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2019 Meeting Minutes


The campaign for 2019: “AVOIDING TOXINS”

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2019 Meeting Notes

Agenda November 6, 2019: HIGHLAND HEIGHTS GREEN TASK FORCE BI-ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING & ELECTIONS

Financial Report

  • Total paid members 66, 6 are new
  • MEMBERSHIP DUES 2020 is now being accepted
  • We are financially in good standing.

NOTE: Cash on hand not deposited $105.00 from potluck raffle and donations -will use for postage to mail membership forms for 2020, balance for petty cash.

WEBSITE RENEWAL = 2019, $15/yr to keep the domain name, pd 12/20/17 $181.26/2 yrs - Judy put up for a vote to renew - all voted aye

Scholarship for 2020 Amount $1,000.00 - agreed upon.

Discussions

  • Little Free Library - needs more books added, always needs children's books - New one going to be at Millridge - HS kids are building it
  • Freecycle/E-Waste Drives, Sunday, June 28, 2020
  • Skip the Straw - be sure to ask when you order your drink, once the straw hits the table - even if you don't use it, it's going in the garbage
  • Battery Recycling - Frank Popotnik just picked up the 5-gallon bucket

2020: NOMINATIONS FOR OFFICERS - slate

  • President - Judy Dearden
  • Co-President - Susan Jerome
  • Vice President - Paul Costanzo
  • Treasurer - Roy Fash
  • Secretary - Amy Milroy

Board of Directors: 7-9 slate

  • Mary Fash
  • MaryBeth Skala
  • Anna Hinkle
  • Frank Popotnik
  • Rick Evans
  • Marilyn Wilson
  • Cathy Murphy

Slate was voted on as presented - all in favor

2020 CAMPAIGN: “Taking Care of Us, Inside and Out”

  • January 1 ... Happy New Year- no meeting
  • February 5 ... Kathleen Gips, WRHS, Herbal Home Keeping
  • March 4 ... Bi-Annual Business Meeting
  • April 1 ... Christopher Winslow, OSU, Algae Blooms, No fee, perhaps a travel fee, $25-$40 fee agreed to
  • May 6 ... Speaker = TBA
  • June 3 ... Green Book Club Reviews
  • July 1 ... Summer Break
  • August 5 ... Field Trip - Locus Fermentation Solutions, Solon
  • September 2 ... Gazebo Potluck
  • October 7 ... Movie & Discussion-The Biggest Little Farm
  • November 4 ... Year-end Business Meeting

Agenda October 2, 2019: HHGTF Movie and Discussion Night

Thank you all for coming tonight and thanks to all of you who have donated so many volunteer hours over the past year - and over the last 9 years! It is so wonderful to share this journey of environmental stewardship with you.

"The first step in changing..is awareness.. and the second is acceptance" - Psychologist, Nathaniel Branden

Membership

We currently have a total of 66 paid memberships.

Financial Report

  • We are financially in good standing.
  • We have $600.00 earmarked for the 2020 Alan Lorenz Environmental Scholarship.

Announcements

  • Highland Heights Shred Day is this Saturday, from 9-1 at the Service Department
  • Medical Equipment Collection is being done by Shirley Arnold
  • Pill Bottle Collection is being done by Leslie Elia. Judy will arrange to get them to Leslie.

FREECYCLE/E-WASTE drives:

Continues to grow every year, this year being no exception. We had 18 volunteers, thank you to all who helped out! The E-WASTE total this year was 600 lbs over last year with a total of 1,732 lbs. of “smart electronics”…there was not a count for the misc. items. We have now exceeded 8 tons of e-waste being collected and recycled.

LITTLE FREE LIBRARY:

Gets good activity, but mostly only the “takes"...so if you have any books you would like to donate, especially kids' books, please see me.

ALKALINE BATTERY RECYCLING:

Drop off at City Hall and Wildcat Facility at Mayfield High School.

SKIP THE STRAW CAMPAIGN:

Please, let’s all do our part and say “no straw please”. Saying "no" to plastics is saying "yes" to our planet.

AMAZONSMILE

HHGTF has received just over $10.00 in donations from orders done through AMAZONSMILE. With the Holidays coming up, please be sure to select HHGTF as your charity of choice!

2020 HHGTF Campaign "Taking care of us, inside and out"

Movie Tonight - Playing into our 2019 campaign "Avoiding Toxins" the documentary "The Human Experiment" lifts the veil on the shocking reality that thousands of untested chemicals are in our everyday products, our homes, and inside of us!


Agenda September 4, 2019: 8th Annual Highland Heights Green Task Force - ZERO-WASTE GAZEBO POTLUCK and 50/50 RAFFLE

Judy extended a huge welcome to all of us! We lucked out in the weather this year…although it could be a tad warmer, it’s not 93 and raining as in the past two years!

MEMBERSHIP

We currently have a total of 66 paid memberships….running the same as last year. Perhaps 70 in 2020? Let's do this!!!

Financial Report:

We are financially in good standing.

Alan Lorenz Environmental Scholarship Fund:

Evelyn Kaufman was the winner of our $1,000 scholarship. Evelyn plans on becoming an environmental engineer. Once again, Pat Lorenz donated another $500 towards our 2020 scholarship fund. We expect to be able to award another $1,000 next year.

FREECYCLE/E-WASTE drives:

Continue to grow every year, this year being no exception. We had 18 volunteers, thank you to all who helped out! The E-WASTE total this year was 600 lbs over last year with a total of 1,732 lbs. of “smart electronics”…there was no count for the misc. items. We have now exceeded 8 tons of e-waste being collected and recycled.

LITTLE FREE LIBRARY:

Gets good activity, but mostly only the “takes”….so if you have any books you would like to donate, especially kids' books, please see Judy.

ALKALINE BATTERY RECYCLING:

To date, we have dropped off over 300 lbs for recycling. The two remaining drop-off locations are Highland Heights City Hall and the Mayfield High School Wildcat Facility.

SKIP THE STRAW CAMPAIGN:

Please, let’s all just do our part and say “no straw please”.

AUGUST:

Field Trip to City of Euclid, Stormwater Treatment facility (which is currently still under re-construction). We had 20 attendings, and Laura Traverse was our presenter and tour-guide. So much to learn about keeping our waters clean and safe for us, and what goes into our wonderful Lake Erie.

AMAZONSMILE

With the holidays right around the corner, please consider placing any Amazon orders thru AMAZONSMILE and choose HHGTF as your charity to receive a small % of your purchase. To date, we have received $10. Every little bit helps.

OCT. 2, MOVIE & DISCUSSION NIGHT AT THE HHTS COMMUNITY PARK:

At the park in the pole barn, 6:30…playing into our 2019 campaign “Avoiding Toxins” the documentary is “The Human Experiment” lifts the veil on the shocking reality that thousands of untested chemicals are in our everyday products, our homes, and inside of us.

2020 HHGTF Campaign: “Taking care of us, inside and out”

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR COMING TO OUR “YEAR-END” PARTY and for your support and volunteer hours over the past 9 years!


Agenda June 5, 2019: Highland Heights Green Task Force Business Meeting

GREEN BOOK CLUB BOOK

REPORTS/REVIEWS HHGTF

Financial Report:

Total paid members to date 65, 5 new members. Anyone interested in joining us, membership forms on the sign-in table, we accept checks.

Alan Lorenz Environmental Scholarship Fund:

Evelyn Kaufman was the recipient of the $1,000.00 scholarship.

Alkaline Battery Recycling

  • …and drop off boxes…Wildcat Fitness Center, JT Highland Auto, and Highland Hts City Hall..to date 245 lbs.+ Mayfield Village took at least another 60 lbs.= over 300 lbs.
  • Accurate IT in Columbus: Judy took a tour in the middle of May… finally got to meet our contact, Jack Knapp in person, along with Clyde the transportation manager… the second tour I’ve had of the facility…. Jack spent about an hour with us! So glad to learn that as a recycler they are doing so well.
  • Leslie Eliah medicine bottles…still accepting them, must be clean, labels removed and no sticky residue …bring to the Sept potluck, she’s planning on attending
  • HHGTF 2019 CAMPAIGN- “AVOIDING TOXINS”
  • HILLCREST HOSPITAL EARTHDAY CELEBRATION was Tues, May 7, and was a huge success… over 400 people attended, thank you to all who volunteered to work the table
  • SKIP THE STRAW CAMPAIGN: Please everyone….just say “No straw please”
  • JUNE 23: Sun - FREECYCLE/E-WASTE DRIVE, 10-3 … sign-up sheet we can always use more volunteers!
  • AUGUST 16: Friday: Field Trip to City of Euclid’s Waste Water Treatment Plant.. afternoon 1:30
  • SEPTEMBER 4: The Zero Waste Potluck at the gazebo
  • OCTOBER 2: MOVIE & DISCUSSION NIGHT: “The Human Experiment” everyone is invited!
  • Book reports presented by members.
  • Welcome to Bill Rubin, Mayfield Library Branch Manager

Agenda May 1, 2019: Highland Heights Green Task Force Business Meeting

RUSTBELT RIDERS w/ Dan Brown HHGTF

Financial Report:

  • We are financially in good standing.
  • Total paid members to date 60, 5 new members
  • Anyone interested in joining us, membership forms on sign-in-table, we accept checks.

Alan Lorenz Environmental Scholarship Fund:

Amount voted on for the 2018 award= $1,000.00…we have one winner, for the entire $1,000

Alkaline Battery Recycling

  • …and drop off boxes…Wildcat Fitness Center, JT Highland Auto, and Highland Hts City Hall..to date 245 lbs.+ Mayfield Village took at least another 60 lbs.= over 300 lbs.
  • SOUTH EUCLID RECYCLING COMMITTEE’S- SECOND “RECYCLED ART CONTEST”
  • HHGTF 2019 CAMPAIGN- “AVOIDING TOXINS”: 2019 Calendars & DIY recipes on the back table
  • HILLCREST HOSPITAL EARTHDAY CELEBRATION in the atrium, Tues, May 7, 11-
  • SKIP THE STRAW CAMPAIGN: Please everyone….just say “No straw please”
  • JUNE 5: GREEN BOOK REVIEWS
  • JUNE 23: Sun- FREECYCLE/E-WASTE DRIVE, 10-3…need additional help for the FREECYCLE/E-WASTE DRIVE!
  • Sun, June 23 and the June 5th Book Club
  • AUGUST 16: Friday: Field Trip to City of Euclid’s Waste Water Treatment Plant.. afternoon 1:30
  • OCTOBER 2: MOVIE & DISCUSSION NIGHT: “The Human Experiment” everyone is invited!

PLEASE WELCOME TONIGHT’S PRESENTER…Co-Founder of RUST BELT RIDERS-Dan Brown.


Agenda April 3, 2019: "AVOIDING TOXINS in OUR EVERYDAY LIVES”

Financial Report:

Total paid members to date 60, 5 new members, 2018=66 We are in good shape financially.

Alan Lorenz Environmental Scholarship Fund:

  • Amount voted on for the 2018 award= $1,000.00
  • Either one @$1,000 or 2 @ $500.00- we have received 4 applications with the awards being given in May, the committee: Marybeth Skala, Donna Grigas, and Joan Albro

Alkaline Battery Recycling

  • …and drop off boxes…Wildcat Fitness Center, JT Highland Auto, and Highland Hts City Hall..to date 245 lbs.+ Mayfield Village took at least another 60 lbs.= over 300 lbs. To date, we have delivered approx. 200 lbs…at our expense…..$1.00/lb….hopefully at some point the city will pick up the expense., but we will continue thru 2019
  • HHGTF 2019 CAMPAIGN - “AVOIDING TOXINS”: 2019 Calendars & DIY recipes on the back table
  • EUCLID HOSPITAL EARTHDAY, cafeteria, Tues, May 7, 11-1:30 volunteers needed
  • HILLCREST HOSPITAL EARTHDAY CELEBRATION in the atrium, Tues, May 7, 11-
  • SKIP THE STRAW CAMPAIGN: Please everyone….just say “No straw please”
  • Program May 1, Presenter, Dan Brown, RUST BELT RIDERS
  • Sign-up lists…need additional help for the FREECYCLE/E-WASTE DRIVE….Sun, June 23 and the June 5TH Book Club
  • AUGUST 16: Friday: Field Trip to City of Euclid’s Waste Water Treatment Plant.. afternoon 1:30
  • OCTOBER 2: MOVIE & DISCUSSION NIGHT: “The Human Experiment” everyone is invited!
  • Comments from Elizabeth Hiser, Euclid Creek Watershed Program Manager, Ken Messenger-Rapport, or Chris Vild

AVOIDING TOXINS IN OUR EVERYDAY LIVES: Please welcome our presenter: Researcher Laura Burns, biologist, previously with MOMS CLEAN AIR FORCE


Agenda March 6, 2019: BI-ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP BUSINESS MEETING HHGTF

Financial Report:

Total paid members to date 57, 5 new members, We are financially in good standing.

Alan Lorenz Environmental Scholarship Fund:

Scholarship balance = $585.00 from donations Amount voted on for the 2018 award= $1,000.00. Either one @$1,000 or 2 @ $500.00 will decide after the interviews in April with the awards being given in May, committee: Marybeth Skala, Donna Grigas, and Joan Albro

HHGTF 2019 CAMPAIGN - “AVOIDING TOXINS”: 2019

SKIP THE STRAW CAMPAIGN:

It’s been a slow go ... it’s really up to us to make changes in our habits ...Cleveland.com article

Alkaline Battery Recycling

  • …and drop off boxes…Wildcat Fitness Center, JT Highland Auto, and Highland Hts City Hall..to date 245 lbs.+ Mayfield Village took at least another 60 lbs.= over 300 lbs. To date, we have delivered approx. 200 lbs…at our expense. $1.00/lb…hopefully at some point, the city will pick up the expense., but we will continue thru 2019
  • Sign-up lists…need additional help for the FREECYCLE/E-WASTE DRIVE…Sun, June 23 and the June 5TH
  • Book Club
  • APRIL 3rd Program: ‘AVOIDING TOXINS”: Presenter, Laura Burns, previously with MOMS CLEAN AIR FORCE…annual combined meeting with Friends of Euclid Creek
  • August 16 - Friday: Field Trip to City of Euclid’s Waste Water Treatment Plant... Afternoon
  • OCTOBER 2: MOVIE & DISCUSSION NIGHT: “The Human Experiment”
  • TEENS SUE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, say government let down the next generation on climate…article
  • OPEN DISCUSSION/SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO MAKE THE HHGTF BETTER….should we continue?
  • Executive Director for the Task Force? Instead of the president position? Other ideas?
  • How are you “green”? Changes you have made since joining the Task Force, or information that has made an impact on you?

Agenda Feb 6, 2019: ECOLAWN - Don Zerby HHGTF

Financial Report:

  • We are financially in good standing.
  • Scholarship fund = $ 110.00
  • Total paid memberships: 51, 3 new members, Susanne, Victor and Alicia
  • Membership dues are still being accepted 2018 ended with 66 memberships

Plastic Straw Campaign:

My Amazon order…will sell for $5/straw - I have 6 to sell.

Alkaline Battery Recycling:

Took 31 lbs from JT Auto Highland & City Hall to Bulldog Battery….the Village picked up the task of taking what was collected at the Wildcat Fitness Facility at Mayfield High School to Bulldog! Thank you Mayfield Village!!! The HHGTF will continue to cover the expense of recycling the batteries ($1/lb) through 2019 and perhaps in 2020, we may be able to convince Highland Hts to take over the recycling effort.

Alan Lorenz Environmental Education Scholarship Fund:

The Alan Lorenz Environmental Education Scholarship has been funded in large part by the Lorenz family donations. Presently we have $585.00 earmarked for the $1,000 - 2019 scholarships….the balance will come from the General Donations ($160.00) and membership dues. Pat Lorenz and her daughter Ashley plan to attend Honors Day once again and Pat would like to present the scholarship envelopes to the winners. Marybeth Skala, Donna Grigas, and Joan Albro are once again on our Scholarship Committee.

REUSABLE PRODUCE BAGS!

After convincing Heinen’s to offer for sale reusable produce bags a few years back…once they ran out, they were not re-stocked. So I called corporate and didn’t get too far with that…but NOW! They are once again at Heinen’s!! And even better … are being made for Heinen’s…with a Heinen’s label on them!!!....so excited about this!

HHGTF 2019 Calendar of Programs and Events:

We finally have confirmation except for the date for Hillcrest Hospital’s Earthday Celebration…generally the week of Earthday. NOTE; AUGUST FIELD TRIP is FRIDAY, 8/16! At the City of Euclid Wastewater Treatment Plant with Laura Travers. The April 3 program with Laura Burns, MOMS CLEAN AIR, will be our annual combined program with Friends of Euclid Creek.
Welcome, tonight’s presenter Don Zerby, founder, and owner of ECOLAWN. Don will give an informal overview of his company and lawn treatment policies and take questions.


Agenda Jan 2, 2019: AVOIDING TOXINS

Financial Report:

We are financially in good standing.

Officers

  • President - Judy Dearden
  • Vice President - Paul Costanzo
  • Treasurer - Roy Fash
  • Secretary - Amy Milroy

Board of Directors:

  • Judy Dearden
  • Marilyn Wilson
  • Rick Evans
  • Paul Costanzo
  • MaryBeth Skala
  • Mary Fash
  • Frank Popotnik

2019 campaign “AVOIDING TOXINS”

  • JAN 2 – Judy Dearden….avoiding toxins in personal care and cleaning products
  • FEB 6 – Don Zerby..owner of ECOLAWN
  • MAR 6 – Business Meeting
  • APR 3 – Laura Burns, MOMS CLEAN AIR, combined meeting with Friends of Euclid Creek
  • MAY 1 – RUSTBELT RIDERS - Dan Brown
  • JUNE 5 – GREEN BOOK CLUB REVIEWS, FREECYCLE/E-WASTE DRIVE
  • JULY – SUMMER BREAK, Community Day
  • AUG 7 – FIELD TRIP. Water Treatment plant, Euclid
  • SEPT 4 – ZERO-WASTE GAZEBO POTLUCK
  • OCT 2 – MOVIE & DISCUSSION, “The Human Experiment” or “Unacceptable Levels”
  • NOV 6 – YEAR END BUSINESS MEETING…….going forward? Or ending?
  • DEC – HOLIDAY BREAK, no meeting

Sign-up notebook for community events.


TONIGHT: Judy Dearden ….refresher on avoiding toxins in our homes, yards, personal care products Also: Denise Dorony, owner of Pink Coral Skin Indulgence