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JUNE 2012

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June 28, 2012, Sierra Club Annual Potluck Picnic
6 p.m. to 8 p.m., South Shelter, Shaw Park, City of Clayton (From S. Brentwood Blvd, turn east onto Shaw Park Drive)
Enjoy good food and fascinating conversation at our annual June picnic. In addition we will recognize some of the many volunteers that are the life-blood of the Eastern Missouri Group. Bring your own drink and a dish to share.  Plates and utensils will be provided.

July 26, 2012, Sierra Club
Social Event
Time and place to be announced in the next issue of this newsletter.

Missouri River Restoration

Tell Senator McCaskill you support ecological restoration along the Missouri River. Multi-year restoration projects already underway are seriously threatened by proposed federal budget cuts in Congress.  Restoration projects include efforts to enhance wetlands, create shallow water fish habitat and restore bottomland forests.  Planning and projects were started in 2007 with anticipated ongoing funding. Unfortunately our Senator Blunt has championed efforts to cut that funding.  Senator McCaskill needs encouragement not to follow his lead. Contact Senator McCaskill and ask her to support the President’s budget to fund Missouri River ecological restoration.
Two Job Openings at the Missouri Sierra Club!
The Missouri Chapter is hiring a fulltime organizer to work on energy issues here, including energy efficiency and renewable energy.  This organizer would be based in St. Louis, but would work with our members across the state.  Please send a resume to Chapter Director John Hickey if you are interested in applying for the position.

The Chapter is also hiring a quarter-time bookkeeper, since Sue King is going to be retiring (boo-hoo!).  Again, send resumes to John Hickey.

National Trails Day
Wow—what a great day it was at Hawn State Park! The trails through native shortleaf pine and mixed hardwoods and the creeks through sandstone and granite formations are beautiful any time of year. But the weather National Trails Day this year was especially comfortable for hikers and campers on June 2.  We had tables at two trail heads with water, snacks and numerous maps which were enjoyed by a number of park visitors of all ages. When we explained that we were volunteers with the Sierra Club and maintained and built many of the trails they hiked at Hawn, most were very appreciative! It was fun to see so many people enjoy the trails we work on.

Special thanks goes to Bob Gestel, Doug Melville and Park Superintendent Ed Schott for their work to make the day a success for all of us. Be sure to join us next year on the first Saturday in June at Hawn State Park.

Get Well Wishes to Marilyn and Del
Two of the EMG's long-time volunteers currently are in states of recovery.  Outings Committee volunteer Marilyn Harlan, Sierra Club member since 1975, fell at home breaking her hip, and is undergoing physical therapy.  Meanwhile, former EMG Chair Del Johnson, who for years has been hobbling around mailing parties on sore knees, recently underwent successful knee replacement surgery.  We wish speedy recoveries to both!

Green Time TV -- Are Government Agencies Protecting Our Environment?
Green Time airs on KNLC-TV stations in four Missouri areas.  In the St. Louis area it appears at noon on Saturdays on Channel 24-1 and at 8 pm on Mondays on Channel 24-2 on these dates:

Saturday, July 7 & Monday, July 9:
     Molllie Freebairn asks if state government is doing what it should to reduce emissions of mercury and greenhouse gases.
Saturday, July 14 & Monday, July 16:
     Bob Criss takes a close look at effects of fracking, from water contamination to earthquakes.
Saturday, July 21 & Monday, July 23:
     Gavin Perry uses a William Krekeler movie to explore the story of lighting up to LED bulbs.
Saturday, July 28 & Monday, July 30:
     Gavin Perry returns to explain how the difference between watts and lumens causes the government to use stricter standards.

For more information email Don Fitz or call 314-727-8554.

Trivia Night Fundraiser: Save the Date!

The Eastern Missouri Group is hosting a trivia night and silent auction on Saturday, October 27, at The Heights community center in Richmond Heights. Information on registration will appear in a future E-Newsletter.

We are currently looking for businesses to sponsor the event and/or provide donations in exchange for advertising opportunities. If you know of a business that would be interested, please email Sarah Merida, or call 660-988-1412.


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