Diving Rebels Scuba Club

Monthly Meeting– July 6, 2011

 

A.  Welcome – Danny Bouska opened the meeting at 7:20 PM.  Danny thanked everyone for coming and explained the thought process of the change in location.  Humperdinks is working on a special menu for our meetings.

 

B.  Recognition of Guests – Mark Estill recognized four guests in attendance, and four new members.

 

C.  Board Member Reports

 

1.      Rita Simpson, Secretary:  Reading of the Minutes

a.       Motion to accept was made by Steve Shipe, seconded by Steve Ogden. Motion carried.

2.      Kelly Barentine, Treasurer:  Financial Status

a.       The bank balance is $4949.60.  The June deposit included $55.50 from the 50/50, $2.50 in non-wear fines, $24.00 from Rebels Wear sales, and $1030.00 in deposits for the Scientific Diver trip.

b.      A net profit of $405.61 was raised at the Crawfish Boil on June 5.

3.      Mark Estill, Vice President:  Membership Report

a.       We currently have 88 members.

 

4.      Tina Caron, Activities Director: 

a.       June 5, Crawfish Boil – Approximately 25 members and guests came out to enjoy the food and friendship.  There was crawfish with potatoes, corn, and onions as well as boiled shrimp and ribs, and some Door Prizes.  The event itself, along with the Silent Auction and 50/50, raised a profit of 405.61 for the club.

b.      June 25, Clear Springs Scuba Park – Approximately 40 members and guests attended this outing.  Most of them dove at some point during the weekend.  The club provided chicken and hamburgers, and members brought plenty of side dishes.

c.       July 1-4, Flower Gardens – A very successful outing, even though the seas were rough Friday night.  There were five dives on Saturday and two on Sunday.  Sites visited were West Bank, a gas platform, East Bank, and Stetson.  Great marine life at all sites!

d.      June 7-16 and June 7-23, 2012, Beqa Lagoon, Fiji (Danny Bouska) – There are 15 signed up for this trip.  Tonight is the deadline for payment of deposits.

e.       August 6-7, Scientific Diver Course – Aquarina Springs (Danny Bouska) – All outstanding balances are due tonight.  There are currently ten members signed up for this, and 6 more spots are available.

f.       Whirlyball – no report.

g.      July 16-17, Athens Scuba Park – Gena Natho is the primary coordinator but a meal coordinator is needed.  There is a $15 entry fee to the park, and a $5 camping fee.

h.      August 20-21, Blue Lagoon – Kelly advised that we have two campsites reserved (at no fee) for Friday & Saturday nights.  Diving activities will include an underwater navigation contest for buddy teams.  There will be a meal share, coordinators are needed.  There is a $20 entry fee to the park.

i.        September 3-5 (Labor Day Weekend), South Padre –There will be two dives Saturday on rigs, and two dives Sunday on the Texas Clipper.  We have 11 divers confirmed but if we can get a total of 16 divers the boat will then be closed to other divers.  Nitrox is available.  Connie has the required waivers if anyone would like to go ahead and complete the paperwork.

j.        September 7, Membership Meeting: Chinese Auction – more information on this event will be given at the August meeting.

k.      September 24-25, Lake Travis Windy Point – an outing coordinator is needed.

l.        October 22-23, Blue Lagoon, Underwater Pumpkin Carving – Danny Barentine is the coordinator.

                       

5.        Sherry Hammond, Senior Board Member:

a.       DRIFT Points – Sherry explained the program for the benefit of our new members.  The current leaders are:  Kelly Barentine (54), Steve Ogden (53), Tina Caron (48), Johnny Griffin (41), and Danny Barentine (33).

 

6.      Junior Board Member, Marcus Greenberg (acting):

a.       50/50 and Rebel Wear fines

b.      Last Call 50/50 Sales

 

D.  Sherry Hammond, Senior Board Member

1.  Fireworks Fashion Frenzy – our stock of Rebels wear was put out, available for sale, as well as the catalog for members to place orders.

 

E.  Old/New Business 

1.  Doug Shepard mentioned the trash clean-up at Hell’s Gate on July 16th which is being sponsored by International Scuba.

 

F. 50/50 Last Sales and Drawing

 

H.  Adjourn – meeting adjourned at 8:50 PM

Diving Rebels Scuba Club

Monthly Meeting– June 1, 2011

 

A.  Welcome – Danny Bouska opened the meeting at 7:20 PM.

 

B.  Recognition of Guests – Mark Estill recognized four guests in attendance.

 

C.  Presentation – RJ Madison presented a slideshow of his Spring 2011 trip to the Andaman Islands.

 

D.  Board Member Reports

 

1.      Rita Simpson, Secretary:  Reading of the Minutes – Motion to accept was made by Steve Shipe, seconded by Steve Ogden. Motion carried.

2.      Kelly Barentine, Treasurer:  Financial Status

a.       The bank balance is $4097.08.  The May deposit was $920.50 which included $38.00 from the 50/50, $2.50 in non-wear fines, $80.00 dues/initiation fees, $500.00 in deposits for the Flower Gardens trip, and $500.00 in deposits for the Scientific Diver trip.

b.      A total of $205.00 was raised to donate to Sherry Strahla’s grandchildren’s education fund.  A “Thank You” card from Sherry was read at the meeting.

 

3.      Tina Caron, Activities Director: 

a.       A recent “call for help” from the K9 Rescue Team found four Diving Rebels to help with training the team.

b.      May 27-30, Balmorhea State Park – Twelve members attended this outing.  Steve Ogden coordinated an Underwater Checkers tournament, which Oggie won.  There was a night dive, which was the first ever for Steve Shipe and Connie Mitchell.  Attendees also enjoyed the Twilight Program and watching the stars at the local observatory.

c.       June 5, Crawfish Boil – Approximately 25 members and guests came out to enjoy the food and friendship.  There was crawfish with potatoes, corn, and onions as well as boiled shrimp and ribs, and some Door Prizes.  The event itself, along with the Silent Auction and 50/50, raised a profit of 405.61 for the club.

d.      June 25, Clear Springs Scuba Park – There are two campsites reserved for the weekend.  The entry fee is being discounted from $20 per diver to $15.  Meals will be on your own except for dinner on Saturday, where we will be having a meal share.  The club is providing chicken and hamburgers, members are asked to bring sides.

e.       July 1-4, Flower Gardens – Attendees will be asked to complete a survey tailored to this trip for Buddy purposes.  On June 9 at 6:30 PM at Arlington Scuba, there will be a meeting for a pre-dive briefing.  A block of rooms has been reserved at Candlewood Suites in Freeport for Sunday night (post-dive).  All monies are due next week to Arlington Scuba or your spot will be forfeited.

f.       June 7-16 and June 7-23, 2012, Beqa Lagoon, Fiji (Danny Bouska) – There are only four spots available and deposits are due by June 6.

g.      August 6-7, Scientific Diver Course – Aquarina Springs (Danny Bouska) – There are currently eight spots available; a $100.00 deposit is required with the balance due by the July 6th meeting.

h.      August 20-21, Blue Lagoon – we need an outing coordinator for this event.

i.        September 3-5 (Labor Day Weekend), South Padre – this was originally planned for Lake Ouachita but is now going to be S. Padre.  Connie Mitchell & Johnny Griffin are the coordinators.   There will be two dives Saturday and two dives Sunday (one of which days will be at the Texas Clipper and a rig).  If we can get a total of 16 divers, 12% of the cost will be donated back to the club.  Other attractions of interest are dolphin excursions, a bird refuge, etc.  There will not be a meal share but members are encouraged to dine together.

                       

            4.  Mark Estill, Vice President: 

a.       Membership Report & Renewals – we currently (YTD) have 84 members.

b.      Membership Cards – are all up-to-date now.

 

            5.  Sherry Hammond, Senior Board Member:

a.       Rebel Wear – July Fashion Fireworks will have new items available!  Members are asked to “model” the items they currently own.

b.      DRIFT Points – this program earns the member with the most points a free membership for the upcoming year.

 

E.  Old Business 

1.  Whirlyball – this social event with the Scubadillos will hopefully take place in July.  The delay is to allow the facility to move to their new location.

 

F.  New Business

1.      Membership Approval of Jr. Board Member Appointee – the appointment of Danny Barentine was ratified by the membership.

 

G. 50/50 Last Sales and Drawing – Becky won the cash ($55.50!) and Trevor won the snorkel.

 

H.  Adjourn – meeting adjourned at 8:55 PM

Diving Rebels Scuba Club

Monthly Meeting Agenda – April 6, 2011

6:30 PM

 

Social Time, 50/50 Ticket Sales, Non-Rebel Wear Fines, Rebel Wear Sales and Sign In

 

7:15 PM

 

A.  Welcome – Danny Bouska opened the meeting at 7:20 PM

 

B.  Recognition of Guests – Mark Estill recognized four guests in attendance and two new members

 

C.  Presentation:  S.C.U.B.A. Bingo – 3 rounds were played, $85 in prizes were awarded, and the club profited $136.

 

D.  Board Member Reports

 

1.      Rita Simpson, Secretary:  Reading of the Minutes – one correction was made.  Motion to accept as corrected was made by Kelly Barentine, seconded by Jim Simpson, motion carried.

2.      Kelly Barentine, Treasurer:  Financial Status

a.      The bank balance is $2316.00.  The March deposit was $1188.00 which included $901.00 income/profit (tentative) from the Arctic Dive.

 

3.      Tina Caron, Activities Director: 

a.      March 12-13, Arctic Dive / Wine & Cheese Festival (Steve Ogden) – There was good attendance at this event!  Thanks to all who attended and/or planned the event.  Special thanks to Alan and Leonard & Anneka for going early to stake out our area.  We had a Real Big Campfire!  John Richerson coordinated the diving:  there were nine divers with dives lasting as long as 43 minutes.  Alan won the Polar Bear hat (traveling trophy) for having the longest dive.  Thanks to Elizabeth Newman, Jimmy Atkinson, et al for the wonderful dinner.  The Silent Auction raised $170.00 for the club, thank you all!  The 2-for-1 trip to Utopia Village on the island of Utila, Honduras, was won by Jim Magnasun – congratulations!  And finally, there were 5 reds, 2 whites, and 4 cheeses in the wine & cheese tasting contest.  Winners will be announced in the newsletter.

b.      April 15-17, Tyler State Park (Tina and Kelly) – there will be 3 dives, 2 on Saturday and 1 on Sunday, coordinated.  Meals and games are planned, as is a side outing to Tiger Creek.  Bring side dishes, desserts, and chairs.

c.      May 27-30, Balmorhea State Park (Steve Ogden) – current plans are for attendees to meet for dinner on Friday night, camp/dive on Saturday and Sunday at McDonald’s Observatory, and return to DFW on Monday.  There will be the usual assortment of games during the weekend.  There is a call for trailers for this outing, to facilitate the hauling of dive gear.

d.      June 5, Crawfish Boil (Jim and Rita Simpson) – Tickets are for sale at $20/person or $5/child (under 12).  There will be non-crawfish food items for the non-seafood eaters.  Steve Ogden volunteered to coordinate a Silent Auction fundraiser for the club.

e.      Flower Gardens (Tina) – 16 have signed up for this outing and there is a wait list if anyone else is interested.  Deposits need to be paid back to the club at this meeting.

f.       Fiji (Danny) – Dates are set at June 7-16, 2012 for the first week and June 7-21, 2012 for the extension of a two week trip.  Costs were quoted and a meeting scheduled for April 21, 2011 for anyone who wants more detailed information on this trip.  There are 24 spaces available and a sign-up sheet is being passed around.  Deposits are due by June 2, 2011 or the diver will be dropped from the trip.

g.      Valhalla (Danny) – 9 members have expressed interest.  The cost to reserve this trip for 20 people (minimum) is $500.00.  We need more divers to commit for this trip to happen.  Current dates are August 13-14, 2011.  This is an altitude dive, so a certification is available if desired.

h.      Scientific Diver Course (Danny) – Aquarina Springs – an email will be sent for sign-up purposes.  This will be in July or August, the class can only hold 15 divers, and the cost of the course (only) is $230/pp.

                       

            4.  Mark Estill, Vice President: 

Membership Report & Renewals – we currently (YTD) have 82 members.

Membership Cards – if you were given an information sheet please update it and return the form to Mark.

 

            5.  Sherry Hammond, Senior Board Member:

DRIFT Points – make sure you sign in at ALL events!  (If you went to the Arctic Dive, please see Sherry to make sure you get your Points.)

 

E.  Old Business – nothing discussed.

 

F.  New Business

a.      Scarborough Faire (Mark Stonebridge) – an email will be sent to all members, coordinating a social outing to the Faire.

b.      Kelly Barentine thanked Mark Stonebridge on the behalf of the Barentine’s and Simpson’s for a wonderful gourmet meal at the Stonebridge home as a result of an item for auction at the 2010 Chinese Auction.  The meal was served on plates salvaged from the Andrea Doria shipwreck, retrieved by Mark himself.

c.      Doug Sheppard has a used dry suit for sale.

 

G.  50/50  Last Sales and Drawing

 

H.  Adjourn – motion made by Sherry Strahla, seconded by Danny Barentine, motion carried.

Diving Rebels Scuba Club

Monthly Meeting Minutes – May 4, 2011

 

A.  Welcome – Danny Bouska opened the meeting at 7:21 PM

 

B.  Recognition of Guests – Mark Estill recognized four guests in attendance and four new
      members

 

C.  Presentation – Tina Caron presented a slideshow of her recent trip to Beqa Lagoon, Fiji.

 

D.  Board Member Reports

 

1.      Rita Simpson, Secretary:  Reading of the Minutes – Motion to accept was made by Kelly Barentine, seconded by Keith Weber, motion carried.

2.      Kelly Barentine, Treasurer:  Financial Status

a.       The bank balance is $3272.99.  The April deposit was $1753.00 which included $54.00 from the 50/50, $3.00 in non-wear fines, $150.00 dues/initiation fees, and $136.00 from S.C.U.B.A. Bingo.  All members who signed up for the Flower Gardens trip have reimbursed the club for their trip deposit.

 

3.      Tina Caron, Activities Director: 

a.       April 15-17, Tyler State Park (Tina and Kelly) – Approximately 28 members were in attendance Saturday night.  Some of our members did dive on Saturday even though the water was cold.  There were some certification dives made as well as skills practice.  Others went to Tiger Creek as a side outing on Saturday.  A special thanks to the meal coordinators and everyone who brought food and helped make the meals wonderful.  After dinner a Washers tournament was held – Keith Weber won 1st place, Mark Stonebridge won 2nd, and Ron Herman won 3rd. 

b.      May 27-30, Balmorhea State Park (Steve Ogden) – current plans are for attendees to leave DFW Friday night, camp/dive on Saturday and Sunday at McDonald’s Observatory, and return to DFW on Monday.  A sign-up sheet was passed around, including meal coordinator information.  Oggie will contact signees with more information & details.  Carpools are going, and some are going early Friday with a trailer to facilitate the hauling of dive gear.  Please keep your gear to the basics due to space constraints.  Cooking gear will be provided, please don’t bring any unless you are specifically asked.

c.       June 5, Crawfish Boil (Jim and Rita Simpson) – Tickets are for sale at $20/person or $5/child (under 12).  There will be non-crawfish food items for the non-seafood eaters.  Steve Ogden is coordinating a Silent Auction fundraiser for the club (donations of new & gently used items are being accepted – both dive and non-dive items) and there will be a 50/50 and possibly a raffle.  The Board is considering renting a Bounce House for children’s enjoyment, if there are enough children coming.

d.      July 1-4, Flower Gardens (Tina) – this trip is full but there is a wait list if anyone else is interested. 

e.       June 7-16 and June 7-23, 2012, Beqa Lagoon, Fiji (Danny) – Dates are set at June 7-16, 2012 for the first week and June 7-21, 2012 for the extension of a two week trip.  Depart DFW on June 7, arrive Fiji on June 9.  Deposits are due by June 1, 2011 or the diver will be dropped from the trip, and the balance is due March 1, 2012.

f.       August 6-7, Scientific Diver Course (Danny) – Aquarina Springs –There are 16 spaced available; we can go on August 20-21 if we need an overflow weekend.  The cost of the course (only) is $230/pp and a $100/pp deposit is required.  See Danny for registration forms.

g.      June 25, Clear Springs – no meal shares except for Saturday dinner, please bring sides and desserts.  The park is discounting their entry fee for us, from $20 to $15/pp.

                       

            4.  Mark Estill, Vice President: 

Membership Report & Renewals – we currently (YTD) have 84 members.

 

            5.  Sherry Hammond, Senior Board Member:

DRIFT Points – Sherry briefly explained the program, for the benefit of our new members and guests.  Emphasis was made for all members to make sure they sign in to all meetings and events attended.

 

6.  Cory Bailow, Junior Board Member:

50/50 Drawing and Rebel Wear Amounts – The total ticket sales for the 50/50 is $76.00, $38.00 for the winner and $38.00 for the club.

 

E.  Old Business 

1.  Scarborough Faire – Mark Stonebridge reported that approximately 6 members gathered for this outing, and everyone enjoyed the day.

2.  Lake Ouachita – Danny Bouska advised that we still need an outing co-coordinator for this event, to be held Labor Day weekend.  Please see Danny if you are interested.

 

F.  New Business

1.      Whirlyball with the Scubadillos – May 21st

After brief discussion, Jim Magnuson suggested we try to set this up for July.

 

G.  50/50  Last Sales and Drawing

 

H.  Adjourn – meeting adjourned at 8:47 PM

Diving Rebels Scuba Club

Monthly Meeting Agenda – March 2, 2011

6:30 PM

 

Social Time, 50/50 Ticket Sales, Non-Rebel Wear Fines, Rebel Wear Sales and Sign In

 

7:15 PM

 

A.  Welcome – Danny Bouska opened the meeting at 7:15 PM

 

B.  Recognition of Guests – Mark Estill recognized 12 guests in attendance

 

C.  Presentation (30 minutes):  Steve Ogden – Spring Lake (Aquarina Springs, San Marcos) – Steve showed a video and presented on the history and purpose of Aquarina Springs

 

D.  Board Member Reports

 

1.      Rita Simpson, Secretary:  Reading of the Minutes – motion to accept made by Ellen Fourtin, seconded by Kelly Barentine, motion carried.

2.      Kelly Barentine, Treasurer:  Financial Status

a.      The bank balance is $4064.31.  There is $52.00 in new merchandise sales, and of the $144.00 in jewelry/charms sales at the Texas Dive Show, 15% ($22.00) was donated to the club.

b.      We will have a fundraiser at the April meeting, Scuba Bingo.

c.      The 2011 budget was disbursed to members.  After review and discussion, Jim Simpson moved to accept the budget; the motion was seconded by Ellen Fourtin and the motion carried.

 

3.      Tina Caron, Activities Director: 

2011 Outing Schedule – is posted on the website at www.divingrebels.org

                        February 25-26, Texas Dive Show, Irving Convention Center and Social

                              Great attendance, staff and visitors (2800 visitors!).  There were 150 entries into our drawing for a free tank – the winner was our own Sherry Strahla.  Entrants will be added to the email list for our monthly newsletter.

March 12-13, Arctic Dive / Wine & Cheese Festival (Steve and/or Elizabeth)

Elizabeth advised that there will be a “buy 1 get 1 free” dive package to Utopia Resort (Utila) raffled at the event; tickets are on sale now and you do not have to be present to win.  Tickets to the event are also on sale now for $10/pp and they will be $15/pp at the “door.”  Steve explained how the wine and cheese tastings will be conducted.  John advised that the diving will begin approximately 1:30 with gearing up and a 2:00 entry into the water.  The Polar Bear award will be presented to the diver in the water the longest.  Attendees are asked to bring appetizers, salads, and desserts.  There will also be a silent auction, attendees are asked to donate their quality, used dive gear that is no longer in use.      

April 15-17, Tyler State Park

The annual dive at TSP will be the weekend of April 15 – 17.  There was a discussion of meals, more will be determined at the next meeting.

May 15, Crawfish Boil (Jim and Rita Simpson)

This event will be held on June 5th.  A sign-up sheet will be passed at the next meetings (prior to 6/5) so we can get a rough headcount for purchasing the fish.

May 27-30,   Balmorhea State Park

Steve will have a sign-up sheet at the April meeting

Flower Gardens

The Fourth of July weekend was decided on for this outing.

Dive Around Texas – Danny Bouska explained the program.

                       

            4.  Mark Estill, Vice President: 

Membership Report & Renewals – we ended 2010 with 74 members; we currently (YTD) have 76 members.

Membership Cards – members should see Mark E. if they have paid dues for     2011 but have not received a membership card.

 

            5.  Sherry Hammond, Senior Board Member:

                        Rebel Wear – Sherry reminded us that there is Rebel apparel for sale.

DRIFT Points – members were given a hand-out of the DRIFT Point structure.  End-Of-Year winner will receive a plaque and free membership for the upcoming year.

 

E.  Old Business – nothing discussed.

 

F.  New Business

            1.  Youth Organization – nothing reported.

            2.   Educational Opportunities to Consider 

a.      There was discussion about signing up Rebel members for a 2-day class in San Marcos at Aquarina Springs.  There is a max of 15 per class, it is held twice a month, and the cost is $230/pp.  A sign-up sheet will be presented in April to determine interest level.

b.      There was discussion for coordinating an outing to Valhalla Missile Silo, where members could also obtain an Altitude certification.  The cost of the dive is on a sliding scale.

c.      Danny Bouska advised he is looking into coordinating a club trip to Fiji in 2012.

d.      Sherry Strahla’s son-in-law passed away unexpectedly in February.  The Board had previously agreed that the club would donate $50.00 in lieu of flowers to be put into Sherry’s grandchildren’s college fund.  We are also asking for individual donations, which can be directed to Sherry Hammond or to the club to disburse.  Collections will be made at both the March and April meetings.

 

G.  50/50  Last Sales and Drawing

 

H.  Adjourn