By John Mullens

AMC’s Annual Summit is held every January in Norwood, MA. The event combines volunteer recognition, meetings, and workshops with the fun and fellowship of being among a large group of people who share many outdoor interests and values. Fifteen Maine Chapter members made the trip this year and five of them received trail work awards for volunteering long hours maintaining hiking trails in Maine. Kathy Claerr, Peg Nation, Jeff Pengel, and Peter Roderick all received awards for more than 95 volunteer hours during 2018. Bill Brooke was recognized for more than 224 hours. Congratulations!

Workshops were the hit of the day. Steve Tatko’s presentation “Stories from the Land: The History of AMC Lands in Maine Before AMC” received rave reviews. Maine Chapter volunteer David McCarthy said, “I have been volunteering and visiting the Maine Woods for over 13 years. In less than two hours, Steve taught me more about the history, geology, sociology, politics, and ecology of the Maine Woods than I have been able to capture in all of my many trips.”

Maine members attended other excellent workshops including “On Getting Lost” and “Look! Up in the Sky! The Sun and the Stars!”. AMC cartographer Larry Garland gave a fun and educational presentation on the latest map making techniques using LIDAR. And several members were educated about how the AMC arrived at its new logo by Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Bec Rollins’ presentation “AMC Brand Update”.

In addition to workshops, several committee meetings were held at the summit. Maine Outdoor Chair Denise Fredette presented a trip (Sedona, AZ in April 2020) to the Adventure Travel Committee and it was approved! Fredette was also nominated and elected as a representative for the Outdoor Leadership Development Committee.

Year after year Maine Chapter members return from the annual summit with high praise for the wide variety of workshops and presentations as well as the comradery of the group. Please consider joining us next January.