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Columbia Group Calendar October 4, 2012

From: David B.
Sent on: Thursday, October 4, 2012 10:57 AM
Columbia Group Calendar October 4, 2012

Welcome to the OREGON-COLUMBIA-NEWS; the list of the Sierra Club's Columbia Group. The purpose of this list is to provide club members with regular updates of club outings and events.


Check out our website at and the Loo Wit group website at



Items in this edition:

  1. Committee and Group Meetings
  2. Outings
  3. Volunteer Needs
  4. Singles
  5. Other events/notices

Meetings (at our office at 1821 SE Ankeny Street)



Tue 9  Executive Committee

Location: Office

Potluck at 6:30, program at 7 pm

Contact:  Jeff Fryer, [address removed] 


Thu 18 Third Thursday

Location: Office

Potluck at 6:30, program at 7 pm

Contact:  Jeff Fryer, [address removed] 



2.)  Outings:


October 2012

Mt. Hood - Pinnacle Ridge/Dollar Lake (8 miles; 2,000' gain; 6,020' peak)

When:Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 8:00 am

Where:Gateway Transit Center

1201 Northeast 99th Avenue, Portland, OR 97220, Portland, OR

Leader:Tom Lum Forest

RSVPs:15 / 12 (FULL - Join the wait list and be notified of openings via email)

View the Outing Description - Join the wait list


Dog Mountain

When:Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 8:30 am

Where:Fred Meyers

11325 SE Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA

Leaders:Mike and Bob Rowton

RSVPs:5 / 9 (4 spots available)

View the Outing Description - RSVP


Oct 7 (Sun) Cycling. Noon – 5 PM. Explore Vancouver's off-road bike paths, 35-mile ride. No ride if raining. Register by Oct 5 with outing leader, Lehman Holder, [address removed]

Oct 7 (Sun) South Fork Mountain via Memaloose Lake

When:Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 8:00 am

Where:Gateway/NE 99th Ave Transit Center

9900 NE Multnomah, Portland, Portland, OR


RSVPs:1 / 16 (15 spots available)

View the Outing Description - RSVP


Oct 20 (Sat) Sea kayaking. 10 AM – 3 PM. Lake River. Oriented to new paddlers. Register by Oct 18 with outing leader, Laura. Limited to first 10 boats. Rental boats are available. Skehan, [address removed]


General Outings Information: All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver.

If you would like to read the liability waiver before you choose to participate on an outing, contact the Outings department at (415)[masked] for a printed version.

You don’t have to be a member to participate!

Arrive with adequate food, water and clothing. If in doubt about your ability to complete a hike, please consult with the leader before the trip.

Field guides, snacks to share and humor are welcome.

Please leave your pet at home unless otherwise specified or with prior approval from the leader. Entertainment devices are discouraged. Firearms are prohibited.

Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Most day trips require no advance reservations unless “reservations required” or “group size limited” is indicated.

Participants are encouraged to contribute a small donation for the outing. These optional donations help the Group Outings Program to offer professional leaders’ training courses, carbon offset contributions, and other outings activities to strengthen and diversify Columbia Group outings.

Carpooling is encouraged. Riders traditionally share expenses with drivers depending on vehicle and number of riders.

See to find out how to get to the carpool location via mass transit.

Volunteer Needs:


Contact Jeff Fryer at [address removed] if interested in volunteering. 


Contact Dave Bybee at [address removed] if interested in hosting singles events.  The Singles Web page is


Other events/notices


Help give voters a say over water fluoridation

As many of you are aware, the Portland City Council recently made a decision to add fluoridation chemicals to
Portland's drinking water.  The majority of the City Council announced they would vote to support fluoridation before there was even a public hearing. Previously, Portlanders have voted against fluoridation three times.

The Columbia Group of the Oregon Chapter Sierra Club is encouraging our members support the current referendum effort to let
Portland voters decide whether or not to add fluoridation chemicals to our drinking water.  If you are interested in helping gather signatures or just learning more, please visit where you can download signature petitions for registered voters tosign.  20,000 signatures need to be collected by Oct. 11th to put the question of fluoridation on the ballot so there's no time to waste!

Water fluoridation has been a controversial issue in
Portland over the years. The Columbia Group's primary concern revolves around unanswered questions on the impacts that fluoride added to our water supply may have on salmon. The Portland City Council simply did not take the time to address these issues during their recent vote on fluoride. Since the chemicals we add to our water supply all end up in the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, we believe there is a real need for a thoughtful public debate and review of the science to determine whether it makes sense to add fluoridation chemicals to Portland's water that could have a negative impact on salmon downstream.

The Sierra Club supports a public referendum vote on the question of whether to add fluoridation chemicals to Portland's drinking water because:  1) we place a high value on clean drinking water that all of Portland can feel confident in;  2) Portlanders have already voted three times to oppose water fluoridation and the City's expedited process for considering fluoridation did not adequately involve the public in thoughtful and scientifically based decision-making process; and 3) there are substantial scientific questions about whether it is good policy to add fluoride or any additional chemicals to our drinking water or the rivers that receive municipal wastewater.

Help give
Portland a chance to vote on the future of our water supply and our local rivers, visit today.

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