Green Mountain Club
Montpelier Section

Organization
On this page:
  Membership
  History
  Officers
  Committees
  Publications
  Activities
  Annual Meeting
Other Pages:
  Archives and History
  Executive Committee
  Section Bylaws

 

The Green Mountain Club is founder, protector and maintainer of Vermont’s Long Trail,  the first long-distance hiking trail in the country. The Montpelier Section maintains two portions of the Long Trail - Gorham Spring to Jonesville and Smugglers' Notch to Chilcoot Pass, including the overnight sites: Montclair Glen Lodge, Bamforth Ridge Shelter and Sterling Pond Shelter. The section also maintains the Sterling Pond Trail (formerly part of the Long Trail itself.) See the tour section for maps and pictures.

Journey's End, northern terminus of the Long Trail Journey's End, northern terminus of the Long Trail (Photo by Nuquist)

 

  The section sponsors a variety of events throughout the year; all events are open to both members and non-members. The section also maintains a portion of the Long Trail and its shelters. Everyone is welcome to join the Montpelier Section; members receive the section quarterly newsletter (Trail Talk) and participate in organizing events and in governance of the section. Section members are automatically members of the GMC, and as such receive the quarterly newsletter (Long Trail News) and discounts at the GMC store, at selected overnight sites, and at most GMC events such as workshops and the James P. Taylor Winter Series.
The Montpelier Section is one of  fourteen GMC sections;  see the GMC Sections page for a list of all Sections and a link to their web sites.  Each Section elects a Director to the GMC; additional General Directors are elected by the entire GMC membership.  The GMC has its headquarters in Waterbury Center and has a year-round staff and a seasonal field staff.

Membership

To join the Montpelier Section of the GMC, click the Join/Renew button at the top of the GMC Membership Benefits page, and under "Choose Your Membership Section" select Montpelier. Or call 802-244-7037.  If you are already a member of the GMC, you can change your section affiliation to be the Montpelier Section.

Dues are set by the GMC. Each Section receives a portion (currently 25%) of the dues paid by its members.

  A glorious fall day on Camel's HumpA glorious fall day on Camel's Hump (Photo by Nancy J)

History

David Morse et al
David Morse et al (Photo by Nuquist)
  Before there was a Montpelier Section, there was a Mount Hunger Section in the 1920s and a Barre Section in the 1950s. Today our section alone covers Central Vermont; it is the second largest chapter of the Green Mountain Club and may be the largest section per capita in the state. The Montpelier chapter was organized in 1955 with these officers: President Harlan Farnsworth, Secretary Phyllis Murphy, and Treasurer Frances Holmes. Harlan later served on the GMC board and as section treasurer. The Bamforth Ridge Shelter (2002) is dedicated to him and to another prominent member, David Morse.

Montpelier has, since its founding, been responsible for the section of the Long Trail (LT) between Smuggler's Notch and Chilcoot Pass. In later years it has also maintained the LT on Bamforth Ridge, from the Winooski River to the Gorham Lodge site. Our shelters on the LT are: 

  • Sterling Pond Shelter, built by the section in 2005. It is the fourth structure at this location, the first was built by Fred Mould of Morrisville in 1926.
  • Watson Camp, just south of Sterling Pond Shelter, originally a fishing camp, donated to the GMC by Thomas Watson of IBM in 1980. (Watson Camp was removed in 2011.)
  • Bamforth Ridge Shelter, constructed by the section in 2002, to replace Gorham Lodge, erected by the Long Trail Patrol in 1950, and irreparably damaged by the snow of 2000-01.
The Montpelier Section has always had a full year-round outing schedule. In the early days it joined the Burlington Section for an annual oyster stew at Taylor Lodge, while Burlingtonians were invited in return to Wiley Lodge, now gone. Another lost tradition is trailhead breakfast for trail workers before they began spring maintenance of the Long Trail.

In addition to doing trail work, Montpelier Section volunteers assist the GMC in numerous ways. With the club's headquarters first located in Montpelier and since 1992 in nearby Waterbury Center, many members have developed close ties to the club.  

Officers

See note on election of officers at annual meeting.

 
President:
Steve Bailey 2016
Montpelier, VT 05602
Tel: (609) 424-9238
E-mail: president@gmcmontpelier.org
Secretary/LTN Reporter:
Phyllis Rubenstein 2017
Montpelier, VT
Tel: 802-793-6313
E-mail: secretary@gmcmontpelier.org
Vice President:
Ken Hertz 2018
East Montpelier, VT
Tel: (802) 229-4737
E-mail: vicepresident@gmcmontpelier.org
Trails/Shelters Coordinator:
Alan Paschell 2018
East Calais, VT 05651
Tel: (802) 223-7044
E-mail: trails@gmcmontpelier.org
Membership Coordinator:
Linda Trono 2017
East Montpelier, VT
Tel: 802-522-6098
E-mail: membership_coordinator@gmcmontpelier.org
Publicity Coordinator:
Kevin Ryan ♠ 2009
Montpelier, VT
Tel: 802-249-8849
E-mail: publicity@gmcmontpelier.org
Treasurer:
Morgan Irons 2016
East Calais, VT 05651
Tel: (802) 223-7044
E-mail: treasurer@gmcmontpelier.org
Newsletter Editor:
Nancy Jordan ♠ 1999
Montpelier, VT 05602
Tel: 802-223-3935
E-mail: newsletter@gmcmontpelier.org
Webmaster:
John Buddington  ♠
North Middlesex, VT 05682
Tel: 802-229-0725
E-mail: webmaster@gmcmontpelier.org
GMC Board of Directors
Section Representative:

George Longenecker  2018
Middlesex, VT
Tel: (802) 229-9787
E-mail: directors@gmcmontpelier.org
GMC Board of Directors
Alternate Section Representative:

Andrew Nuquist 2018
Montpelier, VT 05602
Tel: (802) 223-3550
E-mail: directors@gmcmontpelier.org
The year shown after () is the first year of service for this person in this office. Each term begins at the Section's annual meeting.  The bylaws limit terms of service for some positions.
elected to a one year term.     ♠ appointed yearly      elected to a three year term     ♣ appointed.

History: See our list of   Previous Officers

Committees

Committees are established in the bylaws and by appointment of the president. Committee meetings are open to all members.  If you would like to participate, contact the committee chair. (The chair person is a section officer; see Officers.)

The linked pages below provide more information about the committee activities, membership, meeting schedule, and minutes of previous meetings.

Committee   Chair Purpose
Executive   Section President Provide over-all leadership for the Section. 
Trails/Shelters   Trails and Shelters Coordinator Plan and schedule work hikes for maintenance of Long Trail infrastructure on agreed section maintenance areas.
Website   Webmaster Develop and maintain the section web site
Nominating   - - Nominate candidates for section officer positions. This committee expires when the elections are held, at the Section's annual meeting.

View south from Mt. Mansfield    (Drawing by Dave Blumenthal)

Publications

Trail Talk, the quarterly newsletter of the GMC Montpelier Section,  is sent (free) to all members of the Section. The editor is listed above, under Officers.

Trail Talk contains the Section's Calendar of Events, official notices, selected Event Reports, and informative articles. The editor is always pleased to receive submitted articles.

  Postcard -- Bolton Falls, VT, Bridge, Camels Hump in distance   Postcard: Bolton Falls, VT, Bridge, Camels Hump in distance

Activities

Windgap Beaver Pond Windgap Beaver Pond (Photo by Nuquist)   Scheduled events include hikes, bicycle rides, canoe/kayak trips, snowshoe and ski outings, trail maintenance, and more. The schedule is published in Trail Talk. Most scheduled events also appear on the Events page of this website, in the Long Trail News, and in other publications; omissions derive from the individual leader's preference concerning publicity.

The schedule is drafted at the (quarterly) Membership/Outing Planning Meeting. The Planning Meeting itself is listed in Trail Talk.

James P. Taylor Winter (Lecture) Series: The section sponsors one of these events each year.


Annual Meeting

The Section's annual meeting is held in the Spring. Section Officers are elected for one year terms, as specified in the bylaws.

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