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Written by John Gerty   

Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago

Meeting Minutes 29 February 2012


  • Approximately 28 members and guests met at 6:30 on the 8th floor of the Helix Building, 310 S. Racine at Jackson.
    • New Members: Lucy Ann Werner
    • Guests: Cynthia Sipata
    • Guest Speaker: UASC Project Leaders Presenting Plans for the 2012 Survey Season:
      • John Bell: 
        • Side Scan Sonar Survey Techniques and Car Ferry Reference Grid
      • John & Ruth Loftus:
        • Car Ferry No. 2
      • Tony Kiefer:
        • Zion Schooners are actually a steam barge.
      • Don Doherty:
        • Val’s Wreck
      • Michael Angelo Gagliardi:
        • Flora Hill
      • Greg Lane:
        • The Silver Spray
      • Jim Jarecki:
        • Material Service Barge
  • Tonight's meeting was conducted by our President, John Bell. Refreshments were provided by John & Kat Bell.

Board and Committee Reports

  • President - John Bell
    • Welcome
  • Secretary - John Bell provided copies of the minutes, written by John Gerty, from the last meeting, which were approved.
  • Treasurer – Bob Gadbois reported the status of the treasury
    • Expenditures:
      • Office Max to print the latest WreckChecker
      • Renew the Post Office Box
      • Contact Bob for further details
  • Membership – Rosters were provided by Scott Reimer No new changes.
    • Renewal notices for 2012 have been mailed to all members. 2012 dues are due by January 1st.
    • Some renewals have been received for 2012 from OWU, CMF and from tonight's meeting.
  • Web Site - Jack Bolous
    • The website has been updated with special features. Most notably there is a Members Only area featuring new, detailed content such as the latest WreckChecker and members' forum.
    • 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: Signup sheets available for working the ICSSD booth and the OWU show at large.
  • Upcoming 2012 ICSSD events are:
    • March 25th Sunday - Underwater Competition from 11 am to 5 pm, at the Pavillion in Elk Grove Village. ( UASC are the reigning champions. )
    • October 6th Pumpkin Carving at Haigh Quarry sponsored by the Tritons.
    • President's Night - Oct 27th or Oct 13th
  • DiveHeart Liaison - Diane Gulczynski
    • Trip to Cozumel planned.
    • Don Doherty: Diveheart is looking for donations of old scuba gear for pool training.
    • Trip to Cozumel planned.
    • Check the DiveHeart web site for info on upcoming events.
  • Survey Coordinator - John Gerty
    • Tonight's presentation is the report
  • Safety - Chet Childs
    • Nothing to report at this time.
  • Other Items:
    • A storage space has been provided to UASC by Helix Photo. A file cabinet is now included. Artifacts and other UASC materials will finally have a common home. Cataloging of UASC materials shall be conducted in the course of 2012

    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

    Recent Events

Upcoming Events

  • Ghost Ships Festival - April 13-14, 2012
    • This festival is held in South Milwaukee, and focuses exclusively on shipwrecks, mostly in the Great Lakes, mostly Lake Michigan.
    • UASC will have a booth and probably some presenters.

Other Business

  • Next meeting: Wednesday March 28, 2012.
    • Speaker: Jeanne Gang The Architect proposing the the Creation of an island ringed lagoon off Northerly Island.
    • Refreshments to be provided by: John Gerty
  • THANKS to John and Kat Bell for providing tonight's refreshments
  • Requests:
  • Sign up for meeting refreshments - Dan Kasberger 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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