November 6th, 2019 - Annual Meeting of the Membership (and Party)

A Winter Social competition presented by WBA at Other

Washington Biathlon Association
Annual Membership Meeting
November 6, 2019

The 19th annual membership meeting was called to order by President Bob Vallor. Further in attendance were Board Members Sabine Arnold, Cory Hoeger, Brian Palm, and Dave Shaw, Athletes’ Representative Rich McClung, Elections Administrator Ian Gunter, Treasurer Bryn Black, Secretary Sibylle Wilbert, as well as several WBA members with friends and family. Vice President Jack Whisler was not able to attend.
The Elections Administrator presented the results from this year's Board elections. Positions to be filled included the President, Treasurer, Athletes’ Representative, and Board Positions #1 and #3. Except for the Athlete’s Representative, all Board Members currently in office were re-nominated and re-elected: Bob Vallor for President, Bryn Black for Treasurer, and Cory Hoeger and Sabine Arnold for Board Positions #1 and #3. Two new candidates for Athletes’ Representative were on the ballot, Kathleen Colvard and Martha Bellisle. Kathleen Colvard had the majority of votes and was welcomed to the Board. Lastly, all proposed changes to the by-laws were approved by the Membership. Multiple comments were received, which will be reviewed and addressed by the Board.
All Board members present had seen the last meeting’s minutes. Sibylle moved to accept the minutes. Dave seconded the motion and all were in favor.
There were no new membership applications. The Treasurer reminded everyone that new applications and renewals are due at the end of the month.
The Treasurer reported that the WBA had available cash of $8,368.89 and no debt. The annual revenues were $21,471.90 from earned revenues, membership dues, donations, and other miscellaneous proceeds. Expenses of $17,151.56 were due to equipment maintenance and repair, insurance, ammunition, and other business expenses.
The President reviewed the state of the WBA:
- The club has continued to increase its support of youth athletes. A large donation of ammunition was set aside for youth training and development.
- Options for a new primary summer venue and storage location are being explored, as SPAA is no longer available.
- WBA members who would like to rent a WBA rifle need to have a concealed pistol license, which includes a background check as required by law.
- WBA ski ties and pins have been ordered and will be handed out to participants at the World Masters Championships in Seefeld, Austria, in January 2020.
- Targets are in need of major refurbishing including sanding to the bare metal. Ten targets have been finished, three of them went back to the Methow.
- The Methow Valley Biathlon club had to move their venue from Mazama to the Liberty Bell High School in Winthrop while waiting for a permit from the Forest Service who owns the land. The WBA is an active supporter of biathlon activities in the Methow.
- This year’s biathlon summit will be held at the Canvas Event Space on November 16 with Sondre Nordberg as the key note speaker on mental training. Doug Reid will give a clinic on Madshus products, Brian Palm will teach a waxing clinic, and Bob Vallor will discuss biathlon etiquette. The afternoon will be spent on dry-firing drills.
- At least one “try biathlon” event will be hosted this winter in Plain with the assistance of the Plain Valley Nordic Team. Twelve WBA volunteers will be needed.
- Scott Waichler will give a skate clinic at SPNC, the schedule is pending.
- The container at the range at SPNC needs repair of the door and several bullet holes. Its lean-to shed had two split beams and needs to be rebuilt.
The President closed the official part of the meeting with awarding the summer season’s medals.

Wednesday November 6
Annual Meeting and Social
Alibi Greenwood (upstairs)
10406 Holman Road N, Seattle

6:30pm food and social
7:15pm meeting of the membership

***Submit your favorite pictures from this year for the slideshow to***