Wednesday, May 1

VOLUNTEER WORK, ADVENTURE GRANTS, FLAMING FLAMINGO, and RACHEL LIDDELL

BRANBURY VOLUNTEER WORK
Interested in getting outside and doing something fun AND productive? Join us for a clean-up day at Branbury State Park at Lake Dunmore this FRIDAY, MAY 3rd. We will leave around 1:00 from ADK. Post-clean-up swims in Lake Dunmore are encouraged! We have limited space in the van, so please email cfavaloro@middlebury.edu to sign up.

ADVENTURE GRANT PRESENTATION
Tuesday May 7th at 7:00 PM in BiHall 220
Interested in getting inspired about awesome trips to take this summer? Want to learn more about the Mountain Club's Adventure Grant Program (where we give you $$ to go on a trip of your choice?) Come to BiHall 220 next Tuesday to hear from our Adventure Grant coordinator about how you can submit a grant and look at photos from this year's Adventure Grant recipients. Trip locations include: Grand Canyon National Park, Red River Gorge, Virginia Appalachian Trail, Gaspe National Park, and more.

FLAMING FLAMINGO
Saturday May 11th at Branbury State Park
Get ready for Flaming Flamingo, our annual spring barbecue. Come witness the symbolic rejection of suburbia in the burning of a pink flamingo. Or just come to play soccer, slack line, swim, eat good food, play croquet, and MORE. We will have a van available to shuttle people to and from Branbury.

MMC BOARD ELECTIONS NEXT WEDNESDAY
If you're interested in running for a position or learning more about open positions, come to this week's board meeting at 6 PM in Laforce 121. Elections will be held next Wednesday May 8th. If you are currently abroad but want to know more about open positions, send us an email at mmc@middlebury.edu.

GREEN UP DAY
Saturday May 4th, 9am to noon
Did you know that the first Saturday in May is a state-wide Green Up Day? Join the Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) in their efforts to Green Up Vermont! You can join a group of like-minded people at Wright Park, Otter View Park, or one of the TAM trail heads to clean up the trail heads and parks. At Otter View Park, those of you who would rather garden can weed and trim around the trees and shrubs, or help dig up wild parsnip instead. Bring gardening tools and gloves, if so! We will meet at Wright Park at 9am to provide plastic gloves and Green Up bags, but you can go to any trail head if you have your own.

MMC ENDORSES RACHEL LIDDELL
In the Middlebury Mountain Club, we give 200% to our passion. And, while our trekking grounds may be limited primarily to the outdoors, we believe in a campus that's driven by that same enthusiasm. That's why we endorse Rachel Liddell for SGA President. Not only is she an upbeat, spunky, political powerhouse (who happens to love the outdoors), but Rachel also stands for various initiatives that support what the MMC values most.
First and foremost, Rachel is a believer in serving our big outdoors. With her plans towards incorporating sustainable food into the dining halls, along with her interest in supporting environmental recreation organizations such as the YouPower bike room, we know that the environment has Rachel on her side.
Second, as a group of students who love to be active, we think Rachel understands the importance of encouraging a healthy student body. For example, Rachel wants to push the school to provide trainer access for non-varsity athletes—something we would love to have access to after a long day of hiking!
Finally, in the MMC we constantly deal with the difficulties of coordinating a large club on campus, and greatly appreciate the support of our SGA. Rachel, with her participation in campus clubs such as the Moth and Dolci, also understands the roles and logistics of campus clubs, and additionally, has experience making large financial decisions given her position on the Budgetary Advisory Committee. We believe that given her experience being a member of various clubs, as an insightful financial advisor, and as a student who has extended her friendships all across campus, Rachel is in a great position to work with not just the Mountain Club, but any club on campus.
So if you, like us, are looking for a campus leader who has the experience, enthusiasm, and most importantly, charisma to get up any (political) peak, vote Rachel Liddell for SGA President.

GEAR SWAP AND SALE
This Saturday May 4th. http://www.GearSwapvt.org/<http://www.gearswapvt.org/>
Check it out! Poster attached with more details.


OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

WEEKLY MEETINGS
Join us for our weekly board meetings! 6:00 PM on Wednesdays in Laforce 121 (outside Ross Dining Hall). It's the best way to get involved in the MMC and we love newcomers!

KAYAK ROLLING
7:00 PM on Thursdays in the natatorium!

Bring a bathing suit and a warm layer you don't mind getting wet. Email aatwood@middlebury.edu<mailto:aatwood@middlebury.edu> with questions.

GEAR ROOM
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 7:30 come by FIC and borrow gear! All checkouts are free (assuming you return gear on time) and last for one week.

DEFENSIVE DRIVING CLASSES
Attending one of these classes to get a college van license is one of the requirements for becoming an MMC guide. This class will get you a 7-passenger license; to get a 15-passenger license, you must have had your state license for at least 3 years and need to schedule a road test with Ed Sullivan after the class.
May 9th 9-11AM
Held in Mitchell Green Lounge. Email Ed Sullivan, the campus Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator, who teaches the classes, to sign up (sullivan@middlebury.edu<mailto:sullivan@middlebury.edu>).