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Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago

Meeting Minutes 29 September 2010


  • Approximately 25 members and guests met at 6:30 on the 8th floor of the Helix Building, 310 S. Racine at Jackson.
    • Guests: Jacquelyn Rae and Dean Benninger.
  • Tonight's meeting was run by Dean Nolan, with food provided by Dan Kasberger, John Gerty, John Bell, and others..

Board and Committee Reports

  • Secretary - John Bell provided copies of the minutes from the last meeting, which were approved.
  • Membership – Rosters were provided by Scott Reimer. Current rosters only include members whose dues are current for 2010.
  • Treasury – Bob Gadbois reported on the state of UASC finances.
    • Jim Jarecki sold 3 DVDs
    • Contact Bob for further details
  • ICSSD Claire Gadbois reported on the Illinois Council of Skin and Scuba Divers:
    • Scott Reimer new delegate.
    • Sept 18 - International Beach Clean Up Day
      • Blackwell Forest Preserve, thanks to Pat Hammer providing insurance.
      • 13 particapants.
      • Weather prevented diving. :-(
      • Fantastic BBQ
    • Oct 3 - Pumpkin Carving at Haigh Quarry.
      • Tritons hosting.
      • Pumpkins provided
      • Chili, Hot dogs and hamburgers, pop.
      • Prizes and awards.
      • No fee other than Haigh entry fee.
    • Oct 16 - President's Night Banquet and Raffle
      • Sawa's Old Warsaw in Broadview, ( Cermak and 17th )
      • 6-7 Cocktails, 7-9 Dinner - All you can eat Polish buffet.
      • $23, tickets available from Bob and Claire Gadbois.
      • HUGE raffle.
      • Awards applications due at September ICSSD meeting.
      • Bring Toys for Tots to the Dinner. Non-violent unwrapped toys. No stuffed toys this year.
    • DiveHeart - 5th annual golf outing Friday Sept 24th, $125 golf & dinner, $25 dinner only, $100 sponsor.
      • Luau - Nov 13th
  • Newsletter – Cris Kohl is out of town
    • Cris getting caught up.
    • 25 Color PDF newsletters have been provided to John Bell, dated 2002 to 2009, and have been posted to the web site..
      • John will look into making online newletters searchable.
    • Cris thanks all who contribute to the newsletter, past and future.
  • Survey Coordinator - John Gerty
    • John working on a slate for the Buccaneer
    • Still planning to do the sector scan sonar.
    • Flora Hill video completed.
    • NAS II presentations at Traverse City October 16th.
    • John Gerty, Cris Kohl, Joan Forsberg, and Ruth Magnus making progress on 12th street beach wreck.
  • Dive Coordinators - Michael Angelo Gagliardi.
    • Nothing planned at this time.
    • Haigh Quarry & Mermet Springs may be good training dives.
    • Charters are posted on the UASC Google calendar.
  • DiveHeart Liason - Gene Hasiak:
    • Luau November 13th. Claire has raffle tickets.
    • Trip to Bonaire. Looking for help and sponsorship.
  • Other:

Old Business

  • Tall Ships Chicago 2010 Aug 24-29
  • Jim Jarecki did 6 presentations around Indiana for Archaeology Month. Over 1000 viewers, bringing total up to over 2000.
    • Whiting IN Library presentation on Saturday November 6th

New Business

  • ICSSD President's Night Oct 16th. - See above.
  • Survey Projects 2010 – Buccaneer, Material Service,  Flora Hill,  Barge #2 and Rotarian - See Below
  • Nominating Committee for new board - Don Doherty, Cris Kohl, Joan Forsberg, Jim Jarecki
    • Slate to be presented at the October meeting and voted on in November.
  • OTHER: Miscellaneous new business items should be brought up – briefly – now.
    • Speakers always needed.
    • 67 Divers at the Burnham Harbor cleanup dive this year.
    • This Sunday LOUP has a speaker from the Field Museum. 1:00, 8th floor Helix Building.
    • UASC co-founder, Valarie Van Heest's newest book, Lost on the Lady Elgin, is available at the discounted price of $25 for UASC members at tonight's meeting. Valarie's book commemorates the 150th anniversary of this tragedy which claimed more lives than any other on the open waters of the Great Lakes.
  • Sign up for meeting refreshments - Dan Kasberger Refreshments coordinator.
    • Joan Forsberg - October
    • Todd Hitzeman - November

NEXT MEETING: Wednesday October 27, 2010 - Speaker TBD

Refreshments to be provided by Joan Forsberg.

Shipwreck Survey Projects

  • Buccaneer - SUNK! JUNE 18, 2010 - Clean-up Leader: Bob Rushman.
    • Tonight's presentation includes video of the sinking and underwater footage.
  • Material Service - Sank on July 29, 1936 in 38’ - Project Leader: Jim J./John L./Tony K./Cris K.
    • Contact Cris or Joan if you have any relevant materials - Report to be generated soon.
  • Barge No. 2 - Sank on Sept. 29, 1906 in 40’ - Project Leader: John Loftus
    • Project may be nearing completion.
  • The Rotarian - Scuttled on September 28, 1931 in 80' - Project Leader: Tony Kiefer
  • The Straits of Mackinac - Scuttled on April 10, 2003 in 78’ - Project Leader:Needed

Guest Speaker -- US ! !

  • The following UASC members presented what they did on their ( summer ) vacations:
    • Bill Messenger - Trips in support of Pony Pak.
    • Bob Gadbois - Mermet Springs, Seabird, Wisconsin, L. E. Paddlewheel,
      • Bob recommends the book "Red Stacks Over the Horizon".
    • Diane Gulczynski & Gene Hasiak- Underwater Detective Program taught to the MSU Summer Camp in Munising Mi. dedicated to T. Dale Vinette-a historical Navy and civilian diver.
    • Michael Angelo Gagliardi - Cow Springs Restoration Project
    • John Gerty - The Buccaneer
    • John Bell- Blackbeard's Bahamas Christmas 2009
    • Chet Childs - Alaska Highway Motorcycle Trip

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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