A Winter Board Meeting competition presented by WBA at Private
The meeting was called to order at 6:39 pm. In attendance were President Bob Vallor, Vice President Jack Whisler, Treasurer Bryn Black, Athletes’ Representative Sabine Arnold, Board Member Cory Hoeger, and Secretary Sibylle Wilbert. Board Member Dave Shaw attended by phone and Board Member Brian Palm was unable to attend.
All attending had seen the minutes from the last meeting in March. Cory moved to accept the minutes. Bryn seconded and all agreed.
There were no new membership applications this month.
The Treasurer reported that the WBA had available cash of $3,475.20 ($2,583.91 in the Checking account and $891.29 in the PayPal account).
Bob Vallor, Bryn Black, Dave Anana, Tom Davies, Mark Turner, and Don Youkey, assisted by former elite competitors Bjorn Bakken and Julie Dietrich, organized a biathlon clinic and a race for the Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation (MBSEF) on the weekend of April 9/10. Fifty participants ranging in age from 8 to 65 attended the safety class, 48 the range training, and 47 competed in the final race. Logistics were slightly challenging due to the high ratio of students to instructors and only six targets were available. But participants enjoyed themselves and expressed interest in future biathlon events at MB. Bob is working with Program Director and former Olympian Dan Simoneau and MB Nordic Director Sue Foster in finding volunteer support to help bring back biathlon to the area. The US National Team will be coming to MB for training later in the year and have asked to use three of the WBA targets. These were left behind with associated gear and will be picked up later in the summer.
With 10 races and 1 newcomer clinic weekend the winter season was the most active ever. A few modifications were made to accommodate a growing field of competitors; the range was successfully expanded to 12 points, rifle rack slots were assigned numbers to provide a designated spot for each racer, and one of the racks was set aside for left-handed rifles to avoid entanglement of the harnesses. On the last race day, most of the equipment at SPNC was hauled out to be used at the MB clinic and for the summer season. The remaining equipment was brought down to SPNC by Mike Power for safekeeping.
The current inventory of ammunition is approximately 3950 rounds of Federal 711B and 5300 rounds of Aguila, which may last through the summer season. If needed, a case of each can be purchased for $500 or less at Gunbroker.com or SPAA, respectively.
The 2016 summer schedule is taking shape:
• Two newcomer clinics will be held at SPAA on June 4 and 5. As no requests have been received to provide a clinic for women only, both clinics will be open to all qualifying participants.
• The first two races of the summer season will be held at the East Wenatchee Shooting Range on June 24 and 25. This event will also be an opportunity for local novices to try out biathlon. A set of 10 WBA targets and accessories, which has been on loan to the Methow Valley Biathlon Club, will be picked up and hauled back to Wenatchee by Travis Fox to set up for these races.
• The third race is planned at SPAA for July 17 with a setup and practice day on July 16. The July race has traditionally been part of the annual Washington Games, who recently lost their sponsor. Therefore, this race may be held independently unless a new sponsor steps up in the coming months.
• The fourth race will be held at SPAA on the weekend of August 20/21 or 27/28.
• Possible dates and venues for races in September and October are still under discussion. Brian will talk to the BDGC in Black Diamond about options, and SPAA or East Wenatchee are also being considered.
WBA member Andre Tiffany works for GoreTex and has offered sponsorship advice through his employer. A benefit to GoreTex would be the display of their logo or products in race and group photos.
Bob is meeting with National Guard members at the Seattle Armory to explore the possibility of using this facility for dry-firing practice and ski waxing demos. Bryn is planning on joining to look at the available space.
The order placed with Leki in Germany has been delivered and everyone will receive their items soon.
Sabine continues to work on a source for new uniforms.
Casey Smith sent a note to thank the WBA for their donation.
WBA targets need to be calibrated, preferably before the summer season starts. Jack will coordinate with Bryn on a date to take care of it.
2020 World Winter Masters Games were awarded to Innsbruck, Austria. Exact dates have not yet been released.
The cart for biathlon mats tipped over during a gear haul and is in need for minor repair. Bob will get the parts.
The WBA has currently 385 fans on FaceBook.
The next meeting was scheduled for May 31, 2016, at 6:30 PM at Bryn’s.
The President adjourned the meeting at 7:24 pm.