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Message from the Chair

To make our group a success, ROLG needs help from all of you.

Many of you who visit us for the snow in winter, and the fishing and hiking in summer belong to Sierra Club groups elsewhere. If so, we invite you to join us in a hike or attend one of our monthly programs while you are enjoying the Range of Light. If you do not belong to the Sierra Club, you are equally welcome to participate in our activities. We are not a members only group.

Our major activities include short and fairly easy Wednesday summer evening hikes in the immediate Mammoth area and longer Sunday hikes that range throughout the Eastern Sierra. In winter ROLG offers shorter and easier snowshoe/cross country ski outings on Thursday mornings and longer snow outings on Sundays. In addition we have monthly program meetings the third Tuesday of every month, most often at the Crowley Community Center, 25 minutes south of Mammoth.

If you belong to the Range of Light Group, you are one of over 400 people spread out across the great expanse covered by Inyo and Mono Counties. It’s difficult for us to get together on a regular basis for outings and meetings, but those who can make it have a great time. We are interested in finding ways to have a more active presence in the more northern parts of Mono County and the more southern parts of Inyo County. If you live in one of these areas, consider working with us to establish a locally based group of club members who could arrange hikes and other activities in your area. We can get you the contact information for ROLG  members in your part of the Eastern Sierra and publicize your ROLG activities in our email newsletters (contact).

ROLG is also interested in developing activities that would appeal to members who are not presently participating and potential new members.. This might include activities for children (Mauriça Anderson, has started an Inner City Outings program for kids and teens). We would like to have outings aimed at and paced for families with children. Although we all enjoy the birds, wildflowers, and landforms when we are hiking in the Sierra, we would like to have some slower paced outings that devote more time to learning about these things. If you have some interest and willingness to participate in such activities, let me know.

In addition to our outings and meetings, ROLG is actively involved in preserving and protecting the natural wonders of our region so that we, our children, and our grandchildren can have the same wilderness experiences we do. We actively monitor activities and proposals that threaten our outdoor experience. If you are unable to join us on an outing, join us in protecting your Sierra (if you do not receive our e-alerts, ask to be added to our email list). Please consider being a local watchdog to alert us to issues in your area or you could be our lead person in addressing some particular issue. If so, contact Malcolm Clark or Mary Kay Prentice.

Finally, by mid- August each year, we need three candidates for election to our ROLG ExCom (executive committee).  There are six elected ExCom members and new blood is always needed. Elected members serve a two year term, beginning in January, and the ExCom normally meets once a quarter. Volunteer to be a candidate!

See you on the trail, listening to an exciting presentation, or fighting to preserve the Wilderness Experience.

Malcolm Clark, Chair, Range of Light Group,
Toiyabe Chapter, Sierra Club

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