New England Orienteering Club
Annual General Members Meeting & Picnic
June 17, 2018 -  Houghton's Pond, Milton MA
Held in conjunction with O-meet

Everyone is invited to orienteer and picnic. NEOC members can elect half of the club's Board of Directors.

Check the schedule listing for June 17, where details will be posted about the Score-O, picnic, and meeting, including time and what to bring. It's a great chance to relax after orienteering, enjoy good food and company.

The election will fill four positions on the Board of Directors. At this time there are four candidates for those positions. Other candidates may be nominated before the election.

If you can’t make it to the meeting you can still vote by using a proxy form. The form has directions for how to use it and make your vote count.

Below are the bios of the current candidates.

 Orienteering Bios of Candidates for Election to the NEOC Board of Directors

Peter Frykman

Hello, my name is Peter Frykman and I am a candidate for re-election to the NEOC board of directors. I have been involved in orienteering since 1984,have been a NEOC member for more than 21 years and have been on the NEOC board of directors for more than 12 years. I am a devoted recreational orienteer (Green) and try to run in about 10 meets a year. I have been a meet director and have had the good fortune to orienteer here in New England, in other places in the US and also in Europe. I have attended 2 USOF conventions to learn more about the sport. These opportunities have broadened my view of the sport and I have had the chance to see different ways that clubs enhance the orienteering experience for their members. I worked to bring epunching to NEOC and now we use it almost all meets and have been able to help other clubs by renting our equipment to them when our schedule permits. About 7 years ago I developed what has turned into the NEOC Point Series. Initially this was a way for club members to compare their performance over the course of the year.  Now the point series is used  to determine the club champions for the different age and gender groups.

I believe the job of the board is to listen to the membership of the club and to prudently use the club's resources to work to develop programs to enhance the orienteering experience that the membership wants. I hope that you will vote for me so that I can work to provide you, the NEOC members, with the orienteering experience that you want.

Sylvie Guichard

I discovered orienteering while attending the mountaineering guide training in Scotland in 2004. The National Orienteering Centre was running a day on micro-navigation as part of the training and I had a fantastic time. I joined the Edinburgh South Orienteering Club as soon as I was back in Edinburgh and spent 5 wonderful years running (and sometimes getting lost) in many parts of Scotland. I was a keen participant of the ladies runs on Mondays and the "fight the night" night orienteering sessions during the summer.

When I moved to England, I joined the Manchester District Orienteering Club and Macclesfield forest and the Goyt valley became my playground but events were less frequent than in Scotland.

Seven years ago, I started to work partly in Boston and still partly in the UK. That's when I discovered NEOC. Now working full-time in Boston, I feel I can devote more time to orienteering and to the club, building on my experience in Scotland and England.

Jeffrey Saeger

The first course I went around was in 1980, at Ashland State Park. It took me awhile to get going, but by 1982 Hans Bengtsson had recruited me as a meet director, Regis College, and I guess I did OK, because then he thought I would be OK for an A meet director, Troll Cup 1985!  Years later I served on the Board and was President in the 1990's.

Six years ago I volunteered for the board again, and last June became President, again.!.?

There are several ideas and goals I would like to accomplish. The common theme of them all is to get the membership involved and the public aware and participating in our meets.

In general, The BOD is working on making it easier for members to be involved. We have gotten our maps online as PDF for course setters, have an archive of maps with courses and updating and editing manuals for everything from meet directing to starting the generator.

I look forward to talking with any of you about what the club can do to make your experience as an orienteer, meet volunteer, course setter, meet director and club member more rewarding.

Karen Yeowell

I was first introduced to orienteering in the mid-1990’s in North Carolina, but then got distracted by life, and re-discovered the sport when we moved to Massachusetts in 2009. As a Girl Scout Leader for the past 8 years and Venture Crew Advisor for the past 3, I became involved with NEOC through the Scout-O. I particularly enjoy seeing young people’s confidence grow as they become more and more adept at navigating through the woods, finally able to gleefully ignore the common admonishments to “stay together”, “stay on the trail”, and “don’t wander around the woods in the dark”. The Night-O course now offered as part of the Scout-O consistently ranks as one of the highlights of our scouting year.

In addition to working with youth, I would also like to actively encourage more outreach to promote gender, racial and cultural diversity in orienteering.