Category Archives: Volunteers Needed

“Say It With Ink” – Letter Writing Campaign – Boston Stoker Centerville – December 28, 2015 @ 7:00 P.M.

The Sierra Club Miami Group is proud to sponsor the second letter writing campaign of the year on December 28,  2015 at the Boston Stoker Coffee House in Centerville Ohio.

Christopher Hess, Miami Group Volunteer and Scott Bushbaum, Miami Group Executive Committee Representative will answer questions and write letters with those so inspired on a variety of local environmental issues. Some local issues include recycling in Dayton and legislative measures to curb plastic pollution.

The Boston Stoker Coffee House is located at 6071 Far Hills Ave. Centerville Ohio 45459. We will meet at seven o’ clock. We supply paper, envelopes and ink pens. All we need is you! We can buy the coffee or tea, too!

Scott Bushbaum   Sierra Club – Miami Group Executive Committee / Ohio Chapter Executive Committee



Riverside Bikepath Cleanup Day – October 25, 2015 at 10 A.M.

Hello Nature enthusiasts,

Autumn brings cooler temperatures. Sometimes there just isn’t much to do outside unless we carve pumpkins or rake leaves.

Join Christopher Hess, Miami Group volunteer, me and other nature lovers who will walk the Riverside Bikepath on October 25th to roll up our sleeves and glove – save the area between Linden Avenue and Airway Road in Dayton Ohio from trash! We begin at 10:00 A.M.

We’ll begin at Eastown Shopping Center on Linden Avenue, Dayton Ohio 45432, (CVS parking lot) and wind our way on both sides of the trail. Bring gloves, boots, messed up jeans or pants, and weather related gear. We’ll supply trash bags….

Two hours; give or take a few minutes. That’s about it. Give back to the nature surrounding this busy bike path. Let’s brave cool weather or warm, This Sierra Club outing should bring  some laughs and some fresh air, making for a Sunday morning of service to Mother Nature! Afterwards, we might end up at Elsa’s on Linden Avenue for football and an informal lunch, for the heck of it.

Thanks to Chris H.  getting us “off our rockers” for this! See ya’ll there!

Scott B. – Sierra Club Miami Group Executive Committee

Midwest Outdoor Experience (formally Gear Fest) – October 2nd and 3rd 2015

It’s time to gear up for the Midwest Outdoor Experience 2015! The event once known as Gear Fest is an awesome invite for the Autumn season! The event begins October 2, 2015 at 6:00 P.M and runs until 10:00 P.M. On Saturday, October 3, 2015, hours of operation begin at 11:00 A.M. and end at 7:00 P.M.

Be prepared for exhibitions on camping and hiking. Look for craft beers, food and outdoor competitions. Ride mountain bikes for free over rough terrain and through a challenging obstacle course! Free kayaking and canoeing make this event hard to beat! Don’t forget zip lines, the Subaru Buckeye Dock Dogs and outdoor demonstrations of all kinds. Camping is available and the Sierra Club Miami Group is manning a booth with materials and information on Paddlesports and volunteer opportunities.

Bring a friend and rough the Autumn weather rain or shine for fun in the Fall with us at this years bigger and better Midwest Outdoor Experience at Eastwood Metropark!

The link for the Midwest Outdoor Experience is found at

The address for the activity is Eastwood Metropark,  1385 Harshman Rd. Dayton OH 45431





Recap of the July “Inning”: Scary Movie!

At Monday night’s monthly meeting, local Sierra Club members were treated to a screening of the movie Bag It. Bag It invites viewers on a thoughtful, humorous journey through a society gorging itself on plastic. The film stars Jeb Berrier as its every-man protagonist, and features interviews with marine biology superstar Silvia Earle, “Cradle to Cradle” author Michael Braungart, and many other accomplished conservationists. Unfortunately, no representatives of the plastics industry were willing to take part.

The film highlighted numerous seriously-scary problems with the runaway consumption of disposable plastics, such as their persistence (indefinite), their disastrous effects on marine life, and the human health effects of the various chemical additives. Points were driven-home with excellent visuals. Fortunately, Berrier’s wit kept things from getting too dark, and the film offered the hope that by changing our personal use of plastic we can make a significant change towards ameliorating these effects. For more about this film, see For another great documentary, see Mission Blue, which follows the aforementioned Silvia Earle’s inspiring crusade to save the oceans.

Unfortunately, we ran out of time, so only saw about 2/3’s of the movie. At the end, we broke into two discussion groups. Everyone had about 15 minutes to express their views, and the discussions were lively! Many expressed surprise at the number of communities all over the globe which have already taken steps to curb the use of plastic grocery bags, either through an outright ban or by requiring groceries to charge a nominal fee for each plastic bag. This fee provides a small incentive that has been demonstrated to be very effective in encouraging consumers to bring their own reusable bags when grocery shopping.

Matt Trokan passed-out post cards seeking public comments about the plastic-bag problem. Matt is seeking volunteers to willing to host screenings of Bag-It for groups they belong to. He hopes to get a bag-fee proposal to city council soon. Come to the annual picnic to find out more!

Adding a “hands-on” element to the evening, impressive examples of homemade reusable grocery bags were on display, and a tutorial given on how to make your own using nothing but a tee shirt and pair of scissors!

Thanks to everyone who worked to make this month’s “inning” such a success!

Authored by: Matthew Stonecash, volunteer writer

Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO)

Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO)

by Lara Guttadauro

Many associate ICO as the acronym for “Inner City Outings,” but in 2014 this national program name was changed to “Inspiring Connections Outdoors.” There were two reasons for the change; first, because of the negative connotations of the words “inner city,” and second, because “inner city” did not represent the geographic areas the program serves, which also include rural and suburban neighborhoods.

Started in 1971, ICO is a community outreach program of the Sierra Club, with over 40 groups nationwide. The volunteer leaders, trained in recreational, outdoor and safety skills as well as environmental education provide outdoor adventures for children who wouldn’t otherwise have them – including low-income youth of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

To introduce children to the outdoors, ICO volunteers work with community agencies that want to provide an outings program for their members. The Cincinnati ICO is currently working with Dater Montessori, Newport Primary and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. ICO furnishes the equipment needed: daypacks, water bottles, food, cooking gear, sleeping bags, and first aid kits. The outings are free of charge.

Our group’s outings are primarily day outings, many are to various Hamilton County Parks, including paddle boating, bicycling, hiking, etc. Many include some type of talk on various outdoor areas of interest, such as raptors, orienteering, animal tracking, farming, etc. Once a year we tent camp overnight, and another time “camp” in cabins. Regarding recent outings, our January outing was our annual snow-tubing outing to Perfect North Slopes. Our December outing was ice-skating on Fountain Square. Another recent outing was a visit to an apple orchard in the Dayton Ohio area.

Through ICO, participants are introduced to the outdoors, the Sierra Club and its values. ICO participants discover the beauty of the wild lands we treasure, and how to enjoy these areas without harming them. They develop interpersonal skills and self-esteem through active involvement with nature. Fostering teamwork and cooperation are also major aspects of the ICO experience. And participants learn outdoor skills that enable them to face challenges outside their home environments.

Our March outing is on Saturday the 14th. This outing is unusual in that it is an evening outing; it will be at LaBoiteaux Woods, a Cincinnati park in College Hill. The focus will be a night hike to learn about nocturnal animals. The April outing is on Saturday the 25th; we will hike through Mt. Airy Forest and take water samples to understand water quality and water pollution. We are opening these outings to families of Sierra Club members; members may bring their children / grandchildren. There is more information on these outings in the Outings section of this newsletter.

Get involved! We need volunteers; while helping with the kids, volunteers have a lot of fun and learn a lot too.

For more information on how you can support or participate, contact:

Lara Guttadauro 859-380-2062(C) or

Bobbie Shawhan 513-808-5564(H), 812-204-7921(C) or

Larry Benken 513- 662-4545 (H) or 513-662-3355 (W).