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COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB April 2009 Meeting Minutes
The Coastal Bend Sierra Club (CBSC) met Tuesday, April 7, from 11:30 am until 1:15 pm at the Central Library at 805 Comanche Street. Pat Suter, Chairperson, welcomed members, reminded them that the meeting minutes are posted on CBSCs website, and asked Teresa Carrillo, Treasurer, for her report. Teresa reported that the checking account has a balance of $1803, but there are bills to be paid to the post office and the printer which will lower the balance significantly. She also stated that one of the Clubs three CDs will mature in June.
Hal Suter, Chair of the Lone Star Sierra Executive Committee (ExCom), summarized credentials of candidates for National Sierras Board of Directors. He stated that members might want to consider geographic diversity, as well as positions on important issues, when they vote. Ballots are due in the national office by noon on April 21. Online voting is available on the website of National Sierra.
Teresa Carrillo, member of the Lone Star ExCom, presided at the annual awards luncheon in Austin on April 4. She reported that eight awards were presented this year. Included among them was the Environmental Justice Award, presented to the Alliance of Texans for Uranium Research and Action (ALTURA), which was accepted by CBSC member Dr. Mark Walsh on behalf of the Alliance. Pat Suter reported that eight CBSC members attended the luncheon this year.
Lois Huff, Executive Director of the Coastal Bend
Bays Foundation (CBBF), and CBSC Chair Pat Suter reported on preparations for this
years Earth Day/Bay Day, which will be from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm at McGee Beach
& McCaughan Park on Saturday, April 18. The theme this year is "Recycling Is a
Part of Nature." Free parking will be available at Memorial Coliseum and at the
Methodist Church parking lot (until 4:30). Volunteers are needed to work at CBSC tables,
where books with an
environmental theme will be sold to help replenish the Clubs treasury. Members are
urged to donate appropriate used books which will be sold at our table. Donations of
relevant magazines will also be welcome.
Edith Cosgrove, Joyce Jarmon, and Pat Suter, who represent CBSC on the communitys Long Term Health and Industrial Committees, reported that the Health Committee will hold its last meeting of the spring next week.
CBSC Political Chair Hal Suter gave members his interpretation of the outcome of the April 4 city elections. He also led a discussion of on-going preparations for the TCEQ hearing on the proposed petroleum coke-burning Las Brisas power plant. Initially, the beginning date for the hearing was August 3. Later, it was reset for September, and now the announced starting date is November 2. Many of the individuals who were granted standing will be represented by Sierra attorneys. The National Sierra Club is contributing significant financial support for expenses incurred before and during the hearing.
Pat Suter reported that she and Hal had recently represented CBSC in Palacios, where city officials are working to establish a nature center. The city has applied for a Coastal Coordination Grant through the Trull Foundation, which would help finance the center.
Submitted by Venice Scheurich, April 8, 2009
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Pat Suter 852-7938 Chairman firstname.lastname@example.org Mina Williams 882-1179 V.Chairman Teresa Carrillo 361-672-4703 Treasurer Venice Scheurich 241-4289 Secretary Hal Suter 852-7938 Lone Star Chapter Represent. COMMITTEE CHAIRS Recycling 993-3737 Kenn Jobe Venice Scheurich &
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