20th Annual Portage County Environmental Conservation Awards

April 28, 2018, 5:30-9:00 p.m.
Kent American Legion Hall
1945 Mogadore Rd. Kent, OH 44240

To register and donate a silent auction item, visit their web page here 

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Political Committee Report

2/28/2018: Our Ohio Chapter Political Committee has just sent out the endorsement questionnaires to all congressional candidates. They expect to send out questionnaires to State House and Senate candidates in the next few days. When completed by the campaigns, these will be returned to Group Political Committees for scoring. If you want to help with this, contact DeeDee Giese at deedee.giese@gmail.com or Tom Collins at tomcollins@neo.rr.com.

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Vote Logo with text 2018

National Sierra Club Elections are Underway – VOTE!

A Democratic Sierra Club Demands Grassroots Participation

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

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

Your participation is critical for a Strong Sierra Club.

The Sierra Club is a democratically structured organization at all levels. The 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 Club levels is a major membership obligation.

In a typical year less than 10% of eligible members vote in the Board elections. A minimum of 5% is required for the elections to be valid. Our grassroots structure is strengthened when our participation is high. That means your participation is needed in the voting process.

How can I 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 provides a statement about themselves and their views on the issues 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 Club’s election web site for additional information about candidates:


Then make your choice and cast your vote!

Voting Online is Quick and Easy!

Even if you receive your election materials in the mail, we encourage you to use the user-friendly Internet voting site to save time and postage. If sending via ground mail, please note your ballots must be received by no later than Election Day, April 25, 2018.

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Upcoming Portage Trail Group Meetings



“Drive Electric Now!”
March 20, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church
3300 Morewood Rd., Fairlawn

Electric automobiles are technologically superior to conventional cars and greatly reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Within a decade or two we will all be driving them. But can we wait that long, given the accelerating pattern of climate change, and if not, what can we do to speed up the transition? A representative from “Drive Electric Ohio,” the new organization promoting electric vehicles now, will describe their activities and plans. Is the future now? Join us for a discussion of this critical issue.


“Watershed Protection Starting in Your Own Yard”
April 17, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church
3300 Morewood Rd. Fairlawn

Remember the old saw “Charity Begins at Home”? Well, environmental activism does too. That’s why it’s important to think about what is happening in your little piece of the globe and how it might be made more sustainable with native, pollinator-friendly plants and more attention to rainwater runoff. Sandy Barbic from Summit Soil and Water will review the many things that can be done, often easily and cheaply, to improve the env ironment you live in.

“Hospice Goes Solar”
May 15, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church
3800 Morewood Rd., Fairlawn

A group of medical professionals is busy building a hospice facility exclusively for low income patients. Electricity costs are a huge burden in such an operation and PTG has agreed to help finance an array of solar panels to keep down utility expenses. Holly Klein, together with Skip and Julie Radwany, will discuss the project and our role in it.

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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 DMNelson@roadrunner.com


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