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COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB April 2011 Meeting Minutes
The Coastal Bend Sierra Club (CBSC) met from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm on Tuesday, April 19 at the Central Library, 805 Comanche Street. After opening the meeting and announcing that meeting minutes are posted on the CBSC website, Chairperson Pat Suter asked for a report from Treasurer Teresa Carrillo. Teresa reported a current balance of $1,252.29 in the checking account and $95.50 in cash proceeds received from plant sales and donations received at CBSCs Earth Day/Bay Day booth. The status of the three CDs is unchanged from last month.
Prior to leading a discussion on Earth Day/Bay Day comments and outcomes for this year and plans for next year, Pat acknowledged Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports featuring two CBSC members, Lois Huff and Linda Price-May. Lindas impressive former as well as on-going work with dolphins received extensive coverage in David Sikes column of April 10. Lois valuable YWCA volunteer work was honored by the Mirador Senior Living Community as the first recipient of the 2011 Mirador Salute to Seniors Award.
Lois Huff reported that the League of Women Voters, by providing organizational help, is assisting several local environmental groups, including CBSC and the Coastal Bend Bays Foundation (CBBF), in planning an Environmental Candidates Forum to be held at St. Johns Methodist Church at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, April 27th. Lois also reminded members that the League of Women Voters (LWV) is sponsoring a forum"Texas Water: Commodity or Natural Resource?"--from 8:30 am until 12:30 pm on Saturday, April 30th. This forum will be held at the Carlos F. Truan Natural Resource Center at TAMU-CC. For more information see the LWV website.
Edith Cosgrove, Joyce Jarmon, and Pat Suter regularly attend meetings of The Community Councils Long Term Health Group. Edith reported that recent benzene emissions were the lowest they have been in many years and that industry continues efforts to reduce harmful air emissions.
Mina Williams and Venice Scheurich, who monitor Kemps ridley sea turtle nesting season activities and in situ uranium mining work in South Texas, reported that they have updated the CBSC website in both of these areas within the past two weeks. The turtle update on the CBSC website includes a report on this seasons first (April 7) Padre Island National Seashore nesting turtle. Featured on the uranium news update is a direct link to a report entitled "URANIUM MINING IN TEXAS: WHY IS IT DONE THAT WAY?"
by Dr. Roland L. Sass, who is a chemist and a fellow at Rice Universitys James A. Baker III Institute.
Pat Suter reported that DeWitt County CBSC member Sister Elizabeth Riebschlaeger called to express her concern about Eagle Ford Shale oil/gas "fracking" and its effect on groundwater in DeWitt and surrounding counties in the Eagle Ford area.
Teresa, Lois, and Pat are making plans for the CBSC "Membership Appreciation Bash," which will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on May 12th at the home of Jeanne Adams, 215 Louisiana. Teresa asks that items for the silent auction be brought to her home at 730 Harrison St. no later than May 11. If it is not possible for contributors to drop off items at her house, Teresa is offering to pick them up.
In additional comments, Pat announced that the Hans and Pat Suter Park re-dedication ceremony will be held at the park at 2:30 pm on Friday, April 29th, and that she will participate in a Corpus Christi meeting sponsored by the US Department of State Office of Visitors Program on climate change and renewable energy on April 27th. Also, Membership Chair Lois Huff reported that CBSC now has 454 individual members and that several long-standing members have recently renewed their membership.
Teresa Carrillo reminded members of the Gulf Coast Eco System Task Force listening-session meeting at the Ortiz Center at 5:30 pm on April 20th.
Submitted by Venice Scheurich, April 19, 2011***********************************************************************************
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