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Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago

Meeting Minutes 25 February 2009


  •  Approximately 35 members met at 6:30 on the 8th floor of the Helix Building, 310 S. Racine at Jackson.
    • Four new members signed up at tonight's meeting. :-)
  • Tonight's meeting was run by Joan Forsberg, with food provided by Dan Kasberger and Chet Childs

Board and Committee Reports

  • Secretary - John Bell provided copies of the minutes from the last meeting, which were approved.
  • Membership – Scott Reimer is working on udating the membership lists.
  • Treasury –  Bob Gadbois reported on the state of UASC finances.
    • Dues are past due ! Please get checks and ( updated ) info to Bob.
    • Contact Bob for further information.
  • ICSSD Claire Gadbois reported on the Illinois Council of Skin and Scuba Divers:
    • Feb 19 - Club Appreciation Night
    • March 29 - Underwater Competition
      • Pavilion Pool Complex, 1000 Wellington Avenue, Elk Grove Village
      • Arrive by 8:00, Events start at 9:00 a.m.
      • Dan Kasberger will be captaining the UASC team.
    • July 18 - Jim Haigh Memorial Dive at Haigh Quarry
    • Aug 7-9 - A new dive club, the Atlantis Divers is planning a trip to Tobermoray.
      • Contact Karen ??? at 708 371-0371 for more information.
      • Their next meeting will be March 17th meeting at Sawa's Old Warsaw Restaurant, 9200 Cermak Road in Broadview.
    • Sept 19 - International Beach Clean Up
    • Oct 4 - Pumpkin Carving Dive at Haigh Quarry
    • Oct 10 - President's Night
    • Nov 3 - ICSSD Budget Meeting
    • UW Christmas Tree Decorating?
  • Newsletter – Cris Kohl - The January/February newsletter has been mailed and should be in members' mailboxes. The February/March issue is under development and will probably come out after Ghost Ships. Material for future newsletters is appreciated.
  • Other:

Old Business

  • UASC CPR class -- Wednesday, February 11, 2009 -- Chet Childs, Sam Frank
    • Did not go, because the instructor was unavailable.
    • Will reschedule, probably within the next two weeks.
  • Tool Crib Presentation -- Sunday, February 15, 2009 --Don Doherty
    • Several UASC members attended.
    • Fire killed many workers when the wooden crib caught fire.
    • May be a topic for a future UASC meeting.
  • Our World -- Underwater, Rosemont (Chicago), Feb. 20-22, 2009 (Fri., Sat., & Sun.)
    • Only a few new members ( so far ), but good DVD sales.
    • 65 new e-mails on the announcements list, some of which are becoming members.
    • New member show special available at tonight's meeting, as well as at the Chicago Maritime Festival and Ghost Ships
    • Drawing for Nancy Boucha photos at the March meeting, from new members through Ghost Ships.
  • UASC DVD: “Explore Chicago Shipwrecks!” -- Ruth Loftus, Project Coordinator
    • Very popular at OWU.
    • Available tonight - $15 for non-members, $12 for members.

New Business

  • The Buccaneer Project -- video and update -- Kathy Braun, Bob Rushman
    Meet the last owner of the Buccaneer! -- Ken Wagner, who will talk about the ship’s history and his life on board.
  • Upcoing Shows:
    • Ghost Ships Festival - Milwaukee, WI, March 20-21, 2009 (Fri. & Sat.)
      • $10 savings to the 2010 show for new members to UASC
      • $5 savings to the 2010 show for regular members.
  • UASC shirts -- Jim Jarecki
  • Tentative Club Dives:
    • George Morley shore dive & picnic -- Marni Yang & Cheryl Wickstrom coordinators.
    • Washington Island (Door Co.) -- Labor Day weekend -- Ruth Magnus, coordinator
  • Diveheart Project
    • Jim Elliot would like to take disabled divers to Chicago area shipwrecks.
    • Jim should be a guest speaker sometime soon.
  • Chicago “Maritime Trail” markers -- “Shipwrecks Off Lake Shore Drive” -- Cris Kohl & Joan Forsberg
  • XRay online magazine
    • Gene Hasiak arranged interviews with Peter
    • Broadcast a radio show to the world from UASC ?
    • Where should we go with this?
  • SURVEY PROJECTS 2009: Surveys/Drawings to be completed; detailed reports to be written:
    • Executive Decision: The Material Service report WILL be published this year.
    • See Below
  • UASC 20th Anniversary Celebrations
    • If we get the Buc sunk this year, Hank Fiene will throw the party.
  • OTHER:
  • THANKS to Dan Kasberger (Refreshments Coordinator) and Chet Childs for tonight’s refreshments
  • NEXT UASC MEETING: 6:30 PM, Wednesday, March 25, 2009.
    • Speaker is Dan Johnson, curator of the Lockwood Pioneer Diving Museum in Rockford, IL.
    • Refreshment coordinator for 2009 is Dan Kasberger.
    • Ruth Magnus and Mike Brutlag to bring March Refreshments

Shipwreck Survey Projects

  • Buccaneer - To be scuttled in 2009 in ??’ - Project Leader: Bob Rushman.
  • Material Service - Sank on July 29, 1936 in 38’ - Project Leader: Jim J./John L./Tony K.
    • Photographers recently dove on the Material Service and collected info to complete the project.
  • Barge No. 2 - Sank on Sept. 29, 1906 in 40’ - Project Leader: John Loftus
    • Project may be nearing completion.
  • The Straits of Mackinac - Scuttled on April 10, 2003 in 78’ - Project Leader:Needed

Guest Speaker

  • Kathy Braun presented a video on the cleanup of the Buccaneer.
  • Ken Wagner gave a fascinating discussion of the Buccaneer, from the days when his family owned the boat.
  • Cris Kohl and Joan Forsberg presented "Shipwrecks off Lakeshore Drive", fresh from its world premier at Our World Underwater.

Other Business

  •  The meeting was adjourned at approximately 9:00, after which a number of members retired to Ricobene's for further discussions and socializing.
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