Mazamas award activist

Kate McCarthy, a Mt. Hood resident, received the highest award given by the Mazamas Mountaineering Club.

The announcement of McCarthy’s Honorary Membership was made at Sunday’s annual meeting of the Hood River Valley Residents Committee.

“I was pleased, surprised and amazed (to receive the award),” McCarthy said Monday. She said her strong concerns about overuse of Mt. Hood, located within close proximity to the Portland-metro area, have driven her for years to work toward resource protection.

Those efforts have not gone unnoticed by the Mazamas.

“This recognition has been granted to you in light of your many accomplishments and contributions to conservation over the years. In particular, your strong leadership in the Friends of Mt. Hood has helped protect the mountain that is so very dear to the Mazamas,” wrote Keith Mischke, executive director, in his May 16, 2002, letter to McCarthy.

McCarthy, one of the founders of the HRVRC, is the 41st person given the top award from the Mazamas since the club formed in 1894. She will now have free lifetime membership dues and full rights with the exception of voting and holding office. She will be personally honored at the 109th annual Mazama banquet this fall.

“The folks who are with Kate today are in very good company,” said Ken Maddox, HRVRC president, a statement that was followed by a round of applause from the audience.

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