and Mary Ann Hosey are avid divers who take annual trips around the
world with other members of the International Fellowship of Rotarian
group dives once a year in exotic destinations such as the Fiji
Islands, Coco Island, the Great Barrier Reef or the Galapagos Islands.
But what sets this group apart is that each trip is highlighted
by a financial contribution the divers make to projects in a particular
region of the world.
"We gave $2,500 to a conservation project in Papua, New Guinea,
that will go to local children and their schools," said Tom
Hosey, a podiatrist with offices in Mount Clemens and Clinton Township.
"We try to give back to the community where we dive."
Mary Ann Hosey said the group has raised more than $10,000 for humanitarian
efforts the last 14 years.
The Hoseys, Tom is a former member of the Mount Clemens Rotary Club
and Mary Ann is a current member, admit diving is a hobby, but they
have taken it one step further than a swim through peaceful waters
and beautiful reefs.
"We watched sharks feed on tuna," said Tom, noting he
and his wife were inside a shark-proof cage as tuna blood attracted
a frenzy of feeding sharks. "It was incredible."
Mary Ann, an administrator for the Clinton Township Board of Trustees,
said she witnessed two white tip reef sharks mating on a recent
trip — a rarity to see.
"They circle around the female until she lets one of the males
bite down on her fin, and they corkscrew down into the deep ocean,"
she said. "You don't see sharks mating very often."
A rule of thumb for the pair is "never touch the reef."
"We have great respect for the reefs," Tom said. "To
be out there in the reef, no phones, no communication, because you're
on a boat in a Third World country. To me, it's a great feeling."