The Sierra Club is a national organization dedicated to Enjoying, Exploring and Protecting the Planet. Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, it is now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization -- with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act.
Broward Sierra Club Executive Committee Elections 2015
Our ByLaws require that an election for members of the Broward Group Executive Committee (ExCom) takes place each year. This year, FOUR ExCom members’ terms expire. There are FOUR available seats.
Nominations were closed on October 16th. Four candidates were approved by the Nominating Committee and are running this year. We received no nominations by petition.
The candidates are: Barbara Ruge, Darryl Rutz, Ina Oost Topper and Stan Pannaman. See candidates' profiles HERE.
Postcard ballots will be going out by postal mail to all members of Broward Sierra during the week of November 16th. Please watch for your ballot. Vote for up to FOUR candidates and return your ballot by the December 18th deadline. Follow the instructions for mailing it back, or bring it to the Holiday Party on December 3rd. Valid ballots must show your Sierra Club membership number which is on your address label.
Please provide a working email address for our database so that we can keep all our members regularly informed of timely Sierra events.
The ballots will be counted by an Elections Committee appointed by the ExCom at its meeting which was held on October 7th. The Elections Committee is Phil Busey, Max Goldstein and Terry Greene.
It is so essential that our Broward Sierra members vote for their executive committee. In this way, you strengthen the Sierra Club’s ability to provide the informative programs you enjoy, the environmental outings to explore, and the positive actions you demand to protect our planet.
Stop Cruel Black Bear Hunt
A 20-year ban on hunting black bears may end in response to an increased number of bear attacks. Human encroachment and habitat loss have led the bears to seek food in developed areas.
The attacks occurred mostly in a development that was built on a former bear habitat in the central part of the state near the Ocala National Forest. According to the wildlife agency, most of the neighborhood encounters happened when residents left food out where bears could get to it, enticing the animals out of the woods.
To steal their habitats and then entice them into dangerous areas with food that is increasingly hard for them to come by in the wild is bad enough, but to kill them for coming after that food is barbaric.
SIGN THE PETITION here: http://forcechange.com/138247/dont-hunt-black-bears/
The Everglades & Amendment 1
A simple 4 minute video on exactly what's going on, and what can be done to save our Everglades, as well as our east & west coast estuaries. Everything was set to go, until "politics & money" kicked in.
At the South Florida Water Commission meeting on April 9, the Commission concluded that buying the U.S. Sugar land was too expensive and would take too long. It is important that you keep contacting your State Representatives, Senators and the Governor! Let them know the importance of buying the land so the water can move south into the Everglades.
To find your district for State Representative, go to http://gis.broward.org/maps/webPDFs/StateDistricts/housedistrict.pdf
To find your district for State Senator, go to http://gis.broward.org/maps/webPDFs/StateDistricts/senatedistrict.pdf
To find the contact information for your State Representative and Senator (by district), go to http://www.browardsoe.org/electedofficials.aspx
For Governor Scott’s contact information go to http://www.flgov.com/contact-governor
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