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Minutes for the March 9, 2015 Wasatch Grotto Meeting

Minutes for the March 9, 2015 Wasatch Grotto Meeting

The Wasatch Grotto meeting was held at the Bountiful Library, 725 S Main Street, Bountiful, Utah.    11 Grotto members and 3 guests were in attendance.  The Wasatch Grotto Chairman, Larry Spangler opened the meeting at 7:00pm.   Guests Dennis Maynarel, Gary Squire and Stan Martin (one of the original grotto founders) were recognized and introduced.

Paul Kemp present a program on his recent attendance at the Lehman Cave Lint Camp.   And a showing, (after several attempts!) of the NSS Convention DVD.

The following upcoming events were discussed:

March 27 & 28 Goshute Cave contact Trevor Parker

Mar 28 – Antelope Cave Timp Grotto

April 13 Wasatch Grotto Meeting

May 2 Sink Hole de Mayo — Pink Lime Pit  SLC Grotto

May 4 All Grottos Meeting- Timp Grotto Host

Summer 2015 – Ashley National Forest — Dave Herron indicated that there are numerous opportunities for caving

June — Last part of June – Big Brush Survey contact Dave Shurtz

July 13-17 NSS Convention Waynesville, MO

Aug 3 All Grottos Meeting – Salt Lake Grotto Host

Aug — Late summer – Spring Cave, Meeker Colorado contact Larry Spangler

Nov 2  All Grottos Meeting – Timp Grotto Host

Jim Bulkeley

Wasatch Grotto Secretary

Minutes for the February 2, 2015 Combined Utah Grottos Meeting

Minutes for the February 2, 2015 Combined Utah Grottos Meeting

The meeting was held at the Petzl America Headquarter, 2929 Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City, UT 84119.    About 27 cavers were in attendance.

The Wasatch Grotto Chairman, Larry Spangler, open the meeting at 7:00pm, a tour of the facilities was conducted by Petzl staff members, Rick Vance and Heath Christensen.

After the tour, a general meeting was held, items of discussion included recent and upcoming trips.   A vote on a motion to change the Salt Lake Grottos By-Laws was conducted by Rodney Mulder, SL Grotto Chairman; the motion to change the By-Laws was passed unanimously, by member of the SL Grotto.

The following trips were announced:
February 7 — Lint Camp Great Basin NP
Feb 21 — Blow Hole Cave – Timp Grotto
Mar 3-4 — Lint Camp Great Basin NP
Mar 9 – Wasatch Grotto Meeting
Mar 28 – Antelope Cave Timp Grotto
May 2 Sink Hole de Mayo — Pink Lime Pit  SLC Grotto
May 4 All Grottos Meeting- Timp Grotto Host
July 13-17 NSS Convention Waynesville, MO
Aug 3 All Grottos Meeting – Salt Lake Grotto Host
Nov 2  All Grottos Meeting – Timp Grotto Host

Dave Herron indicated that there were numerous opportunities  for caving in the Ashley Nation Forest.

At the conclusion of the business meeting, Rich Vance (Petzl Representative) gave a presentation on various rope types and rope construction.

The meeting was followed by strength tests of rope and webbing using the Petzl Tension machine.  The massive climbing wall was opened to those in attendance.

Refreshments and treats were provided by Wasatch Grotto (thanks to Jim Bulkeley, Cindy Spangler and Val Stratford)

A Special thanks to Rick Vance and Heath Christensen, for being such gracious hosts.

Jim Bulkeley
Wasatch Grotto Secretary

January 12, 2014

Meeting was called to order by Larry Spangler at 7:00 pm
 
A big thank you was passed along to Dave Shurtz for hosting the Grotto Christmas Party.
 
The new officers for 2015 are:
Larry Spangler – Chairman
Trevor Parker – Vice-chair
Jim Bulkeley – Secretary
Janis Bulkeley – Treasurer
Dave Shurtz – Librarian
Dave Shurtz – Editor 
Cynthia Spangler – Webmaster
Regional Rep – vacant
 
A discussion on how the All Grotto Meeting hosting grotto was selected.  It was explained the three Utah Grotto rotation for hosting was an alphabetical rotation; Salt Lake, Timpanogos and Wasatch.   It was also note that Wasatch traded Timpanogos the February meeting for the May meeting.  
 
The February All grotto meeting will be held on Feb 2 at 7:00 at the new headquarters of Petzl America located at 2929 Decker Lake Dr, West Valley City, UT 84119
 
Schedule for Future All Grotto meetings:  (dates subject to change per hosting grotto)
02/02/15 All Grottos Meeting – Wasatch Grotto Host
05/04/15 All Grottos Meeting- Timp Grotto Host
08/03/15 All Grottos Meeting – Salt Lake Grotto Host
11/02/15 All Grottos Meeting – Timp Grotto Host
 
The main program was presented by Trevor Parker.  Trevor demonstrated the ‘new’ Grotto Web site.  See  http://caves.org/grotto/wasatch/  .  Trevor did a very nice job of setting this up, it has many new features.  All Grotto members are welcome to add content and photos.  All items should be submitted to Cynthia Spangler for posting on the site.   
 
Trevor also presented a power point on ideas to increase our membership and future direction for the Grotto.   
 
Up coming trips:
  • Jan 17 Indian Springs Cave  – Trevor Parker
  • 2015 Lehman Cave lint and restoration camps. Friday-Sunday, February 6 – 8 and Tuesday & Wednesday, March 3 & 4
  • July 13-17 NSS Convention, Waynesville, Missouri  http://nss2015.caves.org/
  • Sept 5-7 Caver Classic, Steve Balwing, Custer, SD 
 
Submitted by:
Jim Bulkeley 
Wasatch Grotto Secretary