General Meeting Minutes October 2018

Reported by Jono Dove

Meeting called to order by Vice President Kari Klaboe at Rickys Sports Bar and Grill in San Leandro, CA at 7:31 pm

Speaker: Paulina Salinas-Ruiz, “Strange Fish in Weird Places”

45 members present

Vaqueros Del Mar Dive Club
Vicky and Doug Bell
Gladys and Bill Delameter ($Bill)
Devin (joined ATDC that night)

Entertainment (Gayle Hudson)


  • November 8 Special Night – Members Night #2 – please submit photos on flash drive to Gayle Hudson at least a week in advance
  • December 8 – No Meeting – Club Holiday Party – Purchase dinner and raffle tickets online at


  • January 10 Special Night – Presenter TBD
  • February 7 – David McGuire, Shark Stewards

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: $4,663
  • 2,028.21 for classes
  • 3,470.33 for general account

Membership (Elizabeth Gilroy)

94 active members

Training (Dennis Hocker)

  • First Aid, CPR, DAN O2 provider class will commence in first part of December – please contact Dennis at: to sign up
  • Rescue Diver class in 2019 (CPR and O2 provider required)

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.

Web Goddess (Lola Johnston)

Content can be sent to

Social Media (Gayle Hudson)

Meetup: 73 Members. Participation is limited to club members. Meetup instructions are available on our website.


no report

Special Committee

  • Liability Insurance – the club will be purchasing non-water based liability insurance at $150/year
  • Holiday Party is accepting volunteers – contact Alan Throop
    • Tickets are available at

Old Business

  • Correction: Helga moved to cover speakers expenses, up to $25 for those coming less than 50 miles, and $50 for 50 miles or more. Seconded by DL Popplewell. Club voted affirmative

New Business

  •  An online survey will be sent to club members – please watch your inbox and complete the survey to assist our club
  • Alan Throop moved that $100 is made available for purchases towards raffle prizes at the Club Holiday party.  The motion was seconded, and approved by the general membership.
  • Helga Mahlman was nominated as Treasurer of the board for next month’s upcoming officer elections

Past Dives

  • Mike Barrett went diving in Catalina
  • Mike Barrett, Bo Peng, and Oliver Edwards went diving off North Monastery; They noted the kelp was patchy and inconsistent.
  • Mike Barrett went diving in Lake Tahoe
  • Gayle Hudson and Baerbel Sterling dove Breakwater wall and then the Metridium field
  • Linda Phillips and DL Popplewell dove Breakwater wall.  They had a calm water entry and a rough water exit.  At least one diver got knocked down and her regulator was filled with sand.
  • Dave Chervin dove Westin Reef outside Point Lobos.  One diver experienced an Out of Gas emergency at 30 FSW.  He made a free ascent to the surface with no reported injuries.

Upcoming Activity and Dives


  • Saturday, October 27, at Lover’s, POC Helga Mahlman, followed by dry tour of Monterey Hyperbaric Chamber At 3 pm
  • Club Dive, November 10, POC Smith – Actually a club dive weekend by Kat: November 10, Night dive, meet at 4:30 pm, at Breakwater; November 11, meet at 9 am at Coral Street; November 12, 9 am at Point Lobos (team reservations required)
  • December 8 at 7:00 pm, Club Holiday Party – La Cabana Restaurant, 7163 Rich Ave, Newark, CA 94560.  Bring presents for your guests, and an appetite for The Hokey Pokey, The Chicken Dance, and other classics
  • Annual Pilgrimage to Cozumel: Before Christmas, 2018 to Friday after New Years 2019


  • Chuuk Lagoon – The waiting list is now open – all spots are sold out.  POC Dennis Hocker


  • Maumere – Komodo – Bima, Indonesia aboard the Explorer Adventure Blue Manta.  POC Dennis Hocker


  • Next BOD meeting: October 18, 2018
  • Next General Membership meeting: November 8, 2018