Greetings from the Sierra Club's Shawnee Group of Southern Illinois. The Shawnee Group is an activist organization with dedicated members working on numerous, local issues such as natural areas management; endangered species, biodiversity and wilderness preservation.
Shawnee Group’s Longtime Outings Chair Dies: Memorial Service Aug. 3, 2013
Bob Tyson, the Outings Chair and ExCom member of Shawnee Group Sierra Club for many years, suffered a massive heart attack on July 5th while clearing brush from a trail in Cove Hollow. He was found on the trail by two mountain bikers.
A memorial service for Bob will be held at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 at 1:30 PM. The address is 515 S. Orchard Drive, Carbondale, IL.
Bob had hikes planned for the fall for Shawnee Group's outings. These have been cancelled, and we are now looking for volunteers to become official outings leaders for Shawnee Group Sierra Club. It may take several people to each lead a couple hikes per year. Of course, we can't really replace Bob.
As you may know already, Bob encouraged people to get outdoors, take a hike and enjoy nature by leading hikes, exploring new areas and by posting directions for "self-adventure" hikes here on the Shawnee Group blog. His archives of self-adventure trails will be maintained on our Google blog: http://www.Shawneegroup.blogspot.com
Bob also recruited a team of people who are stewards of various trails in Southern Illinois. Bob made many contributions to Shawnee Group, his church and other organizations. He will be sorely missed by many people, and leaves a huge hole in the Shawnee Group ExCom.
Bob was the only outings leader for Shawnee Group. We encourage anyone who wants to lead hikes - even just two per year - contact Barb at 618-529-4824 or email@example.com. Shawnee Group will guide you through the training and also pay for mileage and training. Sierra Club training course can be completed online (free). Please contact Barb for more details: we need volunteers in order to continue our outings program.
Kay, Bob's wife, wants to set up a memorial fund that would go to promote outings for Shawnee Group. We are also in discussion about what would be a fitting memorial. One suggestion would be a plaque at one of Bob's favorite trails. If you have any questions or suggestions, contact Barb (see above).