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November 2018 Newsletter

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Vol. 46 No. 11

Program for General Meeting

Hammerheads and Shore-Based Shark Fishing

Presentation by Hannah Medd

Hannah Medd, founder of the American Shark Conservancy and marine biologist, has more than 10 years’ experience conducting applied research and conservation outreach for global and local shark and ray initiatives. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology and Ecology at Florida Tech in Melbourne, Florida. She traveled to South Africa to complete her Masters of Science in Marine Biodiversity from the University of Cape Town, where she learned about many aspects of marine resource management, including research and academia, government and policy, socioeconomics and ecotourism.

Endangered great hammerheads are popular species among divers and fishermen alike. This species is prohibited from landing in Florida waters and yet seem to be facing a poorly-understood threat, shore-based shark fishing. As part of American Shark Conservancy's research program, this project will describe the impact of this activity on the species and use these data to help inform policy.

Presidents Waves

USA Dive Club Members:  Club Bylaws require that the Board’s proposed slate of officers be presented to you in both the November and December newsletters.  Presented for your consideration are the following:

 President:  Roger Cooper
 VP Programs:  Ken Glaser
 VP Overseas Diving:  Nils Jacobsen
 VP Local Diving:  Ryan Goheen
 VP Social:  Alan Feuerman
 Secretary:  Amy Wellman
 Treasurer:  Ronnie Farr

Elections will be conducted at the General Membership meeting held in December. This year the General Membership meeting will be held at the Township Community Clubhouse (the corner of Copans Road and Lyons Road) on Thursday, December 6. The Holiday party is at the Courtyard by Marriot the following weekend. Note that the election is at the free General Membership meeting on Thursday at the Township Community Clubhouse, not the Holiday Party for which we have to pay. The Board of Directors did not want members to have to pay to come to the election.

The results of the opinion polls were as follows.

Should the membership continue to approve Rules changes or should Board of Directors approval be enough to approve Rules changes?

  • Membership should continue to vote on Rules changes = 25
  • Board of Directors approval should be enough to make Rules changes = 8

How would you like to see the Club use this polling mechanism in the future? (Please check all that apply.)

  • Allow the membership to vote on things like Rules changes = 26
  • Allow the membership to vote in Club elections = 24
  • Collect opinions from the membership = 22

Would you like to participate in local diving year-round?

  • Yes. Let's go diving all year = 12
  • No. Just warm-water diving for me = 6
  • Other: Year round, but less often off season. (1 write-in)

Happy diving,

Roger Cooper
President

Overseas Dive Trips

Local Diving

  • No upcoming local dives

Mini-Trips

  • No upcoming mini-trips

Social events

Notice

The Board of Directors asks that anyone having concerns about the actions of an officer of the Club first discuss those concerns with the officer. If that discussion does not resolve the concerns, then those concerns should be presented for discussion at the next meeting of the Board of Directors.

Further, the Board of Directors asks everyone to remember that those who hold elected and appointed positions on the Board are volunteers. While we may have different ideas of how things should be done, we are all working to keep the Club going.

Hospitality Hut

Greetings From The Hospitality Hut!

This month, I have good news and bad news!

Bad news is there were no first-time guests to report.  However the good news is two former guests have submitted applications for membership.

Eugene Ryvkin and Kimberly Lamaze will be approved at this month's BoD meeting. Be sure to welcome them.

Until then, 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.I wish you all Happy Diving,


Clare Anthon

Hospitality Coordinator





Membership

Hello USA Divers,

Our club is happy to welcome Susan Sheen as our latest new member. Welcome Susan!   Please check out our Social Chair's latest activities for more club fun.  Come visit us on October 6th at the Discovery Museum's Coral Reef event.   Guests are always welcome to our club general meetings as well as activities as a member host.  

Let us all hope that tropical storm season is at an end!

Best diving wishes,

Enjoy,

Eunice Hamblen
Membership Coordinator

Lion Country Safari

Lion Country Safari on Saturday, November 10. Details for this trip will be discussed out our next general club meeting.

The park includes a drive-through safari adventure and a walk-through amusement park which includes animal exhibits, restaurants, rides, and attractions.

We will meet at the Lion Country Safari Park at 11:30 am at the parking lot to the amusement park. Anyone wishing to carpool can meet at the McDonalds on NW 42nd St and Sample Rd in Coconut Creek at 10:30 am. (4200 W. Sample Rd, Coconut Creek, FL 33073.

First we will drive through the safari. After completing the safari we will meet in the amusement park at the main entrance and go to the main restaurant at 1 pm for lunch. After lunch we will explore the walk-through park, checking out the animal exhibits, feeding the giraffes, and checking out the animal shows.

Cost: $14 for adults, $11 for children under 12.
Address: 2003 Lion Country Safari Rd, Loxahatchee, FL 33470.
Date: Saturday, November 10, 2018 starting at 11:30 am.

Sign-up sheet will be available at the club meeting, otherwise respond back by e-mail or text (561-674-4300) to reserve a spot. Payment can be made at the next club meeting or you can mail checks payable to USA Dive Club to Ronnie Farr, our treasurer.

I recommend bringing water, sunscreen, your camera, and binoculars. You are permitted to bring your own food if you would like to picnic instead of eating at the park restaurant. Looking forward to another great social event,

Alan Feuerman
VP Social Events

trip reports

I want to thank all 27 participants who went to Grand Cayman. We enjoyed fabulous valet diving at Cobalt Coast Resort with Reef Divers. The water temperature averaged 85 with clear blue water.

We had spectacular oceanfront seating at the open-air restaurant looking at the Caribbean Sea. We also had some excitement when a plane flew right over us while we were eating. We later found out that it was a crop duster. Most rooms were ocean front for all that signed up early.

This trip included 3 dives a day. For us that did not dive the third dive, we had fun exploring the island. We went to Hell and back, visited the rum factory, blow holes and had excitement driving on the left side of the road. My two back seat drivers and navigators, Chary and Kathy kept me on the right track, most of the time.

Please go on the club’s website to see all of the photos or click here.

Your Trip Leader,
Ronnie Farr


 

Health consideration in diving

 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 donations 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 $46.00
$20 off local dive donated by USA Dive Club
$20 off local dive donated by USA Dive Club
Bistro flatbread coupon donated by Courtyard by Marriott
Bistro flatbread coupon donated by Courtyard by Marriott
$5 discount off all dive charters donated by Force-E
25% discount for all services donated by Force-E
Free tank refills, 2 each donated by Dixie Divers
Free 2-tank dive on Lady Go Diver and donated by Dixie Divers
Mini Dive Slate, Pencil, Snorkel Keeper, Quick Spit Anti-Fog
Florida Panthers T-shirt, Medium donated by BB&T
Gamefish Key Fob for belt donated by Clare Anthon
REEF CREATURE Identification donated by Chris Hardham
 Drift Dive Anchor donated by La Playa Aquatics
DAN luggage tags, 2 each donated by USA Dive Club

Russ and Julie Manhold
Promotions Coordinators

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ITEMS FOR SALE OR RENT OR FREE

For SALE:

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

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