March 25th, 2014 - Board Meeting

A(n) Board Meeting presented by WBA at Private

Washington Biathlon Association
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
March 25, 2014

The meeting was called to order at 6:33 pm. In attendance were President Bob Vallor, Vice President Jack Whisler, Treasurer Bryn Black, Board Member Cory Hoeger, and Secretary Sibylle Wilbert. Board Member Brian Palm attended by phone. Athletes’ Representative Sean Kato, Board Members Mike Kamansky and Dave Shaw, and website administrator Greg Daly were unable to attend.
All attending had seen the minutes from the last Board Meeting in February. Bob moved to accept the minutes. Jack seconded and all agreed.
A new membership application was received from Andre Tiffany. Bryn moved to accept the application. Cory seconded and all agreed. Applications for membership renewal were submitted by Erik Luk and the Howard family.
Bryn proceeded with the treasury report. The savings and checking accounts held $1,398.34 and the PayPal account $1,920.68. Our current bank, Opus, sent a notification that a monthly fee of $15.00 will be applied going forward. Bryn and Bob will open a new account at a different bank next week.
Sondre Nordberg will be visiting the WBA again this year to give a clinic, likely on the weekend of May 31 – June 1. Bryn reserved the range and class rooms at SPAA and the Tukwila Community Center. Bryn and Bob will post a Save the Date notice on Facebook and Yahoo.
The super sprint race on March 22 was well attended on a sunny day. March 23 featured similar weather and a fun mixed relay race. The relay, which was on the winter schedule for the first time (but not included to the season’s points list), was well received. The season concluded with group photos, awards, and a BBQ.
The 39th National Guard Bureau Biathlon Championships in Jericho, VT, were a great success for Guard members from Washington. Although most of them are fairly new to the sport, the team achieved two top-ten placements. The WBA will continue to support the Guard in their growing biathlon activities. One consideration includes providing a discount to racers from the Guard, similar to discounts offered to Juniors.
The WBA website needs more than one person available to post entry forms, race results, and updates. Bryn will learn from Greg Daly tomorrow how to make corrections to results lists after they have been posted. Bob will follow up with Jim Slyfield on the availability of a software program for scoring races built by a member of the Kongsberger Ski Club.
Paul Everett is a highly talented WBA Junior who races at the international level. This season, Paul competed in the U.S. Biathlon World Junior Championships and the European Championships. The WBA will be sponsoring Paul’s biathlon career through its Athletes’ Fund and waved race fees and will provide assistance with coaching and equipment.
The gear in the shed at SPNC will need to be hauled to SPAA for the summer. The moving date was tentatively scheduled for April 4, with Jim Fletcher and possibly Tom Davies helping at SPNC and another group at SPAA. Bob will also make a date with Sean or Betsy to pick up the targets and equipment loaned to the Methow Valley Biathlon Club.
Josh Alms found a sandblasting booth for sale large enough to hold one target. The cost was $1,890 before tax. As this amount would likely exceed our current budget due to other pending expenses, the proposal will be revisited at a later time.
Several target flags have been shot during the last competitions and new flags are needed. Bryn will have at least 20 new disks cut from 20 gauge metal sheets to weld new flags. If possible, she will reuse old stems.
A tentative summer schedule was discussed:
May 3 & 4 – TCSA-RMSF in the Tri-Cities. Josh Alms will make the arrangements.
May 31 & June 1 – Sondre Nordberg clinic at SPAA or nearby venue
June 7 – newcomer clinic & June 8 – women’s newcomer clinic at SPAA
June 21 – race at SPAA
July 19 – race at SPAA (Washington Games VII)
August, date TBD – race, location TBD
September, date TBD – race, location TBD
October, date TBD – race in Eastern WA, potentially in Yakima
Possible dates for races at the Black Diamond venue include August 3, September 7 and 21, and October 5 and 19. Bob will join Brian at the next Black Diamond Board Meeting to discuss race dates.
The following new business was discussed:
SPAA has undergone personnel changes and the new staff is supportive of the WBA. It should be possible to deploy the roll-out practice target soon. A platform for prone shooting is already available. Because it is a bit narrow, we will build an 8x8 platform that fits the available space. Bob will take measurements and talk to the Assistant Chief to identify a location for setting up the practice target, which will be available to members of the WBA as well as SPAA (or their guests) only. We will also consider setting up practice targets at our other summer venues. Logistics will need to be discussed.
Ed Callahan proposed including advanced skiers to the ski clinic currently offered to novice biathletes at the beginning of the season. All thought this idea should be pursued. Advanced biathletes would have the option to spend part of the day in the ski clinic and the remainder on the range.
Bryn suggested having a SPNC banner made for display along with the banners from our other sponsors. Bob already has it in the works and a banner will be made once Mike provides the graphics. A WBA banner will also be made.
The following old business was discussed:
A group at the Spokane Nordic Ski Association is interested in creating a winter biathlon range at Mt. Spokane. Aaron Scott and Greg Romney, who took the newcomer clinic in January, are some of the drivers. The WBA will support these efforts.
The management at the Yakima shooting range has changed and is supportive of biathlon. Bob will check into the possibility of hosting a race there this summer.
Wenatchee has a shooting range that might be a potential venue for summer races. Bob will talk to Chris Fletcher whether the width of the range would allow for setup of ten targets.
Fees at the TCSA-RMSF range in the Tri-Cities have gone up. We will likely host only one race weekend there this summer and look for alternative venues in Eastern Washington.
Several WBA and Guard members have expressed interest in purchasing new WBA racing suits or vests. Prices will be posted on Facebook and Yahoo. Bob will collect orders as well as pre-payments through June 1 (Sondre Nordberg clinic).
Five hundred new gold medal pins have been ordered to replenish the inventory.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 22, at 6:30 PM.
Bob adjourned the meeting at 7:46 pm.