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Washington Biathlon Association
Board of Directors Meeting
August 27, 2019
The meeting was called to order at 6:34 pm. In attendance were President Bob Vallor, Treasurer Bryn Black, Board Members Sabine Arnold and Dave Shaw, WBA member Jerry Liu, and Secretary Sibylle Wilbert. Vice President Jack Whisler, Athletes Representative Rich McClung, and Board Members Cory Hoeger and Brian Palm attended by phone.
All attending had seen the minutes from the last Board meeting in July. Dave moved to accept the minutes. Bob seconded and all agreed.
No new membership applications were received since the last Board meeting.
Bob purchased a case of 711B from Hook on Toys at an excellent price of $231. As the cost of ammunition has come down, the WBA will lower the price of Aguila and 711B to $5 per box.
The Treasurer reported a balance of $1,367.77 in PayPal and $7,959.95 in Savings. The next significant expense will be insurance.
Jerry Liu holds a concealed pistol license (CPL). As a CPL can only be obtained following a background check, Jerry is cleared to rent a rifle from the WBA.
The the Plain Valley Nordic Team (PVNT) girls all had a good time at a free introductory biathlon clinic hosted for them by the WBA. After taking a safety class at Bob’s house in the morning, a group of girls, 9 to 14 years old, arrived at SPNC where a four-lane biathlon range had been set up. Under the tutelage of WBA women instructors, the girls explored shooting prone, and those that were old enough also practiced shooting standing. Bella Fox taught biathlon for the first time and did a great job! The day ended with a fun race on a running course around the parking lot. The WBA is looking forward to having the PVNT girls participate in upcoming winter competitions.
This summer the WBA hosted three running and mountain bike biathlon races at SPAA. The events were well received and attended. After the last race in August, SPAA implemented new rules that will make it difficult to host future biathlon competitions there. Rifle range #1, which is adjacent to the range used by biathletes, will be kept open for customers during biathlon competitions unless the WBA rents the range for the day at a cost of $500. The WBA may also have to rent the range used for biathlon for $500. For safety reasons, the race course will no longer travel behind rifle range #1, which limits course options. Biking will no longer be allowed at all. Given the new rules at SPAA, the WBA will be looking for other summer venues and possibly a new location for the storage container.
- Interlake Sporting Association in Kirkland could be a new option for the summer. The venue has space for eight lanes, wooded hilly trails, and a club house with a class room. Parking is limited, but there are parking spaces outside the range. The facility could also be used for “Try Biathlon” events. Club membership will be required. Bob will write a letter to Board Member Sue Long to introduce biathlon and initiate a partnership.
- Bob attended a Board meeting at the Cascade Shooting Facilities in Ravensdale. The venue has multiple ranges, of which rifle range B is approximately 250 yards deep and wide enough for ten lanes. The venue has trails that can be used for running and biking, a large parking lot, and a class room. Storing the WBA container on their premises for free might also be a possibility. The Board asked for more information on how the WBA activities can benefit their club. Reasons for partnering include the development of shooting sports, attracting young shooters, and providing a discount on races to the club’s members. Bob will give a presentation at the club’s next Board meeting for discussion and approval by the Board and their membership.
- The Gun Club in Black Diamond is now using the lower range more frequently and it might be difficult to find an available weekend. Brian will look into their schedule.
- The gravel pit near Fish Lake in Plain is large enough for setting up a range but is littered with logs. A substantial cleanup effort would be necessary to get the range ready.
- The Rattlesnake Mountain Shooting Facility near Benton in Eastern Washington invited the WBA to come back for summer races. Access to a class room would be granted.
Bob will pick up the eight targets that had been loaned to the Methow Valley Biathlon Association in September to take them to his house for maintenance. Targets need to be cleaned and centered.
Last year’s biathlon summit was a success and will be repeated this year on November 16. Sondre Nordberg has agreed to come to the meeting. Mark Waechter, owner of Nordic Ultratune, may be asked to teach a waxing clinic.
The following proposed 2019-2020 winter schedule at SPNC was approved by Mike Power:
- January 4/5, races #1 & #2 (sprint and pursuit)
- January 13-17, World Masters in Seefeld, Austria
- February 1/2, newcomer clinic
- February 22/23, races #3 & #4 (individual and super sprint)
- March 7/8, races #5 & #6 (mass start and super sprint)
- March 18-22 or March 25-29, World Masters Biathlon, Kontiolathi, Finland
- March 27-29, US Biathlon Nationals, West Yellowstone
- April 11/12, race #7 (format TBD) and mixed relay with picnic
Hosting a possible “try biathlon” event on February 8/9, February 29/March 1, or March 14/15 was discussed. A land owner is offering the use of a suitable piece of property in Plain, which can hold ten lanes, and Rob from the PVNT has offered to groom. Students will get twenty rounds for shooting big targets, ten to be fired from a prone block for practice and ten during a short race afterwards. Each student will have a practice time of about ten minutes with basic instructions provided. The entry fee will be $25 per person, not including trail passes.
The shed attached to the small container at the SPNC range has taken a few bullet holes and had two split beams. It has been taken down. Once a new home has been found for the big container that is currently located at SPAA it will be decided whether the attached shed needs to be rebuilt with a higher roof.
Kathleen Colvard accepted the assignment as elections administrator. Bryn will post an announcement to the membership that the nomination period for the positions of President, Treasurer, Athletes Representative, and Board Positions #1 and #3 is now open.
Bryn nominated Bob Vallor for the position of President, Dave seconded and all agreed
Bob nominated Bryn Black for the position of Treasurer, Dave seconded and all agreed
Bob nominated Rich McClung for the position of Treasurer, Dave seconded and all agreed
Bob nominated Cory Hoeger for Board Position #1, Bryn seconded and all agreed
Dave nominated Sabine Arnold for Board Position #3, Bryn seconded and all agreed
The by-laws have not been reviewed since 2011. The Board will take a look at the current version and make recommendations at the next meeting.
All rifle racks have been refitted to a flat butt stock support and need to be painted. Each rack holds nine rifles. There are ten racks in the inventory. Five will be used in the summer and six in the winter.
Izhmash 7-3 rifles have been retrofitted with new rails from Rockler's Woodworking Supply that were cut to a length of 9”. The increased flexibility for adjusting the hand stops proved highly beneficial at the PVNT girls clinic on August 23.
Bob is looking for a volunteer to find a company that can make new banners.
The trailer needs to be rewired.
The bolt of rifle #2 needs work. The channel has some lead fowling and the bolt and handle seem to be out of alignment.
Bob proposed to have WBA pins made to give to racers in Seefeld. The anticipated expense is $400-$500. Bob moved to have the pins made, Dave seconded and all agreed. Bob is also looking into borrowing Stevens Pass warming jackets with the Stevens Pass logo on the back for use by WBA racers in Seefeld. Bryn is working on having ski ties with the WBA logo made.
Bryn will check whether the Alibi Room in Greenwood is available on November 5, 6, or 7 for the Annual Membership Meeting.
New annual medals are needed for the upcoming Membership Meeting. With enough bronze medals in stock, Bryn will place an order for 20 gold and 10 silver medals.
The next meeting was set for Tuesday, September 17, 6:30 PM at Bryn’s. The nomination period for open Board positions ends with the next meeting.
The President adjourned the meeting at 7:31 PM.