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Dec. 2, 2018 - Director's Report - Here are the highlights from the last quarterly Board of Directors meeting at ADK headquarters in Lake George. The topics correspond with the agenda list and handouts supplied. Anyone wishing more detail may have the meeting handouts.

Environmental protection efforts look promising due to the leadership changes in both Federal and State governments.

4a Board Orientation: remember to use our tax exempt status when making purchases. Forms or Tax Exempt No. may be obtained from headquarters. J.C. Frouere reiterated that, compared to other similar organizations with much less membership (ADK has 30,000 members) we are very CHEAP in supporting our organization and its' mission.

4c Finances: 2019 will be "an interesting year". We didn't make Budget by $35k. Year end donations may reduce that deficit.

5a Budget: Significantly impacted (Net deficit of $121k) by new NYS DOB ruling requiring paying employees using County Prevailing Wage Scale. Prior to this, ADK had hired college aged people to staff the Trail Crews, paying them a decent wage. Now, Carpenters wages (about $50/hour) would be paid when log crossing of wet spots, Mason wages for rock work ($60) and so on. Each county is different. ADK usually budgets about $150k for Trail Crews. The estimate needed would be $475k. Obviously, the only way to meet budget is to reduce trail work by a third. Not a good outlook for increased needs for trail work.

6c Summit Stewards on 7 peaks have addressed about 500,000 individuals since the programs inception.

6d ADK.org (Chapter Volunteers) is an aid for organizational efforts. This is a source for Forms, Service Brochure and other intra Chapter communications. A password will be given.

NYC new Chapter recruitment efforts were negatively impacted by the quitting of both organizational leaders. - Al Martel, Susquehanna Chapter 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 adksusq@gmail.com who will forward it to those on the email list, and to Currie Marr at cmarr@stny.rr.com 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. susqadk.org.
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 (cmarr@stny.rr.com) 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), smithj3@hartwick.edu or Linda Pearce (607-432-8969), lpearce42@yahoo.com.

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 www.adksusq@adk.org or call 1 800 395 8080

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