2006 Annual Meeting Wrap-Up

Laura Flight

The Maine Chapter's 2006 Annual Meeting was held September 29 to October 1 at Camp Kieve on the beautiful shores of Damariscotta Lake in Nobleboro, Maine. A total of 81 AMC members from as far away as New Brunswick, Canada and a couple from California partook in the weekend's activities.

Friday's weather brought steady rains, but by early evening the skies were clearing as people descended on Camp Kieve. Friday evening proved to be an impromptu social time as attendees met new folks and caught up on old times with friends.

Saturday's weather was seasonable and clear which made outdoor activities enjoyable and memorable. The day started with a few hardy folks joining Carolyn Welch in a sunrise, pre-breakfast paddle on the lake while others began their day after enjoying breakfast provided by the Camp. Some folks went hiking in nearby Camden Hills State Park on two separate hikes spear-headed by seasoned leaders George Brown and Wayne Newton. The beautiful day provided spectacular views of Camden and Camden Harbor with its many boats and tall masted sailboats. A bike ride to Pemaquid Point was also led by Denise Courtemanche. Denise treated her group to a memorable side trip around Clark's Cove in Walpole and its unavoidable BIG hill. Many people discovered the "fun" in fungi in Ted Elliot's mushroom workshop, and other lost souls attempted to find their way out of the woods in Bryan Courtois' navigation workshop.

After the day's activities, participants reunited in the dining hall for a social hour where the day's activities were re-hashed and many other stories were exchanged. A hearty supper of stuffed chicken, pasta primavera, baked potato, salad, green been almandine, dinner rolls, as well as a fruit and whipped cream-topped pound cake for dessert rounded out the evening meal.

The annual business meeting followed and chapter members were recognized for their activities over the year. The executive committee for the upcoming year was then elected. A free raffle of t-shirts, books, and a season ski pass to Great Glenn was also held.

The evening concluded with guest speaker John Neff, author of Katahdin: An Historic Journey- Legends, Explorations, and Preservation of Maine's Highest Peak. He spoke passionately on Katahdin and captivated all with his historical information and breath-taking slides of Katahdin. John also told a few "stories" of the mountain and its early explorers (Did you know Walt Disney's Bambi originated in Baxter State Park?).

Sunday arrived and the forecasted showery weather held off until late in the day, allowing activities to be held without excessive wetness. Dave Wood led a flat-water paddle on the Pemaquid River, Peg Nation led a nature walk in the Dodge Point Nature Preserve, and Jeanne Christie held a digital photography workshop.

The weekend's accommodations in new, heated cabins afforded occupants indoor bathroom facilities and hot showers. Others tented in the nearby soccer field. Meals were heartily provided by the Camp Kieve dining staff, and eagerly consumed.

Thanks to all of you that helped organize the event, staff the registration table, and/or lead an outing. Special thanks also to John Neff for his engaging presentation and the flexible staff at Camp Kieve.

The weekend was fun-filled with a diversity of outings, old acquaintances were rekindled, new exchanges were made, and a relaxing, fun weekend was had. If you missed it, watch for information on the 2007 annual meeting!

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