Mountain Meet - September 5
Rick Shane wrote - A big thanks to all the folks who helped
handle the huge turnout yesterday at Arabia!
At the risk of missing someone or something, I will try to
mention some of the contributions made. I know there were many
more. My wife and kids handled the registration. Steve and Robin
worked the whole day...instruction, numbering registration
forms, results, figuring out that all the runners were back, bag
pick-up, etc. Linda and Bob worked early (instruction and map
copying), left to do an errand, then came back for bag pickup.
Martha worked the whole day...group registrations, starts,
finish, etc., generally acted very presidential. Bill kept
general order, worked start, and hauled extra water to the water
stop several times. Andreas handled starts, got everyone
started, then started himself and beat everyone back. Andreas
also did bag pick-up. Guido did bag pickup. Greg Dunlop worked
finish. Many others contributed here and there as needed.
I want to thank the leaders of the JROTC groups that were there
for all their cooperation, help getting the kids registered, and
generally keeping things in very good order.
I want to thank everyone who helped to do such a great job of
cleaning up the entire area. I looked around late in the day,
thinking I would have some trash pickup to do, and found
Thanks again to all!
Robin Shannonhouse wrote -At the meet today, several folks
asked me how many school groups came. From the registrations, we
had groups from the following high schools:
Nothing like the start of the Fall season!
I want to express my appreciation for Rick
Shane for being such a calm meet director, in contrast to his
crew of mostly headless chickens. And a special Thanks to the
ladies of the Shane family. They handled the registration table
with poise and efficiency. Then, after working all morning, the
girls still had the energy to finish 3rd on the White course.
And to the JROTC instructors of the 7 school groups attending --
Please give your students our compliments. They were polite,
patient and as Rick said, cleaned up perfectly after themselves.
Several GAOC volunteers commented to me on how great the JROTC
students handled themselves. NONE of them gave us any problems
and we really appreciate their cooperation and spirit. Hope they
all had fun!
Linda Domine wrote - Although I'm no longer the VP of
Volunteers, (Bob's term was not the only one that was over) nor
did I play a part in recruiting the Arabia Mtn.
Volunteers, I'm still impressed to applaud and congratulate
everyone's concerted efforts to assist Rick Shane and his family
today. As Martha had earlier discussed with Bob, she was as the
new club President going to return to having each meet director
be responsible for recruiting their meet help. Having done a
good bit of the Volunteer coordination these past 5 years and
knowing we've a larger club base of experienced members knowing
every meet director's volunteer need, Bob and I agreed that
Martha's desire to return to having each meet director recruit
their volunteers was reasonable.
Rick had requested help for Instruction and since Bob and I knew
we'd be there early, we knew we could support this volunteer
need he had. Little did we know that after Bob had last checked
the club's hotline, that Rick's meet would have a turn-out of
orienteers that nearly filled 6 pages!! For this being the first
meet of Martha's Presidency, I just was so gratified at how
congruent everyone was to "pitch-in" and do whatever post needed
volunteer support. I know this was a great relief to Rick and
Deb today and it made all the difference for making Arabia such
a successful meet.
With especially the turn-out we had today at Arabia and with our
next GAOC meet in 2 weeks at Dausett Trails being Nat'l O Day,
Robin's understandably concerned that because maps will be free,
that we may have
a repeat of today as far as numbers in attendance. All the more
I'm starting our recruiting for that meet today!! To ALL of you
GAOC'ers, old and new alike, I'm requesting volunteer support at
Dausett's Nat'l O Day. If you can assist w/ any post, please,
let us know asap.
Thank You All Again for such a fun day in the woods,
Bill Farrell wrote - Yes, to Rick and
all his support team, a BIG thank you. Great job!
A Big Thank You to Rick and family... and friends for another
perfect day of GAOC orienteering!
Got see my friends and many new JROTC faces.... 4 or 5 bus
Rick found some new ways to exercise our minds and our bodies...
both of mine are harder to stimulate!
I had a great time... an about as well as I could... even had a
complaint -- BUT I was wrong.... hard to believe!
Another great day! Bill.
Bob Domine wrote - Hi All,
Yes, to Rick and all his support team, a BIG thank you. Great
My apologies on not letting the meet director, Rick know just
how many of you would be coming from the schools resulting in
not having enough maps. I really believed that I did check the
Voice Mail late this past week, Thurs. or Friday. This
afternoon, I had calls from Locust Grove, So. Aiken, Union Grove
We will pull together a more bullet proof process for in the
future. Again my apologies.