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COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB MEETING MINUTES April 2012

On Tuesday, April 17, the Coastal Bend Sierra Club (CBSC) met from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm at the Central Library on Comanche Street. After welcoming members and reminding them that meeting minutes are posted on the CBSC website, Chairperson Pat Suter asked Treasurer Teresa Carrillo for her report. Teresa reported that the checking account balance is $1,435.44 and that the total amount invested in the three CD’s is $8,129.20. She also stated that generous monetary contributions, with notes saying they appreciate receiving mailed CBSC newsletters, had been received from members Ernestine Glossbrenner and Larry Messer.

Next on the agenda was a report of the recent Lone Star Executive Committee (ExCom) meeting by Lone Star president Hal Suter. He reminded members that the deadline for voting on National Sierra Board of Directors is fast approaching. (See CBSC minutes of the March meeting for Lone Star endorsements and other details.) Hal reported that the ExCom is busy considering applications for filling the position of Executive Director Ken Kramer, who is retiring this summer; he also stated that the Lone Star Sierra Chapter is sponsoring a water conference in Austin on April 27.

Members of CBSC congratulated Hal on receiving the Chapter’s highest award—the Orrin Bonney—for exemplifying Sierra’s spirit and commitment by spending time and effort in positions of authority within the Chapter. They also recalled that CBSC Chairperson Pat Suter was honored with this award several years ago.

Membership Chair Lois Huff reported that CBSC now has 474 members and that sixteen new memberships came in during March. Of these, Lois has e-mail addresses for 122, and she sent an e-mail announcement of this month’s meeting to all for whom she has addresses. Lois will continue this practice, and asks that members contact her if they wish to be on the list of those receiving announcements.

Joyce Jarmon, who serves on the community’s Long Term Health Committee, reported that good news was presented on local air quality at their last meeting. Latest TCEQ data shows that Corpus Christi is no longer the top Texas emitter of benzene--now ranking fifth in the state. Benzene emissions are also decreasing at other Texas locations. The Corpus Christi area has shown the most improvement in decreasing such emissions. Other topics discussed included pipeline construction regulations and flares burning at refineries.

Vice-chair Mina Williams and Conservation Chair Venice Scheurich gave brief reports of recent developments in uranium activity in Kleberg and Goliad Counties. The Kleberg County/URI trial in 105th District Court is scheduled to resume in Kingsville on May 14; Goliad County is awaiting news on whether or not EPA will grant a request by UEC for an aquifer exemption in that county. Mina and Venice also follow developments in nesting and recovery of critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles from Padre Island National Seashore. The first nest this year was documented last week. Those wishing to follow nesting activity can find updates at www.nps.gov/pais.

Pat and Lois reminded members of the Membership Party which is scheduled for Thursday, May 17. Lois will mail invitations to all members in early May, and Pat will give details about contributing items for the silent auction in the upcoming newsletter. Once again, Jeanne Adams has graciously offered her lovely place for the party.

This year’s Earth Day/Bay Day event will occur at Heritage Park on Saturday, April 21, and CBSC has donated $500 as one of the sponsors. Lone Star Sierra staff person Flavia DeLaFuente will coordinate activity at the CBSC booth. Members wishing to participate may do so by appearing at the booth on the 21st and volunteering for a shift.

Before closing, Pat paid tribute to the late Senator Carlos Truan, and led a discussion with members, reminiscing about his protection of natural resources and the environment in Texas. The Senator served many years in the Texas Legislature and exerted much time and energy in supporting causes endorsed by the environmental community.

Submitted by Venice Scheurich, April 17, 2012

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      EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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   Chair
COMMITTEE CHAIRS    
    Recycling
Shelley Fox
Lois Huff
Teresa Carillo
  Activities
Venice Scheurich  &
Mina Williams
241-4289

882-1179


Uranium Mining
Bill Alling 289-9090 Air Quality
    Membership
Hal Suter and Mina
Williams
852-7938 Political
Hal Suter 852-7938 Walks
Hal Suter
Teresa Carrillo
852-7938 Lone Star Chapter Chair & Represent.
Joyce Jarmon   Refinery Emissions &
Community Advisory Council/Long Term Health Care
Edie Cosgrove   Refinery Emissions
Cheryl McGrath   Webmaster

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      Home: (361) 814-9220
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