The End of a War at The Explorers Club

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The rancorous feud at New York’s 108-year-old Explorers Club has finally drawn to a close. Yesterday, the board of directors gathered at the club’s Manhattan headquarters and voted to oust controversial president Lorie Karnath in favor of Alan Nichols, a San Francisco-based lawyer and longtime member with seven Explorers Club flag expeditions under his belt. (Nichols once rode a bicycle more than 10,000 miles across the Silk Road in Asia.) Four sitting board directors were also replaced, including former television host Josh Bernstein, who publicly feuded with Karnath in recent months, and who didn't run for re-election. As I noted in the April issue of Outside, Karnath’s tenure had been marked by charges of high-handedness and cronyism. The club had fallen into bitter factional fighting following a mass resignation by the club's Flag and Honors committee in November. Nichols, who served as the club’s ombudsman during Karnath's presidency, facilitated a top-level “feel good” talking session between the organization’s leadership and board of directors in late January and was nominated for the president's seat during yesterday's meeting by another board member. Karnath then lost in an anonymous vote.

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