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Dan Loughner, trail worker and trip leader, Volunteer of the Month

 

Our Volunteer of the Month is Dan Loughner, who since completing leadership training in 2017, has become an active hiking and biking leader and a very welcome addition to our trail crews.

Dan volunteered for the Pennsylvania Highlands Trail Stewards after attending a full day trail building training provided by the NY-NJ trail conference. Dan has used his new skills to install water remediation improvements to the trails at Ringing Rocks County Park and become part of the New Jersey Highlands Trail Crew, performing maintenance at Jenny Jump State Park.

His volunteer spirit is so big, it didn't stop there. When two corridor monitors for the Appalachian Trail boundary work retired, Dan stepped in to take over that section of the boundary. Still wanting to do more, Dan recently volunteered to adopt the Garvey Springs Trail in Worthington State Forest at Delaware Water Gap.

He is a hard worker and is willing to do some of the tough jobs involving rock work. And to top it off, he does it with a good sense of humor, which is always appreciated. Dan sets a great example to encourage others to join AMC-DV in the much needed work on trails in our area.

Our Volunteer of the Month program was initiated to recognize volunteers nominated by their peers. Chapter members can nominate volunteers by e-mail to recognition@amcdv.org.The nomination should contain the nominee’s name, reason for the recognition, and name of the nominator. Each nominee name is entered into a random drawing for the Volunteer of the Month recognition. The monthly winners are entered into an annual drawing at the Annual Dinner for a grand prize of a weekend stay at an AMC facility. Nominees must be an AMC member, not a 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.

Chapter executive committee members for 2019

As approved at the annual meeting, November 3, 2018:

Chair – Susan Weida*

Vice Chair – Greg Bernet*

Secretary – Midori Wakabayashi*

Treasurer – Joseph Nanfara

Backpacking – Cindy Crosser

Bicycling – Robert Liston

Communication – Eric Pavlak

Conservation – Adrian Noble

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion - Christine Loch

Family Activities – Annette Sheldon

Hiking – John Rogers*

Leadership – Jeff Fritzinger*

Membership – Kathy Kindness*

Paddling – Eric Pavlak

Social – Jeanne Mantell*

Trails – Phil Mulligan

Young Members – Kate Prisby

* indicates new at this position

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