Register to Vote - DO IT TODAY
- The Deadline in Tuesday, October 9
only have a few days left to register so you can vote in the upcoming election. The
General Election will take place on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. The last day to register
for this election is October 9. Early voting takes place from October 22 through
November 2. Head over to
www.VoteTexas.gov to register, to check on your registration
status, or to change your address.
After you have registered, Vote Green by supporting Sierra Club endorsed candidates.
Sierra Club endorsed candidates for national office are at the Sierra Club Voter Guide.
Candidates endorsed for Texas House and Senate races are at TurnTexasGreen.org.
General Meeting -
October 9, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30 - Everyone
about the Sierra Club's 2018 Electoral Campaign to help elect
political leaders friendly to the environment and learn how
you can make a difference. Competitive races will be
analyzed, our endorsed candidates will be introduced, and
volunteer political opportunities will be discussed.
David Griggs, Dallas Group Political Chair and Chair, Sierra
Club Political Committee of Texas, will make the presentation.
David is a finalist in the GreenSourceDFW Sustainable
Leadership Awards. For details click
The Environmental League
In 2017, the Environmental League was created to increase
nature awareness and appreciation in urban youth, teach civic
and organizational leadership skills to our youth, and educate
our youth on environmental conservation, helping them to
understand how they, both individually and as a group, can
bring about change. Two
chapters were created (in Conrad and Hillcrest High Schools).
They had 9 clean-up events and were responsible for over 2,864
hours of community volunteerism. Jim Lord will talk
about the Environmental League's goals and achievements, and
how they are working to make it a self-sustaining
The Environmental League is a finalist for the GreenSourceDFW
Sustainable Leadership Awards. For details, click
Everyone is welcome. FREE!
You don't have to be a Sierra Club member. Just
show up. We'd love to meet you.
Our General Meeting starts at 7:00 pm, but come at 6:30 for
snacks, information and fellowship. The meeting takes place
at Brookhaven College. Click over to our
General Meeting page for more information and a map.
Notes from the Chair's Desk
Reading the paper this week (Yep. I still take & read the
daily paper; to support local journalism and to find out
stuff. Don’t you?), there were several articles concerning
Global Warming and Global Climate Change. It’s not good news.
Extreme temperatures around the world are becoming more
commonplace, the Great Barrier Reef east of Australia
continues to decline; and rules in place to protect our
environment are being weakened and done away with.
Yeah. Such inspiring news to read. One of our Lone Star
Chapter ExCom members, Bruce Melton, took a road trip to the
Artic and posted daily reports of Climate Change he observed.
What he reported was not good. The “new normal” in America is
its wonderful natural environment is suffering terribly from
I think about these and about how much our own Texas has
changed over the 70 years of my lifetime. The discouragement
is so great. There is so much which needs doing and needs
doing right now. But it takes political will to change the
wrong-headed course we’re on now. Political will is driven by
an engaged electorate. But how does Texas’ electorate become
engaged? How to make it so, so the focus of political is
directed towards avoiding this looming environmental
I truly love this state, but fear its rich environmental
resources are and will be squandered by powerful but
shortsighted fools. These fools are represented by their
tools, by Texas legislators who care little for you and me.
These must be replaced with people who have skills to lead and
who recognize what it takes to make Texas great.
But how to replace them? It’s done one vote at a time. You can
make a commitment to vote next month, and work to see that
others vote. For me, I committed to vote and to work on the
campaign of one individual running for the state legislature.
You too, can be an advocate for change. The Sierra Club’s Lone
Star Chapter PAC, “Turn Texas Green”, has endorsed several
candidates who will keep the promise. Their website,
is a good start. But you must step-up and work to engage with
voters, to see that they do vote.
AND!!! This Sunday, October 7th, will be a terrific
opportunity to do just that. The Buffalo Tree Festival in
downtown Dallas, goes from noon to 10pm. Headlined by the
group, Spoon, and Texas’ soon to be new U.S. Senator, Beto
O’Rourke. It promises to be a real celebration and filled with
excitement. Check out the website,
TheBuffaloTreeFestival.com, to see just what I mean. It’s
only 10 bucks and your Dallas Sierra Club will be there, so
stop by and say Hi. Would love to meet you.
If you love Texas; have a passion for the outdoors; and
support our environment - carry on the example set by leaders
of your Dallas Sierra Club – set a clear focus on the goal and
plan for success. Do this - Select a pro-environment candidate
for the state legislature, then focus for the next four weeks
to support your candidate with your time.
Go to the
TurnTexasGreen.org website. Make a generous contribution.
Attend Sunday’s festival and become involved in making 2018
the year of change that Turns Texas Green. There are four
weeks until the election. I urge every Dallas Sierra Club
member to work to turn our Texas green. Join with me and your
Dallas Sierra Club to invest time and money to see it through.
Let’s see a change for the better come November.
Fall Outing at Beavers Bend State Park - October 19 - 21
Celebrate fall and join us for this relaxing event in the
beautiful mountainous region of southeast Oklahoma. The
weekend is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and
stages. Families, couples, singles, all are welcome. We have
the group compound all to ourselves, complete with your choice
of rustic cabin or tent camping, dining hall with kitchen,
optional catered dinner and (drum roll please)... yes, even a
bathhouse with hot showers and flush toilets!
On Saturday we'll offer various levels of hikes or you can be
on your own to enjoy many fun activities offered by the park.
Plan an active weekend or hang out on the porch, whichever you
would enjoy. Cabin requests are on a first come basis so make
your plans now! Click
here for more information and required registration forms.
Don't wait to sign up. This camp out sells out fast.
NEW ADDED BONUS: Saturday night
program by Wendel Withrow celebrating 50th anniversary of
renowned environmentalist Edward Abby's 'Desert
Solitaire'. Includes great photos and environmental
inspiration! Fun dessert and game night still also included.
DFW Solar Tour - October 13
The DFW Solar Tour is a FREE, one-day event on Saturday,
October 13, 2018, generally from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during
which you are invited to tour innovative green homes and
buildings around the DFW Metroplex and learn how homeowners
and businesses can use solar energy, wind energy, energy
efficiency, and other sustainable technologies.
Visit the DFW
Solar Tour Website for a list of
participating homes, details about each home, and information
about the Tour, including a
map of locations.
Volunteer Leaders Needed
We need two people to share setting up our monthly general
meetings. The two co-chairs will schedule speakers and will
promote / advertise the presentations. This is an opportunity
for you to get speakers on topics that you think are good. You
will be given assistance during a transition period as you
"learn the ropes" to ensure that things work smoothly. If you
are interested, contact Kirk Miller at 972-699-1687 or
We also have openings, starting next year, for Club
Secretary and for a position on the Dallas Sierra Club's
Executive Committee. Contact John Lingenfelder at
email@example.com if you are interested or would
like more information.
Dallas Sierra Club Outreach Speakers Program - Speakers for
The Dallas Sierra Club has started a Outreach Speakers Program
to provide outdoor and environmental education in the form of
entertaining and informative presentations. To find out how
the Dallas Sierra Club can provide a speaker for your group,
please follow this link.
Videos of Our General Meetings
We have started posting videos of selected General Meetings
on YouTube. Visit our General
Meeting Page to find links.
Future Programs You Won't Want to Miss
November 13 - The Great Trinity Forest and Liveable
Learn about the largest urban forest in the United States, the
Great Trinity Forest. We'll also hear how a citizens group
works to make Arlington a better place to live.
January 8 - Wildlife of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
Journey to uninhabited Laysan Island in the Northwestern
Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge.
Limerick of the Month
On a backpacking trip the man went;
Took a girlfriend so he'd be content.
Time together they spent
In the nighttime, which meant
That the backpacker had one intent.
By Kirk Miller
IIf you would like to submit an environmental limerick for our
Limerick of the Month feature, send it to
6 (Sat) Day Hike on Chisholm Trail, Plano
Meet at 10 a.m. at the
Starbucks on 15th Street in Plano, near the Barnes and Noble
store, outside, at the tables on the patio, 801 W. 15th St.,
Plano, to be exact. We will walk/hike the Chisolm Trail
for about 5 miles, and it's pretty flat. Just bring your
own water and comfy shoes, and we can head for a beer or a
soda afterwards at On the Border. We will finish around
12:30 or 1, depending on the pace, which is leisurely, for the
most part. Kids are welcome. Leader:
Ginger Brdley Send
9 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
Hear about the Sierra Club's 2018 Electoral Campaign to elect
political leaders friendly to the environment; and learn about
the Environmental League, an organization that educates youth
about environmental conservation. Everyone is invited.
Full details are on our home
13 (Sat) Dayhike White Rock Creek Trail from Moss Park
Meet at 8:30 am at Moss Park (SE corner of Greenville Ave and
Royal Lane). Hike 5-6 miles along a paved trail. Bring water
and a snack, as we will be hiking all morning. No reservations
are necessary. Just show up. No pets please. Optional lunch at
a local restaurant. Leader: Mark Adams Send
13 (Sat) DFW Solar Tour
DFW Solar Tour is a FREE, one-day event on Saturday, October
13, 2018, generally from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during which you
are invited to tour innovative green homes and buildings
around the DFW Metroplex and learn how homeowners and
businesses can use solar energy, wind energy, energy
efficiency, and other sustainable technologies. Visit the DFW
Solar Tour Website for a list of
participating homes, details about each home, and information
about the Tour, including a
map of locations.
19-21 (Fri-Sun) Fall Weekend at Beavers Bend State Park,
fall by joining us for a weekend in scenic southeastern
Oklahoma. We have a large group compound reserved, complete
with your choice of rustic cabin or tent camping, bathhouse
(flush toilets and hot showers!) and dining hall with kitchen.
We'll offer Saturday hike options with Dallas Sierra Club
leaders, ranging from a one-mile nature trail to a 7-mile
trail over multiple ridges. The park offers
additional activities, including paddling (rentals available),
horseback riding and more. We also offer a Saturday night
catered dinner option. This weekend is for singles, couples,
families, friends and all ages, EVERYONE. Details and
reservation information is in this
PDF document. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send
2-4 (Fri-Sun) Nov 2-4 (Fri-Sun) Backpack Eagle Rock Loop,
to climb some hills with a splash of fall color? We'll hike
26.8 miles on the longest loop trail in Arkansas. Meet at a
trailhead 4 hours from Dallas early Fri. morning and backpack
through Sun. afternoon. A small group with a max of 6
experienced backpackers in good physical condition. Contact
the trip leader to discuss joining the group. Trip Rated: Strenuous.
Leader: Christian Costello Send
3-4 (Sat-Sun) Beginner Backpack Trip to the Caney Creek
Join us for one of the Dallas Sierra Club’s favorite Arkansas
backpacking trips. We’ll backpack about 4 1/2 miles along
Caney Creek in Caney Creek Wilderness, cross the creek a few
times, and climb some small hills. We'll set up camp near a
waterfall then do a short optional day hike as time and energy
permit. For many of us this was our first Wilderness
hike and it's still one of our favorites. Leader: Bill Greer Send
7 (Wed) Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting
The Executive Committee (or Excom) is the elected governing
body of the Dallas Sierra Club and meets upstairs at Whole
Foods Market, southeast corner of Preston Road and Forest
Lane, in Dallas at 6:30 pm. Contact the Dallas
Group Chair for more information.
10-11 (Sat-Sun) Aransas National Wildlife Refuge Rockport, TX
quick and lucky people will join an adventure to see rare
Whooping Cranes in their winter home near the Gulf coast, six
hours south of Dallas. America's tallest birds have a wingspan
of seven feet. A $60 outing registration fee includes
admission to ANWR, campground fee at Goose Island State
Park and a Saturday night shrimp boil dinner at GISP. Drive or
carpool Friday afternoon or evening to your choice of camping
at GISP or a motel in Rockport or en route. Leader: Ande
13 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting
Ben Sandifer will tell us about The Great
Trinity Forest and Ranjana Bhandari will
talk about Liveable Arlington, a
grassroots organization advocating for a healthier city.
Full details will be provided soon. Everyone is invited.
Full details will be on our home
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