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Ramblings from the Core – Jan 2017

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GeoWoodstock is Coming Back to NC for XV!

We are pleased and proud to announce that 10 years after we hosted GeoWoodstock V in 2007 at Raleigh’s State Fairgrounds, the event is returning to North Carolina on May 27, 2017 as GeoWoodstock XV. The public announcement was made at this year’s GW in Denver not long ago.

This time, we are going to showcase the beautiful western part of our state and the main event on Saturday will be held at the Haywood County Fairgrounds in Waynesville, NC about 30 minutes west of Asheville.
The traditional Friday night meet and greet will be a little different this time around and will be all afternoon and into the evening right in the heart of Asheville, NC at the US Cellular Center. We hope people will drop in periodically all afternoon and use the rest of their time to explore Asheville and all of its amazing food, holiday weekend events, trails, parks and geocaches.  We’ll also have some fun things to do at the event. More on all that later.

We’ve been working hard to draft some of the high-level plans and now that we no longer have to keep it a secret, we’ll shift into the next phase. We already have some great ideas for innovative new features, related events on days leading up to the big show and other key items.

Once we get back home from Denver, look for more information to be posted here and to new Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media outlets dedicated to the event. Until then, mark your calendars for the one geocaching event of 2017 that you don’t want to miss!

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Fall Fling 2016 Event

The event page has been published!

Please log a will attend if you plan to come and let us know how many will be with you so we can plan the activities, food and everything else needed to make this 11th annual event a success.

More information will be published as it becomes available.

http://coord.info/GC6KA7Q

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Steering Committee Set for 2016-2017 Term

We had exactly 5 nominations that were accepted this year. Because there are 5 seats on the Steering Committee, there is no need for a formal election.

Therefore, your 2016-2017 Steering Committee members are,
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From the East region, Ranger TJ (Tim)
From the Central region, Penguincacher (Ann) and ILM Cachers (Lisa)
From the West region, FailedApparatus (Randal) and debaere (Dave)
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Welcome to the new SC members Penguincacher and ILM Cachers.
Congratulations to you all!

And big thank yous go out to mnloon and Motrin Man who have done so much work for NCGO over the years. Just because you have given others a chance to serve does not mean we will forget where you live or stop asking for your help!

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Nomination Period for NCGO Steering Committee

Nomination Period for NCGO Steering Committee Will Open on November 29

Nominations for election to the North Carolina Geocachers Organization Steering Committee(SC) will be accepted from November 29, 2015 through 11:59pm, December 12, 2015.

5 Steering Committee members will be elected. 1 from each of our 3 regions, plus the 2 people with the next highest vote totals from any region will serve as at-large members of the SC. The SC will share duties and will do the bulk of the work running NCGO’s day-to-day activities. This includes scheduling and hosting regional events and responding to most regional land manager and media queries while also working with the Board of Directors member when appropriate. However, the SC has the freedom to decide how to divide up the work and could alternate taking point on the various activities throughout their terms depending upon interest, time available and other factors.

As in past years, in order to vote, you must be a resident of North Carolina.
To run for office, you must be a resident of North Carolina and you must also have been a member of North Carolina Geocachers Organization for at least 1 year as of January 1, 2016. Nominations and elections are by region and a person must be nominated for the region in which they reside.

To nominate someone, send your nomination to “ncgonomination @ gmail.com“. Don’t forget to indicate what region (West, Central or East) you are nominating the person for. Self-nominations are allowed and encouraged if you are interested in running for office. We ask that you NOT use Facebook to submit nominations. There are so many different Facebook groups and pages we might miss it, so only use the email address above.
Take a moment to read our bylaws if you want to know more about the officer duties. Article V – Executive Committee will be most helpful – it lists the duties of each elected officer.

When someone is nominated, we will contact that person to notify him/her of the nomination. If interested in running, a nominee must let us know before the end of the nomination period so that we can add them to the ballot before the election period begins.
The election period is scheduled for December 13, 2015 through December 22, 2015.

More information on the actual election will follow but we plan to use an online survey tool as we did last year.

This is an opportunity for people who have the time and interest to help NCGO do even more for the geocaching community of North Carolina. As an added perk, you’ll be working with some great people from all over the state – we hope you’ll give it some consideration!

NCGO Region Map

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Fall Fling is just around the corner!

Less then 2 weeks from now, NCGO will host its tenth annual Fall Fling event.
This year it is at Umstead park in Raleigh. Come join us for a day or weekend of fun with other geocachers from around North Carolina and other nearby states.
The Fall Fling is a relaxed picnic style event. We don’t have a lot of “planned” adult activities but there are things for the kids to do. This is your chance to meet and hang out with fellow geocachers and their families for a day. Exchange geocaching stories, get some hints and tips and put faces to those names you’ve only see online or in cache logbooks.
The park has many nice trails to enjoy on foot or bike. Although geocaches haven’t been permitted in the park for many years, recently a new physical geocache was published and just found for the first time earlier this month.
Then there is the MEAL. Fall Fling always has good food and this year will be no exception.

  • Carolina BBQ
  • Grilled spice rubbed chicken
  • roasted potatoes
  • mixed vegetable medley
  • macaroni salad
  • roasted corn
  • black bean salad
  • rolls & butter
  • Fall Fling cake
  • seven layer smores bars

There will also be a fun Friday night event at the park and a CITO on Sunday at Jordan Lake.

We hope to see a lot of you there! Go to our store page now to purchase a meal ticket if you haven’t yet.

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North Carolina Civil War Geotrail Store opens

..at http://www.ncgeocachers.org/north-carolina-civil-war-geotrail

100% of the proceeds of sales on this page go directly to the North Carolina Civil War Geotrail. NCGO does not charge any fees for creating or hosting this store page. We are glad to help with this exciting new geocaching adventure for our state! If you have any questions, please contact Tatortott or visit the Geotrail Facebook page. All items sold will ONLY be available for pick up at the Echoes of the Last Battle event. If you purchase items and find that you can not attend, please give a copy of your receipt to someone who can pick items up on your behalf. While we plan to have some extras of each, you can only be certain to get what you want if you purchase in advance.

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Fall Fling 2015

We are pleased to announce that the 10th annual NCGO Fall Fling event will be held on the weekend of September 25-27, 2015, with the main event on September 26th, 2015.

The location will be Camp Lapihio in William B Umstead State Park in Raleigh NC. This is the same location as the 2012 event, and we have access to the same cabin and mess hall as we did then.

Further announcements, and the cache listing itself, will be sent out in the new year. In the mean time, you can check out the event listing from the 2012 event to get an idea of the sorts of activities to expect: http://coord.info/GC3EGNP

Hope to see you all there!

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Fall Fling Store open.

The NCGO Store is open for purchasing Fall Fling meal tickets, camping, t-shirts, discounted silent auction tickets and some of last year’s pathtags. This year, we’re offering the usual tees but also have a women’s cut option, a runner’s shirt and sweatshirts.

2014shirtfrontJust click on the Fall Fling 2014 link below the banner picture above. Then select Fall Fling 2014 Store.

SPECIAL NOTE: Shirts must be ordered by the 15th. Sorry for the short notice.

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Alamance County Libraries Geocache Hunt

Alamance County his six library sponsored geocaches throughout the county to encourage adult reading, and each geocache contains a Dewey Decimal Number. Pick up a flyer at any Alamance County Public Library and get your search started! Record all six Dewey Numbers on the flyer and bring them to any Alamance County Public Library by August 1, 2014 to be eligible for the grand prize – an outdoor family pack! The first ten families to complete the hunt will automatically get a prize. Some of the regular sized geocaches have free prizes in them!

http://www.alamancelibraries.org/programs-2/adult/acpls-geocache-hunt/

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