Please select no more than 6 candidates to serve a 2 Year term beginning January 1st of 2023. The executive committee meets monthly to consider and approve of the use of funds, formation and responsibilities of committees, positions on issues, and endorsements of candidates for public office. The meetings are open to the public and occur at a location and time established by the committee. Currently the NEO Sierra Club conservation and executive committee meetings occur on the first Wednesday of each month alternating between the east side Fairhill Partners building and the west side Brooklyn branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
Due to the Covid -19 situation our office is closed and all meetings are conducted using zoom.
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The deadline for voting is Dec 31, 2022. Thank you for electing the leaders for our organization.
I have been a member of the Sierra Club and a volunteer with the Northeast Ohio Group for close to 30 years. For the last eleven years I have also served on the Executive Committee as Treasurer of the Northeast Ohio Group. I would like to renew my term as Treasurer, so that I may continue using my financial management skills to help the Northeast Ohio Group in their conservation efforts. My qualifications include: CPA/MBA, 30+ years experience, both in industry and the non-profit sectors, and a deep commitment to preserving and protecting our environment.
As an NEO Board member since ’06, I represented our group at the Ohio Chapter for about four years. Areas of interest and concentration continue to be hazardous toxins, climate change causes and impacts and environmental threats affecting Lake Erie.
I have attended many lectures, seminars and conferences over the years, until the onset of COVID that sorely restricted public gatherings.
I am fortunate that organizations and agencies have adopted Zoom calls to elevate the public awareness on research data and findings on whatever related endeavors to which they have a known vested interest and/or direct involvement. Participation in these calls allowed me access to critical information that often included important opportunities for a question and answer period. Life circumstances are such that I rely on the Internet to obtain updated information but Google searches tend to extend even beyond the topics listed above. Consequently, I have been able to regularly support fellow Sierrans with information that I have obtained over the years. This fulfilled a personal mission that began nearly the moment NEO voted for me to become its group rep; a responsibility I took very seriously. Having studied climate change and related science for nearly fourteen years and given the extent of y personal concern and knowledge regarding the status of Lake Erie; I will continue to bring forward insights on these critically important issues.
The breadth of my knowledge ranges from information gleaned from Sierra Club retreats and Midwest conferences; water seminars held in Toledo, and in various collegiate settings in Cleveland and surrounding areas.
In conclusion, when approval of the NEO Executive Board is sought and/or an endorsement or fee is requested, I will continue to represent you in the best way I am able.
Dennis Michael Plank
Please vote for me for Sierra Club Northeast Ohio Group Executive Committee Member. I have been a Sierra Club member since 1988. I have done a lot of work on the Wetlands, Human Rights, Population, Political, and Outings Committees. For example, I have done a lot of outings this year where I have cleaned up a beach, walked for environmental health, and walked for women’s rights. I will continue to work on the goals of the Sierra Club. 1.To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the Earth. 2. To practice and promote the responsible use of the Earth’s ecosystems and resources. 3. To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment. 4. Use all lawful means to carry out these goals.
I will share my passion for human and the environment’s health as in the past.
In the last 25 years, I learned how a diet based on whole plant non-processed food will make us healthy and decrease environmental destruction, something medical schools don’t teach! As a Sierra Club Member since 2002, I enjoyed hosting our club for lectures and outings. I also advocate for preserving natural shorelines to avoid environmental and water degradation. By changing our old ways, we and future generations will inherit a sustainable planet. My poem shows us how:
I have been a member of Sierra Club since the mid-eighties and have served the NEO group in various capacities since the early 90’s. I have been chair or co-chair of the NEO Rainforest Committee since its inception way back in the nineties. That committee continues to meet regularly and has been responsible for organizing local conferences and lectures on a variety of rainforest-related topics. I represented NEO Sierra Club on the 2016 organizing committee for the People’s Justice and Peace Convention. More recent Club activities with which I have assisted include Ready for 100, serving on the Political Committee and interviewing political candidates for endorsement, and testifying at hearings in support of such issues as the LEEDCO wind turbine project and the ban on plastic bags in Cuyahoga County. Currently, I am a member of the NEO Ex-Com and serve as vice-chair of that body.
I am interested in serving on the NEO Executive Committee because I feel an obligation to better support NEO Sierra Club and the State Chapter. With the State Ex-Com suspended, local groups must step up their participation in regional and state environmental issues. We need to demonstrate to Sierra Club’s Board of Directors that grass-roots activism is alive and well in Ohio and that Ohio volunteers remain capable of running the Ohio Chapter. I am dedicated to pursuing Sierra Club initiatives, especially those dealing with renewable energy, both locally and around the state. To be successful with those initiatives, we must recruit more activists and build a Club environment that welcomes and supports them. I hope to engage with Sierra Club staffers and volunteers to begin building that environment, and NEO Ex-Com provides an opportunity for that engagement.
I value serving on the Executive Committee of the Northeast Ohio Group because of the opportunities for grassroots activism organized by the Sierra Club. I like to engage with the intersection of environmental issues with politics, which led to my serving as the Chair of the Sierra Club Ohio Political Committee. I see the necessity of developing a clean energy policy as critical for Ohio to thrive in a future dominated by the reality of climate change. I am also interested in issues of environmental justice and equity and the impacts on communities in our region that have historically suffered the most from air and water pollution perpetrated in the name of economic growth.