This Month’s Featured Speaker

This Month’s Featured Speaker Author Peggy McDonald on The Story of a Florida Mother of Five Who Stopped the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers from Killing a River   Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida’s Environment (University Press of Florida, 2014) is the first full-length biography of the self-described “housewife […]



The Suwannee-St Johns Group is seeking names of persons interested in serving on the Executive Committee (ExCom). This committee has a total of 11 officers serving staggered 2-year terms. Since 5 officers will be continuing their terms, this year we need to fill 6 positions. Our By-laws indicate that there […]



The Tricounty Working Group (Marion, Citrus, and Levy) has met twice since our last newsletter. To me, the Working Group is amazing. Our first PowerPoint presentation is in the final stages thanks to designer Kathryn Taubert who has worked tirelessly this last month developing the presentation. Working around Jon Brainard […]

September News from the Conservation Chair

CONSERVATION REPORT by Whitey Markle For this month’s conversation report there are the following letters. COMMENTS SUBMITTED BY THE SUWANNEE/ST.JOHNS SIERRA CLUB GROUP 8/16/2015 to the ST JOHNS RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT re: The CENTRAL FLORIDA WATER INITIATIVE. The Suwannee/St. Johns Sierra Club encompasses 16 counties of North Florida. The […]

News From the Chair September 2015

FROM THE CHAIR (I) PROTECT PAYNES PRAIRIE COALITION (PPPC) Our PPP group became a coalition last week, as so many people are concerned and upset about the Governor’s new management plan to make Paynes Prairie a business of some sort.   Here is the PPPC Mission Statement: To protect the […]


Alachua rezoning will harm cave system

On July 9, the SSJ Executive Committee heard Vice Chair of the National Speleological Society, TJ Muller, explain the position of the NSS in their fight against the city of Alachua over the rezoning ordinance involving 154.5 acres in Alachua. To support their case, Mr. Muller asked the Suwannee St […]

Peggy McDonald, Author – September 3rd

General meetings are held first Thursday of each month September through May at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 4225 NW 34th St, Gainesville FL 32605 Doors open at 7:00pm, Presentation begins at 7:30pm     September 3rd, 7:30pm Historian, Author and Director of the Matheson Museum, Peggy McDonald will be present […]

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Impressions of Sierra Club’s Poe Springs Picnic

Kindness and generosity were the heartbeat of the annual picnic of the Sierra Club. Roberta G. informed me of the improved condition of the spring from last year, partly due to the rain, although signs of too much nitrate pollution in the water were noted. All of the people I […]