NEOC's Members Meeting will be held on June 18, 2023, at 12:00 PM, at Houghton's Pond, Milton, MA. Current NEOC members will vote to fill five seats on the Board of Directors for a two-year term.
At this time there are five candidates for those positions. Other candidates may be nominated before the election. This article will be updated as additional candidates are nominated.
If you are interested in being a candidate in this election. please contact the
Any current NEOC member who is 18 years or older may vote. A Family membership is entitled to two votes.
If you can not attend the Members Meeting to vote in person, any NEOC member may be appointed as your proxy. Your proxy voter must attend the meeting with your signed proxy form to cast your vote. Follow the instructions on the form.
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Below are the candidate statements received to date.
Jonathan (Jon) Campbell (incumbent)
I've been an avid orienteer since 1992, when at a Delaware Valley Orienteering Scout-O, I learned that West Point has an orienteering team, and as luck would have it, I was "reporting" there the next month. My wife, Victoria (Tori), and I settled in Acton, MA after an Army career, the many moves of which allowed us to be members of lots of orienteering clubs over the years: USMAOC, GAOC, COC, CSU, and QOC. The downside of so many moves is we were never in one place long enough to get actively involved in the administration of an orienteering club, other than volunteering at events. Having finally put down roots and with two children growing beyond having to be shadowed in the woods, I'm keen to "pay forward" at the local level a sport that has taken us all over the country and world to places we would never have seen otherwise, that has sparked many friendships, and is still as enjoyable and as challenging as the first day when I was "hooked." I've always been impressed with NEOC's great terrain, deep bench of maps, active regional/local orienteering scene, and enthusiastic volunteers. As a Board member, I feel the most important things we can do are: increase the number of high-quality maps, ensure a full event schedule, increase participation (both starts and volunteers), maintain good land-owner relations, and increase outreach—through clinics (e.g. REI), schools, youth groups (e.g. Scouts), permanent courses, and many more publicly available small, local park maps. I am also an experienced orienteering mapper, and if you have in mind a great orienteering venue that "needs" a map, or if you've always wanted to try your hand at mapping the local school or park, please get in contact with me.
Jim Crawford (incumbent)
I've been orienteering with NEOC for over 45 years, participating in many different facets of the sport, most recently by making new maps, directing meets, handling club membership, serving as Treasurer for ten years, and serving on the Board of Directors for twelve years. I think the BYOM and training meets were a good response to Covid and have kept the club active and the club finances are still strong. I am always in favor of more A-meets on new maps, and upgrading our old maps.
Wendy Johnecheck (incumbent)
My husband (Ian Finlayson) and I have been involved with the New England orienteering community since 2000. We now have two children (Mori and Isla) and you can see us at many of the local events.
We have always appreciated the work of everyone that has made our local clubs successful over the years and we are thankful for all the efforts that have gone into keeping clubs functioning. We would like to continue to support the New England Orienteering Club through actively engaging in club leadership and organizing events for orienteers in the region.
As a board member (6 years) and president (2 years), I see a lot of potential in many areas of the club:
- capacity to offer a broad array of events (BYOM events, training activities, standard in-person events, national events, scout events, and more),
- momentum on updating club maps and adopting new technologies (Livelox, etc.),
- collaboration with partners (public and private landowners and managers, national and local orienteering organizations, and scout organizations),
- strong institutional knowledge and enthusiasm in our current board,
- active website communications, and
- a mix of both long-time and new members.
If given the opportunity, I look forward to working with other board members and local orienteers to figure out how to best use club strengths so that NEOC can continue to offer orienteering opportunities for the folks of New England and beyond!
Jim Paschetto (incumbent)
I joined the Board of Directors in 2005, and have maintained NEOC's website since 2010. The past two years have seen a major revamp of our meet registration and results procedures. Members register simply by dipping their finger-stick (thanks to Mark O'Connell's programming skills). Non-members can pay via credit card, Paypal, Venmo, and even cash(!). Results are available on the Web "live" as runners download (again, thanks to Mark).
The NEOC website requires a full upgrade to maintain security and to have content render well on phones and tablets, as well as laptops and desktops. With luck, I'll get that done before the fall season begins.
Joanne Sankus (incumbent)
I started orienteering in 1976 at Nobscot in Sudbury. After finding that first control I was hooked. Over the years I have been meet director, course setter and have volunteered for all the various jobs at events. After being invited to join the Board (and being elected in the ‘80’s) I have served in most all the positions. Presently I am the VP of Administration and Clerk, (for purposes of our MA corporation status), cranking out two reports each year for the state. But, for the more fun parts, I enjoy going to meets, keeping current on the new processes for registering and running events. I look forward to keeping the new parts, like the extended days which have been well received, and continuing to grow the sport for more people to enjoy.