2024 Trailhead Stewards Volunteer Schedule

THE APRIL 21ST TRAILHEAD STEWARD TRAINING DATE IS FULL! WE STILL HAVE OPENING FOR MAY 18TH AND JUNE 23RD.
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Greetings potential 2024 volunteers,
Training dates for 2024 have been determined. 4/21/24, 5/18/24, & 6/23/24. Prior to training you must first complete the sexual harassment course and send the certificate and a screen shot of the policy sheet to shtraining46@gmail.com.

Fill out the DEC VSA form and bring to training.

Please review the you tube videos below prior to training.

We need from your 46er#, shirt size, email address, cell phone # and mailing address. I will ask you to pick a training date in the future unless you have already determined the date. Please send them to trailheadstewards@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you at one of the training sessions.

Joe Ryan #3787V

Sexual Harassment Training

Adirondack 46ers Code of Conduct and Sexual Harassment Policy

Individual VSA Form for NYSDEC for ADK-46ers

Thanks to 2023 Trailhead Steward Program Volunteers

We have wrapped up our 2023 Trailhead Steward Program and want to send along a huge THANK YOU to all those who volunteered this year! 65 individual volunteers gave 1984 hours to the program!

We had 12,403 engagements at Cascade and Meadows Lane this year! Adding up the days at both sites we were able to be out there 104 days!

What a great way to reach over 12,000 hikers through impactful education and personal, experienced encouragement!

Come join us in 2024. Training’s for the year are scheduled for 4-21-24, 5-18-24, and 6-23-24.

Your Coordinator; Joe Ryan and Coordinator Team Brian Hoody, Ben Bradford, Heather Daly, and Laurie Rankin all thank you!.

Additionally, we wish to thank our partners at Tmax and Topos Hostel and the Town of Keene who provide us with storage for our materials.

2023 Trail Crew Wrapped Up

We have wrapped up our 2023 Trail Crew season and want to send along a huge THANK YOU to the 101 different individual volunteers who came out for our 20 different work days! That worked out to just over 2300 volunteer hours of caring for trails and lean-tos in the Adirondacks!

Remember that regardless of your size, strength, age or ability, there is always something you can do on the trail crew. At the end of each day, we want every volunteer to know that they did something useful and contributed to the improvement of the Adirondack trails and lean-tos.

Come join the crew in 2024!

Your Trailmasters; Brian Hoody, Doug Varney, Curt Snyder, Mary Lamb, Michelle McCall, Victoria Challingsworth, and Mark Simpson.

Additionally, we wish to thank our partners at Frontier Town Gateway who provide us with storage for our tools and parking for our crew!

ADK 46er Recognition Committee and Service Awards Update

At the Fall 2019 executive meeting, Adirondack 46er President Siobhan Carney-Nesbitt appointed a committee to investigate ways to increase volunteerism and recognize the contributions of those that did volunteer.

Historically, the 46ers had gathered information and recognized the contributions of the Trail Crew in terms of hours (at a rate of 8hrs per day worked on trail crew). Those hours were recorded by Trail Masters, collated, and many trail crew members recognized with patches (and t-shirts at one level) according to how many hours they had accumulated; 46, 146, 346, 546, 746, 1046. In subsequent years, those who were on staff at the Outdoor Leadership (now Skills) Workshop, Trailhead Stewards, Herd Path Adopters, Adopt-A-Highway volunteers, and the current Correspondents were added, with set hours assigned for participation in those projects.

The Founders Award was established prior to 2006 as another way in which, historically, other volunteers had been acknowledged. These other volunteer contributions included those serving as Directors, Committee Chairs, Correspondents (particularly in the transition from Grace herself) and other elected and appointed positions. 94 individuals were recognized with this award from 2006 to 2018 inclusive. These volunteers had never been asked to track the hours they spent/accumulated in conducting that work. They readily agreed to assist the organization with no expectation of earning any hours.

In 2021 the Recognition Committee asked the Board of Directors (BOD) to approve a new procedure that would recognize volunteer hours from that date forward (It was carried, as per the Sept 26 minutes). While contributions of elected and appointed volunteers were greatly appreciated, the hours spent in those voluntary elected and appointed positions were not “grandfathered in” as they had never been asked to track hours and they were recognized in other ways; that is, the Founders Award.

It would be a Herculean task to go back to the beginning of the organization and try to reconstruct the significant contributions of those individuals, but every effort will be made going forward to utilize the approved policy should individuals volunteer for one of our existing programs.

The new policy, adopted by the board in 2021, continues the historical one, in that elected and appointed individuals serve with no expectation of receiving hours for their time. Their time is greatly appreciated but voluntarily given to the organization. Other participants in the approved 46er volunteer programs of OSW, AAH, TSP, Trail Crew, and Correspondents are awarded volunteer time according to the newly adopted policy.

The same committee, amalgamated with members of the Founder’s Award committee, has recommended that the Founder’s Award be replaced with a more comprehensive award, namely, The President’s Award. This award would continue the spirit of the Founder’s Award in that it would be a way to acknowledge and thank those who have served in a variety of capacities, such as elected or appointed positions. It would have an updated approach that allows for nominations of people in all volunteer roles, from members, followed by a committee-based selection process.

This award has received approval from the BOD. The process of nomination/deliberation/announcement of recipients will begin in the fall of 2023, with the first recipients at the spring meeting 2024.

If you wish to nominate someone, please contact 46erpresaward@gmail.com, and you will be sent the necessary details. Remember the deadline this time only is 31 January 2024.

Adirondack 46ers President’s Award

Background

The Adirondack 46ers organization is unique in many aspects. Chief among those ways is that it is, and always has been, run entirely by volunteers. In fact, it could be said that without the commitment and effort by these hundreds, if not thousands, of people over a 75-year history, the organization would not likely exist.

Historically, the 46ers had gathered information and recognized the contributions of the Trail Crew in terms of hours. Those hours were recognized with patches according to how many hours they had accumulated; i.e., 46, 146, 346, 546, 746, and 1046. Other volunteer contributions such as those serving as Directors, Committee Chairs, and other elected and appointed positions had never been asked to track the hours they spent/accumulated in conducting that work. Those elected and appointed volunteers readily agreed to assist the organization with no expectation of earning any hours or other accolades. The Founders Award was established as a way in which historically these persons had been acknowledged.

As volunteer projects expanded, with the addition of the Outdoor Skills Workshop, Trailhead Stewards, Adopt-A-Highway, Herd Path Maintenance, and Correspondents, the eligibility for volunteer service hours (VSH) expanded. However, the Founders’ Award was not given appropriate timely attention and updating.

This need led to the melding of the Recognition Committee (who had developed the current Volunteer Service Hours protocols) with the Founders’ Award Committee. This joint group undertook the task to reform the criteria for the Founders’ Award, or develop something new.

The new committee has developed an entirely new award, The President’s Award, with its own criteria. It will replace the Founders’ Award. The first recipients will be honored at the spring meeting in May 2024.

Criteria for the President’s Award

In brief, recipients of the award will have demonstrated significant, exemplary service to the Adirondack 46ers and its client community for a lengthy time, typically in more than one area of service. The following criteria should be met (and considered a minimum for being nominated):

  • Volunteer service to the 46ers includes service not otherwise recognized, i.e., by Volunteer Service Hours
  • Service has been in support of, and compliant with, the vision and mission of the Adirondack 46ers
  • Service has been for an aggregate of at least five (5) years
  • Service has been rendered in two or more areas essential to the effective, efficient, and lawful operation of the organization, that is, non-tangible work such as elected position(s) and/or committee membership/leadership
  • Tangible contributions, i.e. VSH
  • Must have been an active member for ten (10) years and be an active member of the 46ers at the time of being nominated

Additionally, nominees may also illustrate broader support of their communities in other volunteer roles (e.g., but not limited to, leadership in a local hiking or conservation group: this is illustrative only).

If you wish to nominate someone, please contact 46erpresaward@gmail.com, and you will be sent the necessary details. Remember the deadline this time only is 31 January 2024.

The Physical Award and related Recognition

A physical plaque with the official emblem of the 46ers; affixed below the emblem is a personalized engraving with the recipient’s name, date presented, and a few words about their contributions.

Sample image below: (Wording is illustrative only; subject to change)


The emblem should be cast metal, similar to the ones used on the belt buckles that were sold at one time.

We recommend that the wood used be “local”, with each slab being unique in some way.