March 2010 Volunteer of the Month Gene Leese


Since joining PATC’s North Chapter in 2003, Gene has worked on shelter and cabin construction, trail maintenance, and the Tuscarora Trail relocation on the Reineman tract. Most notable, however, is Gene’s work as a self-taught stone mason. Using native stone from the Silberman Trail Center site, Gene did some of the stone facing on the cabin foundation in 2006 and later built a 15-foot tall stone chimney (shown in the photo), barbecue grill, and piers for the recently-completed Silberman summer kitchen. At the new Burd Run shelter on the Tuscarora, Gene helped lay the block foundation in late November. He and others plan to complete a stone facing for the foundation in the coming months. Gene and his family live in McConnellsburg, PA. His wife Barb and daughters April and Rachel also volunteer on many North Chapter projects, along with canine companion, Sherman.