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Vol. 46 No. 9

Program for General Meeting

Madeline Kaufman Speaking about Coral Reefs

Coral reefs have been on the decline for the past couple decades, yet millions of people depend on these ecosystems for food, jobs, tourism, recreation, medicinal compounds and coastline protection. With recent global bleaching events, severe disease outbreaks and increasing anthropogenic pressures, reefs have suffered to the point that active human intervention has become necessary. About ten years ago, the Lirman Benthic Ecology Lab at the University of Miami began to actively propagate corals in offshore nurseries and plant them onto the reef. They have planted over 10,000 corals onto the Florida Reef Tract to date. About 3 years ago, they expanded their restoration efforts to a citizen science program, known as Rescue a Reef. As a part of this program, they bring recreational divers out on coral gardening excursions in which divers help maintain the nurseries, collect corals and plant them onto the reef. To date, citizen scientists have helped plant about 3,000 corals. During her presentation, she will talk about the importance of coral reefs, the threats they are facing and what we can do to help.

She is originally from Baltimore, Maryland but came to Miami 6 years ago to pursue a Bachelor of Science in marine science and biology. After graduating in 2016, she took a gap year and became a divemaster with South Beach Divers, began volunteering as outreach coordinator for the nonprofit Debris Free Oceans and worked as a research assistant in two coral research labs at UM. She just returned to school this past January and is pursuing a Master of Science in marine biology, focusing on coral conservation genetics and restoration ecology.

Presidents Waves

This month we have the opportunity to vote on Rules changes which are presented in the newsletter. There are some minor clarifications in Article II. The change in Article III is to remove the phrase that says dues are payable on January 1st each year. The purpose of removing that phrase is to give the Board of Directors the ability to decide when and how dues are to be paid.

I would like to see this change approved because it would give the Board an option to have new members start 12 months of membership from when they become members. That means we would no longer prorate dues, and the club would always receive the same amount of dues for each new member.

Why is this important? Well, when the Board was considering ways to raise money, we discussed having a membership drive. However, it quickly became apparent that a mid-year membership drive would not be a money making endeavor when we prorate dues. In fact, since we give away discounts for local dives to new members, we could lose money on each new member.

That is why I am asking you to approve these Rules changes. Note that for current members, dues will continue to be due on January 1st. The change would only affect new members.

Happy diving,

Roger Cooper
President

Overseas Dive Trips

Local Diving

Mini-Trips

Social events

  • September 22, 2018 12:00 PM
    Funky Buddha Brewery, 1201 NE 38th St., Oakland Park, FL

Hospitality Hut

Greetings From the Hospitality Hut,

I am pleased to report two first-time guests attended the August general meeting of the USA Dive Club.

Cintia Campos, a friendo a Ken's, is a PADI certified instructor.  She received her certification in 1986 and has logged over 200 dives. Cantia would like to visit the Philippines.

Kimberly Lamaze was brought to the meeting by member Stephanie.  She is a Master Diver and has 290 dives under her weight belt. Kimberly would like to go on the Arenui Live-A-Board.

Be sure and say hello when you see a new face at a meeting.  Feel free to show guests all the posters and sign up forms for Social and dive events. Make them feel welcome!!

I encourage you to visit our home page www.usadiveclub.org.  Please click on the calendar and keep up to date on all the diving and non-diving scheduled activities. You may also take a look at the photo gallery and take a peek at past events.

I wish you all Happy Diving,


Clare Anthon

Hospitality Coordinator





Membership

Membership would like to welcome Susan Sheen to our great Dive Club.  Susa has been diving since 12 years old! We are excited about adding her expertise to our membership.  Pictures are now in from our members Bonaire trip.  It looked like a great trip!   

Please join us at the General Meeting September 6th.  Our welcome mat is always open for new members.  Come join a great group of people who love to dive, kayak, camp and various other social activities.

Enjoy,

Eunice Hamblen
Membership Coordinator

Rules Changes to be Presented for Approval

The Board of Directors has approved these changes to the club rules to be presented at a meeting of the General Membership for a vote. A two-thirds majority of the membership present at the General Membership meeting will be needed for approval.

Current Version

ARTICLE II: APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP

Section 1: An applicant must attend one meeting or function before being eligible for membership.

Section 2: Applications for membership must be submitted along with the initiation fee, prorated annual dues, proof of certification from a nationally recognized training agency and a duly signed and witnessed Membership Agreement.

Section 3: The initiation fee shall be established by the Board of Directors.

Section 4: Application for membership must be approved by a three-fourths vote of the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP DUES

Section 1: Annual dues shall be established by the Board of Directors and will be payable on January 1st of each year.

Proposed Version

ARTICLE II: APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP

Section 1: An applicant must attend one meeting or function before being eligible for membership.

Section 2: Applications for membership must be submitted along with the initiation fee, appropriate annual dues, proof of certification from a nationally recognized training agency and a duly signed and witnessed Membership Agreement.

Section 3: The initiation fee shall be established by the Board of Directors.

Section 4: Application for membership must be approved by a three-fourths vote of the Board of Directors present at a Board meeting.

ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP DUES

Section 1: Annual dues shall be established by the Board of Directors.


BONAIRE DIVI FLAMINGO BEACH RESORT AUGUST 11th-18th, 2018

                          

On August 11th, 2018, seven Under Sea Adventurers were packed and ready to meet at Miami International Airport.

After a delay of 50 minutes, we jetted off to Bonaire Flamingo International Airport. Upon arrival we were met by a van from DIVI. A very friendly driver named Ray safely tucked our luggage away while the group chose seats for the five-minute ride to the resort.

A very delicious Rum Punch welcomed us as we were checking in and receiving our room key, towel card, resort card and event schedule.

I was told Serge, the Dive Shop manager, was waiting for me. I quickly went to meet with him.  I gave Serge all the diver’s completed forms, and there were many!! I was told to have all the divers down at the shop for orientation. After I managed that feat, we were given a tour of the area we would be using all week.  We were told to put all our gear in our preassigned lockers (the picture below is me in my locker) and get ready for a check out dive. Serge wanted us all to be properly weighted to avoid any unsinkable divers in the morning. So after a long day of travel we made a dive.

              

Sunday morning, after a very hearty breakfast buffet, seven wide-eyed USA’ers were  ready for the first day of diving.  Our package included six days of three- tank diving.  Like clockwork we were all on the boat at 8 o’clock each morning and after an enormous lunch, back on the boat at 2 o’clock every afternoon. 

The water was 81-82 degrees F and as we were anchor diving, a bit of a current.

Orlando, one of our Divemasters was always ready to help and show us all the amazing creatures, large and small.  We were treated to the sights of tuna, tarpon, barracuda, squid and all the beautiful tropical fish we see here. The walls were spectacular and the corals beautiful. 

Our rooms were spacious studios with kitchens and small living rooms that opened to lovely screened porches.

              

Happy Hour was usually in my room. Thanks to all we had a great assortment of snacks,  cocktails, beer and wine.

The Resort offered Karaoke Night, at the Beachside Bar, so off we went! Needless to say, it was very entertaining. USA’ers are not shy.

On Thursday, the Beachside Bar had a complimentary Happy Hour with hors d’oeuvres and  more Rum Punch, so off we went again. After many “punches” we enjoyed our Private Dinner. We had a choice of a lovely piece of tuna or a HUGE pork chop. Guess what I chose? It was excellent!!

                                                                                             

After six divers completed two morning dives on Friday, the rinsing and hanging of gear commenced.  

A group of five decided to rent a van and tour the island.  The Food Manager, Henk, packed a lovely assortment of wraps, fruit and drinks in coolers  for us to take along.

We drove to Washington Slagbaai National Park.  After a very bumpy ride over dirt and rock roads we proceeded to the other end of the island to visit the Salt Flats.

                           

Upon returning from our tour, some of us went to a nearby Italian eatery. Capriccio Ristorante was a short walk from DIVI. We decided to dine all’interno vs. alfresco where complimentary Mimosa’s welcomed us.  The food was delicious and the wine was white and crisp.  

After dinner, we returned to DIVI.  We all gathered and realized our long planned week had come to an end.  A few more beers, cocktails and lots of ice were center stage.

                                                                   

Saturday morning, many were packing and getting all belongings up to the Front Office for check out.  Finally our van appeared! Once again our luggage was safely tucked away as we chose a seat to return to Bonaire Flamingo International Airport.

I will always remember my first trip to Bonaire with the Under Sea Adventurers Dive Club!

Sunny regards,

Clare Florio Anthon

Trip Leader



 Loosen up before your dive

 Please see Tom Stenger's SAFETY BLOG article located at https://www.usadiveclub.org/safety.


 LOBSTER POT WINNERS


USA’s Lobster Pot drawings include CASH prize winners, and a variety of PRIZES donated by South Florida Dive Shops, other Sponsors or Club Members

Funds from ticket sales help to support our many club activities. Congratulations to all our Lobster Pot winners. Be sure to visit our local dive shops who support us and say ‘Thanks’.

Cash prize of $40.00 donated by Club
  Jay Rubin
$20 off local dives donated by Club
  Kimberly Lamaze and Jay Rubin
DEMA T-shirt donated by Ken Glaser
  Kimberly Lamaze
Bistro flatbread coupons by Courtyard of Marriott
  Clare Anthon and Lisa Kennedy
2-tank refills donated by Dixie Divers
  Clare Anthon
1-day tank rental donated by Force-E
  Jeff Jacobs
Lobster tickle stick donated by Karen Hausheer

Jeff Jacobs
Tank yoke light donated by Larry Townsend
  Lisa Kennedy
100' flat line and handle donated by Karen Hausheer
  Paul Molinari
2-tank dive on Lady Go Diver donated by Dixie Divers
  Paul Molinari
"Diving and Snorkeling Dominica" donated by Chris Hardham
  Bill Watts
$5 discount on a dive charter donated by Force-E
  Lisa Kennedy

Russ and Julie Manhold
Promotions Coordinators

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For SALE:

Dell 2400mp projector.  Includes manual, remote, power cord, new spare lamp.  $100. Contact avguy@usadiveclub.com.

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