Election/Award Information

Each year at the November membership meeting, the Diving Rebels Scuba Club conducts its election of the club’s Board of Directors for the upcoming year. Club members (diving) are urged to participate in the election by attending the November meeting and voting in person or, if they are unable to attend, by voting via an absentee ballot sent to the email address of record of the member. With the issues we are having with the CRM and emailing members, we are forgoing absentee voting. It is not required by the By-Laws http://www.divingrebels.org/index.php/info/bylaws . 

Listed below are the board positions and a brief summary of the duties of each position. Per the club bylaws, to be eligible to serve on the Board of Directors, a member must have been a member in good standing and have attended at least three (3) meetings and three (3) club dive outings between January 1 and the October meeting, inclusive.

Board meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm, but the meeting time or date may be changed if a quorum cannot be present at the originally scheduled meeting. Though serving on the Board of Directors does require a little extra time each month, service can be very rewarding and is invaluable to
the Diving Rebels Scuba Club as a whole.

The Board of Directors consists of the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer corporate officers; the Activities Director; and two General Directors (the Junior and Senior Board Members).

Duties of Officers and Board of Directors

1. The President shall be the principle executive officer of the Corporation and shall preside at all the meetings of the membership and the Board of Directors. He may sign, with the signature of any other Officer of the Corporation authorized by the Board of Directors, any contracts or instruments that the Board of Directors may authorize him.

2. The Vice-President shall serve in the place of the President in his inability, absence, or refusal to act. He shall also serve as New Member Coordinator and is responsible for furnishing new members with such materials that are provided for by the initiation fee.

3. The Treasurer keeps an accurate record of the Club’s financial affairs and make reports to the membership and the Board of Directors when called upon to do so.

4. The Secretary shall keep minutes of all meetings of the membership and the Board of Directors in books provided for that purpose; shall see that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws or as required by law; shall be the
custodian of the corporate records and of the seal of the Corporation and see that the seal of the Corporation is affixed to such documents as necessary and perform such other duties as assigned to him by the President of the Board of Directors.

5. The Activities Director will have the following duties and responsibilities: Be aware of all Club activities so that members can have a source of information. Attend Club and board meetings. Organize dive outing coordinators. With the Officers, organize committees necessary for Club activities. Maintain and inventory Club-owned equipment and be responsible for keeping track of members’ use of the equipment. 

6. The General Directors (Junior and Senior Board Members) shall attend meetings of the Board of Directors representing the general membership of the Club and provide continuity. The Junior Board Member is responsible for the 50/50 Raffle and collecting the fine from members not wearing Rebel Wear at the membership meeting along with other duties, which may be assigned by the Board. The Senior Board member is not an elected position, but one to which the Junior Board Member rolls. This was designed to keep at least one Board Member from the previous board if an entirely new board were to be elected. The Senior Board Member is responsible for Rebel Wear sales and ordering and for tracking points earned in the DRIFT points program.The following club members were nominated for positions on the Board of Directors at the October membership meeting.

Office Nominees
President Kevin Schuck
Vice President Dale Romack
Treasurer Allen Bothwell 
Secretary Johnny Griffin 
Activities Director Jeffrey Bennett
Junior Board Member Cathy McWilliams

Votes for “write-in” candidates will be accepted for any position; however, the write-in candidate must meet the eligibility requirements for the position per the club by-laws: to be eligible to serve on the Board of Directors, a member must have been a member in good standing and have attended at least three (3)
meetings and three (3) club dive outings between January 1 and the October meeting, inclusive. 


Diving Rebels Annual Awards

Each year the Diving Rebels select the recipient of the awards that reflect participation and contributions to the club. These will also be voted on at the November membership meeting.

The first annual award is the Diver of the Year Award, which should go to the club member who has exemplified the greatest commitment to and achievement in improving his/her diving skills as well as participating in the club’s diving activities. This person may be either an experienced or a novice diver. He/she does not need to be the best diver in the club but should be one whose enthusiasm for diving is unquestioned and who can be counted on to contribute in a positive way to club outings.

The second annual award is the Service Award, which should go to the club member who has best exemplified a commitment to the welfare of the club as evidenced by his/her contributions in terms of leadership, planning, and participation in club activities, both diving and nondiving. This person may be either a long-time or a new member of the Diving Rebels Scuba Club, and he/she should be one who can be counted on to assist others and go above and beyond what might ordinarily be expected in contributing to the success of the club.

What are people saying about the Diving Rebels?

"We had a nice time at the meeting Wednesday night! I have never been at a scuba meeting that large before. Thanks for the warm and friendly reception everyone." Darrel

"Just got back from diving at San Marcos, what great fun...Man I love my Diving Rebels!" Greg

"Very welcoming!" Nikki       

"Great folks, glad to be a part of them."  Hendrick

“Because fun is contagious and you too can be infected! You will not find a crazier and entertaining group of people. We are just plain FUN. ”  Kelly

"Family" Connie      

"Great People" Bill

“ Awesome people! Thank you for the hospitality! ”  Sarah

“ Great club glad I joined ” Alan

“ It's a great group of friendly people, willing to help you bring up your skill level. ” Gail

“ If you are looking for a dive group that is down to business with a friendly atmosphere whether you’re a beginner or experienced diver and your young or an old timer then this group would be for you. ” Gerald

“If you want to make some new dive buddies then this is the group for you. The are very friendly and have a good number of activities going on.” Brittany