September 19th, 2017 - WBA Board Meeting

A(n) Board Meeting presented by WBA at Private

Washington Biathlon Association
Board of Directors Meeting
September 19, 2017

The meeting was called to order at 6:38 pm. In attendance were President Bob Vallor, Vice President Jack Whisler, Treasurer Bryn Black, and Secretary Sibylle Wilbert while Board Member Brian Palm attended by phone. Board Members Sabine Arnold, Cory Hoeger, and Dave Shaw, and Athletes Representative Rich McClung were unable to attend.
All attending had seen the minutes from the last Board Meeting in August. Bob moved to accept the minutes. Jack seconded and all agreed.
No new membership applications were received since the last Board Meeting.
The Treasurer reported that the WBA had available cash of $3,474.73 ($1,061.11 in the Checking account and $2,413.62 in the PayPal account).
A case of Aguila ammunition was purchased from SPAA. Together with the remaining supply of Federal 711B, the available stock of ammunition will be sufficient for the upcoming winter season.
The Methow MVB club has asked to borrow targets for practice this winter. Seven or 8 WBA targets will be transferred to Winthrop later this year.
Rifles #1 through #4 have been in use for at least 17 years and need their bolts re-polished. Bob will identify a local gun smith who can do this. The metal hooks on the slings can damage the stocks and will be replaced with plastic hooks. Bryn is currently working on the repair of 2 harnesses.

The parking area at SPNC is being considered as a possible summer competition venue. However, the US Forest Service has been fully absorbed by the extended fire season and obtaining a permit has been difficult. Bryn suggested checking out the Interlake Sporting Association, a gun and archery range in Redmond. Provided the infrastructure of the facility can support summer biathlon competitions, the club might be open to accommodating a race.

A work party is needed at SPNC to remove the attachment to the container and raise it 4-5 feet. The roof will probably last one more year. In memory of Ed Callaghan a new wooden sign for the warming hut, reading “Ed’s hut”, will be made. In addition, the carpet will be replaced and two windows (approximately $60 each) will be installed in the back, probably in October. New paint for the porch was purchased.

The container at SPAA has begun to accumulate moisture. Bryn inspected the roof, sealed the holes and painted it. She also installed a dehumidifier in the container. Three of the 4 tables in storage were disintegrating and have been replaced with sturdy plastic tables purchased at Costco.

A preliminary 2018 winter schedule was discussed and needs approval from Mike Power. Proposed events at SPNC are:
Jan 6 & 7 - skiing and biathlon clinics
Jan 20 & 21 - race weekend #1 (mass start and super sprint)
Feb 3 & 4 - race weekend #2 (individual and sprint)
Feb 24 & 25 - race weekend #3 (mass start and pursuit)
March 10 & 11 - race weekend #4 (super sprint and individual)
April 14 & 15 - race weekend #5 (mass start and mixed relay)
Other major competitions on the calendar thus far are the 21st Biathlon World Masters Championships in Kontiolahti, Finland, on March 22-25 and the US National Biathlon Championships in Soldier Hollow, UT, on March 29-31.

The annual Board election nomination period closes by the end of September 19, the day of this Board meeting. The positions up for election this year are President, Secretary, Athletes Representative, and Board Positions #1 and #3. The Board revisited the bylaws and agreed that no changes were needed at this time.
Old business:
− Bob will look into having additional WBA, SPAA, and SPNC banners made.
− Sabine evaluated race suit samples from Craft and found them to be inferior. However, Jakroo may be an attractive alternative. They do not require minimum orders, offer good-quality garments and group pricing, and individual customers can purchase directly from an on-line account after an initial bulk order has been placed. Sabine has requested sizing charts and pricing.
− Bryn is in the process of updating the first aid kit.
− Getting access to the Seattle National Guard Armory in Seattle for dry firing practice and ski waxing demos has been difficult. National Guard Sgt. Ezra Ifie has offered to assist but is currently out injured.
The next meeting will be the Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, October 26, at 6:30 PM at the Alibi Room in Greenwood, Seattle.
The President adjourned the meeting at 7:10 PM.