Annual Earth Day Banquet


Due to the current health crisis, the Executive Committee has made the necessary arrangements with Mustard Seed and the event honoree to reschedule to Saturday, July 25th. If you purchased tickets and/or donated items to the silent auction, our organizers will be contacting you shortly to offer refunds/returns if you choose so.

We apologize for any inconvenience, but trust you understand the need for this.

The Portage Trail Group’s 24th annual Earth Day awards banquet will be Saturday July 25, 2020 at the Mustard Seed Cafe in Montrose, 3885 W. Market, Fairlawn, starting at 6:00 p.m.

This is an opportunity to support the conservation programs of the Sierra Club, meet old friends, and enjoy a delicious dinner of organically grown foods.

This year’s special honoree is Tom Dayton, whose prominent local nursery business incorporates environmentally friendly building features, including large solar arrays, recycled rain water, and a green roof. Another part of the evening’s festivities will be our auction of items, activities, and services donated by nearby businesses, institutions, and individuals.

Use the order form below to purchase tickets for the dinner or to make a cash donation. To donate an item or service for the auction contact Neil Broida at Mayatux, phone 330-869-9604.

Tickets for the 24th annual Earth Day banquet:



City______________________________________ State____________________Zip______________

______ Student tickets @ $50 each ______________________________

______ Friends of PTG @ $75 each ______________________________

_______ Patron tickets @ $125 each _______________________________

_______ I cannot attend but want to make a donation to the Seiberling Scholarship fund at the CVNP Environmental Education Center

Total Amount Enclosed: $ ____________

Please make checks payable to: PTG Sierra Club (Sorry, no credit cards) Send check or money order with this form to PTG Earth Day Banquet, 3070 Manchester Rd., Akron, OH 44319

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Upcoming Portage Trail Group Meetings

“Paris to Pittsburgh”
April 21, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church
2200 Morewood Rd., Fairlawn

I’m sure so may of you were looking forward to this presentation. Sadly, we must cancel this gathering due to the current Coronavirus situation, but do hope to reschedule it some time in the future.

“Paris to Pittsburgh” is  a  award-winning film which “brings to life the impassioned efforts of individuals who are battling the most severe threats of climate change in their own backyards.” A joint meeting with the Environmental Committee of the UU church. Note that it will begin at 7:00, not 7:30.

“Improving the Home Environment”
May 19, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church
2200 Morewood Rd., Fairlawn

Yet again we need to cancel this meeting. However, we are working on a possible social media presentation in its place. Stay tuned for further information.

 Nate Adams is co-founder of  Energy Smart Home Performance, which plans and installs comprehensive insulation and HVAC upgrades. His goal is “healthier and more comfortable homes” and he will discuss his BAD ASS HVAC system, which has that goal but also creates a path for shifting to renewable energy.

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National Sierra Club Elections are Underway – VOTE!

2020BoardElectionBallotBoxA Democratic Sierra Club Demands Grassroots Participation

The annual election for Sierra Club’s Board of Directors is now underway.

Those eligible to vote in the national Sierra Club election will receive ballots in early March by mail (or digitally if you chose the electronic delivery option). This will include information on the candidates and where you can find additional information on Sierra Club’s election website.

Your participation is critical for a strong Sierra Club.

The Sierra Club is a democratically structured organization at all levels. Sierra Club requires the regular flow of views on policy and priorities from its grassroots membership in order to function well. Yearly participation in elections at all Sierra Club levels is a major membership obligation.

Our grassroots structure is strengthened when participation is high and provides an opportunity for members from all walks of life to have a say in what the future of the Sierra Club looks like

How can you learn about the candidates? Members frequently state that they don’t know the candidates and find it difficult to vote without learning more.

Each candidate has provided a written statement about themselves and their views on the official election ballot. You can learn more by asking questions of your group and chapter leadership and other experienced members you know. You can also visit the Sierra Club’s election website for additional information, including campaign videos from each candidate:

Voting Online is Quick and Easy!

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Volunteer Opportunities

Here’s a great opportunity for alert, wide-awake, energetic, and committed environmentalists!

Akron Peninsula Road Cleanup. Picking up trash along two miles of Akron Peninsula Road in the CVNP is a long-standing PTG responsibility. We do it three or four times per  year on Saturday mornings. It takes at most two hours. A nice walk if nothing else. If you can help out, call or email Dan Nelson, 330-666-4246 or


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