March 31, 2016

Minutes of the March 31, 2016 Meeting
The Rotary Club of Mobile

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by Robby McClure at 12:15 PM. After Dan McDaniel offered the invocation the group was led in song by Larry Sindel accompanied by Bill Oppenheimer on the piano. Tommy Blankenship welcomed visiting Rotarians and members’ guests.

Rotary District Conference at Gulf Shores Members were reminded of the upcoming conference and those who are interested should contact Peggy.

Program: Casi Callway, Executive Director of Mobile Baykeeper

John Dukes introduced Casi Callaway who gave an update on her organization’s goals in helping the Environment, Economy and the Community. She presented an overview of Mobile Baykeeper’s efforts for clean water, clean air, a good environment for wildlife and responsible government.

She invited her listeners to get involved, noting the numerous clean up days and her organization’s willingness to help set up further such events around our community. Casi discussed the new Mobile Greenway Initiative which she said will connect Langdon Park with downtown Mobile and lead ultimately to Dog River. The first 7 miles are underway, she added.

Mobilians need to “get engaged” she said, and to be aware of issues confronting this region. She described the recent Tank Farm Ordinance as one that while not perfect is “a good balance.” Casi added that her organization is not just about environmental issues but seeks to improve the whole community, supporting tourism, business, and a healthy, thriving environment.

After answering a number of questions, Robby thanked her for speaking to the club and presented her with a certificate noting that in her honor a donation had been made to the Bay Bears Charities.

The meeting adjourned at 1:00 PM.

Tom McGehee