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Friday
Mar232012

Explorers Club Controversy Part VII: Resolution

Well, the controversy within the board of The Explorers Club has come to some resolution.

Last weekend, five new board members were voted onto the board by the Club's membership and when the new board met, Lorie Karnath was voted out as president and Alan Nichols was elected as the new president of the Club.

Interestingly to me, Alan Nichols is a person respected by both sides of the current controversy.  Apparently, months ago he called together the board to try to ease the friction, and even though his meeting didn't solve the problem, he did gain a tremendous amount of respect from all involved.

I don't know Alan, but everyone I have spoken with speaks very highly of him.  He seems to have the personality to help heal past wounds and move the Club forward.  

Outside magazine ran a follow up article about the elections on its online blog.  You can check out the article Here .

I have also heard reports that after Lorie Karnath lost the presidential election, a handful of her supporters immediately resigned their positions.  I do not have enough information to comment for certain on these reports, but if I hear anything of importance I will mention it on this blog.

Hopefully, President Nichols will help the entire Club to refocus its energy on exploration and move past the bickering.  Here's wishing Alan a successful and productive tenure at the helm.

Here's the text of a letter I received from the Club announcing Al's election:

You, the membership, have spoken. At the Annual Meeting, held the day after the very successful 2012 ECAD, the election results were announced. Five new Directors were selected: Bob Atwater from Arizona, Brian Boom from New York, Jim Edwards from Oregon, Mark Fowler from Southern California and Brian Hanson from Texas. This is the Class of 2015.

Shortly thereafter the fifteen members of the Board adjourned to the Club's Trophy Room to elect a president. Two candidates were selected for the ballot: our President and our Ombudsman. Their positions were stated; questions were posed and answered. A confidential vote was taken by the duly elected representatives of our membership: Alan Nichols was chosen the new President of The Explorers Club.

Alan is an explorer who has carried seven flags. He is an attorney from San Francisco and an expert on Sacred Mountains and the Tibetan land and people. He also rode his bicycle from Istanbul to Xian, a distance of 16,570 km (10,300 miles).

Thus, an evolutionary transition has begun. This is not a revolution; rather it represents an opportunity to build upon the accomplishments of Lorie Karnath who achieved so much during her three-year term. We are in for a period of greater transparency, as demonstrated by an open discussion of Club finances during the Annual Meeting (before the presidential election). You can anticipate frequent communication on the progress of your Club. New blood always brings enthusiasm, and it is hoped you will communicate your ideas to keep our
venerable organization vibrant and growing.

As this is written we await the reports from the Challenger Deep. Member James Cameron is hoping to match the record of Honorary President Don Walsh's accomplishment to reach the ocean's greatest depth on January 23, 1960, with the lateJacques Piccard, to 35,598 feet below sea level (10.911 m).

Appropriately enough, there is an Explorers Club Flag aboard.

Wednesday
Feb292012

Explorers Club Controversy Part VI: The Outside Article

Well, it's here.

The infamous article in Outside magazine online that we all knew was coming.

In some ways I knew it was inevitable-- I mean, this squabble is occurring in the heart of New York City for crying out loud-- but I was still hoping the situation in our Club would be contained to a few posts on some internet sites.  It's unfortunate that an article of this magnitude has been published, but when there's blood in the water, the sharks aren't long in coming, of course. 

Sigh.

In any event, I'm not going to write a lot of commentary about the article, but I did think it important for the readers for this blog to know where the article is located.  If you would like to read the article in its entirety, you can click Here .

The author of the article includes things that I didn't feel the liberty to reveal (such as the incident involving the tickets to a Moroccan dinner), and also draws some conclusions that I do not believe are accurate. However, honestly, based on what I have seen with my own eyes, the article could have been much worse.

Trust me on this one: if the author of this Outside article has seen even half of what I've seen, the Club got off quite easy.