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Employees Honored

The Sierra Club Employee Awards were held before assembled staff at the Club's San Francisco headquarters on April 28.

rod funk
Rod Funk
Mark Heileson
Mark Heileson
Judy Hofrichter
Judy Hofrichter
Bill Arthur
Bill Arthur

Rod Funk became the first recipient of the Behind the Scenes Hero Award. The Club's systems manager in the Information and Communication Systems Department, Funk received the award for his "focused diligence and extreme patience in keeping the Club's computer network running smoothly."

Sharon Tsiu received the Community Service Award. The Finance Department's financial systems manager, Tsiu was recognized for her long-time efforts on behalf of San Francisco's Presidio and Crissy Field ecosystem restoration projects.

Marc Heileson and Lawson LeGate received this year's Special Achievement Award for their leadership on the Utah Environmental Public Education Campaign and specifically for their efforts in opposing the Legacy Highway. Heileson is a Utah EPEC organizer who focuses on smart growth solutions and sprawl. LeGate is the Club's senior southwest regional representative.

Judy Hofrichter received the Virginia Ferguson Award, honoring an employee who has demonstrated exemplary service to the Club. The senior administrative coordinator in the Club's Midwest Regional Field Office in Wisconsin, Hofrichter is described as "the glue that keeps the Madison office together."

Tony Rango, the director of national outings, won this year's Excellence Award for his dedication to the Club, his commitment to outdoor activities and outdoor education, and the Club-wide impact his efforts have had.

Bill Arthur received the Michael McCloskey Award, given to an employee whose work has reflected and strengthened the meaning, purpose, and mission of the Sierra Club. Arthur was honored for his work on old growth/forest management issues, salmon habitat preservation and restoration in the Pacific Northwest, his efforts on behalf of the Club's Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Campaign, and his work to help elect environmental candidates to public office.

20-Year Employees: Maggie Fox and Jeff Schmidt.

30-Year Employees: Johnnie Randall, Jack Hession, Gene Coan, Rosa Li, and Barbara Harms.

Sierra Garners Maggie

Sierra Managing Editor Bob Schildgen won a Maggie Award for Best Signed Editorial for his "Ode to the Bus." A veritable bard of the bus ride, Schildgen managed to transform a standing-room-only commute from hassle to higher calling. "If indeed the highest of spiritual goals is to break down the barriers between self and world," he writes, "then getting on a bus could be downright transcendent; a vehicle of enlightenment instead of a ship of fools."

Now in their 52nd year, the Maggie Awards are presented annually to magazines published west of the Mississippi. In accepting the award in Los Angeles, Schildgen thanked George Bush "for his unholy, unrelenting assault on the environment which has inspired us to work even harder to produce a quality publication."

More Than a Feeling

Longtime Sierra Club member Tom Scholz, who is also the leader and founder of the mega-selling rock band Boston, has just released a new album, "Corporate America," the title track of which references more than a few issues the Sierra Club is working on. In fact, the Club's Web site is listed prominently on the accompanying booklet to the CD.

"The Sierra Club has the best chance of really accomplishing things. It's the group most dedicated to the nuts and bolts work of confronting environmental hazards," Scholz says. "They get down and do the dirty work of protecting the environment."

Scholz, who has made substantial contributions to the Club in the past, is embarking on a nationwide concert tour with Boston this summer. He recently announced that for every ticket sold on the tour, $1 will be donated directly to the Sierra Club. Now that's putting your money where your mouth is.

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