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 2017-2018

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 9th year as President of ACAS September 1, 2017.  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

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An ACAS member for many years and a former President of ACAS, Sue has been the newsletter editor for the past 7 years as Communications/Publicity/Membership Chair.
As Education Chair Sue will now be 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 will be a benefit in her new 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


Newsletter Editor, reviews Website and Facebook page.  Posts to Website and Facebook page or facilitates with others to post news items.



Marilyn has been re-elected in the position of Conservation Chair, she has held the position for the past two years.  A longtime resident, retired educator and wife of a popular local minister, she has the advantage of knowing many people from all walks of life in the Harlingen area. 
Her goals are to encourage more volunteers to help in habitat maintenance at Hugh Ramsey Nature Park and to maintain a good communication with the City Parks Department.  Other conservation areas will be reviewed and brought to our attention by Marilyn.  She is interested in encouraging the city to set aside more city owned native habitat rather than clearing the areas.  

Cell phone - 956-367-2800

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.

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