General Meeting Program - Tuesday,
January 8, 7:00 pm -
Refreshments at 6:30
of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
Journey to uninhabited Laysan Island in the Northwestern
Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge. See the endemic
wildlife, many of which are threatened or endangered, and
learn about the threats and challenges that face the wildlife
and the island.
City of Dallas' Environmental Action Plan
Learn about Dallas' Office of Environmental Quality and
Sustainability, its Environmental Action Plan, and projects
involving water conservation, recycling, climate change, etc.
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.
From the Chair’s Corner
Happy New year fellow Sierrans!
My first order of business is to thank our outgoing and new officers and committee chairs:
John Lingenfelder has served admirably as Executive Commmittee
(ExCom) Chair for the past two years. The new ExCom Chair is Dan Moulton. I (Dan) will continue to coordinate the Outreach Speakers Program.
Bill Greer will hand off the Vice Chair position to Wendel Withrow. Bill is assuming the chair of the Outings Committee from Mark Stein. Mark has done an outstanding job as outings leader,
assisted by Liz Wheelan and Ginger Bradley.
Kirk Miller, club punnyman, is handing off General Meetings Programs to Paul Rendon and Victor Zertuche. Kirk has scheduled excellent programs for many years. Now it’s time for some new ideas and perhaps directions for our programs. Kirk is taking over as editor of our newsletter from Arthur Kuehne, who continues to serve as Treasurer.
I’m glad to report that Helen Bush will continue as our Secretary. She has also volunteered to assume some pre-meeting duties that I previously performed.
Victoria Howard will chair the new recycling program within the Conservation Committee which is co-chaired by Chris and Dick Guldi.
And lastly, I sincerely thank all the continuing program leaders and chairs for their sustained faithful service to the Dallas Sierra Club and all that it stands for.
I close with this wisdom from Woody Allen-”Ninety percent of life is just showing up.”
Sierra Club Calendars and Shirts For Sale at Our General
This is your last chance to get your 2019 Sierra Club wall calendar or planner.
The Sierra Club calendar is the best selling calendar in the
country. They make excellent gifts.
We also have Dallas Sierra Club T-shirts and polo shirts
for sale. Calendars are $15, T-shirts $10 and polo shirts $15.
Cash, check or credit cards accepted.
101 Class - New Year, New Adventures!
Don’t feel overwhelmed! New year’s resolution or life-long dream, you’ve never tried backpacking or want to brush up on past skills, now is the time to begin your quest for leaving the crowds behind and finding your special place in the wilderness. Join us Saturday, February 9th for our bi-annual class discussing a range of topics to get you prepared for time on the trail. Taught by longtime, experienced Sierra Club leaders who will help you with not only all the essentials but also helpful tips they’ve learned over the years to help make your trip safer, cheaper, easier, and more fun! Optional one-night spring beginner overnights will be offered to class participants to help you get started. Class price includes a light lunch and handouts so online sign ups by Feb. 6 are greatly appreciated and will be rewarded with chocolate.
Scroll down to the calendar for more details and contact information if you have any questions.
Congratulations to Susybelle Gosslee
The League of Women Voters of Dallas will honor longtime
Dallas Sierra Club member Susybelle Gosslee at their annual
Susan B. Anthony Award Luncheon on February 7. Susybelle has
been a tireless volunteer for the League and a dependable ally
for Dallas Sierra Club conservation issues in Dallas. You can
read more about her and the award on the League's website,
LWVDallas.org. Congratulations Susybelle!
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
February 12 - 50 Year Anniversary of Desert Solitaire by
This groundbreaking sometimes radical, and always entertaining
book has inspired thousands of environmentalists to stand up
for clean air, clean water, and wilderness preservation in all
our great park lands, including Arches National Park where the
book is set.
Limerick of the Month
The sight of El Capitan's a shock.
Its imposing, sheer face makes us gawk.
It's the tourists' delight,
A magnificent sight.
People say that the cliff sure does rock!
By Kirk Miller
If you would like to submit an environmental limerick for our
Limerick of the Month feature, send it to
23 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting
is a pizza meeting. Outings
leaders and prospective leaders are iencouraged to
participate. Business will include trip logistics for the Big
Bend bus trip, Dallas Group application of the national Sierra
Club's new first aid certification policy and a calendar of
outings for late winter and spring. If we intend a Memorial
Day weekend bus trip, it's time to set the dates and
destinations. This month's meeting place is Mark
Stein's home, 3631 Normandy Avenue in Highland Park.
Our usual meeting place, Whole Foods Market, is changing its
fee policies for meeting space, making that another topic for
discussion. Note that the January meeting is on a
FOURTH Wednesday, not our usual third Wednesday date.
Organizer: Mark Stein Send
6 (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
9 (Sat) Backpacking 101 Class - Don't miss it!
winter cabin fever? Yearning to camp away from the crowds and
enjoy the backcountry? Want help getting started or brushing
up your skills? Join a fun day discussing all the essentials
of backpacking. Our outings leaders
with years of wilderness experience will present backpacking
topics with candor--packs, tents, menus, clothing, hygiene,
water treatment and more, including tips to improve your
comfort and keep gear affordable. There's even a breakout
session so men and women can discuss issues particular to
them. Our goal is to help you safely enjoy outdoor trail
experiences We're not selling gear or anything beyond our
enthusiasm for backpacking. This
class will be prticularly helpful for new backpackers on our
upcoming trips to Big Bend National Park, Colorado Bend State
Park and more. We'll also offer easy one-night spring outings
designed especially for people attending the class. Location: Whole
Foods Market, Preston Road at Forest Lane, Dallas (map). Time: 10:00
am to 4:30 pm. Light lunch included. Please bring water
bottle/beverage. Cost: $35
for Sierra Club members, $40 for non-members. Includes
handouts and light lunch. We encourage
and appreciate early sign ups so we'll have enough food and
handouts. You may pay
on-line here or pay at the door if space
remains available. Happy trails! Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send
12 (Tue) Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting Everyone is invited. Full details
will be on our home page soon.
20 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting
An Outings Committee meeting is tentatively set for this third
Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Anyone interested in outings is
welcome to attend and participate. A meeting location is yet
to be determined. Organizer: Mark Stein Send
27-Mar 4 (Wed-Mon) Annual Big Bend National Park Bus Trip
Note: This trip is now full. Contact the Coordinator about
getting on the waiting list. A description of the 2019 Big
Bend trip is online. To read all about the trip, including new
hike options, go
to this PDF. You'll also find information on cost and how
to sign up. Our chartered bus
leaves Dallas Wednesday night, February 27 and will return
before sunrise Monday, March 4. This year's trip has options
to backpack in the Chisos Mountains and from the Chisos
Mountains southwest to Mule Ears Overlook. It also has options
for base camping and day hiking in the east, central and west
regions of the park. Coordinator: Ande
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