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Sierra Atlantic Newsletter

The Mighty American Chestnut: "Snowy" summers yielded a forest feast

by John Neumann
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.

Club national board to Chapter: reduce size of your ExCom

by Don Hughes
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.