November 2013

Understanding the Natural History of This Paradise We Call Home

The LWRWC, members and guests, met at the South Florida Museum, Bradenton,  on Thursday, November 14th, 2013 for a most unique evening.

4:30 PM to 5:00 PM –  Time to socialize with old and new members
5:00 PM to 5:30 PM  – Club Business Meeting
5:30 PM to 6:20 PM –  Presentation by Jeff Rodgers, Director of Education


President Mary Beth Steffens presided over a short business meeting that included the election of officers for 2014.  The members unanimously voted to accept the nomination committee’s recomendations to the board:  Trish Newman, current vice president, will automatically become president; Patti Wrobel, current recording secretary will become vice president; and Linda McGrath will assume the office of corresponding secretary, a two year term.  Janet Stickle will  complete the term vacated by Patti Wrobel as recording secretary.

President Mary Beth Steffens, left, with Wilma Nourie, former president 2010

President Mary Beth Steffens, left, with Wilma Nourie, former president 2010

Other members of the board present included: Jan Hasler, treasurer, MaryLee Danahy, membership chair, Dane Shaw, program chair,  Jean Muccini, communications chair and Gail Gilligan, hospitality chair.

The Land Beneath Your Feet

To truly appreciate this beautiful place we call home, it helps to understand its history.

Jeff Rodgers presened a sweeping talk, under the panetarium dome, designed to give us a broader awareness of Florida’s natural history as a unique, dynamic and ever changing place.

He  traced Florida’s deep roots through plate tectonics, geology, paleontology and archaeology, putting the Florida you know and love today in a completely different perspective.

Jeff Rodgers is Director of Education for the South Florida Museum and Director of the Bishop Planetarium. He joined the South Florida Museum in November 2004 after nine years at the American Museum of Natural History and Hayden Planetarium in New York City.

photography by Carolynne Shumate