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Apr 8 (Wed), 7:30 pm
Permaculture Design and Practices
May 13 (Wed), 7:30 pm
Preventing Bad Development
Jun 10 (Wed), 7:30 pm
Energy Efficiency

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The Loantaka Group covers Morris and Union Counties

 (except for Elizabeth and Hillside),

plus Livingston, Millburn, Roseland, Bernardsville, and Basking Ridge



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Loantaka Contact Directory

Co-Chair Paul Sanderson  908-233-2414
Co-Chair Eric Hausker
Treasurer Paul Sanderson 908-233-2414
Secretary Scott McCarthy
Political Chair Clea Carchia 908 892-7229
Programs Eric Hausker

contact Paul or Eric
Education Coordinator Open

Volunteer Needed

contact Paul or Eric
Membership Open

Volunteer Needed


Morris Conservation Open

Volunteer Needed

Union Conservation Open

Volunteer Needed

Fund Raising Eric Hausker 
Publicity Wynn Johanson 908-464-0442
Air Quality Coordinator Bob Campbell 973-761-4461
Outings Chair Wanda Knapik 908-432-2198
Outreach & Events Open

Volunteer Needed

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General Meetings

Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month (Sept.-June) at 7:30 PM at the Library of the Chathams, 214 Main Street, Chatham NJ 07928 (click for directions) (click for list of meetings)

Come to a general meeting, learn something new and make some new friends. We'd welcome the chance to meet you and to introduce ourselves at a general meeting. Please see the meeting schedule which follows and join us! For Information, call 908-233-2414

EXCOM Meetings

Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month (Sept.-June) at 7:30 PM at the Library of the Chathams, 214 Main Street, Chatham NJ 07928,  (click for directions). This is your club and there is always an open invitation to attend an Executive Committee meeting. Right now, we have open positions on our Executive Committee. If you are interested in a position and would like to find out more, please contact Paul Sanderson .

List of General Meetings

7:30 - 9:00pm, Library of the Chathams, Free and Open to the Public, (click for directions)

Meeting Summary:  March 12: Suzanne Dragan, writer for NJ Sierran,  How Our Food Choices Affect the Environment

Due to a number of requests for a summary of this lecture and the recipes served, we put in a link

Click here for Summary of talk and food recipes served.

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Monthly Meetings:

Wednesday, April 8 at 7:30 pm — Permaculture Design and Practices
The latest addition to our excom, Wanda Knapik - our outings chairperson, will give a presentation on Permaculture, of which she has vast experience. Permaculture is defined as: "the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient." Many eco-villages operate on the basis of the principles of Permaculture. More Information.

Wednesday, May 13 at 7:30 pm — Preventing Bad Development
Laura Szwak of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation (the organization that evolved from the initial group that stopped an international airport from being built in the Great Swamp) will talk to us about the current state of efforts to prevent inappropriate development in our state. She has been the outreach and education director for many years. Her group is another vigorous opponent of oil & gas pipelines. More Information.

Wednesday, June 10 at 7:30 pm — Energy Efficiency
Christina Guhl Sadovy who is been involved in the Beyond Coal campaign of the National Sierra Club will offer a presentation on the topic of Energy Efficiency. More Information.

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Past Meeting Topics

January 11, 2012, Christine Guhl, "Coal Country" and "Unlimited"

February 8, 2012, Terry Stimpfel, "Fracking"

March 14, John Olivo, "Every Drop Counts"

April 11, Eric Hausker, "Earth Days"

May 9, John Wilmot, The Great Swamp

June 13, Bill Martin, Genetically Modified Organisms

September 12, Matt Smith, Keystone Pipeline

October 10, Jim Walsh, Update on Major Environmental Issues

November 14, Helen Kaar and Chris Kellogg, Geothermal Heated House in Madison, NJ

December 12, 2012, Meet and Greet Holiday Party

January 9, 2013, Eric Hausker, "Earth 2100"

February 13, 2013, Randy Solomon, Sustainable Jersey

March 13, 2013, Erica Van Auken, NJ Highlands Coalition, Update Part I

April 10, 2013 Margaret Nordstrom, NJ Highlands Council Update - Part II

May 8, 2013, Jeff Jotz, Rahway River Flood Control

June 12, 2013 James Andreano, Climate Reality

September 11, 2013 Eric Hausker, Life After Peak Energy

October 9, 2013 Sefano Crema, Community Energy Aggregation Program

November 12, 2013, Dr. Daniela Shebitz, Costa Rica Medicinal Plants and Wetlands Development

December 11, 2013, Annual Meet and Greet Holiday Party

January 8, 2014, Eric Hausker, Sourlands documentary

February 12, 2014, Susan Schimer, Climate Change

April 9, 2014, Eric Hausker, History of the Sierra Club

May 14, 2014 Margaret Gossett, Stopping Waterview Development

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Educational Programs

Environmental Programs available from the Sierra Club Loantaka Group.

We need a volunteer who could present these programs. If interested,

contact Paul or Eric, info at top of this page.

Adult Programs

1. Threatened and Endangered Species of New Jersey

Why are they threatened and endangered? How important is habitat?

2. Sustainable Energy

Fifty years away, if we start now!

3. Mercury in Your Life

Impacts on human health and environmental origins of mercury.

4. Is the Environmental Sky Really Falling?

A look at the myriad of environmental problems facing the world.

5. Oil On Ice

A documentary film on the fate of the Artic National Wildlife Refuge and the interactions of energy policy, migratory wildlife, and the native Gwich’in Indians of Alaska.

6. Corporation

A documentary film on the history, nature and impact of corporations on America and the world.

7. The High Cost of Low Price

A documentary film on the operation of Wal-Mart Corporation and its social and economic impact on American families and communities.

8. Environmental Politics

A historical look at the impact of politics on environmental issues and human health from Teddy Roosevelt to George W. Bush. The power of the Presidency and of majority rule in the House and Senate are examined as well as the influence of corporations and mass media.

9. Conserve Our Ocean Legacy

A slideshow presentation on the ocean’s living natural resources and what steps the world community must take to make them sustainable for future generations.

10. Or, a  program on an environmental topic of your choice!!!

Elementary Level School Programs

11. Earth Day presentation

A slide show on conservation of resources in and around the home. Emphasis is on the three R’s and on energy and water conservation.  Includes some demonstration materials.

12. Bats to bears: Mammals of New Jersey

A look at our fellow warm-blooded members of the Order Mammalia.

13. Environmental Primer

A slide show on the basics of environmental science with references to the environment of New Jersey. 

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Driving Directions to Library of the Chathams:

1. Traveling south on I-287, get on Route 24 East Exit 37 (the sign says Springfield), which is the first exit after the Route 10 Exits. Proceed on Route 24 East for about 8 miles to Exit 7 (the sign says JFK Parkway). Follow the signs for JFK Parkway. . The road makes a series of loops to the right (use caution at merge points). Just after the underpass (before Short Hills Mall), follow signs to Route 24 West, then take exit for Route 124 West to Chatham, which puts you on Main Street in Chatham. See # 3.

2. Traveling west on Route 24, take Exit 7C for JFK Parkway which puts you on a service road. Go past Short Hills Mall. Follow signs for Route 124 West to Chatham. See # 3.

3. Continue on Main Street through two traffic lights. The library will be on your right, about 1/2 block after the second light. To reach the parking lot: continue to the next light. Turn right. Go a short distance and turn right at the swimming pool. Then follow signs to the basement meeting room.
For Information, call 908-233-2414

From the Chatham Railroad Station:

Head north on Fairmount Ave toward Railroad Plaza N.  Turn right at Main St/RT-124

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