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Ruby Horwood, first AMC Board President, DV Chapter Chair, celebrates 100 birthday

Ruby Horwood, who was the first woman chair of the Delaware Valley Chapter (1969-197) recently celebrated her 100 birthday with all the women who have held that position at her home near North Wales.

She also was the first female to serve as president of AMC's Board of Directors, holding that office in 1974 and 1975. During her tenure, she led the way for the expansion of AMC's Joy Street headquarters, and led two major environmental battles, protecting Franconia Notch from I-93, and saving the Delaware River from the proposed Tocks Island Dam.

Ruby was presented with a certificate of recognition signed by AMC President John Judge. along with balloons and flowers. Those visiting were past and present female chairs, left to right, Joan Aichele, current chair Lois Rothenberger, Lennie Steinmet and Jane Shepard, They chatted, sipped lemonade & reminisced.

Read more about Ruby's amazing career of hiking and ourdoor activities  by clicking here.

Blairstown, near Mohican, becomes first Appalachian Trail Community in New Jersey

Celebrate Blairstown Appalachian Trail Day on Saturday, April 22, 11 AM to 5 PM. The event will begin with a designation ceremony at Blair Falls, formally naming Blairstown and the Greater Blairstown Area as an official Appalachian Trail Community, the first in the State of New Jersey. The designation ceremony will be followed by a street sair with many local businesses, as well as live music, food, walking tours and special trolley tours to Catfish Fire Tower and Millbrook Village. More information.

More than three-quarters of all trip reports now submitted electronically

In 2016, our chapter ran 767 trips, and 583 of these were submitted electronically, reports hiking chair Malcolm Preece. This innovative system was designed and implemented by two chapter volunteers. John Rowen wrote the program code, and serves as the primary support person for passwords and help. Eric Pavlak created the instruction pages ( and e-mail system, and serves as the help backup.

Your report and sign in sheet  is automatically sent to the trip logger, to the appropriate activity chair, and to AMC headquarters in Boston. A backup copy of your scanned sign-in sheet is automatically made. And you can get a copy of your submitted report sent back to you. All without paper or postage.

Geri Chmiel, ever-friendly, active hike leader, former social chair, volunteer of the month

If you have enjoyed the wonderful buffet at an AMC social event, or had a great time socializing at the summer picnic in the past few years, the person responsible for the well-organized fun is our April Volunteer of the Month, Geri Chmiel.

Geri recently retired after several years of service as the Chapter social chair. She is continuing to be an active hike leader and the organizer of the annual Spring Fling weekend at Mohican Outdoor Center. Geri is always friendly and welcoming to all. Join her at Spring Fling this year from May 19-21, 2017. Thanks for all the good times Geri.

The Chapter’s Volunteer of the Month program was initiated to recognize volunteers nominated by their peers. Chapter members can nominate volunteers by e-mail to

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.d encouraged many new AMC hikers and has developed a loyal following in these activities.

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