Jul
26
6:00 PM18:00

Sierra Club presentation, Memphis

TennCan Overview

  • Thursday, July 26, 2018

  • 6:00 PM CST

  • Benjamin Hooks Library, 3030 Poplar, Memphis, TN

  • Host: Chickasaw Group of the Tennessee Sierra Club

TennCan coordinator Marge Davis will give an overview of the 2019 TennCan deposit-return legislation, summarize recent developments that make this legislation more timely and urgent than ever, and explain how advocates from all walks can help make sure it passes in 2019.

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Aug
11
9:00 AM09:00

TennCan Training and Organizing Session

  • Belmont United Methodist Church, Community Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

NOTE: TIMES ARE CENTRAL STANDARD!!

Join advocates from across the state (and from some surrounding states) for a day-long workshop to train our foot soldiers, organize our teams and hone our strategies. We'll offer sessions and expert instruction in:

  1. Understanding the broad benefits as well as the finer points of the proposed Tennessee deposit-return bill.
  2. Understanding the need for a fact-based, consistent and respectful message.
  3. Forming diverse, savvy and well-informed teams in every county.
  4. Seeking written endorsements from the myriad of constituencies whose support carries weight with legislators: businesses of all sizes, churches, chambers of commerce, civic organizations, professional associations, farmers and farm bureaus, sportsmen, tourism councils, craft beer brewers, wineries and distilleries, grocers, recyclers, youth groups, agencies that serve veterans, people with special needs and the homeless, environmental groups, outdoor clubs and of course lots of individuals. 
  5. Seeking resolutions of support from county commissions and city councils.
  6. Meeting with editorial boards, submitting op-eds and seeking endorsements from local media.
  7. Sitting down with incumbent legislators and legislative candidates to discuss the benefits of the TennCan proposal, indicate the strength of local support, and seek their commitment to vote for the bill in 2019.
  8.  And much more!

The workshop is free, but we can use help seeking donations from businesses across the state to offset costs. We can also use offers of local lodging for folks coming in from across the state. Call, text or email Marge Davis at (615) 294-2651 or marge@tnbottlebill.org.

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May
2
12:00 AM00:00

The Big Payback

UPDATE: Thanks, folks, for supporting our first Big Payback! We make roughly 10 percent of our annual budget! 

PREVIOUS: The Big Payback is like Christmas Day for Middle Tennessee nonprofits. For 24 hours, folks donate to more than 700 area 501(c)(3) organizations as their way of saying thanks for the good work they do. This is the first year Scenic Tennessee with its various projects (including TennCan) have participated. Consider giving at this address: https://www.thebigpayback.org/scenictennessee

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Apr
21
11:00 AM11:00

Nashville Earth Day TennCan booth

Clark Tanner of Winchester, Tenn., uses both hands to speed-sort

 This little cutie seemed to have a penchant for blue.

This little cutie seemed to have a penchant for blue.

 
 Susan Appelt explains TennCan to interested festival-goers.

Susan Appelt explains TennCan to interested festival-goers.

TennCan had a great day Saturday at Nashville's Earth Day Festival in Centennial Park! 

Many thanks to the several hundred folks who stopped by, asked questions and signed up to volunteer; huge thanks to volunteers Susan Appelt, Roseanna Newton and Paul Davis (and the emergency tent sent-up crew from Metro Parks); and especially thanks to the dozens of youngsters who tried their hand running a redemption center. Together they raised some $30 in "pretend donations" to their schools and other favorite charities!

 
 We never got this little guy's name, but he tore through the bottles like a pro!

We never got this little guy's name, but he tore through the bottles like a pro!

 Jake Whittenburg nailed the redemption process; volunteers Roseanna Newton and Marge Davis cheered him on.

Jake Whittenburg nailed the redemption process; volunteers Roseanna Newton and Marge Davis cheered him on.

 Paul Davis helps take down the booth.

Paul Davis helps take down the booth.

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