August 8th, 2017 - WBA Board Meeting

A(n) Board Meeting presented by WBA at Private

Washington Biathlon Association
Board of Directors Meeting
August 8, 2017

The meeting was called to order at 6:33 pm. In attendance were President Bob Vallor, Vice President Jack Whisler, Treasurer Bryn Black, and Secretary Sibylle Wilbert while Board Member Cory Hoeger attended by phone. Board Members Sabine Arnold, Brian Palm, and Dave Shaw, and Athletes Representative Rich McClung were unable to attend.
All attending had seen the minutes from the last Board Meeting in March. Bob moved to accept the minutes. Jack seconded and all agreed.
A new membership application was received from Patrick O’Hara Harn. The application will be reviewed once the included check has been signed.
The Treasurer reported that the WBA had available cash of $3,894.62 ($2,051.57 in the Checking account and $1,843.05 in the PayPal account). Bob reported new expenses for the purchase of Ed Callaghan’s Madshus skate boots. Bryn will post these for sale. A spare rifle box sold for $100.00.
An inventory of WBA ammunition showed a sufficient supply of Federal 711B. Aguila is running low, but is in stock at SPAA. Generally, ammunition is no longer difficult to find for a reasonable price. CCI is available at Hooked on Toys in Wenatchee and Norma Tac 22 is on sale at Midway USA. Jack made a motion to buy a case of Aguila at SPAA. Bob seconded and all agreed. Going forward, ammunition will be priced the same for all brands at $6.00 per box.
Most of the WBA-owned targets are currently stored at SPAA and two are in the Methow at the MVB club. Target 05WBT013 needs repair; its E flag tends to flip up when the D target is hit. The movable target at SPAA is difficult to use as its wheels tend to get stuck on unpaved ground. Bob is planning to put on larger wheels, which will require some engineering of the wheel housing.
Rifles #1 through #4 have been in use for at least 17 years and need their bolts re-polished. Gene Econ may know a gun smith who can do this. The slings are currently fitted with metal hooks that can damage the stocks. They will be replaced with plastic hooks.

The NCWGC in East Wenatchee has unexpectedly cancelled the August 6 biathlon race that had been previously approved by its Board. Alternative venues in the area are being explored. Gene Econ visited WRRC (Wenatchee Rifle and Revolver Club), but there are no running or biking options at this range. The parking area at SPNC is also being considered as a venue. It is flat and deep, and can easily accommodate an 8-point range. There are several trails taking off from the lot that can be used for racing. Mike Power supports this option and has offered to provide access to the bathrooms during events. A permit needs to be issued by the US Forest Service and Bob has contacted Recreation Supervisor Mason Schuur.

After options for building a new 30-point biathlon range at the Mt. Spokane Cross Country Ski Park were explored, progress has stalled and the possibility of completing the project appears to be dead.

The container at SPAA is beginning to accumulate moisture. Bryn will climb on the roof to look for rust spots that need to be sealed. She will also install a dehumidifier in the container. One of the tables was moldy and has been disposed of. The remaining tables will be phased out and replaced with sturdy plastic tables. Bryn moved to purchase 3 new tables from Costco (approximately $50 each). Jack seconded and all agreed.

A work party is needed at SPNC to remove the attachment to the container and raise it 4-5 feet. It also needs a new roof. 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.

A preliminary 2018 winter schedule was discussed. 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 persuit)
March 10 & 11 - race weekend #4 (super sprint and individual)
April 7 & 8 or 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 Biathlon National Championships in Soldier Hollow, UT, on March 29-31.

The August 8 WBA Board meeting opens the annual Board election nomination period and the next meeting on September 19 closes the nomination period. The positions up for election are President, Secretary, Athletes Representative, and Board Positions #1 and #3. Current incumbents are:
Bob Vallor, President
Sibylle Wilbert, Secretary
Rich McClung, Athletes Representative
Cory Hoeger, Board Position #1
Sabine Arnold, Board Position #3
All incumbents are expected to seek reelection.
Sibylle nominated Bob Vallor for President and Bryn seconded.
Bob nominated Sibylle Wilbert for Secretary and Jack seconded.
Bob nominated Rich McClung for Athletes Representative and Bryn seconded.
Bob nominated Cory Hoeger for Board Position #1 and Jack seconded.
Bob nominated Sabine Arnold for Board Position #3 and Bryn seconded.
During the election period, members interested in running for office are asked to submit their nomination and named second to the Elections Administrator, Victor Woo, at The Board will revisit the bylaws to determine whether any updates are needed.

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, Jackroo 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.
− Jack moved that the first aid kit is upgraded with missing supplies recommended by Grete Porteous. Sibylle seconded and all agreed. Bryn will update 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. Bryn suggested also looking for rooms open during evening hours that can be rented from a business or studio.
New business:
− Bob will contact Tracy Lamb, Director of the US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, for assistance with offering Level 1 and 2 range certification courses in the fall. A venue with access to a shooting range will be needed.
− Bryn will explore whether Lanny Barnes or Sondre Nordberg are available in the winter for training on snow.
− For additional winter training, Bob will talk to Mike whether a 2-point range can be set up at SPNC. Grooming and trail closures may be necessary and could be an issue.

The next meeting will be at Bryn’s on Tuesday, September 19, at 6:30 PM. The Annual Membership Meeting was tentatively set for Wednesday, October 25 or Thursday, October 26, at 7:00 PM at the Alibi Room in Greenwood, Seattle.
The President adjourned the meeting at 7:37 PM.