BRG Oct. 19, 2007 Minutes
Meeting called to order at 7:38PM
by acting vice-chair, Pat Sims.
Pat Sims, Al Stewart, Dave Socky, Susan Burr
acting secretary, Carl Cornett, Carl
Alls, Doug Feller
Cave trip reports: see sheet (below).
Talked about upcoming trip next month to Starnes Cave,
horizontal part only, Doug Feller
Program: Straley’s Cave Video
General Fund $ 4705.04
Conservation $ 533.93
Equipment Fund $ 321.00
Cave Bucks $
BCI $45.00 (from
WVCC $50.00 (from Cave
Reports: I don’t think anything was reported in any section, but I can’t
remember. The only one that may have
a report would be by Dave, ask him. Sorry!
No new member proposals
- Read part of a thank you letter
from Tim Kilby, owner of New River Cave, to the NCRC people.
- Haunted Cave- we still have
openings to haunt!
- Hosting a VAR- Susan Burr
reports that she still can’t find a campground, but we have a possibility
at the Buchanan Fairgrounds. Pat
Sims is writing a proposal letter for Susan to give to the mayor &
they will both probably attend the town council meeting in Nov. Also Susan
mentioned the possibility of co-hosting the VAR with James River Grotto. They have a small grotto, which couldn’t put
one on themselves, so they have graciously offered any services needed. They are also helping us look for a campsite.
- Website- Dave Socky still needs
to get with Shawn Hinchy.
- Xmas cards-we passed around the
2 cards Marian McConnell made. Due
to low attendance, we decided to put off voting on which one until Nov.
- Grotto Xmas Party- Reminded everyone that we are prepaying
the $16 to attend. Due to low attendance we decided to put off voting on
the menu until Nov. meeting.
nominated the old slate of officers for another year, Carl
Cornett second it. We still have nominations open. Voting
- Marian McConnell is on Board of Wildlife &Conservation for Tri
- see sheet. Sorry
- We have copies of several
publications available to read ex... Mudslinger, etc.
Meeting adjourned at 8:27PM
by Susan Burr,
reports on next page, transcribbled from hand written notes. MSSocky)
BRG Meeting Minutes, continued)
Grotto Trip Log
9/16/2007: Scott Hollow
BRG folk Doug Feller, Rick Shortt, Leanne Barley, Pat
Sims, Susan Burr, Brian Williams had fun! (NOTE:
Mike and Pat Dore have installed
multiple handlines to use throughout the cave, along with elephant tracks on
the mud slopes.) We did the Omega Trail Loop, went to the Double Waterfall, and also
saw the Wedding Bell Formation. Doug, Pat,
and Susan went out the way we went in.
Rick, Leanne and Brian went
out through Patty
Lane, and exited 30 minutes after the first
group. Excellent 7 to 7 ˝ hour trip.
Carl Alls, Amy Faub, and Hayley Grasty
went to Marshall Cave, VA. They
had a little problem finding the entrance.
Hayley had a map with the GPS
were in the cave for 3 -4 hours. They explored the bottom section, went back to the
Leap of Faith and then turned around. There was another group in the cave, too – the only
safety equipment they had was helmets. The
only other excitement was Haley broke her toe in the Kroger Parking lot on the
way to the cave.
Dave Socky attended the Virginia Cave Board
Meeting and visited Natural Tunnel, VA – a cave so big that trains run
VAR/MAR: 10/12 -Carl
Cornett and 7 cavers went to Big Run
10/13 – Carl Cornett and 7
cavers (the same ones?) went to Friars
Hole, WVa. Later in the afternoon, a
local gave us directions to Crawford # 1
Cave, WVa. The
owner took us just inside the entrance with an invitation to return later. 10/14 – two of us returned to Crawford # 1 Cave and explored around
for 3 ˝ hours.
Dave Socky, Rick Shortt Leanne Barley,
and an additional five other cavers (total of 8) went to Sites Cave, WVa during Fall VAR.
Mystic Cave, WVa. VAR Trip. Susan Burr,
Pat Sims, Matt
Lair, Mike Frazier, Leader Howard NLN and son Hayden NLN and
one more caver who remains nameless saw tons of crayfish, a couple of
salamanders, one fish, and lots of bats.
Everyone but Pat got wet up
to their waists. Susan really enjoyed