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    Posted: June 08 2002,7:29 pm QUOTE

There has been an expressed interest to start a club for Geocachers in NY.
Does anyone here think they would like to get one formed?
What I am getting at is a group of people having their own forum, chat room and schedule for meetings to talk about the sport, parks and lands, the future of caching and also idea's for expanded forms of caching.

This group could add fee's to a pot to cover picnics (spring and fall) and it could also form ideas such as adopt a park or trail to promote the sport of Geocaching as one that is safe for our lands.
There are many groups formed already through out the country and maybe this would be a good idea to get started right here in NY. Once a member base grows large enough you can take it from there.
I will forward this topic to those that have been discussing it via e-mail with me, this will give them a chance to also voice out opinions.

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Posted: June 08 2002,8:28 pm QUOTE

Hey!  I'de be interested and I know that the rest of the HIlton's would be.  

I could offer to make up a quilt to be raffled off ...money to go to keeping up the club or sent to the parks that cachers voted as the best..........nice postive feedback for parks that have oked caches in them.....

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    Posted: June 08 2002,11:18 pm QUOTE

Yup, working with Quinn to try and spearhead this.  Was thinking perhaps of a NY geocaching association w/ different chapters/divisions for the different areas.

- Buffalo
- Rochester
- Syracuse
- Albany
- New York City

or perhaps

- Western NY
- Central NY
- Upstate NY
- Downstate NY

Always open to suggestions!!

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    Posted: June 09 2002,3:02 pm QUOTE

I like the idea. I may even run for president.

Aside from organizing picnics and collecting funds we need a bit more purpose.  What is it our club will do?  I'm looking for ideas here.

It may be that picnic organization and planning fun things is all we need. Again please comment.

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Posted: June 09 2002,5:22 pm QUOTE

Quote (Quinn @ June 08 2002,9:29 pm)
There has been an expressed interest to start a club for Geocachers in NY...

What's the difference between a club & NaviCache.com ?

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    Posted: June 09 2002,6:05 pm QUOTE

Navicache.com must remain devoted to Cachers everywhere instead of just one area such as NY or Upstate, NY.

Thus a club for a certain area is more able to maintain such things as dates, meeting times and places, and events for it's own area and members. ;)

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Posted: June 09 2002,7:28 pm QUOTE

We would be interested.  One of our goals might be to try and get new people interested.  The more people, the more caches!
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Posted: June 10 2002,12:50 am QUOTE

Besides getting more people interested.......I imagine that a geocaching club would also be a way to promote and support parks in our respective areas.....

I have been talking to a cacher from Tenessee (he is participating in my latest quilt project...From Sea to Shinning Sea) who is the VP of the Middle Tenessee Geocachers Club.  His name is Don Johnson (I keep picturing the guy from Miami Vice).  I believe I will e-mail him and ask what his club does.

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    Posted: June 10 2002,7:32 am QUOTE

Some ideas / reasons to have an organization:

- Promote 'Caching in the respective area - some sort of organized front to show the community that this is not some fad on the Internet and that it is actually beneficial to the community!  (Sorry, got distracted - I'm working on a cache permission database at the same time.)

- Meet new people, friends - speaks for itself.

- Discuss activities related to the sport, such as new places to put caches, new twists on the sport, etc.

- Have get togethers, etc. - this can either be like the Rochester get together, but also can be productive.  For example Idaho is having a 'spring clean-up' event where they are going to meet and clean up a few cache sites.
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    Posted: June 10 2002,10:13 am QUOTE

Don't use the major cities as an identifier.  I am sure I am not the only one that has forsaken the city and moved to a rural area. :D
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    Posted: June 10 2002,10:48 am QUOTE

Okay, cities are out.  How would we break it up then?

Western NY would be the West boarder of NY State to ... Rochester?

Central NY would be Rochester to Albany?

Upstate NY would be Watertown (?) to the North Border?

Downstate NY would be Albany down to NYC?

Obviously there would be some overlap for some people, but I'm open to any and all suggestions!
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    Posted: June 15 2002,6:13 pm QUOTE

What if we try a Finger Lakes Region or include the area from Syracuse to Buffalo.  If there is a lot of interest from people on the fringes, we could encourage them to set up their own club.  It would be fun to do joint club activities that would encourage us to travel to other areas and look for caches there.  To get started, include a large geographic area and see what interest we get.
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    Posted: June 26 2002,9:15 am QUOTE

After studying my calender long and hard, how does: August 3rd sound for everyone?

We could meet early (10am?) to discuss a NYS Organization and would invite people not interested in that to come later (12noon?).  Of course everyone would be invited to both, I just figure some people wouldn't want to come to both.

PS I have lots of charcoal and paper plates left over from the Rochester gathering, so I will be bringing at least that!!
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    Posted: June 26 2002,6:59 pm QUOTE

doesn't sound like a problem to me...we also have a fall cachers picnic here in Letchworth state park but I am sure i can make your syracuse get-together if you post coords. You will find that many more people that dont use the forums but do search the cache pages will also show if posted this way.

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    Posted: July 01 2002,3:44 pm QUOTE

Greetings everyone. We've finally settled on a date and place for the 1st ever Syracuse Geocaching Picnic!

It will be held August 3rd at the Clark Reservation off of Rt. 173 in Jamesville, NY. (A quick hop off Rt. 81, a few minutes south of Syracuse.)

We will be meeting at the large pavilion, which I have reserved for the day. The pavilion is visible from the parking area and I will try to put up a few signs to let people know where we are. There is a $5 parking charge as it is a State Park that cannot be avoided (unless you enter by foot or bike ... though you can't bike on the trails.)

We will be meeting at 10am to discuss the possibility of setting up a New York State Geocaching group with lunch and events (still planning these!) starting at 12 noon. All are welcome to attend both.

This will be a 'pot-luck' event and we ask that everyone bring a dish to share.

I will be posting the event cache page with the coordinates over the next day or so ... basically as soon as I can get back out to take some. Once the event page is up, please post a note to the page letting us know if you can attend so we can do a basic head-count.

There are four caches (compliments of Anton) in the park currently, and we are considering a special cache for the event.

Any questions or comments, just ask!

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    Posted: July 07 2002,6:48 am QUOTE

Post it as a meeting cache!  Include coordinates.
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    Posted: July 07 2002,9:07 am QUOTE

I agree...if you want extra exposure you will need to submit to all the sites in order to get the word out...sounds like fun though and would give me a great reason to look for more caches in that area.

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Posted: July 07 2002,11:45 am QUOTE

I think a Geocaching club for the 4 NY area regions would be a great idea. Like someone suggested, the club not only gets together for Geocaching cookouts/get-togethers, but also does other things like maybe adopt a highway cleanup area or something along that way.

One thing that the club should also focus on is getting other people involved in the sport & getting it more exposure in the media.

The Syracuse area cachers event would be a great way to get media exposure in either the newspaper or the local news stations. I think caching in itself is an interesting subject for those who have never heard of it before & media exposure will help get people interested in the sport, which in turn gets them trying the sport, which in turn gets more people interested in a local caching group, etc.

Looking forward to the Syracuse caching event... Grew up in the area & love going back to visit the area. Quinn, you going to this event? Brittany is looking forward to playing with Morgan again!

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    Posted: July 09 2002,9:24 pm QUOTE

Here is the link for the AUGUST SYRACUSE GEOCACHERS PICNIC AND MEETING, I intend on making the trek and it would be great to see many of the Rochester and Buffalo area cachers also head out to show not only support for a NY cachers club of sorts, but to also enjoy the picnic and the caching afterwards. Hope to see you all there!

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    Posted: July 11 2002,7:34 pm QUOTE

Quinn, RoadKill, Hinge, etc.

I don't know if this is going to impact turnout for the Syracuse geocaching event, but I just happen to notice that the GPS Gold Rush event this year is in Killington, Vermont and is on the same date as the Syracuse geocaching event.

Check it out:  http://www.gpsgoldrush.com/calendar.html

Does anyone think that this will impact turnout at the Syracuse event? I have to admit that the GPS Gold Rush event sounds fun also, but if I have to make a choice, I'm still there for the Syracuse event. Any thoughts?

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    Posted: July 11 2002,8:00 pm QUOTE

Shoot, I had forgotten about that when I chose the date.  

Actually, I had originally wanted to go, but the site seems sort of scetchy - mostly disorganized in that I can't seem to figure out the rules, etc.

Hopefully this won't have a huge impact on our picnic.

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    Posted: July 11 2002,8:37 pm QUOTE

I think you will find it has very little impact on it. Though the event does sound interesting I have noticed that based on the amount of people that know about this from last year, that the number of those that went were quite little.

The Geocachers picnic (syracuse) will be fine.   :)

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    Posted: July 11 2002,8:59 pm QUOTE

Hey, another thought regarding the geocachers club.

Since each cacher has a total of how many caches they have found both here & that "other place", wouldn't it be nice to recognize members with cache find milestones?

We could have either pins, patches or t-shirts (or something else - ideas?) that we could issue to members for crossing certain milestones for finding caches (50, 100, 150, 200, etc. caches found). I know we all kinda keep track of the amount of caches we've found, so I thought that it might be nice to have some sort of commemoration (sp?) for geocacher members.

Details would have to be worked out (how to pay for pins, patches, etc. - maybe through dues?)... Any thoughts?


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    Posted: July 11 2002,9:25 pm QUOTE

Another good idea for the organization.  I like it, keep 'em coming!  PS Hit my 100th this past weekend. ;)
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Posted: July 12 2002,3:46 am QUOTE

:grinnin I might add that Dekaner's 100th was at our Bag-End Hobbit Cache!

I'm up to 94...think that I'll hit the trails without Fearless today (he's working) so perhaps our 100th could be at the event?

I've been thinking of somehow linking a quilt project to the group....I just enstalled the latest version of Electric Quilt.......a very powerful quilt design program.  I also have a new signature quilt that I would like to make........Forest Trails........

On the 22 and 23 of this month 300mag and the Mrs are comming here to had off squares from my Canadian Quilt Project.......too bad they won't be around for the event.  The are bot most excellent cachers!

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    Posted: July 12 2002,11:29 am QUOTE

Quote (Bitmaster @ July 11 2002,10:59 pm)
wouldn't it be nice to recognize members with cache find milestones?

We could have either pins, patches or t-shirts (or something else - ideas?) that we could issue to members for crossing certain milestones for finding caches (50, 100, 150, 200, etc. caches found).

I really like the idea, in fact I proposed the same thing over at the other site about 6 months ago, saying how I thought it would be a nice bonding or promotion of the group or something like that for cachers, plus give a little extra incentative for people to keep caching once they've started instead of dying off.  Anyway I basically got laughed off the boards... ahh well, I'm past 200 now, I think little pins to put on my backpack would be great.  ALso a good way to identify fellow navicachers (if the GPS wasn't enough  :D ) in the woods.

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Posted: July 20 2002,8:03 pm QUOTE

Ummm,

Do we think that the idea of a New York Geocacher club is going to take off or do we think that this is better left to further discussion later in the year (say, at the Fall geocaching event in Rochester?) or further discussion at the Syracuse caching event?

I know that people discussed this idea & that they might talk about it early in the morning before the Syracuse caching event, but I think that maybe later in the day would be a better idea because there might be people who come later for the event & might not know anything about a Geocaching club meeting...

Any thoughts??

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    Posted: Aug. 19 2002,6:36 am QUOTE

for those interested, there is a nyc - metro goecachers mailing list at yahoo groups called "nycmetrogeocachers", this group is for those in and around nyc who wish to be kept informed of these activities. this inlcudes downstate and northern new jersey folks who are intersted, we would love to have them.
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    Posted: Aug. 21 2002,10:53 am QUOTE

Welcome dboggny, good to see you over this way.

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    Posted: Sep. 08 2002,5:30 am QUOTE

thanks mikechim.
i have been missing the last few sunday night chats because work here in nyc is very busy... can someone post an update as to where things are goin?

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