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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 CBSC’s 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 Club’s three CD’s will mature in June.

Hal Suter, Chair of the Lone Star Sierra Executive Committee (ExCom), summarized credentials of candidates for National Sierra’s 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 year’s 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 Club’s 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 community’s 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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                          COASTAL BEND GROUP

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Pat Suter 852-7938 Chairman
phsuter@stx.rr.com    
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  &
Mina Williams
241-4289

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Bill Alling 289-9090 Air Quality
Kathy Griffith   Membership/Publicity/Audubon
Club Liason
Hal Suter and Mina
Williams
852-7938 Political
Hal Suter 852-7938 Walks
Hal Suter
Teresa Carrillo
852-7938 Representataive to Lone Star Chapter
Joyce Jarmon   Refinery Emissions &
Community Advisory Council/Long Term Health Care
Edie Cosgrove   Refinery Emissions
Cheryl McGrath   Webmaster



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The Sierra Club's statement of Purpose is:  To explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

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