A(n) Board Meeting presented by WBA at Private
Washington Biathlon Association
Board of Directors Meeting
March 7, 2017
The meeting was called to order at 6:35 pm. In attendance were President Bob Vallor, Vice President Jack Whisler, Treasurer Bryn Black, Board Member Dave Shaw, Athletesí Representative Rich McClung, and Secretary Sibylle Wilbert while Board Members Cory Hoeger and Brian Palm attended by phone. Board Member Sabine Arnold was unable to attend.
The President welcomed the new Athletesí Representative, Rich McClung, to the Board.
All attending had seen the minutes from the last Board Meeting in December. Bob moved to accept the minutes. Dave seconded and all agreed.
A new membership application was received from Heather Galvin. Bryn moved to accept the application. Bob seconded and all agreed. Applications for membership renewal were submitted by Sabine Arnold, Tom Davies, Chris Fletcher, Cora and Liam Reese, Jim Stefanoff, and Scott Viers. Bob moved to accept all applications. Bryn seconded and all agreed.
The Treasurer reported that the WBA had available cash of $2,981.58 ($1,419.40 in the Checking account and $1,562.18 in the PayPal account). Bob reported new expenses for a propane gas tank and printer cartridges.
WBA Member Andre Tiffany is a professional marketer for the Gore-Tex brand and has contributed a number of great raffle prizes in addition to assisting with recruiting new sponsors. WBA Members Travis Fox (Skadee) and Dave Anana also have provided raffle prizes. Mark Waechter (Nordic Ultratune) will donate a free ski grind and hot wax and Das Radhaus (Arlberg Sports Haus) may support the WBA in the future.
A total of approximately 40 biathlon targets are currently housed in Washington State. The WBA owns 23, MVB Mazama 10, MVB Winthrop 3, and 3 or 4 are privately owned. Plans for building a new 30-point biathlon range at the Mt. Spokane Cross Country Ski Park were in part based on a possible donation of targets from the National Guard in Minnesota. These targets are no longer available, although the Guard may assist with moving other targets. A fund raiser to purchase Devins targets (~$1,000 a piece including shipping) for the Spokane range will be held. In addition, Bob will submit a grant application to the NRA Foundation. Liberty Bell High School in Winthrop is also upgrading their biathlon range. While funds are being raised, the WBA and MVB Mazama can provide targets for a temporary 20-point range at the school. As the ski trails there are privately owned, a groomer needs to be hired to prepare the venue for racing. Bob will visit the high school facilities when he travels to the Methow in March.
A few projects were discussed in preparation for the next biathlon season at SPNC:
− The snow groomer is not currently equipped with a laser level to determine the slope of the trail. Bob will research commercially available laser levels that can be used for this purpose.
− The warming hut at the biathlon range (Edís Hut) needs a new carpet and cleaning.
− The shed at the biathlon range needs to be raised and re-roofed.
An update on possible venues for biathlon events was provided:
− Seattle: A new Sergeant, Dan Curtis, is in charge at SPAA. He is supportive of the WBA and relations are good.
− East Wenatchee: The NCWGC is supporting future competitions and training at their range, except in the fall during hunting season. Travis Fox is no longer on the NCWGC Board, but Bob has become a member and is discussing options with them.
− Wenatchee: Mission Ridge has voiced interest in adding Nordic ski trails to their system, which may include the possibility for biathlon competitions. Discussions are still preliminary.
Dan Simoneau asked to have a biathlon clinic at Mt. Bachelor, possibly in April. Bob will follow up with Dan.
A tentative schedule for the 2017 summer season was discussed and Bob will start exploring dates:
− Possible venues for clinics include SPAA, NCWGC, and Mt. Spokane.
− Venues for racing include SPAA, NCWGC, and Black Diamond (Brian will ask for a September date). It may also be possible to set up a range at SPNC in the fall, assuming the site is not too heavily used by campers. Bob will run the idea by Mike Power.
− Three large or extra-large pieces of the current WBA uniform remain for sale. The Board agreed to offer them at a discount to close out the inventory. Sabine is working on options for new race suits from Craft. Brian suggested also checking out Jackroo as they do not require minimum orders.
− Efforts to be granted access to the Seattle National Guard Armory for dry firing practice and ski waxing demos are ongoing. Scheduling a meeting with Sgt. Yeaple and Sgt. Huddleston at the same time to obtain permission to use the facility has been difficult. National Guard Sgt. Ezra Ifie and Mjr. Josh Barrow have offered to assist.
− Bob will look into having additional WBA and SPNC banners made.
− To help newcomers with rifle fitting, Bryn proposed making handouts showing an image of an Izhmash rifle with all adjustable parts labeled. Bob offered to make the prints.
− Brynís clinic on rifle zeroing at the HomeStreet Bank in Greenwood was well attended and very well received. Jack agreed to host a waxing clinic in the fall and Bryn will present on tips and tricks for racing. Grete and Sabine will be invited to teach First Aid and possibly CPR training classes.
− Bob will explore options for Level 1 and Level 2 range certification courses in the summer. A venue with access to a shooting range will be needed.
− Bryn will be in Kontiolahti, Finland, during the Biathlon World Cup and proposed buying World Cup items for WBA raffles. Dave moved to buy raffle prizes in Kontiolahti for up to $300. Bob seconded and all agreed.
The next meeting date is to be determined.
The President adjourned the meeting at 7:30 PM.