2017 NORTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAIN GROTTO ANNUAL GROTTO MEETING
APRIL 7th, 8th, & 9th of 2017
There’s lots to be excited for, including:
-SPELEOLYMPICS WITH ALL NEW EVENT
-a grotto-wide dinner Saturday evening
-new presentations from across the globe
-and much much more!!!
Itinerary, Map, Directions, Lodging Info, Business Meeting Agenda, Registration, and Attendance List below.
COST: It’s free to all our members! An active NRMG membership will cover your entire household, and cost $12/year. We renew our memberships every year at this meeting.
WEEKEND ITINERARY (Approximate – Subject to Change)
Friday April 8th:
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Volunteer Cave Clean Up – Sign-up when you buy your ticket online, Meet at the lower visitor’s center.
5:00 pm to bat:30 – Fellowship and Tall Tales at the Pavilion. BBQ (grill will be available), BYOB, etc.
Saturday April 9th:
9:00 am to 12:00 pm – Videos and Cave Presentations from Across the Globe!
12:00 pm to 12:45 pm – Lunch (graciously provided by Lewis and Clark Caverns, BBQ Pulled Roast)
12:45 pm to 2:00 pm – THE ULTIMATE CAVER CHALLENGE!!!
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm – Business meeting – Help shape the future of the NRMG!
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm – Chili, Corn Bread, and Salad Dinner @ the Pavillion. ($10/adult, $5/child with gluten free and vegtarian options available)
7:00 pm to bat:30 – SPELEOLYMPICS
Sunday April 10th:
8:30 am to 11:30 am – Videos and Cave Presentations from Across the Globe!
12 pm to 2:30 pm – Cave tours at Lewis and Clark Caverns
LODGING (in order of cheapest to classiest)
–The full L&CC campground (free for NRMG members) is available for us and has plenty of tent space. Solar toilets will be open for business, but there is no running water for the campground this time of the year. RV spots are available with and without electric. Every camping spot is free except for the electric RV hookups, which are $20/night (payable to L&CC directly).
–All three cabins ($10 a person/night) are reserved for NRMG members. Cabins are served on a first-come, first served basis, with priority given to those offering presentations. Each cabin has one double bed, two single bunks, and enough floor space for 2 folks and some gear, making 6 total spots in each of the three cabins (18 total spots). Each spot costs $10/night and is paid at registration. Reserve your spot on the registration form at the bottom of the page.
–Cardwell Store and RV Park ($10 a person/night), about 10 minutes west of the caverns, a basic campground with suffecient room. A shower facility and laundromat round out this site.
–Chief Hotel in Whitehall ($59-$79/night), about 17 minutes from the caverns, is a vintage hotel from the 1940’s. Tell them you are with “the caving group meeting at the caverns,” and once 3 rooms are reserved, you’ll receive $10 off each room!
–Roadway Inn in Whitehall ($69-$109/night), about 17 minutes from the caverns, is neither a deluxe nor a budget hotel, and is part of the Choice Hotel franchise.
–Historic Sacajawea Hotel in Three Forks ($109-$219/night), 25 minutes from the caverns, has luxury accommodations.
BUSINESS MEETING AGENDA
Saturday afternoon we will conduct the business of the grotto. New motions are published below, and may also be directly accessed here. If you would like to make a motion please click on the link and add it to the document.
WE STILL NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR (click here and scroll down to add your name to the list of volunteers)
-Registration Table (check-in folks who have already registered. Should be much easier and quicker than last year)
-Cooking (we’ll have salad, chili, and cornbread dinner Sat night. We need folks to organize that)
-Running a timer during presentations (to help keep presenters from going over)
-Organize several AGM group photos. (going into Lewis and Clark Caverns on Sunday, after the business meeting Saturday morning, etc)
-Organize “speleolypmics” event at campgrounds Saturday night
WHAT TO BRING
– WATER (there’s none at the campground)
– CHAIRS – camp style for overflow seating during presentations – there may not be enough for everyone
– FIREWOOD – Because sitting around an LED lantern just isn’t the same
– Warm clothes and a place to sleep (it is winter in Montana!)
– Breakfast food, dinner for Friday night, snacks, tasty beverages
– Caving helmet (required for off-trail trips), caving pack / backpack, headlamps, gloves, in-cave clothing (cave is ~45 degrees F)
TICKET SALES ARE CLOSED, BUT CAN STILL BE PURCHASED AT THE EVENT. SEE YOU THERE!
ATTENDANCE LIST (Updated weekly)