The American chestnut blooms in late June to early July in New York. Before the blight, when the trees grew thickly, their creamy white male flower catkins made the mountains appear snow covered. This early bloomer was never threatened by the spring frosts that damaged other fruit or nut tree species.
Historically, the chestnut provided food and shelter to a variety of wildlife.
At its June meeting in Buffalo and in telephone conference calls, the ExCom addressed budget matters. The ExCom approved a grant to Water Sentinels and increased the appropriation for litigation support, a growing but expensive component of the Chapter’s work. The Chapter is trying to step up fundraising efforts.
At its May meeting, the Club’s national Board of Directors voted to eliminate proportional representation in the Atlantic Chapter’s Executive Committee (the “ExCom”). The change, which also affects the Pennsylvania and Tennessee chapters, requires each of the 11 groups in New York state to have a single delegate.
Previously, the number of delegates accorded each Group was proportional to its size. The New York City Group, with over 13,000 members, will see its Group-elected delegates drop from five to one.