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Going Ape 2015 Event Swag Sales - Pre Order your Swag!

Posted By:  AndrewRJ @ Jun 26 2015, 10:01 AM
Are you Going APE this year? We are now taking preorders for Ape event swag. Don't stand in line at the Swag Sales booth during the event - order your event goodies now, and we'll have them ready for pickup at the event. Preorders close July 31, so don't delay, order today!



Our 6th annual Going APE Mega-Event is Sunday, Aug. 16, and we need lots of volunteers! Please contact me (andrewrj) if you can help.

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Board Meeting - May 20

Posted By:  AndrewRJ @ May 7 2015, 06:12 AM
The next meeting of the WSGA Board of Directors is this Wednesday May 20. The meeting will be 6:30-9:30 pm in Live Chat. All members are welcome to attend. To join the meeting, simply click Live Chat in the top navigation.


Note: If you have trouble joining the Live Chat, be sure Java is enabled in your browser. Or, you can use the Mibbit chat network. Visit the Mibbit site, get a logon ID and password (free). Click the "Go Straight to Chat" button. In the "Connect" dropdown box, search for "SlashNET." Enter your geocaching name for Nickname, and type #wsga in the Channel box. Then you should be in our Board chat room.


Meeting agenda
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Board Meeting - March 26

Posted By:  hydnsek @ Mar 23 2015, 05:49 PM
The next meeting of the WSGA Board of Directors is this Thursday, March 26. The meeting will be 6:30-9:30 pm in Live Chat. All members are welcome to attend. To join the meeting, simply click Live Chat in the top navigation.

Meeting agenda

Note: If you have trouble joining the Live Chat, be sure Java is enabled in your browser. Or, you can use the Mibbit chat network. Visit the Mibbit site, get a logon ID and password (free). Click the "Go Straight to Chat" button. In the "Connect" dropdown box, search for "SlashNET." Enter your geocaching name for Nickname, and type #wsga in the Channel box. Then you should be in our Board chat room.

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Grants Awarded to Pend Oreille County and Spokane GeoTour

Posted By:  hydnsek @ Mar 21 2015, 08:49 PM
Congratulations to this year's recipients of grants through the WSGA Small Grant Program: Pend Oreille County and the Spokane GeoTour. Both submitted applications for new projects that will expand geocaching in their areas and foster partnerships with local governments, parks, and businesses.

Pend Oreille County Community Development received $600 for its geotourism program, which will bring more families to this less-visited area of Washington State and show them the recreational opportunities in Pend Oreille county parks. This geotourism project kicks off July 18, and is supported by WSGA's Inland Empire Chapter and Washington State University's Pend Oreille County Extension (which is also planning geocaching classes and events).

The Spokane GeoTour received $500. This program is a collaboration between WSGA's Inland Empire Chapter (lead role) and the City of Spokane and its parks, with support from Visit Spokane and local organizations and businesses. The GeoTour theme for the first year is "Spokane Area History," and cache locations will highlight historical places, parks, and landmarks. The GeoTour launches on Aug. 8, aligning with Spokane Parks' Kids Day to draw new families into geocaching.

Kudos to our Inland Empire Chapter for supporting both of these worthy projects. Last year, our grant recipients were Mount Vernon Parks (48 North Chapter) and Auburn Parks (Puget Sound Chapter). We're thrilled that communities across the state are interested in using geocaching to expand recreational opportunities in their localities, and that our chapters are supporting their efforts.

This is the second year of the WSGA Small Grant Program, which provides annual funding of up to $2,000 to support geocaching-related projects in Washington. Small Grants are available to individuals, groups, park systems, and nonprofit organizations working on geocaching-­related activities that will positively impact the Washington geocaching community and further the club's goals.

Small Grant Program details and application

Major props to AndrewRJ for managing the Small Grant Program this year, and to my fellow committee members, Lizzy and Hippychick1620, for their valuable input during a very tough decision process.

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2015 Board of Directors

Posted By:  hydnsek @ Feb 21 2015, 12:54 AM
The nomination period has closed, and I'm pleased to announce the slate for the 2015 WSGA Board of Directors. We have another great team this year. Our thanks to these cachers for their enthusiasm, dedication to WSGA and geocaching, and willingness to volunteer their time and energy for the club.

Since the slate has no contested offices, we don't have to hold an election. Per our Bylaws, the slate can be approved by member acclamation. Accordingly, WSGA members have until March 10 to notify Lizzy, our election chair, of any objections to the Board slate. If there's no dissent, the 2015 Board of Directors will be deemed confirmed by acclamation. The term of office is April 1, 2015, through March 31, 2016.

Update 3/14/15: As there were no objections, the 2015 WSGA Board slate is deemed approved by member acclamation and will take office April 1. Congrats to our new Board, and again, our thanks to the retiring Board members for their service.

Officers

President: Andrew Johnson / AndrewRJ
Vice President: Lisa Wasser / Lizzy*
Secretary: Fen Eatough / FenchurchE
Treasurer: Kristine Norton / hippychick1620*

Chapter Representatives

Puget Sound: Rob Norenberg / SirKarp
48 North: Toni Westgarth / Mizdirection
Inland Empire: Jerry Martin / Martin 5*
South Central: Mike Lowery / Tumbleweedpirates*
Cache-cadian: Gene Reed / Mr. Gadget #2*
Southwest: Debbi Patton / Verano*
Olympic Peninsula: Patti Stoll / ClayArtist*

* Incumbent

Thanks to our Nominating Committee for their work in recruiting and preparing the slate:
Lisa Wasser / Lizzy, election chair
Kathy McCormack / GrievousAngel
Kristine Norton / Hippychick1620


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Events

Washington State Geocaching Association - WSGA Event Calendar

July

2015-07-06 GC5XAYA
Geo-Family Reunion
2015-07-10 GC5X8YB
A Midsummer Night's Meet and Greet
2015-07-11 GC5R2Z6
WSGA - Puget Sound Summer Picnic
2015-07-18 GC5TCR8
Pend Oreille County Challenge
2015-07-18 GC5TNEM
Caching Family Picnic 2

August

2015-08-01 GC5VWB0
Geocaching Road Trip ’15 - CITO
2015-08-01 GC5MDTF
2015 WSGA Summer Campout
2015-08-05 GC5WGYH
CITO #8 - North Seattle Cleanup
2015-08-08 GC5NVJ6
"Spokache" Spokane Geo Tour Kick Off Event
2015-08-08 GC5X1CN
2015 San Juan Island Geocaching Adventure
2015-08-11 GC5VAA6
Snoqualmie Soiree
2015-08-11 GC5WCYA
Leprechaun's Zen
2015-08-12 GC5N7QM
Meet and greet with the Norwegians on tour
2015-08-12 GC5VAZP
Ride Bikes! Burke-Gilman Trail
2015-08-13 GC5TBX0
A Pint Among Friends - 2015 Edition
2015-08-14 GC5K6WQ
2015 Geocaching International Film Festival
2015-08-15 GC5G4X5
2015 Geocaching Block Party
2015-08-16 GC5WTRJ
XXX Rootbeer: Wind down to the 50's
2015-08-16 GC5F58Q
Going Ape 2015
2015-08-18 GC5XBZV
Mmm...burgers

September

2015-09-07 GC5M21W
Hello World! - Seattle
2015-09-25 GC5W6DV
Let's Get The Weekend Started!
2015-09-26 GC5PN6F
Cache Dash Splash
2015-09-27 GC5WBC2
Hit The Road Breakfast

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