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AMC leaders fill in for NPS presenter at Hopewell during government shutdown

AMC DV leaders Phil Mulligan and Larry Priori, at the request of the Friends of Hopewell Furnace, filled in for a National Park Service speaker barred from presenting due to the current government shutdown.

They spoke to a group of about 25 for about 40 minutes each. Phil gave a history if the Appalachian Trail, while Larry did a more general topic of risk management in the wilderness with some depth on the first aid material.

The Friends of Hopewell Furnace were holding their election meeting after the talk. The presentation was moved to a site in Douglassville because NPS property was unavailable.

Raun Kercher, hike, bike backpack leader, Volunteer of the Month


Our Volunteer of the Month, Raun Kercher, took leadership training in April 2018 and quickly completed the requirements to become a hike, bike and backpack leader. Since then has been busy leading creative hiking and biking events for the chapter. As of the end of November, 2018, Raun has led 20 hiking trips, two backpacking trips, and seven bicycling trips.

Raun has explored ways to communicate effectively about AMC events for 20s and 30s age group, ,the new and more descriptive name for our previous young members group). His passion for connecting people with the outdoors is displayed by events he is leading to attract new members of all ages. We are so fortunate to have young leaders like Raun become active leaders for our chapter, increasing the diversity of our activities.

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

20s & 39s  – Kate Prisby

* indicates new at this position

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