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by Forrest Hale | 2005

Our growing Chapter has more opportunities for involvement and more needs for assistance from our volunteer base

"It is a fine thing to see people in hot earnest about anything." John Muir, in Steep Trails

Two months ago, in San Francisco, the Sierra Club held its first national gathering of activists and volunteers to discover what is most important to those who give their time and effort to protecting our world.  Starting months earlier with meetings on the group and chapter level, the volunteers came to San Francisco filled with energy, curiosity and desire to become more involved. Through several days of talking together, in the midst of wonderful speakers and classes, we came away with several areas to emphasize.

Three areas are important for West Virginia: emphasis on volunteer recruitment and development, a stronger emphasis on national and worldwide energy issues, and an increased emphasis on protecting our local communities.  This is important for our local work for environmental justice and the campaign to end Mountain Top Removal mining.

Since the founding of Sierra Club, and our first campaigns, our efforts have been strengthened by the club's emphasis on volunteer involvement, and much of the work is directed and inspired by volunteers. We have areas where you can help build the future of the club, here in West Virginia!

We are heading into our next WV Executive Committee election, in about two months.  If you are interested in working with the club as a volunteer, why don't you consider coming onto our board by taking part in this election? Please contact Navneet Bhullar at nbhullar@pol.net, Forrest Hale at 304-444-2016 or forrest.hale@gmail.com, for more details. In addition, we have a need for an outings chair, to guide our growing outings program and a secretary to help with the ExCom meetings. Meetings are held once each quarter, in varied areas of the state (and they are often beautiful locations!) 

In Charleston, we have re-formed the section guiding committee, and currently the members are Amanda Young (with an interest in political lobbying), Dale Farley with his enjoyment of outings, and Jack Hopkins (a dedicated volunteer). In addition, two members of the chapter ExCom are also involved: Regina Hendrix and myself (I am currently acting as section chair). We are committed to a balanced and regular schedule of meetings and outings, and hope to work on varied political and environmental projects. We welcome your ideas on how to make this an enjoyable group to be involved in! Please contact the section by sending an email to charleston@westvirginia.sierraclub.org. More contact information is available at http://westvirginia.sierraclub.org/contact.html .

If you live in the southern part of West Virginia, and are looking for comradeship with like-minded people, Navneet is interested in strengthening the club around Princeton and Bluefield. Please contact her at nbhullar@pol.net.

In Morgantown, the chapter is blessed with a strongly-active group, headed by Candice Elliott. Please contact her if you are interested in details of the Mon group's schedule of events, at monchair@westvirginia.sierraclub.org, or 304-594-3322. 

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