January 8, 2011

Humboldt Skindivers Meeting Minutes

Minutes – 2011 Annual Potluck and Election of Officers

1/8/11 at the home of Cliff & Mary VanCott, McKinleyville


ATTENDEES:  Ron, Donna, Clyde, Charlie, Laurie, Dave, Donna, Noreen, Steve, Brandi, Jackie, Denis, Julie, Cliff and Mary.

Meeting was called to order by President Ron at 7:00pm.

WELCOME: By President Ron.

NEWCOMERS: Ron introduced special guest, his dad Clyde, and Brandi introduced diver Jackie. Welcome to both!


MLPA: Sincere thanks to both Brandi and Charlie for all of their efforts in this endeavor. After filling us in on the latest updates, Brandi’s 10.059” abalone shell was presented for the 2010 award. (Actually, this gives Brandi 1st and 2nd in 2010 awards.) Donna W will order the plaque for presentation at the Marina.

2011 ELECTION OF NEW OFFICERS / ANNUAL POTLUCK: For those of you who couldn’t come this year, you missed an amazing array of potluck dishes, including Cliff’s finger-licking BBQ ribs, kindly purchased by the club.

Thank you VERY much to the outgoing officers: President Ron Queen and Secretary Dan Heinen.

Sincere congratulations and best wishes for a wonderful year: President Cliff, V-P Brandi, Treasurer Julie and Newsletter Dave.

[The Secretary slot still needs to be filled – to be discussed at February meeting at Chan’s.]


DUES ARE DUE: President Cliff reminded everyone that it is time to pay dues – cost is still $15/year.

PRO SPORTS DISCOUNT: Charlie reminded all that presenting your HSD membership card entitles you to a 10% discount at Pro Sports (sorry, not for fishing licenses).

FISHING LICENSES UPDATE: Brandi said fishing licenses have a new format. It’s an automated system that allows licenses to be tracked – the owner must surrender his/her old one before a new one will be issued.

CLUB NUMBERS DIMINISHING… : Cliff expressed concern that the club membership is diminishing, sparking a conversation about public outreach, meeting announcements and other methods to get the membership numbers up. Discussion ensued regarding club name – Humboldt Skindivers vs. Scubadivers. [To be discussed at February meeting].

MONTEREY DIVE IN 2011: Put these dates in your calendar – May 20-22, 2011. Charlie has offered his family’s beautiful home for lodging. Details to come at monthly meetings.

RAFFLE: The membership cards were collected and names drawn. Those selected got to pick from the pile of wonderful things, including three special items donated by Pro Sports (thank you, Charlie, for arranging that!).

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO PRO SPORTS: Thank you very much to Pro Sports for donating gifts for our raffle. President Cliff will write them a note.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:00pm.


Respectfully submitted in the absence of a regular club secretary,

Mary VanCott

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