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Chairs' Reports

January 1, 2020

John Barron, Outgoing Chair

I seem to have come through last summer’s health woes in quite good form. It’s disappointing to be advised to stay in Canada, but I’ve been able to continue walking, hiking, and skiing. I’ve even been able to lead a couple of chapter outings on the Canadian side. Perhaps there may be hope for my eventual return to more active participation.

I’m delighted to see the new executive committee for 2020. The Laurentian Chapter has depth of talent for sure, and is in very good hands. Thanks are due to the nominating committee of Mary MacKinnon, Neal Burdick, and Jeff Miller for their efforts.


David Katz, Incoming Chair

As acting Chair for the last few months, I have gradually been taking on many of outgoing Chair John Barron’s tasks. John is providing me excellent on-thejob training, and I am just beginning to realize the amount of thought, time, and energy that he has put into the Chapter. He will be a tough act to follow. Many thanks, John.

And a big Thank You and Farewell to outgoing officers Jeanna Matthews, Vice-Chair for Education, and Tom Ortmeyer, Director. Thanks as well to Danielle Jerry and Bob Platte for organizing the Outdoors/Indoors Program, to all who led chapter outings, and to everyone else who helped make the Laurentian Chapter a vital part of our community in 2019.

Turning to 2020, I’m pleased to welcome the four new officers elected at the Chapter’s annual meeting in November:

- Holly Woodworth, Director, knows the inner workings of ADK better than most people and will represent the Laurentian Chapter on the Club’s Board of Directors.

- Carolyn Kaczka, incoming Alternate Director as well as current chapter Archivist, has been an active Laurentian for many years.

- Jim Burdick applies his background as former director of DEC Camp Colby and now teacher of chemistry at Canton High School to the post of Vice-Chair for Education.

- Tom van de Water will make good use of his knowledge of environmental science, the North Country’s geography, and local history in his role as Vice- Chair for Conservation.

See you in the woods in 2020!