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June 2018 Board of Directors Meeting: - I attended the June BOD meeting at Lake George ADK headquarters yesterday (June 23). Here are some highlights. As always, I'll keep the handouts should anyone wish more detail.

It was explained the rationale behind us being exposed to all the intricate details on financials and budgeting (which I dread so much). Per NYS Law, as a 501 (c) (3) all board members (directors) must be aware of and actively participate in the finances of the organization. Understood now, but doesn't make it any less tedious or painful! Also, ADK members are prohibited from actively participating in politics because of that status. Doing so would jeopardize our tax free status.

NYS Legislators had a new record LOW in accomplishing any legislations, largely due to the numerical stalemate of the two parties. Discussions are underway concerning the overcrowding of the High Peaks. Permit systems are being considered as well as new trails and eliminating 'herd paths'. Our suggestion re: passing on some of the costs of rescues to irresponsible hikers was met with resistance. It seems that Rangers feel such legislation would deter people from seeking help until beyond the point of making effective rescues possible.

'Fire Tower Fever' will be held at the Blue Mt. Lake Museum on July 14 to celebrate the history and restoration of fire towers. Contact me if you wish more details.

Membership is proposing a NYC push to boost ADK. I mentioned our idea to feature the Catskills as nearer and as reducing the impact on the High Peaks. It too was met with little enthusiasm.

Lastly, and pay attention kids: our insurance coverage limitations through ADK was explained. THE FOLLOWING ARE NOT COVERED: Be warned!
Canoeing/kayaking on Class 4 or 5 rapids. Rock or ice climbing. Any rope courses, including zip lines. I am scheduled to try out Hunter Mt.'s zip line in a few weeks. I won't wear any ADK clothing. I was negligent in not asking about bungee jumping. Sorry, folks. - Report by Al Martel, Director

Director’s Report
As usual, the Board of Director's Meeting follows the Executive Meeting and Footloose deadline. I will report on a summary of the BOD meeting as usual, shortly following that meeting.

It was suggested instead, that I write of the Survival talks I have given to various groups, representing ADK in general and our Susquehanna Chapter in particular. There is a large increase in hiking and resultant rescues for people who enter the woods without even a basic knowledge of how to keep themselves safe. Rescues requiring a DEC Ranger's assistance have increased to average about ONE PER DAY in the High Peaks.

I have given similar talks and demonstrations of fire starting to the one I gave to our Chapter. I've given this twice to the public when our Chapter was invited to take part in the Winter Festival at Gilbert Lake State Park and recently was asked to do so for a large group of Girl Scouts at their camp near Sidney. Basically, I covered 'The Rule of Three' : humans can survive about 3 weeks without food, 3 days without water, 3 hours without shelter in a hypothermic situation and 3 minutes without air. Clearly, in NYS with our plentiful water, the only significant factor is shelter. Therefore, I discuss adequate clothing for the weather and unexpected conditions. I also demonstrate (and have attendees make and utilize) the cotton ball/petroleum jelly/fire-striker technique for keeping warm in any situation. That, plus common sense topics such as basic map and compass and letting someone know where you are going and when you're expected back, cover the basics or at least all that people can stand in one session. – Al Martell, Director and Trails Person

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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