A Winter Board Meeting competition presented by WBA at Private
The meeting was called to order at 6:35 pm. In attendance were President Bob Vallor, Vice President Jack Whisler, Treasurer Bryn Black, Athletesí Representative Sabine Arnold, Board Member Cory Hoeger, and Secretary Sibylle Wilbert. Board Member Brian Palm attended by phone and Board Member Dave Shaw was unable to attend.
All attending had seen the minutes from the last meeting in February. Bob moved to accept the minutes. Jack seconded and all agreed.
Possible candidates to fill the vacant Board position were discussed. Bob will contact them to assess their availability.
There were no new membership applications this month.
The Treasurer reported that the WBA had available cash of $4,302.62 ($2,804.02 in the PayPal account and $1,498.60 in the Checking account).
The WBA will provide an introductory biathlon clinic at the Mount Bachelor (MB) Nordic Center on the weekend of April 9th and 10th for a MB Ski Education Foundation group coached by former Olympian Dan Simoneau. On April 6th, equipment for approximately five shooting lanes will be loaded on an enclosed rental trailer at SPAA. Bob will haul the gear to MB on April 7th. As up to 50 kids are expected to participate, at least five more instructors will be needed to help with range setup and teaching. Lodging is available in nearby Sunriver and Bend, and Dan Simoneau has offered free accommodations at his house (two rooms). The clinic will roughly follow the program of the WBA newcomer clinic held at the beginning of the winter season, spread over two days. The Saturday curriculum will begin with safety classes followed by shooting practice at the range. Additional practice on Sunday will be wrapped up by a short-distance fun race.
The final WBA winter race weekend will be on April 2nd and 3rd at SPNC. Saturdayís event will be an Individual and the last race eligible for Seasonís Points. On Sunday, a fun Relay competition will be held, followed by a BBQ. Seasonís medals will also be awarded and group photos will be taken. At the end of the day, some of the equipment at SPNC will need to be hauled down, loaded on the WBA trailer, and unloaded at SPAA to supply the gear needed for the MB clinic. This will likely require several snow mobile runs.
The 2016 summer schedule is taking shape:
Possible dates for a race weekend at the East Wenatchee Shooting Range include May 28th/29th (Memorial Day weekend and unlikely), June 24th/25th (most likely option), and July 30th/31st. The range has a class room and bathrooms nearby. Conveniently, the 50 m line is delineated by a concrete strip. Bob and Travis Fox are currently exploring the course options for cross-country running and biking. This event will also be an opportunity for newcomers to try out biathlon for the first time. For example, some members of the Wenatchee Running Club have expressed interest. Prior to the race, Travis will move the WBA targets that have been loaned to the Methow Valley Biathlon Club to Wenatchee.
The newcomer clinic was tentatively scheduled at SPAA for June 4th/5th, and the first race is planned at SPAA for July 17th with a setup and practice day on July 16th. Additional races will likely be scheduled in August and September.
The BDGC in Black Diamond will also host a race day again this summer. Possible dates include July 31st or a Sunday sometime in October.
The order placed with Leki in Germany has shipped. Some items appear to be on back order.
Bob and National Guard Member Josh Barrow are working on allowing WBA members access to the National Guard facility in Seattle for dry-firing practice and ski waxing demos. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) will be needed.
Sabine has identified various graphic design companies that make race garments. Sabine will discuss options with them and ask for quotes.
As the WBA continuous to grow, an increasing number of competitors and spectators keep passing through the range during competitions. To assist the Chief of Range, additional personnel will be assigned to reset targets, sweep mats, hand out spare ammunition, and keep time on alibis as needed.
At World Masters in Kontiolahti rifle racks had holes in the bottom for the butt hook, a strategy to consider during construction of new WBA rifle racks.
Bob is planning on visiting with Jim Stefanoff in Spokane the weekend of April 16th to discuss the design for a new biathlon range on Mount Spokane. The current planning envisions a range that connects to the existing Nordic trail system with upwards of 25 lanes, and nearby facilities and parking. Some funding has already been secured.
WBA targets need to be calibrated again, preferably before the summer season starts.
The next meeting was scheduled for April 26, 2016, at 6:30 PM at Brynís.
The President adjourned the meeting at 7:28 pm.