A.A.C., Southern California Section. With the increasing AAC membership in the Southern California area, there has been need for a local organization to tie the group together and to stir up a greater interest and participation in Club affairs. As Sierra Nevada Section activities are largely centered in the San Francisco area, it is almost impossible for southern members to attend these meetings, some 400 miles away. With this thought in mind, an informal meeting was held at the invitation of John D. Graham at his home in Santa Barbara, on May 18. Following a buffet supper, plans for forming a new AAC Section were discussed. Jack also showed films of his Mount McKinley and African climbs. On September 21, a second meeting was held, presided over by AAC Councilor Nick Clinch who briefed the group on Club procedures and organization. At this time tentative officers were elected, subject to the approval of the Club Council. Officers elected were: Glen Dawson, chairman; Parker Severson, secretary-treasurer. After the business portion of the meeting, Norman Dyhrenfurth, leader of the 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition, gave a very interesting account of the Everest climbs.
At the AAC Council meeting in South Royalton, Vermont, on October 12 the Southern California Section was officially recognized as a branch of The American Alpine Club. The secretaries of the two California Sections plan to keep the members of their respective groups informed of each other’s meetings and activities.
Parker Severson, Secretary