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September GreenBack group: the Dahlem Conservancy

Our GreenBack group for September is the Dahlem Conservancy, a Jackson-based environmental organization and land conservancy that oversees the John and Mary Dahlem Educational Center.

The Dahlem Center is located at 7117 South Jackson Rd., on a beautiful stretch of winding, country road, and features five miles of hiking trails through prairie, swamp, and forest land. It’s a “hidden jewel” in Jackson county, and it’s a great place to take kids to help them appreciate the outdoors.

The Dahlem Center holds many kids-focused programs, including this weekend’s Goblin Walk.

American 1 chose the Dahlem Conservancy because of its educational programs for the community, its efforts to protect “wetlands and other unique lands in South Central Michigan,” and for making the outdoors accessible to everyone in Jackson County. You can hike the trails for free during daylight hours, and the Center has a special-needs half mile trail.

We had 153 new members referred to American 1 in September, which means we’re donating $306 to the Dahlem Conservancy’s endowment fund – to make sure the center can continue to provide great programming and environmental stewardship for our area.

For questions about the Dahlem Conservancy, or programs at the Dahlem Center, call (517) 782-3453.

Membership referral wins woman $500 in gas



Our first $500 gas card winner of 2008, Heather, almost didn’t win.

That’s because it took a casual glance at a membership referral card, sitting on a desk, to get her to enter to win. Heather was with her dad at our Vandercook Branch, helping him with his vehicle loan, when she spotted the referral card.

She asked if she was eligible for the referral, and Shandi, a Member Service Specialist, said she was. So she filled out the card.

It’s a good thing she did, because the few seconds it took to complete the entry won Heather a $500 gas card.

“I have no luck,” she says. “I didn’t think I had a chance.”

Heather says the $500 worth of gas couldn’t come at a better time, now that she has to make trips to the hospital to visit family.

“We can definitely use it now,” Heather, from Jerome, says.

You, too, can enter to win $500 by referring a friend or family member. We’re drawing a new winner each month, plus we’re donating $2 to a local green group for every referral. Drop by any branch to pick up a referral card, or download one off our GreenBack page.

$500 gas cards return for ‘GreenBack’ campaign

In 2007, we drove our membership campaign with $500 gas cards – one given out every month to members who referred friends and family.

Well it’s back. We’re giving away one $500 gas card per month, from August to December 2008, to one lucky member who made a referral.

We’re calling the campaign “GreenBack.” What does it involve?

For one, there’s the gas card drawing. Download a referral card or pick one up at any branch, and get a friend or family member to join, and you’re entered to win.

Second, for each new member that joins American 1, we’re going to donate $2 to a local non-profit or organization that works to spread the good word about recycling, natural resources, or the environment. A different “green” group will be selected each month, and the more members that join American 1, the more “greebacks” they get.

Along with our membership drive, we’re going to work hard to green up our act, including recycling at our branches, cut down on resource costs and usage, and educate members and employees on responsible waste and energy management. Why? Simple: to reduce our impact. To leave this place a bit better than we found it. And to help local organizations that are doing hard work in the areas of recycling and the environment.

We’re rolling out GreenBack, so be sure to check back here and on our GreenBack page (the link is on the tab above, next to “About Us”) for updates, information, and money- and energy-saving tips.

American 1 is giving a little green back, both in terms of money and effort. We’re excited about the project, and we hope you can help.



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