January 2014

“MUD Club”

 Next MeetingTuesday, January 21, 2014

Andrews University, Biology Amphitheater, Price Hall, Berrien Springs, MI

Meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.  (Every 3rd Tuesday of every month except December)

January Meeting:

Introduce visitors, Present Club Information & General Dive related news, Identify dive related events in 2014, Present any Show & Tell,   Discuss current diving experiences & lessons learned (if any), Open session

Annual Dues of $15 are due. Please see Ric Kling and pay before the meeting begins or afterward. You may also send him a check made out to Ric Kling and note on the check it is for 2014 MUD Dues.

Last Meeting Highlights:

As a reminder the 2014 Club Officers are:

Mary Beth Thar (President)           Richard Curtis (V.P.)        Ric Kling  (Treasurer)

(269-684-6667)                             (269-782-9282)                    (269-944-5026)

There was no December meeting but there were 3 weekend dives in December the most in recent years. They were in the Saint Joseph River, Benton Harbor to check out the dredged channel, and two different High Noon dives in the river in Niles at the Marmont landing.

The Annual News Years Gathering & Midnight dive was hosted at Larry & Jeri Steelman’s and the midnight dive at Baron Lake, Niles.  This year we had 4 divers in the water, 3 diver tenders & diver support and multiple spectators. Publicity wise we had two articles both with pictures associated with the dive in the Herald-Palladium & Niles Daily Star.


As always, Club Hats, Decals & Club T-shirts can be purchased at the club meeting but first drop a line at ScubaObsessedMC@aol.com to identify item, size & quantity wanted.

2014 Dive Schedule   (Lets fill in the blanks)

Feb 8:   Bonne Terre Lead Mine, MO – Tentative

February 15: Our World Underwater (The 42nd), Rosemont, IL

Feb 22:  GL Lakes Shipwreck Festival, Washtenaw Community College’s Ann Arbor, MI

March 15: Scuba Fest, Columbus, OH

March 14-16: 15th Annual Ghost Ships Festival, Milwaukee, WI

TBD  :  Freeze Your Tush – ?? Lake – SASS

TBD  :  Annual Ann Arbor #5 Dive

TBD  :  Muskegon & Outside Breakwater Michigan city, IN


TBD  :  Rockaway – South Haven, MI

TBD  :  Verona

TBD  :  Crane & Barge

TBD  :  Havana

TBD  :  Mack’s Wreck

TBD  :  Ironsides

TBD  :   GLWC Meet N Greet 2014 Gilboa Quarry – OH

TBD  :  Magician Lake (Sister Lakes)

TBD  :  Dive Lake Cora

TBD  :  Paw Paw Lake – Watervliet Side

TBD  :  Saint Joseph – South Pier Dive

TBD  :  Drift Dive- St. Joseph Riverm Niles

TBD  :  SASS Wednesday Evening Dives

 TBD  : Saint Clair River

TBD  : Blue River Bridge

August: MUD Club Steak Fry & Dive

August: Muddies Wreck Diving Mackinaw & Cheboygan

Sept: Cheboygan Weekend – Duncan Bay & Cheboygan River Diving

Oct: Recover ‘SJYC” buoys & anchors from Lake Michigan

Oct: Shipwrecks & Technology, Grand Haven, Michigan

Nov 22/23: Last Chance for pre-Turkey Day Dive

Nov 29: Saturday – Turkey Dive, 12:00 in Benton Harbor, “Fisherman’s Park”

Dec 31: New Year Gathering & Dive  


The water is REALLY HARD so get the out the deep hood, three finger mitts and get wet. A chain saw and ice spuds will be a big help, also. 🙂


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