Special Invitation and Reminder: General Membership Meeting

The Environmental Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii would love to see you to our next General Membership Meeting. 

We will be acknowledging all our Officers, Regional Representatives, and Subcommittee Chairs, as well as giving them a chance to report to you. We also have an IMPORTANT VOTE that we need our Caucus Members to make. Finally we have a dynamic speaker sure to inspire a memorable discussion.

 General Membership Meeting Details
Date and Time: August 22, 2012, 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

 Location: Environmental Caucus Main Office, State Headquarters of the Democratic Party of Hawai’i
 , 1050 Ala Moana Blvd, #2660
Honolulu, HI 96814
, (808) 596-2980

 As always, neighbor island members may attend via the Internet, using gotomeeting.com. Please see the instructions at the end of this email for details.

 Evening Agenda:

  • 5:00 Volunteers arrive to help set up (feel free to come early and help)
  • 5:30 Greetings and Food (Pot Luck, so please bring your favorite dish)
  • 6:00 Call to order with Executive Committee acknowledgments and reports
  • 6:40 IMPORTANT VOTE: We are asking for changes to the Bylaws, and in order to do that we need your vote. We will email our members the changes prior to the vote, and also have the changes available on paper at the meeting, so that you can review them prior to the vote.
  • 7:00 Special speaker Ron Cannarella (see bio below)
  • 7:20 Questions and Answers

Special Evening Speaker: Ronald J. Cannarella

 As far back as he can remember, Ron Cannarella had two role models: Jaqcues Costeau and Officer Spock. One saved the world, and the other got to explore strange new worlds and seek out new civilizations.

Upon completion of his forestry degree in 1985, the US Peace Corps gave him the opportunity to establish a Forestry Department for the island of Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands, which had unilaterally been granted its independence from Great Britain only a few years earlier. From there, Ron moved to Washington, DC where he worked for one year at EPA before accepting a two year contract position in Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands where he established the Marshall Islands Environmental Protection Authority.

Upon completion of his contract, Ron was offered a position as a research associate at the University of Hawaii in 1990. He studied Urban and Regional Planning at UH, but before he completed his studies, he was offered a position as the Information and Technical Services Forester at the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DLNR/DOFAW), where he works today.

In his position at DLNR, Ron has had the good fortune to work on several statewide planning and mapping projects. As a result, he regularly interacts with many diverse groups of people from cultural practitioners to world-class scientists, from students to kupuna.

He is a firm believer in open government, that data must be converted to useful information, and that the marketplace of ideas based on accurate information is the best way for mankind to face the daunting challenges we will be facing in the coming decades and centuries.

At the Caucus’s August 22ndGeneral Meeting, Ron’s objective is to spark debate on some of the important environmental and social issues of interest to the audience, with emphasis on topics that are currently “in play” in Hawaii. He will discuss issues such as sustainably managing our natural resources and retaining our human capital, the future of our water supplies, energy sources, and coastal areas. What is being done to manage invasive species, how Hawaii is responding to potential climate change and sea level rise? He will try to shed some light on how the state approaches those issues with which he is most familiar. His opinions are his own, and do not reflect the Democratic Party, the Department of Land and Natural Resources, or the administration.

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Neighbor Island Members’ Internet Option Details:

To join any of our officially scheduled meetings via Gotomeeting.com simply click on the link below:

http://www.gotomeeting.com/fec/

Once there, click on the join meeting link in the upper right hand corner of your navigation bar and enter the appropriate information when prompted.

Meeting ID: 857-988-025

Meeting Password: GreenHawaii

This is a recurring meeting. The Password and meeting ID do not change, so you may join us using the same ID and Password at any officially scheduled meeting of the Executive Committee or General Caucus.

Special note: Because of limited bandwidth, we ask that you do not turn on your personal cameras. We have found that any time we have more than once camera operating at once, the sound starts to breaks up. In other words, only the person speaking should have his or her camera on and then only when speaking.

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Mahalo to you all, and I hope to see you there,

Lynn Marie Sager
Chair
Environmental Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii

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