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New Southwest and Olympic Chapter Reps

Posted By:  hydnsek @ Apr 4 2014, 11:47 AM
I'm thrilled to announce the appointments of polyclayartist as Olympic Peninsula Chapter Rep and verano as Southwest Chapter Rep, giving us a complete 11-member WSGA Board of Directors for 2014.

As you know, these two positions were vacant when we announced the 2014 Board, and we thank Patti (polyclayartist) and Debbi (verano) for volunteering to fill the positions, esp. as both are new WSGA members.

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Summer Campout at Sun Lakes SP

Posted By:  hydnsek @ Mar 26 2014, 10:42 PM


It's not too early to think about the Summer Campout. Our 11th annual campout is at Sun Lakes State Park in central WA on July 25-27, hosted by Sunshine Geo and the Inland Empire chapter. As always, attendees will receive a campout pathtag, and the Saturday dinner will include prizes and the WSGA Annual General Meeting.

The event page is up so you can check out the details and let us know your plans. Registration is open, and last year, we sold out of RV spots, so don't delay, sign up today!

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Grants Awarded to Auburn and Mt Vernon Parks

Posted By:  hydnsek @ Mar 20 2014, 01:15 AM

Congratulations to Auburn Parks & Recreation and Mount Vernon Parks Foundation, the first recipients of funds from WSGA's new Small Grant Program! Each park system is receiving $250 in grant money for their geocaching projects, and will provide a report back to us on the results.

Peach&Pete (Annette Bailes), the Auburn park liaison, presented a strong proposal for Auburn's plan to hold a series of geocaching classes, promote caching as a family-friendly activity in Auburn parks, and place new caches to encourage recreation in Auburn parks. Even better, Auburn parks is providing matching funds to further the geocaching program.

VonDeets (Tom Wenzl), the Mount Vernon park liaison, also presented a proposal for geocaching classes, as well as a larger caching program that includes a geocoin challenge in celebration of the city's anniversary, and may include the mayor and business owners as well as the parks.

We announced the Small Grant Program in January 2014. It provides annual funding of up to $500 to support geocaching-related projects in Washington. The Small Grant Program (PDF file) is 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.

It's exciting to see city parks engaged in geocaching as a recreational family activity! And note that both grant applications were submitted by the WSGA park liaisons, who are driving the geocaching programs with their park systems. Great to see our Park Liaison Program continuing to grow and expand, serving as a key resource for park systems. Well done, Peach&Pete and VonDeets!

Thanks again to Benandjayme (Ben Hewitt), who created the program, got Board approval, and led the the grant committee.

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Board meeting - March 27

Posted By:  hydnsek @ Mar 17 2014, 11:15 PM
The next meeting of the WSGA Board of Directors is Thursday, March 27. 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.

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2014 Board of Directors

Posted By:  jcar @ Mar 2 2014, 06:46 PM
The nomination period has closed, and as election chair, I'm pleased to announce the slate for the 2014 WSGA Board of Directors. We have another great team this year. Our thanks to these cachers for their enthusiasm, and 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 me (jcar), of any objections to the Board slate. If there's no dissent, the 2014 Board of Directors will be deemed confirmed by acclamation. The term of office is from April 1st, 2014 through March 31st, 2015.

Officers

President: Abby Wolfe / hydnsek
Vice President: Lisa Wasser / Lizzy
Secretary: Andrew Johnson / Andrewrj
Treasurer: Kristine Norton / hippychick1620

Chapter Representatives

Puget Sound Rep: Chris Brue / Mc3cats
48 North Rep: Kathy McCormack / GrievousAngel
Inland Empire Rep: Jerry Martin / Martin 5
South Central Rep: Mike Lowery / tumbleweedpirates
Cache-cadian Rep: Gene Reed / Mr. Gadget #2
Southwest Rep: Vacant
Olympic Peninsula Rep: Vacant

This year was our most difficult ever for finding Board candidates. We talked to numerous nominees, and Lizzy and Andrewrj soon agreed to join hippychick1620 as officers. Unfortunately we couldn't find anyone willing to be president. In the end, we asked hydnsek if she would be willing to serve one more year (even though we already gave her a retirement gift), and after a bit of arm-twisting she agreed. We appreciate Abby's willingness to go one final year with the WSGA Board.

With half our membership, Puget Sound has never wanted for chapter reps - until this year. After being turned down by numerous candidates, we also persuaded mc3cats to return for one final year. To avoid this issue in future, both he and hydnsek are already planning their succession, with candidates they will be mentoring over the next year. (Abby also agreed to return as APE mega-event director for a fifth year, with substantial support from understudies who will assume the leadership roles next year.)

Unfortunately, we were unable to find members willing to represent our Olympic Peninsula and Southwest chapters, so those positions are vacant. This is unfortunate both for those chapter members and the club overall. However, WSGA is a nonprofit recreational club run entirely by volunteers, so if nobody steps up, we don't have many options.

The members of both chapters have been advised of the situation, and what it means:
- The 2014 WSGA Board will have nine voting members instead of eleven, and our two westernmost chapters will not have a voice in club matters.
- The Olympic Peninsula and Southwest chapters will become inactive on April 1, 2014. Neither chapter can be reinstated unless a new chapter rep is approved by the Board and the chapter has ten active members. The chapters will not have WSGA events in their areas or an allocation of swag or funds.
- Members of the inactive chapters retain all their individual WSGA membership privileges, including name tags, discounts on coins and campouts, free member bonus, member newsletter, and ability to vote for COTM. They can choose to change their affiliation to another chapter, although we hope they will retain their current one in case the chapter is later reactivated (which requires ten affiliated members).

Thanks for your consideration and support of the WSGA Board and election process.

Jim Bertrand / jcar - Election chair
Kathy McCormack / GrievousAngel
Kristine Norton / hippychick1620
WSGA Election Committee
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Events

Washington State Geocaching Association - WSGA Event Calendar

April

2014-04-20 GC50KQ3
Lynndale Park CITO #4
2014-04-26 GC2AJKN
This CITO's a Beach
2014-04-26 GC4XRD6
Adopt-A-Road Cleanup #5
2014-04-26 GC4Y79D
Cougar Mountain CITO 2014
2014-04-26 GC4YJ7V
CITO Frenchtown Historic Site
2014-04-26 GC4ZP5M
Not Ready to Quit?
2014-04-26 GC5021X
12th Annual Cache In Trash Out
2014-04-26 GC5082P
CITO ALONG THE LOOP
2014-04-27 GC5162D
Milestone Event Hike

May

2014-05-17 GC4X8QQ
Our Event #2: Lets Do It ALL OVER AGAIN

June

2014-06-21 GC506Z9
Mount Vernon Parks Geocoin Challenge
2014-06-21 GC51YZQ
13th Annual Columbia River Gorge Geocachers Picnic
2014-06-28 GC4PFN6
Tri-Cities 2014 Geocoin Challenge

July

2014-07-25 GC4YGNT
2014 WSGA Summer Campout

August

2014-08-14 GC50GPE
A Pint Among Friends - 2014
2014-08-15 GC51KH2
2014 Geocaching International Film Festival
2014-08-16 GC4CPG0
2014 Geocaching Block Party
2014-08-17 GC4MHAQ
Going APE 2014

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