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Thursday September 4, at 6:30pm
Presented by Mike Berkowitz & Richard BarronSmokey CapitalFind out what the Michigan legislature has been up to on our environmental issues, how your lawmakers voted on those issues, what the 2014 election is looking like, esp. in SEMG's districts, and how the results will impact our region and state. A Q&A will follow. Richard Barron is a member of the Chapter ExCom and Chair of Political, Legal & Nominating Committees and a member of the Nepessing Group. Mike Berkowitz staffs the Chapter's Political Committee which is charged with endorsing candidates and working to get those pro-environment candidates elected to office. Mike also staffs the Legislative Committee, which is charged with passing progressive environmental bills through Michigan's legislature. Mike has been nationally recognized for creating a successful Political Internship Program. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Student Sustainability Coalition and in 2013 was recognized as one of Michigan's Top 5 progressive political organizers.

Thursday October 2, 7—9 pm
Beth Wallace, Consultant, Great Lakes pipeline safety issues

In 2010, Michigan experienced the largest and most costly inland oil spill in U.S. history, affecting the communities where Beth grew up. Since that time she has been one of the leading pipeline safety advocates in the region working to ensure proper response and accountability. Since 2010 there has been a major increase in tar sands transportation throughout the Great Lakes, causing this carbon intensive fossil fuel to become one of the largest threats facing our waters and communities. Beth will walk through lessons learned from the Kalamazoo River tar sands spill, expansion projects in the region, and what those projects will mean long term - including the storage and burning of pet coke. She will emphasize how individuals and communities can become involved in the decision making process behind these proposals, including ways to help educate others.

Thursday November 6, 7—9 pm
Craig Brainard, MI Beyond Natural Gas Campaign leader, Sierra Club Michigan Chapter ExCom memberFrackinng wellCraig has studied the issues of climate change and fracking for more than a decade. His interests lie close to home, since he lives in beautiful and rural Barry Co., where oil and gas interests seem poised to begin drilling. For the last 18 months Craig has published an online journal, "The Fracking Linkletter", collecting fracking news, public documents, industry and academic studies, newspaper, magazine, television and radio reports. He will show a 60 minute investigation of oil and gas drilling in Michigan, and highlight actions we can/need to take to protect our resources, and our health.

Thursday December 4, 7—9 pm
Annual holiday party meet-and-greet end-of-year potluck with slide show & silent auction

It's that time of the year again—time to party with your Sierra Club friends as we wind out 2014! Please bring your most festive dish to pass, along with those new and/or gently used items for our Silent Auction. Also, please bring 10 to 15 digital images of your past adventures near and far to share with the group. We'll have fun and raise funds for the SEMG!

New General Meeting Location:
Elks Lodge,
2401 E 4th St, Royal Oak, MI ‎48067
S of 11 Mile Road, on 4th Street and Stephenson Hwy. (I 75 Service Drive). Enter parking lot from Stephenson or 4th Street, and look for the Sierra Club sign. (map)

SEMG General Membership Meetings
The Southeast MI Group (SEMG) Programs are presented during SEMG's monthly General Membership Meetings. These meetings give members and non-members alike the opportunity to socialize, make environment-related announcements, and discuss SEMG business matters. See below for upcoming topic details.

Please join us at 6:30pm for light refreshments folowed by the business meeting at 7:00pm. The featured programs listed below begin at 7:30pm. All are welcome, members and non-members alike, so please consider bringing a friend!

Where: Elks Lodge
2401 E 4th St, Royal Oak, MI ‎48067
S of 11 Mile Road, on 4th Street and Stephenson Hwy. (I 75 Service Drive). Enter parking lot from Stephenson or 4th Street, and look for the Sierra Club sign. (map)

When: The first Thursday of each month (except January, July, and August). 
Meeting schedule:
        6:30-7:00pm Light Refreshments, Meet & Greet
        7:00-7:30pm Group Announcements
        7:30-8:30pm Speaker
        8:30-9:00pm Volunteer Sign Up,
        Sierra Club Merchandise for Sale

(Meeting and program times may change; check individual program descriptions below for time changes.)

for an archive of our previous programs see


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