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Washington Biathlon Association
Board of Directors Meeting
December 18, 2020
The meeting, held by Zoom, was called to order at 7:04 pm. In attendance were President Bob Vallor, Vice President Cory Hoeger, Treasurer Bryn Black, Athletes Representative Kathleen Colvard, Secretary Sibylle Wilbert, Board Members Sabine Arnold and Brian Palm, and WBA Member Matt Gallagher. Board Member Dave Shaw was unable to attend.
All attending had seen the minutes from the last Board meeting in November. Sabine moved to accept the minutes. Kathleen seconded and all agreed.
The Board approved and welcomed Matt Gallagher as a new member. Matt is filling Board Position #1.
Seventeen WBA members renewed their membership since the last meeting. Paul Monier applied for a life membership. New membership applications were submitted by Connor Barcley, Heather Jerky, Justin Morgan, and Cray Ohmag. Bob moved to accept the new applicants. Cory seconded and all agreed.
The Treasurer reported a balance of $623.00 in PayPal and $5,910.88 in Savings, not including Paul Monierís check of $250. Upcoming expenses include insurance of $1,762.00, wood to repair the trailer, and new tabs for the trailer.
The COVID virus outbreak has had a significant impact on the 2020-2021 winter race season. Stevens Pass Nordic Center has a new Director, Jon Popovich, who supports biathlon. Bob outlined a proposal on how to safely conduct biathlon races in accordance with the governorís restrictions, which Jon discussed with Vail Corporation management. Unfortunately, Vailís current COVID policy does not permit events like biathlon races.
Three events have been scheduled at the Liberty Bell High School in Winthrop, COVID regulations permitting. The first on January 9 and 10, 2021 (WBA), the next on February 7, 2021 (MVB, Sun-of-a-Gun), and the last on February 20 and 21, 2021 (WBA). The WBA will pick up the cost for grooming the trails for WBA sponsored races. With Scott Waichler as a liaison, discussions with the School Board on necessary procedures and restrictions to keep all participants safe are ongoing. Details of scoring and timing the racers are also under discussion. The current protocol will require a temperature check at check-in, face masks and physical distancing by at least six feet. Competitors can remove their masks during the race. Each heat will have maximally ten participants, who each will be assigned a specific mat. Mats will be treated after each use with a disinfectant from a 2-gallon pump. Bob will also look into whether a UV-LED sanitizer could be useful. There will be no medal ceremonies. If the School Board decides to implement additional requirements that are too difficult to fulfill, the events in the Methow may need to be cancelled. January 1 was set as a go/no-go date for the first race weekend to leave enough time for cancelling lodging reservations, if necessary.
Rented club rifles have all been returned to the WBA and are available for the upcoming races.
With 4800 rounds on hand (3250 rounds of Federal 711B and 1550 rounds of Aguila), ammunition remains in sufficient supply.
The National Guard biathlon camp will be delayed until March.
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 needed, 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.
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.
Matt Gallagher and Chris Chu have been in contact with the operations manager for Nordic skiing at Snoqualmie, Terry Glaze, and made a formal request to set up biathlon at Snoqualmie. Logistics still need to be worked out to realize this proposal, which will likely not kick into gears until 2022. Matt will keep in touch with Terry.
The USBA safety class, which is mandatory for new members, will be moved online to ZOOM and offered on Fridays before race weekends. Bob will purchase a ZOOM account. Novices who took the safety class on Fridays and know how to ski will be able to join the competitions the next day.
Bryn asked permission to advertise a zeroing class to the WBA membership offered by The Dry Fire Foundry. Bob moved to approve the request. Sibylle seconded and all agreed.
The next meeting will be held by Zoom on January 19 at 7:00 PM.
The President adjourned the meeting at 7:49 PM.