September 16th, 2014 - Board Meeting

A(n) Board Meeting presented by WBA at Private


The meeting was called to order at 6:35 pm. In attendance were President Bob Vallor, Vice President Jack Whisler, Treasurer Bryn Black, and Secretary Sibylle Wilbert. Board Member Brian Palm attended by phone. Athletes’ Representative Sean Kato, Board Members Cory Hoeger, 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 August. Bryn moved to accept the minutes. Bob seconded and all agreed.
No new membership applications were received this month.
Bryn proceeded with the treasury report. The checking account held $2,091.88 and the PayPal account $3,272.95. Currently unpaid miscellaneous bills amount to ~$1,000 (includes ~$800 we owe Sondre for books we bought from him).
Bryn and Jack are working on getting a WBA Newsletter started on Facebook and are planning on approximately quarterly publications with the first after the Annual Meeting in October. Bryn will start on a first draft next week.
Elections for positions of Vice President, Treasurer, Board Member #2, and Board Member #4, and Athletes’ Representative, which are currently held by Jack, Bryn, Dave, Brian, and Sean, respectively, will be held on October 28 at the Annual WBA Board Meeting. All incumbents are running unopposed. Sean has not yet confirmed his renewed candidacy as Athlete’s representative; for the time being it is assumed that he is running. Bob moved to make two amendments to the existing by-laws. The first amendment will allow the Elections Administer to take Board position nominations directly. Bryn seconded the motion and all agreed. The second amendment will create an appointed Board position of a Washington National Guard Liaison similar to the website manager position. Sibylle seconded the motion and all agreed. Bryn moved to order snacks at the Alibi Room for ~$200. Bob seconded an all agreed. Bryn will also have a rolling slide show of biathlon pictures that had been posted on Facebook over the year.
The super sprint race on August 16 at SPAA and the individual and mountain bike races on September 7 at the Black Diamond gun club (BDC) went well. Although, the grass on the range at BDC occasionally obstructed the targets, all had fun including the six youth competitors present.
The upcoming winter season schedule was discussed. Dates to avoid include January 31 – February 8 (Winter World Masters Games in Québec City), February 28/March 1 (Bob out), and March 14 – 22 (US Biathlon Nationals at the Auburn Ski Club, Soda Springs, CA). Also unavailable are January 17/18 (Holiday), January 31/February 1 (Komen snow shoe event at SPNC), February 7/8 (Stomp at SPNC), and February 14/15 (Holiday). The proposed date for the ski and newcomer biathlon clinics is January 10/11. For racing, the weekends of December 20/21 and 27/28, January 24/25, February 14/15, March 7/8, and April 11/12 are available. A biathlon clinic with the Barnes sisters was tentatively scheduled for January 17/18, 24/25, or February 14/15 depending on their availability. Bob will talk to Mike to firm up dates at SPNC and to Betsy and Sean about plans in the Methow.
Some painting got done at a work party at SPAA on July 27. Bryn and Jack will find some time during the week to paint four more rifle racks. Bob will drop off paint and brushes for them at SPAA. The container at SPNC will not be moved down to the parking lot. Bob will secure its door with some plywood.
The following old business was discussed:
Six members volunteered to take turns in cleaning and maintaining the WBA rifles after each race weekend. However, if Initiative 594 passes on November 4, the WBA will no longer be able to hand over rifles to its members unless they had a background check. Should Initiative 591 pass as well, Initiative 594 will be fought in court. Hopefully the situation will be clearer by the time the winter season begins.
The summer season’s medals will be awarded at the Annual Board Meeting for the top three finishers in each age group that were eligible for season’s points. For the first time, we will also have a “Rookie of the Year” medal. Bryn moves to award this medal to Alix Anderson this year. Jack seconded and all agreed. For the winter season, medals will have Mylar snowflake stickers.
A movable target with flags (paddles) and a zero rack is available for off-hand practice at SPAA Rifle Range #1. Bob will move the platform for use in the prone position onto the range within the next week. , Bob built a platform on steel casters that is slightly larger than a 2 x 1.5 meter biathlon mat. With the smaller side towards the target, it supports a prone shooter with both legs spread out. The platform, which opens at the top, contains an instruction sheet, a range mat, a reset cord reel, paper zero targets, a stapler and staples, foam ear plugs, a wrench for the flags, a wind flag and post, and wedges to keep it from rolling while in use. The practice target will be secured by a combination lock and is available to WBA members who are SPAA members or a guest of an SPAA member who is present.
New WBA (2), SPAA (1), and SPNC (1) banners will be ordered. Bob will send out the proofs before placing the order.
Bob is building a rack for storage of the shooting mats at SPNC. Bryn will find four flanges to secure the arches to the cart.
The WBA has currently 302 fans on Facebook.
The next meeting will be the Annual WBA Board Meeting on October 28 at 7 PM at the Greenwood Alibi Room.
Bob adjourned the meeting at 7:37 pm.