April 2021 Current Bubbles Newsletter
April 7, 2021 7:00
Board Meeting @ Live Zoom Meeting
contact a Board member for call in info
April 21, 2021 7:00
General Meeting @ Live
Zoom Meeting (click for call in info)
Richard Morgan 01-Apr
Chris blanchfield 02-Apr
Ryan Valdez 06-Apr
Dave Ford 07-Apr
Brad Freelove 07-Apr
Milana Clark-Gonzalez 17-Apr
Ben Cortez 17-Apr
Fred Knoles 17-Apr
Gail Liu 19-Apr
Danielle Quinton 23-Apr
Debby Millard 23-Apr
Kerry Atkinson-Williams 25-Apr
Mathew Valdez 26-Apr
Are you interested in becoming a Dolphin Divers of Sacramento member? Check out our Membership page for more information and to complete your application.
Message from the President – Owen Autry
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Dear Dolphin Divers of Sacramento,
April 1st is April Fool’s Day…have you fooled anyone today? Sometimes we need to play a joke or prank on someone to see if they still have a sense of humor, or are, at least, still hanging in there. 😊 You may have noticed the sun rises later in the day. I love the few extra minutes each day as spring moves us towards the long days of summer that keeps us out later, enjoying whatever activity we may like to enjoy during these longer days. Oh, and by the way, April 15th you don’t have to pay your taxes!………………….April Fools!!!!!!!
It is that time of the year when we nominate new board members and ask the board members currently serving if they would like to run again this new calendar year. If you have any interest to serve on the board, or be on as a member at large, please let Brad Freelove (firstname.lastname@example.org) know and he will point you in the right direction. Every year the slate reopens, and you may run for any position on the board. Please look at the end of the Bubbles newsletter for all the positions. The biggest commitment, aside from your involvement in Board activities, is attending the board meeting on the first Wednesday of the month and responding to our board emails. Pretty simple, RIGHT!! There is more, and we have a great Board currently in place, but we would love to give you the opportunity to give it a try. Hope to see you run for the board.
ATTENION RENEWING MEMBERS!! Due to the lack of events in 2020 (thanks COVID), the Board of Directors has agreed to forego 2021 membership dues for anyone who paid for 2020 membership (thanks COVID!). However, we still need you to complete the 2021 membership application and send it in. For your convenience, you can complete the online application or you can download the paper form and mail it in. IF you have already paid your 2021 dues, you will be refunded. Our Treasurer will be working on that in the coming week.
New members can sign up on the website, https://www.dolphindivers.org or you can print an application and send it, along with the dues to: Dolphin Divers of Sacramento P.O. Box 112 Orangevale, California 95662.
Our next Dolphin Club General Meeting will be held via Zoom on April 21st, 2021 at 7:00 pm. The theme of this meeting is celebrating getting your Taxes in on time this year!! I look forward to seeing more members, and future members, at the next meeting.
Hoping to see you in the water in 2021!
President, Greatest Dive Club Ever!!
Once again, my apologies for the delayed newsletter this month. Life just gets in the way sometimes!
HEY DIVERS!! Are you planning a dive trip? Do you want company? Be sure to share your trip details on the DDS email group (email@example.com) to let others know. We aren’t just about club events, we’re about DIVING, whether it’s club diving or just club members getting together to dive. We have a lot of new members, new divers, old members, old out of practice divers in the club and I’m sure that many of them would love to tag a long and meet new people!
MESSAGE FROM THE WEBMASTER: Some folks are getting email messages “Warning from firstname.lastname@example.org” stating the following. Don’t worry, it’s just our host of our email group trying to be sure that emails are real. It seems to be affecting, AOL, Yahoo and some other smaller ISP domains. I know it’s annoying but bear with me while I continue to work with Support to see if we can put a stop to it. If not, and it becomes a bigger issue, we may need to look for another venue to host our mailing list.
Messages to you from the members mailing list seem to
have been bouncing. I’ve attached a copy of the first bounce
message I received.
If this message bounces too, I will send you a probe. If the probe bounces,
I will remove your address from the members mailing list,
without further notice.
I’ve kept a list of which messages from the members mailing list have
bounced from your address.
We want to hear from you! Do you have something to share? A favorite dive site or story? Do you have a video slideshow or movie of a recent trip? Send it to me and I can share it with other members via our monthly newsletter. YouTube videos embed nicely into this new newsletter format.
Thanks for the continued opportunity to serve you. I hope you like it!!
Underwater Treasure Hunt
Saturday, April 17, 2021
San Carlos Park
Come join Dolphin Divers of Sacramento Underwater Treasure Hunt. On April 17th in the waters of beautiful Monterey California, Dolphin Divers will hold a two-dive event. The first dive will be a treasure hunt. Come find the gold rocks tucked away just a short distance from the shore. Each rock will get you a prize. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the dive.
Our second dive will be along the rocks of the Coast Guard Jetty. come play with the seals and sight see. Nudibranchs, sand dollars, crabs, abalone, and many other creatures are just a short swim from the shore. If you have an underwater camera, bring it along. You never know what you might see.
You can do one or both dives. First dive starts at 10 am. Second dive will be at 12:30 pm. Both dives will start from San Carlos Beach. Parking, tank fills, and several eating establishments are close at hand.
Time to wake up from your winter hibernation and get in the water. Let me know if you want to join us for a day or weekend of underwater fun. Just reply to this email or come join our next Zoom club meeting.
Memorial Day Dive and Camping Trip
May 28, 2021 – May 31, 2021
Albion River Campground
We have 8 campsites set aside for our club’s annual Memorial Day event at the Albion river campground (http://albionrivercampground.com). The campsites reserved for our group are: d4, d6, d8, d10, d18, d20, d22, and d24. This is a different section (but equally nice) from the c section we usually reserve. Because of COVID restrictions, our campsites are assigned in a checkerboard pattern with a vacant campsite between each site. Look at the campground’s website to see a campsite map, COVID restrictions, cost and refund policies: http://albionrivercampground.com/.
The campground has agreed to “hold” our assigned campsites until April 1. After the April 1 deadline, the campsites will be open to the general public. Don’t wait too long to reserve because the campground is typically filled on Memorial Day.
If you wish to guarantee a campsite with our group, you must call the campground and put down a deposit by April 1st. When you call, identify yourself as belonging to the Takata/Dolphin Divers group. Since it is a group reservation, you will not be able to reserve on-line. Call for reservations at (707) 937-0606 between 9am and 2pm on Thursday through Sunday.
Please let me know as soon as you reserve a campsite.
Channel Islands 2021
BOAT IS FULL!! Contact Jack to be placed on a waiting list. We are excited to be able to renew our annual live-a-board dive trip to the Channel Islands! New owners Channel Islands Expeditions has purchased the two remaining boats, the M/V Truth and M/V Vison. We have booked the M/V Vison which is actually bigger than the Conception. Concerned about safety? Check out the Service and Safety page on their website. Scroll down to the section on “Recent Vessel Upgrades” to read about what they have done to make the boat safer along with photos.
The cost for the four day trip is $800 per person. As always berth assignments are made in the order of payoff. The Vision is a larger boat than the Conception with larger berths and more deck space, but the layout is the same with singles stacked in the center and back wall and doubles along each side.
If you want to join us please let us know ASAP! You can sign up by either making a deposit of $100.00 with full payment due by June 1st, or pay $800.00 in full now for a berth assignment. There will be NO refunds after June 1st unless your spot is filled by another diver.
Send your check to:
Dolphin Divers of Sacramento
PO Box 112
Orangevale, CA 95662
You can also make payments via Zelle to email@example.com, or by credit card for an extra 4% to cover the card processing fee. If you want to use a card let me know and I will put you in touch with our treasurer.
- July 24, Saturday Boarding begins at 8:30 in the evening.
- Depart Santa Barbara at 11:00 for an overnight crossing to Catalina Island
- July 25 Sunday Arrive at Catalina Island early in the morning
- Sunday – Tuesday Dive various locations around Catalina Island
- July 27, Tuesday After our night dive we will depart Catalina for the crossing to Santa Cruz Island during the night while we sleep
- July 28, Wednesday We will dive various locations along the island until 2:00, when we depart back to Santa Barbara harbor
We will arrive in Santa Barbara about 4:30 to our vehicles for the trip home. Many of us will stop in Buelton, on the way home, for a motel night and dinner. Others will drive all the way home, arriving in Sacramento after midnight.
Included for the price is all meals and non alcoholic beverages, snacks (lots of chocolate), unlimited air fills, with Nitrox available for an extra charge.
You must provide ALL of your own dive equipment, including a tank and weights. Equipment can be rented from Sea Landing, where the boat is berthed.
When I have received your payment I will send you more information about the trip.
Jack Millard –
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DDS Store COMING SOON!!!
With the lack of General Meetings due to COVID-19, there has been no opportunity for you our members to buy DDS clothing swag. Coming in the new year, we will have an online store so you can get your DDS swag! In the meantime here are a few examples of what is available. In addition, is our current inventory. If you’re interested in purchasing any items, contact Tracy Clarke at tracycdiver77 at yahoo.com.
2- pink XL
1- Lt blue small
2-Army green medium
1- Lt blue medium
1-dark blue large
1-Lt green large
1-Lt green 2X
|Cool 32° t-shirts|
|Polo shirts/ 32°|
|Long sleeve T-shirts|
1-dark gray large
2-ash gray XL
1-ash gray 2X
1-ash gray 3XL
Long sleeve sport
1-ash gray medium
1-Lt Blue XL
Sweatshirt hoodie /zipper
2-dark blue large
1-Dark blue 3XL
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Officers and Chairs
- President – Owen Autry
- Vice President – Ken Takata
- Secretary – Brad Freelove
- Activities – Julie Edwards
- Treasurer – Marlyn Sepulveda
- Safety Officer – Steve Gilmore
- Past President – Dana Carlson
- Promotions – Tracy Clarke
- Newsletter Editor – Renee Viehmann
- Webmaster – Renee Viehmann
- Historian – Jack Millard
Members at Large
- Dave Whiteside
- Gordon Kuhlne
- Kenny Carraher
- Craig Brookey
- Maridee Green
- Liz Marchiondo
- Alex Khunle
- Craig Brookey (alternate)
- Corinne Fuerst (alternate)
- Ilkan Cokgor (alternate)