Appalachian Mountain Club

Eileen Yin Named Appie of the Year

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

Congratulations to Eileen Yin, who has been named Appie of the Year for 2020! Chapter Chair Kaspar Alexander announced the volunteer award at the Executive Committee Meeting on January 12.

The Appie is someone who has worked tirelessly over several years, sometimes behind the scenes, organizing trips, activities and programs, and leading by in practice and by example. The Award exemplifies the volunteer ethic that makes the Club special.

At the start of the pandemic, Eileen spearheaded the launch of the virtual #BeOnlineWithAMC programming, which has kept Members connected and learning through more than 75 socials, presentations, and trainings.

She organizes dozens of events as Chair of the Programs Committee for the Harriman Outdoor Center and also served as Co-Chair of the Bicycling Committee, leading memorable trips around Randall’s and Roosevelt Islands and across the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. A former Chapter Chair, Eileen has provided decades of service to the Chapter and AMC.

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New Bicycling Committee Chair: Rick Bryan

Sunday, January 3rd, 2021

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Congratulations to Rick Bryan on his appointment as Chair of the Bicycling Committee for AMC’s New York-North Jersey Chapter.
He takes over for Co-Chairs Dimitri Akrivos and Eileen Yin and most recently served as Vice Chair of the Executive Committee. He enjoys hiking and backpacking in Harriman State Park in all seasons; road cycling in the summer, and kickboxing 2 or 3 times each week.
Keep up with the Bicycling Committee here

Meet New Trails Committee Chair Ed Spirko

Sunday, January 3rd, 2021

Please welcome the NY-NoJ Chapter’s new Trails Committee Chair! Ed Spirko is a New Jersey native who lives with his wife, Pat, in Passaic County. He developed an enthusiasm for outdoor activities early in life, while spending summers at a rural New Jersey lake community. His love of outdoor winter activities stems from time as a young adult living in southern New Hampshire.
An avid hiker, Ed has section-hiked 430 miles of the Appalachian Trail, has been an active trail maintainer, and worked on building stone stairs for the reroute of the AT over Bear Mountain. Additional volunteer work includes a board member of a lake community and previously serving on various township commissions and committees.
Since becoming an AMC member in 2005, fall Adirondack canoe trips and some quiet weekends at the Harriman Outdoor Center have been his favorite activities. He completed the “leading a hike” training in Central Park in February, pre-COVID. Ed is looking forward to putting skills learned to work in the near future.
Having recently retired as training manager of a European automobile company, Ed has been spending more time volunteering and works as a trail steward for NJ Division of Parks and Forestry.
As the Trails Committee Chair, Ed looks forward to coordinating reporting and activities while providing support for the hard-working volunteers, as well as encouraging new volunteers to join in improving trails.

Inspiration Award 2020: Rita Cohen

Sunday, December 27th, 2020

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The New York-North Jersey Chapter’s 2020 Inspiration Award went to Rita Cohen. The Inspiration Award is for a member who embodies the spirit of our Chapter and inspires others by leading, mentoring or encouraging leadership or activity for AMC this year. 

Rita has actively encouraged others to get involved with AMC. She opens up her walks for so many people and we are so grateful for her leadership and expertise. The award was announced at the Chapter’s Annual Meeting on November 18, 2020.

Thank you, Rita!


Peter Gourri: Unsung Hero Award 2020

Saturday, December 26th, 2020

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The Chapter Volunteer Award in 2020 for Unsung Hero went to Peter Gourri. ⁠The Unsung Hero award is for a member who supports the New York-North Jersey Chapter in less visible celebrated ways behind the scenes, such a public service (conservation, trails), communications, editing, committee service, or record-keeping,  this year.⁠ ⁠The award was announced at the Chapter’s Annual Meeting on November 18, 2020.

Peter has been very diligent in supporting the Chapter in very critical ways. He has since the beginning of COVID worked hard on our virtual Programs Committee.  ⁠He has either hosted or co-hosted the bi-weekly #BeOnlineWithAMC meetings and in doing so, helped the Chapter reach more than 10,000 views. Peter has not only hosted but has also done extraordinary preparatory work as well. ⁠Watch the videos here.

Thank you, Peter, for all of your hard work this year!⁠ ⁠ ⁠

#AMCNYNJ #AMCOutdoors #BeOutdoors #Unsunghero

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