90th Anniversary Logo Design Announced

Congratulations to Alan Kahan for his winning entry in the PATC 90th Anniversary logo contest. Alan’s design debuted in the recent anniversary fundraising letter from Jim Tomlin, and was set to be featured in various elements at the Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on November 29.

Last spring, PATC put out the call for artists, creative types, and those with enthusiasm for PATC’s history to send us their best ideas for a special 90th anniversary logo. Fifteen members submitted designs that ranged from technical to whimsical. In addition to capturing the spirit of the Club and the anniversary, then-president Don White requested the tagline “Ordinary people routinely doing extraordinary things.”

Alan is relatively new to our club, having been a member for three years. He serves as one of the many trail overseers in Rock Creek Park and also does book design for the club. Alan notes that “one of the first things I did after retiring from a career in scientific society publishing and graphic design was to join PATC. After years of hiking on PATC-maintained trails and using PATC guidebooks and maps, I now have the time to give back to the organization. It has been a rewarding experience, and I continue to be impressed by the large number of volunteers and their commitment in doing so many of the tasks that make PATC a success.”

Alan Kahan
We asked Alan to share the thoughts behind his logo design. “While the PATC logo expresses the club’s focus on the AT and the outdoor environment, the 90th anniversary logo highlights that ongoing spirit of volunteerism within the organization, where ordinary people continue to do extraordinary things over so many years,” he replied.

The Design Committee thanks everyone who took the time to participate in this contest. PATC has some very creative and dedicated designers among us.

--Brewster Thackeray, Staff Director