Georgia Orienteering Club
August 2004 News

Sweetwater Creek State Park - Aug 15, 2004
Canoe-O, Picnic, and Annual General Meeting

Cool temperatures and overcast skies paid a brief visit to Sweetwater Creek State Park for the canoe-o and annual general meeting -- typically the hottest event of the season.

Rick Shane and Chris Kyriakov were first to launch their boats and first to return with an impressive 285 points in 76 minutes, but two other groups beat them out. Guido Nordmann and Mark Pittman won the event scoring 290 points in 85 minutes, closely followed by Jay Mads with 290 points in 90 minutes. In canoe-o the winning time is determined by the highest points followed by the fastest time.

Others look at the canoe-o through less competitive eyes. The Neher family enjoyed paddling at a leisurely pace and then catching up with old friends at the picnic. Charlie Siler's group from the Unitarian Universalist Church took this opportunity to introduce orienteering to some of their youth. And  Dana Richard Freeman didn't orienteer at all -- he volunteered to help with start/finish instead.

No matter how people look at canoe-o one thing's for sure -- everyone looks forward to the wonderful pot luck picnic once they come off the course. This year, Steve Shannonhouse did the grilling on his gas grill (dare I say the "official" GAOC grill?) while Robin set out the side dishes and arranged the food table.

With tummies full and the desert table empty, folks turned their attention to Bob and Linda as they called their last business meeting to order. The first item on the agenda was to nominate and vote in our new president, Martha Carr. We kidded that we voted her in because she wasn't at the meeting, but Bob assured us that he'd been talking with Martha about the presidency since early January and she was ready to take charge.

The meeting lasted several hours and the full minutes will be posted soon, but highlights of the meeting include:


Acknowledging the many volunteers with free event coupons


Announcing a new volunteer waiver form with free coupon on the bottom half


Voting to bid on the 2006 Interscholastic Champs with Frank Campbell as meet director, Andreas Haldi as course setter, the Pitmans as vetters, and Robin as registrar


Pledging technical support for the 2005 Junior Training Camp with Liz as meet director and Laurie as technical director


Empowering the officers to come up with the fee structure for the group membership/club membership fees (current fees will be in place until January)

By 3pm all items on the agenda had been addressed and the meeting came to a close along with another great season of orienteering in Georgia. 

See Results, AGM Minutes (word file), AGM Minutes (pdf file)