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 below.

Charlie Ogle, for trail work

John Rowen, writing the program that generates the web Activities Calendar

Susan Bickford-Martin, starting the XC ski hot line and becoming our first skiing chair

Midori Wakabayashi, for her trail work

Barry Mazer, for making and donating hand-carved walking sticks

John Chalikian, for leading basic canoe instruction program

Jerry Srodes, for litter cleanup and trail maintenance

Mike Manes, trail maintainer, conservation volunteer and American Chestnut advocate

Walt Underhill, leads solo canoe training, stores and maintains club paddling equipment, leads many trips

Barbara Wiemann, for leading variety of new hikes in Lehigh Valley area

Denis McCartan, for leading a great number of new and varied hikes

Phill Hunsberger, for leading the Lehigh Valley Group, and organizing its monthly programs

Ian Kindle, for the wide variety of trips: hiking, biking, snowshoeing, XC skiing and paddling plus photo workshops

Steve Leibrock, leads bike trips, volunteers to sweep on hikes, contributes photographs to web and print

Jeff Lippincott for past service on the Executive Committee, active hiking and biking leader, mentor to leaders-in-training.

John Rogers for participation in all AT work trips this season, new leader mentor, Mohican weekend leader.

Dan Schwartz for leading AT trail work sessions, serving as ATC rep, Ridgerunner coordinator and numerous other AT and trails functions

Lizzie Grobbel for 20s & 39s leadership, introducing trail running to DV Chapter

Greg Bernet, for AT trailwork, volunteering as Highlands Trail Crew Coordinator.

Barb Blythe for being an active hiking, backpacking, and bicycling leader for our chapter.

Rich Pace, for hiking, paddling leadership, especially for the large number and wide variety of trips led, photography

Bill Murray, for Lehigh Valley Group meeting work, and more

David Stein, leads 50 plus hikes a year, Wissahickon hikes for 10 years

Barbara Beatrice and Jeff Fritzinger, Catskill trip leaders

Susan Weida, recorder of all our activities and participants

Ron Phelps, multi-activite leader, leadership committee member

Rick and Allison Hudson for their service for the DV Chapter, as hiking chai, secretary, social committee work

Terry Berntsen leader of day hikes, bike outings & multi-day events including camping, biking, hiking and XC skiing.

Pete Jarrett prolific hike leader and hiking teacher

Don Garrido is an hike leader, vice chair, Mohican Committee, Fall Gathering volunteer

Linda Watsula, social activity volunteer, hike leader

Carl Ganong, active backpack leader and trail maintainer

George Rockett, active hiking leader

Ira Rubinstein, multi-day adventure leader, world trekker

Rand Salani, leader of challenging hikes

Tammy Brandon, bike, hike leader, former bicycling chair

Geri Chmiel, organizer of chapter social events and Spring Fling

Sarah Richardsen, 20s & 39s leader and provider of  support to EC

Rich Einstein, hike, bike, conservation leader

Margaret McDonald, hike leader, data logger

Christine Loch, diversity volunteer

Joanie Schultz, popular hike series leader

Jay Gross, new hike series leader

Jose Ibarra, trail work and Valley Forge volunteer

Jeanne Mantell, who lends a versatile helping hand

Rich Kowal, a dedicated trail maintainer

Anthony Palandro, backpacking leader

Tom Sherwood, hiking leader

Mike Ahern, hike and bike leader, helps with Weekly Bulletin

Kieu Manes, conservationist, hiker

Larry Priori, creative hike leader

Jane and Greg Cook, conservation and coordination leaders

Bill Steinmetz for running our ridgerunner program

Priscilla Estes named volunteer of month for conservation promotion, leadership

Jennifer Percival, a skill building hike leader

Dan Loughner, trail worker and trip leader

Raun Kercher, hike, bike backpack leader

Tom George, AT trail worker

Bill De Stefano, publicity and backpack leader

Tom Marino, major force in the development of Highlands Trail

Mary Jane Martin, past social chair, event leader

Amy Williams, active new leader

Karla Geissler, hike leader, MLS grad, Fall Gathering volunteer

Steven Campanelli & Judy Farrell, hike, bike & backpack duo

Karen Rossino, bike leader, data coordinator

Jane Richter, twice top hiker, active trail worker

Cindy Friel, hike and paddling leader, interorganizational connection

Denis McCartan, trail running pioneer, leader trainer, active leader

Jesse Gusler, trail work leader with PA Highlands Trail Stewards

Julia Watson, rapidly advancing hike leader

Mark Kern, volunteer who takes on many different jobs

Joe Nanfara  for years of service as Chapter Treasurer, frequent hike leader

Diane Ullmer, hike leader and more

Blase Hartman, new leader, Fall Gathering coordinator of entertainment

Reed Goosen, bike, hike, paddling leader

Len Morawski, AT trail angel