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January 2017

 2016 Punched, on to CP2017

Happy New Year to all club members.  What a great family of explorers we are.  You can see it at the meets every time we get together.  The St. Louis Orienteering Club had a good year in 2016.  We held 11 events from January through December and ended the year with 90 members.  Our new map chair, Bryan Neihaus worked with club members to develop 3 new mapped areas (Broemmelsiek, Indian Camp Creek, and Chatuqua). 

SLOC Board

In June of 2016 the board elected 3 new members; Kate Geisen, Amanda Lappe, and  Josh Borgmeyer.  We say thank you to outgoing board members and officers; Bryan Neihaus, President, Brian Hey, Vice-President, Eric Buckley, Map Chair, Pilar Williamson, Board Member.  Your new board and club officers  for 16-17 are:


               Board Members:  Nathan Graves (P), Al Beers (VP), Jerry Young, Nikolay Gochkov, Melissa Kelley, Jeff Ryan, Josh Borgmeyer, Kate Geisen, Amanda Lappe

               Treasurer: David Fisher

               Map Chair: Bryan Niehaus

               Membership Chair: Melissa Kelley

               Equipment Chair: David Fisher

               Social Media Navigator: Kate Geisen


For members who are interested in helping out the club and volunteering as a board member we will be accepting nominations at our upcoming annual club meeting in March 2017.  Self-nominations are welcome.  We will have three board positions open in June 2017. 



January 28, 2017 Cold Nose O at Babler State Park – 9am registration, 10am first starts

Join us for this annual event!  This is one of SLOC’s best events of the year and once again directed by Yvonne Deyo.  There will be beginner, intermediate, and advanced courses (White, Orange, Green and Red).  Beginners are welcome!  We will be conducting beginner briefings to get you ready.   

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February 19, 2017 Meramec O at Meramec State  – 11am registration, 12pm first starts

Join us at Shelter 3 with Meet Director Gary Thompson designing four courses; Yellow, Orange, Green and Red (beginner through advanced).  Registration starts at 11AM, Starts begin at 12PM

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March 18, 2017 John Smerek Memorial Scout Festival - 8:30am to Noon    

This annual event is aimed at Cub, Boy, Brownie, Girl, Venture Scouts, and Scouters but open to everyone.   It is a wonderful score orienteering event in the beautiful Beaumount Scout Ranch in St. Louis County.  This is not a public use area so this event will allows you to explore this limited access terrain.  The meet director is David Fisher (314-434-5060)  Registration will be taken at the Emerson Conference Center Area from 8:30-10:00am, starts begin at 9:15am.  Map hike also available.  Many more details on our website.

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April 2017 (date TBD) S-Bar Boy Scout Ranch 

The details are still being plotted out but we are working with the Boy Scouts on using this unique and well mapped area for a return event in the Spring of 2017.  Meet Director Dave Welsh.

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May 2017 (date TBD) Broemmelsiek Park Night O

There is talk of returning to Broemmelsiek in 2017 with a Night O and camping event.  Stay tuned as we plan our attack point.

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June – August (dates TBD) Summer Sprint Series

Have you ever wanted to learn how to build a course and run an event?  Leading a Summer Sprint is a way to get a chance.  We are looking for seasoned or newbie volunteers to lead 2-4 summer events this June-August.  Our fantastic board will navigate you successfully through the process.  Please contact us if you are interested.

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Time to Renew Your Annual Membership


All memberships expire at the end of the year.  They are on sale now for $50.  This is a great deal!  You pay one price and you can attend any event all year.  If you register as a “SLOC Member” this membership covers your entire family – you, a spouse, and any children under the age of 18.  If you register as a “Youth Group” – intended for youth groups (scout troops, a classroom club, etc.), all members under the age of 18 are covered as well as leaders while participating with the youth.  If you have any question about membership, contact our Membership Chair Melissa    
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SLOC Jerseys

We are going to get an order of SLOC jerseys this year.  If you are interested please contact Nathan

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