Roots...

Betty & Betsy

Dear Adventurous Women:

Twenty years ago, I was in the throes of a divorce and wondering what to make of my life. I had been a stay-at-home mom and chose not to return to full-time teaching. Freelance writing, substitute teaching, and odd jobs kept me solvent so that I could develop my idea that the outdoors is the best classroom.

In the Spring of 1981, I held the first Adventures for Women event—a hike up Popolopen Torne in Harriman Park, preceded by a map workshop at the Montvale Library. That event propelled me forward, growing Adventures for Women based on participants asking, “What’s next, Betsy?”

In 1984, I met Ann Mavromatis, an occupational therapist who taught us adventurous women effective breathing. In 1987, when Ann was dying of breast cancer, she asked me to continue this work. Subsequently I became a respiratory therapist and a more effective breathing trainer. In the year 2001, I want to focus on breathing training. So, I am passing Adventures for Women on to a dedicated team of women with bright ideas.

My administrative responsibilities are ending, but I will continue to guide. Change is energizing. So many new opportunities are on the horizon. Come along with us for the hike!

Happy Trails, Betsy
November, 2000

Dear Adventurous Women:

AFW is starting a new adventure as an organization, and we are excited! We are adding new guides, new hikes, new trips, new places to explore, in addition to keeping our old favorites. We are also offering members two free Joy Hikes each year.

Of course, we will continue to offer you the friendship and nurturing environment you have come to enjoy. Now AFW will be run by a group of longtime members who understand and value its purpose. With Betsy graciously sharing her wisdom and guidance, our merry band of outdoor women will continue in her footsteps. (Remarkable that it takes five people to fill in for one Betsy!)

In our next issue of Expanding Horizons we will introduce you to the team and provide you with a great calendar of local events for 2001. We would love to hear from you, so please use the new address, phone, fax or e-mail to contact us and let us know how the adventure is shaping up.

Mind the path....Betty
November, 2000