2013 Group Elections
The activities of the Finger Lakes Group
of the Sierra Club are directed
by an Executive Committee composed of elected
from the Group. The ExCom
meets monthly to set Finger Lakes Group
policy in conservation,
financial and political activity. The ExCom
elects the Group officers
and Group representative
to the Atlantic (New York State) Chapter
appointments for the Group’s conservation
and administrative committees,
and determines policy and involvement in
area activities and campaigns.
Members are elected for two-year terms.
11 seats on the Ex-Com,
staggered so that half of them expire each
opportunities for activist
Sierra Club members to become involved
in Sierra Club Group
Seven candidates have been nominated by the Finger Lakes Group Nominating Committee for
seven open seats on the Finger Lakes Group ExCom. The Nominating Committee
invited Club members to nominate themselves and urged qualified candidates to run. The
candidates are listed alphabetically by last name.
Harold Bauer, Sparta
Patrick Brown, Hornell
Steve Jakobi, Alfred
Bill Mattingly, Painted Post
Erin Riddle, Elmira
Gene Stolfi, Corning
Jim Trondson, Painted Post
Cast Your Vote by February 24!
Please read the Candidate Statements below. Indicate your choices on the ballot found on
the back cover of the Winter 2013-2014 Finger Lakes Group newsletter. Due to the expansion
of the Executive Committee in 2008, all candidates may be voted into office. Mail your
ballots so that they are received on or before February 24, 2014.
2013 Candidate Statements
Harold Bauer, Sparta, Livingston County
Extinction is forever, now a familiar reframe, may apply to our mass extinction.
My study of human relations leads me to imagine extinction maybe in our fu-ture due to
overpopulation and climate change. In 1960 we were 3 billion. Widespread use of fossil
fuels for energy,
fertilizer, and transport, plus the suppression of women’s rights, education and
reproductive choice, over-doubled human population. Before, isolated civilizations
collapsed. Now, through global interdependence and extreme fossil fuel development and
our planetary civilization collapse of 7.2 billion people is realistic. Sustainable transition practices, as local farming and renewable energy devel-opment
replacing fossil fuels, offer hope. In 1992, I returned to NYS with my family, NIH grant,
then raised our two-children on our organic farm with the help of NOFA NY and PASA conferences.
In their school, I organized annual Earth Week Programs. I was chosen by the Atlantic
Chapter to lead the Wilder-ness and Wildlife Committee, then was elected for four-years,
as an Atlantic
At Large Delegate. (This involves 4 meetings & about 6-calls per year.) I joined the
Gas Drilling Taskforce, welcomed 1200+ to our Dansville DEC Hearing, anti-frack rally,
formed FFG and Sparta300 with friends to promote Town frack-moratoriums. In the last two
I worked on the Energy Committee meet-ings (20+/year) passing our Chapter Resolution
for 100% Renewable energy for NYS by 2030, giving such presentations in Transition Talks.
year we also passed our Fossil-Fuel-divestment resolution. If elected, I will continue
my hopeful work as a FL delegate.
Patrick Brown, Hornell, Steuben County
I have been a member of the FLG Sierra Club for over 6 years. I compost, recycle, and
do what I can to protect and preserve the environment for future generations. I have
a great love of the outdoors and want to see our natural resources protected from pollution
I keep well informed of various environmental issues. I have helped organize and participated
in activi-ties sponsored by the FLG whose goals are to preserve and protect our earth.
Steve Jakobi, Alfred, Allegany County
Although I was born and reared in a large city (Budapest, Hungary), my heart always
was in the meadows, forests and farms of the countryside. I never lost my fascination
of, and appreciation for, nature. In my personal and professional life I strive to be
environmentalist. This involves every facet of my life, from composting and recycling
to supporting environmental causes. I try to use a reasoned approach to my activism,
realizing that people have needs and desires that can, in many cases, co-exist with
These are also values that I try to instill in my students at Alfred State College,
where I teach biology, forestry and environmental science. At the same time, some potentially
industrial practices, like hydrofracking, must be opposed with vigor. In addition to
membership in the Sierra Club, I am member of The Nature Conservancy, the Cornell Lab
and several other organi-zations and community groups.
Bill Mattingly, Painted Post, Steuben County
I am a western NY native, currently living in Painted Post, NY. My technical training
includes a PhD in Materials Science from Cornell University (1995), and BS Chemical
Engineering from University of Detroit, (1980). I’ve been active in the Finger Lakes Group for
about 3 years. During that time, I was a key contributor in the development of the NY Water
Sentinels program; an effort started in 2012 to test local streams for evidence of hydrofracking
con-tamination. I’m continuing that effort as coordinator for the Painted Post NY Water
Sentinels. I am also a member of the Steuben County Environmental Council.
Erin Riddle, Elmira, Chemung County
I joined the Sierra Club in 1999 while living in Ithaca. I met a fellow member
involved in the Finger Lakes Group who invited me to join. I soon became Vice Chair
of the Group,
then Chair for three years. I have since been serving the Sierra Club in various roles
at the national, chapter, and groups level. I founded and chaired the Atlantic Chapter
Farm & Food
Committee to address the indus-trialization of our food systems in New York State and
support sustainable farming practices. In addition, I have served as the website manager,
editor, and a number of other leadership positions in both the Finger Lakes and Susquehanna
Groups, including Group Delegate to the Executive Committee. I also work actively to
oppose the approval of high volume hydraulic fracturing in New York State, an issue
affects my community in one of the apparent targeted Counties for initial permitting,
and am currently representing the Atlantic Chapter in a coalition to pass a GMO labeling
Furthermore, I work well with fellow activists and staff, am effective team player,
and encour-age non-members concerned about public health and the environment to join
the Sierra Club and
get involved. I look forward to working with the Finger Lakes Group again and would
be honored to serve on the Executive Commit-tee. Feel free to contact me at riddleriddle
at gmail.com or
Gene Stolfi, Corning, Steuben County
Hello, fellow Sierrans! I am re-election to the Finger Lakes Group Executive Committee.
This will be the fourth time I have run, and if you choose to vote for me, I will
continue to work for you. Environmentalists in New York State are making a difference
our water and quality of life. New York groups were influential in delaying hydrofracking
up to this point. This struggle is far from over, and we continue to need your support.
I am part of a joint Sierra Club, Coalition to Protect New York and People for a
Inc. legal action against water withdrawal for fracking from the Susque-hanna aquifer
at its beginning. The Chemung River starts in Painted Post, New York, where three
and charge the beginning of the Susquehanna River and its aquifer. I have been tracking
the water quality of the municipal water systems of Corning, Painted Post and Erwin,
all in New
York, for ap-proximately two years. I have data sets indicating that excessive water
with-drawal increases the T.D.S. (total dissolved solids) in these water bodies.
There is much work still
to be done. Thank you for your vote of support.
Jim Trondson, Painted Post, Steuben County
I have been a member of Sierra Club for over 12 years and have been on the Finger
Lakes Group Executive Committee ten years. I worked as a materials engineer in a local
and retired this June. I have lived in the Corning area for most of my life and enjoy
hiking, biking and fishing in the beautiful Finger Lakes region. My main interests
in Sierra Club
are water quality, wet-lands, and outdoor recreation. I believe that the Finger Lakes
area has a very healthy sustainable economy in large part due to quality of life in
our area as
an attractor for sustainable business, and due to the 3 billion dollar tourism econo-my.
We must work creatively to preserve and protect this quality.
Election & Voting Procedures
Please read all the Candidate Statements above. Indicate your choices by checking
the boxes next to the candidates’ names on the ballot found on the back cover
of the newsletter. Due to the expansion of the Executive Committee in 2008, all candidates
can be voted in to office. Each member may fill out only one ballot. Joint members
use both ballots. Ballots should not be cut or separated. DO NOT remove the mail-ing
label. It is used to verify that the ballot is being submitted by a Finger Lakes Sierra
member. It will be removed prior to ballots being counted—secrecy will be ensured.
Putting your folded ballot in an envelope is the best way to send it. If you don’t
use an envelope, please fold and secure as indicated. PLEASE, tape it—NO staples!
Affix a first class stamp and mail to:
FINGER LAKES GROUP ELECTION COMMITTEE
c/o Frank Potter
109 Main Street, Big Flats, NY 14814
If lost or damaged, members may request a replacement from the Finger Lakes Group
Election Committee. A replacement ballot bearing the requesting member’s membership
number and a signature of a Group representative will be sent out. If you have any
questions or problems, contact the Election Committee (607) 301-4006 or email: fpotter
at fhsu.edu. Mail your ballots so that they are received on or before February 24,
Winter 2013 Election Schedule
Tues., Oct. 15, 2013 – Applications for nomination must be emailed or postmarked.
Wed., Oct. 17, 2013 – Nominating Committee Candidates announced.
Thurs. Nov. 7, 2013 – Petitions from petition candidates must be postmarked.
[Due to unforeseen
circumstances, the mailing of the newsletter and ballots has been delayed. The new dates are below.]
On or about Tues., Feb. 4, 2014 – Ballots with candidate bios will be mailed.
Mon., Feb. 24, 2014 – Closing date of the election. Ballots must be postmarked.
Call for Nominations
We encourage Sierra Club members to become
active in the Finger Lakes
Group and run for the Group
Executive Committee in the
Group’s annual election this fall.
Five positions on the Executive
Committee are up for election
this year. The top five
vote getters in the election
will receive two year terms
on the Executive Committee.
All current Sierra Club
members are eligible to
run for the Finger Lakes
Group Executive Committee.
After the election, the
new Executive Committee
members will elect
The Nominating Committee seeks members
interested in serving on the ExCom who
• experienced environmental activists
• able and willing to dedicate sufficient
personal time to Board duties
• able to think and plan strategically
• aware of critical environmental
• representative of our area's
diverse ethnic and geographical
The Finger Lakes Group ExCom is a working
board. All members are expected
• prepare for and attend eight or
more ExCom meetings each year
• communicate regularly via e-mail
• participate in other meetings
and events on behalf of the ExCom or the
• actively serve on one or more
of the Club’s committees or task