Outings Program Achieves Goals and Sets New Ones
2003 was a pivotal year for the Hoosier Chapter outings program. Jane Fuller became chapter outings chair in January. Her goals for 2003 were to increase the number of trained outings leaders in the state, to integrate the outings program statewide, to develop a working group of people interested in improvement of the outings program, and to incorporate Sierra Club members not connected to a group into the outings program.
It is exciting to report that all of these goals have been achieved. To date, 39 Hoosier Chapter members have attended outings leader training. While not all of these members choose to lead outings at this time, more than half of them do.
Hopefully 2004 will find others willing to take the plunge, if only as an assistant leader. Jane succeeded in bringing wilderness first aid training to Indiana, and 16 Hoosier Chapter members completed the course. First aid kits were assembled and distributed so that all outings leaders have access to a kit provided by the chapter.
Quarterly outings committee meetings were held at various locations throughout the state, with good attendance and participation.
Jane will continue as outings chair for 2004, and so far has set goals to increase member participation in outings by improving publicity and networking, to continue to improve the number and quality of outing leaders, and to incorporate more of the Sierra Club conservation message into outings. The goal is for members to return from outings feeling safe, happy, and inspired to protect and preserve our threatened environment.
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