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Do You Have Any Ideas For Programs? - As you may know we are currently without a Vice-Chair. In our Chapter, the Vice-Chair arranges for the programs we have each month at our Wednesday meetings. At the present time we have been sharing responsibilities among members of the Executive Committee. Do you know someone who would make an interesting speaker? Or, have you traveled and come home with a nice set of pictures that you would be willing to show to our group? After all, if you enjoyed your trip, we would enjoy seeing and hearing about it! Please contact me or any other Executive Committee member if you have some ideas. - Submitted by Aleda Koehn and Linda Seifried

Director’s Report - I have one item from the June Director's meeting that I would like to bring to your attention: access to the High Peaks Wilderness Area. There are several points of access to the High Peaks. In two consecutive topics, we discussed access from the north and then the south. On the south, the newly acquired Boreas Tract will have very restricted access. As you remember, ADK is supportive of the proposal which requires a long hike or paddle and then portage a distance that would eliminate all but the most fit hikers or paddlers. The Governor proposed allowing 'glamping' or a combination of glamour and camping. This is a bone thrown to local Adirondackers who need jobs to be able to live in the area. I see it as a parallel with the 'great camps' that brought more urban folk to the Adirondacks. We (ADK) are opposed to this. I was very surprised to hear nothing from Chapters representing the Adirondack region. Contrast this with access from the north. Access is very heavily commercialized to the extent that parking is the limiting factor. And the entity controlling this access is US (ADK)! We not only have camping at the HPIC (high peaks information center) but a store and facilities for events, complete with gourmet cooks. A proposal was passed to spend an additional $400,000 to build a concession stand to capitalize on hikers wanting burgers, etc. Profits for ADK have doubled over the last 5 years. When I asked if it was thought that we'd reach a saturation point where access and crowding would deter people from using access via HPIC, I received a guffaw from the outgoing Operations leader heading that facility. He said that traffic is backed up for miles and there are problems with cars blocking the dead end access road. I see this as a quandary at least, and a real concern over who we are and what we represent. Is protecting the sensitive High Peaks Wilderness Area our main focus, or is it "do as I say, not as I do"? I would like your thoughts over this topic. I need it to help decide what we as a Chapter as well as ADK as a whole represent. - Submitted by Al Martel, Director, ADK

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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