EXTREME DIVE CLUB
MEETING NOTES October 5, 2017
October 21 – Newton County Christmas for Kids Chili cook off
October 22 – Underwater Pumpkin Carving
You saw it all over Facebook, you heard about it in person, there were news stories done (KSN & KOAM), blog posts written, and promoting gone wild, but now it has come and gone and we’re going to recap…. The Newton County Christmas for Kids 4th Annual Chili Cookoff and Silent Auction + this year’s newest addition of the Non-Chili Category.
A lot of planning went in to this years events, a lot of great items were donated, time was donated, and we couldn’t be more grateful for all those who helped!
The Chili and Non-Chili items needed to be in place by 4:30.
People slowly started filtering in. We had 7 Chili entries and 8 Non-Chili Entries this year.
Judges were volunteers from the organizations who are involved in the Newton County Christmas for Kids. Judges judged the chili portion of the contest plus there was a people’s choice portion. Entries into the gate were $5 which also got you 5 tickets to be distributed between the Chili and Non-Chili entries. The non-chili portion of the contest was people’s choice only.
Judges were separated off from the rest of the people while the judging took place. They judged based on taste, flavor, looks, smells, and all that counts. Then they were released back to the general population to mingle.
Poor Pete. I include this picture because we have almost an identical picture from 2013 (the first cookoff) of him in this same position.
It’s that time of year… time for the recap of the 19th Annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving held at Beaver Lake. We had a great turnout this year and even better weather. The high was 72˚ and sunny. Can you really ask for any better weather this time of year? The water was even a great temperature, the thermocline was down around 30-35 feet. The visibility was impeccable… until Mark accidentally dropped his pumpkin and the weights to get it down, more on that in a bit.
This is a typical Nicole/Kim picture. I’m not sure why, but we do this most every event we’re together. It is what it is. Maybe now would be a good time to tell at least part of the Mark pumpkin story because it involves Kim. So late last month I went to Sams and bought pumpkins for our family pumpkin carving. I posted a picture on facebook of Mark holding 2 of the 4 pumpkins and Kim asked if those were his pumpkins for the carving. I want to mention that they are big pumpkins. So he went and bought one especially for this. We weighed it at the shop and it was 25 pounds. It also took 25 pounds of weight plus Mark to get the pumpkin underwater. But he met Kim‘s challenge and took the 25 pound pumpkin underwater for carving. As he was taking his pumpkin out to the water, the rope that he had his weights tied to broke and we lost 25 pounds to the bottom in about 3 feet of water. Luckily it was all recovered . Grady was happy about that because it was his pool weights we used… haha.
The other funny story of the day involving poor Mark is we told him he was entering the contest. He wouldn’t (although really wasn’t given a chance) sign the release form, so Deb, his mom, and I all signed his release form for him as his parent/guardian. (Note: He did eventually sign it)
October 9 – Underwater Pumpkin Carving
October 11 – Computer Nitrox Class
October 15&16 – Open Water Check out dives
October 22 – 4th Annual Christmas for Kids Chili & Non-Chili Cookoff and Silent Auction
October 24 – Open Water Check out Dive
November 3 – Extreme Dive Club Meeting
November 6 – Open Water Check out Dive
December 1 – Extreme Dive Club Meeting Christmas Party
January 1 – Annual New Years Day Dive
February 2 – Extreme Dive Club Meeting
February 18-25, 2017 –
March 2 – Extreme Dive Club Meeting
April 6 – Extreme Dive Club Meeting
April – Annual Warehouse Sale
May 4 – Extreme Dive Club Meeting
Had a lot of fun this last week working with KSN on some upcoming promos on TV
We will be working on Christmas for Kids again this year, and will have a toy box in the store again. Come out and have some fun at our Chili Cookoff and Silent Auction on October 22nd.
Working on a Summer trip to Curacao this summer.
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The 3rd Annual Newton County Firefighters Christmas for Kids Chili Cookoff is in the record books. And boy did we set some new records. Stick with me on this journey to find out how.
Every year new additions to the Chili Cookoff make it better than the year before. It’s just a learning curve from year to year on what works and what doesn’t. This year brought about a few changes with the addition of the bounce house, the Johnny Train and cash prizes for the Chili winners.
The bounce house was a huge hit with the kids. And the blogger may or may not have tried her fair share of the bounce house at the beginning. Hey how can you blog about it if you don’t know?
The Chili had to be in place by 5pm to be entered in the contest. This year we had 12 Chili entry participants. Thank you for participating!
Judging started at 5:30pm. This year the judges were representatives of the area firefighter departments and emergency response.
This years Judges were:
And Dan La Due represented Newton County Rescue and Recovery as an alternate in case someone didn’t show up.
Our very own Diver Dan was the alternative Chili judge, but he was also there to over see the judges in case they had any questions.
While the judges were busy doing their thing, the kids were being entertained as well. We had the bounce house, but another new addition to this years festivities was the Johnny Train. Thank you Boomer Baugh for bringing this and toting the kids all around.
While the kids were playing in the bounce house and riding the Johnny Train, the adults were engaged in conversations and a lovely, competitive game of bidding in a silent auction. There were 110 items placed in the silent auction. Jared’s flatbed trailer was filled to the max and we had 2 additional tables full of items to be bid on. Items ranged from blankets, sweatshirts, wreathes, handmade horse shoe items, pliers and so much more as well as baked goods. Hopefully there was a little something for everyone!
Tiffany Hayworth modeling with one of the silent auction items, a repurposed tank lamp.
At 6pm or closely after the judges were finished judging it was time for the rest of us to eat. When we entered we paid a $5 entry fee plus we were given 5 tickets. The tickets were to vote on the People’s Choice Chili Award. Boxes were set up in front of each Chili entered. As you found a chili you wanted to vote for, you placed a ticket in the box.
Originally in the weather forecast there was a chance of rain. Even though the day was mostly cloudy, the skies never let loose and the forecast changed to mostly cloudy. But we were able to witness a BEAUTIFUL sunset.
Around 7:30pm, last call was called and boxes were picked up. Then a team went into the judges room and started counting tickets for each box. Thank you to:
for counting up each ticket for the People’s Choice Vote.
At 8pm the awards were announced.
People’s Choice went to Julia Johannes. People’s Choice received a plaque and a Gray Enameled Cast Iron Crock
3rd Place went to Nicole Willoughby. 3rd place received the plaque and $22. And the big joke of the night was my mom won People’s choice and then when Dan announced that I won 3rd place instead of saying my name he said her daughter. I was caught off guard so naturally I was teased since I’m my mother’s only child and I didn’t know it was me immediately .
2nd place went to Janet Judd. 2nd Place won $33. Janet had left for the evening so her sister Karen Weston accepted in her place.
1st place went to Rachele Lord. 1st place won $55. The last 2 years Rachele has placed but she has had to work so Doug accepted in her place. This year Doug had to work and Rachele was able to attend so they teased her all evening that she wouldn’t place since she was there, but instead she won the whole shebang.
The real winners at the end of the evening were the Children in Newton County who will have a better Christmas thanks to the generous donations from all who attended the Chili Cookoff event. This year we were able to raise $3,400.
A special thank you to all those who donated items and time in pulling this event off:
Barb McMurry, Carolyn Johannes, CED Electric, Chet Anderson/Spinning Wheels SK8 Center, Dan & Carlene La Due (Shamrock Bolt & Screw), Danielle La Due (Jamberry/Origami Owl), De Anderson, Doug & Rachele Lord, Extreme Sports Scuba, Grady & Deb Weston, Harriett Miller, Horseshoe Bros (Jared Weston & Mark Willoughby), James Wilson, Janet Judd, Jared & Karen Weston, Jody Payton, Kim Brungard, Kim Fowler, Locke Electric, Logan Wilfong (Federated Insurance), Manford & Dana Vangunda, Margaret Maynard, Mariam Vandergrift, Mark & Nicole Willoughby, Marlin Willoughby, Michelle Weston, Nick & Julia Johannes, Nicole Willoughby Photography, Paula Lawless, Photography by Dana, Shirley Mann, Southern Uniform, Steve Weston, U-Do We-Do Laundry, White’s Equine Tack & Feed. (If I forgot to add someone, please let me know and they will be added!)
Last week we decided to play a little guessing game. It was crazy all the different fashion statements we saw at the Underwater Pumpkin Carving this year. But now it is time to reveal the answers as to who pulled off the fashion statements.
First off you saw this picture….
If you guessed Boomer Baugh, you are correct!
The second picture…..
Finally, the last picture you saw….
Did you guess Nicole Willoughby? If so, you would be right!
So, how did you do?
How did Fall get here so fast? In the blink of an eye it’ll be over. Holy cow! Can you believe that we are over halfway through the month of October? October, did I just say October? Why yes, yes I did. That means that it is time for the 18th Annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving.
As with all events that we participate in, this year’s Underwater Pumpkin Carving brought some great stories, from the great fashion statements to Boomer Baugh trying to get his pumpkin underwater. (Yes, we have video of that one, now if Charli Jo Epperly could have had a video camera running from under the water so we could have had both views!)
Our morning started out kind of overcast and in the upper 40’s but by late afternoon the sun was out and the weather wasn’t too bad. Anywhere from t-shirt to a light weight jacket or sweat shirt and it was pretty comfortable.
The morning started out with certifying a class of Divers. Congratulations to the new open water divers: Bryon Ezell, Yolanda Ezell, Charli Jo Epperly, Brandon Mee, Alex McKinley and Billie McKinley.
Also Congratulations to Mitch Hushak for completing Solo Diver and Dry Suit Diver.
While Grady and Dan took care of the scuba certifications, Deb stayed dry to start getting people signed up for the underwater pumpkin carving that was to start at noon. Karen and I jumped in and helped with the cooking of the chili and spaghetti. The spaghetti was for spaghetti red. We had 2 different people with us, one from Alaska and one from California who mentioned that they’d never heard of that. The comment was, “That must be a Midwest thing.” .
And you know the saying, if there’s food, they will come… Lol.
As stated every year, the pumpkin carving starts at 1pm, you have 45 minutes to get your pumpkin, carved and back up or if you hit a psi of 500 you must come up.
There was some excitement in getting a pumpkin down underwater this year. Anyone who was underwater minus Charli Jo didn’t know about it until we came back up but I guess it was quite the show for all those who were on land. And thanks to Dan La Due, we have a video. Sorry, I have to share the video Boomer, but we still love you! (by the way, Dan already shared it on facebook so technically, I’m ok, right? haha)
Good news is Boomer finally got down and was able to carve his pumpkin! And so did the rest of us. Now being the blogger, I have blogged about this twice, but never tried it so this year I changed that. I’ll tell you they over weighted me to help get my pumpkin down and I still couldn’t do it. I didn’t have the trouble that poor Boomer did though, I just gave it to my darling husband, Mark, and asked him to get it down for me. That’s how you do it people! haha .
The joke after all the carving was done is we all had to take our pumpkins back out and pick up all the insides
Once everyone got back up, then it was time to start voting on who will win.
And now for your 18th Annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving Winners:
Best Effort – Annie Olsen
Ugliest – Mike Steele
I should mention it was a tie between 2nd and 3rd, therefore a tie breaker had to be performed.
3rd Place – Tiffany Hayworth (also the blogger/photographer needs to be fired for this photo!)
2nd Place – Justin Walkinshaw
1st Place – Dan Hayworth
And a photo of her 1st, 2nd and 3rd place or should I say, 3rd, 2nd, and 1st. You be the judge . Justin is in a Hayworth Sandwich… haha. (Please laugh, let me know I’m kind of funny.. haha)
And now…. the finale…
A close up look of the pumpkins:
And the 14 participants for the 18th Annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving.
The weather was beautiful. The company was fabulous. The diving conditions weren’t bad at all, a nice balmy 68 degrees and the thermocline wasn’t hit until around 50 feet or so, so the water was the same pretty much all over our diving cove.
And check out this video by Mike Vandergrift!
The Underwater Pumpkin Carving on Sunday brought about some very fashionable statements. So we thought it might be fun to do a sort of Guessing Game.
Guess Whose Feet These Are – There is a place for comments below, or else comment on facebook in the comments section about this!!!
Hopefully you’ll play our guessing game. Don’t worry, the answers will be revealed!
This last weekend we just had the Underwater Pumpkin Carving (don’t worry, a recap to come shortly!) but the next stop today is the Newton County Christmas for Kids Chili Cookoff. At the Pumpkin Carving people were asking about the rules and items that will be in the silent auction. I would like to now share those with you because even though it is not hosted by Extreme Sports Scuba, enough of us that are involved with ESS are also interested in this fun event!
This year marks the 3rd Annual Chili Cookoff. With each year we learn a little more about what works and what doesn’t and we adjust. The best part is it keeps getting better and better! Now if you’ve never been involved in one of the Chili Cookoff’s, please read about the 1st Chili Cookoff and the 2nd Chili cookoff. I’ll wait.
Some big changes that came about this year is there will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and people’s choice as well as trophies. What are those prizes you ask? Well I’m glad you asked….
If that isn’t a reason to come and enter chili, I don’t know what is! By the way, official Rules have been announced so check those out so you’re prepared!
Easy Peasy. Yes, I’ve never said/typed that phrase before but it felt appropriate..
Make note that Chili MUST BE in place by 5pm to be entered in the contest.
Now, if cooking chili isn’t your cup of tea, but eating is, starting at 6 or just after judging is complete, that’s when the rest of us get to eat chili. And there will be other things as well, I heard Rachele Lord say she was bringing a special treat (if you were there last year you know what it is!) and there’s been talk of potato soup as well.
Next on the agenda of things to address is the Silent Auction. So far we have 25 things in our possession and that doesn’t include any baked goods, which I heard through the rumor mill there will be cheesecake… Just saying. Sadly I do not have a full list of items to be auctioned off, but I do have some fun pictures and pictures are always fun! So now I present you with some of the auction items.
And there you have it… a few of the items up for silent auction at this years 3rd Annual Newton County Christmas for Kids Chili Cookoff. Remember this is for a good cause and all proceeds go to help make a better Christmas for Children in Newton County. We hope to see you there. Also, we’re still accepting monitary &/or auction items donations so if you have any questions please contact Deb at 417-659-9009.
We hope to see you there!!!