About the Club
Hello! Thank you for your interest in the Mid-Hudson Sierra Club! If you love the outdoors and are concerned about its future, we invite you to join us.
Our group of the national Sierra Club is spread out over both Ulster and Dutchess (and other) counties. We have over 1800 members, and we'd love to add you to our group. If you're interested in joining us, please click here.
Our group has many events; we have Public Programs in the spring and fall. They are free and open to the public, so we invite you to hear our speakers and to meet our members. We had hikes in the past, but had to suspend our outings program due to the lack of an outings chair and enough qualified hike leaders. Let us know if you'd be interested.
Our group also puts out a quarterly newsletter called Fresh Air which describes our events, including our big fundraising effort of the year: our huge Tag Sale every September. We also do a variety of activities to try to help the environment, including a great deal of work opposing the proposed development of Williams Lake.
For more information, we invite you to contact any of Mid- Hudson's executive committee. Our current president is Joanne Steele.
Volunteers are the backbone of the Sierra Club
The Sierra Club is a grassroots, volunteer-directed organization. With only two staff members to serve over 30,000 members in New York State, the vast majority of Sierra's work is done by a small group of dedicated volunteers.
Here in the Mid-Hudson, our group is sustained financially, to a great extent, by our annual tag sale, usually held in September. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to those 30-odd volunteers who work the tag sale every year, as well as the many who contribute an abundance of excellent items. Interestingly, the tag sale seems to be our most popular event. Sierrans love to reduce, reuse, and recycle!
The tag sale, however, is by no means the only way to be involved with the running of this group. Volunteers are needed for many aspects of our operations, from outings to programs to conservation issues to political action. And, if you'd like to gain some real insight into the inner workings of our group, we are much in need of a recording secretary to take minutes at our monthly Executive Committee (ExCom) meetings!
Our ExCom meetings are open to all members, and we welcome your input. They're generally held at 7 pm on the first Wednesday of the month upstairs at the New Paltz Village Hall (weather and schedules permitting—it's best to confirm time and place with our Group Chair or Vice Chair).
If you'd like to know more about volunteering, please feel free to contact me or any of the committee chairs dealing with your area of interest.
How effective we are as a Club depends entirely on how involved our members are in taking action on the local, state, and national level. Remember — It's YOUR Sierra Club!