|Have You Renewed Your Membership?
WSGA finished 2012 with another membership record: 379 Individual, Family, and Associate members.
Our 2013 plans include the WA State Parks
Centennial GeoTour, the 4th annual Going APE mega-event, our 10th-annual Summer Campout, and more - and your dues help fund these activities and support geocaching in Washington State. If you're a lapsed member, this will be your last club email, so renew today
Need a refresher on our membership levels and benefits? Here you go
. In addition to name tags and patches, events, park projects, coins, campouts, website, newsletters, and swag, over half your dues go to the chapters for local events. Plus, you get discounts on our coins, campouts, and free Member Bonuses like pathtags.
|Cast Your Votes for the 2013 Board
A new year means a new WSGA Board of Directors, and the election will be March 1-15, with the new Board taking office April 1
. The 11 Board members will serve one-year terms, ending March 31, 2014.
The nomination period for all positions is open until Friday Feb. 15, and the slate will be announced Feb. 22. If no Board position is opposed, the slate will be approved by acclamation.
Most of our officers and several chapter reps are retiring, so if you'd like get more involved in supporting geocaching in WA State, consider running for office, or nominate
someone you feel would do a good job representing WSGA.
Officers: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer
Chapter Representatives: Puget Sound, 48 North, Cache-cadia, Inland Empire, South Central WA, Southwest WA, Olympic Peninsula
Send nominations to jcar, our current Vice President and election chair. (Nominees must be current members of WSGA.) To learn more about club operations or the duties of Board members, please read our Bylaws or contact a current Board member.
|State Parks Revise Policy and Plan GeoTour|
A new partnership between WSGA and Washington State Parks (WSPRC) is creating exciting new opportunities for geocaching, including the Washington State Parks Centennial GeoTour
- "100 caches in 100 parks for 100 years" - which kicks off June 7. We're looking for WSGA members across the state to help us work with the parks and place caches for the GeoTour, which includes a special geocoin that has the State Parks centennial logo on one side and the WSGA logo on the other, cementing our partnership. Contact hydnsek by Feb. 22
if you'd like to participate.
on discussions with hydnsek, the State Parks also revised its Geocache Directive in December 2012, making it easier for geocachers to place and maintain caches in state parks. The changes are substantial - they adopted everything we requested! - and you can read all about it
and get the revised Cache Placement Permit.
The revised Directive does require all existing caches in state parks to be brought into compliance with the Directive or be removed - no more grandfathering. There are many older caches that don't have valid permits or the required WSPRC language on their pages. WSGA will be working with the parks, cache owners, and Groundspeak to take care of this by May 15 as part of our partnership.
|Get Psyched for CITO
Groundspeak's 11th-annual Cache In Trash Out
) weekend is April 20-21 (Earth Day), and we hope you'll host or attend a CITO event this spring. The more we help the parks, the more support we get for geocaching. Several CITO events are already on the calendar
, with more to come. Everyone who logs a CITO Event on April 20 or 21 will earn a 2013 CITO souvenir on their geocaching profile.
Of course, CITO events aren't limited to Earth Day weekend. Parks at every level - city, county, state, federal - can benefit from CITO. Despite the name, CITO also includes invasive-plant removal, native plant restoration, even trail-building - whatever type of volunteer work will help the park. And if you're out caching, take along a trash bag and pick up more than caches.
|Come Camping in the Columbia Gorge|
Pack up your gear and head to the Columbia Gorge! Our 10th annual Summer Campout
is July 26-28 along Hwy 14, roughly 50 miles east of Vancouver, hosted by Geek&Gopher and the Southwest chapter. Timberlake Campground
has 22 forested acres, and we've reserved 21 tent and 16 RV sites, plus a shelter with a kitchen. Amenities include restrooms with showers, cell-phone and wifi service, and a pet area. As usual, your registration covers Saturday dinner, a goody bag with pathtag, and activities. The event page
is up, and we're taking registrations
- hope you can join us!
|How to Train a Geocacher|
Want to give a caching newbie a leg up? The Complete Idiot's Guide to Geocaching is now in its Third Edition
. Written by the staff of Groundspeak, edited by MissJenn and Monkeybrad, and featuring Bryan's family on the cover, it's still the classic on our favorite outdoor activity.
Tips and techniques on finding caches, advice on hiding good
caches, intel on smartphone apps and GPS units, the how-tos of travel bugs - it's all in there, and more besides.
|Going APE...All Over Again
As you know, the Pacific Northwest is THE destination for geocaching on the third weekend in August - International Geocaching weekend. Cachers from around the globe attend Groundspeak's Geocaching Block Party on Saturday and WSGA's Going APE mega-event
Our 4th annual Going APE mega-event will be Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013. We had 800 attendees last summer
, and expect a similar turnout this year (we're already getting queries from cachers in Australia and elsewhere). The event page will be up in the next few weeks, and this year we'll take advance orders for coins and T-shirts, so we don't run short. There will also be a souvenir
WSGA will also have a booth at the Block Party
on Saturday, Aug. 17. If you'd like to help with the APE event or WSGA booth, please contact event director hydnsek
- Feb 25, Spokane Valley - 7th Annual WSGA-IE Winter Party
- Feb 16, Arlington - Cache Minions 40th Birthday Bash
- Feb 18, Spokane Valley - 2nd Annual Presidential Hike
- Feb 23, Spokane - Heli-Caching 101
- Feb 23, Mill Creek - Adopted-a-Road Cleanup (CITO)
- Mar 2, Clarkston - A Silly Wedding: The Wedding Crashers
- Mar 7, Richland - Pizza & Planning
- Mar 8, Bellingham - Spring is Almost Here
- Mar 10, Castle Rock - Spring Forward Meet & Greet
- Mar 14, Redmond - Pi Multi-Event
- Mar 16, Pullman - Wazzu Fanatics Cache Pullman
- Mar 17, Vancouver - St. Patrick's Day Breakfast
- Mar 23, The Dalles, OR - Columbia Gorge Cache Machine
- Mar 30, Seattle - CITO #3: North Seattle Cleanup (CITO)
- Apr 6, Arlington - Pilchuck Paths 3: Trail-Building in the PTF (CITO)
- Apr 13, Everett - This CITO's a Beach (CITO)
- Apr 21, Spokane Valley - Earth Day 2013: DHNRCA (CITO)
- June 8-9, statewide - Kickoff events for Washington State Parks Centennial GeoTour
- June 22, Olympia - Olympia II Cache Machine
- June 29, Richland - Tri-Cities Geocoin Challenge 2013
- July 26-28, Columbia Gorge - WSGA Summer Campout 2013
- Aug 17, Seattle - Geocaching Block Party 2013
- Aug 18, Hyak - Going APE Mega-Event (Mega)
- Sept 21, Bend, OR - Bend Cache Machine
- Dec 28 - North Kitsap Cache Machine
| WSGA Membership|
Your annual dues help support geocaching in Washington.
| Follow Us on Facebook|
Found a great new cache you think everyone should know about? Nominate it for WSGA's Cache of the Month. We've been sponsoring COTM for eight years, and our winner's circle includes lots of great hides. The COTM section is accessed at the top-right of our home page
. You can nominate a cache
, and view previous winners.
Caches are eligible during their first year, and you must nominate a cache in the month you find it. Any geocacher can nominate a cache, but only WSGA members can vote (which occurs the 2nd-10th of the following month). Complete COTM rules
. Winners may display the COTM icon on their cache page.
| In Memoriam:
In September 2012, the Cache-cadians lost a beloved member, Ed Lovitt, aka MAX-X.
Ed's good nature and infectious smile will be missed by all who knew him. I have fond memories of caching the Colockum Hills with him, getting trapped in a flood of sheep, and admiring the way he backed his rig around the herder's truck on a narrow, hilly road.
Our condolences to his wife, Joan, and their family.
| Thank You, Volunteers!|
We'd like to thank the WSGA members in every chapter who went above-and-beyond in supporting club activities in 2012. You rock!
All of the folks recognized on the Thank You page
received a special volunteer coin in appreciation of their efforts.
WSGA's Board of Directors meetings are open to all members. Meetings are online 6:30-9:30 p.m. on the dates listed. To join an online meeting, click Live Chat in the menu bar on the WSGA site.
2013 Board meetings:
January 31 - done!
July 27 (Campout)
March 27, 2014
Agenda items may be sent to the President until two days before each meeting.
The Minutes of Board meetings are accessible from the WSGA home page (lower left column), and an archive of Board Minutes is also available.
| WSGA Board Members|
| Activation Codes for Trackables|
2010 WSGA coin - SALMON
2011 WSGA coin - SUNSHINE
2012 WSGA coin - CAROUSEL
2013 WSGA coin - RHODIE
Ape cachekinz - CACHE
Ape 2010 coin - TUNNEL
Ape 2012 coin - LIGHT
|2013 Geocoin Continues East/West Theme
Our 2013 Washington geocoin
is the second in the East/West series designed by NepoKama, this year featuring a rhododendron (West) and apple (East). We are minting 270 Regular coins in black nickel, plus 30 Volunteer coins in antique silver. The coin codes will have our WA prefix, and the custom icon is the apple with WSGA sticker.
As always, WSGA members get a discount and an exclusive two-week order window before sales open to the public. Cost will be $10 members and $12 nonmembers, limit 3 per household. The order page will be up in late February, and we expect coin delivery in late March. More details as they develop in the forum thread
The East/West theme will continue with our 2014 geocoin. No sneak peeks, but we can say it features the Space Needle (West) and Grand Coulee dam (East).
We also now have a gallery of previous WSGA geocoins
on our Facebook page.
|WSGA Celebrates 10 Years of Caching Fun
In September 2012, WSGA celebrated its 10th birthday in style. All seven chapters hosted parties with birthday cake, and Puget Sound held the Founders Celebration
, complete with 13 of the founders, birthday presents for everyone, and a silent auction with awesome caching goodies.
We also published 54 puzzle caches, created by WSGA members, at the south end of Lake Washington:
The 19 WSGA founders in September 2002:
12 of the founders in September 2012 at the 10th anniversary celebration:
|Which Chapter Are You In?
WSGA has seven chapters, each represented by an elected Chapter Representative who serves on the Board of Directors. By default, new members are affiliated with the chapter where they live, but you can belong to a different chapter by changing the chapter designation in your profile on the WSGA site. Associate members (those living outside the state) are aligned with the closest in-state chapter (e.g., Idaho cachers with Inland Empire chapter) unless they specify otherwise.
Chapter affiliation affects two things: who your Chapter Rep is, and how much funding and swag your chapter receives (which is proportional to chapter size).