East Tennessee Grotto
Our monthly meeting will be this Wednesday, February 5, at 7:30PM. We will be in our regular meeting spot at the Oak Ridge Civic Center. The presentation will be given by Don Spong on his recent Cavern Diving adventures.January 8, 2020
Opening Introductions of new executive members
Abby – Secretary
Bill Devan – Treasurer
Stan and Natalie – Co-Vice Chairs
Mendy as Grotto Chair
Membership Renewals for 2020 are due.
Swag and Books are available.
The Books need a new home. It seems the demand for them in the grotto has been saturated. Ideas needed on what to do with those that remain.
Plan highway cleanup for the spring - Jeanie to determine the best date and a cave trip for the day.
Goals for the grotto for 2020 – IE Grotto projects / Activities?
. Mammoth Cave Restoration Project, Grotto campout and volunteer work.
. Clean up at Spring Hill
Rebuild footbridge in the back of Cherokee Caverns
Vertical Day – consider inviting SMG to join in. Possible location is Spring Hill and could be coordinated with a clean up.
Change over practice on treadmill in Cherokee Caverns.
Suggestion for Electronic Trip log instead of paper log passed around at meeting. Jay has ideas on how this can be accomplished. Will be topic at next meeting.
The December Grotto meeting was a busy one as predicted. Several brought gear for the silent auction and the food for potluck was plentiful as always. Several memberships were renewed, and the grotto officer elections were held.
The ETG officers for 2020 are:
Treasurer: Bill Devan - Elected by acclimation
Vice Chair: by acclimation Natalie Pheasant and Stan White will continue as Co-Vice Chairs.
Secretary: Abby Harmon
Chair: Mendy Thomas-Swain
Due to the holiday's, The next meeting will be Jan 8 at ORCC at 7:30.
The upcoming December meeting activities were previewed. The next meeting will be a busy one!
The grotto 2020 Membership dues will be accepted. We'll have a potluck dinner, a silent auction, and officer elections!
The 2020 Membership dues are due and payable in December. Please see Bill Devan with cash or check.
The grotto will provide picnic ham for the meal. Others are asked to bring a dish and beverages to share and enjoy. Posting what you plan to bring on the Grotto Facebook page may help to coordinate side items.
A Silent Auction
Members can bring caving or other outdoor related items to include in the silent auction. Items will be displayed and bids made on the items bid sheet. The winner will be the highest bid at the end of the auction. Sellers may require a minimum bid if they wish. The silent auction will also include items donated by the family of Stewart Daw. The proceeds of these items will be donated to the grotto. (photos will be posted on the grotto facebook page in the coming days).
Elections will be conducted for all grotto officer positions. The current Chairman and Secretary have decided they will vacate their positions.
Other upcoming events:
The NSS Is hosting a Conservation Expo Dec 28 - Dec 31 at the NSS headquarters in Huntsville, Al.
The NSS is also hosting the NSS New Year’s Eve Party, Member Appreciation Dinner and Fundraiser Benefiting the NSS. Tuesday DEC 31st, 2019 to noon Wednesday JAN 1st, 2020. Contact Fenn Spencer for more information or visit the NSS facebook or webpage for more information.
The November presentation was a selection of caving related videos.
This months presentation is by Vickie Frazier on the impacts of urbanization to the geochemistry of several Knox-area caves. The meeting will be at 7:30 in the Civic Center.
This months presentation is by Matt Tomlinson on J3 at 7:30 in the Civic Center.
The August ETG meeting will be a social one, a potluck at Cherokee Caverns. Bring some food to share and a chair.
No grotto meeting this month.
Our June grotto meeting will be this coming Wednesday at 730pm. It is a potluck & social meeting at Cherokee Caverns. Bring food to share and a camp chair.
There will not be a July meeting this year. There should be another potluck at Cherokee Caverns the first Wednesday of August, but these will likely be our only two at the cave this year.
Reminder that dues run the calendar year and the 2019 fees are now due. See Bill Devan.
Our monthly meeting was this past Wednesday, January 2nd. Bill DeVan gave an enlightening presentation on drafting maps using Compass and Adobe Illustrator. Thanks, Bill! We all enjoyed it. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday February 6th. Frank Bogle will be presenting "30 Years of Caving in Mexico". I look forward to seeing everyone there!
Cheryl Pratt will be leading a trip to Blue Spring Cave. The trip will not be a beginners trip, so please plan accordingly and expect to go through the BO Crawl, though the end destination has not yet been decided. This trip will be next Saturday, January 12th. Please contact Cheryl for more details on the trip.
January 12th - ETG Cave Trip, Blue Spring Cave
February 6th - ETG Meeting, ORCC, 7:30
February 9th - SERA Winter Business Meeting, Chattanooga, TN
February 22nd - Florida Cave Cavort, Williston, FL