Sierra Club National Board Election — Final Results

The Inspectors of Election report the final results of the 2017 Sierra Club Board of Directors election as follows:

The five candidates elected:


LOREN BLACKFORD                        28,896     12.07%

NATALIE LUCAS                               28,712    12.00%

RAMON CRUZ                                  28,510    11.91%

JIM DOUGHERTY                             28,295    11.82%

PETER SARGENT                              27,114    11.33%

Results for other candidates who ran:

DEBBIE M. HEATON 26,854 11.22%
ROSS MACFARLANE 26,466 11.06%
STEPHANIE LINDER 24,437 10.21%
KAREN MAKI 20,027 8.37%

Valid Returns by Internet        15,082  (29.62%)
Valid Returns by Mail               35,838  (70.38%)
Total Valid Returns                   50,920

(Invalid Ballots: 326)

Total Ballots Distributed    607,694

Valid Ballots Returned        8.38%

My thanks to everyone in Portage Trail Group who participated in this election. 

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Upcoming Portage Trail Group Meetings

March 21 Meeting Followup

Our presenter, Cheryl Johncox, has sent the following links to material and websites used in the presentation:

Oil and Gas Threat Map Ohio Page-

“Washington Outlook”
May 16, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church
3300 Morewood Road, Fairlawn

A member of Sen. Sherrod Brown’s staff will bring us up to date on the latest bizarre happenings in that wild and crazy place, Washington DC, and how we can trump the guys who want to revive the Neolithic era. If you don’t want to be a hunter gatherer or roast squirrels over an open fire, this is the program for you. Join us for this discussion of what must be done NOW!

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Volunteer Opportunities

Here’s are great opportunities 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

Little Cuyahoga River Water Sentinels. The Sierra Club has a very active water quality monitoring program, and the Portage Trail Group is doing its part through quarterly tests of the Little Cuyahoga River and its tributaries. We need volunteers to help with this important effort. We ask for just two or three hours of your time once every three months. We provide training and equipment. For details, call Guy Marentette at 330-922-4381 or

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