It is with some sadness that I share the news that after more than three decades we will be suspending the annual NY Section dinner. The plan is to develop a more intimate event in the spring for those looking to spend a formal evening with friends, and then a larger, more accessible gathering for the fall of 2019. The reasons for this are many, including the time and effort required to put on an event of this magnitude as well as the changing demographics of the Club. These issues had been a source of discussion among the dinner committee over the last several years. This year circumstances combined to make canceling the dinner the prudent option.
We wholeheartedly thank the many of you who supported the Section and the dinner over the years. It was a special event that spoke to the spirit of the New York climbing community. A true extension of gratitude must be made to former NY Section Chair Phil Erard, who conceived of the dinner in the early 1980s and whose tireless effort and endless enthusiasm kept the dinner going for the past 30+ years. Thank you, Phil!
I know that some of you will be disappointed with this news. It was a decision not taken lightly. It’s now time to forge ahead into the possibilities of the new. Please consider joining us at one of our Section Outings or at the new events in the spring or next fall.