COASTAL BEND GROUP SIERRA CLUB
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JUNE NEWS 2005

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The Southern Plains Region Sierra Club Benefit
                               for Padre Island
Email from Phyllis Dunham 6-2-05
Just wanted to let you know about the VERY EXCITING upcoming fundraiser for Padre Island  at Antone's in Austin on June 8th that will benefit the Chapter, regional campaign and the Austin group of the SIerra Club. Check out the attached flyer for info on this all star line up that includes Grammy nominee Eliza Gilkyson, Austin Music Awards Hall of Famer Dale Watson and his Lone Stars, and Sarah Lee Guthrie (daughter of Arlo, granddaughter of Woody) and her singer songwriter husband Johhny Irion as well as Austin favorites Carolyn Wonderland (by way of Houston, of course), Ruthie Foster (whom you may have caught on Austin City Limits), and Michael Fracasso (he'll play a solo acoustic set for both the sponsor's reception and for the concert, too).

[for more information, check the Austin Group Sierra Club website, click on "join us," and then click again on "CONCERT"]

If you plan to come, please order tickets right away (we're expecting a sellout) at the following link: http://www.frontgatetickets.com/index.php?SNIX=a47852ae16aab663b6d0d9a44763e142&v=24 

Or order tickets by phone at: 512-389-0315

If you live in Austin and want to volunteer for this event (we can use advance help on the auction committee, food committee, and sponsor and corporate sponsor committees as well as on the afternoon and evening of June 8th), please contact Chris Wilhite at: 512-472-9094

If you want to sponsor the event (bless your heart!), print out the attached form and mail your check to the address provided or call Traci Laird at 512-472-9094.

Everyone we've talked to in the music business says this is the ticket to have and the best line up of the best talent they've seen in a long time. Hope you can all make it, and we look forward to seeing you there. More details to follow. pd

PS: PLEASE FORWARD THIS ANNOUNCEMENT TO ANYONE ON YOUR OWN CONTACTS LIST WHO IS A PADRE LOVER OR A MUSIC LOVER. THEY'LL THANK YOU FOR SURE.

Phyllis Dunham
Southern Plains Regional Field Staff Director
Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas
Sierra Club

2906 Medical Arts
Austin, Texas 78705
512-472-9094
512-472-8710 Fax
512-297-7565 Cell

phyllis.dunham@sierraclub.org
www.sierraclub.org/field/southernplains

OUR NEXT COASTAL BEND GROUP SIERRA CLUB MEETING Sept., 2005
Time: 11:30am
Place: Blucher Nature Center (across from Blucher Park)
              205 N. Carrizo, Corpus Christi



New January 2005 Kemp's Ridley Update by Mina Williams & Venice Scheurich

Coastal Bend Sierra Club April 2005 Meeting Minutes

The Coastal Bend Sierra Club met at the Blucher Nature Center on
April 19 at 11:30 am for the regular monthly meeting.

Chairperson Pat Suter welcomed new members and gave a brief financial
report. Recent expenses included $110 for each of two (March and April)
newsletter mail outs. New member Marco Figueroa was introduced.

Edith Cosgrove, member of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee on Long Term
Health Matters, reported that city-wide monitoring of air for about 60 substances is now underway and that the raw data is available within 15 minutes of readings through the TCEQ website. It is hoped that the data will soon be made more user friendly. It appears that air quality along "refinery row" is better now than in years past.

Pat Suter reported for Kenn Jobe on recycling. The city’s Solid Waste Department will distribute information on the value and availability of recycling at a booth on Earth Day/Bay Day. Pat also reported that the Coastal Bend Sierra Club’s booth will haveliterature on the issues of water in Texas and Padre Island drilling. Also, tattoos will be available for the children who visit the booth.

Kathy Griffith received and forwarded the Audubon Action Alert re contacting members of the US House to request their opposition to drilling in the Artic National Wildlife Refuge. Pat Suter circulated the alert and appointed Marco Figueroa to contact the office of Representative Solomon Ortiz with a request that he vote against drilling in the Refuge. Members are urged to call Rep. Ortiz’s office at 361-883-5868 to request that he oppose the drilling.

Teresa Carrillo circulated a schedule of events for Earth Day/Bay Day, which will occur in Cole Park on Saturday April 23. Booths are to be set up by 9:00 am and activities will begin by 10:00 am with the opening ceremony. Volunteers are needed to work between 10:00 and 4:00 pm. Sierra’s booth is number 130 in tent 6.

Pat Suter reminded the group of Lone Star Sierra’s crab boil at Padre Island National Seashore on April 23 and of the group’s overnight campout on the beach south of Malaquite Visitors’ Center.

Hal Suter, member of the State Executive Committee, reported on the April 9 meeting in Austin. Statewide LNG plans were discussed. There are special concerns about facilities planned for the Houston Ship Channel area. A law suit has been filed in a district court against Shell Oil because of their plans to use an open loop process in their off shore operations.

The State Executive Committee also discussed and approved the S.T.O.P. application for an Environmental Justice grant for $3000 to pay for an expert witness in hydrology to testify at the TCEQ contested case hearing re uranium mining in the Kingsville area. (See the March Meeting Minutes for more information.)

Hal also announced that the July meeting of the Executive Committee will be in the Rockport area with Rusty Middleton in charge of arrangements. Regarding elections for national Sierra positions, Hal reminded members that they can vote on line. Ballots must reach national headquarters by noon on April 25. Therefore, if using traditional mail, they should be mailed by April 22.

Members agreed to have a party from 5 to 7 pm at the Blucher Nature Center on Friday, May 20 instead of the regular monthly business meeting. All are welcome. Bring your favorite snack food.

The meeting adjourned at 1:15 pm.

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                     COASTAL BEND GROUP

  • EXECUTIVE COMMITTE

  *Pat Suter       852-7938       Chairman    
   phsuter@stx.rr.com

 *Mina WIlliams   882-1179      V. Chairman

 * Judy Tor   361 -672-4703   Treasurer

* Venice Scheurich  241-4289  Secretary
 
    
* Hal Suter            852-7938       State Delegate

  •   COMMITTEE CHAIRS
    * Venice Scheurich                        Conservation

    *Bill Alling                                      Air Quality

    *Kathy Griffith       578-5291         Membership
                                                          & Publicity

    * Ken Jobe             993-3737        Recycling

    *Hal Suter & Mina Williams             Political
       852-7938   

    * Hal Suter          852-7938            Walks

    * Hal Suter           852-7938          Rep. to Lone Star                                                           Chapter            

    * Kathy Griffith    578-5291         Field Trips
     Teresa Carrillo   882-3439         Field Trips
                


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ELECTED OFFICIALS ADDRESSES

        Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa   Commissioner Jerry Patterson
        P.O. Box 12068                            GLO 1700 Congress Ave.
        Austin, TX 78711                         Austin, Texas 78701

         Commissioner (Chairman)       President George Bush
          TCEQ                                        The White House
          P.O. Box 13087                       Washington, DC
          Austin, TX 78711                     president@white-house.gov
                                             
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