East Tennessee Grotto
The meeting began with a recap of recent trips and Cavefest.
REQUEST for IDEAS: A group of environmental students at UT are looking for help in doing a cave cleanup. Ideas are needed for a cave with easy access that needs clean up. Please contact Abby with your suggestions.
Thanks to Bruce Zerr for his presentation to the group on Cave Survey.
Our next meeting will be Oct 3 at 7:30 at ORCC.
The new Chair of SERA, Jay Manneschmidt, recapped the resent winter business meeting. The Schriber Award was given to Natalie Phesant. And the Meritorious Service award was award to Teri Stephens.
Bill Devan has grotto library items available for anyone interested.
Shirts, stickers and patches are still available. See Bill Devan or Mendy Swain.
The March presentation was given by Martyna on caving in Poland.
NOTE: 2018 Dues are payable. Adjustments will be made to the members list and distribution list before the April meeting.
Reminder that dues run the calendar year and the 2018 fees are now due. See Bill Devan.
Grotto Swag is in! If you didn’t pre-order, there are some extras that are available. Contact Mendy!
Frank spoke regarding the need for volunteers for 2019 NSS Convention 17 – 21 Jun 2019. Contact Frank for more info.
Cheryl leading a trip on Saturday Feb 10 to Blue Spring. Meet at ORCC at 9:00 eastern. The trip will be in two segments, the first segment will be a beginner friendly trip. Second segment will be more challenging.
There will be an ETG Business Meeting Feb 20 7:00 pm Gallo Loco
Feb 17 - SCCI member appreciation at Fricks
Feb 24 - Cave and Karst Symposium
Mar 3 - SERA Winter Business Meeting
May 3–6 - SERA
May 25–28 - Speliofest
Jun 8–10 - KOR
Jul 28 – Aug 3 - NSS 2018 Convention
The February presentation was given by Paige Ashwell on caving in Thailand
The next meeting will be March 7 at ORCC at 7:30.
Several new visitors were at the meeting. Each visitor that provided their email will receive grotto notes and upcoming events for 3 months.
The Grotto Tee shirts will be a dark grey 50/50 blend with the grotto logo. Orders will be taken thru Jan 20. The shirt and 1 sticker will be $15.00, additional stickers will be $1. Payment will be due at pickup. Delivery is planned for Feb grotto meeting. Please reply to this email or visit the grotto facebook page if you'd like place an order. Include your size and number of stickers.
The January Grotto trip will be Sunday Jan 22 to Buffallo. This trip will be led by Bill Devan. Meet time will be 9:00 am at ORCC. A facebook event will be created and those interested can sign up there. Please include your contact information when you sign up!
The Feb Grotto trip will be Feb 10 to Blue Spring and led by Cheryl Pratt.
A Grotto business meeting is tentatively planned for February 21.
Abby will be getting permit applications for the Fall Creek Falls caves. Anyone planning a trip once the caves open should comlete the permit now so they can have it on file.
Grotto gear that has been checked out is past due and should be return asap. Contact Al to arrange pickup.
2018 Grotto Dues can be paid to Bill Devan.
The next grotto meeting will be Feb 7 at ORCC at 7:30.