Mary Jo Whalen, Canton, and Susan Omohundro, Hannawa Falls, were recognized as Distinguished Volunteers by the Laurentian Chapter, Adirondack Mountain Club.
Mary Jo Whalen joined the Laurentian Chapter in 1980.
She has served as chapter chair for two years, and was the chapter's membership coordinator for many years.
She has led both chapter and club trips, including windjammer cruises, canoeing the Fulton Chain of Lakes, and numerous ski and paddle trips in St. Lawrence County.
She is particularly known for her "Lazy Days" late summer outings.
Susan Omohundro has been a member of the Laurentian Chapter since 1975.
She has served the chapter in numerous roles, both official and unofficial.
The very long list of chapter outings that she has led with her husband John over the decades, in all seasons, is unmatched in chapter history.
Since 1997 they together have been the force behind the concept and then the development of the Red Sandstone Trail.
They also have been the 'glue' that has kept the chapter strong and ever growing through the many years of their very active involvement in all facets of the chapter's life.
They have actively encouraged increasing our membership and then have served as mentors for the new younger members.
Presently, they serve as the North Wind Newsletter editors producing a quality newsletter four times a year.
Their love of the Adirondacks has found a worthwhile avenue of expression through their work with the Adirondack Mountain Club.
Whalen and Omohundro were recognized for their achievements at the annual meeting of the Laurentian Chapter on Nov. 20.
The Laurentian Chapter was established in 1972, and has over 400 members, largely from St. Lawrence County and the St. Lawrence and Ottawa River valleys.
The Laurentian Chapter is active in conservation, education, and outdoor recreation in this region and throughout the Adirondack Mountains.