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Fourth Annual Michigan Geocaching Organization Winter Social! The date and location have been set for our fourth annual Winter Social! Plans are still cooking, but there will be lots of fun, food, and friends as usual plus our a NEW Scavenger Hunt. This is one you won't want to miss!!! We will also have our annual membership meeting during the event.

Michigan Geocaching Organization
Winter Social 2006

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Alma, Michigan

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N 43 22.762 W 084 39.838

His Place Family Enrichment Center
200 West Superior Street
Alma, MI 48801

His Place has limited parking so here's the coords for more.
At the "Filling Station" also owned by His Place:
43 22.751N 084 39.916 W

Also, public parking at:
43 22.777 N 084 39.788W



Saturday February 25, 2006
Main Event Day

As always, schedule subject to change - depends on how the day progresses!
9:00-11:00 Setup
11:00 OFFICIAL START, doors open

Arrival, Registration, Meet&Greet Snacks and beverage out during this time

2:00-2:30 Official welcome, explanation of Scavenger Hunt and rules
2:30-3:00 Time for everyone to get ready for the Scavenger Hunt
3:00-5:00 Scavenger Hunt, strict ending at 5pm
5:00-5:30 Regroup and warm up
5:30-7:00 Catered Dinner
7:00-8:00 Membership Meeting
8:00-end Close up, clean up, and git
Registration Fee

Registrations are now closed.

What To Bring There will be snacks provided but if you would like to bring a snack or have a special food need not satisfied by the menu for the event, please feel free to bring something you like.

This year's Winter Social includes a catered dinner as part of the registration fee.

Broasted Chicken
Roast Pork Loin
Au Gratin Potatoes
Buttered Gr. Beans
Tossed Salad
Waldorf Salad
Carrot Cake

NOTE: You MUST register/pay for dinner by midnight, Feb. 12 so we can get the count in to the caterer on Monday Feb. 13.

As always, this is a Family Friendly alcohol-free event.

MiGO Store The MiGO store will have several NEW items for sale at the event.
  • An all new redesigned Shirt available in 2 colors.
  • For the 1st time offered a MiGO Pin (design is still secret so you'll have to wait!)
  • The new 2006 Winter Patch. design by Pwatol

  • And the 2006 Seasonal Winter coin featuring the UP Chapter!

While we can take member credit cards there is a limited $$ amount that we can charge. We suggest you bring CASH or your CHECKBOOK because you won't want to miss out! Unfortunately do to technical limitations PayPal will not be available.

MiGO Benefit Auction This year during the Winter Social we will have a "Silent Auction" to benefit MiGO and provide those who attend with a chance to snag some great swag. MiGO will be contributing a lot of items for the auction.

The Auction will be run during the event. You'll see the area to view the items and you'll see where the bid sheets are posted.

Your donated items and, especially, handcrafted items are important to the success of the Auction!

Items up for Auction

  • One pair of Dead Animal Society Hats from Sandich!
  • Photo Collages from the Lightpeople. Guess what the subject will be?
  • One very special 99.9% pure silver ROT13 Geocoin from The Geocoin Club!
  • Surprise Artwork from 3Bees!
    (Click here for preview)
  • A Dreamcatcher from Windrose!
    (Click here for preview)
  • A Mini-Cache scene from Windrose!
  • Handcrafted Bead Jewelry from "Mrs" Aardvark-mi!
  • A Handcarved Walking Stick from Fins Up!
  • A Blue Water Ramblers CD from Banjo-Jim in the Woods!
  • Homemade Kahlua from Team CoyChev! (MUST be 21 to bid on this item)
  • Handcrafted Walking Stick by Photobug2
    (Click here for preview)
  • Custom designed 14" tall cedar Bird Feeder from SkipHerr
    (Click here for preview)
  • Handcrafted Fused Glass Jewelry by SilverMoon
  • Bird House made by Zuckerruebensirup
    (Click here for preview)
  • Wolfgang pucks self heating Lattes by 100Proof
    (Click here for preview)
  • Jacobs Creek Sparkling Chardonnay-Pinot Noir with logo on the label by 100Proof (MUST be 21 to bid on this item)
  • A VERY RARE gift from Mauison San Jose CA. He has donated his limited edition Geocoin... ONLY five exists!!! Click here for details Mauison LE Geocoin.
  • A bottle of Homemade Concord Grape Wine by Ron & Lois. (Click here for a peek at the special Geocaching label) (MUST be 21 to bid on this item)
  • Shasties is donating 1 Bronze, 1 Silver, and 1 Gold Shasties Geocoin.
  • A knit "First To Find" Hat by 3Bees (Click here for preview)
  • Photo Artwork by WeeElvis! 2 Original 11x14 professionally printed and matted original prints!
    (Click here for print #1) (Click here for print #2)
  • A VERY RARE gold Two Happy Hikers Geocoin. Donated by Two Happy Hikers!
    (Click here for preview)
  • Homemade soap by 2_UP_Geologists!
  • Stained Glass panel 7.5"x 7.5" made by pwatol (Click here for preview)
  • One Barbie "Kids Furniture" Folding Camp chair by Quietlake
  • One Spiderman Child Camping Folding Chair by Quietlake
  • One 18" Mini Skateboard (Real Skateboard) by Quietlake
  • One Coleman 4D Battery Camp Lantern by Quietlake
  • One Rawlings Michael "Vick7" Junior Size Football by Quietlake
  • One Ozark Trail Liquid Filled Compass w/ lid and lanyard (how DOES it work without batteries?!?!) by Quietlake
  • Geocaching Diorama by Windrose (Click here for preview and here and here)
  • Copper Pipe, Faucet and Crystal sculpture by PairOMedicChick.
  • 2 Handspring Visors and a Palm by Scttn8zus.
Other Activities For the KIDS!
Kids, save those pennies! There will be a special auction set up just for you! All items start at just one penny and you bid up from there. Make sure to check out this special area when you arrive! Ask any event staffer and they will be able to point you to the area. Children 13 and under only! (Sorry all you "Old Kids")
  • One Pocket Travel Checkers Game w/ Carry Case by Quietlake
  • One "Chicken Little" Pez Dispenser w/ candy by Quietlake
  • One "Abby Mallard" Pez Dispenser w/ candy by Quietlake
  • Cache Bugs 2" to 3" by pwatol (Click here for preview). Soon to become a sig item!!!

Musical Guests!
A very special performance by the MiGO-MiGO Geo Trio
aka Banjo-Jim in the Woods and Slewfoot (Team GRTG)!!!

General Membership Meeting
We will be holding the General Membership Meeting after dinner at the Winter Social. The agenda is in the works. This is a good chance for members to hear updates from the MiGO Executive Committee, Regional Vice Presidents and Board, ask questions, and provide feedback.

Big News! At this time the Venture Crew will be presenting MiGO with it's Charter! This will be an exiting new step for the partnership of MiGO with the Venture crew!

Lodging Team CoyChev's "Winter Social Event" Hotel recomendations.
We drove thru Alma and checked out the 4 closest places to get a room. here are the results.

Comfort Inn: 3110 W. Monroe Rd. -(989) 463-4400
Location: 2 miles north of the event.
Description: A little upscale hotel that's clean, with a restaurant and banquet hall.

Days Inn: 7996 N. Alger Rd
Location: 2 miles north of the event.
Description: It doesn't appear the owners spend much money on maintenance. lots of broken trimboards, worn carpet and in need of paint. It does have a nice swimming pool. A large area for semi trucks can be seen to the rear of the building.

Alma Motel: 1575 Wright Ave - (989) 463-1135
Location: 1.1 miles north of the event.
Description: we didn't even stop here, the roof looked bad, curtains mismatched, I don't want to ask anything.

Petticoat Inn: 2454 W Monroe Rd - (989) 681-5728
Location: 2.1 miles north of the event
Description: A nice and clean Mom & Pop motel just off the freeway. We looked at 2 rooms and they both were decorated nicely. They only have 10 rooms available.


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