DAN Barbeque Weekend
Dan Orr, president
of the Divers Alert Network (DAN) with his wife Betty Orr, M.S.,
Vice President of DAN visited the weekend of July 17, 2010. DAN
recognized the TA Club for their years of service and the TA Club honored
Dan and Betty Orr with banners around the quarry. Plans are already under way
for the 27th Annual DAN Barbeque to be held at the Portage Quarry
next July. Dan Orr recognized Jeff Rice and Tim Broderick with its
President's Award. New photos submitted by Jon Wells are added July 26, 2010,
including the top photo of Dan and Betty.
First, congratulations again for your wonderful award recognizing
your support for The Divers Alert Network. I’m constantly amazed at
your involvement in this sport we love…
For many years (while I was Training Director at Sub-Aquatics) I
thought you were the “absentee landlord” and that Mike and his
family ran the quarry for you… then Jeff Meyers at PADI HQ told me
of your teaching and instruction and the many certifications you
hold, PADI, NAUI and probably the YMCA before that. You’ve brought
the pleasure of diving to many, many people over the years.
Then I bring up my old double hose regular and “hospital” valve tank
and “may west” jacket thinking you might want to display it… and
then I walk into a magnificent museum of early diving equipment, and
feel truly humbled staring at the finest and largest collection of
gear from the 1950s and 1960s that is assembled anywhere on earth.
Believe me, if it was in my power I would finance a real diving
museum in your honor and build it there in Bowling Green so the
world could see how our sport developed over the years.
Then, even though I was a large part of the BBQ for DAN while at
Sub-Aquatics for all those years, I had NO idea of your involvement
in the early years of DAN and your large monetary donations in both
services and material… sending Mike all the way to North Carolina
was no small expense. You seemly never said anything. I guess you
could claim that the subject never came up… but I now realize that
it is your personality to seemly do what needs to be done, and if
there is credit to take for doing the right thing, it will come in
For all the divers and Dive Centers that have found pleasure in
using your quarry over the years, thank you.
Andy G. Silverman,
dive educator for Columbus SCUBA, won the 50/50 drawing. Columbus
SCUBA was a participating sponsor.
The photo of the
week is an underwater banner shot by Rich Lauer with model Tammy
Dan Orr announced to
the crowd that a President’s Award had been created for DAN members.
Holding the second DAN newsletter ever printed, he indicated that
one member of DAN present at the Barbeque had been a member since
DAN’s inception. Dan Orr then presented the first President’s Award
to Jeff Rice, owner of the Portage Quarry, for his contributions to
the organization. He made mention of the countless hours, money, and
printing that Rice had provided to help keep DAN alive in the
beginning. The inscription reads on the award, “For dedicated
service to DAN. By providing critical early assistance to DAN and
your continued commitment to DAN’s vital dive safety mission you
have helped secure DAN’S growth and success in the future. July 17,
The second award was
handed out to Tim Broderick, president of the TA Club, for the
club’s 26 years of service, as well as for being the first dive club
to reach platinum status. Through the years they have donated more
than $37,000 to DAN. The TA Club then presented another $2,000 to
Dan Orr from this year’s benefit barbeque. Dan Orr finished by
thanking the many club members and local dive shops for their
support of the TA Dive Club and helping to make this annual barbeque
TA Club members place
treasures around the quarry for divers to find in the Second Annual
Katya Bubbleva of
Reynoldsburg had her number drawn by Dan Orr for a Medical Kit
donated by DAN as part of the Saturday events of the DAN Weekend
sponsored by the TA Club.
Thank you for the great photos
and helping to make this a success.