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Washington Biathlon Association
Board of Directors Meeting
March 30, 2021
The meeting, held by Zoom, was called to order at 7:05 pm. In attendance were President Bob Vallor, Vice President Cory Hoeger, Treasurer Bryn Black, Athletes Representative Kathleen Colvard, Secretary Sibylle Wilbert, and Board Members Matt Gallagher, Brian Palm and Dave Shaw. Board Member Sabine Arnold and was unable to attend.
All attending had seen the minutes from the last Board meeting in February. Bob moved to accept the minutes. Kathleen seconded and all agreed.
No new membership applications were received since the last meeting.
The Treasurer reported a balance of $296.35 in PayPal and $6,497.58 in Savings. There were no pending significant expenses.
Assuming that COVID restrictions will be more relaxed by the end of 2021, the WBA is planning on hosting a biathlon summit again in November. Bob invited Ian Harvey, a former biathlete and current USA TOKO representative, and his wife Antje, a former East German cross-country skier and German biathlete who medaled at the 1985 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships and in biathlon at the 1992 Olympics, as guest speakers. Unfortunately, both are unable to participate. Using SurveyMonkey Bryn will ask for input from the membership on topics for the meeting and other possible guest speakers.
The search for a winter venue in Plain is still ongoing. While the terrain in the Swamp Creek area has many favorable features, two heavily used snowmobile trails are running through it. One of the land owners in Plain who is supportive of biathlon fell ill with cancer and future plans for using his property are on hold.
WBA members Sabine Arnold, Richard McGuire, Jim Stefanoff and Scott Waichler and MVB member Martha Bellisle competed in US Biathlon Nationals in West Yellowstone, MT, on March 24 – 28, with Bob coaching and supporting athletes on the course and in the wax room. Three races were held; a sprint, a modified pursuit, and a super sprint. The super sprint was run under the new IBU rules with a shortened, 75 meter penalty loop and no spare rounds. Despite difficult windy conditions, Washington athletes showed an impressive performance collectively taking home two bronze, two silver, and four gold medals. The event had more than 100 competitors and was well organized with strict COVID regulations. Former WBA member Bill Rode, who competed there, pledged a donation to the WBA.
Most of the winter biathlon equipment has been returned to the container at SPAA in Tukwila, which needs to be moved to the Cascade Shooting Facilities (CSF) in Ravensdale. Bob, Brian, and Steve and Joanne Angel will visit CSF to determine where the container will reside and when it can be moved. The WBA is planning on hosting at least three run and bike race weekends this summer with setup and practice on Saturday and competitions on Sunday.
Bob bought a reflective vest for Rich Braun. The purchase of nametags is pending.
Adaptive (IPC) targets run at approximately $70 each. More research is needed before making a purchase.
Bob acquired 250 long zero targets for $221 from Marc Sheppard. These targets have significantly better visibility than standard paper targets. Backer boards will be modified to fit the new targets.
Matt is working on a letter to Snoqualmie Pass management laying out the WBA’s goals and vision for a new facility at their Nordic Center. Matt and Bob will make a site visit there in the near future.
The next meeting will be held by Zoom on April 20 at 7:00 PM.
The President adjourned the meeting at 7:32 PM.