The Sierra Club is a national, member-supported environmental organization, which seeks to influence public policy in both Washington and the state capitals through public education and grass-roots political action.

The Tehipite Chapter Mission Statement:

To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth;
To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources;
To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environments.

Read more about us here.

Executive Committee annual election coming up soon:

Call for Nominations -- see calendar at bottom of this page

Upcoming Tehipite Chapter General Meetings:

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Painting by Albert Bierstadt of Hetch Hetchy Valley before the dam

 Wednesday, September 16, 7:00 PM

 Restoring Hetch Hetchy, with Tom Cotter

 Tom Cotter of Restore Hetch Hetchy will speak about their mission to return the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park to its natural splendor, while continuing to meet the water and power needs of all communities that depend on the Tuolumne River.

Steep slopes of snow-capped Huayhuash Mountains in Peru 

Wednesday, October 21, 7:00 PM

Hiking in the Huayhuash of Peru, with Ingrid Carmean

Ingrid Carmean returned from a two-year service with the Peace Corps in Peru last January.  While there she was able to do two treks — Santa Cruz and Huayhuash.  She will give a presentation on both those treks and then a little more on her time in Peru.

Royal Penguin of the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand

Wednesday, December 16, 7:00 PM

Cruising the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand, with Helen Gigliotti

The Subantarctic Islands are a largely uninhabited circle of islands off the coast of New Zealand.  Designated a World Heritage site, these islands are rich scenically and abound with endemic flora and fauna.  Macquarie Island, in particular offers a near-Antarctic experience.

Wednesday, January 20, 7:00 PM

Program to be announced.

Bob Turner and friend standing at the brink of a cliff at Point Sublime on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Wednesday, February 17, 7:00 PM

Great Scenic Views of the American West: an old-fashioned Kodachrome slide show, with Bob Turner

Tehipite Topics editor Bob Turner will combine Kodachrome slides from his own travels in the 1970s & 80s with extraordinary images he has found on the Internet in recent years, with the aim of finding the greatest scenic viewpoints in the American West.

Call for Candidates:

2015 Executive Committee Nominations -- The world’s most democratic environmental organization needs you!

Yes, Tehipite Chapter members, you can run for Executive Committee and have a say in decision making in the Sierra Club as an elected Club leader.  The ExCom is the administrative body of the Tehipite Chapter.  We need people who can organize committees and inspire participation from our members.  The Chapter always needs volunteers to handle the tasks common to all organizations.

If you have some time and would like to help this great organization, please volunteer to run for a seat on the ExCom.  Each winning candidate is elected for a two year term.

The Executive Committee typically meets at 7:00 pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month in the UC Merced Center, across from the Fashion Fair Mall in Fresno.

You may volunteer yourself for consideration or suggest another member to the Nominating Committee (NomCom).  Suggestions for nominations will be accepted until 5:00 pm Tuesday, October 13.  Any submissions mailed must be received by the deadline.

Members may also run by petition.  Any Chapter member proposed in writing by at least fifteen Chapter members prior to the deadline for submission of petitions, and who gives consent, shall also be included on the ballot.  Petitions must be submitted to the Chapter Secretary (e-mail to by 5:00 pm Monday, November 2.

Please submit names to Sierra Club, P.O. Box 5396, Fresno CA  93755-5396, or e-mail names to one of our NomCom members listed below.  Only those who consent to run will be on the ballot.

Election Schedule:

August 31 ……...................… Notice of elections mailed/Start of nominations

October 13, 5 pm ….........….. Deadline to submit names to Nominating Committee for consideration

October 14 …………............… Nominating Committee reports nominees to Executive Committee

November 2, 5pm …...........… Deadline to submit petitions to Chapter Secretary (or ExCom designee)

November 6 …....................… Deadline for candidate statements to be submitted to Election Committee

November 17 ……............…… List of eligible voters produced

November 23 ….................…. Ballots mailed out/Start of voting

December 30, 5pm …………… Close of voting

January 5 ............................… Ballots counted by Election Committee, meeting at 7:00 pm at the UC Merced Center

January 6/7 …....................…. Candidates contacted with results

January 13 ……..........………… ExCom certifies election and welcomes new members to the ExCom

For election nominations or information contact a member of the Nominating Committee:

Bill Fjellbo                 559-642-4511        

Bruce Gray                 559-868-4400        

Gary Lasky                 559-790-3495        

Marcia Rasmussen     559-332-2419        

Rod Webster              209-723-4747