General Meeting Minutes: September 24th 2019

Introductions and In Attendance (What are your favorite cave formations)

Mike Broome – Anastomosis
Emily – Scallops
Elise – Shields
Carlin – Styalites
Ken – Snottite
Michael McB – Cannon tubes/balls
Monica – None as of yet
Chase – Gypsum Beards
Kim – Rimstone Dams
Brendan – None as of yet
Peter – Stream Passages
Mark – Helectites
Beka – Angel Wings

Presentation – Ken Walsh: Hancock Cave Acquisition

— 1894 – Buccanans signatures
— 1950s -UNC student burned signature
— 1980 – First presented
— 1995 – Tritrogs mapping effort started in Hancock – Charles Grantham Owner
    1995 bought out, did not want anyone in cave
— 2003 – Auctioned – bought by land speculator
— 2005 – Dave Harrington bought land, wanted to go caving with Grandson (Drew)
— 2006 – Allowed survey and visitation
— 2008 – Finished Survey (2.53 miles)
— 2008-2009 – Clean Up effort of back entrance (Peacock Entrance)
— 2009 – White Nose discovered in May (furthest south at that time) Closed to caver at this time.
— 2010 – Allowed to have 2 bat survey trips
— 2014 – Tax write off donation to West Virginia Cave Conservancy
— 2017 – Graffiti clean ups cleaned

Old Business:

— Conservation Project: Possible Hancock Trail

New Business:

— Scout troop talk – Oct 21st/28th. Looking for someone to talk to them. Poss. Mark D. to do.

— Darwin Day 11/9 if anyone wants to help out the museum

— Grotto Donation?

— Holiday Party (30th anniversary) – Dianne Getl possibly volunteering her home.

Upcoming Events:

9/27-29 Fall VAR
10/5-6 Hancock Cave Trips for the National Cave and Karst Management Symposium
10/10-13 TAG Fall Cave In
10/19-20 Bridge Day Rappel
11/2-3 BCCS Project Weekend
11/9 Darwin Day

Trip Reports:

None ☹