Andy and Linda McLane - Recipients of AMC's Distinguished Service award for 2014


Chuck McFarland
The 2014 Distinguished Service Award was presented to Andy and Linda McLane, and Chuck McFarland

Each of the following awards recognizes volunteers for different kinds of service. Nominations are accepted from both volunteers and staff by November 15 of each year.

The Distinguished Service Award was established in 1976, the Centennial Year of the AMC and is presented annually to a member in recognition of outstanding contribution to the work of the club. The award is a symbol for all club members that we are an organization of volunteers working together in service to the public and for the preservation of our outdoor heritage. Nominations are accepted for individuals or couples who have been working in a volunteer capacity over many years in the service of the club. Previous award recipients are not eligible.
The Volunteer Leadership Award recognizes AMC's outstanding volunteer leaders who demonstrate the desire to share their time and expertise in the pursuit of AMC's recreation, conservation, and education mission. The Volunteer Leadership Award recognizes one or more dedicated volunteers who, in addition to contributing many hours, demonstrate outstanding passion and commitment and are instrumental to AMC's activities, programs and mission. Previous award recipients are not eligible.
The Joe Dodge Award is presented to a member of the AMC community who best exemplifies the type of high quality public service and mountain hospitality that became the hallmark of Joe Dodge's long and distinguished career at Pinkham Notch. A nominee can be a current employee, former employee, or volunteer. The essential idea is that it recognizes the ideals and practices of Joe Dodge and the award recipients, and that its presence may stimulate others to go and do likewise.  The Award focuses on actions that relate to AMC activities in the White Mountains - particularly the huts and trails and Pinkham Notch.
More information >> The Emerging Conservationist Award is presented to an individual in the 30 and below age group who has demonstrated innovative leadership in advancing conservation. Previous award recipients are not eligible.
The Stewardship Society Award honors AMC volunteers who carry on the tradition of public service activity and bring new members to join in the effort. The Stewardship Society structure seeks to recognize and encourage AMC's grassroots public service volunteers to contribute to the protection, enjoyment, and wise use of the public lands. Stewardship Society members typically volunteer on trail work, conservation, or other stewardship projects. The Marian Pychowska Award recognizes volunteers who have contributed at least 96 hours and the Warren Hart Award recognizes those who have given at least 224 hours. More information >>
  • Marian Pychowska Award - 96 hours. Marian Pychowska stands out for her diversity. In the 1880's she helped build trails, created a trail map of the Northern Presidentials, discovered the Pinnacle in Huntington's Ravine, and may be the first AMCer to look at the impact of recreation. When a shelter was proposed near treeline she wrote "We all fear if the public are invited to it the surroundings will become..." littered.
  • Warren Hart Award - 224 Hours. Warren Hart, AMC Councillor of Improvements (Trails) from 1908-1910 was a stellar example of this spirit of volunteerism for trails.  He spent 28 days in 1908 creating trails in the Great Gulf Wilderness.  Hart, by his personal example, inspired other members to join in the effort.  By 1910 Hart lead "working sections" of 40 people in summer trail building expeditions.
  • Recent Stewardship Society Recipients
  • Stewardship Society Tally Sheet
Photo: Ryan Smith