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                          COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB GROUP  Meeting Minutes February 2015

The Coastal Bend Sierra Club Group (CBSCG) met on Tuesday, February 3 in the Retama Room of the Corpus Christi Public Library at 805 Comanche Street from 11:45 am until 1:45 pm.  After opening the meeting, Chairperson Lois Huff read the minutes of the January meeting which were accepted on a motion by Carolyn Moon and a second by Hal Suter. 

 

Lois then called for Treasurer Teresa Carrillo’s report which showed a balance of $843.96 in the checking account, $25 in the savings account, and a total of $8,497.75 in the three CD’s. Teresa noted that the IBC CD is earning only 0.5% interest and is up for renewal.  Carolyn Moon moved that another investment option earning higher interest be explored; Jim Holm seconded the motion and it was approved.

 

In the first item of new business, Lois reported that she, Pat Suter, Teresa Carrillo, and Sr. Elizabeth Riebschlaeger participated in the World Affairs Forum featuring discussions on environmental issues with several visiting Chinese officials on February 2.

 

The second item of new business was consideration of CBSCG’s participation, at sponsorship level, in this year’s Earth Day/Bay Day event.  On a motion by Carolyn Moon with a second by Pat Suter, members voted to spend $500 from the treasury and request additional donations (by e-mail to members from Chair Lois Huff) to cover the cost of being an ED/BD sponsor. 

 

Lois next introduced special guest Cyrus Reed, Conservation Director of the Lone Star Sierra Club, who described Lone Star’s 2015 Texas Legislative Agenda.  Cyrus also explained his lobbying activities within the legislative session and discussed with CBSCG members some of their major concerns.  He emphasized the importance of citizens interacting directly with their legislators on issues within their districts.  Some topics currently on the Lone Star Sierra Legislative Agenda are:  Clean Air, Clean Energy Solutions, Safe Management of Radioactive Waste, Local Participation in Environmental Decision-Making, Oversight of Oil and Gas Operations, Adequate Funding for Public Lands, Wildlife, and Clean Air, and Water Conservation and Management.  CBSCG members requested that Lone Star Sierra also include pipeline safety, oil/gas waste, and use/abuse of eminent domain among their top priorities.

 

In matters of old business, Lois reported that she, Teresa Kline, and Hal Suter would meet soon to discuss scheduling future activities and invitations to guest speakers on matters of local interest.  A topic which several members indicated an interest in is the connection of wind-generated electricity to annexation.  On the matter of the resolution from CBSCG to the Lone Star ExCom (see last month’s meeting minutes), Hal Suter reported that the ExCom approved it.  Finally, regarding the letter to the editor which Carolyn Moon agreed to write (see last month’s meeting minutes), Carolyn has sent a draft to CBSCG executive committee members for comments and will soon submit it to the Caller-Times for publication. 

 

Submitted by Venice Scheurich on February 3, 2015

 

 

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 COASTAL BEND GROUP EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Lois Huff
huffs@the-i.net

774-1500

Chairperson

Pat Suter
phsuter@stx.rr.com

852-7938

Chairperson Emeritus

Mina Williams
mina141@sbcglobal.net

882-1179

V.Chairperson

Teresa Carrillo
teresaacarrillo@aol.com

361-855-9012

Treasurer

Venice Scheurich 
jave241@sbcglobal.net

241-4289

Secretary

Hal Suter
rabblerouser@stx.rr.com

852-7938

Lone Star Chapter Chair

COMMITTEE REPORTERS

 

 

Venice Scheurich 
jave241@sbcglobal.net

 241-4289

Conservation Chair

Shelley Fox
Lois Huff
Teresa Carrillo

 

Activities

Venice Scheurich  &
Mina Williams

241-4289

882-1179


Uranium Mining &
Ridley Turtles

Carolyn Moon

289-9090

Sustainability

 

Cumulative Impact-Policy Development

Hal Suter and Mina Williams

852-7938

Political

Teresa Klein

Port of Corpus Christi

Jim Klein

Jim Holm

 

Membership

Jack Pope

Water

Environmental Justice

Hal Suter
Teresa Carrillo

852-7938

Lone Star Chapter Chair and Representative

Joyce Jarmon
Pat Suter

 

Refinery Emissions &
Community Advisory Council/Long Term Health Care

Joyce Jarmon, Teresa Carrillo
Sr. Elizabeth

 

Fracking

 Cheryl McGrath
csmcgrath@earthlink.net

 

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