An Appalachian Trail Conference meeting depends on volunteers. This time, we have 930 people at the conference and over 300 volunteers. Some do as little as four hours at a desk while others have volunteered countless hours for the last two years.
The next Biennial meeting will be in 2013 and Carolina Mountain Club will be one of the five clubs responsible for the meeting. So we’re learning what works and what doesn’t from this meeting.
I checked out the camping facilities here. See above. The camping chairs had commandeered the Emory and Henry College soccer fields. They drew lines and created camping spots of equal size and numbered them. Quite a lot of work.
I went to a workshop and also gave a workshop entitled A Hike through the Cultural History of the Carolina Mountains. I had over 50 people at the workshop, all “working”.
We went to a volunteer reception where we were thanked for our service. Here I am with Andrew Downs of the Southern Regional ATC office. He just towers over me.
Four CMC members volunteered for various jobs and I got them together for a photo.
Then we had a raffle with great door prizes. I had donated my trail guide Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Heritage.
Unfortunately I didn’t win anything but it was fun and congenial. An ATC conference is about friendships as much as hiking.