Pictures of Helen, GA's Appalachian Trail Celebration

Helen's Mayor Judy Holloway & County Commissioner Craig Bryant pose with new Appalachian Trail Community signs. (Photograph by Robert Sutherland)

The final day of November 2012 could not have had a more perfect ending for our friends in Helen, Georgia.

Helen was honored by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) as the latest Appalachian Trail Community -- signifying Helen's commitment to America's most beloved trail and those who begin their northbound hikes not far away at Springer Mountain.

Members of the ATC and the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club (GATC) joined with local officials and dignitaries to mark the occasion.

ATC Executive Director Mark Wenger in Helen, GA -- Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Steve Gibson -- the ATC's Community Committee Chairman -- opened the ceremonies, then Charles Aiken -- a vital member of GATC -- played the National Anthem.

ATC Director Mark Wenger took time to attend the presentation, along with Morgan Sommerville, ATC's Southern Regional director, and Julie Judkins who encourages and organizes these events.

Other speakers included:

  • Helen's Mayor Judy Holloway
  • GATC President Shelley Rose
  • Chattahoochee National Forest Supervisor Randy Warbington
  • Former GATC President Tom Aderhold (also a 50-Year Service Awardee)
  • Travis Turner & Craig Bryant, County commissioners
  • David Greear.

My pal, ATC Community Program Manager Julie Judkins, in Helen, GA. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

ATC's Community Program Manager Julie Judkins, says, "The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is proud to celebrate communities that are helping to protect and promote the Appalachian Trail. These new partnerships will increase local stewardship of public lands, support community initiatives for sustainable economic development and conservation planning as well as support healthy lifestyles for community citizens."

Our thanks to one and all for the work and dedication from so many volunteers serving the Appalachian Trail in the Helen, Georgia, area.

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The dedicated crowd at Helen's Appalachian Trail Community presentation, November 30, 2012. (Photograph by Robert Sutherland)

GATC President Shelley Rose ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Former GATC President Tom Aderhold ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

ATC Trail Community presentation in Helen, Georgia ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Helen, Georgia ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Helen, Georgia ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Helen, Georgia ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The Appalachian Trail Community Award for Helen, Georgia, November 30, 2012 ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

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