A Winter Board Meeting competition presented by WBA at Private
The meeting was called to order at 7:35 pm. In attendance were President Bob Vallor, Vice President Jack Whisler, Treasurer Bryn Black, Board Member Cory Hoeger, and Secretary Sibylle Wilbert. Also present were WBA members Grete Porteous and Kathleen Colvard. Board Member Dave Shaw attended by phone while Board Members Brian Palm and Athletesí Representative Sabine Arnold were unable to attend.
All attending had seen the minutes from the last meeting in June. Bob moved to accept the minutes. Cory seconded and all agreed.
There were no new membership applications this month.
The Treasurer reported that the WBA had available cash of $3,469.27 ($2,002.98 in the Checking account and $1,466.29 in the PayPal account).
The USBA has assigned three regional coordinators. Former Olympian Glenn Jobe is representing WA, CA, and OR; Rob Rosser UT, CO, ID, WY, MT; and Zach Hall AK. Glenn is very familiar with the state of biathlon in the Pacific Northwest and frequently communicates with Bob. He recently attended one of Betsyís biathlon training camp in the Methow Valley is assisting with the development of the new biathlon range on Mt. Spokane. Bryn suggested talking to Glenn about kits for US Master biathletes competing internationally. Most competitors have uniforms representing their country, but US competitors do not.
Plans for a new WA State Parks (WSP) biathlon facility at Mt. Spokane continues to take shape. The WSP approved the footprint for a 30 point range with a covered, lit target line as part of a major upgrade to the existing Nordic ski area. A new three-story lodge will be built in addition to the existing Selkirk lodge. Tree clearing and grading will be done by WSP, with possible assistance from WA National Guard engineers. Depending on available funding, a smaller range may be built initially and gradually upgraded to 30 targets over time. If completed as currently planned, this new range has the potential to host major competitions. Current members of the Committee include John Hatcher (Chair) and Jerry Baltzell (USBA Board member and former IBU Technical Delegate). WSP and Spokane Nordic SEF contracted John Morton for the Nordic stadium and range design. Local X-country skiers and biathletes are also very supportive and involved. The goal is to secure sufficient funding by 2017 and complete the facility in 2018-2019. Bob visited the sites on August 8 and met with Committee members. Questions under discussion included the shooting direction on the range and permission to shoot guns in a State Park (probably nothing more than Park Commission approval under the Washington Administrative Code). Bob will meet with the Committee again in September.
Dan Cole sold a right-handed rifle to the WBA for $1,300 as well as 6,500 rounds of 711B for $325. Bryn will fix up a harness for the rifle. Nick Lopez has a left-handed rifle for sale for $1,000. As Andre Tiffany is left-handed but owns a reconfigured right-handed rifle, he is considering buying Nickís rifle and selling his rifle back to the WBA.
The current inventory of ammunition is approximately 10,250 rounds of Federal 711B and 1,900 rounds of Aguila, which is expected to cover the needs for the summer.
BDGC will not be available for a biathlon event this fall as the venue was booked. Additional dates and venues for races are still under discussion. Options include races at SPAA on October 21/22 and NCWGC in November.
Bob visited the Seattle National Guard Armory to explore the possibility of using this facility for dry firing practice and ski waxing demos. A double-size gymnasium with a roll-up door and a bathroom next to it may be available. Bob is working with Sgt. Grice and Sgt. Huddleston to obtain permission to use it.
Bob travelled to Mt. Bachelor in August to pick up the biathlon targets that had been left behind for the National Guard. Unfortunately, plans for a biathlon range at Mt. Bachelor need to be revisited as initial options are no longer available. Bob and Glenn are working with Dan Simoneau and the MBSEF to assist.
Three mountain bike crashes occurred at the last two races at SPAA. Josh Barrow had a deep cut that needed stitches while John Colvard and Martha Bellisle had scrapes and bruises. All three favor the continuation of mountain bike races at this venue. Bob will look into making modifications to the gravelly part of the course to improve its safety.
Grete Porteous gave a first aid course on bleeding control to preserve life or loss of limb. Bleeding from the chest and abdomen is the most difficult to control; keep patient warm and calm. Severe bleeding (pumping or pulsing) from the extremities requires full body-weight pressure with hand on top of the wound. If tourniquets are available, position above the wound and turn until the bleeding stops. Do not remove it. Stuff gaping wounds with gauze or T-shirt, then apply body-weight pressure. If bleeding is less severe, wrap with ACE or Israeli bandage. Grete also demonstrated neck protection/stabilization of an unconscious patient. Bryn made a motion to upgrade the WBA first aid kit with any missing devices. Bob seconded and all were in favor. Grete will provide a list of items to purchase.
Bryn will schedule the 2016 Annual Members Meeting for the end of October at the Alibi Room in Greenwood. Up for election are the VP, Treasurer, Board Position #2, Board Position #4, and the Athletesí Representative. On August 23, Bob nominated Jack Whisler for VP, Bryn Black for Treasurer, Dave Shaw for Board Position #2, Brian Palm for Board Position #4, and Sabine Arnold for Athletesí Rep. Sibylle seconded the nomination on August 24. The nomination period will be open until September 13.
The next meeting is Tuesday, September 13, at 7:30 PM at Brynís.
The President adjourned the meeting at 8:42 pm.