Method Valley Biathlon Race

A 3 day weekend of xc skiing and biathlon in the Methow Valley

Methow Valley Biathlon is hosting a fun event January 18, 2016
See the link below for more info

http://methowvalleynordic.com/event/biathlon-race/

Also, Jan 16,17 there will be cross country ski races here in the Methow. see the link below for more info on those.

http://methowvalleynordic.com/event/race-of-the-methow-2016/

Questions, please contact Besty D. Smith
bcslivestock@gmail.com


Support Homegrown Elite Athletes

I have never been good at asking people for donations. But in this case, the cause is so good I feel comfortable asking for your help.

I have received a competition update from Mike Everett regarding the recent successes of his son, our own Paul Everett. Many of you know Paul and like me have had the pleasure of watching him develop into an elite biathlete and a great young man. Paul is now in the Junior Men age group and poised to go head to head with juniors and seniors on the national and international level. In addition to Paul, Casey Smith of Winthrop, our other home grown elite is a Senior Biathlete. We have watched Casey develop from a young boy to something really special. Casey has come back strong from a horrible crash in Canmore, Alberta last year. He has come back with an amazing positive attitude. These are two really terrific young men.

But helping Paul and Casey develop further takes funding. Funding the USBA does not provide. Note, Paul finished 2nd in Alaska last month, but funding for the trip and expenses was only covered for the first place finisher. Paul has set up a "gofundme" account and you are welcome to contribute. But today the WBA is starting a fund raising campaign with our Athlete Development Fund. We have had this fund for years and the WBA has contributed to athletes with it, but the dollars in the fund are way down when we need them more than ever. Honestly I do not know much about "gofundme.com" and I don't know if contributions to it are tax deductible. Donations to the WBA, an IRC 501C3, are tax deductible and fit completely in our mission as reported to the IRS.

You can donate through paypal by sending your donation to bryn.black(at)wabiathlon.org or mail checks to the WBA Address, P.O. Box 1716, Issaquah, WA 98027.

My wife and I plan to drop one or two dinner dates a month and submit a donation to the fund each month this season and beyond. Please join me and contribute soon to the WBA Athlete Development Fund. We will disperse the funds for 2016 to Paul and Casey as quickly as usable amounts come it. Let us know how you want your donation dispersed, or don't and we will split funds for both biathletes.

Please help with whatever you can afford. We will send you a receipt/acknowledgment for your contribution.

Bob Vallor, President
Washington Biathlon Association


2016 Winter Schdule

Jan 9 WBA Skate ski clinic at Stevens Pass

Jan 10 WBA Biathlon Range Clinic - FULL
please email info@wabiathlon.org to be added to the wait list


FOR FULL DETAILS please click on our CALENDAR page or register at:
http://www.webscorer.com/wabiathlon?pg=register

Jan 9 Open training for experienced biathletes

Jan 23 & 24 WBA Race weekend 1 at Stevens Pass

Feb 6& 7 WBA Race weekend 2 at Stevens Pass

Feb 27 & 28 WBA Race weekend 3 at Stevens Pass

Mar 12 & 13 WBA Race weekend 4 at Stevens Pass

Apr 2 & 3 WBA Race weekend 5 at Stevens Pass

All races are weather dependent.


Annual Meeting and Elections

WBA Members and Participants,

The Annual Meeting of the WBA Membership will be held on Thursday, October 29th at 7:00 pm at the Greenwood Alibi, 10406 Holman Rd N, Seattle. This is at Holman Rd and Greenwood Ave. It is the same place we were last year. The meeting is a social with families and friends welcome. Some business needs to be attended to, specifically the annual elections (see below) and a "state of the WBA" update.

Under the by-laws of our association the nomination period for position on the Board of Directors is open from now until September 22nd. The positions up for election are; President, Secretary, Board Position 1, Board Position 3 and Athletes Representative. Athletes Rep has some prerequisites for the position.

Our Election Administrator is Victor Woo who can be contacted at victor.woo(at)wabiathlon.org.

Regarding your vote, if you are not sure of your membership status for 2014-2015 contact Bryn Black (bryn.black(at)wabiathlon.org). Also on October 31st the membership year ends so annual memberships need to be renewed.

I hope all members can make it to the meeting. We had a lot of fun last year.


Article 5: Election of Board of Directors
Section 3: Nominations. A candidate for a position of the board of Directors must be nominated and seconded by an association member who is eligible to vote. A candidate may nominate him/herself, but cannot second, him/herself. Nominations may be made in advance to any board member during the nomination period from the August board meeting until the September board meeting or to the Election Administrator. All nominees are encouraged to provide the Election Administrator with a brief (100 words) summary of their qualifications. Copies of each submitted summary will be provided to the membership with the mailed ballots and will be posted on the Association's web page.

Article 6: Powers and Duties of the Board of Directors
F. Athlete Representative. One athlete's representative can be elected from the Association's membership to serve on the BOD in the same capacity as the At-Large members. To be eligible for this position a member must be an active biathlon competitor with a USBA points list rating of 65% or higher or have finished in the top three of the preceding summer or winter season race series. If no Association member meets the point list criteria, the position will remain vacant.


Summer Schedule

August 1-2 TOP Biathlon Clinic with Lanny Barnes at SPAA
See the registration on Webscorer

August 30 Cross Biathlon Mass Start and Mountain Bike Biathlon at Black Diamond
Click here to register