“Programs” is our title for the presentations at our monthly public meetings (first Thursday, 6:30 pm) held at the Elks Lodge, 2401 East 4th Street, Royal Oak, Mi. Tom Dusky ( is the Chair of the Program Committee. Please contact him if you have an idea for a topic and a speaker you believe should be the focus of one of these meetings.

Upcoming meetings:

Thursday, March 3, 7–9 pm
Fukushima, Fermi, Potassium Iodide and You

Keith Gunter, Alliance to Halt Fermi 3 Co-Chair
Potassium Iodine TabletsPotassium Iodide tablets (KI), if taken promptly, can prevent radioactive iodine-131 gasses released in a nuclear plant emergency from being absorbed, they protect against the development of thyroid cancer. Children, pregnant women, and lactating mothers are especially at risk.

In October 2015, Beyond Nuclear and Alliance To Halt Fermi-3 launched a public information campaign aimed at changing the existing KI distribution plan. According to a 2012 American Medical Association study, only 5.3% of Monroe, MI area residents have redeemed bulk mail vouchers and received their free protective medicines. Keith will give an updated report and outlook for the new campaign targeted at a failed existing plan.

Thursday, April 7, 7–9 pm
Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge

Jennifer Braatz, Park Ranger, Large Lakes Research Station, Grosse Isle, MI
Ms. Braatz will present a powerpoint review of the refuge and it’s work – past and future. The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge is nearly 6,000 acres of islands, coastal wetlands, marshes, and waterfront lands along 48 miles of the Detroit River and Western Lake Erie shorelines. Find out more about the units that make up the nation’s only international wildlife refuge along with what the future holds for this unique urban refuge.

Thursday, May 5, 7–9 pm
The Flint Water Crisis

Jim Ananich, Michigan State Senate Minority Leader, District 27
Sen. Ananich will speak about the Flint water crisis, including a discussion of the roles of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (EQ) and the US EPA in this disaster.

Thursday, June 2, 7–9 pm
Backpacking the John Muir Trail through Sequoia National Park, CA.

Phil Crookshank, SEMG Outings Chair
Join us for a backpacking trip that following the trails that John Muir tramped. Phil and three friends did this 9-day backpack trip in September of last year. They started in Sequoia National Park, followed the High Sierra Trail, Pacific Crest Trail and John Muir Trail, adding a side trip to climb the 14,508 ft. Mt. Whitney. We enjoyed the lakes, the rocks, the wind, the wild animals, the drought, the heat, the freezing rain, sleeping in ice covered tents AND the 16-inch pancakes at the end.