The Unicoi Crest above Tellico Plains


Cherokee Hiking Club
198 Crews Drive, Benton, TN 373




Monthly Club Meeting
Thursday, March 11, 2010

The monthly meeting of the Cherokee Hiking Club will be held at 6:30 pm, at the Baptist Student Center at Cleveland State Community College.  Directions are as follows:

We will meet in the large multipurpose area as we enter the Baptist Student Center building.  The address is 1475 Norman Chapel  Rd. N.W. and is off Peerless Rd.(turning onto Norman Chapel at Wesley Methodist Church)  Large sign in front says Baptist Student Center.  It is a large rustic building (dark brown) on the immediate left as you face the fork on the campus entrance to CSCC.  Park in front or in the extra parking in the CSCC parking lot across from the BSC.

From I-75 North: take Cleveland Exit 25.  Turn right off the exit (east).  Turn left at the first traffic light (Westside Drive) and go approximately one mile until the road ends at Norman Chapel Rd.  Turn left on Norman Chapel (going under the interstate).  The Baptist Student Center is immediately on the left.

General note: The BSC is directly across the street facing the CSCC main campus.

Cherokee Hiking Club Minutes, March 11, 2010, Baptist Student Center at CSCC, Cleveland 

The monthly meeting of the Cherokee Hiking Club was held March 11, 2010 at 6:30 pm at the Baptist Student Center at CSCC.  We made a $50.00 donation for the use of the facility.  Thanks to Lettie and Phil Burress for making reservations. 

There were twenty-one members and two guests present.  After the meal, President Randy Morris called the business meeting to order at 7:20 p.m.   Minutes were read by Secretary Jane Bohannon and were approved as read.  Treasurer Ann Gray reported a current balance of $1,270.20.  Randy stated that annual membership dues must be paid by the end of March or members will be dropped from the roster.   

Old business:  Alison Bullock from the National Park Service and Ambassador for American Trails discussed benefits of volunteering at the 20th American Trails National Symposium which will be held November 14-17 in Chattanooga at the Convention Center.  Volunteers receive free attendance to one on-site concurrent session for every four hours volunteered.  She gave handouts which contain a volunteer information sheet and may be submitted by mail, fax or online.  Alison’s email address is:  Alison_Bullock  Randy reminded the Club that the Southeastern Foot Trails Coalition

Meeting will be May 20-23 at Monteagle, TN.  In addition to informative sessions, daily hikes will be scheduled.  For information, go to  There was some discussion on whether we should establish a policy on hike pictures being displayed on Facebook.  This will be discussed with Rick Harris, the club’s webmaster.  Ann Gray has attempted to locate club records dating back to the 1970’s and 1980’s.   

New business:  We voted to donate $50.00 to Wesley Memorial Food Ministry at the Annual Meeting.  Ann Gray informed us that we will not be able to have the June/ July meeting at the Gray’s home because the fireworks display is going to be on July 4.   

Hikes completed:  Reports were given on Fort Loudon State Park, Harrison Bay State Park, and Turtletown Falls.   

Upcoming hikes:  The following upcoming hikes were discussed:  Treemont to Metcalf Bottoms, Tellico River Cleanup, Beech Bottom and the Scenic Spur Trail.  Kenneth Johnson’s Cumberland Trail wildflower hike for April 3 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.  The Alabama Wildflower Society will join Pat and Leon Bates on the wildflower hikes coming up April 9-11 (for more information, see above).  Their Saturday night program at Black Bear Cove is entitled “Plants and People of Southern Appalachia.”  Remember Diane and Bill’s Wolf Ridge to Big Frog hike and the Habitat for Humanity’s Bike-a- Thon.   

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m. 

Next meeting:    The April 8 Joint Meeting with the Hiwassee Club will be held at 6:30 pm at Wesley Memorial Methodist Church in Etowah.   Bring your favorite potluck food.  Russ Miller will be the guest speaker.  Drinks and ice will be furnished by the Cherokee Club.  Tableware---(plates, cups, silverware, and napkins)  will be furnished by the Hiwassee Club. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Jane Bohannon




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