The Saipan Chamber of Commerce will be holding its monthly general membership meeting today, Sept. 3, at the Saipan Grand Hotel, with President Bush's marine monument proposal at the center of the featured presentation.
According to Chamber executive director Kyle Calabrese, this meeting will be a little bit different from the usual Chamber presentations.
“It will feature an exciting twist on our usual format: we have invited representatives of the opposing viewpoints concerning the proposed marine monument to join us; both sides will be given equal time to explain to us their perspectives about why the proposal is something the Commonwealth should or should not embrace, in its current form,” said Calabrese in an e-mail. “In light of recent developments in Washington concerning the proposal, which have been extensively covered in the local and national media, we are certain this will be an informative and lively meeting.”
The guest speakers will be Jay Nelson of the Pew Environmental Group; Sylvan Igisomar, director of the Fish and Wildlife Division of DLNR; and Dr. John Joyner, director of the Costal Resources Management Office.
Members will also hear briefly about National Preparedness Month (September) from Ted Untalan and Ken Shankweiler.
Registration and lunch will begin at 11:30, and the meeting will begin at noon. Meeting fees are $15 for members, $20 for guests of members, and $25 for general public.