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Former DV chair Lois Rothenberger becomes AMC’s club-wide treasurer

Lois Rothenberger, former DV chair and current southern regional director, is now the treasurer of the entire AMC for 2020, after being voted in at the club's annual meeting in Norcross, Mass.

It is a special honor for someone who has come up through the ranks of the chapters to be elected to a high level position, and demonstrates the many years of commitment to AMC and the wealth of volunteer and professional experience that Lois brings to the job.

Lois has been a member of the DV Chapter since 1996. She served as DV chapter treasurer from 2001-2004, chapter vice chair (2015-2016), chapter chair (2017-18) and regional director (2019-present). Lois’s professional experience has been in local government and nonprofit retirement communities, where she has primarily served as chief financial officer.

Chapter Bicycle Chair Robert Liston receives Volunteer Leadership Award

DV Chapter Bicycling Chair Robert Liston was presented with the 2019 AMC Volunteer Leadership Award at the club-wide annual meeting in Norcross, Mass. on January 24.

Since becoming bicycling chair in 2017, the number of cycling activities has tripled, with active participation from members on these activities.

Bob has achieved this increased enthusiasm by actively leading rides himself, creating a pool of designated leaders who schedule regular rides three times or more per week during cycling season, mentoring new bicycling leaders, and using various methods to publicize rides to members. He also encourages new cyclists by advising and helping them select the right type of bike and restoring used bikes.

He has chaired the Chapter Nominating Committee for the past two years and has engaged members in serving on the committee to make nominations a truly democratic process. He  Is active in leadership training and in promoting membership diversity and inclusion.

 Bob also has a passion for AMC’s Conservation policy goals. His desire to have AMC participate in climate change demonstrations without violating the policy of apolitical engagement led to the establishment of AMC policy defining participation in these public activism.

The Volunteer Leadership Award recognizes AMC’s outstanding volunteer leaders who demonstrate the desire to share their time and expertise in the pursuit of AMC’s recreation, conservation, and education mission.

Rapidly advancing hike leader Julia Watson, Volunteer of the Month

Julia graduated from Outdoor Leadership Training last April, and is one of our newest up and coming leaders. She has led some of our toughest hikes and new trail runs to date.

She also spends the time to lead easier local hikes, attracting new members to AMC and the Delaware Valley chapter. Julia is always willing to help out and has volunteered time to support the leadership program for 2020.

She has also volunteered to lead multiple hikes during Fall Gathering 2020 program, incorporating a yoga and guided mediation session during those activities.

Julia continues to develop her skills and will be attending AMC’s Mountain Leadership School this June having been accepted into the Advanced Section.

If you know someone who deserves to be named Volunteer of the Month, send an e-mail to

Click here for a list of past Volunteers of the Month.

Take the Kittatinny Ridge Recognition and Identification Survey

The Kittatinny Ridge (the Ridge) is Pennsylvania’s longest contiguous forested ridge. This long mountain range is familiar to many. It is the large forested expanse that one can view to the left when you travel north on Interstate 81 from the Maryland border and continue east on Interstate 78. It’s where many go to play, relax, enjoy nature, and get away from it all. Click here for more information and to take the survey.


Take Action:

Demand Full and Dedicated Funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Now is our chance to finally secure permanent, dedicated funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The United States Senate is reviewing S.1081, a bi-partisan bill to permanently provide $900 million annually to the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Write to your Senators today asking for their support of S.1081 by joining as a co-sponsor.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is a visionary and bipartisan federal funding program for protecting our nation’s most special places. From Sterling Forest in the New York Highlands, to White Cap Mountain in Maine, to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has funded the protection of some of our most iconic landscapes and trails in the Northeast. Earlier this year, we celebrated the permanent re-authorization of the Land Water Conservation Fund, but without dedicated funding Congress’ work is not complete.

Write to your Senators in support of funding for LWCF.

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