April 29, 2015
OLD BUSINESS &PAST EVENTS
Bob Rushman thanked all those who worked the UASC booth at the Chicago Maritime Festival, Our World Underwater, and the Ghost Ships Festival. As of now the UASC has gained 14 new members plus one additional member, Ryan Fly who joined tonight. Bob also reported that the Chicago Maritime Festival at its new location was a good event but a little crowded.
NEW BUSINESS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
Claire Gadbois gave the following report:
Jim Haigh Memorial Dive------------- July 19, 2015
At Haigh Quarry in Kankakee
International Beach Clean Up---------Sep. 19, 2015
At Greenwood Beach in Evanston. Food will be provided by the Council. Weather permitting; people may dive on the George Morley Shipwreck.
Underwater Pumpkin Carving Dive--Oct. 4, 2015
At Haigh Quarry. Haigh provides the pumpkins. The Council provides food---bring a side dish.
Presidents’ Night Banquet-------------Oct. 24, 2015
At Klas Restaurant in Cicero, IL
ChicagoMaritime Museum Report
Jim Jarecki reported that the Chicago Maritime Society is having its annual meeting on May 12 at the Chicago Yacht Club, Belmont Station (300 W. Belmont). Cost is $60/non-member, $50/member. The speaker will be Dirk Lohan, grandson of the late architect Mies van de Rohe. Jim also reported that the museum is expanding its area by 4000 square feet.
Please pay your dues if you have not yet
Bob Rushman noted that several members have already renewed. He asked those who haven’t yet renewed to do so.
Copies of the latest edition of the “Wreck Checker” are available on the front table; thank you John Gerty for producing the publication.
Samuel Polonetzky reported that the new curator of passenger cars is reassigning the exhibit space. The car ferry exhibit won’t be open until April 2016 but UASC will probably have the same assigned space.
Bob Rushman reported the original First Aid/CPR arrangements fell through. Gene Hasiak volunteered to contact Sam Frank, and Sam Polonetzky volunteered to contact Mike Leibovitz.
Land-Based Survey Training
Jim Jarecki said that having a class at the Chicago Maritime Museum would be constrained. He suggested having the event at Haigh Quarry where people could get acquainted with each other and could dive as well. Jim also thought it best to have an NAS instructor. John Bell agreed to contact NAS and check on pricing.
Dive Coordinator---Keith Pearson
Bob Rushman reported that Keith Pearson will be scheduling dives in the near future. Bob will be contacting him.
Short Presentations by Members---Schedule
Bob & Claire Gadbois will be doing a presentation about the Seabird at the May 27th meeting. Dean Nolan will be presenting at the June meeting. Chet Childs suggested topics from the DAN website.
The new-member winners are:
Andre Zayas-----------Double Action
Ryan Fly---------------Windy City
John Bell reported that their May 18th meeting the Chicago Scuba Meetup will have Robert Kurson, author of “Shadow Divers,” give a talk about his upcoming book. Meetings are 7:00 pm at Jak’s Tap, 901 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago.
Gene Hasiak said that Veterans Village in Ford Heights is in need of demolition volunteers to rip down walls as part of a rehab project. Work times are Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm. This compound serves homeless veterans.
The next meeting will be Wednesday, May 27th.
The meeting ended with Paul Ehorn giving a presentation on the wreck of the Westmoreland, sunk in a storm near Sleeping Bear Dunes in 1854. Paul provided some great video of the wreck along with some interesting anecdote’s from his extensive diving experience.