COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB MEETING MINUTES February 2012
The Coastal Bend Sierra Club (CBSC) met at the main library on Comanche Street from noon
to 1 pm on Tuesday, February 21. After opening the meeting Chairperson Pat Suter
noted that Venice Scheurich and Mina Williams were continuing to focus on the issue
of uranium mining, and were currently attend a related trial in Kingsville and Teresa
Carrillo was delivering food to calves.
Pat Suter asked Lois Huff to take the minutes and send to Venice Scheurich for her review
and then posting on the CB Sierra Club website. Lois Huff reported for Treasurer
Teresa Carrillo that the checking account balance is $1,326.73 and the three CD's are:
$3,344.42 (at a rate of 2.25%); $1,092.82 (at a rate of 1.5%); $3,547.86 (at
a rate of 2%). Pat Suter has a bill for $47 that will be submitted covering to cost of
flowers sent to the funeral for Ken Kramer's mother.
Lois Huff reported that the January membership was 446, which included 477 total
members. She noted that many of our new members, as well as our current members,
only provided regular mail addresses, so emails are only moderately effective. Pat Suter
said that she includes on every mailed notice that members are invited to send her their
email addresses. Lois also went over the leadership list; she will correct the
list on-line to include Hal Suter as Chaper Delegate.
Lone Star Chapter. Hal Suter reported that he has been participating in policy discussions
focused on fracking; the Lone Star will endorse five national board candidates;
Cyrus Reed will represent the Lone Star Chapter as a member of ERCOT, and he will be
coming to Corpus Christi to work on green energy and sustainability on March 24 and
25 meeting with city staff regarding building codes and related topics. He and Hal
Suter will be attending the Blue Green Conference in Atlanta. Lastly, Ken Kramer is
retiring and his retirement party will be a chapter fundraiser.
Uranium. Mina Williams and Venice Scheurich were attending a related trial in
Kingsville. Water. Teresa Carrillo's wrote that the SB3 Stakeholder Task Force
meets tomorrow in Jourdanton, and that she and Pat Suter are attending. Industry.
Jack Pope reported that the Port is discussion selling property to Las Brisas; they
are working with the Corps about the Ingleside property wetland mediation. Joyce
Jarmon and Edith Cosgrove attended the industry meetings; Joyce said that the
benzene emissions have leveled off, and that the group will be changing from
advocacy on benzene to monitoring. This is exciting, and will allow the group to
now focus on advocacy and monitoring of sulfur
dioxide emissions, and as a result, this might increase involvement of both the
Port and the Coast Guard in their meetings. Comments were made on proven savings
that industries have made when forced to implement environmental improvements. Local
industries recognize that these advocacy groups help provide them, the industry, some
authority, and our local groups are well recognized.
Sustainability. Pat Suter introduced Carolyn Moon, a member of the Bay Area
Sustainability Group Initiative. Carolyn Moon spoke about efforts to get the growth of the
city into a better package, and detailed some changes that the group has brought about,
including bringing builders, city staff, local citizens and others together to address
local sustainability issues.
Social. The group suggested that Teresa Carrillo see if either Thursday May 3 or Thursday
May 10 will work with Jean Adams.
Transition. Pat Suter noted that our local club officer elections will take place in
December. Lois Huff will continue to work with Hal Suter and Teresa Carrillo on this
Submitted by Lois Huff
||Lone Star Chapter
|Venice Scheurich &
|Hal Suter and Mina
||Lone Star Chapter Chair
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