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Top leaders and participants honored at Activities Social

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Phil Mulligan and David Stein were 2017 top leaders, with 69 and 68 leads respectively, while Jane Richter and Joan Aichele were the year's top participants, logging more than a thousand miles each. Click here for the complete list.

They were among our many leaders and participants honored at this year's activities social and gear swap, held March 11 in New Hope.

The event was a great time to connect with friends and to celebrate over dinner the achievements of our members who completed more than 100 activity miles during 2017. We also honored leaders who led more than four events during the year and they are shown here with their new blaze orange fleece hats.

Join an AMC-DV event and begin to earn your 100 activity points for next year, or better yet, become a leader and lead trips and other activities. For our leadership workshop weekend, April 6-8, click here.

Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival April 6-8

With 265 total submissions from from 43 countries, this event presents thought-provoking, exceptional new shorts and features that entertain, inform, and inspire personal action. In addition to the film lineup, the Festival includes an exciting Opening Night Red Carpet Gala, a juried competition, awards, and opportunities to meet the filmmakers.

Tom Sherwood, popular hiking leader, volunteer of month

Our activity leaders are the core strength of all that the AMC-DV Chapter can provide to our members. One of our loyal hike leaders is Tom Sherwood, who is being recognized as our Volunteer of the Month.

Tom leads hikes in the Philadelphia area and its suburbs, in addition to his popular Susquehanna Seafood hike.

As a leader, Tom is considerate and inclusive with all his participants and makes sure the group is having a good time.

Tom has also served the chapter in the past as hiking chair and by being part of the nominating committee. Please let Tom know how much you appreciate his leadership when you see him on his next activity.

Our Volunteer of the Month program was initiated to recognize volunteers nominated by their peers. Chapter members can nominate volunteers by e-mail to

The nomination should contain the nominee’s name, reason for the recognition, and name of the nominator. Each nominee name is entered into a random drawing for the Volunteer of the Month recognition. The monthly winners are entered into an annual drawing at the Annual Dinner for a grand prize of a weekend stay at an AMC facility. Nominees must be an AMC member, not a member of the current Executive Committee, and may serve in any volunteer capacity that benefits the Chapter mission in the Delaware Valley area. See the past Volunteers of the Month.

AMC welcomes Margaret Wilson to Mid-Atlantic office conservation post

Margaret Wilson started as Mid-Atlantic Conservation Policy Manager in AMC’s Bethlehem office on February 27.

Having spent a summer interning for AMC, Margaret recently graduated from Lehigh University with a Master of Arts in Environmental Policy Design, with a certificate in Urban Policy and Planning.

She previously worked for a Pennsylvania State Representative, focusing on environmental policy issues.

In her spare time she loves acting in community theatre productions, hiking on local trails, and reading, especially about the Appalachian Trail.

Volunteer vacations, new for 2018; volunteer trail crews and teen trail crews

Adult Volunteer Vacation participants will lend a hand to maintain trails and do similar work and have some time to enjoy the sights and sounds of different and  locals. More info.

For more information on volunteer trail crews and teen trail crews, click here.

Joan Aichele earns Distinguished Service Award, AMC's most prestigious honor

Benton Schwartz, age 21, is presented with Emerging Conservation Leader Award

Greg Bernet receives Volunteer Leadership Award

Joan Aichele was presented with this year's Distinguished Service Award at AMC's 2018 Annual Summit, the club's yearly meeting and gathering held in the Boston area. Only one or two of these club-wide awards is presented each year.

It recognizes AMC volunteers who have contributed outstanding efforts to the mission of the Club for a sustained period of time, and at the very highest levels. This award highlights long term commitment to enhancing and sustaining the integrity of the Club’s conservation, education and recreation values, with a special acknowledgment that the recipients have developed a complete understanding of the values and goals of the entire organization.

Joan was membership chair for four years, chapter chair for three, served on numerous committees, led the club-wide 2013 Fall gathering, leads 50 or more activities each year and logs a thousand or more activity miles in most years.

Benton Schwartz was honored as the Emerging Conservation Leader of the year for his trail work, corridor monitoring, trail stewardship and conservation work. He attended AMC's Teen Trail Crew at Camp Dodge while on high school. and took chapter's leadership training program, becoming a hiking leader the day he turned 18. His love for boundary work led him to study land surveying at the University of Maine. He is now responsible for leading work trips on a  10 mile section of the AT and caring for the two shelters & privies in that section. Benton is the son of long-time trail maintainers Dan and Noelle Schwartz.

Trail Maintainer Greg Bernet was awarded the Volunteer Leadership Award for his work on our chapter's 15 mile AT section in Pennsylvania, plus he personally maintains an AT section in New Jersey with the NY/NJ Trail Conference, where he is also on their board as AMC's representative.

Greg also led in the scouting and development of the PA Highland's trail, organized and led work crews in Ringing Rocks Park. He reorganized the DV Chapter’s AT Corridor Monitoring program, increased the number of volunteers from a handful to nearly 20. He recently was asked to take on the trails in Jenny Jump State Park.

Trail Service Awards

For the hours of trail service, there are two awards. Those in our chapter receiving them were:

Marian Pychowska Award for at least 96 hours in a year: Dan Schwartz, Greg Bernet, Mike Manes and Kieu Manes

Warren Hart Award for at least 224 hours in a year: Phil Mulligan

We will have photos and more information in the next issue of Footnotes.

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