Nominees for Executive Committee
The 2009 nominating committee of the Laurentian Chapter composed of Gene Kaczka (chair), Betsy Tisdale, and Tom Wheeler is happy to announce the following slate of officers for a term of two years, 2010–2011. The election will be held in November at our annual chapter potluck dinner/meeting. According to chapter bylaws, a member may serve two consecutive two-year terms in the same office. The position of the director is governed by ADK club bylaws and may serve three consecutive two-year terms.
For Chair - John Barron (1st term)
A Laurentian Chapter member since 1997, John has led trips of almost every kind. He joined ADK to support trail maintenance, but in 2001 after completing the 46 high peaks. he decided to get to know the Adirondacks better, in the company of his son, Niall, and people who knew them better. He has served as the chapter’s publicity coordinator since 2005 and concurrently as chapter secretary since 2008. Even though he lives in Ottawa, he has been regularly attending chapter executive committee meetings for about 5 years.
For Vice-Chair Education - Blair Madore (1st term)
Blair initially joined in 2001 to get the 20% discount on books and maps but he quickly discovered ADK was a lot more than just information. “Most everyone I knew in Potsdam interested in hiking or canoeing was an ADK Laurentian member. And I value the local initiatives like Stone Valley, the Red Sandstone Trail and the Kids on the Trail Challenge.” He thinks that tourists and residents alike would benefit from better signs and marketing that made the best of the Adirondacks easier to locate and experience.
For Secretary - Marianne Hebert (1st term)
Marianne has been a librarian at SUNY Potsdam, and an ADK member since moving to the North Country in 2001. She is currently the Secretary to the SUNY Potsdam Faculty Senate, and has been an executive board member of several professional organizations. She is an avid hiker, marginal cross-country skier and pretty bad ice-skater. She spends way too much time watching DIY home improvement television, evidenced by her dwindling savings account and endless landscaping and home remodeling projects.
For Director - David Trithart (2nd term)
A member since 1985, David has been an active leader of biking, hiking and skiing trips. He has been vice-chair of outings (1989-1990), secretary (1997-1999), chapter chair (2000-2001 and director (2007-present). He received the Laurentian Chapter’s Distinguished Volunteer Award in 2003. “I have come to know our region and many of the chapter members. I enjoy events with these people and helping with local projects (such as Stone Valley and Red Sandstone trails). There is a long tradition of concern for conservation issues in the chapter, and I feel privileged to have a part in continuing the work begun by this dedicated group.”
For Alternate Director - Armond Spencer (2nd term)
Since joining the club in 1972, Armond has led many trips over the years: canoeing hiking, snowshoeing and X-C skiing. After becoming a 46er, he decided to climb them all again to become a Winter 46er. He recalls serving as co-chair for outings during the 70s and served again as vice-chair of outings from 2005 to 2008. “Although the chapter does many things I appreciate, its primary importance to me is the group of friends, many of our age group who do the things we like to do. In a word: outings.”