Next GENERAL MEETING – Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Location: Fellowship Hall – Amherst Community Church
6:30: EDUCATION WORKSHOP — Planting It Forward: Adding Native Plants to our Gardens presented by Kim Downing & Joseph Schretzman 6:30–7:15pm
Join us as we look at the impact that our backyard and community gardens can have on our local environment. As ADK, we’re committed to conservation and ecological programs throughout Adirondack State Forest Preserve and Western New York. What’s probably news is that we can support those efforts literally in our own backyards and community gardens.
Meets in the Community Room adjacent to the main meeting. Questions or suggestions on education workshops? Contact education chair Teresa Corrigan TeresaCorrigan85@gmail.com
7:00: SOCIAL HALF-HOUR — Meet & Greet plus Great Refreshments!
7:30: CHAPTER MEETING — Brief Announcements & Committee Reports
7:45: PROGRAM — Importance of Native Plant Biodiversity in the Home Landscape presented by Heidi Gee, CNLP and Horticulturist
Heidi Gee has 25 years experience with the landscaping industry and works at Russell’s Tree and Shrub Farm LLC. She specializes in landscape design that has a purpose above and beyond beauty. Her use of native plant material brings diversity of life to your property. Heidi believes that biodiversity is the key to conservation and that “Conservation Starts at Home”. Her talk will both inspire you and give you practical ideas about what plants you can add to your yard to bring nature home and create a better environment for all.
LOOKING BACK – April Meeting | Presentation by Rebecca Reilly, Tactical Transportation and Volunteer Coordinator at GObike Buffalo
Rebecca Reilly from GObike Buffalo graciously filled in as our April Speaker after Twan Leenders from the Roger Tory Peterson Institute cancelled due to the flu. Rebecca had already conducted a Spring Readiness Bicycle Workshop for the Education Session, then skillfully sidestepped into the Main Room to give an energetic, informative presentation on the impressive initiatives GObike Buffalo has launched to make Buffalo a vibrant, bike-friendly community. Rebecca is a seasoned cyclist, having worked as a bike messenger for many years and has cycled in Norway and in other countries around the world. Her passion for bicycling pervaded her claims that biking stimulates healthy, cleaner and more connected communities. She explained the Buffalo Bicycle Facility Master Plan that GObike has created in collaboration with the City of Buffalo to encourage a more bike-friendly city as a key strategy to reenergize communities. GObike works with urban neighborhoods to paint bicycle crosswalks, install bike racks, and encourage employers to support bike ridership. They also advocate for Complete Streets, a national effort to support safe cycling with established bike lanes and crossings for riders of all levels. Try a Slow Roll with GObike soon, and catch the contagious Buffalo Bike enthusiasm! – Janet Kowalski
Message From the Chair, Paul Gannon
I was going to begin my message with an ode to Spring. However, this seems premature, considering our recent weather. I blame the family members who informed me over the weekend that they had put away their shovels and ice melter, thus angering the weather gods with their hubris.
Spring will eventually arrive, with all its usual glory. It is a time of renewal and rebirth. I hope everyone is looking forward to the opportunities it will provide for outdoor recreation.
Our chapter is likewise undergoing renewal. Dana and Lynn are coming to the end of their terms as Program and Conservation chairs. I want to thank them again for their service. New oﬃcers will be elected in their place at our picnic in June. Several members have stepped up and oﬀered to become new trip leaders. We are still looking for co-chairs for hiking and winter outings. Please consider volunteering for one of those roles.
I look forward to seeing you out on the trails soon. – Paul M. Gannon
Chapter T-Shirt Sale
SAVE 40% THRU May 13: www.adkclubgear.com
We have revived the wonderful chapter logo designed by long time member Tim Kerr. For a limited time, you may order new T- shirts bearing this image honoring our chapter and Western New York, at a great price. Order before May 13th and save 40%.
These shirts are Sport-Tek Posicharge Competitor Tees. Made from 100% polyester interlock, they are light, roomy, breathable, and moisture wicking. They are available in men’s and woman’s styles, in both short sleeve and long sleeve versions. Two colors are available – stealthy Forest Green and hi-visibility Neon Orange.
The shirts are being sold by Strictly Ts in Hamburg. They are setting up a webpage for our exclusive use. Ordering is simple. Just log on to www.adkclubgear.com, choose your products, enter your information, and wait for your shirts to arrive in the mail.
All orders received during the sale period will be processed at the end of the sale. Expect delivery during the first week of June. Just in time for our annual picnic!
Remember, the sale ends on May 13th. After that date, the shirts will still be available, but at the normal individual order price. Save money! Don’t delay! Order today!
ANNUAL CHAPTER PICNIC & MEETING
June 9th – COMMISSIONER’S CABIN, CHESTNUT RIDGE PARK
Invite family and friends!
Morning outings include an area Bike Outing, Paddle, Nature Walk, and Eternal Flame Hike.
Beginner Kayak Skills class that will focus on paddling strokes, wet exits and assisted rescues. IF YOU WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR STROKES, HAVE NEVER GOTTEN WET WHILE KAYAKING, WANT TO FEEL MORE CONFIDENT ON THE WATER, THIS CLASS IS FOR YOU! Taught by ACA Certified Instructors, Jeff and Laura Liebel at Beaver Island State Park. You must have your own kayak, or rent one from Blue Water Marina, GI. For a ADK-discounted price. This is a great way to try out a kayak. PLEASE CONTACT MARY SCHRAVEN: email@example.com – to let her know of your interest in the class.
Conservation Corner, Lynn Rehfeld-Kenney, Chair
The Conservation Committee meeting will be held at Jerry Sauberan’s home on Tuesday, May 15th at 7:00pm. Call Jerry at #648-1961 for directions.
DIRECTOR’S REPORT, Rob Laing:
I attended the Adirondack Mountain Club Board of Directors meeting held in Lake George on 4/7. This is a quarterly meeting that has representatives from each chapter along with the Executive Committee and many staff members. We review reports from staff members such as the Executive Director and Treasurer, and committee chairs such as the membership chair and Heart Lake Property chair, among many others. The meetings typically last 5-6 hours and a lot of information is discussed that pertains to how the club operates and how the resources of the club should be focused. I’ll try to summarize the key points here, and if anyone has any questions or would like further information don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
— Rob Laing
Congratulations to our Chapters Recent 46ers!!
The climbers listed below were celebrated at the September 12 ADK General Meeting as new 46ers. Bravo!
46er #, Name, Date Completed, Final Peak
10,449, Mike Hilburger, 8/26/17, Skylight
Beth Hartz from Clarence climbed Gothics this summer to finish her 46 High Peaks!
ADK 46er Update: Nearly 100 members in our chapter have accomplished this impressive goal since the chapter’s 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)
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
WE WELCOME TWO NEW MILLENIALS TO OUR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE!
Gerry Rising Pens New Essay for ADK Chapter Visit
Affiliate Membership of the Niagara Frontier Chapter:
ADK CARES about:
- Emery Park Hike – 5/5/18
- Bruce Trail Hike, Iroquois pt.2 – 4/29/18
- Zoar Valley North Rim Snowshoe – 3/17/18
- ADK LOJ Ski/Snowshoe – 3/9-11/18
- Laura Secord Trail, part 3 – 3/4/18
- Letchworth State Park – 2/18/18
- Laura Secord Trail, part 2 – 2/17/18
- Grand Island Snowshoe – 2/10/18
- Laura Secord Trail, part 1 – 2/3/18
- Franklin Gulf Hike – 1/27/18