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CacheNoTrace
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 4:15 pm Reply with quote Back to top

KaBOOM!

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sandlanders
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 4:33 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Well, that ^ ^ ^ just made the lake ice a bit less stable.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 4:40 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Easier to make the hole that way!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 4:52 pm Reply with quote Back to top

CacheNoTrace wrote:
Easier to make the hole that way!

I'm not ice fishing, CacheNoTrace. Rolling Eyes Just trying to get up the nerve to walk on (hard) water.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 4:53 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Lol... I need to do the hard ice caching soon too

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 5:20 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Todd300 wrote:
I didn't want to start a thread but wanted to comment on this from the Candidates Corner...

hack1of2 wrote:
I was hesitant to present this topic in the Candidates Corner Forum because it restricts who can answer to only those currently running for the BOD positions, but one has to start somewhere.

Why doesn't the WGA have a newsletter anymore, and what are your thoughts of having one once again? It's been I think almost a year since last receiving one. I would guess that most of the WGA membership does not frequent the WGA website, and therefore miss out on WGA news and opportunities. I haven't noticed anyone, including current and the prospective BOD members, address this issue in quite some time. If it wasn't for receiving the WGA newsletter early in my caching career, I don't think I would have had much awareness of the WGA and its activities and goals.



I admit that when we did have the e-mail newsletter, I did not subscribe to it so I did not notice it was stopped. Also, I admit not reading any news on the WGA main page though I did read Jim's latest post on the main page and only because of a Facebook post promoting it.

If a newsletter is considered again, keep in mind there might be others that are like me who basically ignore the newsletter too. Is the effort worth it?

Hell, I don't even read Groundspeak's newsletter except to check for upcoming events and new caches.

JMHO.

I'm guessing there's several hundred members of the WGA, but maybe only 40 or so that actually frequent the WGA website and post messages. (?) How many of those nominal members might have their minds open to new possibilities, an expanded awareness of the whole state rather than their relatively small corner of the state, an appreciation of the WGA organization, if 2 or 4 times/year (or whatever frequency) they received some communication from the WGA regarding events, tips, stories, tutorials, etc. If it is published only 2-4 times/year, it can't adequately address time-sensitive events as much because the events would potentially have happened before it was sent, but the other items I just mentioned would be a bit less time-sensitive.

I think recently a number of people have been brought into a greater WGA-awareness thanks to FaceBook (Yay Chris), but as social media only reaches a portion of the WGA membership, the newsletter, it seems to me, is the one vehicle that can reach every member. Of course, they may not read it, but just the act of receiving it will hopefully affect some measure of awareness, (cue the inspirational music...) and maybe, just maybe, they'll eventually read a newsletter and take that next step toward greater involvement. And for those who used to be active in the WGA but have refocused their attention elsewhere, who knows, all it may take is a communication from the WGA to rekindle an interest in an organization that either they lost interest in or thought that the organization lost interest in them.

Some potential topics: Events, tech tips, tutorials, outdoors tips, equipment tips and reviews, photos of unique cache containers, photos of cache experiences, member stories, quotes from member's logs, GPS news, Groundspeak news, Wisconsin geocaching news, geocaching challenges, member profile, surveys, cache of the month, LCG info, feedback from members section, president's message, relavent cartoons, editorials, milestones, soundbites (one-sentence zingers), advice column ("ask the board"), historical insights, puzzle solving tip of the month, etc. We're missing out on so great an opportunity! I wish I had time to help put one together but I'm pretty booked already.

Just my thoughts. Smile

P.S. - Should this be moved to a new thread?
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 5:46 pm Reply with quote Back to top

hack1of2 wrote:
P.S. - Should this be moved to a new thread?

Yes. Definitely not useless drivel.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 5:57 pm Reply with quote Back to top

We have been checking out some stuff off and on in Alaska since our visit there last summer, and their state group appears to have a monthly newsletter, which reads part upcoming stuff and part this is what happened. Also some "did you know" stuff in there, too. Lots of photos and stories, activities... Can't seem to follow their forums without registering, so I don't know what all they talk about there, but it sounds like they have a "lounge" forum... useless drivel, perhaps??? Wink

I like to write (really?), as do others, and Hack and I both take tons of photos. Not skilled at all in putting stuff together for the web unless it's a cache page, but I can learn or others with the skills can do something with this.... Or maybe a "write" program with PDF?

OK, if this stuff gets moved, just copy and paste. Cutting the appropriate posts from here will throw off the FTP counting.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:11 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Evening.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:20 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Can't find a "biting tongue" smiley anywhere...

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:34 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Team Black-Cat wrote:
Can't find a "biting tongue" smiley anywhere...

Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:45 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Wishing that the rain would be craphas instead. Winter camp this weekend.

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Useless drivel

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