Thanks Thanks:  30
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 44

Thread: Chairman Candidates (2013/2014) - Q&A

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    The Mendips, Somerset
    Posts
    2,769

    Default Chairman Candidates (2013/2014) - Q&A

    This forum is an area for members to post questions and the candidates for to answer.

    The two candidates are:

    • Maple Leaf
    • Puzbie


    Their CVs/Manifestos will be posted here
    Last edited by Maple Leaf; 23rd October 2013 at 11:24 PM. Reason: Added candidate names
    GAGB member since 2005
    GAGB Committee member 2010 to 2016 (Chair 2012 to 2015)
    UK Mega Event Chairman 2009 (Weston-super-Mare)


  2. #2

    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    687

    Default

    Congratulations on your nominations, I am delighted to see there will be a properly contested election.

    Jen, I have tried to find a copy of last year's manifesto but cannot find it - is it available to refer back to?

    Good luck both!

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    The Mendips, Somerset
    Posts
    2,769

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by richlay View Post
    Congratulations on your nominations, I am delighted to see there will be a properly contested election.

    Jen, I have tried to find a copy of last year's manifesto but cannot find it - is it available to refer back to?

    Good luck both!
    Up until part way through the Chairman elections last year, all posts relating to elections were in the Members forum - so the Chairman manifestos are still in there.

    The two candidates for Chairman last year were Maple Leaf & Sandvika. The manifestos are here and the initial Q&A here
    GAGB member since 2005
    GAGB Committee member 2010 to 2016 (Chair 2012 to 2015)
    UK Mega Event Chairman 2009 (Weston-super-Mare)


  4. #4

    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Posts
    58

    Default

    Can I ask both candidates why they are standing?


    :socool:

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    The Mendips, Somerset
    Posts
    2,769

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Nohope View Post
    Can I ask both candidates why they are standing?
    Primarily, I want to continue with the things that are currently in progress and to continue to raise the awareness of the GAGB. I don't like leaving a job unfinished!

    Having been an active member of the GAGB since I first started geocaching in 2005, I was delighted when in 2010 I was asked if I would stand for committee. Having then spent two years on the committee as Secretary, it was then an honour to be elected as Chairman last year.

    I have the knowledge, dedication & commitment to the GAGB to continue in the Chairman role for the coming year.

    We are getting a lot of new members who have only just discovered geocaching, which is great, but it is still surprising that there are so many exisiting geocachers that have not heard of the GAGB.

    At the WM Mega this year, we had a lot of people to our stand/participated in our map game and several that came to the committee's Q&A sesssion - many who didn't know about GAGB. We need to continue to change that!

    My aim of the GAGB10 weekend last summer was to promote the GAGB across the entire country. Despite advertising/requesting cachers to host their own GAGB10 CITO events (and having GAGB10 trackables made) there were only a few events ........ which was a real disappointment. However, those that did attend had a great time and suggested we should do an annual GAGB CITO weekend .... so maybe something for the diary next year.
    GAGB member since 2005
    GAGB Committee member 2010 to 2016 (Chair 2012 to 2015)
    UK Mega Event Chairman 2009 (Weston-super-Mare)


  6. #6

    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Posts
    41

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Nohope View Post
    Can I ask both candidates why they are standing?
    Firstly, I would recommend reading all the CVs which I see have now been posted here.

    To summarise why I am standing, my reasons are twofold. Firstly, I wasn't satisfied with how the GAGB handled the MOD affair, and secondly, I would like to see us explore more ways of raising the profile and reputation of both GAGB and geocaching in the UK in general.

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Porthcawl S Wales
    Posts
    481

    Default

    I would like to see us explore more ways of raising the profile and reputation of both GAGB and geocaching in the UK in general.[/QUOTE]


    Puzbie

    Please could you expand your thoughts on your statement and how it could be achieved?

    How would you deal with the negativity the GAGB receives from some cachers and how that could be changed to a positive?

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Posts
    41

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by mollyjak View Post

    Puzbie

    Please could you expand your thoughts on your statement and how it could be achieved?

    How would you deal with the negativity the GAGB receives from some cachers and how that could be changed to a positive?
    Hello Mollyjak, thank you for showing an interest in proceedings. With regards to negativity I think I should first state that I don't think it will ever totally be eliminated. I don't think I have ever seen a single online forum that has had no dissenting voices. It comes with the territory. Also, not all dissenting voices should be accommodated. When they encourage illegal activity, they should be put firmly and squarely in their place.

    I have been in a situation in the past, where a large majority of the forum (on collecting antique bottles, believe it or not) seemed in favour of such activities. Forum posts were full of how land owners had been outwitted and how, basically, the posters had illegally dug up people's land. I was appalled by this, and when it became apparent that this was the majority view (at least of that forum) then I left. I don't see anywhere near that level of dissent in the GAGB forum and facebook pages. The vast majority of posters seem to be genuine people just looking for advice and to socialise.

    However, as I laid out in my CV, I think that if the committee had a greater awareness of the strengths and abilities of the ordinary members, and utilised these skills, rather than ignored them, when negotiating with landowners, then there would be much less negativity. For instance, in the MOD negotiations, I saw people posting useful advice and being ignored. I think the key mistake here was not that the advice wasn't followed, but that they were ignored. People who persisted with their questioning on the issue were told that if they didn't like it, they should stand for nomination themselves. That is no way to treat rank and file members, and it can only lead to negativity, especially if the outcome of the proceedings was such a disappointing one.

    Also, I think it important that when negotiations are ongoing, ordinary members are kept in touch with how events are proceeding. During the MOD negotiations it seemed like there was a wall of silence. I think the reasoning behind this was that the MOD (and you can substituted any landowner name here) was aware of this forum and had access to it. It was therefore deemed inappropriate to discuss the matter here.

    But so what if the landowner has access to this forum? We are not a business planning a hostile takeover, we are a group of cachers trying to put forward a case as to why caching should be allowed. If we had open discussion, and the ordinary members were listened to, there would be nothing to hide or be ashamed about on these forums. Anybody encouraging illegal activities should be immediately sanctioned, but other than that, people should at the very least, be listened to.

    Finally, In my CV I also suggest a way in which we could positively improve the caching image to the general public (including landowners). I won't rehash any more of my CV here, but by actions such as those I outlined, we could improve the image and make landowners far more amenable to our requests.

  9. #9

    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    687

    Default

    The CITO events this year appeared to be very successful and it was great to see committee members supporting and also to see them at several localised events.

    How would you maintain and build on this success in the next 12 months?

    Would you plan the CITO event to be an annual occurrence, or is there an opportunity for other events that to be held across the country at the same time too, in a similar way to the WWFM?

    Please expand on how you would approach the event element of the game this year.

  10. #10

    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Posts
    41

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by richlay View Post
    The CITO events this year appeared to be very successful and it was great to see committee members supporting and also to see them at several localised events.

    How would you maintain and build on this success in the next 12 months?

    Would you plan the CITO event to be an annual occurrence, or is there an opportunity for other events that to be held across the country at the same time too, in a similar way to the WWFM?

    Please expand on how you would approach the event element of the game this year.
    I am a big fan of CITO. In my experience, the most effective form has been the placement of plastic CITO bags within caches. I first came across this while doing a cache in Cyprus, and I had soon filled the bag I found in the cache. If we could encourage this sort of practice, so that CITO became the norm, rather than the exception, then it would do wonders for our reputation and be a useful bargaining chip in landowner negotiations. If we can demonstrate to landowners the positive benefits <b>that they will receive</b> from geocaching, it can only help our cause.

    It also provides a useful outlet for all the plastic bags I am sure I am not alone in accumulating at home.

    With regards to CITO events, I have never personally attended any. However, I would certainly be supportive of them and if the membership wanted to continue them they would certainly get my support.

  11. #11

    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    The Mendips, Somerset
    Posts
    2,769

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by richlay View Post
    The CITO events this year appeared to be very successful and it was great to see committee members supporting and also to see them at several localised events.

    How would you maintain and build on this success in the next 12 months?

    Would you plan the CITO event to be an annual occurrence, or is there an opportunity for other events that to be held across the country at the same time too, in a similar way to the WWFM?

    Please expand on how you would approach the event element of the game this year.
    As it was the GAGB's 10th anniversary year, I really wanted to do something to celebrate this and thought that by having events all of the UK & NI it would be an ideal way to make people aware of the GAGB. The idea of promoting it as CITO events was a way of giving something back to the landowners/councils.

    With the GAGB10 logo and trackables we had hoped that we would get a lot more events than we did but I am grateful to those of you that did host/attend one. In hindsight, our CITO date was probably too close to the annual CITO weekend (which you got a souvenir for) - but we wanted to do it on the anniversary weekend.

    I would like to have an annual (at least) GAGB event/s around the country so this is something that I would certainly be looking into with the new committee. I would be keen to work with the landowners that give permission for the placement of caches - whether this be the larger organisations like Forestry Commission, Woodland Trust, National Trust - or just smaller/local ones, so that we are at least giving something back to them at the same time as having events.

    I will continue to attend regional events when I can, especially if there are any on when I am working around the country, and to promote the GAGB.
    GAGB member since 2005
    GAGB Committee member 2010 to 2016 (Chair 2012 to 2015)
    UK Mega Event Chairman 2009 (Weston-super-Mare)


  12. #12

    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Anchorage, Alaska
    Posts
    222

    Default Watch Your Inbox for your GAGB Ballot

    The 2014 GAGB Chairman Ballot is loaded into Surveymonkey and set to be e-mailed out shortly after midnight, tonight (0015 on 1 November).

    The header of the e-mail will read:
    "ladybugs at geocachealaska.org via surveymonkey.com" <member at surveymonkey.com>
    ("at" replaces "@" in the above to keep the text from appearing as links)

    so if you don't receive a ballot and you were a member of record as of 1 October, please check you Junk/Spam folders/filters.

    If you still can't find your ballot, send me an e-mail at ladybugs@geocachealaska.org[/EMAIL"]ladybugs@geocachealaska.org"]ladybugs@geocachealaska.org[/EMAIL] from your GAGB e-mail address of record and I'll send you a fresh ballot.

    Regards,
    Michael Malvick/Ladybug Kids
    GAGB Returning Officer
    In Alaska, the best athletes eat raw meat, sleep in the snow, and run naked.
    Ladybug Kids' gc.com profile
    Visit the GeocacheAlaska! website.

  13. #13

    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Posts
    58

    Default

    A last minute question for Puzbie:

    I have openly said that I will vote for Maple Leaf as I feel she, and the rest of the committee, have run the GAGB very well for the last year and I feel that the committee handled the MOD situation well. What would you say to me to make me change my mind and vote for you?


    :socool:

  14. #14

    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Posts
    7

    Default

    Picking up on a few things in the CVs, previous Q&As and my own concerns.

    1) How will you ensure that member's views and concerns are taken on-board by the committee?

    2) Now that many organisations are jumping on the geocaching bandwagon, how will you utilise these to raise the profile of caching?

    3) The geocaching community, by its very nature, is a very fragmented one. Have you any plans to bring more members of the community together?

  15. #15

    Default

    Another last minute question for Puzbie:

    I wonder how often and how many cachers you have met in the past year.

    Have you any plans to increase contact with the silent majority that do enter into discussions via threads?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •