We’ve had another exciting year here at the AMC and we’re hoping you’ll join us at our 2017 Annual Meeting in Portland on November 18th to celebrate. This event will be at the Clarion Hotel, 1230 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102.

Festivities will begin at 5:30 pm with registration and a cocktail social with an opportunity to meet and greet some of our current leadership. AA buffet dinner will be served around 6 pm (with vegetarian options), and our business meeting will begin around 7 pm, followed by our featured speakers. We also plan to hold a raffle for some great prizes!

First is Steve Tatko, AMC’s Land Manager, who will give a talk on the AMC’s Maine Woods Initiative. The Maine Woods Initiative is an innovative approach to conservation that combines outdoor recreation, resource protection, sustainable forestry, and community partnerships. To date, AMC has purchased and permanently conserved 70,000 acres of forest land, created over 120 miles of recreational trails, opened three sporting camps to the public, established an Forest Stewardship Council-certified sustainable forestry operation, and developed a partnership with local Piscataquis County schools.

Steve was born and raised in Willimantic, ME to a fifth generation slate mining family. He’s a Registered Maine Forester and has worked for AMC since 2012.

The second is Jed Williamson who will give a talk on Accidents in Outdoor Pursuits – Their Causes and Cures.

John (Jed) Williamson was a member of the Board of the American Alpine Club from 1974 to 1998, serving as President from 1992-94 and recently retired as the Chair of the Safety Advisory Council and the editor (since 1974) of the American Alpine Club’s annual report Accidents in North American Mountaineering. He also served on the boards of the National Outdoor Leadership School and the Student Conservation Association, where his primary involvement was in risk management.

We will also be voting on a revised By-Laws document at this meeting.

If you need further information about this meeting email chair@amcmaine.org or call Doug Chamberlin at 978-761-3815. Cost is $25 per person which includes dinner and one drink ticket. A cash bar will also be available.

A heavy-duty canvas tote bag will be given to the first 50 households to register!

In order to give the venue a final head count, registration is now closed. See you in Portland!