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Main Annual Business Meeting


Mid-Appalachian Region of
the National Speleological Society


February 26, 2011

The meeting was called to order by MAR Chair, Bob Gulden at approximaltey 1:45 PM, February 26, 2011, at the "new" meeting site of Mount Laurel Community Park, Harrisburg, PA.

Treasurer's Report:
The Treasurer's Report was read by treasurer Bette White. Printed copies were distributed. Bette noted that the 990-N Form must now be filed annually by a simple online submission process. Total income of the year was $1,333.43, with $503.43 in expenditures.

Net Income for the year was $830.00.

MAR Breakdown:
Send any Breakdown articles for publication to Derek Flaig. Material can be in hardcopy or sent electronically to

George Bange maintains the mailing list database for the Breakdown. All changes to mailing addresses and all MAR field meet registrations should be sent to George at Please write neatly when registering for MAR field meets since the mailing list is maintained from the registration forms.

Karen Bange reported that from the Spring and Fall MARs, there are 99 new members and 77 renewals. After Winter publishing (January 2011 issue) and credit due to no Fall Breakdown (August 2010 issue) being published, there are 1384 outstanding credits with 25 additional for organizations, which receive the Breakdown.

2010 Spring Field Meet:
Joint MAR/VAR field meet with Bubble Cave, LLC at the West Virginia State Fairgrounds in Fairlea, WV. 74 MAR registrations.

2010 Fall Field Meet:
Joint MAR/VAR field-meet with Baltimore & DC Grotto held at Friars Hole Cave Preserve, Pocahontas County, WV. 106 MAR registrations.

MAR Web Site:
The MAR webmaster, Christopher Catherman, reported that there have been no major changes to the website and it continues to be functional. Work is currently being done in the archives section of the Breakdown page as issues between 1986 and 2004 are being scanned and added to the site as time permits. Pre-1986 MAR Flyers will also be included on the website. [Please send any corrections or additions to Christopher Catherman.]

MAR Bulletins:
Will White reported on the status of three (3) “in-progress” Bulletins. Garrett Czmor reports that the Huntington County Bulletin is nearing ~80% completion. Caves of Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Union, & Montour Counties (CCLUM) or the Mid-Susquehanna Valley is making progress. Sinking Valley, Kooken, and Tytoona Caves is about ~75% completed. A sample was brought to the meeting. The Bulletin will include the new Tytoona map, Bryan Crowell’s Kooken Map, as well as scientific information about the karst in the area.

Pennsylvania Cave Database:
The database has been transferred to Tony Canike, the current Database Steward, but he is looking for more direction from the PCC. The issue will be discussed at the next PCC meeting, following this meeting.

Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC):
Kim Metzgar gave a report on the game commission. There is the possibility that the commission will open caves already infected with WNS. They are actively performing studies, and there has been serious encouragement into more information sharing with the caving community.

Kim Metzgar gave the update on MAKC’s library established in Blairsville, PA. It is a huge cave information resource. The possible donation of a set of MAR bulletins was mentioned for consideration. Also, people are encouraged to join the MAKC for only 15$/year to be a part of managing 5000 acres and 40 caves.

Pennsylvania Cave Conservancy (PCC):
MOU being discussed on two caves. Also will discuss upcoming breakfasts at the Spring and Fall MAR field events after the MAR Business Meeting.

MAR Incorporation:
No report.

2011 Spring Field Meet:
Hosted by the Franklin County Grotto celebrating their 30th anniversary; being held at the Harper's Memorial Park located in Shade Gap, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania. There are four trips scheduled so far, vertical demonstrations, and live entertainment. Weekend of May 13-15, 2011. Pre-registration forms are available online at either the Franklin County Grotto’s website or the MAR website.

2011 Fall Field Meet:
Hosted by Bald Eagle Grotto celebrating their 25th anniversary; being held at Woodward Cave. Overall theme will be “Stalagtoberfest”, with a showing of the movie Sanctum as well as possible vertical workshops and possible PCC breakfast depending on the logistics. Weekend of September 16-18, 2011.

New Business

NSS Convention:
Presented by Russ Kennedy, 2013 NSS Convention Chair

The 2013 NSS convention is coming to Shippensburg, PA. Help is needed, especially since there is a convention nearby in WV the previous year [2012]. Many key chairmanships need to be filled, some of those mentioned were:

  • Gettysburg Trip
  • Registration
  • Security Chair- includes cave rescue contingencies.
  • Facilities Chair – dairy farm cannot be disturbed. Chairs to run the Banquet

If interested, please contact You will be added to the closed Facebook group with ongoing discussion.

More about the facilities, presented by Carol Tiderman

  • Camping available, Dorms, apartments,
  • Rooms available for sessions
  • Auditorium
  • Vertical Facilities
  • Kegs make them nervous
  • Wine will be on the table
  • Water/porta-johns
  • Walk on camping available, parking provided very close to camping area
Upcoming Events

Spring VAR:
Hosted by Front Royal Grotto at Durbin, WV. April 29-May 1, 2011

Spring MAR:
Hosted by Franklin County Grotto in Shade Gap, PA. May 13-15, 2011

Baltimore Grotto Swine and Dine:
Annual event at the Friars Hole Cave Preserve, WV. May 27- 30, 2011

NSS Convention:
Glenwood Springs, Colorado. July 18-22, 2011

Fall MAR:
Hosted by Bald Eagle Grotto in Woodward, PA. September 16-18, 2011

Meeting adjourned at 2:30 pm.
One of the shortest business meetings in recent memory.

Respectfully submitted,
Paul Winter
MAR Recording Secretary

Representatives at the MAR meeting:

  • Bald Eagle Grotto
  • Baltimore Grotto
  • Commander Cody Caving Club
  • DC Grotto
  • Franklin County Grotto
  • MAKC
  • Nittany Grotto
  • York Grotto
  • Philly Grotto
  • Seven Valleys Grotto

Click "Here" for the February 26, 2011 minutes of the PCC Meeting (Winter) that took place immediately after the MAR Business Meeting.

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