Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet Around the Corner
Club leaders will gather in San Francisco on September 25-26 for the Annual Meeting, which is a time when the Board of Directors and Council of Club Leaders (CCL) come together for dialogue on key organizational concerns. Tina Schulstad, CCL Executive Committee Chair, and I have been coordinating with others to develop a very full agenda. Council delegates have been working on compiling a report on the Financial State of the Chapters for presentation during the meeting.
Topics for the three discussion forums are:
- Core Chapter Function,
- Fundraising, and
- Climate Recovery Partnership – Coordinating National and Local Efforts.
Check for updated agendas and materials for Council
meetings. We’re looking forward to engaging discussions!
Board Task Forces Hard At Work – Thanks for Your Input!
The Board of Directors has appointed a number of Task Forces to address conservation and organizational policy. Task forces are task- and/or time-limited to provide advice to the Board on focused, specific topics. The recommendations may, in some cases, be in the form of alternatives. Task Forces are volunteer-driven and led. The Board Executive Committee appoints a lead volunteer who will chair the Task Force. The Executive Director appoints a lead staff to participate on the Task Force. The composition of task forces can vary according to need and can include a mix of volunteers along with chapter, regional and national staff. A link to all current task forces may be found here
Thanks to the efforts of the National Parks Task Force, a new National Parks Policy
was recently approved by Board of Directors. Look for Ken Burns' PBS documentary on the history of the national parks starting in September. Burns recognizes the prominent role the Sierra Club has played in that history, a role we can all be proud of. Consider hosting a house party
to share a sneak preview of the documentary!
The Natural Gas Fracturing Task Force
is soliciting comments on a Draft Unconventional Natural Gas Policy.
Reminder that you can read the proposed policy here
and comment here
. Comment period ends October 12, 2009.
Interim Policy For Walk-A-Thons and Bike-A-Thons
Board’s Finance & Risk Management Advisory Committee (FinCom; ) recently
became aware that several Club entities had conducted and/or were planning some
outings-like events with the potential for a large number of participants, like walk-a-thon, bike-a-thons, hike-a-yhons. After reviewing the Club’s
outings policies and the scope of the Club's training for outings leaders, and
consulting with the Sierra Club General Counsel, FinCom concluded that conducting these events is an
unreasonably high risk activity. The Club is not in the business of
staging such events, lacks experience in doing so, and could not do so at
industry standard without a significant investment of resources to develop
appropriate protocols and training.
FinCom has established an interim policy, effective immediately. It
will become final Sierra Club policy if and when ratified by the Board at their
Annual meeting in late September.