Public Invited To Hear Noted Environmentalist At Committee Of The Islands Annual Meeting This year’s Annual Meeting of the Committee of the Islands will feature Carolyn Raffensperger , a noted environ - mentalist , as its keynote speaker . She will deliver a presentation titled , “ Sanibel : A Legacy For Future Generations . ” The public is invited to the meeting , which will be held in the Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church at 9 : 00 AM on Friday , March 25th . Ms . Raffensperger , who was previously with the Sierra Club , is Executive Director of the Science and Environmental Health Network , a consortium of North American environmental organizations . As an environmental lawyer , she specializes in the fundamental changes in law and policy necessary for the protection and restoration of public health and the environment . She and the Network have been the leading proponent in the United States of the “ Precautionary Principle ” as a new basis for environmental and public health policy . Carolyn Raffensperger to speak on Sanibel as a legacy for future generations . Sanibel Is Model For The Nation Ms . Raffensperger brings a personal connection to her subject : Her father is an island resident and she herself spends considerable time here . She notes that Sanibel has been a model for the nation and a unique experiment in environmental protection for many decades . In her address , she will seek to answer such questions as : What lessons can we learn from the past that will guide us in leaving a healthy and beautiful island to future generations ? What vision of the future can be drawn from the wisdom of Sanibel’s history and emerging ideas in environmental policy ? Meeting Agenda Coffee and rolls will be served at 9 : 00 AM with the meeting beginning at 9 : 30 . In addition to the keynote address , the meeting agenda will also include presentation of the Citizen of the Year and Past President awards . After these presentations , there will be a short break followed by a business meeting for members of Committee of the Islands and election of new members to its Board of Directors . The Congregational Church is located at 2050 Periwinkle Way . Requests for further information can be directed to Committee of the Islands at its email address : coti @ coti.org . Published in the Island Sun and Island Reporter , March 10 , 2011 .