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Peg Odell is now adding us to Otsego Outdoors as long as I get the hike info. to her in a timely manner. Here's the listing: - Moira

Directors Report, October 2, 2019 - This report is later than I usually send it out due to waiting for the Headquarters announcement of ADK's new Executive Director, Michael K. Barrett. He was introduced at the meeting after our vote approving his appointment. This ended a yearlong search to replace Neil Woodworth who is retiring at the end of the year. Mr. Barrett's credentials where superlative and all involved felt he was by far the best candidate. ADK should do well under his leadership.

Other highlights are the quarterly financials. We are over 8% over budget due to unforeseen spending needs. It has been addressed by an immediate halt to discretionary spending and other measures. That being said, we are ahead in revenue by $107 K. We are projected to end the year on a comparable level as last year. The Treasure's report ended on a positive note.

Conservation and Advocacy focused on ADK's addressing the overuse of eastern high peaks. We have joined with NYSDEC and DOT to deal with the dangerous parking along Rt. 73 and severe impacts to the trail system and sensitive alpine habitat. A permit system may be in the near future.

Operations announced that high speed internet is now in place at HPIC. There is an effort to alleviate the parking problem at HPIC through more efficient marking of parking spaces and enlarging the parking area. The last two miles of road to HPIC are still in terrible condition due to lack of funding. The road is maintained by the of Elba. Repairs are estimated to cost $100 K and the Town's total annual budget for road maintenance is only $105 K. There's and effort to get NYS DOT to do the repairs since the traffic is "State and not local".

I always keep the detailed handouts should anyone need more information.
- Al Martel, Director

Few Guidelines/Reminders for Trip Leaders for Susquehanna Chapter
1. No more than six days prior to the outing, send information to both Moira Beach at who will forward it to those on the email list, and to Currie Marr at who will put the info on the website calendar. Information should include location, approximate distance and difficulty, meeting time and/or carpooling info, as well as your name and phone number.
2. If a trip has to be cancelled, notify Moira and Currie by e-mail as soon as possible. Also, you can call Currie (432-5434), Julie (432-8642) or Linda (432-8969).
3. When the Liability Release Form has been signed by all participants, turn it in to Julie Smith or Linda Pearce. The Form can be downloaded from the website www.
4. If you should be asked about bringing a dog on the outing, our chapter’s policy is not to allow dogs. An exception would be if a leader is on their own property, and chooses to have their own dog along, and the dog does not pose a problem for the hikers in any way.
5. Following the outing, you may send a trip report to Currie ( who will post it on the website and it will later appear in Foot-Loose!.
6. If you have any further questions, contact Julie Smith (607-432-8642), or Linda Pearce (607-432-8969),

CHAPTER MEETINGS are held the third Wednesday of the month, September through May, at the Elm Park Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut Street, Oneonta (except where noted). Members and the public are invited to our early evening potluck supper at 6 p.m. (please bring a dish to pass, your own table service and mug or cup); programs begin at 7 p.m., followed by a short business meeting.

ADIRONDACK MOUNTAIN CLUB ANNUAL MEMBEERSHIP DUES are $50 for individuals and $60 for families (other membership levels are available, including seniors and students). Benefits of membership include:
• discounts on ADK merchandise
• discounts on ADK workshops and programs
• invitations to member only outings and extended trips
• reduced rates at ADK facilities: lodges, lean-tos, cabins, and 20% discount on ADK trail guides, canoe guides, maps, campgrounds
• books and calendars
• membership in one of ADK's 27 chapters throughout the Northeast
For more ADK information please go to or call 1 800 395 8080

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