Project Aware Thanks Us!

Please see the nice thank you letter from Project Aware. Thanks to all our members who donated their refunded dues to Project Aware! Here’s the email from Project Aware:

Dear Bottom Breathers Dive Club,

Project AWARE has changed the way we do business. As a global conservation organization, we are committed to protecting and improving the conditions of our oceans. We also understand that, given the delicate interconnectedness of our ecosystems, we must also be mindful of our effect on other aspects of our environment such as pollution, deforestation and the consumption of natural resources. Therefore, Project AWARE believes it is our responsibility to model ecologically mindful business practices.

As part of our new Supply Chain Policy, Project AWARE is committed to decreasing the use of paper products. We are now sending our donor thank you letters, an item previously printed and mailed on 100% Recycled Paper, via electronic mail.

This is just one small change in the way we do business. If you would like to learn more about our organization and receive the latest updates please visit our Project AWARE Website and create a My Ocean Profile. You can also connect with us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

Please find your official thank you letter attached to this e-mail as a PDF.

Also know to extend our thank you to each and everyone of you: Anne Poirier, Dan Norris, Rick Torres, Chris Calabria, Carol Dacko, Marty Beirne, Jay Virzi, Alison Virzi, Sam Virzi, Paul Stolzer, Barbara Stolzer, Margie Braband, Glen GilmBrore,  Joe Bunn, Helen Feeney, Tom Kratzer, Amy Gaunt, Penny McDowell, Dave McDowell, Cheryl Sroga, Ray Mikelson, Michael Wareman, Zoe Wareman, Russ Dulaney, John Deluca, Chris Novak, Anne Comer, Brian Johnson.

Endless thanks for your thoughtful support. We can use more friends like you for our cause!

Best regards,

Juanita Seino

Operations Coordinator Americas, Global Communications


Thank you: Project Aware donation $$$

So many things have been disrupted this year and the dive club events certainly took a hit as well. Since most of the dive club dues paid by our members go to support events we hold throughout the year, it wasn’t right to keep all those dues and have none of the events. So, we looked at the dive club account and decided that we should just refund two thirds of each person’s dues to them.

When we sent the offer to refund dues, we also offered instead to keep the refund and make a collective donation to the PADI Project Aware to help ocean conservation for those that didn’t want the money back.

We’re very happy to report that 27 of our members elected to donate their refunded dues to Project Aware and this week, we’re sending a donation of $840 to Project Aware. The donation also includes a list of names so they will know who helped contribute. Charities and groups like Project Aware have also suffered in the last many months, so we’re especially thankful to be able to support their efforts and thanks to our members for supporting this great cause!

Club meeting notes 6-Dec-2019

Thanks to Jay Virzi for handling the club meeting on 6-Dec and providing the presentation content too! All reports were that it was a great meeting, so sorry we (Dan & Anne) missed it! Here are the slides from that meeting:

Club meeting notes 11-Oct-2019

We had a meeting combined with a pizza party at our house on Friday 11-Oct and a nice turnout. Thanks to all who could attend and help with some lively discussion! Here are the notes we presented at the meeting.

Club meeting notes, 7-Jun-2019

Here are the meeting notes from our 7-Jun meeting in case you missed it. We had a lively discussion and welcomed new member Rick too!

Our next meeting is August 2, so we will skip the July meeting. Looking forward to seeing many members on our trip to dive in the Florida Keys in a couple weeks!

Club meeting notes, 5-Apr-2019

Thanks to all those that were able to attend our meeting last night. It was a great discussion and glad everyone was able to come and share some thoughts with all of us! You can find the slides below.

March 2019 club meeting notes

We had a good sized group join us for the March meeting at our house. We had a fast-paced presentation about Coral Identification and a few issues that coral reefs are facing.

The presentation ended right as the pizza arrived for the pizza party. After pizza and some visiting, some gear was exchanged at the gear sale. A few people left with some great deals and everyone was happy to move gear from one house to another!

Here are the notes that we covered in a hurry so we could all enjoy warm pizza (instead of cold!).

Meeting notes 14-Dec-2018

Overview and events slides from the dive club:

Questions about events or any upcoming trips, please contact

Links to programs and websites relevant to the discussions:

Presentation from Prof Cheryl Heeneman:


Club meeting notes 2-Nov-2018

We had a good group including some new members attend our club meeting! Welcome Patrick!

Club meeting notes 12-Oct-2018

Here are some notes from the dive club meeting on 12-Oct-2018. Thanks to everyone who attended and shared the pizzas together!

Please review the slides, especially the end ones regarding Blue Herron Bridge. If you’d like to help, consider adding your name to the petition:

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