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Decora Meets for Diamonds

Feb. 3, 2011 at midnight
Updated Feb. 2, 2011 at 8:03 p.m.


The Decora Study Club met Jan. 25, at the Women's Clubhouse. President Lillian Alex presided.

Virginia Berger introduced John Swoboda and his wife, Jere, who presented a very informative program on offshore diamond mining in South Africa. The account explained that volcanic eruptions produced the diamonds that were washed out to sea from rivers and northward by turbulent Antarctic currents off present day Namibia's coast. The dangerous early days of platform recovery of seabed diamonds began in 1961-65, after diamonds were discovered during warship salvaging. John became involved with Collins Construction, of Port Lavaca, builders of oil pipelines and drilling platforms, when that company began constructing the latter required for the diamond recovery. John's inventive engineering expertise with Victoria Machine Works and Collins pipeline ventures led to their pairing. The presentation was based upon a paper presented by John and his son, Jay, at the International Offshore Technology Conference in Houston in May, 2010.

Hostesses were Dee Skeete and Pat McDonald. Fifty-five members enjoyed refreshments prepared by Jane Cox, Melicent Bryarly and Dee Skeete.

Vicki Grimes will present Oil, Oil, Oil - A Lady in a Man's World for guest day on Feb. 8.

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