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TCMA elections are live and WORKING

I just voted and everything seems to be working well. Please check your inbox now for your ballot.  If you know you are a paid member and haven’t received your ballot please let me know. Gregg

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Some technical difficulties

I suspect there still may be some problems with the election. I will address them after the Robber Baron open house today and hopefully have everything fixed soon. If you have problems voting please sit tight for a little bit

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2018 Board of Directors Election

The elections for the 2018 Board of Directors will be taking place starting at midnight tonight. Check your email for your chance to weigh in. Since they were delayed a little by some technical difficulties voting will be available until

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Tours at the Robber Baron Open House

The Robber Baron Open House is Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and we hope you can attend! Even though advance reservations are now full, they are NOT required to take the regular self-guided tour to

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Rocking downtown Austin for TCMA FUNdraiser

Cavers and hard rock came together in September for the TCMA FUNdraiser in downtown Austin. With 100+ cavers coming to Buffalo Billiards to contribute and support cave conservation, many hit the dance floor as the Gary Franklin Band rocked the

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Recent Posts

4 days ago

Don Arburn

Folks, without service projects, no improvements are possible. And the volunteer hours are valuable to the TCMA.
It has come to my attention that no work has been done on a couple of recent trips, this is very disappointing. Other groups have gone above and beyond, some of them historically mocked for their behaviors towards the property. How the tables have turned...
Crash Kennedy, have anything to add?
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Sucks to see this type of thing needing to be said. 🙁

The general policy at D&P has always been that ALL trips are work trips. Survey trips are work trips. Digging trips are work trips. Cabin remodeling trips are work trips. What is not so obvious to some is that recreational trips, bird-watching trips, meteor-shower trips, and just plain chilling trips also need to be work trips. Cut some brush, clear rocks from the roads, fill potholes, cut back juniper, haul home some junk, or anything else for the greater good. If you need direction, contact the Preserve manager. Have this plan in place BEFORE your trip.

I think it’s great that people contribute and volunteer. I also think it contributes to the TCMAs, the preserves, and the greater community interest to allow trips that are focused on other things than work projects.

The work requested is not extreme or requiring of a major time commitment. If you do not want to bother with that, a major monetary commitment seems appropriate to me.

Hmm... Geoff brings up an interesting point. When does it become acceptable just to have a fun trip?I’m not in favor of criteria, just an honest balance, 2 out of 4 trips, 1 out of 4 or is it something where we need to add an approval process to the reservations and if the pm thinks you’ve been freeloading you don’t get priority for key dates like holidays. Maybe some public shaming?I’m not convinced dig trips qualify as work any more than other caving as it’s all a passion or recreational hobby for us. They do add value but no more than general caving that stumbles upon something new might. If anything the digging has taken over some prime camping space 😉Interesting thoughts, I clearly don’t have a well formed opinion.

But underlying all this is the question of whether the preserve manager with the support of the board has the right to set policy.I think YES.

I try to do improvements each time I’m out. Thanks for keeping everyone on track.

Is there a formal list of jobs that need doing? If so perhaps people need to be made aware of it?

Well, I might be in the boat of having skipped working on the place during my last trip. I had to get back for some other work issues. Yes, the back porch decking needs to be replaced. I think it dates from the original porch installation some years ago and the rotten plywood was salvaged from a previous use. However, I think that should probably be a work weekend project unless previously arranged. I have put in a few hours over the years working on the place but we all need to contribute. Don has done a great job out there and needs all the support he can get.

who can we mesaage to volunteer at? ive never been to the preserve but id be more than willing to volunteer

I'm too am guilty of not completing my service project. I shamefully admitted the same to Don after my last trip. I was not a good trip leader that evening. I did not delegate responsibilities or communicate effectively with my co-leaders on the required service project. I was wickedly dehydrated and tired after leading scouts all day and on our walk back to cabin the service project did not get completed. The scouts were gone by 7:45am the next day.... Lesson learned... delegate the responsibilities and communicate the requirements. Oh... drink lots of water....Rob

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5 days ago

Richard Zarria
A blacklight was present at the cabin.  The first rock flipped over had this beauty underneath :)

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Very cool! We need to have a small black light in Huautla next year to get photos like this of Alacran tartarus.

Sweet pic!

www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GJYKU4C/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 is the light I had with me, used for this photo. It isn't small, or light, but it is sturdy and reliable and has been with me for almost 5 years now.

Beautiful! Though I may not really want to know about all the critters, especially scorpions and ticks, around me!

Put the light away, and all the scorpions disappear. That's what I think.

Black lights matter Can cheap uv LEDs light up these guys? I bought some a while ago and I think they were less than .25 each.

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5 days ago

Gregg Williams

I just voted and everything seems to be working well. Please check your inbox now for your ballot.

If you know you are a paid member and haven't received your ballot please let me know.
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Can I vote if I’m not a member?

Worked for me. Have you announced voting on Texascavers?

7 days ago

Linda Palit

Congratulations and thanks to all for a fantastic Robber Baron Open House. I was working across the bridge so did not get to see everybody, but I saw very happy participants! ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

Gregg Williams

I suspect there still may be some problems with the election. I will address them after the Robber Baron open house today and hopefully have everything fixed soon. If you have problems voting please sit tight for a little bit and let me sort things out ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

Gregg Williams

The elections for the 2018 Board of Directors will be taking place starting at midnight tonight. Check your email for your chance to weigh in.

Since they were delayed a little by some technical difficulties voting will be available until December 1st. Please see our website for the candidate bios and everything else important going on in the TCMA

www.tcmacaves.org/
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1 week ago

Robert Bisset

Dinner Party After The Robber Baron Open House

Rob & Eileen Bisset wish to provide dinner for all the hard working volunteers at the Robber Baron Open House. Therefore---
A dinner party is planned for this Saturday evening 5PM- 9PM at the Bissets.
Location: 1345 Grey Oak (78213) – it’s about 5 miles away from the cave.
Attire: Come as you are - straight from the Open Hose – dirty, smelly, tired and hungry
Food & Drinks offered: A number of healthy casseroles or other food, lots of salad stuff, grilled vegetables, fruit and non-alcoholic beverages
BYO – alcoholic beverages

Q/A –
1. Can other cavers come even if they did not volunteer --- Yes, of course – you’re family.
2. Can I bring some food / drinks or help in some way? --- Yes, Eileen and I always welcome some additional food or help. However, we really want the volunteers to be unencumbered by any thoughts or actions that they need to contribute. After all – they have been working all day.
3. Are you sure you want us to come directly from the Open House? We are going to be dirty, smelly, tired and hungry. ---- Yes, Our home can handle it. If you go home to shower and change – chances are you won’t come to the dinner party.
4. I don’t want to stay long. I just want to eat and go home. Am I still welcome to swing by? – Yes, please come by. This is for you.
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Thank you so much, Robert and Eileen!! What an awesome dinner!!

Twas lots of fun. So glad you enjoyed yourself.

It was nice!

2 weeks ago

Robert Bisset

I picked up about 6 full large trash cans of guano today. Thought about selling the guano at the Robber Barron open house. Anybody want to help? ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Help how? Bagging it up?

Yes, and setting a price per quantity cause I have no idea what is reasonable

Put me down as a buyer once you set a price for the guano. Great stuff for the vegetable garden!

$3 to $5 a pound or less if bigger quantity. Estimate from looking on amazon.

I've seen tiny bags in garden centers for $10!

True. Cheaper on line I guess.

Wish I could get you to extract all the nitrates and phosphates out of it for me.

Maybe a suggested donation of $5 for a gallon sized ziplock?

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Hello all Robber Baron Open House Volunteers,

I wanted to post some general information for the Open House on Saturday. If you contacted me already about volunteering, you will receive communication from me this evening to let you know what position you have been assigned, but here is the general information for everyone.

1.) Those working in the morning or the all day shift should arrive at the cave between 7 and 7:30 am to help set up. If you have not been there before, Robber Baron is at the intersections of Camellia Way and Nacogdoches Road in Alamo Heights.
2.) Parking will not be available in the Alley, as we need the space for the Cheesy Jane’s food truck this year. The Alley and Camellia Way will be for loading and unloading only. Please park on Hillview Drive or one of the other streets farther from the cave and leave Camellia and Cave Lane for the visiting public.
3.) Lunch is not being provided this year, (sorry, we are swimming in logistics this time) so you can bring your own, buy lunch from Cheesy Jane’s, or visit the Oak Park HEB.
4.) Bring chairs if you are working on the surface. You will likely want to sit down at some point, and the best way to guarantee that is to bring your own seat.
5.) We will have water containers available for y’all to rehydrate from. We will have cups, but if you prefer a water bottle make sure you bring it.
6.) Upon arrival, everyone will borrow a TCMA lanyard and fill out a nametag to insert. We have people coming from many different locations, and this will help us all identify who is allowed entry into the sinkhole when needed. Also, you will need to fill out the volunteer sign-in and sign-out form so TCMA can get credit for your volunteer hours.

I believe Rob Bisset is providing information about the after party. If you need directions you can likely receive them the day of from some one in the Bexar Grotto.

Thanks in advance to our awesome crew of volunteers! We know how much the public enjoys the event, and we hope you have a fun day too.
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