Madrone Group

The Sierra Club Madrone Group is the local organization for members living on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada in Amador and El Dorado Counties.


Group Update

We are now the Madrone Group!

The Executive Committee voted in April to change the group name from Maidu to Madrone.  Our rationale was that we had no record of the Maidu people giving us permission to use their name and the Maidu are (were) not located in most of our geographic range.  We selected Madrone at the suggestion of David Zelinski as some of the largest madornes in California are found in our region.

Executive Committee

Would you like to serve on the Madrone Group ExCom? We need help. Due to a number of members moving or just moving on to other activities we have openings to fill. We have two positions up for election in the 2023-24 term.  One incumbent plans to run for re-election. We need at least one more member to serve.  You can contact Barbara Brydon 916-247-4677 for information about the responsibilities and time commitment.

Internet Presence

Do you have experience with web platforms and/or social media?  We need volunteers that can help maintain our web presence.  We have a page on the SIerra Club Website that needs to be updated a few times a year.  We also have a Facebook page that has languished due to inattention. This person(s) would not need to be a member of the ExCom. 

We thank Brie, Jason, Steve, and Barbara for their years of service as they move on to other endeavors.

Madrone Group Voting Information

The Madrone group will be holding elections starting Decemeber 1, 2020 to elect Executive Committee members and vote on the adoption of an updated set of Bylaws.  Information on the voting process will be posted ionce all the details of how the online voting will work are determined.  Below, please find links to the Candidate Statements and the text of the updated Bylaws to review.  

Candidate Statements

Madrone Scholarship Fund

The Madrone Group sponsors one or more scholarships for graduating seniors in El Dorado and Amador Counties to continue their education in a field related to environmental science, protection, or recreation. We also grant one scholarship each year to a former El Dorado or Amador County graduate who is attending a Folsom Lake College campus.

For more information on the criteria and to apply for a scholarship, contact the counseling office at your school.


You can make a tax deductible donation to this fund by sending a check, payable to the Sierra Club Foundation, to:

Sierra Club Madrone Group
P.O. Box 213
Placerville, CA 95667

Communication Preferences

The Madrone Group sends one paper communication each year that includes the ballot for the Executive Committee. All other communication is electronic. Updates on activities may be found online. Email will be sent to members that permit the Sierra Club to send group emails. If you want to only receive Madrone Group email, send a request to the Sierra Club Madrone Group gmail address.

Madrone Group Excomm

  • Barbara Brydon
  • Laurie Blazich
  • David Zelinsky
  • Ginny McCormick
  • David Beauchamp


Contact Info

Sierra Club Madrone Group
P.O. Box 213
Placerville, CA 95667

Facebook: Sierra Club Madrone Group

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