February is Black Historical past Month, and we take this second to have a good time the contributions of Black leaders to the Sierra Membership’s Angeles Chapter. Be sure you additionally learn concerning the first Black members in the chapter and the challenges of integration. The next members have obtained Chapter management awards, which we spotlight right here.
Stagalee “Stag” Thurston Brown was awarded the Outings Service award in 1979 and with the distinguished Chester Versteeg Outings Award in 2003, and the Extraordinary Achievement Award in 2014, together with Bob “Cat” Thompson, and Joe Younger.
Stag has been a Sierra Membership member because the late Sixties and a pacesetter because the early ’70s. He started main for the Hundred Peaks Part (HPS) and for the Griffith Park Part within the mid-Seventies. Stag served for a number of years on the HPS Administration Committee, serving as outings chair, social program chair, and part chair. He was the primary particular person ever to be chosen chair of the HPS twice, in 1983 and 1990. The HPS offered him with the John Backus Management Award in 1979, and its highest award, the R. S. Sam Fink Service Award, in 1989. He additionally obtained a particular award for “motivation” in 1984.
Together with Joe Younger, Stag led an in a single day hike by means of Skid Row of downtown Los Angeles each Christmas for over 30 years. Referred to as the Annual Midnight Hike to Assist the Homeless, contributors placed on their backpacks and mountaineering boots to assist these much less lucky. The route was about six miles spherical journey, as hikers sought out residents in want and spent all evening on an city hike of fine will.
Virgil joined the Sierra Membership in 1977 when he took the Primary Mountaineering and Journey Course, which he then went on to guide. He grew to become an “M” rated chief, and educated and led numerous folks within the mountains. His many roles included chairing the Rock Climbing Part, main Wilderness Journey Course teams, and serving on the Chapter Security Committee and because the chapter’s webmaster. Virgil was energetic within the nationwide Sierra Membership, serving as a delegate to the Sierra Membership Council of Activists and on the Nationwide Council Steering Committee. Outdoors of the Sierra Membership, Virgil was an energetic volunteer educator for Black youth, Indigenous youth, and youth of shade within the EXCEL program of the Los Angeles Council of Black Skilled Engineers, and he tutored college students at John Muir Excessive Faculty in Pasadena.
Invoice Vanderberg was awarded the John Zierold award in 2005, the Particular Service award in 2008 and the Extraordinary Achievement award in 2009. Invoice and his pupil volunteers from the Sierra Membership’s Constructing Bridges to the Outdoor additionally obtained the Youth Volunteer Group of the 12 months from Yosemite Nationwide Park in 2017.
Invoice began working with the Sierra Membership in 1999 when he joined the Path Crew of the Santa Monica Mountains Job Power, doing path upkeep on Saturday mornings, and he continues to serve on the Job Power as vice-chair. Invoice has been a powerful chief within the chapter’s political efforts, together with organizing 75 constituents to fulfill then-state senator and county supervisor candidate Mark Ridley-Thoas in Kenneth Hahn Park, and related occasions for different candidates.
By way of the Sierra Membership’s Constructing Bridges to the Outdoor nationwide marketing campaign, Invoice has led a whole lot of low-income college students and college students of shade from a number of excessive faculties to take part in wilderness experiences in Yosemite. Invoice additionally leads Inspiring Connections Outdoor journeys. Outdoors of the Sierra Membership, Invoice sits on the board of the Baldwin Hills Conservation Authority.
Invoice’s work spans the total vary of Sierra Membership actions, from outings to conservation and politics.
Charming Evelyn was awarded the Irne Charnock Workplace Plaque in 2009 for excellent service to the Angeles Chapter workplace.
Charming’s volunteer service on the workplace jump-started her service as a Sierra Membership chief when she joined the early conferences of the chapter Water Committee. When it got here time for the committee to choose a chair, she was acknowledged as your best option. Charming’s management as chair of the Water Committee has created a thriving and highly effective committee advocating for all the things from water high quality and water conservation to combating ill-conceived water mining and desalination crops. Charming co-chairs the Angeles Chapter’s Environmental and Social Justice committee and the Sierra Membership California’s Water Committee. She has additionally served as Conservation committee co-chair and on the chapter’s Government Committee.
Charming was born in Jamaica and her household is Black, South Asian, Latino and white.
Bettie Pearson obtained the Particular Service Award in 2015 for her life-long contributions to the Sierra Membership and the atmosphere. Bettie has served as at present the Crescenta Valley Group’s publication editor, Conservation rep, Chapter Government Committee at-large consultant and Chapter Elections Committee. She leads day hikes and backpacking journeys for the Crescenta Valley group. Bettie additionally volunteers with Glendale’s Trails and Open Areas Basis, town of Glendale’s Parks and Rec Dept, in addition to with the Verdugo Mountains Experimental Forest, planting and watering new timber.
In closing, this partial checklist highlights vital contributions and awards given to Black chapter leaders. Many extra Black members have led journeys, participated in conservation actions, and contributed to the rising Sierra Membership Angeles Chapter.