NEOC logo

Hans Bengtsson (first NEOC President), sends this: The Very First NEOC Newsletter



Volume 1, No. 1 
April 27, 1972  

WE HAVE A CLUB! March 29, in Charlie's Kitchen in Cambridge, Massachusetts, marked the birth of "The New England Orienteering Club." Those present at the historic meeting included Hans Bengtsson, Lena Andree-Bengtsson, Meredith Owen, George Atkinson, and Peter Reynolds. Hans was duly elected as club president with Peter serving as treasurer and George as secretary. In their first official roles as club officers Hans and Peter, accompanied by Lena, attended the First Annual United States Orienteering Federation Convention at the Marine Corps Physical Fitness Academy in Quantico, Virginia. They returned with the good news that we are among the first six charter members of the national federation which was formed in August of last year. 

At the national meeting, it was established that membership to the United States Orienteering Federation would be $3.00 plus whatever the club charges for dues. The members also voted that the United States Orienteering Championship Meet would be held at Pound Ridge, New York on October 28 and 29, 1972, with our New England Orienteering Club as host. 

The following meets have been scheduled for New England this spring: 

Sunday, May 7 Blue Hills Reservation, Milton, Massachusetts. 
        Follow signs off Rt 28 north off Rt 128. 
        Start any time 11 am - 2 pm. Instruction available. 

Sunday, May 14 Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont 
        Director - William Osgood. Instruction available. 

Sunday, May 28 Harold Parker State Forest, Middleton, Massachusetts. 
        Follow signs off Rt 114 north of Middleton. 
        Start any time 11 am - 2 pm. 

If you have a compass, bring it along. However, we have some to rent. Maps will be supplied. A workshop will be held on Monday, May 29, if there is enough interest. Please check with Hans at 166 Union Avenue, Framingham, Massachusetts (tel. 875-0096) before May 15. We are expecting orienteers from Canada, New York, and Virginia at the meet in Middleton. please register by 9:30 am. 

As a new club, we are looking for more people to enjoy the outdoors with us. If you are interested in joining the New England Orienteering Club, please contact Hans at the above address. The annual membership fee is $5.00 ($3.00 of which goes to the national organization).

Hope to see you at one of our meets! 


Charlie's Kitchen, Cambridge