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COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB MEETING MINUTES January 2013
The Coastal Bend Sierra Club (CBSC) met at the main library on Comanche St. from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm on Tuesday, January 15. After opening the meeting, Chairperson Lois Huff asked for the secretarys report and Secretary Venice Scheurich circulated a copy of last months meeting while reminding members that the minutes were also posted on the CBSC Website. Mina Williams moved that the minutes be approved, and Teresa Carrillo seconded the motion which carried.
Next on the agenda was the treasurers report, which was given by Treasurer Teresa Carrillo. The checking account balance is $1,146.17, and the total investment in CDs is $8,181.89. Teresa recommended that the club hold a garage sale to earn funds to increase the checking account balance, and members discussed having the sale on a Saturday in late March. Meanwhile, members are asked to collect items to be placed on sale during the event.
Hal Suter, Lone Star Sierra Chairperson, reported that the next meeting of the Lone Star Executive Committee will be in Austin on January 26, and he stated that the deadline for submitting agenda items is January 17. He also reported on a meeting that he, Lois Huff, Danny Lucio and Al Armendarez had with Mayor Nelda Martinez on environmental issues last week.
Joyce Jarmon, CBSCs representative on the communitys Long Term Industrial and Health Committees, reported that there had been no January meetings of these groups. Therefore, an update on air emission levels will be made in February.
Vice-Chair Mina Williams and Conservation Chair Venice Scheurich, who follow uranium developments in Goliad and Kleberg Counties, gave brief status reports on activities in those areas. Mina also reported that those interested in volunteering to work with the Kemps ridley restoration project at the National Seashore should plan to attend a mandatory orientation session on March 9 or 21 plus an all-day UTV training session on March 10 or March 22. All park visitors are requested to alert officials of any stranded sea turtles sighted by calling 361 949-8173 ext. 266.
Teresa Carrillo, who has served on the Railroad Commissions Eagle Ford Task force, reported that the task force report will be released soon, and she also reported that the Sunset Advisory Commission: Staff Report with Commission Decisions" was just released and can be found at:http://www.sunset.state.tx.us/83rd/RCRC-DEC.pdf . Teresa, a member of the Lone Star ExCom, announced that the form for nominating this years awards recipients will soon be available on the Lone Star Website. Winners will be honored at an awards banquet in April.
Lois Huff reported that CBSC currently has 450 members. She also stated that she has been in touch with CBSC Webmaster Cheryl McGrath on plans for using our website as a method for recruiting new members. Lois also reported that she will be in touch with Jim Holm on possibly Skyping future meetings. In addition, Lois informed the group that those interested in outdoor activities might be interested in joining the Saturday morning bird-watching events in Suter Park.
Under the heading of "new business," members began discussing participation in this springs Earth Day/Bay Day and the annual Membership Bash coming in May. Also, Hal, Pat, Lois, and Teresa plan to meet soon to discuss expansion of the Sierra Club by attracting young people who are interested in environmental issues.
Chairperson Emeritus Pat Suter reported that two of our most active members, Edith Cosgrove and Randy Berryhill, recently died. Pat volunteered to find a suitable place in Suter Park where pecan trees will be planted in their memory and to choose the trees and oversee their planting. Randy was one of the seven founding members of the Coastal Bend Sierra Group, and Edith was a long-time member who spent several years as a CBSC representative serving on the Long Term Industrial and Health Committees. With permission of the Audubon Outdoors Club, next months CBSC minutes will include the tribute to Edith which their Newsletter recently published. The Randy Berryhill obituary is available at:http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/atlanta/obituary.aspx?pid=162100902#fbLoggedOut .
Submitted by Venice Scheurich on January 15, 2013
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