Board Elections 2021

2021 BOARD CANDIDATES

PRESIDENT – Dan Kidd –  Dan is a longtime MOAC member. He’s run lots of trips from rafting down the Amazon to canoeing in the arctic with muskox. He’s disorganized at first, and second glance and then some. He’s a graduate of the Short Branch School for Boys. Known mostly for hauling wood-fired hot tubs to events and his annual low-class canoe trips. He’s considered warm and dangerous mostly by those afraid to chance one of his trips. He seeks the highest position available in MOAC for a 2th term.

VICE PRESIDENT – Lianne Mitchell –  I’m the current vice president and was a member-at-large the previous year. I was the coordinator for the monthly program speakers for about three years until joining the MOAC board. The club has been a part of many great experiences and memories for me over the years, and I’ve made some great friends. It’s my pleasure to “give back” to the group.

I grew up in Maine and moved back in 2004 after having moved around a bit for about 20 years. I joined MOAC in 2007 as a way to get outside and be more active. It worked! While my involvement varies a bit depending on the time of year due to being a real estate agent, I was, pre-covid, fairly active in posting and attending local club trips like Bradbury, Libby Hill, etc. for hiking, snowshoeing, and recreational kayaking.

SECRETARY – Wendy Hayes –  Although I’ve spent a lot of time wandering through the woods and camping, I really only rediscovered hiking and sea kayaking over the last few years. When I’m not at work, I love hiking, snowshoeing, and kayaking in the summer and just wandering through the woods and socializing at the end of the day. As well as discovering all the great walks and hikes in Maine, 

I’ve been spending time in the Whites learning the challenges and beauty of winter hiking. I’ve been a member of MOAC for just a few years and am really enjoying meeting new people who love the outdoors as much as I do. I think it’s a great group, and I’d like to devote some of my business and board experience to help keep MOAC going and growing.

TREASURER – Linda Johnson – I joined MOAC in 2010. I have enjoyed the many volunteer-led walks, hikes, snowshoe trips, and kayaking and canoe adventures. I have loved being part of Summer & Winter Fests, Grand Falls escapes, wilderness trips, and the Christmas Party over the years.  Most of all I’ve appreciated getting to know this great group of fun loving people.

In December, I was asked if I would consider taking over the treasurer position for a member who could not complete their term. I gladly accepted. I am enjoying taking over this responsibility, and I would like to continue on in this role.

I have been a professional bookkeeper for many years and own a bookkeeping company. I have also performed the treasurer role for other community organizations.

I’m looking forward to the opportunity to give back and to help the club thrive and continue to grow. 

Thank you for your consideration.

 

AT LARGE – Bill Briggs – I have been a MOAC member for close to 20 years and have always enjoyed and appreciated the many trips and activities hosted by others, as well as the MOAC camaraderie. I grew up hiking in the White Mountains, but have also developed a love of paddling, biking, and birding. Last summer, as my new knee allowed me to begin hiking again, I started leading hikes. I’m now ready to contribute to MOAC in a different way, so I am running for an at-large seat on the board. As a former executive committee member of the Maine Sierra Club, and an outdoor enthusiast, I would like to contribute to keeping MOAC a vibrant, active, organization. 

AT LARGE – Marianne Hill –  I joined MOAC in 2014 shortly after moving to Maine from Mississippi. It is a great group of extraordinary people. I have been cycling, hiking, skiing, camping, kayaking and partying with MOAC, and have always enjoyed the outings and organized a couple myself. I will add that I was very pleasantly surprised to find that even the meetings are absorbing and often inspirational. I am glad that the website has been made more user-friendly and, if elected, I would use our site to connect with young people who would treasure the opportunity to be part of a group like MOAC. I want this terrific group to continue well into the future. 

You may recall me from a few months ago when I presented some of my photos of Yellowstone in winter via Zoom. My background is as an economist. I did the state economic forecast for Mississippi for 23 years, and since moving to Maine I have had a few opinions pieces published in local newspapers, including one on climate change.

AT LARGE – Marc Hills – I’ve lived in Maine since 1987 and became involved in MOAC soon after. I remember MOAC meetings on the 2nd floor of the now-defunct Good Day Market, a natural foods store on Brackett Street. So that pegs my first involvement around 1989 or so. In the early 1990s I was a regular at the Tuesday evening rock climbing sessions at a quarry off Read Street. Afterwards, I downed many a cheap beer and 2-for-1 pizza with my fellow MOACers at a local bar called Samuel’s. 

I did a bit of family camping and canoeing as a child and was an avid cyclist and X-C skier in high school. But my first real exposure to exploring the natural world came during a college semester abroad in Kenya, in 1983. There I went on several directed and independent forays into the wild, including camping in the Great Rift Valley, living in the bush for two weeks with the semi-nomadic Samburu, climbing Mt. Kenya and conducting livestock censuses on a motorcycle in the Chalbi Desert, near the Ethiopian border. Those experiences shaped my personal relationship with the natural world. 

My first job after college was leading inn-to-inn bicycle tours in Vermont. My biggest takeaway from that experience was discovering that anyone who chooses an active, outdoor vacation is almost invariably a cool person. Even “older” people, like, in their thirties (gasp!), forties and beyond! I had found my tribe.

Along with my energy, these are some of the interests and experiences I would bring to the role if elected to the MOAC Board of Directors. It would be an honor to give back to the organization that has provided me with so much fun, friendship and adventure for the past 30 years.I’ve lived in Maine since 1987 and became involved in MOAC soon after. I remember MOAC meetings on the 2nd floor of the now-defunct Good Day Market, a natural foods store on Brackett Street. So that pegs my first involvement around 1989 or so. In the early 1990s I was a regular at the Tuesday evening rock climbing sessions at a quarry off Read Street. Afterwards, I downed many a cheap beer and 2-for-1 pizza with my fellow MOACers at a local bar called Samuel’s. 

AT LARGE – Kevin Huber –  Kevin has been a MOAC member for three years, and enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, and camping. He is a Scarborough resident and works at Unum. He has previously served on the board of the southern maine chapter of the Literacy Volunteers. Kevin is looking forward to serving MOAC as a member of the board. 

AT LARGE – Marty Williams –  I joined MOAC a while ago, maybe 15 years ago. One of my first trips was a Dan Kidd trip down the Machias River with his portable hot tub. For a moment I was worried–I didn’t know what I was getting into. Somehow knowing they brought chairs on a canoe trip reassured me. Scott Gee and I went for an unintended swim on that trip and I lost my camera and a perfect avocado. Since then, I hiked Mount Washington on a hut to hut trip with Andi Bartlett, and have done several great canoe trips with Dan Kidd. Marianne Hubert introduced me to sea kayaking at the annual trip to Stonington. I have made friends close by and far away. Now that I am retired, I am looking forward to many more adventures and leading a few trips down east, since I have lived in Bar Harbor and the Bangor area for many years.