Chapter History


First Meeting July 1971; Chartered October 1971

Chartering Signatories

  • Ray Markiewicz
  • Tom Dibble
  • Mary Pat Engle & sister
  • Jim Fydrych
  • John Myhre
  • Chet Rosinski
  • Pete Rusinek
  • Doty & Pete Seagle
  • Chet Spaulding & girl friend
  • Ellen Warner

Early Members (year joined)

  • Frank & Marilyn Lynch (1971)
  • Don Yearke (1971)
  • Kathy Fonte (1971)
  • Marnie & Jim Leverett (1971)
  • Marilyn Gillespie (1972)
  • Ruth Kuhfahl (1973)
  • Frank & Wilma Cipolla (1974)
  • Garry & Linda Breitbach (1975)
  • Lennie McMullen Steinmetz (1976)
  • Lew Visco (1976)

First Presidents

  • 1971-73         Ray Markiewicz
  • 1974               Ed Barone
  • 1975-76         Jerry Markzon
  • 1977-78         Ruth Kuhfahl
  • 1979-80         Frank Cipolla
  • 1980-82         Garry Breitbach
  • (changed from calendar to fiscal year)
  • 1982-84         Dave Hoover
  • 1984-86         Lennie McMullen (now Steinmetz)

Wilderness Weekends in WNY (3rd-5th editions edited by Frank & Wilma Cipolla)

  • 1st ed. 1976 (includes poem by John Myhre, reprintd in 2nd-4th ed.)
  • 2nd ed. 1978 (dedicated to Ray Markiewicz)
  • 3rd ed. 1983 (dedicated to Lew Visco, with poem by Lew reprinted in 4th & 5th ed.)
  • 4th ed. 1991
  • 5th ed. 1998 (dedicated to deceased former chairs Sue Kalafut & Jim McReynolds)


Gerry Rising Pens New Essay for ADK Chapter Visit
At a monthly meeting in 2017, Gerry Rising, ADK member and former Buffalo News ‘Nature Watch’ Columnist, honored us with an evening to remember, as we listened attentively to Gerry read personal essays from his new book titled “Birds and Birdwatchers”. Inspired by this special occasion with ADK friends, 46-er Gerry shared a newly-composed essay with the group describing unforgettable personal tales of some of his High Peaks adventures. He graciously agreed to share his new essay with our chapter. Click here to view Gerry’s essay, “Two Climbs.”

RECOGNITION: Volunteers Honored at Annual Picnic

2018 Volunteer of the Year Award
This year, the ADK-NFC Volunteer of the Year Awards have been given to Janet and David Kowalski. Our Chapter would like to recognize their many contributions that have enabled our monthly meetings to run more smoothly and helped create a sense of community among our chapter members. Janet, a past Chapter Chair and Programs Chair, is a frequent hike participant and leader. Janet often contributes engaging trip reports for the newsletter, which has the effect of everyone wishing they had gone on the outing. Janet is a gracious hostess and has made sure the Executive Committee was well-fed. We have come to count on her healthy and delicious pot-luck dishes! Janet is there to lend a hand to any of us, helping us to meet newsletter deadlines, edit our writings, and offer to help whenever needed. Janet’s enthusiasm and love for ADK is evident in every conversation one has with her. David co-leads outings with Janet. He has assisted with regular postings of trip reports, managing the home page of the website and setting up the AV equipment during monthly meetings. David writes a Conservation Blog that often features ADK sponsored conservation initiatives. Janet and David, we thank you for being who you are and for all the ways you uplift, problem solve and help make our chapter a strong community!