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Every Chapter and Group of the Sierra Club has an Executive Committee to provide guidance and leadership, in essence fulfilling the functions of a Board of Directors. The CBG Executive Committee consists of seven (7) members. All members are elected by currently active Sierra Club members in the CBG area covering the cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach, and the counties of Accomack and Northampton on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. In the event of a mid-term vacancy, the seat is filled by a vote from the Executive Committee.  Ballots may be cast electronically or with a mail-in paper ballot.

The deadline for receipt of all ballots, electronically or by U.S. mail, is midnight, December 15.

See candidates’ statements below. Then, check out the ExCom Ballot link below to submit your choices.

Jugal Patel

Jugal Patel is a writer, activist, and student at Old Dominion University. He has worked with the Chesapeake Climate Action Network as an organizer and is currently an ODU representative to the Virginia Student Environmental Coalition. Jugal’s writings have appeared in Borgen Magazine, the Mace & Crown student newspaper,, Pilot Online, and the Sunday edition of the Virginian Pilot. Jugal is also currently assisting with data collection at ODU’s Social Science Research Center and is the Content Strategist for the Mace and Crown.
Statement of Purpose:

 Hampton Roads has been my home for all of my life. I’ve done as much as I can to give back to my community in any way is possible, but I have much work left. What’s next for me, I think, is to offer whatever insight I can to the Sierra Club. As a member of the Executive Committee, I would offer diversity and a critical young perspective on the environmental issues our community faces. I would offer an analytical way of thinking about activism that is oriented to produce results. And above all, I’d offer a boundless resolve to place my generation towards a sustainable future. These are the principles, above all others, that I believe can define me best.

Marjorie A. Leach-Parker – Virginia Beach, VA


I have been a Sierra Club follower/member for years.  I am also a member of and currently serve as Political chair for the Chesapeake Bay Group.  I categorize myself as a person that has a responsibility to help protect the environment; I believe that we as humans need to start paying more attention to the environment and find ways to stop the destruction.  I use a lot of my spare time doing everything I can to educate people on the condition of the environment and what each of us can do each day to make the earth a place that can be inhabited by humans in the future.

I would love to become more involved and help in any way possible. I am currently working with Sierra club members and the Virginia Beach democrats on issues involving Climate Change and Climate Change awareness.

I hold a degree in Applied Mathematics and professionally,   have over 20 years of experience in the software development industry.

Fred Adams

 I have been an active Sierra Club member locally for over 35 years. I have served on the group board, the Virginia Chapter Board and on a National Sierra Club Ecoregion Board. In the last position I was the advocate for monarch butterflies for the entire East Coast, from Canada to Mexico. I am currently the group treasurer.

The Sierra Club has been a big part of my life and it has been an outstanding experience for me.  I would like to continue to actively participate in the local group. I am the only current member of the board with over 3 years of experince. So to speak, I have the long-term corporate knowledge.


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VOTE electronically below.





  • Explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth
  • Practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources
  • Educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment
  • Use all lawful means to carry out these objectives

The Chesapeake Bay Group is affiliated with the National Sierra Club and the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club, and serves the cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach, and the counties of Accomack and Northampton on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.


Our regular meetings are  held on the second Monday of the month from September -June at 7:00-8:30 PM. We meet at the Meyera Obendorf Library (Central Library) in Virginia Beach.  Occasionally there is a change of venue but timely notice will be given.  There will be no meeting for December 2014.  Our next all-member meeting will be January 12, 2015 at the Central Library at 7:00.