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BAOC Service Award

The BAOC Service Award is given annually to a club member who has provided extraordinary service to the club and/or the sport of orienteering. The recipient is chosen by previous Service Award winners, and is traditionally presented at the club's winter social event.

The club thanks the special people listed below, and all our volunteers, for their contributions to the sport of orienteering. Our club wouldn't exist without our many volunteers!

2014: Nick Corsano

Nick has been an active member of the club since 1981. While serving as club president from 2006 to 2010, he started the process of obtaining 501(c)(3) status (tax-exempt, charitable organization). He has been an event director and course setter for B- and A-meets. He has also served as Junior Director, and helped Jay Hann establish the COOL (California Outdoor Orienteering League) program. Nick has recently improved the working relationships with the rangers at Huddart County Park and Big Basin State Park. In the case of Huddart Park, Nick has enabled us to have off-trail courses; and for Big Basin he has gotten permission for events again after many years of denial. He is also active in promoting Trail-O, having presented courses at several events.

2013: Rex Winterbottom

After serving as the club's Social Director and Training Director, Rex has been the Events Coordinator for the past two years. In addition, over the years, he has directed and course set for many events (often doing both roles at small local events), and has created maps for several area parks. Rex has also contributed to the sport of orienteering in the Bay Area by putting on events under his company terraloco.

2012: Rosemary Johnson

Rosemary has been an active BAOC club member for many years. She served as Insurance Coordinator for several years, at a time when the insurance company was very difficult to work with. Currently, Rosemary is the E-Punch Coordinator. She and her tiny team ran E-Punch for 23 events in 2012, including a week of Ski-O World Cup events where E-Punch was outdoors in the snow and it was so cold the equipment froze. She managed to keep on top of all the problems that could go wrong, and avert them so that the international event ran smoothly.

2011: Kelly Wells

Kelly always has a positive attitude and a friendly disposition. He is most often seen nowadays running courses or doing control pickup with his dog Marley. In the past, he has worked as Event Director (ED) and Course Setter (CS) for many events, including ED for the Almaden Quicksilver A-meet in 2002, Co-ED/CS for the 2006 Joe Grant Astrogaine, Co-CS for 2000 Sunol, CS for 2001 Sunol, ED for 2007 Sunol, and Co-CS for 2010 Joe Grant. Kelly and his wife Julie ran the Scout-O starts for several years, where they brought vastly improved organization to what could have been described as chaos. Kelly serves wherever he sees a need — he has made awards, and has volunteered for control pickup at events sponsored by other clubs, such as LAOC. His interest in orienteering led him to join the Santa Clara County Search and Rescue team, and he also volunteers to lead search and rescue at A-meets. Kelly is currently on the BAOC Board of Directors, where he served as Membership director for four years and is currently Treasurer.

2010: Chuck Spalding

From among many highly-recommended and qualified nominees, the committee chose to grant the award this year to someone who tends to work behind the scenes in positions that are often unnoticed and unrecognized. For many years, Chuck has helped out at most meets that he attends, working starts and finishes and just pitching in wherever help is needed. For the past several years, he has been the primary website administrator—BAOC's first contact with the public. He is also an excellent ambassador for BAOC—including helping out at other clubs' events. He has also been responsible for sending out the monthly announcement, archiving registration forms, and sending Bulletins to first-time orienteers. We congratulate Chuck Spalding on being chosen as this year's BAOC Service Award recipient, and thank you for all the work you do for the club.

2009: Jay Hann

Jay has been the BAOC Junior Director for the past three and a half years. In that time, he has dramatically expanded youth programs. He created and directs the BAOC California Outdoor Orienteering League (COOL), the club's interscholastic orienteering league that is now in its third season. COOL has markedly increased the interest level and competitive skills of our young orienteers, while providing a welcoming social atmosphere for them. His "Juniors Tent" has become the social hub of BAOC A-meets. In addition, Jay has recruited and chaperoned BAOC teams to the U.S. Interscholastic Championships, initiated the Western Region Interscholastic Championships, and coordinated many local youth outreach activities.

2008: Mark Blair

Mark has been a BAOC member for 26 years, and for almost two decades has served on the Board of Directors as Equipment Director. He has kept the club current with the latest technology and equipment for which we are noted. He has repeatedly volunteered to serve as an event director, course setter (including rogaines), and has developed software for support of our mapping programs. He is currently working on a software program for on-line registration, which should assist in modernizing our administrative process.

2007: Tony Pinkham

Tony took over ski-O coordination after it was started by Mike Poulsen and Tom Jahn (both of whom have moved away). Tony expanded ski-O, introducing multi-day ski-O events. He brought the U.S. Ski-O Champs to the West Coast for the first time, with the 2007 U.S. Championships (the only 7-day ski-O event in North America), which he developed and coordinated. He is now working on a 4-day ski-O event in 2008. At the ski-O events he is so friendly, welcomes everyone, and seems to find so many enthusiastic volunteers. In addition to his passion for ski-O, Tony has directed an A-meet and various other events, made maps of Monte Bello and Tahoe Donner, plus upgraded all the ski-O maps. Tony's always willing to give beginner clinics and welcome people. He has been very creative in designing T-shirts and ads/fliers. Also, Tony has served as the Event Coordinator for the club.

2006: Jeff Lanam

The BAOC Service Award for 2006 goes to Jeff Lanam, a veteran and active member for over 17 years. Jeff has been orienteering with BAOC since 1989. He is a dedicated member who is always available to help out when needed. He has willingly volunteered as event director, course setter, beginner's clinic instructor, and a multitude of other tasks, including photographer and extensive duties with the e-punch cadre. He has served on the Board of Directors as the editor of the Bulletin for the past six years. In each of these roles Jeff has worked hard and made a significant contribution to the strength and growth of BAOC.

2005: Scott Aster

Scott has been on the BAOC board since 1997, two years as Event Coordinator, three as President, and has spent the last four as Outreach Director. As if that wasn't enough, Scott has been the Event Director at "A" meets, and directs one or more local events every year, often also setting the courses as well. Also, Scott volunteers to help at just about every event he attends.

2004: Steve Beuerman

Steve has been on the BAOC Board of Directors as membership director since 1995. He has also served as A-meet registrar for a similar period, and was instrumental in establishing on-line registration with active.com for A-meet registration. He has also been a course setter and vetter.

2003: Robert Lewis

Robert has been the Bulletin Editor, Outreach Director, and Epunch Director. In each of these roles he has worked hard and made a significant contribution to the strength and growth of BAOC. In addition, Robert has been event director and course setter at countless events, in addition to always being willing to offer a helping hand at events when necessary.

2002: Harold and Penny DeMoss

Always willing to volunteer to help at events, they are famous for their indefatigable efforts at control pick-up. They have put on numerous events as a team. Harold was recently Event Coordinator for three years, and Penny has designed many A-meet T-shirts.

2001: Gavin Wyatt-Mair

Founder and director of BAOC's annual Scout-O event. From humble beginnings in 1992, the Scout-O has grown into one of the largest single-day orienteering events in the country, with more than 500 youthful participants.

2000: George Minarik

Event Coordinator for 3 years; Treasurer for 3 years (as of 2000, and continues in that office); directed the 2000 USOF Convention at Northstar; course setter or director for numerous A meets.

1999: Evan Custer

President for 3 years, during which he put the club in sound financial health; former Bulletin Editor; course setter or director for numerous A meets, championships, and festivals. Spearheaded the introduction of e-punching in the U.S. and made BAOC the first club to use it regularly at local events. Evan also won the national USOF 2002 Silva Award (http://baoc.org/club/club_infoSilva.html).

1998: Joe Scarborough

Founder of BAOC and former President; current Technical Director. Has set and directed numerous Sprint meets, including the made-for-TV event for "Bay Area Backroads."

1997: Ev & Jean Beuerman

Registration Directors since 1993; have handled registration responsibilities for more than 100 BAOC events.

1996: Bob Cooley

Mapping Director since early days of the club. Responsible for producing nearly every BAOC map, as well as most GCO maps. Course setter for numerous A meets.

1995: Gary Kraght

Event Coordinator for 3 years; President for 3 years; founded Gold Country Orienteers (GCO); directed 1993 USOF Convention at Sugar Bowl. More than doubled the number of orienteering days per year on the BAOC schedule.

1994: Nancy Lindeman

Publicity Director since 1990. Due to her hard work and effectiveness, BAOC more than doubled its membership and has become the second largest orienteering club in the U.S.