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From the President (10/00)


Although I never met Marion Holmes, I feel a kinship with her. According to her close friend, Anne Hoover, she hiked the AT, the LT, the 46 high peaks of the Adirondacks, and the 4000 footers in the White Mountains, all things I've done or plan to do. She also had a love of history, particularly the history of the GMC, and served on the club's history committee.

When Marion Homes died in 1993, she left $4200 to the Burlington Section.

This summer the Burlington Section executive committee voted to make the Marion Holmes' bequest available to the GMC History and Archives Committee. It will be used to fund the recording of a series of interviews of long-time GMC members with special emphasis on Burlington Section members.

Director of Communications, Sylvia Plumb, has worked closely with the Vermont Folklife Center to tape conversations with such legends as Chet and Andy Buchanan and Rod Rice. Each oral history costs between $200 and $300.

As Anne Hoover wrote of Marion, “The concept of an oral history project at the GMC would have been right up her alley. She was a determined and sprightly woman and this use of her gift to the club would surely have pleased her."

Also at the August 1 meeting, the executive committee voted to donate $300 to the new Northern Frontier Section for the purchase of trail maintenance tools and $1000 to the main club for the headquarters expansion.