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The Planet

Club Beat

The Planet, July/August 1997, Volume 4, number 6


  • Board of Directors Elects Officers
  • Calling All Student Activists
  • And the Winner Is . . .
  • Music to Our Ears
  • Attention Authors

Board of Directors Elects Officers

At their meeting in San Francisco in May, the board of directors elected officers to serve through May 1998. Adam Werbach was reelected president; Lois Snedden, vice president; Mary Ann Nelson, secretary; Roy Hengerson, treasurer; and Susan Holmes, fifth officer.

Calling All Student Activists

The Sierra Student Coalition will hold its seventh annual National High School Environmental Leadership Training Program this summer in Vermont (July 29-August 3) and California (August 5-10). The SSC is accepting applications from students entering grades 9-12.

Those accepted to the program will not necessarily have the most experience as environmental activists but must be dedicated to learning and sharing their experiences.

Workshops and seminars include topics such as effective public speaking, toxins and environmental racism and initiating conservation programs. The cost of the program is $135 for members ($150 for non-members), and scholarships are available to anyone who may need financial assistance. For more information and an application, contact the Sierra Student Coalition at (401) 861-6012;

And the Winner Is . . .

Has a person or group in your chapter done outstanding work this year? If so, consider nominating them for one of the Sierra Club's 1997 national awards. Awards are given for work in all Club areas, including conservation, administration, newsletter editing and design, membership development and fundraising. Some even include monetary prizes. To receive a nomination form along with a list of awards, contact Ellen Mayou at or (214) 648-3404. The deadline for nominations is July 1, 1997. Awards will be presented at the Club's awards banquet following the annual meeting in San Francisco, September 17-21.

Music to Our Ears

This summer, the Sierra Club population program will get a leg up from Sarah McLachlan, a popular Canadian rock star concerned about population issues. So far, the Club is one of only five national groups -- along with Voters for Choice, Planned Parenthood, Lifebeat and the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network -- which has been selected to have a table and distribute information at all 38 of her North American stops with the Lilith Fair. McLachlan is calling the event a "celebration of women in music" as it features only female artists. While working the shows, Sierra Club population volunteers will be organizing petition drives to influence the U.S. Senate to ratify the Convention to Eliminate Discrimination Against Women, and to encourage both chambers of Congress to support both international and domestic family planning programs. "It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to get out our message," said Population Program Assistant David Ellenberger, "and we hope to strike up a working partnership for years to come."

For more information on the Club's population program or to become a Lilith Fair volunteer in your area, contact David Ellenberger in the Washington, D.C., office at (202) 675-6693.

Attention Authors

Sierra Club Books, the distinguished environmental publisher, is seeking nonfiction projects intended for the general reader. We are interested in all subjects relating to ecology and the environment, with special emphasis on: forests; water and wetlands; biodiversity and endangered species; marine conservation; wilderness policy; pesticides, hazardous wastes and environmental justice; transportation, energy, and sustainability; mining, public lands, and agriculture. Please send an outline and a sample chapter of your proposed book to the Editorial Department, Sierra Club Books, 85 Second Street, San Francisco, CA 94105. (Include an SASE if you want your material returned.)

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