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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 00:00

On the trail

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Hiking clubs get new leaders

The Nantahala Hiking Club and the Carolina Mountain Club have both selected new presidents to lead their organizations.

Randy Fluharty was elected president of CMC for 2018-2019 during the club’s annual dinner. A former senior vice president of the Biltmore Company, Fluharty brings a wealth of organizational and local knowledge to the post.

“I grew up hiking with my dad in these mountains. I want to work on broadening the participation of our current members, so we can have more hikes, hike leaders and trail maintenance,” Fluharty said.

Based in Asheville, CMC is the largest and oldest hiking and trail-maintaining club in Western North Carolina.

San Ho Choi has been elected as the new president of the NHC. Originally from South Korea, Choi came to the U.S. in 1964 to complete his medical residency and was then recruited by the town of Franklin as one of only three physicians in town at the time. He retired in 2016 after 44 years of practice and has been a member of NHC for 14 years.

“I have hiked trails all over the U.S. and multiple foreign countries,” Choi said. “As you can see, the outdoors has been an important part of my life.”

The NHC is based in Franklin.


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