SWD: Lisa Waitkus
SED: Karen Hill
NED: No Chairman
NWD: No Chairman
LED: Gretchen Bailey
Objective: Become stewards of the earth by working to preserve the world’s resources, protect wildlife and domestic animals, live sustainably, and beautify our communities and enjoy nature. Our Challenge Project is to Reduce Plastics Use, Refuse, Reuse, Repurpose, and Recycle.
Goal: To preserve the world’s resources
• Research additional ways you can recycle in your home and Club activities. Visit Keep America Beautiful Facebook page or website https://kab.org/ for dozens of ideas for America Recycles Day, November 15.
• Find creative/purposeful ways to reuse glass containers. Search “recycled glass ideas” on Pinterest
• Use reusable shopping bags and produce bags
• Instead of buying bottled water, invest in a water filter. Research the damage plastic causes to the environment plastic and for ways to help at https://www.wwf.org.uk/updates/ten-tips-reduce-yourplastic-footprint Bring your own reusable cups to club meetings
• Invite a speaker to your club or community to speak about the use of solar panels
Goal: To protect wildlife and domestic animals
• Support your local animal shelter by donating old towels, wash cloths, blankets, dog & cat food. Contact the shelter to find out what they need. Volunteer to walk animals at the shelter.
• Visit the WWF website https://www.worldwildlife.org/ or Facebook page and download a Biodiversity Toolkit for Grades 6-8 at or these games for a program at your local elementary school or library: https://www.worldwildlife.org/pages/animal-trivia-games
Goal: To live sustainably
• Plan a program with a local garden club or greenhouse about starting your own vegetable garden and learn the best native plants for family consumption, like tomatoes, peppers, and lettuce
• Start a compost pile or compost bin Goal: To beautify our communities
• Choose an area in your community to beautify and maintain that area throughout the year. Plant different varieties of flowers to bloom throughout Spring/Summer/Autumn
• Coordinate with other groups to plan a clean-up day in your community; properly discard the waste
Goal: To enjoy nature
• Find the eight national parks devoted to women’s history
https://www.npca.org/articles/1142-the-8- national-parks-devoted-to-women-s-history One is in Ohio!
• Find a hiking trail near you https://americanhiking.org/hiking-resources/#hikes-near-you and encourage people to learn more about nature and enjoy the outdoors
March 22 – World Day for Water
April – Keep America Beautiful Month; April 22 – Earth Day; 4th Friday in April – Arbor Day
June 5 – World Environmental Day; Third week in June – National Pollinator Week
November 15 – America Recycles Day