The event, scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., will include a special program highlighting the
river protection group’s accomplishments since 1992 with comments from past CRBI leaders including Jerry Brown, Jerry Jennings, Mitch Lawson, Katie Owens and Heather Seckman. The meeting is free and open to the public.
The Coosa River Basin Initiative was founded in 1992, making it one of the oldest watershed groups in Georgia. The organization grew out of meetings held in 1990 and 1991 that included numerous grassroots organizations across Northwest Georgia, Northeast Alabama and Southeast Tennessee that were fighting threats to local communities ranging from landfills to pulp mills.
“The region’s rivers, lakes and streams are healthier because citizens saw problems and began working to correct them,” said Joe Cook, Executive Director & Riverkeeper.
“CRBI has accomplished a lot in 20 years so we’ll have a lot to celebrate Monday night.”
The event will also include election of new officers for CRBI’s board of directors, the presentation of the 2012 annual report and forecast for 2013 and recognition of key volunteers and supporters.
Sheila Cox of Rome will be honored as the Ray Kelley Volunteer of the Year. During the past several years, Cox has raised more than $4000 for CRBI through the annual Canoe-a-thon at WATERFEST, and each year she organizes a team of volunteers to provide homemade desserts at CRBI’s Fish Fry. An avid kayaker, she participates regularly in CRBI paddle trips and also assists at the CRBI office.
Anita Sealock, a third grade teacher at Elm Street Elementary, will be honored with CRBI’s Environmental Educator Award. In 2011, Sealock organized Elm Street’s first Earth Day celebration inviting community members to the school to talk with the students about becoming environmental stewards. The first celebration was such a success, that Sealock has now made it into an annual event. Students at the school have collected more than 1400 pounds of paper for recycling during the past two years.
The Anheuser-Busch Cartersville Brewery will be honored as CRBI’s Corporate Citizen for 2012. The brewery has donated products for numerous CRBI fundraisers, invited CRBI to participate in environmental education events for its employees and participated in Etowah River cleanups. The Cartersville Brewery has helped reduce the company’s water use at its U.S. facilities by 37 percent in the last four years; the Cartersville Brewery is considered the most water-efficient brewery in the entire global company.
The meeting will also include food and drinks, and door prizes will be awarded. For additional information and directions to the River Edcuation Center visit: