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The Planet

September 1997, Volume 4, number 7

Club Beat


  • SSC Update
  • Board of Directors Seeks Candidates
  • Get the Message?
  • Get the Message?

SSC Update

Led by a team of high school and college students from around the country, the Sierra Student Coalition continues to be a powerful force in environmental activism. This year Sage Rockermann, a junior at Brown University, is SSC president and Laurie Costanza, a high school senior from Baltimore, is the editor of the SSC's quarterly newsletter, Generation E. The development team, which helps train new SSC groups and facilitates communication between groups, is now headed by Amy McCormick of Austin, Tex., and Loni Stewart of Columbia, S.C. The coalition's conservation leaders are John Kamp of Middletown, Conn., Lisa Powell of Atlanta, Ga., and Danielle Nicholas and Mark Riley, both of Providence, R.I.

The SSC is working to develop and expand its network of activists in the coming year.

"We want to take the energy and excitement that so many of our SSC sections have and share it with the rest of the country,"says Rockermann. "We have a plan to develop each region of the country, and many of our leaders who have been so successful with their own SSC groups will be working with larger groups of students to spread that enthusiasm. We will be continuing with our training programs and working on issues such as public lands and global warming education."

There are currently 17,000 SSC members with sections in 23 states. "There isn't an SSC in every state yet,"says Rockermann, "but if you're interested in starting one, there are plenty of people to help you out. We'd love to hear from you!"

To get involved: Contact the SSC office at (401) 861-6012;

Calling All Student Activists

The nominating committee is on the lookout for candidates for the Sierra Club Board of Directors in the spring 1998 election. If you know someone who would make an effective board member (don't be reluctant to suggest yourself), please get in touch with any of the following committee members:

Joe Fontaine, Chair CA (805) 821-2055
Sandy Bahr AZ (602) 963-8749
Rebecca Falkenberry AL (205) 591-2931
Liz Frenkel OR (503) 754-6790
Bonnie Sharpe CA (714) 528-9596
Van Perkins NM (505) 983-8801
Jim Mays NY (914) 657-2013

All committee members may be contacted through cc:mail, or via the Internet at:

Candidates will be asked to fill out a questionnaire and the most qualified will be interviewed at the board meetings in September and November in San Francisco. The committee will make its final nominations on Nov. 16.

Please act quickly to submit any suggestions. Committee members have already begun the selection process.

Past employees of the Club are not eligible unless their employment with the Club ended two years prior to Nov. 16, 1997.

Get the Message?

"Making the Environment Matter," a communications manual for Club activists, is available from the Office of Volunteer and Activist Services.


Sierra Club Annual Awards Banquet
Saturday, September 20, 1997
Sheraton Palace Hotel
San Francisco, California
Reception: 6 PM
Dinner: 7 PM
Surprise guest speaker.
To reserve a ticket, contact Sandy Scales in the San Francisco office: (415) 977-5750.
Tickets: $35 ($40 after Sept. 1)

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