At MBCA's 48th Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 28, members and supporters of MBCA heard a brief summary of MBCA's 2016 accomplishments and challenges, followed by an inspiring story of teaching high school students to appreciate the natural environment, ending with an information-rich panel presentation by local water officials.
President Sarah Kennington opened the meeting with a summary of MBCA's 2016 actions and ongoing activities, then thanked and honored MBCA's steadfast volunteers, beginning with Volunteer Coordinator Cathy Zarakov, who was presented with an orchid. As a small token of thanks, potted cactus plants were presented to our website guru Nora Lousignant and a group of frequent volunteers: LynAnne Felts, Pat Freter, Betsy Goza, Kathleen Lowndes, Norma Mackie, and Ann Murdy. Their welcome efforts in making our meetings and events run smoothly are greatly appreciated!
The Ruth Denison Environmental Conservation Scholarship was announced. The audience was encouraged to share the scholarship information with others to encourage current Morongo Basin high school seniors who are considering a career related to conservation or environmental work to apply.
Introduced by Director Ruth Rieman, Yucca Valley High School science teacher Cindy Zacks then shared stories from her 17 years of helping students understand and appreciate the natural world, through ecology classes and outings and the development of a garden on the school property.
Stacy Moore, editor of the Hi Desert Star, served as moderator for presentations and a question-and-answer session by four water district representatives. The sharing of information about issues, challenges, and solutions among the districts was appreciated by the representatives as well as the audience.
Within the Annual Meeting Program you will find background information on our honored guest Cindy Zacks and the four water district representatives. On the program insert "Fact Sheet" you will find a map of the four districts and a Question and Answer Fact Sheet about water issues in the Morongo Basin.