Setting the Course:  AHTS Annual Meeting 2019!

Please join us for the Alabama Hiking Trail Society’s Annual Conference at Living River: A Retreat on the Cahaba (see map below) April 12-14. 

You may register online HERE.  If you are not a member or if you need to renew your membership, we invite you to do so HERE so that you can vote to elect the Officers and Directors of the Board at the AHTS Annual Meeting next month. 

Unlike previous years, this year’s Annual Conference includes an Annual Meeting of our members where we will elect Officers in addition to Directors of the Board.  Further, we will address any amendments proposed for the Bylaws of our organization. The rest of our Annual Meeting’s schedule consists of reports from the Board, Officers, Chapters, and committees, so we have only a few guest speakers this year.  

As a member of AHTS, you have the right to elect the leaders of our organization and vote on the rules and regulations that govern it. Please note that Officer positions serve a three year term and Directors of the Board serve a one year term. The Officers and Directors will guide the future of AHTS, so we hope you will join us to cast your vote for the individuals you think best represent your interests in the organization’s direction. 

Our new Bylaws include one especially significant change: now only the membership at our Annual Meeting can amend our Bylaws. This means that any proposed amendments to the Bylaws would be approved by you, the members, at the Annual Meeting rather than determined by the Board of Directors. As required by our Bylaws, you will receive a copy of the proposed amendments at least 30 days prior to our Annual Meeting.

Yet our Annual Conference is about more than business, so we've scheduled three speakers sessions that you'll find informative and engaging:  Chuck Yeager will speak on the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve; Rachel Callahan will speak on creating hiking groups for children; and Bob Pasquill will speak on the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Alabama and the best historic sites to visit. 

Plus, if you're not interested in the Annual Meeting, you'll have the opportunity to rent a canoe ($15 per canoe) and travel down the Cahaba River with two guides from Living River (the group will split the hourly rate of $25 per guide). For the canoe trip, meet in the dining hall parking lot on Saturday, at 1p. There are 15 rental canoes.  The CahabaRiver is one of the most scenic and biologically diverse rivers in the United States. Or you can fossil hunt with a Living River leader (the group will split the hourly rate of $25). Meet the leader in the dining hall parking lot at 10:30a, on Saturday. There are multiple trails at Living River. You are welcome to hike on your own. On Saturday morning at 10:30a, a Living River leader will lead a group on a hike (the group will split the hourly rate of $25).

For your convenience, here's the schedule:

Come join us April 12-14 at Living River!  We look forward to seeing you.