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SEPTEMBER 2012

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September 27, 2012, Sierra Club General Meeting
7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Litzsinger School, 10094 Litzsinger Road at Lindbergh Blvd., Ladue, MO 63124 (map)
Our guest speaker will be John Karel, Director of Tower Grove Park and long-time advocate for Missouri wilderness areas, will discuss the challanges we face in the future regarding Public Lands and Conservation. Join us and learn more about our public lands in Missouri.

October 25, 2012, Sierra Club General Meeting
7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Litzsinger School, 10094 Litzsinger Road at Lindbergh Blvd., Ladue, MO 63124 (map)
This meeting will feature a panel discussion on air pollution and public health in relation to coal power plants.


EMG Seeking Conservation Leader
The EMG is looking for a volunteer or two to serve as Conservation Chair.  This important position: provides leadership, direction, and guidance on conservation issues in Eastern Missouri; motivates and directs the Conservation Committee; and delegates activities related to conservation to committee and group members.  If you are interested in learning more about this position, please contact Richard Egan or another ExCom member.


Trivia Night Fundraiser: Registration Now Open!
The Sierra Club is hosting a Trivia Night and Silent Auction from 7pm to 10pm on Saturday, October 27 at The Heights community center in Richmond Heights. Visit the EMG website for details and registration information.

Special thanks to The Alpine Shop and Schlafly Brewery for sponsoring Trivia Night.  We welcome additional sponsors and 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.


2013 Calendars Have Arrived

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Brighten your year with a calendar filled with gorgeous nature photos.  A great choice for holiday gifts that support the environment.  The calendars are available at the Sierra Club office, The Alpine Shop in Kirkwood, Trivia Night on October 27,  the EMG holiday party on December 15 and at our EMG General Meetings.

If you would like to order your calendars by mail, send $13.95 for each Wilderness Wall Calendar, $12.95 for each Engagement Calendar, plus shipping:  $5 for the first three calendars and $1 for each additional.  Mail your check and order to: Sierra Club EMG, 7164 Manchester Avenue, St. Louis, MO  63143.  Include your email address if you'd like to be notified when your order is taken to the Post Office.

Harry Alper




 

 

New Chapter Organizer Starts!
Join us in welcoming Harry Alper -- the new Energy Efficiency organizer for the Missouri Chapter.   Harry, who was active with the Sierra Club as a student at Washington University, will lead our efforts to increase energy efficiency investments from Ameren and other utilities in the state.  By reducing electricity use, our area can shut dirty coal plants like the Meramec Plant in South County, and increase local jobs in the efficiency sector!

Change Is Coming
The Missouri Chapter and EMG have outgrown our office.  Twelve years ago EMG moved into our current location with one employee.  Now, some days we have five employees working in this small space, so we have begun the process to move the office to a larger space.  We are seeking donations of office furniture, especially desks, task chairs and folding chairs.  If you have an item that you think would be useful, please email us or call 314-644-0890.   Also, we can always use 8 1/2 x 11 paper that is clean on one side.

News from the Trail Maintenance Volunteers

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On the weekend of September 28, 29 and 30 we will join the EMG Annual Fall Celebration Campout at Hawn State Park. Free camping Friday through Sunday at the Scout Camp. On Saturday, we will meet at the park office at 8:30 a.m. to assign jobs for the trail work. with our lunches, drinking water, work gloves, sturdy footwear and rain gear.  All tools will be furnished, but you will need sturdy foot gear, leather work gloves, rain gear, lunch and water.  The work is easy to moderately difficult. We will need people to just walk the trail looking for trouble spots and people to fix those trouble spots.

Please register before Friday September 28 so that we will have enough tools available. So come on out -- the heat of summer is over! Email Bob Gestel or call 636-296-8975 to register.  

There will be a week long trail maintenance event on the Blair Creek Section of the Ozark Trail from October 20 through October 27. You are welcome to join us for the whole week or any part of the week.  Free primitive camping at Himont Location in the Roger Pryor Pioneer Backcountry. Amenities at this site are two picnic tables and a pit toilet.  All meals are furnished. You will need sturdy footwear, work gloves and rain gear. Email Bob Gestel or call him at 636-296-8975 for more info and to sign up.


Service Outing at Hawn State Park
We'll be going down to Hawn State Park for a Service Outing on Wednesday, October 10 and Thursday, October 11. We may be helping with restoration work in La Motte Sandstone Barrens Natural Area or we may be helping with fence removal in the Wild Area.  Either way, we'll be contributing to the natural beauty and integrety of one of our favorite Missouri state parks. Free camping Wednesday night.  For more information email Paul Stupperich or call 314-429-4352. 


Sierra Club Election Kickoff - Thursday, October 11, 7pm - Sierra Club Office
Help elect officials who will fight for your values.

On Thursday, October 11, at 7pm, the Sierra Club Missouri Chapter will host an Election Kickoff at our office at 7164 Manchester in Maplewood.  This is a chance for you to help with mailings to our members in support of Sierra Club endorsed candidates. Learn how you can be part of a winning environmental election strategy. Please RSVP today!


Green Time TV:  Health Care and Environmental Protection
Green Time has a new air time on KNLC: 5:30 pm Wednesdays.  It airs on four Missouri areas.  See links on Facebook and greentime.tv. In the St. Louis area it appears at noon on Saturdays and 5:30 pm Wednesdays on Channel 24-1 and at 8 pm on Mondays on Channel 24-2 on these dates:
 
October 6, 8, & 10 “Crisis in US Health Care”  US health care has negative environmental impacts, both from providing unneeded treatment to some and from the worsening of problems among those who are under-treated. 

October 13, 15 & 17: “Global Health Dilemmas” Mimi Signor and Rev. Vickie Caldwell explore how health dilemmas in the US reflect a global health catastrophe. 

October 20, 22, & 24: “Global Health Care: Cuba” Daniel Hellinger of Webster University and Don Fitz look at the “primary health care” focus on preventive care in Cuba.  

October 27, 29 & 31: “Global Health Care: Venezuela” Daniel Hellinger of Webster University and Don Fitz explore Venezuela’s Barrio Adentro health care program.

October shows all feature portions of Salud! What Puts Cuba on the Map in the Quest for Global Health.   For more information email Don Fitz or call him at 314-727-8554.

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