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ACTRA website: http://act.rogaine.asn.au
Paddy Pallin event now open
Entries are now open for the 2016 ACT Paddy Pallin rogaine. This is always a very popular event; it provides a perfect opportunity for those new to rogaining to give it a go, while offering a challenge for those wanting to push their limits.
The year it will be held on 20 March on the "Kindervale" property, about 60 minutes to the south-east of central Canberra. So start getting your team together for a fun day of navigation in the bush with a free feast at the finish. Entries are open until Monday 14th Mar; after that you pay an extra $10 per person. Enter here.
...and remember to pick up your free ACTRA/NSWRA fridge magnet while you are there!
Volunteers needed to run the Paddy Pallin rogaine and the ACT Championships
We need two more volunteers for the Paddy Pallin event to provide general help on the day. This will involve helping with setting up tents, registrations, parking etc before the event (generally a good chance to chat and say hello to lots of people) and help with processing everyone as they finish. If you are new to the tasks, you will be shown what to do. Please contact Susie if you are able to help.
We also need a couple more volunteers for the ACT Champs on 30 April/1 May, for similar jobs to those listed above for the Paddy Pallin event. You will get fed and, unlike the competitors, we guarantee you the chance to sleep! Please contact Deb at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
Snowballs and Lyrebirds at the ACT Championships are in your diaries 30 April/1 May (8 and 24 hour events)
We can’t guarantee snowballs, but lyrebirds will be out in force to sing to you.
The 24 hour ACT championship rogaine and a shorter 8 hour event are being held around the headwaters of the Shoalhaven River in Deua National Park. It’s a special area of high plateau of native grassland surrounded by old mature forests. Check out the photos on smugmug. It takes about 2 hours to drive from Canberra and 50 minutes from Braidwood. Parking is limited at the hash house site, so start planning your car pooling adventure. We are also looking into running a bus. For those not wanting to camp, there is some accommodation 15 minutes up the road at Deua Tin Huts or in Braidwood.
If you are planning to do the 8 hour event and can help out at the hash house on Sunday, please contact Deb Foggin 0439 782 569 or Janet Scott on 0417 350 775.
Annual General Meeting – 20 March 2016
The Annual General Meeting of the ACT Rogaining Association will be held at approximately 4 pm on Sunday 20 March 2016 at Kindervale. This is the location of the Paddy Pallin event. Directions to the event and AGM will be posted on the website on Sunday 13 March. Agenda, 2015 minutes, audited accounts and presidents report are posted on the home page of the ACT Rogaining Association website. We ask that you look at these documents and bring copies to the AGM as needed.
If you are considering nominating yourself or another person for the ACTRA committee and would like more information, or just a quiet word to let the current committee know, please contact Julie or another committee member.
Notice of motion to amend the ACT Rogaining Association constitution
The ACTRA Committee is putting forward a motion to amend the Association's constitution. This is to make necessary changes to align with current ACT legislative requirements. Details are contained in the explanatory document, proposed amended constitution, and proposed amended constitution with "track changes" posted on the home page of the ACT Rogaining Association website. The current constitution is on the documents web page. We ask that you look at these documents and bring copies to the AGM as needed. If you wish to discuss any of this prior to the AGM, please contact Julie.
ACTRA runs a calendar year membership and all competitors have to be members. It’s a bargain at $10 for adults and $1 for children. If you didn’t enter the Twilight event, please remember to renew your membership when you enter the Paddy Pallin. There is a place to check your membership status on the website – take the “discover your membership CRN” on the membership page, enter your name and it will state the last year you were financial. If this does not say 2016 you need to pay membership with your event entry.
It’s Annual General Meeting time, but I don’t need to remind you of that, as there is already a piece in this newsletter. However, if you are thinking about offering to join the committee and would like to know a bit more about how we operate, please get in touch.
The main topic of my soapbox is a request that you consider trying to enter events a little bit earlier (before the late-fee kicks in on the Sunday beforehand), rather than leaving it until the week before the event. Here’s why.
Firstly, it can be stressful for the volunteers organising the event if we get a large number of people enter after the normal Sunday cut-off of normal entries. The organiser has to check all the entries are okay, remind people of memberships etc, on top of all of the other tasks, such as organising equipment and getting maps printed. It becomes particularly busy after the Wednesday or Thursday when entries close and the data are placed onto the laptop, and navlight tags are sorted. If you beg for an entry after this time the organiser has to manually enter you – a task that will take 10-15 minutes.
Secondly, we have to tell the caterers how many people are coming to the event on the Tuesday evening, so they have time to purchase and prepare all the food. We do try to give the caterers an accurate number, so that we pay for the right number of people and so that the food does not run out.
I understand that you may like to check the weather forecast before entering an event, but suggest that the long-range forecasts are generally accurate enough now that you should be able to enter on the Sunday beforehand with confidence. If you are waiting on other offers of things to do from your friends, get in first and tell them to come along too!
Thanks in advance, and see you at the Paddy Pallin 6 hour.
Lost property from the twilight rogaine: 2 compasses and a map case. Email Jean to organise a return.
Tips for the month: Never store your compass near metal objects like penknives as it will permanently disrupt its accuracy. Also if you have one of those water bladders with a magnetic clip, don’t use it on a rogaine or you could find yourself horribly lost in the night!
Do you get blisters? We have just come across a blisters website by a Western Australian podiatrist, Rebecca Rushton. The website is chock-full of details on how to prevent and treat blisters.
Inner West Sydney Wolligaine Minigaine Sunday 3 April
Come explore the largest remaining bushland in Sydney's Inner West, discover the four creeks shaping the area, and be surprised by the views over the city and beyond!
This event is easily accessible by public transport and will be an ideal way to spend a Sunday out with family and friends of all ages.
There will be a mass start at midday. More details here.
2016 European Championships in Spain
If you just happen to be over in Europe this summer, why not enter the European Championships, 27-28 August. There are 6 and 24 hour events in the Navarre/Basque country. Even if you can't attend, the photos and clips on the website are worth a squiz.
World Orienteering Day 11 May 2016
Our compass-in-arms comrades, the orienteers, will be celebrating the first ever World Orienteering Day this yeaer on 11 May 2016. For Canberra events, keep an eye on the events tab on the Orienteering ACT website.
Would you like to fly one way to Alice Springs for the World Rogaining Championships and drive home in a four wheel drive?
Visit the outback on the way home. The Poland family will be driving to the world champs, but would like to fly home to Canberra. If anyone wants to borrow their Toyota Land Cruiser to visit some interesting places on the way home, please contact David Poland 0407 011 637 or email email@example.com
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