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Happy New Year!!

What a year we have had!! So much has changed, and much has been lost, but some new and different paths have been opened.

While we were not able to hold our traditional orienteering meets, we were creative in finding ways to get “out into the woods.”

The new model of printing your own maps at home and going out to courses, set by our fabulous group of volunteer course setters, has been a great success. I have seen people who were not able to attend weekend meets, for whatever reason, go out on a preset course during the week when they are able.

Missing the group aspect of the sport as we have had in the past is difficult. But with proper distancing, printing maps at home, and the wide opportunity to orienteer when you are able, many had a chance to continue with a sport we love. All in all, a much needed antidote to the limits in so many other aspects of our lives.

I want to thank the many members who pitched in to set up courses for BYOM events. The training events also were something we had never done before at this level. We introduced QR codes, and even got through an event with scheduled start times. All of that was due to lots of great work from club members.
I want also to personally thank the Board of Directors for getting the club to seamlessly pivot to the new formats of events. It has been a pleasure to work with the BOD members—they have made my job so much easier.

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Now, an update from our Mapping Group chair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., who has been churning out new maps and updating old ones!

Join NEOC (or renew your membership) now and be ready for orienteering in 2021.
(All 2020 memberships expire on December 31, 2020.)

Member benefits now include:

  • Free map downloads for Bring-Your-Own-Map events
  • Access to map downloads for members-only training courses

Your member card will be e-mailed to you right after payment, and you can get another copy sent any time.

Read the details and join/renew now.

Share your route!

The recent members-only training courses at Breakheart Reservation in Saugus are up on NEOC's Routegadget and on Livelox.

Both platforms allow you to upload a .gpx track or draw your route by hand. (The Livelox "how to" is here.)

Congratulations to NEOC member, Tori Campbell, who received one of two OUSA President's Awards for 2020!

Tori joined the OUSA Board of Directors a year ago and jumped right to work. She has accomplished more as a Board member in one year, than many Board members do in a decade.
...she has overseen the Youth Mapping Program and spearheaded a significant revision of our Abuse and Misconduct Policy. But most impressively, she almost single-handedly brought to reality a long wished for online training program.

See the announcement on the OUSA site for the complete description of Tori's 2020 achievements.

...and note the Certificates of Appreciation awarded to NEOC members/friends Jon Campbell, Barb Bryant, and Ed Despard.

All very well deserved!

Update on screenLook for Update and Trainings e-mails in your Junk/Spam folder.

The NEOC mailer has moved to a new hosting service, so you might need to re-train your spam filter.

Mark the NEOC e-mail as "not spam" and all should be well. (Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, Bing, etc. all have slightly different ways of doing this. Search for a Help article.)

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