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Jon Hanauer, Appie of the Year
Presentation by Sabine Prather and Jan Alicia Nettler

Appie of the Year Award, New Chairperson, Great Speaker

At this year’s Bash, our Annual Meeting, we elected new officers, gave out the Appie of the Year Award for Outstanding Achievement from a Volunteer, and heard Tom Wessels give a captivating talk.

Jon Hanauer is the recipient of the Appie of the Year Award. For years, Jon has taken on numerous roles in the Berkshire Chapter. He served as Berkshire Chapter Chairperson. For many years, he was the publisher of our newsletter, the Berkshire Exchange. He is a trained hiking leader. Currently he serves at Chapter Trip Approver. In addition to receiving a plaque honoring his years of service, he was given a new map of the New England Trail (NET) which was recently published and a book about some of the best hikes in New England. Congratulations, Jon, and thank you for all your service to the chapter.

We heard a great presentation from Tom Wessels who has written numerous books including Reading the Forested Landscape. He intrigued the 125 people who attended. He spoke of the sheep craze that led to the deforestation of most of New England. We learned how to read the landscape to determine whether something was crop land, grazing land, pasture land, or a wood lot.

Jan Alicia Nettler was elected Chair, and Martin Mahoney was elected Vice-Chair. Jan talked about how she learned how to “Lean on the Side of Yes.” By saying yes, you can experience things you never expected and meet wonderful new people.

She quoted Edward Hale: “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”

Jan challenged us to “Lean on the Side of Yes” What is it that you can do to make the world a better place. Perhaps you can step forward and do some volunteer work for the AMC.

If you want to discuss volunteer positions, contact Jan Nettler at


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