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May 2016
It’s been a busy spring. Let’s take a breath before things heat up again next month.

Here’s the news:
  • Help Support Orienteering’s Next 50 Years
  • Club Benefit – Club Grants & Loans
  • North American Orienteering Championships 2016
  • MTBO Team USA Addition
  • Save 25% Off Icebug Shoes
  • Call for Club Histories
  • Upcoming National Events

Help Support Orienteering's Next 50 Years

2016 marks the 50th year of amateur orienteering in the USA. In 1967, the first orienteering clubs, the Delaware Valley Orienteering Association and the Quantico Orienteering Club, were formed. Since 1967 USOF’s and now Orienteering USA clubs and supporting members have hosted tens of thousands of events and placed millions of controls.

Between now and the North American Orienteering Championships at the end of September, it is OUSA’s goal to raise $50,000 to move our sport forward in the years to come. The money will be invested in club infrastructure, mapping programs and helping with access to land. These are things that can help our clubs to grow and help more people enjoy our sport.

To date, we have raised $25,000 through donations and pledges, so we are halfway to our goal. These donations have come from our OUSA Board of Directors, OUSA staff, donors and clubs. We need your help to raise the other half.

Please make a gift before NAOC2016 which starts September 23, 2016 to support this goal. Make your check or online payment payable to the United States Orienteering Federation and designate the gift as “50 Years”. You can go online to www.orienteeringusa.org or mail your donation to Orienteering USA, PO Box 1444, Forest Park, GA, 30298

Club Benefit - Club Grants & Loans

Did you know that the City of Trees Orienteering Club and North Texas Orienteering Association are benefiting from OUSA club grants? Your club can too.

If your club has a special initiative needing additional funding, contact Vice President/ Clubs Greg Lennon to find out how to qualify for a club grant or loan. These funds can be for any worthy project and not just mapping.

North American Orienteering Championships 2016 Update

The 2016 North American Orienteering Championships are just over 100 days away. Have you made your reservations yet?

Bulletin #1 is available and covers everything that you might need to know now about the event and the O-Fest that includes the U.S. Classic Championships the week before NAOC2016. Visit the NAOC2016 website using the link: www.NAOC2016.us

North American Orienteering Championships 2016 Update

The 2016 North American Orienteering Championships are just over 100 days away. Have you made your reservations yet?

Bulletin #1 is available and covers everything that you might need to know now about the event and the O-Fest that includes the U.S. Classic Championships the week before NAOC2016. Visit the NAOC2016 website using the link: www.NAOC2016.us

Mountain Bike Orienteering Championship Team Addition

Just after the deadline for the last e-newsletter, an additional athlete was selected to represent Team USA at the 2016 World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships (WMTBOC) taking place in Portugal this July.

We welcome Mark Alan Prior (BAOC), who's bio is on the team member biography webpage. Welcome, Mark!

Save 25% Off Icebug Shoes

As part of their third year with OUSA, official footwear sponsor Icebug is offering the following discount to OUSA members: 25% off the full price of any summer trail/orienteering shoes. Limitations apply.

Visit www.icebug.com/us and use the promo code OCR1516.

Call for Club Histories

To celebrate our 50 years of amateur orienteering in the USA, long-time member Sara Mae Berman is putting together a club retrospective to be shown at this year’s North American Orienteering Championships.  Please have a representative of your club contact Sara Mae so you can share your information and history. You can email her at saramaeb@verizon.net.

Upcoming Orienteering USA 2016 National Event Calendar

  • June 3 - 5: US Senior Team Trials (WCOC - Kent, CT; event website)
  • June 9-12: Boston Sprint Camp National Race (CSU – Boston, MA; event website)
  • June 29 - July 4: Rocky Mountain O'Fest (RMOC, LROC - Laramie, WY; event website)*
  • September 10 - 18: National Orienteering Week (multiple clubs - nationwide)
  • September 17 – 18: US Classic Champs (HVO & WCOC, Pound Ridge, NY; event website)*
  • September 17: OUSA Annual General Meeting (Pound Ridge, NY)
  • September 23 – 25, 2016: North American Orienteering Championships (UNO – Dartmouth College and Hanover, NH; event website)

Note: * = OUSA Board of Directors Meeting. All are welcome.

Sincerely,

Peter Goodwin                                             Glen Schorr
President                                                      Executive Director

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