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Trove Chasers (Jon Close) Nomination Statement

I am a Professional Engineer, having received my bachelor of Engineering from the U of S in Saskatoon in the field of Agricultural Engineering. I am currently employed in Portage la Prairie and I spend most of my time designing ATV accessories and farm machinery as well as manufacturing fixtures and tooling. Yes, this definitely does get in the way of geocaching.

My wife and I started geocaching in late June of 2007 and we have been avid enthusiasts of the hobby ever since. We have found nearly 1650 caches since then and have hidden 38 of our own. We have cached in 3 Canadian provinces and 6 US states.

I believe I can make a valuable contribution to the MBGA and I am prepared to do just that. Other similar positions I have held in the past include:

2008-2009 – Mapping Co-ordinator of the Cross Country Snow Drifters Snowmobile club.
2006 -2008 – Member of the Cross Country Snow Drifters Snowmobile club.
2005 - 2009 - Member of the Great White North SolidWorks Users Group.
1999, 2000, 2001 – PIMA representative on the Board of Directors of Prairie
Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI)
1992-96 – Secretary Treasurer of the Portage Engineering Group
1986 – Committee member of the U of S Engineering Equipment Advancement Trust Fund
1985-86 President of the Canadian/American Society of Ag Engineers Student Branch, U of S
1982-86 – Member of the Saskatoon Engineering Students Society
1984-85 – Assistant coach of a Novice Softball Team
1980 – President of the Kinsmen Club of Hafford/Speers
1979 – Secretary of the Kinsmen Club of Hafford/Speers
1978 – Treasurer of the Speers Recreation Board
1978 – Secretary/Treasurer of the Speers Curling Club
1977 – Founding member of the Speers Tractor Pull Club