Thursday, October 3, 2013

October 15th Spagetti Dinner

Join us for a spaghetti dinner to kick off our fall events.  Dinner is on Tuesday, October 15th at 6:15 PM at Cross and Crown Lutheran Church, 3123 West Palmetto St, Florence.  Please bring a side dish or desert to share, and bring a friend!  The dinner will be followed at 7:00 PM with a talk by Benton Wslinski, from the SC State Chapter office.  He will discuss key environmental issues coming before the state legislature this coming year.  

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

January 10th Meeting


Press Release


SIERRA CLUB SPEAKER TO DISCUSS LION CONSERVATION
The speaker for the January meeting of the Pee Dee Group of the Sierra Club is Jennifer Majors, Director of the Environmental Discovery Center at Lynches River County Park.  Her talk is titled, “Roaring Back: Increasing Sustainable Populations of African Lions.”  The talk will focus on Majors research with the African Lion Research and Education Trust (ALERT).  The program uses captive-bred/raised lions and, through a four-stage process, releases wild-born lions.  Majors research was on how successful this approach could be at increasing lion populations.  The meeting is on Thursday, Jan10th, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 1201 Cherokee Rd, Forence.
 
Originally from NC, Ms Majors moved to Florida to attend Rollins College for her BA degree and to continue working for Sea World Adventure Parks.  In 2008 Ms. Majors traveled to Zimbabwe, Africa to do research on the African Lion as part of her Master’s thesis.  She has a degree in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver.

For more information, please contact Norma Small at normafs@aol.com

Friday, January 4, 2013

From the Group Chair

Happy New Year!  Hope you all are doing well.  Included in this note is speaker for our meeting January 10 at ST Lukes, some musings on I-73 and Jeffries Creek, and a poll I would like to take of the membership regarding meeting dates.

Our speaker for the January meeting is Jennifer Majors, Director of the Environmental Discovery Center at Lynches River County Park, is the featured speaker at the Sierra Club meeting on Thursday, Jan10th, 2013 at 7:00 pm   She will be presenting a program on increasing a sustainable population of lions in Africa.  This is a very unique program and should be of interest to all.

Originally from NC, Ms Majors moved to Florida to attend Rollins College for her BA degree and to continue working for Sea World Adventure Parks.

In 2008 Ms. Majors traveled to Zimbabwe, Africa to do research on the African Lion as part of her Master’s thesis.  She has a degree in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver.

We look forward to seeing you there.  Help get the word out and bring a friend.


About I-73
I continue to see a push for the I-73 interstate.  There are the late night ads on TV and the recent announcement by a Myrtle Beach group suggesting I-73 will produce more jobs than the expressway recommended by the Coastal Conservation League.  I think this is a bunch of whooey.  The interstate will use out of state contractors, may take a long time to get funded and will close down the businesses along 501 and bankrupt our roads budget.  Improvements of existing roads will use local contractors, can start as soon as SC starts wants to and damage less wetlands.  And I think Myrtle Beach is the biggest loser in the deal.  I wrote a letter to the editor that I hope will come out soon.  Please consider writing letters and contacting your legislators about this project. 

And Jeffries Creek
Drew and I have poked around the creek a little and when the weather improves and time permits we will explore it by boat.  It looks navigable from the the Park off Wisteria to above naturally Outdoors.  Down around Freedom Florence it becomes a braided meandering stream with difficult paddling.
And we have in the works a film featuring some interviews with some long time residents of the creek.  It would be great to have it ready to show in the spring.  Look for it.

A POLL:
We have had meetings on Thursdays for some time but it has been suggested by a few that a Tuesday meeting date would be better.  I would like to hear from you on which you would prefer:  Tuesday or Thursday evenings.  email me at
thewhites@freerangechicken.com about this or anything else.

Thanks.  Look forward to seeing you Thursday to hear about Lions and to hearing from you besides.

David White

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Pee Dee Paddler - October 2012









October Events

Hey folks!
 
Here’s your October membership email for the Pee Dee Group of the Sierra Club, this month with the bonus Paddler Newletter attached!  Be sure to check out the Paddler for lots of exciting events and great information.  For example, did you know that Florence County Recycling drop-off centers are now taking ALL plastics (#1-7)?
 
Two important events to draw your attention two: our monthly program meeting and Creekfest 2012!  Details below.
 
October Member Program – Thursay, October 11th
 
The Pee Dee Chapter of the Sierra Club’s monthly meeting will feature Susan Corbett, State Chair of the South Carolina Sierra Club.  Corbett will be speaking about the state the Sierra Club in South Carolina as well as current environmental issues in the state.  The talk will be at 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 11th, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Florence. 
 
Creekfest 2012 – Saturday, October 20th
 
The Pee Dee Chapter of the Sierra Club will be holding its semi-annual Creekfest on Saturday, October 20th at the Backswamp Schoolhouse.  Creekfest is a fundraiser to benefit local environmental projects of the group, including the Jeffries Creek Preservation Project.
                 
The event will feature dinner and live music.  Dinner starts at 6:00 p.m., with live music starting at 7:00 p.m.  Dinner includes local pork BBQ prepared by local chefs as well as delicious side dishes, beverages, deserts and two adult beverage tickets.  Music is being provided by local musicians Allen Johnson & Melanie McMillan, The Salmon Poachers, and Dawn Larsen.  Adult tickets are $20, children 12 and under are $10.  Adults who contribute a side dish or dessert receive a $5 discount.  Please contact Anita at ajlongan@gmail.com by October 13th to sign up if you are bringing a dish or dessert.   The Backswamp Schoolhouse is located at 502 E. Pocket Rd, Florence, SC.
 
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