Transition Group Changes Name, Elects First Leader
(Romney, WV, November 18, 2013 -- for immediate release) The organization formerly known as the Transition Hampshire Initiative has a new name -- Sustainable Potomac Highlands. The change was approved last Thursday (11/14) at the group’s monthly meeting, held at the Hampshire County Health Department. At the same meeting, the new organization approved its bylaws and elected the group’s founder, Thomas A. Lewis, as its first Convener (President), for a one-year term. Other officers will be elected next month, based on the report of a nominating committee.
The group, which now has 60 members on its rolls, began meeting in August to share and promote knowledge of sustainable and resilient living in the face of such challenges as climate change. “We wanted the name to be a little more accessible,” said Lewis, “as well as geographically inclusive. We already have members from adjoining counties, and wanted to make it clear that more are welcome.” Anyone may join the group by attending a meeting and putting their name on its roster -- at the moment there are no dues.
Sustainable Potomac Highlands has several projects in the planning stages, from workshops on home canning and solar electricity to demonstrations of the use of beneficial and medicinal herbs. In October it hosted a field trip for members to view and hear details about a large solar installation at Church View Farm, owned by Steven and Ruth Martin.
Sustainable Potomac Highlands is in the process of becoming an affiliate of the Transition movement, a worldwide alliance of people determined to prepare for the onset of peak oil, global warming, and other threats posed by resource depletion and pollution.
The next meeting of Sustainable Potomac Highlands will be at the Hampshire County Health Department building on Rt. 50 in Augusta on Thursday, December 12 at 7:00 pm. Anyone interested in better ways of raising food, producing home energy, using natural remedies, or any other aspect of living sustainably, is welcome to join us for learning, support and inspiration.
For more information visit the website, www.SustainablePotomacHighlands.weebly.com or contact Tom Lewis, Convener, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more about the Transition movement, see www.transitionus.org
Thomas A. (Tom) Lewis
Convener, Sustainable Potomac Highlands