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.

2017 MGS Holiday Swap

2017 MGS Holiday Swap

Welcome to the homepage of the Maryland Geocaching Society!

The 2017 MGS Holiday Swap is right around the corner, and we’re asking everyone planning to attend to please post their will-attends on the cache page and, more importantly, to post their food items in the Holiday Swap forum thread. The final MGS event of the year will be held on Saturday, December 2nd, from Noon to 3pm at the VFW Post 160 near Glen Burnie, MD. You do not need to participate in the gift exchance to attend. If you haven’t already done so, please log your will-attend and post your potluck food items on the Holiday Swap Food List thread. Hope to see you there!

Holiday CAM Coin Swap!

Holiday CAM Coin Swap!

Welcome to the homepage of the Maryland Geocaching Society!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the first of what we hope might be an annual MGS Geocaching Trivia event. We’re grateful to the good folks at GxProxy for donating a veritable treasure trove of geocaching merchandise to award as prizes for the event. Thanks also to past president deepdish23 for supplying the questions and emceeing the competition. If you weren’t able to attend, we will be posting the questions on the forum to give you an idea what you missed.

HOLIDAY SWAP

Our next and final MGS event of the year will be the 2017 MGS Holiday Swap held on Saturday, December 2nd, from Noon to 3pm at the VFW Post 160 in Glen Burnie, MD. The annual Holiday Swap is one of our most fun and well-attended events of the year, so if you’ve never attended one, we hope you’ll give this year’s a try. You do not need to participate in the gift exchance to attend. If you haven’t already done so, please log your will-attend and post your potluck food items on the Holiday Swap Food List thread.

CAM COINS

We’ve been given an *estimated* delivery date of November 22nd for the 2017 CAM geocoins. If we do receive them in time, we will make them available for pick-up at the Holiday Swap. When the coins arrive, everyone who paid for shipping will be given the option of picking up their coins at the event instead. We can refund the shipping fees at the event.

MGS OFFICER NOMINATIONS

The selection process for the 2018 MGS Core Officers has begun. If you would like to run, or if you wish to nominate someone else (with their permission), please post your nomination in this forum thread. The complete list of nominees will be published on December 1, at which point the official voting will begin. Serving as one of the Core Officers is an excellent way of giving back to the Maryland geocaching community, and I heartily encourage everyone to consider taking an active role in the future of the MGS by running for office. We need you!

MGS LICENSE PLATES

The latest batch of MGS specialty plates is now available for purchase! Add a shiny new set of MGS tags to your geomobile to show off your favorite hobby and to notify other FTF seekers that they are too late. Please visit the MGS License Plate page for instructions.