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Washington Biathlon Association
Board of Directors Meeting
October 6, 2020
The meeting, held by Zoom, was called to order at 6:35 pm. In attendance were President Bob Vallor, Vice President Jack Whisler, Treasurer Bryn Black, Athletes Representative Kathleen Colvard, Secretary Sibylle Wilbert, Board Members Sabine Arnold, Cory Hoeger 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. Bob moved to accept the minutes. Cory seconded and all agreed.
No new membership applications had been submitted. Bryn will send out a reminder that WBA and USBA membership renewals will be due in November.
The Treasurer reported a balance of $509.01 in PayPal and $5,052.75 in Savings.
Sportube, a company that makes hard ski cases for travel, is interested in supporting the WBA. In return, we can advertise for them on the WBA website, Facebook and Instagram.
This meeting starts the nomination period for the positions of Vice President, Secretary, Athletes Representative, and Board Positions #2 and #4. The Vice President, Jack Whisler, informed the Board that he would like to step down from his post if a successor can be found. Cory Hoeger volunteered to be a nominee for the position of Vice President. All other incumbents agreed to stay in office, if reelected. Bryn will make an announcement to the membership that the nomination period for these positions is now open. Bob will ask Ian Gunter whether he can serve as Election Administrator again. The Board made the following nominations:
- Bob nominated Cory Hoeger for the position of Vice President. Jack seconded.
- Bryn nominated Sibylle Wilbert for the position of Secretary. Bob seconded.
- Sibylle nominated Kathleen Colvard for the position of Athletes Representative. Cory seconded.
- Bob nominated Dave Shaw for Board position #2. Jack seconded.
- Bob nominated Brian Palm for Board position #4. Bryn seconded.
The Corona virus outbreak will have a significant impact on the 2020-2021 winter race season. Chelan County (Stevens Pass, Leavenworth, Plain) is still in Phase 1.5, but the latest guidelines for outdoor sporting events, including biathlon, only allow for limited activities once the location of the competition reaches Phase 2 or higher. In addition, Stevens Pass is actively searching for a director of the Nordic Center. Taken together, it is unclear whether the Stevens Pass Nordic Center will open on time or at all this winter.
Kittitas (Snoqualmie) and Okanagan (Methow) Counties are currently in Phase 2, and modified racing activities might be possible as long as the virus does not rebound in these areas. 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. Terry is open to having biathlon and a possible location for a range has been identified. Snoqualmie also employs an internationally recognized groomer, Steve Ward, who has experience grooming at Olympic events. Skiers would access the range by taking the new chair lift at the Nordic Center up and skiing down to the range. A number of logistics need to be worked out to realize this proposal. The site will need to have a container for equipment storage, and gear hauls for rifles, bags, and other supplies will be necessary on steep loops before each race. There are currently no provisions for bathrooms or shelters at the range. This option is therefore in the planning phase and not available in the immediate future.
The Liberty Bell High School in Winthrop is open and could be used for racing in accordance with the governor’s restrictions. Racing on the Plain Valley Nordic trails might also be an option if restrictions get more relaxed, but the course is mostly flat and could get crowded.
Bob was contacted by the National Guard that they have budgeted for a biathlon race this season. The WBA will assist the Guard in any way they can to have this event.
Ammunition remains in sufficient supply as not much of it was used. Bob will do a more detailed inventory.
Cascade Shooting Facilities in Ravensdale continue to be interested in hosting the WBA next summer if Corona guidelines permit it. The container is still sitting at SPAA and will not be moved until needed.
The previous years’ biathlon summits were a great success, but because of Corona it will not be possible to have such a gathering this year. Future guest speakers may include gold medal winner Antje Misersky, formerly racing for Eastern Germany, and her husband Ian Harvey, also a former biathlete and currently a national TOKO representative.
Bryn will repair some flags that need welding.
Bob will review the WBA website to make sure everything is up-to-date.
Bryn suggested to no longer have the mandatory safety classes on Saturdays before a race, but instead on a different day via Zoom. It would free up Bob to get to the range sooner.
The next meeting will be the Annual Members’ Meeting. It will be held by Zoom on November 17 at 7:00 PM.
The President adjourned the meeting at 7:27 PM.