Nominating six people to be recognized for having positively influenced and promoted caching in Arkansas should be easy. Explaining why these six and trying to keep it short is going to be the hard part so please bare with me as I try to do both.
First and foremost would be “LongDogs”. Calm, supportive, and long suffering (man has there been some discussions here on his site), he has carried the banner upon his shoulders and without this site who would even know there WERE Arkansas cachers. The thread (he he) that keeps us all connected and moving forward is this site.
“Gaddiel“: I have said this before that he is always up on things that are happening with this site (the core of our existence), puts in a lot of work keeping it helpful and informative plus has always tried to present a positive, best foot forward portrait of caching with your family, in the natural state. All that and he still picks up trash !
“Cachecrazies“: They will be most often tossed into the same sack but they really are two separate people, very capable, energetic, positive, if you have yet to meet them two of the most fun people to be around, but both in their own right well worthy of ambassadorships. They represent us VERY well up in north Arkansas because the Cachecrazies are a 100% class act….. of 2, who work very well with others.
“Spanky The Wizard“: A new comer, he would sure get my nod as rooky of the year. It is easy to be recognized when you have been around since the Davy Crockett days, Spanky is just getting started. If you check out his cache ethics, posts, cache hides, and his work with the coin and patches for our group, you too will see why this young man is worth watching and well deserving.
I was doing good up till now right? Then comes the last person I would give the nod to. There is no way that a list of the most influential cachers in our Arkansas group could not contain:
“Nonnipoppy“: It is the people you meet and the caches you find that give you a positive or negative outlook on caching and Poppy is positive all the way, his events a perfect balance of enough structure to make it work but still loose enough to make it feel fun and inviting. Events make a very big impression.
“Woodwalker9”:Everyone who meets him says how nice he is and how helpful he is. I introduced him at an event as the company historian and if you’ve met him you know why. He is the person you want standing up front when you are introducing people to caching. His example is the reason I chose to, and I’m still working on, showcasing a whole town.
“Golfnutz”: It isn’t what you take from caching that makes it work and grow, it is what you give, and how can you give more then him.
“Grandkid38”: The saturation of burns park with big old children friendly caches has drawn many tourist there and showcased one of our shining jewels in the natural state . Just read the logs to see the positive impact his caches have had.
“Cachemates”: Positive in their persona, innovative in their caching, supportive, informative and energetic each and every time you meet them. It’s the land managers who hold the key to growth in caching and it is people like the Cachmates who can best work with them.
“LadyEngineer”: Positive, hard working (has been accused of having no life but caching because of all her hard work), and supportive of this family and earth friendly game from day one, she is a shining example of positive influence and placing your best foot forward. We would not be where we are without her. (she is sharp as a tack too)
About here I should say sorry for the long post but you will get no apologies from me this time except to say sorry I ran out of page long before I ran out of people to nominate.
PS. Yes it was harder then I thought - yes I did go over 6 - yes I do understand my pay may be cut. :P
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