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I hope that all of you had a Happy Holiday and are ready to start the New Year. As I went through the list of all of our members in search of a cacher to spotlight this month, I realized that this month was the perfect opportunity to publish an article that I recently wrote (but did not know what to do with it.)
I am sure that Mrs. Davis, my fifth grade English teacher, would not be happy with my writing so I urge you to overlook dangling participles, incomplete phrases, improper punctuation and dreadful grammar. Instead, I would hope you look past that to my message. If I am lucky, you will take the message to heart and pass it on to some of your fellow cachers who are not yet TXGA members.
(BTW, as of 01-06-13, Member Coins and Pathtags have arrived. Those of you who have renewed will be getting yours in the mail soon.)
Okay ---- on with the Spotlight, er… article…
by Gary Foster, Executive Vice President, TXGA
Hey TXGA members we have some really cool stuff going on, I would like to let you know that the website is in the process of getting a full upgrade. We got all new software and everything is going to change to make everything better for you.
We are starting a soft launch of this website today! You can login and create your account at anytime, and as we verify everything is working we will move everything off the old website and to the new. You will love all the new features the new website will have to offer, I encourage you to go create your account, and let me know if you have any problems.
This month, we wanted to feature a member of TXGA who has given generously of his time to the TXGA in designing the registration site for the Texas Challenge and the Lone Star Roundup (previously known as the Unnamed Event). Ric Tomme (aka “TommeGun”), got involved in helping in this way after some of the confusion during the 2011 Texas Challenge.
“At the 2011 Challenge, there was a discussion about how the registration and order process couldn’t be tracked and how a lot of prepaid meals didn’t even get a meal,” Ric explained. “After the elections of new officers, Kevin Darbe came over and asked me if I would be interested in developing a registration system for the 10th Challenge so that all participants and orders could be tracked. Without really thinking about it, I said yes (I was one of the ones that didn’t get a prepaid meal). Well, a month or so down the road, KD called and asked if I really was going to help out with the registration. DANG, he was serious!”
Running a volunteer non-profit organization always has its challenges. Over the last six months, several board members have found it necessary to vacate their office for
Last month the geocaching world lost an icon, a friend, an advocate & an amazing woman. Wanda was half of the geocaching duo KD & prettier half. She passed away of cancer but her memory lives on with her friends, family and fellow cachers.
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On 10/14/2012 the Denton Area Wayward Geocache Seekers had their first cleanup on their adopted Old Alton Bridge. The bridge, also known as Goatman's Bridge, is a historical landmark and has many legends surrounding it.
The D.A.W.G.S. have adopted the bridge, surrounding trails and the main road that runs by the bridge and will be holding no less than three CITO events here each year for the next two years.
At their first cleanup they found lots of trash, old chairs, and even the kitchen sink (Ok, it may have been a bathroom sink...)
GC3VQ39 - D.A.W.G.S. Old Alton Bridge Adopt-a-Spot
This CITO is dedicated to kd&prettierhalf.
Rest In Peace Prettierhalf.
This past Monday morning Good Morning Texas did a segment on Geocaching at the Cedar Hill State Park with TXGA's President De Vickery! Click on the link below to see the video.
Geocaching is a game with one basic goal: go to a specific location using GPS coordinates and either a smartphone or a GPS device. In its simplest form, geocachers drive around until their device shows they are near their target, then leave the car to find the cache—a hidden object, often camouflaged, containing a logbook and maybe some dollar-store trading items. If geocachers choose a more challenging target, they may be asked to figure out the coordinates by solving riddles, cryptograms or sudoku, which can take hours to months. Extreme geocachers have even repelled down caves, donned scuba gear and climbed overhanging rock walls to hide or reach caches.
Lake Highlands is home to an active geocaching community. Kevin Darbe, North Texas representative for the Texas Geocaching Association, says there are easily 500-1,000 dedicated geocachers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Within five miles of Lake Highlands High School, you can find about 400 caches.
“You do what? Why?”
When Darbe hears these questions, he tells non-geocachers they must experience geocaching to understand it. His reasons for his more-than-seven year geocaching career: it’s a great way to exercise, you can find caches for any age or ability (he knows two geocachers who are each missing a leg) and “it gets kids off the damn sofa.”
Sorry I was running a little late this month, but I have posted this months Outstanding Member Spotlight.
Jerry Czerwinski aka JMCz
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