Sierran Masthead

Ideas on Fulfilling That New Year's Resolution to Help the Sierra Club

by Jennifer Cannon

1. Have Fun Helping Out at Chapter Fundraisers

In the coming months, the Hoosier Chapter will hold several fundraising events such as a President's Dinner and Earth Day activities. These events require the participation of many volunteers. This means you!

Please call the Hoosier Chapter office at (317) 466-9992 and leave your name and phone number. A Chapter representative will call you back to confirm your interest.

Then when our fundraising events roll around, we'll call to see if you are available. It's a great way to have fun and get involved when you can't make a long-term commitment. Put your environmentalism into action!

2. Have Your Say on Fighting Local Sprawl

The Heartlands Group Sprawl Committee is working on a citizen's guide to fighting sprawl. The document will include information on the planning and development processes, on transportation and permitting issues, and on how citizens can more effectively stop poorly planned sprawling developments.

The guide will be used primarily as an educational tool on how citizens' voices can address the environmental, economic, and quality-of-life issues surrounding sprawl to have an effect on decision making. The committee is requesting input on the information needed to make the document both user-friendly and effective.

Please send your suggestions to Jennifer Cannon via e-mail to petphoto@ccrtc.com or call (765) 386-6166.

3. Ask Others to Join the Sierra Club

As a volunteer-based environmental organization, the greatest resource the Sierra Club has is its members and volunteers. The volunteer nature of the Sierra Club is perhaps what distinguishes it most from many other organizations.

After all, the leadership of the Sierra Club is composed of volunteers, and members determine conservation priorities. Some people are surprised that even the Sierra Club president is a volunteer. Obviously, volunteer activism can be time consuming, but it doesn't have to be!

Here is something we can all do that only takes a few minutes each day. Your membership in the Sierra Club says something about you. It says that you care about the environment, and you believe that you can make a difference. And Sierra Club members have proven this time and again, for over 100 years.

Every day we meet people who share our interest in protecting, preserving, and enjoying the environment. Whether it's in the grocery store, gym, or at a nature preserve, we need to share our message and our opportunities to make a difference for our families...for our future.

You can make a simple commitment that can have a profound effect. Cut out and copy the membership form included in every issue of The Indiana Sierran.

Give a copy to one new person each day. Who knows--you may be recruiting the future president of the Sierra Club.


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Fall 1999