Posted by Dottie



  Chesapeake Bay Group Sierra Club members recently voted to fill three vacancies for local Club Executive Committee.

  The three “new” members are Fred Adams, a long time Club member and former chair of the Executive Committee, Jugal Patel, an Old Dominion university student and authority on climate change and sea level rise, and Marjorie Leach-Parker, an IT specialist and expert on local and state politics.

The Chesapeake Bay Group Executive Committee met on January 7 and elected its officers and committee chairs for 2015 as follows:
Joe Cook – Chairperson; Jeff Staples – Vice Chairperson; Marjorie Leach-Parker – Secretary and Political Committee Chair; Fred Adams – Treasurer; State Chapter Group Representative – Jeff Staples; Alternate Group Representative – Gary Medlin; Membership Chair – Gary Medlin; Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Committee Chair – Jugal Patel; Clean Energy and Coal Dust Mitigation Committee Chair – Joe Cook; Pipeline Task Force Chair – Jeff Staples.

  Upon being elected as the new chairperson Joe Cook remarked, “I feel highly honored to have been nominated and elected Chairperson to lead the CBG in its critical work to help achieve the Sierra Club’s mission so everyone can have the opportunity to explore, enjoy and protect the natural environment. One of our top priority issues focuses on addressing climate change that drives sea level rise and severe weather events, which pose a severe threat to Hampton Roads and coastal Virginia. We have organized ourselves to tackle that and other matters and invite our 1,200 CBG members, who are so critical to our success, to consider joining one of our committees and help us accomplish our strategic goals. Please contact me ( or one of our committee chairs, if you are interested in becoming more active.”





  • 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.