New ICO Chair? Never been to an ICO Chair Training? Are you part of the ICO leadership in your group?
If yes, then the upcoming ICO Chair Training October 31 - November 2 at NatureBridge Conference Center in Sausalito, CA may be for you!
This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with Sierra Club staff, other ICO volunteers, and some of our Sierra Club Outdoors partners to improve your skills in program planning, building community partnerships, using Sierra Club resources, promoting your program, and sharing best practices on common ICO issues. It is guaranteed to refresh, rejuvenate, and make one feel like you are part of a supportive network of other ICO leaders. Click her to learn more and apply.
Come join us May 16-18, 2014 in Hampton, GA for our first Training for Trainers!
Sierra Club Outdoors has set a goal of training 600 new Outing Leaders who will connect 3000 new participants on Outings by the end of 2015. In order to accomplish this ambitious goal, we need to develop an energetic, regionally diverse pool of trainers who are able to facilitate high quality OLT 101, OLT 201 and Basic First Aid trainings.
Are you excited about taking part in this ambitious goal of connecting the public to the great outdoors? Are you interested in developing your presentation and facilitation skills? Are you able to conduct at least two OLT 101 or 201 regional trainings annually for the next two years? Then this training may be for you!
To: Sierra Club Leaders and Staff From: David Scott, President
Following a 6-month review of the Club's civil disobedience policy, the Board of Directors decided on November 16 to make some changes to its standing rule on civil disobedience and to make it clear that future exemptions to the policy can be granted by the Board, as it did earlier this year.
The changes to the standing rule remove restrictions on reporting on civil disobedience in Club publications and allow for the Club to support rallies, protests and other events where a subset of participants may engage in civil disobedience.
What follows is a copy of the Board resolution and the Standing Rule amendment adopted 11/16/13. It is followed by a Frequently Asked Questions section. If you have any additional questions feel free to contact Bruce Hamilton at email@example.com.
The summer has flown by, and we're nearing the end of August already. That can only mean one thing: the State of the Chapters Surveys are due soon! We need chapter leaders' help in completing the picture of our 63 chapters so that we can showcase what chapters contribute to the Sierra Club at the September Annual Meeting.
We'll be hosting a series of conference call "listening sessions" to listen to and discuss all sides of the ICO Name Change issue. Please let everyone in your ICO world know about these calls so they can get their voices heard or listen to others - both inside and outside the organization - discuss their views on the proposal to change the name of our Inner City Outings program.
Join Allison Chin to hear from Sierra Club staff and volunteers about what's working in their neck of the woods to recruit more youth and people of color, to engage new audiences, and to strengthen our outreach. And, bring your stories to share!
The Sierra Club is committed to creating a culture in which all people feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate. I was pleased to publish this LTE in response to a recent article about the lack of diversity in environmental groups.
Thank you for shining a spotlight on an issue the Sierra Club has identified as a key priority for 2013 and beyond: bringing diversity to the environmental movement (March 25, 2013).
Communities of color are disproportionately affected by the health problems caused by pollution, particularly the production, transportation, and burning of dirty fossil fuels including coal, oil, and natural gas. These same communities are also often at greater risk from the extreme weather and other threats posed by climate disruption that dependence on these fuels has spurred.
The Sierra Club is investing in diversity and inclusion not only because it is our job to fight for everyone's right to clean air and water, but because we recognize that within these communities are millions of allies with whom we share values and whose support we will need to continue to win the battle against climate disruption.
What would REALLY be newsworthy, however, is what organizations like the Club are doing to become more diverse, inclusive, and welcoming. Join me for an Open House call on Monday, April 8, 5-6pm PST to learn just that!
The Club's diversity program has evolved significantly over the past few years. Although we have a long way to go, the progress is substantive and rewarding. Much of the success comes from weaving diversity and inclusion into the campaigns, programs, and capacity building, as opposed to isolating these initiatives. Moreover, the Sierra Club's leadership - staff and volunteer alike - needs to reflect the communities we serve, support and partner.
For at least two decades the Sierra Club has worked side-by-side with activists and organizations in these communities to take on polluters and encourage clean energy prosperity. Together we have won victories against coal interests in Chicago, Detroit, and other major cities. We have challenged oil companies threatening indigenous communities in Alaska. In Port Arthur, Texas, we've partnered with local restaurant owner Hilton Kelley in defeating an enormous petrochemical refinery expansion. Last Friday, we stood with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and dozens of local activists to announce that America's second-largest city will be coal-free by 2025.
Since 1976, our Inner City Outings program has provided tens of thousands of urban youth with outdoor experiences, fostering new generations of environmental activists who want to preserve our country's natural heritage.
Join me to hear from Sierra Club staff and volunteers about what's working in their neck of the woods to recruit more youth and people of color, to engage new audiences, and to strengthen our outreach. And, bring your stories to share!
Open House Call Monday, April 8, 5-6pm PDT Toll-Free Dial-In: 1-866-501-6174 Conference Code: 455-0000-1892#
We are recruiting experienced volunteer facilitators, mediators and coaches for a new Facilitation Support Team. This team will support Sierra Club leaders and leadership teams with an emphasis on three key areas: facilitating or coaching others through large-scale or in-depth planning meetings and retreats; facilitating conflict resolution to help people find solutions and rebuild relationships that may have been damaged by the conflict; and coaching leaders through significant transitions of leadership to help leaders move through a process of change. Express your interest or submit recommendations of others here. Questions? Greg Casini (firstname.lastname@example.org).
You can now submit your reimbursement requests via email to Chapter Funding! In the past, we have only allowed requests to be submitted by regular mail. This past fall we launched a test run with the assistance and feedback of a few chapters and groups and then streamlined a few procedures and are now ready to roll it out club-wide. (Thank you, test group!) This new procedure is optional and applies to all types of 501(c)(3) and Shared Project requests: reimbursements, direct payments, newsletters, events and fundraising. We will continue to accept requests by mail if that is your preference.
Please review the following guidelines carefully and let us know if you have questions.
You may scan and send your reimbursement and direct payment requests for 501(c)(3) and shared national project expenses to email@example.com.
In addition, all relevant paperwork documenting the expenses incurred or amount due must be scanned and attached &/or provided as a link within the body of your email. When accessing C3 funds held at the Sierra Club Foundation, your back-up must also illustrate the charitable &/or educational nature of your expense.
A complete email request will contain your treasurer’s approval, the appropriate request form and relevant back-up.
In an attempt to avoid the pitfalls that may slow our ability to process your electronic requests we ask that you also please observe these guidelines:
Please do not submit your request by email if it will require Chapter Funding to wait for additional items to arrive by mail or fax. We cannot accept partial or mixed requests, i.e., part by email and part by fax or regular mail.
Please attach all supporting documentation, including the treasurer’s permission and the completed Reimbursement & Direct Payment Request form (or other form as appropriate). We’d rather get one email that has everything we need to process it, as opposed to having to wait for a separate email from the treasurer granting approval.
Please submit requests as new correspondence to firstname.lastname@example.org, and not as a reply to a previous thread or email. ONE REQUEST PER EMAIL, PLEASE.
With the roll-out of this process we are expecting to experience a significant increase in the number of emails received. Note that we generally will not reply or confirm receipt of your request unless we have a question. If you want to be sure we received it, you can always ask. In turn, we appreciate your patience in awaiting our reply.
We look forward to receiving your requests by email, if you choose to utilize this new option. Please be sure to let us know any concerns or questions you have about this process.