Vienna, VA. November 20, 2019 — The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club’s annual awards banquet offered yours truly a wonderful surprise in the form of the club’s highest honor, the Myron Avery Volunteer of the Year Award.
“Named in honor of the founder of the PATC, the Myron Avery Award recognizes a substantial achievement by a PATC member who most exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism through his or her contribution to PATC during the past year. This is the highest honor bestowed upon members of the club and is awarded to the PATC volunteer who most exemplifies Mr. Avery’s dedication and devotion to PATC’s mission. The contribution can be to any type or combination of club service activities, e.g., devoting many hours above and beyond the norm to service activities, including travel time, or making an exceptional contribution to a particular project.”* Avery also founded the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
Two people are principally responsible for creating the Appalachian Trail. Benton MacKaye supplied the vision. Myron Avery got it done. Myron Avery
Volunteers are the heart and soul of the AT and our national parks. About 250,000 volunteer hours annually are needed to keep the AT properly maintained and open.
Thousands of volunteers across 14 states, hundreds from the PATC alone, give what they can in time, money and sweat for a labor of love. I’m proud to be counted among them.