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by Gregor Becker | 2005

The strength of the Sierra Club is in grassroots! The Catoctin Group needs your help. A few of us on the Executive Committee do the work to keep the group going. A subgroup meets monthly in Carroll County, but the bulk of our members are in Frederick. We want to keep Frederick County and Washington County plugged in!  Contact Kim Stenley if you would like to get more involved:   kstenley@mcdaniel.edu or 410-756-6402.

 

Catoctin Group Election

On page 27 of this newsletter are two ballots. One is for at-large delegates for our Maryland Chapter executive committee. The other is for delegates to the Catoctin group excom. If you are a member who lives in Carroll, Frederick, or Washington counties, you are a member of the Catoctin group and are entitled to vote for group excom delegates as well as for chapter delegates. Two excoms, two elections, two ballots. It’s twice as nice, but only if you live in the Catoctin area.  And only if you vote!

 

Treasurer Needed! 

Our current treasurer has moved on to other volunteer duties. The treasurer keeps the group’s checkbook. We receive funds quarterly from the Maryland Chapter based on our membership. We’re not spendthrifts by nature, and in most years, we have relatively few expenses. We do need to do an annual electronic report to the Chapter, but the Chapter treasurer can guide you through that. I guarantee it is much less work than maintaining your personal checkbook. If you disagree, give it back to us!

 

Jamboree

We missed you at the Jamboree! We were at nearby Catoctin Mountain Park while President Bush was next door at Camp David. There were workshops on everything from Simplicity Circles to Outings Training, MD Sierra success stories and stream monitoring led by Catoctin Group’s Marcia Watters. People came from all over Maryland, from Garrett County to the Eastern Shore. Ten of us came from the Catoctin Group, some old hands, some new to the area. Okay, it wasn’t roughing it —sleeping in heated dorms with great food and many new friends. Why would you want to be a solitary conservationist? Join us in 2007!

Write Your Senators!

Barbara A. Mikulski and Paul S. Sarbanes need to be reminded of your support for the Endangered Species Act (ESA). A House version that just passed weakened the ESA in a number of ways. Perhaps most shocking is another round of give-aways. A developer can buy land with known endangered species, submit a development plan and be paid not to proceed. Then he can submit a new plan and be paid again not to proceed. This not only encourages destruction of endangered species habitat and buffer areas, it gives taxpayer money to developers for submitting plans! The last time the House passed an ESA revision, the Senate rejected it. This allowed whooping cranes to rebound, and other species like the bald eagle to flourish. Write to Senators Sarbanes and Mikulski to let them know that we want incentives to encourage landowners to protect endangered species not handouts to profit developers.  Senator Sarbanes’s address is 309 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.  20510, or you can fax your letter to 202 224-1651.  Senator Mikulski’s address is 709 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC  20510. Her fax number is  202-224-8858.

 

Write Your Congressman!

Our Congressman, Roscoe G. Bartlett, voted for the pork-barrel handouts in the Endangered Species Act revision, as well as for the Energy Bill, which seeks to increase refinery capacity by waiving environmental standards and subsidizing the oil industry, even at a time when the industry is making record profits. Let him know that you expect him to vote in favor of protecting the environment, not protecting corporate profits. The Congressman’s address is U.S. House of Representatives, 2412 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515. Or you can call his office at 202-225-2721. 

 

Are you always the last to know?

Don’t you hate it when you find out too late about an event you would have liked to attend?  Or when you miss a chance to tell your elected representative how you want him or her to vote on an important bill?  The Catoctin Group would like to have your e-mail address so we can contact you when there is an opportunity for you to take action to protect or improve our environment.  We can also send you information about events, and provide sample letters you can use to write to officials about important issues. We have some addresses collected at previous events; may we have yours?  Please send an e-mail identifying the county in which you live to Kim Stenley at kstenley@mcdaniel.edu.  She’ll add you to our list!  No spam, we promise.

 

And speaking of events…

We have a few planned.  Mark your calendars!

 

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 6:45 p.m., film and discussion, “Affluenza,” sponsored by the Sierra Club Catoctin Group. Location: 50 E. Main St., Westminster.  Contact: kstenley@mcdaniel.edu or 410-756-6402.   Free and open to the public.  Refreshments provided, please bring your own mug.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 6:45 p.m., film and discussion “Thirst,” sponsored by the Peace Resource Center. Location: C Burr Artz Public Library, Community Room, 110 East Patrick St., Frederick. Contact: frederickpeace@juno.com or 301/663-6117 or   or www.frederickpeace.com. Free and open to the public; refreshments provided.


Wednesday, Jan. 25, 6:45 p.m., film and discussion “True Cost of Food,” sponsored by the Sierra Club Catoctin Group. Location: C Burr Artz Public Library, Community Room, 110 East Patrick St., Frederick. Contact: 410-756-6402 or kstenley@mcdaniel.edu for more information. Free and open to the public.  Refreshments provided, please bring your own mug.     n

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