February President's Message

Happy February Birthday to

lisa Kelly, Steve Hamburg, Evelyn Roisman, Melissa Ames, Marc Cohen, Jim Trombley, Matthew McAloon

We are delighted to welcome new members

Lisa Kelly, Dave KellY

Just as promised, the Wacky Gift Exchange was a hoot! If you missed it be sure to mark your calendar for next January’s meeting. It is always a fun evening, the junk level was way down and many people went home with nice gifts, including me for the first time. It’s good to see that people are learning, NO JUNK! Thanks to John Kansman and Donna Eades for officiating.

Be sure to check out the calendar in this newsletter for the many upcoming events. Even though the water has chilled down a bit there is still some great diving available to us and the lobsters are still plentiful. .

If it’s February it must be Barry Kulick. Wrong! Barry had another commitment in February this year so he will break with tradition and be back to entertain us with his terrific photography and witty commentary at the March meeting. If you are new to the club this is another must do meeting. Barry is always very entertaining.

Our speaker for the February meeting will be James Blackman. James is the owner of Miami Technical Diving and he will be giving us an introduction to technical diving. If you were ever curious about getting into tech diving this should answer your questions. I think it will be an interesting talk.

As we are well into 2019 please be sure to renew your membership if you haven’t already done so. Those of you not paid by the February meeting will be delinquent and you will be assessed a late fee. Remember, your membership must be current in order for you to participate in club activities. I am also reminding everyone that if you are a diver you must furnish us with proof of dive insurance every year when you renew your membership. Our by laws state that every one must have current dive insurance coverage.

I am going to remind all of you once again, that if you sign up for an event, you must pay for that event or you will not be considered to be on that event. We have been somewhat lax about this rule in the past but if you have not paid, you will not be on the roster. Lets be a little more considerate to the event coordinators. If you are a last minute sign up, you must talk with the event coordinator and make arrangements to pay.

As always, feel free to make any suggestions regarding the operation of the club or activities you would like to see on the calendar. We are always open to new ideas. Recently, one of our members suggested that we hold the e board meeting prior to the membership meeting. We talked about it at the last e board meeting and decided to give it a try. The next e board meeting will be January 31. Everyone is invited.

Live long and lobster

Jeff Raffa