Eureka started the year with a total fire ban at The Blowhole in early March – and finished 2006 with another “TFB” for the AGM at Brown Hill Reserve in Ballarat East. Plans for a novelty relay around the reserve were postponed due to the high temperatures (hottest day for 53 years) – so we did a “food relay” up and down to get a great selection of salads and desserts! The juniors took the opportunity to get a swim at the recently-reopened Brown Hill pool – while the ‘oldies’ held the AGM under the rotunda at the east end of the reserve.

The 2007 Eureka Executive was elected: Mark Valentine (President), John Erwin (VP), Jenny Bourne (Secretary), Blake Gordon (Treasurer). Positions of Responsibility were confirmed: Russell Bourke (Equipment); Ian Chennell (Digital Maps); Tom Norwood (Public Officer); Heather and Richard Bice (Paper Maps); Lesley and Tom Norwood, Glenda Norwood, Helen Haebich and Maureen Christopher (Cake Stall); Blake Gordon (Media/News/Publicity); Jenny Bourne (Schools Liaison); Warwick Williams (Ballarat Series Coordinator); Ian Chennell (Webmaster); The Lawford family, Roch Prendergast/Rob Plowright (Course Setters); Terry Haebich, and Chris Norwood (Event Advisers), VOA Rep (TBA), MTB-O Course Setters (TBA).

The prestigious “Stuff Up of the Year Award” was shared between Russell Bourke (Kaleidoscope Construction Award), John Erwin (Kenny Award) and Tom Norwood (Where the Hell are the Badges Award).

Merry Christmas to all, and Bring Orienteering On in 2007!