The Unicoi Crest above Tellico Plains


Cherokee Hiking Club
198 Crews Drive, Benton, TN 373




Monthly Club Meeting
Thursday, February 11, 2010

The monthly meeting of the Cherokee Hiking Club was held February 11, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Debbie and David Flower in Cleveland.  There were nineteen members present.  President Randy Morris called the business meeting to order at 7:25 p.m. after we had enjoyed Debbie’s taco soup, Mexican corn bread, her Valentine’s cup cakes and all the other goodies brought by club members.  Minutes were read by Secretary Jane Bohannon and corrections made related to reservations at Black Bear Cove and removing the “www.” from the TNWILD website address.   In the absence of Ann Gray, Treasurer, Randy reported the current balance.   

Old business:  Randy mentioned some possibilities for a guest speaker at the April 8 Joint Meeting.  Debbie loaned us old club records dating back to 1989.  The club was started by Jerry Melton in the early 1980’s not long before Debbie and David joined in 1983.  Rick Harris plans to continue to put our old records on PDF files.  Some members have volunteered to look for other old records.  So far we haven’t come up with any dating farther back than 1989.  

New business:  The club voted to make a $50.00 donation to the Baptist Student Center when we have the March meeting there.  Alison Bullock of the National Park Service was unable to attend due to a family emergency.  There are tentative plans for her to be at the March meeting to present options for volunteering at the National Trails Symposium.  Steve Biatowas presented tee shirts to David Flower and Randy Morris for their promotion and maintenance of trails.  David made a motion to send complimentary newsletters to Steve Biatowas and to Greg Kirkland, both who are Trail Technicians for the Forest Service.  Marc Bernatti seconded the motion.  Debbie and David Flower asked for volunteers to help with a project on Saturday April 10 for Habitat For Humanity (newsletter editor note: notices of which have already been sent out to the members via email).  Proceeds will be used to build a house for Habitat For Humanity.  Becky Levings, Newsletter Editor, and Rick discussed our club Facebook group.  There was discussion on acquiring permission for photos.  Randy suggested no photo posting until further discussion. 

Hikes completed:  Members reported on the following hikes completed:  Laurel-Snow Falls, Athens Regional Park, and Oswald Dome.    Rick reported on trail work and stated that Farr Gap to Sled Runner Gap has been cleared.   

Upcoming hikes:   Fort Loudon State Park, Harrison Bay State Park, Turtle Town Falls and Treemont to Metcalf Bottoms.

Randy commended Leon Bates and Kenneth Johnson for their wildflower knowledge, which they are willing to share on our hikes.  The Alabama Wildflower Society will join Leon and Pat on April 10th and 11th, and they will have a Saturday night program at Black Bear Cove on April 10th.   

Next meeting:  The next monthly meeting will be March 11 at 6:30 at the Baptist Student Center at CSCC following a potluck meal.  Directions will be in the March newsletter. 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Jane Bohannon


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