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Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago

Meeting Minutes 25 March 2009


  •  Approximately 40 members met at 6:30 on the 8th floor of the Helix Building, 310 S. Racine at Jackson.
    • Three new members and several guests attended tonight's meeting.
    • One new member signed up at tonight's meeting. :-)
  • Tonight's meeting was run by Joan Forsberg, with food provided by Ruth Magnus and Mike Brutlag

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.
    • P.O. Box was out of order, but is now reinstated.
  • 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.
      • John Bell will be captaining the UASC team.
    • July 26 - Jim Haigh Memorial Dive at Haigh Quarry
    • Sept 19 - International Beach Clean Up
    • Oct 4 - Underwater Pumpkin Carving Dive at Haigh Quarry
    • Oct 10 - President's Night Banquet and Raffle
    • Nov 3 - ICSSD Budget Meeting
    • UW Christmas Tree Decorating?
    • July 20-26 a charity dive will be held to break the world record for the longest dive.
    • DiveHeart support
      • April 7 training for "Get a Vet Wet", 7 to 8 P.M. at Diveheart Headquarters.
  • Newsletter – Cris Kohl - New newsletter will be available for the next meeting..
  • Other:

Old Business

  • Chicago Maritime Festival was a big sucess.
    • The UASC booth was very popular.
    • The Shipwreck Detective project was well received and also very popular.
    • Several UASC members gave presentations
  • Ghost Ships Festival was also a great show.
    • The booth garnered a few new memberships, and some book sales for Seawolf Communications.
    • Many UASC members attended the show, and greatly enjoyed the presentations.
  • Certificates of appreciation were awarded to Dean Nolan, John & Ruth Loftus, Bill Messner, Cris Kohl, Gene Hasiak, Diane Gulzinski, John Bell, Don Doherty, Ruth Magnus, Mike Brutlag, Dan Kasberger, Chet Childs, Roger Brown, Bob Gadbois

New Business

  • Buccaneer
    • Cris & Joan will be writing for the Midwest Dive News May issue.
    • John Gerty reported that work is re-commencing on the buc. Water got into the ship, and oil has re-coated some surfaces ( not as bad as before. ) Some wiring and other materials were removed.
  • Upcoming Shows
  • UASC shirts -- Jim Jarecki
  • UASC’s new Chicago shipwrecks DVD -- Sales; New 2009 UASC Memberships
  • Tentative Club Dives:
    • George Morley shore dive & picnic -- Dean Nolan & Cheryl Wickstrom coordinators.
    • Washington Island (Door Co.) -- Labor Day weekend -- Ruth Magnus, coordinator
      • 10 Acres chez Magnus
      • 14 divers showed hands of interest
      • No air on the island, but tanks available in Chicago.
    • Don Doherty arranging a trip back to Bonne Terre
      • First or second weekend in May
    • Dives to the Chicago wrecks of the Iowa and the Flora M. Hill (and others?)
    • Mai Tai - Milwaukee area 37' luxury catamaran would like to come down and do a weekend charter.
      • Boat price of $540 / 6 divers 2 tanks each.
      • Would want to fill the boat Saturday and Sunday - Could be different divers.
  • Diveheart Project
    • Jim Elliot would like to take disabled divers to Chicago area shipwrecks.
    • Jim should be a guest speaker at the May meeting.
    • Dan Barret attended and spoke at tonight's meeting.
      • Diveheart Military Wounded, DMW - Working with wounded veterans, particularly from Iraq.
      • Weekend training for HSA, Handicap Scuba Association. Get certified to be a dive buddy or instructor for handicapped divers.
      • April 7 Get a Vet Wet Meeting at Diveheart Headquarters.
      • May 31st Spring into Summer fundraiser.
  • 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
    • George Morley Picnic and Dive
    • If we get the Buc sunk this year, Hank Fiene will throw the party.
    • Still looking for other good ideas.
  • OTHER:
    • Roger Brown - Frank ?? who used to own the Chippewa is in the hospital and would like to receive visitors
    • CPR - April 3rd at Chet Childs' house.
    • Howard and Glen Openlander are leaving. :-( Tonight is their last meeting. Moving to Mesa AZ.
  • THANKS to Dan Kasberger (Refreshments Coordinator) and Ruth Magnus and Mike Brutlag for tonight’s refreshments
  • NEXT UASC MEETING: 6:30 PM, Wednesday, April 29, 2009.
    • Speaker TBD
    • Refreshment coordinator for 2009 is Dan Kasberger.

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

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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