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June 10th, 2020

Meeting called to order by Rob at 6:12

Minutes are updated on the website,

A donation was given from various of our members to our servers at Mediterrania Restaurant (our usual physical meeting location) of $125. They were very grateful,

Dues are due, email sent out with Vicky’s address or you can PayPal her.

Newsletter was done,

Neptune Memorial Reef in Miami was mentioned as an option for reefball-style burials. Vicky will post to Facebook. Another option for to become a reefball is the Joe Halusky Reef near Marineland .

The Copralite award is currently unassigned. (With few opportunities to dive for so long due to the pandemic, the club felt it was unfair to keep the same member saddled with it).

Capt. Slate Scuba Adventures may be going out of business.

Lobster mini season July 29th and 30th this year. Kathy and Rob will be going down to the keys for a week.

Scallop season is now open.

Old Business – still old.

New business – none.

Birthdays for June – Dana, Daniel and Tracy,

Meeting adjourned.


May 13th, 2020

Vicky gave Treasurer report, Money donations are still being collected for our servers at our regular physical meeting side the Mediterrania Restaurant. They were very grateful.

Dues are due in June. An email was sent out with Vicky’s address or you can PayPal her email address.

The newsletter was done.

Peggy will call Clark’s fish camp next month to set up our annual Christmas party.

Beth reported that North Florida land trust is doing Florida master naturalist classes and that Duval county is doing online coastal class.

No dive reports except Bob diving in the pool.

Due to the Covid-19 limitations on diving sticking the previous holder with the Copralite award for months with little prospect of being replaced by a new honoree, the club voted that award should currently be designated as unassigned until normal diving resumes..

Lobster mini season is July 29th and 30th. The Florida Keys are opening up June 1st.

The club voted that no club officer nominations will be done until we can physically meet again.

Beth shared a 1 minute video of Roatan Old Business

New business – none.

Birthdays for May – Jayne and Barb

The meeting adjourned at 7:25


April 8th, 2020

Posting of the minutes for the April 8th, 2020 minutes is delayed. There was a bit of confusion around them as the Covid-19 pandemic was initially forcing the transition from phsyical to Zoom virtual meetings.

We will be attempting to get these minutes posted as time permits.



March 11th, 2020

Called to Order by: Rob Hagen, President, at 1835


Welcome


GUESTS OR NEW MEMBERS: None


REPORTS:
Treasurer: Vicky Tyde Checking Account Balance is: $1145.41 (see itemized report)
Secretary: Joan Tournay Joan not present – Kathy Torrence filling in on todays meeting minutes
Vice President: Nica McAnany Not present
Newsletter: (Bob for Nica): It is up to date and on the Website.
Website: Bob Riddle It is up to date
Facebook: Lynda Dupes It is maintained by Lynda, but Valerie has offered her daughter, Wallace to take over.

DIVE REPORTS:

• Nadine: Blue Grotto – it wasn't horrible • Daniel: Crystal River – Participated in the swim/snorkel face to face with manatees – He got some great pics!

UPCOMING TRIP INFORMATION:
Until March 31: Lobster Season is still here a couple more weeks March 30, 2020: San Pedro, Belize – Gary and Karry leading dive trip April 25, 2020: SRR Jumpin' Sturgeon Festival & Sportsmen for Warriors with Rob's Band “HouseRockers” July 4-10, 2020: Coco View dive trip, Roatan, Honduras Sept 19, 2020: Annual Spring Hoppin’ Poker Run – on the Suwannee River @ the Rendezvous October 2020: Tours of the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine ~ Croc Fest Fall 2020: Scallop trip on the west coast – Let's plan that! 2020: Possible trip to see the Liberty Wreck in St. Simone, GA, tours of the Turtle Hospital 2020: Kayak trips in Fernandina Beach, FL. 2021: Possible trip to Cozamel, Mexico.

OLD BUSINESS:

None per CrawDaddy :)

NEW BUSINESS/ANNOUNCEMENTS:

• Bob and Valerie spoke about underwater metal detectors, perhaps to take off shore • For those going to Roatan, don't forget the Calomoseping (sp?), bug stuff • Vicki spoke to Vanessa @ Singletons RE: OCearch might be their permanent home • Final payment due for Roatan trip – May 4, 2020 • Options for local dives/boats: “MadDog” in New Smyrna, “Miscontent” in Fernandina Bch and “The Dive Source” intersection of 16 and 95 in St. Augustine. • Get Well Wishes going out to Joan and Phil H – Feel better soon • Taking Nominations in April for Next Years Officers

MARCH BIRTHDAYS:

Jim Barnes, Michelle Bennett, Linda Dupes, Rob Hagen, and Pat Strawbridge! Happy Birthday to You All!

50/50 RAFFLE: Went to Rusty!

DOOR PRIZE DRAWING:

Went to Vicky!

PROGRAM:

Program today presented by Phyl & Vicky on Nudibranchs in Wakatobi
Next meeting: April 8th @ the Mediterrania Restaurant at 1830. Meeting adjourned @ 1910


February 8th, 2020

Called to Order by: Rob Hagen, President at 6:30

WELCOME

GUESTS OR NEW MEMBERS: None

REPORTS

Treasurer: Vicky Tyde
Checking Account Balance is: $2,493.70

Secretary: Joan Tournay
Minutes are up to date and on the Website.

Vice President: Nica Mcanany
Nica is working on getting us a meteorologist to talk to us at our March 2020 meeting.

Newsletter: Nica Mcanany
It is up to date and on the Website.

Website: Bob Riddle
It is up to date with Windows 10.

Facebook: Lynda Dupes
It is maintained by Lynda, but Valerie has offered her daughter, Wallace to take over.

DIVE REPORTS
Lelan and Wallace got certified in Rainbow River, in 20 feet of very cold water.
They also went to Devil’s Den Spring. Sorry to hear that instructor let student bolt to the surface.

TRIP INFORMATION
Lobster Season is still her until MARCH 2020.
July 4-10, 2020: Coco View, Roatan, Honduras. Some people have dropped out leaving 10 remaining.
March 11, 2020: Gary and Kary are leading a trip to San Pedro, Belize.
April 25, 2020: Suwannee River Rendezvous

Fall 2020: Scallop trip on the west coast.
2021: Possible trip to Cozamel, Mexico.
2020: Possible trip to see the Liberty Wreck in St. Simone, GA and tours of the Turtle Hospital there.
2020: Kayak trips in Fernandina Beach, FL.
2020: Tours of the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, FL. Croc Fest there in October 2020.

OLD BUSINESS
There was a great job with the Christmas Party at Clarks Fish Camp.
If you need a Trip Leader Check List please see Bob.
Coprolite Award: Nadine; there will be others soon.
Please donate to the families of the Conception Dive Boat Tragedy Go Fund Me Page.

NEW BUSINESS
Valerie and Lealan are engaged. Congratulations!
Phil Harville has had his Heart Cath. He is home now.
Joan Tournay is finally having her knee surgery. Please pray that she has a speedy recovery.

BIRTHDAYS
Vicky: 1/14
Gordy: 1/14
Des: 1/15

50/50 RAFFLE: Nica gets $11.00

DOOR PRIZE DRAWING: Rod gets $10.00 gift certificate to Mediterranean.
Please get it from Vicky.

There was no Program today.
Photos for the Photo Contest are due today by Midnight. There were only 3 people that have entered. Please enter your photos to Rusty, Phil, or Nica, this year’s judges.

Next meeting will be on February 12, 2020 at the Mediterranean Restaurant at 6:30.


January 8th, 2020

Called to Order by: Rob Hagen, President at 6:30

WELCOME

GUESTS OR NEW MEMBERS: None

REPORTS

Treasurer: Vicky Tyde
Checking Account Balance is: $2,493.70

Secretary: Joan Tournay
Minutes are up to date and on the Website.

Vice President: Nica Mcanany
Nica is working on getting us a meteorologist to talk to us at our March 2020 meeting.

Newsletter: Nica Mcanany
It is up to date and on the Website.

Website: Bob Riddle
It is up to date with Windows 10.

Facebook: Lynda Dupes
It is maintained by Lynda, but Valerie has offered her daughter, Wallace to take over.

DIVE REPORTS
Lelan and Wallace got certified in Rainbow River, in 20 feet of very cold water.
They also went to Devil’s Den Spring. Sorry to hear that instructor let student bolt to the surface.

TRIP INFORMATION
Lobster Season is still her until MARCH 2020.
July 4-10, 2020: Coco View, Roatan, Honduras. Some people have dropped out leaving 10 remaining.
March 11, 2020: Gary and Kary are leading a trip to San Pedro, Belize.
April 25, 2020: Suwannee River Rendezvous

Fall 2020: Scallop trip on the west coast.
2021: Possible trip to Cozamel, Mexico.
2020: Possible trip to see the Liberty Wreck in St. Simone, GA and tours of the Turtle Hospital there.
2020: Kayak trips in Fernandina Beach, FL.
2020: Tours of the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, FL. Croc Fest there in October 2020.

OLD BUSINESS
There was a great job with the Christmas Party at Clarks Fish Camp.
If you need a Trip Leader Check List please see Bob.
Coprolite Award: Nadine; there will be others soon.
Please donate to the families of the Conception Dive Boat Tragedy Go Fund Me Page.

NEW BUSINESS
Valerie and Lealan are engaged. Congratulations!
Phil Harville has had his Heart Cath. He is home now.
Joan Tournay is finally having her knee surgery. Please pray that she has a speedy recovery.

BIRTHDAYS
Vicky: 1/14
Gordy: 1/14
Des: 1/15

50/50 RAFFLE: Nica gets $11.00

DOOR PRIZE DRAWING: Rod gets $10.00 gift certificate to Mediterranean.
Please get it from Vicky.

There was no Program today.
Photos for the Photo Contest are due today by Midnight. There were only 3 people that have entered. Please enter your photos to Rusty, Phil, or Nica, this year’s judges.

Next meeting will be on February 12, 2020 at the Mediterranean Restaurant at 6:30.


December, 2019

Each December no regular Scubanauts monthly meeting is held. The Scubanauts hold our annual Christmas Party instead of having a formal meeting.


November 13, 2019

Called to Order by: Rob Hagan, President at 6:30

WELCOME

GUESTS: none

REPORTS:

Treasurer: Vicky Tyde
Checking Account Balance is $1,782.28. 24 members have paid their dues.

Secretary: Joan Tournay
Minutes are up to date and on the website.

Vice President: Nica Mcanany
She is working on getting Tim Deagan as a speaker for a weather program.

Website: Bob Riddle
Website is up to date.

Facebook: Lynda Dupes
It is up to date.

Newsletter: Nica Mcanany
It is up to date and on our website.

DIVE REPORTS:
Rob and friends went diving at Troy Springs and to the River Rendezvous. Water was clear and 72 degrees.
Daniel went to Islamorada in the Keys. There is still bad storm damage in the reefs in the Keys and visibility was terrible.

TRIP INFORMATION:
Lobster season is still here until March of 2020.
July 4 to 11, 2020: Coco View, Roatan, Honduras. 16 people are signed up for the trip.
March 11, 2020: Gary and Kary are leading a trip to San Pedro, Belize. Please let him know if you are interested in going and want him to send you an email.
Scubanauts Christmas Party will be December 14, 2020.
February 22, 2020: Boogie Creek is North Florida land Trust first Public Park.

OLD BUSINESS:
Coprolite Award: Nadine

NEW BUSINESS:
There is a new dive boat in Mayport called the Sweet Lips.
Membership Dues are due at this time.
Pictures for the Photo Contest are due December 31, 2019. The rules for the contest are on the website. Please send admissions to Nica.
There is a Go Fund Me page for the Conception Dive Boat Tragedy. Please donate.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
North Florida Land Trust is having Nature Walks at Spoonbill Pond, Little Talbot Island, and Boogie Creek Tours with a Naturalist. Please sign up on website or see Beth for more information.
Whole Foods is still selling Lionfish.

BIRTHDAYS:
11/26: Valerie
11/28; Gary

DOOR PRIZE: Rob, $10 gift certificate to Mediterranean, please get it from Vicky.
50/50 DRAWING: Beth, $7.00.

PROGRAM:
Scubanauts Shark Dives at Tiger Beach, Walkers Cay, Bahamas in 1995
Presented by Bob Riddle.

The next meeting will be January 8, 2020 at the Mediterranean Restaurant.
Please bring guests and new members.


October 9, 2019

Called to Order by: Rob Hagen, President at 6:30

WELCOME

GUESTS: none

REPORTS:

Treasurer: Vicky Tyde
Checking Account Balance: $1661.13, no activity on account since last month.

Secretary: Joan Tournay
Minutes are up to date and on the website.

Vice President: Nica Mcanany
Nica is working on getting speakers for our meetings.

Website: Bob Riddle
Website is up to date.

Facebook: Lynda Dupes
It is up to date and being maintained.
There was a Facebook post for Jim Abernathy for a Shark Dive in Tiger Beach,
Bahamas.

Newsletter: Nica Mcanany
It is up to date and on our website

TRIP INFORMATION:
July 4 to 11, 2020: Coco view, Roatan, Honduras. 16 people are signed up.
November 8 to 11, 2019: Suwannee River Rendezvous, Mayo, FL
November 9 and 11, 2019: North Florida Land trust Nature walks, Spoonbill Pond and
Boogie Creek.
Autism Paddle in March 2020.
December 14, 2019: Christmas Party at Clarks Fish Camp.
There is a new Dive Boat at Mayport called the Sweet Lips.

OLD BUSINESS:
Coprolite Award: Nadine

There is a Go Fund Me Page for the Conception Dive Boat Tragedy in California.
Please contribute.


ANNOUNCEMENTS:
BIRTHDAYS:
Pam: 10/9
Joan: 10/27
50/50 Raffle: Beth’s Mom got $6.50

Door Prize Drawing: Valerie got $10.00 gift certificate, please get from Vicky next time.

No Program today

Coming soon will be a Program on Valet Diving.

Next meeting will be at the Mediterranean on November 13, 2019.

 


September 11, 2019

Called to Order by: Rob Hagen, President at 6:30

WELCOME

GUESTS: none

REPORTS:

Treasurer: Vicky Tyde
22 people have paid their dues.
Checking account balance: $1,620.13

Secretary: Joan Tournay
Minutes are up to date and on the Website.

Vice President: Nica Mcanany
She is working on getting a Meteorologist for a speaker. Please let us know if you
have any suggestions for speakers at our meetings.

Website: Bob Riddle
Website is up to date.

Facebook: Lynda Dupes
It is up to date and running.

Newsletter: Nica Mcanany
It is up to date and on our website.

TRIP INFORMATION:
July 4 to 11, 2020: Coco View, Roatan, Honduras, 16 people are signed up.
Airline Fares are around $1000 round trip right now.
Lobster Season is to March 2020.
Diane is planning a Paddle Board Trip in St. Augustine.

OLD BUSINESS:
Coprolite Award goes to Nadine for her Bonaire Trip.
There is a Bird Walk planned in Boogie Creek, with North Florida Land Trust.
Please see Beth for details.
Wright Whale Festival is on November 2, 2019 in Fernandina Beach, FL.
There is a Go Fund Me page for the victims of the Conception Boat Tragedy in California and Hurricane Dorian. Please donate.


NEW BUSINESS:
Dec. 14, 2019: Christmas Party at Clark’s Fish Camp. Prices are $20 for members, $35 for guests, and $12 extra for the Joan’s cut.
We are still doing a $10 to $15 gift exchange; bring a gift, get a gift.

Rob still has some Scubanauts old records. Please see him if you want a piece of history.
We need trip leaders. We have a check list on the website or you can see Bob for more information.

BIRTHDAYS:
Sharon: 9/8
Bob: 9/21
Beth: 9/18
Kathy: 9/18
Scott: 9/3
Diane: 9/25

50/50 RAFFLE:
Rhonda $23.00

DOOR PRIZE DRAWING:
Phil Harville $10.00

PROGRAM:
Wakatobi, Part II, Bottom Dwellers by Vicky Tyde and Phil Stofel.

The next meeting will be here at the Mediterrania Restaurant on Baymeadows Road at 6:30.


August 8, 2019

Called to order by: Rob Hagan

WELCOME

GUESTS: None

REPORTS:
Treasurer: Vicky Tyde
Checking Account Balance: $4405.06
Club Dues are due: $35.00 per member.

Secretary: Joan Tournay
Minutes are up to date and on the Website.

Vice President: Nadine Norton
She is working on getting us a speaker for Bimini Shark Research.

Website: Bob Riddle
Newsletter: Nica
Facebook: Lynda Dupes
We thank you all for your service.

DIVE REPORTS:
Roatan was wonderful. The weather was beautiful; we saw lots of seahorses, and other
creatures. The staff treated us very well. We will go back again.
Daniel went to St. Croix. He saw lots of sharks and had some good diving.
Gary and Kerry went to Jupiter and saw Goliath Grouper.
Nadine went to West Palm Beach reported a strong current and Lemon Sharks.

TRIP INFORMATION:
Lobster Season is now to March 2019.
August 18 and 19, 2018 Diving with Sea Dogs in St. Augustine.
August 25 and 25, 2018 JJ Gray
September 15, 2018 Belize City, Belize.
October 30, 2018 Suwannee River Clean up.
May to August 2019 Diving with Scott in Mexico.
June 2019 Wakatobi Diving Resort. The second deposit of $1000 is due in Sept. 2018.

OLD BUSINESS:
Peggy is checking on Christmas Party at Clarks December 2018.

NEW BUSINESS:
Credit Card Reader has been set up for the club. Please see Vicky.
A trip check list has been generated by Bob Riddle.

BIRTHDAYS:
Rusty: August 8
Kerry: August 12
Phil: August 17

COPOLITE AWARD:
No one nominated in Roatan!

50/50 RAFFLE: Rhonda
DOOR PRIZE: Pat

PROGRAM: Christine Harmon: Amelia Island Beach and Marine Life Task Force

The next meeting is at The Mediterranean on September 12 at 6:00.

Please bring new guests!


July 10, 2019

Called to Order by Rob Hagen at 6:30.

WELCOME

GUESTS: None

REPORTS:

Treasurer: Vicky Tyde
Checking Account Balance: $1,083.13

Secretary: Joan Tournay
Minutes are up to date and on the Website.

Vice President: Nica Mcanany

Website: Bob Riddle
Website is up to date.

Newsletter: Nica Mcanany
Newsletter is up to date.

Facebook: Lynda Dupes
Facebook is up to date.

DIVE REPORTS:
Vicky, Rhonda, Sarah, Ken, Scott, Rusty, and Phil went to Wakatobi in May 2019. They took a two and a half hour flight from Bali. The Diving was awesome with water temperatures of 82 degrees. They got to see rice paddies and ride around on motor scooters. Unfortunately, Rusty and Phil had the Bali Belly and were terribly sick the last couple days they were there.
Daniel went to Cozumel, Mexico and diving was good. He saw Whale Sharks and Turtles mating. Current was strong, but he did some snorkeling as well.

TRIP INFORMATION:
July 24 to 25, 2019: Lobster Mini Season
July 2020: Coco View, Roatan, Honduras
August to September, 2019: Scallop Season West Coast of Florida.

OLD BUSINESS:
Coprolite Award: still Nadine
Whole Foods has Lion Fish.
Scubanauts Christmas Party is December 14, 2019 at Clark’s Fisk Camp.
November 2, 2019 is the Wright Whale Festival at Fernandina Beach, FL.
Florida Land Trust is trying to establish Boogie Creek Preserve, Pumpkin Hill on the
North side near Cedar Creek.

50/50 RAFFLE: Phil Harville

DOOR PRIZE DRAWING: Beth Strawberry $10.00 gift certificate

OPEN FORUM:
Rob has some old club records and letterheads.
Bob has the trip leader check list.

PROGRAM:
Bonaire Diving by Nadine Norton
Lots of shore diving.

Please bring guests with you for new members.
We need to send our newsletter to Dive Clubs.
Scuba divers have a meet up club in Gainesville area for springs and cave diving.

The next meeting will be August 14, 2019 at the Mediterranean

 


June 12, 2019

Called to Order by Rob Hagen at 6:30.

WELCOME

GUESTS: Wallis and Caden

REPORTS:

Treasurer: Vicky Tyde
Checking Account Balance: $966.13

Secretary: Joan Tournay
Minutes are up to date and on the Website.

Vice President: Nica Mcanany
She is working on getting new speakers.

Website: Bob Riddle
He is converting website and updating security. SSL links need updating.

Newsletter: Nica Mcanany
Everything is good and up to date.

Facebook: Lynda Dupes
She is maintaining our Facebook page.

DIVE REPORTS:
Nadine, Gary, and Kary went to Bonaire to dive in May 2019. The whole island is a marine park. They did a lot of shore diving with 2 dives a day and had a wonderful time.
Valerie and Lelan went to Sea Dogs Dive Center, New Symmerna Beach, FL. They dove 85ft. to wrecks and dark water with lots of large fish.

TRIP INFORMATION:
July 4 to 11, 2020: Coco View Resort, Roatan, Honduras
March 2020: Belize
July through September 2019: Scallop Season Cedar Key.

OLD BUSINESS:
Dan is retiring and closing Offshore Diving in Mayport.

Coprolite Award: Nadine Norton for jumping off a cliff and losing her mask in Bonaire.

NEW BUSINESS:
December 14, 2019: Scubanauts Christmas Party at Clark’s Fish Camp.
BIRTHDAYS:
Daniel Hughes: 6/8
Tracy Johnson: 6/26

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Please bring guests to meetings.
Please volunteer for clean up dives.

50/50 Raffle: Nica for $11.00.
Door Prize Drawing: Gary for $10.00 gift certificate to the Mediterranean.

PROGRAM:
Shannon Blankenship, Advocate Director of St. John’s River Keeper
Major Issues Impacting Our River


The next Meeting will be July 10, 2019 at The Mediterrania Restaurant at 6:30.

 


May 8, 2019

Called to Order by Rob Hagen

WELCOME

GUESTS: Beth’s Mom

REPORTS

Treasurer: Vicky Tyde
Checking Account Balance: $1,392.34, Credit Card has been cancelled.

Secretary: Joan Tournay
Minutes are up to date and on the Website.

Vice President: Nadine Norton
Guest speaker has been arranged for us.

Website: Bob Riddle
Everything is good and up to date.

Newsletter: Nica Mcanany
It is up to date and on the website.

Facebook: Lynda Dupes
She is maintaining our Facebook page.

DIVE REPORTS:
Rhonda and Vicky went to West Palm Beach on April 27 to 28, 2019.
The Little Deeper has Brad as the Captain and based at the city marina. Diving was good.
Nadine went diving in Jupiter, FL.

TRIP INFORMATION:
May 9, 2019: Bonaire
May 29, 2019: Wakatobi
July 2020: Roatan, Honduras
July 24 to 25, 2019: Mini Lobster Season

Coprolite Award: Rob still has it; Kathy called the restaurant to see if they had it.

OLD BUSINESS:
Florida Land Trust has opened Boogie Creek Preserve this weekend. It is near New Berlin Road.
Whole Foods has Lion Fish.
August to October we are planning diving Offshore Jacksonville.
August to September we are planning to go Scalloping on the west coast.
Rob has old records for Scubanauts.
We need trip leaders for trips.

NEW BUSINESS:
Officers: President: Rob
Vice President: Nica
Secretary: Joan
Treasurer: Vicky

Birthdays: Barb: 5/3
Mike: 5/6

50/50 Raffle: Phil $15.00

Door Prize Drawing: Joan $10.00

PROGRAM: Climate Change on Alligators, Part II by Adam Rosenbalm.

The next meeting will be at the Mediterranean on June 10, 2019.

 


April 10, 2019

Called to Order by: Rob Hagen at 6:40.

Welcome

Guests or new member: Lelan

Reports
Treasurer: Vicki Tyde
Ending balance in checking is $892.21.

Secretary: Joan Tournay
Minutes are up to date and on the website.

Vice President: Nadine Norton
We have speakers lined up for the next 2 months; Adam Rosenbalm will talk about
Alligators and Shannon Blankenship will talk about River Uprising.

Website: Bob Riddle
Everything looks good on the website.

Newsletter: Nica Mcanany
It is up to date and on the Website.

Facebook: Lynda Dupes
She is maintaining our Facebook page.

Dive Reports:
Rob went diving in Key Largo. He dove some shallow reef dives, with a temperature of 78 degrees and saw lobsters and nurse sharks.
Captain Jim went to Disney and dove in Epcot in the Living Seas.

Trip Information:
April 26, 2019: Vicky is going to West Palm Beach.
May 5, 2019: Suwannee River Rendezvous, camping with rob and Kathy.
May 10-15, 2019: Bonaire with Nadine, Kari, and Gary.
May 16-19, 2019: Lion Fish Festival in Destin, FL.
May 29, 2019: Wakatobi
July 2020: Roatan, Honduras
July 24-25, 2019: Mini Lobster Season.
Offshore Jacksonville: see Captain Dan.
Sept-Oct 2019: Scalloping on the west coast of Florida.

Coprolite Award:
Rob Hagen, for misplacing the coprolite award.
Old Business:
Whole Foods has Lionfish.
There is a talk at the Whitney this Thursday at 7:00 about the Deep Dive; the Sea level rising along our coast.
Rob has some old paperwork from Scubanauts years ago; anyone is welcome to it.

New Business:
Nominations for Officers:
Secretary: Joan
Treasurer: Vicky
Vice president: possibly Nadine, Rusty or Beth
President: Rob

Birthdays:
4/9: Peggy Barnes
4/6: Phil Harville
4/6: Janet Betchkal
4/17: Crawdaddy

50/50 Raffle: Sharon got $9.00.

Door Prize Drawing: Gordi got $10 gift certificate.

Program:
Science, Sea Sickness, and the Sailing Sabbatical,
Presented by Daniel A. McCarthy, Jacksonville University.

The next meeting will be at the Mediterrania Restaurant on May 8, 2019 at 6:30.
Guests are welcome.

 


March 13, 2019

Called to Order by Rob Hagen

Welcome

Guests or new members: Crawdaddy (He hasn’t paid his membership.)

Reports
Treasurer: Vicky Tyde
Total checking account balance is $1,598.75

Secretary: Joan Tournay
Minutes are up to date and on the website.

Vice President: Nadine Norton
She is working on getting us a biologist that will speak about coral reefs in the
Bahamas.

Website: Bob Riddle
Everything is good on the website. All minutes are up to date. Bob is working on keeping the operating system and updating our domain.

Newsletter: Nica Mcanany
It is up to date and on the website.

Facebook: Lynda Dupes
She is maintaining our Facebook page.

Dive Reports:
Rob went diving with Gordi and Diane in Costa Rica. They saw many exciting things.
Diane went snorkeling and had a wonderful time. Visibility was good.
Jan took a cruise to Cozumel, Mexico. Visibility was nice for the reef dive.
Dan took a trip to Jupiter for a Shark dive. They saw some Nurse and Lemon Sharks.
They also did the Wreck Treck and saw some Goliath Grouper.

Trip Information
Lobster Season until March 31, 2019.
March 23 to 30, 2019: Rob and Kathy going to Key Largo.
April 26, 2019: West Palm Beach diving with Little Deeper and Blue Heron Bridge.
May 4 to 11, 2019: Bonaire with Des, Nadine, Kari and Gary
May 16 to 19, 2019: Lion Fish Festival in Destin, FL.
May 29, 2019: Wakatobi Resort, 7 people are going to trip of a lifetime.
July 2019: Lobster mini season.
Scalloping on the west coast of Florida. No date set yet.
July 4 to 11, 2020: Roatan

Old Business
Coprolite Award: no new nominations

Whole Foods is selling Lion fish.
March 14, 2019: Program at the Whitney in St. Augustine at 7:00.
Coastal Changes in our Environment.

New Business:
Next month will be officer nominations.
Vicky has cancelled our credit card and is filing our taxes.

50/50 Raffle: Kathy wins $15.00.

Door Prize Drawing: Rusty wins $10.00 Gift Certificate

Program:
Dan Lindley from Diamond Divers Charters
He has a 46 ft. dive boat with room for 18 divers.
It is $100 for a 2 tank dive and $125 for a 3 tank dive.

Birthdays:
Rob Hagen March 27
Lynda Dupes March 11
Michelle Bennett March 24

Thank you to all that participated in the Photo Contest.
Please bring guests with you to the meetings.
Our next meeting will be April 10, 2019 at the Mediterrania Restaurant.

 


February 13, 2019

Called to Order by: Rob R Hagen, President

Welcome

Guests: Patricia Laverty, Daniel’s friend

Reports:

Treasurer: Joan, subbing for Vicky
Total checking Account Balance: $5,972.49

Secretary: Joan Tournay
Minutes are up to date and on the Website.

Vice President: Nadine Norton
She is working on getting Dan Lindel of the Diamond Diver to talk with us.

Website: Bob Riddle
He is working on getting details on cost for an IPS and SSL Certificate.

Newsletter: Nica Mcanany
It is up to date and on the Website.

Facebook: Lynda Dupes
She is maintaining our Facebook page.

Dive Reports:
Rob went to Costa Rica; there were only two people on the dive boat. They saw Manta
rays and Siphon Fish.

Trip Information:
May 2019: Wakatobi.
May 4-11, 2019: Caymans
May 10-18, 2019: Bonaire with Des, Nadine, Kari, and Gary.
March 2019: Camping in Key Largo with Nica, Bob, and Rob.
July 4-11, 2020: Roatan, Annual Fish Count, $50.00 deposit required.

Old Business:
Coprolite Award: No nominations.

Whole Foods is selling Lion Fish.
Lobster Season ends on March 30, 2019.
Destin, Florida is having their Lion Fish Festival on May 15-19, 2019.
Mini Lobster Season starts on July 24, 2019.
New Business and Announcements:
North Florida Land is getting Boogie Creek Preserve.
They are working on acquiring Ocala and Osceola Corridor and Wildlife Area
and trying to save Fish Island in St. Augustine, Fl.

Thank you to Bob and Nica for hosting the Super Bowl Party
If you want to lead a trip, please see Bob Riddle for a Trip Check List.
Vicky is working on getting a Credit Card reader.

50/50 Raffle: $14.00

Door Prize Drawing: $10.00 gift certificate goes to Beth.

Program: Scubanauts Photo Contest

Underwater
1st Place: Bob/Wingman
2nd Place: Vicky/Afternoon Delight
3rd Place: Nica/Out for a Stroll

Above Water
1st Place: Vicky/How does my Hair Look?
2nd Place: Rob/Crawdaddy
3rd Place: Bob/Betters’ Post

Photos will be posted on the Website. Thank you to Barbara and Beth for all their hard work!

Birthdays:
Feb 22: Bob Carmichael


January 9, 2019

Called to Order by: Rob Hagen, President

Welcome

Guests: Lelan

Reports:

Treasurer: Vicky Tyde
Checking account balance for November, 2018 was $1,838.32.
Checking account balance for December, 2018 was $2,298.75.

Secretary: Joan Tournay
Minutes are up to date and on the website.

Vice President: Nadine Norton
Nadine has speakers lined up. For March we have Diamond Diver’s Captain and for
April we have Coral Reefs and Sailboats.

Website: Bob Riddle
Website is up to date.

Newsletter: Nica Mcanany
It is up to date and on the Website.

Facebook: Lynda Dupes
It is up to date; let her know if you need help with postings.

Dive Reports:
Nadine took a trip to the Aqua Zoo with South Florida Divers. She did a shore dive in 13 foot of water in Lauderdale by the Sea.

Trip Information:
Valerie and Lelan plan on going to the Florida Keys.
Kary and Gary plan on going back to Roatan with Trobi Divers.
May 2019: Wakatobi Trip Payments are due Feb 6, 2019; seven people are going on this wonderful trip.
May 4-11, 2019: Jim Davis, Kathy and Rob are planning trip to the Florida Keys.
May 11-18, 2019: Des and Nadine planning trip to Bonaire with a Bed and breakfast.
July 2020: Roatan Dive Trip.

Old Business:
Christmas Party at Clark’s Fish Camp was a success. Thank you to Barb, Diane, Peggy and Vicky for planning it.
We collected $150 for the Melanoma Foundation in Denise Hughes honor.
Thank you for your contributions!

Coprolite Award: Gary for no card in his digital Camera while taking pictures.
North Florida Land Trust: Annual Meeting is February 7, 2019.
Lobster Season ends March 31, 2019.

New Business:
Feb 3, 2019: Superbowl Party at Bob and Nica’s. Please bring a covered dish to share and
BYOB.
If you have any ideas for new trips or want to lead a trip, please let us know.

50/50 Raffle: Phil Harville wins $12.50.

Door Prize Drawing: Sharon Harville wins Gift Certificate.

Birthdays:
Gordi: Jan 14
Vicky: Jan 14
Des: Jan 15

Photo Contest Deadline is 1/12/2019. Please send your admissions to Beth.

Next Meeting will be at the Mediterranean on February 13, 2019.
We will judge the Photo Contest on that day!


December, 2018

There is no formal meeting each December.

Each year the Scubanauts hold our annual Christmas Party in lieu of having a meeting.



November 14, 2018

Called to Order by Rob Hagan, President

GUESTS: Leland, Valerie’s friend

REPORTS:

Treasurer: Vicky Tyde
Checking Account Balance: $2,234.69
We are getting rid of our credit card reader; there are too many usage fees.

Secretary: Joan Tournay
Minutes are up to date and on the website.

Vice President: Nadine Norton
She is working on speakers for our next meeting.

Website: Bob Riddle
Bob is working on keeping our website up dated.

Facebook: Lynda Dupes
Please contact her if you have anything for Facebook.

Newsletter: Nica McAnany
Nica is working to keep us current.

DIVE REPORTS:
There are no dive reports for October.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Rob’s Band, the All Star Orchestra, is playing at the Gazebo on November 17, 2018 at 5:30 PM.
JJ Gray is playing North Florida Land Trust, on the Westside on December 1, 2018.
See Beth for details.
Gary is going to a cookout at Intuition Ale House on November 17, 2018, 12:00 to 7:00.

TRIP INFORMATION:
2018: Lobster Season is still in full swing.
Feb 3, 2019: Superbowl Party at Bob and Nica’s pending renovations.
March 2019: Rob and Kathy are planning a trip to Lowe Key.
May 2019: Wakatobi: final payments are due Feb 6, 2019.
July 2020: Roatan


OLD BUSINESS:
Coprolite Award: No new nominations.
Christmas Party at Clark’s Fish Camp.
$20 for members, $30 for associate members, and $35 for guests
An additional charge of $12 for Joan’s cut will be added.
Please pay Vicky as soon as possible.
There will be a gift exchange at the Party; bring a gift; get a gift, $15 limit.

NEW BUSINESS:
The Book Club donated over $100 to Melanoma Foundation in honor of Denise Hughes.
We miss her terribly.
Photo Contest: please send entrees to Barbara.

Birthdays:
Valerie: November 23
Gary: November 28
Mary Jo: November 20

PROGRAM;
University of Florida’s Adam Rosenblatt presents Climate Change and Alligators.
Adam can be contacted at adamrosenblatt@unf.com

Please bring more guests.
Our next meeting will be at the Mediterranean January 9, 2019.


October 10, 2018

Called to order by Rob Hagen, President

WELCOME

GUESTS: none

REPORTS:
Treasurer: Rhonda subbing for Vicky Tyde
Checking Account Balance: $2547.27
Please pay for Club dues if you have not; $35.00 per member.

Secretary: Joan Tournay
Minutes are up to date and on the Website.

Vice President: Nadine Norton
She is working on the Alligator Guy for the speaker next month.

Website: Bob Riddle
Bob is working hard to keep our website updated.

Facebook: Lynda Dupes
Please contact her if you have any questions about our account.

Newsletter: Nica McAnany
Please contact her if you have any updates.

DIVE REPORTS:
Nadine went to Blue Grotto Springs. It was flooded over the platform and visibility was
terrible.
Rob and Kathy went to River Rendezvous at Suwannee River on October 5. 2018. There was spiders, snakes, and beer, oh my, but a lot of fun for all.

TRIP INFORMATION:
May 31, 2019: Wakatobi Trip, we need deposit of $1000. We accept Visa, AE, or MC.
Possible Roatan Trip in July 2020.

OLD BUSINESS:
Coprolite Award: Awarded to Crawdaddy for diving while blind.

NEW BUSINESS:
Dec 1, 2018: JJ Gray tickets still available with Florida Land Trust.
Dec 8, 2018: Christmas Party at Clark’s Fish Camp. Rates should be the same as last year.
Peggy will get that information for us at next meeting.
Feb 3, 2019: Super bowl Party at Bob and Nica’s pending their renovations.
2019: Mexico with Scott
2019: Cayman Brack with Jim Davis

BIRTHDAYS:
October 27: Joan Tournay

PROGRAM:
Kerry and Gary shared their September 2018 Belize Trip to Ambergris Cay, Belize.
Thank you for putting this slide show together last minute.

Photo Contest is coming soon. Pictures must be taken 1/1/2018 to 12/31/2018.
Above water photos must be at a club function. There are 5 winners for above water and 5 for below water. There is also a category for best fresh water fish photo.

Next meeting will be at 11/14/18 at the Mediterrania Restaurant on Baymeadows Road.
Please bring a guest.



September 12, 2018

Called to order by Rob Hagan, President

WELCOME

GUESTS: none

REPORTS:
Treasurer: Vicky Tyde
Checking Account Balance: $5525.58
Master Card fees are $1.25 per month.
Club dues are due: $35.00 per member.

Secretary: Joan Tournay
Minutes are up to date and on the Website.

Vice President: Nadine Norton
She is working on speaker for November Meeting about alligators and climate control.

Website: Bob Riddle
Please let Bob know if you have any concerns about the website.

Facebook: Lynda Dupes
She found some interesting videos about seahorses in Japan.

DIVE REPORTS:
Valerie went to Lake George, Silver Glen, and Salt Springs to snorkel.
Dive Trip to West Palm Springs was cancelled.
Members have Reported that the Tanins in the Swanee River have been bad and visibility is not good.

TRIP INFORMATION:
Annual Memberships are available for Florida Land Trust: please see Beth for more information.
JJ Gray Concert Tickets are selling out fast; only 80 remain.
Whole Foods is still selling Lion fish.
Sun Dog Divers in New Smyrna Beach cancelled our last trip. Is it still Red Snapper Season?

OLD BUSINESS:
2018: Lobster Season still going strong.
Sept 13 to 22, 2018: Gari going to Belize.
Sept 20 to 23, 2018: Reef Fest in the Keys.
Sept 27, 2018: Swannee River Clean up.
May 31, 2019: Wakatobi Trip, We need $1000 deposit, accept Visa, AE, or MC.
Possible Roatan Trip in June 2020.
Scallop Season is in Port St. Joe.

NEW BUSINESS:
Dec 8, 2018: Christmas Party at Clark’s Fish Camp at 6:00.
Bob Riddle has a Trip Leader Trip Sheet available to organize your trip.

BIRTHDAYS:
Bob: 9/21
Beth: 9/18
Kathy: 9/18

50/50 RAFFLE
Rusty: $14:00

DOOR PRIZE DRAWING:
Bryan: $10.00 Gift Certificate for Mediterrania Restaurant.

PROGRAM:

Bryan Franks, PhD, Jacksonville University Shark Biologist
Assistant Professor of Marine Science
Tracking Sharks for OCEARCH.org for Jacksonville University and Research work in Bimini, Bahamas.

The next meeting will be at the Mediterrania Restaurant on October 10, 2018.



August 8, 2018

Called to order by: Rob Hagan

WELCOME

GUESTS: None

REPORTS:
Treasurer: Vicky Tyde
Checking Account Balance: $4405.06
Club Dues are due: $35.00 per member.

Secretary: Joan Tournay
Minutes are up to date and on the Website.

Vice President: Nadine Norton
She is working on getting us a speaker for Bimini Shark Research.

Website: Bob Riddle
Newsletter: Nica
Facebook: Lynda Dupes
We thank you all for your service.

DIVE REPORTS:
Roatan was wonderful. The weather was beautiful; we saw lots of seahorses, and other
creatures. The staff treated us very well. We will go back again.
Daniel went to St. Croix. He saw lots of sharks and had some good diving.
Gary and Kerry went to Jupiter and saw Goliath Grouper.
Nadine went to West Palm Beach reported a strong current and Lemon Sharks.

TRIP INFORMATION:
Lobster Season is now to March 2019.
August 18 and 19, 2018 Diving with Sea Dogs in St. Augustine.
August 25 and 25, 2018 JJ Gray
September 15, 2018 Belize City, Belize.
October 30, 2018 Suwannee River Clean up.
May to August 2019 Diving with Scott in Mexico.
June 2019 Wakatobi Diving Resort. The second deposit of $1000 is due in Sept. 2018.

OLD BUSINESS:
Peggy is checking on Christmas Party at Clarks December 2018.

NEW BUSINESS:
Credit Card Reader has been set up for the club. Please see Vicky.
A trip check list has been generated by Bob Riddle.
BIRTHDAYS:
Rusty: August 8
Kerry: August 12
Phil: August 17

COPOLITE AWARD:
No one nominated in Roatan!

50/50 RAFFLE: Rhonda
DOOR PRIZE: Pat

PROGRAM: Christine Harmon: Amelia Island Beach and Marine Life Task Force

The next meeting is at The Mediterranean on September 12 at 6:00.

Please bring new guests!



July 11, 2018

Called to Order by: Rob Hagan at 6:30.

WELCOME

Guests or New Members: Gary and Kerry Thompson

REPORTS:
Treasurer: Vicky Tyde
Checking Account Balance: $1884.18
We have Card Reader for Pay Pal Account
Dues are due: $35.00.

Secretary: Joan Tournay
Minutes are up to date and on the Website.

Vice President: Nadine Norton
She has a speaker set up for next month.

Website: Bob Riddle
Newsletter: Nica
Facebook: Lynda Dupes

DIVE REPORTS:
None

TRIP INFORMATION:
July 14 to 21, 2018 Coco View Resort, Roatan, Honduras.
July 25 to 26, 2018 Lobster Mini Season, Main season starts August 6, 2018.
August 10, 11, 12, 2018 Lion Fish Derby at Beach Marine, Jacksonville Beach, FL.
September 15 to 22, 2018 Belize City, Belize.
October 30, 2018 Suwannee River Clean up.
June 2019 Wakatobi Dive Resort; 11 days and 10 nights. Payment of $1000 due Sept 2018.

OLD BUSINESS:
Coprolite Award:
Crawdaddy for diving while blind.

NEW BUSINESS:
August to September 2018 Scallop Diving in Port St. Joe.
December 1, 2018 North Florida Land Trust hosting J.J. Gray, the Swamp Rocker.
December 2018 still having Christmas Party at Clarks Fish Camp.


Birthdays:
Rhonda 7/16/18

50\50 Raffle: Rob Hagan, $13.00

Door Prize Drawing: Rob Hagan, $10.00 Gift Certificate to Mediterranean.

PROGRAM:
Water Bears or Walking Heads by Dr. Frank W. Smith, Biology Department of
University of North Florida.

The next meeting will be at the Mediterranean on Baymeadows Road on August 8, 2018.



Jun 13, 2018

Called to Order by: Rob Hagan at 6:30.

WELCOME

Guests or new members: Pat Strawbridge, Beth’s Mom, Gary and Kerry Thompson, and
Rhonda.

REPORTS
Treasurer: Vicky Tyde
Checking Account Balance: $3142.42
DUES are due: Single: $35.00, Family: $70.00, Associate: $12.00

Secretary: Joan Tournay
Minutes are up to date and on the Website.

Vice President: Nadine Norton
She is working on getting speakers for us.

Website: Bob Riddle
Newsletter: Nica
Facebook: Lynda Dupes

DIVE REPORTS
Crawdaddy’s last dive, 85th Birthday Dive at Troy Springs was April 2018.
Chris went to West Palm Beach for a night dive at Blue Heron Bridge.
Daniel went to Marathon Key and saw lots of Black Grouper.

TRIP INFORMATION
July 14 to 21, 2018 Roatan, Honduras; 11 divers are going. Please check your passport.
$5.00 buys you as many towels as you need. We need school supplies for the Coco View students. Doc passed away at Coco View. We will miss him.
July 25 to 26, 2018 is Lobster Mini Season.
June and July, 2018 Offshore Jacksonville.
May 2019 Wakatobi Dive Resort 11 days and 10 nights for the pampered diver.
Fly into Bali and take a private charter to Wakatobi. Clinic is on site.
August 10,11, and 12, 2018 Lion Fish Derby presented by Whole Foods Market at Beach Marine, Jacksonville Beach, FL.
September 20-23, 2018 Reef Fest, Key Largo, FL.

OLD BUSINESS
Coprolite Award
Crawdaddy was nominated for diving while blind and also driving while blind.


NEW BUSINESS
North Florida Land Trust hosting J.J. Gray on December 1, 2018.
Florida Master Naturalist is having new classes; please contact Beth Strawbridge for more information.
Please consider getting DAN Insurance and TSA Precheck before your trip.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Birthdays:
June 8: Daniel
June 26: Tracy

50\50 RAFFLE: Phil Stoffel $19.00

DOOR PRIZE: Joan Tournay $10.00 Gift Certificate to Mediterrania Restaurant.

PROGRAM
Hurricane Erma’s Impact on the Keys: by Bonnie from REEF.
For more information, go to www.reef.com

The next meeting is on July 11, 2018 at the Mediterrania Restaurant.
Please bring guests with you.



May 9, 2018

Called to Order by: President Rob Hagan at 6:30

Welcome

Guests or new members: Rhonda Felder and Beth’s Mom, Mrs. Strawbridge

Reports

Treasurer: Vicky Tyde
$1668.57 in club checking account
Club Dues are due in June; $35.00 for single, $70.00 for family.

Secretary: Joan Tournay
Minutes are up to date and on the Website.

Vice President: Nadine Norton
She is working on getting speakers from Reef.

Website: Bob Riddle
The email router is fixed. Nica is working on the Newsletter, email and website.

Facebook: Lynda Dupes
Thank you for maintaining our site.

Dive Reports:
Vicky, Mike, Pam, and Nica went Shark Tooth Diving at Venice, FL on Saturday and Sunday. Water temperature was 77 degrees with visibility at 25 feet and 90 minute bottom time.

Trip Information
May 19: Jim Abernethy to make a presentation at Divers Supply
Season Kick Off Demo Day
May 10-12: North Florida Shoot Out, St. Augustine, FL
May 19-20: Lionfish Festival Statewide.
July 14-21: Coco View, Roatan, Honduras. 11 people are going; Nica will have luggage tags next meeting. Our Dive master on the Red Boat has been promoted to Admiral Kirkland.
June 16: two tank dive $125, with Ryan in St. Augustine, near Conch House.
2019: Wakatobi 10 days and 11 nights; $250 holds your spot. 5 confirmed 4 maybes.

New Business
Clarks is filing Chapter 11; they may not have Dec. 2018 available for Christmas party.
November 3: Wright Whale Festival
Navy Divers are recovering human remains from sunken planes.
Birthdays
May 3: Barb Hassis
May 6: Mike Dupes
May 8: Mike Gray

50/50 Raffle: Beth Strawbridge $16.00

Door Prize: Rhonda Felder $10.00 Mediterranean Gift Certificate

Program:
Mike and Vicky Shark Tooth Diving in Venice Florida
They showed us their collection of Megalodon shark teeth and fossils from their recent dive.

The next meeting is on June 13, 2018 at the Mediterrania Restaurant.


April 11, 2018

Called to order by President Rob Hagan at 6:30 PM

Welcome

Guest or new members: Mike and Charley
Beth’s Mom

Reports

Treasurer: Vicky Tyde has filed with the IRS for the club taxes.
$1485.05 in Deposits; Club Dues of $35.00 are due in June 2018.
Club treasury balance is $5803.95.

Secretary: Joan Tournay
Minutes are up to date and on the website.

Vice President: Nadine Norton
This month’s speaker has cancelled, so Vicky and her group are showing us the
Shark teeth they have collected in Venice.

Website: Bob Riddle
He is working on getting missing emails and maintaining the ISP.
You can contact him at webmaster@scubanauts.com.

Facebook: Lynda Dupes maintaining our site.
Chris Carter has been posting on Facebook.

Dive Reports
No dive reports for this month.

Trip Information

Diamond Diver is diving for Lion fish; you can get money for your catch.
Whole foods are selling Lion fish.

July25-26 is Lobster Mini season.

April 17 is Granddaddy’s Birthday Dive at Troy Springs meeting at 10:30 to 11:00.
There will be a picnic afterwards. Backup plan is Orange Grove Sink.

May 5-6 is Venice Shark Tooth Diving with Scuba West Divers.
May 10-12 is North Florida Spear Fishing Contest, St. Augustine, FL
July 14-21 is Roatan, balance is due now.
May 2019 is Wakatobi, $250.00 deposit holds your spot. 10 days and 11nights.
Old Business

Coprolite Award: Bob Riddle still has it for Roatan.
Please look into TSA preckeck for your flight.
Jim Davis had hip surgery 2 weeks ago.

Birthdays:
Craw daddy 3/17
Phil 3/3
Peggy 3/9
Barb 5/3

50/50 Raffle: $11.00 goes to Mrs. Strawberry

Door Prize Drawing: Tracy gets a $10.00 gift certificate for the Mediterrania Restaurant.

Open Forum

Sea Hunt in St. Augustine has their big 20% off Sale May 19-20, 2018.
Scallops will be in season August to September in Port St. Joe, FL.

Club Officers will be nominated in May 2018.
Rob Hagan
Nadine Norton
Vicky Tyde
Joan Tournay

Program

Mike with Deep Sea Salvage gave us a riveting presentation of the dangers of diving professionally.

The next meeting will be May 9, at 6:30 at ATHENS CAFÉ on St. Augustine Road, Jacksonville, FL.


March 14, 2018

Called to order by President Rob Hagan at 6:30 PM

Welcome

Guest or new members: Wayne and Christine from Boston
Roy from Destin, FL

Reports

Treasurer: Vicky Tyde
$6466.16 in Deposits; Dues of $35.00 are due in June 2018.
Club treasury balance: $7395.00

Secretary: Joan Tournay
Minutes are up to date and on the Website.

Vice President: Nadine Norton
She is working on getting speakers for our meetings.

Website: Bob Riddle
He has email addresses for all officers.

Facebook: Lynda Dupes
Updated with Shark sightings

Dive Reports:
Chris went to Blue Grotto Springs in Williston, FL.
Diane was snorkeling in Costa Rica.

Trip Information:

Jacksonville Tree Symposium: 3/20/18 Intuition Aleworks, 929 Bay Street, Jax, FL

First Week of April 2018 Lobster Season, Rob is going to be in Key Largo.

April 17, 2018 Troy Springs, Branford, FL. Please meet at 10:30 for Granddaddy’s Birthday Dive. Alternate is Orange Grove Springs if conditions are not good.

May 5-6, 2018 Venice Shark Tooth Dive, $179 for dives Scuba West Divers.
May 10-12, 2018 North Florida Shoot Out Spear Fishing Contest, St Augustine, FL.
July 14-21, 2018 Roatan, balance is due at April meeting. Please check your passports.

May 2019 Wakatobi, deposit of $250.00 holds your spot, not refundable: 12 divers max.,
10 days and 11 nights. It is a trip of a lifetime.

Old Business:

Coprolite Award: Bob Riddle
Rob has documents for trip planning.

Birthdays:
Chris 3/30
Lynda 3/11
Rob 3/27

50/50 Raffle: Rob Hagan $20.00

Door Prize Drawing: Christine $10.00 gift certificate.

Open Forum
Guy Harvey Speaking at Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL
3/16/18 at 11:00

Program:
Beth Strawberry, Florida Master Naturalist, the Amazing Mollusk.

Officer Nominations are next month.
Please bring new guests.

Next Meeting will be April 11, 2018 at the Mediterrania Restaurant on Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, FL.


February 14, 2018

Called to order by President Rob Hagan at 6:30 PM

Welcome

Guests or new members: None

Reports

Treasurer: Vicky Tyde
We need $50.00 deposit for Roatan, and $50.00 deposit for Venice.
Club treasury balance: $2768.81

Secretary: Joan Tournay
Minutes are up to date.

Vice President: Nadine Norton
She is working on Curtis, a naturalist for next month.

Website: Bob Riddle
It is working and up to date.

Facebook: Lynda Dupes
Lots of Jellyfish postings.
Thank you for maintaining our page.

Dive Reports: None

Trips:
May 5 and 6, 2018: Venice Shark Tooth Dive $50 deposit for 2 tank dive with the Hammerhead and young Captain Steve. Get your own hotel: Ramada Inn $109 nite.

First Week of April 2018: Lobster Season, Rob in Key Largo

May 10-12, 2018: North Florida Dive Club Commanche Cove, St. Augustine, FL

July 14-21, 2018: Roatan, Deposit due, final payment at April meeting.

2019: Wakatobi, deposit of $250.00 holds you spot, not refundable, 12 people max.
2019: North Carolina Shark Tooth Dive

Old Business

Coprolite Award: Bob Riddle is still guarding it.

Birthdays
2/22: Bob Carmichael

New Business:

Peggy is still out with her Rotator cuff surgery. We wish her well.
Gordi and Diane are in Costa Rica. We are still jealous.

50/50 Raffle
Beth won $11.00! Yeah!

Door Prize
James won a $10.00 gift card to the Mediterranean! Yeah!

Program:
Annual Scubanauts Photo Contest
Winners for Above Water are:
1) Daniel
2) Vicky
3) Peggy
Winners for Below Water are:
1) Nica
2) Daniel
3) Bob
Thanks to all that participated.

Next meeting will be March 14, 2018 at the Mediterranean at 6:00.

 


January, 2018

Called to order by President Rob Hagan at 6:30 PM

Welcome

Guests and New Members:
Sandy Lao
Lindsey

Reports:

Treasurer: Vicky Tyde
Balance: $268.84

Secretary: Joan Tournay
Minutes are up to date and on the website

Vice President: Nadine Norton
She is working on getting speakers

Website: Bob Riddle
Up to date

Facebook: Lynda Dupes

Dive Reports:

Vicky went to the Bahamas in December 2017. There was a Sea plane wreck in 78 ft.
Visibility was good with many turtles.

Nadine went to the Marina in Miami and visibility was terrible! It was only 2 feet!

Daniel went to see the Manatees in Three Sisters Spring in Crystal River. It was only 36
degrees, but saw many manatees.

Trip Information:

Roatan: July 14 to 21, 2018. Make sure you make your final payment by May 9, 2018 Meeting.
Please get your flight by May 2018.
Wakatobi: 2019
Possible trip to the Caymans.

Old Business:
Coprolite Award: Bob Riddle
Thanks to the Reindeer for hosting the Christmas Party at Clarks.

Thanks to Phil and Rusty for hosting our New Years Day Party at their home.

New Business:
Photo Contest at next Meeting, February 14, 2018.
Peggy is out with rotator cuff surgery; please wish her a speedy recovery.

Speaker:
James Tomazinis, Department of Environmental Protection
The Health of Our Oyster Reefs and their Role in Estuaries
James can be reached at James.Tomazinis@dep.state.fl.us or 904-823-4513.

50/50 Raffle:
Sandy Lao won $12.00.

Door Prize:
Mike Dupes won a gift certificate for the Mediterranean

Birthdays:

Vicky: 1/14
Gordy: 1/14
Des: 1/15

Please bring a guest to our next meeting.


December, 2017

There is no formal meeting each December.

Each year the Scubanauts hold our annual Christmas Party in lieu of having a meeting.



November 08, 2017

Called to order by President Rob Hagan at 6:30 PM

Welcome

Guests and New Members:
Pat Strawberry, Beth’s Mom

Reports:

Treasurer: Vicky Tyde
Deposit to Roatan: $500.00
Balance: $3583.64

Secretary: Joan Tournay
Minutes are up to date

Vice President: Nadine Norton
There are no speakers for December due to the Christmas Party.

Website: Bob Riddle
Up to date

Facebook: Lynda Dupes
Thanks for maintaining our page.

Newsletter: Nica
Christmas Party at 6:00 on Saturday, 12/9/17

Dive Reports:
Vicky Tyde is going to the Bahamas 11/10/17
Jim Davis recommends the Lagerhead in North West Palm; you can take your own flag off the boat instead of following the Dive Master like on the Little Deeper.

Trip Information:
March or April 2018 Shark tooth diving in Venice.
July 7 to 14, 2017 Roatan Trip
West Palm Beach in the spring before our big trip.
2019 Walkatobe

Old Business:
Copalite Award: Bob Riddle, unscheduled dive in Roatan.

New Business:
Christmas Party at 6:00, Clark’s Fish Camp, Saturday, 12/9/17.
Revised Menu, it will be similar to last year.
We will have a gift exchange $10 to $15; bring a gift, get a gift.
Door prizes will be given, also.
Phil and Rusty are having an Oyster Roast on January 1, 2018
Please bring anything you want to snack on. Football and Fun!

Birthdays:
Valerie: 12/25
Nadine: 12/4
Nica: 12/7

Program:
Tom Pitchford, Florida Fish and Wildlife
Beachcombing for Right Whales
For more information go to www.myfwc.com

 

 


October 11, 2017

Called to order by President Rob Hagan at 6:35 PM

Welcome

Guest and New Members:
Ken Molzet, FCCJ
John Odell

Reports:

Treasurer: Vicky Tyde
Withdrawals: none
Balance: $3573.75

Secretary: Joan Tournay
Minutes are up to date and on the website.

Vice president: Nadine Norton
She is still working on getting us Speakers for Meetings.

Website: Bob Riddle

Facebook Page: Lynda Dupes
Thank you for maintaining our page.

Dive Reports:
Diamond Diver is out of the water after Hurricane Erma.
Reports on line have been bad offshore Jacksonville, visibility only 20 to 30 feet.

Trip Information:
Shark Tooth Hunting in Venice, FL on March or April 2018
Roatan Trip on July 14 to 21, 2018, Nica has flyers.
$50 deposit is due; February refund, balance is due April meeting.
Wakatobi 2019; Vicky has flyers and is working with Michelle from the Resort.

Old Business:

Coprolite Award: Bob Riddle still has it.
Little Talbot Island Clean up, North Florida Land Trust November 4, 2017.
Suwannee River Diver Clean up, October 28, 2017
Bioluminescent Kayak Trips with Jax Paddle Sports October 28, 2017.

Please lead a trip!


New Business and Announcements:

Clarks is opening back up. Peggy is getting prices for our Christmas Party on December 9, 2017.
Crawdaddy had a fall. Dana will keep us posted.

50/50 Raffle: $16.50

Door Prize Drawing: Nadine $10 gift certificate

Open Forum:
Next meeting will be November 8, 2017.
Birthdays: Ken 10/12/17
Pam 10/09/17
Joan 10/27/17

Program:

Lisa Rhinaman, St. John’s River Keeper
For more information, please visit: stjohnsriverkeeper.org.

 


September 13, 2017

The Scubanauts September meeting was canceled due to the impact of Hurricane Irma. Our sympathies go out to all who were hurt or optherwise impacted by this storm.


August 22, 2017

Called to order by President Rob Hagan at 6:45 PM at Athen’s

Welcome

Guests and New Members:
Chris Carpenter joined today!

Reports:

Treasurer: Vicky Tyde
Withdrawals: Gift Cards: $120.00
Balance: $3429.50
Dues are still due

Secretary: Joan Tournay
Minutes are up to date and on Website.

Vice President: Nadine Norton
She is working on getting Hyperbaric Chamber Talk next month.

Website: Bob Riddle
He will pin message on old page to redirect to new Facebook page.
Nica has put Newsletter on our Website.

Dive Reports:

Joan went to West Palm Beach and dove on Deep Obsession with Jupiter Drift Divers.
Others went to Troy Springs and Jennie Springs.

Trip Information:

Roatan with Rusty and Phil July 2018. Rates are the same.
Dive Charters out of Fort George 6 pack, The Proper Lady.
Bluegrass Fund Raise Manifest: September 5, 2017
Poker Run: September 23, 2017 Kayaks available.
Whole Foods still has Lionfish.

Old Business:
Coprolite Award: Bob Riddle
Lobster Season has started, July 28, 2017.
Christmas Party at Clark’s Fish Camp: December 9, 2017.
Offshore Jacksonville, Diamond Diver: 3 tanks $125, 4 tanks $150 bring your own tanks.
Morning Star Marina, Captain Dan 904-463-3236

New Business and Announcements:

Next Meeting will be September 13, at The Mediterranean on Baymeadows Road.
Venice Trips: March/April 2018
Wakatobi: June 2019 possible talk in the future for those who want to go.

50/50 Raffle:
Nica $12.00

Door Prize Drawing:
Rob $10 gift certificate to The Mediterranean

Open Forum:

Nadine Norton is a Geneticist and Scientist working at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.
She gave a talk on the Side Effects Of Cancer Therapies and has the Gerstner Career
Development Award.

Meeting was over at 8:30 PM.

July 12, 2017

Called to order by President Rob Hagan at 6:30 PM
This meeting was at the Mediterrania Restaurant

Welcome

Guests and New Members:
Guests: Steve Kimbell, Kenneth Air, and Nickie Dennis
Susan Sems has paid dues and is a new member.

Reports:

Treasurer: Vicky Tyde
No withdrawals to report.
Total Funds: $3304.26
Dues are now due.

Secretary: Joan Tournay
Minutes are up to date and on website.

Vice President: Nadine Norton
Not present

Website: Bob Riddle
Not present

Facebook: Lynda Dupes
Nothing is new. Thank you for posting pictures and articles on our site.

Dive Reports:

Valerie went to Ichetuknee Springs; she snorkeled with fresh water turtles.
Rusty and Phil went to Sea Dog Divers, New Symrna Beach, 2 tank dive $100.
Scott went to West Palm Beach.

Trip information:

Mini Lobster Season starts July 26 to 27th.
September 5, North Florida Land Trust Talk at Distillery Downtown.
September 23, Poker Run Rondavous, Convict Springs.
Roatan 2018
Wakatobi 2019

Old Business:
Coprolite Award: Bob Riddle

Birthdays:

July 2 Cindy McBride

Any Other Old Business:

August 9, 2017 Next meeting will be at Athens due to Mediterrania not being available.

New Business and Announcements:

Christmas Party: December 9th at 6:00 at Clark’s Fish Camp.
Dive Source, St Augustine, FL has charters leaving at Couch House Boat Ramp
Sunday August 13 leaving at 0700. 3 tank dive is $175, 2 tank dive $150.

50/50 Raffle:
Beth $23

Door Prize:
Peggy $10 Gift Certificate to Mediterrania

Program:

Diane Schleissing talked on Sea Turtle Research and Rehabilitation Hospital at
Whitney Lab in St. Augustine, FL.
Sea turtles were released at Crescent Beach, FL
For more information please visit turtletours@whitney.ufl.edu

Meeting was done at 8:15.


June 14, 2017

Called to order by President Rob Hagan at 6:30 PM.
This was our first meeting at the Mediterrania Restaurant, our new location.

Welcome

Guests or New Members:
-Harry and Pilar Peterson from Georgia -Vince and Karry, friends of Nadine

Reports:

Treasurer Vicky Tyde No withdrawals to report. Total Funds: $3,013.20 Member dues are now due.
Secretary: Joan Tournay
Minutes are up to date on website.
Vice President: Nadine Norton
Welcomes speaker Lucas Imeers, Jacksonville Zoo
She is also working on talks on Hyperbaric Chamber and Wright Whales,
Website: Rob Riddle
Information on Walkatobe
Dive Charters
Linda Dupes is managing our Facebook Page -please visit our new page.

Dive Reports:

The club went to Roatan, Honduras June 3rd to June 10th, 2017
The diving was wonderful with calms seas and little rain. There were many activities and photo opportunities. We saw seahorse, squid, and octopus.
Please bring your best pictures for our next meeting in July.

Off shore Jacksonville hosted a Lion Fish Rodeo. Many were captured.

Trip Information:
June 24 Grand Caymans
July 8, 9 West Palm Beach: Vicky Tyde Little Deem- Charters and Blue Heron Bridge Make your own arrangements with Little Deeper and hotels, check tides for bridge divingSeptember 23 River Rondazvous, Convict's Spring
October 21 Blue Grass Festival
December 9 Christmas Party, Clark's Fish Camp (second Saturday of the month)

Old Business:

Copralite Award:
Many nominees, including Bob, Daniel, Luke, and Scott for mostly forgetting equipment at the dock, but awarded to Bob Riddle, who slipped and fell off the boat while throwing candy to the children in the Fishing Village in Roatan Harbor, a noble cause.

Any Old Business:

Crawdaddy is out of the Hospital. We wish him a speedy recovery. Next meeting we will have pictures from Roatan.
New Business and Announcements:
Daniel's Birthday celebrated in Roatan.
The staff at Coco View baked him a Birthday Cake.
June 14 is Flag Day.

50/50 Raffle: $25 goes to Pilar Peterson Door Prize Drawing: Vicky Tyde Program:

Lucas Imeers from the Jacksonville Zoo gave a presentation about the Okapi Conservation Project. He visited Epulu, the Democratic Republic of Congo. For more information, please visit OKAPI.com.

Meeting was done at 8:15.


May 10, 2017

Call to order by President Rob Hagen at 6:30 PM.

Welcome

Guests or new members: Welcomed guest, Miles Calvert who just received his Rescue Diver Certification. He’s primarily dove south Florida (Keys, Boynton) and wants to experience diving Offshore Jax.

Reports and Announcements:

• Treasurer- Vicky Tyde: Club has changed banks to Vystar Credit Union, no fees. Total of undesignated funds + Pay Pal account = $2750.02. Dues are due.

• Secretary- Peggy Barnes absent. Diane Schleissing to record minutes. Minutes are up to date.

• Vice President- Nadine Norton: Welcomed guest speaker, Quinton White. June’s speaker will be from the Jacksonville Zoo. There is also a program at the Jacksonville Zoo June 15, cost of $30.00 (includes dinner).

• Website- Bob Riddle: Up to date. Link to Facebook page is pending.

• Facebook page- Lynda Dupes: Posts and shares are appreciated.

• Newsletter- Nica McAnany: Conversion is pending. She will continue to publish.

• North Florida Land Trust- Beth Strawbridge: Annual Fish Fry is May 20. Check website for updates on other activities.

• Lion Fish Challenge: May 20

Dive Reports:
• West Palm Beach- Vicky Tyde, Joan Tourney and Rob Hagen: decent diving on Saturday, rainy on Sunday/ dive canceled after they got to the dive site.

• Bahamas- Nadine Norton: Green Turtle Dive Operation, 74’ water temp., choppy conditions, was instructed underwater via slate she had to sit “time out”

Trip Information:
• Key Largo/ Tavernier- Nica and Bob going, will checkout Bayfront Inn for potential future trips
• Possible West Palm Beach and Boynton Beach trips scheduled for summer
• Roatan- Nica McAnany: On schedule for June
• Waikatobi- Vicky Tyde, will circulate interest sheet
• Suwanee River Rendezvous- Rob Hagen: September 23 poker run/ kayaking and camping
• Venice- Scott: this weekend

New Business:

• New meeting place at Mediterranea restaurant starting next month/ June
• No election of 2017- 2018 Officers necessary. Club officers by default are Rob Hagen- President, Nadine Norton- Vice President, Vicky Tyde- Treasurer, Joan Tourney- Secretary.
Old Business:
• Christmas Party is scheduled for December 9, 2017 at Clarks Fish Camp
• Copralite Award- Daniel Hughes
• Happy May Birthdays to Barb Haasis and Mike Dupes
50/50 Raffle: $19.00 to Joan Tourney
Doorprize Drawing: Mike Dupes (Gift card to Athens)
Program: Dr. Quinton White- Executive Director, Marine Science Research Institute; Professor of Biology & Marine Science gave a presentation about Ocearch and their recent affiliation with Jacksonville University.
Meeting adjourned at 8:10 PM.


April 12, 2017

The meeting was called to order by President Rob Hagen at 6:30 p.m. Minutes recorded by Secretary Peggy Barnes.

Guest: Heather Buchanan, Dane Shields and Eric McAnany

Reports:
Vice President/Nadine Norton – no report
Treasurer/Vicky Tyde – current uncommitted funds $2,546.83
Secretary/Peggy Barnes – all meeting minutes are up to date and posted on the website
Newsletter/Nica McAnany – no report
Website/Bob Riddle – might be missing one month, but will check
Facebook/Lynda Dupes – no report

Dive Reports:
Nica McAnany – did a pool dive, 72 degrees, 40 ft. vis. 8 ft. deep
Dana Shields (guest) – diving for and shooting Lion Fish, very tasty

Trip Information:
Vicky Tyde – has put together a WPB trip April 22-23, the rates are the same as last year, but going forward there will be a small increase
Nica McAnany – is looking at an Off Shore trip on Memorial Day weekend, she will advise
Vicky Tyde – has a signup sheet for Wakatobi for those people interested in more one on one information

Old Business:
The membership voted to change restaurants starting with the June 2017 meeting, we will now meet at Mediterrania

New Business:
The floor was opened to nominations for officers for the new year.
Rob Hagen - was nominated for President
Nadine Norton – was nominated for Vice President
Vicky Tyde – was nominated for Treasurer
Peggy Barnes – was nominated for Secretary – declined
Joan Tourney – was nominated for Secretary
Peggy Barnes – inquired if everyone was still happy ith Clark’s for the Christmas party, she will make reservations for December 9th 2017 the second Saturday in December
Beth Strawbridge – gave us an update for the Land Trust, if you have questions please check their website

50/50 Raffle: Bob Riddle
Door Prize: Bob Riddle

Program:
Nadia Gordon – from FWC spoke about Manatees, she is house at the Jacksonville Zoo and Garden they accept donated wet suits to help injured Manatees. The program was excellent. Nadia.Gordon@myfwc.com

Meeting Adjourned: 8:20 p.m.

Minutes respectfully submitted by:
Peggy Barnes

Peggy Barnes
Secretary



March 8, 2017

The meeting was called to order by President Rob Hagen at 6:30 p.m. Minutes recorded by Secretary Peggy Barnes.

Guest: Amy Lisenby

Reports:
Vice President/Nadine Norton – No report
Treasurer/Vicky Tide – current uncommitted funds $2,605.89
Secretary/Peggy Barnes – all minutes are up-to-date and posted to the website
Newsletter/Nica McAnany - working on a new format
Website/Bob Riddle – up-to-date
Facebook/Lynda Dupes – no report

Dive Reports:
Nadine Norton – attended spear fishing 101 in Diver Supplies pool
Diane Schleissing – snorkeled in Costa Rica

Trip Information:
Vicky Tyde - is putting together a trip to West Palm Beach, April 22-23, 2017
Nica McAnany – is looking into an Office shore Jax trip over Memorial Day week-end

Old Business:
Daniel Hughes was presented with the Coprolite Award
Nadine Norton would like suggestions for speakers

No New Business

50/50 Raffle:
Mike Dupes

Door Prize:
Peggy Barnes

Program:
A report about Wakatobi dive resort in Indonesia

Meeting adjourned – 8:10 p.m.

Minutes respectfully submitted by:

Peggy Barnes

Peggy Barnes
Secretary

 


February 8, 2017

The meeting was called to order by President Rob Hagen at 6:30 p.m.

Guest/New Members: Daniel Hughes brought a guest, Michelle, a non-diver.

Reports:
Vice President/Nadine Norton - reminded everyone of the “Social Meeting” at Mediterrania Restaurant on Wednesday March1st, the address is 3877 Baymeadows Rd at 6:00 p.m.
Treasurer/Vicki Tyde - current uncommitted funds $2,861.58.
Secretary/Peggy Barnes –the minutes are one month behind.
Newsletter/Nica McAnany – has copies going back to 2001.
Website/Bob Riddle - he believes he can put a link to our Facebook page from the website.
Facebook/Lynda Dupes – it is a group page all members can view and post to the page.

Dive Report:
Crawdaddy - went diving at the springs on Christmas Day.
Daniel Hughes – reported on his dive in Costa Rica.

Trip Information:
Rob Hagen – reminded people we need trip leaders.
Vicky Tyde – reminded everyone to get their gear checked. She would like to set up a check out dive trip down south for the people going to Roatan. She will check and send out information.

Old Business:
Coprolite Award, James Johnson is looking for a new owner.

New Business and Announcements:
Beth Strawbridge - the Land Trust of Florida purchased 18,000 areas.

Door Prize – Beth Strawbridge
50/50 – Nadine Norton

Program:
Annual Photo Contest – Check Them Out on the Website
Under Water Above Water
1st – Daniel Hughes, Reflections 1st – Lynda Dupes. What was the Viz?
2nd – Vicky Tyde, Donatello & Raphael 2nd – Vicky Tyde, What the Hell Am I Doing Here?
3rd – Nica McAnany, Merry Christmas 3rd – Rob Hagen, Beard Envy

Fresh Water – Joan Tourney, Bluegills
Meeting adjourned – 7:55 p.m.

Minutes respectfully submitted by
Peggy Barnes
Secretary



January 11, 2017

The meeting was called to order by President Rob Hagen at 6:30 p.m.

Guest/New Members: Daniel Hughes brought a guest, Michelle, a non-diver.

Reports:
Vice President/Nadine Norton - reminded everyone of the “Social Meeting” at Mediterrania Restaurant on Wednesday March1st, the address is 3877 Baymeadows Rd at 6:00 p.m.
Treasurer/Vicki Tyde - current uncommitted funds $2,861.58.
Secretary/Peggy Barnes –the minutes are one month behind.
Newsletter/Nica McAnany – has copies going back to 2001.
Website/Bob Riddle - he believes he can put a link to our Facebook page from the website.
Facebook/Lynda Dupes – it is a group page all members can view and post to the page.

Dive Report:
Crawdaddy - went diving at the springs on Christmas Day.
Daniel Hughes – reported on his dive in Costa Rica.

Trip Information:
Rob Hagen – reminded people we need trip leaders.
Vicky Tyde – reminded everyone to get their gear checked. She would like to set up a check out dive trip down south for the people going to Roatan. She will check and send out information.

Old Business:
Coprolite Award, James Johnson is looking for a new owner.

New Business and Announcements:
Beth Strawbridge - the Land Trust of Florida purchased 18,000 areas.

Door Prize – Beth Strawbridge
50/50 – Nadine Norton

Program:
Annual Photo Contest – Check Them Out on the Website
Under Water Above Water
1st – Daniel Hughes, Reflections 1st – Lynda Dupes. What was the Viz?
2nd – Vicky Tyde, Donatello & Raphael 2nd – Vicky Tyde, What the Hell Am I Doing Here?
3rd – Nica McAnany, Merry Christmas 3rd – Rob Hagen, Beard Envy

Fresh Water – Joan Tourney, Bluegills
Meeting adjourned – 7:55 p.m.

Minutes respectfully submitted by
Peggy Barnes
Secretary



December 10, 2016

As per our custom, there was no formal meeting in December. Each year we replace the meeting with our Annual Scubanauts Christmas party.



November 9, 2016

The meeting was called to order by President, Rob Hagen at 6:30 p.m. Minutes recorded by Peggy Barnes Secretary.

GUEST/MEMBERS: There were no guests or new members.

Reports:
Vice President/Nadine Norton – the speaker for tonight is from GTM.
Treasurer/Vicky Tyde – the club is looking into changing banks. Current uncommitted funds $3,512.75.
Secretary/Peggy Barnes – Peggy thanked Kathy Torrence for recording the September minutes. All minutes have been approved by the Board and posted to the website.
Website/Bob Riddle – the website is up and running, the September minutes still need to be posted as due the photos from the last photo contest.
Facebook/Lynda Dupes - please be sure to check out the Facebook page.
Newsletter/Nica McAnany – is attempting to convert the Newsletter from Publisher to a Word document.

Dive Reports: No dive reports.

Trip Information:
Vicky Tyde – Has set up a dive trip in Pompano Beach with Safari Diver, the trip is December 17th and 18th. Contact Vicky for additional information, vicky.tyde@bmcjax.com
Nica McAnany – Deposits for Roatan will become non-refundable in January 2017, the balance is due at the March 2017 meeting. Contact Nica for additional information, nicamcanay@comcast.net

Old Business:
The Christmas Party is December 10th, 6:00 p.m. at Clarks Fish Camp the cost is the same as last year. Contact Vicky Tyde for payment information vicky.tyde@bmcjax.com. We will be giving Clarks a head count on Monday, December 5th
The deadline for photos is December 31, 2016. The rules are posted in the October newsletter. Please submit photos to Rusty Thomas kutu@bellsouth.net or Beth Strawbridge bethweiser@comcast.net

New Business and Announcements:
President Rog Hagen informed the club of the changes in policy for Athens Café and we will be looking for a new restaurant, until further notice we will continue to meet at Athens Café.

50/50 Raffle – Gordy Schleissing

Door Prize Drawing: - Vicky Tyde


Program:
Shannon Dunnigan from GTM reported on research being done on Long Term Water quality and Weather Monitoring.

Adjournment: - 8:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:

Peggy Barnes
Secretary



September 14, 2016

The meeting was called to order by President, Rob Hagen at 6:30 p.m. Minutes recorded by Diane Schleissing in the absence of Secretary, Peggy Barnes.

Guest/Members:
There were no new members to vote in.
Guests attending:
Eric Wilson who is part of the volunteer dive team for LAMP and is developing 3D models of the artifacts.
Valerie Whelan who has done a lot of Keys diving.
Jon Lenn from Pensacola, interested in wreck diving.
Buzz Ryan was certified in the Phillipines and has made some interesting dives.
Chris visiting Tracy and James Johnson, non diver from Phoenix

Reports:
• Vice President/Nadine Norton – Speaker for tonight is from LAMP. Speakers are scheduled for the remainder of the year.
• Treasurer/Vicky Tyde – Uncommitted funds $3670.50
• Secretary/Peggy Barnes absent – Diane Schleissing thanked Phil Stoffel for recording August minutes. All minutes have been approved by the Board, are up to day and posted to the website.
• Website/Bob Riddle – Website is up to date and he’s testing a new URL.
• Facebook page- Lynda Dupes absent. Guest Jon Lenn found us via Facebook.
• Newsletter_ Nica McAnany is working on converting the Newsletter from Publisher to a Word document.

Dive Reports:
• Nica McAnany made a 8’ dive using Nitrox in the pool using a Pony bottle and special rig.
• Vicky Tyde reported on Pompano Beach diving this past weekend. Nadine, Phil, Tracy and James joined her. They dove with South Fl. Diving Headquarters. She made a 102’ dive on the new Lady Luck wreck, a drift dive with lots of fish life, and the Aqua Zoo dive site. Vis was 60’. They stayed at the Comfort Inn at Deerfield beach and highly recommended it for future trips.
• Daniel Hughes dove with Jim Abernathy’s outfit in West Palm Beach this past weekend. He stayed on the Shearwater Live aboard. The current was “ripping” and made for adventurous dives.

Trip Information:
• Nica McAnany – Roatan summer trip has 17 divers booked. Deposits will become non refundable in January.
• Vicky Tyde – If there is enough interest will schedule another weekend dive trip in October to Pompano Beach with the Safari Diver. She will send an email inquiry with possible dates to find out who’s interested.
• Rob Hagen - River Rendezvous weekend September 24th. See Rob if interested.

Old Business:
Christmas Party is December 10th. Sign up at the next meeting. Costs will most likely remain the same as last year.
Reminder that the Photo contest deadline for photos is December 31st. Rules will be posted in the October newsletter. Submit photos to Rusty Thomas or Beth Strawbridge who are coordinating the contest.

New Business and Announcements:
Beth Strawbridge informed members of the North Florida Land Trust PR Fundraiser being held on November 19th at the former Talbot House.
Diane Schleissing reported on the excellent museum located in High Springs whose focus is on the caves and springs of the area.

Coprolite Award:
A motion was made to award the copralite to James Johnson. He failed to secure his tank on the boat during the Pompano dive trip. When the boat hit a wake the tank bounced onto the seat. There was a majority vote to pass the award on to him.

50/50 Raffle:
$17.00 was won by Joan Tourney.

Door Prize:
Nica McAnany/ Gift card for Athens Restaurant.

Program:
Chuck Meade, director of the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) gave an excellent presentation on the Storm wreck. He was persuaded to continue his program and speak about the new Anniversary wreck.

Adjournment:
8:45 p.m.



August 10, 2016

The meeting was called to order by President, Rob Hagen at 6:34 pm.
Minutes recorded by substitute Secretary, Phil Stoffel.

Guest/Members: No guests

Reports:
Vice President/Nadine Norton – Will speak during dive reports
Treasurer/Vicky Tyde - Uncommitted funds $3439.50. Reminder: dues are due.
Secretary/Peggy Barnes – All minutes have been approved by the board, with the exception of the August minutes.
Our Webmaster Bob Riddle reported that our website was hacked. It was offline for around 30 hours including the time while Bob rebuilt the site after discovering the hack.
Facebook – Lynda Dupes New group page allows anyone in group to post pictures, dive reports, etc. Please sign on to Group page.

Beth Strawbridge provided Land Trust information: Purpose to help preserve properties.

Dive Reports:
Vice President/Nadine Norton went diving in West Palm Beach for a Shark bait dive.
Joan Tournay went to West Palm Beach with West Palm Beach Drift Divers, boat Deep Obsession.
President/Rob Hagen went to the Keys for lobster season.

Trip Information:

Cocoview June 2017 Vicky is accepting payments.
Vicky Tyde is looking into a trip to Bali, Wakatobi, similar to Cocoview May 2018
Vicky researched a trip to Pompano Beach; Lady Luck was sunk as a new artificial reef, it is an underwater casino. Sept 11-12, 2016


Rob Hagen Sept 24th River Rendezvous Poker Run, Kayak Trip

Coprolite Award: Vicky Tyde remains the proud owner. However, she is looking for the next candidate.

50/50 Raffle Lynda Dupes

Substitute Secretary/ if there was a door prize, Phil, substitute secretary does not remember who won it.

Program:

John Clarke, Diving scientist with US Navy x 35 years. Director of the Navy Experimental Dive Unit (NEDU).

Excellent presentation regarding the research and development to support Navy underwater operations.

Author of Middlewaters. He brought a few books for signing. There were a few of us that brought our books in for signing.

Article in Alert Diver summer 2016. page 80-85.
Deep in the Science of Diving.
The Navy Experimental Diving Unit (NEDU)

There were even some of the same photos that John Clarke used in his presentation.

Adjournment: approximately 8:30 pm.

Respectfully Submitted

Phil Stoffel
Substitute Secretary



July 13, 2016

The meeting was called to order by President, Rob Hagen at 6:30 p.m. Minutes recorded by Secretary, Peggy Barnes.

Guest/Members:

We had two guests, Ana and Alex Chindris. Both are non divers.

Reports:

Vice President/Nadine Norton – Will speak during dive reports
Treasurer/Vicky Tyde – Uncommitted funds $3,397.50
Secretary/Peggy Barnes – All minutes have been approved by the Board, are up to day and posted to the website
Website/Bob Riddle – Absent, no report.
Lynda Dupes suggested that all members join the new Scubanauts Facebook page


Dive Reports:

Vice President Nadine Norton went diving Off Shore Jacksonville.
83 year old Bill Crawford made his annual birthday dive(s) at Troy Springs, 68 and 15 feet

Trip Information:

Vicky Tyde – will research diving Offshore St Augustine
Nica McAnany – Absent, but asked Vicky Tyde to remind people to start looking for airfare for Roatan

Coprolite Award: The award is currently held by Vicky Tyde and is still looking for a new home

50/50 Raffle: Daniel Hughes

Door Prize:Gordy Schleissing


Program:

John Zumrick worked with Navy Experimental Dive Unit (NEDU) and gave a very interesting presentation on the Wakulla Springs mapping project


Adjournment: 7:15 p.m.


Respectfully submitted by:

Peggy Barnes
Secretary


June 8, 2016


The meeting was called to order by President Rob Hagen at 6:30 PM.

Minutes recorded by Diane Schleissing.

Guests or New Members: Dana Lennox was welcomed as a guest and visiting members Angelo and Phillip Harville were welcomed.

Incoming president Rob Hagen thanked the outgoing officers, Diane Schleissing and Nica McAnany for serving as club officers last year and thanked Peggy Barnes and Vicky Tyde for continuing to serve.

Reports:

Treasurer: Vicky Tyde reported that the club has a total of $3359 with $440 designated for Roatan. This includes deposits from the 50/50 raffle, the kayak trip, Roatan, and $695 in the PayPal account.

Secretary: Peggy Barnes absent, Diane Schleissing acting as recording secretary. The minutes from the May meeting have been posted on the website and are available for review.

Vice President: Nadine Norton informed the club that the speaker for the July meeting will be , John Clarke, from the Navy Experimental Dive Unit and author of the book, Middle Waters. He will bring some books available for autographs and purchase for $12.95 each to the meeting.

Daniel Hughes reported on last month's RRT meeting. Ocearch gave an excellent presentation on the Great White shark tagging project. They have left the Jacksonville area for research on the tiger shark population off the coast of the Carolinas. They may have a video available for the club to show at one of the meetings.

Website: Bob Riddle was absent but the website appears to be up and running without any issues.

Facebook: Lynda Dupes is going to set up the Scubanauts Facebook account for open postings by the membership.

Dive Reports: Vicky Tyde and Joan Tournay went diving in West Palm Beach this past weekend. They went to a previous shark feeding site on Saturday and saw turtles, sharks and a very friendly Goliath grouper. On Sunday they saw more sharks and turtles, rays, cobia, only a couple of Lionfish, and some “turtle porn” (turtles mating). Water temperature was 79- 81’.

Bob Carmichael dove at Jupiter last month. Seas started out choppy at beginning of the week and got calmer as the week progressed. He dove with Jupiter Dive Center and saw sharks and turtles.

Trip Information:

• Vicky researched Dive Source Charters in St. Augustine. There's an offshore St. Augustine dive trip scheduled for June 12th. They leave from the City Marina. A 2 tank dive is $120. She will look into setting up a July trip, possibly during mini lobster season.

• Rusty Thomas reported that Sea Dog Divers out of New Smyrna was a little “pricey.” He will find out if they offer any package deals.

• Roatan 2017: Nica absent. Vicky is accepting deposits and payments which are fully refundable until January.

• Kayak trip was cancelled.

• Bill Crawford (Crawdaddy) will be making a belated birthday dive in Troy Springs within the next couple of weeks. Notify Dana if you're interested in joining them.

The club is in need of trip leaders.

Old Business: Beth Strawbridge reported on the North Florida Land Trust Annual fish fry at Talbot House that took place this past weekend.

New Business and Announcements:

•Dues are due. Please pay Vicky.

• Please refer any speaker ideas to Nadine.

• Dana reported that Whole Foods is selling Lionfish with recipes on how to prepare it.

• Christmas Party: Peggy has reserved our room at Clark's Fish Camp for Saturday, December 10th. This does not conflict with the SEC championship football game.

• Phil Harville donated a projector screen to be used at the meetings.

Coprolite Award: Vicky Tyde continues to retain award.

50/50 Raffle: Daniel Hughes/ $17.00

Door prize Drawing: Bill Crawford/ Gift certificate to Athens Cafe.

Program: Beth Strawbridge gave an excellent presentation adapted from part of the Master Naturalist Coastal Systems Module on “Estuaries, Cradles of the Ocean.”

The meeting was adjourned by President, Rob Hagen at 8:00PM.


May 11, 2016


The meeting was called to order by President Diane Schleissing at 6:30 p.m. Minutes recorded by Secretary Peggy Barnes.

Guest/New Members:
No Guest or new members

Reports:
Vice President/Nica McAnany – No new members
Treasurer/Vicky Tyde – Current balance $3,017.50
Secretary/Peggy Barnes – All minutes are up-to-date
Website – Bob Riddle – Had a glitch and the site was down for a few hours but it is okay now and everything is up-to-date, Bob talked about the following website from the FWC regarding Lionfish, check it out, it is very interesting. http://myfwc.com/news/news- releases/2016/april/14/lionfish-removal/
Facebook page/Lynda Dupes – Lynda keeps up the Facebook page, if you have any information please forward it to Lynda

Dive Reports:
Rob Hagen - went down to the Keys over Easter, didn’t see any Lionfish, but on a night dive did see a Goliath grouper the size of a Smart Car!

Trip Information:
Vicky Tyde – West Palm Beach May 21st and 22nd
Barbara Haasis – Kayak trip June 11th at Marineland
Nica McAnany – Roatan June 2017 – nicamcanay@comcast.net

Old Business:
Vicky Tyde – Still is the proud owner of the Coprolite award

New Business:
Rob Hagen – New President
Nadine Norton – New Vice President
Vicky Tyde – Treasurer
Peggy Barnes – Secretary

THANKS TO OUT GOING PRESIDENT DIANE SCHLEISSING AND OUT GOING VICE PRESIDENT NICA MCANANY

50/50 – Lynda Dupes

Door Prize – Dez Norton

Program:
Justin Miller - Pangolin Conservation Foundation – Excellent

Adjournment – 8:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by: Peggy Barnes, Secretary


April 13, 2016

The meeting was called to order by Treasurer Vicky Tyde at 6:30 p.m. President Diane Schleissing and Vice President Nica McAnany were unable to attend the meeting. Minutes recorded by Secretary Peggy Barnes.

Guest/New Members:
Nadine Norton’s mom Lynn was visiting from England, we of coursed, showed her a rip roaring Scubanauts’ good time!

Reports:
Treasurer/Vicky Tyde – Uncommitted funds $2,876.00
Secretary/Peggy Barnes – All minutes are up-to-date and on the website.
Website/Bob Riddle – No report

Dive Reports:
Nadine Norton (Dez was playing golf) went diving at Cape San Blas in the Pan Handle she did see a Goliath Grouper. She also went diving in Morrison Springs and said the springs where boring.
Bob Carmichael went diving on the Vandenberg with Lost Reef Adventures he also saw a Goliath Grouper and a Yellow Coney. Vis was between 50 and 60 ft.

Trip Information:
Vicky Tyde – Shared information about the West Palm Beach trip May 21st and 22nd, the hotel is the Super 8, and it runs $67.00/night + tax. Vicky will be happy to share the information with everyone, please contact her at vicky.tyde@bmcjax.com.
Barbara Haasis is running a kayak trip on June 11th, she has reserved 14 spots with Ripple
Effects Ecotours Tours at Marineland the cost is $50.00/pp. Look for the flyer.
Nica McAnany – is running a trip to Roatan, June 2017, contact Nica at nicamcanay@comcast.net for details.

Old Business:
Vicky Tyde – is still the proud owner of the Coprolite Award

New Business:
Elections for officers are coming up.
President:
Rob Hagen
Diane Schleissing
Vice President:
Nadine Norton
Treasurer
Vicky Tyde
Secretary
Peggy Barnes
50/50 Raffle:
Nadine Norton

Door Prize Drawing:
Rusty Thomas

Open Forum:
BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GEAR

Meeting Adjourned
7:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Peggy Barnes
Secretary



March 9, 2016

The meeting was called to order by President Diane Schleissing at 6:30 p.m. Minutes recorded by Secretary Peggy Barnes.

Guest/New Members:
No guest or new members.

Reports:
Vice President/Nica McAnany – will speak during the trip information update.
Treasurer/Vicky Tyde – Uncommitted funds of $3,250.
Secretary/Peggy Barnes – All minutes are up to date and on the website.
Website/Bob Riddle - The website is up to date.

Dive Reports:
Jim and Mary Jo Davis’ cruise ship stopped in Cozumel where they planned to dive, however the seas were too high to place the tender in the water. The dive was aborted. They also stopped at Grand Cayman; they did managed to dive.
Diane Schleissing reported for Bruce Brommer, while in Costa Rica, Bruce signed up for a dive, he was told the water was 82 degrees and vis was approximately 45 feet. The reality of the dive, 68 degrees and 30 foot visibility. He did get to see a couple of black tipped sharks.
Diane and Gordy Schleissing snorkeled while in Costa Rica, the temperature was 82 degrees and the visibility was approximately 45 feet, they saw nurse sharks and assorted reef fish.
Daniel Hughes went snorkeling in Crystal River to see the Manatees.

Trip Information - Nica McAnany:
Nadine Norton is still planning on running an Off Shore trip with Diamond Divers. She will get back with us when she has details.
Barbara Haasis has booked a kayak trip for June, she has reserved spots for approximately 14 people, and the cost is approximately $50. She will have more information and a signup sheet at the April meeting.
Vicky Tide shared information about a West Palm Beach trip May 21st and 22nd. Vicky suggested everyone call the dive operation, Little Deeper, and the hotel on their own. Vicky hasn’t had very good luck when she books this trip for the group due to last minute cancellations. Vicky will be happy to supply the hotel and dive operations phone information. vicky.tyde@bmcjax.com.
Jim Davis will check the tide tables at the Blue Heron Bridge for the weekend of May 21st and May 22nd.

Old Business:
Vicky Tyde is still the proud owner of the Coprolite Award. No other old business.

50/50 Raffle: - Daniel Hughes

Adjournment: 7:20 p.m.


February 10, 2016

The meeting was called to order by Vice President Nica McAnany at 6:30 PM. President Diane Schleissing was absent. Minutes recorded by Secretary Peggy Barnes.

Guest/New Members:
We welcomed two guests, Eric and Samantha McAnany. Bob Carmichael was voted in as a new member. We have a total of 37 members.

Reports:
Vice President/Nica McAnany – thanked everyone for coming to the annual Super Bowl party and making it a great success.
Treasurer/Vicky Tyde – uncommitted funds of $3,019.00.
Secretary/Peggy Barnes – January minutes are available for review and also on the website. Peggy will send the web manager Bob Riddle the two months of minutes that are missing,
Website/Bob Riddle – Nothing new to report.

Dive Reports:
No reports.

Trip Information:
Scott Hoffman - is putting together information for a dive trip to Venice in March or April.
Nadine Norton – is looking into an Off Shore trip with Diamond Divers.
Barbara Haasis – is checking into a kayak outing.
Vicky Tide – is planning another great trip to West Palm Beach in May.
Nica McAnany – Roatan in 2017, a $50.00 deposit is required to hold your spot, the deposit can be refunded up to January, 2017. Final payment is due at the March 2017 meeting.

Old Business:
Peggy Barnes thanked Bob Riddle and Nica McAnany for hosting the Super Bowl party.

New Business and Announcements:
We all wish to thank Mike Dupes for volunteer to manage the photo contest for the last few years.

50/50 Raffle:
Nica McAnany

Door Prize Drawing:
Peggy Barnes



Photo Contest Winners:
Under Water
1st place - Flaming Beauty - Nica McAnany
2nd place - Mirror Image - Daniel Hughes
3rd place – Lets Cuddle – Vicky Tyde

Above Water
1st place - Holding Patter – Nica McAnany
2nd place - Rob Grabs a Cool One - Beth Strawbridge
3rd place – Free For All –Vicky Tyde

We wish to thank everyone that submitted entries. Be sure to check the website to see all the winning photos.

Adjournment:
7:20 PM

Respectfully submitted by:
Peggy Barnes
Secretary



January 13, 2016

The meeting was called to order by Vice President Nica McAnany at 6:30 PM. President Diane Schleissing was absent. Minutes recorded by Secretary Peggy Barnes.

Guest/New Members:
We welcomed a guest Bob Carmichael and voted in two new members, Mike Gray and Gonzal (Butch) Dominguez.

Reports:
Vice President/Nica McAnany – Thanked everyone for joining us at our annual Christmas Party. She also reminded everyone Mike Dupes must receive all photo entries for the contest by midnight January 13th 2016.
Treasurer/Vicky Tyde – uncommitted funds $2,959.94. The total cost of the Christmas Party was $1,375.73.
Secretary/Peggy Barnes – The November minutes are available for review and on the website, no meeting was held in December.
Website/Bob Riddle – No report.
RRT Update/Phil Harville – No report.

Dive Reports:
Des Norton made his 9th dive at Devil’s Den; he is looking forward to the first double digit dive!
Vickie Tyde while on a cruise over Christmas was able to dive in Belize. She saw eagle rays, eels and only 3 lionfish. The dive masters, kill any lionfish they see.
Monster Molyneux and his wife Annette were in Australia for 3 weeks, they were able to do a 3 day live aboard with Pro Divers and were very impressed with the operation.

Old Business:
Peggy Barnes asked the membership how Saturday night worked for the Christmas Party, everyone except 1 person said Saturday worked out very well and they still enjoyed going to Clark’s. A few people wanted to know if the party could be moved to the second Saturday in December. Peggy said she would ask the board to take it under advisement. The membership thanked Phyl and Rusty for hosting the annual New Year’s Day oyster roast. There was a request for a bright sunny day next year!

New Business and Announcements:
Vice President McAnany made a motion “the club no longer give Reef Research Team up dates”. It was passed.
Nica McAnany and Bob Riddle are hosting the annual Super Bowl party on Sunday, February 7, 2016 (contact Nica for the address). The fun will start about 5:30; bring a covered dish and your own beverages.
The State of Florida is considering outlawing spear fishing for scuba divers. We asked for the Bill number so we could contact or representatives, but we were told the decision will be made by rule, no vote needed. We can still contact our representatives and let them know we disagree with the rule.

Coprolite Award:
No new nominations, it is currently held by Vicky Tyde.

50/50 Raffle:
Nica McAnany was the winner.

Door Prize:
Phyl Stoffel received an Athens gift card.

Program:
Inasmuch as we did not have a speaker this evening, Vice President Nica McAnany opened the floor for trip suggestions.

Scott Hoffman of our Tampa branch is looking into a shark tooth dive in March.
Vicky Tyde said she would look into a WPB diving the week-end before Memorial Day.
Nadine Norton said she would look into an offshore trip with Diamond Divers.
A dive in New Smyrna with Salty Dogs was suggested.
Butch Dominguez (a new member) suggested a 3-4 day live aboard in the Keys, also said he would look into the cost of a cruise with dive destinations.
Nica McAnany is running a Roatan trip in 2017, (start saving your money).
Daniel Hughes said he might be able to get a copy of the RRT dive from the 70 year old sinking of a WWII ship off the coast of Florida. This would be a great program. Daniel will keep us advised.

Adjournment:
8:00 P.M.

Respectably submitted by:
Peggy Barnes
Secretary


December 2015

As customary, we hold our annual Scubanauts Christmas Party each December in lieu of having a formal meeting that month. So there are no minutes for a meeting for this month. See our Activities page for details on that party.


November 11, 2015

The meeting was called to order by Vice President Nica McAnany at 6:30 PM. President Diane Schleissing was absent. Minutes recorded by Secretary Peggy Barnes.

Guest/New Members:
No guest or new members.

Reports:
Vice President/Nica McAnany – Reminded everyone the Christmas Party is on Saturday, December 5 this year.
Treasurer/Vicky Tyde – uncommitted funds $3,891.12, also reminded everyone to please pay for the party.
Secretary/Peggy Barnes – The October minutes are available for review and on the website.
Website/Bob Riddle – The website is current.
RRT Update/Phil Harville – There has been some talk about disbanding.

Dive Reports:
No reports.

Trip Information:
We are looking for trip leaders for 2016; a kayak trip was suggested, also a trip to White Oak conservation Center in Yulee.

Old Business:
Peggy needs a head count for Clarks Fish Camp by Monday, December 30, 2015, so be sure to sign up and pay.
Photo contest – the rules are on the website, photos for 2015 need to be turned in by the January meeting. Mike Dupes will coordinate the photo contest again this year, but Rusty Thomas has volunteered for 2016.

New Business and Announcements:
No new business or announcements.

50/50 Raffle:
Our guest speaker, Lauren Watkins

Coprolite Award:
No new nominations, currently held by Vicky Tyde.

Door Prize Winner:
Sharon Harville.

Program:
Lauren Watkins – The Commotion in the Ocean.

Adjournment:
7:55 PM

Respectably submitted by: Peggy Barnes, Secretary


October 14, 2015

The meeting was called to order by President Diane Schleissing at 6:30 PM
Minutes recorded by Joan Tourney in the absence of Secretary Peggy Barnes.

Guest or new members: None

Reports:
Treasurer/Vicky Tyde – uncommitted funds $3385.12. Vicky is currently accepting payments for the Christmas Party.

Secretary/Peggy Barnes/ Absent – September minutes have been approved and are available for review.

Vice President/Nica McAnany – No Vice President report

RRT Update/Phil Harville – The next RRT meeting is October 20, 2015. Right Whale festival is November 21st. Phil was unsure if the RRT is going to have a booth.

Website/Bob Riddle – The website is not current due to problems with the domain. He is in the process of getting it resolved.

Dive Reports:
Vicky, Joan, Phil and Rusty attempted to dive in West Palm Beach, September 26&27 on the Little Deeper which was out of commission. They dove out of Stuart and Jupiter on the sister ships. There was no visibility but they heard the Goliath Groupers. Vicky saw one only because she came face to face with one.

Trip Information:
• See Vicky Tyde if you’re interested in going on a Carnival Cruise to Cozumel, Roatan, Costa Maya, and Belize. She’s planning on doing a lot of diving and is looking for a dive buddy.
• There is talk of a 2017 Roatan trip.
• Sea Hunt is running a trip to Boca in November.
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Old Business:
• Christmas Party Saturday December 5th at Clarks Fish Camp. Please sign up and pay Vicky. The cost is $20.00 for full members, $30.00 for associate members, $35.00 for guests, $12.00 upcharge for Joan’s cut.
• Crawdaddy gave a big thanks for the GoFundMe donations. Diane informed the membership that the fund has been discontinued due to some of the GoFundMe restrictions and all the donations have been refunded.


Coprolite Award:
Vicky Tyde is still the proud owner. No new nominations.

Door Prizes:
Cindy McBride won a $10 gift card to Athens Café or her choice from the Scubanaut apparel.
Des Norton won the 50-50 drawing $12.00

Program:
Due to the meeting room change and technical difficulties Diane Schleissing gave an abbreviated program concerning marine debris (trash in our oceans). She made mention of Project Aware which is an underwater clean up by divers.

Meeting adjourned at 7:30 pm.

Minutes submitted by:
Diane Schleissing/ President


September 9, 2015


The meeting was called to order by President Diane Schleissing at 6:30 PM
Minutes recorded by Secretary Peggy Barnes


Guest/New Members:
We wish to welcome our guest Mike Gray; we hope you will be back!

Reports:
Vice President/Nica McAnany – no Vice President report
Treasurer/Vicky Tyde – uncommitted funds $3215.72
Secretary/Peggy Barnes - Peggy thanked Phyl Stoffel for acting as recording secretary for the month of August. All minutes are up-to-date on the web on September 15, 2015
Website/Bob Riddle – no website report

Dive Reports:
Congratulations to Dez Norton, he received his open water certification and dove the Blue Heron Bridge.
Our guest Mike Gray spent most of his time diving in Malibu CA, he did get out with Atlantic Pro Diver, also did Ginny Springs.
Jim/Mary Jo Davis went diving at the Blue Heron Bridge, high tide was 4:55, they got there about 3 and it was packed. Saw numerous Jewfish and Parrot fish around the pilings. They also spent time on the Little Deeper, only had 12 divers on the boat, it was very enjoyable.
Cindy McBride/Bruce Brommer went snorkeling in the Aegean Sea, while visiting old club members, Mark and Jennifer Ullmann. Cindy said it was cold, vis about 40, temperature about 70, but they had a good time.

Trip Information:
Vicky Tyde asked everyone that was scheduled on the West Palm Beach that was canceled to please stay after the meeting and see if they could work out another date that would work for everyone.
Scott Hoffman suggested any of the club members that are doing a cruise to please let the club know in case there is some interest from other members. Jim/Mary Jo Davis reported they are doing a cruise in January out of Lauderdale; two of the ports they are stopping at are Cozumel and the Caymans both are good dive spots. If anyone is interested please contact Jim or Mary Jo.
Michael (insert last name) said he has been going through Sea Hunt Dive Center in St Augustine for some of his dives. They are doing Boynton Beach, 3 dives on wrecks and reefs on October 15, 2015 and 3 dives in Boca on November 5, 2015. Call 904-284-0831 for more information.

New Business and Announcements:
The Christmas Party will be held at Clarks, on Saturday, December 5, 2015, 6:00 PM. The cost for members is $20.00, associate members’ cost is now $30.00, guest will be charged $35.00 and $12.00 extra will be charged for the Joan’s cut. Even with the price increases for the associate members and guest, this is still a very good deal, you get appetizers, entrées, desert, wine and beer for one all-inclusive price.
President Schleissing told the club about the Go Fund account Dana Lennox had set up for Bill (Crawdaddy) Crawford. As everyone knows Bill is blind and the eSight glasses he needs cost $14,000. A GO Fund me account is one way to raise money. Vicky Tyde mad a motion for the club to denote $500 to the go Fund me account Beth Strawbridge seconded the motion, the motion was carried. NOTE CRAWDADDY DOES NOT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS ACCOUNT. PLEASE DON’T SPILL THE BEANS.
Beth Strawbridge announced the Florida Land Trust is doing a highway clean up on Big Tolbert Island on September 12, 2015 at 9:00 AM. Please park on the south end of the island.

50/50 Raffle:
No raffle tonight

Door prize:
Jim Davis won the door prize

Coprolite Award:
Vicky Tyde is still the proud owner and said she will NEVER give it up!

No speaker tonight

Meeting Adjourned:
7:40 PM

Respectably submitted by:
Peggy Barnes
Secretary


June 10, 2015


The meeting was called to order by President Diane Schleissing at 6:30 PM.

President Schleissing thanked all the prior officers for a job well done and welcomed the officers.

Guest or new members: No new members or guest.

Reports:
Treasurer/Vicky Tyde: asked Scott Hoffman to give the report this month until they completed the transfer of funds. Scott reported uncommitted funds of $2,085.67.

Secretary/Peggy Barnes: Peggy reported the minutes were up today and posted on the website.

Vice President: Nica McAnany reported Beth Strawbridge was the guest speaker for the evening. Because Nica and the group just returned from Roatan, she did not have a report this evening.

RRT Update/Phil Harville: stated the Team was unable to get out for their scheduled dives on June 7th. The next meeting is scheduled for June 16th, 6:30 PM at the San Pablo Library.

Website/Bob Riddle: the website is up to date, and reminded us that Lynda Dupes has the Facebook page up and running. Please feel free to share your stories with the other Scubanauts.

Dive Reports:
Bob Riddle dove in West Palm Beach with Little Deeper, the surface temperature
Was 81 degrees and the bottom temperature was 72 degrees. SURPRIZE! Bob and Nica also dove in the Keys, had a nice deep dive in the morning and because there was a group of “green divers” the afternoons dive were only 31 feet.

Joan went to West Palm over Memorial Day weekend; the visibility was between 75 – 100 feet, and warm.

The Roatan trip was great as always, everyone thanked Nica for setting it up. The children all enjoyed the goodies that the Scubanauts brought for them.

Trip Information:
Vicky reminded everyone of the August 29th – 30th West Palm Beach trip. All deposits were due at this meeting and final payment is due on July 8th meeting.

Nica suggested Roatan in 2017.

Scott is still looking into a dive cruise for the club.

Kathy Torrance said she would check on the Suwannee River Rendezvous trip.

Peggy and Diane are looking into an end of summer party in St Augustine.

We need trip leaders.

New Business and Announcements:
Scott Hoffman brought in some used dive gear that was up for grabs.

Coprolite Award:
Nominations were made,
1. jumped in without a mask
2. missed the boat
3. wetsuit inside out
4. wrong booties
5. left mask on the dock, the boat had to back up
6. left fins and had to borrow a pair from one of the crew
7. left carryon bag containing a passport at the ticket counter
8. left purse in the restroom
The Winner is Vicky Tyde for jumping in without her mask.

50/50 Raffle:
Beth Strawbridge - $19.00

Door Prize Drawing:
Vicky Tyde

Program:
Beth Strawbridge spoke on Fresh Water Fish

Adjournment:
8:05

Submitted by:
Peggy Barnes
Secretary


May 13, 2015

Meeting called to order by President Curtis Siver at 6:30 PM
Minutes recorded by Acting Secretary Peggy Barnes

Guest or new members: No new members or guests.

Reports:
Treasurer/Scott Hoffman: Uncommitted funds of $2,512.77. A worksheet was presented to the members with income and expenses listed for the following fiscal years:

2014-15 - deficit of $19.00 (year ending May 2015)
2013-14 – deficit of $48.00
2012-13 –deficit of $414.00
We have two recurring expenses each year – Fees and Licenses $150, and Web Hosting $120.

Rob Riddle asked that we start to set aside money for a new projector, there was some discussion and the motion was tabled. Rob Riddle also brought up the possibility of purchasing a copy of QuickBooks for the treasurer. The consensuses of prior treasurers, it is much easier to do simple Excel spreadsheets than use QuickBooks.

Be sure to pay your dues.

Vice President/Jim Davis: No speaker this month. Discussed the importance of checking your gear and tanks prior to leaving on a trip.

Secretary/Diane Schleissing: No report, unable to attend the meeting.

RRT Update/Phil Harville: RRT is taking nominations for officers; the next meeting will be on May 20, at the Neptune Beach Liberty on 3rd street.

Website/Bob Riddle: The website is current; all minutes have been posted as well as the Photo Contest winners.

Dive Reports:
Bill Crawford celebrated his 82ed birthday diving at Orange Sink. Even though it was a daylight dive, the duck weed was so thick it was a “night dive”. Bill Crawford also went to the Keys, went out with Ocean Diver and dove on the Grove. They had a boat load of students from Massachusetts.

Jim and Mary Jo Davis dove the Blue Heron Bridge, it has been reported that over 400 species have been identified at the bridge.

Beth Strawbridge, Sharon and Phil Harville went to Troy Springs; it was closed due to flooding. Went to Ginnie Springs and did their dives.

Trip Information:
Nica McAnany asked everyone going on the Rotan trip to please meet with her after the regular meeting.

The May 16th trip on Diamond Divers has been canceled.

Vicky Tide is running a West Palm Beach trip Saturday August 29 – Sunday August 30, this is not Labor Day weekend. A $50.00 deposit is required by the June meeting. See Vicky for all the details.

Beth Strawbridge stated she had a request from a less experience diver suggesting we offer less challenging trips for new divers. Scott Hoffman is still working on the possibility of a Scubanauts cruise that includes diving and would be less demanding. The target time period is after the first of the year.

Old Business:
Nominations were made last month for new officers for the FY 2015-16:
Diane Schleissing – President
Pam Kurtz – Vice President
Peggy Barnes – Secretary
Vickie Tyde – Treasurer

Pam Kurtz had to drop her bid for Vice President, so nominations were open from the floor. Nica McAnany volunteered, the new officers are:

President – Diane Schleissing
Vice President – Nica McAnany
Secretary – Peggy Barnes
Treasurer – Vickie Tyde
GIRL POWER!!!!!

New Business and Announcements:
June 6th the Land Trust is having a Fish Fry, $15.00 for a fish dinner and $2.00 for beer. The fish fry is being held on Big Talbot Island, 12134 Houston Rd, Jacksonville from 3:00 PM to sunset.

The Annual Scubanauts Christmas party will be held on Saturday, December 5th, at 6:00 PM. The location is Clarks Fish Camp, 12903 Hood Land Rd, Jacksonville. PLEASE NOTE THE PARTY IS SATURDAY NIGHT THIS YEAR. Mark your calendar.

50/50 Raffle:
$23.00 won by Kathy Torrance

Door Prize Drawing:
Nica McAnany

Meeting Adjourned:
7:20 PM.

Respectably submitted by:
Peggy Barnes,
Acting Secretary


April 8, 2015

Meeting called to order by President Curtis Siver at 6:30 PM.
Minutes recorded by Diane Schleissing
Guests or new members: No new members or guests.

Reports:
• Treasurer/Scott Hoffman: There are non committed funds of $2268.97 in the treasury with an estimated deficit of $150. The fiscal year closes May 2015. Dues are due in June. Member: $35.00, Associate Member: $12.00, Family Membership: $70.00.
PayPal can be utilized for small amt’s. Access via scubanauts@scotthoffman.net. Dues can also be sent to Scott Hoffman at 3591 Kernan Blvd. S, Apt 711, Jax. 32224. Motion was made by Barbara Haasis to increase dues and delete the Associate member dues. There was discussion regarding changing the dues structure vs increasing the cost of the Christmas Party in order to maintain a healthy bottom line. Bob Riddle made a motion to adjust the Christmas Party subsidy. Discussion followed and Peggy Barnes asked that the motion be amended to have the Board review and consider adjusting the subsidy for the Christmas Party and report back to the club since definitive amounts were not available at this time. The motion was seconded by Vicky Tyde and there was a majority vote by the members in favor of the amended motion. The budget is to be published in the May Newsletter in a PDF file “for private view only.”
• Secretary/ Diane Schleissing: Minutes from the March meeting are available for review and will be posted on the website.
• Vice President/ Jim Davis: Mentioned the recent Times Union article about the warmer water and its effect on coral reefs. He also referenced the April article in Dive Training magazine where NOAA is expecting more coral bleaching for 2015 and this may be a cyclical occurrence. He also discussed hand swimming vs fin kicking, sea lice treatment, and dragging your gear through the sand per Dive Train magazine. The scheduled speaker canceled at the last minute. In lieu of the program a 25 question fish ID for REEF will be presented to the members.
• RRT Update: Phil Harville reported that the next meeting is April 15 at the San Pablo Library. As an FYI he informed the club of a Poker Run on May 30 for homeless veterans sponsored by the American Legion.
• Website/ Bob Riddle: March meeting minutes and the photo contest photos will be posted. Lynda Dupes reported that the photos were posted on the Scubanauts Facebook page.
Dive reports:
• Daniel Hughes and Beth Strawbridge dove the Blue Heron Bridge in West Palm Beach. Water temp. was 76’ and they saw “lots of critters” including a batfish, sea robins, tiny flounders and banded jawfish.
• Rob Hagen made 8 dives in the last month. One certification dive for Kathy at Devils Den who became overwhelmed and needs more time and pool work. He made a freshwater drift dive on the Rainbow River. Kathy who got her Nitrox certification snorkeled. He saw Goliath grouper at Looe Key and noted that the filter fish and worms had disappeared. In Key West he dove the Vandenburg (70- 80’ vis. and made an unplanned 140’ dive), Joe’s Tug (50’ vis), Augustis Bush (25’ vis.) and American Shoals (Lionfish and a large Nurse shark).


Trips:
• Nica McAnany, with additional remarks from Scott Hoffman and Bob Riddle, discussed all the final details and reminders for the Roatan trip scheduled for May 30.
• Vicky Tyde is running a West Palm Beach trip scheduled for Saturday, August 29- Sunday August 30 (not Labor Day weekend) on the Little Deeper. Based on 10 divers the cost for 3 two tank dives is $175 + tank cost. Let Vicky know how many dives you intend to make. A $50.00 deposit is due by the June meeting. This does not include lodging which is the responsibility of the members. She suggested the Super 8 motel.
• Nadine Norton is running an Offshore Jax trip aboard the Diamond Diver on May 16th. Refer to the flyer and signup sheet if interested.
• Scott Hoffman is working on a possible cruise after the first of the year.
Old Business:
Nominations of 2015- 2016 officers: Each current officer gave a brief description of their duties. The floor was opened for nominations.
• President: Diane Schleissing nominated by Peggy Barnes, second by Barbara Haasis.
• Vice President: Pam Kurtz nominated by Beth Strawbridge, second by Peggy Barnes.
• Treasurer: Vicky Tyde nominated by Beth Strawbridge, second by Barbara Haasis.
• Secretary: Peggy Barnes nominated by Diane Schleissing, second by Vicky Tyde.
• Newsletter: Nica McAnany volunteered to continue writing the Newsletter.
Note: There were other members that were nominated for office but declined.
Nominations will still be open at the May meeting. Any necessary voting will take place at the May meeting with the new officers taking office at the June meeting.

New Business and Announcements:
• Happy Birthday Peggy Barnes.
• Phil Harville: Earth Day is April 18th. The Little Jetties have been closed for 2 years by the Corps of Engineers.
• Beth Strawbridge: NF Land Trust has a booth at One Spark: Green spaces for schools and public gardens.

Copralite award: Awarded to Rob Hagen who volunteered that he dove to 140’ on the Vandenburg without realizing how deep he had gone.

50/50 Raffle: $26.000 won by Beth Strawbridge.
Doorprize Drawing: Scott Hoffman
Program: Due to the length of the meeting the Fish ID was deferred.
Meeting adjourned at 7:45 PM.


March 11, 2015

Meeting called to order by Vice President Jim Davis at 6:30 PM. President, Curtis Siver absent.
Minutes recorded by Diane Schleissing
Guests or new members: Rose Schleissing was welcomed as a guest. She’s a diver and has gone on several trips with the Scubanauts in the past.

Reports:
• Treasurer/ Scott Hoffman: There are non committed funds of $2398.95 in the treasury and a deficit of $115 for yearend 2014. Possible adjustment may be necessary and will be addressed by the new Board. The Roatan trip is paid in full.
• Secretary/ Diane Schleissing: Minutes from the February meeting were recorded by Nica McAnany and are posted on the website. Curtis has possession of the “secretary’s box.”
• Vice President/ Jim Davis: Discussed safety notes per Dive Train magazine. He showed a photo of a diver getting hit by a tournament fishing boat propeller during a raging rainstorm. “Divers beware!” He discussed the advantage of using a buddy line. The traveling divers Chat Book is available from Undercurrents. It contains travel comments from other divers.
• RRT Update: No report.
• Website/ Bob Riddle: Up to date except for the photos from the 2014 photo contest.
• Jim Davis commented that the Blue Heron Bridge is featured in Alert Diver magazine.
Dive reports: No dive reports.
Trips:
• Roatan last minute trip details were discussed by Nica McAnany.
• Vicky Tyde is running a West Palm Beach trip scheduled for Saturday, August 29- Sunday August 30 (not Labor Day weekend). Based on 10 divers the cost for 3 two tank dives is $175 + tank cost. This does not include lodging which is the responsibility of the members.
• Nadine Norton is running an Offshore Jax trip aboard the Diamond Diver on May 16th. Refer to the flyer for details.
Old Business: None

New Business:
• Nominations for 2015 officers will be made at the April meeting with elections at the May meeting.

Copralite award: Jim Davis retains the award.

50/50 Raffle: $16.50 won by Des Norton.
Doorprize Drawing: There was no door prize drawing.
Program: Kathy Heaster from the St. Augustine Aquarium gave an excellent presentation about the new aquarium scheduled to open in St. Augustine this summer.
Meeting adjourned at 7:40 PM.


February 15, 2015

Call to order by Curtis Siver at 6:30 p.m.
Call to order at Athens Cafe
Welcome
Welcome any guests or new members.
New members to vote in? Alex Manolis was voted in
Reports:
• Treasurer- Scott Hoffman – Curtis related Scott’s information
• Secretary – Diane was not at the meeting – minutes on the website

• Vice President- Jim Davis – relayed info regarding the ear shield – use prior to diving to resist water in the ear. St Pete Aquarium offers SNUBA for $100. St Augustine potential aquarium may be a future speaker. Amelia Earhart’s plane may have been found –details in the latest PADI magazine.

• RRT Update- no updates

• Website- Bob Riddle – no updates

• Dive Reports: Who’s been diving!

• No one has been diving
Trip Information:
• Nica has booked Roatan 5/30/15 – 6/6/15 – 21 divers and snorkelers
• Vicky has booked WPB August 29/30 details emailed out to everyone
Old Business:
• Thanks to Phil and Rusty for hosting the annual New Year’s Eve party
• Thanks for the Super Bowl Party – Nica and Bob
New Business and Announcements:
• Open forum
• Nominations for Board Members coming up – Vicky volunteered. The entire current board is stepping down
• Nominating committee members

50/50 Raffle – no raffle this month

Door prize Drawing: no door prize drawing this month
Photo Contest winners
Above water - Beth Strawbridge for Rusty the Snowman
Underwater
1. Green with Envy – Dave Dempsey
2. Spider – Nica McAnany
3. Daisy – Vicky Tyde
Meeting adjourned


January 14, 2015

Meeting called to order by President Curtis Silver

Call to order at : 6:30 Athen's Cafe: Jacksonville, FL

Welcome any guests or new members. Have them introduce themselves and give brief diving history. Vote new members in!
Terran McGinnis Guest and Speaker

Reports:

Treasurer – Scott Hoffman Absent
Secretary – Diane Schleissing Absent Sub-Phil Stoffel
Vice President – Jim Davis Safety tip: Fly dive flag correctly, Keep 30-100' from flag. RRT - Any updates None
Website – Bob Riddle Absent due to illness

Dive Reports. Who's been diving Nadine - Troy springs

Trip Information:
2015 Roatan Trip May 30 – June 6th, 2015 Deposit $ 50 per person Anyone running any new trips. Vickie Tyde West Palm trip

Old Business:

Super Bowl Party - Feb 1" 5:30 Pm 6:30 pm Kickoff
Open Forum: Equipment was donated to club, propose equipment swap meet and Super Bowl Party Phil Harville gave information on 2 Artificial reefs placed. Website: www.tirsi.org for more information.
Misc:

Coprolite Award Jim Davis

50/50 Raffle- None
Door prize drawing- None

Program:
Terran McGinnis from Georgia Aquarium: Educator manager at MarineLand. Book Marineland History
Author Terran McGinnis

Meeting adjourned at 8:10 PM


December 10th, 2014

As customary, we hold our annual Scubanauts Christmas Party each December in lieu of having a formal meeting that month. So there are no minutes for a meeting for this month. See our Activities page for details on that party.


November 12, 2014


Meeting called to order by Vice President Jim Davis at 6:30 PM. President, Curtis Siver absent.
Minutes recorded by Diane Schleissing
Guests or new members: No new members or guests.

Reports:
• Treasurer/ Scott Hoffman: Final payment for Roatan is due by the March meeting. Any cancellations by Jan. meeting.
Payment for Christmas party is due by November 15th. Party is in 2 weeks.
$3261.57 of undesignated funds in treasury but most will cover the cost of the Christmas Party.
• Secretary/ Diane Schleissing: Minutes from the October meeting are available for review and will be posted on the website.
• Vice President/ Jim Davis: Discussed safety notes per Dive Train magazine. He addressed “dangling hoses”, no air in BC, proper tank position and the importance of spare air. He also mentioned the increased risk for divers over 60 and that some cruise ships don’t allow “seniors” to dive with ship sponsored dive excursions.
• RRT Update: No report.
• Website/ Bob Riddle: Up to date except for October minutes and Christmas Party information.
Dive reports:
• Vicky Tyde made dives in Roatan and Costa Maya through a Western Caribbean cruise aboard the Carnival Sunshine. She dove the west side of Roatan which was different from the CocoView eastside. She saw 4 free swimming eels and there were only 6 divers on the boat. Costa Maya had water temp. of 82’ with “great visibility” and spent 5 minutes diving with a sea turtle.
• Joan Tournay: Due to the cold and heavy winds the Little Deeper dive was cancelled so she dove the Blue Heron bridge in West Palm Beach and saw lots of fish in addition to the “pink meanies” (pink Jellyfish). Matt commented numerous “pink meanies” >100 ft with long tentacles.
Trips:
• Roatan 2015. Cocoview reserved for May 30- June 6. Final payment is due at the end of March.
• Scott Hoffman discussed the possibility of a club cruise which would include diving opportunities. He will send out an interest survey to members.
Old Business:

• Mike Dupes: Photo contest (February): Copy of the rules is available on the website and in the Newsletter. Photo entries must be submitted by the January meeting.
• Christmas Party: Clark’s Fish Camp on Friday Dec. 5th. Cost is same as last year ($20 for members, $27.00 for guests, $15.00 for youths, $10.00 upcharge for Joans cut). Sign up tonight or via email to Diane or Peggy.


New Business:
• Whitney Lab Lecture Series is tomorrow/ Thursday. Subject is “The Making of Blood cell Genes and Beyond.” Lecture scheduled Dec. 11 is “Biodiversity of Coral Reefs: the Inside Story.”
• New Year’s Day Oyster Roast at Phil and Rusty’s. Details to follow via email.
• Jellyfish.org info on the website.
• Beth Strawbridge announced the Uplands Master naturalist course to be held at White Oaks.

Copralite award: Jim Davis retains the award.

50/50 Raffle: $18.00 won by Mike Dupes.
Doorprize Drawing: Phil Stoffel ($10.00 gift certificate to Athens Café).
Program: Matthew Denny from the Dolphin Conservation Field Station in Flagler County gave a very informative presentation titled "Inside the Conservation Field Station: a synopsis of our mission and operations".
Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.


October 8, 2014


Meeting called to order by President Curtis Siver at 6:30 PM.
Minutes recorded by Diane Schleissing
Guests or new members: Club welcomed returning guest: Alex Manolis, former member Eric McAnany, and non diver Samantha Newton.

Reports:
• Treasurer/ Scott Hoffman: Absent.
• Secretary/ Diane Schleissing: Minutes from the September meeting have been posted on the website per Nica McAnany.
• Vice President/ Jim Davis: Discussed a safety note to inspect all your equipment before each dive.
• RRT Update: Jim Davis reported that the team has funding but needs all the proper paperwork completed for utilization.
• Website/ Bob Riddle: Up to date.
Dive reports:
• Bob Riddle and Nica McAnany traveled to the Florida Keys and dove with Florida Keys Dive Center in Tavernier. They made 2 shallow dives, one at 30’ and the other at 17’. Visibility was good (70’), water temp. was 75- 80’, and numerous little fish were present. They investigated the possibility of using Creekside motel/ restaurant for future club trips but found it was too expensive.
• Jim Davis reported on Boynton Beach diving. He and Mary Jo dove the Castor and saw a school of Goliath grouper and counted numerous fish species on the second reef dive. Visibility was 40- 45’ and water temp. was 85- 86’. They also made a 17’ dive by the Blue Heron Bridge accessed from the west side of Phil Foster Park. They counted 32- 35 sp. of fish and saw a Spotted Eagle Ray. Jim recommended staying at the Boynton Beach Inn for $56.00/ night.
• David Dempsey reported on his extensive trip to Indonesia. He dove the waters east of Bali with Ned and Anna DeLoach and Paul Humann. 476 sp. were counted within a 14 day trip and they discovered a new sp. (Humannite).They experienced the cold water currents from the Indian Ocean with water temps. ranging from 66- 81’. He dove Cloud Valley aka Anemone City in Wakatobi where he saw a woebegone shark. Dr. Richard Smith with a PhD in pygmy seahorses was with the group and his photos can be seen in Ocean Realm Images. David also saw the rare larval stage of a moray eel. He commented on the “bombed out” reefs and cyanide fishing.
Trips:
• Roatan 2015. Cocoview reserved for May 30- June 6. Final payment is due at the end of January. It was suggested that air flights be booked now.
• DUI “dog days” on Nov. 8- 9th at Manatee Springs. DUI will give drysuit demonstrations and conduct demotours. Preregister on the website. Cost is $15.00 which includes the demo, Sat. night dinner and program.
• Divers Supply is sponsoring a dive rally on the same weekend at Ginnie Springs. Cost is $69.00
• Divers Supply runs a Discover Scuba EPCOT or Ga. Aquarium trip every month.

Old Business:

• Photo contest (February): Copy of the rules are available on the website and in the Newsletter. Photo entries must be submitted by the January meeting.
• Christmas Party: Clark’s Fish Camp on Friday Dec. 5th. Cost is same as last year ($20 for members, $27.00 for guests, $15.00 for youths, $10.00 upcharge for Joans cut). Sign up tonight, at the Nov. meeting or via email to Diane or Peggy.

New Business:
• Whitney Lab Lecture Series is tomorrow/ Thursday. Subject is “What Glows Below- Bioluminescence and Flourescence of Deep Sea Organisms. Speaker is from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Copralite award: Jim Davis retains the award.

50/50 Raffle: No 50/50 raffle due to absence of the Treasurer.
Doorprize Drawing: David Dempsey ($10.00 gift certificate to Athens Café).
Program: Vicky Tyde presented a Mini Fish ID program based on her photos from the Labor Day weekend West Palm Beach.
Meeting adjourned at 8:00 PM.


June 11, 2014


Meeting called to order by President Curtis Siver at 6:30 PM.
Minutes recorded by Diane Schleissing
Guests or new members: Club welcomed returning guest: Michael Moore who reported on his Blue .Heron Bridge dive.

Reports:
• Treasurer/ Scott Hoffman: $2514.24 undesignated funds in club treasury. There was a $65.00 loss for fiscal year 2013- 2014. Members were reminded that annual dues are due at this time. There is an accumulation of designated funds in the bank ie. trip deposits. Airfare for Roatan should be available within the next few weeks. Scott suggested that those members signed up for the Roatan trip monitor airfares closely. $100.00 deposit for the West Palm Beach trip is due at the July mesting.
• Secretary/ Diane Schleissing: Minutes from the May meeting are available for review and posting to the website.
• Vice President/ Jim Davis: The program will be on the Georgia Aquarium.
• RRT Update: Jim Davis is available to teach any new students requiring advanced certifications.
• Website/ Bob Riddle: Up to date. He’s still waiting for photos to post to the website.
Dive reports:
• Nadine Norton and Bob Riddle reported on the June 7th Offshore Jax dive trip. The weather was perfect. The boat has been moved to Morningstar Marine at Mayport. They dove the Pressboxes, EF, and 9 mile barge. Vis was 40’ and water temp was 78’. Seas were 1- 2 ½ ft. with only a slight current present. Schools and schools of fish. Ed Kalokoskus was on the boat. “Great conditions for Offshore Jax.”
• Vicky Tyde dove the Kona Coast in Hawaii. Diving was on lava formations and through lava tubes with pacific fish which is completely different than the reef diving she’s familiar with.. There was only one other diver and they saw a pod of spinner dolphins and a manta ray.
• Joan Tourney dove West Palm Beach over Memorial Day. She made 10 dives in 3 days. Conditions were good and she saw Black Grouper.
• Beth Strawbridge dove the Blue Haron Bridge. 4C dive shop announced that there were numerous baby octopus expected off the beach and turn to west.
Trips:
• Sharks Tooth dive trip to Venice has been rescheduled to July 11- 13th. See Nica McAnany if interested.
• West Palm Beach trip on Labor Day week end (August 30- Sept. 1). Deposits are due by the July meeting. 3 days of diving/ 10 total dives on the Little Deeper is $291.50. See Vicky Tyde for details.
• Roatan 2015. Cocoview reserved for May 30- June 6. $50.00 deposit is due.

Old Business:

• “Hello to Summer Beach Party” June 21st at Windjammer / Crescent beach. Please sign up if attending. Hamburgers and hot dogs to be provided by club. BYOB and a covered dish. Reminder flyer will be e- mailed at a later date.
• Dues are due. Currently there are 15 paid members.
• Reminder from Jim Davis to report fish counts and ID’s to REEF.

New Business:
• No new business reported.

Copralite award: Phil Stoffel retains the award.

50/50 Raffle: $12.00 awarded to Rob Hagen.
Doorprize Drawing: Nadine Norton (Scubanaut apparel)
Program: Jim Davis presented information and showed a DVD of snorkeling and diving with the whale sharks and other “sea creatures” in the Georgia Aquarium.
Meeting adjourned at 7:45 PM.


May 14, 2014


Meeting called to order by President Curtis Siver at 6:30 PM.
Minutes recorded by Diane Schleissing
Guests or new members: Club welcomed guests: Alice Painter- New Diver, Sally Logan- Former member and former owner of Meridian Dive Center, non diver Sandy Kaufman (Denise Hughes’ Mom), Eric McAnany, and non diver Samantha.

Reports:
• Treasurer/ Scott Hoffman: $2096.09 undesignated funds in club treasury. If dive trips are cancelled due to inclement weather, pym’ts may be applied to future trips or refunded. Annual filing for State 501C7 status is due. The fiscal year begins June 1st and members were reminded that annual dues are due at this time. Dues are $35.00/individual, $70.00/ family, and $12.00/ non diver. Dues payments can now be made through our new PayPal account which has been set up by Scott. (scubanauts@scotthoffman.net) or by check.
• Secretary/ Diane Schleissing: Minutes from the May meeting are available for review and posting to the website.
• Vice President/ Gordy Schleissing: Diane Schleissing will give a short presentation on sea turtles.
• RRT Update: No formal RRT report. Per Denise Hughes and Jim Davis: Mention was made of the next meeting to be held at the Beaches Library on Wed. May 21st. New class of 5 students is ready for the final expedition in South Florida. A grant has been approved. A new Jaxspots book (not published by RRT) is available. Title- North Florida Reefs by Joseph Kirstel.
• Website/ Bob Riddle: Up to date.
Dive reports:
• Crawdaddy made his annual birthday dive . This year’s dive was at 81’ in Blue Springs (Orange City)
• Nadine spent 4 days in Bimini. She stayed in a 2 bedroom condo and dove with Neil Watson’s operation. She made 6 dives with only 2 divers on the boat. Her 1st shark dive was exciting and she saw numerous Lionfish on the other drift dives.
• Bob gave a second hand dive report: 40 miles Offshore Jax. had 80- 100’ visibility, warm water, and clouds of fish.
• Rob Hagen made a trip to the keys. He dove on No Name Reef in Ramrod Key, American Shoals/ Light tower which had lobster and very large Lionfish, and Loo Key, was an easy 20’ dive with 70’ vis. He snorkeled Bahia Honda bridge which has a webcam and he saw Grouper, Tarpon, Snook, and all kinds of other reef fish. He recommended Sammy Creek Landing for a picnic and Hogfish Bar and Grill for food and drinks.
Trips:
• Nica’s Sharks Tooth dive trip to Venice on May 16- 18 is on hold due to reports of 7’ seas.
• Nadine is running an Offshore Jax. trip on June 7th on the Diamond Diver. See flyers for details and sign up if interested. This is a 3 tank dive and tanks are not provided
• Vicky Tyde has a Labor Day week end trip (August 30- Sept. 1) planned to West Palm Beach on the Little Deeper. Goliath groupers are usually sited. There’s a group discount for 10 divers. Five 2 tank dives are approx. $291.50. Communicate to Vicky your preferences of when you want to dive. She recommended using the Super 8 motel on PGA Blvd. for accommodations.
• Roatan 2015. Cocoview reserved for May 30- June 6. $50.00 deposit is due. Currently there are 19 divers and 1 non diver signed up for trip. Airfare rates will be available in July.
Old Business:
• Election of officers: President: Curtis Siver
Vice President: Jim Davis
Secretary: Diane Schleissing with Nica McAnany continuing
publication of the Newsletter
Treasurer: Scott Hoffman (this will be his final year)
There was no election necessary and all offices were approved by the membership.
• “Hello to Summer Beach Party” June 21st at Windjammer / Crescent beach. Please sign up if attending. Hamburgers and hot dogs to be provided by club. BYOB and a covered dish. Reminder flyer will be e- mailed at a later date.

New Business:
• Peggy Barnes has reserved Clark’s Fish Camp for the annual Christmas Party on December 5th.
• Jim Davis is recruiting members for REEF and DAN.

Copralite award: Phil Stoffel retains the award.

50/50 Raffle: $21.00 awarded to Phil Harville.
Doorprize Drawing: Scott Hoffman (gift certificate to Athens)
Program: Sea turtle threats and problems presented by Diane Schleissing.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.


April 9th, 2014

Meeting called to order by Vice President Gordy Schleissing at 6:30 PM. President Curtis Siver: Absent
Minutes recorded by Diane Schleissing
Guests or new members: Club welcomed guest: Morris Gliddon who is a PADI Divemaster from Massachusetts and is used to cold water diving. He’s looking forward to diving in the warmer waters of the south. He completed a membership application and paid annual dues. Since the beginning of the fiscal year is June, it was decided to vote Morris in as a member effective June 2014.

Reports:

• Treasurer/ Scott Hoffman: $2,091.09 undesignated funds in club treasury. The monthly balance sheet is available upon request. Deposits are due for upcoming trips. The fiscal year begins June 1st and members were reminded that annual dues are due at this time. Dues payments can now be made through our new PayPal account which has been set up by Scott. (scubanauts@scotthoffman.net)
• Secretary/ Diane Schleissing: Minutes from the March meeting are available for review and posting to the website.
• Vice President/ Gordy Schleissing: There is no speaker for this evenings meeting. Gordy is attempting to schedule a speaker from LAMP for our next meeting. Any suggestions for speakers, notify Gordy.
• RRT Update/ Beth Strawbridge: The RRT participated in the Joint Beaches Clean up in conjunction with the North Florida Land Trust. She gave an overview of the RRT for Morris and referred him to the website. Jim Davis reported that there are currently no new grants for the RRT. He was asked to assist with the training of the four students due to the absence of Mike Barnes. He is also available for REEF Fish ID Training.
• Website/ Bob Riddle: Absent: Website is status quo per Nica. Posting of the photo contest entries is in progress, need photo ID’s from Mike Dupes. Beth referred members to FOAP.com for posting of personal photos and members were reminded that there is a Scubanauts Facebook page.
Dive reports:
• Michelle Bennett reported on her live aboard dive trip on the Aggressor ship. Water temp. was 75- 79’ with good visibility at the beginning of the trip and poor visibility towards the end of the trip. She dove the Exumas and great Bahama Banks and saw sting rays and Black tip, Nurse, and Caribbean sharks. Her first night dive was not a pleasant experience.
Trips:
• Nica is running a Sharks Tooth dive to Venice on May 16- 18. If interested refer to the flyers for details and sign up. There are 3 spots left.
• Nadine is running an Offshore Jax. trip on June 7th on the Diamond Diver. See flyers for details and sign up if interested. This is a 3 tank dive and tanks are not provided
• Vicky Tyde has a Labor Day week end trip (August 30- Sept. 1) planned to West Palm Beach on the Little Deeper. Goliath groupers are usually sited. There’s a group discount for 10 divers. Communicate to Vicky your preferences of when you want to dive.
• Roatan 2015. Cocoview reserved for May 30- June 6. $50.00 deposit is due. Currently there are 19 divers and 1 non diver signed up for trip.
• Morris commented on Lake Champlain wreck diving on the Benedict Arnold fleet at 200’.
• Jim Davis distributed brochures from Divequest at Disney/ Dolphin Experience and from the Georgia Aquarium. Disney’s divers cost is $175 and Snorkelers are $140. The Aquarium divers cost is $350. Jim also had CD’s from the Aggressor fleet.
Old Business: None reported.


New Business and Announcements:

• “Hello Summer” beach party on the first day of summer, June 21st at Windjammer condos. Information and sign- up sheet will be available at the next meeting.
• Nominations for Officers:
President: Curtis Siver nominated by Gordy Schleissing with a second by Barbara Haasis.
Vice President: Gordy Schleissing, Beth Strawbridge, and Nica McAnany declined their nominations. Jim Davis nominated by Scott Hoffman with a second by Barbara Haasis.
Treasurer: multiple nominations with seconds for Scott Hoffman
Secretary: Diane Schleissing nominated by Nica McAnany with a second from Scott Hoffman.
Nica McAnany volunteered to continue publishing the Newsletter.
Additional nominations can be made at the May meeting prior to any elections. New officers will take effect in June.
• Whitney Center at Marineland will be showing a preview of a PBS documentary film called Ocean Frontiers. Refer to ocean-frontiers.org for information.
Copralite award: Phil Stoffel retains the award.

50/50 Raffle: $16.00 awarded to Phil Harville.
Doorprize Drawing: Morris Gliddon selected a Scubanaut t- shirt.
Program: None
Meeting adjourned at 7:30 PM.


March 12th, 2014

Meeting called to order by President Curtis Siver at 6:30 PM.
Minutes recorded by Diane Schleissing
Guests or new members: Club welcomed non diver English guest, Steve Rhodes.

Reports:

• Treasurer/ Scott Hoffman: $2182.74 undesignated funds in club treasury. The monthly balance sheet is available upon request. Deposits are due for upcoming trips. $50 deposit will hold a space for the 2015 Roatan trip. Final payment is due Jan. 2015/ monthly payments or pre- payment in full are options.
• Secretary/ Diane Schleissing: Nica McAnany recorded minutes from Feb. meeting and are available for review and posting to the website..
• Vice President/ Gordy Schleissing: Guest speaker, Kristy Karl, UNF graduate student will be presenting a program on our local urban dolphins. Any suggestions for speakers, notify Gordy.
• RRT Update/ Phil Harville: NF Land Trust clean up at SR 105 is this Sat. at 8:30 AM followed by a cook out at the Talbot House. St. John’s River clean up and celebration is next week end. RRT will be at the Little Jetties. Beth Strawbridge reported that this is a nesting area for the Diamondback Terrapin. There are currently no new grants for the RRT.
• Website/ Bob Riddle: Website is status quo. Posting of the photo contest entries is in progress. Bob commented that the Diamond Diver was in S. Carolina but would be returning for Offshore Jax. dive charters.
Dive reports:
• Jim and Mary Jo Davis took a Holland America cruise and dove the Turks and Caicos where they saw humpback whales. Water temp. was 78’. They also dove the ABC islands and submitted fish counts to REEF. Gear rental was OK.
• Diane and Gordy Schleissing almost went diving in Costa Rica but decided not to dive due to the reports of cold water temp.and poor visibility.
Trips:
• Nica is running a Sharks Tooth dive to Venice on May 16- 18. If interested refer to the flyers for details and sign up. There are 2 spots left.
• Nadine is running an Offshore Jax. trip on June 7th on the Diamond Diver. See flyers for details and sign up if interested.
• Vicky Tyde has a Labor Day week end trip planned to West Palm Beach on the Little Deeper. Goliath groupers are usually sited. There’s a group discount for 10 divers.
• Roatan 2015. Cocoview reserved for May 30- June 6. $50.00 deposit is due. Currently there are 18 divers and 1 non diver signed up for trip.
• Jim Davis recommended a trip to the Georgia Aquarium.
Old Business: None reported.

New Business and Announcements:

• Club is in need of an extension cord for the projector. Scott will purchase.
• Possible summer beach party for June or July. Diane will research.
• Nominations for Officers will be made at the April meeting with voting to take place at the May meeting.
Copralite award: Phil Stoffel retains the award.

50/50 Raffle: $25.00 awarded to Phil Harville.
Doorprize Drawing: Sharon Harville
Program: UNF graduate student, Kristy Karl gave an informative presentation on the current UNF research project studies on the local urban dolphins.
Meeting adjourned at 8:25 PM.


February 12th, 2014

Call to order by Curtis Siver at 6:30 p.m.

Welcome
Welcome any guests or new members. Sandy, Denise’s mom and Brandi, Daniel’s niece
New members to vote in? Cindy McBride and Bruce Brommer
Reports:
• Treasurer- Scott Hoffman - ~$2278.74 uncommitted, we are done with expenditures for the fiscal year and have just about broke even

• Secretary – Diane was not at the meeting

• Vice President- Gordy was not at the meeting

• RRT Update- Phil Harville – next meeting at San Pablo Library room A at 6:30 pm. Looking for volunteers for highway cleanup in conjunction with the Sierra Club and North Fl Land trust. On 3/22/14 Phil is looking for volunteers for the St. John’s river clean up

• Website- Bob Riddle is working on updating the website to new technologies, he will email the members when the beta is available for viewing

• Dive Reports: Who’s been diving!

• Scott and Jayne took a cruise, Scott dove in terrible conditions in St. Maarten and then had a fabulous dive in Dominica

• Crawdaddy saw sand and grass in Rainbow river
Trip Information:
• Nadine will run an offshore Jax trip

• Nica will run a Venice dive trip May 16-18th

• Vicky and Michelle are working on Labor day weekend in WPB on the Little Deeper

• Nica has booked Roatan 5/30/15 – 6/6/15


Old Business:
• Scott is working on a mission and vision stmt.

New Business and Announcements:
• Diver’s supply is offering $39 hydro’s. They are doing them in house and it includes VIP and O2 Clean

50/50 Raffle – Beth won $24

Doorprize Drawing: Phil Harville won an Athens Gift card
Open forum – Thanks were given to Nica/Bob for hosting the Super Bowl Party and Mike/Lynda for all their work on the Photo contest

Program: Photo contest and the winners are:
Above water
1. Hide away – Vicky Tyde
2. Being Cool – Bob Riddle
3. All in – Beth Strawbridge
Underwater
1. Double Trouble – Dave Dempsey
2. I need a hug – Daniel Hughes
3. Candy Cane – James Johnson
1st place is a $30 gift card, 2nd place is a $20 gift card and 3rd place is a $10 gift card
Meeting was adjourned.


January 8th, 2014

Meeting called to order by President Curtis Siver at 6:30 PM.
Minutes recorded by Diane Schleissing
Guests or new members: No guests or new members.

Reports:

• Treasurer/ Scott Hoffman: $2607.74 in club treasury. Christmas Party total cost was $1350 of which $700.00 was paid by attendees.
• Secretary/ Diane Schleissing: Nica McAnany recorded minutes from Nov. meeting.
• Vice President/ Gordy Schleissing: Absent. Diane reported that the scheduled speaker cancelled at the last minute but Gordy was able to arrange for an alternate program. Any suggestions for speakers, notify Gordy.
• RRT Update/ Phil Harville: Meeting is next Wed. at the Pueblo Beach Library. The Team will have a Dec. social at the Ale House. Student training is in progress with a dive scheduled Jan 18- 19 at the Blue Heron Bridge in West Palm Beach. Notify John Perkner or Mike Barnes if interested.
• Website/ Bob Riddle: Website is status quo. Photo contest entries will be posted on the Photo Gallery unless noted otherwise by the photographer.
Dive reports:
• Comment made that it was too cold and members were too busy to dive. Beth Strawbridge informed members of the snorkeling trail for divers at the Blue Heron Bridge and recommended 4 C Dive Center. Many juveniles with 46 different sp. of fish were noted on a snorkel dive. Daniel and Denise Hughes dive the site often and commented on the variety of life they see and agreed to do a slide show presentation at one of the club meetings. Sea Towel / Riviera Beach has a good ap for a tide chart.
• Curtis Siver did not have a dive report but he went to Blue Springs State Park (no scuba allowed) which was full of manatees. He suggested “go early”. Beth remarked that Homasassa Springs was also a good place for underwater viewing of the manatees.
Trips:
• Roatan 2015. Cocoview reserved for May 30- June 6. Cost has increased due to high season rates and hotel taxes.
• Nica: Offshore Jacksonville trip being planned for April or May/ weather permitting.
• Scott and Michelle are going to West Palm Beach the last week end in Feb. if anyone is interested.
• Trip Leaders are needed for possible West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, and/or Keys dive trips.
Old Business:

• Photo contest: Deadline for entries is Dec. 31st. Rules were reviewed by Mike Dupes and are posted on the website. Entries are due by midnight tonight. Contest is scheduled for the Feb. meeting.
• Thank you to Phil and Rusty for hosting the New Year’s Day Oyster Roast.

New Business and Announcements:

• Florida State filing for the 501C7 corporation is due. There was discussion concerning the Mission and Vision of the club. Does it reflect the 501C7 status? Are there any other activities for the club to take part in? Kathy suggested the River Keepers. The Mission statement is on the website.
• Whitney Center for Marine Studies Lecture tomorrow evening at 7 PM.
• Super Bowl Party is Feb. 2 at Nica and Bob’s. There is a sign- up sheet. Bring a covered dish and BYOB. Jim Barnes will head up the football pool. The club voted that you have to be present at the party in order to enter the pool. You do not have to be present to win.
Copralite award: Phil Stoffel retains the award.

50/50 Raffle: $24.00 awarded to Beth Strawbridge.
Doorprize Drawing: Daniel Hughes
Program: Phil Stoffel and Beth Strawbridge gave an informative presentation on Sharks Teeth.
Meeting adjourned at 8:15 PM.


December 11th, 2013

As customary, we hold our annual Scubanauts Christmas Party each December in lieu of having a formal meeting that month. So there are no minutes for a meeting for this month


December 11th, 2013

As customary, we hold our annual Scubanauts Christmas Party each December in lieu of having a formal meeting that month. So there are no minutes for a meeting for this month


December 11th, 2013

As customary, we hold our annual Scubanauts Christmas Party each December in lieu of having a formal meeting that month. So there are no minutes for a meeting for this month


October 9th, 2013

Call to order by: President Curtis Siver at 6:30 PM.
Welcome
No guests or new members.
Reports:
• Treasurer: Scott Hoffman- The club has $3264.34 in non committed funds. Refunds for the Offshore Jax trip that was cancelled will be mailed. Christmas Party prices are $20.00 for members, $27.00 for guests, $15.00 for juniors, $10.00 up charge for Joan’s cut. Payment is due by the November meeting with a deadline of November 30. There’s a total of $40.00 in the 50/50 raffle.

• Secretary: Diane Schleissing- Minutes from the September meeting have been approved and are available on the website for review.

• Vice President: Gordy Schleissing- The scheduled speaker is Lauren Flynn, the Restoration Coordinator from GTMNERR (Oyster Reef Recycling and Restoration/ Lionfish Research Project). Professor from UNF is scheduled to speak on “Urban Dolphins” for the Jan. meeting. Any suggestions for speakers, notify Gordy.

• RRT Update: Phil Harville- There were 13 volunteers for the International Coastal Clean up who collected numerous tires and other miscellaneous items. Team meeting is Oct. 16th at the Pueblo Creek Library. Oct. 20th is a scheduled Discovery Dive with Steve Parks open the RRT members. Oct. 26th is a scheduled training trip to West Palm Beach and the Blue Heron Bridge.

• Website- Bob Riddle/ Absent. Nica reported that the website is up to date.

Dive Reports:
Vicky Tyde reported on a West Palm Beach trip. There were free swimming Goliath groupers that exhibited the “gill slamming” behavior. Sharks and rays were also seen. The current was extremely strong. They did 3 wrecks in 22 minutes on one dive.

Trip Information:
The DUI Dog Days week end is scheduled for Nov. 2- 3 at Manatee Springs per Nica. Cost is $10 which allows you to try on drysuits and dive in the springs.
Vicky and Nica are researching trips that offer shore diving.
Daniel Hughes: There is a sanctioned night dive scheduled next Friday at the Blue Heron Bridge. It is being sponsored by a company that makes dive lights.


Old Business:
• Christmas Party/ Dec. 8th
• Photo Contest: Mike Dupes will coordinate. Rules are in the Newsletter and on the website. Photos have to be taken within the last year and prior to Dec. 31st 2013. You’re allowed to submit up to 5 photos for each category and have to be submitted by Jan. 8th.

New Business and Announcements:
Right Whale Festival is Nov. 23rd at the Jax Beach Pavilion.


Copralite Award: Phil Stoffel
50/50 Raffle: Frances Siver ($22.00)
Doorprize Drawing: Lynda Dupes/ Gift card

Program: Lauren Flynn presented “Your North Florida Preserve.”


September 11th, 2013

Meeting called to order by Vice President Gordy Schleissing at 6:30 PM. President Curtis Siver was absent.
Minutes recorded by Diane Schleissing
Guests or new members: Millie Ganzel was voted in as a new member. Club members welcomed returning members Jim and Mary Jo Davis

Reports:
• Treasurer/ Scott Hoffman: Absent
• Secretary/ Diane Schleissing: Minutes from the August meeting have been approved and posted on the website.
• Vice President/ Gordy Schleissing: Speaker for this evening is Diane, “Something About Horseshoe Crabs.” Next month’s scheduled speaker is Lauren Flynn, the Restoration Coordinator from GTMNERR (Oyster Reef Recycling and Restoration/ Lionfish Research Project). Any suggestions for speakers, notify Gordy.
• RRT Update/ Phil Harville: Meeting is next Wed. 9/18. Place is to be announced. Phil reported on the excellent presentation given by Lonnie Akins at the Lionfish meeting. Beth Strawbridge reported that there were 484 Lionfish captured offshore during the roundup with the largest being 17”. Lionfish tempura was cooked by Nippers restaurant. There were also lobster and red snapper that were speared by divers and prepared by the restaurant. Bob Riddle mentioned that a petition should be sent to DEP, every 100 lionfish caught should allow a take of 1 red snapper. Phil reported that training was in progress for 2 new students. There is a team dive scheduled for the International Coastal Clean up on Sept. 21st. There is also a “land” clean up at the Little Jetties from 9- 11AM. Daniel Hughes reported on the Discovery Dive on JW culverts with Mike Barnes and Dan Shotz. Measured visibility was 13 ft. and a different type of fish was observed.
• Website/ Bob Riddle: Website is up to date. Diane commented on how good the website looked and suggested that members check it out.
Dive reports:
• Nadine Norton went to West Palm Beach with a new diver who was doing a certification dive. Conditions were not ideal, expected depth of 40- 60 ft for the first dive was actually 86 ft on the wreck. They dove with Pura Vida who did not find the second dive site.
• Jim Davis attended REEF Fest in the Keys. It was the 20th anniversary of REEF and it was also attended by Anna and Ned DeLoach and Paul Humann. Boats were chartered out of Key Largo for fish counting. Visibility was 60- 70 ft. with a 85’ water temp. and 1 ft seas.
• Jupiter: Daniel and Denise Hughes made a 3 tank dive with Jupiter Dive Center. 1st dive was on a 90’ ledge with lots of micro algae. 2nd dive was on MG III barge with rubble at 65’ and vis. of 30- 40 ft. Pillars had school of Goliath Groupers and Daniel was able to observe the “gill slapping” phenomenon. The 3rd dive was on a ledge with limited visibility. There was no current and they were able to see 5- 6 Goliath groupers, sharks, eels, a ray, and a green turtle.


Trips:
• Vicky Tyde is running a trip to West Palm Beach Sept. 14- 15th with Dive a Little Deeper. Dives are $58 pp/ day with a Sat. PM dive and a Sun. AM dive scheduled. Hotel arrangements are up to the individual.
• Nica: Offshore Jacksonville trip scheduled for August 24 has been rescheduled to Sept 21st. It is a 3 tank dive for $100. This does not include tanks, bring your own tanks. Sign up if interested.
Old Business:
• Christmas Party: Peggy Barnes/ Party is Dec. 6th at 6PM at Clark’s Fish Camp with the same venue as previous years. There was discussion concerning the cost which will remain the same except for the Joan’s cut. Diane made a motion to increase the up charge to $10.00 with a second from Barbara Haasis. Motion was approved with a unanimous vote by members.
• Photo contest: Deadline for entries is Dec. 31st. Rules are on the website.

New Business and Announcements:
• National Estuaries Day at GTMNERR, Sept. 28 from 10 AM- 2 PM.
• Whitney Center for Marine Studies Lecture on “Lionfish: Vibrant, Voracious, and Venomous”, Thursday Sept. 12th at 7:00 PM and Thurs. Sept 19th on “The Search for Jellyfish: Exploration challenges, accidental encounters, and (painful) lessons learned.
Copralite award: Phil Stoffel retains the award.

50/50 Raffle: Not held due to absence of Scott.
Doorprize Drawing: Jim Barnes
Program: Diane Schleissing gave an informative presentation on Horseshoe Crabs.

Meeting adjourned at 8:20 PM.


August 14, 2013

Meeting called to order by President Curtis Siver at 6:30 PM.
Minutes recorded by Diane Schleissing
Guests or new members: No new members or guests.

Reports:
• Treasurer/ Scott Hoffman: The club has $3018.30 in undesignated funds. Budget has not been finalized. Further discussion by Board is pending. Scott brought up the possibility of reducing the budget amount for club social functions (ie. Summer Cookout, Superbowl Party) to $100.00 and increasing the Christmas party up charge for the Joan’s cut to $10.00 which would be equitable to the extra cost for this optional menu item. Discussion of increasing the member cost for the Christmas party followed. Scubanaut apparel is still available for purchase.
• Secretary/ Diane Schleissing: Minutes from the July meeting have been approved and posted on the website.
• Vice President/ Gordy Schleissing: Scubanaut member Nadine Norton will be giving a presentation about genetics and Zebra fish.
• RRT Update/ Phil Harville: New reef of concrete culverts named Floyds Folly has been placed Offshore Jax. Daniel and Vicky notified members of the informational meeting concerning the NE Florida Lionfish Rodeo scheduled for Thurs. August 22nd at JU. It will be a workshop for the capturing, carrying, and handling of Lionfish in preparation for the Offshore Rodeo scheduled Sat. August 24th. A flyer has been circulated. Diane mentioned that GTMNERR has received a grant for studying Lionfish offshore and will forward the e- mail for the contact person to Daniel. The Right Whale Festival is in Nov. and the International Coastal Cleanup is Sept. 14th.
• Website/ Bob Riddle: Website is up to date. Bob requested that members submit photos of the Roatan trip to be posted on the website.
Dive reports:
• Roatan Club Trip: Vicky reported that all aspects of the trip were “wonderful.” She saw 4 octopi and was inked by one. Beth mentioned that CocoView is one of the best organized resorts for diving. Bob described how the resort guests contributed to “goody bags” to be distributed to the local children living along the main waterfront of Roatan. He proposed a future project for the Club to collect items for the children prior to another Roatan trip. Discussion followed about the feasibility of members soliciting donations from health care facilities (ie: dentists, expired medical products) and Vicky has a contact that could transport and distribute these items to Roatan.
• Offshore Jacksonville: Daniel and Denise dove with Diamond Divers. There were 23 people on the boat and 90 tanks for the 4 dives. They dove 4 inshore barges at about 60- 70 ft with 40- 60’ vis. There was a dive group from Carolina and Georgia consisting of brand new inexperienced spearfishermen who apparently shot at anything resembling a fish.
• Canada/ Interkip (?? Sp) Quarry: Crawdaddy reported that there were no seahorses or octopi but numerous wrecks of cars, trucks etc. in a 5 acre lake with a depth of 35- 40 ft. and 71’ water temp.


Trips:
• Offshore Jacksonville trip scheduled for August 24 has been rescheduled to Sept 21st due to a conflict with the boat and the Lionfish Rodeo. There will be 3 tank dives for $100. This does not include tanks, bring your own tanks. Sign up if interested.
• Vicky Tyde is running a trip to West Palm Beach Sept. 14- 15th. There are 10 spots available on Dive a Little Deeper. Dives are $58 pp/ day with a Sat. PM dive and a Sun. AM dive scheduled. Hotel arrangements are up to the individual. There is a possibility of diving Blue Heron Bridge on Friday for divers that go down a day early. See the flyers and signup sheet if interested.
• Beth researched diving in Key West. The boat charter is $1200 for ½ day and can accommodate 12 divers. Let her know if you’re interested.
• Scott suggested an EPCOT or Georgia Aquarium dive.
Old Business:
• Projector has been secured and is on an indefinite loan to the club.

New Business and Announcements: There was no new business.
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Copralite award: Currently held by Phil Stoffel. Barbara Haasis was nominated to be the next recipient for showing up for the meeting last Wed. Curtis made motion to vote that Barbara receive the award which was seconded by Daniel. Majority vote was Nay. Phil retains the award.

50/50 Raffle: $19.00 to Mike Dupes.
Doorprize Drawing: Des Norton: Club t- shirt.
Program: Nadine Norton gave an excellent presentation titled “My Kind of Spearfishing.” She shared the findings of her 2003 human genome project. She talked about a type of heart disease (dilated cardiomyopathy) that runs in families and usually affects people when they hit middle age and how geneticists can use our DNA to identify disease genes allowing early intervention and treatment. She showed us how the Zebrafish (the small freshwater tropical fish often kept in aquariums) played a crucial role in this. We saw movies and pictures of mutant zebrafish which were quite interesting and entertaining.

Meeting adjourned at 8:20 PM.


July 10, 2013

Meeting called to order by President Curtis Siver at 6:30 PM.
Minutes recorded by Diane Schleissing


Guests or new members: No new members. Guest Millie Ganzell was welcomed. She’s been diving since the 80’s. She hasn’t done very much diving for the past few years and wants to get back into it.

Reports:
• Treasurer/ Scott Hoffman: The club has $2918.30 in undesignated funds. Dues are due. $35.00/ Individual, $70.00/ Family, $12.00/ Associate. An e- mail reminder will be sent out next month to previous members that have not paid membership dues. The club’s 501C7 status has been officially reinstated. Refunds for the canceled June Offshore Jax trip are in progress. Payments can also be applied to the August trip. Scubanaut apparel is still available for purchase.
• Secretary/ Diane Schleissing: Minutes from the June meeting were recorded by Frances Siver in the absence of Diane. They will be made available for review, approval and posting on the website.
• Vice President/ Gordy Schleissing: The scheduled speaker from Shark Savers cancelled. Gordy suggested that club members that have traveled to interesting places bring about 20 photos from their favorite trip to share with the club as a possible program.
• RRT Update/ Phil Harville: New officers were elected. The RRT meeting is next Wed. The RRT training program has been postponed.
• Website/ Bob Riddle: Website is status quo. Bob requested that members submit new photos to update the photo gallery.
Dive reports:
• Daniel Hughes dove Offshore Jax with Steve Parks. They went to the ledge at AH. There were 4- 6 ft seas but visibility was great. You could see all the way to the barge from the surface. Daniel destroyed 8- 10 Lionfish.
• Daniel also did a night dive with the trainer for the RRT at the Blue Heron Bridge in West Palm Beach. They did 2 days of boat diving and had a turtle research scientist onboard who was evaluating and tagging Hawksbill turtles. They saw a 9 ft Nurse Shark.
• David Dempsey, our renown world traveler, reported on his March- April dive trip to Bali and the Maluku Islands/ Indonesia. He added a leafy scorpionfish and several species of frogfish to his list of “must sees.” He dove with Ned and Anna DeLoach who discovered a new fish species. Memombay (spelling?) one of the original Spice Islands bay was “yucky.” He saw giant mantas, the destructive dynamite fishing off of Samba and weed eaters with props that were used as tugboats.
Trips:
• Coco View : Group leaves Sat.
• Offshore Jacksonville trip scheduled for August 24th. They will be 3 tank dives for $100. This does not include tanks, bring your own tanks. Sign up if interested.
• Vicky Tyde is running a trip to West Palm Beach Sept. 14- 15th. There are 10 spots available on Dive a Little Deeper. Dives are $58 pp/ day and you have to book your own hotel. See the flyers and signup sheet if interested.
• Curtis’ research for a Florida Middle Grounds trip has been unsuccessful.
• Diane will look into a possible Ginnie Springs Sante Fe River float trip for October.
Old Business:
• Projector: Diane and Gordy’s son can possibly secure a projector from his workplace and will look into a donation to the club.
• Budget issues are pending and still under review by the officers. Discussion was tabled until the August meeting.

Copralite award: Currently held by Phil Stoffel. She stated that there’s “new doo on the doo.” The Roatan group claims that what happens in Roatan stays in Roatan?

New Business and Announcements:
• David Dempsey is researching a live aboard trip to the Bahamas on the Aggressor fleet’s Caribe Dancer. It won’t be a club trip but members are invited.

50/50 Raffle: $19.00 to David Dempsey.
Doorprize Drawing: Michelle Bennett: Gift certificate for Athens Restaurant.
Program: There was no speaker.
Meeting adjourned at 7:30PM.


June 12, 2013

Call to order by: President Curtis Siver at 6:30 PM.
Minutes recorded by Frances Siver
Guests or new members: There were no guests present. There were no new members to vote in.

Reports:
• Treasurer/ Scott Hoffman: An overview or 2012 was given with the largest expenses being the Christmas Party, Summer Cookouts and Super Bowl Party. There was a net a small loss in 2012. There was acknowledgement from the IRS about their reviewing the 501c7 application.
• Secretary/ Diane Schleissing: There were no minutes to review do to the Secretary not being present.
• Vice President/ Gordy Schleissing: Absent
• RRT Update/ Phil Harville: Elections were held in the month of May. Additionally, new material was place offshore Jax.
• Website/ Bob Riddle: It was highlighted that all known minutes have been updated on the website; however, it was noted a few months were missing.
Dive reports:
• The Siver’s went to Looe Key at the end of May. While there they did not see any Lion fish, however, they did see reef sharks, tarpon, a turtle and a large school of blue tangs. They feel the key is always a delight anytime you are in the Florida Keys.
• Joan / Michelle went diving in West Palm Beach. The got to experience a nice current, but got to see a number of wrecks.
Trips:
• Roatan/ July 13- 20, 2013. All should be paid up and ready to go.
• Offshore Jax on the Diamond Diver, June 22, 2013 for a three tank dive. You have to bring your own tanks for this trip.
• Offshore Jax on the Diamond Diver, August 24 2013 for a three tank dive. You have to bring your own tanks for this trip.

New Business and Announcements:
• Vicky to look into setting up a trip to West Palm Beach
• Curtis to look into a trip to the Florida Middle Grounds
• The Christmas Party is scheduled for Friday, December 6, 2013 at Clarks Fish Camp.

Old Business:
• There was no update on the purchase of a projector

Copralite award: Currently held by Phil for bumping Kayak into piling causing her to lose her paddle.

50/50 Raffle: Bill won the raffle
Door prize Drawing: Bob Riddle won the door prize
Program: There was no program.
Meeting adjourned at 7:30 PM.


May 8, 2013

Call to order by: Meeting called to order by President Curtis Siver at 6:30 PM.
Minutes recorded by Diane Schleissing
Guests or new members: No new members or guests.

Reports:
• Treasurer/ Scott Hoffman: The club has $2150.94 in undesignated funds. Dues are due at the June meeting. $35.00/ Individual, $70.00/ Family, $12.00/ Associate.
• Secretary/ Diane Schleissing: Minutes from the April meeting have been approved and are available for review and posting on the website.
• Vice President/ Gordy Schleissing: There is no speaker scheduled for the meeting. A volunteer from Shark Savers is a possible speaker for the June meeting.
• RRT Update/ Phil Harville: Earth Day at Jacksonville Landing was rained out and held at an alternate site. The kids really enjoyed the donated sharks teeth and a local school has asked for additional sharks teeth for their students. The RRT meeting is next Wed. at Divers Supply. Elections of new officers will take place.
• Website/ Bob Riddle: Website is status quo.
Dive reports:
• Crawdaddy made his 80’ birthday dive at Key Largo on Deep Ball. Conditions for the AM dive were perfect. Slate also made the dive in order to pose for a birthday photo. The 2nd dive was at the City of Washington and the weather turned “crappy” for the rest of the trip.
• Vicky, Joan, and Michelle dove West Palm Beach with Little Deeper and Skinny Divers. Weather was bad but they saw 5 turtles, free swimming Goliath Grouper and Moray eels (Vicky didn’t have her camera). They saw no Lionfish and said that one boat had collected 500 Lionfish in one day on a previous roundup. There was good visibility and a slight current. They made the last drift dive without a divemaster/ float.
• Phil and Rusty attempted to dive the springs but the water was too high. They dove the pool at Sea Hunt to check out their gear for CoCoView.
• Daniel interacted with a turtle for most of the City of Washington dive at the Keys.

• Trips:
• Coco View : Nica and Scott are in the process of making the final payment.
• Daniel and Denise are going to WPB to dive the Blue Heron Bridge. Daniel suggested checking Sea Tow for tide charts and weather conditions prior to making the dive.
• Offshore Jacksonville trips are scheduled for June 22nd and August 24th. They will be 3 tank dives for $100. This does not include tanks, bring your own tanks. Sign up if interested.
• Curtis is going to Sugar Loaf Key. See Curtis if interested in joining him and Frances.
• Diane is running another kayak trip with Ripple Effects on May 18th. Due to the tides, it’s scheduled for 3:30 at Marineland Marina. The trip is full and details will be e- mailed to the group next week.

Old Business:
• Scott : Still waiting to hear from IRS re: 501C7 status.

Copralite award: Currently held by Bob Riddle. Warning to the Roatan group: “Be careful.”

• New Business and Announcements:
• Get Well card for David Dempsey
• Peggy Barnes announced that the Christmas Party will be Friday, December 6th at Clark’s Fish Camp and will confirm the reservation when Clarks reopens.
• Floor was opened for nominations for officers with a vote to postpone elections until June. Current officers were nominated for the same positions. There were no other nominations and there was a unanimous vote to retain the current officers for the next year.
President: Curtis Siver
Vice President: Gordy Schleissing
Treasurer: Scott Hoffman
Secretary: Diane Schleissing
Nica McAnany volunteered to continue publishing the Newsletter. Bob Riddle agreed to continue as Webmaster but would be willing to turn it over to anyone who was interested.
• There was a proposal for the Club to purchase its own projector due to potential problems from utilizing borrowed projectors. Discussion by the membership followed. A committee of Daniel Hughes and Mike Dupes will research the cost and report their findings at the next meeting.
• Scott Hoffman suggested using Twitter for Club party and activity notifications. The general consensus was that most of the members did not utilize this social media. Rob Hagan suggested utilizing Google Groups.

50/50 Raffle: $18.00 to Barbara Haasis
Doorprize Drawing: Lynda Dupes: Gift certificate for Athens Restaurant.
Program: There was no scheduled speaker.
Meeting adjourned at 7:25 PM.


April 10, 2013

Call to order by: President Curtis Siver absent. Meeting called to order by Vice President Gordy Schleissing at 6:30 PM.
Minutes recorded by Diane Schleissing
Guests or new members: Past member Mike Barnes and Dan Schultz were welcomed as guests.

Reports:
• Treasurer/ Scott Hoffman reported that the club has $2166.90 in undesignated funds. There was a cost of $150 to the State of Florida. Still waiting to hear back from the IRS concerning our 501C7 status. The fiscal year is coming to an end and dues are due in June.
• Secretary/ Diane Schleissing: Minutes from the March meeting have been approved and are available for review and posting on the website.
• Vice President/ Gordy Schleissing: Announced that the speaker for the meeting will be Cat Lippi.
• RRT Update/ Phil Harville: There were 48 volunteers for the St. John’s River Clean up on Sat. March 17th at the Helen Cooper Floyd park. The meeting is next Wed. at the Pablo Creek library. Earth day is April 20th. Posters for the Right Whale Festival can be submitted. Crawdaddy nominated the RRT for Channel 4/ Sam Kouvaris Team of the Week.
• Website/ Bob Riddle was absent.
Dive reports:
• Crawdaddy attempted to dive the springs but they were closed due to the high water level of the Suwanee River.
Trips:
• Coco View : Final payment is due.
• Curtis is researching Offshore Jax. trips and will have information at the May meeting.
• Diane is running another kayak trip with Ripple Effects on May 18th. Due to the tides, it’s scheduled for 3:30 at the westside of Marineland and the cost is $45 per person. Trip can only accommodate 12 “yakers” and is almost full.

New Business and Announcements:

• Peggy Barnes announced that the Christmas Party will be Friday, December 6th at Clark’s Fish Camp.
• Crawdaddy invited any interested members to the Canadian Dive Club trip to Tobra Morre on the St. Lawrence Seaway. Dive sites are old wooden sailing ships and the water will probably be a little chilly.

Old Business:
• Scott Hoffman received a letter of receipt from the IRS for the 501C7 reinstatement. .

Copralite award: Currently held by Bob Riddle. Warning to the Roatan group: “Be careful.”

50/50 Raffle: $11.00 to Barbara Haasis
Doorprize Drawing: Gabe Harville won the doorprize and opted for a Scubanaut cap.
Program: Speaker: Cat Lippi gave an excellent presentation on the invasive sp. of Florida with a focus on the Burmese Python.
Meeting adjourned at 7:50 PM


March 12, 2013

Call to order by: President Curtis Siver at 6:30 PM.
Minutes recorded by Diane Schleissing
Guests or new members: Eric McAnany (past member) was welcomed as a guest. He’s known by most members and has been diving since 2001.

Reports:
• Treasurer/ Scott Hoffman reported that the club has $2302.90 in undesignated funds. The final payment for the Roatan trip is due by the April meeting. There was a $200.00 advance for parties and photo contest prizes.
• Secretary/ Diane Schleissing: Absent for the Feb. meeting. Minutes were recorded by Nica McAnany and will be transcribed, approved, and posted on the website.
• Vice President/ Gordy Schleissing: Announced that the speaker for the meeting was delayed and members present elected to cancel and reschedule.
• RRT Update/ Phil Harville: The St. John’s River Clean up is scheduled for Sat. March 16th from 8- 11AM at the Helen Cooper Floyd park. The meeting is next Wed. at the Library. Daniel Hughes indicated that there is a grant proposal in progress to monitor 2 sites offshore Jax. east of EEF. The speaker from the last meeting was from Shark Savers. The tagging of the Great White shark offshore Jax. was noted.
• Website/ Bob Riddle was absent.
Dive reports:
• Crawdaddy gave a report on Catfish Hole located in the Crystal River area. His advice on the site was “Don’t go!”
• Daniel Hughes gave a report on 2 snorkel trips to Crystal River. The first was in Feb. and the air temp. was 34’. Lots of manatees were observed in the reserve and there was very little activity. There were more than 130 manatees “stacked like cord wood” in the Sisters springs area on his return trip last week. He observed nursing babies, eating, playing, and lots of interaction with the manatees.
Trips:
• Coco View is an official Reef field station and will be sponsoring Fish ID and counting activities during the Roatan trip.
• Curtis is researching Offshore Jax. trips and will have information at the April meeting.
• Diane is running another kayak trip with Ripple Effects in May. Members will be notified of the details before the April meeting.

New Business and Announcements:

• Phil Harville informed the club that there will be a NE Florida Lionfish blast. Registration is $40.00 and information can be found on the RRT facebook page.
• First Coast Divers is running a Fossil Hunt trip in Venice with a specialty certification for $99.00
• Scott Hoffman has 2 Nitrox tanks for sale.

Old Business:
• Scott Hoffman received a letter of receipt from the IRS for the 501C7 reinstatement. Filing for the state is due next month.

Copralite award: Currently held by Bob Riddle. Warning to the Roatan group: “Be careful.”

50/50 Raffle: $14.00 to Des Norton
Doorprize Drawing: Des Norton also won the doorprize and opted for a Scubanaut shirt.
Program: Speaker: Cancelled and will reschedule.
Meeting adjourned at 7:15 PM.


December 7th, 2012


As customary, we hold our annual Scubanauts Christmas Party each December in lieu of having a formal meeting that month. So there are no minutes for a meeting for this month.


October 10, 2012

Call to order by: Vice President Gordy Schleissing at 6:30 PM.
Minutes recorded by Diane Schleissing
Guests or new members: Guests were welcomed:
Mike Moore- New diver
Kim Walker- Certified diver since age 13. Likes the springs.

Reports:
• Treasurer/ Scott Hoffman: Club currently has $3295.88 in funds. Only 2 prior members have not renewed membership. The paperwork for 501C7 reinstatement is in process.
• Secretary/ Diane Schleissing: September minutes have been approved by the officers. Minutes are available for review and will be posted on the website.
• Vice President/ Gordy Schleissing: Announced that Bonnie Barnes is the scheduled speaker for the meeting.
• RRT Update/ Phil Harville: Adopt-a-Highway has been completed and grand totals for the last 4 years and 15 pick- ups are being tallied. The RRT meeting is next Wed. Place TBA since the library is no longer available. Students completed their expedition.
Denise informed the club of the Right Whale Festival in Jax. Beach on Nov. 17th. The RRT has a booth and will be offering a shark ID children’s activity compiled by Beth Strawbridge and Phil Stoffel as part of their master naturalist course.
• Website/ Bob Riddle: E- mail any needed revisions via the Scubanaut website. CSS rewrite is in progress.
Dive reports: No “official” dive reports except for Nica’s dive in the pool. Weather has prohibited Offshore Jax. diving but current reports state that visibility is improving.
Trips:
• Roatan/ July 13- 20, 2013. Airfare has dropped to $525 pp. The resort is full. There are 5 cabanas and 3 beach houses currently reserved but additional changes may occur closer to the date. Contact trip leader, Nica McAnany.
• Offhore Jax/ October 20th with Diamond Divers. Bob Riddle will be the trip leader but contact Nica if interested. Flyers and sign- up sheet on the back table. An $80 special for a 3 tank dive may be available.
• Nica shared information from Creekside (formerly Tropic Vista) in Islamarada, Key Largo. The facility has been fully renovated and is offering great diver rates.

New Business and Announcements:
• Peggy Barnes: Christmas Party is Dec. 7th at Clarks Fish Camp beginning at 6:00 PM. There will be a gift exchange and doorprizes. Cost is $20 for members, $27 for guests, and a $5 up charge for Joan’s cut. Scott is currently accepting payments and there is a signup sheet.
• Diane Schleissing: Crawdaddy’s 80th birthday is April 17th. Save the date. There will probably be a birthday party the Sat. prior and a birthday dive to 80 ft. in the Keys on April 17th.

Old Business:
Photo contest: Deadline for photos is the end of Dec. Participants are allowed 5 entries
per category in digital format. All entries must be taken from 1/1/2011 to 12/31/2012. Above water must be from a club event. Any underwater dive photo is eligible. Rules are posted on the website. Mike Dupes is the coordinator.

Copralite award: Currently held by Bob Riddle.

50/50 Raffle: $18.00 to Rusty Thomas
Doorprize Drawing: Gift certificate to Athens café won by Vicky Tyde
Program: Speaker: Bonnie Barnes: Executive Director of North Florida Land Trust and former Scubanaut and RRT member gave a very interesting and informative talk on what the NF land trust is and what they do.
Meeting adjourned at 7:30 PM.


September 14, 2012


Call to order by: President Curtis Siver at 6:30 PM.
Minutes recorded by Diane Schleissing
Guests or new members: No guests.
New member: Nadine Norton was unanimously voted in as a new member.

Reports:
• Treasurer/ Scott Hoffman: Dues are being paid. Scott has followed up with inquiries to those past members that have not paid this year’s dues. He will send an updated treasurer’s report after he’s accounted for the money that was collected at the meeting.
• Secretary/ Diane Schleissing: August minutes have been approved by the officers. Minutes are available for review and will be posted on the website.
• Vice President/ Gordy Schleissing: Announced that Nancy Montes is the scheduled speaker for the meeting.
• RRT Update/ Phil Harville: The RRT meeting is next Wed. at the Southside library at 6:30PM. Adopt-a-Highway has been completed. Sept. 15th is the International Coastal Clean- up. The RRT will be participating at the Helen Cooper Floyd park. The Right Whale Festival is scheduled for November 17th at Jacksonville Beach.
• Website/ Bob Riddle: No updates.
Dive reports:
• Scott Hoffman reported on the Offshore Jax dive on Sept. 8th. He referred to Offshore Jax diving as “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” He and his buddy, new member Nadine, got lost due to the poor visibility which was about 20- 25 ft. at the Press Boxes with a water temperature of 75’. Bob Riddle stated that the second Offshore Jax dive site only had 10- 12 ft. of visibility. Melissa Siver shot 2 flounder, Nadine enjoyed the Press Boxes, and Nica said “the current was ripping at the Y ledge.”
• Nica gave a current report from Venice shark teeth diving: The other dive operation is marking new sites and finding numerous teeth.
• Pompano dive trip scheduled for Labor Day week end was cancelled. Conditions may have been marginal due to storms.
• David Dempsey reported on his diving off the island of Komodo. He saw a Blue Ringed Octopus, >30 giant manta rays, a Mandarin fish, Mushroom Coral pipefish and many types of Scorpionfish. He also stated that Cathay Pacific Airlines will no longer ship sharks fins.
• Daniel Hughes: RRT 2012 Class Expedition went to Fort Lauderdale. They dove with Sea Experience and completed 4 dives in one day. The first was a 75’ dive on a wreck with 60 ft. visibility and a mild current at the bottom which became 4 knots at 15’ to the surface. The second was on Willy’s Ledge. The condition of the ledge was poor but they managed to count >50 species of fish. They experienced poor visibility and a strong current on the third and fourth dives. He also reported that Offshore Jax was “cold and dark” but he did interact with and get some great photos of a turtle that followed him during the dive.


Trips:
• Roatan/ July 13- 20, 2013. Airfare has dropped to $579 pp. There are 14 people signed up for the trip and they were encouraged to make their plane reservations as soon as possible. Contact trip leader, Nica McAnany.
• Offhore Jax/ October 20th with Diamond Divers. $100 pp does not include tanks. Bob Riddle will run the trip. Flyers and sign- up sheet on the back table.
• Nica had information from Creekside (formerly Tropic Vista) in Islamarada, Key Largo. The facility has been fully renovated and is offering great diver rates.

New Business and Announcements: Reminder of the upcoming photo contest and Christmas Party.

Old Business: Scott Hoffman has received the information from the IRS concerning the club’s 501C7 status. A new application packet and fee of $150- $200 needs to be submitted by the end of the year. He needs information concerning the Scubanaut/ RRT split.

Copralite award: Currently held by Bob Riddle. Nica was nominated but forgetting her booties and wearing Curtis’ socks was not sufficient to warrant the Copralite award.

50/50 Raffle: $15.00 to Diane Schleissing.
Doorprize Drawing: Phil Stoffel
Program: Speaker: Nancy Montes gave an excellent presentation on her UF PhD grant project: Spatial and Seasonal distribution of marine recreational boaters in northeast Florida and its implications for the North Atlantic right whale.
Meeting adjourned.


August 8, 2012


Call to order by: President Curtis Siver at 6:30 PM.
Minutes recorded by Diane Schleissing
Guests or new members: 3 guests were welcomed.
Jeanne Laxton: Michelle’s sister recently moved here and ready to get back into diving.
Des Norton: Non diver but drives the boat.
Nadine Norton: Diving for 2 yrs. in Miami, Fl. Keys, and Bonaire.
Reports:
• Treasurer/ Scott Hoffman: Total funds of $2900.73. Dues are past due. Pay Pal is not an option at this point in time. The club did not receive notice from the IRS in 2010 to re- file for the 501C7 status. Consequently the club’s 501C7 status was dropped by the IRS. Scott will follow up.
• Secretary/ Diane Schleissing: July minutes are available for review and will be posted on the website.
• Vice President/ Gordy Schleissing: Announced that Frances Siver is the speaker for tonight. Nancy Montes is scheduled to speak about her PhD Right Whale Project at the September meeting. Bonnie Barnes is tentatively scheduled to speak about the Florida Land Trust at the October meeting.
• RRT Update/ Phil Harville: The RRT meeting is next Wed. at the Southside library at 6:30PM. Adopt-a-Highway is Sat. August 11 at Little Talbot Island. Sept. 15th is the International Coastal Clean- up. The RRT will be participating at the Helen Cooper Floyd park. There are currently no students registered.
• Website/ Bob Riddle: June and July minutes will be posted on the website as soon as they are submitted by the secretary.

Dive reports:
• Bob Riddle reported on the Offshore Jax dives. The only complaint was that “there were too many fish.” He and Nica gigged enough flounder for 14 lbs of fillets.
• Bob Riddle: Very few fish noted on Molasses Reef in the Fl. Keys. Large school of Midnight blue Parrotfish with Black Grouper in their midst. There was a heavy current and low visibility on the Spiegal Grove. The Keys have gotten very expensive.Tropic Vista will be offering “diver friendly rates.”
• Tony Flaris: Australia diving on the “Spirit of Freedom.” 75’ water temp. and great diving.
• Daniel Hughes: 7’ Goliath grouper, Nurse sharks, and rays all spotted together on Offshore Jax dive.

Trips:
• Roatan/ July 13- 20, 2013. $1250pp plus air. Contact trip leader, Nica McAnany
• Offhore Jax/ Sept 8 with Diamond Divers. $100 pp does not include tanks. $50 deposit
needed. Contact trip leader, Nica McAnany.
• Jupiter/ Sept. 1-2 with Jupiter Dive Center. $473pp. 60- 80’ dives. Contact Tony Flaris as
soon as possible if interested.
• First Coast Divers is offering a Venice sharks tooth dive.
• Bonaire/ week before Christmas. Contact Tony Flaris.

New Business and Announcements: None

Old Business: Rusty’s birthday.

Copralite award: Currently held by Bob Riddle. No nominations.

50/50 Raffle: $15.00 to Crawdaddy.
Doorprize Drawing: Denise Hughes/ club shirt
Program: Speaker: Frances Siver spoke about Vitamin D- Why should you care?
Meeting adjourned.


July 11, 2012


Call to order by: President Curtis Siver at 6:30 PM.
Minutes recorded by Diane Schleissing
Guests or new members: No new guests or new members
Reports:
• Treasurer/ Scott Hoffman: Total funds of $3005.49, $200.00 designated for trips, balance of $2805.49 in undesignated funds which do not include the expenses for the cookout. Dues are due. He’s working on setting up PayPal so members should continue pym’t directly to him at this point in time. Scott made a recommendation that the budget for parties be increased from $100.00 back to the previous am’t of $150.00 since club members were personally subsidizing some of the expense. Deposits are due for the Offshore Jax and Roatan trips.
• Secretary/ Diane Schleissing: Minutes from last months’ meeting were recorded by Nica McAnany and were submitted to Diane for transcription. Nica apologized because the July newsletter was delayed.
• Vice President/ Gordy Schleissing: Due to communication issues he was unable to have a projector available for scheduled speaker, Frances Siver. Issues have been resolved and Frances has rescheduled for August. Nancy Montes is tentatively scheduled to speak about her PhD Right Whale Project at the September meeting.
• RRT Update/ Phil Harville: The RRT meeting is next Wed. at the Southside library at 6:30PM. All the Jax Spots books have been sold and the team is waiting for funding to verify the existing surveys and publish an updated book. Adopt-a-Highway is August 11. A digital photo course is available, check with Phil if interested. Photos of offshore St. Augustine dives from this past week end are available via Phil.
• Website/ Bob Riddle: Website is up to date except for June minutes. Curtis indicated that there may be an issue with the link to the newsletter. Bob will investigate.
Dive reports:
• Vicky Tyde: Pompano Beach trip from this past week end. Lots of fish and eels. They made a “wreck treck” and dove 3 wrecks in one dive.
• Daniel Hughes: Riviera Beach night dive under the bridge, two frogfish “getting ready to mate.” Dove West Palm Beach next day- no current, 9 turtles, nurse sharks, and Goliath grouper
• Bob Riddle commented on 35 divers on the Pompano Beach dive boat. Tony can arrange for a 6 pak boat at $125 pp.
• Peggy Barnes commented on the Marineland report of Lionfish 10 miles up the Oklahachee River.
• Crawdaddy: Innerskip Quarry/ 3 hrs west of Toronto, Canada. Site is 300X100 yards with numerous submerged cars, buses, airplanes, and boats. Water temp. 64’. Also dove the JC Morrison paddlewheel wreck in Lake Simcoe (3 hrs east Toronto, Canada). Water temp 59-60’
• Phil Harville: Went on checkout dive for grandsons. Blue Grotto (only 85 ft./water level “down”) and Rainbow Springs.
• Pam Kurtz: Visited the Ga. Aquarium. She observed the feeding of the 2 whale sharks and the Las Vegas style Dolphin Show.
• Tony Flares reported that the springs were “flooded.” Water levels are extremely high (Ginnie Springs had 6- 8 ft. of water in the bathrooms.)

Curtis Siver: Beach Party/ Cookout was a big success. A good time was had by all. Nica claimed the pants she went home without.

Trips: Roatan/ July 13- 20, 2013. $1251pp plus air. Contact trip leader, Nica McAnany.
Offshore Jax/ July 28. 11 signed up. Club has whole boat. Contact trip leader, Nica
McAnany, for information. Bob Riddle commented on the reports of dead groupers seen
on the bottom of several wrecks Offshore Jax.
Tony Flares will look into setting up a trip to Jupiter over Labor Day week end.

New Business and Announcements:
Vicky Tyde made a motion to increase the party budget to $150 which was seconded and passed with an unanimous vote.
The officers will look into purchasing a projector for the club and possibly include it in next years’ budget.

Old Business: Pam announced Vicky (biggest) and Nica (most variety) as shark teeth dive “winners.” Vicky declined her award and passed it to Pam.

Copralite award: Bob Riddle was nominated by Tony Flares because of his late night phone call and “napkin message under the door” to determine what time the afternoon dive was followed by Bob not being able to view Tony’s text response on his new phone.
Bob Riddle nominated Peggy Barnes for completely unscrewing the regulator yoke screw from her antiquated regulator and letting it go overboard and sinking down to the bottom. One of the crew miraculously retrieved it so that she was able to make her dives.
The nominations were put to vote by the members: Bob- 11, Peggy- 9.
Bob Riddle was awarded the Copralite award.

50/50 Raffle: Phil Stoffel
Doorprize Drawing: Sharon Harville (Gift Certificate to Athen’s)
Program: Speaker: Frances Siver rescheduled for August
Meeting adjourned.


June 13, 2012


Call to order by: President Curtis Siver at 6:30 PM.
Minutes recorded by Nica McAnany/ transcribed by Diane Schleissing
Guests or new members: No new guests or new members
Reports:
• Treasurer- End of fiscal year with undesignated funds of $2449.10/ $77.24 petty cash. Venice trip was underpriced: pay Pam the difference.
• Secretary- Minutes from last months meeting were recorded.
• Vice President- Absent. Speaker for July: Frances Siver, August: Whales/ Boats
• RRT Update- Phil Harville reported that the RRT meeting was moved back to the library, available to rent for club functions.
• Website- Bob Riddle: Requested additional pictures
Dive Reports:
Michelle reported that the sharks tooth dive in Venice was “not good.” Bring teeth to next meeting for judging.
Daniel and Denise went to West Palm Beach and made a night with Force E under the
Blue Heron bridge
David Dempsey dove the Japanese and American wrecks off the Solomon Islands. He
was not impressed with the dive operation.

Trips: Pompano Beach Trip/ July 7-8. Contact trip leader, Tony Flares, for details.
Roatan/ July 2013. Sign up sheet. Contact trip leader, Nica McAnany, for information.
Offshore Jax/ July 28. Sign up sheet. Contact trip leader, Nica McAnany, for information.

New Business and Announcements:
Christmas Party has been reserved at Clarks Fish Camp for Dec. 7th. Starts at 6:00PM.
Clam Roast benefitting the Sea Turtles/ Sat. 1PM at Crescent Beach. $15.00 pp/ contact Peggy Barnes

Old Business:
Beach Party: June 30th at Windjammer Condos/ Crescent Beach. Information will be e- mailed to members.

Copralite award: continues to be held by Melissa Siver

50/50 Raffle: Lynda Dupes ($17.00)
Doorprize Drawing: N/A, no name tags
Program: Speaker: Daniel Hughes gave a Mini Fish ID course.
Meeting adjourned.


August 10, 2011


Meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by President Diane Schleissing

No new members

1 guest - Mike Barnes from the RRT

Treasurer's report - Undesignated funds are $2763.75, dues were due in June, Shirts and caps are available and we are only $17 away from breaking even on the merchandise purchase price

Secretary's report - Get well soon card for Peggy Barnes was passed around for everyone to sign, minutes are available on line as well as a copy at the meeting

Vice President's report - We will have Maya return as a speaker in October with the topic of seabeans, September and November are open for speakers. Mike mentioned and then passed around an interest sheet for a Scubanauts cooking demo by Richard Nunn, held at Publix for next year.

RRT - Phil Harville talked about the Hwy cleanup on Saturday 20th. Next RRT meeting is Weds 8/17 at the gate parkway library, speaker will be Maya and topic will be lionfish. Mike Barnes spoke about the 25 anniversary of the RRT. There will be a function consisting of diving on Saturday 10/8/11 and a party on Sunday 10/9/2011 at Whitey's fish camp. The diving will partly be to search for deceased member Jim Powell's reefball.

Who's been diving?
1) Crawdaddy and Dana went diving in North Carolina with their Canadian friends and then also dove in Canada.
2) Leigh talked about diving in several cave dives and her first scooter cave dive with 180 lbs of gear

Trips:
1) Nica McAnany talked about Offshore Jax club dive for Saturday August 13th, 7 club members are signed up
2) Leigh gave info on Tony Flaris's Labor day Pompano Beach dive trip, leaving Friday September 7th and returning Sunday September 9th.
3) Nica talked about Sept 17th Offshore Jax club dive , currently 6 members signed up
4) We had a group discussion about trips for next year. Pam Kurtz has agreed to run the Memorial Day Shark Tooth dive trip. Nica presented some information about airfare rates for overseas trips and also the option of not having an expensive trip for next year. The club decided in general to not have a big club trip and members seemed agreeable to having several shorter trips to Pompano and also the keys. Nica offered to assist anyone that wants to run a trip, Diane also offered assistance. Nica mentioned perhaps coordinating the diving in the keys with one of the food/wine festivals for those members that are infrequent divers so everyone would have activities to do.
5) at the end of the meeting, Michelle Bennett brought flyers in for her Annual Mother's day cruise for next May. She does the shark dive with Stuart Cove at a price of ~$135, guys and couples are welcomed

Parties:
1) Christmas party - Peggy Barnes has booked Clark's Fish Camp on December 9th for our annual X-mas party. We have been assured of the rigth room this time and also 2 of their better wait staff
2) Diane stated that the August 27th Scubanaut Birthday party/cookout/beach party would be postponed. A date will be chosen soon and announced to the membership

Copralite award - Phyl Stoeffel has it, she recapped the offense - doing a giant stride in Roatan without her mask on. Nica spoke about Rusty Thomas's email list that was hacked, sending us all requests for funds to be mailed to England. Members decided it wasn't good enough to submit.

New Business - Phil Harville modeled his Shark Tooth necklace that Curtis Siver made him. We oohh and aw'd!


50/50 Raffle - Vicky Tyde won $14

Drawing - Daniel Hughes won a gift card

Diane Schleissing pronounced the meeting as closed


July 13, 2011

• Meeting was called to order by VP Mike Dupes, standing in for Diane, 6:30pm at Athen’s Café
• Mike thanked Vicky Tyde for her time on the board and welcomed Nica McAnany as a new board member
• Mike introduced the new board member
• Guest – Jenny Lyons
• New members – None
• Treasurer’s report – Lynda Dupes - Dues are now past due, undesignated funds $2147.00
• Secretary’s report – Nica McAnany - we had a meeting in June, minutes on the website
• Vice President’s report – Mike Dupes is working on numerous future programs and speakers, no specific details
• Dive reports – several were given
o Vicky Tyde gave the Roatan report, less than optimum weather conditions, but a great time was had by all. Bob added info regarding 6 divers taking photo classes and everyone working with their white balance slates, Mike chipped in that he expects numerous entries for the photo contest
o Casey Padgett – Pompano – he did 8 dives, shot 13 lion fish, 1 stung him, he stated the pain was worse than getting tattoo’s
o Tony Flaris – cave diving in Manatee Springs
o Daniel Hughes – on 6/27 dove with TISIRI on a pre-deployment dive 18 miles offshore Jax, Viz ~30’, water temp 71 degrees
o Dave gave a belated dive report for May – Cocos Island, tons of sharks, Manta rays, 50+ octopus’s, temp in the 80’s, very rainy, tiger shark and humongous whale shark
• Website – Bob Riddle is looking for a new ISP. Tony offered to help any members upgrade their internet explorer version to current
• Trips:
o Nica McAnany - Offshore Jax August 13th and 9/17th $100 3 tank dive
o Tony Flaris – putting together Pompano dive trip for labor day weekend, info to be sent out via email within the next week
o Casey Padgett mentioned a dive charter 6 pack in southern Georgia and that lobster season in Georgia is year round!
• Old Business – none
• New Business/Announcements – Summer beach party 8/27 club providing burgers/dogs, bring a covered dish and byob
• Copralite award – Bob Riddle gave the plaque to Melissa Siver, who was the current recipient. The following nominations were carefully considered by our members:
o Rusty Thomas AND Phyllis Stoeffel – a joint nomination for sleeping through the alarm which caused Beth and John to have to catch a cab, and they boarded the plane with only 30 seconds to spare
o Phyl for doing a Giant Stride in the water without a mask on
o Rusty for head butting some fire coral
o Casey Padgett for getting stung by a lion fish, standing on the bottom and continuing diving for another 30 minutes before getting on the boat
o AND, the winner is…… Phyllis Stoeffel for diving without her mask!! Phyl stated that she was going to “spruce” up the copralite and make it golden again!
• Tony Flaris – made a statement regarding state park funding issues and that the parks are in danger
• RRT Update – Dan Hughes/Phil Harville – meeting scheduled for 7/20, this month is the Great Annual Fish Count, www.reef.org
• 50/50 Raffle winner – Vicky Tyde $17
• Door prize winner – Casey Padgett won his choice of Scubanaut apparel and chose a t-shirt
• Speaker – None
• Meeting adjourned at 7:32 p.m.


July 11, 2012

Call to order by: President Curtis Siver at 6:30 PM.
Minutes recorded by Diane Schleissing
Guests or new members: No new guests or new members
Reports:
• Treasurer/ Scott Hoffman: Total funds of $3005.49, $200.00 designated for trips, balance of $2805.49 in undesignated funds which do not include the expenses for the cookout. Dues are due. He’s working on setting up PayPal so members should continue pym’t directly to him at this point in time. Scott made a recommendation that the budget for parties be increased from $100.00 back to the previous am’t of $150.00 since club members were personally subsidizing some of the expense. Deposits are due for the Offshore Jax and Roatan trips.
• Secretary/ Diane Schleissing: Minutes from last months’ meeting were recorded by Nica McAnany and were submitted to Diane for transcription. Nica apologized because the July newsletter was delayed.
• Vice President/ Gordy Schleissing: Due to communication issues he was unable to have a projector available for scheduled speaker, Frances Siver. Issues have been resolved and Frances has rescheduled for August. Nancy Montes is tentatively scheduled to speak about her PhD Right Whale Project at the September meeting.
• RRT Update/ Phil Harville: The RRT meeting is next Wed. at the Southside library at 6:30PM. All the Jax Spots books have been sold and the team is waiting for funding to verify the existing surveys and publish an updated book. Adopt-a-Highway is August 11. A digital photo course is available, check with Phil if interested. Photos of offshore St. Augustine dives from this past week end are available via Phil.
• Website/ Bob Riddle: Website is up to date except for June minutes. Curtis indicated that there may be an issue with the link to the newsletter. Bob will investigate.
Dive reports:
• Vicky Tyde: Pompano Beach trip from this past week end. Lots of fish and eels. They made a “wreck treck” and dove 3 wrecks in one dive.
• Daniel Hughes: Riviera Beach night dive under the bridge, two frogfish “getting ready to mate.” Dove West Palm Beach next day- no current, 9 turtles, nurse sharks, and Goliath grouper
• Bob Riddle commented on 35 divers on the Pompano Beach dive boat. Tony can arrange for a 6 pak boat at $125 pp.
• Peggy Barnes commented on the Marineland report of Lionfish 10 miles up the Oklahachee River.
• Crawdaddy: Innerskip Quarry/ 3 hrs west of Toronto, Canada. Site is 300X100 yards with numerous submerged cars, buses, airplanes, and boats. Water temp. 64’. Also dove the JC Morrison paddlewheel wreck in Lake Simcoe (3 hrs east Toronto, Canada). Water temp 59-60’
• Phil Harville: Went on checkout dive for grandsons. Blue Grotto (only 85 ft./water level “down”) and Rainbow Springs.
• Pam Kurtz: Visited the Ga. Aquarium. She observed the feeding of the 2 whale sharks and the Las Vegas style Dolphin Show.
• Tony Flares reported that the springs were “flooded.” Water levels are extremely high (Ginnie Springs had 6- 8 ft. of water in the bathrooms.)

Curtis Siver: Beach Party/ Cookout was a big success. A good time was had by all. Nica claimed the pants she went home without.

Trips: Roatan/ July 13- 20, 2013. $1251pp plus air. Contact trip leader, Nica McAnany.
Offshore Jax/ July 28. 11 signed up. Club has whole boat. Contact trip leader, Nica
McAnany, for information. Bob Riddle commented on the reports of dead groupers seen
on the bottom of several wrecks Offshore Jax.
Tony Flares will look into setting up a trip to Jupiter over Labor Day week end.

New Business and Announcements:
Vicky Tyde made a motion to increase the party budget to $150 which was seconded and passed with an unanimous vote.
The officers will look into purchasing a projector for the club and possibly include it in next years’ budget.

Old Business: Pam announced Vicky (biggest) and Nica (most variety) as shark teeth dive “winners.” Vicky declined her award and passed it to Pam.

Copralite award: Bob Riddle was nominated by Tony Flares because of his late night phone call and “napkin message under the door” to determine what time the afternoon dive was followed by Bob not being able to view Tony’s text response on his new phone.
Bob Riddle nominated Peggy Barnes for completely unscrewing the regulator yoke screw from her antiquated regulator and letting it go overboard and sinking down to the bottom. One of the crew miraculously retrieved it so that she was able to make her dives.
The nominations were put to vote by the members: Bob- 11, Peggy- 9.
Bob Riddle was awarded the Copralite award.

50/50 Raffle: Phil Stoffel
Doorprize Drawing: Sharon Harville (Gift Certificate to Athen’s)
Program: Speaker: Frances Siver rescheduled for August
Meeting adjourned.



June 13, 2012


Call to order by: President Curtis Siver at 6:30 PM.
Minutes recorded by Nica McAnany/ transcribed by Diane Schleissing
Guests or new members: No new guests or new members
Reports:
• Treasurer- End of fiscal year with undesignated funds of $2449.10/ $77.24 petty cash. Venice trip was underpriced: pay Pam the difference.
• Secretary- Minutes from last months meeting were recorded.
• Vice President- Absent. Speaker for July: Frances Siver, August: Whales/ Boats
• RRT Update- Phil Harville reported that the RRT meeting was moved back to the library, available to rent for club functions.
• Website- Bob Riddle: Requested additional pictures
Dive Reports:
Michelle reported that the sharks tooth dive in Venice was “not good.” Bring teeth to next meeting for judging.
Daniel and Denise went to West Palm Beach and made a night with Force E under the
Blue Heron bridge
David Dempsey dove the Japanese and American wrecks off the Solomon Islands. He
was not impressed with the dive operation.

Trips: Pompano Beach Trip/ July 7-8. Contact trip leader, Tony Flares, for details.
Roatan/ July 2013. Sign up sheet. Contact trip leader, Nica McAnany, for information.
Offshore Jax/ July 28. Sign up sheet. Contact trip leader, Nica McAnany, for information.

New Business and Announcements:
Christmas Party has been reserved at Clarks Fish Camp for Dec. 7th. Starts at 6:00PM.
Clam Roast benefitting the Sea Turtles/ Sat. 1PM at Crescent Beach. $15.00 pp/ contact Peggy Barnes

Old Business:
Beach Party: June 30th at Windjammer Condos/ Crescent Beach. Information will be e- mailed to members.

Copralite award: continues to be held by Melissa Siver

50/50 Raffle: Lynda Dupes ($17.00)
Doorprize Drawing: N/A, no name tags
Program: Speaker: Daniel Hughes gave a Mini Fish ID course.
Meeting adjourned.


June 8, 2011

Date: June 8, 2011. The meeting was called to order by President, Bob Riddle, at 6:30 PM.

Recording Secretary: Diane Schleissing

Guests Welcomed: There were no guests present.

New Members: Unanimous vote to accept Scott Hoffman as a new member.

REPORT

Treasurer Report: Lynda Dupes reported that there is $2125.40 in undesignated funds. May 31st marked the end of the fiscal year. Annual treasurer reports are available for review. There is a Fiscal Year gain of $407.37.
Membership dues are due.

Secretary Report: Lynda Dupes recorded minutes of the May meeting and they have been posted on the website.

Vice President: Mike Dupes stated there was nothing to report.

RRT Update: Denise Hughes reported that Daniel Hughes conducted the Fish ID course for the RRT students. He will be conducting the same course at the RRT team meeting next week.

Dive reports:
Vicky Tyde reported that visibility on the Memorial Day club trip to Venice ranged from 3- 12’. They found “big stuff.” Vicky found a mastodon tooth and a whale vertebrate. She passed it around for members to view. There was a brief “show and tell” of the findings and Pam Kurtz awarded prizes to Vicky and Nica McAnany.
There were no additional dive reports.

TRIPS/ ACTIVITIES
Nica gave an update on the club trip to Roatan and reminded travelers to check flight information and to bring C- cards and passports. She received a report of Lionfish sited at every dive site.

Nica will reserve dates for Offshore Jax. trips in August and Sept. Cost is $100 for a 3 tank dive. Details to follow.

New Business:
2011Christmas Party: Large room at Clark’s Fish Camp has been reserved by Peggy Barnes for Dec. 9, 2011. The party will start at 6:00 PM.
Officer elections:
President, Bob Riddle announced that there were no additional nominations or volunteers for officer positions and that the officer positions discussed at the May meeting would be filled accordingly. Peggy Barnes asked for clarification as to who was filling the positions since she did not attend the May meeting. Bob was relinquishing his position as President. Nica McAnany had volunteered to fill this position and the remaining officers had agreed to retain their positions: Mike Dupes- Vice President, Diane Schleissing- Secretary, and Lynda Dupes- Treasurer. Diane Schleissing was nominated for President by Peggy Barnes. She accepted the nomination and Nica withdrew her name from the ballot. Diane Schleissing questioned the now vacant Secretary position. Nica McAnany then volunteered for the Secretary position. Mary Lyons made a motion to accept the officers by acclimation. There were no objections and there was a unanimous vote: Diane Schleissing- President, Mike Dupes- Vice President, Nica McAnany- Secretary, Lynda Dupes- Treasurer.

Old Business/ Announcements:
Members were reminded that there is still club logo merchandise for sale.
Denise Hughes announced that it was Daniel’s 50th birthday. The club celebrated with a birthday song and chocolate covered Key Lime pie on a stick provided by Denise.
Mary Lyons announced that her daughter, Jenny, was participating in the annual “swim a lap” fundraiser. Mary was accepting contributions.
Vicky Tyde has been contacted by a reporter from Channel 12 regarding Lionfish found Offshore Jacksonville.

50/50 Raffle: Mike Dupes won $23.00.

Doorprize: Nica McAnany’s name was drawn. Since she was a previous winner, a second name was drawn. Li Flaris won a gift certificate to Athen’s.

Copralite award: The award remains in Melissa Siver’s possession.

Speaker: Sea Grant Extension agent, Maia McGuire, gave an excellent presentation on invasive Lionfish.


Meeting adjourned at 7:55 PM


May 11, 2011

SCUBANAUTS/ MEETING May 11, 2011

Date: May 11, 2011. The meeting was called to order by President Bob Riddle at 6:30 PM.

Recording Secretary: Lynda Dupes (acting for Diane Schleissing)

Guests Welcomed: Joseph Buettner was welcomed as a returning guest. He turned in his application and check for the 2012 dues tonight. Scott Hoffman was also welcomed as a returning guest. Krysten Tyde (Vicky’s niece) and Michael Tyde (Vicky’s brother) were also guests.

New Members: Joseph (Joe) Buettner was voted in by the membership in attendance.

REPORTS

Treasurer Report: Lynda Dupes reported that there was $2,098.40 in undesignated funds. She thanked all who are going on trips in May and June for their prompt payments, and said that the FY-2012 dues will be due in June. Shirts and caps with the Scubanauts logo are still available.

Secretary Report: Diane Schleissing was absent, and the Secretary’s Report was waived. Reports may be found on the web site.

Vice President: Mike Dupes presented Tony Flaris with the first place underwater category prize from the 2010 Photo Contest. Mike said there will be a speaker for the June meeting, an environmental professor with a presentation about lionfish.

RRT Update: Phil Harville reported that the RRT manned a booth on Earth Day at the Landing, and that it was a long day for their limited booth personnel. Their current class went to Ft. Lauderdale last weekend. They are in the process of finishing some grant work. The next meeting is next Wednesday, May 18th, and next Saturday they will be working on Adopt-A-Highway. All are invited to come out to help.

Dive reports:
Crawdaddy and Dana did Crawdaddy’s annual birthday dive, but he wouldn’t say how deep they went. They dove Orange Grove Sink. He also reported that Peacock Springs State Park has now officially been renamed Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park.

Michelle Bennett went diving at Palm Beach in April, and reported good sea turtle sightings, and good water temp and visibility. Michelle also dove in Cozumel while on a cruise, and saw garden eels and juvenile drum fish. She said the vis was 150’+ and that she had an opportunity to help save the divemaster, who experienced trouble due to an exploding air hose.

Curtis, Frances, and Melissa Siver went diving at Riviera Beach. Frances and Melissa were completing some dives for an advanced certification, and Curtis was just along for the dives. He said the dives were nice.

TRIPS/ ACTIVITIES
Pam Kurtz has two spots left for the Shark Tooth Dives in Venice for May 28- 30, 2011, Memorial Day weekend. All payments are due now. Contact Pam for details.

Casey Padgett will be leading a Key Largo Memorial Day dive weekend through Scuba Tiger. They will be diving with Horizon Diver and staying at the Keys Inn. Flyers were available with details.

Roatan/CoCoview: June 11-18, 2011. There are 14 divers going on the trip. The trip has been fully paid to the dive charter.

New Business/ Announcements:
Bob opened the floor for nominations for officers, but there were none. He said Nica is willing to take the President position for the coming year. Diane, Mike and Lynda are willing to return in their positions as Secretary, Vice President, and Treasurer respectively. Bob urged members to think about submitting their name for one of the positions. Elections for club officers will be held at the June meeting. Please notify a current club officer if you are interested.

Copralite Award: Tony Flaris nominated Melissa Siver for the Copralite Award for leading the navigation dive directly into the designated swimming area. The nomination passed almost unanimously (Curtis voted NAY).

50/50 Raffle: Curtis Siver won $22 in the 50/50 Raffle, and also received a bonus Shark poster.

Doorprize: There was no door prize drawing as we did not have name tags.


Meeting adjourned at 7:08.


April 13, 2011

SCUBANAUTS/ MEETING April 13, 2011

Date: April 13, 2011. The meeting was called to order by Past President, Vicky Tyde at 6:30 PM. President, Bob Riddle was absent.

Recording Secretary: Diane Schleissing

Guests Welcomed: Joseph Buetner was welcomed. He lives in Pompano Beach and works in Jacksonville. Scott Hoffman was also welcomed as a returning guest. He also recommended the book “Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime.”

New Members: No new members to vote in.

REPORT

Treasurer Report: Lynda Dupes was absent but sent report. Diane Schleissing reported that there was $1654.99 in undesignated funds.

Secretary Report: Diane Schleissing reported that Peggy Barnes recorded minutes from the March meeting.

Vice President: Mike Dupes was absent. Diane Schleissing reported on possible speakers. Maia McGuire, Sea Grant Extension Agent, to give a presentation on Lionfish and Diane and Peggy to give an update from the Turtle Permit Holders meeting regarding the cold stunning and oil spill.

RRT Update: Phil Harville reported that the next meeting is Wed. The St. Johns River Celebration and Clean up was a success. There were 95 people that picked up “lots of garbage.” RRT grants have been submitted.

Dive reports:
Nica reported on pool diving. Water temp. was 68’. There will be a meeting at Bob’s house in preparation for the Roatan trip. Members can use the pool to check out their gear.

Casey went diving at Pompano Beach. Water temp. was 77’ on Sat. and 79’ on Sun. They dove with Pompano Dive Center and did 2 wrecks. Seas were flat, there was no current, and visibility ranged from 35- 40’. He saw Goliath Groupers, 5 lionfish, eels, and lobsters.

Crawdaddy dove his 50th Anniversary dive at Blue Springs. He made his 1st dive there in March, 1961. He had 0’ visibility on this dive!

Joan dove Blue Grotto and Devil’s Den and got to 80’ at the bottom. It was very crowded with lots of students. She got lost in Williston.

TRIPS/ ACTIVITIES
Pam Kurtz has scheduled another Sharks Tooth Dive in Venice for May 28- 30, 2011, Memorial Day week- end. There is space available. Accommodations will be at the Best Western. See Pam for details.

Casey will be leading a Key Largo Memorial Day dive week end through Scuba Tiger. They will be diving with Horizon Diver and staying at the Keys Inn. Flyers are on table with details.

Roatan/ CoCoview: June 11- 18, 2011. Currently there are 14 divers signed up for the trip.

Nica may schedule a second Sharks tooth dive in June.

New Business/ Announcements:
Elections for club officers are next month. Please notify a current club officer if you’re interested.

Crawdaddy will be making his traditional birthday dive at Orange Grove Sink on Sunday between 10- 10:30 AM. He needs to dive to 78’. Contact Dana if you’re interested in joining him.

Nica reported that visibility Offshore Jax is 70- 80.’ The water is still cold at 68’. She’s willing to give OJT for flounder gigging.

Phil mentioned an article on predators in Coastal Magazine.

Diane informed the club of a turtle clambake fundraiser in St. Augustine next Wed. Details to be sent via e- mail.

50/50 Raffle: There was no 50/50 raffle. Lynda will resume it next month.

Doorprize: Pam Kurtz was the winner of Ned DeLoach’s pocket Fish ID book.

Copralite award: The award remains in Bob Riddle’s possession.

Meeting adjourned.


February 9, 2011

SCUBANAUTS/ MEETING February 9, 2010

Date: February 9, 2011. The meeting was called to order by President, Bob Riddle, at 6:35 PM.

Recording Secretary: Diane Schleissing

Guests Welcomed: There were no guests present.

New Members: No new members to vote in.

REPORT

Treasurer Report: Lynda Dupes reported that there is $2346 in undesignated funds. There are still club shirts and hats for sale.

Secretary Report: Diane Schleissing reported that the November minutes have been approved and are available upon request.

Vice President: Mike Dupes: The Photo Contest will take place at tonight’s meeting. Next month’s program will be about the hyperbaric chamber.

RRT Update: Daniel Hughes reported that there are 4- 5 RRT students. Four students completed the UW Scientific Photography module. The Adopt- A- Highway clean up is next month. Check the RRT website for date and exact location. The Jax Spots revision is in progress to be converted to GPS locations. There was some discussion by Bob Riddle.
Additional report by Phil Harville: RRT handout was updated.

Dive reports:
There were no dive reports. Offshore Jax water temp. is 55’ and 65’ at the buoy. Seas have been running 2 ½ - 6’ and vis is only 20’.

TRIPS/ ACTIVITIES
The Super Bowl party was a great success. It was well attended and the food was plentiful and delicious. A big “thanks” to Bob and Nica for hosting the party.

Roatan/ CoCoview: June 11- 18, 2011. Currently there are 15 divers signed up for the trip. Airfare has increased astronomically.

Pam Kurtz has scheduled Sharks Tooth Dive in Venice for May 28- 30, 2011, Memorial Day week- end. There is space available. Accommodations will be at the Best Western.


New Business/ Announcements: Crawdaddy has been nominated and is under consideration for the DAN Man of the Year Award.

Old Business: Members were reminded that there is still club logo merchandise for sale.

50/50 Raffle: Nica had the winning ticket and won $15.00.

Doorprize: Nica (again) was the winner of a Reef Fish ID book signed by Ned DeLoach.

Copralite award: The award remains in Bob Riddle’s possession. There was a repeat of the story and a discussion about a statute of limitations for the award.

Photo Contest Results
Underwater category:
1st prize ($20 gift certificate to the Outback) won by Tony Flares for “Who Tapped on the Glass”
2nd prize ($15 gift certificate to Al’s Pizza) won by Daniel Hughes for “Pretty Invader”
3rd prize ($10 gift certificate) won by David Dempsey for “Hunkered Down”

Above water category: One prize ($20 gift certificate to the Outback) won by Phil Harville for “My Magic Finger”

Photos will be posted on the website.

Meeting adjourned.


January 12, 2011

SCUBANAUTS/ MEETING January 12, 2011

Date: January 12, 2011. The meeting was called to order by President, Bob Riddle, at 6:35 PM.

Recording Secretary: Diane Schleissing

Guests Welcomed: There were no guests present.

New Members: No new members to vote in.

REPORTS:
Treasurer Report: Lynda Dupes reported that the Club needs to sell $77.00 worth of merchandise to “break even.” There is an inventory list and there are mostly shirts and caps available. See Lynda or Mike if interested.

Secretary Report: There was not a meeting in December. November minutes have been approved and are available on the website.

Vice President: Mike Dupes informed the club that the program for March will be on the Hyperbaric Chamber and the speaker will be from Baptist Hospital.

Dive reports:
Diane Schleissing reported on Grand Cayman and Cozumel diving at the beginning of December. Visibility for both places was >70’ and the water temp. was 78’. Diving was typical of the areas, current was ripping in Cozumel. Several lionfish were seen in Grand Cayman.

David Dempsey gave a report on PNG, Papua New Guinea. He did a live- aboard on the Stardancer. Water temp. was 82’ and the number of “small critters was amazing.” He claimed it was the best place for macros and coral. He also made a shark dive but the number of sharks was minimal due to overfishing. He stopped at Cairns, Australia on the way back and dove on the Great Barrier Reef. He was not as impressed as he thought he would. It seemed to be “beat up.”

Crawdaddy and Dana dove Troy Springs on Christmas Day. There were no lionfish.

TRIPS/ ACTIVITIES
Roatan/ CoCoview: June 11- 18, 2011. See Nica for details.

Pam Kurtz has scheduled a Sharks Tooth Dive in Venice for Memorial Day week end, May 28- 30, 2011. There are 11 spots available, sign up if interested. Accommodations will be at the Best Western and diving is with Megaladon charters. .
Old Business: All entries for the photo contest must be submitted by the end of the meeting. Crawdaddy volunteered to be the judge.
Lynda Dupes reported that the total cost of the X- mas party was $1341. The club paid $628 and attendees paid $713.

New Business: None

Copralite award: Crawdaddy was the owner. Curtis nominated Bob Riddle because of a computer/ room fiasco on their last trip to Roatan. Bob’s hard drive ended up in the salt water and he also left his computer in someone else’s room thinking it was his own room. The club voted to award the copralite to Bob and there was some discussion about a statute of limitation for the award.

RRT Update: Phil Harville informed members that the Jan. meeting is next Wed. at 6:30 PM at the library location. The new class has started and has 5 students. The revision of the safety manual and forms is in progress, The calendar and the website need to be updated.

Doorprize: Lynda Dupes was the winner of a gift certificate for Athen’s Cafe.

Meeting adjourned at 7:15 PM.


December, 2010

(No normal meeting is held in December. Annual Scubanauts Christmas Party always conducted instead that month.)


November 11, 2010

SCUBANAUTS/ MEETING November 11, 2010

Date: November 11, 2010. The meeting was called to order by President, Bob Riddle, at 6:35 PM.

Recording Secretary: Diane Schleissing

Guests Welcomed: There were no guests present.

New Members: No new members to vote in.

REPORTS:

Treasurer Report: Lynda Dupes reported that there is $2910.65 in undesignated funds. Please pay for the X-mas party by the end of November.

Secretary Report: Diane Schleissing reported that the October minutes have been approved and are available upon request. Bob Riddle informed the Club that the current minutes were on the website for review.

Vice President: Mike Dupes: The rules for the upcoming Photo Contest will be in the newsletter. Photos need to be submitted by the Jan. meeting and the contest will take place at the Feb. meeting.
Mike is working on future programs for next year.

RRT Update: Phil Harville informed members that the Nov. meeting is next Wed. at 6:30 PM at the library location. The RRT Adopt a Highway is this week end. The RRT class will begin in Dec. instead of Nov. The Right Whale Festival is Nov. 20th at the Jax Beach Pavilion. Divers are needed for the last RRT dive of the season scheduled for this Sun.

Dive reports:
Nica McAnany reported on an Offshore Jax. dive. They dove EF ledge and she “gigged” 7 flounder which is unusual for this time of year. The water temp. was 80’ at 90’ depth. Bob Riddle said “there were not a whole lot of lobster.” The Offshore Jax boat, Diamond Diver” is not operational at this time.

Denise and Daniel Hughes were not on a dive but were at an altitude of 7,000’ at the Grand Canyon. They had an unplanned meeting with Jim and Peggy Barnes, who were also at the same place at the same time!

Crawdaddy told an amusing story of his and Dana’s Troy Springs adventure. He reminded everyone of the 7 P’s which should be applied to diving: Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance. He and Dana did not plan properly because Crawdaddy blew an “O” ring and neither one of them had a spare OR a “Save a Dive” kit. They also paid $30.00 per person for Troy instead of the $5.00/ carload. They finally found a dive shop to purchase an “O” ring and eventually made a “beautiful” dive. They were also reimbursed their $$ by the park ranger.

TRIPS/ ACTIVITIES
Roatan/ CoCoview: June 11- 18, 2011. See Nica for details. Cost is $1164 pp double occupancy, excluding airfare. Currently, there are 15 divers signed up for the trip.

Pam Kurtz has scheduled Sharks Tooth Dive in Venice for May 28- 30, 2011. A sign up sheet will be at the Jan., 2011 meeting with details. Accommodations will be at the Best Western.

Tony Flores is planning another Bonaire trip in March. There’s also a springs dive trip to Orange Grove Sink at the end of the year. See Tony for additional information.

Old Business: Diane gave details of the X-mas Party scheduled at Clarks Fish Camp on Dec 10th. The cost is $20.00 for members, $27.00 for guests, and $15.00 for juniors. In order to offset the expense to the club there will be a $5.00 up charge for anyone wanting the Joan’s cut and “special tickets” will be issued. The menu has been expanded to include more choices than previous years and is attached to the sign up sheet. There will also be doorprizes and a gift exchange. Sign up on the sheet and pay Lynda.
There is still $110.00 worth of club merchandise for sale. Club T- shirts and golf hats are still available for purchase. See Mike or Lynda for list of items and cost.

New Business/ Announcements: While giving his dive report, Crawdaddy informed the club that there is a new dive shop in Mayo. Tony Flores also gave an update on fees for Peacock and Troy Springs ($5.00 per carload.)

50/50 Raffle: Phil Harville had the winning ticket.

Doorprize: Crawdaddy was the winner of a gift certificate for Athena’s.

Copralite award: Because of his Troy Springs “O” ring fiasco, Crawdaddy was nominated for the Copralite award and there was a unanimous vote to make him the recipient. He was also presented with a full package of “O” rings attached to a dive tank keychain.

Speaker: Don Dingman spoke about some of his diving/ fishing adventures. He also talked about the “Live the Dream/ Hook the Future” fishing program.

Meeting adjourned.


October 7, 2010

SCUBANAUTS/ MEETING October 13th, 2010. The meeting was called to order by President, Bob Riddle, at 6:35 PM.

Recording Secretary: Diane Schleissing

Guests Welcomed: Jackie was almost a returning guest for the 4th time but she decided to pay membership dues.

New Members: Jackie was voted in as a new member.

REPORTS:

Treasurer Report: Lynda Dupes reported that there is $2838 in undesignated funds. There is $39.00 collected for the 50/50 raffle of which $19.50 will go to the winner. Club shirts are still available for sale.

Secretary Report: Diane Schleissing reported that the September minutes are available upon request and will be posted on the website. Bob Riddle informed the Club that the current minutes were on the website for review.

Vice President: Mike Dupes: The rules for the upcoming Photo Contest will be in the newsletter. Mike and Bob reviewed the rules. Photos need to be submitted by the Jan. meeting and the contest will take place at the Feb. meeting.

Don Dingman is the speaker for the November meeting. Possible future speakers are someone from the JSO dive team, Anna DeLoach, and someone from the Baptist hyperbaric chamber.

Dive reports:
Li Lorez reported on the Bonaire trip. They had rain! There were “all kinds of critters.” Tony made a calendar from some of his photos. Water temp. was 86’. David Dempsey commented that he thought this was the top Caribbean spot for macro photography.

Jackie attended an underwater wedding at Alexander Springs. Current admission fee is $3.00

Daniel Hughes reported on a RRT mapping and fish counting dive he and Denise made on the Coppedge culverts. They had a “turtle encounter.” The turtle was acting like a “cleaning station” for Triggerfish. Unfortunately his video camera malfunctioned so he didn’t get any pictures. Water temp. was 77’ with measured vis. of 30’ with a lot of “crap” in the water.


TRIPS/ ACTIVITIES
.Diane gave details of the X-mas Party scheduled at Clarks Fish Camp on Dec 10th. The cost is $20.00 for members, $27.00 for guests, and $15.00 for juniors. In order to offset the expense to the club there will be a $5.00 up charge for anyone wanting the Joan’s cut. The menu will be expanded to include more choices than previous years. There will also be doorprizes and a gift exchange. Information will be in the Nov. newsletter. Sign up on the sheet and pay Lynda.

Diamond Diver is scheduled to go Offshore Jax this Sat.

Pam Kurtz is planning another Sharks Tooth Dive in Venice for the last week end in May 2011. Details will follow.

Roatan/ CoCoview: June 11, 2011. See Nica for details. Deposit is due. Cost is $1164 pp double occupancy (does not include airfare).


RRT Update: Phil Harville informed members that the RRT class will begin in Nov. The Oct. meeting is next Wed. at the library location. The International Coastal Clean up was on September 25. They collected all types of “garbage” from Helen Cooper Floyd Park. The Right Whale Festival is Nov. 20th at the Jax Beach Pavilion.

Old Business: Club T- shirts and golf hats are still available for purchase. See Mike or Lynda for list of items and cost.

New Business: There is a lecture about the reef life in shallow water and the effect of artificial reefs on marine life this Thurs. evening at Whitney Lab.

50/50 Raffle: Diane Schleissing had the winning ticket.

Doorprize: Gordy Schleissing was the winner of an underwater Reef Fish Pocket Book signed by Ned DeLoach that was donated by Li.

Copralite award: Bob Riddle is the proud owner.

Meeting adjourned.


September 7, 2010

SCUBANAUTS/ MEETING September 7, 2010

The meeting was called to order by President, Bob Riddle, at 6:40 PM.

Recording Secretary: Diane Schleissing

Guests Welcomed: Jackie was a returning guest for the 3rd month in a row. She dove Offshore Jax on August 22nd. There was 40- 50’ visibility and she cut her dive short because she got overheated in her 5 ml wetsuit! Keven Reed, speaker from last meeting, returned with his wife as guests. Keven was certified in 1972 and his last dive was in Troy Springs.

New Members: Keven was voted in as a new member.

REPORTS:

Treasurer Report: Lynda Dupes reported that there is $2894.95 in undesignated funds. There are a few members that have not paid annual dues. Mike Dupes has the list. Scubanaut shirts are still available. There is $34.00 collected for the 50/50 raffle of which $17.00 will go to the winner.

Secretary Report: Diane Schleissing reported that the August minutes are available upon request and will be posted on the website.

Vice President: Mike Dupes reported that Diane and Peggy are the guest speakers for this meeting. Their program will be about sea turtles. Fishing guide, Don Dingman, will be the speaker for November.

Dive reports:
Phil Stoffel reported on Troy Springs diving. There were “sand vents” and water temp. was 70”.

Seth went snorkeling with his niece and nephew in the Atlanta Aquarium. They now want to take up scuba.

Joan Tourney went to Blue Grotto and Devil’s Den. She broke her toe snorkeling!

Bob Riddle reported on “mini season” Offshore Jax. The lobster were “unattainable.” He commented on “his uncocked spear gun and he was carrying too much stuff.”

TRIPS
Sept. 18th Offshore Jax trip is on hold. Visibility is only 4’ due to all the recent storms.
Roatan/ CoCoview: June 11, 2011. See Nica for details. Deposit is due.
RRT Update: Phil Harville informed members that there was no RRT class as of yet. The Sept. meeting is next Wed. at the library location. August 21st was the highway clean up. Approximately 52 volunteers collected 2 bags per person over a 4 mile stretch. This was about 30 lb. of garbage/ person.
The RRT is participating in the International Coastal Clean up on September 25th and welcomes Scubanaut members.

Old Business: Christmas Party reminder: Dec.10th at Clark’s Fish Camp. There will be a gift exchange and a sign up sheet at the October meeting.

Bob Riddle reported that the August Beach Party was a success. A good time was had by all and past club members, Bob and Terry Wallace, made a surprise visit.

Announcements:
Daniel Hughes informed the club of the Gray’s Reef Ocean Awareness Film Festival from Sept. 17th- 19th. If interested, refer to the program schedule of speakers and videos.

Scuba Tiger was sold last month. Brian Nettles is the new owner and is taking a “hands off/ business as usual” approach. Dave is running the operation.

Divers Supply is having a soft opening of their new building on Sept. 20th.

50/50 Raffle: Mike Dupes had the winning ticket.

Doorprize: Denise Hughes was the winner but since she won last month, the prize went to Crawdaddy.

Copralite award: Bob Riddle was nominated for “carrying too much stuff”, including a spear gun and pole spear. He broke the knuckle of his finger and lost a flounder. The vote was unanimous to award the Copralite to Bob.

Speaker: Diane Schleissing and Peggy Barnes gave a presentation on the nesting sea turtles for the area. Barbara Haasis commented that “it was a fabulous presentation by our own turtle ladies.”

Meeting adjourned.


August 10, 2010

SCUBANAUTS/ MEETING August 10 ,2010

The meeting was called to order by President, Bob Riddle, at 6:35 PM.

Recording Secretary: Diane Schleissing

Guests Welcomed: New guest, Glen Akins was welcomed. He’s a long time diver, enjoys all types of diving with the Philippines as his favorite place to dive. Jackie was a returning guest who just received her Cavern Diving certification with Orange Grove Sink as her checkout dive.

New Members: Tracy and James from Arizona were voted in as new members.

REPORTS:

Treasurer Report: Lynda Dupes reported that there is $2683 in undesignated funds. An annual report is available upon request. There was a loss of $994 due to an inventory of extra shirts and the changing of the fiscal year to June.

Secretary Report: Diane Schleissing reported that the July minutes are available upon request and will be posted on the website.

Vice President: Mike Dupes reported that Diane and Peggy will be the guest speakers for the September meeting. Their program will be about sea turtles. Vicky Tyde is working on scheduling a future speaker.

RRT Update: Phil Harville gave a RRT report informing the Club that the last RRT Highway pick up is August 21st. There is a Coastal Clean Up on Sept. 25th from 9 AM- 11AM. The next RRT meeting is Sept. 18th at The Seven Bridges restaurant. There was a discussion regarding the Bridge of Lions placement off shore St. Augustine. There was a Lionfish round up in the Bahamas with a total of 21 Lionfish collected with the largest measuring 19”.

Webmaster report: Bob Riddle announced that there have been problems due to outages and to notify him if you notice any problems additional problems.

Dive reports:
Crawdaddy reported on Troy Springs diving.
He also reported on diving in Perry Lake, north of Toronto, Canada. Water temp. was 67’ on a 35’ wreck. He and Dana also dove in TobraMore, “a drinking village with a diving problem.” It’s an underwater park full of wrecks. Water temp. was 66’ with 0 visibility for Crawdaddy.

Jim Barnes reported on diving off of Pompano. It was typical south Florida diving with rough seas for the 1st dive.
Tony Flores conducted a 90’ checkout dive in Orange Hole Sink. There was an overgrowth of algae until the cavern opening.

Joan Tourney reported on the Scubanauts Offshore Jax dive. They went 20 miles offshore. Water temp. was 68- 72’ and they saw several “unusual fish”, hybrid Angelfish, and large Florida stingrays.

Daniel Hughes reported on mini lobster season. At 26miles offshore visibility was 80’ at 111’ depth. There was a thermocline at 50’ and water temp. and visibility dropped drastically. No lobster were taken, they all had eggs but they did see a very large Grouper.

Nica McAnany reported on Offshore Jax diving this past Sat. She made 4 dives and gigged several flounder. Water temp. was warmer at 78’- 72’ with better visibility inshore and 58’ offshore.

Bob Riddle added that they saw the “largest rays ever” on the Pressboxes with 55’ visibility which dropped to 25- 30’. They also saw 7 Cobia and a “clear nosed skate” which is usually seen in cold water. Water temp. was 68’.

TRIPS
Offshore Jax trip on Sept. 18. “New boat, great operation.” Sign up on sheet or see Nica. Cost: $80.00 for 2 tank dive or $100 for a 3 tank dive. Boat leaves at 6:30 AM AM from marina off Hecksher Dr.

Roatan/ CoCoview: June 11, 2011. See flyer for details. Deposit is due. 15 divers so far. Approximate cost is $1100.

New Business: Cookout/ Beach Party at Windjammer condos on Sat. August 28th. Details will be posted on the website and sent via e- mail.

Old Business: Christmas Party is Friday, Dec. 10th at Clark’s Fish Camp. Details to follow.
There are still Scubanaut t- shirts for sale.

Announcements: Peggy Barnes reported that there is now a ban on using sea turtles for food in the Bahamas.
Crawdaddy gave an update on the death of Wes Skiles. Wes had changed a medication which possibly caused an interaction with other medication. Death was ruled as a “medical accident.” Wes used to give a lecture to Crawdaddy’s Basic scuba classes. Tony Flores reported on the memorial service at Ginnie Springs.

50/50 Raffle: Barbara Haasis had the winning ticket.

Doorprize: Denise Hughes was the winner of a book, “Hazardous Marine Life” which was donated by the speaker, Kevin Reed. The book should be available for purchase through DAN.

Copralite award: Melissa Severs is still the proud owner.

Speaker: Kevin Reed, OD gave a very informative presentation on “Updating Management of Venomous Marine Life Injuries.” The most useful update was that most venomous stings (jellyfish, Man of War) should be treated with hot water as soon as possible.

Meeting adjourned.


July 13, 2010

SCUBANAUTS/ MEETING July 13,2010

The meeting was called to order by President, Bob Riddle, at 6:30 PM.

Recording Secretary: Diane Schleissing

Guests Welcomed: Guests Jackie and Marlene were welcomed. They found out about the Club on an Offshore Jax trip.

REPORTS:
Treasurer Report: Lynda Dupes reported that there is money in the bank. A complete report is available upon request. 2010 dues are due.

Secretary Report: Diane Schleissing reported that she has been absent for the last 3 meetings. Minutes were recorded by other members and are available upon request.

Vice President: Mike Dupes reported that Richard Nunn is guest speaker for tonight’s meeting. Mike is working on scheduling future speakers.

Dive reports:
Vicky Tyde reported on the July Pompano Beach dive trip. Dives were great on Sat. and Sun. except for the storms on Sunday. There was a lightning strike on someone else’s dive on Sunday afternoon. They saw Lionfish, squid, turtles, lobster, shrimp, and drum.

Phil Stoffel reported on diving in St. Johns, USVI. She referred to the group as “Rumheads!” Visibility was about 70- 80’, there was extensive coral damage, saw octopus and squid, and the snorkeling was better than the diving.

Bob Riddle reported on Offshore Jax diving. There is a new dive boat operation that has a 12 pack 40’ Newton. Visibility was 50+’, water temp was 79’, and there was an abundance of spadefish, snapper, tomtate, grunt, some cobia, large Atlantic stingrays, and a Goliath grouper. “It was a great trip!” and Offshore Jax Club trips are being scheduled.

Tony Flores reported on Peacock Springs diving. The water level was high and there was a fatality while they were there.

Daniel Hughes reported on his trip to Fiji. Diving was mostly on coral “pinnacles” and Fiji is considered the soft coral capitol of the world. There was a ripping current and they saw all kinds of the Pacific fishes. He gave an extensive report on the shark feeding dive where they had approximately 36 bull sharks with an average size of 11’. He also reported on the islands: where they stayed and what they did.
TRIPS
Offshore Jax trip on July 25th. Sign up on sheet or see Nica. Cost: $80.00 for 2 tank dive. Boat leaves early AM from marina off Hecksher Dr.

Roatan/ CoCoview: June 11, 2011. See flyer for details. Deposit is due.

RRT Update: Daniel Hughes indicated that there have been no Lionfish seen Offshore so far this year.
Phil Harville arrived late and gave a RRT report informing the Club of the next RRT meeting and the Coastal Clean up.

New Business: No new business.

Old Business: Pam Kurtz had drink cups for the shark tooth dive winners: Vicky Tyde for her large Mako tooth, and Denise Hughes.

50/50 Raffle: Mike Dupes had the winning ticket but declined and Pam Kurtz was the subsequent winner.

Door prize: Joan Tourney

Copralite award: Melissa Severs is still the proud owner.

Speaker: Richard Nunn from Channel 4 spoke on lightning storms, the tropical weather forecast, and the Deep Horizon oil spill.

Meeting adjourned.



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