Tuesday, February 10th
Education Workshop: 6:30 pm
Happy Half Hour: 6:30 – 7:30
General Meeting 7:30 – 9:00
77 Washington Highway, Snyder Amherst Community Church
NOTE: Please park in rear and enter through back door
PROGRAM: JOHN GILEWICZ, PRESIDENT OF ADIRONDACK MOUNTAIN CLUB
John Gilewicz has been an ADK member for over 20 years, and has served as the club’s President since
January 2014. He is one of 2 ADK Presidents who has originated from the Niagara Frontier Chapter. John
first served on the ADK Executive Committee in 2007 as the Niagara Frontier Director, and later served
as ADK Vice President for 3 years before becoming President.
Over the years, John has been instrumental in connecting Western New York college students to outdoor
recreation in the Adirondacks. As President, Johns stresses the importance of recruiting young new
members to ADK to ensure a strong future for the Club. He has also introduced Sustainability initiatives
for all ADK structures. John plays leadership roles in statewide issues such as natural gas drilling in
Allegany State Park, preservation of the Heart Lake Region, and protection of clean air and water on
John is the Cofounder of Parker Bay Engineering, and lives in Grand Island NY with his wife Anne and
their 2 children. He has been an outdoor enthusiast for many decades, and initially fell in love with the
Adirondacks at Heart Lake near the Adirondack Loj.
We look forward to hearing John present an up-to-date overview of the current major issues for the
Adirondack Mountain Club, and his vision for the Club’s future.
ALLEGANY STATE PARK NORDIC SKI PATROL PROGRAM AT JANUARY MEETING -
Three women and a dog visit ADK!
On Tuesday January 13, an enthusiastic audience was treated to an inspiring presentation by Mary
MacQueen, the Founder of the Nordic Ski Patrol for Allegany State Park (ASP). Mary was accompanied by
two fellow ski patrollers Pam and Robin, and also her rescue dog-in-training Kindle.
Mary grew up in Salamanca within walking distance from Allegany State Park, and has always loved the
area. As an adult officer for the Sheriff’s Dept. she recognized the need for trained rescue and first aid
patrols in the state park. Mary launched the Nordic Ski Patrol that has served ASP since 2002, mainly for
search and rescue operations. Mary has spearheaded extensive training for the Ski Patrol volunteers,
including winter trips to the Adirondack Mountains, snow shelter construction, and avalanche rescues.
She talked extensively about rescue procedures on Nordic ski trails, including emergency first aid and
how to construct a toboggan from XC skis, ropes and tarps.
Mary’s colleague Pam explained to our group how she became involved with the appealing Nordic Ski
Patrol operation after working for the Holiday Valley Ski Patrol. It was easy to understand the attraction
of this challenging and rewarding outreach. Robin described the arduous study and training that is
involved, confirming the high level of dedication and hard work that is necessary to be part of the Ski
In addition to working for the Sheriff’s Dept. and her impressive efforts with the volunteer ski patrol
team, Mary also breeds Golden Retrievers. Her animal training gifts have produced many valuable canine
units for drug detection and search and rescue operations. Mary’s young golden retriever Kindle has a
friendly disposition, and was very comfortable with all the folks who wanted to meet her afterwards. We
are grateful to Mary and her colleagues for a fascinating and informative evening.
Submitted by Janet Kowalski
UPCOMING ADK PROGRAMS FOR 2015!
March 10: Alan Lockwood, retired MD and Congressional expert on Health Effects of Climate Change
April 14: Julia Goren, ADK Summit Steward Program, protection of High Peak summit ecosystems
May 12: Sam Magavern, 2014 ADK Conservation Award Recipient
Greenway Leadership, Public Good, Attorney, Author
June 14: ADK Picnic at Bison City Rod and Gun Club, Ohio St, Buffalo
Biking along the Outer Harbor
Paddling on the Buffalo River
Hiking at nearby Tifft Farm Nature Preserve
Beautiful outdoor and indoor facilities