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                     Rutgers EnviroStewards Alumni Association
                      (RESAA) Executive Board Meeting Minutes
                             Wednesday, June 17, 2009
ATTENDANCE: Bill Curzie, Marlene Robinson, Jim May, Will Sigle, Leslie Brecknell, Irene Sabin,
Bruce Barbour

President Curzie called the meeting to order at 10:25 a.m.

Today’s meeting was rescheduled from Wednesday, May 20, 2009. The April 22, 2009 RESAA
Executive Board minutes were approved as written.

Bill received a letter from Steve Foster (Duke’06) stating that he must resign from his position as
RESAA Vice-President because of time and work constraints. Bill accepted Steve’s resignation,
with regret, and thanked him for all his input and effort to help get RESAA started.

    Bruce introduced Leslie Brecknell (Duke ‘09) who was attending a RESAA meeting for
      the first time.

       Bruce said that a new RES volunteer, Debbie Freund (Duke’09), is interested in
        formulating a natural tick repellent using essential oils from cedar wood and, if
        successful, has offered the product as a fundraiser for RESAA.

       Rutgers Environmental Steward banners are in print in two sizes: a 2’ x 3’ “Proud
        Partner” banner for agencies and organizations that work with RES and a 2’ x 6’ banner
        that alumni can use when sitting tables at fairs and other events.

       More RES brochures are needed for distribution at public events. Bill gave Bruce copy
        about RESAA to add to the brochure.

       The 2009 RES classes have ended and there are 43 new alumni. At least two 2009
        alumni have found paying jobs as a result of attending RES classes. Bruce will make
        names and contact information available to RESAA. Distribution of certificates is planned
        for August 13, 2009 at Duke Farms. All alumni are invited to attend.


Educational Events
    Marlene contacted Jim Crater of www.recyclingservices.org in Pottstown, PA and he is
       available to speak to the group at a general meeting in the fall. The date and venue for
       the first annual meeting has not yet been set. Bill and Jim suggested that we hold the
       meeting at the Burlington County EcoComplex. Will distributed possible sources of
       speakers from Rutgers as well as a list of speakers from the Sustainable Raritan River
       Summit held at Rutgers on May 15, 2009.

       Bruce will contact Tanya Oznowich to see if a meeting could still be arranged in Trenton
        with NJDEP speakers on topics of interest to RES alumni. (Topics suggested at the March
        13, 2009 RESAA meeting were: 1. Is there a state master plan for environmental issues, e.g. for
        wastewater management, stream classification, etc.? 2. Climate change according to changing
        plant bloom times. 3. Reports on changing national ice dates. 4. Seasonal signs of local and
        national weather changes. 5. Regulations for proper disposal of medications; consequences of
        improper disposal.) Everyone is encouraged to submit more topics.
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RESAA Website: Leslie would like to work with the group in helping to develop the alumni
website. She mentioned software programs that can set up restricted access levels meant only
for certain users and not the general public. Passwords and other methods of entry to restricted
levels were discussed. Bruce will check to see what software Rutgers uses for this purpose. Bill
suggested that a listserve for direct access to alumni be developed. The general consensus was
that short listserve messages alerting alumni to check the website for new updates would be the
most efficient way to disseminate RESAA information.


Topic for promotion of public environmental awareness by RESAA

Cars idling during stops: Bill would like RES alumni to inform the public of the serious pollution
problem and waste of energy caused by cars/trucks idling for long periods during stops. An
example of what can be done for community awareness is the “Idle Free NJ” workshop which is
being presented at the Hillsborough Municipal Building on Thursday, August 20, 2009 by Peg
Sturmfels from NJ Environmental Federation.

    Rutgers continuing education course "Communicating Conservation to Citizens" can be
     accessed on this website: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/ew0321ha.html .
     Ask for a Rutgers Environmental Steward discount. The Master Gardener discount was
     the same as the "group" rate of $25 instead of $35.

       Doug Tallamy’s “Bringing Nature Home” website answers the question “What should I
        Plant Where I Live?” http://www.plantanative.com/what-should-i-plant.html

       From Will: Two video reports featuring the work of the DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife's
        Endangered and Nongame Species Program (ENSP) are available on the Star-Ledger's
        website. The videos feature the red knot, a small shorebird which makes an important
        stopover in New Jersey as thousands of the birds make the 10,000 mile journey to
        breeding grounds in the Arctic, and the recovery of bald eagles in New Jersey. Both are
        linked from the division's ENSP page at http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/ensphome.htm
        Jim participated in this year’s count of red knot shore birds.

The Next RESAA Meeting is at the EcoComplex on Wednesday, July 15, 2009:
9:30 – 10:00 idea exchange; 10:00 to Noon – business meeting.

Action List for July 15 meeting
Educational/ general membership meeting:
      Everyone – send ideas for general topics/ speakers to Marlene.
      Send NJDEP speaker topics to Bruce
      Bruce reports on Rutgers software/ listserve programs
      Everyone – bring list of environmental groups for possible links on the RESAA website

Jim made the motion to adjourn, seconded by Marlene. Motion carried. The meeting was
adjourned at 12:25 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Irene O. Sabin
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