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AMC's 137th Annual Summit

The 137th Annual Summit of the Appalachian Mountain Club was held on Saturday, January 26, 2013, at the Four Points by Sheraton in Norwood, Massachusetts.

The day included many exciting activities and programs including: Hiking Around the World, AMC Backcountry Shelters, Safeguarding Rivers, A Survival Guide to Leading with Kids, and many more! Click here to see the complete agenda.

Jim & Julie Pelletier receive the Volunteer Leadership Award

Our own Berkshire Chapter AT Committee Chair Jim Pelletier, and his wife, AT Committee Treasurer Julie Ann Pelletier, were recipients of the Volunteer Leadership Award.

Gary Forish receives the Distinguished Service Award

This year there were three recipients of the Distinguished Service Award. The first went to Gary Forish for his many contributions to the AMC through the years. Gary is a former chair of the Berkshire Chapter and a tireless advocate for the Noble View Outdoor Center. This award was also given to AMC’s Youth Opportunity Program (YOP) in appreciation of their 45 years of getting young people out of the cities and into nature. The third was awarded to John 'Noel' Cotter.

You can also access the AMC Clubwide Awards on, which contains the full list of award recipients for 2012.

The evening's keynote speaker was Audrey Peterman, who spoke with the goal of helping the AMC come up with a plan to get ALL Americans to appreciate the outdoors.

Audrey Peterman

President and Co-founder of Earthwise Productions, Audrey is a national-award winning environmentalist and a role model for engaging citizens in conservation. Audrey has participated in several White House initiatives including the launch of America's Great Outdoors and the White House Conference on Conservation. She brings a unique understanding of what motivates people of color to connect with the outdoors.


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