Special Event: 2017 CONSERVATION CONVERSATION – Click here for details
Next GENERAL MEETING – Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Location: Fellowship Hall – Amherst Community Church
Program: ANNUAL MEMBERS SLIDE SHOW!!
PLEASE PLAN TO SHARE THE ADVENTURE FUN you’ve had over the past year with fellow ADK members at the Annual ADK Members Slide Show! Start thinking about TEN pictures you’d like to present! They can be from one OUTING, or a few. It’s always fun to see what others have experienced. Your slides will offer great suggestions for future trips for all of us!
E-mail up to 10 digital photos to Slide Organizer Doug Gaffney (email@example.com) by MONDAY SEPTEMBER 11.
The traditional ICE CREAM SOCIAL will begin at 7 PM, and the General Meeting and Slide Show will start at 7:30.
The program for the evening includes:
Visit the ADK NFC Ministore at the September Meeting and Save Money on Popular ADK Items, Trail Guides and Maps!
Purchase some HOT ADK ITEMS at the September 12 General Meeting and SAVE SHIPPING FEES! A small number of popular ADK items will be for sale, including ADK water bottles, travel mugs, glass-etched pint glasses, shot glasses, High Peaks-mapped bandanas, gorgeous 2018 ADK calendars, plus a variety of ADK Trail Guides and maps from various regions throughout Adirondack Park.
PRE-ORDER AND PRE-PAY at the September meeting, and they will be delivered at the October meeting! Fantastic gifts! This is a fun way to support ADK and celebrate their valuable missions to protect our Wilderness.
New 46ers to be Honored at the September Meeting!
Hikers who have recently completed the 46 High Peaks will be celebrated at the September 12 General Meeting! Please contact Outings Chair Mary Schraven (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you became a 46er within the past 3 years. All previous 46ers are encouraged to participate! This is a fun way to inspire Aspiring 46ers and others who are contemplating this feat, and also a suitable occasion to appreciate the Glorious Adirondack Park and all it offers.
Already a 46er? We want you on our list! Loretta Yerke, who is a long term member of our chapter and former ADK Newsletter editor, made up a list of all of our chapter 46ers in 2008. Wilma Cipolla and Loretta thought we should update the list to include all of the new 46ers since then. If you don’t have an official 46er number because you didn’t register we can still add you to the list. The list is posted on this website – visit Our Chapter’s 46ers. To add your name, send it to Cheryl Peluso, email@example.com, or call Kate Hacker at 688-8618
Message From the Incoming Chair, Paul Gannon
It was an honor to be chosen as your new chapter chair. I am looking forward to serving you during my upcoming term. I want to thank Janet for her hard work and dedication to our club during her time in office. I hope to follow her example.
Enjoy the rest of this beautiful summer. I look forward to seeing photos and hearing stories of your adventures at our ice cream social in September.
See you all then, Paul M. Gannon
Looking Back: Message from the Outgoing Chair, Janet Kowalski
It has been a Great Honor to serve as the Niagara Chapter Chair and to support ADK’s noble missions to protect and enjoy the Waterways and Wilderness of New York State.
Please welcome Incoming Chair Paul Gannon, a dedicated and enthusiastic participant for ADK projects and missions.
Some parting sentiments…
Conservation Corner, Lynn Rehfeld-Kenney, Chair
Attacks on the environment never stop. Join the Conservation Committee to see how you can help.
Join the ADK Niagara Frontier Chapter “Conservation Conversation” on September 16, 2017
DIRECTOR’S REPORT, Rob Laing:
I attended the Adirondack Mountain Club annual meeting and quarterly Directors meeting in Lake George on April 1. There are typically up to 50 people attending these meetings, including chapter Directors, club officers, club staff and committee chairs. This meeting also included a Directors roundtable, which I’ll mention later, but in total we spent over 6 hours discussing past performance, current status and future direction of the club. The annual meeting reviewed the financial performance of the club for 2016 – in summary 2016 was a solid year: operating surplus, increasing revenues, increased donations and increasing membership. Not spectacular performance, but solid performance.
2016 also saw the start of a major reconstruction project at the Heart Lake property. ADK received a 3:1 matching grant from NYS to improve the High Peaks Information Center and the surrounding facilities and campground. The HPIC was closed late in October 2016 and reopened in February of this year. The interior was completely gutted and rebuilt. A new well was also dug in the fall. Exterior finishing will commence once the weather indicates winter is over. The next steps will be construction of a new washhouse, concession area, new septic and new campground loop. The existing washhouse will be renovated as well, however that will not happen until the end of the project. Over 600 hours of volunteer effort went into the reconstruction of the HPIC with some local chapter members participating.
An ongoing concern has been increased use (overuse?) of the Eastern High Peaks region. With the increased use have come parking and traffic issues, waste disposal issues and backcountry abuse. The effort to address this started last year and will continue this year. This is a complicated issue and if anyone wants to discuss in more detail please contact me, but to summarize: discussions are ongoing with the State DOT regarding traffic and parking, education efforts are ongoing to address waste disposal and LNT efforts in the backcountry, and discussions are ongoing with the DEC about reopening the UMP for the Eastern High Peaks region.
Some conservation issues that ADK will take a public stance on include:
Finally, we started the day with a Directors Roundtable. An effort is being made to assist less active club chapters to increase local participation: whether that means increasing local chapter outings or having an increased voice on local conservation issues is up to each individual chapter to decide where to focus. We are lucky in the Niagara Frontier Chapter that we have an active chapter with many dedicated volunteers. Other chapters around the state are not as lucky and we, as Directors, are attempting to share ideas on what makes our chapter successful. This is something that will precede each Directors meeting for the foreseeable future until we run out of ideas to talk about.
Calling All Young Members!
The Young Members subgroup of the Niagara Frontier chapter is looking forward to another great year of events specially designed for members in their 20s and 30s. The goal of the Young Members subgroup is to promote greater participation and membership of young members through special events for them and communications from me, the Young Members Coordinator. My name is Deena Mueller and I recently joined the Niagara Frontier chapter. In the next few months, I will be reaching out to young members by email and Facebook to inform you of events and seek your input on what events you want the Young Members subgroup to organize. Until then, you can email at firstname.lastname@example.org about your suggestions and to let me know that you’d like to be a part of the Young Members group. Cheers! – Deena Mueller
ADK Adventure Travel: BROADEN YOUR HORIZONS!
The newest ADK Adventure Trips include Hut-to-Hut Backpacking in Norway, Hiking Alaska’s Denali National Park, Cycling throughout Germany’s Wine Country, and Hiking in Finland’s National Parks. Look for details in the Adirondac July/August issue, or on the adk.org website.
ADK-NFC Member Paul Gannon recalls a recent ADK Adventure Travel trip to the Canadian Rockies: “Do you love the outdoors? Enjoy our local club trips? Consider taking part in ADK Adventure Travel. Every edition of Adirondac lists club- sponsored trips around the world. I have attended three of them so far, most recently one to the Canadian Rockies last fall. Based out of the Lake Louis Inn, every day we drove to a different trail head in Banff National Park for a wonderful day hike in the spectacular Canadian Rockies. I enjoyed the company of fellow ADK members, who are some of the best people I know. It was literally a life-changing experience for me. Next spring, I will take a float trip through the desert canyons of Utah along the San Juan River. There are still openings. Maybe you will join me. See you out there!”
Here’s a fun way to display the wonderful opportunities offered by ADK!
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ADK-NFC Meeting Cancellation Policy
ADK-NFC Bylaws Changes
Special Message from the Chair, Janet Kowalski:
WE WELCOME TWO NEW MILLENIALS TO OUR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE!
Affiliate Membership of the Niagara Frontier Chapter:
ADK 46er Update: EIGHTY-ONE members in our chapter have accomplished this impressive goal since our formation in 1971. To add your name, send it to Cheryl Peluso, email@example.com, or call Kate Hacker at 688-8618. If you don’t have a number because you didn’t register we can still add you to our 46er list.
Many Niagara ADK members are currently working towards this objective. 46er Lynn Kenney is the keeper of our chapter’s official 46er banner, an impressive prop to display from the summit of your 46th peak. Please contact Lynn if your completion is imminent, to borrow the banner and properly photo your achievement! (Lynn Kenney: 716-825-7329).
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