Reprinted without permission, but with the utmost respect.
Kudos to NEOC, kudos to Mr. Smith. Brickbats for the inert, timid, and tears when greatness is overcome by darkness and doubt.
"A-meets are the highest form of orienteering competition in the US, are the pinnacle of orienteering experience in the US, and are vehicles for funding new maps which can then be used for years. After a long hiatus from about 2006-2012, NEOC resumed funding major mapping projects directed by the leadership. There are and always have been - enterprising members who have made maps; in particular, Earl's Trails, Estabrook Woods, and Beaver Brook by PG, mgb, and Jim Crawford.
Starting in 2013, under the impetus of new A-meets, NEOC has made new maps of Townsend State Forest, High Rock (F. Gilbert Hills State Forest), Noon Hill Reservation, and Upton State Forest. These projects have cost around $30-35k and will be used for three A-meets, the first of which was in 2014. They are professionally made and use LIDAR basemaps.
Planned National Events in the next three years:
April 16-18, 2016: A-meet at High Rock. (Patriots' Day in MA)
May 2016: Billygoat at Townsend, organized by Alex and Ed
Spring 2017: A-meet at Mt. Tom, Phil Bricker
Spring 2018: US SML Champs in Northern MA
Revenues from A-meets necessarily lag behind mapping expenses by a few years, and it is our hope that if we organize the A-meets well, the majority of the mapping costs will be recouped directly from A-meet revenues. The cycle of generating exceptional maps and holding A-meets on them, in principal, can approach revenue neutral and leave the club with huge improvements in map quality."