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)
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?).