WELCOME BACK MEETING – Tuesday, September 11, 2018
ICE CREAM SOCIAL & SLIDE SHOW
Location: Fellowship Hall – Amherst Community Church
7:00: ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Reconnect with ADK chapter friends after the summer break over ice cream and beverages. A great Welcome Back before the ADK Chapter updates and Slide Show
7:30: GENERAL MEETING & SLIDE SHOW
Recent 46ers will be Honored: Celebrate recent ADK members who have climbed the 46 Highest Peaks!
Annual Members Slide Show: Plan to share the adventure & fun you’ve had over the past year with fellow ADK members at the Annual 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. They are great suggestions for future trips for all of us!
Send 10 pictures to Slide Organizer Doug Gaffney by Monday, September 10. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Message From the Chair, Paul Gannon
I hope all of you are enjoying our glorious summer weather. The outings calendar has been full. I am grateful to all the leaders who have donated their time and energy to this effort.
September is right around the corner, and with it, the beginning of my second year as your chair. Our first meeting will be our annual ice cream social and slide show. I am eager to see what everyone has been up to.
In September, we will see some changes on our executive committee. Dana Jandzinski, our Program Chair, and Lynn Rehfeld-Kenney, our Conservation Chair, will be stepping down after serving our club ably for several years. Please join me in welcoming Maureen Rowley, as our new Program Chair, and Bob Van Hise, as our new Conservation Chair.
As I begin my second year in office, I will continue to advance the agenda that the executive committee developed last summer. The Winter Mountaineering School will present a wilderness first aid course in our area in late September. I plan on committing our chapter to assist in making this an annual event. If we are successful, you will no longer have to travel to Lake Placid for this training. We will begin our outreach to underserved populations by working with Buffalo Prep, an organization that assists young people in Buffalo. I will continue to try and develop collaboration with the other outdoor organizations in Western New York.
Enjoy the rest of your summer. I look forward to seeing you in September.
–Paul M. Gannon
Conservation Committee Meeting
Our first meeting of the new season will be held Tuesday September 18 beginning at 7:00 pm in the new Gander Outdoors, 880 Young St., Tonawanda 14150
Attacks on the environment never stop. To learn the latest environmental news, join the Conservation Committee!
Wilderness First Aid Training Sept. 28-30, 2018
ADK-NFC is proud to be promoting this training locally and is very excited to be able to provided scholarship money to support 6 Niagara Frontier Chapter Trip Leaders to take this training. These trip leaders will be sharpening their first aid skills and to promote safety on their outings, providing a direct benefit to our chapter. We are grateful for their commitment as trip leaders. We hope to be able to provide this important training on an annual basis.
This course is sponsored by the ADK Winter Mountaineering School which is a program within the Adirondack Mountain Club. Additional information about the ADK and ADK WMS Program can be found at the following websites: www.adk.org or www.winterschool.org Registration is closed for this course, but if you have questions email: email@example.com
RECOGNITION: Award Recipients Honored at Picnic
Volunteer of the Year Award
Conservationist of the Year Award
In particular they recognized Carol Mongerson, who was the founder and leading member of the Coalition on West Valley Nuclear Wastes until she passed, Maria Maybee from the Seneca Nation of Indians and Kathy McGoldrick.
The recipients are as follows:
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!
ANNOUNCEMENT: 46ER FLAG
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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).
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 email@example.com 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
Gerry Rising Pens New Essay for ADK Chapter Visit
Affiliate Membership of the Niagara Frontier Chapter:
ADK CARES about:
- Devil’s Hole and Whirlpool Rapids Hike — 8/26/18
- Oswegatchie Canoe Camping (8/6– 8/8)
- Klondike Lean-To Privy Re-made ’18
- Clarence Bike Trail Ride (7/30/18)
- Canoe Camping Allegheny National Forest (7/25-7/27/18)
- Memorial Day Work-Play Klondike Trail Weekend ’18
- Lockport to Gasport Bike Ride – 7/8/18
- Oak Orchard River Paddle – 7/14/18
- Darien Lake State Park Hike – 6/30/18
- Backpack ‘Ha De Ron Dah’ Wilderness – 5/18-20/18