Special Called Meeting, WWALS Board 2021-10-31

The public is invited to this Special Called Meeting of the WWALS Board, where we will be discussing the WWALS Boomerang Paddle Race, Chairman and Mayor’s Paddle, Songwriting Contest, cleanups, outings, water quality testing, opposition to mines, water withdrawals, coal ash, and wood pellet plants, promotion of solar power, water trails, and Troupville River Camp, and of course finances.

[2021-10-31--wwals-quarterly-board-meeting-agenda-0001 Board, Staff, Committees]
2021-10-31–wwals-quarterly-board-meeting-agenda-0001 Board, Staff, Committees

We will be meeting online by zoom, so you don’t even have to go anywhere.

When: 8-10 AM, Sunday, October 31, 2021

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Agenda: Please have a copy of the Agenda so you can follow along.

WWALS advocates for the entire 10,000 square mile Suwannee River Basin, in Georgia and Florida, including the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Alapahoochee, Little times two, New times two, Santa Fe, and Suwannee Rivers, and all their creeks, springs, sinks, ponds, and swamps, such as Grand Bay, Banks Lake and the Okefenokee Swamp.

Much of the work of WWALS is done by committees of members, and many of them have some good results to report. If you’d like to join a committee, please fill out the application.

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The board itself does most of its business online via email, but it’s good to have these gatherings once a quarter.

The current board members, officers, and staff are listed on the Board web page.



WWALS Special Called Board Meeting
8-10 AM, Sunday, 31 October 2021

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Participation, pandemic, paddle races, outings, cleanups, water quality testing, opposition to mines, water withdrawals, coal ash, and pellet plants, promotion of solar power, and of course finances: the WWALS board will be discussing all those in its Quarterly Board meeting. The public is invited. We will be meeting online by zoom, so you don’t even have to go anywhere .

Invited to attend:  WWALS members, especially committee members, and the general public.

All WWALS Board Members are expected to attend.

The more done on the board list, the less time we have to spend in this meeting.

Board Members : for bios, terms, etc. see https://wwals.net/about/board/

  • President (Vacant) *
  • Tom Potter (Senior Vice President and Chair of Science Committee)*
  • Laura D’Alisera (Scribe of Songwriting Contest Committee)*
  • Bret Wagenhorst (Secretary)
  • Shelby Miller (Treasurer and Chair of Personnel Committee)*
  • Dave Hetzel (WWALS Ambassador and Chair of Advisory Committee)
  • Trudy Cole

* Executive Committee.

Staff:  see also https://wwals.net/about/board/#staff

  • Gretchen Quarterman, Executive Director (Chair of Membership, Finance, and Grant-Writing Committees)
  • John S. Quarterman, Suwannee Riverkeeper® (Chair of PR and Watershed Issues Committees)

Committees: see also   wwals.net/about/committees/  and Committee items  below.

  • Eileen Box (Chair of Events Committee)
  • Suzanne Hall (Chair of Testing Committee)
  • Vacant (Chair of Outings Committee)
  • Vacant (Chair of Water Trails Committee)


  1. Call to Order including welcoming guests and explaining how this meeting is conducted (anyone can speak; only board members vote; try to stick to the topic at hand).
  2. Election of President to fill unexpired term of Tom H. Johnson Jr  (through July 2022).
  3. Secretary
    1. Agenda Review: Additions and Changes
    2. Approve Minutes
      1. Vote: Approve Minutes of 18 July 2021 WWALS Annual Meeting
      2. Vote: Approve Minutes of 18 July 2021 WWALS Quarterly Board Meeting
      3. Vote: Record in minutes of this WWALS board meeting the Email votes by WWALS Board or Executive Committee since last WWALS Quarterly Board Meeting (see Secretary Report ).
    3. Next Meetings:
      1. Review schedule: Proposed 2022 schedule
        1. January 09, 2022
        2. April 10, 2022
        3. July 10, 2022
        4. October 09, 2022
      2. Strategy meeting with board, staff, committees.
  4. Treasurer/ Finance Committee: See Treasurer Report
    1. Financial Report: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/1bK3tb0D9GR5VsZEsxorxKYPQwT8LtYjg
  5. President:
  6. Executive Director (business): See Report
    1. Policies for board e-mail list.
    2. Nominating committee membership.
    3. Projects and Programs. Survey – first for board, then for members.
    4. It actually takes time and attention to run even a small organization.
  7. Suwannee Riverkeeper (advocacy); see Report

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    1. Vote: Need strategy meeting with board, staff, committees. New board members may be unfamiliar with what staff and committees do, and much has changed even since early board members started.
    2. Many wins lately. Much more to do. Proposed titanium strip mine too close to Okefenokee Swamp, trash traps, single-use plastics, LNG, pipelines, FERC, Phosphogypsum, Nestle, toll roads, etc.
    3. How you can help with advocacy.
  8. Committee items for discussion or vote are in agenda; see also appended reports.
  9. Advisory Committee: Chair Ambassador Dave Hetzel, Board Delegate Dr. Tom Potter. See Report.
    1. Needs to meet.
  10. Events Committee: Chair Eileen Box; see Report
    1. Organize event, Natural History of the Suwannee River Basin, With Rights of Nature?
    2. Festival Booth.
  11. Executive Committee:
  12. Grant-writing Committee: Chair Gretchen Quarterman; see Report
    1. We need to apply for grants to get money.
    2. Would someone else like to chair this committee?
  13. Membership Committee: Chair Gretchen Quarterman; see Report
    1. Do we want to give memberships to Songwriting Judges and Contestants? We have in the past done this.
  14. Nominating Committee: Chair vacant; see Report
    1. Needs a chair.
  15. Outings Committee: Chair Vacant; see Report.
    1. Vote on additional Outings Committee members or new committee chair?
    2. Sugar Creek and Pafford’s Landing trash successes
    3. Boomerang 2021 — Bobby McKenzie https://wwals.net/?p=56869
    4. BLRPR 2022 — Bret Wagenhorst
    5. Review Outings Checklist.
  16. Personnel Committee: Chair Shelby Miller; see Personnel Committee Report
    1. Should/can we increase the Riverkeeper salary?
  17. Public Relations Committee: Chair John S. Quarterman; see Report.
    1. Two board meetings ago we decided to do something with this Suwannee bass graphic donated by artist Hank Hershey for fundraising. T-shirt? Stickers? Cups?
    2. Review WWALS internal googlegroup email lists and public social media.
    3. Please add articles to Tannin Times Newsletter before the end of every month.
  18. Science Committee: Chair Tom Potter; See Science Committee Report.
    1. No vote necessary
  19. Songwriting Contest Committee: Chair Angela Duncan.; see Report.
    1. Vote: make finalists, headliner, M.C. WWALS members.
    2. Vote: constitute a committee for new Chair Angela Duncan
    3. Final Report of 2021 Suwannee Riverkeeper Songwriting Contest Committee.
  20. Testing Committee: Chair Suzy Hall; See Testing Committee Report.
    1. Georgia testing training schedule.
    2. Get data into Georgia Adopt-A-Stream.
    3. Florida testing training needed again.
  21. Trails Committee: Chair Vacant; see Trails Committee Report
    1. Many trails wins lately.
  22. Watershed Issues Committee: Chair John S. Quarterman. See Issues Report.
    1. Some wins lately.
  23. How busy everybody is and how many technical difficulties.
  24. Executive Session (if necessary – give a reason)
  25. Reconvene
  26. Adjourn

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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