Many hands make light work, Thank you thank you thank you!
There are many, many people to thank for the success of this
year's SpringNRO. I'm sure I'll forget to mention some people,
but please let me know about it and I'll send out a follow-up.
I'd like to start with the people who attended the event.
Without the support and participation of so many people, the
Spring NRO wouldn't have been nearly as much fun, and for the
organizers would not have felt as worthwhile. We had a total
attendance of about 230. Next year, with no Mother's Day conflict
and hopefully a better weather forecast, the NRO gathering may
reach 300. Thank you all for being a part of the Spring 2000 NRO.
Hope to see you next year.
Thanks also to the Cobleskill Fairgrounds people. Our request
to rent part of the facility was enthusiastically received, and
the Fairgrounds staff were all a pleasure to work with. Jo-Anne
in the office, Morris the custodian, and the grounds crew who cut
the grass were all very helpful at all times.
Thank you also to the vendors: IMO, Bob & Bob,
Speleobooks, and Guadalupe Mountain Lampworks. It was pretty cool
to have Vendor's Row at an NRO. My apologies to them for not
having the foresight to ask them to setup inside the building. If
the NRO returns to Cobleskill (and I think it will) I'm sure
we'll use the Progressland building more efficiently.
And now, for the people who did the heavy lifting:
- Registration: John Hall, Diane Reichert (the designer of
the name tags),and everyone who took a turn at the
- Guidebook: Sean Ryan
- Treasurer: John Hall (he'll be busy for a while)
- Advertising: Dave Hall
- Cave trips: Chris Nicola (thanks for smoothing out the
- Website: Jonny Slumpff
- Mexican Dinner: Andrew Foord & Northern New Jersey
- Saturday Breakfast: Tom Oakes & Met Grotto
- Sunday Breakfast: Steve Janesky & Central Connecticut
- Hot Tub & Sauna: Mark Skove, Francois Errandonea,
Wayne Russell, Rick Orben
- Vertical: Peter Haberland
- Slide Show: Peter Jones
- Invaluable advice from previous NROs: Peter Welles, Chris
Special thanks to Emily Davis, Mike Warner, and Peter
Haberland who supplied last minute cave trip release forms, keys
and sign-up sheets. We weren't nearly as organized with this as
we should have been.
And finally, thanks to everyone who led a cave trip, helped
with the set up, bagged the garbage and swept out the building.
When I locked up on Sunday afternoon, the place looked as good as
I'd found it on Friday morning.
Spring 2000 NRO Chair