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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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Summer Campout at Manchester SP

Posted By:  hydnsek @ Feb 10 2015, 11:06 PM
The event page for our 12th-annual Summer Campout at Manchester State Park (July 31 - Aug 2) is now up, and registration is open. Grab your RV or tent spot today!
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BOARD ELECTION NOMINATION PERIOD IS NOW OPEN

Posted By:  Lizzy @ Feb 3 2015, 08:09 AM
Greetings, WSGA Members!

A new year means it's time to elect the 2015 WSGA Board of Directors. We are accepting nominations for all positions through Sunday, Feb. 15.

WSGA's Board is comprised of four officers and seven chapter representatives, who serve one-year terms (April 1 - March 31):

Officers: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer

Chapter Representatives: Puget Sound, 48 North, Cache-cadia, Inland Empire, South Central, Southwest, Olympic Peninsula

WSGA is a nonprofit club run by volunteers, and we encourage you to consider joining the Board to support WSGA and geocaching in Washington State. The ideal candidates are members who are active volunteers, support WSGA's mission, and are familiar with club projects and activities.

To nominate yourself or someone else, email Lizzy by Feb. 10. Nominees must be current members of WSGA.

The slate will be announced Feb. 20, and the election will begin March 1, with the new Board taking office April 1. If no Board position is contested, the slate will be approved by acclamation.

If you want to learn more about how the club operates or the duties of Board members, please read our Bylaws or contact us.

Thanks for your support of WSGA, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Lisa "Lizzy" Wasser

Vice President
Election Committee Chair
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Events

Washington State Geocaching Association - WSGA Event Calendar

April

2015-04-03 GC5JXT1
FTF Friday: Off the Beaten Path
2015-04-03 GC5P44G
Nifty at Fifty
2015-04-04 GC5MVK2
Panther Lake CITO *DATE CHANGE to APRIL 4, 2015 *
2015-04-04 GC5NY4K
Workin' on the Farm
2015-04-04 GC5PA9Y
Introduction to Geocaching
2015-04-08 GC5K6N0
JC's Pizza Meet & Greet
2015-04-15 GC5PVHY
Sundaes on Wednesday
2015-04-16 GC5MQ93
Meet Rose Red
2015-04-19 GC5Q618
Why Knot Be Happy?
2015-04-20 GC5Q4JG
Meet & Greet in Lynnwood
2015-04-23 GC5J8Y1
Impossible
2015-04-25 GC5NE0G
CITO Walla Walla Style
2015-04-25 GC5NH44
Invasive Plants: Removing Holly & Ivy
2015-04-25 GC5NRVV
Time to Clean Up Lake Sacajawea Again
2015-04-25 GC5NVBH
Friends of the Burke Gilman CITO
2015-04-25 GC5NVG2
The Geocaching Global Cleanup/Wenatchee
2015-04-25 GC5P811
Olympic Peninsula CITO
2015-04-25 GC5PF5Q
13th Annual Cache In Trash Out
2015-04-25 GC5NRWY
It's Spring Time~Let's get together
2015-04-25 GC5P8B9
Ride Bikes! #10: Cascade Trail
2015-04-25 GC5PXRV
Summer Vacation Travel Racer Drivers' Meeting 2015
2015-04-26 GC5MB1K
Whipple Creek Park ivy pull

May

2015-05-02 GC5NR2G
Darrington CITO
2015-05-02 GC4YWTA
Come Out & Play in Darrington
2015-05-02 GC5PHB7
Cache Wars: The Return of the Cache
2015-05-03 GC5MXVQ
Shucks and Keep Clam Meet & Greet
2015-05-03 GC5Q1MC
Original Geocache 15 Year Anniversary Event
2015-05-15 GC5PCWT
51515151515
2015-05-16 GC53WRC
#FlightCache Design Challenge at Museum of Flight
2015-05-16 GC5MXAT
*3rd Times A Charm* (D'Dawg and RMB Strike Again)
2015-05-16 GC5PHX0
Old School Meet & Greet

June

2015-06-06 GC5NYF1
PADDLE AND CACHE II
2015-06-20 GC5HH0X
Mount Vernon Parks 2015 Geocoin Challenge
2015-06-27 GC5FNHE
Tri-Cities 2015 Geocoin Challenge

August

2015-08-01 GC5MDTF
2015 WSGA Summer Campout
2015-08-08 GC5NVJ6
"Spokache" Spokane Geo Tour Kick Off Event
2015-08-14 GC5K6WQ
2015 Geocaching International Film Festival
2015-08-15 GC5G4X5
2015 Geocaching Block Party
2015-08-16 GC5F58Q
Going Ape 2015

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