Minutes for OH Steering Committee Meeting, 9/20/16

Minutes for

OH Steering Committee Meeting,

Sept. 20, 2016


Present: Nat Balch, Bill Barrett, Nathaniel Blauss, Tom Kelleher, Jess Marion, Moose Meserve, Stroker, Rogovin, Elizabeth Seabury, Doug Shaffer, John Thompson.


  • Treasurer’s Report (Moose)

No significant change in the numbers since June. Dues payments are down slightly for the year-to-date.

Pending expenses include 2017 road work at the cabin, and invoicing for last summer’s hut video project (probably to be submitted later this year). Cash balance is healthy enough to carry anticipated short-term expenses.


2)         Cabin (Stroker)

No progress to report on the collection and placement of “next generation” OH photos on Cabin walls, other than that Eric Gotthold and John Thompson are coordinating the project and hope to have photos up soon.

Signage inside cabin still needs to be updated and simplified for more effective communication with guests. Ari Ofsevit to make recommendations.

Road repairs have been pushed back to spring 2017; wood is in good supply.

Water quality at the cabin has dropped due to the current drought, raising the immediate question of safety (and whether we should encourage people to bring their own), and the longer-term question of whether we should research options for wells. Stroker to contact caretaker Mike Waddell for his input.


  • OH Hut Ambassador Program Report (Stroker for Josh Alper)

At least four huts received visits this summer from OH enjoying free overnights offered by the AMC hut system as part of our Ambassador porgram. In exchange for their stay, OH are asked to introduce themselves, be helpful, and get to know the croo and give the croo a sense of the OHA. This is a great deal and bears promoting among OH.

In addition to the OH Ambassador program, OH can also visit the huts as fill-in croo and as AMC info volunteers and hut naturalists. An AMC staffer will be speaking more about these opportunities at Fallfest.

  • Nominations for 2017 Officers (Stroker)

President; Stroker Rogovin

Treasurer: Moose Meserve

Secretary/Webmaster: Tom Kelleher

Resuscitator Editor: Beth Weick

Assistant Editor: Will Murray

Members-at-Large (confirmed): Elizabeth Seabury, James Wrigley, Ari Ofsevit, Nathaniel Blauss.

Members-at-Large (awaiting notification of acceptance): Betsy Cook, Abby King, Sarah Balch.

Members-at-Large (alternate): Josh Alper.

Toddler-at-Large (unofficial portfolio established by the Committee): Evie Wrigley.


5)         Fallfest, 11/5 (Stroker for Doug Hotchkiss & Shledon Perry)

            Featured speaker will be Grace Pezella, presenting her undergraduate research on the history of women in the hut system. Chuck Kellogg is slated to receive a posthumous OH Honorary Member award, to be presented by Doug Hotchkiss, Roger Foster, Andy Cook and daughter Betsy. Doug Hotchkiss and Josh Alper have designed a beautiful plaque, with help from Sally Dinsmore. Bridget Stetson will receive the OH Special Member award in recognition of her many years of helping to manage Oktoberfest and the Spring Reunion. Dick Low to present. The Kellogg family (8 – 10 members) will be receiving complimentary dinners at a reduced rate negotiated by Doug Hotchkiss.

We’ll also have a silent auction of historic Greenleaf croo photos, organized by Bill Barrett, to run during Happy Hour. Bill to publicize in the Resuscitator, website, FB, and through direct email. Dave Huntley reports progress on editing footage of the hut anniversary video footage shot last summer at the Lakes 100th and Mizpah 50th. Premier screening of his efforts to run concurrent with Happy Hour. Video trailers shold be completed soon for posting on FB and the website. Stroker to ask Dave if he could use help from Lincoln Benedict in editing some shorts. An acoustic music jam will also run concurrent to Happy Hour. AMC Volunteer Coordinator Kyra Salancy will describe volunteer opportunities for OH in the huts. Before Happy Hour we’ll be featuring a geological tour of Franconia Notch with Brian Fowler, (meet at the Highland center at 12 noon). Ari Ofsevit will be hosting the first ever Hutman’s Hustle, a 10K trail race starting from the Cabin at 12 noon. Should be quite a day and evening!! Make your resis now as this will sell out, as it has for the past few years. Info on the website.


6)         Oktoberfest 10/8 – 9

Richard Stetson and Bridget Qualey report that everything is ready to roll for Oktoberfest, the annual weekend of feasting and prepping the cabin for winter. Light work, good company, great food! RSVP to Richard Stetson; details on the website.   Event will be publicized in the Resucitator, on the website and FB page, and through a direct email to all members.


7)         Website (Tom Kelleher, Stroker)

            OH Caty Enders has introduced an easy-to-use directory for OH through the OHA Facebook page. In addition to basic info, it also allows members to list interests, whether they’d like to host visiting OH, and other useful info. The Google spreadsheet format is secure and info will not be shared with non-OH, same as info in the croo database on the OH website proper. Stroker discussed with Caty the need to properly vet anyone applying to join the directory—much the same way we screen for FB page membership and website data base. To avoid any possible confusion—and inform OH of all options at their disposal—it was agreed that notices will be posted on both Caty’s directory and the OH website directory alerting OH to the existence of both resources.

Tom Kelleher noted that the Achille’s heel of many on-line initiatives is that someone has to ultimately stick around to administer them. For the time being, Caty seems committed to managing her directory.

Longer-term, The Steering Committee delegated Nathaniel Blauss to ask Caty, Ari Ofsevit, and “Dominic” Kaplan to exchange ideas about what a perfect OH directory would look like; what needs would it address and how would it meet them? Who would implement and administer? Both the “official” OHA database and Caty’s directory perform useful functions and help OH to connect, but is there a way to streamline and improve? Nathaniel to report back.


8)         Hut Report (Stroker for James Wrigley)

James Wrigley reports via email that the summer season went well, with occupancy in the huts closely mirroring last year. Croo transitioning from summer to fall service ebnjoyed a few days off in between, with fill-in croos covering (including many OH). Fall croos started off well, with things already slowing down. Lakes closed on 9/17, and Carter transitioned to self-service. Madison closed this week.


9)         Membership Development (Elizabeth Seabury, Nat Balch)

            The OH Family Day picnic at Pawtuckaway Park, in NH, was very poorly attended, suggesting that late-August just isn’t a good time for family oriented events given back-to-school pressures. Nat and Elizabeth will be exploring other possible events and scheduling oriented towards OH with young families, and Elizabeth will be making a short presentation at Fallfest to let OH know we’re exploring this concept and welcome input.


10)        Lonesome Croo Photo Project (Stroker for Beth Eisenhower)

            Beth has managed to assemble photos from 11 Lonesome croos, from an original collection of exactly zero, but we’re still missing many years. We have croo photos for the following years: 1971,1974, 1980, 1983, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2014, 2015. We need ALL OTHER YEARS, and all fall croos. Beth has collected $200 towards the Lonesome Hut Croo Photo Project, but we need more. Special button is on the website for easy giving online. Lonesome is the last hut on our list before we start updating existing collections. Anyone who worked at Lonesome or is in touch with Lonesome croos, please put out the word. Get those photos and donations in now. Sally Dinsmore goes to press with whatever we have in hand in a few months.


11)        Greenleaf Croo Photos

            Someone dropped the ball on this. Replacement croo photos never got processed and delivered to the hut last spring, so Flea is currently without a display. Sally has everything archived digitally, so she’ll be creating a new display for delivery this spring. Greenleaf croo are encouraged to donate to support this project, a refurbishment of photos that originally went in over well 10 years ago. Donations are accepted through the website. Current reproduction techniques will ensure this updated collection will last longer.


12)        Resuscitator (Stroker for Beth Weick)

            Copy deadline was 9/15. Fall edition should be out by 10/1, with publicity for Fallfest and Oktoberfest. Gormings always welcome.


13)        Trails Report (Bill Barrett, John Thompson, Elizabeth Seabury)

            Bill, J.T. and Elizabeth, along with Elizabeth’s son and Husband Tom, met on 7/1 to patrol the Hutman’s Trail. Bill patrolled Hall’s Ledge the following day.


14)        New & Other Bidness

            2017 Joe Dodge Award nominee is Willy Ashbrook, nominated last year as well. Bill Barrett and Beythany “Benny” Taylor to serve as OH reps on the Award Committee, slated to convene later this fall. Elizabeth Seabury drafted the nominating text last year and will forward to Bill Barrett for reworking, possibly with help from Josh Alper and Doug Hotchkiss.


15)        Date for Next Steering Committee Meeting: Dec. 13, Portsmouth, NH. Exact location TBD by Nat Balch and John Thompson.







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Minutes for OH Steering Committee Meeting, 6/14/16

Minutes for

OH Steering Committee Meeting,

June 14, 2016


Present: Bill Barrett, Dick Low, Moose Meserve, Stroker Rogovin, Elizabeth Seabury, Doug Shaffer, John Thompson.

 1)       Treasurer’s Report (Moose Meserve)

Five months into 2016 and we’re ahead of budget for the year. No donations yet to speak of for the Lonesome hut croo photo project. Dues and other donations are strong to date. All bills still not submitted for last year’s Hut Anniversary video shoot, which should offset some income. Overall, OHA is financially healthy.


2)         Cabin (Stroker)

Assistant Huts Manager Eric Gotthold was tasked in November, 2015, with helping Y-OH to locate photos of younger OH leaders and hang them in the Cabin. This work should be completed by the end of the summer. Doug Hotchkiss will produce photos of Jim Hamilton and Bob Temple and hang them after Y-OH photos go up.

Other means of reviewing photos at the Cabin were also discussed, including photo albums and providing an electronic device (e.g., iPad, etc.) that could display digital images. Committee voted to limit our current display options to framed photos on walls.

Ari Ofsevit to make recommendations for improving signage at the Cabin once he’s back from summer exploits in Chicago.


3)         Gala Report (Stroker)

Betsy Cook and Toben Traver represented the OHA at this year’s Gala, introducing another incoming class of croo to the organization and what we offer. Their presentation was well received.


4)         Spring Reunion Report (John Thompson & Moose Meserve)

This year’s event attracted 35 – 40 participants, including many Trail Crew alumni, but no Y-OH.   Favorable weather with few black flies. Bridget Stetson and John Lamanna served up the usual spectacular fare for lunch and dinner.

Doug Hotchkiss presided over a Steering Committee meeting which was largely intended to provide an update on OHA business and projects to members who don’t or can’t attend regular meetings. The minutes as submitted indicated a Treasurer’s report and a report from Ken Olson on the status of his efforts to establish an OHA archives, but little else.

The Committee discussed the suggestion to eliminate lunch at future spring reunions to reduce workload for the folks preparing the food. It was agreed that those doing the work should weigh in with their advice here. The Committee’s preference was to keep lunch and dinner, but simplify lunch to reduce work, possibly by returning to the earlier format of cold cut plates, salads, chips, etc. Stroker will contact Richard and Bridget Stetson to get their input.


5)         Fallfest, 11/5 (Stroker)

Grace Pezella (Lakes HM, Fall 2015) has agreed to be this year’s featured speaker and will present her research on the history of women in the huts.

Doug Hotchkiss will present the family of Charlie Kellogg with his posthumous OH Honorary award.

Bridget Stetson was nominated and voted to receive the OH Special Member award for her tireless support of Spring reunion, Oktoberfest, and general efforts to maintain the cabin and cabin-related events. Mike Waddell will present the award.

Bill Barrett will be posting Greenleaf photos for auction on our website, with notice also posted on the OHA Facebook page. Photos will be distributed to highest bidders at Fallfest.

Dave Huntley is still editing video footage of last summer’s hut anniversary celebrations at Mizpah and Lakes, which will be ready for viewing at Fallfest.

An acoustic music jam also looks to be in the works, to run concurrently with Happy Hour.

Cost of dinner is $37 a plate. Stroker to work with James Wrigley to try to arrange a way to keep the cost to $20 a plate for OH 25 and younger, through a Hut System subsidy, OH subsidy, or both.

AMC Reservations are open for anyone wishing to reserve a room at the Highland Center or a seat at table. Use group #311873. (207) 466-2727. Deadline is 10/1. Do it now. This will sell out. Don’t say we didn’t tell you. Call now.

6)         Hut System Update (Stroker for James Wrigley)

New bunks went into Mizpah this winter and spring. Improvements to the croo room are also reported, including more room, fire egress, and a nice view out a new dormer window. Huts officially opened for biz 6/2.


7)         OH Hut Ambassador Program (Stroker for Josh)

Four huts still available for visits this summer (Lakes, Zealand, Mizpah, and Galehead). Sign up with Josh now for a free night at a hut for you and a guest. One of the best deals the OHA offers our members, courtesy of the AMC. And all you have to do is show up, help the croo as needed, learn about their hut experiences, share your own, and introduce them to the OHA.

Stroker just returned from Lonesome and reported that while the weather was horrible, the croo were friendly, the hut looked great, and the food was fantastic (gotta love that Senegalese soup).


8)         Lonesome Croo Photo Project (Stroker for Beth Eisenhower)

With help from OHA Secretary Tom Kelleher, Beth obtained contact info for past Lonesome croo and sent out a call for croo photos and donations.


9)         Resuscitator (Stroker for Beth Weick)

Spring issue was published 5/1 and submissions for the fall issue are trickling in.


10)       Membership Development (Liz Seabury)

     The OHA is sponsoring a family afternoon at Pawtuckaway Park, NH (just east of Manchester), 8/27, 12 – 4 PM.   Afternoon will include picnicking, games and activities for kids, and possibly live music. Lakefront, covered pavilion, ice cream vendor on site. What’s not to like? More info will be posted on the OHA website and FB page.


11)       Website (Tom Kelleher)

No report.


12)       New & Other Bidness

     Oktoberfest is 10/8 – 9.

Stroker just visited an exhibit at Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH, on the role of women in the Whites. Taking the Lead: Women in the White Mountains, runs through 10/7, and was put together with help from many OH, including Catherine Amidon, Peggles Dillon, Becky Fullerton, Grace Pezella, and others.

Ari Ofsevit will be managing a trail race the same day of Fallfest. The Hutmen’s Hustle, 11/5 , 12 PM, will feature a race following the Hutmen’s trail. Notice and signup can be found on the OHA FB page under Events. Racers and anyone interested in acting as support staff please contact Ari.

Fill-in croos are still needed to cover Cater, Lonesome, and Mizpah during Madfest. Contact Huts Manager James Wrigley.

No trail work performed yet this year, but Bill Barrett, Liz Seabury, and John Thompson will be sweeping the Hutmen’s Trail on 7/1 and would welcome any help. Meet at the Cabin at 7 AM.


13)       Date for Next Steering Committee Meeting: Sept. 20. Doug Shaffer to suggest a venue north of Boston (possibly Malden?).







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Acadia National Park: A Centennial Celebration

W. Kent Olson is a co-author of a new book. Full details here.

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Maine Huts & Trails

I wanted to make all of you aware of the fact that Maine Huts & Trails is looking for a new Executive Director.   I am deeply involved in Maine Huts & Trails as a Board member and we are looking for an outstanding leader who will lead trans-formative growth and regional impact.  Please take a look at the job requirements on our web site at this link:  http://www.mainehuts.org/inside/work-us#long.  This is a rare opportunity in outdoor recreation, and the next MH&T leader will be well positioned to impact recreation, conservation, and economic opportunity for the Western Mountains region of Maine for years to come.

Paul Boghossian


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Minutes for OH Steering Committee Meeting, 4/26/16

Minutes for

OH Steering Committee Meeting,

April 26, 2016


Present: Josh Alper, Nat Balch, Bill Barrett, Doug Hotchkiss, Ari Ofsevit, Stroker Rogovin, Elizabeth Seabury, James Wrigley.

 1)       Treasurer’s Report (Stroker for Moose)

Money is tracking similar to prior years. Insurance for the year has been paid, along with a few years-worth of website fees.


2)         Cabin (Ari Ofsevit & Stroker)

     At the last meeting, the Steering Committee approved issuing annual family passes for cabin use, at $150, to compliment the individual passes approved earlier ($75). Passes are good for one calendar year.

Cabin road will receive some attention this year, specifically the creation of a parking space at the top of the road near the bridge. Caretaker Mike Waddell is coordinating the work.

With help from Eric Gotthold, young OH have been encouraged to submit photos of notable OH for hanging in the cabin. John Thompson to assist, as needed.

Cabin signage is in need of improvement. Ari Ofsevit agreed to make recommendations regarding standardizing cabin rules and info at the PNC front desk, on our website, on the Cabin key fob, and on signage at the Cabin itself.   Info should be updated so it’s consistent, clear, and concise.   “Long form” info can stay over the wood bin (updated), but other postings should be limited to the few locations mentioned above, on the theory that the greater the number of signs, the less people will read them, and the less information actually gets communicated.


3)         Gala (Stroker for Beth Weick)

Toben Traver and Betsy Cook will represent the OHA on 5/25. Beth Weick will help them update the annual letter we distribute introducing incoming croo to the OHA.


4)         Spring Reunion, 5/14 (Stroker)

Due to a death in the family, John Thompson is unable to assist with reunion planning and management. Doug Hotchkiss to contact Mike Waddell, Richard Stetson, and John Lamanna to discuss logistics.

A Steering Committee meeting will convene at the Cabin at 11 AM for our northcountry members who can’t always make it to Portland, Portsmouth, Boston or other locations.   Doug Hotchkiss will preside.


5)         Fallfest, 11/5 (Doug H. & Stroker)

Current croo member Grace Pezella will be this year’s featured speaker, presenting her undergraduate research on the history of women in the huts. We’ll be looking to Grace and other Y-OH and current croo to help spread the word about this fantastic program!

Recently deceased OH Charlie Kellogg will receive a posthumous OH Honorary Award, to be presented by Doug Hotchkiss, with help from Andy Cook, Josh Alper, Roger Foster, and Al Koop. Charlie’s family has been invited to attend as guests of the OHA.

Bill Barrett has agreed to oversee a silent auction of Greenleaf croo photos, featuring croos from the 30s into the 90s. We discussed the possibility of hosting an auction on the OHA website, but the software didn’t seem practical. Bill will be posting photos on the website with help from webmaster Tom Kelleher, and solicit bids leading up to, and including Fallfest, where top bidders will be awarded their purchases.

Video footage of last summer’s milestone hut anniversaries (Mizpah 50th and Lakes 100th) is being edited by David Huntley and will be available for viewing at Fallfest.


6)         Hut System Update (James Wrigley)

Mizpah is currently undergoing renovation, with a dormer added on the roof to accommodate a relocated, larger croo room. New space will be above some guest space, but CC is installing soundproofing. (Guess we’ll see about that!) Downstairs bunkrooms are being refurbished with LED Lighting and more headroom for every bunk.

Greenleaf will enjoy a 7th croo member this year, and Lakes croo will now number 11, making the hut experience more enjoyable for croo and public alike. Increased OTC sales are expected to cover the cost of these additional positions, making them revenue neutral.

Whitney Brown (Assistant Hutmaster at Madison for summer 2015 and Hutmaster for fall) has been hired as a field assistant for summer and fall 2016 to assist James Wrigley and Eric Gotthold

The plan to add a “9th hut” in Crawford Notch is currently “in stasis,” with NH Fish and Game and the USFS officially opposing the proposal. Stay tuned.


7)         OH Hut Ambassador Program (Josh)

So far, we have four takers for next summer, covering Lonesome, Greenleaf, Carter, and Madison. The OH Hut Ambassador program entitles each participant and a guest to a free night in a hut in exchange for socializing with the croo, introducing them to the OHA, and generally making yourself useful. One of the best deals we offer our membership. Sign up soon! Contact OH Josh Alper or Huts Manager James Wrigley.


8)         Lonesome Croo Photo Project (Stroker for Beth Eisenhower)

Stroker to check with Beth Eisenhower to see if she has Lonesome croo rosters for outreach to collect photos and donations.


9)         Resuscitator (Stroker for Beth Weick)

     While Will Murray is fulfilling some academic requirements, Caroline Santinelli will be helping Beth with gormings and copy editing.   The Spring Resuscitator should be ready for publication 5/1.


10)       OH Family Picnic (Elizabeth Seabury and Nat Balch)

In response to the Steering Committee’s search for family- and kid-friendly events, Liz and Nat narrowed a long list of good options down to two recommendations: a picnic at Pawtuckaway Park, NH, or a similar event at Drumlin Farm, Lincoln, MA. Pawtuckaway won the vote, for its waterfront activities, handy location, and all-round fun factor. Parents will be encouraged to monitor younger children when near the water. Event is scheduled for 12 noon, August 27th (rain date the following day). Picnic will be pot-luck, so bring something yummy to share. Organizers may offer a scavenger hunt for the kids, but otherwise the emphasis will be on keeping things simple and fun—a good opportunity to catch up with other OH in a relaxing, outdoor setting suitable for children and families (others welcome too!)


11)       Website (Tom Kelleher)

No report.


12)       New & Other Bidness

     Oktoberfest will be held 10/8 – 9.

Ari Ofsevit suggested sponsoring a trail running event the morning of 11/5, to coincide with Fallfest later that day. The Huts Hustle will be a 10K trail run up the Halls Ledge Trail and down the Hutman’s Trail to the Cabin. Hot chili will be provided following the race. Members of the RMC and Trail Crew will also be invited, and Ari estimates the race might draw 10 – 20 participants. No fee. Older OH have offered to provide logistical support.


13)       Date for Next Steering Committee Meeting: June 14th, venue TBD.




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Minutes for OH Steering Committee Meeting 3/15/16

Minutes for

OH Steering Committee Meeting,

March 15, 2016


Meeting held at Lui Lui, Nashua, NH.


Present: Bill Barrett, Eric Gotthold, Tom Kelleher, Stoker Rogovin, Doug Shaffer, Ryan Smith, Mike Waddell.

 1)Treasurer’s Report (Stroker for Moose)

Total income to date for 2016 is 10% over 2015. This should be balanced by extra anticipated outlays, including $1K or so for improvements to the Cabin road and another $3K+ for other property work. To date, we’ve received 307 dues payments by mail (same as this time last year) and 19 payments by PayPal (ahead of 2015 by 5). Donations are up a healthy 19% overall, with Croo Photo Project donations up a whopping 91%, largely owing to a very generous contribution from Dave Porter.


2)         Cabin (Mike Waddell, Tom Kelleher, & Stroker)

                    To date, we’ve sold 4 $75 season passes (good for one person). The Steering Committee discussed and approved offering a $150 Season Pass valid for families, effective immediately. Tom Kelleher will post info on both passes on the website.

As mentioned in the Treasurer’s Report, the upper section of the road just below the bridge to the Gervais property will be improved to provide parking and turn around space. Mike Waddell spoke with the Gervais and obtained permission to do the work (on their property). Further, the Gervais are on record as having no immediate plans to sell the property.

Cabin access road will probably need a major facelift in 5 years (Mike W’s assessment).

Eric Gotthold reported that he expects to assist current croo next summer with adding some recent croo photos to those already on the walls. Plenty of room for more pics.

Building on prior discussions, the Committee agreed that signage at the Cabin and related sites (PNC front desk, website, Cabin interior, and Cabin key fob) should be updated so info is consistent, clear, and concise.   “Long form” info can stay over the wood bin, but other postings should be limited to the few locations mentioned above, on the theory that the greater the number of signs, the less people will read them, and the less information actually gets communicated. Stroker to ask Ari if he’d be willing to help spearhead signage improvements.


3)         Gala (Stroker for Beth Weick)

Thanks to Beth Weick, Toben Traver and Betsy Cook will represent the OHA at this years Gala, on 5/25. Huts management is enthusiastic about our reps.


4)         Spring Reunion, 5/14 (Mike Waddell)

Stetsons to purchase and manage the food, John Thompson to manage the money, John Lamanna to manage the clams, and Mike Waddell to manage John Lamanna. Others will hopefully manage to get a tan and some good photos.

After floating the idea for some years now, the Committee agreed to hold a Steering Committee meeting the morning of Spring Reunion, 11 AM, so local OH—and those planning to attend the event anyway—can attend and participate. Meeting will coincide with lunch—if there’s food, that makes it a party.


5)         Fallfest, 11/5 (Stroker, Bill Barrett, Tom Kelleher)

Stroker has attempted to contact Rebecca Oreskes and Grace Pezella to see if either wants to be our featured after-dinner speaker at Fallfest. No replies as yet, but Stroker will persist. Becky Fullerton and Catherine Amidon have also both been mentioned as good candidates.

At the last meeting, Charlie Kellogg was voted to receive a posthumous OH Honorary award. Doug Hotchkiss was suggested as the most capable OH to present this recognition and make the necessary arrangements for Chuck’s family to attend.

Some years back, the first round of hut croo photos at Greenleaf were removed due to minor blemishes and replaced with newer copies. The old photos are grouped by decade and will be available for purchase by our members through an online auction. Tom Kelleher to investigate the feasibility of hosting the auction through the OHA website. Bill Barrett to coordinate the process of labeling, promoting, and producing the auction. Decades available are 30s and 40s (both in one panel), 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. Auction to conclude before Fallfest, where photo panels can be picked up by auction winners (or winners can have panels shipped, for cost of postage.)

Dave Huntley to begin editing last year’s Lakes and Mizpah hut anniversary video footage in April, for debut screening at Fallfest and hopefully posting online sooner.


6)         Hut System Update (Eric Gotthold)

Major interior rehab of Mizpah to begin next week. Croo room will be moved to the 3rd floor, with an emergency exit provided and a dormer added to the rear roof. Bunks will be upgraded with LED lighting and improved ladders. Space for information volunteers will go in attic.

Hiring of next sumer’s croo recently completed with 17 new hires selected from 195 applicants. Lakes croo now numbers 11 and Greenleaf 7.


7)         OH Hut Ambassador Program (Stroker for Josh)

OH currently signed up to visit huts include Josh (Carter), Stroker (Lonesome), and Maria (nee Lord) Van Dusen (Galehead). Plenty of openings for any OH who want to enjoy a free night at a hut for you and a friend. One of the best deals we offer our membership. Contact Josh Alper, Stroker, or James Wrigley for more info.


8)         Lonesome Croo Photo Project (Stroker)

Professional obligations required Dave Huntley to relinquish his role organizing the collection of photos and donations to complete the Lonesome hut croo photo collection. Beth Eisenhower has agreed to take up the cause, and welcomes any assistance from Lonesome alum. Beth represents recent croo and is looking for pre-00s Lonesome croo to help get word out and collect photos and cash from earlier croo. Only 4 photos submitted to date!!. Beth to contact Tom Kelleher for assistance accessing Lonesome croo contact info.


9)         Resuscitator (Stroker for Beth Weick)

Next edition due out May 1; deadline for submissions 4/15. Young OH are particularly encouraged to contribute writing, photos, and ideas.


10)       Membership Development (Stroker for Liz Seabury)

Liz and Nat Balch came up with a           long list of suggestions for family-friendly events, to provide social opportunities to OH with young families. Next meeting we hope to pick 1 or 2 events to try out this year or next.


11)       Website (Tom Kelleher)

Tom observed that not everyone who’s joined the FB page is an OH, which is the only criteria for membership. Vetting people can be difficult, but admins should try to apply tougher standards to those seeking to join to ensure that only OH are afforded membership.


12)       New & Other Bidness

Bill Barrett reported that the Feb 21 – 24 OHA Maine ski trip to Little Lyford Pond and Gorman Chairback Camps was a smashing success, notwithstanding the scarcity of snow. Skiing and hiking were in equal supply. The trip was in memory of Charlie Kellogg. 9 OH attended, including Bill, Josh Alper, Doug Hitchkiss, Andy McLane and wife, Maria Van Dusen and friend, and others. Another trip is already in the works for 2017. Lodges seem in fine shape, and both croos provided excellent service.

Oktoberfest will be 10/8 – 9.


13)       Date for Next Steering Committee Meeting: April 26, Josh Alper’s (70 Clark St., Belmont, MA).       Call Stroker for a ride from Alewife Station, end of the Red Line. Josh is also a 5 minute walk from the Belmont commuter rail station. Food and drink provided (at minimal cost).





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Old and New Friends Ski and Snowshoe Trip

Little LyfordA small group of geriatric OH (GOH) just completed a three night trip to AMC Little Lyford and Gorman Chairback camps. We lucked out on having just enough snow to get us in and out by ski, foot, and snowshoe.

Am glad to report that the facilities are in great shape with many improvements since our last visit. All the cabins at LLC have new roofs and floors, and the log walls have been re-caulked. The renovated Jim Hamilton lodge has much more dining space as well as a library. Several cabins have been added at GCB with en-suite facilities. The food was the best camp cuisine I have ever tasted.

Fun was had by all and we are planing to return next year.

Submitted by Doug

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