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Vote Today for Chapter Executive Committee Candidates

Each year, members of the Hoosier Chapter elect fellow members to serve on the chapter’s executive committee. This year we are electing five members for two-year terms and two members for one-year terms to fill vacancies.

Six members have been nominated. Three write-in slots have been provided. Please vote for no more than seven members. The five who receive the most votes will be awarded the two-year terms.

Households with joint memberships are allowed two votes. If your household is casting two votes, use the boxes in both columns on the ballot.

(A ballot was included in the print version of the newsletter.)

Despite the fact that your name appears on the mailing label on the back of the ballot, YOUR VOTE IS SECRET. One member of the election committee verifies that each ballot has a member’s label on it and turns all the ballots over in a pile to be counted by the other members of the committee.

The executive committee is the governing body of the Hoosier Chapter. Members meet six times a year and work in between via telephone and electronic mail. They manage the chapter, establish conservation policies and priorities, appoint members and chairs of chapter committees, organize outings and other activities, and represent the club to the public.

Please take a moment to express your support of the chapter by casting your ballot. Ballots must be returned by Dec. 31. Ballot sequence was drawn by lot.

Shaun Moore

My name is Shaun Moore, and I would be pleased and honored to serve on the excom. I am from a little town on a beautiful river in DeKalb county.

Currently I am in my first of two senior years at Purdue University West Lafayette. My major is Natural Resources and Environmental Science, and I am focusing on water. I am currently the president of the campus Environmental Science Club and serve as the speakers committee chair of another organization called Sustainable Purdue. Also I am a member of the Sierra Wildcat Group, among other interesting things. Over the last couple of years, one of my major concerns has been developing the next generation (my generation, I’m 23) of dedicated and effective environmentalists. I am also inherently interested in the development of multifaceted appreciations for the state’s surface waters. If you have any questions for me, please e-mail me at

Joseph G. Hailer

I am an environmental chemist who is very interested in working with the Sierra Club on national and state environmental issues. I have been doing environmental studies of groundwater and hazardous waste sites since coming to Indiana in 1976 and recognize that many old problems are unresolved, and new ones continue to arise.

My concept of the Sierra Club’s role is as a national group willing to mobilize its membership at all levels to solve environmental degradation issues. I would push to have the chapter become more active in local education of communities on their stake in a healthy environment and in taking the lead to counter practices that degrade the world’s ecosystems, or damage the Indiana natural resource. The Hoosier Sierra Club should take a leadership role in opposing environmental destruction from mining, agriculture, and coal burning.

Glenn Pratt

Goal: Help promote work with local Sierra groups and statewide to address significant Indiana environmental problems and work to jointly advance resolution. Help build bridges to nontraditional allies to increase our effectiveness.

Sierra experience: 30+ year member. Vice-chair excom. Chair legislative committee. Member conservation, legal, and political committees. Education: M.S. Environmental Engineering. Experience: 25 years U.S. EPA Region V in monitoring, enforcement, and toxicant control. 3 years assistant commissioner IDEM (managed superfund, groundwater, emergency response, etc). Activities: Coordinated recent TMDL (watershed) training workshop for Sierra. Testimony to support Sierra positions to state and local regulatory agencies. Assist local Sierra and other groups on environmental issues. Reach out to form alliances with nontraditional allies on environmental issues of common concern (business, farmers, cities, fisherman, etc.). Member state committees on brownfields, TMDL (watershed evaluation), wet weather, etc. work groups. Chair Indianapolis citizen’s sewage plant overview. Member Indianapolis wet weather task force.

John Ulmer

I have been a member of the Sierra Club since 1996. This summer I was asked by the chapter executive committee to fill an existing vacancy on the committee and also act as conservation chair for the balance of this year.

It has been an enlightening and busy experience. Our chapter is at a crossroad at this time. A lot of effort has succeeded in the revitalization of two more groups in the state. The executive committee is working hard at building a strong committee structure to support and unify chapter activities throughout the state. Planning is in progress for the upcoming legislative “short” session--a busy and important time for our environmental future. I would like to continue to expand the scope and effectiveness of the conservation committee both in support of the groups and to improve the environment of our state.

Gene Cox

I have been an active member of the Sierra Club since 1981. During my tenure as group chair of the DuPage County Group in Illinois, the membership of the group more than doubled. I became active in the Illinois Chapter, where I served as secretary, and then as vice-chair before moving to Indiana. Earlier this year I helped start the Winding Waters Group in the Hoosier Chapter, and our group off to a great start. I recently accepted a position as an at-large member of the executive committee of the Hoosier Chapter, and now serve as the chapter secretary. I would like to have the opportunity to continue serving our chapter. I believe that I can build upon my past experience in both group and chapter leadership positions to help make our chapter an even stronger voice in Indiana.

Thomas Neltner, JD, CHMM Fellow

Public health and the environment are intertwined. However, when we set and implement public policy--especially at the state level--we often separate the two. Both the environment and public health suffer as a result. We can accomplish that by keeping policies focused and advocating consistent and fair enforcement. However, we must take advantage of our best tool--an underutilized tool--a citizen’s right-to-know. We need to move away from paternalistic policies that don’t trust the public to handle the facts.

If selected to serve the Sierra Club, I will work to reconnect public health and the environment, to promote right-to-know, and to find the trigger points that stop sound decision-making. After 6 years in state government, 7 years in manufacturing, 7 years in academia, and 2 years in environmental activism, I have the experience to help make the chapter even more effective.

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Winter 2001-2002