Cave Talk

Cave Talk

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Cave Talk
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Cave Talk
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Cave Talk is a publication of the National Caves Association, a non-profit trade association founded in 1965 by a small group of private show cave owners. These initial members sought to bring together show cave owners and operators from across the United States to promote the show cave industry to the public, to share information and ideas, and to lobby for legislation favorable to the show cave industry.
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NCA CaveTa k NATIONAL CAVES ASSOCIATION December 9, 1998 Barbara Munson, Coordinator 4138 Dark Hollow Rd. McMinnville, TN 37110 Phone (931) 668-3925 Fax (931) 668-3988 M.cavern,COI CALIFORNIA GOLD Vie found gold in California during the November NCA Convention beautiful warm gold of hospitality, deep rich gold of friendship, and bright gold of new ideas. Chairman Linda Larsen seemed to have thought of everything, including perfect weather. ... The innovative Gift Show Carolee Stephenson had arranged started the Convention off with lots of conversation and fun and the good meetings and speakers, delightful meals, trips to interesting places and caves just went on from there .. .. There were exciting cave tours of MOANING CAVERN and }ffiRCER CAVERNS, both followed by wonderful outdoor meals and entertainment, and the CALIFORNIA CAVERNS tour was preceded by lunch in their just completed huge new shelter .... Following the convention, a number of our members visited BOYDEN CAVE in Kings Canyon NP and LAKE SHASTA CAVERNS in northern California. A special thanks go to Linda and Steve Fairchild, Carolee Stephenson, and everybody at the Sierra Nevada Recreation Corp. Thanks, too, to Steve Rawlings, Bernard Ingram, and Joan Bliss of }ffiRCER CAVERNS. Our NCA Conventions are often likened to "family reunions," and we really missed each of our NCA "family" members who could not attend this year. Copies of the Merchandising Workshop handout are available for those who were not able to attend this year's convention. Just let Carolee Stephenson at MOANING CAVERN, 209-736-2708 or Fax 209-736-0330, know if you would like one. NEXT YEAR An exciting invitation, presented by CRYSTAL CAVES' David Summers, to hold our 1999 Convention in Bermuda, was accepted during the Annual Business Meeting. David will serve as Convention Chairman and Lorraine Wheeler as Deputy Chairman .... Registration will be November 14th and meetings will start Monday morning, Nov. 15th and continue through the 17th-there will be special activities afternoons and evenings .... }lany members will probably want to extend their stay on the island to enjoy more vacation activities .... Hailings about the convention will start around the first of the year. AFFILIATE MEMBERS Affiliate Membership in the National Caves Association was approved earlier this year. We are pleased to introduce two NCA friends whose Affiliate Membership applications have been accepted. SANDY CREEK MINING COliPANY, PO Box 88, Fostoria, Ohio 44830 Phone: 419435-5891. Pat ",Ioody" Woodruff has been a vigorous supporter of the NCA for the past five years. His equipment and supplies are used at a number of member cave locations. Woody was introduced during the convention as our first Affiliate Member. TEX-I.ffiX IMPORTING CmlPANY, 3100 Colbath Rd. HcAllen, Texas 78503 Phone: 956-687-1128, Fax: 956-630-6446. Tex Ray is a good friend and


associate of many NCA members and a major supplier of onyx products for out gift shops and has participated in many of our recent convention Vendors Shows. NEW DIRECTOR John R. Shaffer has been appointed Marketing & Public Relations Director at LURAY CAVERNS according to an announcement by H.'r.N. Graves, LURAY CAVERNS President. John has been associated with the Caverns for over 20 years, most recently as Director of Sales. HONOR Steve Fairchild was elected a Vice-President of the International Show Caves Association during the recent 3rd Annual Congress in Sardinia this past October. SICK CALL EXPO NEW ADDRESS NCA LINK Elizabeth Rooney, CAVE OF THE MOUNDS, is now in a nursing home making steady recovery from her major heart attack, open-heart surg'lry, and long stay in Intensive Care. Under the leadership of President Max Evans, the National Caves Association will be presenting a Seminar on Friday, January 15th, as part of the Leisure Entertainment Expo '99 in Orlando, Florida. Other Seminars will cover Merchandise, Motivating Staff, Safety, Insurance and Marketing. NCA member caves have been offered Free Registration and special Show discounts on hotels, airlines, and car rentals. David Cale tells us LAUREL CAVERNS' new e-mail address is: A link with our popular NCA webpage is a good way to get cybE,rtravelers to look at your webpage the $50.00 a year just let us know ... INFORMATION REQUEST Carolee Stephenson has been appointed Special Events Coordinator for the Sierra Nevada Recreation Corporation MOANING CAVERN, CALIFORNIA CAVERNS, and BOYDEN CAVE. They are in thE, process of expanding their school program and would appreciate any help or ideas that members would be willing to share. If you have something to share, do get in touch with her. Phone 209-736-2708, Fax 209-736-0330 CHANGES VOLUNTEERS RECOGNITION RAIN Bill Jackson at GRAND CANYON CAVERNS says they have been improving the entrance are to the cave and are creating a more museum-like appearance. According to Superintendent Ronald Switzer, during this past year, volunteers contributed 22,634 hours to the tYU'WOTH CAVE Volunteers-InParks program. In addition to all the work accomplished, volunteerism is friend building and gives people a chance to experience the park on a personal level, building a sense of ownership in parklands. CRYSTAL LAKE CAVE was honored by being named NE Iowa's Top Attraction For the Year. Unfortunately, Doris Rubel tells us, they suffered considerable stann damage late this summer and lost a number of trees. In mid-October a record breaking 20" of rain in 24 hours in the San Antonio area closed CASCADE CAVERNS for a week, flooding buildings, gift shop and the whole area. NATURAL BRIDGE CAVERNS also had to close on Saturday and Sunday, and then reopened using their alternate tour


STUDY GUIDE OUTLINE OUTREACH routing which included a view of the aquifer. Caverns Development Project Hanager Bob Burnett has us a copy of the Natural History Curriculum for Kindergarten through Sixth Grade Study Guide developed for school groups visiting Arizona's Kartchn,~r Caverns. Carolee Stephenson, who organized the great Vendors Show we ,~njoyed this fall, has developed a basic outline, Organizing an NCA ,;ift Show. She's combined this with samples of the forms, and other pap"rwork they used, into a packet of information we will have on file for use by future convention hosts. This will certainly be a tremendow; help. Thank you, Carolee ... According to the Aussie Enquirer, newsletter from KENTUCKY DOWN UNDER/KENTUCKY CAVERNS, a couple of their folks appeared on Cincinnati's Channel 12 to promote KDU' s Outreach Programs .. they will also be appearing on Nashville, Evansville, and Louisville shows. RESTORATION Complete walkway restoration and replacement of the Spiral Staircase at OREGON CAVES is nearing completion. While the cave was clos"d for this work, further studies were done on the remains of a prehistoric bear found deep in the cave. These 50,000 year old bones are a rE!markable find and are thought to predate by about 40,000 years, any other grizzly bear bones in the area. OREGON CAVES, as usual, will be closed from December 1st to the first of Harch because of bat hibernation and to allow the cave to rest. GOLDEN ARCH Virginia's Natural Bridge, which has been in private hands si.nce 1774, and is now owned by Angelo A. Puglisi, was the subject of Bri.gid HcHenamin's "Golden arch" article in the November 16th issue of Forbes as an example of successful private-owner conservation of a natural resource. The NATURAL BRIDGE CAVERNS cave tour is a part of this lucrative operation. THREAT We have been alerted that sensitive areas of West Virginia's Organ Cave, a former NCA member cave, are being seriously threatened by Highway Proposals to upgrade U.S. Route 219 from a two-lane road into a four-lane access highway. ----Following owner George Sivley's death, Organ Cave resigned from NCA membership, and was later at auction to Janie and Sam Horgan. The Horgans have been upgrading the cave tour and expanding the above ground facilities. WORD OF MOUTH According to TIA's December 1st Research Alert, friends and relatives are the number one source potential travelers turn to for information about places to visit, flights, hotels, or rental cars. FROM OUR RUSS CAMPBELL FILE: Thanks again, Russ ... WINDS OF CHANGE Change is important to all of uS ... it keeps us thinking about we do. It keeps us fresh. LOOKING ~ Planning ahead is important to success. Planning produces organization ... organization produces quality and value SEASONS GREETINGS and BEST WISHES FOR 1999

Cave Talk is a publication of the National Caves
Association, a non-profit trade association founded in 1965
by a small group of private show cave owners. These initial
members sought to bring together show cave owners and
operators from across the United States to promote the show
cave industry to the public, to share information and ideas,
and to lobby for legislation favorable to the show cave


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