Rebels March Activity
Saturday, March 16, 2019

Oceans 3-D Movie and dinner. Join us for some dry fun, no dive gear required !!

                                                                  Since our local lakes are still rather cold, we can experience beautiful diving via a BBC film – Oceans 3D.
                                                      Where: The Perot Museum, 2201 N. Field Street, Dallas  (perotmuseum.org) & Meso Maya Comida Y Copas, 1611 McKinney Ave.
                                                      When: Saturday, March 16, 2019  -  Arrive for group gathering @ 1:45pm (movie starts at 2:15, but we’ll want to go in together)
                                                      $6/ per person for movie – all ages
                                                      We’ll take a short walk to the restaurant following the movie, for dinner & drinks
                                                      Optional: go early for museum - $20/ person
                                                      $10 /car – parking, museum lot B
                                                      SPECIAL NOTE: This activity takes the place of both RoM and outing for the month of March.
                                                       
                                                      If you want to insure a ticket, come early or buy in advance on line @ https://www.perotmuseum.org/tickets/index.html
 

Staff Sergeant Jason Morgan, US Air Force (ret.) will present his amazing story for the Wednesday, March 6, 2019 Diving Rebels Scuba Club meeting.  Jason grew up in North Dallas, enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1989 and after intense training, he qualified as a member of an elite special operations unit that provided meteorological and combat support for operations behind enemy lines.  In 1999, with only a few days left of his deployment in South America, Jason volunteered to provide security for a vehicle during a supply run. 

A freak vehicle accident in the Andes Mountains left him paralyzed from the waist down and in a coma for six weeks.  In 2011, Jason and his three sons earned their Scuba open water certification.  His youngest son currently serves in the US Air Force.  In 2012, an infection resulted in the amputation of one of his legs.  In spite of these physical, mental and emotional challenges, Jason still has an incredible thirst to live an adventurous life and never allows himself to be a victim of his circumstance. 

He has participated in the Military Paralympics for Team Air Force in the Warrior Games and competed in several long distance races, even pushing his racing chair 26.2 miles in the Marine Corp Marathon, placing 5th just 6 weeks after his right leg was amputated. He also enjoys water skiing, playing golf, skydiving, scuba diving and also competing in snow skiing in the downhill slalom.  Jason is the recipient of the 2017 Congressional Veterans Commendation Award and the 2018 Veterans of Honor Award.  

He also is the best-selling co author of A Dog Called Hope: The Wounded Warrior and the Dog Who Saved Him.”  His book, which he will have for sale at the meeting, is a winner of two major international awards and is currently published in 7 countries including Russia.  Jason and his current dog Rue have spoken all over the US and the United Kingdom.  He is a national spokesperson for two organizations that pairs service animals with wounded veterans in the US and Scotland and has founded Operation Renewed Strength, a non-profit organization that raises money to benefit disabled veterans.   Please join us for this inspirational presentation by a REAL AMERICAN HERO!!

 

 

ANNUAL CLUB AWARDS

 

Each year the Diving Rebels select the recipient of the awards that reflect participation and contributions to the club which are voted on at the November Membership Meeting.

 

The first is the Diver-of-the-Year, which should go to that member who has exemplified the greatest commitment to and achievement in improving his or her diving skills as well as participating in the diving activities of the Club. This person may be either an experienced diver or a novice diver. This person may not be the best or most experienced diver, but should be one whose enthusiasm for diving is unquestioned and can be counted on to contributes in a positive way to the Club outings. The tally of drift points may assist you in knowing who has been active in the club but does not include other things such as attaining additional certifications etc.

 

The second is the service award, which should be bestowed on that club member who has best exemplified a commitment to the welfare of the club. The commitment is evidenced by his or her contributions in the way of leadership, planning and participation in the activities of the Club, both of an organizational as well as a diving nature. This person may be either a long-time member or a new member. This person is that one who may be counted on to assist others and go above and beyond what might ordinarily be expected in the way of contributions to the Club.

 

 

 

Diving Rebels Scuba Club
Outing/Event Postponement/Cancellation Plan

The Diving Rebels Scuba Club hosts monthly outings and events that may be postponed/cancelled due to extreme weather conditions or other factors that might threaten the safety of the club’s members and guests. When making a decision to postpone/cancel an event, the safety of ALL participants is of the utmost importance and will be the number one factor in making the decision.

A decision to cancel an event will be made as soon as it can be determined that cancellation is necessary and will be based on weather reports and/or emergency services announcements. Unless there are extenuating circumstances that require cancellation of an event at the last moment including, but not limited to, wildfire, earthquake, terrorism, or government mandate, the decision will be made at a minimum of 72 hours prior to the scheduled start of the event.  If no postings, emails have been received, or the Club voicemail recording indicate otherwise, the event is still a go. To ensure that everyone is notified of the postponement/cancellation, the following process will be followed:

1.  The Outing/Event Coordinator will contact the Activities Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and via phone at 682-334-2343 and express his/her concern and his/her desire to postpone/cancel the event.

2.  The Activities Director will contact the Board of Directors via email expressing the concerns and the potential dangers of continuing with the event as planned.

3.  The Board of Directors will discuss the potential dangers concerning the event via email or conference call and provide input into the decision to postpone/cancel the event; however, the final decision to continue with or postpone/cancel the event is the responsibility of the Activities Director and Outing Coordinator.  

4.  If after consulting with the Board of Directors, the Activities Director and Outing Coordinator decide to postpone/cancel the event, the following immediate actions will be taken:

-The Webmaster will update the website to indicate that the event has been postponed/cancelled.

-The Activities Director, Newsletter Editor, or the Activities Director’s designee will send an email to the Newsletter Mailing List announcing the postponement/cancellation of the event.

-The Activities Director will update the message within Google Voice application (phone number 682-334-2343) to announce that the event has been postponed/cancelled. The message will be removed at what would have been the scheduled end of the postponed/canceled event.

-The Meetup Administrator will cancel the event in Meetup and notify the Meetup members by email of the postponement/cancellation.

-A member of the Board of Directors, designated during the discussion in Step 3, will update the Diving Rebels Facebook page to announce the postponement/cancellation.

5.  At the next regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting, the board will discuss the feasibility of rescheduling the postponed/cancelled event. If the board decides to reschedule the event, a date will be set and notification will be made in the upcoming edition of The Rebel Yell, the Diving Rebels Scuba Club website, Meetup and at the next regularly scheduled monthly membership meeting.

Note: The process outlined above may be modified by the Board of Directors if a better way can be found to notify club members/guests of the postponement/cancellation of a scheduled outing/event. Any changes to the process will be presented to the membership at a regularly scheduled monthly meeting for member input and suggestions.

 

BYLAWS
OF
DIVING REBELS SKIN DIVING CLUB INC.
Revised: October 2003

ARTICLE I - PURPOSE  (Top)
The purpose of the club is stated in the Article of Incorporation.

ARTICLE II - OFFICES (Top)
The Principle office of the corporation shall be in the city of Arlington, Tarrant County, Texas, where the registered agent's office shall be maintained in accordance with the Texas Non-Profit Corporation Act. Such Address of the registered office may be changed from time to time by the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE III - MEMBERS (Top)
1. There shall be the following classes of members:
       A. CHARTER MEMBERS: Those members in good standing who established Diving Rebels Skin Diving Club.
       B. REGULAR MEMBERS: All duly accepted members with a Nationally Recognized Certification as a skin or scuba diver.
       C. HONORARY: Those persons granted honorary membership upon vote of the Board of Directors for meritorious reasons.
       D. FAMILY MEMBERS: Any Individual that resided in the same household as the member may become a member of the Club upon
            payment of dues as set. Such member shall not be eligible to hold office in the club, vote, receive a newsletter or membership
            packet & shall not pay any initiation fees.
       E. AFFILIATE MEMBERSHIP: Any independent group or organization whom this corporation shall allow to use the Club name.  Such
            membership shall be non-voting and subject to such conditions or special dues as may be set by the Club's membership.
       F. LIFETIME MEMBERS: Any member given Lifetime Membership by a vote of the majority of the voting members present at a regular
            meeting for contributions or meritorious service to the corporation.
2. All members shall be elected by unanimous vote of the Board of Directors. All proposed members shall be required to present a signed
    application and statement attesting to their physical qualifications for diving and such initiation fee and dues as may be set by the Club
    membership.
3. The Membership Committee may require the proposed new member to dive with a member of the membership committee and/or present
     a physician's statement of physical ability if the committee deems if advisable.
4. Resignation from the Club shall be made in the same manner as provided for initial membership.

ARTICLE IV - MEETING OF MEMBERS (Top)
1. Monthly meeting of the Club membership shall be held once each month at such a place and time as may be designated by the Board of
     Directors.
2. Special meetings of the Club membership may be called by the President or the Board of Directors upon five (5) days written notice to
     each club member.
3. A quorum for all meetings shall consist of twenty percent (20%) of the number of regular members entitled to vote.
4. Votes may be made by a signed, proxy or absentee ballot.

ARTICLE V - CERTIFICATION OF MEMBERSHIP (Top)
The Board of Directors may provide for the issuance of certificates evidencing membership in the Corporation.

ARTICLE VI - DUES (Top)
1. The regular members may determine from time to time the amount of the initiation fee, if any, and the annual dues payable to the
    Corporation by members of each class with One month written notice to Regular members.
2. Dues shall be payable by the thirty-first of January of each year. Members failing to pay before the March meeting shall be dropped from
    membership.  New members joining after July first (1st) will pay one half (1/2) of the current annual dues plus the full initiation fee.

ARTICLE VII - VOTING (Top)
The voting membership shall be composed of members who are current in dues and obligations for the preceding year and Lifetime members. Voting members must be certified divers by a recognized certification agency.

ARTICLE VIII - OFFICERS (Top)
1. The officers of the corporation shall be President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer who shall be elected for a one-year term. To be
     nominated or elected to be a club officer, 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 Jan 1 and the October meeting, inclusive.
2. Any vacancy in any office may be filled by the Board of Directors for the unexpired portion of the term subject to approval of the majority of
     the members in attendance at the next regularly scheduled meeting.
3. Any officer may be removed by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the regular members present at regular meeting.
4. Any officer not in attendance at either three (3) membership meetings consecutively or three (3) board meetings consecutively, or four (4)
    outings consecutively, will open the option of the Board of Directors to declare that (his/her) office vacant.

ARTICLE IX - BOARD OF DIRECTORS (Top)
1. The Corporation shall be managed by a board of directors. The Board of Directors shall consist of the current corporate officers, the
     Activities Chairperson, and two General Directors. The Activities Chairperson shall be elected to a one-year term and the General
     Directors shall be elected in alternate years to two-terms. To be nominated or elected to be a club officer, 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 Jan 1 and the
     October meeting, inclusive. Nomination of board members shall be made at the October club meeting and election held at the
     November meeting each year.
2. The Board of Directors shall meet at such time and place as called by or at the request of the President or any two (2) directors provided at
     least two (2) days notice shall be given to all members of the Board. Any Director may waive notice of such meeting and attendance by a
     director at a meeting shall constitute a waiver of notice.
3.  A majority of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business by the Board.
4.  Any vacancy in the Board of Directors shall be filled by election of the Board of Directors themselves subject to the approval of the majority
     of the regular members in attendance at the next regularly scheduled meeting.
5.  Any board member may be removed by a (2/3) vote of the regular members present at a regular meeting.
6.  Any board member not in attendance at either three (3) club membership meetings consecutively or (3) board meetings consecutively, or
     four (4) club outings consecutively, will open the option of the Board of Directors to declare that (His/Her) office vacant.

ARTICLE X - DUTIES OF OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS (Top)
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 which 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 shall keep an accurate record of the Club's financial affair 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 notice 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 Chairperson 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 Director shall attend meetings of the Board of Directors representing the general membership of the Club and provide
     continuity.

ARTICLE XI - COMMITTEES (Top)
1. The Membership Committee shall consist of the Board of Directors. The Membership Committee shall screen and vote on new members
     as provided by the Board of Directors.
2. Other committees may be designated by the Board of Directors of the Club Membership and the member of such committee shall be
     appointed by the President.
3. Each member of the Committee shall continue as such until the last monthly meeting of the membership unless said committee shall
     be sooner terminated and each committee may adopt rules for its own government not inconsistent with these By-Laws.

ARTICLE XII - CONTRACTS, DEPOSITS, AND FUNDS (Top)
1. The Board of Directors may authorize any officer or officers of Agent of the Corporation to enter into any contract or execute and
     deliver instruments in the name of the Corporation. All checks shall be signed by the Treasurer or by the President of the Corporation
     in such banks as the Board of Directors may select.
2. The Board of Directors may accept on the behalf of the Corporation all contributions, gifts, bequests, or devise for the general purpose
     or special purpose of the Corporation.

ARTICLE XIII - BOOKS AND RECORDS (Top)
1. The Club shall keep correct and complete books and records of accounts and keep minutes of its proceedings of its Board of Directors.
     Any books and records of the Corporation may be inspected by any member for any purpose at any reasonable time.
2. A yearly physical inventory of club assets will be taken during the month of November. This list will be reconciled at this time. New assets
     will be added to the list of current assets by the Secretary and an up-to-date list of such assets will be kept with the club records. An
     additional inventory will be conducted by the incoming Board of Directors in February as verification of the November inventory.

ARTICLE XIV - SEAL (Top)