2017 MGS Awards – Vote now!

The long awaited ballot for the 2017 Maryland Geocaching Society Awards is now live (Thank you cooley1103 for the help with the ballot).  Vote today! The poll will close on January 31st to give us time to tally the results and get the awards ready for presentation at the 2018 MGS Meet The Officers event which is Saturday, February 10th, 2018 from 9:00am to 11:00am at the Frederick Golden Corral.  Be sure to come out and join us for the big award ceremony!

VOTE NOW!

Hello 2018!

The 2018 MGS Core would like to wish you a Happy New Year!  We
should have the 2017 MGS Awards ballot up shortly and we
expect to have the results tallied and ready for presentation
at the Meet the Officers event.

Speaking of Meet the Officers, the event is scheduled for February 10th at the
Golden Corral in Frederick.  Come on out and join us, and hear
about the best in Maryland Geocaching in 2017.  We are looking
forward to seeing you there!

I would also be remiss if I didn’t say thank you to Adric,
Larry, Brian, Cindy, and Denise for all the have done for MGS
in 2017.  When you see them, please join me and the 2018 Core in saying thank you to them for all they have done to serve us and promote geocaching in Maryland.  I hope we can continue their efforts into 2018 and
beyond.

Farewell, 2017!

Farewell, 2017!

As both 2017 and my term as MGS President draw to a close, I’d like to take the opportunity to offer a few words of thanks:

To my fellow 2017 Officers – Larry, Brian, Cindy & Denise:
Thank you for a terrific year of teamwork and collaboration! It’s been a delight to work alongside people who share the same love for and commitment to this wonderful organization and the strange little hobby it fosters. Having the opportunity to give something back to an activity which offers so much enjoyment has been a privilege; being able to share that opportunity with a team of genuinely good friends has been a gift.

To our 2017 Directors – Robert, Sue, Tom, Steve & Kelly:
Thank you for having our backs with your advice and support! It’s been a reassurance knowing we had an experienced group of former officers on hand for consultation when needed.

To the incoming 2018 Officers – Phil, Stacy, Kathy, Holly & Al:
Thank you for your generosity in stepping forward to take the reins! I have every confidence the MGS is in excellent hands, and I look forward to watching the MGS go from strength to strength under your guidance. I wish you all the best for a successful year!

To the members of the MGS:
Thank you to everyone who supported and contributed to the MGS this year! Thanks to all the folks who participated in events by attending, donating food and supplies, helping with set-up and tear-down, or by introducing new people to our society; Thanks to all who offered support through monetary gifts, donations to the summer auction, or by purchasing raffle tickets, coins, pathtags, and other items at events or online; Thanks to everyone who contributed by hiding caches for events, especially our magnificent 2017 CAM hiders without whom CAM would not have been the success it was; And thanks to all the folks who promoted geocaching in Maryland by hosting so many caching events throughout the state. In short, the MGS is nothing without its wonderful members, and we are grateful for you.

It’s no secret that we encountered more than our fair share of geocoin-shaped bovine landmines this year. Please know that we officers truly appreciated everyone’s patience and understanding as you and we all struggled to step through a frustrating situation together. Your tolerance and encouragement made all the difference in helping us manage what could otherwise have been a complete nightmare. You’ve been a class act, and it makes me proud to count myself among your number.

I extend to you my best wishes for a Happy New Year, and I look forward to seeing you on the trails in 2018!

Fond regards,
Adric (alzarius)

 

2017 MGS Awards Nominations

2017 MGS Awards Nominations

Two weeks remain to nominate your favorite caches and cachers for the 2017 MGS Awards! The MGS Awards are great way to showcase the creativity on display across the state and to recognize members who have helped raise the bar for geocaching in Maryland. Nominations will close on December 31st, and voting will begin on January 1st. The award certificates will be presented at the Meet the Officers event in the New Year (date to be announced). Visit the Awards Nominations thread for instructions on how to nominate. A current list of nominees can be viewed here.

The 2017 CAM coins are in! The shipped coins were mailed on December 11th, and we are in the process of distributing the rest of them at events. Please visit the CAM Coin Distribution Thread for details. There have been some quality issues with the coins. Cache Advance is working on an online form you can submit to have your defective coin(s) remade at no additional cost to you. We’ll post the link and instructions in the forum as soon as the form is ready.

We are still accepting pre-orders for the MGS 15th Anniversary Geocoin. Please visit the forum thread for pricing and ordering information

MGS 15th Anniversary Geocoin

MGS 15th Anniversary Geocoin

Welcome to the homepage of the Maryland Geocaching Society!

Thanks to everyone who joined in making this year’s MGS Holiday Swap such a fun event. Delicious food, wonderful gifts, terrific company — what more could anyone ask for? (“CAM coins!” shouted a distant voice. “Quiet in the back!” I responded.) Speaking of CAM coins, the FedEx tracker says we’re still on target for a Thursday, Dec 7th delivery. We will post in the CAM forum thread when they arrive. Heck, I’ll probably hire a marching band when they arrive.
   *** UPDATE 12/7:
          The coins have arrived! Read this post for more info.

The MGS 15th Anniversary Geocoin is now available for pre-order. Please visit the forum thread for pricing and ordering information.

A formal announcement will be made on January 1st, but if you can’t wait till then to learn who next year’s MGS officers will be, visit the election thread.

Don’t forget to nominate your favorite caches and cachers for the 2017 MGS Awards. Visit the Awards Nominations thread for instructions on how to nominate. Nominations will close on December 31st, and voting will begin on January 1st. The award certificates will be presented at the Meet the Officers event in January. A current list of nominees can be viewed here.