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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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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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Events

Washington State Geocaching Association - WSGA Event Calendar

May

2015-05-26 GC5V7YF
Switzerland meet Seattle
2015-05-27 GC5R46A
Thoto in Seattle - Open Air Meet and Greet
2015-05-29 GC5TAKG
GeoTour Game Night
2015-05-30 GC5QKGT
What's so special about Morton?

June

2015-06-04 GC5T1M3
Meet & Greet in Mountlake Terrace
2015-06-05 GC5QR1J
FTF Friday: Grill-out Edition
2015-06-05 GC5TT6Y
Blue Meanies Anniversary
2015-06-06 GC5T5VJ
This CITO's a Beach
2015-06-06 GC5V7MW
Adopt-A-Road Cleanup - Morning
2015-06-06 GC5V8CF
Adopt-A-Road Cleanup - Afternoon
2015-06-06 GC5NYF1
PADDLE AND CACHE II
2015-06-06 GC5VHEQ
Geocaching 101 - Introduction to Geocaching
2015-06-13 GC5TFR7
CITO The Mountain 2015
2015-06-13 GC5R0XM
WWFM XII South Sound/Olympia
2015-06-13 GC5T3KM
WWFM XII - Christmas in June - Spokane, WA
2015-06-13 GC5T8CD
Visit Rainier Centennial GeoTour Kickoff
2015-06-15 GC5VDEA
Let's meet
2015-06-18 GC5T31D
Meet & Greet in Everett
2015-06-19 GC5TP8Z
Historic Downtown Mount Vernon Bughunt
2015-06-20 GC5HH0X
Mount Vernon Parks 2015 Geocoin Challenge
2015-06-20 GC5V133
Everett Cache Machine II Dinner
2015-06-20 GC5VCKV
Lunch in Snohomish
2015-06-21 GC5TRA9
CITO in the Park
2015-06-21 GC5TV61
Welcome To the Woods
2015-06-25 GC5VHQ9
My 1,oooth cache find location
2015-06-26 GC5GPC3
TC 2015 Meet & Greet
2015-06-27 GC5FNHE
Tri-Cities 2015 Geocoin Challenge
2015-06-28 GC5TW29
Ride Bikes! #11: Lake Youngs Trail

July

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 GC5MDTF
2015 WSGA Summer Campout
2015-08-08 GC5NVJ6
"Spokache" Spokane Geo Tour Kick Off Event
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 GC5F58Q
Going Ape 2015

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