A Winter Board Meeting competition presented by WBA at Private
The meeting was called to order at 6:40 pm. In attendance were President Bob Vallor, Vice President Jack Whisler, Treasurer Bryn Black, Board Members Cory Hoeger and Dave Shaw, and Secretary Sibylle Wilbert. Board Member Brian Palm attended by phone. Athletes’ Representative Sean Kato, Board Member Mike Kamansky, and website administrator Greg Daly were unable to attend.
All attending had seen the minutes from the Board Meeting in February. Bob moved to accept the minutes. Jack seconded and all agreed.
No new membership applications had been received since February.
US Biathlon National Team member Casey Smith continues to mend at home after a severe crash during training in preparation for the IBU Cups in Canmore, Alberta. WBA competitor Chris Fletcher is recovering from surgery on a broken ankle sustained in a work accident. WBA competitor David Painter has been cleared from a possible cancer diagnosis and will not need surgery at this time. The WBA wishes their friends and members a speedy and full recovery.
Bryn proceeded with the treasury report. The checking account held $1,661.23 and the PayPal account $2,496.48. Bryn renewed the WBA’s non-profit WA State registration this month.
Several WA state competitors, including seven WBA members, participated in USBA National Championships on March 20th through 22nd at the Auburn Ski Club Training Center in Soda Springs, CA. Despite lack of snow, the host did a fabulous job preparing several short loops for racing, and the club’s facilities and support staff were amazing. There was a consensus that biathlon clubs in the west could benefit from more assistance from the USBA. Plans to send a Western states representative to the next annual USBA Members meeting are being discussed.
The last two winter season races are scheduled at SPNC for April 11th (Super Sprint) and 12th (end of season relay and BBQ). However, SPNC has suspended operations due to lack of snow and may not reopen. Bob will contact Mike Power about conditions at SPNC. If final races need to be cancelled, the weekend could be used to move equipment from the shed at SPNC back to the container at SPAA in Tukwila. Dave Shaw offered to transport the ten WBA targets currently on loan to the Methow Valley Biathlon Club back to SPAA.
Over the last years a creek has dug its path across the biathlon range at SPNC, making target setup and range maintenance difficult. To address the problem, Jim Fletcher has outlined possible adjustments to the location of the range, which would also increase its size. The modifications would require brush removal and potentially permits. Bob will ask Mike Power to inquire about the need for permits. If the range at SPNC cannot be moved this year, the firing and target lines of the existing range will need leveling during the summer. Bob will look into dates for a work party at SPNC. Work parties will also be necessary at SPAA for equipment repair and maintenance. Possible dates include June 27th/28th, possibly July 25th/26th (Bob is out of town), and sometime in August.
The upcoming summer season schedule was discussed. A newcomer clinic will be held at SPAA in May, likely on May 16th or 17th. If there is demand, a second clinic for women only will be held that weekend as well. Races at SPAA are tentatively planned for May 2nd or 3rd, June 13th or 14th, and July 12th (WA State Games). The August race will likely be at the Black Diamond Gun Club (Brian and Bob are planning on attending their next Board of Directors meeting to identify possible dates). An additional race may be scheduled at the North Central Washington Gun Club in Wenatchee, likely in September or October (Bob is working with Travis Fox to organize this event).
Former Olympians and founders of the T.O.P. Shooting Institute Lanny and Tracy Barnes may be available to teach a biathlon clinic in Seattle in the summer. Casey Smith may also be planning a clinic. Bob will check with SPAA on available dates for training and Bryn will discuss options with Lanny and Tracey, as well as Casey.
The following old business was discussed:
Winter season medals have been ordered and received.
Bob is planning on ordering new WBA (2), SPAA (1), and SPNC (1) banners in the next weeks.
A number of local competitors have expressed interest in purchasing new WBA race suits and vests. Bob will place an order with VOmax. The WBA will also buy the remaining stock of WBA coats and race garments from Mike Lunenschloss.
Some Leki products can now be ordered from the company in Germany. Bob offered to place a bulk order for grips and straps and received a high number of requests. Bryn will post a message asking for an upfront payment for WBA race garments and/or Leki products using PayPal so Bob can place the orders.
The following new business was discussed:
Josh Alms proposes to buy a sandblaster box for stripping targets at a cost of ~$1,900. The box will reside at Josh’s house. Bob will ask for additional information from Josh.
Jack suggested further enlarging the cut-outs on the rifle racks to prevent rifles from being knocked down. Bob and Jack will look into options for making the rifle racks more secure.
The next meeting will be on April 21st, 6:30 pm, at Bryn’s.
Bob adjourned the meeting at 7:41 pm.