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Leader for three chapters, Dave Mong, Volunteer of the Month

 

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, David Mong was making a significant contribution to AMC as a backpack, hike and bike leader and trainer. His wide variety of trips, including bike-packing and winter backpacking, to interesting and unique destinations, are meticulously planned. He has led many activities for our chapter, as well as for the New York/North Jersey and Potomac chapters.

He has served on many AMC committees and conducted introductory backpacking workshops to help others learn to experience the outdoors safely. David has led the most backpacking trips in the Delaware Valley chapter over the past two years. During the COVID shutdown, he has participated on many committees to help move AMC forward, and has been one of our most active leaders since AMC reopened.

Over this past summer, he led an extensive series of hikes and backpacks for varying skill levels to mentor new leaders. David’s untiring efforts to advance the AMC mission over the years have influenced many leaders and participants to engage with the outdoors and our organization.

Congratulations David, we can’t wait to see what you do next!

Our Volunteer of the Month program was initiated to recognize volunteers nominated by their peers. Chapter members can nominate volunteers by email to recognition@amcdv.org. The nomination should contain the nominee’s name, reason for the recognition and name of the nominator. The monthly winners are entered into a drawing at the Annual Dinner and Meeting for a grand prize. Nominees must be an AMC member, not an elected member of the current Executive Committee, and may serve in any volunteer capacity that benefits the Chapter mission in the Delaware Valley area. See the past Volunteers of the Month.

 

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Our Volunteer of the Month program was initiated to recognize volunteers nominated by their peers. Chapter members can nominate volunteers by email to recognition@amcdv.org. The nomination should contain the nominee’s name, reason for the recognition and name of the nominator. The monthly winners are entered into a drawing at the Annual Dinner and Meeting for a grand prize. Nominees must be an AMC member, not an elected member of the current Executive Committee, and may serve in any volunteer capacity that benefits the Chapter mission in the Delaware Valley area. See the past Volunteers of the Month.

Larry Priori, Appie of the Year

Larry Priori, our Appie of the Year, is a popular hike leader, known for his welcoming and relaxed style. To offer support, he will often tell a first time hiker his story about starting to hike seriously later in life, building up to a high level of fitness. He often led hikes several times a week before the COVID shut down and has been one of our first leaders offering regular hikes following the July restart.

But don’t let that calm attitude fool you, because Larry has done extensive preparation and education to be ready for almost any adverse event that can take place in the outdoors. In fact, his motto regarding Wilderness First Aid skills is “not if, but when.” He includes as first aid mini-talk into most of his hikes to raise awareness of the importance of being prepared. And being a true trailblazer, during the activity pause he agreed to offer on line First Aid reviews to keep members skills sharp.  His first aid kit is amazing.

Larry has also helped the chapter by being a member of our  Nominating Committee for the past two years.

 

Joe Nanfara, our Golden Appie of the Year, has a quiet sense of humor and a sincere love of introducing people to the outdoors that is apparent from the moment you meet him. He is also a popular hike leader who makes new participants feel welcome and accepted immediately.  Often when new members talk about how they came to be part of AMC, one of the weekly hikes our Golden Appie led is mentioned.

Joe has also served the Chapter by being part of the Chapter Executive Committee for four years managing Chapter finances. And if that wasn’t enough, he volunteered and is doing the same management of finances for our Fall Gathering 2020 Committee.

Joe is one of the biggest cheerleaders for the Delaware Valley Chapter and approaches decisions with fairness and kindness.

 

 

Joe Nanfara, Golden Appie of the Year

2021 Executive Committee

 

Chair                    Bill De Stefano

Vice Chair            Karla Geissler

Secretary             Midori Wakabayashi

Treasurer             Margaret McDonald

Backpacking        Cindy Crosser

Bicycling              Robert Liston

Communication   Eric Pavlak

Conservation       Adrian Noble

Family Activities   Annette Sheldon

Hiking                  Julia Watson

Inclusion              Janet Penner

Leadership           Jeffrey Fritzinger

Membership         Amy Williams

Paddling               Eric Pavlak

Social                   Karen Rossino

Trails                    Greg Bernet

20s &30s              Katie Martins

                             Kristen Falzon, vice-chair

COVID Heroes: Those serving others during the pandemic

Our chapter members have heart! DV AMC is proud of those who have served as essential, front line workers throughout this crisis. To those who put themselves in harm's way to care for our neighbors and support our communities through work and volunteer efforts, thank you!

We asked chapter members to send nominations for people who have been doing extraordinary things to help their community, help the environment, or help AMC during the COVID pause. As you can see from the list below, many of our members have been busy doing just that in a wide variety of ways.

Read about all our COVID Heroes in the

fall issue of Footnotes click here to download

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