No One Said Clean Energy Would Be Easy — a Memo on Ivanpah from Robin Mann and Michael Brune


No one said that clean energy would be easy.

After much deliberation, the Board of Directors made a difficult decision this week not to try to block BrightSource Energy's Ivanpah solar project in the Mojave Desert.

Club volunteers and staff have worked tirelessly to reconfigure Ivanpah in a way that would do the least harm to the desert tortoise and the surrounding ecosystem. Unfortunately Brightsource is moving forward with a plan that causes unnecessary harm to species. 

The Board of Directors has decided not to pursue litigation at this time. This battle has already been costly, and we must now rely on the federal agencies to require that Brightsource come around, so that we can focus our resources and attention to making sure that future large-scale renewable energy projects are built in a more responsible manner. We will continue to work with the Interior Department and Brightsource to improve the project in any way we can.

The Sierra Club remains deeply committed to moving America off of dirty energy quickly and responsibly, and that will include building large-scale renewable energy projects in the smartest way possible — by eliminating or minimizing harm to wildlife and natural resources.

Because the Sierra Club has a long history of protecting wildlife and public lands, as well as a record of winning fights against dirty energy, we are in a unique position to make sure clean energy projects are built responsibly. We are also in a tough position; we urgently need to get clean energy up to scale, and that means we will face more difficult decisions about where to put large renewable projects. 

There are solutions to this conflict. As we showed with our proposed reconfiguration of Ivanpah, there is a way to balance clean energy development with the protection of our wildlife and natural resources.

We thank all of the volunteers and staff members who have dedicated years — and tears — to the Ivanpah fight. There will be more battles ahead, and we hope we can count on you to lead us to clean energy solutions.

The Ivanpah project has received occasional media attention over the past few months and will likely receive more. You can find our approved talking points in Clubhouse.

But please note that we are the only official Club spokespeople on this issue, along with Clean Energy Solutions Senior Representative Barb Boyle. Please direct any inquiries you may receive to Senior Press Secretary Kristina Johnson at (415) 977-5619.


Robin Mann, Sierra Club President
Michael Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director

Meet Me on Monday


In my first letter to you as Sierra Club president, I want to flag some important upcoming opportunities and to invite your participation in the upcoming Club-wide call I'm hosting with Gulf Coast leaders on June 28.

Demanding a New Direction

I write as the terrible BP disaster continues to envelop the Gulf and Gulf Coast communities. We are calling on the Obama administration to rise to this challenge, to stop new offshore drilling and to set the country on a course to get off of oil in 20 years. I hope we can generate a great turnout to the Hands Across the Sand events on June 26, sending a message of solidarity to Gulf Coast communities and sending a resounding call on Washington to end dependence on offshore oil.

In more than 500 communities across the globe we'll join hands at 11 am to create a line in the sand against offshore drilling. Find events in your area.

We are also awaiting news this week as to whether the disaster will have compelled U.S. Senate leaders to summon the political courage to put forward the climate and energy legislation the country needs.


Plant a Flag for Our Freedom from Oil

I urge you as well to join one of the Sierra Club's largest visual displays ever as we call for our  Freedom from Oil this Independence Day.

Plant a virtual flag on our website and we'll recreate the scene in Washington DC with 10,000 American flags spelling out 'Freedom from Oil' right in front of the Washington Monument —just days before July 4 — where Congress and the White House are sure to notice.

Plant a flag for our Freedom from Oil — tell President Obama we need a plan to get us off oil in twenty years.

Meet Me on Monday for Open House Conference Call

I'm hosting an Open House conference call on Monday, June 28, at 8 pm Eastern/5 pm Pacific and I'll be joined by some of our Gulf Coast volunteer leaders and staff, who will talk about their efforts to respond to the BP disaster.

We will also hear a brief recap of the recent clean energy victory in Nebraska from chapter leaders.

I hope you can join me too.

Call 1-866-501-6174 -- 1892-005. RSVP here.

— Robin Mann

P.S. I also want to share with you first-person reports from last week's Resilient Habitat Lobby. Eleven citizen lobbyists from eight states visited more than eighty Congressional and Senate offices.

All Hands on Deck!


[ Clean It Up Rally — New Orleans, your community | Good Jobs, Green Jobs | Awards | Open House ]

It’s been a pretty intense few weeks, folks, and there’s a lot more to do. I join Michael Brune and Sarah Hodgdon in a call for all hands on deck.

On the Go

I am just back from attending the Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference with 3,000 labor, environmental, and business leaders. The Club delegation included volunteers and staff from around the country, including 140 inspiring youth from Building Bridges to the Outdoors and Sierra Student Coalition. It was a jam-packed and stimulating two days of talks, workshops, and networking to address policies, investments, and innovative strategies to transition America to a clean energy economy with good green jobs at the scale and speed required…now.

Speaking of now, I am about to head to New Orleans to join our volunteers and staff for a Clean It Up Rally to support those living on the gulf. It’s a travesty that it takes a BP oil disaster to wake people up. Offshore drilling is risky, dirty, and dangerous. This kind of accident can happen anywhere drilling takes place. We need to clean up the Gulf Coast and clean up America’s energy. Thank you to all who are organizing and supporting events around the country, in solidarity with our folks and the communities in the Gulf Coast.

(If you're in or near New Orleans this weekend, please join me. The rally is at noon in Lafayette Square Park. RSVP here.)

You don't have to live in Louisiana to help. All across the country, Club members and supporters are hosting "Clean It Up!" events to call for full accountability for BP and a clean energy future.

You can too. If you can gather 5 to 10 friends, we'll provide materials and media coverage.

Sign up to host an event here, and find the Clean It Up Toolkit here.

New Board Directors to be Seated on May 15

Congratulations to Donna Buell (Iowa), Jim Dougherty (D.C.), and Jared Duval (Connecticut) for their election to the Board of Directors. Robbie Cox and I appreciate being re-elected and look forward to serving you! Next week’s Board meeting (May 12-15) in San Francisco starts with an orientation, transitions to an offsite retreat, and culminates with a formal session that includes the seating of new directors and election of officers.

Awards, Awards, Awards

Director Dave Scott and I had the pleasure of attending the Employee Recognition Celebration on April 29th. Those of you who know these individuals will not be surprised to learn that the following staff were honored by their peers:

  • Community Service — Julian Fisher, Communications
  • Virginia Ferguson — Glen Besa, Virginnia Chapter Director
  • Behind the Scenes Hero — Tim Guilfoile, Deputy Director for Water Sentinels
  • Special Achievement — Brittany Mckee, Regional Rep for Military Families Outdoors Youth Program
  • Larry Melhaff for Excellence — David Willet, Deputy Director of Communications

Recognition for 20 Years of Service went to:

  • Barbara Josepher, Atlantic Chapter Coordinator
  • James McCaffrey, Massachusetts Chapter Director 
  • Yolanda Fortuna, Director of Member Services 
  • Julia Reitan, Director of Office of Volunteer and Activist Services

More here.

A reminder: Sierra Club National Awards deadline is right around the corner — June 1. Please, take a minute to submit a nomination.

Open House Call on Monday, May 10

I look forward to having you join me for conversation on the BP oil disaster, our Clean It Up Campaign, Green Jobs, and more. It's at 5 pm Pacific/6 pm Mountain/7 pm Central/8 pm Eastern.

Call 1-866-501-6174 -- 1892-005. RSVP 

Here's the full schedule of Monday conference calls.

— Allison Chin

P.S. If you’ve got a few minutes, I encourage you to check out the creative competition for the Best Internship on Earth. It's inspiring and fun.

Environmental Heroes


The Sierra Club is rich with so many people doing so much good work. Remember to celebrate those activists and your victories!

Sierra Club National Awards

Who are your environmental heroes? Nominations are now open to honor leaders in over 23 categories with a National Award. Is it someone who has provided distinguished service to the chapter? An outings leader? Outstanding support for environmental issues by a government official? A legal eagle?

Please, take a minute to submit a nomination Deadline: June 1.

State and Local Victories Tracker

A Victories Tracker database was launched earlier this year. Check it out to learn about exciting wins throughout the Club — Take a moment to share and boast about your successes, too!

Countdown to Earth Day

Two weeks to the 40th anniversary of Earth Day! Make your green pledge for Earth Day either online — — or through the new Sierra Club iPhone application —

Be part of the Earth Day Revolution —
  1. Sign the Declaration of Energy Independence.
  2. Contact your senator — by phone, in person, or online.
  3. Write a letter to your local newspaper.
  4. Tell your friends and networks.

Offshore Oil Drilling Talking Points

On last Monday's Open House call, one volunteer leader asked about the Club's response to President Obama's offshore drilling plans.

"We're very disappointed," said new Club Executive Director Michael Brune, "to see important areas like the Arctic coast and the Mid and South Atlantic stay open to oil drilling."

Here's our press release and talking points. Spread the word.

New Thon Policy Approved

On its March 18, 2010 teleconference, the Board of Directors unanimously approved a new Thon Policy, which replaces the Interim Thon Policy enacted during the September 2009 Board meeting in San Francisco.

The Thon policy applies to Club-sponsored activities that take place in the outdoors in which participants travel largely on their own by walking, hiking, running, biking, etc. These activities are not traditional "outings" in which participants travel outdoors and are led by an outings leader. The text of the new policy can be found here with the scope of applicable activities, procedures for its implementation, references and appropriate forms.

The Board thanks all Club leaders who provided input during the development of this new policy — and particularly appreciates the manner in which the Thon Task Force approached their charge and worked to develop a robust process to support club leaders.

Help Wanted

  • The Communications and Information Technology Team seeks members to help us better understand both how technology is used by the Club today and how it can be better used to empower members, activists, and leaders.
  • The Business Partnerships Team seeks members to help move the clean and green economy forward, and build new strategic partnerships with businesses.

For other volunteer opportunities, see the Activist Network Matchmaker Project — it's not a dating site, but it's a place for volunteers seeking opportunities to get connected with teams seeking volunteers. You could end up helping out with a xeriscape tour in Southern California or serving as communications guru for the Stop Sewage Overflow Team. Looking for some volunteers to help you with a project of your own? You can post your own "ad" here.


P.S. For those of you who plan in advance, I'll be hosting an Open House on May 3 at
5 pm Pacific | 6 pm Mountain | 7 pm Central | 8 pm Eastern. Call 1-866-501-6174 -- 1892-005. RSVP here.

Here's the full schedule of Monday conference calls.

Power To Change: Importance of Relationships


New Executive Director On The Job!

Michael Brune’s first week on the job was, not surprisingly, packed – introductions, staff meeting, briefings, conference call with Club leaders, donor meetings, and more briefings. He has emphasized the importance of developing, enhancing and advancing relationships -- which is so fundamental to who we are and how we achieve the Club’s mission. Michael may have been sleepless in San Francisco before his first day, but I bet he slept well after his first week!

Countdown to Earth Day

As the 40th anniversary of Earth Day approaches, a lot of outreach and activities are unfolding. The Sierra Club joined with over forty other groups to call on the U.S. Senate to take swift action on clean energy and climate change. Events were held around the country to launch Earth Day Revolution on March 11, including one in which I participated at the Capitol, to kick off 40 days of action. I am sure that many of you are busy planning local events.

Leaders signed up to host over 600 house parties to launch the Discovery Channels new series LIFE, which follows up on the successful Planet Earth series.

Don’t forget, if you’re 18 to 25 years old, or encourage others to apply for “The Best Internship on Earth” -- eight weeks outdoors with the Club’s youth programs. The deadline is fast approaching on March 31.

Clean Ports

The Teamsters helped form the Coalition for Clean and Safe Ports with the Sierra Club and over 100 other environmental and community groups around the country to come up with a comprehensive solution to the environmental, safety and labor challenges associated with port trucking. Earlier this week I urged congressional leaders for their support on clean port truck legislation, along with Dick Gephardt and our friends and allies from the Teamsters (President James P. Hoffa and Vice President /Director of Ports Fred Potter), Los Angeles Ports community (Mayor Antonio Villaraigos and LA truck drivers Jose and Rudy), Change to Win (Nick Wiener). Our Angeles, Bay, New Jersey and Cascade chapters’ campaigns on clean ports were highlighted.Chin-Hoffa-Villaraigosa-DeFazio_crop

Board of Directors' Memorial Resolution Noting the Passing of Dr. Edgar Wayburn

Over the past couple weeks board members, past and present, have shared reflections on how Dr. Wayburn inspired, befriended, and mentored them. The Sierra Club Board of Directors notes with sadness, honor, and awe the passing of our dear friend and Honorary President Edgar Wayburn on March 5, 2010 at the grand age of 103.

Board Meeting Highlights & March 1 Open House/Conference Call


The Board of Directors convened its first meeting of 2010 last week. (A complete agenda and compendium of board materials is on Clubhouse and available prior to each board meeting.) 

As usual, we had a very full agenda with two days of working sessions preceding the formal meeting, a joint session with The Sierra Club Foundation Board of Directors, and evening events with local leaders and supporters. There were also some reflective moments, as the Board remembered and celebrated three Sierra Club heroes that we lost in recent months: past Director Ellen Winchester (1929-2009), Sierra Club staff member A. Blakeman “Blake” Early (1945-2010), and Deputy Executive Director Greg Haegele (1963-2010).

Here are some of the highlights of the weekend. Thanks to Director Lane Boldman and Joey Shadowen for the photos.

Sierra Club Florida Leadership

One of the key reasons for choosing to meet in Sarasota, Florida was so that directors could spend some time with Florida Chapter leaders. Members of the Steering Committee and Group Advisory Council (pictured below) had their own meetings in parallel, and met with the Board on Friday. They reported good progress in rebuilding and managing statewide Sierra Club functions in Florida. The commitment of these leaders to work together as a team and strengthen channels of communication among the members is notable.

PTC-FL St Comm

(from left to right) Frank Jackalone, Tom Larson, Craig Diamond, Debbie Matthews, Linda Jones, John Swingle, Rudy Scheffer, and Linda Bremer, (Marian Ryan and Betsy Grass also present, off screen to the right)

Press Conference for Protection of Florida Panther

The timing couldn’t have been better. Directors were able to join local leaders for a press conference to announce a lawsuit by five conservation groups (Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, and the Council for Civic Associations) against U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for repeated failure to protect and its refusal to designate critical habitat for the endangered Florida panther.

Lunch and Dinner Receptions

Presentations were made during a lunch and a couple dinner receptions to ever so briefly touch on some of the local conservation efforts, including the Red Tide Campaign, Resilient Everglades Habitat, partnership with Florikan, a leader in sustainable, controlled release fertilization products and practices and, of course, panther protection. The receptions were also opportunities to express appreciation to leaders (volunteers and staff), donors and supporters of the Club. Carl was presented with a wonderful photo commemorating the “Hands Across the Sand” event that took place on February 13, in which Sierra Club members participated with some 2,500 activists to line up along the beaches of Florida and join hands to protest offshore drilling.

PTC-Hands Across the Sand

Joint Session of Sierra Club and Foundation Boards

About twice a year the Sierra Club and Foundation Boards coordinate their respective meetings for the same weekend and set aside a few hours to convene in joint session. This meeting we covered a range of topics, including an update on the Executive Direction Transition Process that is underway (Michael Brune starts on March 15), a presentation from John Hutchison (Chairman of the Board for the John Muir Trust in Scotland -- more on this in a future Power to Change), and an update on Outcomes Based Management from Conservation Director Sarah Hodgdon and Larry Keeshan from the Foundation Board. The joint session was capped off by an inspiring report from Camilla Feibelman, Conservation staff and Evalexa Tomei, chapter vice chair, in celebration of the Puerto Rico Chapter’s fifth anniversary. Happy Anniversary, Puerto Rico colleagues!


More Reflective Moments: A Toast to Carl Pope!

PTC-Carl Toast The Board passed a Resolution of Appreciation for Carl Pope and his leadership for the Sierra Club as Executive Director.  Although this was Carl's last meeting as executive director, Board members look forward to an ongoing partnership with him in his new role as Chairman of the Sierra Club, beginning March 15. Sarah Hodgdon and Michael Brune, incoming executive director, join in the toast. 

Open House Call Monday March 1

Join me on Monday, March 1, at 8 pm Eastern/5 pm Pacific for a conference call to talk about these and other topics covered in the Board meeting. Questions welcome. Call 866-501-6174 — 1892-005. RSVP here.

On March 8, the conference call will be a guided tour of the Activist Network. I'll be hosting an Open House again on first Monday in April and May.

Meet New Executive Director Michael Brune


As you know, a year ago Carl announced plans to step down from his position as executive director of the Sierra Club after eighteen years of service, and hand the leadership of the organization over to someone new.

Our dedicated search team, working with an executive search firm, has spent the past year looking high and low for a stellar, talented leader to take the helm at this exciting moment when the Sierra Club’s strong work is more critically important than ever.

We were blessed to have a very strong set of applicants for the position, and I am thrilled to inform you that Michael Brune will be the Sierra Club's next executive director.

Mike comes to the Sierra Club from Rainforest Action Network (RAN), where he has served as executive director for seven years and gained a reputation as "a hard-nosed activist with a twist." Mike led a winning campaign at age 26 to convince Home Depot to stop selling wood from endangered forests. Time magazine called that victory "the top environmental story of 1999." Under Mike's leadership, RAN won more than a dozen landmark commitments from America's largest corporations, including Citi, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Kinko’s, Boise Cascade, and Lowe’s.

We are extremely lucky too that, after 18 years as executive director, Carl will continue to support the Sierra Club by providing strategic guidance and assisting with fundraising and media outreach.

As executive director, Mike will guide our remarkable staff and help to implement the visionary policies adopted by the all-volunteer Board of Directors. Hitting the ground running, Mike will oversee the key components of the Climate Recovery Partnership: directing Club efforts to move America into a clean energy future by advocating for the end of coal-fired electricity, supporting market growth for clean energy alternatives, pushing for economic sanctions against greenhouse gas-intense energy, transitioning the nation to a green transportation system, and protecting habitats and communities against inevitable climate change.

This is a critical time for the environmental movement. The coming years will present us with tremendous challenges as we face the threat of global warming. But in recent years we’ve stopped more than one hundred coal fired power plants, protected millions of acres of open space, and helped move our economy towards green jobs and cleaner transportation. Working together, we have the power, resourcefulness, and creativity to make a huge impact.

Mike is exactly what the Sierra Club and the environmental movement need right now. Mike has the rare combination of activist fire, managerial savvy, and crystal-clear vision to lead the Club through the most critical period in our history.

Mike’s first official day will be in mid-March.  Please join me in welcoming Mike to the Sierra Club. You can get to know Mike and send him a welcome note at .


Allison Chin
President, Board of Directors

Resolve to Make a Difference



Happy New Year! I enjoyed reading about your 2009 accomplishments. If you have not had a chance to check it out, take a moment to watch the video or hop around the interactive map to and enjoy some of the stories that describe Sierra Club successes in 2009. I know this is just a snippet of what happened, so I encourage you to celebrate (and brag) about 2009 Success Stories.

…and Resolutions

Are we really only two weeks into the new year? There is so much going on. I do want to bring your attention to some opportunities that need support and board projects that will benefit from your input:

Call to Action on Clean Energy and Climate — Tonight, Jan 12, 8:30 pm Eastern:
Call: 866.501.6174 — Code: 223 9223

Learn how you can help press for strong climate legislation.

Become a Climate Leader — Wednesday, Jan 13, 5:30-9:30 pm Eastern

Weekly, on Wednesdays, leaders from around the country make calls to support the Climate Bill…from the comforts of home! Sign up now

Seeking Comments...

We have two proposed policies we're seeking your input on:

2010 Elections

Has your chapter endorsed a candidate? Check out all the Sierra Club endorsements at Contact your political committee to find out how you can help. Get Out the Vote!

Copenhagen — One Very Long Day


I spent most of the past 230 hours in Copenhagen, as part of the Sierra Club delegation to the COP15 — the United Nations Climate Change Conference. This adds up to 10 days, but in practice, it was more like one very long day with intermittent naps. And I probably got more sleep than many.  

Sierra Club Delegates to COP15

Officially, there were 49 of us, including 18 members of the Sierra Student Coalition. Additional Sierra Club leaders attended who were credentialed through other organizations. (We have lots of information about the process for selecting delegates and the corresponding responsibilities before, during, and after attendance at COP15 available on Clubhouse.)

Daily Briefings

There was too much going on to stay away from the Bella Center, the conference site on the edge of Copenhagen, longer than needed to recharge. For the Club delegation, a typical day consisted of several briefings from Climate Action Network-International, USCAN (the U.S. block of CAN), and the Sierra Club. The student arm had additional briefings for youth. CAN is a global network of over 450 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including the Sierra Club, from more than 80 countries working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. Every other evening Jonathan Pershing, the U.S. State Department Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change, gave a briefing for U.S. NGOs.  Kudos to Sierra Club D.C. staff, who received a shout out at the first of these briefings.   

The purpose of the briefings ranged from sharing updates on the "state of play" to strategizing how and when to influence the next steps of the informal negotiations process. Information sharing occured all day (and night) long via email.  At 11 p.m. one evening I gave up waiting for one working group to convene (and learned that it had finally reconvened at 4:45 the following morning!). You may have heard the talks at COP15 characterized as a roller coaster and, indeed, the situation often went from better to worse and back again several times throughout the day.


Here's Fred Heutte (right), illustrious head of the Club delegation, with Frank Lorberbaum from the Missouri Chapter.

Here are delegates multi-tasking — certainly they’re all listening to Fred, too! — during one of our daily briefings.

Working Groups, Educational Sessions, and Creative Messaging

Throughout the day there were multiple programs running in parallel at the conference center — working groups focused on specific issues, educational sessions, information booths, side events and exhibits, and any number of ways to get your message out.


Glen Besa (Virginia Chapter Director), Polar Bear, and Joan Saxe (Maine Chapter).

Time to pay the bill!

Impromptu Meetings

Anywhere you could assemble could be a meeting place. A queue (and there were a lot of them) was a really good excuse to talk with your neighbors and find out what brought them to COP15.


...on the floor between booths

...atop a bench in the main hallway.

100,000 Participate in Climate Rally and March on Dec 12

Joan Saxe surrounded by  Friends of the Earth international delegates.

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The march ended with a candle light vigil at the Bella Center.

Anxiously Waiting

Worldwide interest in COP15 led to accreditation of supposedly 45,000 delegates. Logistics for managing this crowd became overwhelmed and led to limited access (for NGOs beginning on Dec 15 the Bella Center has a maximum capacity for 15,000). The Club delegation had to coordinate shared access, which worked fine on the 15th.  On the 16th, this fell apart when demonstrations inside and outside the Bella Center resulted in further restricted access. Maybe it was just as well that I headed home on the 16th, but it was also hard to leave the team.  

Like so many others, I am anxiously awaiting the outcome of these last couple days of negotiations. You can follow some of this on live webcast

Highlights of the November Board Meeting


The Board of Directors (BOD) met in San Francisco on Nov 19-20. Due to scheduling constraints, board members arrived prepared for two long and jam-packed days. Reminder that agenda and supporting materials are available on clubhouse in advance of each meeting. It was mostly work , with only a little play. We met with our colleagues on The Sierra Club Foundation Board for a brief joint session and then greeted some Bay Area friends of the Club for dinner. Carl Pope spoke about the Club's effort to address climate change with a positive impact on our economy. This waslikely Carl's final address to both boards as Executive Director.

Executive Director Search Update

The Board of Directors interviewed three candidates with strong qualifications. We are moving forward with additional due diligence and reference checks. Interviews went well - board members engaged in robust dialogue and deliberation. The search is open until a new ED is hired - the search firm has been instructed to continue to receive and follow up with interested applicants. We hope to make a decision by end of year or early in 2010.

2010 Budget Approved - Chapter Funding Changes and LeConte Lodge

A primary focus of the November Board meeting is adoption of a budget for the upcoming year, which is the culmination of several months of work by many club leaders - staff and volunteers. Derivation of the 2010 Budget that was approved was every bit as difficult as anticipated. The biggest change to accommodate was the shift to an increasing proportion of restricted revenue streams, as we have been discussing throughout the year. Two areas I want to specifically touch on are chapter funding and LeConte Lodge.

Funding for chapters comes from a variety of sources - membership revenue, bequests sharing, life member dues allocation, the field recruitment inceptive program, and the state lobby program. We have previously addressed why the chapter allocation from membership is reduced next year and how the allocation formula has been changed. The 2010 budget includes restoration of the chapter share of the c(4) bequest pool. Additionally, the BOD has approved "bridge" funds to soften the allocation reduction for chapters. A memo summarizing chapter funding support in 2010 is posted on clubhouse (12-1-09: Chapter-Affecting Memo), along with details for the new chapter funding allocation (Worksheet A), chapter bequest revenue sharing (Worksheet B), and chapter bridge funds (Worksheet C).

The 2010 budget includes funding for the LeConte Memorial Lodge Program. The BOD also passed a resolution to set a $50,000 fundraising target for LeConte. Board members will be looking for volunteers to lead this fundraising charge, from among the 130+ club leaders who expressed strong support for the LeConte Lodge; many of whom also made funding pledges. Thank you for speaking up!

Apprenticeship Program

A defininte bright spot in an otherwise densely packed agenda was a brief Q-and-A session with the second class of Sierra Club Apprentices.

2009 Apprentice Class Photo

Clockwise, starting from the front left position: Alda Chan, Kesaaraa Wijeyewickrema, Lisa Fouladbash, Jeff Speir, Debbie Chong, and Justin Guay.

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