Chair Archive


Chair's Report

January, 2007

Chair: Tom Ortmeyer

I’d like to welcome you all to the year 2007—we hope to see many of you at the New Year’s Day Potluck (see the outings schedule for details.) I’m sure we're all hoping that we’ll have good outings weather in the upcoming months, at least partially to make up for the missed outings during our rainy fall.

Fall Outing 2006 was successfully held in Star Lake soon after the fall North Wind went to press. We had beautiful weather on Saturday, September 30—one of the few great days of the fall. While the weather was not quite as good on Friday and Sunday, the outings on these days were also successful.

The Fall Outing certainly exceeded my expectations in both the quality of the program and the number attending. The Outing drew 157 participants. Sandy Hildreth has posted a montage of photos from the outing at Our total income for the event was $7,177, with expenses of $4,105. This profit has been sent to the club. Co-organizer Eileen Wheeler and I thank all of those who contributed to making the fall outing a success.

At the chapter’s Annual Meeting in November, David Trithart was elected to be Club Director, representing the Laurentian Chapter, and Carolyn Kaczka was elected as Alternate Director. Geri Ames (Vice-Chair, Membership), Gene Kaczka (Vice-Chair, Conservation), Armond Spencer (Vice-Chair, Outings), and Betsy Tisdale (Treasurer) were re-elected to new terms. I am sure you’ll want to join me in congratulating these members on the election. I believe that we have a fine group of officers for the chapter, and I’m sure they all join me in looking forward to serving the chapter in 2007.

Dick Mooers received the Laurentain Chapter Distinguished volunteer award at the meeting. Dick has been an active chapter member and volunteer since the early ‘80s in many roles ranging from frequent and innovative trip leader to chapter officer. At the meeting, we also noted the recent passing of Paul Jamieson. It was moved and carried that the chapter make a donation to the club’s Paul Jamieson Fund in recognition of the profound impact that Paul has had on the Adirondacks and the Adirondack Mountain Club. The executive committee has voted to contribute $600 to this fund.

Again, best wishes for the New Year. We hope to see you all at our New Year’s Day Potluck, at the Indoor/Outdoor events, on an outing (or, better yet, at all of the above).

Please reserve Sunday April 29 for our spring potluck. The potluck will feature Stuart Mesinger, who will give a presentation based on his recent book No Place I’d Rather Be: Wit and Wisdom from Adirondack Lean-To Journals. Recently published by the Adirondack Mountain Club, Stuart’s book is a compilation of lean-to journal entries connected by the author’s own experiences and perceptions. “The resulting book offers glimpses of life on the trail that are in turn inspirational, hilarious, pathetic, thoughtful—as distinct from one another as the days.” Copies of the book will be available at the potluck.