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  • July 21, 2021 3:56 PM | Chris Hardham (Administrator)

    As a follow-up to last month's news that the Board has approved in person meetings, we are maintaining broadcasting our meetings via Zoom. This allows us to socialize both in person and virtually, plus recruit some great speakers that are not in our area. For those that are in the area, please remember that the location has changed to the Hampton Inn on Cypress Creek East of I-95.

    This month has also had good success with local diving and the July 4th party. The ability for people to begin socializing again together is a sign that society is moving forward safely from the isolation of the past year.

    Since we are moving back to live meetings, there are some Board positions that need to be filled. If you are interested or know of someone that would be interested, please let me know and I will approach these members.

    • AV Manager
    • Promotions
    • Mini Trips
    • Membership (Stephanie has requested to step down)

    If you would like to view free Zoom tutorials, you can find them here. Or you can take a free Zoom class from Geeks On Tour here.

    Don't forget to keep checking our Facebook page for the interesting articles Russ is posting. https://www.facebook.com/usadiveclub

    Happy diving,

    Chris Hardham
    President

  • June 30, 2021 10:37 PM | Chris Hardham (Administrator)

    I am glad to report that the Board has voted to start holding live meetings starting in August and we have also found and approved a new location. We will be running the Zoom call as well as the live meeting, so For those of you that don't know, the Marriott changed ownership and increased their prices above what the club can afford. Ronnie found the Hampton Inn on Cyrpress Creek that has affordable prices and is eager to have us as a new client. This Hampton Inn is located East of 95 with numerous restaurants located at Andrews and Cypress Creek. Look for the invitation for the meeting coming in the next couple of weeks.

    Additionally, Kathi McCutcheon is graceful enough to host the club for a party over the weekend, please see the social blog for details and emails sent to the membership.

    If you would like to view free Zoom tutorials, you can find them here. Or you can take a free Zoom class from Geeks On Tour here.

    Don't forget to keep checking our Facebook page for the interesting articles Russ is posting. https://www.facebook.com/usadiveclub

    Happy diving,

    Chris Hardham
    President

  • May 25, 2021 6:40 PM | Chris Hardham (Administrator)

    It is very encouraging to hear how many of our member's have received vaccinations It is equally impressive to see how many local dives are now on the calendar and that they are full almost as fast as they are posted.

    Your Board of Directors are looking hard for a new location for member meetings since the Marriott has new ownership and they have booked the room we have been using in recent years. Nils and Ronnie have been working hard to try and negotiate with the Marriott but they either want too much or have rooms already booked. Now we are looking at other options for our future meetings.

    Please keep an eye out for upcoming polls to get your feedback on when you want to start back with live in person membership meetings. I know I miss meeting with people before the meeting over a snack or cocktail and hearing about their recent adventures.

    If you would like to view free Zoom tutorials, you can find them here. Or you can take a free Zoom class from Geeks On Tour here.

    Don't forget to keep checking our Facebook page for the interesting articles Russ is posting. https://www.facebook.com/usadiveclub

    Happy diving,

    Chris Hardham
    President

  • May 01, 2021 5:17 PM | Chris Hardham (Administrator)

    I hope that as many people as possible helped to preserve the fauna at the Blue Heron Bridge last month. We all benefit from the great variety that live in this unique location.

    This month I would like to ask you to consider attending The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will have hearings on May 12 and 13. These sessions are virtual https://myfwc.com/about/commission/commission-meetings/may-2021/

    May 12 Goliath Grouper. Staff will provide a review and discussion of goliath grouper, including biology, updates on ongoing research, and stakeholder opinions. Staff will seek Commission approval on next steps for goliath management in state waters, including whether to prepare a draft rule for limited harvest. Public comment on this agenda item will be limited to no more than 2 hours.
    Summary Memo | Presentation

    On May 13 the meeting will continue with a session on Lobster mini season that many of our Members may want to attend as well.

    May 13 Spiny Lobster Mini-Season. Staff will provide a presentation on Florida’s recreational two-day spiny lobster mini-season, with a special focus on Monroe County and the Florida Keys. Topics will include management history and recent stakeholder requests related to management in Monroe County. Public comment on this agenda item will be limited to no more than 1 hour.
    Summary Memo | Presentation

    Both of these sessions are virtual, so if you have the time and desire, I hope you are able to attend.

  • March 29, 2021 6:13 PM | Chris Hardham (Administrator)

    This month we have a unique opportunity to help preserve a unique diving site, the Blue Heron Bridge. Roger was kind enough to share an email with us asking us to email Riviera Beach District 4 Councilwoman Dr. Julia Botel. We as divers need to be vocal on this subject as the bridge is a very special place. We have gotten used to being able to see marine life that we don’t see local otherwise, so we need to preserve this special habit for future divers and the people that travel from around the county to come and see these special animals in our backyard. The email for Dr Botel is jbotel@rivierabeach.org. Please include any details you wish about businesses you frequent or friends and family that travel to the area to spend money in Riviera Beach. We need to keep the bridge free of fisher people for our safety and the variety that of marine life that lives there.

    Now that I have gotten this subject out of the way, I am excited for warmer water coming and being able to travel to dive now that so many people are getting their vaccines and Florida is opening up for almost everybody.

    I hope to see as many members as possible for our general membership meeting in a couple of days. Rick Dayan as usual has lined up an exciting speaker. Katharine Evans is one of the founders of Marine Conservation Costa Rica, a non-profit located on the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Katharine is the lead biologist on MCCR's coral restoration project and also the intern and education coordinator.


  • February 27, 2021 8:37 PM | Chris Hardham (Administrator)

    March is here already, this year is flying by. It is good to see the progress for a return to somewhat normal, each meeting it is great to hear of more members getting vaccinated. Plus it is encouraging to see so many members planning for dive travel again. 

    It is good to see how many people are reserving to join the monthly meeting, we have had some great speakers so far this year and this month looks to be the same.

    Alan Feuerman has been working on some good ideas for virtual social events, if you have any ideas, please share them with Alan. While virtual events aren't as fun they are what we have for now.

    If you would like to view free Zoom tutorials, you can find them here. Or you can take a free Zoom class from Geeks On Tour here.

    Don't forget to keep checking our Facebook page for the interesting articles Russ is posting. https://www.facebook.com/usadiveclub

    Happy diving,

    Chris Hardham
    President

  • January 31, 2021 8:17 AM | Chris Hardham (Administrator)

    Welcome to February everybody. During our social conversations before the last Membership meeting it was promising to hear how many of our members have received vaccines and them sharing tips for others to get theirs, hopefully we will be able to semi return to a more social lifestyle.

    During our January Board Meeting, we confirmed the following appointed positions:

    • Hospitality                  Clare Anthon
    • Membership                Stephanie Voris
    • Newsletter                   Roger Cooper
    • Education Coord         Howard Ratsch
    • Historian                     Robert Shearer
    • Photographer              Laura Moran
    • Social Media               Russ Manhold
    • Photo Gallery Coord    Julia Manhold

    The board has approved Club Rules update as proposed by the Membership Committee

    ARTICLE II: APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP

    Section 1: Applications for membership must be submitted along with annual dues, a signed Membership Agreement, and proof of certification from a globally recognized S.C.U.B.A. diving certification training agency.

    Section 2: All dues and/or fees shall be established by the Board of Directors.

    Section 3: Applications for membership shall be reviewed and approved by a committee designated by the Board of Directors.

    Please follow our Social Media and webpage for updates during the month. We would love to hear suggestions for ways to celebrate the club's 50th anniversary this year.

  • January 30, 2021 10:35 AM | Roger Cooper (Administrator)

    I hope everybody had a HAPPY HOLIDAYS and look forward to many improvements in 2021, especially compared to 2020.

    I look forward to seeing everybody as the January General Membership meeting January 7 at 7:00 with social time starting at 6:45.

    I would like to thank everybody for your vote of confidence in electing me president for the upcoming year. I look forward to working with the Board and Membership to keep improving our club as much as possible.

    Earlier this year, the Board of Directors decided to extend memberships through 2021 due to restrictions on our activities caused by the pandemic. While current members will not be required to pay dues for 2021, the Club would be happy to accept donations from any member willing to donate their dues amount to help keep the Club going. Please use Zelle to send donations to treasurer@usadiveclub.org. 

    If you would like to view free Zoom tutorials, you can find them here. Or you can take a free Zoom class from Geeks On Tour here.

    Don't forget to keep checking our Facebook page for the interesting articles Howard is posting. https://www.facebook.com/usadiveclub

    Happy diving,

    Chris Hardham
    President



  • November 21, 2020 12:55 PM | Roger Cooper (Administrator)
    Please attend our General Meeting in December to participate in the annual election. Due to the ongoing pandemic, this December we will have a General Meeting over Zoom rather than having a Christmas party. Hopefully next year we can all get a vaccine and start getting back together in person again.

    Club Bylaws require that the Board’s proposed slate of officers be presented to you in the two newsletters before the election.  Presented for your consideration are the following:

     President:  Chris Hardham
     VP Programs:  Rick Dayan
     VP Overseas Diving:  Nils Jacobsen
     VP Local Diving:  Ryan Goheen
     VP Social:  Alan Feuerman
     Secretary:  Amy Wellman
     Treasurer:  Ronnie Farr

    Anyone interested in running for an elected position on the Board should notify me, either at a General Meeting or by email (president@usadiveclub.org).

    Appointed officers will be selected during the first Board meeting in January.

    Please congratulate Eunice Hamblen for achieving Hall of Fame status. She has put in seven years working as a volunteer on our Board, helping to do the work needed to keep this Club running. Thank you, Eunice.

    Earlier this year, the Board of Directors decided to extend memberships through 2021 due to restrictions on our activities caused by the pandemic. While current members will not be required to pay dues for 2021, the Club would be happy to accept donations from any member willing to donate their dues amount to help keep the Club going. Please use Zelle to send donations to treasurer@usadiveclub.org. Thank you.

  • October 22, 2020 3:25 PM | Roger Cooper (Administrator)

    The Board of Directors has decided to hold the annual election at our General Meeting in December. Yes, this December we will have a General Meeting over Zoom rather than having a Christmas party. Hopefully next year we can all get a vaccine and start getting back together in person again.

    Club Bylaws require that the Board’s proposed slate of officers be presented to you in the two newsletters before the election.  Presented for your consideration are the following:

     President:  Chris Hardham
     VP Programs:  Rick Dayan
     VP Overseas Diving:  Nils Jacobsen
     VP Local Diving:  Ryan Goheen
     VP Social:  Alan Feuerman
     Secretary:  Amy Wellman
     Treasurer:  Ronnie Farr

    Anyone interested in running for an elected position on the Board should notify me, either at a General Meeting or by email (president@usadiveclub.org).

    Appointed officers will be selected during the first Board meeting in January.

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