This past Saturday, the Appalachian Mountain Club Summit was held in Norwood, Massachusetts. The event coincided with the 141st annual meeting. At the end of 2016, AMC had 91,404 members across our 12 chapters.
I’m a member of the AMC Board of Directors, and both Debbie and I are longtime members of the Board of Advisors. AMC had a fabulous 2016. Highlights included the opening of the Harriman Outdoor Center in New York, great progress with the club’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) program, the sale of our longtime Boston headquarters, and the purchase of a new headquarters building in Charlestown. An additional 4,358 acres were conserved in Maine as part of the Silver Lake project. This increases AMC’s land in Maine to more than 70,000 acres.
The list of achievements is amazing. Those were just some of the highlights. 2017 promises to be even more momentous. The move from Boston to the expanded and modernized space in Charlestown will take place in the second half of the year. The new Medawisla Lodge will open in June. This is the third Maine lodge to be renovated/built.
Debbie, my brother-in-law Tom, and our kids attended the Summit with me. We participated in some really cool workshop, including:
- Primitive Navigation: The Lost Art of Finding Our Way
- Secrets to Successful Kid-Friendly Adventures
- Griphoist and Highline: Rocks, Ropes, Pulleys and More
- All About Axes
- Show & Tell: What’s in a Leader’s Pack?
During the Summit, AMC launched #outdoorcitizen
2017 will be a big year for AMC. If you aren’t one of our 91,404 members, and you enjoy recreation, education, and conservation; then join! You won’t be disappointed.