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Forests, Trails, and Shelters (01/01)

GMC Burlington Section Annual Meeting

Kayaking Nunavik - Jay Monahan, Guest Speaker
Saturday January 27 2001
First Unitarian Universalist Society
152 Pearl Street Burlington

  • Social hour 5 pm
  • Dinner (lasagna) 6 pm
  • Business meeting 7 pm
  • Program 8:15 pm

Jay Monahan is a registered Maine Guide and an internationally recognized sea kayaking coach. He has paddled for over 30 years, beginning with touring and whitewater canoes before moving onto whitewater and sea kayaks. Jay has been instructing, organizing, and guiding trips and expeditions for much of this time. Jay lives in Vermont.

The Nunavik peninsula in Arctic Quebec is one of the last truly remote areas in North America. Bordered by the Hudson Bay on the west and the North Atlantic on the east, Nunavik is larger than the State of Texas, yet is home to less than 5000 Inuit spread out in fourteen coastal communities.

In 1995, fulfilling a lifelong dream, I led a sea kayak expedition to this area where kayaking is thought to have originated. Over the course of two weeks our group of six paddlers traveled some 120 miles along a legendary, 3500-year-old Inuit trading route. Along the way, we met the last of a generation of people that grew up hunting seal, walrus, beluga, and narwhal from their sealskin kayaks.

This trip is documented in a 150-slide show that combines historical pictures of the Inuit of Hudson Bay and slides from the expedition.

Please bring (for 3 - 4 people): by last name

  • Salad A - M
  • Dessert N - S
  • Appetizer T - Z

... and your own plate, eating utensils, and mug

Directions: From 189, take exit 14W. Continue on Main St. to Winooski Ave. light. Turn right onto N. Winooski Ave. Continue to second set of lights, and turn left onto Pearl St. The Unitarian Universalist Society (Church) is on the right at the head of Church St. Ample parking in the back. City parking lots or side streets also available. We will be located in the basement meeting area.

Please reserve the circular driveway on the east side of the church for food drop-off, and for those who are walking challenged.

Please Make Reservations - Call Brenda at 802-658-5769

The following slate of officers will be voted on at annual meeting. (They will form the executive committee for 2001.)

  • President: Mary Lou Recor
  • Vice President: Pam Gillis
  • Secretary: Sue Girouard
  • Treasurer: Sarah Berger
  • Membership: Dot Myer
  • Publicity: Patricia Collier
  • Ridge Lines: Sally Spear
  • Outings: Phil Hazen, Paul Houchens
  • Trails: Pam Gillis, John Sharp
  • Shelters: Chris Hanna
  • Special Events: Brenda Wright
  • Education: Walter Lepuschenko
  • Director: Pam Gillis (current)
  • Director: Deborah Brown (term begins 6/2001)
  • Alternate Director: Dana Baron
  • Nominating Committee : Phil Hazen, Dana Baron
  • Budget Committee: Sarah Berger, Peter Alden, Dana Baron, Sylvia Ewerts, Phil Hazen

Members Meeting - Thursday March 8 - 7 pm

We have found a new site for the member meetings. Our next meeting will be held on the University of Vermont campus in Memorial Lounge in Waterman Building.

Waterman Building is located on the northwest corner of South Prospect and College Streets. There is parking in back of the building (enter from College St.). Additional space is available behind the building on the opposite side of College Street.

Our speaker will be Stephen J. Kimball, district ranger for the National Forest Service. His topic will be protection of national forests.

President Clinton proposed a plan last year that could protect sixty million acres of our national forests from roads, logging, and other extractive activities.

Hearings were held around the country. People in this area attended and gave opinions on the national forests in Vermont and New Hampshire. Vermont has 364,000 acres, with 9,600 acres in the roadless initiative.

Steve will give us an overview of the decision on the protection of roadless areas in Vermont and New Hampshire.

The meeting is open to the public as well as GMC members. If you have questions, contact Patricia Collier, 802 - 863-1145.

- Patricia Collier

Walking Around the World

Green Mountain Club
James P. Taylor Winter Series
Friday March 9 - 7 pm
Billings Theatre - University of Vermont

Pomfret native Tom Stone will share slides and stories of his adventures and misadventures on his eight year journey around the world. With only a forty pound pack and a supply of duct tape, he trekked through Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America.

$4 GMC Members
$7 Nonmembers
12 and under free
(tickets at the door)

Hosted by the Burlington Section of the Green Mountain Club and the UVM Outing Club.

A Chance to Explore

Scouting for a Long Trail relocation between Bolton and the Winooski River has begun.

Greg Western, GMC Field Supervisor, writes that “anyone interested in joining with these explorations is welcome, whether it is folks familiar with the area already or someone who just wants to spend some time exploring."

Greg can be reached at GMC headquarters, (802) 244-7037, ext. 18; or

Section History Grows

Whether you're aware of it or not, we've just finished another year of making GMC history.

I would appreciate it very much if anyone could loan me pictures of this year's activities — Butler Lodge rebuild, outings, special events. This helps me keep our photo album up-to-date.

I will make copies and return originals. Slides are okay, too. Thanks.

- Dot Myer (802 - 863-2433) Section Historian

Adopter Needed

Twin Brooks Tenting Area needs an adopter. Contact Leo Leach, shelters chair, at