September 17th, 2013 - Board Meeting

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Washington Biathlon Association
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
September 17, 2013

The meeting was called to order at 6:40 pm. In attendance were President Bob Vallor, Vice President Jack Whisler, Treasurer Bryn Black, Board Member Cory Hoeger, and Secretary Sibylle Wilbert. Athletes’ Representative Sean Kato and Board Members Mike Kamansky and Brian Palm attended by phone. Board Member Dave Shaw was unable to attend.
All attending had seen the minutes from the last meeting in July. Bob moved to accept the minutes. Jack seconded and all agreed.
The annual WBA membership meeting is coming up. Up for election this year are the President, Secretary, Board Member #1, Board Member #3, and the Athletes’ Representative.
• Jack nominated Bob Vallor as President, Sibylle seconded and all were in favor.
• Bob nominated Sibylle for Secretary. Bryn seconded and all were in favor.
• Bob nominated Cory for Board Position #1. Jack seconded and all were in favor.
• Bryn nominated Mike for Board Position #3. Jack seconded and all were in favor.
• Jack nominated Sean for Athletes’ Representative. Bob seconded and all were in favor.
All nominees agreed to serve another term should they be elected. The Election Administrator, Victor Woo, will be accepting additional nominations from September 18 until November 13, 5 PM, and will be in contact with all active members to collect votes. Bryn and Bob will post the meeting announcement and nomination and election procedures on the Yahoo website and on Facebook.
No new membership applications had been received.
Bryn proceeded with the treasury report. The savings and checking accounts held $4,820.37 and the PayPal account $1,293.59. The mat fund stood at $1,970 with additional donations pending. Bob got a quote for biathlon mats from the US representative of the Finnish company Kurvinen. If we buy at least ten mats, the cost per mat will be approximately $138 plus shipping. All agreed to place an order for 15 mats.
Bob is drafting an application for an NRA grant to potentially put in a small-bore range at the Black Diamond Gun Club. A gate would need to be installed and the firing line and range need improvements.
Sondre Nordberg’s e-book on dry-firing techniques for biathletes is now available online. WBA members who have purchased it find it highly valuable. A print version of the book was also planned, but its release is delayed indefinitely due to legal constraints in the US and Canada. Bob sent Ruth Hall at the USBA the e-book ordering information for publication in the USBA newsletter. Sondre is also starting a new book on mental training for biathletes.
To make conference calling easier, Bryn suggested that the Board use a commercial service that charges 8 cents per minute, which would amount to ~$150 per year. Bob motioned to use this system going forward. Sibylle seconded and all were in favor.
The WBA website needs updating. Mike will get in touch with website administrator Greg Daly, and Bob will set up a meeting with Mike, Brian, and Greg to divide responsibilities.
On August 2, Bob went to the Pierce County Sheriff’s shooting range to provide biathlon training to 25 National Guard members. The event was organized by Ezra Ifie and was well received. Some participants may be interested in pursuing biathlon further. In addition, a Colonel from the Air National Guard is working on starting a biathlon program for Guard members.
On October 12 and 13, the WBA summer biathlon season will conclude in the Tri-Cities with an Individual foot race on Saturday and a Super Sprint foot race and Sprint mountain bike race on Sunday at the Rattlesnake Mountain Shooting Facility.
The equipment shed at the SPNC biathlon range needs to be moved temporarily to the SPNC parking lot to repair holes and attach hooks or loops for pulling. A 220V generator will need to be rented for the welder and a few volunteers will be needed to complete the work. Bob will get in touch with Mike Power for a date.
The tentative schedule for the winter 2013/2014 races was discussed. Proposed dates include a newcomer clinic on January 11/12 at SPNC, and competitions on January 25/26, February 22/23, and March 8/9 or March 15/16 at SPNC. The WBA may also sponsor a race weekend in the Methow Valley, if possible.
The four magazines from rifle #1 that were lost at the last competition in the Tri-Cities are still missing. For the time being, rifle #1 will be equipped with spare magazines so it can be used.
Some club members had expressed interest in purchasing new WBA racing suits and vests. Bob will return the trial fit kit to VOmax and order a basic assortment of various sizes.
The supply of medals for seasonal awards is beginning to run low. As our previous source has increased their prices, Bob has contacted Issaquah Trophy for a quote.
The rolling practice target is currently not available for use on SPAA shooting ranges. Options for use at SPAA will be revisited after the new year.
The following old business was discussed:
It is still difficult to find ammunition for sale and available supplies are often markedly priced up. On behalf of the WBA, Bryn was granted a direct purchase agreement with Wolff. The next shipment is expected to arrive in October.
The WBA owns a license for the software application Biathlon-in-a-Box but has not had a chance to use it. This fall, Biathlon BC is offering a training course on how to run Biathlon-in-a-Box to anyone interested.
The following new business was discussed:
Bob will replace the current race entry forms with a generic form for summer and winter.
While the turnout at races is generally good, volunteers helping with equipment moves and maintenance are often missing. All agreed that volunteering needs to be encouraged and more help needs to be recruited.
The next meeting will be the Annual Membership Meeting on Tuesday, November 5, at 7:00 PM in the View Room at the Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S, Issaquah, WA.
Bob motioned to adjourn the meeting at 7:46 pm. Jack seconded and all agreed.