Friday, May 27, 2016

What is Tabling?

 By Margaret Meyncke 

 Why do I love tabling? When I started with Sierra Club five years ago, I wasn’t sure how to help or what I could do to benefit our group. Then I was asked to table at an event. “What’s that?” I asked. They said, “The Sierra Club sets up a table with literature available and answers questions. It’s a chance to meet and greet the public and tell people about Sierra Club.” Wow! Great idea…except I didn’t know anything about Sierra Club. That led to research and exploration! There I was, fulfilling the first word of our motto… EXPLORE!

After making the commitment, my husband, John, and I purchased a pop-up, table, tablecloth, chairs, clamps, and banners. I began to practice my greeting skills and hone my information message. Our group purchased stuffed animals from the Sierra Club “Adopt an Animal” program. We have a system down that makes it smooth and easy to set-up and tear-down in ten minutes. Now, if someone says “Table Opportunity”, we get excited! Where to next? In the past, we have attended Lightning in a Bottle, the Tree Huggers Ball, and the Idyllwild Earth Fair. Most recently, we experienced the Temecula Recycled Art and Fashion Show and the Santa Rosa Plateau Garden Tour. I always make an effort to contact every other vendor, give them a Palm and Pines and share my passion for Sierra Club.

What’s the bottom line? It’s FUN! That fulfills the second word of our motto … ENJOY!
Tabling gives us the chance to get our name out in the public eye. Many people have never heard of Sierra Club. Just displaying the banners gives added weight and credibility to an event. Attending state meetings such as the California Trails Conference or the Back Country Horsemen of America gives the Sierra Club a presence in the community. We need to protect the legacy that we have received by increasing our popularity. Thus we fulfill the third word of our motto … PROTECT!

Walk in the 4th of July Parade with the Sierra Club

  • Monday, July 4, 2016

    9:00 AM
  • Temecula Community Center

    28816 Pujol Street Temecula, CA 92590., TemeculaCA (map)

    Show your patriotic spirit and love of nature as we join the Sierra Club in the 4th of July Parade with the City of Temecula.   Our mission is to EXPLORE, ENJOY, and PROTECT our planet Earth.
    This event will be fun! 
    Bring your favorite stuffed animal and a colorful umbrella!
    Participants will be given a Sierra Club t-shirt, button, kazoo, and American flag.  Also one Sierra Club umbrella per family.  
    COST?  Only $15 for Adults (18+) and $10 for Youth (0-17)
    Registration Required!
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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Temecula City Council member Dr. Matt Rahn: development issues in Temecula

June 9th Sierra Club General Sierra Group Monthly Meeting: He has extensive experience in the design of wildlife, habitat, and ecosystem monitoring programs, with an emphasis on the identification of invasive species, the impacts on threatened or endangered species, and the development of appropriate management and mitigation programs. He has also successfully tackled some of the most consequential projects in the southern California region, including representing SDSU in the opposition against the proposed Liberty Quarry, water rights litigation on the Santa Margarita River, and the Gregory Canyon Landfill.

Dr. Rahn is currently serving on the Temecula City Council and also represents the City on the Riverside County Habitat Conservation Authority, the Riverside Transit Agency, and California League of Cities. In his academic role, he served as the Associate Director for the SDSU Environmental Sciences Program, Adjunct Faculty member in the Homeland Security Program, and former Director for the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve and Field Stations Program. He is currently serving as the Director of the Environmental Leadership Institute and Wildfire Programs at Cal State San Marcos.

Temecula City Council member Dr. Matt Rahn will be discussing a number of development issues which will impact the City of Temecula and the Temecula Valley.  These include: the Altair project on the western side of the city, the Temecula Western Bypass, the Temecula Creek Golf Course residential homes and hotel expansion project, the revamping of the I-15/Temecula Parkway interchange, and the installation of Solar Panels at the SDSU Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve as a research project.

Dr. Rahn has over two decades of experience in applied sciences and policy, with an emphasis on environmental science, ecology, statistics, public policy and wildfire science. Having earned both a PhD from UC Davis and JD from University of San Diego, Dr. Rahn has focused much of his work on the interface between science and policy, supporting local, state and federal programs in collaboration with lawyers, policymakers and scientists on issues ranging from wildfires, to watershed management, endangered species, land use planning and renewable energy. He is a subject matter and technical expert on a variety environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, RCRA/CERCLA, Endangered Species Act, and NEPA. Dr. Rahn also has considerable experience in the diverse assembly of state and local laws, policies, ordinances, and regulations including CEQA and NCCP.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Joshua Tree National Park: Black Rock Canyon Trail

Bob Audibert
Date: May 7, 2016

Contactplease register with me by Friday morning by phone:  (951)3021059 or email at  at
bob.takeahike1@gmail .com

Join us on a spectacular 6 mile moderately difficult hike on Joshua Tree National Park's Black Rock Canyon Trail.  There is 1000 ft of elevation gain on the hike.  The elevation increases gently over the first two miles or so, followed by roughly a mile of switch backs which is the toughest part of the hike.  When we reach the midpoint the hike becomes rather easy, with a gentle decline back to the trail head.  Black Rock Canyon is considered the most hospitable environment for Joshua Trees and they are everywhere.  Rather than trying to describe the beauty of this area please come out and experience it for yourself.

What to Bring:  
  •  3 liters of water, snacks, a lunch,  
  • dress in layers and a good pair of hiking shoes.  
  • Sun screen is a must and a hat is recommended.   


From the 10 freeway take highway 62.  In Yucca Valley turn south on Joshua Lane and drive 5 miles through a residential area to the Black Rock Ranger Station at 9800 Black Rock Canyon Road, Yucca Valley, CA. 92284. 


Anybody interested in my Joshua Tree National Park hike this Saturday please register with me by Friday morning. You need to register by ether email or by phone, not by signing up on Facebook. 
  • If I have any updates or notices, I will contact everyone that registers.
  • Rain Cancels.  Santa Margarita Group.  
How: Go to the events page, click on the Black Rock Canyon Hike and  use the comment section to request or volunteer ride-share information.