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Washington Biathlon Association
Board of Directors Meeting
January 19, 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, Board Members Matt Gallagher, Brian Palm and Dave Shaw. Board Member Sabine Arnold was unable to attend.
All attending had seen the minutes from the last Board meeting in December. Bob moved to accept the minutes. Bryn seconded and all agreed.
There were no new membership applications since the last meeting.
The Treasurer reported a balance of $1,781.56 in PayPal and $3,686.96 in Savings. Unpaid expenses include $190 for trailer rental, $55 for an HVC-LED sanitizer, $185 for rental of porta-potties, $97 for paint, sanitizers and a sanitizer pump, and $68 for a forehead thermometer. Also not yet accounted for are the expenses for medals and grooming.
The Board discussed how future Board openings should be filled. The current process requires a motion and Board vote. All present felt that this approach works well and that no change is needed.
The first race weekend of this season was successfully held on January 9/10 at the Liberty Bell High School in Winthrop. All participants followed a mandated extensive COVID protocol administered by Rich Braun. Everyone, including the High School Board, was very impressed with the effective execution of the protocol. The Methow Valley Biathlon club is now planning for the Sun-of-a-Gun biathlon competition at the Liberty Bell High School in Winthrop on February 7, 2021, COVID regulations permitting. The range will be open on February 6 for practice from noon to 2 pm. Recently, all WA counties have been moved back to Phase 1 COVID regulations, which permit practice and training for outdoor sports, but no tournaments. Therefore, it is currently uncertain whether planned future competitions can be held. A go/no go decision for the WBA races scheduled for February 20/21 will be made by February 12. If the races can be held, registration will cut off on Thursday, February 18.
If COVID guidelines permit, the Cascade Shooting Facilities in Ravensdale continues to be interested in hosting WBA races next summer. They also offered to house the WBA container, which is still sitting at SPAA. It will be moved when it gets warmer, likely sometime in the spring. It is currently not possible to become a member at CSF as the club has a maxed-out membership cap. However, Steve and Joanne Angel are members at CSF and serve as liaisons. Brian Palm volunteered to serve as primary WBA Board contact on the west side with Bryn as a backup.
Assuming that COVID restrictions will be more relaxed by the end of 2021, the WBA is planning on hosting a biathlon summit again sometime in November. Possible guest speakers may include 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. Bob will send a letter of invitation to the Harveys.
Matt Gallagher spoke with Terry Glaze, the operations manager for Nordic skiing at Snoqualmie. Terry is still interested in adding a biathlon site to the area, but it cannot happen this year. Further planning will occur towards the end of the ski season.
Bob will order nametags for new Board members and a vest for Rich Braun.
Bryn announced that Kelsey Dickinson, a WA state native and IBU veteran biathlete, will be a guest instructor for The Dry Fire Foundry on January 21 at 4 PM.
The next meeting will be held by Zoom on February 23 at 7:00 PM.
The President adjourned the meeting at 7:32 PM.