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Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago

Meeting Minutes 27 May 2009


  •  Approximately 30 members met at 6:30 on the 8th floor of the Helix Building, 310 S. Racine at Jackson.
  • Tonight's meeting was run by Joan Forsberg, with food provided by John Gerty.

Board and Committee Reports

  • Secretary - John Bell provided copies of the minutes from the last meeting, which were approved.
  • Membership – Scott Reimer provided updated membership rosters.
  • Treasury –  Bob Gadbois reported on the state of UASC finances.
    • Dues are past due ! Please get checks and ( updated ) info to Bob.
    • CDs not earning enough interest to be worth it, so funds transferred to checking.
    • Some new and renewed memberships have come in.
    • New accounting information has been prepared for the board.
    • Contact Bob for further information.
  • ICSSD Claire Gadbois reported on the Illinois Council of Skin and Scuba Divers:
    • DiveHeart welcomed as the latest new member of ICSSD.
    • Kevin Vaugn coordinating an underwater puzzle competition as a fundraiser for diabeters.
    • July 26 - Jim Haigh Memorial Dive at Haigh Quarry
    • Sept 19 - International Beach Clean Up
    • Oct 4 - Underwater Pumpkin Carving Dive at Haigh Quarry
      • CASA and Tritons hosting.
    • Oct 10 - President's Night Banquet and Raffle
      • Burnham Yacht Club, same venue as the Xmas party.
      • Chicken Marsala, Grilled Salmon, or Pasta Primavera.
      • Credit Cards required for the cash bar.
    • Nov 3 - ICSSD Budget Meeting
    • UW Christmas Tree Decorating?
    • DiveHeart support
      • April 7 training for "Get a Vet Wet", 7 to 8 P.M. at Diveheart Headquarters.
  • Newsletter – Cris Kohl
    • The March/April newsletter was distributed.
    • Cris thanks all who contributed to the newsletter.
    • The May/June newsletter will be distributed at the June meeting.
  • Dive Coordinator - Michael Angelo Gagliardi
    • Michael e-mails his reports to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , as he cannot make meetings.
    • May 11 - Straits of Mackinac ( fun dive. )
    • May 25 - Rotarian - blown off, re-scheduled for Monday June 15th, one spot open.
  • Other:

Old Business

  • None

New Business

  • Buccaneer - Bob Rushman
    • Next workday scheduled for next Saturday or Sunday, TBD.
      • Redecking the stern, and general cleanup this weekend.
      • Wear old clothes, knee pads, eye protection, gloves, etc. & bring a lunch.
    • Buc is now resting on the bottom, since the river level dropped two feet.
    • Steam cleaning to hopefully be done this weekend.
  • Chicago Maritime Trail
    • Cris & Joan visited Thurnderbird center in Alpena and spoke with the people who did the WI Maritime trail.
    • They will be providing full information so that we can extend the existing trail around the Great Lakes.
    • Then we will contact politicians for funding.
  • N.A.S. Course in Underwater Archaeology
    • Cris - Wayne Lusardi is one of the few qualified instructors, has been teaching the course in Alpena.
    • He will come down here and teach for free, since he is NOAA supported, IF we have enough people.
    • 3-day course. ( Part I out of IV possible. )
    • Scheduling will be challenging.
    • $65 textbook + $10 certification card, otherwise no charge.
    • UASC cost - gas money, meals, lodging ( chez Kohl & Forsberg )
  • Chicago Maritime Society -- Call 312 665-7334 (Trigg Waller) for free membership
  • UASC’s new Chicago shipwrecks DVD
    • $15 for the public, $12 for members
    • 40% discount available to anyone who buys 10 or more. ( $9 each. )
  • Tentative Club Dives:
    • George Morley shore dive & picnic -- Cheryl Wickstrom & Dean Nolan coordinators.
      • See attached flyer for full details.
      • Saturday June 20th.
        • 9:00am-9:30am – Arrive
        • 9:30am-11:30am – Gear up, and dive
        • 11:30am-1:00pm – Picnic
        • 1:30pm – 3:00pm – Tour of Dawes Mansion and Grounds ( Evanston Historical Society)
      • Dawes Park / Greenwood Streat Beach / Dawes Mansion in Evanston, IL.
      • Picnic cost will be free for members, $5 for non-members. ( not including beach access. )
      • $8 / person beach access fee.
      • RSVP to Cheryl Wickstrom ( clwickst at yahoo dot com ) no later than June 17th with the following info:
        • Name
        • Number of members for lunch
        • Number of non-members for lunch ( $5 each. Includes family members if your UASC memberships status is individual, but feel free to upgrade.. )
        • How may total prefer a vegetarian option.
        • Number of divers
        • Number to take the tour of the Dawes Mansion
        • Contact # in case of cancellation.
      • Dawes Mansion / Evanston Historical Society across the street.
        • Very interesting place to visit, but only open Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.
        • George Morley anchor on the front lawn.
        • Other very interesting artifacts and research opportunities.
        • Closed until May, free until June, then paid admission.
  • 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.
  • Rotarian survey dive, 15 June 2009.
  • Project AWARE Day -- Beach Clean-up, September 19, 2009
    • Ruth Magnus coordinating efforts with UPS who will be supporting this activity.
  • Upcoming Shows
  • SURVEY PROJECTS 2009: Surveys/Drawings to be completed; detailed reports to be written:
    • See below for further details.
  • 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:
    • Joan - We went a workshop at the National Archives and were promised access to all their files.
    • Certificate of appreciation awarded to Tony Kiefer for his Tool Crib presentation.
    • Discussion of a possible environmental survey to be completed, in association with the sinking of the Buc.
  • THANKS to Dan Kasberger ( Refreshments Coordinator ) and John Gerty for tonight’s refreshments
  • NEXT UASC MEETING: 6:30 PM, Wednesday, June 24, 2009.
    • Speaker will be
    • Refreshment coordinator for 2009 is Dan Kasberger.
    • John and Kat Bell to provide refreshments

Shipwreck Survey Projects

  • Buccaneer - To be scuttled in 2009 in ??’ - Claen-up Leader: Bob Rushman.
  • Material Service - Sank on July 29, 1936 in 38’ - Project Leader: Jim J./John L./Tony K./Cris 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
  • The Rotarian - Scuttled on September 28, 1931 in 80' - Project Leader: Joan Forsberg

Guest Speakers

  • Ed Thiel - The Wreck of the George W. Morley
    • His grandfather ( asst. Fire Chief in Evanston ), was involved in the recovery of the propellor.
  • Jim Elliott - Founder and President of DiveHeart.
    • Diveheart supports and promotes as many other similar organizations ( e.g. SUDS ) as possible.
    • DMW, ( Diveheart Military Wounded ), helps ALL disabled veterans, regardless of service branch, war experience, or type of injury.
    • Find vets - as disabled divers and as dive buddies.
    • Welcome to attend buddy course for free if you committ to helping as a buddy diver. ( $250 value )
      • Thursday, Friday night classwork
      • Saturday, Sunday diving.
      • Dates on web site.
      • Mostly at Haigh Quarry.
      • Classes normally at Downers Grove, but could go anywhere.
    • Hook up Jim with Liz.
    • Joan: how can UASC help his divers do survey work?
    • Gene Hasiak coordinater between UASC and DiveHeart.
    • UASC donating 10 DVDs to Diveheart.

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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