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Hoosier Chapter Planning Retreat to Focus on Future Plans, Goals

You are invited to join other Hoosier Sierrans in an exciting and important strategic planning retreat to help shape the future of the Hoosier Chapter. It will be held Nov. 5-7 at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis.

Modeled after a successful 1997 Chapter retreat, this event will focus on reviewing accomplishments, strengthening our vision, and identifying ways to turn our vision into reality.

Next year the chapter will celebrate its 25th anniversary as a leader in Indiana's environmental community. Although we have made much progress, we still face many challenges, such as protecting public lands, stopping pollution, safeguarding wetlands, and preventing sprawl.

The retreat will help us create an action plan to take us into the next century as well as to celebrate our 25th anniversary in the year 2000.

To help lead us in strategic planning, Carl Zichella, Director of the Sierra Club Midwest Office, will once again join us at the retreat. Carl is a knowledgeable facilitator and activist.

He offers a wealth of information and experience that will help us make the Hoosier Chapter the most powerful, effective environmental organization it can be.

Help Make Our Vision Come True

We'll gather Friday night to get to know each other and talk about happenings around the state. On Saturday and Sunday, we'll get down to developing a vision for our Chapter's future, with goals and a plan for making it a reality.

Please come prepared to share your ideas and provide input for developing a more powerful, effective, and fun Sierra Club throughout Indiana.

We'll also tackle the task of prioritizing our plan and committing our time and talents for future successes.

All Activities Will Be at Fort Harrison State Park

Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis is the retreat's site. We've chosen this location because of its central location for our members statewide, the unique all-in-one lodging and meeting facilities it offers, and for its beautiful state park setting.

All retreat activities will be held at former officers' homes we have reserved at Fort Harrison. Those who need lodging will be asked to share a room to keep the registration cost down. All beds are double.

Sorry, no outdoor camping is allowed at Fort Harrison at this time. Out-of-town members may also make overnight lodging arrangements with a local member or friend.

We'll have snacks for everyone who arrives on Friday night, three meals on Saturday, and two meals on Sunday.

If you would prefer vegetarian meals, please indicate that on the registration form. If you have other dietary needs, please make your own arrangements. We may go out for dinner on Saturday night and will let the group make that decision (you would be responsible for your own meal cost).

Registration scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you need financial assistance, please indicate this on the registration form and you will be contacted.

If you cannot attend but would like to make a difference, please consider sponsoring someone by sending a retreat contribution to the chapter office.

Note: Due to road construction on 56th Street, to reach Fort Harrison State Park you should exit Pendleton Pike east off I-465 and then take Post Road north into the park.

Registration Deadline Is Oct. 15

Registration deadline is Oct. 15. Please call the Chapter office at (317) 972-1903.

We Need Your Ideas!

Share your vision for the Hoosier Chapter! Now, more than ever, the Chapter needs your commitment, your ideas, and your energy to face important environmental issues and challenges.

Preliminary Schedule for the Retreat

Friday, Nov. 5. Check in and registration starts at 6 p.m. Introductions at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 6. Breakfast at 7 a.m. Welcome and introductions start at 8 a.m. The day will end with dinner at approximately 6 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 7. Breakfast at 8 a.m. We will adjourn around noon, followed by lunch.

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Summer 1999