A Volunteer Coordinator At Last? How about an Editor? A Calendar Editor?
We welcome our new layout-design people, Scott Stanley and Sanae ****, both students at Auraria ??? with a passionate interest in the environment. Jim Thrailkill of Longmont has stepped forward to take Joe McGloin's place as volunteer coordinator. Along with his work with volunteers and those needing them, he will begin doing the Grassroots volunteer opportunities column in Peak & Prairie with the December/January issue. Finally, Diane Drekmann of Denver, a free lance writer and editor, has become new media editor. We look forward to her contributions beginning with the next issue as well.
However, we still need a calendar editor, to put together the listings of chapter and group outings, events and meetings. And while we're at it, we are looking for an editor or co- editors to take over Peak & Prairie. Both Barry and Fran are stepping down as co-editors at the end of this year after three years of a very productive collaboration. We will be available to help edit occasional articles and to help out as needed but expect to have no major role in the newsletter after this year. It's hard work but fun.
For any of these jobs, call Mary Romano at (303) 861-8819 or Fran Baxter at (303) 422-5151 or 238-8817.
The chapter also needs an assistant treasurer, to assist the treasurer in writing checks, keeping books (electronically, probably in Quickbooks) and/or with special projects. Call David Mastronarde, chapter chair, at (303) 440-0253.
Toxics & Forest Volunteers
The chapter conservation committee needs people with a strong and enduring interest in toxic substances and National Forest management issues to be resource persons and/or participate on a volunteer committee. Toxics and National Forest issues have become particularly complex, but they also have aspects that any lay person can appreciate. For example, everyone understands that living downwind from a chemical plant may pose a health hazard, and most people resonate, from a purely esthetic point of view, with the values of a healthy forest.
A committee person should have some grasp of the complexities of the issue area and a strong desire to learn more, but an equal or greater desire to educate the Club membership and the public and help empower people to influence government or private decisions. To discuss either position, contact Chapter Conservation Chair Kirk Cunningham at (303) 939-8519 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you prefer working with people to working on issues, volunteer coordinator for your local Sierra Club group may be the job for you. The local volunteer coordinator is the "welcome wagon" of the Sierra Club, responding to new members who have expressed an interest in volunteering and explaining to them how and where they can help. You don't need to know much about the issues; all that's needed is a willingness to help other people get plugged in by knowing what committees are looking for volunteers. Just fill out and mail the volunteer form below, and we'll get it to your group.
If animals are your thing, consider working with Sierra Club's wildlife committee. There are a wide variety of wildlife issues around the state that would benefit from your involvement. Just fill out the coupon at the end of this section or call Karen Wharton at (303) 642-3117.
One area of our planet that is not overpopulated is the population committee. A big part of what they do is public education. To find out how you can help, mail in the coupon. Whatever your cause, it's a lost cause without population control.
If you love hikes, socializing and organizing, please consider working with the outings program. You can organize hikes on the local or state level, from simple afternoon hikes around town to lengthy overnights out-of-state. We especially need help at the state level. If you are interested in learning more, just fill out the coupon.
There are no shortage of opportunities to help the wilderness areas close to home. There are always areas under consideration for wilderness. In addition, every wilderness area must be managed to maintain its wilderness characteristics. Just fill out the coupon and the wilderness committee will get in touch with you.
The computer committee needs help refurbishing and lending its many donated computers (obsolescent but not obsolete). To help, just fill out the coupon.
If you read the paper or listen to the news, you probably know that the Sierra Club frequently uses the legal system to protect the environment. No matter what part of the state you are in, if you have any legal skills, you can help out. Whether you're an attorney, a typist, a court reporter or an activist with special knowledge about a legal-environmental issue, we can use your help. To get involved in this essential area, just mail in the coupon.
Open Space Organizers
The new urban parks and open space committee has plenty of space for new volunteers. We are working on the City of Denver's plans for a new park just east of Stapleton Airport. The park was created by a legal settlement initiated by other Sierra Club volunteers. To get involved, just clip out the coupon.
The chapter energy committee seeks volunteers. The committee focuses on energy conservation, alternative sources of energy and the environmental impact of energy, including electricity production, home and business use and transportation. To get involved, please fill out the coupon.
The agriculture committee has a wide range of concerns and needs a wide range of volunteers. Everyone from farmers to consumers are invited to participate. Members from the Poudre Canyon Group are especially needed! You don't have to know about every issue or participate in every event. Remember, you are what you eat! To find out more, fill out the coupon.
The Front Range Mountain Backdrop Project is a five-county cooperative effort to identify critical parcels of land along the Front Range foothills for future open space preservation. Volunteer action groups are forming in Boulder, Larimer, Jefferson, El Paso and Douglas counties. You can become involved in preserving our metropolitan vistas by filling out the coupon.
The mining committee focuses on new mining proposals, proposed changes in state regulations by the Mined Land Reclamation Board, pollution from existing and abandoned mines and federal mining law reform. We need volunteers from around the state to watchdog mines for compliance with federal and state laws and to visit BLM and Forest Service offices to get information on new mining proposals. Volunteers will also help spearhead efforts to reform the federal Mining Law of 1872 by educating activists on the status of reform legislation. Just use the clip-out coupon.
The pesticides committee provides information and assistance in dealing with the unintended toxic consequences of the "battle of the bugs." To become involved with the committee's work, mail in the coupon.
The lifestyle committee focuses on the individual's ability to create lifestyle changes that support a sustainable and environmentally sound future. The committee is working hard to show people how easy it is to make changes that benefit the health of the planet. To learn more about how you can become involved with the committee's work, just fill out the coupon.
Just before you receive each issue of Peak & Prairie, a rowdy bunch of trusty volunteers gets together and has a party--a mailing party. This is where all 12,000 Peak & Prairies are labeled, sorted, bundled and prepared for the post office. It's a great way to meet new people, have fun and do your part for Colorado's environment. Fill out the coupon below or call Angela at (303) 433-2608.
If you prefer to volunteer during the day, the Sierra Club chapter office in Denver can use you. The office is open from 8 to 4 and has an incredible variety of opportunities from which to choose. Managing the phones, computer tasks, membership and volunteer coordination are just a few. There's a lot of work involved in keeping 14,000 members happy, and new volunteers are always needed.
Outings for Kids
Like the weather, the crime rate is something we complain about but feel powerless to change. The Sierra Club's Inner City Outings programs help bring a little nature into the concrete world of city kids. Whether you want to lead trips, coordinate food and materials, locate needy kids, recruit volunteers or help with fundraising or publicity, we have a place for you. ICO is getting set up for winter activities and needs your help.
Getting Peak & Prairie out to all our members is quite an accomplishment. It's actually a multitude of various tasks, from writing articles to loading pickup trucks. Peak & Prairie is a great place to volunteer. There are plenty of opportunities to use your skills (or learn new ones). Best of all, most tasks require just a couple of hours every two months. Besides the three big volunteer jobs posted above, right now we are looking for people to help out with: -Circulation - helping put together the mailing parties as well as shuttling the newsletters between the printer, mailing party and post office; and -Editorial Assistants - preliminary reading, initial editing and copy editing the articles that appear in P&P.
If you are ever on a Sierra Club hike (past, present or future) or participate in trail maintenance or even an interesting public meeting or a group or committee meeting and have pictures (black & white or color), please let us use them in Peak & Prairie. Just send them to the Sierra Club office, 777 Grant Street, Suite 606, Denver, CO 80203, Attn: Photo Editor. Please include a description of the hike or event, photo, participants and date, as well as instructions about returning the photo.
Water Resources Committee
The chapter water resources committee deals with local, state and regional water resource issues. To volunteer, fill out the coupon below or contact Steve Glazer at P.O. Box 459, Crested Butte, CO 81224; phone: (970) 349-6646, when in Denver: (303) 757-2303; or e-mail email@example.com.
CLIP-OUT VOLUNTEER COUPON
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No matter how much time or experience you have, you can make a difference to the future of Mother Earth. Start by filling out and mailing in this coupon. Another volunteer will contact you about how you can help out according to your schedule and interests.
|___Toxics Issues||___ National Forest Issues|
|___Colorado Wilderness||___Wildlife Committee|
|___Population Committee||___Open Space Volunteers|
|___Backdrop Boosters||___Pesticide Committee|
|___Volunteer Coordinator||___Water Resources Committee|
|___Peak & Prairie||___Office Help|
|___Mailing Parties||___Mining Committee|
|___Legal Aid||___Inner City Outings|
|___Lifestyle Committee||___Energy Activists|
|___Agriculture Committee||___Photo Fanatics|
|___Computer Committee||___Outing Organizers|
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