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Kudos to Staff Award Winners

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 revenue.

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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