Category Archives: Innings & Events

December 3rd Meeting: Richard Hellmann–Nature Travels in China

Monday, December 3rd at the Marge Schott Boy Scout Center on Reading Road in Evendale:

**** Hellmann will present his travels to China: three weeks, five cities plus Hong Kong, and transportation by plane, train, bus, rickshaw, and boat – including a 3 day trip down the Yangtze River with its Three Gorges Dam.  Besides walking The Great Wall, Peking’s Tiananmen Square & the Royal Palaces and its Olympic Bird’s Nest stadium, **** and his wife, Kathy, visited a Panda preserve, many Buddhist temples, and Xian’s terracotta warriors.

A retired engineer from G.E., **** has been active in the Sierra Club for nearly 20 years, with extensive involvement in environmental issues.    He has travelled extensively with hiking trips in the Alps & Alaska and recently completed El Camino – “The Way” for a total of 750 miles through France & Spain (two weeks per year over five years).  Now they are traversing the northern coast of Spain two weeks at a time.  He volunteers for OLLI (Osher Lifetime learning Inst.) at U.C. Blue Ash, teaching a course on “Cool Green Gems and Hot Environmental Issues” – a sort of informal Sierra Club outreach effort, to senior citizens.

Inner City Outings Presentation

Monday October 1, 2012 at 7:00 pm – 8:55 pm at the Scouting Achievement Center, 10078 Reading Road, Evendale, Ohio

This Inner City Outings presentation will feature a slide show filled with photos and pictures of ICO experiences, including past and recent history. Lara Guttadauro, Roberta Shawhan, and Kent Lyle will be presenting, along with a few guest children!  Kent Lyle is the current ICO chair and certified leader. He has been active in ICO programs since 1997, and joined Cincinnati ICO in 2006. Lara Guttadauro is a prior ICO chair and certified leader. She has been active since the early 2000s and has a long history of organizing and leading outdoor groups since her college days. Roberta Shawhan is the liaison with the Dater Montessori school and an ICO certified leader. She has been active with ICO for the past couple of years. Our current program with Dater owes a lot of success to Roberta’s leadership.

September “Innings” Monthly Meeting: Algae Issues In The Ohio River Basin

Scouting Achievement Center, 10078 Reading Road, Evendale, Ohio

TUESDAY, Sep 4;  7 pm to 8:55 pm

By Dr. Mirriam Kannan

Professor Mirriam Kannan will talk about Algae Issues in the Ohio River Basin with a focus on toxic algae. She will start with a general overview of what are algae and their taxonomic diversity, showing photographs of the most common taxa found around here. Then she will focus on recent problems with algal blooms, for example Grand Lake St. Mary’s near Dayton, and also show data for the Ohio River from 1990’s until present and how Zebra Mussels and flow rate changes can affect summer blooms. Miriam will end with what climate change experts say the Ohio River basin can expect in the future and what we must expect in terms of algae.

Dr. Miriam Steinitz-Kannan, is RegentsProfessor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Kentucky University. She is a native of Quito, Ecuador. She obtained her Ph.D. at The Ohio State University in 1979 working on a comparative study of Ecuadorian lakes. Her M.S. degree is also from OSU and B.A.(Biology) from Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J. . She was trained in diatom taxonomy at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. She has been at Northern Kentucky University since 1979 where she teaches General Micro-biology, Limnology, Microbial Ecology, General Ecology, Principles of Research and other classes. She is also the faculty advisor for the  Biology Honor Society (Beta Beta Beta). Her research interests focus on algae as water quality indicators, diatom taxonomy, paleolimnology (using fossil diatoms to reconstruct climatic  histories) and tropical limnology. Her research involves undergraduate students and is done in lakes and rivers of her native country of Ecuador and the Ohio River Basin.

Since 2001, in close cooperation with ORSANCO and the EPA, she has been monitoring algae in the Ohio River Basin for taste and odor and toxin producing species. Her outreach activities are in large part directed to the Latino Community in the Greater Cincinnati Area. She is also very active in environmental issues, and works closely with the Foundation for Ohio River Education, the Ohio River Foundation and the Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research and Education to educate K-12 students about water quality and the importance of conserving water resources.

Join us Aug 5th for the annual picnic!!!

August 5 – Sunday Instead Of Monday Our Annual Picnic.

We don’t have a regular Inning (monthly program) in August. Instead we have our annual picnic! And this year our picnic will be held on Sunday, August 5, 10:30 a.m.-8p.m. at the Izaak Walton League Lodge, 544 Branch Hill Loveland Rd., along the Little Miami River and Bike Trail near Loveland.

Please RSVP for the Picnic August 5th at 4 p.m.

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Monday, June 4th: Miami Group-Sierra Club monthly meeting and presentation on ECO-ADVENTURE TRIPS

7pm-9pm at the Scouting Achievement Center (10078 Reading Road)

Brian Jorg, Chief Horticulturalist of the Cincinnati Zoo, will present a dynamic presentation on “THE FLORA, FAUNA, CULTURE, CUSTOMS, AND ECO-SYSTEMS OF THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, SOUTH AFRICA, AND THE AMAZON”. Brian Jorg runs local wildflower photography trips to the Smokeys, Clifton Gorge, and other parks, as well as running wildlife viewing trips to Alaska, Africa, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and the Yucatan. His photographs have been published in magazines, field guides, calendars, and greeting cards. At the zoo, Brian manages the Native Plant Program which includes conservation, education, and promotion of native flora. He also tests varieties of the newest annuals available, and manages the tulip display. For information on some of Brian’s trips, or to view his photos, please go to his website at

Sierra Club July 2nd Monthly Meeting: Climate Change

Monday 7pm-9pm at the Dan Beard Council (10078 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH): The status of climate change now, and what the future holds.

Global warming, now generally called “Climate Change” appears to have waned from public discussion and the news media. UC Professor Emeritus Wolf Roder will examine what has been happening, both in the natural world and in politics. He will then consider how do we know the earth surface is warming? The science is rather simple, and does not depend on complex computer models. Then he will examine the outlook for action on climate change after the Copenhagen and Durban conferences. What does the reality mean for the future? Is anything being done about climate change? And, what would it take to avert tropical temperatures in Cincinnati?

Wolf Roder is Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of Cincinnati. He has taught physical geography including weather and climate for twenty-five years. Wolf has done geographical/nature presentations for the Sierra Club on various topics including Yellowstone National Park, and has held seminars on climate change for OLLI at U.C.-Blue Ash.

Tech Talk – Energy: Where we are, where we’re going – by Brian Bear

Location: Scouting Achievement Center, 10078 Reading Rd,  in Evendale

Monday March 5, 2012   7:00 pm to 8:55 pm

Tech Talk – Energy: Where we are, where we’re going – by Brian Bear

– where energy comes from; you have to spend some energy to get energy: energy returned for energy invested (ERoEI) and other terminology

– where our energy currently comes from (mix of oil, coal, gas, hydro and growing solar/wind contribution) Continue reading Tech Talk – Energy: Where we are, where we’re going – by Brian Bear