We'd welcome your participation in our activities. It has been through the efforts of the Sierra Club's 750,000 members that local groups have more than 100 years of success in protecting the wild places of our planet and promoting responsible use of our ecosystems and natural resources.

Local members also enjoy a busy calendar of club sponsored outings such as hiking, canoeing, wildflower walks, birding, and much more. You need not be a club member to participate. Club members also volunteer on many "service projects" such as Shawnee National Forest trail projects that repair damage caused by man and nature. The Shawnee Group meets monthly in Carbondale for an educational forum. The public is invited to attend any meeting or outing.

Fall Newsletter Deadline: August 11. Members are encouraged to submit events, articles, or photos to Barb McKasson

Don't forget to vote - for ExCom candidates

The Illinois Chapter has mailed out ExCom ballots for all groups. Look for a slick magazine with a green Vee on the cover. Mail your Shawnee Group ballot to:

Nominating Committee,
Shawnee Group Sierra Club
PO Box 117
Carbondale, Illinois 62903-0117

Deadline is December 22!

Leadership Opportunities

We can provide a number of opportunities for you to get active in the Shawnee Group. We are looking for:

· Political/legislative/lobbying team members

Attend Illinois Chapter Lobbying training, lobby locally or in Springfield. Respond to legislative alerts. Participate in grassroots political action. Send questionnaires to political candidates.

· Newsletter Team members

Talented people needed to write, edit, proofread, layout and design our quarterly newsletter. Artwork and photographs are also desired!

· Outreach Task Force

Represent the group at public events and to educate the public about important issues. Our goals are to educate and inform; to recruit new members; and to meet current members. We are looking for task force members who will be willing appear at least one public event during the calendar year to connect with current and former Sierra Club members as well as the public.

· Hospitality team members

Provide refreshments for one monthly meeting each year (second Thursday). Contact Hospitality Chair JoAnn Nelson OR
Act as a greeter for a monthly meeting or welcome and assist our speaker OR
Select and make reservations at a local restaurant for our monthly “Dinner Before the Meeting.”
Contact Program Chair Ruth Kelley at (618) 684-2196

· Fundraising team members

Local Sierra Club groups such as the Shawnee Group do not receive any portion of members’ dues and very limited financial support from the national Sierra Club. Our operating funds are entirely raised by our own efforts. We are looking for task force members who can not only brainstorm effective and original fundraising ideas but also organize and implement them successfully. Our goals are to develop fundraising strategies, goals and targets. Our current fundraising activity is the sale of Sierra Club calendars; this is strictly a seasonal event (currently pursued from
September to January) and is in need of additional promotional efforts.
Contact Barb McKasson