Club youth group gives award to Mexican rock band for commitment to environment

  • Posted on 31 December 2004
  • By The Editor

On Thanksgiving eve, young environmental crusaders Juan Martinez and Andrew Anderson presented the Mexican rock band, Maná, with a Sierra Club-sponsored Green Award at the La Banda Elastica Latin Alternative Music Awards.

'Maná's work is really cool because you wouldn't think that rockers would be interested in things of the earth, but I am glad they do because we need everyone's help' said Anderson.

Meet Your Chapter

  • Posted on 31 December 2004
  • By The Editor

Palos Verdes-South Bay Group

The facts

Founded in 1965

Serves the 4,000 Sierra Club members residing in San Pedro, Torrance, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Lawndale, Wilmington, Gardena, Carson, Lomita, and Harbor City

Number of currently active leaders: 54

The fun stuff

Leaders wanted!

  • Posted on 31 December 2004
  • By Tina Bowman

Chair, Leadership Training Committee

It's not too late for New Year's resolutions. Why not consider becoming an Angeles Chapter outings leader?

Sierra Club members become outings leaders for a variety of reasons. For example, some want to lead outings to areas to motivate participants to urge protection of those areas. Others want to share their enjoyment of the natural world. Still other become leaders out of a desire to give back to the groups, sections, and committees that sponsor the outings they have enjoyed over the years.

Palos Verdes-South Bay Group wins one for hikers and habitat

  • Posted on 31 December 2004
  • By Hersh Kelley

The Palos Verdes-South Bay Group scored a significant victory for wilderness and the safe enjoyment of it. In December, the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council, to the surprise of many, sided with the Sierra Club's recommendation for trail usage in the 160-acre Forrestal Nature Preserve. Group vice-chair Hersh Kelly recounts how the group achieved this remarkable success. -Ed.

The seed man

  • Posted on 31 December 2004
  • By Dominique Dibbell

Why is the Southern Sierran called the Southern Sierran?

Ed Peterson

Ask Ed Peterson, at 99 the Angeles Chapter's oldest member. In the late 40s, legendary volunteer Irene Charnok told him the Chapter was about to launch a newsletter and was having a contest to come up with a name. The winner of the contest would receive a lifetime subscription. Peterson won.

News and Notes

  • Posted on 31 December 2004
  • By The Editor

Video camera wanted

Do you have a video camera or digital camera you could lend or donate to high school students to publicize their coastal conservation community education project? These youth have volunteered to complete a series of six Orange County Inner City Outings field trips in 2005 and teach elementary school students and other community members how inland activities affect our coast. Please call Lisa Hellman 714-964-4488 for more information on how you can support this program.

Chapter to cruise Alaska's Inside Passage this May

  • Posted on 31 December 2004
  • By John Lajeuness

and Donna Specht

'Go,' said John Muir after two cruises to Alaska, to readers of the San Francisco Chronicle, 'Go and see! Alaska is marvelous.'

Muir's century-old accounts can be used as a guide for modern ship-borne tourists. He was no ordinary tourist, and if some fellow travelers thought his wild enthusiasm for Alaska crazy, others grasped his sense of gratified amazement. For it was here that Muir found confirmation of his theories regarding glaciation and plant progression in the Sierra Nevada.


  • Posted on 31 December 2004
  • By The Editor

Tom Amneus, 1907-2004

Tom Amneus, longtime Sierra Club member and a past chair of the Angeles Chapter, passed away on Aug. 22 at the age of 97.

Join the hybrid evolution!

  • Posted on 31 October 2004
  • By Mike Sappingfield

Angeles Chapter Executive Committee Vice Chair

On March 20, my wife and I took delivery of a brand spanking new Toyota Prius, a hybrid automobile. That simple act brought home to me the technological advances that are here today, economically feasible, and real; advances which have the potential for reducing our dependence on oil, foreign or domestic, by at least 40 percent without sacrificing luxury, comfort, power, or reliability.