Join our lively group of nature enthusiasts for programs presented by top birding and nature personalities in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. Field trips to out-of-the-ordinary birding spots, many to private lands not usually accessible by the public, and a quarterly newsletter are other benefits of membership. Members and the general public are invited to meetings on the 2nd Thursday of the month, September to May, 6:00 P.M., in the Harlingen Public Library, 410 76 Drive, Harlingen, TX.

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Know your ACAS Officers for 2018-2019

ACAS Bylaws - Article V.  Duties of Officers

President – Norma Friedrich

Sec. 1    The President shall preside at all meetings of the Society and of the Board, and shall direct and administer the affairs of the Corporation as its executive head, subject to instructions from the Board.  The President, with the approval of the Board, may appoint members to all committees.  The President shall also serve as a voting member of all committees.

Norma begins her 10th and final year as President of ACAS September 1, 2018. A retiree of Union Carbide/Dow Chemical at Port Lavaca, TX, she and husband David moved into their Harlingen home in March 2008.  She attended her first ACAS meeting that month and hasn’t slowed down since.

Phone - 361-676-6416

Vice-President – Alicia Cavazos

Sec. 2 The Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President in his/her absence. The Vice-President shall chair the Planning Board. The Vice-President shall be prepared to succeed the President in that office at the completion of the President’s last term, or at any time the office of the President is vacated.

Alicia is a past President of the RGV Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist.  She is a retiree of AT&T starting out as a lineman and retiring as an engineer.  Alicia joined ACAS after seeing a presentation by Norma and Kay Baughman at an RGVCTMN meeting.  Her passion for nature now centers on birds and her new granddaughter and grandson.  She is determined to crown them “bird nerdletts”.

Phone - 956-244-2347          

Secretary – Laura Robinson

Sec. 3    The Secretary shall keep a formal record of all actions of the Corporation and the Board and shall conduct the correspondence of the Corporation and keep a record thereof.  The Secretary will co-ordinate with the President on the agenda for all meetings of the Board of Directors and provide each Board member with an agenda.

Phone - 956-295-6255

Treasurer – Heidi Linnemann

Sec. 4    The Treasurer shall have custody of the funds and securities of the Corporation, and shall deposit all moneys and securities in the name of and to the credit of the Corporation in any such depositories as may be designated by the Board.  The Treasurer shall disburse the funds of the Corporation as may be ordered by the Board.  All disbursements shall be signed by the Treasurer.
Phone - 956-797-2872

Know your Board of Directors for 2018-2019


As Education Chair Sue is responsible for any events and activities that will educate young and old alike.  Her interest in educating others about the mission of ACAS and her past history in the field of education are a benefit in her role.
At present Sue is chair of the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival.  She and husband Billy Snider have been involved in many native plant landscapes and bird friendly water features created across the valley in parks and at private homes. 

Cell phone - 956-357-3457

Mark Salvatore, Habitat/Parks/Conservation Chair is still employed in his field of industrial writing. He has just enough
free time to be active in both ACAS and the RGVCTMN. He has already attended a TPWD sponsored grant writing forum
in Austin. He will help the city write grants for the TPWD upcoming grant deadline of October 1st. Javier Mendez,
our City Parks and Rec director welcomed Mark’s offer to volunteer with him as Javier is at this time writing grants on
his own.
If you want to volunteer in Hugh Ramsey Nature Park please contact Mark at 956-310-8118

MEMBERSHIP - Virginia Vineyard

Membership has recently been split from Communications/Publicity creating a new position on the board. 
The Membership Chair will keep all records of membership and remind members of dues.  They will greet members at meetings, help the Treasurer collect dues and supply and manage door prizes for the Speaker Socials.  Also included in this role is management of the ACAS booth during the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival and the accompanying Photo Contest.

PUBLICITY- Susan Upton
Susan Upton Communications/Publicity Chair is recently retired from the Department of Homeland Security and is very knowledgeable in computer technology. She will be editor of the Newsletter and promote our programs through local media. Keeping our website up to date with occasional changes will be little challenge to her talents. Susan and I recently purchased two computers for ACAS use. It was a fun event as I watched her ask the salesman all the right questions.

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