PSSSTTTTTTT!!! Did you hear?

With the Mega only 172 days away, we thought it was time to schedule some more MEGA lead up events!

We have two more events that we have scheduled for Saturday 2nd July…

1 – Another scrumptious BBQ Fundraiser at Mernda Bunnings (GC9VC61) and

2 – A super duper CITO (GC9VC6B) organised for those chasing CITO Challenges

Make sure to check the details on our Mega page and if you haven’t yet registered your interest for the Mega GC8EW40 in November, you can do that too!

December 2021 Events

To help promote the amazing events organised in Victoria for December, we have compiled a list of the events we know about. Please support the CO’s who go out of their way to organise cool things for us to do! For any events we have missed, please add in comments below in the comments.

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GC9JB74 – Tronoh Reserve Harrietville – CITO

Saturday 4th December @ 10am hosted by Ronice88

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GC8MA4D – Return to Events & Mr Sims_family Turns 50

Saturday 4th December  @6.00pm hosted by Sims_family

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GC9ARFW – Coffee in Geelong

Wednesday 8th December  @9.30am hosted by Bushfire

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GC9AR98 – Panorama Heights CITO

Wednesday 8th December  @10.30am hosted by Bushfire

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GC9HZEZ – Clean Up the Forest – CITO

Thursday 9th December @6pm hosted by locus cache

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GC9JV15 – Afternoon Tea in Ballarat

Saturday 11th December @ 4pm hosted by McLookers

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GC9GBEG – 10,000 finds, 100 Hides and 10 Years of Geocaching

Tuesday 14th December  @6.45pm hosted by BernieH

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GC9J8GZ – Meet and Greet at Beechworth

Friday 17th December @6.30pm hosted by KittyKatch

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GC9JH2C – Festivus 2021 – Geelong

Thursday 23rd December @5.30pm hosted by ToyHunters

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GC8K1HK – Christmas Eve Caching Celebration (CECC) 2021

Friday 24th December @7.15pm hosted by Pinkpiggy7

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GC9JN45 – Goodbye 2021

Friday 31st December @5.30pm hosted by chooknchunk

GVI Updates

GVI is expanding the team, to enable us to better meet the needs of the community.

We welcome aboard Donna Moore (Jaktembo) and Rod Lyon (n0w0rries) as affiliate members, and thank them for the contributions they will be making to the team.

Donna has been tasked with a new role, Membership Coordinator. We’ve talked many times over years about having some form of membership, but without having someone tasked solely with the task, we were just floundering. Donna will look at other community groups and the different forms of membership that they have. Donna will then present the GVI Committee with two or three options to discuss and consider. Once the Committee has made some decisions, Donna will then progress with putting something together that we can present to the community at large and then put into practice.

Rod is our brand spanking new CITO Coordinator. Many of you are already aware that we have a goal of one CITO per month, somewhere in Victoria. Unfortunately, it’s proved to be a bigger job than we realised, and coupled with the time required for us to organise and run Mega’s, work in our own jobs, spend time with family and hopefully do our own caching, it was just impossible. A decision was made to appoint someone to fulfill that role for us, and lucky for us and for the wider community, Rod has agreed and is already enthusiastically working on upcoming events.

We can’t wait to work closely with both in their new roles!

On another note, Louise is having some time out. Louise is taking a 3 month sabbatical (with a potential for this being extended), and her committee spot will be temporarily taken up by Donna Moore. During this time, Louise remains Vice President, and will be available for that role if required. Donna will take on the day to day jobs that Louise was managing, and will help to keep things humming along.

The St Arnaud Event – only a few days to go!

Welcome to The St Arnaud Event update. Can you believe there are ONLY A FEW DAYS TO GO?

It is important that you log your “will attend” on any events you plan to attend so we can plan and cater accordingly. Check out the full Schedule so you can plan your weekend.

Event Updates

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FRIDAY NIGHT: Due the overwhelming number expected on Friday night the Sports Club is putting on a buffet meal (one plate only – no second helping) at $19 per adult and $13 per child.

This will consist of Salt & Pepper Calamari, Honey Chicken, Fried Dim Sims, Beef and Black Bean, Fried Rice, Steamed Rice, Mixed Vegetables, Noodles, Chicken Schnitzel and Chips.

Meals can also be ordered from a reduced menu but this will take considerably longer.

Please be patient as they deal with such a huge influx of people and if you have eaten please ensure others can have your seat when their meal is ready. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

FRIDAY CITO: Please bring some secateurs if you have them to help with this CITO.

SATURDAY CITO: Due to recent rains the location of the Saturday CITO has been changed. If you have saved this one offline please update so you end up in the correct location!

Some statistics (so far…)

Did you know that there are:

  • 457 Will Attendsstats
  • 707 Attendees
  • 9 countries
  • Representatives from all states and territories
  • Cumulative finds of 2.3 million caches
  • A whooping 22,587 hides

 

Lab Caches

Two of the Lab Cache Adventures are now LIVE! There was a glitch with an apostrophe on iOS devices for the Historical Tour Lab Cache. This is now fixed. If you have saved offline please reload and save again. The other two Lab Adventures will be live on Saturday morning.

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Food, Glorious Food

The Rotary Club of St Arnaud will be selling food across the weekend. This includes Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings (bacon and egg rolls), lunch on Saturday and Sunday (sausages and vegie burgers) and dinner on the Saturday night (sausages in addition to the supplied roast beef roll). Please bring plenty of loose change to support a worthy organisation.

There will also be a coffee van onsite. Rotary will also supply free standard tea and instant coffee so BYO coffee mugs if you want one!

We will also have a water refill station on site so remember to BYO a drink bottle!

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Receipts game

We know that many of you are already enjoying the caches around St Arnaud. Don’t forget we are collecting receipts for the week pre and post Mega so we can see the economic impact an event like Geocaching can have for a small town.   Keep your receipts and bring them to the Mega Site on Saturday.

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Sponsorship

It’s thanks to amazing supporters that make a MEGA event possible. This includes GeoStuff who will be on site during the Mega. We’ve also had donations from our mates in South Australia who are organising a MEGA event there – GeoVenture2020, Caching SuppliesSssafe and Sistema so a big thanks to them too. It’s also important to note that this event isn’t possible without the support of the Northern Grampians Shire Council so thank you NGS – your support is invaluable! And we can’t forget the amazing support from PathTags and Geocaching HQ   who help to make this dream a reality! Thanks guys!

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Fundraising for the GVI Oxfam Teams

A message from members of the GVI Oxfam Teams on their latest fundraising exploits.  

Karen, Adriaan and Donna have been busily working behind-the-scenes to organise some fundraisers, that will be fun for us all. 

The first fundraiser is a TREASURE HUNT 

Pre-register HERE

The treasure hunt is being held at Brimbank park on March 2.

The treasure hunt has a $10 entry fee per person/team. Entry fees can be paid direct to an Oxfam team, or to GVI who will divvy up the profits between the four teams.

Entry fees via GVI can be paid HERE

Or direct to a team

Oxfam Teams below:

GVI1 – Looking for GroundZero

carkisser – Karen, Jaktembo – Donna, Jaktembo – Erica, Muggle Friend – Christine

GVI2 – Anatidaephobics

Lever’s – Frauke, Teammoss5 – Jess, Bucks23 – Neil, Marcus Vitruvius – Warren

GVI3 – Back for more

Day1976 – Day, Jentrek1 – Jenny, The Welder – Ross, Vacant Position

GVI4 – Again Really Yep

Ahomburg – Adriaan, Ruverbug Jam – Sharon, Loz6032 – Lauren, Buhfuhguh – Michael

Mention treasure hunt with your donations direct to Oxfam teams so we can track payments. 

This is being held a few hours before a CITO for GVI. All of the treasure that you will collect on the day will have an undisclosed random number of points assigned to it and once the points are added up the winners will receive prizes. 

The great part about this is that the treasure that you collect will also form the first pile of rubbish for the CITO.  So you can come for the treasure hunt and stay for the CITO or just be at either one it’s up to you, but we would definitely love to see you for both.

CITO – Log your Will Attend

Bring gloves. We should have enough hessian bags to go around and we have some grabber tools too. There will also be a fundraising sausage sizzle prior to the official CITO event  with sausages in bread and a small selection of drinks available for purchase  

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Stay posted, we’re hoping to set up other fun fundraisers 😜