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Welcome to the Dallas Group of the Sierra Club

Labor Day Summer Blowout in Northern New Mexico

You know you want it.  You want the ecstasy of sunny days and cool nights as dry fall air nips at the end of summer at the headwaters of the Rio Grande or the Wheeler Peak Wilderness.  Get on the bus.  Squeeze in three days of hiking and two nights of camping (or sleeping in a yurt) with good companions in the most scenic parts of New Mexico.  Trip options include walking up New Mexico’s highest peak from its easiest approach via Red River, sleeping in or near the cozy yurt at Bull-of-the Woods Pasture, discovering Gold Hill’s 360-degree vistas, discovering the treasures of NM’s newest Wilderness—the Columbine-Hondo—on a downhill trek from Gold Hill, the long meadows of Sawmill Park or the ponderosa pine shade in the gorge of the rippling Rio Grande. 

Wheeler Peak bus tripThis whole trip fits neatly between a Friday, September 4, 7:30 pm departure from Dallas and a Tuesday, September 8, 6:00 am return to Dallas.  We know you value your vacation days and we’ve chartered the sleeper bus to eliminate vacation days required for this Labor Day trip.  We need your registrations by August 14 to make this trip a “go.”  Discounted price for transportation is $275 until August 14.  For details and registration, click this link.

General Meeting Program - Tuesday, September 8, 7:00 pm - Refreshments at 6:30

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Tony O'Sullivan will talk about the City of Dallas' goal of zero waste by 2040 through recycling, reusing, composting, etc.

The consummate and award-winning recycling expert, Anthony (Tony) O’Sullivan, has been with the City of Dallas' Waste Diversion Unit for over two years.  He was recruited from Ireland where he has worked as a specialist in recycling and waste minimization at the original Green Star.  He also served as their Ewaste factory & group maintenance manager, business development lead supervisor, contracts manager, compost facility manager collections/logistics manager and corporate operations/client manager.  In the last role achieving 96% recycling rates for many Fortune Top 50 multinationals.  He was also employed for Tougher’s Oils Ltd. as the Group Environmental Manager in Dublin.

Born on the U.S. Air Force base in Chateauroux, France, and educated at Magdalen College which is a 680 year-old educational institution affiliated to the Oxford University system.  He has lived in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arizona, France, the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Spanish Islands.

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.  Click over to our General Meeting page for more information and a map.

Fall Outing at Beavers Bend State Park Oct 16 - 18. Reservations Now Open!

Beavers Bend State ParkCelebrate 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.  Last year this event sold out quickly with over 100 participants.

Shuffle, Shuffle, Shuffle. Shuffle Off to Buf-fa-lo . . .

Okay, I learned this lyric’s a tap dance number from a 1933 musical, 42nd Street, but it fits.  Get your trail runners or boots ready for this October knock-your-socks-off trip to Buffalo National River, Arkansas—our first-ever bus trip EAST.  It’s a national park in the heart of Li’l Abner-land!  That’s right, the U.S. National Park Service developed and maintains a scenic river with far more miles of trails than you’re going to walk in one weekend.  Our moderately strenuous hike option (one of four itineraries) covers 30 miles of the flagship “Buffalo River Trail” that parallels the scenic river.  Three shorter backpacking options of easy to moderate difficulty hike four days and camp three nights in other parts of the park, exploring the natural beauty and human history of this lovely valley.  These hikes all visit historic cemeteries and cabins, hollows, falls and bluffs along the river.   All trail elevations are below 2,200 feet, so there should be no high-altitude discomfort issues.  (All right, the optional spur hike thrill on the infamous “Goat Trail” is a “Don’t tell Mom” thrill, but thoroughly safe if you don’t do something stupid.)

Buffalo RiverTo maximize daylight time to enjoy the park and to eliminate the need to shuttle vehicles to trailheads, we’ve chartered a sleeper bus to transport us, leaving at 9 pm Wednesday, October 28.  We’ll return to Dallas by 9 pm on Sunday, November 1.  The last weekend of October is usually the premier week of the year for fall color at Buffalo River, says Arkansas trails guidebooks author Tim Ernst.  The trip cost is discounted to $240 if received by October 10.  For details and registration click this link.

 

Sierra Club Awards Event in Dallas Recognizes 2013 and 2014 Award Winners

Four Dallas Sierrans Receive Awards for their service.

On July 18, the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club held its annual environmental award ceremony at a special banquet at Blue Mesa in Addison. The awards recognize and reward efforts of volunteers, organizations, staff, and others that reflect Sierra Club’s mission. This year’s banquet honored awardees from both 2013 and 2014.

The Chapter’s highest honor, the Orrin Bonney Award, was awarded to Conservation Director Cyrus Reed. It is given to an individual who, over a number of years, has exemplified the spirit and commitment of the Sierra Club by contributing their time and effort in one or several positions of authority for the Chapter. Cyrus was given the award for his more than 10 years of dedicated work on behalf of the Lone Star Chapter, with emphasis on his efforts in lobbying on energy and energy efficiency both at the Texas Legislature and regions around the state.

Many volunteers were recognized from the Dallas Sierra Club including:

Liz Wheelan, who won the 2014 Virginia Murray Brewer Award, given to those who have contributed to the Chapter and/or a Regional Group via the Outings Program. Liz has led the Dallas Group’s Inspiring Connections Outdoors (formerly Inner City Outings) program for 14 years. She was also the National Sierra Club’s ICO chair for a number of years and has been a vital component of the Dallas outings program as a volunteer, helping organize and lead bus trips for the group for many years.

Arthur Kuehne received the 2013 Virginia Murray Brewer Award for more than thirty years of dedication to outings in the club both as a backpack and navigation class organizer, a bus trip leader, and a long-time backpack and outdoor activity leader. Arthur is also a national outings leader, and won a national award for his overall contribution to outings in 2014.

Molly Rooke won the 2013 Conservation Award. Molly has dedicated more than twenty years to conservation efforts including recycling, air, energy, and trade issues. Most recently, Molly has worked on fracking and bag ban issues involving the City of Dallas. She has also lobbied the State Legislature and also Congress on environmental issues for years.

RAward Winnersita Beving won the 2014 Special Service Award. Rita was recognized with Dallas Sierra volunteers for helping organize the 2014 “Earth, Wind, & Fire Energy Conference,” the first statewide energy conference ever held in Chapter history. The two-day event was a sell out event with attendees coming from as far away as Kansas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.

"We are very proud of the work the Dallas volunteers have contributed both locally and statewide to the Chapter," commented Wendel Withrow, Dallas group chair and former Lone Star Chapter chair. "The Dallas group continues to prove that we have dedicated individuals to the Sierra Club for the betterment of the environment and enjoying the outdoors. It is also great to see that the other groups and Sierrans from around the state recognize their contributions."

(Photo: Liz Wheelan, Molly Rooke and Rita Beving - Arthur Kuehne - missing - was on a backpack trip)

The Awards banquet in Dallas had record-setting attendance and was a wonderful evening for all who attended from across the state. Participants traveled as far away as Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and the Rio Grande Valley to attend.

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Sep 2 Dallas Sierra Club Executive Committee Meeting

Sep 4-8 Labor Day Weekend in New Mexico

Sep 8 Dallas Sierra Club General Meeting

Sep 12 Day Hike at Breckenridge Park, Richardson

Sep 12 White Rock Lake Clean-up

Sep 19 Day Hike and Trail Upgrading at Cedar Ridge Preserve

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