Chapter BBS Now on Internet
by Charlie Oriez, Chapter Computer Committee & Mark Collier, Chapter BBS Operator
The Rocky Mountain Chapter recently upgraded its electronic bulletin board system and made it accessible through the Internet. The chapter offers the use of its BBS, World Wide Web site and list servers free of charge as a benefit of Sierra Club membership.
Bulletin Board System
To get on the chapter BBS, use a modem to dial (303) 402-6905 or a Telnet client (such as HyperTerminal, which is included with Windows '95) to connect to 188.8.131.52. You may download and install the latest version of HyperTerminal from http://www.hilgraeve.com.
BBS users can read messages in a wide variety of topical forums and post their own responses for others to read. In addition, users can send and receive Internet electronic mail at no cost. Your address to receive and send Internet email will be "firstname.lastname@example.org."
Juno is a free Windows-based electronic mail service supported by advertising. It is also one of the best-written programs I've ever seen; most people find Juno a real delight to use. Juno requires Windows 3.1 or higher, at least 4 Mb of RAM, 15 Mb of hard drive space, and a 9600 baud modem (or faster).
Users send and receive email in quick transmissions at no cost via local telephone lines. In Colorado local telephone lines are available in Denver, Fort Collins, Greeley, Loveland, Longmont, Colorado Springs and Pueblo. Unfortunately Juno is not available for Macintosh, nor can it be used to send or receive attached files.
Juno can be downloaded from http://www.juno.com, from the PROGRAMS directory on the Rocky Mountain Chapter bulletin board system or from the PROGRAMS directory on the Rocky Mountain Chapter World Wide Web site. Or you may get an installation diskette directly from Juno by calling (800) 654-JUNO.
World Wide Web
The Sierra Club maintains a large World Wide Web site with information of interest to members and others, including the history of the Sierra Club, conservation policy statements and information about Sierra Club membership, as well as links to most local chapters and groups, ecoregions and committees. Visit http://www.sierraclub.org.
In addition, the Rocky Mountain Chapter maintains a World Wide Web site at http://www.rmc.sierraclub.org that includes information about Colorado environmental issues, as well as links to most Colorado Sierra Club groups, which are maintained by local activists or by members of the Rocky Mountain Chapter's World Wide Web Site Committee. To volunteer to help the committee maintain a portion of the Rocky Mountain Chapter's Web site, please contact Charlie Oriez at email@example.com.
Colorado Action Network
The environment in the West is under attack. Assaults on environmental protection are coming from well-organized and well-funded "wise-use" groups. Such groups use traditional lobbying tactics and high-tech grassroots efforts to roll back environmental laws. In response, the Environmental Defense Fund, in cooperation with Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters and other organizations, has developed the Colorado Action Network.
The Colorado Action Network is designed to give members immediate access to state legislators on urgent environmental issues. The only cost to join is agreement to respond to three or more action alerts per year.
The Colorado Action Network uses new communication technologies to send action alerts to members and to send their letters to the targets of its letter-writing campaigns. We match members' addresses to legislative districts and send them action alerts tailored to the positions expressed by their elected representatives. Members periodically receive action alerts with background information and a sample letter they can use as a starting point for expressing their opinions. They send edited letters to the Environmental Defense Fund, which converts them to faxes and sends them to the appropriate legislators.
To join the Colorado Action Network, send an electronic mail message to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Include your name, address and email address. Tell Scot you're a Sierra Club member so you can receive the right alerts. Name, address and email address changes for existing members of the Colorado Action Network should be sent to the same address.
Alerts sent to Sierra Club members via the Colorado Action Network are authorized by the Rocky Mountain Chapter's Legislative Committee.
Anyone with electronic mail can participate in topical discussions and receive national, state and local action alerts and meeting notices through the use of list servers, which are automated distribution lists of people who have indicated a desire to receive messages on such topics as the restoration of the Colorado River and Guide the Ride.
To subscribe to an existing list, send an email message to email@example.com. Put "GET CURRENT SCLISTS" in the body of the message, and send it. (This is a list server command.) You will receive a complete list of all Sierra Club list servers; the Rocky Mountain Chapter's list servers start with the letters "RMC." To subscribe to a particular list server, send a message to the same address containing "SUBSCRIBE listname firstname lastname".
After you join a list server, you can send a message to all members of a list by sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any old computer equipment, such as a 386 (or better) IBM-compatible PC, 9600 baud (or faster) modem, or VGA (color) monitor that you would like to donate to a good cause, we will refurbish them and make them available to Sierra Club volunteers for home use. What greater satisfaction can there be than knowing that your old computer is being used by a dedicated Sierra Club activist to protect the environment? Contact Mary Romano at (303) 861-8819.
If you are a volunteer who needs a computer at home for your Sierra Club activities, contact Charlie Oriez email@example.com to find out whether we have a computer you can use. Our fleet of loaner computers isn't fast or state-of-the-art, but they will accomplish the basic jobs of getting you onto Juno and the BBS, along with basic word processing and spread sheets (usually obsolete versions of Lotus and Word Perfect).
If you have obsolete computer equipment you would like to dispose of, such as 286s (or even 8086-based scrap metal), we can provide information on environmentally sound disposal practices. Call Mary Romano at (303) 861-8819 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.