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Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago



June 2012 Minutes PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Gerty   

Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago

Meeting Minutes 27 June 2012


  • Approximately 24 members and guests met at 6:30 on the 8th floor of the Helix Building, 310 S. Racine at Jackson. 
  • New Members: 4 new memberships were accepted

Guest Speaker

  • This month's speaker is Mark Gleason, Director of Education and Chief Marine Scientist for the Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum in Muskegon, Michigan. Mark is an ROV specialist, having conducted ROV operations to at least 2000 feet in the middle east on both oil rigs and dive boats. Mark has also developed educational programs as Chief Marine Scientist for the Denis Sullivan out of Discovery World in Milwaukee and as an Adjunct Faculty member at Grand Valley State University, and as the Director for the Isle Royale Institute at Michigan Tech University in Houghton, MI.

Bonus Presentation

  • This evening’s Bonus Speaker was past UASC President, Tony Kiefer. He continued his review of the finer points of wooden ship construction, especially as it applied to Great Lakes saiing vessels. Of special note was his primary reference work “Wooden Ship Building” by Charles Desmond. Originally published in 1919, reprints are available
  • Tonight's meeting was conducted by our President, John Bell. Refreshments were provided by Robert Hughes and Juli Scheibe.

Board and Committee Reports

  • President - John Bell
    • Welcome
  • Secretary - John Gerty provided copies of the minutes, from the last meeting, which were approved.
  • Treasurer – Bob Gadbois reported the status of the treasury

    Contact Bob for further details

  • Membership – Rosters were provided by Scott Reimer.
  • We are in the fortunate position of exceeding our membership limit in our current email database. If you have more than one email address we may need to delete one. This also forces us to be strict with retaining members with unpaid dues.
  • Newsletter - Delphine Pontvieux
    • 2 great issues have been produced so far this year. Articles, graphics, dive reports and all other contnet, don’t appear spontaneously. Our newsletter is the product of a member driven organization, content is always needed. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Web Site - Jack Bolous
    • Send any information or suggestions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
    • Content always appreciated.
  • ICSSD – Claire Gadbois reported on the Illinois Council of Skin and Scuba Divers:
    • July 29th will be the annual Jim Haigh Memorial Dive at Haigh Quarry.
    • President’s Night will be October 27th, at Morettis’s Restaurant,at Busse Rd and Oakton. It will cost $25 per person for the banquet.
  • Upcoming 2012 ICSSD events are:
    • October 6th Pumpkin Carving at Haigh Quarry sponsored by the Tritons.
    • President's Night - Oct 27th, at Morettis's Restaurant,at Busse Rd and Oakton. It will cost $25 per person for the banquet.
  • DiveHeart Liaison - Don Doherty
    • Trip to Cozumel planned.
    • Diveheart is looking for donations of old scuba gear for pool training.
    • Check the DiveHeart web site for info on upcoming events.
  • Ghost Ships Festival, at the Wyndom Hotel, near Mitchell Field, Milwaukee, is the next big event before dive season starts to kick into high gear

    Our Current UASC Officers and Committee Chairs:

    • Officers:
      • President: John Bell
      • Vice President: Bob Rushman
      • Treasurer: Bob Gadbois
      • Secretary: John Gerty
    • The following committee heads are either continuing or taking on new posts:
      • Newsletter Editor:  Delphine Pontvieux
      • Speaker Coordinator:  Jim Jarecki
      • Survey Coordinator: John Gerty
      • Webmaster:  Jack Bolous
      • Refreshments Coordinator:  Dan Kasberger
      • Membership Chair:  Scott Reimer
      • ICSSD Liaison:  Claire Gadbois
      • DiveHeart Liaison:  Gene Hasiak
      • Safety Coordinator:  Chet Childs
      • Training coordinator: Beth Plotner

Upcoming Events

  • July 22nd UASC members will see the play: Eastland: An Original Musical At the Lookingglass Theater. Thanks go to Todd Hitezman for organizing this event.
  • TBA a future archaeological training course is being organized through B. J.’s Scuba. This course follows NAS principles and will offer scuba gear on training at Haigh Quarry

Other Business

  • Next meeting: Wednesday July 25th, 2012.
    • Speaker: Craig Rich, Michigan Shipwreck Research Associates
    • Refreshments to be provided by: TBD
  • THANKS to Robert Hughes and Julie Scheibe for providing tonight's refreshments
  • Requests: none made.
    • Sign up for meeting refreshments - Dan Kasberger ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) Refreshments coordinator.
  • OTHER: Miscellaneous new business items should be brought up – briefly – now.
    • Speakers are always needed.

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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