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Schedule of committee meetings

Members of the Eastern Missouri Group Sierra Club work on a wide range of issues to promote a health environment and protect wild places for all to enjoy. Below are committees and volunteer opportunities where you can become involved.

Meetings are held at various public locations around the St. Louis area, including our office in Maplewood . If you are in need of handicap access, please contact the committee chair. We will be happy to ensure that those accommodations are available.

Call today to learn more about how you can help the Sierra Club's mission to "Explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth".

Calendars & Merchandise: Our newest fundrasing activity is selling Sierra Club related merchandise whenever the EMG is represented at an event. A bag of supplies is conveniently available for pickup before any event. E-mail the committee's contact
Conservation Committee: Conservation is what the Sierra Club is all about: clean air, clean water, and unspoiled wild places. The EMG Conservation Committee, or ConsCom, is seeking Sierrans who can help us tackle local threats to our environment. Be informed about issues facing the Mark Twain National Forest and general Missouri public land and natural resource issues. Write letters to elected officials on wilderness, natural resource and public land issues.
Endangered Species and Biodiversity Committee: This committee works toward reauthorization of the Endangered Species Act. Volunteers work to advocate biodiversity in our environment. E-mail the committee's contact
Energy Committee: The goal is working on moving beyond fossil fuels.  E-mail the committee's contact
Executive Committee (ExCom): The ExCom is the governing body of the EMG to authorize club actions and assist activities of other EMG members. ExCom members are elected on a rotating basis for terms of two years. Meetings are generally once a month and are open for anyone to attend. Nominations for election to the ExCom begin each Summer with the formation of a nomination committee, culminating with elections in the Fall.  Any Sierra Club member may also become a candidate by submitting a petition signed by at least fifteen other members. Petitions must be received by the Nominating Committee by late August.  View more details
Fundraising Committee: A new committee dedicated to developing and maintaining a fundraising plan that incorporates a variety of methods of raising funds. The funds would be targeted for conservation campaigns in Missouri.  The Fundraising Committee helps get the money our group needs to pay for our office, supplies, and all the other things we need to keep the group running.  For more information, contact the EMG office at (314) 644-1101 or emg@missouri.sierraclub.org.
Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO): Inspiring Connections Outdoors- St. Louis, an outreach program of the Sierra Club, provides opportunities for St. Louis urban youth  and adults to explore, enjoy and protect the natural world. We partner with local agencies, taking day and overnight trips to Missouri's  parks. View More Details
Legislative Mailing List: There are sometimes brief windows of opportunity for contacting key officials and policy-makers to express an opinion about a decision that will impact the environment, We seek volunteers who are willing to be contacted and informed about these opportunities so that they can write, e-mail, or phone to advocate their pro-environment position. For more more information, e-mail the EMG office.
Lemonade Fundraisers: The "Lemonade Brigade" is our longest-running and most lucrative fundraising project. Help at one of our popular fresh squeezed lemonade booths at such activities as Fair St. Louis, Festival of the Little Hills, Earth Day, Mardi Gras, and the St. Louis County Fair. Help phone members to recruit and schedule volunteers to work at our lemonade booths.  For information call: Jim Young 314-664-9392 or Marilyn Harlan 314-966-8797.
Mailings and Newsletter Distribution: Assist with preparing newsletters for bulk rate mail. We generally meet for this purpose on a Friday evening for a couple of hours of labeling, conversation, pizza, and brownies. E-mail the committee's contact
Membership Committee: Help with biannual New Member Parties, and with bimonthly mailing of welcome packets to new and renewing formerly lapsed members. Help at tabling events in the community, and in brainstorming about ways to increase membership participation in EMG activities.
Newsletter Committee: SierraScape is the Eastern Missouri Group's newsletter. It provides opportunities for writers to contribute on assignment or with their own ideas, and for photographers to share their favorite photos. View more details
Office Assistance: Office volunteers are needed on an ongoing and as-needed basis to participate in mailings, general office work, member communication, and other volunteer needs of our committees. E-mail the committee's contact
Outings Committee: Learn low-impact, responsible outdoor skills. Lead outings (experienced and inexperienced leaders needed). Help organize leadership workshops, first aid courses and seminars on outdoor gear and skills. E-mail the committee's contact
Political Committee: This committee is responsible for organizing help for grassroots campaigns to support candidates for political office who endorse constructive environmental policies.  The political committee is seeking folks who will reach out to others by telephone, march in rallies, register new voters, or use the computer to investigate elected officials' voting records.  For more information or to volunteer, call the EMG office at 314-644-1011.
Programs & Speakers: Help spread the word on environmental issues and raise awareness of the Sierra Club.
Trail Maintenance: Help maintain hiking trails, particularly a stretch of the Ozark Trail. Most work is not strenuous. Trail maintenance is performed September through June. E-mail the committee's contact
Transportation and Smart Growth Committee: Urban sprawl refers to poorly planned, automobile-dependent urban expansion. One of the Sierra Club's four national priorities is stopping sprawl. We explore social, economic, community and environmental consequences of sprawl and smart growth mechanisms to address sprawl. E-mail the committee's contact
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Water Quality Monitoring/Stream Team: On a quarterly basis, we monitor the water quality in Bonhomme Creek Creve Coeur Creek, Fox Creek,, Gravois Creek, River des Peres and other watersheds through chemical testing and macroinvertebrate sampling. This program is co-sponsored by the Missouri Departments of Natural Resources and Conservation. E-mail the committee's contact
Web Site Committee: Help maintain and update the EMG's website. E-mail the committee's contact