Our clubs monthly member meeting is a go for this June 1st at 6:30 at the Italian-American Club located at 1471 Cypress Ave in Melbourne. This months presentation will be by Virginia Barker. We hope you can make this presentation and look forward to everyone attending.
Virginia Barker completed undergraduate degrees in Science and Math at Duke University and returned to Duke after 5 years of professional work to pursue a Masters in Coastal Environmental Management. Her thesis was in Resource Economics. She has worked in Sri Lanka for US AID, as a research diver for the Florida Department of Natural Resources, and in marine and environmental management positions for Monroe County and Brevard County.
Ms. Barker currently serves as the Director of Brevard County’s Natural Resources Management Department. During nearly 25 years with the County, she has been responsible for beach management, the stormwater utility program, mosquito control, Indian River Lagoon efforts and numerous other environmental initiatives and programs.
In 2016, Virginia spearheaded development of the Save Our Indian River Lagoon Project Plan and establishment of a Citizen Oversight Committee. The Project Plan and Oversight Committee guide how a new ½ cent sales tax that was approved by Brevard voters will fund nearly $500 million of pollution elimination efforts to restore healthy conditions to the Indian River Lagoon. Implementation of the 10-year Save Our Indian River Lagoon Project Plan began in 2017.
The Melbourne Library is still not holding meetings in the rooms and so Jeff will continue to put his flies and instructions on the website. If the instructions and pictures for the flies get too long for the printed newsletter then you can always refer to the electric version or our website