On April 24, the Sierra Club presented its annual employee recognition
awards for 2000.
Political Director Dan Weiss received the Mike McCloskey Award for
highlighting the poor environmental record of Texas Gov. George W. Bush and
"elevating the Club's ability to force political candidates to address environmental
issues or 'pay the price.'"
The Special Achievement Award was granted to John McCown and Louie Miller
for working together to organize residents in rural Mississippi to speak out against the
proliferation of factory hog farms.
One of our own, Planet Senior Editor Jenny Coyle, received the Community
Service Award, given in recognition of community involvement in a non-Sierra Club cause.
She worked with the campaign to defeat Prop. 22, an anti-gay-marriage initiative on the
California ballot in March.
The Virginia Ferguson Award, named after the Sierra Club's first (and for
many years, only) paid employee went jointly to Beth Reilly, director of the Office of
Environmental Programs and Barbara Harms, senior accountant, Reilly was recognized as
"the glue which holds the conservation field system together and moving
forward." Harms, who has done almost every job in the accounting department, was
honored for "always maintaining a positive attitude and being fast in bringing
forward solutions to problems."
The Sierra Club Excellence Award, a new award recognizing distinguished
and consistent achievement, went to Ken Holsclaw, who has been instrumental in developing
and implementing reporting systems that have improved the Club's ability to forecast
Three employees who have worked for the Club for 20 years were also
honored: Steve Griffiths, Sandy Scales and Rosa Malone.
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