General Meeting Minutes September 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 7:33 pm

Speaker: Linda Hunter, “The Wild Oyster Project”

45 members present

Harris Miller
Rich and Matthew
Vita, Dylan, and Lindsey
Brendan and Kara

Entertainment (Gayle Hudson)


  • October 4 – “Strange Fish in Weird Places” Paulina Salinas Ruiz
  • November 8 Special Night – Members Night #2 – please submit photos on flash drive to Gayle Hudson at least a week in advance

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
  • 1,892.12 for classes
  • 3,208.43 for general account

Membership (Elizabeth Gilroy)

No report available

Training (Dennis Hocker)

  • Advanced Open Water class is completed:
    • Linda Phillips
    • Asim
    • Marianna
    • David Schooley
  • 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) 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

September 29/30: Urchin removal event at Ocean Cove: contact DL Popplewell about participating in a cabin rental over the weekend. You will need a fishing license for the event per California Fish and Game rules.

New Business

  • A club photographer was identified as Linda Phillips.
  • Recurring fees for PO Box, Web Hosting – motion to spend $700 on recurring fees, motion by Oliver Edwards, seconded by Neil Benjamin. Club voted affirmatively
  • Helga moved to cover speakers expenses, up to $25 for those coming from within 25 miles, and $50 for 50 miles or more. Seconded by DL Popplewell. Club voted affirmative

Past Dives

  • Larry Dimitri went diving in Hawaii – tethered off boat above 3,000 foot canyon. Larry got inked by a squid and had fun.
  • Matt, Linda, and DL went diving at North Monastery. They found friendly fish and were impressed.
  • Dave Chervin went to the North Coast, Gerstle Cove. Abalone were devastated. So was Dave.

Upcoming Activity and Dives


  • Channel Islands VDM on the Vision September 8/9
  • Club Dive, San Carlos Beach – September 15 – 8:30am
  • Memorial for Joe Timmons, 2 pm, at San Carlos Beach
  • Saturday, October 27, location TBD followed by dry tour of Monterey Hyperbaric Chamber At 3 pm, followed by Ghost Tour of Monterey
  • Club Dive, November 10, POC Smith
  • 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


  • Next BOD meeting: September 17, 2018
  • Next General Membership meeting: October , 2018

Meeting adjourned at 9:14 pm