Our annual meeting is in the rear view mirror, and CURE is cruising into Year 25.
On Saturday, April 23, CURE members came together to wrap up another successful year of grassroots advocacy. Members gave up a “top ten” weather day in Minnesota to review CURE’s business year, elect members to the Board of Directors, discuss CURE’s work with staff, award the 2015 River Keeper, and engage in conversation about a Water Ethic Charter for Minnesota.
CURE Board Chair, Margaret Kuchenreuther, convened the official Annual Meeting of the membership, presented the Annual Report, and opened the floor to discuss CURE’s financial health. Three members were newly elected to serve on CURE’s board for two-year terms; Karen Flom, Lance Lindeman, and Sue Wika. Margaret Kuchenreuther, Tom Kalahar, and Brian Wojtalewicz were re-elected. Staff gave program reports and it was announced that Sarina Otaibi was leaving CURE after 4 years.
Last year’s River Keeper recipients, Annette and Kay Fernholz, presented Brian Wojtelewicz with this year’s River Keeper Award. On receiving the award, Brian said, “I’m proud to be working with all of you. It is such a great concentration of intelligence, backgrounds, education, and talent. To be able to work with you and be with you, it’s been an honor. ”
Later, CURE consultant, Andrea Fox Jensen, convened a member roundtable conversation in service to creating a Water Ethic Charter for Minnesota. Members discussed graphic images created by CURE member/consultant Audrey Arner as a way to build consensus toward drafting a Minnesota Water Ethic Charter.