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Thread: Committee Elections

  1. #1

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    Jun 2003


    This thread has been opened for the candidates to post a little about themselves prior to the elections starting.

    Some candidates have emailed theirs to us whilst other will post themselves.

    The thread will be locked at about 9:00 this evening (Monday 8th) after we have posted those sent to us.

    Please note, this thread is for the candidates to post their CV/Manifesto (call it what you will) and not for any other purpose. Any other posts will be deleted.

    There will be 5 polls, each electing one position, the winner being removed from the list in the next poll. Each poll will last for 2 weeks starting on Wednesday 10th September. Hopefully the mid week start/end will avoid the vast majority of holiday issues.

    Each candidate has a lot to offer, it's going to be a tough battle.
    Good luck to you all.

  2. #2

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    Jul 2003
    Stevenage, Herts


    Name: Lost in Space
    Age: 54
    Occupation: Retired senior executive of Xerox, (ex Rank Xerox), Ltd
    Started geocaching: October 2001
    Caches found to date: 202
    Caches hidden to date: 14
    Hobbies: Drinking, Motor cycling, writing stupid letters to Terry Wogan (aka "Neil of Stevenage"), Annoying "Dad" (Hornet)

    Manifesto: Having obtained a first class honours degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering from the University of Bristol back in 1970 and then spending three years with Hawker Siddeley Dynamics testing air/air and air/ground guided weapon systems I went to work in the R&D department of Rank Xerox. I then spent the next 27 years with Xerox, spending 8 of those years as Resident Engineering Manager in Dallas, Texas, finally ending up as manager of the retail, (SOHO), business. I took early retirement in 2000 and since then have spent my time between geocaching, gardening, drinking, and acting as chairman for the local branch of a National Charity.

    I have spent many years at the "University of Life" and as such am standing for election on the grounds of good old Common Sense.

    I believe that, whilst out geocaching, people should be responsible for their children and their pets.

    I believe in Risk Management/Risk Assessment and acting accordingly.

    I believe in guideline/recommendation rather than regulation. (To regulate you have to be able to enforce and "punish" offenders)

    I also believe there is a life outside of geocaching and posting on these forums.

    If you are one of those people that look at something and then spend the next couple of hours/days looking for every possible hazard and conceiving every possible negative outcome, then I am not the person for you.
    B) B) B)

  3. #3

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    Jun 2003
    Bedfordshire, UK


    OK.... to follow in a similar vein as LiS.... (well... sort of, anyway)

    Geocaching handle: Pharisee (but you can call me John)
    Age: Do I really have to tell you? Just put down 'old'
    Occupation: Senior Process Engineer with a large multi-national outfit based in Germay. (them, not me)
    Started geocaching: October 2002
    Caches found to date: 330 (ish)
    Caches hidden to date: 11 and counting

    Hobbies: Many and varied....
    I've done rock climbing (but I stopped doing that when I fell off one)
    I've spent some considerable time down pot holes (until it slowly dawned on me that I didn't like being cold, wet and blind all at the same time)
    I enjoy being on my own in 'lonely places' but they are few and far between, now. The nearest I get is clambering up some obscure mountain looking for a 4ft high lump of concrete with a number on it.
    I fish for pike in the big Irish and Scottish loughs (lochs). My biggest to date weighed 24lb. I'm still hunting for that elusive 30lber
    I've been a 'biker' since the age of 12 when I started driving my dad's sidcar outfits. (I was a 'Rocker' in the early 60's and helped chuck scooters into the sea at Clacton). Now I ride an old 1000cc V4 Honda for fun.
    I have an amateur radio licence (G7SNW) but still think it was more fun on the 'illegal' 27MHz sidebanders.
    Something completely out of character... I enjoy listening to classical music (Well I think Black Sabbath are classic)
    Oh yeah... I'm not averse to the odd pint or three of good old English Ale

    None of which qualifies me in any way what so ever for a place on the GAGB committee

    I've spent most of my working life avoiding like the plague any sort or committee, team or in fact anything that even vaguely smacked of 'group responsibility'. I usually get left to 'do my own thing'. If anyone is foolish enough to elect me, I have absolutely no idea what I'm going to do. (I s'pose I could make the tea at committee meetings).

    To sum it all up... there are people out ther much better qualifed than me to represent you.
    I wouldn't vote for someone like me.

    Age and treachery will always triumph over youth and ability.

  4. #4

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    Jun 2003
    Fawley, Southampton


    As Bob is unable to stand as an individual for the committee due to work commitments, then as part of the 'Team' , here is my CV/Manifesto.

    Geocaching name: Team Tate
    First Name : Sarah
    Age: mid 30's!
    Occupation: Registered Nurse.

    Started caching: January 02.
    Caches found: 81 (still chasing that elusive century&#33
    Caches hidden: 7 plus have organised 2 event caches.

    Geocaching (of course&#33, Hospital radio, camping (and now caravanning due to a recent purchase&#33


    Having spent my childhood travelling worldwide, I eventually settled on the South coast and commenced my Nurse training in 1987. Having worked in various areas of Nursing over the years, I am currently a Cardio-Thoracic nurse at the Southampton's BUPA hospital.
    I have been married to Bob for just over 2 years. We have two children (George and Beckie) two budgies (Dave and Brian) and Maggie, our boxer pup who joined the family earlier this year.

    Whenever I have joined an club or organisation, I have taken an active role in it's promotion and representation. I held a committee position for Southampton's Hospital Radios service for 2 years, which was challenging due to the versatility of some of the members! Currently, I am a Parent Governor of Fawley Infant school which recently passed a particularly difficult OFSTED inspection with flying colours.

    Since starting Geocaching on a regular basis in January last year, I have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in such a new and dynamic sport where I have met many new friends.

    I am always ready to promote Geocaching and its benefits to others, and am particularly interested in seeing it become more widespread as an activity the whole family can participate in. I was proud to have represented the Geocaching community during a recent broadcast on BBC Radio 4, which promoted our hobby as something that can be done by anyone from the ages of six to sixty (and beyond&#33. I believe very strongly that Geocaching has something for all ages & abilities.

    I regularly read and provide feedback on the Geocaching forums, but tend to steer away from the ongoing disagreements that tend to get heated towards individuals or associations. I believe that every person has a right to their own opinion, whether I agree or not, but will stand up if I believe that someone is being treated unfairly or being abused. Nevertheless, I am open-minded and will listen to anyone and add in my own input where necessary.

    I don't believe that rules should be enforced for what is, at the end of the day, a hobby and pastime. Guidelines are important, as is common sense. I want people to enjoy the challenges and values of Geocaching. Respect of the land and wildlife is very important to me, and ensuring that people can enjoy a hobby that is safe, fun & challenging.

    In this respect, I feel that I can offer a variety of opinions & experience to the committee, with a fair and organised approach to issues.

    Oh yes, and a female representative amongst all the men!!

  5. #5

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    Jun 2003


    Posted by Admin on behalf of Kouros
    There are a lot of these to read, and so I'll keep this brief. If elected to
    be part of the GAGB committee, I will consider myself to have only one goal:
    to encourage environmentally responsible caching, and to promote our
    (already responsible) attitude to non-cachers, and land-owners.

    I will fulfill this role through three main targets,

    1. To create, as part of the GAGB website (and freely available to any other
    Geocaching resource), a foundation of information, with proven and easy ways
    in which we can help keep the countryside clean as we cache.

    2. To freely provide material to those who wish to liase with landowners
    about the positive impact that Geocaching has had upon the environment,
    including (but not limited to) the International CITO Day, and individual
    success stories.

    3. To promote new and existing environmental awareness campaigns within the
    game, so that we can all enjoy the countryside for many years to come.

  6. #6

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    Jun 2003


    Posted by Admin on behalf of Paul Blitz

    I'm Paul Blitz, of Team Blitz. I'm 47 years young, and am married to Debbie
    (sorry, no age there!!! I value my life&#33, and we have 2 sons, Michael (aged
    14) and Callum (aged 8).

    I've been caching since spring 2002. Much of the time, I cache with Michael,
    and sometimes Callum, Debbie, or others come along too... occasionally I go
    alone, and sometimes have been known to meet up with other cachers to go

    I was never one for "going for a boring country walk", but have found
    caching usually changes that "boring walk" into a "fun outing".

    My job takes me around the contry, so I sometimes manage to get to seek out
    some non-local caches: in the winter, that may mean going out in the dark,
    with a torch! Holidays now ALWAYS include some caching!!!

    I'm a great believer of "caching should be fun".

    Since starting caching, I have seen the sport grow greatly, and I believe
    that we are now at a point where an organisation to represent cachers is
    ESSENTIAL. The GAGB is our one opportunity to create such an organisation.

    I think that the GAGB must not be simply *reactive*, but it must be
    *proactive*, making contacts in the "land-management" world... in other
    words, making contact with local autorities and other large landowners, and
    persuading them to formally permit caching on their land.

    GAGB should aim to become "the UK's representative body for caching", in the
    way that "The Ramblers Association" represents ramblers in the UK. (OK, the
    picky amongst you may wish to argue that any organisation may only represent
    its own members.... personally, I think the remit of the GAGB needs to be

    GAGB should *aim* to provide a "service" for caching.... a place where
    anyone interesting in caching can turn for guidance. A "phone number" that a
    landowner can call to find out more about a cache left on their land. A
    place a newspaper / radio station / tv station can contact for information
    about caching. Just like they would contact The Ramblers Association.

    I furthermore believe that GAGB should become Geocaching.Com's UK
    representative (but that should not preclude them also chosing to represent
    OTHER international caching web sites as well), in the same way that other
    countries & many states within the USA have geocaching organisations that
    are Geocaching.Com's local representative. I believe, perhaps in the longer
    term, that GAGB should take on the task of approving UK caches for
    Geocaching.Com (and possibly other sites too....) - again, in the same way
    that other local caching associations already do.

    In practical terms, many of the tasks may well be delegated to other willing
    people (it makes more sense that a local person interacts with a local
    county council, but that person may need / want the "backup" from other,
    more experienced people), but any actions initiated / "taken on" by GAGB
    will still need to be "managed" by the GAGB committee.

    The committee of GAGB need a wide variety of people on it: not only will
    that help it to be innovate where needed, it will give a representative set
    of "points of view".

    Finally, I think we must all be very realistic in what GAGB can hope to
    achieve in its first year: most, if not all, committee hopefuls have a
    full-time job, and many have a life outside of geocaching too!!! This WILL
    restrict what we can all offer to do, but I'm sure many others (ie not on
    the committee) will assist to ensure that GAGB can achieve its aims.

    So there you go: you now know a bit about me, and what I think GAGB should
    be trying to do. If you like it all, then vote for me. If not, then I'm sure
    you can find another candidate who represents your feelings better..... In
    any case, they are ALL good people!


  7. #7

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    Jun 2003


    Posted by Admin on behalf of Teasel
    Teasel's CV/manifesto

    OK, first thing to say is that if you want all of your committee members to
    be able to write concise, witty, well structured prose, then don't vote for
    me! I have a tendency to ramble, as you're probably about to discover...

    Some of you already know me, but for those who don't, let me introduce
    myself. I'm Ian Harris and I live in Buxton with my wife Jayne and our son
    David (who's 1 on Wednesday). We've been in geocaching for just over a
    year and have so far found just over 150 caches(though I'm not actually into the "numbers game" as much as
    you might imagine&#33

    My main contribution to geocaching so far has been my work for GeocacheUK,
    in particular the stats pages which I have taken beyond just statistics and
    have tried to make useful for planning caching trips too. More recently, I
    have integrated my trigpoint logging system with the G:UK cache pages (a
    feature currently provides only to US cachers).

    Outside of family, work and Geocaching, my main commitment is being a
    member of the Buxton Mountain Rescue Team. Unsurprisingly, I quite like
    hill walking! I also dabble in hang gliding, though I've not done any
    flying since David was born.

    So why do I want to be on the GAGB committee? Well, mainly because I'm
    already doing the sorts of things I believe committee members should be
    doing. I have approached Peak District National Park rangers about getting
    permission to place a night cache on their land; I am trying to foster a
    more positive relationship between us and the Modern Antiquarians; and I am
    on the organizing committee for a major geocaching event next year (can't
    say more until it's been given the OK by the council&#33. I have also
    contacted English Heritage, who have agreed to send me a database of all
    the Scheduled Ancient Monuments in England (no point in GAGB having rules
    unless we can be confident that they're being followed&#33.

    Those of you who frequent the forums will be aware that "Admin" do not like
    me one bit, and another of the founder members has suggested that some GAGB
    members might leave if any G:UK developers are voted onto the committee. I
    can only say that I thought long and hard before deciding to stand. I do
    not believe that there is any conflict of interest as G:UK aims are wholly
    separate to GAGB. I feel I can add balance to the committee and am
    confident that, once we start working together, we will quickly come to
    realise that everyone is working towards the same goals.

  8. #8

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    Jun 2003


    Posted by Admin on behalf of The Wombles
    Candidate: Dave of The Wombles
    I started caching in 2001 with my wife Nicky, and we were the first UK
    cachers to hit 100 found (simultaneously with Slytherin). Our caching
    rate slowed down when we started the adoption process in 2002, and we
    were adopted by three young children later in the year. We have now hit
    245 caches of all difficulty levels and all types.

    We have placed 58 caches, some in beautiful locations, some in
    interesting and unexpected containers, and some which are puzzles and
    challenges. St Etheldreda’s (London) is the UK’s most visited cache
    (133 finds), and we were delighted to find several of our caches on the
    favourites lists of other cachers. We started Geocaching as a couple
    but now also understand what our children appreciate in a good cache.

    I became one of the founder members of the GAGB because I believed the
    growth of Geocaching to be inevitable. This brings a different set of
    problems including visibility by major landowners, the press and the
    need for UK specific considerations. I was the principal GAGB point of
    communication with other regional caching organisations around the world
    which has convinced me of the need for GAGB in the UK. I would like to
    see wide agreement of guidelines to allow negotiations with the UK major
    landowners and am keen to play a major role in this negotiation.

    I believe in variation within caching, encouraging new ideas and
    allowing everyone an opportunity to pursue their own interests
    (providing this causes no problems for others). For example, I enjoy
    locationless as well as all other types, but my children prefer
    traditional (physical) caches. Caching is an ideal family sport and our
    children love it - we must deal with the problems that the inevitable
    growth of caching brings; I have several skills which can help make this

    Other supporting experience
    I am a trained contracts negotiator (biggest ownership to date was worth
    £250 million), have 5 years experience working with public organisations
    and have had overall responsibility for the implementation of a £1.1
    billion contract. I am a senior manager in a large telecoms company and
    a Chartered Engineer.

    My current voluntary experience includes being a advanced driving
    instructor for the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and RoSPA, and
    area coordinator for Neighbourhood Watch (West Chippenham, watch out
    when visiting Vincient’s Wood cache&#33. Past experience includes
    Chairman & Chief Instructor for High Wycombe IAM, and Hall Manager of
    the Supreme Cat Show (Cat "Crufts" at the NEC).

    All the best,


  9. #9

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    Jun 2003


    Posted on behalf of MCL
    To be asked to produce a manifesto/CV came as a bit of a surprise, since
    one normally associates a manifesto with someone who is actively seeking
    some kind of office (eg political), but in this case it's not so, since
    each of us was nominated pretty much out of the blue, and our only
    involvement so far has been to either accept or reject the nomination. It
    may be possible to argue that it should be the nominators who ought to give
    their reasons for placing so much faith in whoever it is they have

    In my case, Teasel has already given his reasons, and I notice several
    other nominators have also been quite eloquent and persuasive in their
    postings, about their chosen victims (sorry I mean nominees). What else is
    there left for me to say?

    Well first I can say that I already serve on three other comittees, so the
    mechanics of running an organisation are fairly well known to me. Two of
    those are national bodies, and the other one is local to Milton Keynes. All
    three of them are to do with sound recording, in that I am one of the
    trustees of the national Talking Newspaper Association of the United
    Kingdom (TNAUK), I am the Technical Officer of the local Talking Newspaper
    for the blind in MK, and I am the secretary of the British Sound Recording
    Association (BSRA). I'm also a DJ, and a voiceover artist.

    But this has nothing to do with Geocaching. And why should it? Caching is
    pretty much my escape from computers and audio. People who have met me are
    often given to wonder quite how it was I got the way I am. Well I can tell
    you it was all due to not having a decent hobby! I came into caching
    because one of my close friends had a GPS gizmo and I wanted one to play
    with myself. And of course, once you've got one, you have to find some
    excuse to actually use it.

    So the caching bug grew. Fast wind forward about a year, to the present,
    and I can see that, without some sort of organisation to turn to, some big
    heavy guns (landlords and goverments) could be brought to bear on our
    little hobby and cause us a lot of trouble. That is not to say that GAGB
    must inevitably end up as a pressure group. I hope it doesn't. I like to
    think that given the right information and guidance, pressure is less often
    required, so I see GAGB as storehouse of expertise, and wisdom which people
    in land management and government can grow to respect, in the same way that
    other associations have gained the respect of the big decision makers. I'm
    thinking of people like the Patients' Association, the Ramblers'
    Association, the Automobile Association, and yes maybe even the Talking
    Newspaper Association. We need to work towards a situation where, when
    someone in Whitehall wants to know what effect a new law might have on
    countryside pursuits, the GAGB would be on the list of consulted

    That part of GAGB is the "reactive" side. But I bellieve that there should
    be a "proactive" side too, but not a huge one though. GAGB should be
    quietly approaching large land managers and getting them on our side. The
    parallel here is that of parents of teenage kids. It is often said: "*You*
    should be teaching your kids about sex and drugs (at appropriate ages of
    course) because if you don't, SOMEBODY ELSE IS GOING TO!" Do you want to
    entrust the imparting of that knowledge upon your children, to some
    stranger you've never met? Do you wait until the kids find out about drugs
    from the pusher in the playground? No. You get in there first and hope to
    teach them right. Now apply the same reasoning to the teaching of
    landowners. Do we wait until someone else does it for us and screws it up?
    Wouldn't it be much better if we screwed it up ourselves? (just kidding!&#33.
    We cannot afford, as a community, to allow our name to be impugned by
    people from outside who say things about us not knowing the whole story. I
    think many of you will you know who I am talking about, as one example, but
    be very sure that they are not the only examples that we are going to meet
    in the future. The next lot might not be so nice as the last lot were!
    to be continued.

  10. #10

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    Jun 2003


    on behalf of MCL cont.
    What I do NOT want to see GAGB doing is getting involved in big media
    promotions (TV/Radio/Papers), because I don't think caching needs any help
    in growing. It is doing that quite nicely as it is, and should continue to
    do so. What about things like the HCC event? Yes very good, and I'd enjoy
    more of them, but I think that GAGB does not always need to be the
    organiser of these things. These events are much better than media splurges because visitors to the events get to learn from other cachers, just what the dos and don'ts are. They get taught hands-on, the best kind of teaching in the world. GAGB should always have a stand/tent at such things, but that the organising should be left to individual caching teams. This may sound a bit odd, but in the end if GAGB can earn a reputation as a
    "participatory" organisation, rather than as a "driving" organisation, it
    will be seen as more approachable by people seeking help and guidance.

    In the end, if GAGB is called into being, then someone has got to run it.
    Whoever ends up doing that needs a thick skin, and a bit of time to give. I
    can't promise I have all the time in the world because I don't. I'm a busy
    guy, but if what time I do have can be used to the benefit of cachers in
    general, then I am happy to donate it.


  11. #11

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    Jun 2003


    Posted by Admin on behalf of Team Paradise
    OK. Let's start with the Vital Statistics...

    Name: Steve
    Geocaching: Team Paradise
    Age: 41
    Location: Basingstoke, Hampshire.
    Occupation: Managing Director
    Caches found to date: 95
    Caches hidden to date: 7
    Geocaching since: Feb 2003

    That's the easy bit out the way!...

    I guess this should be one of those "why you should vote for me" speeches.
    To be honest I can't think of any outstandingly good reason. Like many of
    you, I'm just a normal (ish) family man who likes going out for a walk
    because I enjoy the countryside and need the exercise to help quell the
    middle-age spread. For me personally, Geocaching is a fantastic way to
    provide a sense of "purpose" to my walks. Often the family tag along and
    then it's all about the find as opposed to the walk... 6 year old daughters
    do love finding lunchboxes !

    Some of you may have met me at the HCC event earlier this summer. I was the
    chap on the stand demonstrating the PDA/Mapping stuff. I'd guess you could
    say that technology is another interest, so I combine the two in my

    I have no political agenda or interest... I just enjoy the countryside and
    everything that goes with it... the views, changing seasons, flora and
    fauna, local history, etc ,etc.

    I'd say I'm a reasonably articulate, level-headed kind of guy who's just
    happy to help give something back to a hobby that has given me so much
    enjoyment and a slightly diminishing waistline. I accepted the nomination
    mainly for two reasons. (1) I probably have more free time on my hands than
    most and (2) because I feel that some of the Geocaching/GAGB issues need a
    very large dose of good old fashioned common sense applying to them!

    So, why should you vote for me ?... beats me !

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