September President's Message - Sea Food Fest Sept 7, Warm Dives Ahead

I can’t believe the summer is nearly over! Time seems to pass so quickly. That being said, we still have the opportunity to enjoy some warm water diving. There are several dive outings on the calendar and I hope to see many of you participate.

Our annual Keys Weekend was a great success. I think everyone enjoyed themselves. Regarding the dives, there was significant current, especially on the first dive, but all in all the diving was fine. The pool / cocktail party was a blast with lots of good food and drinks. We lucked out with the weather in that we only got a brief shower on Friday evening and then another brief shower Saturday afternoon. Dinner at Lazy Days was terrific as usual and the two servers we had were the best we have ever had. They did a great job.

WELCOME New Member

Melissa McDonough

september Birthdays

John Lucka
Tim Diener
Isa Pentian
Kitt Wills
Andrew Dion
Linda Bell
Mike Howard
Stan Pierce
Iwan van Eer

Our annual Sea Food Fest will be held at the VFW on September 7. Please note that we have pushed the start time up to 6:30 in an attempt to take advantage of hopefully slightly cooler temperatures. As usual, bring whatever you would like to be grilled and our expert chefs will prepare it for you. It should be seasoned and ready to go on the grill and it doesn’t necessarily have to be seafood. Please also bring a covered dish to share. Also, as usual, delicious drunken chicken will be available. Beer, wine, soda and water will also be provided. Mixed drinks will be available in the bar at your own expense.

I am still in the early planning stages of our overseas trip for next year. I’d really like to take advantage of the DEMA specials and they haven been announced yet. As soon as I get more information, I will pass it on to you.

I’m looking forward to seeing many of you on a dive boat, a meeting, or at the Sea Food Fest.

Live long and lobster.

Jeff Raffa

August President's Message - Warm Water, Beach Party, Spread the Word

Well, can you believe that we are halfway through summer already? It goes by so fast. The good news is that the water is warm and should remain so for quite a while. It’s good to give the heavier wet suits a rest. We have several dives scheduled for August and beyond. Be sure to sign up and take advantage of our bathtub water temperatures and come out and have fun with you dive buddies.

Our annual beach party was terrific as usual. We had a good showing despite the threat of rain looming over us in the early evening. It turned out to be a beautiful evening. Thanks again to Steve Oller for organizing and doing all of the prep and grilling Big thanks also to Gerry and Joe for their help in grilling. Great job guys!

WELCOME New Members

Carl Johnson
Michael Tavel
Julio Gaviria
Elizabeth Cardino
Emilio de la Cruz

August Birthdays

Eddie Lim
Tara Sands
John Perry
Scott Prinos
Marta Marin

Patricia O'Connor
Patricia Smith
Jeff Raffa
Dave Wills
Gerry Cowen
Jeff Guzowski
Pat Kahl
Manuel Campano
Kath Lawrence
Rich Holmstrom

You won’t want to miss the August meeting. We will be having another webinar from The Divers Alert Network ( DAN ). In the past, these webinars have been very interesting and informative. I’m really looking forward to this one.

I am asking all of you to help our club stay as terrific as it is. Whenever you are on a dive boat or attending a dive related event, please try to mingle a bit with the other people and tell them about our club. Give them one of our brochures and urge them to visit our website. On a dive boat especially, you have a captive audience and you know they are divers. Spread the word! We are a great group of people! If you need some brochures to put in your dry bag, please let me know.

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Live long and lobster!

Jeff Raffa

President SFDI

July President's Message - San Sal Recap

by Ginny DeMattei

by Ginny DeMattei

Welcome NEW Member

Happy july Birthday to
Doug Ewing
Lance Rachbind
Peter Gutenerg
Millie Pressler
Michael Ninomiya
Drake Barber
Patti Dollard

I hear we didn’t have a great turnout for the June meeting. I guess I have to take the blame for that since a good number of us were in San Sal. We all had a great time. The weather was nearly perfect and the diving was terrific! San Sal is my favorite Club Med because everything is consistently good. As I said while we were there, they treat us as though we are celebrities. The bonus for me was a hammer head shark encounter. My first ever!

We are well into dive season so check out the calendar and join us for some fun activities. We have quite a few great events planned for this summer. Please remember that you are not officially on an event until you have paid. Paying for a dive trip at the boat is not really acceptable unless you are a last minute sign up. Please make your payment at the same time that you sign up for the trip.

Don’t forget our annual beach party on Fort Lauderdale Beach on Saturday July 27. There is no charge for this event so just show up. See the details on the web site.

I’m sure most of you are aware that the end of July brings the Mini Season for Florida lobsters. This year it falls on July 24 and July 25. The regular season begins on August 6 and runs through March 31. We have been seeing lots of lobsters on the reefs. I think it’s going to be a good year for catching them. If you plan to participate this year be sure you have a valid fishing license and a lobster permit. Please, please keep in mind that no amount of lobster is worth an injury. There are a lot of people out there on the water that either don’t know the rules or disregard them, especially during Mini Season. Please be careful and dive safely.

Please mark your calendar for the July meeting, Wednesday July 3. Remember that we are having a gear sale. Bring your gently used gear to the meeting, put a suggested price on it and hopefully someone else will want it. Hopefully some of us will be able to get rid of some gear we are not using and others will find treasure. It should be fun. See you there.

Live long and lobster.

Jeff Raffa
President SFDI


June President's Message - Jam-Packed Summer!

Happy June Birthday TO
Jay Borstein
Nicole Bronson
Bonnie Lee
Bruce Wills

The water is warming up and the seas are lying down! I’m still wearing a 3ml suit but I’m really looking forward to wearing my 1ml.

As usual, there are a lot of fun activities planned. Be sure to check out the calendar and sign up for any or all of them at the June meeting. If there is a cost involved be sure to pay at the time you sign up. If you cannot pay immediately, let the coordinator know that you will be making your payment as soon as you can. Remember, you are not officially on a dive or a trip unless you have paid.

The night dive at the Deerfield Pier will be June 14 and the following day will be The Guinness World Record for the biggest underwater cleanup. Both of these events will be a lot of fun. See John Edmonds for more information.

Of course we will have our annual beach party on Fort Lauderdale Beach. It’s always a great time. Best of all it’s free for our members. You can’t beat that price.

The Keys weekend will be August 23-25. Be sure to sign up and get your money in. I have a feeling we will have more demand for rooms than we have reserved and the hotel is already sold out. The first people on the sign up sheet and paid will get accommodations at the hotel. If you don’t make the cut you can always stay at another hotel and join us for diving and all of the festivities at Breezy Palms and Saturday dinner at Lazy Days.

The Starlight Music Series will be starting up on June 7 in Holiday Park. The music is always great and it’s always a fun time. Bring your chairs, some food and something to drink and join us for a great evening. There is no charge and there is ample parking. I will send out the schedule as soon as I have it.

Lobster mini season will be here before we know it. A week later the regular season will begin. Make sure your lobster gear is in good shape and be sure to zip up you lobster hotel. You know who you are!

Have a great summer and I look forward to seeing you all on club events

Jeff Raffa
President SFDI