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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…
Should I Join the Texas Geocaching Association
Click Here to Read
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!”
>Click Here to read the Full Story<
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
various reasons. Some have felt that they were not able to serve the association to the extent that was necessary, others had personal situations revolving around
retirement or illness.
These former Board members served us well and we want to thank them for their service.
Between March and August, these resignations left the Association with open positions for two elected offices and three appointed directors.
Wanda “Prettier Half” Darbe
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.
Click Here to Read the Full Story
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.
Cassette tapes, legos and ratty notebooks are considered treasures by
few outside of the geocaching world. Geocachers seek more than
trinkets, though. For them, the real—and less tangible—treasures include
adventure, diversity and community.
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.”
READ FULL STORY (Originally Posted by: Lauri Valerio on August 22nd, 2012)
Sorry I was running a little late this month, but I have posted this months Outstanding Member Spotlight. Jerry Czerwinski aka JMCzCLICK HERE
to Read all about it!