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Gay and Lesbian Sierrans of the San Francisco Bay Area

The San Francisco Bay Area Gay & Lesbian Sierrans is an outings and conservation club for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people, and our friends.

We are an official activities section of the Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club. Founded in 1986, the Bay Chapter GLS was the Sierra Club's first gay and lesbian activities section. We're still one of the largest of a growing number of GLS chapters around the country.

Throughout the year, we sponsor a variety of activities which offer something for almost everyone who enjoys the outdoors. GLS outings run the gamut from easy urban strolls to vigorous peak hikes; relaxed car camping to demanding wilderness backpacks and naturalist-led walks; to hands-on restoration and trail maintenance projects. Everyone is welcome on our outings, whether or not they have joined GLS.

GLS News, Spring 2014

Labor Day Camping Trip Registration is OPEN!

Register NOW for our Labor Day camping trip to Sugar Pine Point in the Lake Tahoe area.

This is shaping up to be an exciting year for GLS. In addition to all of the hikes and activities that have been organized, we’ve begun laying the groundwork for more connection between our Outings Leaders and are planning some great events for members for the remainder of the year.

Our Outings Leader Retreat held at Muir Beach Community Center was well-attended and a great success in terms of capturing thoughts and recommendations for expanding the Outings Program and making GLS a better Club. Monthly social gatherings, trainings, and meetings for our Outings Leaders are planned for the rest of the year. If you’ve ever thought of becoming an Outings Leader, now is a wonderful time to test the waters.

Summer is almost upon us and it’s time to announce our Group Camping trips. July 3-7 we’ll be at Lost Creek Group Camp in Lassen Volcanic National Park. We have two sites which hold a total of 50 campers. Watch for an email about how to register. Labor Day weekend will be spent at Sugar Pine Point State Park on Lake Tahoe. Again we’ll have two sites and we’ll be joined in an adjacent site by members of San Francisco Hiking Club. Our camping trips are a great way to meet lots of GLS members and participate in a variety of activities (or none!) so save the dates.

GLS is still in the process of integrating online tools and we know the flurry of changes is confusing to many of you. Our hike calendaring process will become easier for leaders, and help members become aware of more opportunities within the Bay Chapter, when we convert to the Sierra Club’s “OARS” (Outings and Activities Registration System) calendar in August. We’re working on how to integrate our website and social media, like our Meetup, Facebook, and Yahoo Groups, to help our members feel more connected to one another and to facilitate trip planning, photo sharing, and other activities. Please share your thoughts and ideas with us.

Finally, we’d like to share the goals we’ve prioritized to work on this year. Clearly, one is to expand our Outings Program to include more training, socializing, and recognition for our leaders. We also want to develop non-outings leadership within the Club. Healthy organizations continue to engage new people and ideas, and it’s too easy to get busy and not encourage and support new leaders. We have a number of committee vacancies now and welcome your participation. If you have an interest in Bylaws, Outings, Membership, Social Media, or Conservation, the Club could use your energy and enthusiasm. Our third goal for the year is to increase the diversity within GLS, in terms of gender identify, age, and ethnic background. We’re preparing a survey to gain clarity about our membership needs and ideas, but please share your ideas and vision with us in person or by email or telephone.

Thanks for your support and feedback. See you on the trails soon!

The 2014 Governing Committee

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