Diving Rebels Scuba Club

Monthly Meeting– September 5, 2012


A.  Welcome –Danny Bouska opened the meeting at 7:16 PM with a welcome to guests and members.


B.  Recognition of Guests – Mark Estill recognized there were five guests in attendance.


C.  Moment of Silence for Jimmy Atkinson.  Jimmy passed away in August on a dive trip to Roatan Honduras.  He was a member of the Diving Rebels, the Scubadillos, and many other dive clubs in the DFW Metroplex.  A memorial party is pending.  In lieu of flowers, donations are being accepted to build the Jimmy R. Atkinson Library (for children) on Roatan.  There is a link for said donations on the Toys For The Children website.  Keith Weber moved that the Rebels donate $500.00 for the library.  Jim Magnuson seconded the motion, motion carried.  The budget will be amended accordingly.


D.  Guest – Sean Muller

There’s a new dive shop in town!  University Scuba at the University of Texas at Arlington originated to be associated with the SCUBA training facility at the school.  The shop offers advanced trainings, classes on gas blends, etc., and plan and conduct dive trips.  They are a full service dive shop and are open Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday. 


E.  Meeting Activity:  Presentations by Tina Caron

1.      Diving in Cayman Brac – Tina presented a slideshow of movie clips and still photos, including a beach wedding.

2.      Flower Gardens – Tina was the only Rebel to go on this trip.  Due to weather, instead of a Friday to Monday adventure, it was Saturday to Monday.  The group dove at the West Bank, an oil rig, the East Bank, and Stetson Bank.  Tina had the pleasure of two manta ray experiences.  More movie clips and stills made an exciting presentation.


F.  Board Member Reports


1.      Rita Simpson, Secretary:   Reading of the Minutes

a.       Jim Simpson moved that the minutes be accepted as printed, seconded by Sherry Hammond.  Motion carried.


2.      Mark Estill, Vice President: 

a.       Membership Report – Mark reported that we currently have 85 members.  He advised that due to the late month in the year, new members dues will be half price for the remainder of the year.  Also, we have die-cut window decals for sale.  Large decals are $5.00 each and small are $3.00 each.


3.      Kelly Barentine, Treasurer:  (absent)

a.       Financial Status – Danny Bouska reported in Kelly’s absence that the August deposit was $95.00 and our balance is now $5158.21.


4.      Tina Caron, Activities Director: 

a.       Sept 15-16 – Possum Kingdom – Connie Mitchell & Johnny Griffin are the coordinators.  There is a sign-up sheet at the entry to the meeting room, and meal share coordinators are needed.  Doug Shepard advised that Inland Divers is operating at PK.  There are picnic pavilions, showers, bathrooms, etc. available for our use.  Camping is available at $20/night but sites have limited electricity.  If attendees don’t want to dive, there is also swimming, fishing, and boats and jet skis available for rent.  There is a $5 dive fee for the weekend.

b.      Oct 27-28 – Blue Lagoon – Underwater Pumpkin Carving – Danny Bouska is the coordinator.  Camping is available and there are local hotels only six miles from the Lagoon.  Meal share coordinators are needed.

c.       Nov 10 – Joe Pool Lake – Annual Chili Cook Off – Doug Shepard is the coordinator.

d.      Dec 8 – Lake Arlington – Christmas Party – the room is booked, so mark your calendar!

e.       Sep 23 – Whales – IMAX at Fair Park – Michelle Estill advised that a new IMAX movie, Whales, is showing at the Fair Park theater in September.  The group agreed that going on Sept 23rd is preferable to Sept 16.  The show starts at 3:30.

f.       Levitt Pavilion – Michelle also advised that she and Mark regularly go to the free Concerts in the Park at Levitt Pavilion in Arlington.  These concerts are open to the public, and are held outside on Thursday through Sunday nights.  Bring your own chair and cooler (no glass allowed, but food and alcohol is).


5.      Danny Barentine, Senior Board Member:  (absent)  


6.      Connie Mitchell, Junior Board Member:

a.       We collected $50.00 in 50/50 sales $5.00 in fines at the August meeting.

b.      RofM – Call/text/email Kelly or Connie to RSVP – September’s outing will be at Edelweiss in Fort Worth.  This is a full bar restaurant, with Happy Hour starting at 6:00 PM.  We will gather for dinner at 7:00.


G.  Old Business:

1.      Cozumel – Feb 8-11, 2013 – this is during the Carnaval in Cozumel!  The cost will be $1161/pp, and includes airfare, three nights lodging, all-inclusive (even alcohol), and seven boat dives.  A deposit of $250/pp is required.  There are 24 spots and currently 14 signed up.

2.      Curacao/Bonaire – Sept 18-28, 2013 – Curacao is set for Sept 18-21 and Bonaire for Sept 21-28.  The full moon is on Sept 19 (Curacao) and the ensuing coral bloom will be around the 26th in Bonaire.  The cost for the Curacao week is $649/pp and the Bonaire week is $770/1040 dependent on lodging.  This includes 7 nights lodging, breakfast daily, car, and unlimited shore diving.  Airfare is not included. 

3.      Chinese Auction – Oct 3 – bring an item of value.


H.  New Business:

1.      Board Nominations in October

2.      Trash Fest – Oct 6 – New Braunfels – this is not a club outing but members are encouraged to attend if they desire.


G. 50/50 Last Sales & Drawing


H.  Adjourned at 8:51 PM