Alabama Sierra Club Annual Retreat
2012 Alabama Sierra Club Fall Retreat
By Carol Adams-Davis
Beautiful Weeks Bay is the site of our 2012 annual gathering.
Date: Friday, November 9th
Saturday, November 10th
Sunday, November 11th
Place: Beckwith Camp and Conference Center
10400 Beckwith Lane
Fairhope, AL 36532
Hosted by: Mobile Bay Group Sierra Club
If you haven't come to an annual Alabama Sierra Club Chapter retreat before, then you've missed out on a weekend of fun outdoor activities, meeting great people, learning from inspiring presentations, and having a memorable time.
Open to the public and Sierra Club members alike, the 2012 annual retreat will take place at beautiful Camp Beckwith on Weeks Bay in South Baldwin County, near Fairhope, Alabama. Nature trails wind through 82 acres of tall pine forests and landscaped open spaces along the estuary waters of Weeks Bay. The bay is teeming with wildlife and over 100 different species of birds.
This annual Chapter retreat is whatever you want it to be. While there is a structured schedule of presentations, discussions, outdoor activities, and more, we encourage you to enjoy the weekend in your own way. This is a great opportunity to get outdoors and join interesting people and fellow Sierrans for a celebration of fall and the return of cool weather on the coast.
Some of the areas of focus will be:
- Alabama Water Policy / 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act / Sierra Club Water Sentinels
- Beyond Coal / Beyond Oil / Beyond Natural Gas / Clean Energy campaign
- Environmental Documentary Filmmaking in Alabama
- Environmental Justice
- Alabama Sierra Club Statewide Activities
- Importance of Estuaries / Weeks Bay Reserve / National Estuarine Research Reserve Boat Tour
- Boardwalks and Nature Trails including Weeks Bay Pitcher Plant Bog Boardwalk Trail to Fish River
- Awards Banquet and Celebration of Fall with live music and a visit from the “Reverend Dave”
- Sierra Club Power Fall Lottery Prizes throughout with Finale at Lu Lu’s Luncheon
- Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network
- Post BP Oil Crisis, Natural Resource Damage Assessment, Restore Act, Coastal and Marine Restoration Projects
- Tar Ball Scavenger Hunt and a visit to the Gulf of Mexico beaches
Starting with a Bar-B-Que at the Bayfront Pavilion on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and closing with Sunday Lunch at Lu Lu’s Homeport at 12:00 noon, the retreat will feature great sessions and presentations on state and national environmental issues, as well as lots of waterfront outdoor fun. Individuals can pick and choose among a variety of activities.
There will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy complimentary kayaking and canoeing. Some of Alabama’s best inshore fishing is on Weeks Bay in early November. To catch Redfish or Specks, use live shrimp under popping corks, so bring your fishing tackle. There is live bait available in the neighborhood. The ‘Eastern Shore Trail’ is a 32-mile pedestrian and biking trail on Hwy 98 at Weeks Bay Reserve, so bring your bikes, too.
Cable television will be available to those who don’t want to miss the Alabama vs. Texas A&M and the Auburn vs. Georgia football games.
REGISTER NOW!!! FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE!!
You must select your type of room reservation. We have 3 choices of lodging for the weekend. Beckwith offers dorms, bungalows, and motel-style lodging. Motel-style rooms are furnished with a double and a single bed or two queen beds. All overnight accommodations are conveniently located near meeting spaces and the dining hall. If you choose a double occupancy, please make your own sharing arrangements, and indicate your roommate on the registration form.
Mail the Registration Form with your check made payable to the Mobile Bay Sierra Club. Your check memo: Alabama Sierra Club Retreat Mail to: Mobile Bay Sierra Club
Post Office Box 2682
Mobile, AL 36652
If you prefer to use a Visa or MasterCard to charge your Retreat payment, contact Carol Adams-Davis at 702-496-5050 to give your confidential credit card information.
Your registration and lodging confirmation will include additional retreat information with a retreat schedule, optional activities, maps, and directions, and will be sent upon receipt of your payment.
Contact Carol Adams-Davis, 702-496-5050, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions or suggestions to make this year’s annual retreat an even better experience. Looking forward to a wonderful retreat and seeing you in November!!!