Next GENERAL MEETING – Tuesday, October 10, 2017 (Program starts at 6:30pm)
Location: Fellowship Hall – Amherst Community Church
Join us to explore some common sense preventative measures as well as what to do when the unexpected happens. In our short time together, we will pack in basic necessities, tips to keep your first aid kit compact and light, yet complete for most injuries. We will also address the importance of being able to care for yourself on outings as well as what a trip leader should pack for the group.
You will walk out with a portable first aid kit for your day pack!
7:00 – 7:30pm: Meet, Greet & Treats – Social Time with Refreshments
7:30pm: General Meeting and Presentation – Saving the Map Turtles of the Niagara Region – Presented by Dr. Ed Standora, Department of Biology, State University College at Buffalo
The Niagara Chapter of ADK is proud to have Dr. Ed Standora share his time with us discussing his conservation efforts in the Buffalo area and across the nation. Dr. Standora has been in the Biology Department at SUNY Buffalo State for 38 years. A SUNY
Message From the Incoming Chair, Paul Gannon
For my first message as the new chapter chair, I would like to, once again, thank everyone for this show of faith. I will do my best to carry on the fine work of our previous chair, Janet Kowalski.
We had a great turnout for our September meeting. The annual ice cream social and vacation photo show is one of the highlights of the year. I always look forward to seeing what adventures our members have had. It amazes me how some people find time to do so much!
I want to encourage our members to take full advantage of everything that ADK has to offer. Our Loj facilities outside of Lake Placid are truly a jewel. I have made use of all the possibilities there, staying in the Loj in all seasons, renting a lean-to, tenting in the wilderness camp ground, paddling around Heart Lake, climbing Mt. Jo, and hiking to Johns Brook Lodge to spend a weekend. The newly renovated High Peaks Information Center and parking facilities provide a great base for your peak bagging trips.
Did you know that ADK publishes more than just our excellent trail guides? In fact, our club sells a complete library of outdoors and Adirondack themed titles. I have a number of them in my bookcase.
Finally, I encourage you to consider one of the many ADK Adventure trips. You will find them listed in the back of Adirondac and on the club website. I have been on three of them so far – a windjammer schooner cruise in Maine, a stay at Maho Bay on St. John in the US Virgin Islands, and hiking in the Canadian Rockies. Next June, I will take a float trip on the San Juan River in southern Utah.
I hope everyone enjoys what promises to be a beautiful WNY autumn. See you out there!
Paul M. Gannon
Conservation Corner, Lynn Rehfeld-Kenney, Chair
The Conservation Committee meeting will be held at Richard and Mary Schraven’s home on Tuesday, October 17th at 7:00pm. Call 716-564-2106 for directions. The Schravens’ graciously offered to host the meeting to provide the latest information on how they personally worked to mitigate climate change by decreasing their carbon footprint and greenhouse emissions. They will show us their recently installed roof top solar panels on their home and their electric car. This will be a great follow up to the Conservation Conversation seminar we just presented on “Mitigating Climate Change”.
Attacks on the environment never stop. Join the Conservation Committee to see how you can help.
Newsletter Editor Needed!
Our Chapter Newsletter, known as THE NIAGARA EXPLORER, needs an Editor! This individual would compile documents submitted by various Board Members and create an informative and appealing monthly publication. Basic computer skills are needed. You will have a template to work with, and can create graphics as room allows. This is an automatic board position with a great team! Contact Interim Newsletter Editor Deena Mueller (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Chair Paul Gannon (email@example.com).
GRATEFUL THANKS TO Outgoing Newsletter Editor MIKE WEIMER
Thanks a million to Mike for his outstanding efforts to make THE NIAGARA EXPLORER a first class monthly newsletter. Mike set a high bar for quality, and had a keen and playful eye for fun graphics to match our stories. As you may know from his excellent presentation on Asian Carp in February 2017, Mike’s exciting career involves extensive travel and meetings at the federal level, which will not allow him to continue his newsletter role. We wish Mike all the best, and are grateful for his time with us.
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
TBD, 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, 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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