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Items of interest to New England orienteers

NEOC is excited to be able to offer a variety of activities for our community this fall! Here are the updates:

Public Bring-Your-Own Map Events: Public Bring-Your-Own-Map Events will be available at various locations this fall. Events will either be a single day or multi-day activity. Results will be posted on the website and you will be able to either self-report your times or use the QRorienteering phone app. Here are the first scheduled events.

Members can orienteer for free and non-members can participate at $5/event. Map downloads are available using the event information links above.

New England Orienteering Club
Special Meeting
1:00 PM Eastern, June 14, 2020

This NEOC Special Meeting will be held via videoconference, with limited "real world" seating in Woburn, MA. The main business is the election for four seats on the Board of Directors. NEOC members, age 18 and over, may vote; Family memberships are limited to two votes. (Check that your membership is current with this form.)

Please have your member number handy when you attend this meeting. (It's on your member card.)

The Videoconference

A link to the videoconference will be e-mailed to current NEOC members on Saturday evening, June 13, 2020. The e-mail will contain both a Web link for an audio/video connection, and a phone number for audio-only.

The "Real World" Location

The location of the in-person meeting can be requested by e-mailing the NEOC Clerk, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Attendees must wear a mask, and bring their own chair & pen. Social distancing will be enforced. There will be limited WiFi, if you want to bring a laptop.

Voting by Proxy

If you cannot attend this meeting, you can assign another NEOC member to cast your vote. Use this form to specify your voting preferences and assign a proxy voter.
Note: The proxy form will be available until 11:00 AM on June 14, 2020.


Contact the Clerk, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the Webmaster, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This 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. This article will be updated as additional candidates are nominated.

Schedule modifications

In light of the current public health crisis surrounding COVID-19, the New England Orienteering Club is canceling its public events as we've known them, for the immediate future. This is to comply with federal, state, and local authorities' public health directives, and to protect both our participants and our volunteers.

But wait. Aren't local trails and public land open? Orienteering is the perfect sport to maintain "social distancing" as you navigate by yourself through unfamiliar terrain. It seems like the perfect way to meet recreational and emotional needs.

We all love orienteering. And our very mission is to promote orienteering and provide individuals, groups, and families with an organized outdoor activity that is mentally and physically challenging on a variety of levels.

A new style of orienteering & a new schedule.

Stay tuned to the  Schedule and the "NEOC Update" email as we work with land managers and club volunteers to organize Bring-Your-Own-Map (BYOM) events. Participants will be able to navigate around a course on their own time to minimize interactions.

As a reminder, club members have access to all our club maps in PDF form for personal use. (Check if you're membership is current.) See the NEOC Map Use Policy

Send your request to the Mapping Committee Chair.

Ruth at 2016 Troll Cup
Ruth wins F80+ at 2016 Troll Cup
Photo: David Yee

Longtime NEOC member/volunteer and repeat National Champion, Ruth Johnson died Sunday, March 8, at age 87.

Her neighbor in Falmouth, Maine, Tony Federer (himself a NEOC veteran) reports that "She joined NEOC in the 1970s. From 1977 through 2013 she won an astounding 23 U.S. National Classic Championships, always in the oldest class at the time, starting with F43+ and ending with F80+!"

Ruth appears in NEOC results going back to the first "online" posting: Menotomy Rocks, March 26, 2000. If you have copies of the pre-web NEOC Times, you will no doubt find her in prior meet results.

A thread of remembrances is on Attackpoint.

From Judy Karpinski and Jeff Saeger —

We have such wonderful memories of orienteering with Ruth in the woods. As others have said, she was quiet, but thoughtful and always willing to help out. Her spirit and love for orienteering was obvious and we will miss her.

Ruth in 1976 - NEOC's first national champion

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Sharon at '19 Masters ChampsAn inspiring profile of Sharon Crawford in today's New York Times.
Although it focuses on her skiing, "orienteering" is mentioned (four times).

Area orienteers who have been around for a while certainly know Sharon. Until she retired and moved to Colorado, she was very active with NEOC, not only as a competitor. Also, she is the sister of our our longtime Treasurer, Jim Crawford.


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