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  • May 19, 2020 12:16 PM | Eunice Hamblen

    Month number 3 of staying at home has passed and finally some establishments are opening up.  The dive boat "Loggerhead" took 10 divers out in May with masks on before suiting up. Four of our members were on board.  Laura reported approximately 60 feet visibility.  She captured one shovel nosed lobster and several lion fish.  Other sea critters spotted were morays, one turtle, a single squid and a very different and rare file fish.  This was not an "official" club dive but that does not stop our members from enjoying the diving again.  We have one new member application from Alison Hodges from Hood River, Oregon.  Welcome aboard Alison!  She was on the aborted Fiji trip earlier this year and met our trip members.  Bear with us as we continue remote meetings until clearance is given for larger groups.  Stay well. Regards, Your membership chairs:  Eunice & Stephanie

  • April 18, 2020 9:20 AM | Eunice Hamblen

    If you live in Broward or Miami-Dade we are now  "staying at home" going on 6 weeks. Many of us are rediscovering old hobbies, learning new ones, spoiling our pets and/or drinking more than usual.  There are wonderful creative works online.  If you have not already seen Jimmy Fallon,  Sting & The Roots rendition of "Don't Stand So Close to Me", it is worth the search.  Another awesome work by the cast of Hamilton on Zoom for a little girl whose broadway tickets were cancelled is wonderful.  

    But still there is a great deal of suffering and angst at homes and businesses. Positive stories abound with volunteers at food banks,  animal shelters and health care facilities.   We are torn between staying well and risk returning to work.  Let's hope we get over the curve by the end of April and see next steps put in place in May.  Stay safe and well and informed.  Best wishes,  Stephanie and Eunice (your volunteer membership chairs)

  • March 30, 2020 4:37 PM | Eunice Hamblen

    Dear Members and Want to be Members,

    The best things about being in a dive club or any club at this time are the friends that you can connect with and support as they can for you.  Nothing brings people closer than a crisis of global proportion.  There are several wonderful concerts on line that demonstrate this.  Try this one to lift your spirits: It is called "Playing for Change".  Other concerts and museums are doing the same.  

    Please stay tuned to this website to learn when we will meet again.  Stay safe and well.  Yours Truly with best wishes,  Stephanie & Eunice

  • February 24, 2020 7:25 PM | Stephanie Voris

    Happy March to everyone. We would like to welcome our new member Ed Blackburn. who is originally from NC and has been diving for 6 years.  We hope to see him on some local dives and trips. Hopefully the luck of the Irish will be with us in March and the seas will calm down enough to get some dives in.

    Please join us the first Thursday of the month for our general meeting and don't forget that if you are certified within the year, your first year's membership is free.  

    Best Fishes,

    The Membership Chairs, Eunice and Stephanie

  • January 18, 2020 7:55 PM | Eunice Hamblen

    Hello from the USA Dive Club Membership Chairs!  Joining our great dive club is easier than ever.  Just download the Member Application from the home page and fill it out. Bring it to our General meeting with a check for $60 single or $110 for couples and give it to the person just inside of the door at our General Meeting at the Marriott Courtyard the first Thursday of the month.  Stay and enjoy the program.  We welcome new guests and new members.  

    Besides our creative dive trips we have social events each month and encourage our members to get involved in the planning.  See you at the meeting.  Yours truly,  Stephanie & Eunice

  • December 18, 2019 2:53 PM | Eunice Hamblen

    Welcome to 2020!  Where did last year go?  We had fabulous trips last year from February to November.  We traveled as far as Yap and Palau in Micronesia,  Cayman and Cuba and as close as our own local reefs.  We are off and running in February with 2 weeks in Fiji.  Tell your friends, invite them to come to our educational general meetings.  We welcome guests.  

    Please do not forget that most members club dues are due this month.  Hope your Holiday was warm and rewarding.  Best wishes, your Membership Chairs.

  • November 14, 2019 12:45 PM | Eunice Hamblen

    Happy Holidays from your membership chairs.  Hoping you had a fulfilling Thanksgiving holiday and that you are looking forward to the Christmas season.  We will not have a December general meeting but we will have the annual Christmas party on December 7th at 6:30 pm at the Marriott Courtyard.  The price is $35 for members and $40 for guests.  This is an excellent event to bring guests so please consider doing so. 

    Remember many members' dues are due the first of January,  Please save at least $50 of your Christmas money for your club dues. We all would appreciate it.  Thank you all for making our club a great success.  Life is so much more fun with friends.  Happy New Year!

  • October 19, 2019 8:51 AM | Eunice Hamblen

    Hello Members and Wanttobe Members,

    We have our November General Meeting coming up and you don't want to miss it.  Come and bring a guest and enjoy the evening Thursday November 7th.  Guests can just show up an be greeted by Claire our hostess with the mostest.  She will make you feel right at home.

    We have social time before the educational speaker where we visit with "old" and new members.  We also have our local diving and overseas diving announcements and the lobster pot where you can win fabulous prizes!

    See you there.   

  • September 29, 2019 4:47 PM | Eunice Hamblen

    Hello October Divers,

    As you know our September meeting was cancelled for the devastating hurricane "Dorian".  South Florida came very close to experiencing the disaster now seen in the northern Bahama Islands.  

    More reason to come to our October meeting and bring a guest.  We are always looking for new folks to join our activities. Caribbean trips, mini-trips, social events etc.  Of course our general meeting speakers are always interesting AND educational.

    We look forward to seeing you Thursday October 3rd at the Marriott Courtyard.  Welcome desk is just inside the door.

    Best wishes, Eunice Hamblen & Stephanie Voris, USA Dive Club Membership

  • August 17, 2019 10:57 AM | Eunice Hamblen

    Hello Members and those prospective new members!  The water has been warm and full of interesting critters.   You can visit our photo gallery to see some great underwater pictures.  We have several experienced and budding amateur underwater photographers in our club.

    Please come to our general meetings (first Thursday of each month) to expand your knowledge of diving and dive places as well as meet some very nice people.  We are currently putting together our dive trips for next year so visit our web site often.  Visitors can check in at the table just inside the door to meet Claire, Stephanie and/or Eunice.  Claire is our official greeter and hostess with the mostest.  We are a welcoming group. 

    New members can participate in our many dive and non-dive activities which is the best way to get to know us.   Best diving wishes, Eunice

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