East Tennessee Grotto
We didn't have a quest speaker this month, but instead watched the McBride's Cave rescue documentary that Nat Geo produced. Very interesting, especially since we all knew several folks on the trip. We had three new visitors at our potluck/ meeting: Jeff Bowers, Jason McDonald, and Chrissy Bussard. Also, Tom Loring and Teri Stephens announced their engagement to be married. :) Congrats y'all!
The past meeting was our annual potluck Christmas party. Good eats and socializing, if you weren't there, you should have been. Also, this past meeting was elections. Here are the officers. (They should look familiar)
Chairman: Alan England
Vice-Chairman: Candice Eagle
Secretary: Abby Harmon
Treasurer: Bill Devan
DUES!!!! Tis' the season to pay your grotto dues! There is a three month grace period to get them in or get the boot. They are $15 for a family, $12 for individual.
2015 SERA site has finally been selected along with a date. The SERA will be at the Clyde York 4-H Center. It will be the last weekend of April (23rd -26th) There are a lot of positions that we need people to fill including chairing the event. If you are interested let an officer know.
Speleotype. Matt is putting out an issue of the Speleotype for the January meeting. If there are any articles, pictures, jokes, or any ole' caving mumbo jumbo please e-mail to him by December 31st.
Safety Officer. The grotto has been looking for a new safety officer for several months now. If you are interested let someone know. We would really like the position filled.
ETG Banner at NSS Headquarters. We are trying to raise money to get an ETG banner put in the new NSS headquarters. It's $500 to have the banner placed there. We are $150 short. If anyone is interested in donating contact me and I'll give you more information about it.
Monthly Meetings at Cherokee Caverns. It is being discussed moving the monthly meeting to Cherokee Caverns come July. This would be a free place to hold meetings unlike the Civic Center which is $25 a month. We took a vote last meeting 16 said all meetings at Cherokee, 3 said partial, 2 said none. We will vote on this at the next TWO meetings to get a final read on what people want. If you want to have a say come vote.
Honorary Membership. There will be a vote next month about making a new category of membership to those that help the grotto. This will be an Honorary Membership in which there will be no fee.
SMG Guest Speaker. Jan Simek will be giving a presentation for the Smoky Mountain Grotto February 4th.
Christmas in the Cave. Jim Whidby is looking for volunteers for this years Christmas in the Cave. The dates are December 12-15th and 19-22nd. The Thursday and Fridays are from 6-9 and the Saturdays and Sundays are 5-9.
Ridge walking trips. Brian and Amber Taylor are ridge walking every Sunday. If interested e-mail Amber.
NSS Headquarter Work Week is scheduled for December 26th-31st. They need all the help they can get! There is indoor camping available. If interested in helping contact Maureen Handler at email@example.com
SKTF Cave Clean up is set for January 11th for Sensabaugh Cave. If you are interested in helping with the clean up contact Cheryl Pratt.
Everyone feel free to e-mail Natalie any trip log info. If you can't attend meetings very often and still want to add to the trip log, please e-mail her.