Bruce Tehan, Chapter Chair
Our June honorees are Karen Pakulski and Sharon Clark. Karen leads many terrific paddles for the club and Sharon has done fine work for our membership committee. Thanks Karen and Sharon!
This month’s honoree is Steve Tryon. Steve is the gentleman responsible for managing our website. This is an important job and Steve does it expertly. In addition to being our webmaster Steve does many other things for the club. Please join me in saluting Steve for all he does for our chapter.
Hats off to Donna Dinse! Donna is about a nice a person as you can imagine. She is also one of the pillars of the Genesee Valley Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. She is the Outdoor Expo chair and one of our chapter’s directors. As if these two positions weren’t providing enough work (and trust me they are) Donna is doing all sorts of other things for our club. I do not think I can list all the things Donna is doing for us right now but please join me in thanking Donna for her efforts to bring new ideas to the executive committee. While we’re at it, let’s thank Donna’s husband Tom Dinse for all the cool things he has been doing for the club. You can often find Tom on a trail somewhere and manning the hospitality table at ADK chapter meetings.
This month we are saluting our Publications Chair, Kristine Thompson. Kristine volunteered for this position last November and has proven to be a fine editor, writer, and interviewer. Under her leadership our newsletter, The Geneseean, is looking very attractive and is filled with interesting articles. Kristine is adept at finding new ways to captivate our readers and draw forth new contributors. As a member of the executive committee she is an innovative thinker and problem solver. Please join me in saying “thanks Kristine!”
This month we are honoring Dave Harrison. Among other things, Dave is our past Chapter Chairman, a High Summit Honors Society member and a past Volunteer of the Year awardee. Most people who have done so much for an organization might kick back and rest on their laurels for a while but not Dave. Dave is constantly stepping up to the plate to serve ADK. Here are a few positions Dave currently holds with the club:
This month we are saluting Jim Luening, Mary Norman and Eric Neely for a kids’ hike they facilitated last fall. The hike took place at Mendon Ponds Park and featured a nature bingo game. Each kid received a prize for completing their bingo card. Four families took part in this outing and everyone had a good time. Thanks to all kids and adults who participated in this fun event.
We are also saluting our mailing committee who always do an excellent job individually addressing our newsletter. Even on the rare occasion where the Geneseean is delivered late we can rest assured that it was brought to the Post Office on time thanks to the following people: Dave Beaulieu, Gary DeWitt, Susan DeWitt, Donna Dinse, Tom Dinse, Nancy Donny, John Eisenberg, Grace Fuller, Dave Harrison, Karen Hibbard, Pat Hopkins, Susie Kieren, Dora Schaible, Jackson Thomas, Shirley Thomas, Jim Weick, Nathan Yost, Pete Witte and Florence Witte.
December’s Volunteer of the Month is Becky Olson. Becky has stepped up to lead many fun hikes. Please join me in thanking Becky for her valuable contributions to our club.
The next time you see Waterways Chairman, Charlie Helman and Younger Member’s Waterways Liaison, Dave Schott please thank them for their outstanding volunteerism this past spring, summer, and fall. They and their many fine leaders had a very successful paddling season. They provided us with many local and away outings that were both well attended and well enjoyed. There were trips for novice paddlers and very experienced paddlers. Whether someone was interested in flora, fauna, exercise, or good conversation, it could be found on any of the Waterways outings. It was a great year for paddling facilitated and led by great volunteers. Thanks Charlie and Dave!
The Younger Members have nabbed another Volunteer of the Month award. Will Soles, this month’s honoree is someone who deserves to win this award many times a year. Will is a very active member of our club and has led many outings for our younger members and for those who are young at heart. Please join me in thanking Will for his outstanding leadership and valuable service.
This month’s honoree is Carter Thomas, the chair of our Younger Members Committee. Carter’s enthusiasm and innovative thinking is a great asset to our chapter. One has only to look at the many cool things the Younger Members have done these past two years to know that Carter is doing a great job. He has facilitated many younger member activities. He has recruited and mentored many excellent volunteers. He has found new ways to electronically promote the younger members and our chapter in general. Please join me in thanking Carter for helping to ensure GVC-ADK’s bright future.