Go-Back Club Newsbooklet
We gather current news articles and creative ideas from our members and consider them for publication in our newspaper. If you submit an article or letter to the editor, please specify how you’d like to be credited (full name, first name, initials or anonymous) and let us know how we can reach you in case there are questions such as credits for quotes or for clarification and accuracy.
Quotes of the Month:
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” John Muir
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed.”
“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” Khalil Gibran, "The Prophet"
“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.” Henry David Thoreau, "Walden"
"The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its
renewal is our only hope."
“There's a time for daring and there's a time for caution, and a wise man understands which is called for.” Robin Williams, "Dead Poets Society"
One of our goals is to see our members’ articles fill the pages of our newspaper. Active members submit news articles, poetry and photos they consider important or beautiful (or both). We do our best to keep the mood of the paper up-beat and prefer stories showing that beneficial change is not only happening but that we are indeed making progress toward our “Dream of the Earth” (title of a book by Thomas Berry reminding us that all life has a right to flourish.
Welcome to our new members in February.
We now have 171 members in 18 states, Washington, D.C., Canada, Korea and Nigeria. Please share our web site and out newsbooklet with your friends. As Pete Seeger sang, "Every new one makes us stronger." Membership in our "Club" is free and you will receive our unique newsbooklet 10 times a year, full of articles and photos you won't read or see in the mainstream press. We welcome contributions from our members of articles, photos and artwork so if you have something you think is important and newsworthy, please send it to us. Thank you for looking at our site.
We'll help you create an interesting program that you can share with others to help spread the word. Presentations can be tailored to your abilities and personal connections. They can be based on your own experiences and discoveries and developed with the interests of your audience in mind.
Some discoveries you might like to share include ways to save fossil fuels, how to pare down possessions for a simpler, less wasteful way of living, how to extend the longevity of objects you already own, and similar ideas for "going back" to a simpler lifestyle. When you volunteer to present talks or set up tables at events, you can get the satisfaction of knowing that you help our membership grow.
Outreach Help: The Go-Back Club will provide you with literature, outlines, and sign-up sheets so that others can share in your beliefs and start on their own paths to simplifying their lives and spreading the word to others. We can collectively make a difference!
Odd Jobs: Simply help us spread the word through your social networks and in that way you will help us find new members through a growing on-line network of friends and their communities.
Iona will be giving a Go-Back Club talk on March 13, 2015 for the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators at the Raystown Resort and Lodge in Entriken, Pennsylvania from 9:40 to 10:40 a.m. Please go to PAEE's web site for details and registration: www.paee.net. Hope to see you there! It's a wonderful, week-long conference but Iona will only be there Friday morning.
In early August, Iona went to Korea as the sole foreign correspondent for the 7th International Nature Loving Association's (INLA) festival and Nature and Humanity seminar. Go-Back Club board member Dr. Pyong Roh officiated at the seminar. She enjoyed the five-day-long event, which included field trips to historic sites. There was a two-day youth festival celebrating the Earth with 26 dance teams from 16 Asian countries - singing, dancing and smiling for the love of the Earth. It was amazing to be with 1,500 people who also love Planet Earth. See the special edition at the link below. Learn more about them at www.the-inla.org or www.naturelovingwonderland.org.
Iona's trip to Korea for the 7th International Nature Loving Association Festival and Seminar
A HUGE “THANK YOU” to the following supporters and sympathetic voices...
Dr. Pyong Roh and Dr. Chung-Whan Byun of South Korea for making Iona's wonderful trip during the summer possible. She was the only foreign correspondent at the 7th International Nature Loving Association's two-day festival and Nature and Humanity seminar. See the special edition of our newsbooklet at the link above on the right for our 24-page Special Edition.