • Volunteer Positions: We are still looking for help with Entertainment and Website/Newsletter Assistant. Please email the AT Board if you are interested in helping out.

New Business


Special Committee

Holiday Party

  • La Cabana on December 9. Contact Alan if you would like to help out with the party.
    • Tickets
      • Advance: Member & Plus One ($10/each), Child ($5/each), Guest ($15/each)
      • Non-advance: Ticket costs increase.

Past Dives

  • Philippines (Dave Chervin, Dennis Hocker, Jeff Tindall): Nine nights in Dumaguete at the Atlantis Resort. Dave also spent a day snorkeling with whale sharks. Diving depths were typically between 60 to 70 feet and visibility was around 20 to 40 feet (not great because it rained quite a bit). They saw a few flamboyant cuttlefish and lots of little shrimp and crabs.
  • Club Dive at Lover’s: Buoyancy and trim were the focus of the skill dive. On the second dive, Neil and Matt saw a plainfin midshipman.
  • Point Lobos (Muth-Drigger Family): There was a lot of surge that day, so Linda and Jim opted for snorkeling. Other divers that day had to go down to a depth of 90 feet to get good visibility.
  • Monterey (Neil Benjamin, Elizabeth Gilroy, Bill Briscoe): Visibility was not great and the water was cold. There were also a lot of sea nettles.


  • Good Buddy Award: None
  • Bone nominations: Dave Chervin
    • Jeff Tindall nominated for forgetting to turn on his air a couple of dives during the Philippines trip. He also forgot his weight belt on a separate dive during the trip.
    • Dave Chervin self-nominated for forgetting his weight belt on one dive and forgetting his fins on another dive.

Upcoming Activity and Dives


  • November 11-18: Roatan Island, Honduras – contact Nancy Gearty [trip full]
  • November 18: Club Dive at San Carlos Beach – POC Alan Throop
  • December 2-3: Channel Islands Again – Contact Nancy Gearty [5 spots open]
  • December 9: Club Holiday Party
  • December 21-January 6: Cozumel, Mexico trip – contact Patti Shannon



  • Next Membership meeting: January 11, 2018
  • Next BOD meeting: November 16, 2017

Meeting adjourned at 8:54 pm.