Ada Recycling Coalition
March 9, 2011
The following members were present: Garmon Smith, Trudy Nevland, Joe Braly, Lisa Sharp, Dana Nickell, Doug Weirick, Betty Parham, Stan Fullingim, Raymon Wright, Tylene Teel, Theresa Hammonds, Deanna Piercy and Steve Timmons.
Garmon Smith, Chair, called the meeting to order at 12:09 pm.
Treasurer’s Report – Glenda DeShazo distributed the Treasurer’s report, and it was accepted.
Minutes – Trudy Nevland distributed last month’s monthly minutes for the record.
Sponsor Certificates / Radio Spots – Joe Braly made a motion to present certificates to ARC’s Business Partners at the annual meeting in April and to pay for their lunches. Trudy Nevland seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.
Joe Braly is scheduled to represent ARC and promote the Recycled Art Contest during three live radio interviews (KTLS, KADA and KYKC) on March 23 at 8:30 am.
Telephone Book Collection Contest – Trudy Nevland reported that due to spring break and several requests from teachers, the drop-off date has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 26 from 9 am to noon. Volunteers are needed.
Green Initiatives Committee / Green Expo – Theresa Hammonds reported that the Green Initiatives Committee will meet Friday, March 11 at noon to finalize plans for the recycled art contest. She also reported that more sponsors are needed and that the response from artists has been good. The Green Expo, scheduled for this summer, is moving along, and the Chickasaw Nation agreed to sponsor the event. Leilani Münter, an American race car driver and environmental activist, is scheduled to speak during the event. More vendors are needed, and everyone is encouraged to check out the website: www.oklahomagreenexpo.com for information regarding vendors, sponsorship, contacts, etc.
Annual Earth Day Meeting – Tuesday, April 19 from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Elks Lodge. $10 buffet lunch. Steve Schmelling is scheduled to speak about the current water resources issues and Ada’s Green Expo. While Joe Braly is working on obtaining reusable shopping bags, Theresa Hammonds is checking on saplings to give out during the meeting. The slate-of-officers and board members to be presented for a vote is: Officers: Garmon Smith (Chair) Doug Weirick (Vice Chair) Glenda DeShazo (Treasurer) and Trudy Nevland (Secretary). Board Members: Dana Nickell, Ambrie Walker, Lisa Sharp, Steve Timmons, Joe Braly, Betty Parham and Marilyn Ellis.
Chickasaw Nation Recycling Update – Dana Nickell reported 696 people went through the Re-Use Center during the four days it was open in February and that 10,457 lbs came in and 7,257 lbs went out. Nickell also reported they filmed a commercial about the center this week. She also reminded members that on April 20 the Chickasaw Nation will be collecting: e-waste (including TVs and computer monitors free-of-charge) white-goods (unwanted appliances including refrigerators/freezers and A/C units) and pharmaceuticals. In addition to all that, they will shred paper and documents for people in need of this service. The public is encouraged to take advantage of all these events. Nickell also reported there is a form available to the public on-line to provide the Chickasaw Nation Department of Environmental Services with information regarding environmental or health concerns in our area. The information provided will be evaluated to develop an action plan to address the level of potential risks and/or concerns. The link to this site will be e-mailed to ARC members.
City of Ada Recycling Update – Stan Fullingim reported 1,858.28 tons of recyclables was collected in 2010–bringing in $261,550; just short 126 tons of being a record year. In 2008 the Recycling Center brought in $196,000 and $99,973 in 2009. Fullingim also figures that they are processing about 80 percent of the commercial cardboard in Ada.
Green Oklahoma – Lisa Sharp reported that people can go to her new website: www.greenokla.com for green events, businesses, news and resources.
EARTH HOUR – Lisa Sharp encouraged members to participate on March 26 by turning off all non-essential electrical devices for one hour at 8:30 pm wherever you are.