Next Meeting: Wednesday, January 31st

The UASC meets the last Wednesday of each month at the Chicago Maritime Museum located at 1200 West 35th Street, Suite OE5010, Chicago, IL 60609. Free event, ALL ARE WELCOME. Refreshments 6:30, Business 7:00, Speaker 8:00.


Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago



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

Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago

Meeting Minutes 30 May 2012


  • Approximately 33 members and guests met at 6:30 on the 8th floor of the Helix Building, 310 S. Racine at Jackson.

Guest Speaker

  • Our special guest this month is Sargent Ray Mazzola of the Chicago Police Marine Unit. Ray has been a certified diver since 1963, and has been assigned to the marine unit since 1977, during which time he has been involved in countless underwater search and recovery operations throughout the Chicagoland area, including but not limited to great expanses of Lake Michigan. I expect we can all learn a thing or two from Ray about searching for ( historical ) artifacts on the lake bottom, as well as hearing some very interesting stories of some of the searches he has been involved in and some of the interesting things he has found during his long history of diving Chicago area waters.

Bonus Presentation

  • This evening's Bonus Speaker was past UASC President, Tony Kiefer. He reviewed many 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 Margo and Chuck Miller.

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.
  • 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
    • The latest WreckChecker is due to be posted. A high res version is included in the members' forum. The Survey
    • Report Template, developed by John Bell is also available at the UASC Members' Only area on the UASC website.
    • 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.
  • 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

  • NAS Field School Courses: June 2nd-17th
  • Sponsored by Northwestern Michigan Archaeology Society
  • More details at:

Other Business

  • Next meeting: Wednesday May 30th, 2012.
    • Speaker: Dr. Mark Gleason
    • Refreshments to be provided by: Robert Hughes and Julie Scheibe
  • THANKS to Chuck & Margo Miller for providing tonight's refreshments
  • Future Workshops being planned include:
    • Brendon Baillod, An elaboration beyond his first presentation earlier this year.
    • Dr. Mark Gleason, conducting an ROV Workshop.
    • Dr. Mark Holley, conducting another NAS Workshop.
  • Requests:
    • 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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