The Sunflowers Are Still A-Bloomin’! Fieldnotes from the DD…

The Sunflowers Are Still A-Bloomin’!
Fieldnotes from the DD…
Bob Sommer-4web
By Bob Sommer, Kansas Chapter Director of Development
What a response!  When the Kansas Chapter needed volunteers to support its “Where have all the sunflowers gone?” campaign at the end of the summer, I put out a call for help and a whole bunch of hands sprouted like a field of blooming sunflowers.
To get the snail-mail ready, a herd of Priuses grazed in my driveway and street on a hot August night while inside we folded letters and stuffed envelopes at the kitchen table.  Lots of good conversation and refreshments—and not a single paper cut!
Meanwhile, a call for volunteers to phonebank netted thirty (yes, 3-0!) responses from members all over the state willing to make calls on behalf of the Chapter.  While some folks had conflicts with the call dates, we finally had seventeen people reach out and touch Sierra Club members in Kansas.  In addition, some volunteers also participated in training before they dialed a single number.
Thank you, phonebank volunteers!  Gary Anderson, Jennifer Ashby, Carol Barta, Yvonne Cather, Andrea Cavgalar, Ybairy Duin, Renee Eberle, Mary Helen Korbelik, Craig Lubow, Cheryl Mayo, Mike Miller, Carol Mohling, Ian Munro, Zack Pistora, Paul Post, Ann Suellentrop, Helen Woerner.
Your Kansas Sierra Club Chapter is grateful to all who participated!
This is how we roll—members reaching out to members, getting to know each other at the kitchen table and on training calls, visiting by phone with Sierrans who may not hear from another Sierra Club member all year long.  Biggest treat for me—those thank-you emails I received from volunteers who appreciated the opportunity to do something for the environment.  So many of us want to do our part!  I was amazed at what happened just for asking!
Make it easy on yourself—and help the Kansas Chapter, too!
Here’s an easy way to contribute to the Kansas Chapter and help create a predictable income flow to support our many activities and efforts:
Consider setting up a regular donation at the Chapter’s website (  Click the DONATE button and then click SUSTAINING DONATION to establish a monthly, quarterly, or annual contribution.  It’s easy!  And 100 percent of your dollars stay right here in Kansas, supporting your Sierra Club Chapter.
Remember, if you think Kansas has environmental challenges now, imagine the Sunflower State without a vibrant Sierra Club Chapter.  Would there even be any sunflowers?
“Field Notes from the DD…” is a regular feature of Planet Kansas.  To reach Bob, email  or call 816-898-1100.

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