Posted on October 29th, 2014
To vote in the Miami Group excom election, you must be an active member, and have your member number handy. You should receive a mailed ballot if your email is not in the Club’s system or you don’t use email. If you have an email in the Club’s system, you should receive an email with your member number in it. Voting begins after Oct 31 and continues until December 5, 2014.
If you don’t receive a ballot in the mail or by email, and you are a current, active Sierra Club member, please leave a message on 513-861-4001 with contact information.
There are 4 positions open and 5 candidates running. Please vote for no more than four. The candidates running are Gail Lewin, Elizabeth Durrell, Marie Kocoshis, Amy Francis, and Bob Park. Their ballot statements are below. Click on this link when you are ready to vote.
I have served as a member of the Miami Group Executive Committee for several terms and I have served as a member of the Miami Group Political Committee for since 2003. I currently act as the ExComm liaison to the Treasurer. It is an important to spend our budget efficiently and in the most worthwhile areas. This year we were able to fund a part time employee to concentrate on important Miami Group issues such as MSD and the Eastern Corridor. We need to look into how we can raise funds to keep our local projects/priorities going so there is no need to back off an important environmental challenge. We also need to reinvigorate the club with a new generation of members to maintain our traditions and find ways to come up with innovative programs that reach all of our members. I would like to continue to serve on ExComm as a steward of our finances and improving membership and I ask for your vote.
As a long-time member of the Miami Group and Sierra Club, I have appreciated my participation because of the variety of ways to enjoy, preserve and protect our planet. It prompts me to want to give back and I have tried to be committed by being an Outing Leader and working with the Membership and GREP Committees. I also enjoyed being on the ExCom a few years ago and find it is a way to extend my commitment to the organization which I believe is very important to the “cause” of preserving the earth at a grassroots level.
I look forward to accepting the environmental challenges in Cincinnati area with Miami Group members. We are faced with recent drastic changes in the city’s recycling program, which had made great advances with one trash cart program. The Metropolitan Sewer District has yet to comply with clean water act and stop the overflows into basements and streams. The costs are affecting sewer rates for consumers, many of whom are unable to pay these higher rates. We need a fair and affordable rate.
My involvement with the Sierra Club began just a few short years ago as a student intern for the Clean Water Campaign, when I became a water sentinel and helped distribute hundreds of rain barrels so that residents could save money, conserve water, and reduce sewer overflows in Hamilton County. I continue to learn how important outreach through canvassing and public forums is to good governance, by educating residents on environmental issues and presenting their concerns to our elected officials. I live in Madisonville and work to preserve and protect areas affected by the Eastern Corridor Project. I have also served on the Political Action Committee.
I would like to see the Miami Group continue to develop alliances with other local organizations that can ultimately impact the politics of decision-making at the city, county and state levels. Aggressive, progressive leadership is largely absent among elected officials and the resulting administrations. Examples of ongoing opportunities for the Miami Group include 1) stopping and modifying the Eastern Corridor freeway project; 2) engaging in the public discourse on promoting mass transit; 3) intervening in the unfolding MSD make-over of the greater Cincinnati storm/waste water system, restoring clean water as an integral part of our urban environment. To expand the network of community opposition to ODOT on the Eastern Corridor and continue to advance green sustainable solutions for the sewer system I think requires that we enhance our electronic media specifically in a format that concisely defines the issues, provides supporting documentation, and presents concrete solutions, roadmaps and campaigns for getting there. The ExCom needs to oversee that process. At the same time we need to attract more activists so that we have the critical mass needed to achieve that capability. That’s what I want to see happen.