The meeting was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by BEAT President Neil Gilbert.
The July 26th meeting minutes were unanimously approved.
Jan reported on BEAT revenue and expenses.
Dale reported on two recent Clean Cape Fear roundtables (August 1st and August 8th) that he attended and updated the Board on the status of Gen-X and other chemicals in the Cape Fear River. Neil attended the SODA Offshore Drilling meeting in Myrtle Beach and updated the Board on the continued desire of some to push offshore drilling in the Atlantic and on SODA’s activities to prevent that.
Dwight reported on the August 12th Blue Extravaganza in Bolivia – a very successful event and one in which BEAT attracted several new members.
Greg updated the Board on progress in development of the BEAT website.
Jan discussed the Events Committee and the need to have more volunteers available for setup and (especially) take down of materials at events.
Ted stated that he had investigated organizational structures and that BEAT’s best move is to remain as a 501(c)(3) organization rather than become a LLC.
Ted also updated the Board on the status of the BEAT by-laws. It was decided that Ted and Greg would attempt to finalize a draft of the by-laws that could be considered by the full Board at its next meeting.
Neil recommended and everyone supported the appointment of Kristen Colleran (a veterinarian from Ocean Isle Beach and head of the local Warrior Women) to the vacant Board seat. He also identified Dan George (Winnabow fisherman) and Pete Key (Oak Island) as potential Board members.
Dwight reported that the Brunswick County Commissioners are considering a resolution to oppose solar energy.
Neil identified several relevant upcoming events: the Clean Water Rally with Erin Brockovich in Wilmington on August 19th, the Women’s Equality Day Rally in Southport on August 26th, and the Sunset at Sunset Festival in Sunset Beach on October 7th.
Neil discussed a request to have the BEAT Facebook page return to being private rather than public. The Board endorsed this move.
The next Board meeting will be on Friday, August 25th at Backstreet Café. The next membership meeting will be on Wednesday, September 6th at BEMC.
The meeting was adjourned at 1:00 p.m.
Acting Recording Secretary
BRUNSWICK ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION TEAM (BEAT)
MINUTES OF THE INTERIM BOARD MEETING
(Held at Brunswick Electric Corporation Building,
795 Ocean Highway West, Supply, NC)
August 16, 2017, 2017