The 48th Southern Open went off without many hitches. The typical little stuff that crops up at every large tournament showed up, but the great crew of volunteers solved any problem and then moved on.
FSDA V.Pres, Teresa Hattaway and FSDA Secretary, Dean Karikas did a great job being co-Master of Ceremonies.
TBSC volunteers Ed Roberts (Dive Buds), Spangler, VanDeman and the others put up all the Banners (and remembered to get them all down and back to the dive shop. They also ran a great Registration, in concert with the SEA BUNNIES, Pat Fredette, Peggy and the other girls.
SEALS, David Shelton and Skip Long arrived bright and early and with some of their club brothers they got the prizes moved to Gators and ran the FRA Hatch Speargun. THANKS TO HATCH AND THE FSDA for donating the gun. We raised almost $960 for the FSDA/FRA Fund. This is part of the $6,000 that the FSDA gives the FRA to help with their operating expenses.
The FLORIDA FREESHAFTERS, led by Childress, Steve, AJ and the others worked very well with the SPUC members, led by Club Prez. Scott Lucas and SPUC Secretary Bryan Anderson to run and direct a, smooth as silk, weighin. Big thanks to John Smith of TBSC for his computer work on both the registration and weighin.
The HOGS, led by Warren Hunt and his buddies, had a bundle of different duties and they did a great job, as well.
THE SALTY SEA WENCHES....what can I say....Leanne (Lu Lu), Kate, Morgan, Megan, Cindy and Jenn sold tickets at the Kickoff party, at the event and they ran the Dive Care Military Wounded t-shirt booths and raffles. They also ran the WHOLE Photo contest and did an awesome job on all the extra duties they accomplished.
Last but certainly not least, the GULFCOAST UNDERWATER HUNTERS, led by Christie, Malea, Teresa and their great club members worked hard on every day of the tournament events to sell and distribute Tournament and Sponsor shirts.
Basically, great job all the clubs of the FSDA for volunteering to work so hard (for free) to support diving charities and community charities, while having a fun spear and photo tournament.
I am very proud of all of you and all your efforts!