Billie Blair, president, opened the meeting with 11 members in attendance. Charlotte Timberlake gave the devotion and led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
The minutes of the last meeting were given by Ware, assistant secretary. Cynthia Humes, treasurer, gave the financial report. Blair conducted the business meeting and reminded everyone of the upcoming TFGC Conservation Camp to be held at Beersheba Springs on Oct. 10. Some of the members plan to attend.
The hostess gave a very informative program on “Litter Control.” She began by discussing the educational display she had prepared for the program. Her discussion was broken down in different categories: Why People Litter; Where Does Litter Come From; How Litter Moves; Things You Can Do to Help Stop Litter; How Does an Adopt-A-Spot or Adopt a Campus Work; How Cigarette Butts Affect Communities; and Tips to Reduce Cigarette Litter.
Some of the consequences of littering may include the fines associated with the enforcement of litter laws, but also make a difference to the attractiveness of these communities to new businesses, residents and tourists. This could result in less revenue to city, county and states. Tennessee spends approximately $11 to $12 million of your tax dollars on litter every year.
Litter hurts people by contributing to numerous vehicle accidents caused by people trying to avoid litter in the roadways. Young children may fall on litter on playgrounds, get cut and need medical attention.
Litter harms plants and degrades natural areas. When garbage is dumped, it can kill or stunt plant growth. Few people think about the harm of natural areas from litter.
Ware said litter can kill or injure animals. Many small animals can crawl into bottles or jars and get stuck. If not removed, they can slowly starve to death. Animals can also get caught in plastic six-pack rings, plastic bags, fishing line and many other kinds of throwaways. She illustrated how an animal caught in six-pack rings are strangled as they grow too big for the opening. Every year millions of birds, fish and mammals die from litter.
Things that we all can do to help stop litter include: Keeping a litter bag in your vehicle to keep trash in until you can put it in a trash container; secure your truck bed with a tarp or tie materials down; use an ashtray or cigarette receptacle for cigarette butts; secure household garbage in trash bags and use lids that are fitted so they will not blow off.
Litter is costly to the community because it requires additional sidewalk and street sweeping, greenway and park maintenance, and stormwater system upkeep.
Thanks was given to the hostess by Dorothy Keith. Others in attendance were Kay Cox, Sheryl Gash, Margenia McKissic, Regenia Piersaul, Charlotte Scott and Joan Steward.