Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club consists
of over 25,000 members and supporters. The
Chapter spans the entire state of Texas, excepting
El Paso, which is part of the Rio Grande Chapter.
Located in Austin, the Lone Star Chapter's State Conservation Office
serves Sierrans as their grassroots communications center. We also provide
Sierrans with a full time professional activist staff employed to represent
Sierrans as we fight at the state level to protect and conserve Texas'
diverse and valuable natural heritage.
Chapter Awards Nominations
Each year the Lone Star
Chapter of the Sierra Club recognizes its hardworking
volunteer members and other individuals with special awards
to show its appreciation for their contribution
of time, effort and resources. The Awards Committee
is seeking your assistance in selecting those individuals
who, on the Group or Chapter Level, have excelled
in some administrative, conservation, outings,
or media capacity and deserve this special recognition.
The deadline for nominations
is January 11, 2014.
The Chapter's award categories and Honored Awardees are:
1. Orrin Bonney Award - The Chapter's highest award, given to the person who over a number of years (at least six) has exemplified the spirit and commitment of the Sierra Club by contributing their time and effort in one or several positions of authority for the Chapter.
2. Evelyn R. Edens Award - Commemorates the work of this Fort Worth area environmentalist who passed away in Feb. 1993. She worked in cooperation with others to create Save the Brazos and the annual Texas Meeting on the Outdoors and served on the executive committee of the Lone Star Chapter. The award, to be conferred only when merited, will honor river conservation efforts of individuals and groups.
3. Hermann Rudenberg Award - To be given to a Sierra Club member or other person who has worked diligently for the protection of Texas coastal resources. The award is named for it's first recipient, Hermann Rudenberg of Galveston, who died in 1994. He was a longtime coastal activist for the Sierra Club at the local, state and National level.
4. Virginia Murray Brewer Award - To be given to a Sierra Club member or members who have contributed to the Chapter and/or a Regional Group via the Outings Program. The award commemorates Virginia Murray Brewer, who along with her husband Byron, was an active member and founder of the Central Texas Regional Group of the Sierra Club. Virginia was active in leading and promoting group outings that drew many members into the Central Texas Regional Group.
5. Chapter Conservation Award - To be given to a Sierra Club member or members who have worked diligently during the past year on a particular issue or who have revitalized the conservation efforts of the Chapter or Group.
6. Chapter Service Award - To be given to a Sierra Club member or members who have contributed significantly to the administrative activities of the Chapter, and/or Group, including fundraising, membership, publications, etc.
7. Special Service Award - To be given to the person
or persons, members or non-members, who on one or more occasions
have performed either a special service to the Sierra Club
or to environmental protection.
8. Environmental Reporting Award - To be given to the reporter(s) in any media who have produced a series or single report which has provided exceptional coverage of an environmental issue. A volunteer award is given to a person or persons who has produced media projects or published Chapter or Group newsletters.
9. Phyllis Van Kerrebrook Award For Population - To be given to a Sierra Club member whose actions reflect Phyllis Van Kerrebrook's vision for the future where (1) the needs of the human population are in balance with the Earth's natural resources and (2) every child is a wanted child who is assured of inheriting a healthy and abundant Earth. This award is named for Phyllis Van Kerrebrook, for 25 years a planned parenthood advocate, who, until her death, was population chair of the Lone Star Chapter. The award will be conferred only when merited.
10. Environmental Justice Award - To be given to an individual or organization that has done outstanding work toward identifying and addressing environmental problems that have a disproportionately adverse effect on communities of color and/or low-income communities. This award will be conferred only when merited.
11. Harrold Tabor Award for Fundraising - To be given to a Sierra Club member or members who have done outstanding work in the area of fundraising for the Club during the past year. This award is named for Harrold Tabor, who was an active leader of both the Lone Star Chapter and the Concho Valley (San Angelo) Regional Group for many years. He was the creative force behind the Chapter's fundraising efforts in the 1980s, and his leadership in building financial resources helped the Chapter to achieve a
major expansion of its conservation work in Texas. The award will be conferred only when merited. This award is especially designed to be given for work at the regional level because of the importance of local fundraising, but it may be conferred also for fundraising work at the state and chapter level.
12. Art in Service to the Environment Award - To be
given to an individual or group for an outstanding work of
art in any medium or discipline in service to the environment.
The award will be conferred only when merited.
13. Ken Kramer Living Waters Award - The Ken Kramer Living Waters Award was created to honor Ken Kramer's thirty years of service as the Director of the Lone Star Chapter and his special dedication to the issues of water quality and water conservation over the course of his career. The award is to be given when merited to the member or person who has contributed significantly to the preservation or restoration of water quality or to implementing strategies for water conservation beneficial to people and the environment in Texas.