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Executive Committee At-Large Delegate Voting Info

This year we have an unusually high number of candidates, and optional online balloting is new this election. 

Each candidate's bio tells how to reach them with questions. More information about each candidate and how to vote online is available by clicking here. The at-large candidates you elect, along with the Group reps, direct, support, and fight for your work in our chapter. Each winning candidate will serve for two years.

Eligible to vote:

Pope encyclical warns of "failure of conscience" in climate talks

Pope Francis and his encyclical,  Laudato Si (Praise Be to You), released June 18, has provided the Sierra Club with an important ally to address climate change.  The encyclical letter emphasizes that humans are not to dominate nature, but must realize that we are fully a part of it.
A major reason for the Pope’s release of the encyclical was his hope that international negotiators at the Paris climate summit scheduled for December may reach a binding climate change agreement.

Club national board to Chapter: reduce size of your ExCom

by Don Hughes
At its May meeting, the Club’s national Board of Directors voted to eliminate proportional representation in the Atlantic Chapter’s Executive  Committee (the “ExCom”). The change, which also affects the Pennsylvania and Tennessee chapters, requires each of the 11 groups in New York state to have a single delegate.
Previously, the number of delegates accorded each Group was proportional to its size. The New York City Group, with over 13,000 members, will see its Group-elected delegates drop from five to one.

The Mighty American Chestnut: "Snowy" summers yielded a forest feast

by John Neumann
The American chestnut blooms in late June to early July in New York. Before the blight, when the trees grew thickly, their creamy white male flower catkins made the mountains appear snow covered. This early bloomer was never threatened by the spring frosts that damaged other fruit or nut tree species.
Historically, the chestnut provided food and shelter to a variety of wildlife.


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