September 13th, 2016 - WBA Board Meeting

A(n) Board Meeting presented by WBA at Private

Washington Biathlon Association
Board of Directors Meeting
September 13, 2016

The meeting was called to order at 7:33 pm. In attendance were President Bob Vallor, Treasurer Bryn Black, Athletes’ Representative Sabine Arnold, and Secretary Sibylle Wilbert. Board Member Brian Palm attended by phone while Vice President Jack Whisler and Board Members Cory Hoeger and Dave Shaw were unable to attend.
All attending had seen the minutes from the last meeting in August. Bob 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 $3,562.54 ($2,096.25 in the Checking account and $1,466.29 in the PayPal account).
Plans for a new WA State Parks (WSP) biathlon facility at Mt. Spokane continue to take shape. Developers John Morton and his associate, Noah Brautigam, will make a site visit at Mt. Spokane on September 19 – 21 to map the trails and examine design options for the site. Bob will be present for this visit. Bob also is a member of the Committee now and will attend the Committee Meeting on September 20.

The 2016 WBA Annual Members Meeting is scheduled for October 25 at 7 PM in the Alibi Room in Greenwood. Bryn ordered food for the evening (~$300 expense). Up for election are the Vice President, Treasurer, Board Position #2, Board Position #4, and the Athletes’ Representative. On August 23, Bob nominated Jack Whisler for Vice President, Bryn Black for Treasurer, Dave Shaw for Board Position #2, Brian Palm for Board Position #4, and Sabine Arnold for Athletes’ Representative. Sibylle seconded the nominations on August 24. No additional nominations were received during the nomination period, which closed on September 13. The Board has the option to amend the by-laws once a year, but saw no need to do so.
Bob will put a harness on the Izhmash 7-4 rifle purchased from Dan Cole. Bryn will post the rifle for sale at an asking price of $2,000.

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. Bob will try to schedule a Mass Start race at SPAA in October. A race weekend at NCWGC in East Wenatchee in November might be an additional option.
A preliminary 2017 winter schedule was discussed. Proposed events at SPNC are:
Jan 7 - Skiing clinic (SPNC Staff) & Jan 8 - Biathlon clinic
Jan 21 & 22 - Race weekend #1
Feb 11 & 12 - Race weekend #2
Feb 25 & 26 - Race weekend #3
March 11 & 12 - Race weekend #4
April 8 & 9 - Race weekend #5
Also on the calendar are the 20th Biathlon World Masters Championships in Finland on March 16-19 and the US Biathlon National Championships on March 22-26. The Methow Valley race schedule is pending.
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. Sgt. Yeaple has since taken the position for Guard Logistics. Bob will work with Sgt. Yeaple and Sgt. Huddleston to obtain permission to use the facility.
Unfortunately, plans for a biathlon range at Mt. Bachelor need to be revisited as initial options are no longer available. Bob and Dan Simoneau will draft a letter outlining the current situation to be reviewed by the USBA local representative, Glenn Jobe.
Sabine outlined a proposal for having new WBA uniforms made. Of the companies she looked into, Craft had the best selection and choices. Three styles of two-piece race suits are available as well as custom vests and jackets. Sabine has requested a fit kit and is working with a sales representative on the design. Also under consideration is the purchase of US national uniforms instead of WBA race suits, so WBA competitors can race at international events in a uniform that represents their nation. Glenn Jobe supports the idea and recommends the 2014-2015 US biathlon uniform used at the Olympics in Sochi. A WBA logo as well as selected sponsor logos could be added.
New business:
Going forward, the call-in number will be sent to the Board together with the Board meeting agenda.
Bryn moved that the WBA PO box be moved from Issaquah to the North Seattle post office on 929 N 145th St. Sabine seconded the motion and all agreed.
The next meeting is the Annual Membership Meeting on Tuesday, October 25, at 7:00 PM at the Alibi Room in Greenwood.
The President adjourned the meeting at 8:26 pm.