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  • January 25, 2022 9:21 PM | Chris Hardham (Administrator)

    The year is off and running. It is hard to believe it is February already. The Board had the first meeting and confirmed the previous appointed board members to serve another year to provide the club the same great service as last year. We have 3 open positions, so if you are interested in serving on the board, please contact me.

    • AV Coordinator
    • Promotions Coordinator
    • Mini Trip Coordinator

    Our February speaker will be live at the Hampton Inn. If you are comfortable with attending live, please come out to support our speakers and the great job Rick Dayan has done in finding them.

    As avid divers, we need to protect our hobby and the marine life that makes our hobby so spectacular. Rule making to open the Goliath Grouper harvest will be voted upon by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission at the FWC meeting scheduled for March 2 and 3, 2022. Please participate if you can.

    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

     

  • December 26, 2021 8:13 PM | Chris Hardham (Administrator)

    Happy New Year! I hope everybody had a safe and festive Christmas and New Year’s with family and friends.

    First off, I would like to thank everybody for confirming our elected officer this year. The election was quite different from previous years as we performed our election online and there wasn’t any opposition. The following is the list of our elected officers.

    Office

    Current Officer 

    2022 

    President

    Chris Hardham

    Yes

    VP of Overseas Diving

    Nils Jacobson

    Yes

    VP of Local Diving

    Ryan Goheen

    Yes

    VP of Programs

    Rick Dayan

    Yes

    VP of Social Events

    Alan Feuerman

    Yes

    Secretary

    Amy Wellman

    Yes

    Treasurer

    Ronnie Farr

    Yes

    We will select the appointed Board Positions at our January Board Meeting on the 11th. If you wish to be considered for a position, please email me at president@usadiveclub.org.

    Our January and February speakers will be live at the Hampton, so if you are comfortable with attending live, please come out and support our speakers. Rick Dayan has been getting us really good speakers and this Month’s speaker doesn’t appear to be any different.

    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


  • November 29, 2021 11:28 AM | Chris Hardham (Administrator)

    Happy December! I hope everybody enjoyed their Thanksgiving with family and friends. Our connections are what is important in life.

    I was able to attend DEMA this year with Nils and met many of the vendors that we have traveled with in the past and some that we are considering to travel with in the future. All of these vendors have great memories of our past trips or have heard of us and want to do business with us. This speaks volumes about our members and the great work Nils has done over the years. I am looking forward to the great travel opportunities we are able to share as a club in the coming years and look forward to being more involved to help with some of these trips.

    For all of the members that are vaccinated and comfortable with live meetings, we would enjoy your company.

    It is that time of year again already, we have Board Elections upcoming and need your assistance in continuing our great club. The following are the current officers and they have agreed to serve for the next year.

    Office Current Officer  2022 
    President Chris Hardham Yes
    VP of Overseas Diving Nils Jacobson Yes
    VP of Local Diving Ryan Goheen Yes
    VP of Programs Rick Dayan Yes
    VP of Social Events Alan Feuerman Yes
    Secretary Amy Wellman Yes
    Treasurer Ronnie Farr Yes










    Please be aware that nominations are closed for this year's election.

    • The online election will be opened December 2 at 7:00 PM
    • The online election will be closed on December 9 at 7:00 PM

    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

  • October 27, 2021 8:33 PM | Chris Hardham (Administrator)

    Happy November, Fall is here and hurricane season is over. Hope everybody is enjoying some diving while the water temperatures are still very comfortable. The club has a lot of local diving going on, so plenty of opportunities to see our friends and share a good dive.

    Unfortunately FWC voted to allow limited harvesting of Goliath groupers, this is a sad thought for me and I am sure most of our membership. They are such beautiful giants. I go busy and didn't do any Goliath dives this year.

    I will be going to DEMA with Nils this year to look for a trip opportunity for next fall for the club and my first DEMA experience. I am looking forward to it.

    For all of the members that are vaccinated and comfortable with live meetings, we would enjoy your company. Especially for our live presenters like this month with Rob Myers.

    It is that time of year again already, we have Board Elections upcoming and need your assistance in continuing our great club. The following are the current officers and they have agreed to serve for the next year.

    Office Current Officer  2022 
    President Chris Hardham Yes
    VP of Overseas Diving Nils Jacobson Yes
    VP of Local Diving Ryan Goheen Yes
    VP of Programs Rick Dayan Yes
    VP of Social Events Alan Feuerman Yes
    Secretary Amy Wellman Yes
    Treasurer Ronnie Farr Yes










    Please be aware that any member meeting the qualifications can be nominated at any of our membership meetings prior to the election.

    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

  • September 27, 2021 8:06 PM | Chris Hardham (Administrator)

    Welcome to October and Fall is finally here. Summer in South Florida can be challenging with the oppressive heat, but soon the temperatures will cool down some. Unfortunately the water temperatures will also and we know some of our members don’t appreciate the cooler water. This is good motivation to get some local dives scheduled. Ryan has several on the calendar, so sign up and enjoy some time in the water, this is one of the reasons we all live here.


    Goliath Grouper protection is active again, please check out the following link and anything you can do is greatly appreciated. These are amazing animals that many of us enjoy diving with and photographing.

    https://www.dema.org/news/579832/ALERT-FWC-Meeting-in-St.-Augustine-FL-Regarding-Goliath-Grouper.htm

    It is that time of year again already, we have Board Elections upcoming and need your assistance in continuing our great club. The following are the current officers and they have agreed to serve for the next year.

    Office Current Officer  2022 
    President Chris Hardham Yes
    VP of Overseas Diving Nils Jacobson Yes
    VP of Local Diving Ryan Goheen Yes
    VP of Programs Rick Dayan Yes
    VP of Social Events Alan Feuerman Yes
    Secretary Amy Wellman Yes
    Treasurer Ronnie Farr Yes



    Please be aware that any member meeting the qualifications can be nominated at any of our membership meetings prior to the election.

    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

  • August 29, 2021 12:04 PM | Chris Hardham (Administrator)

    As a reminder 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.

    The Club had a very successful trip to Belize on the Aggressor, please check out the trip report for information. USA is going to South Caicos September 11-18, this is a change to the Little Cayman trip since Cayman Islands aren't open for travel still. The group will have an amazing time. We also recently opened up a trip next year on the Cayman Aggressor, not sure if there are openings still. If you are interested, please reach out to the trip Lead Clare Anthon.

    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

  • 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.

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