On the CSU 2011 A-meet:
It is a tremendous relief that the meet went well, to general acclaim, and without major errors. My experience is that even with an enormous investment of effort, small oversights can compromise the entire endeavor. The entire club and not a few others came together to put on the event, and while it nearly killed us, it is done.
The event would have not been possible without considerable sacrifice and investment of time. I would like to specially note a less conspicuous group: the course team. The three course setters - Dean Sturtevant, Boris Granovskiy, and Brendan Shields had the singularly most critical tasks of the meet. Boris, who was working remotely for most of the preparatory period on a WRE course, is deserving of particular thanks, and Dean's task was mammoth. To vet and set effectively is to be invisible, and a doughty group took on that large and thankless task. Audun Botterud, Magnus Bjorkman, Brendan, Giovanni, Giacomo Barbone, Katia Bertoldi, Ross Smith, Eric Weyman, Will Hawkins, and Jordan Laughlin all contributed to the course tasks, and Jon Campbell consulted at length. Audun, Magnus, and Giovanni in particular invested huge amounts of labor.
While I had hoped to reduce my commitment to the A-meet given my NEOC responsibilities, my main task turned out to be the vetting and setting of the Middle. Boris directed me very well, and our combined efforts were effective. Brendan assisted with the vetting, and Will gave of his time in the eleventh hour to verify everything was in order for the WRE.
Much praise must be given to the event directors Ed and Giovanni, who worked tirelessly to make it a reality. Alex handled the unenviable task of registrar very well. Larry and Sara Mae provided substantial logistical support and hosted us many times for dinner. Giovanni and Katia likewise lent their home for our meetings. Thanks to everyone in the club who came to any of our many meetings and lent their views to the process. It was tiring - a conservative estimate of the time spent in meetings alone is 300-400 man hours. Thanks to all the event volunteers, who are too numerous to name, who worked critical posts on the day of the event, set up the accursed tent of tremendous mass, moved equipment, and helped make sure everything ran smoothly on the day of the event. While she lived remotely, Ali mediated some of our more heated conflicts, helped keep us all sane, and had the misfortune of carrying a saw horse due to one of my oversights. Finally, many thanks to everyone who helped with control pickup, particularly those with no affiliation to CSU; your help is greatly appreciated. Even among this noteworthy list, the unlooked for assistance of Eric Weyman is exceptional. He showed up on Saturday and without prompting or the slightest incentive offered to help us set the 115 controls on the long course. I do not full comprehend his utility function, but I am grateful for his help. Thanks to NEOC, Valerie Meyer, and WCOC for use of their equipment, and to the many NEOC members who gave of their time to further orienteering in New England.
After much contemplation, I remain convinced that despite its favorable outcome, this meet was not worth the cost to CSU. It was beyond what could reasonably be expected of our club, and was only achieved by a Herculean sacrifice of its membership. I am glad the event was successful, but I have no inclination to be a part of subsequent efforts of this nature for some time. A conversation about the future direction of the club is inevitable; my preference is to prioritize training and preparation for competition above organization. Even with my reduced involvement, the event was incredibly taxing. A-meets are wonderful, but the ratio of orienteering time to organizational time is pathetically low. It is impressive that despite the logistical challenges, the magnitude of the event, and even Clem's presence, the meet was a success.