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New Coordinators Joining 46er Staff
The Board has created two new, volunteer positions to spread the responsibilities of running the club and conducting its business. Taking over as Merchandising Coordinator is Paula Selmer and as Membership Coordinator, Leesa Arthur. Paula will assume responsibility for maintaining inventory, processing orders and troubleshooting member concerns. Leesa will assist with correspondence, membership questions, newsletters, and Aspiring 46er mailings. We welcome them to the 46er staff!
Paula Selmer, 46er #8246
P.O. Box 174
Sand Lake, NY 12153
Leesa Arthur, 46er #8673
P.O. Box 4383
Queensbury, NY 12804
Phil Corell, 46er #224
P.O. Box 180
Cadyville, NY 12918
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ADK46er Correspondent Program
For years the "46er Correspondent Program" set the organization apart from all other similar hiking/climbing organizations and/or clubs. This historical convention was started by Grace Hudowalski 46er #9, first female 46er, and matriarch of our organization. We want to continue the traditions established by Grace. Hikers would request a correspondent through the Historian's Office. The hiker and correspondent could exchange stories of climbs and receive encouragement during their quest to finish the 46.
Unfortunately, due to an increase in hikers and finishers, the Historian's Office could no longer keep up with managing the paperwork involved with coordinating hikers and correspondents, and maintaining the individual records.
Wonderful news! The 46er board has agreed at the 2016 Spring Meeting to introduce an electronic version of the correspondent program and embed it into the main ADK46er website. This will allow interested hikers the opportunity to share their journey with experienced club members using the internet.
After quite a bit of work, as the program was built from scratch, we are excited to release this new electronic version of the 46er Correspondence Program. Within you will be assigned a correspondent, be able to log your hikes, post pictures, and use the messaging system to communicate to that correspondent as similarly as possible to mimic and maintain respect to Grace's legacy.
Please know that the Correspondents love hearing from aspiring 46ers, the personal message and the pictures. They are a wonderful resource and a great bunch of people. If you have the time, check out the LNT (Leave No Trace) videos that are posted on the website tab for more information. ...and when out there on the trails remember that it's the journey not the destination!
Club Loses Founding Member Helen Menz, #42
The 46er family mourns the loss of Helen Menz #42 who died on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at the age of 99. Helen was a founding member of the Adirondack Forty-Sixers, attending the inaugural meeting of the newly formed organization on May 30, 1948 at Adirondak Loj. She remained active in the club and attended the annual meetings until last year. Helen’s first high peak climb was Marcy on June 23, 1932. She finished on Allen on September 13, 1946.
PEEKS editor Chuck Schwerin spent an afternoon with Helen recently to talk about her hiking experiences. His article about their visit appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of the magazine. We offer it here as a tribute to Helen, her service to the club, and her spirit of adventure. Helen, may your hikes in the celestial hills be on smooth trails, with good friends, and fair skies.
46er Fall Meeting, October 1, 2016
A Celebration of Volunteerism
Forty-Sixers gathered at the Keene Central School on Saturday, October 1, 2016 for the club’s annual fall meeting. It was a misty, overcast day, but the woods were alive with color as the trees were making their final preparation for a long winter’s nap.
Trail crew volunteers started the day’s activities on the Dix-Round Pond Trail by doing some side cutting and rock work to complete the club’s 2016 trail maintenance work scheduled that stretched from early May to this first weekend in October. While they were playing in the mud, the club’s Executive Committee was meeting to discuss and act on club business.
The rest of the 104 members who attended the fall dinner and meeting joined together in the late afternoon for the social hour to chat with friends and purchase some 46er merchandise, a popular activity for both new and old members. Dinner was catered by Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Plattsburgh and included delicious barbecued pulled pork, beef brisket, and chicken, baked potato casserole, mac & cheese, and Caesar salad. The students at Keene Central School provided homemade desserts ranging from chocolate cake, brownies, lemon and toffee bars, apple crisp, fruit salad as well as a variety of cookies. The traditional Vesper service followed dinner and featured the poetry and prose of David Crews #8385 that beautifully conveyed his journey of hiking the 46.
The Business Meeting included reports from club President Brian Hoody; treasurer Phil Corell; Peeks editor Chuck Schwerin (who gave those in attendance a sneak peek at the next issue); Siobhan Carney-Nesbitt, from the Office of the Historian; and Bill Lundy co-chair of the Outdoor Skills Workshop. One of the highlights of the fall meeting is the celebration of our members’ volunteer efforts with the presentation of some special awards. The 2016 recipients of the Founders Award, which is given to members who have contributed three or more years of service to the 46er organization in some official capacity were: past President Sally Hoy; Outdoor Skills Workshop co-chair Don McMullen; correspondents Nancy Buckley, Bob Ciecierega, Marta Bolton, Gail Sanders, and George Miller; and former directors Dean Giuliano and Chris Sekellick.
Conservation Service Awards (CSA) are given to volunteers for various hour levels of participation in the club’s trail work projects. The CSA was presented to: Kate Hacker and Michael Prince for 46 hours of work; Brian Sikora and Michelle McCall for 146 hours; Kathy Murray for 346 hours; Mary Lou Recor for 546 hours; Joe Bogardus for 746 hours; and Ed Neveu for 1046 hours, the highest level of service awarded.
The biggest and most impressive award, however goes to YOU – each and every 46 who pays their annual dues and who makes an additional contribution to help support the club’s conservation and education projects. Because of your generous donations the 46ers will be supporting the following projects in the High Peaks region:
$6,000 for ADK’s early spring 2017 trail sweep;
$25,000 to support the installation of additional ladders, wooden steps, and bog bridges on Mt. Colden’s trails;
$15,000 to support the Summit Steward program;
$6,000 for Wilderness Conservation Society for bear canister distribution and a steward at Upper Works;
$2,500 for Lean2 Rescue lean-to supplies.
THANK YOU for, in true 46er traditional, giving something back to the mountains. You are helping to preserve this special place for generations to come.
Mark your calendars now for the club’s Spring Meeting on May 28, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza in Lake Placid, New York. See you there!
Click here for a photo gallery of the fall meeting.
2016 Trailwork schedule and Sign-up Now Available - Download information here
Follow the Board reaction to recent events this past hiking season HERE
Your 46er Contributions at Work
This past fiscal year the 46er Board voted to contribute $69,571 to various agencies, individuals, and programs. This was financed by member donations of $47,000. Those of you who send a few extra dollars with your regular dues make funding these programs possible. Actually, members donated more in contributions than they paid in dues! Thanks to your generosity the Executive Board was able to fund the following projects:
Download your contributions HERE
Download 46er Donations 2001 to Present HERE
The Forty-Sixers have donated over $107,000 to the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) for trail work projects between 2001 and 2014.