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Diving Rebels Scuba Club

Monthly Meeting– March 6, 2013

  1. Welcome – Danny Bouska opened the meeting at 7:23 PM with a welcome to guests and members.  Approximately 34 people were in attendance.
  1. Newsletter Questions – Kelly Barentine asked 6 questions with answers contained within the March Newsletter.  A 50/50 raffle ticket was awarded to the first person with the correct answer to each question.
  1. Recognition of Guests and New Members – Danny Barentine recognized that there were three guests in attendance – Ron Hyatt, Sherry Henderson, and Ron Smith.  Danny also indicated that Kyle Omberg had joined the club at the Texas Dive Show, and introduced him at the meeting tonight.  In addition, Pamela Roth and Sandra Buckert were visiting for the first time, and joined as new members tonight.
  1. Presentation: Tina Caron did a presentation on Diving the Maldives.
  1. Board Member Reports
    1. Sandra Playle, Secretary (absent):  Reading of the Minutes – Connie Mitchell moved that the minutes be accepted as presented, seconded by Kelly Barentine.  Motion carried.
    2. Danny Barentine, Vice President:  Membership Report – Danny reported that we now have 73 members in the club. Danny passed out the membership and air-fill cards, and indicated that an additional Dive Shop, Crazy Scuba at Campbell and Coit in Dallas, had agreed to provide perks to Diving Rebel members. Danny Bouska requested that members please patronize our sponsors in addition to getting free air fills.
    3. Kelly Barentine, Treasurer:

i.     March Restaurant of the Month – Kelly indicated that we would be meeting on March 8 at Blu Crab in Ft. Worth.  This restaurant had been recommended by Rita Simpson.  Kelly indicated that the Groupon would not be accepted, and that she definitely needs a head count to provide to the restaurant. She also asked that people provide suggestions for future restaurants of the month.

ii.     Financial Status – Kelly reported that she made a deposit in February of $446.50, which included $185 in dues, and a donation from Jim Simpson.  Our new balance is $5,476.60.

iii.     Budget Presentation – Hard copies of the proposed budget were provided to all club members.  Kelly highlighted the following items:

1.     Change Beginning Cash to reflect balance on 2/1/2013 of $5,476.60, rather than the balance on 1/1/2013.

2.     The actual cost of the food for the Christmas Party was significantly higher than previously budgeted, so this line item was changed from $133 to $383.

3.     The February Dive Show cost was $700, which included new brochures and other marketing costs.  Keith Weber questioned the marketing costs, and would like to see a lower dollar amount for marketing expenditures.  Kelly broke down the $700, explaining that $199 was for booth rental, $300 for pens, and the rest was for brochures, etc.  Since this event happened in February, the expenditure had already been made.  Jim Magnuson would recommend a cap on marketing monies of $500 or 10%, otherwise the board would need to seek member approval.

4.     Outing expenses had increased so that a prize could be included to promote diving.  Sandra Playle had asked for this under miscellaneous outing expenses so that activities promoting diving would be encouraged.  Keith Weber indicated that this should be the discretion of the outing coordinator.  This item will be revisited next month when Sandra Playle is in attendance.

5.     The March outing was increased from $120 to $500 to cover additional costs related to Scuba Olympics, including venue rental ($225), prizes and additional equipment.  The total cost of Outings is expected to be $1760.  The hope is that some of the additional outing costs for March will be offset by ticket sales.

Steve Ogden asked about the charitable donations, indicating that he felt $200 was low.  Kelly said that this could be amended by the membership.  Keith Weber felt like it was difficult to find good charitable organizations, so Kelly proposed that the membership provided recommendations on organizations.

Keith Weber asked about mid-year outing, and would like to see a budget increase so that something besides burgers/hot dogs could be served.  He proposed a change to $400, which was agreed upon by the membership.

Keith Weber asked for clarification on the breakdown of the web hosting costs, which Danny Bouska provided.

Rita Simpson moved that the budget be accepted as amended, seconded by Steve Ogden.  The following discussion recapped the amendments:

1.     $383 added to 2012 Christmas Actuals

2.     $400 added to the budget for mid-year Party Food

3.     Removed the additional Miscellaneous Outing Expenses, pending discussion next month when Sandra Playle is available.

4.     March Outing increased to $500 for a total of $1760 for Outings.

5.     Beginning of Year Balance changed to $5,476.60, Net Current Budget changed to <-$1,518.50>, and End of Year Balance changed to $3,958.10

Connie Mitchell asked about the bank charges, which Kelly indicated were the cost of checks.

Tina Caron indicated that we are spending down our balance.  Keith Weber indicated that this is the highest our balance has ever been, and Kelly said the reason for this is that our income usually comes in higher than what is budgeted (swap meet, Chinese auction, etc.).

Steve Ogden asked what our target dollar amount for end of year balance is supposed to be.  Kelly indicated that we did not have a target.

Motion carried.

    1. Activities:

i.     March 23 - Scuba Olympics – Kelly Barentine indicated that the purpose of this outing was to work on skills and to avoid the unpredictable March weather.  Tickets are available for $5 from Becky Marak, which will be traded for a wristband when people get to the pool.  The various events were discussed.

ii.     April 5-7 – Tyler State Park – Tina Caron indicated that this will be a meal share, and that no event has been determined yet for diving.  Tina asked for a volunteer to arrive Friday morning to reserve campsites.  Sign-up sheets for the outing are available.

iii.     Steve Ogden reported on the February Arctic Dive Trip.  He said attendance was down a little, with only 40 people participating.  8 divers went into the water on Saturday.  Visibility was good, and there were 6 divers on Sunday.  For the wine and cheese contest, 16 red wines, 7 white wines, and 8 cheeses were entered.   Budget for the outing was $500, and they spent $520.  However, they brought in $856 in ticket sales, silent auction and raffle proceeds.  Scuba Toys donated a significant amount of equipment and gift certificates for the silent auction.  Steve Ogden indicated that the 2014 dive show will be on the same weekend as the Arctic Dive Outing.

iv.     Danny Bouska said that this year’s dive show had a good turnout, and that 150 new people signed up for the Rebel Newsletter.  Shawna Nelson from Frisco won the dive bag that was the Rebel raffle prize.

    1. Connie Mitchell, Senior Board Member:

i.     Connie indicated that she had sold $23 in rebel wear last month, and that she has some new merchandise in stock.  She is planning a fashion frenzy event to showcase the Rebel merchandise.

ii.     Connie indicated that she will be putting a historical article in the newsletter.

    1. Becky Marak, Junior Board Member:  Becky reminded everyone about the rules for the 50/50 raffle and rebel-wear fines.  $62.50 was collected last month for our 50/50 Raffle, along with $4 in Rebel non-wear fines.  Becky made a last call for raffle tickets.
  1. Old Business:
    1. Steve Ogden asked if anyone had pictures from the Lake Murray outing, and if so, to please send to him.
    2. Steve Ogden indicated that there was no update on diving in Spring Lake for the Scientific Divers.
    3. Tina Caron indicated that the outing schedule on the board from the dive show is incorrect.  The Tyler outing is April 5-7, and Garner St. Park is in September.
  1. New Business:

None Presented.

  1. 50/50 Drawing:

Brian Neal won the first drawing, and elected to take the cash.

Nick Neal won the second drawing for the Humperdinks gift card.

  1. Danny Bouska adjourned the meeting at 9:28 p.m.

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Diving Rebels Scuba Club

Monthly Meeting– February 6, 2013

  1. Welcome – Danny Bouska opened the meeting at 7:23 PM with a welcome to guests and members.  Approximately 43 people were in attendance.
  1. Newsletter Questions – Kelly Barentine asked 5 questions with answers contained within the February Newsletter.  A 50/50 raffle ticket was awarded to the first person with the correct answer to each question.
  1. Recognition of Guests – Danny Barentine recognized that there were three guests in attendance – Richard Walters, Christian Walters and Raquel Sarno.  Danny also indicated that 6 new members had joined tonight – Ron Sibowitz, Nick Neal, Heather and Denny Giffords, Phil Kirchoff and Gary Gressett.
  1. Presentation: The planned presentation by Angelika Lukacsy had to be cancelled at the last minute due to medical issues.  Danny Bouska showed a video on The Coral Reef from The Deep series.  Next month, Tina Caron will do a presentation on her diving in the Maldives.
  1. Board Member Reports
    1. Sandra Playle, Secretary:  Reading of the Minutes – Kelly Barentine moved that the minutes be accepted as presented, seconded by Steve Shipe.  Motion carried.
    2. Danny Barentine, Vice President:  Membership Report – Danny reported that we now have 67 members in the club. Danny also passed around a membership list, asking all members to review for accuracy.  Danny Bouska indicated that we are delayed in providing the membership and air-fill cards while we try to confirm benefits with Aqua Trek.  The following shops have provided sponsorship of our members via discounts or free air fills;  We B Divin, Grapevine Scuba, Scuba Toys, Arlington Scuba, and Lonestar Scuba.  Danny indicated that each member will receive two cards (member / air fill), and both must be presented to receive a free air fill.  Danny Bouska also indicated that these cards would not be replaced, so care should be taken not to lose them.
    3. Kelly Barentine, Treasurer:

i.     Financial Status – Kelly reported that she made a deposit in January of $284.50, which included $179 of dues.  Our new balance is $5,803.14.

ii.     February Restaurant of the Month – Kelly indicated that we would be meeting on February 8 at Fuzzy’s Tacos off Abrams St. in Arlington.  This restaurant was selected as a favorite of John and Gena Richerson, since the club will be saying goodbye to these two members as they move to Florida.  She also asked that people provide suggestions for future restaurants of the month, indicating that we try to avoid chain restaurants for these events.

    1. Activities (Tina Caron absent):

i.     Steve Ogden reported on our January outing to the San Marcos River.  Over 30 people attended, and approximately 30 people dove to collect trash out of the river.  The divers left in stages, which helped the visibility.  Marcus Greenberg won first place for the most trash collected, followed by Sandra Playle in second place.  The most unusual piece of trash was a Barclays debit card from an English bank found by Becky Marak.  Second prize for the most unusual went to Travis Wells with a fishing pole.  A special thanks to people who brought food/drinks for people to snack on after the dive.  The group ate dinner at Palmers Restaurant, and several people met for breakfast at Herberts taco place.  On the drive home, some people stopped at Inner Space Caverns, and others at the LBJ Ranch.

ii.     February 23-24 – Arctic Dive / Wine & Cheese Festival – Elizabeth Neumann indicated that this will be at Marietta Landing at Lake Murray, OK.  People need to purchase tickets ahead of time for the Saturday evening meal for $10, which will be provided by Brian Neal from Smoky’s BBQ at 5300 Lancaster Blvd. in Ft. Worth.  In addition to the BBQ, several people will be providing cobblers and other desserts cooked in dutch ovens.  There will be a raffle for a trail ride for two.  A wine and cheese contest will be held for the best/worst red and white wines, and the best cheese.  If people would like to donate scuba gear, then this will be sold at a silent auction.  Camping is available, but all of the cabins are currently full.  The park is opening early just for our groups for this outing.

iii.     February 22-23 – Texas Dive Show – Danny Bouska indicated that the Diving Rebels will have a booth, and that we still need volunteers to man it.  A sign-up sheet is in the back.  Diving Rebel pens will be given away to those who register to receive our newsletter.  We will also be doing a raffle for a door prize.

iv.     March Outing - Our first Scuba Olympics will be held in a pool in the metroplex.  The venue is still to-be-determined, along with the events.  More details will be coming soon regarding this outing.

v.     September 18-28 – Bonaire/Curacao – Danny Bouska indicated that we have 16 people signed up, and 16 people are needed for the trip to make.  Final payment is needed by July 1.  The coral spawn is expected on the last Thursday of the trip.

    1. Connie Mitchell, Senior Board Member:

i.     Everyone has a great time at the January Restaurant of the Month.

ii.     New Rebel Wear is available to purchase, along with stickers and decals.  Some of the older items will be sold at a discount.  Expecting to have more items later for the ladies.

    1. Becky Marak, Junior Board Member: $55 was collected last month for our 50/50 Raffle, along with $7.50 in Rebel non-wear fines.  Becky made a last call for Raffle tickets, indicating that there would be 3 prizes at this meeting, instead of the normal two.
  1. Old Business:

None was presented.

  1. New Business:

Jim Simpson presented a fishing lure light that are good to 200 ft.  Jim indicated that he will sell these for $8, or 2 for $15, and that he will give $2.50 back to the club on each lure sold.  The batteries are replaceable, and make good tank lights for night dives.

  1. 50/50 Drawing:

Becky Marak collected $62.50 in tickets for the 50/50 drawing.

Steve Shipe won the first drawing, and elected to take the cash.

Steve Ogden won the second drawing for the Humperdinks gift card.

Nick Neal won the third drawing for 2 tickets to the Arctic dive, donated by John and Gena Richerson.

  1. Danny Bouska adjourned the meeting at 8:50 p.m.

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Diving Rebels Scuba Club

Monthly Meeting– December 5, 2012

A.  Welcome –Danny Bouska opened the meeting at 7:24 PM with a welcome to guests and members.

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

C.  Presentation: Robert Blount, North Texas Platoon Leader, Warrior Scuba Project

Robert talked about this program that integrates veterans with scuba diving as a therapeutic event.  The local chapter is in Lewisville, and they have a Facebook page “Warrior Scuba Project” that we are all invited to “Like.”   Club members can help by volunteering, joining, donating, or purchasing merchandise.

D.  Board Member Reports

1.     Rita Simpson, Secretary:  Reading of the Minutes

a.     Mark Estill moved that the minutes be accepted, seconded by Kelly Barentine.  Motion carried.

2.     Mark Estill, Vice President:

a.     Membership Report – Mark reported that we now have 91 members.  It was previously reported as 92 but there was a membership application presented that we never received payment for.

3.     Kelly Barentine, Treasurer:

a.     Financial Status – Kelly reported that the November deposit of $793.50 included $297.00 in dues renewed, $54.00 in new dues for 2012 and $50.00 in new dues for 2013, as well as $105.00 from Scuba Bingo.  Our new balance is $5373.94.

b.     Early Bird Special – dues can currently be renewed for $20.00 per member, or $13.00 per member in a family membership.  These amounts revert back to $25.00 and $150.00, respectively, after the meeting tonight.  Non-diver memberships are always $5.00.  Dues payments WILL NOT be accepted at the Christmas Party.

c.     Christmas Party – Dec 8 at Richard Simpson Park Building at Lake Arlington

i.     Dinner tickets are $5.00/pp, buy them early to be entered into a special drawing.  Set-up begins at 4:30, party at 6:00 with dinner at 7:00 (turkey/ham).  The club is providing the meats & members are asked to bring side dishes.  There will be a gift exchange – NEW gifts valued at $20-25.  There will also be a raffle with approximately $1400 in prizes to be won.  No raffle tickets will be sold after the first one is drawn.  Please bring wood for the fireplace, and BYOB.  There will be a dessert contest with categories of cake, pie, and other; entry forms are available tonight at the back table.  Desserts must be in place by 7:00PM.

d.     Restaurant of the Month – There were 21 people at the outing to The Oasis in November.  This program is expected to continue in 2013.

e.     Chili Cook Off Report – There were 20-30 people there, and 10 entries.  Travis Wells won for the Best Presentation, Greg Gray won 1st Place, Elizabeth Neumann won 2nd Place, and Kevin Campbell won 3rd Place.

4.     Tina Caron, Activities Director:

a.     Jan 26-27 – San Marcos River Dive & Cleanup – Danny Bouska advised that the group will be getting in the water at 1:00PM.  Shuttles will be available, and the group will be going for a meal afterwards.  Aquarena Springs is not ready to reinstate their diver program yet.

b.     Feb 8-11 – Cozumel – 8 have paid deposits, 2 have signed up but not paid, and it takes 12 to make the trip go.  There will be 7 dives and 1 night dive.  If interested, contact Danny Bouska.

c.     Feb 22-23 – Texas Dive Show – This will be at the Arlington Convention Center (on the same weekend as the Arctic Dive).  We can’t move the Arctic Dive, due to Lake Murray availability.  We will therefore also have a table at the Texas Dive Show, on Friday night and on Saturday until 5:00PM.  Sign-up sheets are on the back table.

d.     Feb 23-24 – Arctic Dive / Wine & Cheese Festival – Steve Ogden & Elizabeth Neumann are the coordinators, along with John & Gena Richerson.  The cost will be $10/pp in advance and $15/pp on-site.  The wine contest will be for the best red and the best white, and the worst wine over-all, and for the best cheese.  Dinner will be at approximately 5:00PM and the tastings will be after dinner.  The entrée will be pulled pork.  Members are asked to bring sides and desserts.  Cabins are on waiting-list only right now.  There is a maximum of 2 tents per campsite, and reservations are not required.

5.     Danny Barentine, Senior Board Member:

a.     “Stuff for sale!”

b.     A “Fall Fashion Frenzy” for 2013 is being planned.

6.     Connie Mitchell, Junior Board Member:

a.     We collected $59.00 in 50/50 sales and $3.00 in fines at the November meeting.

D.  Old Business:

Curacao / Bonaire – There are currently 8 members who have paid their deposits, and another 10 signed up that have not paid.  Please contact Danny Bouska for further information.

E.  New Business:

A proposed trip to the Galapagos is being researched for 2014.

F.  Last Call for 50/50 ticket sales

G. 50/50 Drawing

H.  Adjourned at 8:38 PM

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Diving Rebels Scuba Club

Monthly Meeting– January 2, 2013

  1. Welcome –Danny Bouska opened the meeting at 7:20 PM with a welcome to guests and members.  Approximately 34 people were in attendance.
  1. Recognition of Guests – Danny Barentine recognized that there was one guest in attendance – Joe Fernandez, who is not yet a diver.
  1. Newsletter Questions – Kelly Barentine asked 5 questions with answers contained within the January Newsletter.  A 50/50 raffle ticket was awarded to the first person with the correct answer to each question.
  1. Presentation: Danny Bouska showed a humorous video presentation containing a Potpourri of Scuba Facts.  The video detailed the aluminum scuba tank manufacturing process, and also highlighted the current effects of over fishing and pollution on the health of our oceans.
  1. Board Member Reports
    1. Sandra Playle, Secretary:  Reading of the Minutes – Kelly Barentine moved that the minutes be accepted, seconded by Danny Barentine.  Motion carried.
    2. Danny Barentine, Vice President:  Membership Report – Danny reported that we now have 56 paid members who have renewed for 2013.  One of the people in attendance indicated that they would be joining the club tonight, which would bring us to 57 members.
    3. Kelly Barentine, Treasurer:

i.     Financial Status – Kelly reported that she made a deposit in December of $1,389.50, which included $196 of dues, $320 of meal tickets for the Christmas party, and $727 of raffle tickets for the Christmas party.  Our new balance is $5,809.12.

ii.     Christmas Party – Kelly indicated that the party went very well this year.  The meal ticket purchases covered the cost of the venue, and almost $2,500 in prizes was included in the raffle.  Mark Stonebridge won the early bird drawing, and Sherry Strahla won the chair prize.  The people who helped out on the setup and cleanup crews did a fantastic job.

iii.     January Restaurant of the Month – Kelly indicated that we would be meeting on January 11 at Pho 21 in Arlington.  She strongly suggested that people RSVP so that an accurate head count can be provided to the restaurant.  She also asked that people provide suggestions for future restaurants of the month, indicating that we try to avoid chain restaurants for these events.

    1. Tina Caron, Activities Director:

i.     January 26-27, San Marcos River Dive and Cleanup – Steve Ogden indicated that the details for this trip were included in the newsletter, and that approximately 30 people had signed up.  The dive will begin approximately at 1:00 p.m.  People will be available to shuttle cars downriver to the exit point.  A suggestion was made that people may want to bring something warm to eat/drink for when they exit the river.  Steve is hoping that we can all go to dinner at Palmers Restaurant on Saturday evening, and will try to get reservations.  Steve is also trying to find out if Spring Lake will be open for those who are certified scientific divers.  If so, these folks may have the opportunity to dive there on Sunday, 1/27.

ii.     February 23-24 – Arctic Dive / Wine & Cheese Festival – Elizabeth Neumann indicated that this will be at Marietta Landing at Lake Murray, OK.  People need to purchase tickets ahead of time for the Saturday evening meal for $10.  The park is opened early just for us to hold this event, so Diving Rebels and Scubadillos will be the only groups in the park for this weekend.  There will be a raffle, and a wine and cheese contest, so folks can submit entries on Saturday afternoon.  Camping is available, but all of the cabins are currently full.  However, people can sign up for the wait list, and cabins may become available.

iii.     February 22-23 – Texas Dive Show – Danny Bouska indicated that this will be at the Arlington Convention Center, and that we still need some volunteers to help man the Diving Rebels booth.  Danny has publicized this event to over 5,000 people.

iv.     February 8-11 – Cozumel – Danny Bouska showed a video on diving in Cozumel, along with some of the nightlife associated with Carnival.  We currently have 8 people signed up, and need 12 for the trip to make.  This trip will be held during Carnival this year.

v.     September 18-28 – Bonaire/Curacao – Danny showed a video entitled “I Dive Bonaire”.  There are currently 10 people signed up for this trip, and we need 16 for the trip to make.

    1. Connie Mitchell, Senior Board Member:

i.     Polar Bear Dive – Connie presented the plaque awarded to the Diving Rebels Scuba club for the Best Represented Dive Club at the Polar Bear Dive on January 1 at Clear Springs.  We had five people from our club diving in water that was 44 degrees at depth.  Johnny Griffin made the longest dive within our club at an hour and 10 minutes.

ii.     Rebel Wear is available to purchase, along with stickers and decals.

    1. Becky Marak, Junior Board Member: $50.50 was collected last month for our 50/50 Raffle, along with $3.00 in Rebel non-wear fines.  Becky made a last call for Raffle tickets.
  1. Old Business:

None was presented.

  1. New Business:

John Richardson announced that he and Gena Natho would be moving to Jupiter, FL sometime within the next 60 days.  John has accepted a job with Lockheed Martin working with their underwater submersibles.

  1. 50/50 Drawing:

Becky Marak collected $55 in tickets for the 50/50 drawing.

Becky Marak won the first drawing, and elected to take the cash.

Kelly Barentine won the second drawing for the Humperdinks gift card.

  1. Danny Bouska adjourned the meeting at 8:45 p.m.

Diving Rebels Scuba Club

Monthly Meeting– November 7, 2012

 

A.  Welcome –Danny Bouska opened the meeting at 7:15 PM with a welcome to guests and members.

 

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

 

C.  Annual Elections

  1. Board of Directors – Danny Bouska introduced the election process and requirements for Board positions.  Also in the process are elections for the two service awards and a proposal to eliminate the DRIFT Point program.  Mark Estill & Tina Caron handed out ballots, Kelly Barentine collected them.

 

D.  SCUBA Bingo

  1. Kevin Schuck won the first game - $15
  2. Marcus Greenberg won the second game - $20
  3. Marshall Clough (guest) won the third game - $40

 

E.  Election Results – presented by Mark Estill

  1. President – Danny Bouska
  2. Vice President – Danny Barentine
  3. Treasurer – Kelly Barentine
  4. Secretary – Sandra Playle
  5. Activities Chairperson – Tina Caron
  6. Senior Board Member (by promotion) – Connie Mitchell
  7. Junior Board Member – Becky Marak
  8. DRIFT Point Program – there were 27 votes to eliminate the program and 7 votes to keep it.  Majority ruled, the program will be disbanded.
  9. The Service Awards will be announced/presented at the Christmas Party on December 9.

 

F.  Board Member Reports

1.      Rita Simpson, Secretary:   (absent) Reading of the Minutes

a.       Scott Playle moved that the minutes be accepted as printed, seconded by Connie Mitchell.  Motion carried.

 

2.      Mark Estill, Vice President: 

a.       Membership Report – Mark reported that we now have 92 members. 

 

3.      Kelly Barentine, Treasurer: 

a.       Financial Status – Kelly reported that the October deposit of $2255.66 included $62.00 in dues, $107.00 in sticker sales, and $1886.00 from the Chinese Auction.  Our new balance is $6213.92.

b.      Early Bird Special – dues can currently be renewed for $20.00 per member, or $13.00 per member in a family membership.  Non-diver memberships are still $5.00.  This special is good only through the end of the December membership meeting.

c.       Christmas Party – Dec 8 at Richard Simpson Park Building at Lake Arlington

                                                                          i.      Budget Amendment – the budget currently allows $1400.00 for the party but the Board would like to add $275.00 to this amount.  Kevin Campbell moved that the budget be amended accordingly, seconded by Michelle Estill.  Motion carried.

                                                                        ii.      Dinner tickets are $5.00/pp, buy them early to be entered into a special drawing.  Set-up begins at 4:30, party at 6:00 with dinner at 7:00 (turkey/ham).  The club is providing the meats & members are asked to bring side dishes.  There will be a gift exchange – NEW gifts valued at $20-25.  There will also be a raffle with approximately $1400 in prizes to be won, and maybe Karaoke (checking with Mark Stonebridge for machine availability).  No raffle tickets will be sold after the first one is drawn.  Please bring wood for the fireplace.  There will be a dessert contest with categories of cake, pie, and other.

d.      Restaurant of the Month – There were 27 people at the outing to Boo-Ray’s in October.  The last outing for 2012 will be at The Oasis on Joe Pool Lake.  This program will continue in 2013.

 

4.      Tina Caron, Activities Director: 

a.       Nov 10 – Joe Pool Lake – Annual Chili Cook Off – Cedar Hill State Park – 2 campsites are reserved for Friday & Saturday nights.  Site numbers will be posted on the website, sent via email, and posted to Facebook.  There is a $5/pp fee to enter the park.  Bring your own tables, chairs, beverages, etc.  We will have dedicated prizes this year for First, Second, and Third places and will have only a limited number of judges (based on the number of entries into the contest).

b.      Dec 8 – Lake Arlington – Christmas Party – see above.

c.       Cozumel – Feb 8-11 during Carnivale – we are right at the number of commitments to have the trip make.

d.      Curacao & Bonaire – Sept 18-27 – this trip is also close to the required minimum number of commitments

 

5.      Danny Barentine, Senior Board Member: 

a.       “Stuff for sale!”  and he needs updates from trip coordinators for DRIFT Points.

 

6.      Connie Mitchell, Junior Board Member:

a.       We collected $42.50 in 50/50 sales and $3.00 in fines at the October meeting.  Also, there are Christmas Party tickets for advance sale at $5 each, and raffle tickets for the Christmas Party.

 

D.  Old Business – none

 

E.  New Business:

1.      Keith Weber reported that he met former members (the Bills) at the Texas State Fair.  He was wearing a Rebels t-shirt and they recognized the logo.

2.      Danny Bouska announced that the Bay Area Divers attended our Pumpkin Carving event at Blue Lagoon last month.  We are going to try and do some combined events with them.  They are the club that sponsors the big equipment swap meet in Houston.

3.      Robert Blount (guest & representative for the Warrior Scuba Project) gave a preview of his presentation at our next meeting.

 

F.  Last Call for 50/50 ticket sales

 

G. 50/50 Drawing

 

H.  Adjourned at 9:15 PM